Quest for the Perfect Pumpkin Beer: #4-6

The Quest for the Perfect Pumpkin Beer continues with #4-6 in the countdown!

  Dfh punkin

#6: Dogfish Head Punkin Ale

Producer: Dogfish Head Brewery; Milton, DE
Beer Name: Punkin Ale
Price Range: $8 / 4-pack (12 oz)
ABV: 7%
Appearance: Clear amber, small foamy head
Aroma: Pumpkin, very slight hints of pumpkin spice
Virginia Pour House Review: This beer was poured from my kegerator, so it’s not technically a bottle review. I just couldn’t turn it down when I saw it at Total Wine. The beer pours a perfectly clear amber with a nice one-finger foamy head forming that only dissipates upon sipping. The aroma is sharp with lots of pumpkin fruit and not much spice. Pumpkin fruit dominates the taste with only slight hints of cinnamon, nutmeg, and brown sugar spice in the finish. This beer has a maltier body that can support the large amount of pumpkin flavor. This is simply one of the best pumpkin beers on the market right now and one of my favorites every year.

 

Rogue pumpkin patch

#5: Rogue Pumpkin Patch Ale

Producer: Rogue Ales; Newport, OR
Beer Name: Pumpkin Patch Ale
Price Range: $9.99 / bottle (750 ml)
ABV: 6.1%
Appearance: Dark amber, copper-colored, mostly clear
Aroma: Pumpkin, faint spice
Virginia Pour House Review: The beer pours a dark amber, almost copper-colored and is mostly clear. The aroma is dominated by fresh pumpkins grown at Rogue Farms and added directly into the brew kettle. There is a lot of pumpkin in the taste, but also a good bit of spice imparted from the cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom, and ginger. The bottle claims vanilla and clove, but I don’t really get much of that. Still, it’s a nice blend of pumpkin and spice and it’s not overly complicated. It has a nice mouthfeel, coating the palate and leaving behind some pleasant pumpkin flavor without being bitter or overly spiced. I would have liked to see a bit more pumpkin boldness but this is one of the more balanced pumpkin beers I have tasted this year and probably one of my favorites.

 

 Kentucky pumpkin barrel

#4: Alltech Kentucky Pumpkin Barrel Ale

Producer: Alltech Brewing Company; Lexington, KY
Beer Name: Kentucky Pumpkin Barrel Ale
Price Range: $19.99 / 6-pack (12 oz)
ABV: 10%
Appearance: Bright amber, clear, no head
Aroma: Pumpkin, bourbon, oak, cinnamon, nutmeg
Virginia Pour House Review: This beer pours a bright amber with an orange hue in the sunlight. A small fizzy head develops but quickly dissipates. The aroma is intoxicating, with a combination of pumpkin and bourbon but also hints of pumpkin spice like cinnamon and nutmeg. There’s a lot of pumpkin and some spice up front with a bourbon twist in the finish. The aftertaste is rich with pumpkin and the body, despite the 10% ABV, isn’t very heavy. This is an incredibly complex beer, with so many flavors coming through in every sip. This is one of the sweeter pumpkin beers I have tasted this year. It has a sweet pumpkin taste, combined with the bitterness from the bourbon and spice and a nice sweet pumpkin finish. The bourbon becomes much more prevalent in this beer as it warms, adding a warming oak character throughout. I really enjoyed this beer, even if the price tag was less than desirable.

The Quest for the Perfect Pumpkin Beer continues with #4-6 in the countdown!    #6: Dogfish Head Punkin Ale Producer: Dogfish Head Brewery; Milton, DE Beer Name: Punkin Ale Price Range: $8 / 4-pack (12 oz) ABV: 7% Appearance: Clear amber, small foamy head Aroma: Pumpkin, very slight hints of pumpkin spice Virginia Pour House Review: This beer was poured from my kegerator, so it’s not technically a bottle review. I just couldn’t turn it down when I saw it at Total Wine. The beer pours a perfectly clear amber with a nice one-finger foamy head forming that only dissipates upon sipping. The aroma…

Review Overview

Dogfish Head Punkin Ale - 93
Rogue Pumpkin Patch - 94
Alltech Kentucky Pumpkin Barrel - 96

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