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Punkin Ale - Dogfish Head Brewery

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5,893 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,893
Reviews: 1,996
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 12.94%
Wants: 309
Gots: 840 | FT: 8
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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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the tap into a half pint taster glass.

Appearance- Beer pours amber and clear with a finger of creamy white head that quickly ides to a slim froth on the top. Lacing is moderate and linger for but a second, quickly dying to a ring around the sides of the glass.

Smell- Rich pumpkin puree including a nice pie crust. I have a feeling Sam must have changed the recipe, but this may just be the difference having the beer on tap makes. Malt seems even and hops are fairly light for a Dogfish beer.

Taste- Creamy and light medium in hoppiness. Pumpkin isn't near as rich in the flavor as it is in the scent, but it is still there and impressive. Sweet malts mixed with pumpkin, I really am enjoying this beer and pumpkin isn't quite my favorite style.

Mouthfeel- Creamy, a bit buttery but nice, medium bodied, and medium light in carbonation.

Drinkability- Smooth, nice and better on tap than I remember. I'll go for this again.

Photo of jaywes754
4.75/5  rDev +20.6%

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2/5  rDev -49.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

Photo of pentathlete
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Burnt orange 'with a rapidly disappearing head. Nose is dominated by a bready malt scent with a touch of cinnamon (sans sugar). Taste is spicy malts, but no discerning traditional pumpkin flavor. Like a Fall Warmer if such a brew existed. Tastes like a nutmeg brew. Medium mouthfeel that is quite satisfying. This is an easy quaffer, dangerously so at 8%. I thought last year's version was much tastier.

Photo of thedoubler55
4.43/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- A nice transparent amber, a very small head at the top that leaves quickly, leaves a nice coat at the top, almost barely any lacing.

S-Up front cinnamon and brown sugar, very pretty smell, a slight hint of pumpkin on the tail end.

T-Strong hint of nutmeg and cinnamon upfront, almost same as nose, spicy, a subtle taste of pumpkin on the tail end, not to boozy either

M-Medium bodied, mid carbonation

O-One of my favorite pumpkin ales, Dogfish never lets me down, great brew, perfect for the fall, glad I got a 4 pack!

Photo of sbanacho
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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3.92/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +20.6%

Photo of theghost3
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear coppery brown with a 1-finger light yellow head. Minimal webbed lacing.

The smell is cinnamon, allspice and nutmeg. The taste is nutmeg, allspice, sweet pumpkin, and caramel with just a hint of pepper and yeast. Mouthfeel is carbonated, yet smooth. Medium-bodied.

This is a very drinkable beer. Its flavor is a bit more subdued than a lot of pumpkin ales out there, but still decent. Goes well with a pumpkin dessert.

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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +20.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of Franchise
3.73/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is one of the best Pumpkin Ale I've ever tasted. This ale pours a nice amber color. As I lifted the glass to my nose I smelled some great spicey, nutty, pumpkin essence. The first sip just accentuates all the previous aromas I talked about. Honey, pumpkin, floral, spice (cinnamon, nutmeg, brownsugar). It is very drinkable and smooth a def must try.

Photo of BDIMike
4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear, reddish-orange hue. There is a good amount of carbonation, but it does not create much more than a thin white head that was gone before it developed.
Smell has a lot going on for a brown ale. A strong malty base with hints of pumpkin, sugar, cinnamon, and other spices.
Taste is very good for a pumpkin beer. The beer has a nice malt base, but is spiced up in great ways. There are tastes of pumpkin, brown sugar, and a really strong nutmeg taste, which goes well with the pumpkin.
Mouthfeel is very good for a brown ale. A nice medium thickness, but very smooth as well.
Drinkability is really nice for a beer with 7% ABV. All kinds of spices and different tastes, but they all go so well together that you don't get hit hard by any one spice. A must try if you like pumpkin ales.

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3.86/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Punkin is a quality pumpkin ale. It is not the strongest or the most spice/pumpkin forward, but rather a mild, easy drinking pumpkin flavored brown ale. It is a crystal clear light brown ale with some nice malty brown ale notes dominating the nose. There is a pleasant pumpkin and spice nose present but does not dominate the aroma. This holds true in the flavor as well, nice pumpkin flavor, but not overwhelming. Overall, Punkin is a soft, easy drinking brown ale with some pleasant pumpkin qualities.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Punkin Ale from Dogfish Head Brewery
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