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Neshaminy Creek Punkel Dunkel Pumpkin Ale



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RATINGS: 22   MEAN: 3.7/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 264   ABV: 8.8%
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Alright, new beer Announcement #1 today: Punkel Dunkel Pumpkin Wheat Ale. No so long ago I swore Neshaminy Creek would never make a pumpkin beer. You see, itís not that I donít like pumpkin beers, itís just the market is already oversaturated with pumpkin-this and pumpkin-that, and it seems like every year this brewery is trying to beat that brewery to the punch earlier and earlier, to the point that pumpkin beers are starting to show up on shelves in the middle of July. Everybody makes a pumpkin beer, so why should we? Well, to be honest, making an interesting pumpkin beer that could standout is going to be a challenge. There are a lot of great pumpkin beers out there, and a lot of not-so-great pumpkin beers as well. Where would ours stand? Weíll let you decide, so hereís what weíve got. We decided to brew an imperial version of our Dunks Ferry Dunkelweizen, but in an unabashedly American way; pretty sure weíre not the first to ever do it, but a German wheat pumpkin ale isnít something Iíve run across all that much, so it sounded like a good idea. It doesnít hurt that we already make three German wheat ales, and have the perfect yeast strain to do it. In addition to the pumpkin added in the mash, a kettle addition of dark brown sugar, and cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice is paired with the banana esters and spicy clove imparted by the yeast. At 8.8% ABV itís no slouch either. Punkel Dunkel will be available in draft and 22 ounce bottles. Bottle sales at the brewery will begin Friday, September 6th, as well as through our distributors in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Fall is just around the corner.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
odinstyr (541) - Hamilton, New Jersey, USA - FEB 19, 2014
Pours a hazy orange brown with barely any head at all. Smells of clove and pumpkin. Taste is bitter sweet and spiced - pumpkin pie, clove, hint of cinnamon applesauce.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ben4321 (3563) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - FEB 6, 2014
Location: 22 oz bottle from Sparrow, 2/6/14

Aroma: The nose is fairly sweet, lots of brown sugar and spices (nutmeg, clove, allspice, etc.)
Appearance: It pours a dark, murky reddish color with a small beige head and decent lace
Flavor: The taste is medium-plus sweet, with lots of spice, and minimal bitterness
Palate: The body is medium-plus, it has a little stickiness to the feel, and a soft carbonation
Overall Impression: This is a pretty solid, sweet offering. It isnít super "pumpkiny" but it does have some nice spice presence to it. Worth trying.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerdedone (2488) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 2, 2014
Bottle. Pours a murky chestnut brown with a thin off-white head. Aroma of pumpkin, brown sugar, nutmeg and cinnamon. Flavor of pumpkin spices, earth, clove, nutmeg, cinnamon and some brown sugar. A decent pumpkin

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
icehawk (834) - Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, USA - DEC 3, 2013
Pours dark brown with short lasting off white head. Very nice pie crust, pumpkin spice, banana aroma. Medium body, a bit slick and flat. Rich flavors of spices with a nice, warm allspice finish. Certainly some familiar elements from other pumpkin beers, but the base is much richer, and I really like how the spices last through the aftertaste. Very nice!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
5000 (6027) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - NOV 24, 2013
Bottle:   Ruddy caramel, dirty, thin sudsy off-white head, spotty lacing.   Strong clove and banana right up front, followed by some softer brown sugar.   Whoa, its like a spiced paint stripper right up front, strong clove and aged banana.   Then its followed by fairly strong nutmeg and cinnamon.   Seems like a Dark Wheat thatís spiced to holy hell.   Big gulps can be difficult at times.   Moderate to full body and mouthfeel.   Finishes spicy, strong wheaty aspects, like an Imperial Dunkelweisse.   Very interesting, but only during soft samples.   Take a big gulp, and you might be overwhelmed!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
devman171 (718) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - OCT 28, 2013
Really nice pumpkin, the sweet dunkel base goes really well with the pumpkin and spice. very well done

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ed5388 (1728) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - OCT 25, 2013
Draft sample @ Crossroads Spirits. Pours a murky brown color with a thin creamy tan head. Aroma of nutmeg, clove, cinnamon, pumpkin flesh, and brown sugar. Taste of slight pumpkin, earthy hops, pumpkin pie spices, banana, brown sugar, and yeast.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
alobar (2620) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 19, 2013
Pours chestnut brown with no head. Aroma of clove, nutmeg, pumpkin, and banana. Clove, nutmeg, banana, and pumpkin flavor. A little too much clove. Very nice beer though.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
italianjohn (2234) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 16, 2013
Cloudy murky maroonish brown pour with a thin layer of beige head ... aroma is of clove, banana, cinnamon, brown sugar and light nutmeg/allspice .... taste is earthy and of fruity yeast, nice bite of spicy clove, cinnamon, nutmeg, some brown sugar and light banana ..... finish is dry and abrupt ..... abv hidden well ... def a full bodied pumpkin brew ..... Pumpkin brew with German roots atta boy Jeremy

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
boxofrane (1878) - Spring City, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 10, 2013
Draft at bistro on bridge. Pours hazy reddish brown with minimal head. The aroma has a nice spicy pumpkin mix. The taste has a nice pumpkin pie.

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