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Punkin Ale - Dogfish Head Brewery

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Punkin AlePunkin Ale

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very good

2,061 Reviews

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Reviews: 2,061
Hads: 6,322
Avg: 3.91
pDev: 22.51%
Wants: 354
Gots: 1,224 | FT: 7
Brewed by:
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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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Reviews: 2,061 | Hads: 6,322
Photo of 4thoseabout2bock
3.3/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours with an off-white head that lasted
Notably orange (pumpkin mash color) in the glass

Initial aroma is allspice, but first tasted is confusing and muddled.
There is strong spicing here, that is bitter, almost metallic.

Doesn't work (at least not for me). Harsh mouthfeel, possibly from the spicing.

Tasted alongside O'Fallon and Ichabod, the O'Fallon was the clear pumpkin pie winner. The New Holland Ichabod was mostly harmless (no strong pumpkin profile) and a little hoppy. The dogfish punkin came out as the dog of the three.

Bought at Sam's Marcey St. for 8.99 for 4 12 oz bottles.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.29/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a deep amber color ale with a medium head with below average retention. Aroma is quite spicy (probably some cinnamon and the pumpkin) with some malt also noticeable. Taste is also quite spicy with cinnamon being the most recognisable spices with some pumpkin on the side. Not bad but I wouldn’t drink a whole lot of this either.

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Photo of mrmanning
3.28/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle generously shared by MDS! This stuff looks rough. A hazy orange pour with no head, just a very thin halo of creamy being froth. But the aroma is good stuff. Pumplin and spicy bread dominates. Theres some brown sugar too, and some nutmeg, but it's mostly pumpkin, and it smells good. Taste is pumpkin pie too, pretty spicy, and very soft. Very creamy and drinkable. Just wish the taste kept up with the aroma. Thanks Mike for sharing a good beer from DFH!

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Photo of aracauna
3.28/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear copper body with a medium cream-colored head that fades into a creamy ring around a stormy weather pattern. The aroma is really more spice than pumpkin, but the spice isn’t overwhelming. There’s a slightly cake-like and caramel malt underneath. The flavor is lightly sweet and mostly balanced except for a bitterness that doesn’t seem to quite fit in with the rest of the flavors. I’ve had better pumpkin ales.

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Photo of bruachan
3.28/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

um...brown ale? looks like a märzen. the color's not inspiring, but brilliantly clear, and the head is memorable

pumpkin and spice aromas. the pumkin is subtle but there—kinda the theme for this beer. kinda sticky smelling—like a bucket of syrup. the pumpkin flavor is moderate, too; the malts are just as important to the flavor. brown sugar is apparent but the flavor characters are very balanced

it's lively and sticky: slightly spritzy but syrupy. funny aftertaste, too. i think maybe i don't like pumpkin beers. oh yeah, and it doesn't resemble a brown ale in any way

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Photo of samie85
3.27/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Pours a deep amber color with a one finger, white head.

S-Aromas of nutmeg, cinnamon, and nutmeg with a hint of dry malt.

T-Really big on the nutmeg and allspice with a little cinnamon and a really dry, slightly bitter finish.

M-Quite a bit of a prickly carbonation with light to medium body.

D-One of the easier drinking pumpkin beers I've had so far, but the combination of light body and the strong spice tastes are not a very good match.

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Photo of yeahnatenelson
3.27/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance -- Pours a brassy orange, mild haze, with a finger of frothy parchment head.

Smell -- Biscuity malt, grassy hops, some floral notes, spice in moderation, and faint pumpkin.

Taste -- Toasted malts, biscuit dough, grassy and floral hops, cinnamon and allspice. More of the gourd than in the nose, but still muted compared to the hop addition.

Mouthfeel -- Medium in body with moderate prickly carbonation with a tannic astringency in the finish.

Drinkability -- Not terribly impressed by this one, honestly. Spice and pumpkin are muted, hops are too forward, and there's this strange astringency that made this hard for me to get into. Admittedly, this is one of my least favorite styles, so your mileage may vary.

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Photo of jackorain
3.27/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is my 1st pumpkin ale. It was 2006. I choose DFH because of their over the top approach to most beers. That being said I was a little dissappointed.

A-Copper, chill haze. not much head. what was there settled almost immediately to a thin ring

S-This beer smeeled pretty good. right of the bat I got roasted pumpkin and roasted malt with the pumpkin taking the lead. I didn't get much spice.

T-Alcolhol 1st, mild pumpkin spice, not much hop to speak of. Maybe a little roasted pumpkin flavor but nowhere near what was suggested by the aroma

M-too much carbonation for me, very fizzy almost soda like. Behind this overpowering carbonation, there may have been a creamy, meduim bodied mouthfeel.

D-The fizz bringing the alcohol directly to my plalate/nose really ruined this beer for.

Sorry DFH, love most everything you do but this didn't do it for me. I was thinking maybe, Indian Brown with roasted Pumpkin in the mash wold make a fantastic Pumpkin but that is not with this is.

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Photo of fromage
3.27/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

What a strange beer! Probably good with some kind of dessert, but on its own, I get too many strange flavors. Hard to compare with the style since I haven't had any good pumkin beers.

Looks pretty good coming out of the bottle. Not much head or lacing to speak of. Copper brown color with moderate bubbling.

Smell is pumkin (I guess), some brown sugar, and lemon.

Taste gets more into the brown sugar and spices. I can definitely pick out cinnamon and some caramel. Aftertaste is a little plastic and cloying.

Mouthfeel is medium and slightly sticky.

I definitely would not drink more than one!

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Photo of walshclimb
3.26/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I would not normally order a pumpkin beer, but my local bartender pushed it a little, backed up by several patrons. It looks good enough with a decent creamy head and copper color. It smells like pumpkin pie, just what I would expect but not anything out of the ordinary. It tastes not too bad at first with a decent malt base and spicy flavor with pumpkin that is not overwhelming. As I drank it, it got a little more pumpkin flavored, especially in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is nicely carbonated and maybe a little chewy. I am not really into this kind of beer, but it is definitely more drinkable than others of this variety. If you like the fall pumpkin beer thing, this is certainly one of the better ones.

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Photo of Bernoulli
3.26/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a dark amber with minimal head (ring around the side of the glass).

Understated pumpkin flavor and minimal beer flavor with little staying power. (You get some on the first drink and if you hold it in your mouth). Slight taste of alcohol and some carbonation for the mouth feel.

Can't imagine someone disliking it... but can't see someone having it as their first choice.

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Photo of musicman575
3.26/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I was sold on this beer last year. It made such an impression. They have it on tap again this year at Gourmet Haus Staudt in Redwood City, CA. Another year of experience has changed things for me :( I better quit drinking beer, or no.

The head looked good initially, but something in the body must be antifoam because it didn't want to stick around. Dark amber opaqueness is alright.

Nutmeg and allspice are such a presence in the nose, but are covered up in the taste. Strong booze, molasses, and spruce shadow everything else. It almost tastes like a lighter version of Anchor's 2010 christmas beer. Where's the pumpkin? There's a bit of savory squash in the finish, but herbal, piny hops make their presence known until the taste clears. There's a bit of a lactic acid that shows up at the start and lingers.

Whatever carbonation is left helps the beer to melt over the tongue.

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Photo of PatrickBeebe
3.26/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a tulip. Deep amber brown color. Smells of pumpkin. Taste pumpkinish with holiday spice. A bit thin on the mouthfeel. Just a slightly below average pumpkin beer. Not as good as I remember it though. A bit of a letdown frpm DFH.

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Photo of chemmie
3.26/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It pours a light orange/amber color with a lot of clarity. A little head appears and leaves a little lacing down the glass which eventually falls.
The smell is not sweet at all. A lot of malt. It smells like a big brown ale with a little bit of pumpkin spice in it. The pumpkin spice is faint.
The sweetness hits first. There's just a little bit of it, though. After that comes the big brown. It has a lot of flavor to it, but the majority of the flavor isn't from the pumpkin spice. A lot of malts with just a bit of the spice. Not too bad.
Overall, I like a pumpkin beer to be a little sweeter. If you don't like the sweetness of a lot of other pumpkin beers, this is for you. It has a lot of carbonation and a nice strong flavor. Not bad, but I prefer some other pumpkin beers to this.

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Photo of HalfFull
3.25/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Alas, like with Pizza Port brews you ask me where I had this beer. Well, since it comes in a BOTTLE, I actually had it at home. But alas, thanks for asking.

From a 12 oz. bottle and poured into a large wine glass, this brew pours a clear deep golden copper in color. A half inch of head dissipates quickly. Rather clear and light for a self proclaimed 'brown ale'.

Interesting sweet light caramel nose with a touch of fruit and sugar. Otherwise has a light amber sense to it. Rather nondescript with just a hint of ginger spice and light 'pumpkin'. Allspice and nutmeg? Yeah, Me Talk Pretty One Day. Or not.

Flavor is light, as is the carbonation. Slight amber sense to it, otherwise light in body and rather boring overall. Unimpressive. And from Dogfish Head, at $2.79 for a single, extremely unimpressive. Simple and subtle, yet don't bother.

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Photo of Lou22
3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

I'm not going to do an in-depth review. I had this beer chill for a little and it was a lot more enjoyable. Definitely a wintery-feel to it. More spice than pumpkin, smooth as ever though. This deserves to be enjoyed.

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Photo of claytong
3.25/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

appearance - orange/amber with a small white head that dissipates and leaves minor lacing.

smell - bread, pumpkin rind, caramel malts and barely any spices.

taste - the same, a bit boring and bland.

mouthfeel - medium carbonation with a medium body. highly drinkable.

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Photo of UnionMade
3.25/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

The beer pours a hazy glowing orange. Backlit, it turns a fiery shade of cinnamon, brightened by the suspended yeast pour, topped with a thin, scattered, off white mist. I poured the beer into a belgian style tulip goblet, which usually creates a healthy froth of head, but this quickly dropped into a medium sized collar, with a tight swirl of mist in the middle. No lace. I suppose the lack of head retention could be attributed to the alcohol and lack of hop presence. The color is spectacular, easily a 5 if there was a better head.
The aroma is very spicy and rich. Plenty of toasty caramel malt is boosted by a well spiced pumpkin pie blend. The ginger is very apparent, along with nutmeg. Some cinnamon adds a whiff of fireball candy, with perhaps a bit of brown sugar. Not too much in the way of actual pumpkin, if anything, more or less just the spices. No apparent hops. It reminds me of going to my grandmother's house when i was little and opening the spice cabinet, just standing on a chair inhaling the cacaphony of exotic aromas and looking at the strange little bottles and leaves wrapped in paper. Bright oranges, dull greens, and earthen browns.
The flavor starts with a pleasantly toasty caramel maltiness, riding all the way through the sip. The spices come in immediately, with cinnamon and brown sugar lending a spicy sweetness. Perhaps a bit of squash in the middle, with a slight ginger tang that grows steadily into the finish. Just a hint of cookie dough yeastiness. The brown sugar remains throughout, somewhat like belgian candi sugar in it's placement. A bit of ginger spiciness, along with a mild nutmeg bite, make up the finish. It blends nicely with the caramel malt, creating a feel not unlike liquid pumpkin pie. A fog of boozey alcohol adds a slight tingle to the finish, numbing the tongue slightly, reminding oneself of it's rather potent alcohol content. A faint saccharine sweetness in the aftertaste, coupled with assertive ginger, creates an almost artificial flavor. Similar to a fireball candy after a plate of sushi. The beer is fairly big bodied, I'd say on the portly side of medium, but easily carried by a sparkly, boisterous carbonation. A bit cloying overall, particularly in the finish, with a sugary feel throughout. One bottle of this is quite enough for me.
One of, if not the biggest, seasonal pumpkin ales out there. Perhaps a bit over-wrought, with too much spiced sweetness. I feel like I'm drinking a candy store, especially when it warms up. Perhaps a bit more punkin and grainy malt, and less allspice and brown sugar. I can appreciate the effort and laud the inventiveness, but it's not for me. Well worth the money for the pack, for the experience alone, but I'll stick with marzens come september.

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Photo of jamie2dope
3.25/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Purchased from Spirit Haus in Amherst Massachusetts. Poured from the bottle into a pint glass a nice orange color, and a nicely sized white heading, that quickly faded to a thin lacing. Aroma was pleasing, with some definite pumpkin pie presence, as well as other spices. My only complaint with the smell was there seemed to be a somewhat sopay presence to it, not becoming at all. Taste was about as close as ive seen to a brewery really capturing the pumpkin taste without making it seem too artificial. Mouthfeel was relatively medium in size. As for dinkability, one was enough for me. Even though I have the utmost respect for this breweries attempt at the style, it is simply one that ive never really enjoyed too much. I suppose if you are interested in the style, this might be a good starting point. This is the best example of the style ive tried to date, and even then I wasn't very impressed.

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Photo of Truh
3.25/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Gave thanks to Samhain with this one on 10/8/2004. 12-0z. bottle poured into a tall cylinder of glass.

Just a shade of filmy carbonation at start. Light brown to amber hue and crystalline. Pumpkin pie sweetness to nose, with all of the spices mentioned on the label – allspice, cinnamon, and nutmeg. On mouth, less pumpkin than expected, some strong malt character that lends it a medium body while the spices leave a lasting impression on the tongue. Eh, give me a CBC over this one any day of the week.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.25/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear copper body topped by a small off-white head with moderate lacing.

Smell: The aroma is plenty spicy, with gobs of nutmeg and allspice present. As for the pumpkin aromawise, it's a no-show.

Taste: Light toffee sweetness upfront with a fair amount of nutmeg and especially cinnamon, which provides a nice spicy bitterness. Where have all the pumpkins gone?

This is a pumpkin ale, if I remember correctly. Sadly, you hardly get a true sense of any pumpkin in this brew.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, with an ample carbonation that comes across as fizzy. Too fizzy, really.

Drinkability: The pumpkin flavor was subtle to the point of being absent. Sure, there's plenty of spices, but the missing pumpkin flavor was a disappointment, and made for an uninteresting beer. I guess $8.99 doesn't get you much pumpkin these days.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.24/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Pours no head on a clear straw body.
The aroma is pumpkin pie with lots of spices.
The taste is mildly sweet.
The texture is creamy and soft.
It's fine.

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Photo of Franz4
3.24/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Hazy copper color with slight orange tint to it, just a touch of translucence as well. small head that dissipated quickly.

S- oranges and sweet potatoes come through in the nose, nicely balanced with a touch of pumpkin as well, just a hint of alcohol. Cinnamon and other spices (coriander?) present as well.

T- slightly alcoholic here as well, tastes more like sweet potatoes than pumpkin, a hint of brown sugar comes through as well. Nutmeg comes through in the aftertaste.

M- fine carbonation is evident, leaves a yammy aftertaste as well.

D- It's not the strongest example of a pumpkin ale out there, it's worth a try if you haven't had it, but I won't go out of my way to find this next fall.

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Photo of Pete_2112
3.24/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I'm a little disappointed by this one, because I had heard such good reviews of it from years past. The smell is quite weak. I didn't detect any pumpkin spice or pumpkin in the nose. Just a malty smell, that was still a bit weak. The taste at first had a slight pumpkin spice flavor to it, but now I'm not picking it up at all, really. It has a nice sweet, malty taste, but not that pumpkin flavor that I'm craving. Overall, I'm just disappointed by this one.

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Photo of younger35
3.24/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Received this brew along with a bevy of others from YonderWonderer. Have had a lot of Pumpkin Ales lately and have been most excited to try this one. Drank from my Laughing Dog pint glass.

Appearance- Pours a super clear reddish orange with a bright white head. Very nice cap and collar that leaves very little lacing. Surprisingly light compaired to other brews of this type.
Smell- Lots of pumpkin in this one. More pumpkin in the nose than the other similar brews I’ve had. Very spicy as well with lots of cinnamon, nutmeg and clove. Pumpkin pie in a bottle.
Taste- This one is a bit different than the other Pumpkin Ales I’ve had. Starts with a bit of pumpkin that quickly leaves. It’s taken over by a sweet toffee/brown sugar that quickly gets cloying. A bit of a lingering cinnamon but the spice is definitely more present in the nose. The alcohol is covered well though.
Mouthfeel- Somewhere between medium and full body with a slick feel and aggressive carbonation.
Drinkability- I had big hopes for this one but it’s not the best Pumpkin Ale I’ve had. It’s tasty but a bit cloying and I really wish there was more spice in the taste. The nose was fantastic though and I wish it tasted like it smelled. Thanks again to YonderWonderer!

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Punkin Ale from Dogfish Head Brewery
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