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Punkin Ale - Dogfish Head Brewery

Punkin AlePunkin Ale

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very good

4,549 Ratings

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Ratings: 4549
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 bcsbeer


2.8/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

A: Hazy amber with a off white Dogfish Head. Reduced down to a ring with spotty lacing.

S: Not a lot for the nose.

T: Medicinal with a big alcohol presents. Clove and cinnamon with some pumpkin in the back round.
M: Was a little syrupy with low carbonation.

O: This was the last one of the 4 pk I bought in the fall. I have been avoiding it in the back of my refrigerator for several months, nothing changed. Not a good year for DFH. I have have had it in the past and liked it, and will give it another try this year.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2013 04:48:19 | More by bcsbeer
Photo of GossageBrewery


4.44/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured this Pumpkin Ale from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. This Ale poured a burnt orange color, produced a average off white head, and featured average retention and lacing. The aroma of this ale contains fresh pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg and sweet brown sugar. Full bodied, this ale has a foundation of malted grain, fresh roasted pumpkin, caramel, cinnamon, nutmeg and allpice. Well balanced, this pumpkin ale has a perfect amount of pumpkin pie spice, the mouthfeel is exceptional, smooth and creamy. One of the finest Pumpkin Ale's that I have sampled- Prost!

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2013 18:49:25 | More by GossageBrewery
Photo of spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

3.91/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle from Total Wine Tampa FL for 2$

Appearance - Clear copper colour with an average size fizzy beige coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some faint acing. The head lasted for 3-4 minutes.

Smell - Caramel, pumpkin, all spice

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste caramel mixed with pumpkin and all-spice. There is also some breads/grains/yeast. It ends with a spicy aftertaste.

Overall - One of the better pumpkin beers I've had. It has a lot of flavour but it isn't cloying in any way. I could actually drink a few of these. I'll but this again next fall.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2013 03:51:43 | More by spinrsx
Photo of KingSlayer


4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 fl oz bottle
brown roasted color semitranslucent, 3 finger white persistent head, nice lacing
nose composed of brown sugar, pumpkin, spices, mild roasted malts,
palate same as nose, nice hop balance, cinammon spices afterfinish
medium full body nice carbonation
very pleasant, not too sweet just a touch, pumpkin blends well with spices and hops, alcohol well masked. nice seasonal beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2013 00:58:01 | More by KingSlayer
Photo of mjurney


4.16/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Burnt orange color, a little haze. Lots of bubbles rising up. Nice frothy head.

Bready, pumpkin, spices, brown sugar.

Mostly bready, rich, toasted, nutty. Cooked pumpkin, almost like a pumpkin pie, spices, cinnamon, nutmeg. Faint crisp-bitter towards the finish. Body is medium, creamy, slight sharp carbonation, smooth.

This beer is exceptional. Tasty, very smooth, alcohol is well hidden.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2013 01:22:02 | More by mjurney
Photo of Amish_Ambush


4.8/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Original Review: 09-21-2006


Appearance: Light orange. Creamy head that turns into thick lacing.

The tasting profile included Pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg and brown sugar. All this was accompanied with a slight hop bitterness and a gentle smokiness after It warmed up a bit.

The ale itself was creamy and full-bodied. The complex aroma includes brown sugar, malts, squash, caramel and a slight butter/biscuit note.

Let it sit out for about 15 minutes after pulling it out of the fridge.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2012 01:46:38 | More by Amish_Ambush
Photo of yamar68


4.23/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Big thanks to blastbeats for this one!

Creamy honey gold body topped with a modest paper white head, laces moderately.

Pumpkin pie. Nutty, spicy and earthy, smells like Minnesota mud in mid October... cinnamon, gourd puree, everything autumnal.

Fresh squash, nutmeg, dry baking spices, pie crust, faint caramel and vanilla... nothing overpowering about this... smooth, well executed.


Serving type: bottle

12-30-2012 01:32:03 | More by yamar68
Photo of macrosmatic


3.25/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes. Poured from 12 oz. bottle (into a pint glass? Didn't write it down).

A: Deep gold, nearly clear. Good amount of visible carbonation leads to a thin white head.

S: Pumpkin, nutmeg, cinnamon, spices, sweet malt. The spiciness on the nose is nice, but the pumpkin smell really doesn't seem right - it strikes me as artificial, although the bottle clearly says they use "real pumpkin".

T: Sweet chewy pumpkin, bitter spices, bready (or crusty?) malts. Not much else. Nothing off-putting, but nothing to draw me in here.

M: Body is on the thin side, decent carbonation sensation, low alcohol presence.

O: Pumpkin beers are generally not my favorite. But this one falls short of expectations still.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2012 02:56:24 | More by macrosmatic
Photo of scvance

South Carolina

3.58/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a light copper color with a thin white head. Poor retention and minimal lacing. Smell is very light, not nearly as spice laden as some other pumpkin beers. There is a nice note of caramel malt, as well as a light "holiday" spice mix. The taste is slightly sweet, almost no bitterness at all, and a noticeable alcohol characteristic at the end. Medium carbonation and body, the beer is quite drinkable for it's strength. Finishes fairly clean, overall a refreshing beer, not very much pumpkin flavor to speak of. It's also fairly difficult to find and expensive, so try it if you like, but there are better pumpkins in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2012 22:24:30 | More by scvance
Photo of LeRose


3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice orange color with small head. Nice spice level - not too much, just enough and some actual pumpkin taste to it. Not as overwhelmingly pumpkin pie-like as some, but the spices are maybe a touch too intense. Not a huge fan of the style, but this is pretty decent stuff. Wife likes it giving it an extra thumb’s up - she actually went and bought her own stash. Hooray beer!

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2012 16:46:22 | More by LeRose
Photo of Treyliff

West Virginia

4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Thanksgiving 2012 Beer #2

A- pours a bright slightly hazy copper with some ruby/orange hues, creamy white head with some pretty good lace.

S- pumpkin spices, raw pumpkin, brown sugar, and creamy vanilla

T- starts sweet with highlights of the brown sugar, transitions into a creamy vanilla extract flavor , finishes with some meaty cooked pumpkin and a bit of biscuity malt. Finishes sweet with just a bit of hop bitterness.

M- medium body, low carbonation, velvety mouthfeel.

O- this one goes beyond most brewers concept of a pumpkin ale. The flavors are more complex with notes of vanilla sugar really sticking out and given the ABV, this one is very drinkable. If it wasn't for the 7%, I would call this a session worthy beer. Very good!

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2012 22:07:21 | More by Treyliff
Photo of sarajayne

4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dogfish Punkin Ale is the perfect beer for the changing season. It is only available from September first until around Thanksgiving. This award winning full-bodied brew is made from only the finest ingredients, which include pumpkin meat and brown sugar, make the perfect recipe for a cold fall night - not for the light drinker. A bit more pricey than most, but well worth it. If you haven’t had it before nows your chance.

Collage girls GOOD drink beer:

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2012 22:58:01 | More by sarajayne
Photo of SkeeterBoganski


4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Been stashing this for a couple months, and have now found myself with plenty to share!

A - it's kind of deep golden, or really light brown; certainly not typical brown ale-looking; very small head; unretained lacing

S - brown sugar; nutmeg; pumpkin bread; sweet malt

T - caramel; pumpkin; cinnamon; candy corn; nutmeg; more brown sugar; some bitter hops

M - it's a little sweet up front; cloying pumpkin through and through; a little boozy but well-concealed bc of all the other flavors; pretty smooth but a little bitter on the back end; bitterness stays on the back of the tongue; pleasant carbonation

O - this has for years been my go-to fall beer; I'm not a big fan of Oktoberfests and this beer always makes me welcome fall; it's up there w some of the best pumpkin beers, although I've had better for sure; in terms of balance, flavor, and accessibility...this beer stands strong.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2012 01:33:28 | More by SkeeterBoganski
Photo of schoolboy


4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I know I have had this bottled before (I need to review that) but today I had a very nice glass on draft at the Winking Lizard on Coventry.

It has a very nice moderate aroma. The taste matches this closely but with a nice ale balance. Like the best of this style, I could have had another. The aftertaste is very nice as well.

As I remembered it, this is much better on tap than the bottle was.

Serving type: on-tap

11-12-2012 02:36:25 | More by schoolboy
Photo of TheBrewo


4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

We pour a rusty orange brew. It holds a two finger head of creamy tannish bubbles, showing nice retention. The bubbles slowly recede, leaving clumps of big bubbles atop the liquid, along with sticky, spidery lacing sticking to the glass. Haze is moderate due to finite chunks of sediment suspended throughout the drink, and carbonation appears slow, yet active. The nose is fresh, with big pumpkin spice, light clove, metallic vanilla bean, nutmeg, cinnamon, cumin, and baker’s yeast. The malts are pale, with caramel and a light toast. Our first impression is that this is one of the best pumpkin beers we’ve ever had, with bold, serious flavoring. The flavoring opens with sweet malts and raw pumpkin flesh. There is a bitterness of a menagerie of autumnal spice, along with yeast, and a light phenolic back. To the peak comes more bittering malt, with a white sugar flash to cut, along with more of that serious pumpkin flavoring. Smooth nuttiness adds depth, as does a light caramel, to the malts. This marks the transition to the finish, with enhancing sweetness by sugary pumpkin cream, orangey citrus, more pumpkin spice, and a souring pale malt. The aftertaste breathes of metallics, syrupy pumpkin sugars, toasty malts, bittering yeast, booze, and a light citric hop. The body is medium, and the carbonation is lighter. There is nice slurp, smack, cream, and froth to each sip, with a mild astringency down the throat. The light coating left is metallic, and adds to the dryness. The abv is appropriate, and this beer drinks easily.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this was how serious the flavoring was. The “realness” of the flavoring really adds to the experience, as it can be easy with the style to use extracts and other additive flavoring. Here we are presented with a full flavor brew brimming with spice and fruit, making this a top competitor for the style.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2012 23:54:02 | More by TheBrewo
Photo of ilkelma


4.23/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a "pint" glass from the bottle.

A: Very nice golden amber color with not even a finger of light colored head (from a bottle).

S: Appealing spice laced scent with more than a hint of yeasty aroma. No overpowering pumpkin smell or even much sweetness to the smell.

T: Tastes like a fall pumpkin beer should, rich almost maple syrup like depth of flavor not too bitter and above all not too sweet. Tastes like pumpkin but not so much that it is overwhelming.

M: Light carbonation, very smooth but a bit heavy (as its ABV belies) just shy of dangerously drinkable really.

O: I'd say this is the best "pumpkin beer" I've ever had but this is in a real class of its own. Whereas nearly everything else we are assaulted with in fall that claims to be "pumpkin" often bears little resemblance to the actual gourd; this beer packs all of that earthy vegetal flavor of the real deal into a beer that is eminently drinkable and a real treat on a cold fall day.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2012 02:27:12 | More by ilkelma
Photo of 4ster

Quebec (Canada)

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

Poured into a flute type glass.

A: Pours a cloudy, light amber colour, not much fizz with a initial decent creamy off white head , some retention for awhile before it leaves a nice lacing floating on top of the beer.

S: On the nose I get really earthy pumpkin aromas, almost a bit damp & musty (like you'd describe some earthy wines) and hints of the malt and sugars. Not sure if it's the glass I'm using, others better nose, an off batch or just cause it says on the bottle "brewed with allspice, cinnamon, nutmeg" that means it smells like it, but I don't get that much spice on the nose, and neither does the other person having this beer right now. (this was our 3rd pumpkin ale of the night and those smelt plenty spicy...)

T: There isn't much I can say over the other 1000's of reviews, but what I can add is that my tasting seems to be more inline with how DFH describes their beer, and as with the aromas, again I don't get near the amount of spice that others are, on that note.... On first sip you are greeted with nice, roasty, burnt sugary malts providing a well done undertone to what follows. As it goes down beautiful roasted earthy pumpkin flavours come out that are wonderfully balanced with a trace of alcohol, and for once I get a bit of nutmeg spice coming out.

M: The beer has a nice balanced level of carbonation, just enough fizz on the tongue, and a heavy enough body of 7.0% abv keeping you interested, but also inline to make sure you're not guzzling it.

O: Even with the lack of spice, I am perfectly fine with that because Punkin does not sell itself as a spiced, pumpkin pie latte ale... this is truly a pumpkin, as in the orange/green/blue gourdes that grow in fields, type of ale, and it is beautifully done. Surely one of the best pumpkin beers I've had yet that really tastes like you've just roasted a pumpkin in the oven, pureed it and drank it down, and have it taste delicious. Where others have left it too light, this one hits the sweet spot in malt sweetness, complexity and hearty pumpkin goodness. I'd definitely hunt this one down another fall and recommend it as nearly everyone else does as a top of the notch pumpkin flavoured ale.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2012 04:15:51 | More by 4ster
Photo of nimrod979


4.48/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz brown bottle poured into a DFH pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a bright copper with a one finger beige head. Above average retention and some nice sudsy lacing throughout.

Aroma: Roasted cooked pumpkin. Cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and brown sugar.

Taste: This is where this one shines. In a land of mostly average pumpkin beers this one hits the mark. It doesn't try to be too much, doesn't try to do the pumpkin pie thing. Nice actual pumpkin flavor. and a nice balance of the spices. Nothing over the top. Cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, brown sugar all show up. Very good indeed.

Mouthfeel: Medium mouthfeel. Another strong point of this beer, is it's drinkability. Some pumkin beers are just too much or just aren't that good. this is one you can keep coming back to. Carbonation is average, and finishes off with a nice subtle sweetness from the spices. A remarkable beer. And yearly one of my favorite pumpkin beers.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2012 22:51:05 | More by nimrod979
Photo of Danno48

West Virginia

4.95/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured her into the iconic dogfish glass and looked upon it with splendor and admiration.
Looked a tad bit cloudy at first then as it warmed with the glass it cleared up into a clear bright orange brown.

When I swirled it to get a good whiff I picked up a fantastic spiciness. A lil bit of cloves but mostly the obvious pumpkin pie spices/ cinnamon, nutmeg ect.

The taste is so great. Sweet but not too sweet, spicy but not too spicy, and most importantly... not a mega amount of pumpkin. What makes this beer taste great is fresh ingredients and balance. Enough Said.

It is the best pumpkin ale I have ever had and there are many to be had... Could not think of any

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2012 02:27:09 | More by Danno48
Photo of tectactoe


3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a collage of orange, copper, and amber with a thick, white, fluffy head. The aroma hits big with pumpkin aromas and spices. Heavy on the nutmeg as well, which gives off a bit of an "egg-nog" vibe - very cozy and very nice. Some alcohol warmth and fuzziness on the mouth, following bi with cinnamon, nutmeg, and faint pumpkin pie. Thin to medium body, slightly creamy and slightly crisp with lots of carbonation - overall a nice mouth.

Pretty good pumpkin beer. The price is a little steep, but it's definitely one of the more enjoyable pumpkin beers out there.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2012 02:37:13 | More by tectactoe
Photo of JamesMN


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

Thanks to HeadyHops81 for getting me this beer!

Appearance: Very murky caramel color with a thin off-white head.

Aroma: Lots of cinnamon, brown sugar, clove, and nutmeg. Basically all the pumpkin pie spices but with an underlying earthiness as well.

Taste: Nice balance of the spice to pumpkin flavors. All the spices from the nose are there but don't try to dominate your palate. Instead, you get that true pumpkin flavor as well and finish with a good malt sweetness. A hint of smoky flavor as well. Definitely used a good grain bill here, going for sweetness while the spices work to cut some of that sweetness out creating a great balance. I think the one flavor that stands out the most is cinnamon but it's got a big supporting cast of flavors working with it. Feels lighter than 7% ABV.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with noticeable effervescence. The spices are a tad cloying and the overall feel is more hearty than refreshing. Average drinkability.

Final Thoughts: As Pumpkin Ales go, DFH Punkin Ale delivers on all the flavors you'd expect in addition to a nice malt bill. While I wouldn't say it's the best of the style, I would say doesn't disappoint. Would I drink it again? Yes, along with a lot of other good contenders for the fall season.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2012 20:44:16 | More by JamesMN
Photo of TheRealBigC


4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is unquestionably one of the better Pumpkin Ales out there. Dogfish Head has produced a very balanced, meticulously spiced beer that not only feels like fall, but warms you during those cooler months as well. You get a good dose of cinnamon & nutmeg on the nose and palate. Pumpkin flavor is mild, which benefits the overall profile of the beer. It does come through on the nose like a fresh pie. Good, dry finish too. I would buy a pack of these every season. One is enough for the season, but it's something to look forward to (like many great seasonals).

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2012 03:42:36 | More by TheRealBigC
Photo of TheDinger

South Carolina

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

Poured from bottle into snifter. Fairly uneventful pour with a nice medium amber hue and a little 1 finger head. Looks like bubbly cider. Smell was of carmel, brown sugar and some spices. Very nice aroma. Taste follows the nose with a huge front end of carmel malts and great blend of spices (nutmeg, cinnamon, sugar, cloves). I like that it has the ale qualities and is more of a spiced brown vs. a pumpkin bomb. Very well balanced and great blend. A little hop finish, but focus is on the carmel and spice. Feel is medium with some carbonation and a bit of thickness for the tongue. Overall- A very solid spiced ale that has the balance of malts and spice. It's not over the top and IMO is one of the best I have had. Sessionable and easy to enjoy this time of year. Like that it is a brown first with the spice/flavor to compliment. Well done DFH- Will be having another soon!

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2012 21:23:22 | More by TheDinger
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3.45/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

DFH Punkin

Clear, burnt orange. Good amount of head and good carbonation.

Solid brown ale with standard nuttiness. I get the nutmeg and the brown sugar a bit. Not the pumpkin or allspice though. Slight metallic taste.

Just tasted the pumpkin as I was exhaling a sigh.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2012 18:59:57 | More by starkmarvelo
Photo of DeltaGolfSierra


3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is rather average - color is dark amber, much like a strong iced tea, with a small head that fades quickly. The smell is a mix of various spices; scents of cinnamon and nutmeg stand out most. The taste is more beer-like than pumpkin-like. There's a solid malt backbone that gives some sweetness, with the spices adding a complimentary peppery flavor. It's a very nice balance. Mouthfeel seemed a bit on the thin side, and carbonation seemed high. A well-rounded pumpkin ale that emphasizes the ale over the pumpkin.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2012 05:30:36 | More by DeltaGolfSierra
Punkin Ale from Dogfish Head Brewery
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