Punkin Ale - Dogfish Head Brewery

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5,897 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,897
Reviews: 1,998
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 12.94%
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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 WesM63
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a snifter

A: Pours a Amber/Orange/Brownish color with a small 1finger white head. Minor retention and decent lacing.

S: Spot on with what the label. Pumpkin and all sorts of spices. Nutmeg, allspice and Cinnamon.

T: The nose is spot on. Pumpkin, nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice. A bit of booze in the middle of the taste.

M: Medium body and carbonation.

O: Overall, a decent pumpkin brew. Not a lot yet this year, but overall very drinkable and reminds me of the season.

Photo of uustal
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an orangey/amber with a two finger light tan head. Good lacing and retention. Nice aroma. Cinnamon, all spice, nutmeg and pumpkin. The spices dominate the flavor, cinnamon and all spice primarily. Sweet malts. The pumpkin flavor is secondary, but present. Very fall-like, warming pumpkin beer.

Photo of tmoneyba
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle 12 oz.

Pours an orange dark amber color with a moderate off-white head that diminished quickly with good lacing.

Complex spicy pumpkin aroma.

Medium body with creamy texture.

Good complex flavor of a liquid pumpkin pie.

Very interesting and good brew

Photo of thirtysixbelow
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a - orange brown color with a medium airy head. Decent head retention and lacing.

s - sweet pumpkin a few spices and hops but nothing too forward. A little alcohol maybe. weak :(

t - great spicy flavor with some nutmeg and cinnamon pushes through to the alcoholic presence and finishes with just the right touch of hops to balance the taste.

m - medium body, smooth texture

d - this is the best pumpkin beer I have had thus far. It has a great balance of spices and hops. The alcohol is there in the right balance too, noticeable but not overpowering. This will be my benchmark for next year :)

Photo of BeerMeJohnnyHopkins
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Overall a very solid pumpkin ale. I don't think it's my favorite, but I'd never be disappointed with a Dogfish Head Punkin. Poured a 12 ounce bottle into a standard pilsner glass.

A- Comes out dark copper with a medium size head that diminishes pretty quickly.

S- The spices don't come out quite as much as some other pumpkins, but obviously it is more distinctive than your typical beer. The malt and sugar take the front seat here.

T- Very smooth, with just the right amount of carbonation, and not so much alcohol that you can taste the 7%. Once again, mostly malt and sugar, and not much in the way of hops. Not overpowering with the pumpkin, which is in my opinion the hardest part of making a pumpkin ale.

M- Nothing particularly special is going on with this beer. Lower carbonation gives it a smooth feel going down. It's particularly dry and the spices stick out, but it's all pleasant.

O- I'm a huge fan of pumpkin ales when they're done right, and DFH has done a superb job on this one. I've had a few others that have a nicer balance and bring out the pumpkin flavor more gracefully, but it remains a seasonal favorite every fall.

Photo of tedsox31
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. It pours an orange color with a small head. There is a nice bit of lacing as I drink the beer.

The smell is of pumpkin pie spices and maybe a little bit of caramel. The spices are quite strong and remind me of Thanksgiving.

Taste is of pumpkin, spices, and some hops at the end. I really like the taste, as the hops flavor balances out the pumpkin and spices.

Mouthfeel is clean and smooth...this is a very drinkable beer. Another winner from DFH, and I think I'll be picking up more of this in the future.

Photo of jmhagan88
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%

Photo of julian
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: great color clarity, but cannot see right through the glass. Looks to be filtered though. Deep amber color, lots of visible carbonation. Great nutty white 1 finger head. that dissipates but leaves a nice bubbly ring around the edges and slight surface foam too.

S: As expected, smells mostly of pumpkin and spices. Big malt aroma too with a very mild alcoholic presence.

T: Pumpkin is not surprisingly, the dominant flavor. Nice heavy malt backbone. Mild hop presence that fades in mid palate ending in a tangy and spice filled hoppy bite

M: medium carbonation, smooth.

D: For a seasonal, this is quite good. I could drink a few :)

Photo of JRed
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty dark amber looks with average sized off-white head. Smells of pumpkin harvest, nutmeg, cinnamon and other pungent spices. The taste is perfect for the autumn season, lets go for a walk through falling leaves right now. Pumpkin pie, oatmeal cookies, cinnamon tickles the tongue and lingers for a delicious aftertaste reminiscent of ginger snaps. Through the snow to Grandma's house we go...Bottoms up!

Photo of codewarrior
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. from a 4-pack. Poured into a pint-glass.

A: Dark-amber. Little head.

S: Spice! Pumpkin! Smells delicious and thick. Even got a little foam on my nose getting all up in this tastiness.

T: Rich, pumpkin. Lots of spice, rich and smooth. Pumkin, nutmeg, ginger, cinnamon, all spice ... all there, all strong. Dissipates nicely into a smooth finish. For as good as this tastes, it still doesn't stand up to the smell (a problem I've found with nearly all of the harvest pumpkin ales ... with the exception of the Pumking ... mmm)

F: Like soft delicious pumpkin pie. Seriously, this feels awesome.

D: All around tasty beer, light enough to drink casually, good enough to drink as a early-fall dessert beer.

I would rank this beer a tad higher, if the price-point weren't so high. At $14 a 4-pack, I expect a lot from a beer, a lot. While this is a delicious beer, for the money there are much better seasonals.

Photo of Skidz
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out light gold and sits a bright reddish-brown in the glass with a 1/2 finger fluffy white head.

Smells of nutmeg and cinnamon, all the usual pumpkin spices. Mild vegetal aroma of pumpkins, and a underlying layer of sweetness, notably caramel.

Tastes lightly sweet up front, lots of dark sugary backing and spices build up steam. Nutmeg and all-spice come in strong and cinnamon takes the finish with a tingling bitterness on the sides of the toungue. Pumpkin flavor is all there, well produced and easy to follow. Finishes is lightly bitter with some lingering sweetness.

Medium-full body, smooth and creamy with adequate carbonation. Nothing to the extremes, but a nice sparkling touch.

A good treat for the upcoming days of fall. Doesn't make you feel sick from the pumking flavors and is well controlled at that.

Photo of tsauce2
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

P: 12 fl oz bottle in to an imperial pint

A: SRM is light brown/pumpkin. Translucent and clear filtered. Head is off white, puffy, 1 in, dissipates to 1 cm. Medium/heavy carbonation. Light lacing.

S: Very spicy. Nutmeg and allspice cut through, followed by cinnamon and pumpkin. Slight sweetness is noticable.

T: Pumpkin is the predominant flavor, followed by spices and then a sweetness from the sugar. Aftertaste is spicy (nutmeg and a little allspice) and a touch malty. Hops are a mild/light component.

M: Medium body. Spices and pumpkin create a mf that is very full and stimulating to the palate. The spice notes on the aftertaste create a slightly tangy/bitter feeling, but leave you wanting another sip.

O: An excellent pumpkin beer. DFH hits it out of the park with this one. Great balance of many ingredients. Beer is ingredient heavy without overpowering the palate and all flavors come through. One of my fall/Thanksgiving favorites.

Photo of ViveLaChouffe
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an orangey copper with a quarter-inch tan head. Smells spicy. Clove and nutmeg and light cinnamon in the nose. Sweet spice. Tart and fruity underneath, spiced baked apple aromas.

Lots of spicey flavors as mentioned in the smell. Nutmeg, clove, allspice, cinnamon. Some pumpkin flavors in there as well. Fruity malt behind all the above. Some hops in the finish, medium bodied and lightly sour. Pretty easy drinker around the holidays. I have found my new regular for my once-a-year pumkin ale fix!

Photo of sinistermadman
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a perfectly clear gold-amber with a nice head that retains well. Smell is pretty good. Nice aromas of sugar/spice cookie, cinnamon, nutmeg and obviously pumpkin pie. Taste is a myriad of spices and obviously pumpkin. Subtle notes of citrus perceived. Mouthfeel has a dough-like presence as the beer is full in texture with a medium-full body. The brew finishes in a swath of spice and cooked "punkin". Not too bad, certainly a good spiced beer. To me it gets a little bogged down in it's spiciness. Maybe it's because it isn't fall yet, I don't know. Still enjoyable and recommended.

Photo of WillCarrera
4.09/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a clear golden orange color with a very thin off white head.

S- Loads and loads of pumpkin, definitely some nutmeg and cinnamon, clove esters in the background, some bready malts.

T- Tastes pretty much like it smells, big pumpkin pie flavor, cinnamon and nutmeg lurk in the background, the clove spice and some fruit really linger into the finish. Malt body is big and bready and works well with the brown sugar.

M- Medium bodied, smooth, creamy feel. Moderate carbonation.

O- A really excellent pumpkin ale, the flavor is awesome and has good drinkability. A very cool, tasty beer for fall.

Photo of rievelx6
4.09/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A- Has an orangish amber color to it with white head

S- Good blend of pumpkin and some spices

T- At first I get the spices with some malt then at the end i get the pumpkin

M- Good carbonation with slit bite

O- Overall this is a very good pumpkin ale good taste for the season

Photo of Fcolle2
4.09/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark orange amber in color with a one finger foamy white head that has decent retention

Smell had big notes of pumpkin and nutmeg. Cinnamon and allspice are slightly more subtle but are still notable. There is a good caramel malt sweet scent that balances it all out nicely.

Pumpkin and sweetness is much more mild in the taste and let's each spice come out individually with no ingredient overpowering the next.

Mouthfeel is great, there is a very dry harvest ale feel that has a perfect balance of bitterness that keeps this really crisp.

Photo of FredTheSeal
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass.

A - Pours with a fizzy tan head with soda-sized bubbles. Head dissipates quickly without lacing. Crystal clear copper color.

S - Smells like a great pumpkin ale. Just enough spice, just enough pumpkin/malt.

T - Spices, pumpkin/malt, caramel, roasted - in that order. Sometimes I get a hint of alcohol at the end. Very bold flavor in general. The caramel and roasted flavors really compliment the spices and pumpkin. A little less spice and a little more sweetness would probably make this beer even better.

M - Medium body, high carbonation.

D - I like this beer but I don't know if I could have more than 3 in a session.

Photo of Bmarquez08
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of KMcG
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Brown-amber, with moderate head of about 1/2 inch. Poor head retention. No lace on brew after head dissipates.

S: candied pecans and butter nuts!

T: doesn't do justice to aroma. Nutmeg, slight bitterness, sweet, molasses, and spice. There is a toasty, caramelized sweetness that is wonderful. It tastes just like a Jewish honey cake that I recently had. Yum!

M: medium body, good carbonation

O: great fall brew.

Photo of Shumista
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into my maudite goblet. Finally, a pumpkin beer with some substance too it.
A- DFH Punkin' Ale pours a dark, translucent golden orange with about 1/2 inch of head.
S- Smells like sweet pumpkin pie. I smell cinnamon, nutmeg and some other spices.
T- Tastes like it smells, like pumpkin pie. The same spices that were present in the smell are there in the taste as well, with the added flavor of actual pumpkin.
M- A good medium bodied beer, the moderately high alcohol content is barely noticeable.
D- I could go through a couple of this with dinner, but just drinking them by themselves I don't think I'd want more than one.
Of all the pumpkin ales I've tried (about 4) this one is the best yet and I will certainly be buying this beer again. I'm looking forward to pairing it with some Holiday dinners in the near future.

Photo of BigDiesel
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of dexterk1
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this beer as a special during craft beer week. Pours with a dark orange/brown color.
Odor is spices of pumpkin pie. Cinnamon and nutmeg and some pumpkin make for a pleasant overall aroma.
Taste is not too heavy on the pumpkin(which I like). Sweet caramel and spices are present. Ends with a sweet finish.
Mouth feel is smooth and consistent.

4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear orange copper. Small offwhite cream-colored head. Light lacing.

Sweet caramel and spices (cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg). Sweet fruity and earthy pumpkin. Like a pumpkin pie!

Sweet caramel, cookie pie crust. appropriately and not overpoweringly spiced with clove, nutmeg, and cinnamon. Earthy fruity pumpkin. A bit of earthy herbal bitterness. And a touch of bourbon from the alcohol.

very smooth, well carbonated, med body, slightly dry, not as watery/cidery as many other pumpkin brews

A damn good pumpkin brew. One of the better ones I've had. A decent amount of pumpkin and not too much spices with a smooth medium body. Very drinkable, good fall brew that your mom/sis/grandma would even like.

Photo of n2185
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours a clear orange-copper with two fingers of beige head that recedes into a thin layer with little lacing.

S: The typical pumpkin spices up front--cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, etc.--followed by vanilla aromas. Pumpkin and yam aromas bring up the finish with some brown sugar notes as well. Smells quite nice.

T: Similar to the aroma, the typical array of spices are present up front. Vanilla flavors mixed with somewhat sweet bready flavors follow, and the beer finishes with a slight bitterness from the hops.

M: Medium-light body with medium carbonation, this beer is fairly crisp and light, which goes well with the more pronounced hop characters.

O: A good pumpkin ale with a very nice nose. I'd prefer more vanilla and pumpkin in the flavor, but it is still pretty tasty.

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