When fall started coming on this year I got into trying some seasonal ales. The best one I found was Dogfish Head Punkin Ale. As you have seen in Justin’s post we have become fans of Dogfish Head for many reasons, this time was absolutely about the beer. I liked it so much I thought, “I can make one of these!” And so my quest began to make a delicious pumpkin ale. I started looking at recipes on brew talk and decided on combining several recipes, the spice profile from one, the grain bill from another, and so on. I also decided that I would swap out the pumpkin for butternut squash instead. Butternut squash tends to have a sweeter profile and since everyone else uses pumpkin why not be different?
After brewing the beer I started thinking that I had really messed things up when I tried it and got a face full of spices. I like spice, but yikes, I had ruined my creation! I am happy to say that the spices have mellowed out and are blending really well with the butternut and the amber beer base I went with. It tasted like a liquid pumpkin pie and is perfect for the holidays. I am really happy with how the beer has turned out and look forward to sharing it with friends and family. Happy Thanksgiving!