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Punkin Ale - Dogfish Head Brewery

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5,605 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,605
Reviews: 1,972
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 12.69%
Wants: 295
Gots: 730 | 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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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
Photo of wingman14
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
Photo of tboom29
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
Photo of RRoeb1123
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
Photo of NittanyBeerFan
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
Photo of DrinkSlurm
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
Photo of cvaypai
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
Photo of Neehan
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
Photo of auntfloyd
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

Pours a gorgeous copper color with a finger of white head. Fairly dark coloring for this style.

The nose is sweet, with a delightful pumpkin/malt/spice sent. Everything a pumpkin ale should be.

The taste follows up on the promises of the scent. An early pumpkin flavor blends well with an overall note of spice and brown sugar, which is carried onto a midway of maltiness. The taste ends on a distinct alcohol note, perhaps a reminder of the 7 abv. of this ale.

The mouthfeel is very smooth, with low carbonation, and a very high drinkability. That said, this is a stronger ale than you might have imagined; certainly moreso than most of its fellow pumpkin ales.

Dogfish Head brewed up another winner with this ale. I would probably say that of all the pumpkin ales I've had, this one is my absolute favorite: just the right blend of sweetness and spice. If I had a slice of pumpkin pie with it, I think I'd be in heaven.

auntfloyd, Sep 27, 2006
Photo of nrpellegrini
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a clear golden brown color with a thin tan head that fades fast. Smelled of lots of spices with some pumpkin in the background. Taste is awesome, lots of warm spices, sent my tongue it all different directions. Very smooth on the tongue and on the tastebuds, no overpowering spice that bites. Good pumpkin flavor in the background to remind you its a seasonal. Great drinkability, goes down easy..
Loved this one, try the Weyerbacher if you did too..

nrpellegrini, Oct 15, 2008
Photo of AC-Mivsek
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%

A- Pours a nice orange-red. Perfect pumpkin ale color. There is a small half inch white head.

S- My first impression is sweet potato. Heavy on spices, nutmeg, brown sugar. Pumpkin can definitely be detected in the nose.

T- Nutmeg and brown sugar breaks through. Pumpkin comes almost as an after note, but it's very strong. It drinks like a pumpkin flavored winter warmer IMO.

M- Medium carb, medium body, the sweetness of it slows the drinking speed.

O- I really like this seasonal beer. I feel this is the perfect beer to brigade the gap from pumpkin ale season to christmas ale season. It's a big, flavorful beer.

AC-Mivsek, Sep 13, 2014
Photo of AlCaponeJunior
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The first of my AWESOME box received from CaptinRedBeard! There were so many great beers I didn't know where to begin!

Oh, and by the way, this was my first dogfish head. Pretty good start!

Poured a medium brown, cloudy with a semi-small head and not much lacing, with a few rising bubbles. I didn't think it was much to look at, other pumpkins have looked better.

Smelled great! Pungent spices, cinnamon, pumpkin spice, nutmeg plus a nice dose of pumpkin make this a very fine smelling beer.

Tastes very nice. Easy drinking and not too rough on the taste buds. Heavy spices and moderate pumpkin layer over a good malty backbone for a nice holiday treat.

Finishes fairly dry, with a spicy, lingering aftertaste. Nice. Surprisingly, there was plenty of carbonation despite my comments on the appearance.

Drinks very well. I would certainly recommend as a great thanksgiving or holiday treat!

AlCaponeJunior, Dec 09, 2010
Photo of FosterJM
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

9th review on BA
12 oz bottle to pint glass

App-Mahogany brown with a lot of carbonation at the bottom of the pint. Started with 1/2 in of creamy colored head. Didn't notice a lot of lattice as I drank.

Smell- Cinnamon, cream, nutmeg and sugar. I didnt get brown sugar in the smell but just a hint of candied sugar.

Taste- Very spicy on the 1st sip. Not a lot of pumpkin on my palate. I was glad for that, not being a big pumpkin guy, but this came highly recommended. Didn't pick up cinnamon on taste just the smell.

Mouth- Very nice beer indeed. Not overly sweet either. Wasn't very heavy either considering it was a pumpkin beer. Nice crispness as well. Not a lot of malt to it.

Drink- It's a very rainy day in So. Cal and I could easily put back 3 or 4 of these great beers.

FosterJM, Oct 20, 2010
Photo of EdV21
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%

EdV21, Sep 04, 2014
Photo of dmarch
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown with orange hues and an impressive white head. The aroma is cinnimon with nutmeg. A lot of brown sugar comes through in the taste along with the spices. At 7% alcohol, it's pretty strong for a pumpkin ale, but it is one of the best on the market right now.

dmarch, Nov 30, 2003
Photo of waughbrew
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Orangy-brown with good off-white head. Aroma seems to have a lot of nutmeg, allspice, and brown sugar. Tastes piney and resinous, alive and fresh. Some roasted notes and dark fruits make for good complexity. Some metallic notes fade in and out, but do not distract too much.
This really strikes me as a pumpkin beer as opposed to many beers that strike me as beer with pumpkin added. Simultaneously tart and spicy, the flavor profile of this beer really works together with the solid body to make a great drink.

waughbrew, Oct 26, 2003
Photo of JackMcAwesome
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

Look: Pours a one finger head that receded fairly quickly. Not much lacing to be seen. The brew its self is a golden brown, with an orange highlight.

Smell: On first pour, there was quite a bit going on. The standard pumpkin ale aroma was everywhere with nutmeg, pumpkin spice, and cinnamon. After a while, it kind of fell off and what remained was the alcohol. A bit disappointing for me, because the smell of a pumpkin ale is half of having one in my opinion.

Taste: Pretty great taste throughout. A slight breadiness, with pumpkin, caramel, and nutmeg. Unlike the smell, the ABV is hidden quite well.

Feel: Thick and warm. I wish it were cold out so I could make like the description and just huddle up with a four pack. Medium carbonated.

Overall: A very decent effort again from Dogfish Head. I've never been disappointed with them, and they don't here as well. Always a bit bummed by the four pack... but whatever. Still not as good as a couple of others I've had, but definitely a top five in pumpkin ales for me this year.

JackMcAwesome, Sep 08, 2013
Photo of Jyubei
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A. Red/orange brew, 1 in cream head and moderate lacing

S.Hops, cinnamon, brown sugar and malt

T. Spice of pumpkin pie along with cinnamon and hops as an aftertaste

M. Smooth and sweet with a honeyness.

D. Too strong for a session but incredible taste and higly enjoyable.

Jyubei, Nov 01, 2008
Photo of afdempse
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light copper color with an orange-ish hue.

Nice two-finger head, diminishes to a creamy cap. Good lacing.

Not as much in the nose as I was expecting, which is probably a good thing. I don't like overly-spiced pumpkin/winter/seasonals at all. No "natural flavorings", please.

The taste is a balanced blend of spices and a malty, meaty base beer that shines through. A detectable hop bitterness adds a nice finishing touch, and helps keep the palate clean towards the end. Warming alcohol and brown sugar notes persist after the finish.

Excellent mouthfeel, not too sweet or dry, just right. Good carbonation. Highly drinkable.

Overall, probably the best pumpkin beer I've tried this year. A refreshing change from the liquid-candy-in-a-bottle approach that everyone seems to go for. Definitely considering buying some more of this one.

afdempse, Oct 05, 2011
Photo of clayrock81
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Heavy carbonation led to a receeding two-finger head that sat on top of a transparent, auburn gold. I thought the actual pumpkin smell itself was mild, but there was a good sweet smell of cinnamon and brown sugar. A great pumpkin taste describes this beer, with a real smooth, creamy body. Mix in some cinnamon and nutmeg for a spicy kick and the sugar for some sweetness. Don't forget the spicy, crisp dry backbite from the hops that complemented this beer. My only problem was its lightness and great taste; I drank it too fast. A possible second to ST's Pumpking...still a grat pumpkin beer.

clayrock81, Sep 10, 2008
Photo of DoctorDog
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12oz. bottle into a nonic. "BOTTLED IN: 2010 7A" stamped on neck of bottle.

A- Amber/orange appearance. Pours with ~2 fingers of off white/light tan head, which fades gradually into a thin cap.

S- Quite spicy. Nutmeg and allspice, sweet malts and the feint notes of pumpkin (subliminal?).

T- Sweet / slightly bready malts and a finish full of spices. Bitterness moderately low.

M- Moderate carbonation, and surprisingly fairly full feel. Creamy. Quite good.

D- Good. Pleasant to superior in all areas....easy drinker. I could kick a few back.

Future outlook: I've typically more or less ignored pumpkin beers, but decided to give this one a shot. Very pleased and will be happy to have again.

DoctorDog, Sep 16, 2010
Punkin Ale from Dogfish Head Brewery
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