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Punkin Ale - Dogfish Head Brewery

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BA SCORE
89
very good

4,722 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 4,722
Reviews: 1,915
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 12.66%
Wants: 209
Gots: 337 | FT: 7
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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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emerge077

Illinois

3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a high clarity orangey caramel. Not much of a head, more like a bare skim of bubbles. Clear whiff of nutmeg and cinnamon in the nose.

Toasty amber malt, caramel, nutmeg and other spices. Mild level of acidity, but fairly average lager feel. Medium bodied with a good level of carbonation. Not overly sweet, one or two would be my limit due to the spice. One of the better pumpkin ales that's more widely available.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2007 01:14:42 | More by emerge077
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zeff80

Missouri

4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, bubbly, orange color with a small, white, foamy head that left small traces of lace.

S - It smelled of pumpkin, nutmeg, and cinnamon. Really a lot of pumpkin aroma.

T - It tasted of pumpkin, lots of nutmeg and a subtle borwn sugar sweetness mixed with some caramel malt.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium-bodied beer with a dry finish.

D - This is one of the best pumpkin ales that I've had. Great flavors.

T -

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2009 04:37:50 | More by zeff80
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

2.5/5  rDev -36.7%

12-20-2011 05:44:01 | More by JAHMUR
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largadeer

California

3.15/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Brilliantly clear pumpkin-amber in color. An inch and a half of off-white colored head rises, lasting a few minutes before eventually receding to a ring.

Smell: Pumpkin pie spice, with nutmeg especially standing out. There's a bit of squash-like aroma, but I wouldn't necessarily identify it as pumpkin. Beyond the spice, there's actually not much.

Taste & mouthfeel: Caramel sweetness, pumpkin and a motherload of spices. It tastes like someone knocked the spice rack into the brewing kettle. I do enjoy pumpkin pie, so this is fairly enjoyable stuff, but they went a bit far here. A medium body and moderate carbonation make this easy enough to drink, but the spices add a slight astringency to the finish that I could do without. A good brew all the same, probably one of the better pumpkin beers I've tried.

Notes: Not bad, but becomes a chore to drink after a while due to the excessive spicing.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2008 01:10:42 | More by largadeer
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Even though the fallish version of October abruptly ended yesterday around here, I've still got some autumn ales to get through...

This beer pours a clear medium amber hue, with one finger of soapy pale beige head, which produces a slouching ring of lace around the glass as it falls away. It smells of cinnamon, demarara sugar, ginger, leafy hops, and a bit of alcohol. The taste is spicy caramel malt, cinnamon, clove, and ginger (natch) most prevalent, tempered quite well, if not overly so, by the earthy, boozy, herbal hops. The carbonation is average, the body medium weight, smooth, and kind of warm. It finishes a bit off-dry, crisp, and with some more alcohol edge.

A nice, spicy, hearty fall ale, with a just a bit too much octane to make it a serious imbibing contender.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2010 02:42:56 | More by biboergosum
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep copper in color with an off-white head that holds well and leaves some good lace. The aroma is quite bold with nutmeg and what I perceive to be All-spice. The body is light-medium with a standard carbonation and a lightly zesty mouthfeel. The flavor shows the unique Dogfish Head character and starts with a good blending of sweet malt & spice, reveals a myriad of spice flavor as it crosses the palate, and finishes with a dry and peppery spiciness that lingers briefly. Bitterness is present, but plays a supporting role to the spice which acts as the main balancing agent (and dominant flavor). The spices are fresh and flavorful - much more so than the generic spicing usually found in pumpkin beers - and the beer has a very distinct character of its own which usually cannot be said of spiced beers. Very nice, and well worth trying.

Serving type: on-tap

09-26-2002 18:25:41 | More by NeroFiddled
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

01-10-2013 18:21:15 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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nickfl

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - One finger of off white foam that settles quickly but leaves sticky lace. The body is copper-orange with just a bit of haze.

S - Strong, spicy, phenolic aroma with notes of cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove. There is a spicy yeast note in the background that supports the spices nicely.

T - Lots of malt with toasted notes and a bit of toffee. The spices come in the middle mostly cinnamon and clove along with a bit of meatiness, presumably from the pumpkin. The finish is malty and smooth with a bit of yeast spice.

M - Medium body, medium high carbonation, and a fairly dry finish. Slight astringency in the finish.

D - As pumpkin beers go, this is certainly one of the best. Not surprisingly, the aroma is the strong point; the yeast and spices compliment each other nicely. The spices aren't overwhelming, but they don't let you forget what you are drinking. The astringency in the finish is unfortunate, but overall this is a fairly well balanced beer. Still, it is kind of difficult for a pumpkin beer to be very drinkable; I only need one of these.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2008 01:34:10 | More by nickfl
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A: The beer is a light copper color with nearly no head and no lace.

S: The smell is a strong ginger, pumpkin & brown sugar aroma. You also get the impression from the smell that it’s a very bready beer, in addition to the heavy sweetness.

T: It doesn’t taste as sweet as it smells which I’m going to consider a good thing. There’s little bit more hops and alcohol bite in the taste than you get in the smell.

M: Smooth with a medium body and a bit higher carbonation than I would have expected from a beer in this style. It’s not as bready as the smell indicates and doesn’t leave the stickiness that you would expect from the style either.

D: It goes down easy and there’s almost no hint of the 7.00% ABV. If you don’t find it filling (and I don’t) you could drink a lot more than a 4-pack in one sitting. When I went into the liquor store, I didn’t expect to buy this beer, but it was on special and the price made it irresistible, given the rep of DFH. While I liked the beer and it was more than what I expected from a beer of this style, it’s not something I would want to drink very often. However, if I do decide to drink it, I’d make short work of the 4-pack.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2006 06:06:52 | More by TheManiacalOne
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours crystal clear amber with a hint of orange and a crème head that falls quickly. Nose is of very muted pumpkins and some very mild spices. Smells more like pumpkin pie, but really subdued to the point that it is almost non-existent. Flavor is smooth with brown ale attributes and a gentle amount of pumpkin and spices mixed in. Smooth, yes. Just not very eventful really. Feel has a mass of big bubbles of carbonation hitting the mouth and the liquid feels good too. Very drinkable overall. As easy drinking a pumpkin ale as you are going to find.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2008 03:28:49 | More by RblWthACoz
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Jason

Massachusetts

4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle with a packaged on date on the side of the label.

LOOK: Clear, tea color, good lacing

SMELL: Pumpkin pie spice, mild alcoholic esters, sugary, gord meat

TASTE: Smooth, a bit creamy, medium bodied, biscuity, expressive esters, raisins, faint rum, allspice, cooked pumpkin, caramel, finishes sweet and spicy

Hands down this is the best bottled pumpkin brews I have ever had, it is nice to see a brewery have enough courage and inspiration not to brew a pumpkin soda-beer. I would not have expected anything less from Dogfish Head. Thankfully there are pumpkin beers like this that are not one and done.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2012 01:32:27 | More by Jason
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: solid, opaque rustic brown color, good and chunky 1/2" creamy head.
Aroma: divine! That's my immediate thought, for after just sampling other pumpkin-themed beers, this seems to be the one that's getting it right! The spices that are overflowing and dominant in others are clearly more interested in sharing the spotlight here, it's richer, fuller, creamy, yeasty, complex.
Taste: again, just right! They hit the nail on the head here, choosing a full-bodied brown ale as the base, so you get the cinnamon and allspice, the pumpkin, and in this case, the brown sugar, but there's still a significant beer underneath, and in this case, a much sturdier, tastier, creamier brown ale than most. A most welcome flood of flavors, smooth, but substantial, thoroughly filling the mouth and washing it with warm, sweet, pumpkinny goodness. Soft, tasty finish. I enjoyed every last drop! Leave it to DfH to craft the best pumpkin ale I've yet to taste!
And cheers to 36PoundLoveChild for providing!

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2003 03:36:35 | More by feloniousmonk
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an effervescent caramel/copper color & a 2 fingers+ dirty white head. Some lacing & a little head retention

S: Slight cinamon & nutmeg smell up front

T: Malty sweetness, then allspice & slight hop bitterness. Warming alcohol burn, almost brandy-like follows. A slight pumpkin taste, more implied than actual I guess... Finishes spicy & warming

MF: Medium bodied, good carbonation, but a slight pricklyness & pretty good balance

Drinks allright, I'd say this probably if not the best pumpkin ale I've tasted. I usually ain't too wild about them. Maybe because of the way DFH used a brown ale base, it works for me. I can see whipping a few of these out turkey or Christmas day!

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2006 03:31:29 | More by russpowell
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

3.48/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear orange/amber with a smallish white that quickly dissipated, leaving a small ring that left a little lacing on each sip. Aroma is very spicey. Almost too spicey as the pumpkin aroma is subtle but it's still there.

Taste is once again frontloaded with spices and sweetness. Much like the aroma, the pumpkin taste gets overloaded and seems barely detectable on some sips. Light hoppiness and more than I care for hotness (especially as it warms) in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and seems fairly thick for a Pumpkin Ale.

The Punkin' Ale seems to be one of those beers that I try and try with each year to love and it just never happens. Just way too over spiced with not enough pumpkin and a unnecessaryly high 7% ABV make this a one time a fall beer for me. If they want to keep the high ABV, they should make this an Imperial style and ramp up the flavor too.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2007 16:49:17 | More by Kegatron
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drabmuh

Maryland

3.53/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on draft in a pint glass at the DFH pub in NOVA. Almost no carbonation. Beer is bright orange and has no head and therefore no lacing on the glass. Beer is completely clear, you could read through it. Smell is mild, almost not present, slight spice character, no hops, some subtle sweetness.

There is an odd bitterness to this beer, on the backend. Spice and maltiness up front. Thin, finishes completely. Not really feeling this beer. The bitterness builds, it is not hop bitterness. Not a repeat.

Serving type: on-tap

10-12-2009 18:35:15 | More by drabmuh
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Copper amber orang when held to the light forms with a cream colored relatively thin head that leaves behind speckled lacing. Aroma: First thing evident is the spices nutmeg and cinnamon with some mild pumpkin tones. Taste: One of the better ones I have had this fall not as resdiually sweet or cloyingly syrupy lacking some of the pumpkin flavor that others have more of but the spices are dead on here along with a decent kick in the acohol department at 7%abv that's not too shabby. Mouthfeel: Some residual stickiness still has the syrupy extract like feel but this one's not nearly as bad as some of the other pumpkin ales out there, good carbonation enjoyable. Drinkability: A definite one at a time beer but to be enjoyed surely every fall.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2003 23:18:50 | More by WVbeergeek
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served cold in a nonic at the Rehobeth brewpub.
A - a dark copper/ light caramel brown w/ a cream colored head.. The head is small and leaves a thin film of lace.

S - Potent odors of spice. Pumpkin pie blend of ginger clove and brown sugar scents. A nutmeg and cinnamon aroma that is very aromatic greets the nostrils.

M - Full feel -malty w/ spicy finish. Very dense when held in the mouth, a nice dose of pumpkin vege effect.

T - Great flavors abound w/ sweet pie-like pumpkin. Nutty and spiced w/ a buttery malty flavor. Lots of spice in the taste, cinnamon and ginger seem to be the dominant flavors. Deep malts and brown sugar sweetness mark the taste as it finishes sweet.

D - Very tasty, but a bit much for more than 2 or 3 I would say. The combination of the spices and sweetness make it not something you would want a session of. I enjoyed 2 pints and it was worthy of that in one sitting. A great example of the Pumpkin ale style. Dogfish head doesn't shy away from a true full pumpkin pie like flavor. Not just a spiced ale - this is the real deal. It tastes like I would love to make a pie from the leftover ale-soaked pumpkin meat.

Serving type: on-tap

09-04-2007 22:27:17 | More by Slatetank
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jlindros

Massachusetts

3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Another day another destructed pumpkin beer and and tastebuds feeling for mercy. Time to review DFH Punkin. I really enjoy most DFH beers and until now have not found one I didn't at least like somewhat. So that brings me to here, face to face with my mortal enemy, a pumpkin beer, but this being made by one of my favorite breweries. Poured it into my DFH oversized snifter cause the most important thing is to nose more of the spices... wait, just kidding!!

A: Brilliantly clear golden brown with some reddish color that leads a murky head that starts decent but fades to a sweing light froth on the top.

N: No way, is that... spiced pumpkin? Yep, it sure is. Lots of toastiness though and gives me a ST Pumpking flash back. Hopefully this one weighs up to the pumpkin pie beer of all. There's a slight sweetness but the more aromas I inhale the more spices, cinammon, nutmeg, perhaps allspice... oh yeah, it mentions all three spices right on the label, oh snap! It's also got some crisp lager/marzen aromas that give me the chills thinking about drinking this on a dark windy and cool October night.

T: Here goes nuthin, Taste starts pretty sweet like brown sugar, lots of pumpkin taste but not spiced pumpkin, the spices have been dulled down quite a bit, and the toastiness gives it a pumpkin pie taste. With the sweetness I'm almost getting the feeling of opening a can of pumpkin pie filling and just going to town on it with a spoon and snifter glass. Its got more of those clear and crisp well done lager/marzen refreshing tastes. Its also got some yeasty and fruity lager flavors.

M: Mouth is pretty smooth and slightly carbonated, could use more carbonation.

F: It gives me a little more sweet caramelized brown sugar and more pumpkin on the taste. It finishes pretty clean like a lager and the sweetness fades pretty quickly, but leaves a strange savory taste that makes my mouth smack on its own. A slight taosty and earthy charred flavors adds a slight interesting flavor.

Final thoughts: This beers is actaully a little surpising. The nose is really spiced, but the flavors has sweet brown sugar, pumpkin, very light on the spice, and not really and bad or off flavors. Good for DFH again!Its got great drinkability and very refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2009 00:40:03 | More by jlindros
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WesWes

New York

4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice amber color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a slightly malty scent which is overpowered with pumpkin and nutmeg aroma. The taste is good as well. It has a very smooth pumpkin flavor that goes down easy and finishes a bit warm. It has a complex array of seasonings along with excellent balance. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a damn good pumpkin ale. This and Smuttynose Pumpkin Ale are among the best.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2004 01:04:41 | More by WesWes
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Mora2000

Texas

4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an orange-amber color with a white head. The aroma is pumpkin with quite a bit of allspice. The flavor is pumpkin, cinnamon, allspice, brown sugar and nutmeg. The beer tastes a lot like pumpkin pie. Medium, slightly creamy mouthfeel and medium carbonation. One of the better pumpkin ales I have tried.

Drinking the beer alongside a pumpkin spice cake is a great combination. The cake really brought out the brown sugar notes that are in the beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2010 03:27:59 | More by Mora2000
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at The Khyber, Philly, PA

Poured hazy burnt orange-brown with a nice foamy white head. Smell of pumpkin, sugar and spice, sweet malts. Pumpkin pie flavor and just a bit of bitter hops for balance. Mellows out a little when it breathes and comes up in temperature a bit. Medium mouthfeel, overall smooth, and very drinkable, depending on how much pumpkin you feel like drinking.

Serving type: on-tap

05-04-2011 16:49:31 | More by Rifugium
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SocalKicks

California

4/5  rDev +1.3%

09-07-2012 13:42:15 | More by SocalKicks
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.6/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

this isnt as good as people say it is. it pours an orangish glowing brown color with a minimal tan bubbly head. the nose is very sweet, definitely brown sugar or molasses, nutmeg, and either some clove or some allspice. the flavor is overly spiced and overly sweet i think, it doesnt let the pumpkin shine at all. its heavy sweet up front and heavy spice in the back, and i never really get to the vegetable. in any event, its more of an after dinner drink for me than an all day beer, which is too bad because its football season now and i need an all day beer. the feel is okay, too sugary, but the body is nice and full and the carbonation is fine. if it wasnt for the sweetness itd be more sessionable. overall not my favorite pumpkin beer, and probably not worth the hype, ive got several others waiting in the fridge to compare this to...

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2012 16:54:21 | More by StonedTrippin
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mdfb79

New York

3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 09/06/10 notes. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

a - Pours a transparent dark amber color with 2 fingers of off white head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of caramel malts, pumpkin, and a lot of spices. Some cinnamon and bready malts as well.

t - Tastes of caramel malts, bready malts, spices, cinnamon, light pumpkin, and sweet fruity malts.

m - Light to medium body and moderate carbonation.

d - A pretty good pumpkin beer. Not my favorite, but something I would definitely drink again. Heavy on the spices in the smell and taste.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2010 18:14:03 | More by mdfb79
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mactrail

Washington

3.48/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Starts with a promising sweet maltiness and some spice. The cloves and cinnamon conspire with the alcohol to give it a hot taste. Somehow the hops seem overdone as the bitterness does not play well with the sweet spices, I think. Fairly rich tasting, though the body is on the lighter side. Nice carbonation, lovely in the tall tulip glass with the golden amber color. Boozy and spicy smell is rather pleasant.

Tastes better as it warms up, but a little goes a long way. Raspy taste in the back of the throat. Oh, pumpkin? It does have a hint of candied yams.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2011 05:22:36 | More by mactrail
Punkin Ale from Dogfish Head Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 4,722 ratings.