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Punkin Ale - Dogfish Head Brewery

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BA SCORE
89
very good

4,736 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 4,736
Reviews: 1,916
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 12.66%
Wants: 218
Gots: 344 | FT: 7
Brewed by:
Dogfish Head Brewery visit their website
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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dailyminefield

North Carolina

2.5/5  rDev -36.7%

03-04-2013 17:41:54 | More by dailyminefield
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uziangis

Ohio

2.5/5  rDev -36.7%

01-13-2012 02:26:07 | More by uziangis
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BBrewington

California

2.5/5  rDev -36.7%

11-01-2012 18:39:24 | More by BBrewington
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angeepangie

Ohio

2.5/5  rDev -36.7%

02-28-2014 00:55:08 | More by angeepangie
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lester619

Wisconsin

2.5/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Pours a deep orangish copper/brown. Bubbly head that settles at a thin film after about ten seconds. Very strong pumpkin pie spice smell. Clove, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, anise, all these and probably more are in there. There is also a fresh pumpkin smell like when you carve into a jack-o-lantern. Flavor is malty sweet and fruity at first. More of that fresh pumpking smell/taste comes out. The spice takes over every other flavor quickly. In the end, the only other flavor is a hint of booze on my lips. I've never been a fan of the spiced pumpkin beers. Every fall I try to keep an open mind, but the spices always turn me off. It was hard to finish the bottle. If you are into pumpkin beers, this is a probably a great one. It's just not for me.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2010 22:30:13 | More by lester619
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abernethyj

North Carolina

2.5/5  rDev -36.7%

07-10-2013 02:21:33 | More by abernethyj
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Raynae


2.5/5  rDev -36.7%

01-01-2013 00:00:40 | More by Raynae
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BiteTheBullet

Florida

2.5/5  rDev -36.7%

10-06-2013 07:27:00 | More by BiteTheBullet
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blt2646

New Hampshire

2.5/5  rDev -36.7%

03-05-2014 21:56:02 | More by blt2646
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bvlaminck

Pennsylvania

2.5/5  rDev -36.7%

11-14-2012 17:23:29 | More by bvlaminck
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jmathis

Florida

2.5/5  rDev -36.7%

12-27-2012 20:17:05 | More by jmathis
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Johnroby

Ohio

2.5/5  rDev -36.7%

08-15-2013 00:09:25 | More by Johnroby
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

2.5/5  rDev -36.7%

12-20-2011 05:44:01 | More by JAHMUR
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Fettpopps

Massachusetts

2.5/5  rDev -36.7%

03-16-2014 02:53:37 | More by Fettpopps
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mpenning13

Ohio

2.5/5  rDev -36.7%

04-19-2014 01:23:51 | More by mpenning13
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spikechiquet

Ohio

2.5/5  rDev -36.7%

12-24-2012 07:56:53 | More by spikechiquet
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jfcaa193

Connecticut

2.5/5  rDev -36.7%

02-14-2012 01:47:47 | More by jfcaa193
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Kyrojack

Indiana

2.5/5  rDev -36.7%

02-28-2014 12:40:30 | More by Kyrojack
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MgoJohnStamos

Michigan

2.5/5  rDev -36.7%

06-16-2013 19:49:44 | More by MgoJohnStamos
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velkyal

Virginia

2.53/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

ight - light amber, almost no head to speak of

Smell - very spicy, lots of cinnamon and a slight cideriness

Taste - syrupy, caramel and spices

Sweet - 3.5/5

Bitter - 1/5

This was very sweet, but not cloyingly though sufficiently sweet to be sickly if you drank more than a few ounces. Not what I would have expected from Dogfish Head.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2010 17:05:21 | More by velkyal
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JackRose

Georgia

2.58/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Not impressed and probably the weakest of Dogfish Head's offerings (with the exception of the Namaste' which I feel bad about reviewing). Sam and his team of brewers are super creative and have done much to promote and grow craft brewing, but I do not always like their beers.

I tried this beer for three seasons in the past four - always wondering if it was just me or maybe I had purchased a beer leftover from the past year and not in the best shape, but alas it has always disappointed. Fans of it tell me that it is unique in that their is a significant hop presence. I just find it muddled and murky with regards to flavors, although I like their clean lines/packaging with regards to the bottle. I will stick with my choices of The Bruery Autumn Maple (not truly a pumpkin beer), Weyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin, and Southern Tier's Pumpkin (although it is not as good as past years and it seems that it is has much more vanilla flavor this year). Trying hard to get a friend to buy some CCB Good Gourd.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2011 23:34:38 | More by JackRose
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charlesw

New York

2.6/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Perfect light amber color with a small whitish head that is gone within the minute leaving nothing. I suppose this isn't surprising given the light and fizzy body. Smells like sweet maple syrup - maybe a touch or coriander thrown in for good measure. Tastes, ah, shucks. Bummer. Well, you know, I read the bottle and I was expecting a horror like the Shipyard. Thankfully, it's not that. The spices are light and easy. Ok, half way through the bottle I now get a whiff of pumpkin pie spice on the nose. But the flavor... It's awfully dry (and crisp) - which I find very surprising. Then there are these Thanksgiving spices floating around, and all, but there is an overwhelming sour note to it all. Is that the hops? Do I have a bad bottle? I don't know! I don't know what it's supposed to taste like! I'll certainly be fair and give this one another go at some point, but, whoa.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2006 22:51:30 | More by charlesw
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Erdinger2003

Iowa

2.6/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appearance looks great! A clear crisp and inviting brownish orange with a thin foamy head with a strong lacing. Smell is strange and sour with pumkin flavors. The taste is very sour pumkin rind flavor with the sweeter pumkin aftertaste, I'm not fond of this style I don't think. Mouthfeel is a bit watery and light bodied with much carbonation. Overall this was a bit dissapointing and I don't think I'll ever try this again.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2006 04:33:43 | More by Erdinger2003
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Wetpaperbag

Washington

2.6/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A- Clear orange/copper colored brew. The head was a half a finger width that stayed to play for a while.

S- There is a nice roasted nutty/earthy smell coming from this beer. I'm also getting some of the 7% abv though the smell as well.

T- The roasted nutty/earthy smell is there in the taste as well. The taste is sharp and almost feels like a shot of cheep vodka was dropped into this beer. The after taste is bitter and not appealing.

M- The bitter after taste is not what I was wanting in this beer and it has its way with your tongue.

D- I've had much better pumpkin ales such as Night Owl from Elysian.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2008 23:45:19 | More by Wetpaperbag
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Treebs

Illinois

2.63/5  rDev -33.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into my DFH signature glass. Bottled in 2011.

A: Pours a perfect amber, leaning towards the darker side, with a small half finger very light khaki head that that fades into a thin ring and small pillow of film in the center from the etching.

S: Pretty disappointing. It's hard to pick up anything. Slight pumpkin and a slight cinnamon, but that's about it.

T: Very light pumpkin and then the spices take over. The allspice is leading the way with a slight cinnamon. Malts are the backbone for this. So far my expectations have not been met.

M: Nice mouthfeel. Good carbonation, medium bodied. Slight spice left on the palate.

O: Wow was I let down. After having Pumpking I was very happy to get a 4-pack of this and try them side-by-side. Punkin did not show up at first and when it did it left with its tail between its leg. Very disappointing.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2011 21:31:55 | More by Treebs
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