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Punkin Ale - Dogfish Head Brewery

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5,890 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,890
Reviews: 1,996
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 12.94%
Wants: 309
Gots: 833 | FT: 7
Brewed by:
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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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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a chilled pint glass from the bottle. Nice head with minimal retention and sparse lacing. Good, dark amber color.

Initial notes of cinnamon and malt. Smelled and tasted like a great pumpkin ale, but the more I continued to drink, it lost its initial greatness. I tend to prefer a darker, sweeter pumpkin ale, so this beer is a little light for me.

Still, very solid beer and especially for a pumpkin ale. Will buy again if no other new offerings for fall are around.

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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Overall a very solid pumpkin ale. I don't think it's my favorite, but I'd never be disappointed with a Dogfish Head Punkin. Poured a 12 ounce bottle into a standard pilsner glass.

A- Comes out dark copper with a medium size head that diminishes pretty quickly.

S- The spices don't come out quite as much as some other pumpkins, but obviously it is more distinctive than your typical beer. The malt and sugar take the front seat here.

T- Very smooth, with just the right amount of carbonation, and not so much alcohol that you can taste the 7%. Once again, mostly malt and sugar, and not much in the way of hops. Not overpowering with the pumpkin, which is in my opinion the hardest part of making a pumpkin ale.

M- Nothing particularly special is going on with this beer. Lower carbonation gives it a smooth feel going down. It's particularly dry and the spices stick out, but it's all pleasant.

O- I'm a huge fan of pumpkin ales when they're done right, and DFH has done a superb job on this one. I've had a few others that have a nicer balance and bring out the pumpkin flavor more gracefully, but it remains a seasonal favorite every fall.

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3.96/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Pours a deep reddish brown with about 1/2 and inch of creamy white head that quickly settles to a cap around the glass.

S -- Nutmeg, pumpkin spice, malts.

T - Pumpkin spice, nutmeg, caramel, malts, brown sugar.

O - This is a nice pumpkin ale in that it isn't dominated by the pumpkin spices, but rather drinks nicely like a normal ale.

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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A:Clear Copper color with no head.

S: Smell is more malt than pumpkin. Hints of hop and pumpkin, but the malt and brown sugar dominate the smell.

T: Surprisingly hoppy profile. The pumpkin is there, but it is not abundant. To me this is more of a malty ale than a pumpkin ale. Sweetness from the sugar and hints of pumpkin compliment the malty profile.

F: Medium body and a medium to high level of carbonation

O: Good, and better than most pumpkin ales I have had. Waiting to try Pumpkinatora and Pumpking, but this does not quite match the flavor of Whole Hog Pumpkin. Good, but not quite worth the price and slight hassle to track down IMO.

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3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orange amber, glowing and clear with a slight parched white head. Tight bubbles and lacing left on the glass with average retention.

Clean grains, hay and a bit of toast. Slight aroma of Autumn spices, lemon zest, nutmeg, cinnamon and fleshy pumpkin that grows as the beer sits. Slight metallic and herbal hop aroma present but fades as the beer warms.

Relatively clean malt bill with some caramel malt and sweet bread. Spices of cinnamon, brown sugar and clove. Pumpkin is barely detectable in the flavor. Enough grassy light lemon citrus hops there to keep the taste balanced and bright.

Medium bodied and balanced. Active carbonation and very drinkable.

A balanced and refined pumpkin ale. Highlights spices and the clean malt bill more than the pumpkin. Look forward to this one every year.

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Punkin Ale from Dogfish Head Brewery
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