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Punkin Ale - Dogfish Head Brewery

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4,692 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,692
Reviews: 1,915
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 12.66%
Wants: 206
Gots: 332 | FT: 8
Brewed by:
Dogfish Head Brewery visit their website
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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North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

10-12-2012 10:39:56 | More by PCBrewski
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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

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British Columbia (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

10-11-2012 23:05:00 | More by 604growler
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Ontario (Canada)

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

Bottle dated "2012V" ?

Beer is copper brown. Moderately sized-white head. Decent retention, fades at a fair pace to a film.

Pumpkin and pumpkin pie spices in the nose. Brown sugar, nutmeg, clove, cinnamon. Toasted malt with some caramel.

Taste is like the nose. Toasted caramel malt complemented with pumpkin, brown sugar, nutmeg, allspice and cinnamon. Sweet, but not intensely so. Quite good. A well made pumpkin ale.

Medium bodied, moderate carbonation.

Overall, a very solid and tasty pumpkin ale.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2012 20:30:58 | More by jrenihan
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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

10-11-2012 18:19:23 | More by ShakaShakaShaka
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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

10-11-2012 18:10:34 | More by jbaezner
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3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

10-11-2012 12:43:33 | More by jriggins6
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4.58/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle poured into a Bruery tulip.
7% ABV, Bottled in 2012 printed in yellow on neck.

A - Dogfish Head's Punkin pours a crystal clear pumpkin orange color with amber low-lights and candle glow yellow high-lights. Brilliant! A solid off-white head that's dense and creamy like whipped topping is produced from a somewhat vigorous pour but it doesn't have the greatest retention. Thin lace traces outlines of a mountain range on the tulip.

S - Punkin Ale's upfront malty nose consists of sweet caramel and light toast notes with a real pumpkin aroma and a good, moderate level of spicing Dashes of allspice and nutmeg are prevalent while a sprinkle of cinnamon remains largely overshadowed. Gooey brown sugar sweetness steps in before this beer concludes with a crisp grassy hop aroma that delicately balances the pumpkin beer to keep it, well, a beer.

T - This might be one of the more balanced, subtle beers Dogfish Head produces. Punkin keeps the pumpkin real with traces of the roasted gourd among the spicing which slowly builds in presence as the beer is consumed. The brown ale base blends almost perfectly with the allspice, nutmeg, and cinnamon and the caramel and toasted malt notes work in tandem with lingering brown sugar sweetness. Once again, the beer is kept a beer with a great finish of soft earthy hops that lingers with traces of spiciness.

M - Creamy and smooth like a piece of pumpkin pie, Punkin's slightly higher carbonation gives the beer a generous crispness that, with the dry hopiness and spice finish, works to keep the sweetness at bay nicely. Thin alcohol is miniscule on the back end adding just a slight, passing warmth which works wonders on the colder fall days.

O - Completely cohesive from start to finish, Dogfish Head Punkin Ale manages to, almost effortlessly, take a nice and malty brown ale with gentle hoppy earth tones, a perfect beer for the season, and integrate real pumpkin and spice all while maintaining the bottom line; it's still a beer. I personally prefer my pumpkin ales a little more pumpkin-rich, but this beer is absolutely outstanding and warrants a try from anyone who's not yet enjoyed it.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2012 22:47:08 | More by BeerFMAndy
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +20.3%

10-08-2012 22:01:12 | More by Timmyg128
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District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

10-08-2012 21:29:07 | More by Myst
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New York

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

A - Orange color, with an eggshell foam that settles fast. Very clear look. Slight carbonation.

S - Good smell of genuine pumpkin; no fake smell. Also, the pumpkin spices are less dominant than the actual pumpkin smell. Another good quality.

T - Great taste of pumpkin, caramel, nutmeg, and cinnamon. A more subdued beer of the style that focuses on the overall beer quality and less on over-spicing the brew.

M - Might be the most sessionable pumpkin beer out there. Feels light for the style and does not leave a spicy aftertaste.

O - For people who like a traditional version of the style and not over the top. Who would think that DFH would make a really good beer that isn't extreme for the style? Easily a fall favorite.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2012 21:24:57 | More by socon67
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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

10-08-2012 19:20:54 | More by tcsather
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev +1.3%

10-08-2012 14:26:09 | More by JimmyCop
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New York

4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

A- Copper, orange in color with a white two finger head.

S-Nutmeg and cinnamon. Also some sweet pumpkin, it has a great smell.

T-Perfectly balanced between the spice and pumpkin also a little bit of sweetness to it.

M- Medium mouthfeel with some carbonation.

Overall, this is a great pumpkin ale. I will definately buy this again and i highly reccomend this.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2012 05:07:28 | More by jslice99
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4.75/5  rDev +20.3%

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Punkin Ale from Dogfish Head Brewery
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