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Punkin Ale - Dogfish Head Brewery

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BA SCORE
88
very good

5,635 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 5,635
Reviews: 1,974
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 12.69%
Wants: 296
Gots: 746 | 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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Reviews by weizenbob:
Photo of weizenbob
4.28/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle ($8.99/4-pack) purchased at Pere Marquette Expeditions in Ludington, MI. I'm on the side of the fence with the folks who look forward to Fall Pumpkin seasonals. This hit the shelves late out here and I wasn't sure if I'd get my hands on any Punkin this year. Expeditions pulled through again! "Bottled in 2011" is clearly printed on the neck of the bottle, followed by a cryptic series of numbers. I popped the top and poured into a nonic pint glass.

A standard bottle pour (horizontal bottle, 45 degree glass) yields a finger of ivory head that dissipates fairly quickly. Lacing slides down the glass as the head disappears. The beer is burnt orange in color and extremely translucent. A small quantity of fine bubbles lazily ascends the interior of the glass. The hue is enticing, though the overall visual lands in the middle.

One does not have to get too close to the glass to smell the goods. Pumpkin is forward in the nose. The label indicates that this has been brewed with brown sugar, and that is also noted in the nostrils. Allspice is recognizable, but this beer appears to be more about the pumpkin than the spice. Props for that. Traces of alcohol and diacetyl do much to add complexity to the aroma. It's may be the best smelling pumpkin ale I've bought this fall.

The flavor is a nice change of pace from most other commercially available pumpkin ales. I've come to expect a very plain base beer from this style with a lot of spice added for a pumpkin pie effect. Punkin Ale starts with a more robust base brew that brings to mind a mild brown ale that has had its gravity jacked up through the use of molasses. Even without the pumpkin and spice, Punkin's foundation has something to offer. Speaking of the pumpkin, it floats atop this assertively strong beer, delicately caressing the palate. Spices are much less aggressive than I've come to expect from the style, but still noted. Sweet sticky alcohol becomes a complimentary flavor rather than something that needs to be hidden for the enjoyment of the imbiber. The flavors are beautifully balanced with a depth and sophistication that I have found in no other pumpkin ale.

The beer is medium bodied with a nice velvety finish, likely from the moderately high alcohol content. Prickly carbonation feels fresh and lively and is mildly bittering in itself. The feel compliments the flavors well, adding up to what could be the easiest drinking 7% ABV beer you will drink this year. It's also the most modestly priced 4-pack I've seen on shelves in a while. Regardless of your feelings on pumpkin ale as a style, I promise that Punkin is nothing to scoff at.

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The Two-Schlitz Scale: (reference my profile for an explanation)
I give two Schlitz all fall for this excellent pumpkin ale. Yum.

weizenbob, Oct 18, 2011
More User Reviews:
Photo of metter98
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
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 +11.2%
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 Arch578
4/5  rDev +1.5%

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, Sep 16, 2014
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.53/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a hazy pale orange color with a 1 inch head that fades to a fizzy soda like cap. No lacing was present.

S - Smells of sweet bread dough, tangy fruits, and pumpkin pie spices.

T - Bitter/spice taste to start out with a malty aftertaste.

M - Decent carbonation gives a bubbly coating feeling in the mouth.

D - Solid niche beer. I am glad I tried this beer and I would probably get it again in the fall but it wasn't something I would drink a lot of. Definitely one of the best pumpkin ales though...

UCLABrewN84, May 14, 2010
Photo of StoneTSR
3.69/5  rDev -6.3%

APPEARANCE: The color is not what one might expect from a “full-bodied brown ale”. In fact, it is a bright, but hazy orange color. A half-finger of white head rises and falls within seconds of the initial pour. A layer of wispy foam remains, covering most of the surface of the beer. Quite a few bubbles can be seen popping up towards the surface at varying speeds, giving this beer a nice, lively look.

SMELL: Now the “brown ale” piece of this is coming through with a fair amount of roasted malt aromas that make up the majority of the smell. Just underneath that roast, though, is a very strong pumpkin smell…and not the fake, pumpkin pie smell (which I often like), this is the real deal, pumpkin smell. Some pie spices flirt with the nose as well, but they are subtle.

TASTE: The roast flavors match the aromas in intensity and, for this beer, dominate the flavor profile for me. And again, the true pumpkin flavor comes in right underneath it, but this time the spices are closer to the front and center than in the nose. The heavy roast also brings out what is almost a woody flavor, along with a touch of vanilla.

MOUTHFEEL: Medium-bodied and on the sweet side for an average beer, but a little dry for many Pumpkins on the market. There is a touch of stickiness on the front end, but it certainly dries while going down.

OVERALL: Dogfish Punkin is a pretty solid beer. I do appreciate that I can detect a lot more actual pumpkin flavor and aroma than in most others, but I would appreciate a little more sweet and spice. I’m sure many people out there may prefer this, however.

StoneTSR, Sep 16, 2014
Photo of oberon
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
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 -5.3%
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 20, 2005
Photo of aszatk01
4/5  rDev +1.5%

aszatk01, Sep 16, 2012
Photo of DanGeo
3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

DanGeo, Oct 12, 2014
Photo of tectactoe
3.73/5  rDev -5.3%
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 +14.2%

jcr8611, Mar 26, 2012
Photo of t2grogan
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

t2grogan, Oct 08, 2014
Photo of OhioBobcat
4/5  rDev +1.5%

OhioBobcat, Aug 31, 2013
Photo of npala86
4/5  rDev +1.5%

npala86, Aug 07, 2013
Photo of tbryan5
4.02/5  rDev +2%

tbryan5, Tuesday at 12:42 AM
Photo of poibag808
5/5  rDev +26.9%

poibag808, Nov 26, 2011
Photo of Shakerman
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Shakerman, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of HOITINK
4.52/5  rDev +14.7%

HOITINK, Sep 14, 2014
Photo of SkiBum22
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

SkiBum22, Aug 17, 2013
Photo of JacobMutberg
4/5  rDev +1.5%

JacobMutberg, Oct 09, 2012
Photo of Firefox13
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Firefox13, Feb 06, 2013
Photo of sdsimkins
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

sdsimkins, Nov 13, 2013
Photo of drewkennedy
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

drewkennedy, Nov 24, 2012
Photo of blackearth
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
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
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Punkin Ale from Dogfish Head Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 5,635 ratings.