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Punkin Ale - Dogfish Head Brewery

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1,994 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,994
Hads: 6,016
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 11.25%
Wants: 342
Gots: 997 | FT: 8
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: 1,994 | Hads: 6,016
Photo of Stunner97
4.52/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance- brown and nice appearance, very overall good look and moderate carbonation and head

smell- very nice nose of cinnamion, pumpkin, nutmeg, and loads of malt, very nice nose

Taste- Very malty beer for sure but it still does have a nice little kick of hops still which nicely add some balance to the beer, loads of what you got from the nose of cinnimion and sweet spice, nice smooth finish

Mouthfeel- moderate to heavy full bodied and smooth

Drinkability- Overall not a bad example of a fall seasonal, not something I really would drink alot or alot at once, but not a bad beer for sure, it has a nice balance i felt of very sugary and malty and sweet with having a little twinge of hops,

9/22/10 I Had to change my ratings on this beer its thru the roof in everyway this year. stunningly good best pumpkin beer out there by far (842 characters)

Photo of SuperSpy
4.52/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A - The beer is an orange copper color, a good sized white head that finally dies down to a nice foam cap after a few minutes.

S - The initial aroma is cloves, nutmeg and even the pumpkin is evident. Toast comes out in the second whiff but the spices are what this beer is about. Smells great.

T/M - Medium bodied and once again, the toasted malt is there but the real flavor is in the sweet and earthy spices. Honestly the best pumpkin beer I've tried (except maybe the one I brewed in 2004) :)

D - This is the best drinking pumpkin ale I have ever tried. Overall I have to give this lots of points for that fact. (655 characters)

Photo of aggiearcher13
4.53/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, this is a good looking beer. Hazy amber with a frothy white head atop it. The head on this... well it just hangs around and looks fantastic. Coats my pint glass all the way down.

Aroma is decidedly pumpkin, but the malt and hops really shine through. Quite well-balanced.

Wow. Spice rolls over the tongue, some bitterness from the hops, and some amber malts shine through. What a great brew. Spice flavors are mostly cinnamon and clove.

Body is the only part that leaves me wanting. I wouldn't mind a heavier body, but I wouldn't want it at the expense of being sweet. Pretty darn solid.

For a pumpkin ale, this is one of if not the most drinkable. Very well done all around. (685 characters)

Photo of Retail1LO
4.53/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What an awesome beer. I had cases of this stuff last year, and got it on tap every chance I had, where it really shines. I can't wait for September to roll around to get more. What a marvelous combination of nutmeg, cinnamon, cardamom, vanilla, and other lovely stuff. It's got a bit of a bite, and the flavors are strong. Some might not be able to handle much of this at a time, but this could be a daily beer for me if only it were brewed 365 days a year. (457 characters)

Photo of zdebyo00
4.53/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this beer for the season with halloween coming up. Poured very nicely with a small head and nice golden color. Immediately I could smell the nutmeg and pumpkin and was immersed into fall. Dogfish Head had the perfect blend of the pumpkin, nutmeg, and other spices that were added to the beer.
A slightly malty aftertaste gave this beer an amazing overall taste. Overall, this was a perfectly balance summer ale. (416 characters)

Photo of Golden2wenty1
4.54/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a single at Riley's here in Madison. Comparing it to O'Fallon's Pumpkin Ale. It's Halloween in September up in here.

Pours an attractive ruddy amber/brown with a short khaki bubbly head. Smells delicious, sweet and spicey, caramel malts maybe a little bubblegum. Taste is much more like genuine pumpkin pie and less like pumpkin puree compared to O'Fallon's offering. Caramel malts lay down the brown ale backbone, with well-integrated infusions of nutmeg, cinnamon, and pumpkin pie filling. This is a desert of a beer. On the sweet side, but does so quite well. Mouthfeel is full for a brown, but still velvety smooth. I could drink a couple more of these no problem, but probably not more than that. This is a damn tasty brew, easily superior to O'Fallon. Just like Grandma used to make. Try it if you can find it. (829 characters)

Photo of californiakebab
4.54/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at California Kebab in San Diego, home of the best kebab's and craft brews on the West Coast!

Appearance - Auburn, cooperish light brown. Good clarity. Nice lace rings form around the glass, thick off-white head.

Aroma - pumpkin pie spice aroma with nutmeg, allspice, cinnamon. Smells of thanksgiving and autumn leaves.

Taste - Caramel sweetness up front, then spice flavors kick in with a faint pumpkin taste in background; more of a pumpkin pie flavor than actually pumpkin. Slightly on the sweet side, could use a little more bitterness to balance out.

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, good carbonation, sits pretty light on the tongue. Makes for a very drinkable holiday spice beer.

Overall - This beer make me yearn for cold weather and great feasting. (764 characters)

Photo of sjum29
4.54/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I really enjoyed this beer, and despite the heafty price tag for a college budget, ($9 a four-pack) I will definately be purchasing this again.

Punkin' Ale pours a deep, dark orage, almost a true amber. The head is a tan color but is short lived with a little agitation. Its scent is heavenly, like warm baked pumpkin pie. You can pick out the nutmeg easily. As for taste, this is the Pumpkin Ale champ. The brown sugar and nutmeg really hightens the pumpkin flavor giving an aftertaste just like you remember mom making at this time of year. In my opinion, this beer is a little better after it has been out of the fridge for a few minutes and you can really pick up the intricacies of the flavor.

I like the alcohol content as is (for obvious reasons and others). It is masked well and doesn't detract from the beer in any way that I can tell.

Mouthfeel leaves something to be desired. You almost want something this flavorful to be a little thicker. It is more crisp than I anticipated.

Drikability is excellent. I enjoyed 5 of these to myself and still wanted more. You really can't go wrong with this one. (1,124 characters)

Photo of GnomeKing
4.54/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fruit beers generally taste gimmicky and imbalanced to me, but when they work, they're among my very favorites. Dogfish Head knows the trick. Along with the great Aprihop, Punkin' is one of the best fruit beers out there, and one of my favorite beers overall. Pumpkin is such a nice fruit to blend with beer. It doesn't overwhelm the beer or add cloying sweetness. It mixes perfectly with hops and other beer flavors. Punkin has nice spices, a subtle sweetness, a fantastic smell, and an aftertaste that is complex and endlessly pleasurable. I love this beer. Its use of pumpkin is nuanced enough to allow this to be a session beer. Although it's seasonal, it could be sipped year-round. It's that good, that smooth, and that well-made. (736 characters)

Photo of nortmand
4.55/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear light brownish amber, with a fizzy white head.

Cinnamon dominated smell with a roast background. Some banana like scents there as well.

Sweet spicy up front, huge banana flavors mid tongue. Ends with an assertive bitterness and a burning spice and alcohol in the throat. A hair of cooked squash aftertaste.

Full, silky mouthfeel, a very nice beer for a cool fall evening. (392 characters)

Photo of brown2cu
4.55/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a hazy orange and is topped by a billowy white head; minimal lacing but some nonetheless.

S: Smells like fresh pumpkin with spices. This is well done. The pumpkin is at the forefront compared to some others and the spices are not cloying.

T: Tastes like pure pumpkin pie. Not much complexity; just a bare bone pumpkin ale which is noteworthy. A lot of other examples of this style tend to be closer to winter warmer style ales.

MF: Could be a bit smoother and creamier I feel that it is over carbonated.

O: An amazing beer, another home run from Dogfish Head. (573 characters)

Photo of DNICE555
4.55/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter. Bottle on 7-21-09

A - Dark shade of orange. White cream head, Minimal lacing. Liquid Pumpkin.

S - Cheating off the bottle - smells like a "full bodied brown ale brewed with pumpkin, brown sugar, allspice, cinnamon, and nutmeg."

T - Loving the real pumpkin. I can tell the difference between this beer and the beers that use artificial flavoring. This is my favorite pumpkin beer. They just don't come any better. The cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice are added in perfect amounts and compliment the beer perfectly.

M - Deceptively full bodied. A very clear, smooth looking beer which shows that the spices all blended in perfectly as you can see absolutely nothing floating around.

D - Pretttyyy, Pretttyyy Pretty refreshing beer. Drinks smooth only leaving a pumpkin pie aftertaste. (832 characters)

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.55/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Freshly tapped 1/2 keg at a local watering hole served in a tulip glass.

L - hazy orange/amber color with an off-white head that thinned to a layer leaving streaks of lacing.
S - Pumpkin and spices, nice!
T - I Love this Beer. Nicely balanced blend of pumpkin, spices and a touch of hops make this brew my favorite Pumpkin Ale.
M - medium bodied with good carbonation make for an overall smooth feel.
D - I could drink this beer all fall long and probably will. (462 characters)

Photo of YouSkeete
4.55/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this bottle in the ol' fridge for about 2 or 3 months, couldn't let it go and decided to review it.

A: Copper to golden/amber with a small white head and a touch of lacing.

S: Spicy but subtle handful of good holiday spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice) while the aroma of fresh pumpkin follows. the shy 7% ABV makes its way to the nose, which is surprising.

T: Cinnamon and nutmeg dominate the bite while brown sugar sweetness and full pumpkin flavor bring it all together. Amazing balance of flavor and alcohol, even though i tend to go for the higher ones. Aftertaste is strictly a mellow pumpkin flavor, which can only be described as relaxing.

M: On the syrupy sticky side with a medium body and medium carbonation. Perfect balance of water, flavor and carbonation.

D: A lot of fun to drink. Happy Holidays, drink up! (830 characters)

Photo of FuzzyGuy84
4.55/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a chilled pint glass.

Gorgeous color, a bright orange-amber with subtle carbonation. Smell is pleasant and strong, lots of nutmeg in the nose. Really enjoy the taste, very sweet, pumpkin flavor really comes through (which is nice for a change in a pumpkin ale), and doesn't overpower any of the other flavors. Mouthfeel is good, light and bubbly. Aftertaste is very pronounced. It's sweet so I wouldn't want to drink a case of it in a row, but it's just an outrageously good beer when you're in the mood to enjoy something complex. Probably the best Autumnal seasonal I have ever had. (613 characters)

Photo of Ancalagon
4.56/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I am a huge pumpkin beer fan, and this is one of my top three. Pours a beautiful hazy orange color with a finger of head. Smell is amazing. Nutmeg, clove, allspice, along with pumpkin, dominate the smell. Tastes almost like it smells. Along with the spices and pumpkin, there is a caramelized vanilla taste. I would have preferred just a little more pumpkin flavor. Ends with some malty hop bitterness to round out. Feel is medium-full with a little carbonation. A very well rounded pumpkin beer. Perfect for fall/autumn. (521 characters)

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.57/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle poured into a Bruery tulip.
7% ABV, Bottled in 2012 printed in yellow on neck.

A - Dogfish Head's Punkin pours a crystal clear pumpkin orange color with amber low-lights and candle glow yellow high-lights. Brilliant! A solid off-white head that's dense and creamy like whipped topping is produced from a somewhat vigorous pour but it doesn't have the greatest retention. Thin lace traces outlines of a mountain range on the tulip.

S - Punkin Ale's upfront malty nose consists of sweet caramel and light toast notes with a real pumpkin aroma and a good, moderate level of spicing Dashes of allspice and nutmeg are prevalent while a sprinkle of cinnamon remains largely overshadowed. Gooey brown sugar sweetness steps in before this beer concludes with a crisp grassy hop aroma that delicately balances the pumpkin beer to keep it, well, a beer.

T - This might be one of the more balanced, subtle beers Dogfish Head produces. Punkin keeps the pumpkin real with traces of the roasted gourd among the spicing which slowly builds in presence as the beer is consumed. The brown ale base blends almost perfectly with the allspice, nutmeg, and cinnamon and the caramel and toasted malt notes work in tandem with lingering brown sugar sweetness. Once again, the beer is kept a beer with a great finish of soft earthy hops that lingers with traces of spiciness.

M - Creamy and smooth like a piece of pumpkin pie, Punkin's slightly higher carbonation gives the beer a generous crispness that, with the dry hopiness and spice finish, works to keep the sweetness at bay nicely. Thin alcohol is miniscule on the back end adding just a slight, passing warmth which works wonders on the colder fall days.

O - Completely cohesive from start to finish, Dogfish Head Punkin Ale manages to, almost effortlessly, take a nice and malty brown ale with gentle hoppy earth tones, a perfect beer for the season, and integrate real pumpkin and spice all while maintaining the bottom line; it's still a beer. I personally prefer my pumpkin ales a little more pumpkin-rich, but this beer is absolutely outstanding and warrants a try from anyone who's not yet enjoyed it. (2,159 characters)

Photo of turnstile
4.57/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours an orange-amber with a one-inch off-white foamy head that quickly dissipates into a ring around the brew. No noticeable lacing.

Smell: Complex aromas here. Biscuity yeast, nutmeg and pumpkin first; cinnamon and a slight hint of brown sugar towards the end. Maybe some earthy hops, but nothing strong coming through.

Taste: Like a slice of pumpkin pie. The strongest spice to come through is the nutmeg - the pumpkin hangs in there at the end. Strong malt character. The ABV is hidden well.

Mouthfeel: A creamy, medium-heavy body with slight carbonation adding a nice bight at the end.

Drinkability: Spicey and creamy like a dessert beer, but I could have more than one. I might have to buy a case to stretch into the winter.

Certainly the best pumpkin beer on the market. It's best on-tap in order to get that perfect creamy head. (853 characters)

Photo of JISurfer
4.57/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This may not be the best Pumpkin brew I have had, but it's damn near close. It's almost as good as the Cottonwood and had a high alcohol content to keep you warm. It's appearance was a very pretty orange color with a creamy head. The head was big for a few minutes, but then died out to a thick laceing. The smell was it's best feature for me. This had so many different things going on at once, it was mind boggling. There was the always present smell of allspice, but then it gave way to a real pumpkin smell, which isn't present in most brews, and ofcourse it was big malty. The taste was similar to the smell, but stronger in the malt catagory, as well as the actual pumpkin taste. The mouthfeel was nice and creamy, which is something I really dig. Drinkability was put to the test today with NFL football and it passed the test 3 beers later!!!!

I'd like to give big props to my bro Mikey up in CT. Thanks for the eye opener man!!! (940 characters)

Photo of sleazo
4.57/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A-Pours a slightly reddish brown. Clear with a two finger head that dissipates quickly to a soapy slick.

S-Smells like pumpkin pie just like it should. slightly caramel sweetness is joined by a bouquet of spices with none coming to the forefront.

T-Sweetnish caramel malts come thorugh upon first sip. the aftertaste brings in the spices, ginger, cinnamon, clove and nutmeg. A good blend of spices without being too overpowering for any one of them. the sweet malt compliments the spices very well and there is a fiant hop bitterness which doenst try to compete yet offers a nice back note to the beer. A lisght twinge of alcoho,l is the only negative. The pumpkin though is evident throughout and helps compliment the sweet malt.

M-Slightly above medium with a medium level of carbonation. The slight thickness pushes the spices around the mouth.

D-Simply put this is my favourite pumpkin beer on the market. Perfect blend of spices, nice ammount of sweetness and a low hop bitterness combine to really make this a delicious beer. (1,035 characters)

Photo of Mavajo
4.59/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Taco Mac.

Clear orange/amber color with a one-finger thick white head. The nose is quite distinct - spices were the overwhelming notes. Nutmeg, cinnamon, almost peppermint.

The taste is absolutely impeccable. I enjoyed this beer from the bottle, but was thrilled with it on tap. It's like someone brewed your grandmother's best pumpkin pie. Actually, I think they did - excellent blend of pumpkin and spices. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, smooth and creamy with light carbonation.

Amazingly drinkable. I could drink this on tap all night long. (559 characters)

Photo of DavoleBomb
4.59/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass. This bottle is a little old. I think I bought it around 9-10 months ago.

4.0 A: Translucent golden brown. Head retains well, but is not thick. Tons of lacing.

5.0 S: Amazingly strong pumpkin pie smell with lots of spice.

4.5 T: Obviously there's some pumpkin and it's in a good proportion. Biscuity, spicy malts big. Very, very well proportioned with hops, though sweetness still dominates as an overiding flavor.

4.5 M: Very smooth and rather creamy for the style.

4.5 D: Well balanced and not too sweet make this beer great for fulfilling a night.

I suggest aging this beer 9-10 months as I had. I really don't remember enjoying it this much when it was fresh. (694 characters)

Photo of WhiteHillsStore
4.59/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Found a bottle (2013 vintage, I think) and bought it immediately. I love this beer. Pours a cloudy orange with a coffee colored head. The smell is full of pumpkin and spice. The taste was very delicious with nutmeg and cinnamon up front and then sweet pumpkin flavor in the finish. An amazing beer for pumpkin lovers, one of my favorites. (338 characters)

Photo of Dionysius86
4.59/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

A = Pours a dark amber. Cream-colored head, about two fingers.

S = Pumpkin and Cinnamon. Strong, but not overpowering.

T = I love the taste of this beer. Definitely my favorite pumpkin ale. It tastes just like a piece of homemade pumpkin bread. Pumpkin, cinnamon, ginger, etc. The hops also shine through. It has a sweetness that I call a "thick sweetness."

M = About average. Heavier than most light beers, but not too thick.

D = I look forward to this beer all year. It is a fall classic. It's somewhat price ($10 for a 4-pack) but totally worth it. (556 characters)

Photo of bmeehan
4.59/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a pumpkin beer that I (and others, from who I've talked to) will anticipate being released every year. The pumpkin is done perfectly and the beer itself is a perfect combination of spicy and sweet. (205 characters)

Punkin Ale from Dogfish Head Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 1,994 ratings.