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Punkin Ale - Dogfish Head Brewery

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BA SCORE
89
very good

4,693 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 4,693
Reviews: 1,915
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 12.66%
Wants: 205
Gots: 333 | FT: 8
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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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jwc215

Wisconsin

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

Bottled on 8/18/06 (less than two months drank it)

Pours orangish copper with a decent head that soon went to a lasting cover. Some lacing was left.

The smell is of pumpkin with cinnamon and nutmeg. Smells similar to a homemade pumpkin pie.

It's nearly a pumpkin pie in a bottle, with some warming alcohol. The taste is spicy - cinnamon and nutmeg especially, but they do not overpower the solid pumpkin taste. There's a brown sugar coating.

It's on the lighter side of full-bodied, more solid medium bodied. Creamy and smooth, though the alcohol is just a tad more noticeable in the feel than it should, but still acceptable.

Bottom line - it's a nicely spiced pumpkin ale. It's not as over-the-top, or unusual, as other offerings from this brewery. It's just a well-done, enjoyable pumpkin ale. It's one worth considering to accompany a pumpkin pie dessert on Thanksgiving, or just to have when in the mood for the style.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2006 21:15:04 | More by jwc215
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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
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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

5/5  rDev +26.6%

11-24-2011 15:05:02 | More by Rochefort10nh
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Halcyondays

California

3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a light burnt orange, ochre with a full white head, good retention and lacing into a snifter.

S: Lighter than expected, nice notes of pumpkin pie spice, and some brown sugar and molasses.

T: Starts of with full cinnamon spice, and light pumpkin flesh. The beer's overall profile changes mid-sip where the brown sugar comes out and ends on a really nice allspice note.

M: Medium-bodied, with a lot of residual spice, well done I though for a pumpkin beer in the 7% range.

D: This is a really good pumpkin beer from Dogfish Head. Very drinkable, I just wish it was easily available in SoCal like it is in NorCal.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2008 02:08:10 | More by Halcyondays
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smcolw

Massachusetts

3.33/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Dark orange-amber in color, very clear. A light head

Strong pumpkin pie aromas as promised, such as cinnamon and nutmeg. Also present are some biscuit-like malt aromas. No discernable hop.

This is a very sweet beer although I now can detect some bitter hop in the swallow. This is a rich ale with a high carbonation--definitely chewy. Strangely lacking flavor (other than sweetness) in the mouth, but the aftertaste is quite complex with the spice and bitterness really coming through.

I'm having this beer in a flight of pumpkin ales (a New England specialty, it appears). I'm not a big fan of sugary beers, like scotch ale. That said, this might be an excellent dessert beer after a hearty meal because it is not sickly sweet. Perhaps a true specialty beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2004 20:20:01 | More by smcolw
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Gavage

New Jersey

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

Poured a clear amber / orange color with a thin head. A definite spicy aroma is quickly noticed. The taste is a nice balance of sweet and spice, as cinnamon and nutmeg are clearly evident. The body was slightly thin, and the spiciness lasts a bit on the tongue after swallowing. The higher alocohol content is barely noticeable. Nice beer to sip on a chilly October evening while sitting looking at your carved pumpkins, though it is not a beer to drink several of.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2003 15:06:43 | More by Gavage
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mendvicdog

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

09-27-2013 22:59:28 | More by mendvicdog
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GClarkage

California

3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11/07/08- Purchased at Bottle Barn in Santa Rosa, CA.

Presentation- 12oz bottle with an unmarked date strip...WTF good does that do me? Anyway, I know it's 2008 release because this is the first three months Dogfish has been distributed to Norcal. Poured into a random pint glass.

Appearance- Deep orange approaching copper colored pour. 3/4 inch head forms and leaves a thick creamy rim for the rest of the duration. Leaves very nice sheets and patches of lace.

Smell- Very subdued nose of nutmeg, cinnimon and star anise. Very little pumpkin in the nose. Good scent though.

Taste- Should be listed under spiced beer instead of pumpkin ale. There is pumpkin flavor, but it is overpowered by mainly nutmeg, but also cinnimon and a slight of clove. Very spicy, almost overspiced. In the Anchor OSA category of flavor without the woody notes.

Mouthfeel- Medium carbonation with a longgg lasting spice flavored aftertaste. Had this brew and hour ago and can still taste it.

Drinkability- Very good spiced beer with lots of flavor. Would go well with any cinnimon or spiced dessert.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2008 19:54:28 | More by GClarkage
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kojevergas

Texas

3.03/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a Uinta brewing pilsner glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average. Acquired as part of a four pack at the Cap 'N' Cork in Los Angeles a few hours ago.

Served straight from the refrigerator. Not paired with food.

A: Pours a four finger white head of nice cream, pretty good thickness, and good retention for the relatively high ABV. Colour of the body is textbook transparent copper. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Fairly vibrant, but nothing special.

Sm: Brown sugar, spice (including distinct cinnamon), clean malts, light toasted malts, and pumpkin. Pumpkin is substantial - a good characteristic for the style (you'd be surprised how many pumkin beers I've had that featured very little pumpkin). I'm excited for it. Aroma is dry in character and average in strength.

T: Spice and pumpkin are the first thing I notice, with some texture-affecting brown sugar throughout. The foundation is comprised of clean bland malts. The spices don't feel all that balanced. It's got body, but mostly because of the mouthfeel rather than the flavour. No yeast comes through at all. The pumpkin is nice. The brown sugar comes through most on the climax, where I can almost feel it rotting my teeth. It's a pretty sugary build all around - a substitute here for Dogfish Head's usual trademark sweetness. Where their IPAs are sweet, this is sugary. Some limited subtlety, but little complexity or impressive layering. Indeed, there's nothing unique or special here. Feels manufactured and par for the course. No alcohol comes through. I do get cinnamon.

Mf: Surprisingly dry, with emergent wetness only coming roughly at the midpoint. A bit too thick. Smooth. The mouthfeel distracts from the flavour. Adequately carbonated.

Dr: Horribly overpriced for the disappointing quality. I expected no better from Dogfish Head. I wouldn't get this again. A bit rubbish. Drinkable but boring and bland. Rather simple. Hides its alcohol well.

Low C+

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2012 05:10:02 | More by kojevergas
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beernads

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

05-18-2013 07:03:30 | More by beernads
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corby112

Pennsylvania

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

Pours a cloudy amber-orange with a small white head. Aroma of pumpkin, cinnamon and sugar cane. Nice amount of spice to balance out the pumpkin flavoring resulting in less of a pumpkin taste than I would have liked. Overall, a pretty good seasonal beer.

Serving type: on-tap

12-01-2008 08:42:57 | More by corby112
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imperialking

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

11-13-2012 19:49:01 | More by imperialking
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a dark amber with some faint bubbles working their way up to the top. Thin off white head drops to a small film and leaves tiny traces of lace.
Smell is of cinnamon, brown sugar, nutmeg, pumpkin, along with a touch of allspice.
Taste is of all the aforementioned aromas in a chewy mix.
Mouthfeel is light-medium carbonation with a mildly sweet and bready feel.
Drinkability is decent. One of the better pumpkin beers out there.

Serving type: on-tap

09-18-2005 19:51:12 | More by weeare138
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MarkyMOD

Colorado

4/5  rDev +1.3%

09-05-2012 01:59:05 | More by MarkyMOD
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

3.13/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a light amber-gold colour, with a thickish and rocky head of white foam. It disippates slightly, but leaves some good sticky lacing. Looks not unlike an English Pale Ale. Not bad, overall.

Some resin and spice on the nose, even a slight funk - it could be the pumpkin pie spices. Definitely something organic and slightly sulphurous on the nose, it's not terribly exciting or powerful, and the notes are just off enough to make you wonder if there's something wrong.

Taste is lightly sweet, with an initial spice hint that wells up until a rather phenolic bitterness on the back, fairly redolent with alcohol fumes. The spiciness is the only thing that keeps it from being thoroughly unpleasant, and while it does a reasonable job, I can't avoid that alcohol presence, which is very much pronounced for something weighing in at only 7%. Mouthfeel has a pleasant sheen to it, but the flavour is either thin or phenolically unpleasant, so it doesn't have much to work with.

Not one of my favourite American brews, and yet again I have to say I'm disappointed with a style of beer I wish I could get to like. Have I just had bad examples?? Something tells me that there's a beautiful, wonderful pumpkin ale out there somewhere... Unfortunately, this isn't it.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2009 04:23:55 | More by lacqueredmouse
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barleywinefiend

Washington

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

Poured a nice amber color but the head was lacking. Nose is sweet and sticky with cinnamon, nutmeg and light pumpkin.Taste is not overpowering pumpkin like I wished but cinnamon and nutmeg were there. Mouthfeel is creamy, sordove bland in the taste and lingering. Not one of my favorites from DFH

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2009 14:59:38 | More by barleywinefiend
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tempest

Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm not sure where this appeared from in January, but I'm not complaining. I had a pint (low-head) with my soup and pizza at Liberty St. Tavern. The hops have died down a bit since October, but this is still about the hoppiest pumpkin ale you can find. It starts with big, pulpy pumpkin meat in the aroma and flavor which is followed by a bitter burst of citrus. This isn't the most complexx pumpkin beer, the malts never really came out. But I'd say it's the most balanced and certainly one of the more pleasant to drink.

Serving type: on-tap

01-11-2009 04:28:06 | More by tempest
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yourefragile

District of Columbia

3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A: Cloudy, translucent honey amber color. Thin off white head with little retention. Dissipates to a ring of medium sized bubbles with a little streaky lacing.
S: Very strong and festive, primarily pumpkin pie and spices. Malt presence, no hops. Less "fake" or artificial smelling than other pumpkin brews.
T: Medium bodied, creamy, with high carbonation. Like the smell, it tastes like pumpkin pie in a glass, but not in a bad way. Strong malt body, biscuit like and slightly dry. I'm a little late in reviewing this beer and it isn't nearly as good as it was fresh so I'm not letting that affect my score. This was slightly more sweet and less dry fresh. Still a good beer, but not for sitting around. However, the 7% is still very noticeable as it was fresh and the beer still tastes slightly hot in the throat. All in all, my favorite pumpkin beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2008 03:19:07 | More by yourefragile
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

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

On tap at Al's. Shared with ksak.

A: The pumpkin ale is a darker coppery color, a penny from the bottom of the change jar perhaps. Still transparent though, I can see through the glass. The white head is small, not worth dwelling on.

S: The nose is spicy. I mean really spicy. Nutmeg and cinnamon, nuts, brown sugar, and allspice. Packaged with all of that is a pulpy, starchy pumpkinness. Very busy but not over-spiced.

T: The taste brings the spice back with a vengeance. Cinnamon and nutmeg stand out, as do the other components of the nose. The ale feels thicker, perhaps the starches in the pumpkin are driving that. A lower carbonation level allows the spices to last just a little longer. A decent seasonal, albeit from my least favorite style.

M: A rich ale, the spices get a little heavy at times. That being said, I could see myself having another glass or two. Look at me, constantly evolving...

Serving type: on-tap

10-02-2011 19:24:58 | More by akorsak
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Billolick

New York

4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, with freshness info notched onto the label. 2004 batch. Pours medium golden almond in color, clear, with a white head and leaves a decent amout on lacing. Bready malty nose. Full bodied and rich mouthfeel. Nice depth of malty body and flavor. Pumkiny undertones and spices evident but in background, adding to complexity and intrigue. Usually this is not my favorite type of beer, but this creation is a winner. Tasty brew, an obvious choice to go with hearty fall dishes, can you say Thanksgiving dinner?

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2004 02:23:00 | More by Billolick
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer pours a deep amber orange crystal clear body with a very gentle carbonation. A thin layer of foam sits on top.

S- The light hint of banana is mixed with some faint spices like cinnamon and nutmeg. A nice lightly toasted malt backbone give it support.

T-This beer has a good light malt base with spices giving some flavor. A nice spicy hop finish is a good finish to this brown ale.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a bit of fizz in the mouthfeel. A slight alcohol warmth is in the finish also.

D- This is a good solid beer that has some spice added to it. Most beers in this style tend to put the spice before the beer. This also has a good alcohol warmth to support the malt and spices. The smell was a bit of a put-off but faded.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2005 00:50:48 | More by rhoadsrage
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oriolesfan4

Maryland

4.43/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is the best fall seasonal out there, this beer simply kicks ass. Double the ABV of a usual pumpkin/fall seasonal and twice the taste. It's full of brown sugar taste and just the right amount of pumpkin taste. I wish this was available all year as it really is just a good well balanced beer. Not just my favorite pumpkin ale, but one of my favorite beers ever.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2008 00:01:59 | More by oriolesfan4
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XmnwildX12

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +1.3%

11-25-2013 00:29:11 | More by XmnwildX12
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Zorro

California

4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled due to the efforts of Lackenhauser and The Great Pumpkin BIF.

Pours a good looking chill hazed amber colored ale with a good lasting tan head.

Smell is very malty with a good strong scent of mulling spices. Ginger and allspice are the strongest scents in here. A bit of brown sugar and bread make up the malt part of this beer.

Taste is mild sweetness and bready with a little spice in the first sip. The base flavor of this ale is a good amber ale, on top of which are a candy like extra layer of malts and spices. Flavors of brown sugar and cinnamon, allspice and ginger are present and not so strong that they hide the herbal hops that finish the flavors. Good lingering flavor of ginger and vanilla in the after taste.

Mouthfeel is quite good.

A very good example of a pumpkin beer, but it does have one small flaw. Tasty but the alcohol is all too prominent in this one, doesn't bug me but not everyone will tolerate it in a regular beer.

Recommended by me but your girlfriend might not like it as much as a BA will.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2005 03:06:20 | More by Zorro
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InspectorBob

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +1.3%

01-02-2012 00:54:22 | More by InspectorBob
Punkin Ale from Dogfish Head Brewery
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