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Punkin Ale - Dogfish Head Brewery

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Punkin AlePunkin Ale

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5,963 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,963
Reviews: 2,012
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 12.69%
Wants: 319
Gots: 928 | FT: 7
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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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Ratings: 5,963 | Reviews: 2,012
Photo of NoahSYGG
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

this is a good effort for a pumpkin beer. I had this beer 3 days after it was bottled. The color is a rich copper color with a weak head. the aroma is of nutmeg and definate pumpkin flavor. I have to say i liked this beer on the warmer side to enjoy all the flavor. a good pumpkin beer. mouth feel sweet but medium. drinkablity good.

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

Poured from a bottle into a nonic pint.

A - A clear reddish-amber with a very fluffy two-finger white head. Extremely sticky lacing which takes seemingly forever to slip back into the glass when it doesnt just stick outright.

S - Moderately strong aroma of pumpkins and autumn spices. Nutmug pretty prevalent. Smells just a little sour.

T - Sweeter than the nose would indicate, with a big caramel malt base. No sourness in the flavor profile. Autumn spices also come forward (nutmeg, allspice, ginger, and clove in that order) with a pumpkin that tastes slightly roasted. Spices and flavor additives do not overwhelm the base beer, which is a very good thing. Very tasty.

M - Medium to full bodied, with medium carbonation. End result is a nice "chewiness" that compliments the flavors nicely.

O - One of, (if not THE) best pumpkin or "autumn" beers I have ever had. Ingredients blend seemlessly. In a market that seems to be flooded with numerous brews of this type, this one stand out. Already looking forward to drinking it again next year!

Photo of stewart124
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a tea color with a nice white head.

The smell is of baked pumpkin pie and nutmeg or maybe it is an allspice. Needless to say my mouth is watering.

On the first sip I am almost wondering if I received the correct beer. Very low key pumpkin beer. The spices are subtle but spicy in the finish and almost produce a boldness that I wasn't quite expecting.

There is a nice caramel/toasty note. The spices are great and this makes for a drinkable pumpkin ale. Very tasty indeed.

Photo of HarmonMW
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%

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

A – Medium honey amber with a low lying tan head. Ok retention, poor lace.

S – Relatively light. Bready with a sugary sweetness, faint pumpkin an dry leaves. Pleasant alcohol warms the backend of the aroma.

T – Soft and smooth with a great profile of yams, cinnamon, nutmeg, and light brown sugar. Well balanced pumpkin finish with a soft woody bitterness.

M – Smooth, medium-full body. Nice carbonation.

O – A delicious brew with great drinkability. Shade light on the pumpkin.

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

Pours a nice orange/light brown hue. Head is about 1 & 1/2 finger. A very round and robust flavor, the first thing I notice is the sugary sweetness and spice flavors. The pumpkin flavor hits around 3rd I would say. Mouthfeel is borderline sticky but just enough that it's not bothersome. A very interesting beer, worth a try but not a beer you could consume in vast quantities, it's just too heavy for that.

Photo of sholland119
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Tony's in Warminster.

A-A clear deep amber with a thin white head. No real lacing to speak of.

S-Lots of cinnamon and nutmeg and a background of malt and hops.

T-Very tasty. Fall spices in the front (cinnamon and nutmeg primarily but also a hint of cloves) with a sweet maltiness underneath. Finishes with a moderate hop kick.

M-Clean and crisp with medium carbonation.

D-I am not really a fan of pumpkin ales but I really enjoyed two of these. This was the only good craft tap at the outside bar so I ordered this without much enthusiasm. I was happy to be wrong about this beer.


Photo of Beercheer31
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle was from September 2012 because I wanted to see how this mamma would do with a little age on er.

Poured her into a ghandi bot snifter because thankfully, I do what I want.

Little head on it...nothing wrong with a wittle head eh!?

Appearance...well guys/gals it looks like a wonderful brown ale with a bunch of sediment floating around in it but seeing as this beer is almost a year old, i really dont care. Has that nice golden brown color like when you see a brunets hair for the first time?

Aroma is very nice. I get a bunch of brown sugar and maybe some cloves? idk it smells really good.

It tastes awesome man I mean the brown sugar is up front immediately followed by medium carbonation and ending with minimal bitterness. Her body is alright or I mean nothing to go crazy over. Tasting this beer in August makes me long for fall/winter to come.

Overall I would drink this beer fresh because, well, its fresh beer. It was OK aged and im not even sure if you are supposed to age this beer but do whatever you want really.

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

Review from notes on 9/30/09.

A - perfectly clear deep honey amber with a short lived head. Touch of lace. Good retaining cap. 4.0

S - rich caramel maltiness. Subtle yet balanced pumpkin pie spices. Hints of cinnamon and nutmeg, touch of pumpkin and alcohol spice. Very light metallic twang. 4.0

T - spices are very subtle yet complements the malty backbone well. light bittering hops but doesn't overwhelm the spices at all. Very well balanced and a nice sweet finish. 4.0

M - Medium bodied, well carbonated. Smooth, somewhat dry finish. 4.0

D - Highly drinkable. One of the best pumpkin beers. 4.5

Photo of Cycle69
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%

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

A- Light copper color, very brown ale-ish in color. Poured into a Shipyard pint glass. Head about 1-1.5 fingers, disappeared after about 1 min or slightly less. Slight lacing on the glass as well.

S- Not as 'pumpkin' as I thought, which is awesome. I'm not too much a fan of flavored beers and the fact that it's not overflowing with pumpkin smell, IMO, is good. Can definitely smell the background allspice and cinnamon though. Again, not overpowering, but there.

T- Unbelieveable. I've been looking for a pumpkin beer to call my own and I knew Dogfish wouldn't let me down. Slight malt, not typical in some browns. Pumpkin flavor that is just there. Not overpowering, not right up front, but a slight taste. Exactly how it smells. Let it sit on the tongue for a few seconds and immediately wanted more. Cinnamon and allspice are right on. Compliment the malts and pumpkin quite nicely. Hardly any hop taste, quite pleasant session beer.

M- Thin, but not too much. Not heavy like some browns I've had. Easily chug this beer!

O- Very nice session beer, well put together and made. Couldn't expect any better from Dogfish Head. I've finally found a Pumpkin beer worth buying. Cheers!

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 -

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