Punkin Ale - Dogfish Head Brewery

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5,900 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,900
Reviews: 1,998
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 12.94%
Wants: 309
Gots: 847 | FT: 8
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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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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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3.76/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of ultralarry2006
3.53/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle. Leaves one finger of an off-white head that quickly fades to surface skim, and leaves a small amount of spotty lacing. Body is an orange amber.

Smell - spices fill the nose, and there is a faint hint of toasty malt biscuits.

Taste - a bit more than the nose indicates shows up on the tongue. There are spices over a toasty malt biscuit backbone, with some brown sugar and pumpkin.

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, with a sort of starchy "fluffy" feel.

Drinkability - this is a decent beer, but I'd want something different after two of these in a session, but then maybe this would go better with dessert.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of jgasparine
3.43/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Poured from the bottle with a thin white foamy head, which quickly dissipated. The body was a clear PUMPKIN color (surprise, surprise), with no visible carbonation.

S- Cinnamon and Allspice punch through a sweet biscuitlike malty nose... signs of goof things to come?

T- Spices dominate the palate, and are quickly neutrialized by some sharp bitterness (from hops?- not sure)... almost astringent. The sweet malt and pumkin flavors are comparatively restrained. The finish is long, bitter, and dry with spiciness.

M- Surprisingly thin body- very well attenuated with some coarse carbonation. A lot to be desired here... I would really like to have some more unattenuated sugar and some softer carbonation.

D- I enjoyed one of these, and could perhaps enjoy one more... but I cannot see myself enjoying more than two. If it were a little less attenuated and if it featured softer carbonation, this beer could be amazing.

Photo of keithmurray
3.58/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance - clear amber color with slight white head

Smell - pumpkin, nutmeg, cinnamon

taste - pumpkin, some spices such as clove, nutmeg, cinnamon, a bit hoppier than I hoped it would be, none of the brown sugar detected as mentioned on the bottle, bitterness at the back of the mouth

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, highly carbonated, pumpkin flavor lingers on the tongue and in my burps, not as malty or as sweet as I envisioned

overall - somewhat of a letdown considering all of the high praise, drinks more like a red/amber ale with a pumpkin kick more than anything else. Needs more Malty sweetness for my tastes. Not a bad beer, but I am admittedly new to the world of pumpkin ales and I hope to find better/more malty examples

Price point - $8.99/4pk

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of gcamparone
3.6/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of BBM
4.38/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a crisp, clean orange into the glass, with a half-inch white head. There was a distinct ginger and allspice smell in the nose, along with burnt sugars.

This is one of the more complex pumpkin ales I've tried, with a toasted (burnt even) malt flavor up front, along with pumpkin pie spices, including cinnamon, allspice, ginger, and nutmeg, and followed up by the faint flavor of pumpkin/squash. There's even a hint of alcohol in the finish as the beer warms. Dogfish Head does an excellent job of balancing all these flavors, to the point where one doesn't dominate. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and slightly chewy. Even at a higher percent, this is a great beer to session on a nice fall night or with an autumn meal.

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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of nukem5
4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Great pour crystal clear, orange copper color, rich with nice tan cap on the topper.

S: Like fall in a large punkin patch, while carving out you fresh picked punkin.

T: Like a large slice of Granny's punmkin pie staight to the table.Lots of spices, the cinnamon sticks out most with some nutmeg.

M: Warming and full some lacing around glass.

D: Very drinkable although probably could not drink more than two in a row would be great as an after dinner drink.

Bless you Sam for another great year with great beers!

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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Punkin Ale from Dogfish Head Brewery
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