Punkin Ale - Dogfish Head Brewery

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BA SCORE
88
very good

5,990 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,990
Reviews: 2,016
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 12.69%
Wants: 322
Gots: 968 | 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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Ratings: 5,990 | Reviews: 2,016
Photo of TheSixthRing
3.55/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a crystal clear orange amber with an off-white, finger width head. Poor retention leads to an island of surface suds in the center and a weak ring around the edge.

Smell - Moderate aroma that brings sugary sweetness to the forefront, while pumpkin plays more as the secondary note. Cinnamon and nutmeg spice are noticeable as well, but aren't prominent.

Taste - Follows the nose. Sugary sweet profile with lesser pumpkin notes. Cinnamon and nutmeg come through mid-taste to deliver some spice and play off the malt base to deliver a light pie crust character. Light earthy bitterness. The finish does well to meld all the flavors together, but the sugary sweetness is still the predominant character.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied with sharp, bitey carbonation that tingles the lips. Smooth and silky on the swallow.

Overall - I was looking forward to this one, but quickly found myself underwhelmed by it's sugary flavor profile. As far as craft pumpkin ales go, it's middle of the pack, and this 4-pack will likely be my first and last go of it.

Photo of bnes09
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Transparent copper colored ale. Nice head with solid retention. Malty, biscuit aroma with added spices. Mild bready malt backbone. Subtle butter flavor. Hint of pumpkin. Assertive cinnamon and nutmeg spices. Mild hop. Medium bodied. Descent carbonation. Finish is a little off balanced from the spices. Eh, it's ok.

Photo of johnnnniee
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Bottle from Harvest Market
Deep amber/copper color with small off white head. Aromas of caramel pie spice earth and a hint of chocolate. Sweet brown sugary with a bit of caramel and a hint of chocolate. Pie spices a subtle and balance the sweetness quite nicely. Medium body with light to moderate carbonation. I'm not usually a fan of pumpkin beer, but I could drink this one. Its a shame it took me so long to taste this one.

Photo of mjpolzin
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Surprisingly subtle for a Dogfish Head beer. For better or worse, a lot of their beers are out of the ordinary. This was one essentially a brown ale with just the slightest hint of pumpkin taste.

Photo of martyl1000
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%

Finally! A pumpkin beer to love.

The other seven pumpkin beers I've tried in the past two weeks have all been saddled with an off-putting chemical astringency. Probably has something to do with adding pumpkin to the fermentation. Dogfish Head has somehow figured out how to avoid it.

Those others also all suffered from Disneyland Syndrome: overdone pumpkin flavor to the point of gimickry, plus cloying sweetness.

DH Punkin instead offers a great fizzy carbonation to keep the heavy mouthfeel and starchy sweetness in check.

Photo of titty_mcbitty
4/5  rDev +1.5%

A: Brownish red with a creamy head.

S: Cinnamon and spice. Pumpkin obviously.

T: Pumpkin pie crust, spices and cinnamon, nutmeg, pecans, cooked apples, and gingerbread. It's like Halloween and Christmas all in one drink.

M: Medium and creamy. Nice carb as well.

O: Very pleased with this. Flavor is well balanced and tamed and leaves the palate satisfied!

Photo of Brackh
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Pours a nice brown. Good taste all around. I don't really get any pumpkin here. I don't really mind it. Catch a little bit on the back end. The spices are great. It is more just a good all around beer. I would drink this again.

Photo of Frank_TX
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%

Enjoyed from a 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. I think Dogfish Head got this "Punkin Ale" right. It is a great brown ale with just the right amount of pumpkin and spices. The pumpkin flavor is not overdone and the brown sugar and spices add a nice touch as you sip this beer. I have been nursing the 4-pack for a week now.

Photo of Spikester
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Clear orange with a modest off white head and spots of lace.
Smell is pumpkin and light spices.
Taste is pumpkin with pie spices. Some bitterness follows from the hops.
Mouthfeel is medium with plenty of carbonation.
Overall an exceptional pumpkin ale. Alcohol is well hidden. Some brown sugar in the finish.

Photo of CraigS119
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Picked up the 4-pk. at Total Wine in Tampa, FL when I was on the hunt for Cigar City's Good Gourd.

Looks like reddish copper. Very heady, and there's lacing, yes, lacing, down the sides.
Smells like skunk pumpkin, nutmeg, and green banana.
Tastes pleasant. Lots of pumpkin spice, that's actually backed by a decent amount of fruit. The whole thing sits atop an albeit, weak, brown ale, but definitely fulfills the harvest pumpkin ale niche.
I've had some pretty terrible pumpkin ales, but this is not one of them. It's not an amazing beer by any stretch of the imagination, but will definitely satisfy a punkin craving. Not too sweet, not too spiced, not too watered-down.

3.75/5

Photo of ArchimedesSox
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Pours a burnt orange color with a small white head that dissipates quickly leaving no lacing down a 16oz pub glass.

Smell is of pumpkin and spice. Has a really sweet smell to it.

Taste is of the pumpkin and spice but it has a harsh astringent medicinal taste that was somewhat offensive. The dont get the medicinal taste on the 2nd or 3rd sip.

Mouthfeel is decent. Medium to loose with a good carbonation.

Overall, this one has a few things that keeps it in the 3s for me but it also has some good qualities that I like. Wouldnt mind trying it again on down the road.

Photo of RaulMondesi
3.79/5  rDev -3.8%

We got an aite one right here my peeps. Kinda like the Richard Simmons of Pumpkins, it's one that everyone knows about, but it's a bit too light. Nice and airy, light and clean, but Raul needs a lil more meat on this corn cob.

It has all those pumpkin notes (with a lil bit of astringency) but the Raul man needs a lil more boom boom in the zoom zoom.

Photo of hopsputin
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

a: a vibrant clear burnt orange & caramel color; some nice hints of amber as well. 1 finger white head that fades to about 1/4 finger pretty quickly

s: sweet pumpkin meat, some real nice caramel malts and toffee, something almost bubble gummy, caramelized brown sugar. towards the end there are some VERY mellow amounts of nutmeg, clove, and cinnamon - but the spice is very very muted. pumpkin rules the aroma

t: taste follows aroma. you're hit with some caramel malts and brown sugar up front followed by an assertion of pumpkin. the pumpkin tastes like a mix of the meat and toasted pumpkin seeds. the sweetness is cut by some nutmeg and cinnamon, but as in the aroma pumpkin dominates the taste

m: medium mouthfeel with a pretty high level of carbonation

o: one of my favorite pumpkin beers. its fairly straightforward, but i enjoy that the focus is on the actual pumpkin flavors. theres no pie crust/spicy feel to this really. its sweet and pumpkiny. one of many joys regarding fall

Photo of kellyej
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%

This beer is a fall classic. On the pumpkin beer spectrum that ranges from pumpkin pie to gourd in flavor, Punkin is certainly more toward the gourd side. It is very subtle, especially compared to other popular pumpkin beers like Souther Tier. This allows the beer to be totally sessionable while still giving some of the spicy fall notes people look for in pumpkin beers. Punkin pours a beautiful golden amber color with a wispy, foamy head. It is also quite clear.

Photo of Dave1999
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a transparent orange with a white head.

Smell is strong pumpkin, cloves and nutmeg.

The taste is much as the smell suggests pumpkin, huge amount of cloves, pepper and nutmeg.

The feel is smooth, medium bodies, quite crisp, medium carbonated, finishes dry.

Overall I like this beer, if you don't like cloves I wouldn't go for this though. I'm not normally into pumpkin beer but this was great.

Photo of anon
3.76/5  rDev -4.6%

Pours a nice clear copper, with a thin head that dissipates after a few sips.

Aroma up front is of pumpkin. Nutmeg in the mix and some clove. If only there were a bit more cinnamon.

Taste is of pumpkin, nutmeg, clove, a slight fruitiness as well. Slightly on the sweet side. Maybe little too sweet. Or maybe I'm just used to darker pumpkin ales.

Mouth feel is light and a good carbonation throughout.

Overall I was expecting a little bit more to this, but in the end it is still quite good. I'd recommend a try, anyway.

Photo of dane222
5/5  rDev +26.9%

Best pumpkin beer period

Photo of MasterfulIdiot
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Poured into a Riedel tulip glass. The liquid is a clear orange-amber with plenty of bubbles rising slowly to the top. The pour kicks up a nice yellowish head with great staying power.

Aroma is all the pumpkin flavors you'd expect - nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves, and, presumably, pumpkin. Nice bit of light roastiness in there as well, and a bit of a peanut flavor.

Taste follows the nose - basically exactly like pumpkin pie with whipped cream. Nice and sweet without being cloying - the perfect fall dessert beer.

Mouthfeel is relatively thin, with lots of carbonation.

Overall, super nice, if not particularly surprising.

Photo of MikeMcCl
4.75/5  rDev +20.6%

did not disappoint

Photo of Stevedore
3.52/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle of the 2014 release. Poured into an unlabeled snifter 9/18/2014.

A- Clear darker brown-caramel body, one finger white head with moderate retention, drops into a thick collar. A bit of sporadic lacing. [3.75]

S- Spices, pretty much. Pumpkin, nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves. Sweet brown base malt gives a nice bready aroma to things. It also gives a slightly alcoholic, boozy scent to it as well, especially as it warms up. [3.5]

F- Like in the nose, it's pretty much spices. So overall not as interesting. Nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves up front, sweet base malt intersperses in there, giving it sort of a pie crust breadiness. Kind of nice, actually. The alcohol booze is stronger on the palate, especially on the backend which I suppose makes for a sort of a solid digestif. [3.5]

Photo of jdixon302
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Good pumkin ale, spice and pumkin not over bearing. Good clean taste.

Photo of erikhovenkamp
3.9/5  rDev -1%

Very nice for a pumpkin beer.

Photo of StoneTSR
3.69/5  rDev -6.3%

APPEARANCE: The color is not what one might expect from a “full-bodied brown ale”. In fact, it is a bright, but hazy orange color. A half-finger of white head rises and falls within seconds of the initial pour. A layer of wispy foam remains, covering most of the surface of the beer. Quite a few bubbles can be seen popping up towards the surface at varying speeds, giving this beer a nice, lively look.

SMELL: Now the “brown ale” piece of this is coming through with a fair amount of roasted malt aromas that make up the majority of the smell. Just underneath that roast, though, is a very strong pumpkin smell…and not the fake, pumpkin pie smell (which I often like), this is the real deal, pumpkin smell. Some pie spices flirt with the nose as well, but they are subtle.

TASTE: The roast flavors match the aromas in intensity and, for this beer, dominate the flavor profile for me. And again, the true pumpkin flavor comes in right underneath it, but this time the spices are closer to the front and center than in the nose. The heavy roast also brings out what is almost a woody flavor, along with a touch of vanilla.

MOUTHFEEL: Medium-bodied and on the sweet side for an average beer, but a little dry for many Pumpkins on the market. There is a touch of stickiness on the front end, but it certainly dries while going down.

OVERALL: Dogfish Punkin is a pretty solid beer. I do appreciate that I can detect a lot more actual pumpkin flavor and aroma than in most others, but I would appreciate a little more sweet and spice. I’m sure many people out there may prefer this, however.

Photo of Arch578
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Appearance: Very clear orange-ish copper color, with a thin, white head.

Aroma: Nice blend of fall spices (nutmeg, clove, cinnamon) and fruitiness.

Taste: Lots of spice, very reminiscent of a winter warmer (GLBC Christmas Ale in particular). The pumpkin itself is almost undetectable, though there are definitely some fruity undertones.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, has a nice crisp carbonation but also a slightly syrupy feel.

Overall: As the label says, this really is a perfect beer to warm up with. Spices are front and center, so fortunately they are excellently blended and really match up with the platonic idea of pumpkin pie. I would love to have this with a little vanilla ice cream or just whipped cream on the side.

Photo of KornWallace
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Date: 9/15/14
Location: DeCicco's Pelham
Draught/Bottle: Bottle
Glassware: Snifter

Appearance: Very light orange in color, clear and easy to see through. The beer lets in lots of light. Very strong carbonation. Big frothy white head with decent retention. Little to no cling in the glass while the drink is being imbibed.
Aroma: The aromas are mild in comparison to the other pumpkin beers I've tried this summer and fall. I get nice aromas of allspice, clove, nutmeg. The pumpkin seems to come out very nicely as well. Brown sugar also plays a nice role.
Taste: A very mellow blend of the spices and pumpkin comes together. Something is hitting me close to vanilla but in reality it is probably sugars (brown). The malts play a simple role as well.
Mouthfeel: Light Medium to medium in body with Medium to medium high carbonation. This is a perfect example of a refreshing fruit beer. The carbonation is a bit on the high side but still very nice.

Punkin Ale from Dogfish Head Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 5,990 ratings.