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Punkin Ale - Dogfish Head Brewery

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4,723 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,723
Reviews: 1,915
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 12.66%
Wants: 211
Gots: 339 | FT: 7
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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4.23/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best pumpkin beer -well, this or CBC Great Pumpkin, but they're completely different animals. Styles are so silly.

Clean, fresh, autumnal nose, floral kiss. Fresh and toasty, "marzenish." T&M: Warming, spicy, allspice for sure, clean pumpkin presence, brown sugar, root beer, wonderful carbonation, excellent mouthfeel. Touch of creaminess.

This is the best that a, in my opinion, weaker style can get.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2012 22:45:38 | More by CheezyBlaster
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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

09-30-2012 17:58:59 | More by slim2043
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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

09-30-2012 05:38:30 | More by Dactrius
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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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4/5  rDev +1.3%

09-30-2012 04:03:30 | More by Chetti
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

09-30-2012 03:10:02 | More by Bockerdoppel91
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5/5  rDev +26.6%

09-30-2012 02:02:29 | More by barbellsNbeers
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4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into my Dogfish Head tulip glass. I let it sit for a minute to bring out the aromas and to get the nice dogfish emblem in the lacing on top of the beer.

A - Clear. Its a nice amber color that kinda looks like a glass of tea. Small lacing around the edge of the glass and a white lacing over top of most of the beer.

S - It smells like a dogfish beer. Maybe it's just me, but I think all dogfish beers have a similar scent. After taking a nice deep smell, I get whiffs of pumpkin (obviously) and some spices cinnamon or nutmeg (I know the taste, but I can't quite put my finger on it). Smells kinda like a pumpkin pie almost. It smells like fall and it smells delicious.

T - Very creamy beer. Definitely malt and pumpkin driven Once again there's still a lot of spice to it. Initially has a sweetness but then Finishes with a little spiciness. Very good.

M - Medium body. Not too much carbonation. Just right for the type.

O - Another excellent offering by Dogfish. This was definitely worth ordering online and having to cover the ridiculous cost of shipping. Hands down the best pumpkin beer I've ever tasted. Only downside (if you can call it that) is it's so good you really want to just keep drinking it instead of appropriately savoring the aromas and taste. Ultimately, worth a try. Cheers!

P.S. Dogfish, if by some absolute miracle you read this review... Please come back to Tennessee! We miss you. I met a couple other brew fans at our local Whole Foods where we were looking for some beer . we all 3 met in the beer aisle and reminisced of the days when it was always available. I'm sorry I took you for granted! haha. Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2012 01:53:04 | More by TPINC3
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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

09-30-2012 01:12:09 | More by lastconfederate2
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

09-29-2012 19:34:42 | More by n00blar
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

09-29-2012 19:14:40 | More by Scott_McCool
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

09-29-2012 18:17:00 | More by cbyrd4088
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3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a standard pint.

A: Dark golden hue. Pours about a 1 half finger, bubbly, white head. Quickly settles and dissipates almost completely. No real lacing.

S: Pumpkin, nutmeg, and a little cinnamon.

T: Malty with pumpkin and nutmeg.

M: Malty and only a little sweet accented thoroughly with great Fall spices.

D: Not much resistance, but best savored.

Atmosphere is pretty good. Fair appearance with a great nose of fall spices. Flavor is malty and spicy. Very well calibrated. Overall, this is a good quaff.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2012 05:11:01 | More by bmwats
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5/5  rDev +26.6%

09-29-2012 02:52:35 | More by CEDAMA
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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

09-29-2012 01:41:29 | More by blake58
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4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Basically looks like carbonated apple juice. Soft brownish white head that goes away almost immediately. Looks clean, relatively clear.

S - Basically smells like a pumpkin pie. You can smell the pumpkin for sure, the cinnamon and the allspice. Smells spicey, pumpkiny and delicious; perhaps some light floral hops in the nose as well.

T - Quite delicious, more of what you get from the smell. Pumpkin right off the bat, with that cinnamon, some spice, and you get the sweetness from the brown sugar. Not quite as good as the nose suggests but still the best fall pumpkin brew that I have had. Alcohol blends in nicely...The brown sugar really started to come through more as it warmed. Nice to start it real cold and sip slowly and luxuriously away at it till it gets pretty cool. At the end the flavors only come out more robustly and leave you with a smile on your face.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation, a nice light dry finish. Great mouthfeel.

O - Overall this is a great pumpkin ale, the best one that I have had so far. Just delicious.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2012 23:33:58 | More by KKB
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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

09-28-2012 23:18:45 | More by steamboatbrewer
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

09-28-2012 19:49:27 | More by JakeWik
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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

09-28-2012 19:21:42 | More by srw
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New York

4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

09-28-2012 14:18:18 | More by RandyKemka
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4.68/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Nose is cinnamon, pumpkin, nutmeg, molasses, some caramel malts and nutmeg. The taste is very similar. Cinnamon, nutmeg, brown sugar, malty backbone, molasses and coming in last is pumpkin. Its not the most pumpkin of the pumpkin ales but its my favorite. Although to be honest I don't experiment with them much because I have been disappointed so often (I'm looking at you Buffalo Bill's and probably some others I've forgotten)

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2012 08:01:27 | More by DonDirkA
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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

09-28-2012 03:37:55 | More by rob99er
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New York

5/5  rDev +26.6%

09-28-2012 02:47:25 | More by joshtrich
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4.45/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass

A - Copper/Gold with 1 finger white head. Dogfish calls it a brown ale but it doesn't look dark enough for a brown to me.

S - Cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, clove. Pumpkin pie in a glass. Slight ester/yeasty aroma.

T - The aroma is tricking my tastebuds into tasting pumpkin pie. But actually a somewhat dry hoppy taste with residual sweetness at the end. Brown sugar seems to come through. Well balanced. The 7% ABV is well hidden.

M - Medium body. Fits the style. Drinkable body offsets sweetness and allows the drinker to enjoy several.

O - This is my 2nd favorite Pumpkin Ale. The spicing is the best in the style. I am a big fan of Dogfish Head and this is one of the best beers they make. A Northeastern US autumn is not complete until you've had a Dogfish Head Punkin Ale.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2012 01:48:36 | More by BuzzLikebeer
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