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Punkin Ale - Dogfish Head Brewery

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very good

5,602 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,602
Reviews: 1,972
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 12.69%
Wants: 295
Gots: 730 | FT: 6
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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4/5  rDev +1.5%

MightiestBeard, Sep 06, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

mcsauter82, Nov 03, 2012
Photo of kerry4porters
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

kerry4porters, Sep 07, 2014
Photo of jimmygord
3.64/5  rDev -7.6%

jimmygord, Sep 21, 2014
Photo of BeerBuckeye
3.45/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a bright orange amber with nice 2 finger, off white head that leaves a decent amount of lacing along the sides of my glass.

S - Very bready malt mostly. A bit of nutmeg, cinnamon is present, and just an ever so faint smell of pumpkin. Honestly a bit of a disappointment in the nose.

T - What it may have lacked in the nose, it seems to make up a bit for it in the taste. A full taste for sure, lots of spice and brown sugar. Some notes of that cinnamon and nutmeg, a slight bit of bitterness from the pumpkin. It's a more subtle taste, but still pretty good.

M - Pretty smooth mouth, a bit sticky, somewhat of an unpleasant aftertaste, but it's pretty weak.

Overall - A decent pumpkin ale here. I've had much better, I've had much worse. I would have liked for the pumpkin to have been a little more pronounced here, it's almost too subtle.

BeerBuckeye, Oct 06, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

morrowd3, Sep 17, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

BigOldOaf, Jan 06, 2014
Photo of cantfindme
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

cantfindme, Dec 04, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

freshflesh, Sep 16, 2014
Photo of HoustonTX
4.47/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours burnt orange in color, with a near amber tint. Frothy large white head encompasses the outer edges of the glass. The carbonation is wicked in my Duvel tulip. Lacing is incredibly sticky as well. Some of the stickiest in a long time. The smell is very reminiscent of pumpkin pie. A large amount of pumpkin, a good bit of cinnamon, and a generous portion of nutmeg. The all-spice and brown sugar are definitely there as well, but more subdued.

This beer has a very strong caramel malt backbone. Slightly earthy, with a hint of roastiness. The malt infuses together with the pumpkin and spices perfectly. What I enjoy about this beer, is that Dogfish Head did not go overboard on the spices. It's balanced to perfection, and is the epitomy of fall beers. Mouthfeel is right on for the style. Semi-creamy, semi-dry, and full-bodied. Drinkability is wonderful for those cool fall nights.

Punkin' Ale definitely nails the head on the style. This is a must have fall beer, and one I highly recommend.

HoustonTX, Sep 16, 2006
Photo of TheTrevor
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a translucent copper with a fluffy single-finger off-copper head. The scent is very reminiscent of pumpkin pie, with some sweet pumpkin and spices. The taste starts off with some malty sweetness that fades into some pumpkin and spice in the middle, but just a little. The finish is surprisingly clean after a little bit of hops. The mouthfeel is a little watery, but the carbonation helps to add to that crispness. This is a very drinkable beer is a nice balance between beer and flavored beverage, with a hint of what it's got without being overpowering.

TheTrevor, Oct 06, 2008
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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Xzfgiimtsath, May 31, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

gio540, Feb 20, 2013
Photo of Alex5
3/5  rDev -23.9%

Alex5, Dec 10, 2013
Photo of EnthusedAboutBeer
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

EnthusedAboutBeer, Sep 15, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

nkelley77, Sep 12, 2014
Photo of Tuck_leepulin
4.24/5  rDev +7.6%

Tuck_leepulin, Sep 14, 2014
Photo of goalie33
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into 16oz pint glass.
A: Clear, burnt orange color, tin layer of creamy white head. Lots of carbonation. Not much lacing.
S: Sweet pumpkin pie with a spiciness to it.
T: Malty with a sweet and spicy finish. Very Enjoyable.
M: Very smooth, creamy mouthfeel. Nice medium to full body.

goalie33, Dec 09, 2010
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3/5  rDev -23.9%

sobeleg, Nov 15, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

tvghost, Today at 01:16 AM
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

Greasy, Aug 21, 2013
Photo of Jarod
4.43/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled in 2003

This beer poured a crystal clear orange/brown colored and while held to the light the carbonation bubbles danced all over the place. The head that sat on top of the beer was of the color of cream/beige. It was not real lasting, only from first pour was there any density to it. It fell fast to nothing but a rim on the edges of the glass. Surprisingly there was lace produced and it was in the form of sheets. The aromas were pleasant and fresh. It was pumpkin pie just from the oven and more. I nosed sweet malts, spices (nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice, pepper), grated nut, hops, just opened can of pumpkin pie mix, and some brown sugar. The tastes were just as fresh as a just baked pie. Flavors of citrus fruit, fruit (apple, pumpkin –obviously), spices (pepper, nutmeg, allspice, cinnamon), sweet malts, brown sugar, hops, pumpkin flowers, and wisps of alcohol in the end. It finished with light pumpkin. The aftertastes were of spicy hop/pepper. The body was medium. Overall taste and impression, is that it is well balanced, not too much pumpkin, but really balanced in all its flavors and aromas. I personally would like to have had a tad bit more pumpkin, but if that would not be possible then don’t change a thing.
Note: this beer gets better as it warms. The distinctions of the aromas and tastes become more prominent with each degree increase. I really liked this beer and would get again and again. Great representative of its style.

Jarod, Sep 26, 2003
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3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a dfh glass

A: pours a slightly amberish brown with a half finger if white head that dissapates to a film, not much lacing.

S: smells like fresh pumpkin and pumpkin pie spices, not much as far as the base brown ale malts are concerned, smells more spicey then anything to me.

T: much like aroma here, pumpkin flavor up for with pumpkin pie spices on the finish, a little bit of toastyness in there with the spice, pretty well balanced

M: medium body with a slightly spicy aftertaste and a touch of creamyness.

O: a good pumpkin beer, I'm not a huge fan of the style, but unlike the balance here, there is pumkin pie spice, but it is not overly done, the pumpkin flavor still comes through... One of my favs for the style.

PeterIngemi, Oct 04, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Zach122, Oct 29, 2013
Photo of BeerAndBourbon
3.38/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A. Pours a brown/amber with a thin fizzy head.

S. Light spices on the nose - cinnamon and nutmeg predominate.

T. Cinnamon and nutmeg are the dominate flavors in the mouth along with a sweet malt profile.

M. Medium bodied with a high carbonation.

D. This is a decent pumpkin beer, but IMO nowhere near some of the imperial pumpkin beers like pumpking and Weyerbacher. It always amazes me that so many people like this so much.

BeerAndBourbon, Oct 05, 2010
Punkin Ale from Dogfish Head Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 5,602 ratings.