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Punkin Ale - Dogfish Head Brewery

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Punkin AlePunkin Ale

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5,925 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,925
Reviews: 2,008
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 12.69%
Wants: 314
Gots: 882 | FT: 10
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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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Photo of kobeer
2.75/5  rDev -30.2%

Photo of Jmamay22
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

As summer is fading into fall I'm thirsty for some fall brews. I picked up a four pack of this a couple weeks ago in anticipation of the cooling temperature.

Pours a clear amber with a thick collar of lacing. There's some webbed lacing left behind.

Smells of spices such as coriander, allspice, clove, and cinnamon. Lurking in the background is the pumpkin, but pleasantly placed. Neither too much pumpkin nor spice.

Tastes of spice, but not as much pumpkin. Clearly less balanced than was in the nose, but still drinkable and enjoyable. Spices include cardamom, cinnamon, clove and all spice. A bit too over spiced, but certainly better than many pumpkin brews I've had in the past. Finishes with a warming alcohol bite.

Mouthfeel is a little thin and drinkability is hurt by the level of spice. One and done for me. A nice holiday treat that I may or may not pick up again closer to Thanksgiving.

Photo of DWolf
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of Thickfreakness
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of CB_Crowe
2/5  rDev -49.2%

Photo of DeFaz
4.41/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Apperance: Pours a light orange color (lighter than I expected) with a medium head that leaves behind great lacing.

Smell: This is the best part of pumpkin ales, and this beer delivers. Pumpkin is placed into moderation by allspice, nutmeg, malt, hops, and alcohol.

Taste: Fantastic. The pumpkin is an ingredient here rather than the whole beer itself, and the other flavors, including the bite from the alcohol, work with it. Allspice, nutmeg, cinnamon add just enough spice to compliment the pumpkin and malt.

Mouthfeel: Smooth despite being on the thin side. Carbonation is low, allowing the flavors to shine. I wonder as I drink this why so many pumpkin ales drown out the flavor with excessive carbonation.

Overall: There is no consensus as to what is the best pumpkin ale, but there sure are a lot of opinions. This and Pumpking are on the short list of the best in my opinion. This is pricey at $8.99/four, but this truly is excellent. This beer succeeds by doing less of what other pumpkin ales do (others often have too much pumpkin, not enough balance of pumpkin and spice, too much carbonation, or pumpkin that does not taste fresh). This is a must try.

Photo of beerphan
4.02/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle -> goblet
bottled on 8/30/ ?? this part of the date is smudged hopefully its an 06

Pours a copper orange with an 1/2 head the settles quickly. Lace is sporadic sheets that stick. Very minimal carbonaton present.

Smells of pumpkin, allspice and cinnamon.

Spice dominates the taste, with cinnamon taking the lead. Pumpkin flavors tickle the taste buds throughout, with little to no bitterness in the spicy aftertaste.

A nice full mouthfeel.

Probably the best pumpkin beer i've ever tried though i've only tried like three.

Photo of MMAJYK
3.92/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- This brew pours bright orange, copper highlights, and transparent. No head at all after a medium pour.

S- Upon first smell, I pick up the brown sugar. The pumpkin follows it up closely in second place with the cinnamon-like spice that they brewed it with. I also sense some nutmeg and a very light, subtle hop aroma finishing it out.

T- This is one beer that I can honestly say follows the smell right to the tongue. Nutmeg, fall spices, brown sugar, and of course, pumpkin. I also taste a caramel malt along with some roastiness.

M- Low carbonation and medium in the mouth. Not this beer's high point by any stretch.

D- I was craving a beer that would make me feel like it is becoming fall outside. It is otherwise hard to believe that in the 90 degree weather we are having still. However, on a rainy day, this beer hit the spot. I enjoy it for what it is and would like to try to invent my own brew of this style someday soon.

Photo of baos
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought this one for my girlfriend. She liked it but thought it was still too "beery" for her tastes.

Bottle into favorite jar

Nice dark coppery color with a bit of head. Smells like punkin pie. and tastes that way too. I usually hate flavored brews but this one is awesome. Buy a twelver and pass them around this Thanksgiving. Yum

Photo of guezarka
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of divineaudio
3.42/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle dated 08/06/09. poured into a pint glass.

pours transparent orange with a thin cap of foamy, off white head. no real lacing to speak of, only a spot here and there.

smell is pumpkin with a bit of nutmeg or allspice. also has hints of carmel and a slightly astringent alcohol presence.

taste wise i get a lot of carmel malt and spice, but where's the pumpkin? has notes of brown sugar, nutmeg, slight herbal hop character and a tiny bit of bitterness in the finish. a little (very little) pumpkin seems to come out as it gets warmer, i could taste it for a second and then it was gone.

mouthfeel is the heavier side of medium, and prickly carbonation combined with the spices keep your tongue dancing.

very drinkable and a pretty good beer, but at a year old, the pumpkin flavor seems to have aged right out of this one. color me unimpressed. maybe i'll try again with a fresh batch this year.

Photo of JoeLacy
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of cam12
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of Rod_J
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of squack
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of Jeffreysan
4.34/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle, 2013 edition poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, hazy, golden/orange color with a half of a finger of white head that quickly dissolved into a thin halo of foam that gripped the sides of the glass and formed wispy clouds of foam that collected in the center of the top of the beer.

Aroma: Very pumpkin-y and spicy. Tons of brown sugar, cinnamon, all-spice and nutmeg. Strong notes of malt and freshly baked ginger bread too, however, not much in the way of hops.

Taste: Much like the aroma, tons of pumpkin and spice. Brown sugar, nutmeg, cinnamon, cardamom. Finished with a little sour flavor that I don’t remember in years past. Finally, there is no hops bitterness to speak of, which I overall prefer.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied to slightly chewy. Some good carbonation to tickle the taste buds. With an ABV of 7%, there is just the slightest hint of alcohol on the palate.

Overall: A very good pumpkin beer. Great balance between the traditional malty/hoppy flavors of beer, balanced well with the pumpkin and spices. In years past this has been my favorite, but I’ve since had some excellent pumpkin beers this season that have moved Dogfish Head’s Punk down on my list of favorites. That being said, this beer will always have a place on my shelf in the autumn.

Photo of tugdriver7
4.67/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Left in the fridge after "Becktoberfest" by my daughter-in-law. (Thanks "E." I Owe you one.) Tried it before, but this was like trying it all over again. Gorgeous deep gold to amber in the glass with subtle carbonation and a nice head that fell rather quickly, but left a ring of foam that laced the glass nicely all the way down. Pumpkin spices--cinnamon, nutmeg (I guess)--immediately evident in the nose, but quickly found them to be very well balanced in the flavor. Rich mouthfeel and recognizably buttery malt balanced with a nice hops bitterness, a subtle fruity spice (the pumpkin spices) all blended nicely on the tongue. Unbelievable balance and complexity. Easily (now) my new favorite pumpkin ale. The 7% ABV was a bit of a put off when I saw it on the label, as I assumed that astringency would be noticed as the beer warmed. That wasn't the case. This was incredibly drinkable from start to finish. Fantastic.

Photo of MNishCT77
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle purchased in the greater Washington D.C. last Fall, poured into a Weyerbacher tulip glass, drank 3/26/13 over ~one hour.

A: 3.75 - dark amber-brown coloration, mostly opaque (probably secondary to the extra additions into the mash like pumpkin and spices), tight small bubbles pouring off the bottom of the glass, light alcohol legs

S: 4.25 - lots of spice, nutmeg, cinammon, brown sugar; no hop aroma

T: 4.5 - brown sugar pops on first taste and lingers on the anterior tongue; lingering all-spice flavors on the back of the tongue, making me wish that I had a piece of pumpkin pie and whip cream to go along with this

M: 3.5 - pretty thin mouthfeel but adequate carbonation; slightly above average

O: 4 - I'm not really crazy about pumpkin beers but this is one of the best of the Fall crop as I prefer the spicy pumpkin beers to the more pumpkin sweet forward options on the market; a solid pumpkin that is generally above average for style; I'll continue to buy a four pack every Fall

Photo of morrowd3
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of Kevlee722
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of Duesler
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of Greasy
3.92/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of dseanv
4.36/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of nortmand
4.55/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear light brownish amber, with a fizzy white head.

Cinnamon dominated smell with a roast background. Some banana like scents there as well.

Sweet spicy up front, huge banana flavors mid tongue. Ends with an assertive bitterness and a burning spice and alcohol in the throat. A hair of cooked squash aftertaste.

Full, silky mouthfeel, a very nice beer for a cool fall evening.

Photo of sneth019
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Punkin Ale from Dogfish Head Brewery
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