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Punkin Ale - Dogfish Head Brewery

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BA SCORE
89
very good

5,157 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 5,157
Reviews: 1,944
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 12.66%
Wants: 271
Gots: 564 | 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 MaximalC:
Photo of MaximalC
2.34/5  rDev -40.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.25

Pours a mostly transparent copper color with a finger of off-white head that settles slowly. Active carbonation bubbles can be observed ascending within the glass. Aroma smells of pumpkin spices, a vague, caramel sweetness, and some pumpkin as well. The taste features prickly nutmeg, cinnamon, et al. on the front end, which is soon superseded by a nasty, watered-down, metallic juiciness. This is accompanied by a peculiar, chemical bitterness that is neither resinous, floral, peppery, or any other acceptable adjective one might normally attribute to hopping. The finish, which is unmercifully prolonged, features the taste of wheat followed by cloying cinnamon-water. Some alcoholic heat can be detected on the back end as well. The mouthfeel is slightly creamy but overcarbonated, which exaggerates the spices. I finally caught some pumpkin on the vapors that linger between sips. It could very well be there in the middle as well, but if it is, it's buried under so much garbage that it can't be appreciated.

I'm not normally this harsh, but I'm calling a spade a spade--this beer is totally unrefined and borderline amateurish. Don't know that I've ever found anything by Dogfish Head I enjoy, but even by that standard this is sub-par.

MaximalC, Oct 17, 2013
More User Reviews:
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 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 oberon
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

oberon, Oct 02, 2003
Photo of Marty
3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

Marty, Oct 19, 2005
Photo of aszatk01
4/5  rDev +1.3%

aszatk01, Sep 16, 2012
Photo of tectactoe
3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

tectactoe, Oct 29, 2012
Photo of jcr8611
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

jcr8611, Mar 26, 2012
Photo of OhioBobcat
4/5  rDev +1.3%

OhioBobcat, Aug 31, 2013
Photo of npala86
4/5  rDev +1.3%

npala86, Aug 07, 2013
Photo of poibag808
5/5  rDev +26.6%

poibag808, Nov 26, 2011
Photo of Shakerman
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Shakerman, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of HOITINK
4.52/5  rDev +14.4%

HOITINK, Saturday at 11:40 PM
Photo of SkiBum22
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

SkiBum22, Aug 17, 2013
Photo of JacobMutberg
4/5  rDev +1.3%

JacobMutberg, Oct 09, 2012
Photo of Firefox13
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Firefox13, Feb 06, 2013
Photo of sdsimkins
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

sdsimkins, Nov 13, 2013
Photo of drewkennedy
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

drewkennedy, Nov 24, 2012
Photo of blackearth
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

blackearth, Oct 06, 2009
Photo of jose_alehouseSD
3/5  rDev -24.1%

jose_alehouseSD, Sep 07, 2014
Photo of tuckevalastin
4.63/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

tuckevalastin, Dec 12, 2009
Photo of orbitalr0x
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

orbitalr0x, Oct 14, 2004
Photo of blitz134
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

blitz134, Sep 30, 2007
Photo of ripocceschi
4.75/5  rDev +20.3%

ripocceschi, Aug 15, 2012
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Punkin Ale from Dogfish Head Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 5,157 ratings.