1. Dogfish Head
Dogfish Head cleaned up. Everyone but Gary had this ranked as the best beer, and this was head-and-shoulders above the others in my top 5. Dogfish owner Sam Calagione is recognized as the great experimenter, but he’s always building off his biggest successes. Even when he’s throwing in black garlic or syrah grapes, he’s using measured amounts in his base beers like 60 Minute IPA and Raison D’Etre. Lurking somewhere in the back of his Punkin Ale I detected Dogfish’s Indian Brown Ale, with it’s hoppy backbone and sinewy malt foundation. When I say I enjoy pumpkin beers, this is what I mean!
Notable tasting note: “This is the perfect combination of hops, malt, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and pumpkin. What a great beer!” -Melissa Dzen