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Punkin Ale - Dogfish Head Brewery

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Punkin AlePunkin Ale

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very good

5,964 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,964
Reviews: 2,012
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 12.69%
Wants: 321
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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3.26/5  rDev -17.3%
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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3.6/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured aggressively from a 12 oz bottle into a frosty pint glass. Probably a bit of a mistake since this beer will need to warm up to taste good.

A - Crystal clear amber in color. Head wasn't pronounced on the pour and only a ring remains around the top of the glass. Lacing is pretty low as well.

S - Spices and lots of amber malt - Not too heavy on the pumpkin

T - Complexity is the best part about this beer. It's not particularly pumpkin or spice heavy. You can get a host of different flavors by just swirling it around in your mouth a little bit. At first taste it's nothing special, but it is definitely growing on me (particularly as it warms)

M - A little overcarbonated for the alcohol content and flavors, but suffices

O - A fantastic big fall beer. It's not really the best if you are looking for a heavy pumpkin ale experience. The flavors are subtle but very good. Spices stand out on their own without muddying the entire experience

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a nice copper (almost like tea) with an effervescent, quickly dissipating head that settles into a perfect little ring around the glass.

S: Pumpkin pie spices (nutmeg, cinnamon, clove - DUH!), mild esters, brown sugar

T: Nutty, a little creamy, earthy nutmeg and cinnamon, some alcohol (rum), caramel & allspice

M: Lively/tingly on the attack. Settles into rummy esters with caramel & pumpkin pie spices. It warms the back of the tongue and throat on the back end.

Overall this is an awesome pumpkin brew. I enjoy how playful this beer is. I get nostalgic for mom's kitchen because it could almost be pumpkin pie in a glass. Huge props to Dogfish Head for their seasonal heavy hitter. You cannot argue with a beer that can invoke childhood memories. I enjoyed this one from start to finish.

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3.91/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Can't believe there's already no bottles left in my distro of this. Oh well, at least I gathered up a few bottles for the season before they all disappeared. Poured out of a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass. I do wish the bottling date was a little clearer, but I'd assume the bottle I had was no older than 3 months.

Pours a classic deep amber DFH color (you know, the one that resembles maple syrup) with some strong orange tinges that I'm hoping is from the pumpkin added to the beer. Contains a bone white head that covers the top of the glass, leaving behind minimal lacing overall. Given the beer's relatively high ABV, this swirls around in a slightly viscous manner, but otherwise it's pretty unassuming as far as pumpkin beers go. I'd never guess there was anything unusual in this by merely looking at it.

Hello, holidays! This is a pumpkin ale, all right - less of that sugary, sweetened pumpkin pie-like beers and far more towards maintaining the vegetal essence of the beer backed with spices. Predominant notes of pumpkin rinds, squash, zucchini, and orange peel meld with spices consisting of nutmeg, allspice, brown sugar, cinnamon, and slight pepper and vanilla. Definitely a sharp sweetness from the booze and spices at the finish, but the vegetal character of the beer is very refreshing and delightful in many ways. There's a bit of a caramel, husky sensation that appears at the end, but for some reason so many DFH beers I've had have always provided that flavor. Otherwise, I'm enjoying the fresh pumpkin flavor here overall.

The flavor is nearly on par with the aroma, except that it displays a little bit more fruitiness as well as syrupy sweetness that becomes more present in the finish. At first, there's obvious vegetal notes of toasted pumpkin and squash, which then meld with the brown sugar, cinnamon, baking soda, and nutmeg flavors right at the finish. Orange peel, grapefruit, and pine seem to come in, but the spices are definitely overpowering. The caramel finishes everything off from the grains, but while it works, the aforementioned husky flavor from the grains is still a bit pervasive. Ends a little bit syrupy, with notes of slightly burnt brown sugar, but otherwise this is actually a pretty solid pumpkin beer offering. Feels great, although I do think the spices did some strange things, texture-wise, to the grains at hand. Oh well - I'd imagine pumpkin beers are harder to brew than we take for granted.

Another nice seasonal offering from DFH - from all of the pumpkin beers I've had so far during the holidays, this one is very welcome in my fridge and would work very well with food - especially what people tend to eat during the Thanksgiving holiday season. Vegetal, spicy, and slightly sweet, this is more the direction that I like these kinds of beers to head towards. Recommended for those wanting to try a good quality, mass marketed pumpkin ale.

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