Monday, September 16, 2013

Punkin Ale

Punkin Chunkin has been a fall tradition in Delaware since 1986.  It is a competition to see who can fling a punkin - er- pumpkin the farthest.  Backyard engineers build mechanisms such as slingshots, catapults, centrifugals, trebuchets, and pneumatic cannons to accomplish this goal.  So far, the longest distance a punkin has traveled during one of these competitions is just shy of a mile - 4,438 feet.  Impressive.

What does this have to do with beer? Punkin Chunkin was the inspriation behind the name of Delaware brewery Dogfish Head's flagship beer. According to the brewery, Punkin Ale made its debut a full six months before the brewery was even open for buisness.  Punkin was entered into the 1994 Punkin Chunkin Recipe Contest and took first prize.  That day a legendary beer was born!

In the tradition of a pumpkin pie, Punkin is brewed with the flesh of real pumpkins, sweet brown sugar and tasty spices.

Punkin is truly a classic among pumpkin ales.

Dogfish Head is one of my favorite breweries so, when selecting pumpkin brews to ring in the changing of the leaves, Punkin was a no brainer for me.

I pulled a bottle of last year's Punkin from my almost embarrassingly large stash and busted into it.

Punkin Ale (7% ABV ) pours a reddish golden color reminiscent of fall foliage.  The flavor?  Well, it pretty much tastes like pumpkin pie in a glass . . . pumpkin (obviously), nutmeg and cinnamon are prevalent. It's slightly sweet but not overly so.  Frankly speaking . . . it tastes like fall.  Yum!

Overall: very good

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