1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Punkin Ale - Dogfish Head Brewery

Not Rated.
Punkin AlePunkin Ale

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

5,806 Ratings

(view ratings)
Ratings: 5,806
Reviews: 1,988
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 12.94%
Wants: 300
Gots: 804 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Punkin Ale Alström Bros
Ratings: 5,806 | Reviews: 1,988 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of greyghost86
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

greyghost86, Sep 29, 2013
Photo of dwren89
4.65/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: coppery orange/brown with some cloudiness and thin off white head

Aroma: pumpkin heartiness but also a very beer like aroma. Slight nutmeg and cinnamon hints but this beer smells impressively beer like but with pumpkin notes.

Taste: bear perfect blend of pumpkin, spice, and real malt taste. Pumpkin flavor complements bready malt taste rather than overpowers and the nutmeg, cinnamon, and brown sugar additions give the beer a pumpkin pie like flavor. The finish is drying and pleasant.

Mouthfeel: full bodied but drinkable for a pumpkin ale. Medium carbonation

Overall: one of my favorite fall pumpkin ales because it balanced pumpkin and spice flavors with real beer and malt flavors. Sometimes pumpkin ales are overdone and overwhelming to the palate with sweetness and dessert like flavors. I like this one because it is one you can definitely drink a full six pack of and not completely fatigue your palate.

dwren89, Sep 29, 2013
Photo of StretchZep
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

StretchZep, Sep 29, 2013
Photo of KeyWestGator
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

KeyWestGator, Sep 29, 2013
Photo of grubefresh
2.75/5  rDev -30.2%

grubefresh, Sep 29, 2013
Photo of Mike099
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Mike099, Sep 29, 2013
Photo of orm56
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

orm56, Sep 29, 2013
Photo of Andragos
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Andragos, Sep 29, 2013
Photo of mportnoy
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

mportnoy, Sep 29, 2013
Photo of EBeckett3
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- cloud of amber, thin head, OK laces
S - spiced, pumpkin pie-like with all the attendant aromas save the bake
T -more spice than pumpkin, nice smooth sweet with a bit of zest
M- medium body, easy finish, pleasant aftertaste
O - A good seasonal diversion, ABV deceiving

Poured in a 16 oz pint glass at Max's Café, Gloucester NJ

EBeckett3, Sep 29, 2013
Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.18/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a burnished copper color. The head is very fluffy, if not the tallest at only a finger. While the off-white colored head doesn't have great retention, it does leave a ring of lacing on the glass.

S: Dogfish Head actually didn't overdo it with the spices - and that's a good thing in this case. Many times, I've had a pumpkin ale that smelled good but tasted unpleasantly spicy. This smells like it's full of brown sugar, with a touch of gourd character and spicing only existing as a subtle background note. So I'll probably like this more than the Pumpkinheads of the world.

T: Actually, the bitter nutmeg character seems to come through more strongly than the nose suggested. And that's not a good thing in this case. A pleasant canvas of brown sugar and caramel sweetness open it up, with the slightly problematic spice notes appearing in the middle, and fading away as more is drunk. The finish is faintly nutty and mineral water-esque, with something resembling hops occasionally.

M: It's a weird combination of full-bodied and sharp (due to the carbonation). Somehow, this works to give it decent drinkability combined with the dry finish. Once the carbonation fades, it becomes merely full-bodied...and loses its drinkability in the process.

O: It's not great, but it's better than a few others in the style I've had. It has potential as a pumpkin ale for those who don't like pumpkin ales. It's also reasonably complex and only offers a mild spice note. But to me, it still tastes a little uninspired. It's been a while since I've properly enjoyed something from DFH (I think it was a 2011 bottle of WWS), and this doesn't quite change my mind about that.

ThisWangsChung, Sep 28, 2013
Photo of musicarcade
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

musicarcade, Sep 28, 2013
Photo of GoGata
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

GoGata, Sep 28, 2013
Photo of elementaware
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

elementaware, Sep 28, 2013
Photo of chriscap
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

chriscap, Sep 28, 2013
Photo of Evoforen
4.75/5  rDev +20.6%

Evoforen, Sep 28, 2013
Photo of swedishmailman
4/5  rDev +1.5%

swedishmailman, Sep 28, 2013
Photo of TheDoak
4/5  rDev +1.5%

TheDoak, Sep 28, 2013
Photo of mc4z
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

mc4z, Sep 28, 2013
Photo of Fergyx825
3.45/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: a dark amber ale, with some head on the pour. There remains some head on the edge of the glass, while the beer bubbles furiously from the bottom. A little bit darker than expected from a pumpkin ale.

Smell: my nose is filled with pumpkin and spices upon smelling this beer. It doesn't smell as sweet or promising as the others. I feel as if i can also smell the carbonation of the beer. I can also tell its going to be higher in alcohol content than most.

Taste: A very spice filled taste when it comes to my first few sips. You can most definitely taste the pumpkin in this beer, but its not so sweet as some of the other pumpkin beers. There is alot of spice also noted when tasting. Not what i'd expect when i think pumpkin beer, but i'm not disappointed.

Mouthfeel: A thicker beer, with a medium to light carbonation. Makes for a really good combo. Also i feel that as it goes down my throat that it feels creamy, which i enjoy.

Overall: I have always held dogfish as one of the premier breweries in the states, and i remember this beer from a long time ago. I have been looking forward to it for a while, and i'm not disappointed but i come away wanting more. Good taste with great mouth feel. This is a good beer, it just doesn't do everything other than mouthfeel excellently.

Fergyx825, Sep 28, 2013
Photo of GFish
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

GFish, Sep 28, 2013
Photo of raffy313
4/5  rDev +1.5%

raffy313, Sep 28, 2013
Photo of allenson21
4/5  rDev +1.5%

allenson21, Sep 28, 2013
Photo of callmeoz
4/5  rDev +1.5%

callmeoz, Sep 28, 2013
Photo of mendvicdog
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

mendvicdog, Sep 27, 2013
Punkin Ale from Dogfish Head Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 5,806 ratings.