Wednesday, October 26, 2011
I picked up a four pack of Dogfish "Punkin" Ale (Punk for short) the other day, you know, to be seasonal. I know that Dogfish Head is all the rage lately, but I have never been much of a fan. They are big into gimmicky hops tricks and I have always said that a lot of hops can cover up a lot of mistakes. Huge hop flavor does not equal good beer...
But anyhow, too much hops is not the problem with the Punkin Ale. I simply found it a little flat (in flavor, not carbonation) and boring. The ale was vaguely pie spice-y just like every other "pumpkin" beer I have ever had. I had the urge to add a little salt to try to coax out some flavor. At 12.99 for a quartet of bottles, the price is absurd.
Anyhow, does anyone else (on occasion) like to salt their beer? I do it sometimes and people are generally either with me or against me in regards to this practice. I find it adds a little something to an otherwise bland brew. Also, it "takes the head off of the beast" i.e. it tames the excess carbonation found in some brews of ill repute.
Oops, almost forgot the pour shot.