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Punkin Ale - Dogfish Head Brewery

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5,149 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,149
Reviews: 1,944
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 12.66%
Wants: 271
Gots: 560 | FT: 7
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 tut2528
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours about 1.5 fingers worth of head formation, pours a sharp copper tone with some transparency

S: strong nutmeg and cinnamon notes are first noticed and pumpkin also very present. Not much else comes out and I sense that this will be light on the tongue

T: Obvious pumpkin backbone here. But this beer is deserves credit for the balance of spices that really complement the pumpkin. Cinnamon is most dominant then nutmeg and there is a nice brown sugar note enhancing some sweetness. Allspice comes in during the after taste.

Overall, DFH really has done a fantastic job with this brew. It's on the lighter side of medium-bodied brew and the balance is perfect. Drinkability is extremely high and i really wish this was sold as a 6-pack. I'll be looking forward to acquiring this one annually.

tut2528, Apr 02, 2012
Photo of baconman91
4/5  rDev +1.3%

baconman91, Jul 21, 2012
Photo of AaronBurr
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

AaronBurr, Dec 24, 2011
Photo of RangnaR
4/5  rDev +1.3%

RangnaR, Sep 24, 2013
Photo of EJJ1848
4/5  rDev +1.3%

EJJ1848, Aug 20, 2014
Photo of core42
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

core42, Jul 15, 2014
Photo of Brown120
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Brown120, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of Bubbalito
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

Bubbalito, Oct 29, 2012
Photo of russwilliam
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

russwilliam, Sep 04, 2013
Photo of Jon
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Glowing amber with a fizzy, shortlasting head. Nose is an impressive blend of cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, and a pumpkin carving contest. All of these flavors come through on palate with an emphasis on the zesty, spicy characteristics of the cinnamon and nutmeg. Spritzy carbonation entices the tongue. Perhaps the most viscous, full-bodied mouthfeel I've noticed in a pumpkin beer. Warming alcohol is noticeable on the prolonged finish. This is a well-done, drinkable pumpkin ale that sets itself apart from others. The spices and alcohol content keep this beer from becoming overly drinkable and refreshing, however.

Jon, Oct 21, 2003
Photo of ineva
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

ineva, Nov 18, 2011
5/5  rDev +26.6%

TEAMHOLT, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of teromous
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: It has a very beautiful amber brown color, and it is crystal clear. The head pours on about 1 1/2 fingers and stays up pretty well. Lots of visible carbonation. Not much lacing on the glass. I give it a 5 because it has perfect color and clarity for a brown ale.

S: Doesn't smell remarkable even for an ale. There is no pumpkin or spice on the nose. I knew that dogfish head wanted a lightly spiced beer but I can't smell any pumpkin or spice at all. Tester number 2 didn't smell it either.

T: It tastes good for a brown ale, I will give it that. I taste no pumpkin or spice at all. I wouldn't recommend this to a person wanting to try something with a unique pumpkin or spice flavor.

M: It has an average mouthfeel. It's not remarkable at all.

D: The beer is definitely drinkable. It's a good beer but it feels like more could be done with it. If this were just labeled as a brown ale I would have never known it was pumpkin.

teromous, Aug 21, 2010
Photo of StoneBrewFanatic
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a very nice copper color into my pint glass, with about one finger of head that has pretty good retention. Nice lacing.

S - Pumpkin, nutmeg, brown sugar, clove, caramel malts. A lot less intense than I was hoping for...

T - Really taste the cinnamon, and a little mesh of pumpkin, clove, and brown sugar. A nice caramel sweetness, and as it washes away the cinnamon still lingers of the palate.

M - Pretty smooth and creamy, a little over carbonated for my taste.

D - It's a good beer, I certainly enjoy drinking it, and could drink plenty of it, however it is not as exciting as I had hoped.

StoneBrewFanatic, Sep 02, 2010
Photo of Number3red
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Number3red, Sep 18, 2012
Photo of Danno48
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

Danno48, Oct 30, 2012
Photo of Fitze
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Fitze, May 11, 2014
Photo of pburland23
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's 60-something degrees and I'm watching football. Seemed like a good time to drink my first Punkin of the season.

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into my Harpoon IPA glass. Beer pours a cloudy copper color and produced about two fingers of head that had the color of pie crust to me.

Aroma is heavy on caramel malt sweetness with some spice notes (nutmeg and some cinnamon.) Taste is super pumpkin-y. I definitely don't feel like I'm getting cheated on the pumpkin flavor. Also pick up brown sugar, cinnamon and some nutmeg. Very sweet, but also creamy and smooth.

The body is medium and quite smooth. I didn't pick up any alcohol heat despite the 7.0% abv. A very enjoyable drinker on a nice late summer Sunday.

pburland23, Sep 18, 2011
Photo of jmmy3
4/5  rDev +1.3%

jmmy3, Dec 25, 2012
Photo of gutbuster
4/5  rDev +1.3%

gutbuster, May 13, 2012
Photo of Andonato
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Andonato, Oct 04, 2013
Photo of waston
4/5  rDev +1.3%

waston, Mar 06, 2014
Photo of Sinewave
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Sinewave, Dec 18, 2011
Photo of PsilohsaiBiN
4.75/5  rDev +20.3%

PsilohsaiBiN, Sep 01, 2013
Photo of DLS168
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

DLS168, Oct 06, 2013
Punkin Ale from Dogfish Head Brewery
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