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Punkin Ale - Dogfish Head Brewery

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BA SCORE
88
very good

5,589 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 5,589
Reviews: 1,970
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 12.69%
Wants: 295
Gots: 726 | 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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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Brewer1980, Sep 09, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

hexasecond, Sep 09, 2013
Photo of fitrock2112
3.86/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured Punkin into a Belgian Tulip.

A - Pours a clear dark burnt orange with a half of finger of off white head.

S - The aroma of roasted malts, some clove, allspice, light pumpkin in there as well.

T - Taste is very close to the nose, toasted malts, clove, allspice, pumpkin. Nothing overpowering here either.

M - The brew has medium mouthfeel with medium to high carbonation. Wish the mouthfeel was just a little fuller.

O - A good pumpkin beer that's recommended. Cheers!

fitrock2112, Sep 09, 2013
Photo of Dweedlebug
3/5  rDev -23.9%

Dweedlebug, Sep 09, 2013
Photo of MistahBeah
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear amber. About a finger of bubbly off-white head. Slight retention. Lots of carbonation

Smell is of squashy pumpkin malt. Allspice, cinnamon, nutmeg, and a touch of brown sugar round this out. No hop aromas detected. Just malts and spice

Taste is similar. Lots of vegetal pumpkin here as well as some grainy pale malts. Spices are evident in both flavor and the dryness provided. Earthy as a whole - cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice all play parts. If there's any brown sugar it's lost on me. There is some bitterness, though mild, and it's earthy and floral

Feels dry with moderate spiciness. Medium-bodied and well-carbonated. Slightly thick

Overall a nice beer overall. This is a good balance for those who like pumpkin beers that don't sacrifice any beer flavor. The flavors aren't as bold as others of the style. I prefer a little more sweetness for the style. A good pumpkin ale to be sure, but not my favorite

MistahBeah, Sep 09, 2013
Photo of JackMcAwesome
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

Look: Pours a one finger head that receded fairly quickly. Not much lacing to be seen. The brew its self is a golden brown, with an orange highlight.

Smell: On first pour, there was quite a bit going on. The standard pumpkin ale aroma was everywhere with nutmeg, pumpkin spice, and cinnamon. After a while, it kind of fell off and what remained was the alcohol. A bit disappointing for me, because the smell of a pumpkin ale is half of having one in my opinion.

Taste: Pretty great taste throughout. A slight breadiness, with pumpkin, caramel, and nutmeg. Unlike the smell, the ABV is hidden quite well.

Feel: Thick and warm. I wish it were cold out so I could make like the description and just huddle up with a four pack. Medium carbonated.

Overall: A very decent effort again from Dogfish Head. I've never been disappointed with them, and they don't here as well. Always a bit bummed by the four pack... but whatever. Still not as good as a couple of others I've had, but definitely a top five in pumpkin ales for me this year.

JackMcAwesome, Sep 08, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

JC333, Sep 08, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

JayKay412, Sep 08, 2013
Photo of Chiefilliniwek
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Chiefilliniwek, Sep 08, 2013
Photo of jmann40
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

jmann40, Sep 08, 2013
Photo of ZachKelly
4/5  rDev +1.5%

ZachKelly, Sep 08, 2013
Photo of pretext
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

pretext, Sep 08, 2013
Photo of Wrex68
4.75/5  rDev +20.6%

Wrex68, Sep 08, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

salthemonster, Sep 08, 2013
Photo of DruRho
4/5  rDev +1.5%

DruRho, Sep 07, 2013
Photo of barczar
3.74/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a brilliant copper orange with a rich, dense deep cream head that lingers.

Bready, toasted caramel malt and resiny hops form the initial aroma. There's a hint of pumpkin, with nutmeg and cinnamon surfacing subtly as it warms, along with catty and acetone notes.

Flavor reveals a sweet pumpkin and caramel malt base, with a toasty, dry finish. Spices are subtle, as opposed to some examples of the style. Nutmeg emerges in subsequent sips, along with light cola flavors..

Body is moderate to a touch full and creamy, with moderate carbonation and light alcohol warmth.

It actually tastes and smells kinda like a beer. I like the subtlety of the spices, but I'm not a huge fan of the cola flavor. One of the better seasonals. The acetone is out of place, though.

barczar, Sep 07, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

SonOfKyuss, Sep 07, 2013
Photo of dar482
3.6/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

The beer comes in a deep reddish amber color.

The aroma has tons of malty sweetness of caramel and toffee. There’s a lot of brown sugar sweetness then some spice and pumpkin in the back. Surely a beer more than pumpkin, as in it smells mostly like a brown ale than anything else.

The flavor follows with sweet caramel and brown sugar with some pumpkin in the front, then it becomes more substantial of more bready pumpkin. The finish has tons of bitterness of bark and wood, along with the spices hitting to compliment that. The finish is a big strong for me.

The beer is pretty good, but the finish did not quite do it for me and it’s a bit lacking in pumpkin for me.

dar482, Sep 07, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

jhlosito75, Sep 07, 2013
Photo of GFD400
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

GFD400, Sep 07, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

lisahope27, Sep 06, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

vicsju1991, Sep 06, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

janna890, Sep 06, 2013
Photo of NationalEERS
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

NationalEERS, Sep 06, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

dieBlume, Sep 06, 2013
Punkin Ale from Dogfish Head Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 5,589 ratings.