1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Punkin Ale - Dogfish Head Brewery

Not Rated.
Punkin AlePunkin Ale

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

5,174 Ratings

(view ratings)
Ratings: 5,174
Reviews: 1,949
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 12.66%
Wants: 274
Gots: 569 | FT: 7
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Punkin Ale Alström Bros
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 5,174 | Reviews: 1,949 | Display Reviews Only:
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 03:28 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 27, 2009
Photo of sirhc3034
3.96/5  rDev +0.3%

sirhc3034, Today at 06:55 AM
Photo of Sir_Goatman
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Sir_Goatman, Today at 06:33 AM
Photo of BradBrad89
3.84/5  rDev -2.8%

BradBrad89, Today at 05:22 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, Today at 05:12 AM
Photo of JamesStreet
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%

JamesStreet, Today at 04:19 AM
Photo of goldendenizen
4.04/5  rDev +2.3%

goldendenizen, Today at 04:05 AM
Photo of Brock915
3.72/5  rDev -5.8%

Brock915, Today at 02:42 AM
Photo of Kevinpitts
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Kevinpitts, Today at 02:11 AM
Photo of dane222
5/5  rDev +26.6%

Best pumpkin beer period

dane222, Today at 02:00 AM
Photo of brocktune
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

brocktune, Today at 01:12 AM
Photo of foghornleghorn22
3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

foghornleghorn22, Today at 01:00 AM
Photo of MasterfulIdiot
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Poured into a Riedel tulip glass. The liquid is a clear orange-amber with plenty of bubbles rising slowly to the top. The pour kicks up a nice yellowish head with great staying power.

Aroma is all the pumpkin flavors you'd expect - nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves, and, presumably, pumpkin. Nice bit of light roastiness in there as well, and a bit of a peanut flavor.

Taste follows the nose - basically exactly like pumpkin pie with whipped cream. Nice and sweet without being cloying - the perfect fall dessert beer.

Mouthfeel is relatively thin, with lots of carbonation.

Overall, super nice, if not particularly surprising.

MasterfulIdiot, Today at 12:37 AM
Photo of MikeMcCl
4.75/5  rDev +20.3%

did not disappoint

MikeMcCl, Today at 12:35 AM
Photo of Whatlang
3.68/5  rDev -6.8%

Whatlang, Today at 12:27 AM
Photo of cavmacb2s
3.16/5  rDev -20%

cavmacb2s, Today at 12:19 AM
Photo of hvanella
2.72/5  rDev -31.1%

hvanella, Today at 11:41 PM
Photo of Thomas0790
4.28/5  rDev +8.4%

Thomas0790, Today at 11:32 PM
Photo of MJHolsey
2.5/5  rDev -36.7%

MJHolsey, Today at 10:03 PM
Photo of Northtexan
3.84/5  rDev -2.8%

Northtexan, Today at 10:01 PM
Photo of addiwilliams
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%

addiwilliams, Today at 09:18 PM
Photo of SonictheBeerhog
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%

SonictheBeerhog, Today at 08:33 PM
Photo of tdraben
4/5  rDev +1.3%

tdraben, Today at 07:48 PM
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Punkin Ale from Dogfish Head Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 5,174 ratings.