Punkin Ale - Dogfish Head Brewery

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88
very good

5,896 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,896
Reviews: 1,998
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 12.94%
Wants: 310
Gots: 844 | FT: 8
Brewed by:
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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 Jerid
3.6/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Great Pumpkin flavor. Can taste all the spices too.

Photo of Tlloyd417
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Zaktcc
4.23/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JohnnyI
3.49/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hmmm.... a full bodied "brown ale"... not so sure about that. Despite the misleading description, it has a remarkably pleasant appearance. It is jubilantly orange, with an inviting glow when it catches the light. In fact, the playful and vibrant orange color is the attribute I enjoyed the most about this beer. Not far behind is the aroma. The spices and pumpkin meat meld in to an alluring symphony. My wife declared that it is "mouth-watering". She's not even a big beer drinker. As for the taste....This is a little bit on the cloying side with an initial sugary sweetness, followed by a harsh spicing regimen that sticks to the palate and never quite meshes coherently. The phenolic clove characteristics seem to override the malt presence and compete with a boozy fusel alcohol that rides through the whole experience. The pumpkin flavor is struggling to come through, as are the bready malts, but they get whacked in to submission by the booze and spice. Although not offensive, it's simply not the best-tasting pumpkin ale I've had. Not by a long shot. That said, the mouthfeel is quite nice. Creamy, perfectly carbonated with medium viscosity. Overall, this is a solid representation. I wonder if this beer would age well, perhaps mellowing some of the sharper edges with the spice and alcohol. Perhaps this one would be better with a slightly lower ABV? It's rare that I would suggest going smaller, but in this case, I feel like the higher gravity detracts from the beer. As with most quality brews, as it warmed and through the middle of the glass, the flavor profiles came together a bit more. Worth a try for sure, especially if you like palate-wrecking spiced beers. A tad overrated in my humble opinion. If you want a big pumpkin beer, try Weyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin. Of course, there's always Pumking for the over-the-top pumpkin experience. Personally, I recommend Smuttynose if you can get it.

Photo of jrand2621
3.76/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of nowhere_native
3.55/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of pDubs
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Justin8mypants
3.56/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Matty123
3.94/5  rDev 0%

Photo of TEKNISHE
2.75/5  rDev -30.2%

Photo of double2chin
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of JNForsyth
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of reagbr8
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of Mole_Playing_Rough
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of bmeehan
4.75/5  rDev +20.6%

The best pumpkin beer I've had.

Photo of mberishere
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of SeattleBoB76
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of webweb2
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of Cpcan17
3.2/5  rDev -18.8%

Photo of Ohmmygawd
3.14/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

This is the best pumpkin beer I've ever had. With that said, I'm not a big pumpkin beer drinker but I'm willing to try one every once in a while.

L - Dark Orange Color. Very little head that disappears quickly
S - Light Pumpkin smell with a cloves.
T - Pumpkin and cloves. Not too sweet but
M - Medium body, crisp and not overpowering.
O- Not too sweet and a good reminder what good pumpkin beer should be like.

Photo of Jcoyle
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of Act25
3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Hard to move the needle in a pumpkin beer. The best of the lot is probably Carton golden squash beer -

A: Clear, orange tea color, decent lacing but a fast fade head (its the pumpkin and the sugar)

S: Good pumpkin pie smell, spice, esters, sugary, gord meat

T: Pie crust, dough, esters, raisins, allspice, cooked pumpkin, caramel, finishes nicely sweet and spicy. Balanced.

F: Smooth, creamy, medium bodied, finish is best part.

Mid pack pumpkin beer.

Photo of Bearshawks85
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of shiftmaverick
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%

Photo of johnscooper
3.84/5  rDev -2.5%

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Punkin Ale from Dogfish Head Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 5,896 ratings.