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Punkin Ale - Dogfish Head Brewery

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Punkin AlePunkin Ale

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5,930 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,930
Reviews: 2,009
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 12.69%
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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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Photo of Gorgeous_JR
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is some really good tasting pumpkin beer. It is not overly heavy in any particular flavor so it is lighter than you would think. I drank it out of the bottle and finished it quite quickly in fact. It drinks real easily and has a clean aftertaste. At 7% it's packs a solid punch haha.

I didn't like the bottle label though. Would have liked a design of some sort you know.

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 Fcolle2
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
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 jmhagan88
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%

Photo of BeerNinja007
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I picked up a couple 12oz singles for $2.25 ea at Harvest Fine Wine in West Hartford CT. Bottled in 2010. Served cold in a chilled pint glass.

Clear light brown brew turns bright orange when held to a light. From a moderate pour it gives a lovely thick and creamy light tan head, minimal lace. Smell is fairly hoppy but hard to characterize because it blends with a bunch of spicy fresh cinnamon and clove. Backbone is moderately thick malt that similarly blends with a sweet-starchy pumpkiny body, like pumpkin pie beer. Taste is also pumpkin pie, with a moderate hop adding oomph to the spice and a moderate bit of marzen-like malt adding body to the pumpkin. The feel is a bit harsh, too fizzy, and the pungent hop overpowers the creaminess. Finish is a bit of spice and warm vanilla.

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 KMcG
4.09/5  rDev +3.8%
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 dexterk1
4.09/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Photo of n2185
4.09/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Photo of jasonjlewis
4.09/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Not much head, but nice color and retention. Decent

Smell si very complex. I smell ginger and nutmeg and pumpkin as well as caramel malts. I slightly pick up some brown sugar as well.

Taste is wonderfully complex and very pleasant. The best tasting pumpkin ale that I've ever had.

Nice mouthfeel.

This beer is wonderfully brewed. A lot of spices in this brew. A lot going on. I really enjoyed this beer, but I couldn't make a session of this. The 7% abv isn't noticeable, but the complex spicing makes this beer not ideal for sessions. I could still drink a couple of these, but wouldn't want more than 2 in a session.

Photo of techfed87
4.09/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer pours a bit of a head, but not much more. Color is a dark amber and quite transparent. Smell is nice and spicy, with enough color to it to make it apparent that it really is a pumpkin ale, but not so much as to overwhelm you with the individual ingredients of it.

First sip is quite well bodied. There is a predominant spice component to it; however the overall feel of the beer doesn't appear to be put too off kilter with it being there. Carbonation is solid and quite complementary. The aftertaste does a great job at finishing the beer, all the while giving off several unique flavors that aren't perceived anytime other than there.

As pumpkin beers go, this one should be the one you judge all others off of. It really is a solid find.

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

Photo of Rainintheface
4.09/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into SA glass. My firstof the year.

A: copper/amber with medium carbonation and a one finger head that disappeared quickly

S: fantastic. cinnamon, light nutmeg and pumpkin. the spices are what comes through the most

T: brown sugar, pumpkin and a touch of malt.

M: medium body and carbonation and spices that linger in the aftertaste

D: very nice tasting. too bad it only comes in a four pack. The wife and I killed it in one sitting

This is one pumpkin ale I make sure to get every year.

Photo of zeff80
4.09/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, bubbly, orange color with a small, white, foamy head that left small traces of lace.

S - It smelled of pumpkin, nutmeg, and cinnamon. Really a lot of pumpkin aroma.

T - It tasted of pumpkin, lots of nutmeg and a subtle borwn sugar sweetness mixed with some caramel malt.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium-bodied beer with a dry finish.

D - This is one of the best pumpkin ales that I've had. Great flavors.

T -

Photo of cosmicevan
4.09/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up locally and enjoyed from a DFH signature glass.

a - brew poured a semi transparent but mostly opaque autumn brownish orange with a thin creamy white head that was more of a skin on the surface of the brew than anything else. The bubbling concentrated in the middle due to the etching at the base of the glass.

s - unmistakeable pumpkin and autumn seasoning. Very festive and pot smells awesome.

t - decidedly pumpkin. Fairly in your face but not overly sweet.

m - easy drinker, good carb and feel. Very pumpkin and probably not something I could have many of in an evening.

o - overall, a great pumpkin ale. Malty but wonderful seasoning and flavor. DFH does this one really well.

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

12 fl oz bottle
brown roasted color semitranslucent, 3 finger white persistent head, nice lacing
nose composed of brown sugar, pumpkin, spices, mild roasted malts,
palate same as nose, nice hop balance, cinammon spices afterfinish
medium full body nice carbonation
very pleasant, not too sweet just a touch, pumpkin blends well with spices and hops, alcohol well masked. nice seasonal beer.

Photo of BigCheese
4.09/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a Peachy orange red. Thinish white head. Head dies quickly and doesnt leave much laving, appears to be a filtered ale.

S: Pumpkin and brown sugar sweetness off the bat, nutmeg and cinnamon in background. Quite pungent.

T: A rustic pumpkin flavor intertwined with some lightly roasted malts initially. Kicks of brown sugar and cinnamon. Quite sweet and spicey. Malt base reminscent of an irish red mixed with brown, some tea like bitterness notes mixed with the cinnamon and nutmeg, I do enjoy the brown sugar malt base.

M: Pretty thick and syrupy. Quite rich/heavy. Very flavorful, not a session beer. Lot of residual sugar.

O: More of a dessert beer, would pair well with potatoes turkey, steak, and rustic food. Might be a tad over spiced but its got a great flavor profile. Stands out among the many pumpkin ales. The only thing I didnt like was the tea bitterness.

Photo of BlackBelt5112203
4.09/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass at fridge-cellar temperature.

L – Medium amber color with a 1-finger bubbly cream-colored head that dissipates pretty rapidly. No lacing. Clear with lots of carbonation.

S – Pumpkin, brown sugar, and caramel malt (which may just be the brown sugar talking). I can’t really appreciate the other spices that are on the bottle except for maybe a tinge of cinnamon.

T – Starts off sweet with a little bit of bready and caramel malt and a good bit of pumpkin and brown sugar. After a second or so, here come the spices. Every single spice that’s listed on the bottle is evident here – cinnamon, allspice, and nutmeg. Really tasty.

F – Medium-bodied with lots of carbonation, a sticky and creamy mouthfeel, and a spicy and dry finish. Pumpkin pie spice, particularly cinnamon, lingers for a nice amount of time and pairs well with the subtle throat-warming sensation from the alcohol.

O – This is a really tasty pumpkin beer. There’s a healthy dose of both pumpkin and spice while maintaining a good malt presence. I would kick back a bit on the carbonation, as I think it would help the mouthfeel and make the “full-bodied” description found on the label more believable. If the head formation, retention, and lacing were better, the appearance would get higher marks, as well. Still, this is a really nice beer; one of the better pumpkin beers and Dogfish Head beers that I’ve had.

Photo of matttttYCE
4.09/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Poured into a regular pint glass, this one has an off-white, fluffy head of about a finger and a half. Color of the brew is golden orange and brilliantly clear. Head diminishes pretty quickly and leaves light covering of bubbles. Lacing is little.

Smell - When I smell this I immediately think "holiday beer." It just reminds me of the smells of the holidays and the turning of the seasons. The smells are pumpkin, brown sugar, nutmeg, slight hints of cinnamon and allspice, sweet candied sugar, and a smell of some caramel malts. Reminds me slightly of a nice warm cup of apple cider with a cinnamon stick in it. Very nice smelling indeed.

Taste - Much the same as the smell with nice complimentary tastes of pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, brown sugar, a bit of candy sugar sweetness and caramel malts. I don't really notice much allspice but maybe it's in there and I don't quite remember how allspice tastes. Again reminds me of apple cider with a cinnamon stick in it for some reason. Enjoyable.

Mouthfeel - Feel is light and pretty crisp with a light, smooth consistency, carbonation is light-medium, body is light-medium as well, and the finish is clean and pretty quick but still leaves you with hints of pumpkin and the spices that were used.

Overall - I love this time of the year when the seasons are changing and DFH Punk comes out! This is probably my favorite pumpkin beer out there. Then again, I have yet to try Pumking by Southern Tier but I will soon enough (Thanks Keith!). I actually think the taste of this years Punk didn't quite live up to the aroma (or to last years Punk taste). But it's still quite good and definitely a winner in the pumpkin beer category. Very recommended.

Photo of thetomG
4.09/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a mostly clear amber color with a minimal amount of head. Aroma is incredible - instantly I'm picking up pumpkin (obviously) but also huge waves of cinnamon and spices. It really smells incredible.

Flavor is very similar but the spices seem to overpower the pumpkin a bit (this could very likely be because I'm drinking a bottle that is at least 6 months old at this point, so I can't wait to try it super fresh this year!).

It feels almost like a champagne as you drink - super bubbly and lively and light bodied.

Really an interesting and tasty beer that I will certainly be drinking more of in the future. YUM!

Photo of sinstaineddemon
4.09/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - this pumpkin ale pours a dark true pumpkin orange with TONS of carbonation moving very fast, with a thin orangey/tan head

S - true honest to goodness pumpkin pie filling aromas, pumpkiny with plenty of the spices to boot, nutmeg-cinnamon great aroma, if my eyes were closed i'd swear i had a slice of pumpkin pie in front of me

T - taste follows the aroma, the pumpkin pie with the spices infused, with the addition of a mild hop profile, a great blend of sweetness/spice/and hop bitterness

M&D - well balanced, great medium body and very smooth, a great representation of the season

there was a lot of talk about how this is a high quality pumpkin ale, while shipyards pumpkinhead was a bad one (Even a bad beer overall) but although i feel this DFH punkin' is better than Shipyard Pumpkinhead, they're close, i like both.

Photo of jamescain
4.09/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a sniffer.

Appearance: Clear amber-orange with an off white head about a finger thick. The head retention is rather poor and fades not long after pouring.

Aroma: All the typical holiday spices you expect, nutmeg, allspice, cinnamon, and pumpkin with a touch of caramel.

Taste: I think the reason this is my favorite pumpkin beer is because you can taste the pumpkin but it also still taste like beer. Spicy and pumpkiny(?)

Mouthfeel: Medium body with medium carbonation and a slightly sweet finish.

Overall: Like I said its probably my favorite pumpkin beer, because it still taste like beer. It also has a nice balance of spices, without overwhelming the pumpkin and hiding its flavor and aroma.

Photo of Risser09
4.09/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Photo of BeerMeJohnnyHopkins
4.09/5  rDev +3.8%
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 KickInTheChalice
4.09/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Punkin Ale from Dogfish Head Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 5,930 ratings.