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Punkin Ale - Dogfish Head Brewery

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BA SCORE
89
very good

5,191 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 5,191
Reviews: 1,952
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 12.66%
Wants: 277
Gots: 577 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
Dogfish Head Brewery visit their website
Delaware, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
A full-bodied brown ale with smooth hints of pumpkin and brown sugar. We brew our Punkin Ale with pumpkin meat, organic brown sugar and spices. As the season cools, this is the perfect beer to warm up with.

28 IBU

(Beer added by: NeroFiddled on 09-26-2002)
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Photo of Arch578
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Appearance: Very clear orange-ish copper color, with a thin, white head.

Aroma: Nice blend of fall spices (nutmeg, clove, cinnamon) and fruitiness.

Taste: Lots of spice, very reminiscent of a winter warmer (GLBC Christmas Ale in particular). The pumpkin itself is almost undetectable, though there are definitely some fruity undertones.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, has a nice crisp carbonation but also a slightly syrupy feel.

Overall: As the label says, this really is a perfect beer to warm up with. Spices are front and center, so fortunately they are excellently blended and really match up with the platonic idea of pumpkin pie. I would love to have this with a little vanilla ice cream or just whipped cream on the side.

Arch578, Tuesday at 04:28 AM
Photo of metter98
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer poured amber in color with just a few bubbles floating on the surface and a light amount of carbonation.
S: There's a moderate aroma of pumpkin, spices and sweetness in the aroma that comes very close to resembling pumpkin pie.
T: The taste has a good balance between sweetness and spices; the flavors of pumpkin, brown sugar and the spices really stand out.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and silky smooth.
D: The beer is very drinkable. I would definitely try this again because the taste is rather interesting and complex for the style.

metter98, May 29, 2010
Photo of Thorpe429
4.38/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown color with some lighter highlights. Good lacing.

S: Lots of pumpkin flavor along with all the accompanying spices. The brown sugar is a really nice tough.

T: Like the smell, this one is all pumpkin pie, and the sweetness added by the brown sugar is just incredible. The spicing is absolutely perfect. By far the best-tasting pumpkin beer I've ever had.

M: Nice and creamy. Medium body.

D: Everything gets to be a little much to have more than one, but this is a damn fine brew.

Thorpe429, Apr 28, 2009
Photo of Zuidman
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Zuidman, Today at 06:03 AM
Photo of hopsputin
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

a: a vibrant clear burnt orange & caramel color; some nice hints of amber as well. 1 finger white head that fades to about 1/4 finger pretty quickly

s: sweet pumpkin meat, some real nice caramel malts and toffee, something almost bubble gummy, caramelized brown sugar. towards the end there are some VERY mellow amounts of nutmeg, clove, and cinnamon - but the spice is very very muted. pumpkin rules the aroma

t: taste follows aroma. you're hit with some caramel malts and brown sugar up front followed by an assertion of pumpkin. the pumpkin tastes like a mix of the meat and toasted pumpkin seeds. the sweetness is cut by some nutmeg and cinnamon, but as in the aroma pumpkin dominates the taste

m: medium mouthfeel with a pretty high level of carbonation

o: one of my favorite pumpkin beers. its fairly straightforward, but i enjoy that the focus is on the actual pumpkin flavors. theres no pie crust/spicy feel to this really. its sweet and pumpkiny. one of many joys regarding fall

hopsputin, Today at 05:42 AM
Photo of Paul_Zills121
3.96/5  rDev +0.3%

Paul_Zills121, Today at 05:18 AM
Photo of Freehouse
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Freehouse, Today at 04:55 AM
Photo of Buck_Jones
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Buck_Jones, Today at 02:47 AM
Photo of jimmygord
3.64/5  rDev -7.8%

jimmygord, Today at 02:25 AM
Photo of Jordan_miller
3.76/5  rDev -4.8%

Jordan_miller, Today at 02:15 AM
Photo of Shy5
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Shy5, Yesterday at 11:26 PM
Photo of alexk307
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

alexk307, Yesterday at 10:22 PM
Photo of kellyej
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%

This beer is a fall classic. On the pumpkin beer spectrum that ranges from pumpkin pie to gourd in flavor, Punkin is certainly more toward the gourd side. It is very subtle, especially compared to other popular pumpkin beers like Souther Tier. This allows the beer to be totally sessionable while still giving some of the spicy fall notes people look for in pumpkin beers. Punkin pours a beautiful golden amber color with a wispy, foamy head. It is also quite clear.

kellyej, Yesterday at 10:16 PM
Photo of Homebrew25
4.32/5  rDev +9.4%

Homebrew25, Yesterday at 07:51 PM
Photo of Skabiski
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Skabiski, Yesterday at 04:58 PM
Photo of Dave1999
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a transparent orange with a white head.

Smell is strong pumpkin, cloves and nutmeg.

The taste is much as the smell suggests pumpkin, huge amount of cloves, pepper and nutmeg.

The feel is smooth, medium bodies, quite crisp, medium carbonated, finishes dry.

Overall I like this beer, if you don't like cloves I wouldn't go for this though. I'm not normally into pumpkin beer but this was great.

Dave1999, Yesterday at 04:34 PM
Photo of KAP72
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

KAP72, Yesterday at 02:03 PM
Photo of kkazemi
4/5  rDev +1.3%

kkazemi, Yesterday at 01:31 PM
Photo of sirhc3034
3.96/5  rDev +0.3%

sirhc3034, Yesterday at 07:55 AM
Photo of BradBrad89
3.84/5  rDev -2.8%

BradBrad89, Yesterday at 06:22 AM
Photo of anon
3.76/5  rDev -4.8%

Pours a nice clear copper, with a thin head that dissipates after a few sips.

Aroma up front is of pumpkin. Nutmeg in the mix and some clove. If only there were a bit more cinnamon.

Taste is of pumpkin, nutmeg, clove, a slight fruitiness as well. Slightly on the sweet side. Maybe little too sweet. Or maybe I'm just used to darker pumpkin ales.

Mouth feel is light and a good carbonation throughout.

Overall I was expecting a little bit more to this, but in the end it is still quite good. I'd recommend a try, anyway.

anon, Yesterday at 06:12 AM
Photo of JamesStreet
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%

JamesStreet, Yesterday at 05:19 AM
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Punkin Ale from Dogfish Head Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 5,191 ratings.