Sweet and sour notes from the neck. Pours ultra clear orange/amber with a nice white head. Initially tastes a bit "hot" and definitely leans toward a sour brown flavor. It's subtle, but there. Spices of course like nutmeg, cinnamon, pumpkin. The head dissipates fairly quickly but the mouthfeel is very nice medium bodied, with decent legs. It really is a cool color. And it's more on the sweet malty side than hoppy. As it warms up, I get more brown sugar and pumpkin pie flavors. The hops are still fairly subdued, and this works well for a pumpkin beer IMO. I am genrally not a fan of pumpkin beers, but i can easily see why this one is so popular. tasted from the bottle @ 58F.
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A full-bodied brown ale with smooth hints of pumpkin and brown sugar. We brew our Punkin Ale with pumpkin meat, organic brown sugar and spices. This is the perfect beer to warm-up with, as the season cools.
Punkin Ale is named after a locally-famous and seriously off-centered event here in southern Delaware - Punkin Chunkin (check out some of these Discovery Channel videos of Punkin Chunkin, you gotta see it to believe it!). In fact, Punkin Ale made it's debut as it claimed First Prize in the 1994 Punkin Chunkin Recipe Contest - yes, that was a full 6 months before we even opened our doors for business. Punkin Chunkin has grown in size and scale with pumpkins now being hurled more than 4,000 feet through the air! If you come down to see if for yourself - come by and visit us.
Since then, we've brewed Punkin Ale each and every fall. It is released right around September first each year. When you find it, grab some extra because it's usually gone by Thanksgiving.
Wednesday, September 28, 2011