Sunday, September 30, 2018

Bumpy Road Brewery's homebrew clone of Dogfish Head Punkin Ale


Fill date: 9/26/18

Judged to 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines for: 30B Autumn Seasonal Beer

AROMA: Strong pumpkin pie spice aroma. Cinnamon and nutmeg seem to be the most prominent. Also has presence of brown sugar and vanilla. Faint presence of toasted malt, but otherwise malt is nondescript. No discernible hops (none needed). Clean fermentation. 10/12

APPEARANCE: Beautiful magenta/mahogany hue (17-22 SRM). Clear body. Large off-white foam retains and laces well. 3/3

FLAVOR: Moderately-strong pumpkin pie taste throughout. Spicy cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice at the beginning with pumpkin puree flavor through the middle and into the finish. Some spicy hop flavor and moderate bitterness at the backend. Faint alcohol presence, but it is not distracting. Clean fermentation. Attenuation seems complete. 17/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium body; moderately-low carbonation. Mouthfeel seems a little thin, though texture is very smooth. Drinks like something lighter than 7% ABV, though the alcohol does impart very gentle warmth. 3/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: May not be an exact clone of the real thing, but works very well as a pumpkin homebrew. A little more body and carbonation would improve it greatly. 9/10

TOTAL SCORE: 42/50

THE RECIPE:
1063 og. 1010 fg
Abv 7%
Ibu 28
SRM 10-11
Mash 155f 45 min
Pale malt 2-row 81.6%
Special roast 6.1%
Crystal 60L 4.1%
2 cans Libby pumpkin puree sprinkled with cinnamon and baked at 350f 45min
60 min boil
1 lb light brown sugar 8.2% 60min
1 oz Hallertauer Mittlefrueh 2.6% 60min
1 oz Cascade 7.7% 20min
.5 oz Hallertauer Mittlefrueh 10min
1 tsp Cinnamon 1 tsp Nutmeg 1 tsp Allspice 5min
Ferment 70f 2weeks wyeast 1056 American ale

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