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Punkin Ale - Dogfish Head Brewery

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Punkin AlePunkin Ale

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very good

2,061 Reviews

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Reviews: 2,061
Hads: 6,326
Avg: 3.91
pDev: 22.51%
Wants: 354
Gots: 1,229 | FT: 7
Brewed by:
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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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Reviews: 2,061 | Hads: 6,326
Photo of gonzo000
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Pumpkin flavored beer is not my favorite - that being said everything about this Pumpkin Ale is excellent, less the taste because of the basic spice profile for me. If you like pumpkin flavored beer, get this beer.

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Photo of secondtooth
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%

I hadn’t been able to get ahold of this beer for over 5 years (after enjoying plenty of them back in the day). And the wait is worth it. This remains a world-class pumpkin beer!

Pours an attractive golden amber, with a pleasant head of off-white suds. Lace is loopy and lovely.

Aroma - A rich pumpkin and spice mix, with notes of cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and brown sugar all making their presences known.

Taste - This is a complex beer, with none of the spices overpowering the pumpkin, which makes me happy after having so many pumpkin ales that don’t get that balance right. With plenty of taste, character, and subtlety, Punkin Ale remains one of my favorite pumpkin ales, and one I’d return to again. Only negative is the price (I paid $13.99 for a 4pk).

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Photo of Jfhophead
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Im new to the pumpkin beers but this is hands down my favorite one yet! Southern tier makes a good pumkin brew but still like the dogfish (plan on trying more while they are in season). Funny thing is I have never liked pumpkin pie, which is why I had no interest in pumpkin beers but I finally tried one and instantly fell in love. Tastes more like the smell of pumpkin pie then the taste of one. tasty brew!

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Photo of ttroha
5/5  rDev +27.9%

Color of clear amber with a off-white head that disappears quickly. Aroma of pumpkin, nutmeg, vanilla and other spices. As far as taste, the first thing that hits you is the carbonation, followed by the flavors of a pumpkin pie with a nice malt finish at the back end. Easy, refreshing drink for the fall. I recommend enjoying this beer while watching your favorite football team.

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Photo of GrantW
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Last year's batch (2013) was better than this year's batch, that being said not sure what happened. Still a great beer, it's more of a spice beer than a raw pumpkin flavor upfront. You get the usual cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and a hint of some pumpkin. For 7% you can't really taste the alcohol content, best served a little bit on the warmer side to get the full flavors and aromas to pop. Not a real heavy beer, great for any fall day, and even winter. Not much head on this beer more like a half a finger then some lacing afterwards. Pours dark amber.

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Photo of Lemke10
4/5  rDev +2.3%

This pours a semi-clear amber color with a slight head. The aroma is mild with pumpkin, clove, and spices. The flavor is rich with pumpkin and spices. The texture is perfect for the style, but the flavors could be a little bolder. Overall this is a top notch pumpkin beer that is probably one of the top10 in the market.

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Photo of ZoomanCru
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Punkin - Pumpkin Ale (7%) – Dogfish Head Brewing Co. (Delaware)

App: Solidly golden color with a creamy off white head that rises and settles quickly. Slight ring remains around edges of glass. Carbonation is slight, but consistent. Crystal clear.
Smell: Pumpkin aroma is pleasant, slight and vegetal, but ultimately hidden under assertive but delicate spice aromas, mostly cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove. Very present, but (thankfully) not overwhelming.
Taste: Taste follows nose closely, but with greater emphasis on the vegetal and slightly green flavor of the pumpkin. Malt is predominantly sweet and compliments the spices. Pumpkin is most present on the aftertaste, coming through as an earthy, slightly sweet and fermented flavor. Slight hops bitterness on the aftertaste also kills the sweet, which lets the more delicate flavors come through.
Mouth: Light bodied, easy drinking and plenty flavorful, Punkin hides its ABV very well. Mouthfeel is soft, creamy, and evokes pumpkin pie.

Forge Pub, draft into Snifter. 9/4/14.

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Photo of PA-hunter
4.3/5  rDev +10%

Poured bottle into glass. 7% abv

Appearance- Pours a dark orange color and cloudy/hazy in terms of clarity. Two finger white head that dissipates fast.

Smell- Unmistakeable scent of fresh pumpkin interwoven with the pumpkin pie spices and a malty sweetness.

Taste- Starts off quite sweet and sugary, but this quickly turns into some fresh pumpkin flavor. The spices of nutmeg and cinamon are imparted but are not overpowering. The pumpkin taste as well as some light bitterness linger in the back end.

Mouthfeel- Quite light in body for a 7% ale. Actually on the thin side which makes this super drinkable. Slick and lively in the palate.

Overall- A suberb pumpkin ale. Maybe a little on the sweet side but not to the point that it would detract. The fresh taste is there. Not too spicey either but enough spice taste to be appropriate. Definitely lives up to being on the top 5 pumpkin ales.

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Photo of Buschyfor3
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a Samuel Smith pint glass

A: Burnt orange/deep amber body with golden highlights; small head with little retention; lacing is light, almost soapy looking sliding along the sides of the glass.

S: Nice contrast between spicy notes and sweeter aromas from the pumpkin purée and malt bill; all spice, cinnamon, cloves; sweeter bready notes, pumpkin pie and sweet brown sugar (or maybe it's pumpkin bread I'm imagining).

T: Starts with a touch of sweetness that is quickly cut through by a dash of spice; all spice, cinnamon and cloves most prominent; mid sip the spices reveal a smooth/creamy pumpkin pie flavor, not overly sweet but pleasing and balanced; finish presents a bready note that mingles with residual spiciness with cinnamon leading the way, leaving a cinnamon graham cracker like flavor on the tongue long after swallowing.

M: Nice carbonation cuts through the initial slickness on the palate; leaves a slightly powdery feeling on the palate after the finish.

O: Pleasantly drinkable for 7% ABV, as the spice and pumpkin notes mask any alcohol presence. What is particularly nice about this beer is how seamlessly it transitions from sweet to spicy to pumpkin pie to a malty graham cracker finish. Quite a tasty pumpkin ale and one of the benchmarks of the style for sure.

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Photo of jazzer
4/5  rDev +2.3%

I generally thought I hated pumpkin beers, but every year I try to find a beer to change my mind. I don't love this beer but it is definitely getting me closer to liking them. This beer pours a very nice orange-goldish color. You can definitely smell the pumpkin, with various spices hitting you also. The spices like cinnamon and all spice takes the lead as far as taste and mellows into a nice aftertaste. It also has a very dense mouth feel to it. This makes me want to explore more pumpkin beers!

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Photo of utopiajane
3.6/5  rDev -7.9%

Pours perfect golden and smells honey sweet. First sip shows bitter roast. A perky bubbly body. There's not much pumpkin scent but some Something earthy. There's a sweet backing to this bitter ale. Spices and a woody floral scent and while it warms the malt develops some honey and biscuit. Brown sugar and a light smoke quality. Thin, slick mouthfeel. Alcohol is on the palate and a harsher finish that I would have liked.

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Photo of Samwasnthere
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Im not much for Pumpkin anything I think its overhyped however I still try everything I can get my hands on. The lacing out of the bottle was minimal and the head was 1/4 in at the peak. It was light mouthfeel and the pumpkin and spices were secondary to the brown ale aspect which was nice. I wont buy again unless Im forced to buy anything pumpkin then its at the top of the list. (1st review)

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Photo of ekovacs3
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

As a brown ale, it's successful. As a pumpkin ale, it's middle of the road. The spices and overall pumpkin flavor are just too subtle. Don't get me wrong, it is delicious. While it is a great pumpkin beer, it just falls short when compared to some other pumpkin beers out there.

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Photo of BeerWizard
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

This is the second time I've had this in the last five years, only because it's the second time I've seen it in Colorado. It pours really light for a supposed brown ale, just looks coppery with light head like a typical pumpkin ale. Nose is cinnamon, nutmeg, sweet and earthy, but I do not get profound pumpkin aroma, mostly spice. The flavor profile is similar, but I will say this tastes pretty hot for a 7%. Carbonation holds up really nicely on this one, a very lively ale.

Overall, I think $12 for the 4-pack of this is pretty unwarranted for what you get, and you'd be better off getting a six of a number of pumpkins that I would consider better (or, get a six of DFH Indian Brown!). I think this ale relies heavily on ABV and the DFH name, and doesn't really stand out so much in the lineup of pumpkin ales. This is just a standard pumpkin ale to me with more alcohol; lacks the complexity or distinction that would land it in a $12 4-pack.

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Photo of loverofthecraft
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%


this year has an excellent earthy punkin nose. The appearance is just right a moderately thin copper color. Mouthfeel…silkily!. Body…mod-fulnessl. Flavor is moderately pumpkin, light toasty biscuit, a bit of molasses at the end, and finishes with a bit of cinnamon and a lot of clove.

Makes me reminisce of a late fall evening at early sunset over a blue-ridge mountain range.


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Photo of kfh227
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

I'd say this is one of the better pumpkins that I have had. I've had quite a few. Basically doing a buying spree this year on pumpkin ales.

Actually, took another sip. This might take the top spot in my opinion ... for now.

In general though, the pumpkin ales never seem to be that perfect blend of pumpkin and spice.

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Photo of HopBomb515
3.84/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark orange copper color, thin white head fades fast and leaves a little lacing on the glass. Pumpkin pie spices are subdued. Nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves and vegetal pumpkin notes. Taste brings more of that vegetal pumpkin flavors others shy away from. Caramel like malt plays host to cinnamon, nutmeg and clove. Seems like two parts with one carrying great vegetal pumpkin then sweet malt and spices but it never comes together. Sharper on the mouthfeel than I'd like here. Higher carbonation and slightly thinner end of medium mouthfeel. Overall it's a decent pumpkin ale, not the best but I enjoy a couple every year.

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Photo of mthomp081
4.32/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - tea, copper, dark burnt orange, carbonation bubbles to the top, white head, mild lacing

S - pumpkin pie and spices, dark sugars, some alcohol, hints or cinnamon

T - can definitely taste the pumpkin and spices, dark sugars, finishes malty

M - creamy, mild carbonation

O - the best pumpkin beer I have had to date, very rich flavors that blend excellently together and are greatly complimented by the smell and creaminess in the mouth feel.

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Photo of WhiteHillsStore
4.59/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Found a bottle (2013 vintage, I think) and bought it immediately. I love this beer. Pours a cloudy orange with a coffee colored head. The smell is full of pumpkin and spice. The taste was very delicious with nutmeg and cinnamon up front and then sweet pumpkin flavor in the finish. An amazing beer for pumpkin lovers, one of my favorites.

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Photo of Klebe
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Very tasty this year. Like very few Pumpkin style beers, this one retains its quality as a beer, all awhile bringing on that smooth pumpkin flavor. No pumpkin pie here either. This is a beer, baby.

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.91/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

"A full-bodied brown ale brewed with real Pumpkin, brown sugar, allspice, cinnamon & nutmeg." Brewed in the style of a Pumpkin Ale. Bottled in 2012. Dogfish Head's fall seasonal, available in 12 oz. 4 packs and on draft. In this vertical review, I will be comparing a 2013 vintage to a 2012 vintage.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a pint glass. Served north of 56º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a foamy cream eggnog-white head over a body of medium-hazy copper orange with high clarity. Retention is about average. Lacing is light and spotty but doesn't stick. 3.75

(Smell) I don't often get very pumpkin-forward pumpkin ales so when my first note was sweet roasted pumpkin I was pleasantly surprised. A nearly ripe pumpkin meat with a mild toasted maple syrup and brown sugar sweetness and a light, smooth bready malt backbone. The spice presence is moderate with nods to mild cinnamon, allspice and cloves, it's just enough to accent the pumpkin and malt character without overshadowing the entire concoction. Hops are low in potency by comparison, some herbal notes. Potency is moderate. 4

(Taste) Mellow, ripe pumpkin sweetness with a light bready caramel malt base. Most of the sweetness originates through the pumpkin and a slighter amount from the brown sugar sweetness, although overall it is a bit lighter than the aroma suggested. The spice profile is still quite mild, with allspice and nutmeg the prevailing spice accents, but both very minute compared to more liberally spiced autumn ales. A mildly acidic grain astringency roughens out the dry finish. 3.75

(Mouthfeel) Texture is smooth, full and mostly clean. Carbonation contributes mildly to a fluffy mouthfeel. Body is medium for the style, medium+ overall. Balance is mildly in favor of sweetness over bitter spice and grainy tones. Alcohol presence is light. 4.25

(Overall) This beer does a fair job at showcasing in-season, full pumpkin flavor and sweet malt character over many other commonly available pumpkin beers. Spice character is very relaxed as well, which I find more preferable over beers that are spiced too aggressively. The balance is favorable to sweetness, although the balance is close, keeping drinkability nearly as high for the style as possible. This is one of the more enjoyable pumpkin ales out there. Recommended as a fall seasonal go-to. 4

2012 vintage (1 year, 6 months aged):

Pours a slightly paler head, retention is the same and body appearance is very similar despite the inclusion of flecked sediment. The age has rounded out the sweetness of this beer somewhat, with a pleasant pumpkin aroma, by now turning a little raw, as well as a clean, simple pale malt profile. Spices are just as potent as before, but perhaps come through a little more intense in comparison with the faded aspects of this vintage. Even more profound an impact is the body of this beer, whereas the fresher vintage has a rather muted sweetness, the maple and brown sugar come through quite strongly in this vintage, generating a pleasant sweetness. The spice profiles are very faint, whereas the pumpkin body and malt bill rounds out in their profiles rather than diminishing. I find the flavor of this vintage on par with the new batch. The texture is similar, perhaps a touch fuller in body and slightly sweeter in balance with no noticeable off-flavors. It would be worth your while to set a single bottle aside and try with a year of age as the results are nearly on par, and in some circumstances preferable to the fresh batch.

Dogfish Head Brewery's
Punkin Ale

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.89/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Deep amber golden hued with a half inch of off white foam on top. Excellent clarity. Light Brussels lacing. Aroma of pumpkin pie spice, nutmeg,allspice,and a faint whiff of clove. I taste pumpkin,brown sugar,amber malt,nutmeg,and allspice. You get a gentle hop bitterness on the fade. The mouth is smooth and moderately carbonated.

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Photo of vcoggins
3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a slightly dark orange color with an off white head. Smells like the typical pumpkin spices like cinnamon and nutmeg. Also some malty aromas. Taste is pumpkin, spices, sugar, nutty and malty. Mouth feel is smooth with a medium amount of carbonation. I am a fan of pumpkin ale and this is a good pumpkin but not my favorite.

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Photo of Getalegup
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2013 Vintage that was kept in the refrigerator. Yeah, not at its peak anymore. Still has a little pumpkin spice flavor. The original hot booziness has settle down too.

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Photo of BierJager89
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a translucent brownish orange with a mocha ring of head.

S: Pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg in the nose.

T: Malty backbone, pumpkin, cinnamon and nutmeg.

M: Medium bodied and smooth enough.

O: A pretty solid and typical pumpkin ale. Definitely worth a try.

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Punkin Ale from Dogfish Head Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 2,061 ratings.