This pours a brilliant, golden orange color and produces a finger of fizzing, white head. A moderate amount of carbonation displays in an otherwise perfectly clear body. The head takes some time to dissipate and continues to supplement a fizzing surface coat for some time.
Cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and some clove all tingle the nose and sit atop what seems to be a blend of metallic smelling hops and caramel-like malts. It smells fairly complex, and also provides notes of meaty pumpkin.
The taste follows the nose pretty closely. First, the foundation seems pretty well-balanced and stays level through the entire experience. There’s a mild amount of hops that mesh well with a sugary malt character. Up front the spice bill makes way for a strong pumpkin flavor. Cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, and allspice provide a graham cracker profile that supports a strong pumpkin character. It’s bready and sweet, and the finish and aftertaste continue to push a pumpkin and graham cracker flavor without ever falling out of harmony.
This is a medium-bodied beer with a solid amount of effervescence playing on the palate. It’s wet and distributes just enough grain to comb the palate nicely. It’s also slightly warm considering its ABV.
Dogfish Head has nailed the past two years. Yet again we’re given a solid pumpkin beer. The flavor is strong and the pumpkin is clear and robust. Its balance is good, it’s fairly complex, and it’s just a good feeling, rich pumpkin experience all around. Much like other run-of-the-mill options, this is a good pick up to satisfy the casual pumpkin fan. However it’s rich flavor and emphasis on pumpkin gives it the edge for those who want a slightly stronger experience.