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Punkin Ale - Dogfish Head Brewery

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BA SCORE
88
very good

5,964 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 5,964
Reviews: 2,012
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 12.69%
Wants: 321
Gots: 928 | FT: 7
Brewed by:
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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: 5,964 | Reviews: 2,012
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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

Poured out of a 12 oz. bottle into a Duvel.

A - Pours a deep orange color. Had about 1 inch of head that disappeared quickly. Strong lacing that does not go away.

S - Nice holiday spice smell. Pumpkin galore. I get some nice subtle clove smell as well. Almost smells like pumpkin pie spice right out of the can. Cinnamon hits the nostrils.

T - Surprisingly not near as spicy tasting as the smell. The flavors are there but you get them much more in the nose. The cinnamon shines through in the taste.

M - Has just a bit of alcohol taste on the tongue. Creamy and medium bodied.

D - Surely drinkable. Be a good beverage for Halloween through Christmas to get you in the spirit.

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of CHILLINDYLAN
4.07/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear orange copper. Small offwhite cream-colored head. Light lacing.

Sweet caramel and spices (cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg). Sweet fruity and earthy pumpkin. Like a pumpkin pie!

Sweet caramel, cookie pie crust. appropriately and not overpoweringly spiced with clove, nutmeg, and cinnamon. Earthy fruity pumpkin. A bit of earthy herbal bitterness. And a touch of bourbon from the alcohol.

very smooth, well carbonated, med body, slightly dry, not as watery/cidery as many other pumpkin brews

A damn good pumpkin brew. One of the better ones I've had. A decent amount of pumpkin and not too much spices with a smooth medium body. Very drinkable, good fall brew that your mom/sis/grandma would even like.

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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3/5  rDev -23.9%

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4.59/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Found a bottle (2013 vintage, I think) and bought it immediately. I love this beer. Pours a cloudy orange with a coffee colored head. The smell is full of pumpkin and spice. The taste was very delicious with nutmeg and cinnamon up front and then sweet pumpkin flavor in the finish. An amazing beer for pumpkin lovers, one of my favorites.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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3.84/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a rich amber color, clear with an inch-thick white head. Aroma is a mild but distinctive spiced ale, some clear nutmeg and allspice.

Taste is a good roasty malt, plenty of caramel and spices. Some good doses of cinnamon and cloves, yet not enough to really bowl me over. Flavors are strong and aggressive but not over the top.

Mouthfeel is medium and very clean. Not nearly as powerful as most pumpkin ales, relies much more on the "ale" and less on the "pumpkin." I'm not a big fan of the style but this is by far the best I've had.

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4.37/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear tawny bronze hue, with an off-white foamy two finger head. Good retention produces thick wisps of stubborn lace. You can smell the pumpkin, ginger and cinnamon from a few feet away, and the allspice, nutmeg and toasted malt are obvious as well, with faint caramel in the background. Deeply toasted pale malt and medium crystal upon first sip- deliciously sweet with a hint of tang like muscavado or turbinado ester. A suggestion of dextrin and good dose of vegetal/squash taste transforms into a traditional pumpkin pie flavor complete with slightly peppery fresh ginger, spicy cinnamon, some faint clove and heavy allspice character. The aftertaste is a gradual fading of the malt and spice that reveals a soft but balancing woody english hop flavor and bitterness that balances the remaining malt and pairs nicely with the spices. Most Pumpkin beers I have tried are either light and overly spiced or have a well-rounded flavor but very mild in charatcer overall; this results in a poor mouthfeel, but Dogfish Head has matched a medium-body/residual sugar profile with medium-light carbonation that lifts the sweetness from the toungue in conjunction with the balancing spices/hops. The finish is also gentle and smooth but saturated with complex flavor. This beer really tastes like a slice of pumkin pie dunked in a hearty Northern English Brown ale and is far and away the best Pumpkin ale I have tried to date.

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

Appearance- This beer poured a murky orange with huge two fingered off white head that had incredible retention. Lacing was present throughout and left nice foamy rings.

Smell- Huge toasted malts and biscuit aromas. Very faint pumpkin spice smells coming through.

Taste- Incredible! More so as a brown ale than a pumpkin ale. Nice roasted sweet malts in the front followed by a nice bitterness in the finish. The pumpkin parts of this beer are so slight it is almost undetectable. I mean I do get very slight hints of nutmeg and cinnamon but not much more. That's ok cause this beer is still a great beer.

Mouthfeel- Nice medium body with medium carbonation.

Drinkability- I really enjoyed this beer. It may not be what I expected in terms of pumpkin but it was still a fantastic brew. Perhaps I just need to get another bottle and give it another try!!

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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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5/5  rDev +26.9%

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Punkin Ale from Dogfish Head Brewery
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