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Punkin Ale - Dogfish Head Brewery

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5,653 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,653
Reviews: 1,974
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 12.94%
Wants: 297
Gots: 751 | FT: 6
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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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4.08/5  rDev +3.6%

DrJones, Sep 11, 2014
Photo of axeman9182
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, poured into my Duvel tulip.

Punkin pours a deep, dark orange, that lightens and clears considerably when properly lit. The beige head rises to about two fingers in stature, but doesn't stick around all that long, nor does it leave much evidence of its former existence. Nose is pretty much what one would expect from a well made pumpkin ale. Pumpkin comes through, along with an intriguing blend of spices (cinnamon and nutmeg come through better than the allspice). Brown sugar was advertised on the bottle, and while it didn't show up in the aroma it comes through just fine on the front end of each sip. That and an improved allspice presence among the pumpkin and spices on the back end really take this beer to the next level. Carbonation is fine, middle of the road in terms of intensity. Punkin could stand to be a little bit more rich though, the body comes across as a little thin for a decent sized pumpkin ale. Punkin is a very good beer, it's got a great flavor but some of the other aspects are just a bit off. Still, another quality beer from Dogfish Head.

axeman9182, Nov 22, 2010
Photo of mattday25
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%

mattday25, Sep 27, 2014
Photo of danielharper
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Orange body, completely transparent, no head at all. No effervescence.

Smell: Strong with pumpkin, slightly sweet, hints of spices. Notes of citrus. Inviting.

Taste: Hmm... surprisingly yeasty up front, sweet pumpkin in the middle, with a somewhat bitter aftertaste. Less pumpkin than expected. Slightly hoppy on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Moderate thickness, slightly chewy.

Drinkability: Very mild pumpkin ale, the alcohol is high but barely apparent. Very drinkable. One of the better pumpkin ales.

danielharper, Sep 26, 2009
Photo of Risser09
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter · Fridge temp · 2008

Appearance: Pours a brown and red color and is transparent. The head is a 1/2" ivory color with very little lace. There is some coating lace when swirled.

Smell: Spicy aroma of nuts, nutmeg, cinnamon and a bit of allspice. Plenty of malt aroma and sweetness. Lots of toasty cereal. Pumpkin sits in the background, I think. Nice and bold. Complex.

Taste: Very spicy with the aforementioned additions. Nutmeg and cinnamon are dominant flavors. Alcohol of 7% is well-hidden. Not cloyingly sweet. I guess there is a little pumpkin in there somewhere.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth, sweet, spicy and not a bit of booze. A little dry.

Drinkability: I really like this offering from DFH. It's a shame that there isn't much pumpkin. I could drink quite a few of these.

Risser09, Dec 22, 2008
Photo of unclecrappy
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The 2007 version, poured into a snifter.

A: This is a pretty beer, amber with a tinge or orange. The almost-fluffy white head dissipates quickly, leaving a nice lace behind.

S: You get a sense of the spice involved, but not enough to really suggest what's coming next.

T: This is my favorite pumpkin beer for a reason. This is exceptionally balanced, the actual pumpkin flavor meshing nicely with the spices. I don't even like pumpkin pie that much, in part because I wish it tasted more like this. Can we make a pumpkin ale pie instead?

M: Actually wish this was just a touch thicker.

D: Yummy, but. It's rich, and alcohol is a little heavy at 7 percent (not that you'd notice from a taste); a couple in one sitting is plenty for me. Still, as far as I'm concerned, this is the gold standard for pumpkin beer.

unclecrappy, Oct 24, 2007
Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Punkin ale does its best to look like a pumpkin, coming out of the bottle with a copper amber hue, mostly transparent with a small, fast-fading eggshell head.

Smell: The aroma has everything that was advertised. In order of dominance, I get cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin, and all spice with light grain notes in the background.

Taste: The flavor starts a little bit sweet, with some vanilla cream and cereal grain malts. Cinnamon and nutmeg start the spiciness, with pumpkin and allspice provide a lot of the driving flavor toward the middle and end. There is a light spciy bitterness at the end, but it barely interferes with the mostly clean finish.

Mouthfeel: Despite being light colored and transparent, this body has some depth to it. On the full side, it is almost chewy. The carbonation is understated and lightly crisp, and there is almost no residue of any kind left afterward.

Overall: This was an easy to drink pumpkin beer. With a full body and full character, this is a nice fall sipper.

KickInTheChalice, Oct 16, 2011
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4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

got my hands on some yesterday at big jacks brewers outlet in pottsville pa....the feel of this beer is very good
taste is wonderful ...alot of pumpkin taste and other spices like nutmeg
carbonation is also good and very refreshing beer to me...best pumpkin ale i had so far

Mouthfeel is very good,not thin at all and after taste is wonderful
drinkability is very good for a 7% beer the alcohol is hidden very well ..great session beer

eagles22, Sep 17, 2008
Photo of cambabeer
4.06/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty fast dissipating head on a amber colored body. This beer really does smell like the holidays. Malty smell followed by spices and pumpkin pie. The taste is the same. Rich and deep malt flavor with with a nice alcohol middle and a spicy sweet finish. Great beer for the holiday season.

cambabeer, Oct 12, 2013
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4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This pours an orange color with a small white head. It smells fantastic, spicy like pumpkin pie. There's allspice and cinnamon and even some clove I think. The taste is similar to the smell. There is a definite spice taste with a hint of pumpkin. The mouthfeel is thin and bubbly. This is a good spiced, drinking beer in my opinion. There is a good spiced drinking beer.

babyhobbes, Jan 05, 2004
Photo of Jason
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle with a packaged on date on the side of the label.

LOOK: Clear, tea color, good lacing

SMELL: Pumpkin pie spice, mild alcoholic esters, sugary, gord meat

TASTE: Smooth, a bit creamy, medium bodied, biscuity, expressive esters, raisins, faint rum, allspice, cooked pumpkin, caramel, finishes sweet and spicy

Hands down this is the best bottled pumpkin brews I have ever had, it is nice to see a brewery have enough courage and inspiration not to brew a pumpkin soda-beer. I would not have expected anything less from Dogfish Head. Thankfully there are pumpkin beers like this that are not one and done.

Jason, Aug 15, 2012
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4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On Tap

Sublime Ale House
San Marcos, CA

Deep orange with amber hues and a thin off-white head. Spots of lace are left down the glass.

A very mild aroma--some simple bread, a bit of toffee-candy sweetness, and some Fall spices, but not at all overly aromatic in general.

Balanced flavors of freshly baked bread, earthy pumpkin, some bright spice, and a touch of caramel and toffee sweetness.

Medium bodied with ample carbonation. Incredibly easy to drink--finishes crisp and light. No hint of alcohol.

Though I've been fairly disapointed with many Dogfish Head's offerings lately, this is one I always enjoy and look forward to every Fall--certainly one of my favorite pumpkin ales.

ehammond1, Oct 30, 2011
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4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

i like this beer...too bad this is the first time i've had it....i've been a craft beer drinker for 3 years now...

pours a thick fading white head...nice brown to red color...

smells like nutmeg....that spice along with cinnamon comes out really well in the nose...

taste is very nice...almost taste flat...you def get a little warming effect from the alcohol...nice little taste....nothing is overpowering in this beer...

nice creamy and smooth feel

very nice beer we got here!

nickthegun12, Sep 03, 2011
Photo of socon67
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Orange color, with an eggshell foam that settles fast. Very clear look. Slight carbonation.

S - Good smell of genuine pumpkin; no fake smell. Also, the pumpkin spices are less dominant than the actual pumpkin smell. Another good quality.

T - Great taste of pumpkin, caramel, nutmeg, and cinnamon. A more subdued beer of the style that focuses on the overall beer quality and less on over-spicing the brew.

M - Might be the most sessionable pumpkin beer out there. Feels light for the style and does not leave a spicy aftertaste.

O - For people who like a traditional version of the style and not over the top. Who would think that DFH would make a really good beer that isn't extreme for the style? Easily a fall favorite.

socon67, Oct 08, 2012
Photo of BeerAmbassador
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear copper color with a creamy white head. Aromas of nutmeg, brown sugar, roasted malt pumpkin and a bit of alcohol. Toasted biscuit malt flavors with a subtle bit of baking spice and pumpkin, just enough alcohol to remind you that it's 7% abv. overall a very balanced and nuanced pumpkin beer. One to look forward to every year.

BeerAmbassador, Sep 14, 2011
Photo of DerekP
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

In the glass the brew is amber, with a pumpkin-orange glow under the light. Soapy, off-white head; thin, but retention is steady.

Pumpkin pie spices with an overall smooth aroma. Nothing overbearing. Spice and an underlying herbal hops note.

Spices don't linger in the taste. A bit of sweetness, a light hops bite. Cinnamon & allspice (as noted on the label).

There's a body to this brew that some pumpkin ales lack; a completeness. I don't get the sensation that I'm drinking watery beer with pumpkin spices added to the base. Beats most pumpkin ales in my book.

DerekP, Sep 22, 2012
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4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark reddish brown with an off white head that fades fast. The spices are apparent in the smell but not overpowering. The smell has some great malt presence mixing well with the nutmeg. The flavor is a nice blend of nutmeg, cinnamon, and all spice. The bottle says it is brewed with brown sugar, so I expected some sweetness, but no sweetness comes through. This one has a medium mouthfeel, but has a hearty feel to it. This one is a great drinker as far as pumpkin ales are concerned, the flavors come together nicely, and do not overpower. This one is a great fall beer, very enjoyable.

wingman14, Oct 24, 2010
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4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I must preface this by saying not a huge pumpkin/winter spiced ale fan. I am, however, a DogFish fan. I was not dissappointed with this.
Color was a nice dark amber, looked like any pale ale. The smell was full of a cinnamon smell, spicy but also sweet, like brown sugar.

This beer was very smooth throughout, nice silky full mouthfeel. The nose pretty much confirms the flavor throughout the beer, with spicy and sweet hints. They didn't overdo the pumpkin, but there is enough where a first timer may say "Hmm, Pumpkin Ale. Interesting" I would recommend it to anyone, as it is probably the nicest pumpkin ale I've had. I'm a convert now to this beer style. DogFishHead, nice job once again.

tboom29, Nov 15, 2005
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4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Pint glass.

Appearance: A coppery orange, with a decent head that hangs around for a while.

Smell: Smells like pumpkin, a bit of allspice, and some very slight sweetness on the nose, hinting on brown sugar. Cloves and cinnamon are also readily detectable.

Taste: The spice notes come through pleasantly, and the pumpkin shows up throughout on the palate. The brown sugar is certainly there, but you do have to look for it.

Mouthfeel is very pleasant, and creamy. The carbonation is very pleasant.

Drinkability: It goes down quite easily, but I believe I may get bored with the beer after a few. Definitely a decent offering.

RRoeb1123, Sep 29, 2010
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4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep amber with an orangey/brownish hue into my pint glass. Very little head on a kind of aggressive pour down the middle of the glass with not much lacing present.

Smell is mainly of spices. The big ones I can smell are nutmeg and allspice with hints of cinnamon in the background making a slight contribution.

Taste finally brings out the pumpkin taste in this beer. It gets your right from the second it touches your tongue. It's there, but it isn't too much all at once. A lot like the apricot in the DFH Aprihop, the pumpkin merely complements the flavor in this beer rather than serving as the focal point. The taste develops to reveal a strong taste of brown sugar which brings with it the spices I mentioned before. Alcohol is present in the finish and the exhale, but is not overpowering.

Given the heavy texture of some pumpkin ales, this one was a pleasant surprise. It was medium bodied with a little bit of carbonation that adds just a bit of tingle to the palate as you sip. However, the beer is so rich that I just can't see myself drinking more than one or two of these. Hence, the lower score on the drinkability.

NittanyBeerFan, Oct 14, 2008
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4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from tap into pint at Gingerman SONO. Pours a healthy orangey color with a nice head. Very subtle pumpkin spice aromas, but you know you are drinking a pumpkin; nice sweet malt aromas as well. Taste is very subtle pumpkin spice, sweet malts, and some slight hop flavor. You know its a DFH for sure, and like usual, it doesnt disappoint. Its crisp and refreshing and not over bearing on the spice which is really nice - usually one pumpkin is all i can handle in one sitting, but i could drink lots of these.

DrinkSlurm, Oct 01, 2012
Photo of Experimentacious
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Medium copper color, looks almost the same as an English mild I had recently. No lacing, suprising from a dogfish brew.

S- Fresh pumpkin, hints of cinnamon, nutmeg, slightly bready/alcohol aromas detected but quite in the back ground. Some hoppiness. Nice and malty but not as thick as others. Like a cool morning in autumn.

T- This beer tastes....wow. Finally a pumpkin brew that tastes like a beer. Pumpkin flavors are natural, nice maltiness, a more abundant hop profile than most other pumpkin brews. Flavor backgrounds are not "canned." The bitterness of both hops and malt become more apparent after two or three sips.

M- Nice carbonation, smooth elixer on the palate. NOT a heavy sweet pumpkin pop drenched in allspice. Other brews coat your tongue and wreck your face. This one is very nice.

D- Very drinkable. Dangerously close to being labeled a session beer. At 7% ABV, keep it a short session.

All in all, I think I speak for the majority of members of this site when I say thank the skies for Dogfish Head. Once again, they have taken a style, perfected it, and done so in an off-centered way. This brew is unlike most other pumpkin ales, yet it defines the class.

Punkin' Out.

Experimentacious, Sep 15, 2008
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4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle to tumbler.

Appearance - Rich orangey brown with a 1 finger foamy head that recedes quickly and lives a light lacing, looks about right for a pumpkin ale.

Smell - Spicy, boozy, sweet and a hint of pumpkin. What comes through the most is the spices and cinnamon. The smell is nice besides the alcohol smell.

Taste - Very sweet right up front with some nice spicey tones to it, I can pick out cinnamon, brown sugar, and the nutmeg. The label doesn't lie. The thing that is about the hardest to find is the pumpkin flavor, it comes a bit at the end with the booze, but nothing would point this to being a full pumpkin ale. Still good though.

Mouthfeel - Maybe a bit light, has a weird effervescence to it. Was expecting a bit heavier for the style.

Drinkability - For the abv it is wildly drinkable, I could easily drink the 4 pack around a cold october campfire.

Another great beer from DFH.

cvaypai, Oct 15, 2009
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4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful bright copper with a very thin head into a pint glass. Smells slightly accented by the pumpking but highlighted by spices such as nutmeg and cinnamon combined with roasted nuts. Very nice.

The taste is driven again by the spices with the pumpkin as the backbone. Very good and heavy spices make it taste a bit more Christmasy and reminescent more of winter than fall but certainly no complaints. Nice and complex.

The mouthfeel is a nice balance between the mild sweetness, the tingle of the spices and a nice complement of bitterness.

Quite enjoyable and drinkable though i don't know if the spices and sweetness would wear on me after a few of these.

Yet another great craft from DFH.

Neehan, Sep 25, 2006
Photo of feelmefoam
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Punkin pours a clear apple cider color with moderate amounts of carbonation running up into a finger of cream-colored head that dissipated fairly quickly, leaving a moderate amount of lacing.

The smell is pretty good... not the most assertive aroma, but what I can sense is pretty good. A nice spicy nutmeg (like the bottle says) is clearly evident, as well as a bit of brown sugar and other spices as well. I don't smell any pumpkin yet, but I'm sure it's there.

The pumpkin is there in the taste. Up front is still that spiced nutmeggy cinnamon concoction, but then the beer mellows for a second and lets the pumpkin float in on the backside. The beer finishes with a bit of nutmeg/pumpkin aftertaste that makes me really want fall to get its ass here already.

The mouthfeel is probably the weakest part of the beer for me. It's a notch or two above light-bodied, with moderate carbonation, but I want a pretty thick pumpkin beer. Wouldn't that be delicious? A pumpkin syrup in a glass? Just give me a bit more body and I'll be satisfied.

All in all, another excellent beer from Dogfish Head. Very drinkable, but the only downside is that it makes me want autumn to come when I'm still in for another month of hot, sticky, South Carolina summer days. Oh well, I'll grab another six pack of this and wish away.

feelmefoam, Sep 18, 2010
Punkin Ale from Dogfish Head Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 5,653 ratings.