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Punkin Ale - Dogfish Head Brewery

Punkin AlePunkin Ale

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very good

4,546 Ratings

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Ratings: 4546
Reviews: 1915
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 12.66%

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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Photo of Brezzy24


3.91/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Very complex tasting Ale. First taste is like a burnt pumpkin seed, second taste is like a pumpkin ale meets a porter. Don't be turned off by the smell and first taste, this Ale seems to taste better with each sip. This is not your typical pumpkin ale.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2013 20:51:52 | More by Brezzy24
Photo of delta490


4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A- pours a semi-cloudy amber with a creamy white head that lasts well into the beer. Some visible carbonation.

S- a little subdued. Some spices and pumpkin mingle.

T- where the aroma is a little underwhelming, the flavor comes through. Big malt backbone holds up the pumpkin and spice. Doesn't taste like pumpkin pie, though.

M- a bit of fizziness detracts slightly from the otherwise nice mouthfeel.

O- an enjoyable fall ale with some unique flavors.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2013 19:37:22 | More by delta490
Photo of Private_Beer_Tongue

New York

4.14/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

So this was my First "Foray" into Craft Brew and out of "Piss in a can hood" call it beginners luck or whatever you want but this is a great tasting brew in all respects! its sufficiently bitter enough though not so much that it becomes hard to Drink, no real "up front Pumpkin flavor to speak of though its in the aroma for sure the taste comes into play after you've taken your sip and let your mouth warm back up a bit then you get that Pumpkin or should I say "Punkin Pie" taste creeping in, not a bad drink at all its GREAT like it so much I pick up a case yearly and share it with my Bro's & Ho's respectably of course! =D

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2013 04:54:47 | More by Private_Beer_Tongue
Photo of HattedClassic


3.99/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very little head appears when poured and disappears quickly except at the edges. The beer itself is a clear orangish red with hints of brown.

Pumpkin with hints of cinnamon and a strong nutmeg presence.

A strong pumpkin taste with nutmeg and cinnamon that mixes well with an undertone of sugar. Leaves a nice, sugary and spicey aftertaste.

Biting carbonation and medium bodied as well as smooth.

A pretty nice pumpkin ale that I get very year around September and October for Halloween. Worth every penny and highly recommend it.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2013 00:25:01 | More by HattedClassic
Photo of screamking


3.96/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into chalice.

Pours medium brown with a thin off white head that disappears quickly. Loads of pumpkin in the nose, along with hints of cinnamon, allspice, and brown sugar. In the taste sweet pumpkin flavors take control at first. Middle of the mouth gets hit with more of the spices, followed by brown sugar for a sweet kick. Mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation on the palate. I'm not the biggest DFH fan but this is a great beer for the style. I will continue to grab at least one 4-pack every season.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2013 00:38:40 | More by screamking
Photo of BradtheGreat7


4.01/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz brown DFH style bottle. I really enjoy their new style 12 oz bottles. Constructed the same as their bombers now. Really unique and one of a kind. Label is very plain and classic which is nice. Nothing crazy other than the DFH logo with a pumpkin stem. Poured into a standard American Dogfish head pint glass.

A - pretty standard coloring of a pumpkin ale only a touch darker than most I've had. Lighter brown color with hints of orange. Very rich and looks a lot like Autumn. Head pours nice and creamy at first before settling into a pretty good ring of lace leaving small spots of stick to the glass. The best looking pumpkin ale I've ever seen. It was a few years ago and still is today during this review.

S - aroma is spot on. Pumpkin pie spices. Allspice, cinnamon, and a hint of nutmeg. Brown sugar used is noticeable. Fresh pumpkin and a bit of brown malt make up the backbone.

T - caramel malt with a touch of pumpkin up front. The brown sugar notes really do a lovely job of blending the caramel and pumpkin notes. A very balanced flavor with the spices of allspice, cinnamon, and nutmeg take control midway before blending in a sweet finish.

M - a very nice feel and texture to the Punkin ale. Idk if there is a better balanced ale in this style. It doesn't come off as a spiced ale or even a pumpkin pie flavored ale like most. It has the spices, malt and pumpkin but is blended to near perfection. Smooth and easy to drink. One of the best you'll find this time of year.

O - I've had Punkin ale many many times and it remains as one of my favorite DFH brews and one of my go to ales during the Autumn months. It's first class in creativity and quality. It is a pumpkin ale however and that isn't always everyone's favorite, but with that being said there really aren't any pumpkin ales that live up to the DFH offering. It's something about anyone can enjoy. It's not too sweet, too much spice, or too much pumpkin pie character. It's a well balanced beauty that's fit to enjoy. Ill always grab for this one.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2013 14:46:11 | More by BradtheGreat7
Photo of TruePerception


3.33/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

(Transferred from another forum)

Dogfish Head Punkin Ale. A brown ale brewed with pumpkin and pumpkin spices (brown sugar, all spice, cinnamon, nutmeg). 7% ABV.

Appearance: Nice haze coming out of the bottle. Almost two fingers of head. Quickly fades to half then slows. Beer has a nice, bright sienna coloring.

Smell: Pumpkin puree. Very faint oakiness.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Right away, I taste the clove! A bit of bitter pumpkin flavor. Nutmeg towards the finish. A slight cinnamon burn towards the front.

Not bad, but certainly not as good as people's ravings would lead me to believe.

Drinking from a clear beer mug. 12 oz. bottle.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2013 06:23:10 | More by TruePerception
Photo of M_C_Hampton


3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass, brown colored with a short white head that lingers leaving some lacing, clear

S: light hops, spice, nutmeg, clove, sweet

T: light pumpkin, sweet, some spice, nutmeg, clove, finish bitters

M: light to medium body, good carbonation

O: nice flavor without being over the top, a good brown ale

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2013 23:22:22 | More by M_C_Hampton
Photo of cleve00


3.99/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am pleased with this Pumpin Ale.

Going in to the Fall season (which I love) with the promise of family get-togethers at Thanksgiving and Christmas as well as Football games and all things associated with Fall and early Winter.

I am amending my initial review to include a more comprehensive and deserving description but before I do, I wanted to say thanks to Dogfish Head for this offering:)
Pours with moderate carbonation to an offwhite head.
Smell is of pumkin spice not overwhelming but inviting "saying welcome to the table".
Taste is of Pumpkin pie spices very well balanced so that the taste mirrors it. I can definetly taste the pumpkin.

Not at all overly sweet, but I must say 1 beer is enough at a "sitting"
ABV is camouflaged perfectly but you do feel lulled into serenity after, ( just like unbuttoning the pants and loosening the belt after eating the Thanksgiving feast).

Very nice experience if this is your first Pumkin Ale.

Thanks DFH! Props!!! If you ever need a taster let me know!

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2013 20:35:20 | More by cleve00
Photo of Cubatobaco


3.71/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - reddish color with a golden hue. Pours a 1/2" head that falls to a thin, white frothy ring around the glass. Very clear allowing me to see objects clearly on the other side of the glass. Lacing is splotchy with great carbonation.

S - large amounts of bread followed by vanilla, allspice, and a light body of pumpkin. A little lack luster on the nose in regards to other pumpkin ales that have released this year.

T - very earthy. Within the major flavor is bread, nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice, and, of course, pumpkin. I do enjoy the brown sugar sweetness. A finish of black tea.

M - light/medium bodied with a dryness on the finish. It's clean and gives off an enjoyable spice.

O - this is not my cup of tea...or beer, but I can enjoy it for what it is. This is very well made and would highly recommend to someone wanting to try pumpkin ales. This is a high end example.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2013 01:22:47 | More by Cubatobaco
Photo of gcamparone

Rhode Island

3.6/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter. Purchased in Attleboro MA.

A- pours a clear, ruby red body with a small off white head that reduces quickly and leaves little lacing. Nice fall color.

S- Very bready and biscuity, pale malt is present.. Squash and light pumpkin comes through.. Vanilla, candy corn, some allspice.

T- Upfront I get some earthy, rooty, squash notes, followed by a grainy, bready, corny flavor that kinda takes away from the whole experience. There's a sweet aftertaste, cotton candy and some nutmeg. Leaves a weird grainy aftertaste.

M- medium-low carbonation, medium body. Not the easiest to drink.

I was not impressed with punkin for the second year in a row. The pumpkin doesn't work here, and the spices are barely present. More like a malty squash ale.

Bottom line: There are far more pumpkin beers out there that I'd prefer to drink. And for $12/4 pack, I will not be buying this again.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2013 01:27:59 | More by gcamparone
Photo of fitrock2112


3.86/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured Punkin into a Belgian Tulip.

A - Pours a clear dark burnt orange with a half of finger of off white head.

S - The aroma of roasted malts, some clove, allspice, light pumpkin in there as well.

T - Taste is very close to the nose, toasted malts, clove, allspice, pumpkin. Nothing overpowering here either.

M - The brew has medium mouthfeel with medium to high carbonation. Wish the mouthfeel was just a little fuller.

O - A good pumpkin beer that's recommended. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2013 00:57:09 | More by fitrock2112
Photo of MistahBeah


3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear amber. About a finger of bubbly off-white head. Slight retention. Lots of carbonation

Smell is of squashy pumpkin malt. Allspice, cinnamon, nutmeg, and a touch of brown sugar round this out. No hop aromas detected. Just malts and spice

Taste is similar. Lots of vegetal pumpkin here as well as some grainy pale malts. Spices are evident in both flavor and the dryness provided. Earthy as a whole - cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice all play parts. If there's any brown sugar it's lost on me. There is some bitterness, though mild, and it's earthy and floral

Feels dry with moderate spiciness. Medium-bodied and well-carbonated. Slightly thick

Overall a nice beer overall. This is a good balance for those who like pumpkin beers that don't sacrifice any beer flavor. The flavors aren't as bold as others of the style. I prefer a little more sweetness for the style. A good pumpkin ale to be sure, but not my favorite

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2013 23:44:00 | More by MistahBeah
Photo of JackMcAwesome


4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2013 22:52:37 | More by JackMcAwesome
Photo of barczar


3.74/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a brilliant copper orange with a rich, dense deep cream head that lingers.

Bready, toasted caramel malt and resiny hops form the initial aroma. There's a hint of pumpkin, with nutmeg and cinnamon surfacing subtly as it warms, along with catty and acetone notes.

Flavor reveals a sweet pumpkin and caramel malt base, with a toasty, dry finish. Spices are subtle, as opposed to some examples of the style. Nutmeg emerges in subsequent sips, along with light cola flavors..

Body is moderate to a touch full and creamy, with moderate carbonation and light alcohol warmth.

It actually tastes and smells kinda like a beer. I like the subtlety of the spices, but I'm not a huge fan of the cola flavor. One of the better seasonals. The acetone is out of place, though.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2013 18:32:17 | More by barczar
Photo of dar482

New York

3.6/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

The beer comes in a deep reddish amber color.

The aroma has tons of malty sweetness of caramel and toffee. There’s a lot of brown sugar sweetness then some spice and pumpkin in the back. Surely a beer more than pumpkin, as in it smells mostly like a brown ale than anything else.

The flavor follows with sweet caramel and brown sugar with some pumpkin in the front, then it becomes more substantial of more bready pumpkin. The finish has tons of bitterness of bark and wood, along with the spices hitting to compliment that. The finish is a big strong for me.

The beer is pretty good, but the finish did not quite do it for me and it’s a bit lacking in pumpkin for me.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2013 02:50:11 | More by dar482
Photo of jtaylor


4.04/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Not my favorite pumpkin ale, but still a great fall ale. Better than most. The color/ appearance is very nice, with a warm comforting taste. If you're looking for something especially 'pumpkiny' this might not be the right beer. However it is a full bodied, well rounded seasonal ale.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2013 23:59:27 | More by jtaylor
Photo of KidKrafty

New York

3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2013 brown bottle (12oz) served in a snifter. The beer is amber colored with a white head that thins down to a light layer. The aroma is delightful, lots of fall spices. The taste is totally autumn in a bottle, lots of pumpkin pie spice flavor all the way through. Lighter bodied and it goes down silky smooth. Very good example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2013 02:33:04 | More by KidKrafty
Photo of roger617


3.51/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into nonic pint glass.

A: 3.5 pours light brown with a red tint, sporting a solid 2 fingers of white frothy head that disappates quite slowly and leaves little to no lacing.
S: 3.75 smells like a mild potpourri aroma that my grandma always had proudly on display come this time of year. Plenty of cinnamon and brown sugar, with vanilla, mulled spices.
T: 3.25 Unlike the aroma, the dominant flavor I detect includes the mulling spices. After taste leaves traces of brown sugar and cinnamon. Not too dry, not too bitter. Very distinct and mild. It partially tastes a little watered down.
M: 4.25 Smooth, as previously noted not dry, not bitter. Just a very smooth brew that is well carbed.
O: 3.5 This is a great Fall beer. My first of the year! I would have guessed it at a 3.5-4% beer, very surprising this one racks up to 7%! I would definitely have this again if looking for a Fall beer. As it warms up the flavor profile becomes much more complex, with the pumpkin finally making an appearance!

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2013 01:54:18 | More by roger617
Photo of DeFaz


4.43/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Apperance: Pours a light orange color (lighter than I expected) with a medium head that leaves behind great lacing.

Smell: This is the best part of pumpkin ales, and this beer delivers. Pumpkin is placed into moderation by allspice, nutmeg, malt, hops, and alcohol.

Taste: Fantastic. The pumpkin is an ingredient here rather than the whole beer itself, and the other flavors, including the bite from the alcohol, work with it. Allspice, nutmeg, cinnamon add just enough spice to compliment the pumpkin and malt.

Mouthfeel: Smooth despite being on the thin side. Carbonation is low, allowing the flavors to shine. I wonder as I drink this why so many pumpkin ales drown out the flavor with excessive carbonation.

Overall: There is no consensus as to what is the best pumpkin ale, but there sure are a lot of opinions. This and Pumpking are on the short list of the best in my opinion. This is pricey at $8.99/four, but this truly is excellent. This beer succeeds by doing less of what other pumpkin ales do (others often have too much pumpkin, not enough balance of pumpkin and spice, too much carbonation, or pumpkin that does not taste fresh). This is a must try.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2013 19:55:35 | More by DeFaz
Photo of BWED


4.04/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a DFH IPA glass.

A- Clear body, with an orange-amber hue. Head is a strong and well retained one finger, just off white in color. Carbonation dances up the glass. Beautiful.

S- I pick up the pumpkin and allspice, and a little of the nutmeg on the nose. It isn't over the top, which is, sometimes, where pumpkin beers go wrong.

T- A great and mellow mix of the characteristics I detected in the smell. Again, not over the top. This taste would compliment a slice of pumpkin pie well, instead of trying to replace the pie.

M- Pretty smooth, a little creamy. A bit of a bitter finish, but I think the spice in the finish cuts the bitterness a bit.

O- This is a fantastic pumpkin beer. Like I mentioned before, I think a lot of beers try to replace the taste and aroma of pumpkin pie, whereas DFH seemed to compliment the treat. This is one example of a milder flavored beer being better than others with more pronounced attributes. Delicious.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2013 02:35:27 | More by BWED
Photo of Brew_42


3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours hazy dark orange/amber with a thin white head that lasts a while.

Smells like pumpkins, cinnamon, brown sugar and clove.

Taste- Sweet pumpkin pie goodness with just enough bitterness to let you know that you shouldn't drink a dozen of them in an hour.

Mouthfeel-Lighter body with a little bit of carbonation.

Overall- Second only to Souther Tier Pumking. Definitely worth a try. If you are from the New England area and find yourself trying to choose between this and Shipyard, its not even close go with the Punkin.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2013 01:49:44 | More by Brew_42
Photo of Beercheer31


4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2013 23:40:32 | More by Beercheer31
Photo of maxcoinage


4.01/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured 12oz bottled (dated 20135 ?) into shaker pint with an inch white head. Lots of bubbles in this one. Color is a clear orange.

Aroma - allspice, nutmeg, cinnamon

Taste - great spice flavor, slight pumpkin taste. some malty sweetness but slight bitterness to balance it out

Mouthfeel - medium body, nice and carbonated

Overall - I like pumpkin beers, and this is one of my favorites, but not quite as good as Pumpking. Last one, till next year!

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2013 19:42:36 | More by maxcoinage
Photo of THErealDK


4.9/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

First of all Finding this beer was impossible so when I did you would have thought I won the lottery I was so happy. This beer is actually what made Dogfish head Famous, they served it at a festival that was based around lobbing pumpkins with crazy contraptions.

Lets get to it!

A: The over all appearance is nice, a dark amber color almost brown. The head is light, but creamy and went way to a thin layer after a few minutes.

S: The smell is where a lot of the money is made here. This brew has a lot of natural fresh spices, and you can tell when you take a sniff. On top of that, the fresh smell from the pumpkin meat used comes through as well making this a very enjoyable beer. I recommend taking a nice whiff before sipping this.

T: If the smell wasn't good enough, the taste is. This has a nice warm and yet refreshing taste. The fresh spices, and pumpkin make you feel like your eating moms pumpkin pie after a Thanksgiving dinner. The warm tones from this brew compliment the cold weather, and of course the holidays.

Overall this is probably the best Pumpkin Ale I have had. I have hunted down many but this takes the top pick for sure. The smell alone makes this beer enjoyable, and it hits a one two punch with its smooth flavor. This is a great evening beer, when you are relaxing after a long cool Fall days work, or enjoy with a big Thanksgiving meal.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2013 07:03:56 | More by THErealDK
Punkin Ale from Dogfish Head Brewery
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