Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Couple'a New Beers - One Great (Dogfish Head), One BAD (Miller)

I just finished drinking this Dogfish Head Punkin Ale, and while I readily admit a lot of their beers don't overly impress me (except that Indian Brown Ale, damn is that a great beer), this Punkin Ale was THE best pumpkin ale I've had to this date. Granted, I still have sitting in my fridge what most people consider the top pumpkin beer available- Southern Tier's Pumpking, but I think that might have a hard time beating Dogfish Head's Punkin.

Punkin is labeled as "A full-bodied brown ale brewed with real pumpkin, brown sugar, allspice, cinnamon & nutmeg." It delivers, for sure. The aroma has an abundance of the spice, but it doesn't smell like a cheap candle, it actually smells good. Well props to them for finding the right combination to do that. Then the taste lives up just as much. The body is nice and semi-sweet, and masks the spices until the end where they come though nicely... I mean they are the reason anyone drinks a pumpkin ale so you need to have them in the taste right.

The other beer I had last night with my enchiladas and rice was the highly acclaimed (I kid, I kid) Miller Genuine Draft 64. Trust me, I didn't pay for it but it was in the fridge nonetheless. Don't mind that finger in the background either. It's coming from a guy who actually enjoys that beer that's in the background, but I'm not a beer snob, and I digress. Good lord this thing was the definition of tasteless. If I closed my eyes there was no doubt I was drinking soda water. But, the interesting thing was as tasteless as it was I still drank it pretty fast and had no complaints. It wasn't offensive or anything. Will I have another one? No. Did I completely hate this experience? No. Now that Bud Light Lime... that's another story... yikes.

1 comment:

Dave said...

For some reason I loved Pumking. Punkin is good though. I'm not a huge fan of Pumpkin ales but Pumking just did it for me.