Punkin Ale - Dogfish Head Brewery

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Reviews: 1,991
Hads: 5,997
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 6.39%
Wants: 328
Gots: 975 | FT: 8
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Delaware, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: NeroFiddled on 09-26-2002

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
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Reviews: 1,991 | Hads: 5,997
Photo of rob111270
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

This is one of the best pumpkin ales I have had. I have been on the hunt for the best tasting one and this is right up there. Has good pumpkin flavor, not overpowering and not as sweet as some of the others I have tasted. This beer has a bit of a bite to it in my opinion. The spices are very well blended for a delicious tasting beer! Best of luck finding this gem this late in the season...although, I did find a place earlier today that still had several cases available. Needless to say, I bought one!!! Happy drinking everyone!!! (541 characters)

Photo of JoshW
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Traded a bottle of Penn Brewing Oktoberfest for this from a friend of mine.. Poured a very nice amber, even, medium carbonation with a solid finger head. Smells a lot like a pumpkin pie, and I picked up on the nutmeg almost immediately. Taste is heavy and crisp, leaves a spicy warm feeling on the tongue, brown sugar at the end. Mouthfeel is full and creamy, VERY easy to drink, probably one of my favorites so far this early into my newly found hobby of beer.

I think I made out a little better on the trade. (512 characters)

Photo of jhammel01
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice copper color with a nice fluffy 2 finger head. It goes away pretty quick and keeps a ring around the top all the way down. It doesnt stick to the glass.

It smells of pumpkin spice and nutmeg.

It tastes great! Very balanced mix of Pumpkin, nutmeg, cinnamon and brown sugar...Just like the label says its made of!
Definitely a bit of caramel in the background with a bit of malty goodness! It mellows out on the spices when it warms up. The malt and caramel notes come out as it "settles". A little bit of alcoholic burn as well.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied. It didnt have much carbonation for whatever reason. Everyone else seemed to be plenty carbonated.

Another solid one from DFH. Perfect for a chilly fall night! (732 characters)

Photo of jslice99
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

A- Copper, orange in color with a white two finger head.

S-Nutmeg and cinnamon. Also some sweet pumpkin, it has a great smell.

T-Perfectly balanced between the spice and pumpkin also a little bit of sweetness to it.

M- Medium mouthfeel with some carbonation.

Overall, this is a great pumpkin ale. I will definately buy this again and i highly reccomend this. (412 characters)

Photo of mbrady55
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served out of the bottle into a standard pint glass.

A: Looks really nice in a glass, light brown/orange in color, tiny bubbles of carbonation streaming up the middle of the glass, overall a very pleasant looking beer.

S: For me i get a good deal of nutmeg, subtle cinnamon, pumpkin flesh and i do get the organic brown sugar as well, yummm!

T: Nice spice taste at the front with the nutmeg and brown sugar dominating, also getting a nice pumpkin flesh taste in the middle, overall a very nice tasting pumpkin ale.

M: Oily and coating, flavor is diffused throughout the entire mouth.

O: Probably my favorite pumpkin beers of the ones i've tried, i have had ST and it is truly and amazing brew. However, for me i prefer more of a pumpkin beer than a pumpkin pie beer and this one fits the bill perfectly. I believe DFH has found a balance in this brew that would appeal to everyone. (886 characters)

Photo of MikeRusso
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

This is my favorite pumpkin beer. The flavor of pumpkin is there but not too strong. The spices are aromatic but not artificial on the tongue. It's a nice solid beer with some pumpkin added for flavor. Not a pumpkin with beer as an afterthought. (246 characters)

Photo of office888
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a light amber color with foaming white head.

S: Aroma of pumpkin, and other spices. Amazing coincidence, eh?

T: Slight taste of pumpkin. I get more nutmeg, and brown sugar than I do of the pumpkin or the cinnamon. The notes are very light, nothing overpowering.

M: Medium consistency, well carbonated. Small bit of "bite" on the end from the carbonation, slightly syrupy from the brown sugar.

D: Superb flavor with nothing too overpowering. VERY drinkable. I could go through a 4pack with no problems at all. Definitely, a "sit down and drink me endlessly" beer. (576 characters)

Photo of Jfhophead
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Im new to the pumpkin beers but this is hands down my favorite one yet! Southern tier makes a good pumkin brew but still like the dogfish (plan on trying more while they are in season). Funny thing is I have never liked pumpkin pie, which is why I had no interest in pumpkin beers but I finally tried one and instantly fell in love. Tastes more like the smell of pumpkin pie then the taste of one. tasty brew! (409 characters)

Photo of Dadoftwogirls
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

For a "flavored" beer, this one is exceptional. Although you expect otherwise, the taste grabs you and with a deep richness that is not sweet at all. Great two finger head. I find it to be a great evening beer in which 3-4 put the perfect end to the day. Almost like a desert, in a beer, but without being like a soda.

Great brew to get the fall rolling! (355 characters)

Photo of thequeen711
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2009 version of Dogfish Head's Pumkin Ale is quite better than the previous years batch. Full bodied, spiced brown ale, nose and taste of pumpkin, nutmeg, brown sugar, cinnamon, makes this brew flavourful and tasty. Mouthfeel is light, and taste is so quenchable. This year's batch just overcomes flavours from Dogfish past! They have the best batch by far! Thanks for getting better...can't wait for next year's batch!! (420 characters)

Photo of heebes
4.49/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a rich semiclear orange amber. Minimal head and a good amount of carbonation.

Smells of pumpkin (!), cinnamon, spices and brown sugar. This beer is loaded with deep aromas appearing as soon as the cap is popped.

The taste runs smooth of a deep representation of the nose. Flavorful rich pumpkin. Theres a great spice aftertaste lingering. Medium mouthfeel present. Thick on the palette but a smooth drinker.

Overall this is the best yet representation of the pumpkin ale. The Dogfish Head crew delivers. Very high drinkability, glad I bought 2 packs. Theres the definite ale taste to it. Not overpowering as some as far as pumpkin pie type spices. Drinks like a true fresh pumpkin beer. (695 characters)

Photo of Xadoor
4.49/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A clear amber colour in the glass. Big foamy head that settled down quickly. Some lacing in the glass. Nice aroma with nutmeg, cinamon, pumkin and brown sugar noticeable. Flavour is sweet but spicy. Soft malt and pumpkin with a bitter pepper and spicy finish. The pumpkin flavour is subtle and doesn't overpower. Probably the best pumpkin ale I've tried. Makes me think of thanksgiving and cool autumn evenings. (411 characters)

Photo of paulieatworld
4.49/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Man, 20 cases of these guys came in the door this morning, so one had to be popped.

pours an orange-amberish clear brew with a quarter inch head that remains as the pint progresses.

ummmm...smells like fall. some pumpkin smell mixed with nutmeg, cinnamon and gingerbread notes.

i usually think pumpkin beers are gross. maybe it's because dogfish actually uses real pumpkins in the mash. this one just so damn delicious. you really get the brown sugar in this years batch, but the spices balance it out and it doesn't get too sweet.

my one knock on this is that as it warms it can get a little boozy.
all in all - this one's up there with weyerbacher imperial as one of my favorites pumpkin ales. another job well done from the dudes over at dogfish. (755 characters)

Photo of HoustonTX
4.48/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours burnt orange in color, with a near amber tint. Frothy large white head encompasses the outer edges of the glass. The carbonation is wicked in my Duvel tulip. Lacing is incredibly sticky as well. Some of the stickiest in a long time. The smell is very reminiscent of pumpkin pie. A large amount of pumpkin, a good bit of cinnamon, and a generous portion of nutmeg. The all-spice and brown sugar are definitely there as well, but more subdued.

This beer has a very strong caramel malt backbone. Slightly earthy, with a hint of roastiness. The malt infuses together with the pumpkin and spices perfectly. What I enjoy about this beer, is that Dogfish Head did not go overboard on the spices. It's balanced to perfection, and is the epitomy of fall beers. Mouthfeel is right on for the style. Semi-creamy, semi-dry, and full-bodied. Drinkability is wonderful for those cool fall nights.

Punkin' Ale definitely nails the head on the style. This is a must have fall beer, and one I highly recommend. (1,005 characters)

Photo of suspect
4.48/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass. 2011 batch.

A: Crystal clear copper color. Aggressive pour leads to an off-white head that spills over the top of the glass. A 3-finger head remains and sticks itself at the top of the glass for what seems like an eternity. When it finally fades, it leaves tons of sticky thick lacing.

S: Huge aroma of nutmeg, allspice, pumpkin pie, brown sugar, caramel and a touch of piney hops. Slight alcohol presence in the nose but this beer is really well balanced and is the best smelling "fall beer" I've ever had.

T: Sweet caramel malts hit first followed quickly by the pumpkin notes similarly found in pumpkin pies with brown sugar, cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg and a faint bready taste at the end that I swear I want to try to crunch on like crust. This is such a wonderfully complex, yet balanced beer.

M: Creamy, medium bodied, perfect carbonation. Alcohol not evident in the mouthfeel.

O: Man...every year I'm really glad to see this beer again. This is such an exceptional beer. It makes me think of crisp, cool nights, families gathering around a feast and altogether good times. I should really buy a case of this stuff. (1,191 characters)

Photo of simmons
4.48/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Soid orange in color with medium head slowly didapates into a thin lace. Very bright. Aroma has a solid but not overpowering pumpkin nose followed by spice and a touch of hops. Not too much malt aroma. Very pleasant. Flavor consists of a grainy malt right up front followed by pumpkin and a touch of spices to balace this beer out. Nothing is overpowering. Carbonation is on the lighter side. Overall this is one tasty beer. Well rounded, balanced and tasty. I love pumpkin beers, Id say this is in the top 5 (508 characters)

Photo of KAVSE
4.48/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had a little trouble finding this one on the West Coast. Finally got my hands on a couple four-packs and was very impressed by this beer. Poured into glass.
Appearance: Nice "pumpkin" orange coloring. Not too much carbonation. The head dissipated fairly quickly with no lacing left on the glass.
Smell: Your nose has to search for the multitude of flavors. Hints of cinnamon, clove, pumpkin pie, slight alcohol all mix very well. Smells like Fall!
Taste: Each one I drink I taste something that wasn't there before. Initial taste of alcohol and the signature hops are very light giving way to letting your tastebuds search for the flavors. The flavors of pumpkin, clove, and cinnamon mix so well you almost believe you're mistaken. Very subtle and not an overtly "pumpkin" beer like many others.
Mouthfeel: Crisp yet thick. Not very carbonated but very smooth and subtle around the middle to back of the tongue.
Drinkability: You simply can't have just one. Perfect for Fall or any season where good friends and family are around. (1,030 characters)

4.47/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into pint glass.
A: Pours a clear, but rich amber body. The off white head hold good retention, which is left for most of the glass. Lacing is minimal.
S: The aroma is a chest of spices. Noting a nutmeg, brown sugar and cinnamon. This a a classic aroma for the style, holding on to the fact that this is still beer, not a real pumpkin pie.
T/M: A warm and inviting taste of spices and pumpkin. The smoothness of the mouthfeel is very pleasant with the flavors that ring in winter. The mouthfeel is creamy and displays the flavors nicely. The finish you really get the pumpkin in this brew, it come forward like carving a real pumpkin.
D: An all around great brew and a true benchmark for the style. (710 characters)

Photo of wikk3d
4.47/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a golden amber color with a thick foam head that settles to about half a finger. Leaves a decent amount of lacing on the glass. Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint.

Aroma - Sweet smell, pumpkin spice, citrus, hints of cinnamon. You can tell it's going to be a very sweet beer. Has a linger of a malt scent.

Taste - It's a very sweet ale right off the bat. Cinnamon lingers as it goes down. The pumpkin is very prevalent in this beer. Extremely smooth. It's not like many other pumpkin ales where there's only a hint of spice, it's very powerful. The sweetness adds to it. Not bitter at all.

Mouth - My only complaint is that it can be a little dry as you get into a full glass. Although the aftertaste it leaves makes up for it. Very sweet, similar to that of a pumpkin pie.

Drinkability - I was very impressed by Dogfishhead's attempt at a pumpkin ale. I may sound repetitive but it's very very smooth. It's a lot sweeter than others that I have tried, they really aren't afraid to use their spices. Definitely a must. (1,047 characters)

Photo of BeerisfoodLLC
4.47/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass:

A - Brownish Orange with a thin head that dissipates quickly leaving lacing on the glass.

S - Strong scents of pumpkin, and all the spices listed on the bottle. Malt scents are evident as well.

T - This is maybe the best commercial pumpkin ale out there in my opinion. Well balanced, tastes like what a pumpkin ale should be. Malts and brown sugar make it on the sweet side but you can just taste the hops to balance it out.

M - Nice medium bodied ale. Mildly carbonated makes this very smooth.

D - I could drink these all day. Very drinkable and go down easy. Watch out though as the 7% alcohol will sneak up on you. (662 characters)

Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.47/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance - orange copper.
smell - cinnamon, allspice. According to DFH, there's 'organic brown sugar'.
taste - ummm...there's the brown sugar. Spices are less evident than in the and well balanced. The 7% is nowhere to be found.
mouthfeel - Nice and creamy.
drinkability - Too easy to down this 7%'er.
Another fine DFH. (323 characters)

Photo of erosier
4.47/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours a nice orange color with a medium sized and thick white colored head that laces the glass a bit on the way down.
S: Smells of very sweet malts, some pumpkin flavoring, and hints of nutmeg in the nose.
T: Very well balanced flavors of the malts, pumpkin, nutmeg, cinnamon, and even a hint of vanilla.
M: Light, crisp, refreshing, with the right amount of carbination.
D: Very drinkable pumpkin beer as it has a really nice finish and it is well balanced all around.

Found it at Amity Wine in New Haven, CT. (515 characters)

Photo of MagyarPuska
4.47/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Golden with hints of amber and minimum head retention. Not much lacing to speak of.

Aroma: Imagine this but it smells like pumpkins. Nutmeg and cinnamon are evident with the latter of the two being more noticeable.

Taste: Wow. Warmth on the roof of the mouth as it goes down, with all-spice, cinnamon, nutmeg, and pumpkin dancing around on the palate.

Mouthfeel: Very gentle, and I find it slightly warming.

Drinkability: I would love to have this as a nice relaxing beer rather than drinking them en-masse. Two would be the limit for me as I think they would lose their effect after more than that.

Overall Impressions: During the late fall and through winter I normally settle down with a nice warm apple cider (non-alcoholic) from the local orchards, but this might have jumped from a chance substitute to a permanent spot in the starting line-up. Tied with Brooklyn's Dark Chocolate Stout for my #1 favorite seasonal. (939 characters)

Photo of Gajo74
4.47/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

What a fantastic beer by hands down one of the best if not the best breweries in America. Pours a beautiful autumn orange color. I drank it from a big wine glass and loved it how the creamy lace looked as I swirled it around. Great sweet taste; malts, brown sugar, and of course pumpkin. A smooth finish. Amazing feel. So refreshing. The only thing that prevented me from rating it higher was a slightly metallic scent in the aroma. Do not know if it came from the bottle or the glass. I would like to reevaluate this considering everyone else here is talking about the strong aromas that were aligned with taste. Nevertheless, Dogfish Head never disappoints and they continue to be at the forefront of creative brewing.

P.S. I had it today again and did not notice the metallic aroma. Maybe it was the glass or maybe I was previously detecting detergent from the wash. Nevertheless, this time I detected a nice cinnamon and pumpkin aroma. I raised the score on the aroma. (973 characters)

Photo of oelergud
4.47/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful orange body, off-white head small to medium bubbled, head has decent retention but no to little lace, little carbonation.
Very complex scent, sweet spice, pumpkin and something else I cant determine but from the label I gather it's brown sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg.
Taste is much like the smell but better and stronger, sweet spice, brown sugar very apparent, pumpkin and sweet bread. Good malt/hop balance, aftertaste is a lingering malt drifting over to the realm of hops.
Very good mouthfeel, body has just the right fullness, decent coating.
A very drinkable and interesting beer and now my favorite fall brew.

-Oelergud (641 characters)

Punkin Ale from Dogfish Head Brewery
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