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Punkin Ale - Dogfish Head Brewery

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5,193 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,193
Reviews: 1,952
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 12.66%
Wants: 279
Gots: 577 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
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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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4/5  rDev +1.3%

Chris_Panos, Dec 12, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an orange-amber color with a white head. The aroma is pumpkin with quite a bit of allspice. The flavor is pumpkin, cinnamon, allspice, brown sugar and nutmeg. The beer tastes a lot like pumpkin pie. Medium, slightly creamy mouthfeel and medium carbonation. One of the better pumpkin ales I have tried.

Drinking the beer alongside a pumpkin spice cake is a great combination. The cake really brought out the brown sugar notes that are in the beer.

Mora2000, Sep 29, 2010
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

JC333, Sep 08, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle courtesy of ChadBrew and the BIF 24 chain.

Cloudy honey-orange in color. Zesty off-white head lasts and clings to the glass. Aromas chock full of canned pumpkin pie mix, liberally doused with some nutmeg and other spices. Flavor translated well. Pumpkin flavor comes through very nicely, unlike other pumpkin ales I've tried. Sweet malty companion adds to the character. Solid mouthfeel. Not thin at all. Hard to believe this is 7%. Drinkable. Well-done.

OldFrothingSlosh, Jan 03, 2006
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

GarrettB714, Nov 26, 2011
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

chossboss, Nov 13, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

standardcherry, May 25, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

mjtiernan, Nov 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Punkin Ale opens with a delicious pumpkin pie aroma, smelling perhaps slightly chemical, but largely of well-made pumpkin pie filling (pureed pumpkin, nutmeg, cinnamon, clove) and, somehow, a dollop of whipped cream. The spices gently overpower the pumpkin, at least on the nose. The malts and brown sugar combine to give the beer the sensation of a made-from-scratch pie crust, in addition to more beer-like aromas of fresh grain and yeasty baguettes.

On the tongue, the beer is immediately spicy, the nutmeg, cinnamon, and allspice fighting for dominance, leaving much of the pumpkin flavor clamoring for attention. Small doses of pumpkin do get through, tasting more canned than roasted, but are still tasty. A thick layer of brown sugar and malts brings heavy grain flavors to the brew, somewhat countering the spices. Darker fruit esters such as fig play in the background, joined by subtle hints of lychee nut, white grape, and grapefruit. A strong alcohol bite kicks at the soft palate if the beer is held on the tongue for long enough, and this bite lasts well into the aftertaste, providing a warming sensation. Other aftertaste flavors include the ever-present spices, as well as pureed pumpkin filling, and touches of toast, and the aftertaste--especially the spices--lingers for a very long time. Mouthfeel is medium, and carbonation is medium to medium-high.

Overall, this is a good pumpkin ale, though "good" is as good a rating as the beer deserves. There's nothing stellar about the brew, and the slightly overpowering presence of spices somewhat detracts from the flavor profile. And unlike many pumpkin beers, the pumpkin isn't front-and-center here, but simply adds a layer of flavor to what is otherwise a brown ale (unlike, say, Pumking, which tastes almost exclusively of pumpkin pie). Perhaps this is a good thing, as the pumpkin flavors do blend better here than in many brews. I only wish the spices did the same.

jondeelee, Oct 26, 2011
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

xdefeatsy, Sep 10, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

virinow, Nov 16, 2011
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

ChaseBacon, Dec 25, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

Irish_Fan, Jun 15, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

alix, Sep 06, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

chickenm, Nov 19, 2011
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

Mikkiicky, Sep 20, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my pint glass this brew pours a copper orange with a slightly frothy tan head about 2.5 fingers thick.

S: The aroma has all the notes of the upcoming season. Cinnamon and pumpkin poke through the most. This brew really is a good blend of spices, with noting over powering.

T: The flavor is excellent. Of course the usual are present...pumpkin spice, cinnamon, a small amount of nutmeg. Together these flavor give this beer notes of ginger bread. mhmmhmmm.

MF/D: The mouthfeel is slightly heavier then medium, and drinkability is excellent.

Overall all, this beer tastes like America. It's got all the elements of the season, and brings back memories of my youth spent in the north. I love this brew, it really gets me excited for the season.

TKEbeerman, Aug 22, 2010
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

jminch, Nov 19, 2011
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

amstokesdb9, Sep 08, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

rwilde, Nov 20, 2011
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

williamjbauer, Oct 20, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

valkyre65, Sep 14, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

SPRichard, Jun 25, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

Avocado777, Jul 22, 2012
Punkin Ale from Dogfish Head Brewery
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