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Punkin Ale - Dogfish Head Brewery

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Punkin AlePunkin Ale

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5,952 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,952
Reviews: 2,011
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 12.69%
Wants: 315
Gots: 908 | FT: 10
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Delaware, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: NeroFiddled on 09-26-2002

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
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Photo of Gobzilla
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: poured a translucent golden orange with yellow highlights and had a thin frothy head leaving some good lacing sticking to the glass.

S: I was able to detect different kinds if spices such as all spice, cinnamon, and nutmeg but did sniff out some pumpkin pie character alongside sweet bready malts.

T: The pumpkin flavor is a little bit more apparent on the palate but had cinnamon, nutmeg, all spice accents with caramel notes and a touch of toffee.

M: the brew was light to medium in body with a moderate amount of carbonation which had a sweet, spice, and very mild bitter finish.

D: gotta say it was a solid pumpkin and is probably one of my top five as far as the style goes. It was tasty and drank good.

Photo of CuriousMonk
3.65/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A beer that the quality has declined noticably over the years. I still prefer the tap over 12 oz bottle which is usually poured in a pint glass. Pours an orange-copper with a light ring of foam. Sugary aroma with light spice. Alcohol is very present in the taste, with ginger, nutmeg, and cinnamon in the background. Wow! Thin carbonation, decent body. What an interesting approach to pumpkin beer - high alcohol really surprises. Great spice, but where's the pumpkin?

Photo of wilkowski
4.87/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured a 12oz bottle into a Dogfish Head Snifter straight down the middle. I've had this particular bottle in my beer fridge for three months.

A: Bright ruby orange body. Minimal head. The glass is creating an active bubbling up the center.

S: Raw pumpkin. Allspice. Nutmeg. More pumpkin. Smells like an extremely fresh pumpkin pie in your glass. As good as advertised.

T: The spices dominate the taste. Allspice, cinnamon, brown ale malt, brown sugar. No pumpkin flavor on the palate.

M: Crisp and sharp carbonation when cold. Mouthfeel gets significantly smoother and richer as the beer warms. Good balance throughout.

D: Wonderful and warming. Slightly better with age, but after 3 months or 12 months it essentially drinks the same as it does in season. It doesn't age like some of Dogfish's bigger beers. One is good but two are better. This is everything you could hope for in a pumpkin ale.

Photo of PhillyLovesBeer
4.7/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer is amazing. I can't wait until September so I can pick up a case. It has an amber appearance. It had a nice 1/2" white head with good lacing. It has a nice roasted pumpkin and brown sugar scent. It tastes incredible, with the brown sugar and all spice being more relevant than an overwelming pumpkin flavor. I can taste the cinnamon and nutmeg as well, but it's not overbearing. It is a very smooth and drinkable beer, with the alcohol being hard to detect, which is preferential in a beer like this. It lived up to expectations for sure.

Photo of bucklemyshoe
3.62/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Notes from 09/17/2010:

12 oz bottle at 42 degrees into a pint glass.

A: It pours a mostly clear burnt orange color with no head.

S: Pumpkin, honey, brown sugar, cinammon, and allspice.

T: Honey, cinammon, cloves, and other fall spices but no discernable pumpkin notes.

M: It has a medium body with low carbonation and some stickiness.

D: This is solid but more pumpkin flavor would be nice.

Photo of tmcelvain
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a good fracking beer. take that from someone that likes, but not loves, pumpkin and spiced beers. Thanks to theCPJ for including this in a trade.

Pours pure gold, with a medium head. Smells of spicy malts, with a slight ester smell.

Tastes of bold, full pumpkin spice. I like this one very much for its clarity of taste. Many other pumpkin beers are a muddly, spicy mess, but DFH found a way to impart very clear flavors. The taste is rounded out with cinnamon and nutmeg, set atop a very well balanced malt/hop profile.

Smooth, yet lively mouthfeel providing a very drinkable ale in a style the is typically a one-off for me. Incredible balance.

Photo of notsoprobeer
3.32/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Color is brownish gold with a white head that lingered for most of the drink. The beer is slightly hazy and there's a fair amount of effervescence. Aroma is very spicy, with nutmeg and cinnamon. Taste consists mainly of spices, and I don't taste the pumpkin. The 7.0% ABV is noticeable, but works well. Body is light, mouth feel is crisp with a fair amount of carbonation.

Dogfish Head's description led me a bit astray, as I expected some sweetness and a heavier body. I didn't get either.

Photo of jsanford
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Distillery in Savannah, GA on 9/18/10. Opted to have it without the cinnamon-sugar rimmer (blegh).

A - Pours a ruddy orange with a thin, creamy, khaki-colored head. Nice retention, produces good lace.
S - Smells of sweet caramel malt, pumpkin, cinnamon, brown sugar and ginger.
T - Very close to the nose. Pumpkin is quality, no artificial or "tinny" flavors. Cinnamon is more prominent this year then in previous batches. Obviously a beer more on the sweet side, but never gets cloyingly so.
M - Creamy and smooth with a medium body and carbonation.
D - Very drinkable, one of the only Pumpkin beers that I can stand to have several of.

Photo of kagent777
4.32/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from geryeb624, Thanks! Poured into my goblet.

Appearance: A nice light copper, with little head or lacing.

Smell: I can smell most of the spices listed on the label plus a little earthy hops. The brown sugar sweetness is especially nice.

Taste: Now this is a pumpkin ale I could get into. None of the tastes or spices are dominant, they all mingle so nicely. I taste pumpkin, a little cinnamon, and the holiday spices, followed by some hop bitterness. Really balanced and smooth

Mouthfeel: On the fuller side. Slick and oily, coats the mouth with flavor. Carbonation is spot on.

Drinkability: I have not found a pumpkin beer I liked until this one. Oh how I wish this was distributed here. Could have several of these in one sitting. This might be a good one to share with BMC drinkers to open their eyes.

Photo of cudmud
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours with a deep copper color with one finger of white head. The head retention is strong and produces good lace. This is a sharp beer to look at.

Smell: The label advertises plenty of spice and this beer doesn't fall short. All the spices on the label are accounted for and they produce wonderful aromas. Yeast and malts can also be detected in the nose.

Taste: In short, this beer does taste like pumpkin pie. That's to say that the spices and pumpkin come through on the tongue. However, I would like this beer to have more pumpkin in the flavor.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied.

Drinkability: A tasty and thirst quenching brew.

Photo of OhYesILoveBeer
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

DFH Punkin ale from 355ml into DFH globe @ 48*. Pours a nice light amber with a 1" off white head that sticks around for a few minutes. Smells of light caramel malts, light cinnamon, a bit of ginger, and a pleasant hint of pumpkin. This brew tastes good, like really good. Light caramel malts up front with a good dose of the pumpkin, a bit of cinnamon, and a little clove. There is a tad of hoppiness to this brew but its really toned down. Overall a really good pumpkin ale with excellent spice notes. Now I wouldn't regularly pick up 4pk for $9.99 but I managed to find these on sale @ a weird package store for $7.99 a 4pk. I went ahead and bought the last 3 they had, and I'm glad that I did! Cheers!!

Photo of BayouBengal1537
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cold Louisiana night and decided to pour this one while watching Sunday night football.
Poured an amber/orange color with frothy white head one finger thick into pint glass
Smells of sugar, malt, spice, pumpkin
Taste of brown sugar malts, nutmeg, spice, cloves, pumpkin is perfect..not too strong
Mouthfeel is nice and smooth, almost creamy
Drinkability - I love this beer for the fall time, I will try my hardest to get this beer for fall time every year.
Good job once again Dogfish Head

Photo of Willibomb
4.67/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I made it a point to try every pumpkin ale I could get my hands on this year to rank them all. I am a fan of the style, so I had to make sure I knew when I saw a good one or when I saw a fake.

I probably had 50 different pumpkin ales this year, and this one was the best one.

Terrapin, brooklyn, buffolo bills came close, but they all had somethin that was missing in the clove flavor, that this beer absolutely delivers.

It does not go for the "pumpkin pie in your mouth" angle that williamsburg or southern tier does, This is a great decision for the drinkability of this beer. It is one of the very few that can be drank like a session beer without giving you a sugar shock.

Great use of cloves, allspice and home made "dragon scales" as they would say at the brewery.

This makes a pumpkin ale that is a must have each fall season!! Too bad it can be so hard to find!!

Photo of pcicere
5/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

In 2007 I sample this beer. At that time, I did not think that it surpassed Brooklyn Brewery's Post Road Pumpkin Ale. It must has been an off year because there is no other pumpkin beer that can match Dogfish Head's Punkin Ale. It has the perfect balance of spice, pumpkin and brown sugar flavor. Fall is my favorite season and I think it is because Punkin Ale is the taste of the season.

Photo of VWBuggirl
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I have had a few pumpkin brews, and this is by far my favorite. I will look forward to next year's release and will better stock up.

It is a nice dark brown with an orangish hue. It is fairly malty in flavor with hints of pumpkin and the typical spices associated with pumpkin, but it isn't very up front to where it tastes like you are drinking pie, and it is sweet by not overly sweet. It smells as it tastes, so no surprises.

The mouthfeel isn't overly carbonated, and has a slightly creamy feel. I think this is highly drinkable and perfect for fall.

Photo of Kiwano
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Couldn't tell - it was in a bottle the entire time

S - lots of malt, sugar and spice

T - Lots of malty brown sugar hints with nutmeg and cinnamon -the spices stay through for a while with a tiny bit of bitterness but mostly wafts of nutmeg and cinnamon. Don't get a pumpkin taste but more of the spices associated with pumpkin pie

M - Good body - carbonation is fine

D - A good drink. Could clash with other flavors but when drunk by itself it has a nice warm flavor and the spices work nicely.

(chilled bottle)

Serving type: bottle

Photo of JDew
4.46/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours an amber-orange with two finger medium head. Lace all over the glass. Dissipates slowly

S - Pumpkin... autumn spices are easy to pick up, the allspice and cinnamon are strong

T - I find alot of pumpkin ales that I like but don't care when they aren't available, but this is one I wait for and miss when its gone. There is a great pumpkin taste, with not too much sweetness, its just right in the semi-bitter and long aftertaste. None of the spices overpower the taste and its a very complex finish.

M - A good bodied ale that feels clean going down but sticks to your tastebuds, which is a good thing here. Its a long tasty finish.

D - I could easily drink more than a few, but never have enough in the fridge. Wish I could get ahold of a case instead of 4 at a time.

Photo of BeerLover99
4.7/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: dark brown, orange hue. finger head, amazing lacing.

S: pumpkin, allspice, nutmeg with grainy malt.

T: malt, sweet pumpkin pie goodness/pumpkin, all spice and cloves are in harmony with pumpkin, hint of bitter in finish.

M: medium body, solid carbonation, goes down smoothly.

D: For a pumpkin beer, this one really works, nice amount of flavor, carbonation and you can have a few. I love
this time of year and this is one of my favorites.


Photo of sommersb
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce brown bottle with no freshness dating, poured into a tulip pint glass.

A: Dark orange color with mostly clear visibility. Two fingers of off-white head and little lacing. Quite a bit of bubbles streaming for the whole duration of drinking.

S: Nice pumpkin aroma coupled with allspice and nutmeg. The malts are evident as well; no hop aroma.

T: Malty with a slight sweetness. Pumpkin pie flavors with cinnamon and brown sugar. I get a low amount of bitterness and a good warmth from the 7% ABV.

M: Moderately carbonated with a spicy aftertaste. Medium body with a crisp, dry finish.

D: Very good. I enjoyed this more as it warmed in the glass.

Photo of YouSkeete
4.55/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this bottle in the ol' fridge for about 2 or 3 months, couldn't let it go and decided to review it.

A: Copper to golden/amber with a small white head and a touch of lacing.

S: Spicy but subtle handful of good holiday spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice) while the aroma of fresh pumpkin follows. the shy 7% ABV makes its way to the nose, which is surprising.

T: Cinnamon and nutmeg dominate the bite while brown sugar sweetness and full pumpkin flavor bring it all together. Amazing balance of flavor and alcohol, even though i tend to go for the higher ones. Aftertaste is strictly a mellow pumpkin flavor, which can only be described as relaxing.

M: On the syrupy sticky side with a medium body and medium carbonation. Perfect balance of water, flavor and carbonation.

D: A lot of fun to drink. Happy Holidays, drink up!

Photo of uustal
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an orangey/amber with a two finger light tan head. Good lacing and retention. Nice aroma. Cinnamon, all spice, nutmeg and pumpkin. The spices dominate the flavor, cinnamon and all spice primarily. Sweet malts. The pumpkin flavor is secondary, but present. Very fall-like, warming pumpkin beer.

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
4.06/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The first of my AWESOME box received from CaptinRedBeard! There were so many great beers I didn't know where to begin!

Oh, and by the way, this was my first dogfish head. Pretty good start!

Poured a medium brown, cloudy with a semi-small head and not much lacing, with a few rising bubbles. I didn't think it was much to look at, other pumpkins have looked better.

Smelled great! Pungent spices, cinnamon, pumpkin spice, nutmeg plus a nice dose of pumpkin make this a very fine smelling beer.

Tastes very nice. Easy drinking and not too rough on the taste buds. Heavy spices and moderate pumpkin layer over a good malty backbone for a nice holiday treat.

Finishes fairly dry, with a spicy, lingering aftertaste. Nice. Surprisingly, there was plenty of carbonation despite my comments on the appearance.

Drinks very well. I would certainly recommend as a great thanksgiving or holiday treat!

Photo of goalie33
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into 16oz pint glass.
A: Clear, burnt orange color, tin layer of creamy white head. Lots of carbonation. Not much lacing.
S: Sweet pumpkin pie with a spiciness to it.
T: Malty with a sweet and spicy finish. Very Enjoyable.
M: Very smooth, creamy mouthfeel. Nice medium to full body.

Photo of russwbeck
4.07/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Orangish pour, maybe more of a golden brown, but I'll call it Orange because it's pumpkin. Not much of a head.

S: Smells of cinnamon and other spices, some sweetness from the pumpkin. Nice malt character.

T: Pumpkin does not take over the taste, which is very balanced overall. Bit of a dry finish, with spices and malts dominating throughout.

MF: Medium bodied with a nice amount of carbonation, almost creamy taste.

D: Very high, really an enjoyable fall brew.

Photo of falloutsnow
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very nice light pumpkin-orange color with a just-off-white head that is retained for most of the drinking session. Evident lacing, visible carbonation.

Dominant scents of pumpkin, breadiness, cinnamon, and nutmeg. I may be detecting some cloves, even though it's not listed as an ingredient. This may be a mental insertion of a familiar scent associated with these others.

Tastes of malt sweetness that is almost cloying, overwhelming. The alcohol presence is disappointingly detectable, too. Aftertaste is pleasant, a faint pumpkin breadiness laced with hints of cinnamon and nutmeg. If the aftertaste were the taste, this would be a much more satisfying ale.

The mouthfeel is overwhelmingly smooth with modest to low carbonation. Features a pleasant, dry finish.

I recall in years prior enjoying this beer much more than the present. Perhaps they've changed the recipe, it's difficult to say. The taste isn't as enjoyable as it once was; I don't understand the sweetness factor present now. I'll still see if I can snag this next year and find if anything has changed, but I'm currently no longer impressed by this offering.

Punkin Ale from Dogfish Head Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 5,952 ratings.