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Punkin Ale - Dogfish Head Brewery

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BA SCORE
88
very good

5,613 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 5,613
Reviews: 1,973
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 12.69%
Wants: 295
Gots: 734 | FT: 6
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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look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz brown DFH style bottle. I really enjoy their new style 12 oz bottles. Constructed the same as their bombers now. Really unique and one of a kind. Label is very plain and classic which is nice. Nothing crazy other than the DFH logo with a pumpkin stem. Poured into a standard American Dogfish head pint glass.

A - pretty standard coloring of a pumpkin ale only a touch darker than most I've had. Lighter brown color with hints of orange. Very rich and looks a lot like Autumn. Head pours nice and creamy at first before settling into a pretty good ring of lace leaving small spots of stick to the glass. The best looking pumpkin ale I've ever seen. It was a few years ago and still is today during this review.

S - aroma is spot on. Pumpkin pie spices. Allspice, cinnamon, and a hint of nutmeg. Brown sugar used is noticeable. Fresh pumpkin and a bit of brown malt make up the backbone.

T - caramel malt with a touch of pumpkin up front. The brown sugar notes really do a lovely job of blending the caramel and pumpkin notes. A very balanced flavor with the spices of allspice, cinnamon, and nutmeg take control midway before blending in a sweet finish.

M - a very nice feel and texture to the Punkin ale. Idk if there is a better balanced ale in this style. It doesn't come off as a spiced ale or even a pumpkin pie flavored ale like most. It has the spices, malt and pumpkin but is blended to near perfection. Smooth and easy to drink. One of the best you'll find this time of year.

O - I've had Punkin ale many many times and it remains as one of my favorite DFH brews and one of my go to ales during the Autumn months. It's first class in creativity and quality. It is a pumpkin ale however and that isn't always everyone's favorite, but with that being said there really aren't any pumpkin ales that live up to the DFH offering. It's something about anyone can enjoy. It's not too sweet, too much spice, or too much pumpkin pie character. It's a well balanced beauty that's fit to enjoy. Ill always grab for this one.

BradtheGreat7, Sep 16, 2013
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3.33/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Re-review 10/11/14:

Dogfish Head's Punkin Ale. 7% ABV.

A: Not a lot of head. Half a pinky nails width, if that. Lacing is decent, but does not hold at all. Decent amount of sheeting. Pumpkin-y orange-amber; nice and clear. Pale grey-yellow in the dimple. Bubbles have a nice sparkle.

S: Light pumpkin puree. Pie crust spice. Slight clove, even less cinnamon. Faint pumpkin skin.

T/MF: More pumpkin skin. Mild hop, though it still over powers any spice notes. Maybe, a hint of clove.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle, into a Belgian tulip glass.

Scoring unchanged.

Original Review:

Dogfish Head Punkin Ale. A brown ale brewed with pumpkin and pumpkin spices (brown sugar, all spice, cinnamon, nutmeg). 7% ABV.

Appearance: Nice haze coming out of the bottle. Almost two fingers of head. Quickly fades to half then slows. Beer has a nice, bright sienna coloring.

Smell: Pumpkin puree. Very faint oakiness.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Right away, I taste the clove! A bit of bitter pumpkin flavor. Nutmeg towards the finish. A slight cinnamon burn towards the front.

Not bad, but certainly not as good as people's ravings would lead me to believe.

Drinking from a clear beer mug. 12 oz. bottle.

TruePerception, Sep 15, 2013
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Punkin Ale from Dogfish Head Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 5,613 ratings.