Punkin Ale - Dogfish Head Brewery
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3.78/5 rDev -4.3%
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.
09-07-2010 18:14:03 | More by mdfb79
4.33/5 rDev +9.6%
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.
10-11-2006 21:15:04 | More by jwc215
3.9/5 rDev -1.3%
Pours a brilliantly clear, ruby-amber color and is topped by a frothy, large bubbled tan colored head. The aroma is lightly spiced with notes of nutmeg, sweet brown sugar and allspice. The beer has a certain satisfying fullness to the palate, a far cry from the thin wan limp body on the Buffalo Bills version, which lightly coats the mouth as the beer goes down. The beer is lightly sweet with a brown sugar like note and a bit of caramel. The spices are evident, yet at a bearable level, such that they dont dominate this beer. I get notes of nutmeg, allspice, perhaps some soft cinnamon, caramel, molasses, slight ginger in the finish, and perhaps a hint of pumpkin-like vegetal flavor. Because of the spices, this beer finishes with a light astringency, and perhaps a bit of hotness.
The spicing level and the fullness of this beer designate this a bit more than a quaffing brew, slow sips seem mandatory, and I would be hard pressed to down a glass of this beer. This is all ok though, as I dont mind savoring the interplay of spice and caramelized sugar notes. Where is the pumpkin? I am not too sure, as is typical in spiced versions the pumpkin is really not noticeable. This beer is quite enjoyable and is one of the better examples of the style that I have had.
09-18-2005 00:33:17 | More by Gueuzedude
3.33/5 rDev -15.7%
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.
09-11-2004 20:20:01 | More by smcolw
3.95/5 rDev 0%
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.
10-22-2008 02:08:10 | More by Halcyondays
3.9/5 rDev -1.3%
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.
10-18-2003 15:06:43 | More by Gavage
3.03/5 rDev -23.3%
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.
09-30-2012 05:10:02 | More by kojevergas
3.95/5 rDev 0%
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.
11-07-2008 19:54:28 | More by GClarkage
4.43/5 rDev +12.2%
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.
10-07-2008 00:01:59 | More by oriolesfan4
3.83/5 rDev -3%
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.
12-01-2008 08:42:57 | More by corby112
3.95/5 rDev 0%
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.
09-18-2005 19:51:12 | More by weeare138
District of Columbia
3.88/5 rDev -1.8%
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.
03-12-2008 03:19:07 | More by yourefragile
3.13/5 rDev -20.8%
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.
07-15-2009 04:23:55 | More by lacqueredmouse
4.2/5 rDev +6.3%
This arrived with a huge, fluffy, off-white/light tan head above a slightly cloudy, medium-amber colored beer. The nose was spicy, like a blend of cinnamon, allspice, ginger, clove, and others. The scent was very evocative of pumpkin pie. The mouthfeel was tingly, tangy, spicy, but not hot. Fizzy? I dislike that term, but it was a refreshingly palate-cleansing beer. The spiciness was evident on the palate, but the finish was where they were really at. As it warmed, the the spices became even more evident. I wrote that it would be perfect for autumn afternoons watching football, the leaves changing colors, gourds flying across the sky ... Bring on the fall!
Today is F, 09 August 2014 and as part of my ongoing campaign to divest myself of these pesky bottles, I came upon one in the basement's Beerfrigerator. I wish that I had noted where I got it on-tap in 2005, or where I scored this one. C'est la guerre! Notched as "Packaged in 2003". Hee hee.
From the bottle: "A full-bodied brown ale brewed with real pumpkin, brown sugar, allspice, cinnamon & nutmeg."
I employed a very gentle pour as I was not sure whether any lees were present. I could not see any, but that means nothing. I had no head initially, but I swirled it and got a finger of tawny head that lasted only briefly. Color was Amber to Deep-amber (SRM = > 9, < 13) with NE-quality clarity. Nose had really evolved to the point that the cinnamon and nutmeg stood out like a pair of sore thumbs! Spicy. Mouthfeel was medium and the carbonation was nothing like I had noted in its on-tap form. I liked this a bit better, actually. The taste was mellow, very spicy, but not as intense as it may have been. This really seemed to have aged well over the decade-plus. It took on a brandy-like quality that I found quite interesting. The label reads "7% Alc. by Vol.", but it was packing some heat. The spices really dried it out to the point that pumpkin and brown sugar were afterthoughts. It was bitingly dry and still slightly hot, reinforcing my brandy idea, but I may revise that to "sherry". Either way, it was different!
12-27-2005 01:57:18 | More by woodychandler
3.88/5 rDev -1.8%
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.
01-11-2009 04:28:06 | More by tempest
3.48/5 rDev -11.9%
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
10-27-2009 14:59:38 | More by barleywinefiend
Punkin Ale from Dogfish Head Brewery
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