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Punkin Ale - Dogfish Head Brewery

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Punkin AlePunkin Ale

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4,829 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,829
Reviews: 1,916
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 12.66%
Wants: 243
Gots: 384 | 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)
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Reviews by Buggies:
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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

09-21-2013 17:31:49 | More by Buggies
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +3.8%

I have to say this one is the best pumpkin ale I have had a real nice brew.Pours a burnt orange color with a real nice creamy 1/2 inch head that leaves some nice lacing,aroma is of some serious nutmeg and cardimum with light cinnamon notes.Taste hits with a real pumpkin flavor with the sices hitting after the initial pumpkin flavor so you get the whole spectrum of flavors.A great all around beer definently with the weather changing right now.Very nice,had at Tavern 616 in North Wales,PA.

10-02-2003 18:49:31 | More by oberon
Photo of Marty


3.73/5  rDev -5.6%

Deep red amber/orange and transparent. Minimal head, but nice tiny bubble action. Surprisingly not much in the way of aroma, not that I was expecting it to smell like a freshly baked pumpkin pie... but man, would that be sweet.

Strong alcohol backbone, and DOES taste surprisingly like pumpkin pie. No aftertaste to speak of, for better or worse.

10-19-2005 23:52:05 | More by Marty
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

09-16-2012 03:05:20 | More by aszatk01
Photo of tectactoe


3.73/5  rDev -5.6%

Pours a collage of orange, copper, and amber with a thick, white, fluffy head. The aroma hits big with pumpkin aromas and spices. Heavy on the nutmeg as well, which gives off a bit of an "egg-nog" vibe - very cozy and very nice. Some alcohol warmth and fuzziness on the mouth, following bi with cinnamon, nutmeg, and faint pumpkin pie. Thin to medium body, slightly creamy and slightly crisp with lots of carbonation - overall a nice mouth.

Pretty good pumpkin beer. The price is a little steep, but it's definitely one of the more enjoyable pumpkin beers out there.

10-29-2012 02:37:13 | More by tectactoe
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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

03-26-2012 21:52:17 | More by jcr8611
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

08-31-2013 04:50:22 | More by OhioBobcat
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

08-07-2013 20:42:13 | More by npala86
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5/5  rDev +26.6%

11-26-2011 11:04:59 | More by poibag808
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

01-08-2012 16:43:28 | More by Shakerman
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New York

4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

08-17-2013 13:00:56 | More by SkiBum22
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

10-09-2012 16:17:46 | More by JacobMutberg
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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

02-06-2013 14:55:10 | More by Firefox13
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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

11-13-2013 22:02:50 | More by sdsimkins
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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

11-24-2012 00:33:07 | More by drewkennedy
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4.2/5  rDev +6.3%

Purchased at Three Cellars in Franklin, WI. Pours a bright, orange-amber body with an off white head that eventually falls completely. Aroma is sticky sweet sugar, like cinnamon buns. Pumpkin is also detectable in the aroma. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with big malt sweetness upfront in the flavor. There's brown sugar and pie spice flavors in there too. There's a little bit of hop bitterness in the finish and a slight alcohol warmth as it goes down. Very good beer for a cool October evening.

10-06-2009 17:26:56 | More by blackearth
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4.63/5  rDev +17.2%

I've had this beer on tap, in the bottle, and from a cask and it's a wonderful all around beer. The aroma is similar to "punkin" pie and is quite noticable. The taste closely matches the aroma and the 7% alcohol is hidden beneath the spiced flavor.

An almost perfect example of a fall beer.

12-12-2009 19:36:34 | More by tuckevalastin
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4.2/5  rDev +6.3%

This one pours a clear reddish orange color with a small head. The first smell is of pumpkin goodness....just like a fresh baked pie. Cinnamon, nutmeg and fresh cut pumpkin. Fall in a glass.

Taste is quite intriguing I must say. The pumpkin and spice are well balanced and this tastes very natural. It's not a doctored pumpkin taste. It leaves a wonderful aftertaste in my mouth as well. Nice and spicy with a wonderful pumpkin taste that is not overpowering.

Mouthfeel is good and this baby goes down smooth. A few of these on a cold fall evening would be wonderful. Drinkability is good as well. This is damn tasty and I could finish the 4 pack in one night if I was in the mood. This gets me in the Fall / Halloween spirit and I highly recommend this seasonl brew to all. DFH does not fail to impress me yet again!

10-14-2004 02:37:04 | More by orbitalr0x
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3.93/5  rDev -0.5%

Picked this up tonight. I haven't had too many pumpkin beers in the past, but I've been interested in branching out from my usual goto styles.

Truthfully I dont know what pumpkins smell like, maybe I do...just a fair warning for this review, haha...

Clear, copper, orange body. Small, just off white head to start with that was a bit fizzy and reduced down to a ring around the glass with floating patches of bubbles. Lots of carbonation here, just no sticking power.

Has what I would say smells like pumpkin but with some hints of toasted malts underneath. Definate spice characters come out. Smells like the label says really with nutmeg and cinnamon and allspice, fairly evenly balanced.

Nice toasty malt base is the main thing that comes through here. A hint of pumpkins and then the spices again, especially after the swallow and the following breaths. Some hints of brown sugar linger with the faintest wisps of alcohol.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin, but it might actually be reduced some by the carbonation which adds a touch of pricklyness (if that is a word). Flavor lingers though, mostly the malty side, but the spices are there, just not as predominant.

Overall this is a pretty good beer. Not much sign of the 7% ABV, the aftertaste is nice toasted malts instead of some overpowering spices. Pretty easy to drink actually, I could see having a few of these and then the alcohol giving you a kick.

09-30-2007 03:26:31 | More by blitz134
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4.75/5  rDev +20.3%

08-15-2012 17:16:25 | More by ripocceschi
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

10-05-2012 17:05:27 | More by sabitu
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2/5  rDev -49.4%

03-06-2014 20:07:25 | More by bulldogg915
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New York

3.98/5  rDev +0.8%

A_Pale amber/ light bronze. Thin white head that reduces to a thin ring. Spotty lacing on the sides of the glass.

S_Cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin,barley.

T_Spices upfront. Cinnamon and nutmeg compliment rather than overpower as in some other pumpkin ales. Earthy pumpkin flesh and roasted barely.

M_Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Slick,creamy mouthfeel.

D_Pretty well balanced pumpkin ale. Higher ABV than the usual but still pretty damn drinkable.

09-10-2010 01:00:37 | More by nickadams2
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New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

07-15-2013 18:28:05 | More by Kjanisch7
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3.9/5  rDev -1.3%

While I consider Dogfish Head's Punkin to be the best pumpkin ale I have ever had, I must say that this year's batch does not stand up to the fantastic 2004 Punkin.

This year's Punkin seems to be a lot less "bold." The flavors and spices are a bit quieter - no so upfront & in your face. However, this year it has a luscious mouth to it - very mild, low carbonation, with a creamy head. This is unlike all the other pumpkin ales, as every other one I've had has the carbonated bite in the mouthfeel. A very pleasant, pleasing difference.

The brown sugar is very present, without making the beer overly sweet, if that makes sense. Punkin is a bit darker - more of a deeper, healthier orange, compared to Smuttynose Pumpkin's bright orange glow.

Well, like I said, I dont think this year's Dogfish Head Punkin is as good as last year's, but it is still the #1 pumpkin ale, as far as I'm concerned, and well worth the $7 / 4-pack.

10-02-2005 23:39:01 | More by chOAKbarrell
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