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Punkin Ale - Dogfish Head Brewery

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5,121 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,121
Reviews: 1,941
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 12.66%
Wants: 269
Gots: 545 | FT: 7
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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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Photo of stumac
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

pours up a dark pumpkinny orange color with a thin off-white head. a very warm color. good lacing. the nose is nutmeg!, pumpkin, spices, and sweet malts. the label is true to the taste. pumpkin, brown sugar, cinnamon, the works. also some sweet malts and crisp hops. medium body, medium carbo. I put this Fall time beer up there with Avery Twelve

stumac, Sep 03, 2008
Photo of HopsYeast
4/5  rDev +1.3%

tried this after reading about it here. poured from a bottle but still had a nice size head. upon first sip i was happy to find it wasnt an overwhelming taste of pumpkin. later in the glass the pumpkin taste increased slightly but it was still only subtle and enjoyable.

the one negative i had was tasting the alcohol. its high and 7% but other beers i have had have a fuller flavor that covers the high abv. but this doesnt take away from the positives that make this a very yummy seasonal beer.

HopsYeast, Sep 02, 2008
Photo of phantomwyse
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

A: Color of spiced rum with a silky off-white, deficient head.

S: Spices up front, definitely cinnamon, all-spice, just a hint at pumpkin.

T: Biscuity malt segues into dominant spice characteristics. Just as the label says lots of cinnamon and with just enough pumpkin to let you know what they were going for while not being overpowering. Light floral hoppiness at the finish to a fine balance.

M: Light and tingly.

D: Autumnal perfection.

phantomwyse, Sep 02, 2008
Photo of Lexluthor33
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%

Pours Golden Orange with a one inch head ad excellent lace retention.
The aroma of pumpkins,nutmeg and malt notes.
The taste follows the nose but with the added touch of caramel,spices and a sweet biscuit malts.
The feel was smooth,spicy and creamy.Such a well balanced beer.

Notes: One of the best if not the best Pumpkin beers I have had.It was exceptionally balanced and everything seemed to fall into place.Nothing was overpowering and yes I did taste the brown Ale.Drinkability was great even though the ABV was 7.
Looking forward to stocking this one for the holidays.

Lexluthor33, Sep 02, 2008
Photo of aerozeppl
4/5  rDev +1.3%

A: Poured a deep copper color. A finger of white head with some lacing.

S:Heavy on the cinnamon and nutmeg. The brown ale was right behind which kind of cut down on the nose for me.

T: Really nice. Much better than last year which I felt was a disappointment. Nice pumpkin taste. The issue I have with this beer is that the spices are added to a brown ale. I feel they are better suited to a golden ale or something a little bit lighter. Still a good beer.

M: Medium body but the spices make it feel heavier.

D: Had a 12oz pour of this and that was fine. I love my Pumpkin Ales and this is a good one. Had a bottle this year and it was a little bit better.

aerozeppl, Sep 01, 2008
Photo of wiseguy142
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%

Everything about this beer just screams pumpkin. That word itself could really be the entire review. The beer is the color of a pumpkin (orange.. if you haven't seen a pumpkin) with a light white head. Aromas of pumpkin along with some light toasty malts. The hops kick in nicely in the flavor along with the- you guessed it- pumpkin, adding a little crispness and spicyness. The mouthfeel has a nice medium body. The alcohol isn't overly perceptible in the taste but after drinking half a bottle I could already feel it at work. The brown sugar offers a nice nutty complement to the pumpkin as well. This beer doesn't go overboard in any direction (ie pumpkin pieness) and I'd almost appreciate it if there was slightly less alcohol so I could drink more of them in sort of an Oktoberfesty/Fall kind of spirit, but overall was very pleased.

wiseguy142, Sep 01, 2008
Photo of czfreeman
4.72/5  rDev +19.5%

Pours out a whisky-copper toned browned color, capped by a tan cream of whipped cream. This looks like an inviting glass of pumkin pie!
Smells of fresh pumpkins,cloves,fall mustiness, warm cinnamons, nutmeg, this smells like some good stuff.
WOW! just tasted it. You are greeted with a mouthfull of spicy pumpkin pie. Spicy nutmegs, cloves, and cinnamon spiciness add a great finishing balance. The 7% ABV is completly hidden, but adds an almost rum-like note.
The smell, flavor, mouthfeel is the epitamy of anything that is marketed as a "pumpkin ale". This is fantastically flavorfull, balanced and extremely drinkable. Another classic from my favorite American brewery.

czfreeman, Aug 31, 2008
Photo of roadhouse
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appears a lovely shade of orange with a three finger high creamy head that sinks down to one finger after a few minutes. Tons of tiny carbonation bubbles billowing up to the top make it very nice to look at. Lots of lace down the side of the glass.

Aroma is filled with lots of pumpkin and pie spices to go along with it. Cinnamon and allspice are the most prominent, with the nutmeg also noticable. A bit of sweet caramelly malt is noticable but it definitely takes a backseat to the spices. No hops to speak of.

Taste is just as good as the aroma. Starts off with a nice rich sweetness from the brown sugar but the spices and pumpkin quickly rush over it and makes it taste like a fresh pumpkin pie. Finishes with a bit of earthy hops for a nice touch to blend with the spice.

Mouthfeel is medium-light, very smooth drinking. Carbonation level seems appropriate.

This is only the second Pumpkin Ale that I have tried so far but it is very good. One of the better ones I've tried from DFH.

roadhouse, Aug 30, 2008
Photo of dsa7783
4.38/5  rDev +10.9%

Single, 12-ouncer copped from Total Wine and More in West Orange...
As a big fan of pumpkin ales, I had been meaning to try this one for a while...
New seasonal...
Pours an auburn, dark-copper hue with a decent-sized head that quickly receded and left no lacing at all...
Smell: True-to-the style pumpkin aroma, rich with hints of allspice, nutmeg, and cloves...
Taste: For a 7% Pumpkin brew, this one went down fairly easily with very little alcohol detected on the tongue... Thick, rich pumpkin flavor... The nutmeg and cinnamon are also noticeable...
Great stuff from Dogfish...
One of the better Pumpkin ales out there on the market... Definitely a step-above from your average...

dsa7783, Aug 28, 2008
Photo of SiriusAth
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Pours a light copper amber with a large 3 finger cap of just off-white foam, pretty good retention for the first few minutes then quickly sinking into a small cap just above the beer. Lacing is attractive but also doesn't last too long.

The nose is pumpkin and spice and everything nice. Cinnamon, allspice, pumpkin, and nutmeg jump right out, slightest whiff of cloves and some veiled sweet brown sugar notes. Reminds me of Autumn and Thanksgiving.

The taste echoes the nose closely; my tongue tingles from the spices while the brown sugar and malt make their presence known with a nice sweetness. Pumpkin dominates with the spices providing nice backing, and just the right amount of hop bitterness to keep the sugar in check. Pretty close to liquid pumpkin pie, just not as sweet. Finish is semi-dry but overwhelmingly so.

The bottle claims full-bodied, but I'd say medium is more appropriate. The spicing keeps it from being ultra-smooth, but it's in no way harsh, and it shows a respectable creaminess that comes through a bit more as the beer warms.

DFH punkin is easily one of the better pumpkin ales I've tried and leaves me wanting to have another. Some pumpkin beers strive for straight up pumpkin flavor, some for pumpkin pie, and this fits the latter quite well. Well done DFH!

SiriusAth, Aug 28, 2008
Photo of Deus1138
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%

This is my first pumpkin ale. Not quite sure to expect.

Pours a nice reddish-copper color with ample head retention. The smell is mostly of spices. Reminds me of a candle store/gift shop in the fall. Taste is quite spicy. I was expecting this to taste like carbonated pumpkin juice, but there really isn't a whole lot of pumpkin flavor jumping out at you. It's nice, spicy will a hint of pumpkin in the background. Pumpkin is much more noticeable in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is smooth. Drinkability is great. I wasn't sure if I was going to like this much, since I've had bad experiences with blueberry flavored beers. But this was a nice surprise. It's not an overwhelming pumpkin flavor. There's just enough there to make it enjoyable. This would be great for a fall party, or even Thanksgiving dinner.

Deus1138, Aug 27, 2008
Photo of riversider76
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Pours a nice golden orange with a thin white head. Not much retention,and just a bit of laceing. Aroma is of sugar,spices and pumpkin. Body is light to medium and carbonated. Taste is rich pumpkin up front with a spicey finish.Hints of brown sugar through out. One of the best.

riversider76, Aug 25, 2008
Photo of bobsy
4.22/5  rDev +6.8%

I like pumpkin ales, and this is a very solid one, even if drinking in August seems premature. Classic pumpkin ale appearance - orange body, bubbly white head and some lacing. Aroma is spot on - pumpkin and cinnamon with some sweetness. The taste is on the money too, again the pumpkin pulls through with the cinnamon, some nutmeg and brown sugar. The alcohol is extremely well-hidden. Smooth mouthfeel. Seems like the sort of beer that you would enjoy it the more you had, and one of the few pumpkin ales I would have outside of the season. 7% is damn dangerous though!

bobsy, Aug 24, 2008
Photo of scottyshades
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%

Wow, I enjoyed this beer so much from last October that I had to save one for a little while. After tasting this beer again, I am blown away. I have had a few Pumpkin Ales, but this one is hands down the best!
A: Pours a beautiful amber/brown color with a decent head that leaves a good lace around the glass
S: Amazing combination of spices, nutmeg, pumpkin, and sweet notes
T: WOW, perfect!! Perfect balance of pumpkin flavors, spices to give it a nice little spicy bite, nutmeg, and sweet notes to balance it all
MF: Medium in body
D: High simply because it is sooo delicious...Fall is my new favorite time of the year!

scottyshades, Aug 16, 2008
Photo of jsouza
4.22/5  rDev +6.8%

Although it is only mid August, I was pleasantly surprised to see that the Punkin Ale was out for sale. You would not know that this drink is 7% as it maintained its pumpkin and cinnamon taste throughout with no harsh after bite. A very enjoyable beer. One could easily drink a few of these.

jsouza, Aug 16, 2008
Photo of palmdalethriller
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%

Appearance - the beer poured clear and honey-colored with a thin white head at the top. Visibly there isn't much wrong.
Punkin provides a pleasant nose, with hints of spices and a light earthy hops aroma.
The taste is snooth and sweet. The medium body feels just right and it finishes with the taste of the pumpkin and spices.
Overall it's a very enjoyable beer that goes nicely with a pizza, although alone it might be hard to drink as a session beer.

palmdalethriller, Aug 15, 2008
Photo of beerthulhu
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%

A: Poured a rusty-orange color with a compact, fizzy white head that soon dispersed without much of a lacing.

S: There was a medium-strong aromatic sense of pumpkin spices of nutmeg, dry pie crust and sweet brown sugar filling the nose.

T: The flavor is not as dominant or strong as the nose leads you to believe, which is a good thing. Nutmeg, cinnamon, pie crust and brown sugar are all here as well but more balanced and toned down which is a good thing. Theres a nice caramel and maltiness backing things up creating a rich, full palate.

M: smooth, medium-full and felt pretty decent per style.

D: Drinkability was fairly good per style considering its high ABV and spiced herb nature. Can drink one or two of these, but pretty pricey per four pack. Share this with friends around a campfire on a chilly October night.

beerthulhu, Jul 10, 2008
Photo of BWMKappaSig
4.22/5  rDev +6.8%

12oz bottle aged at cellar temp for 8 months.

Appearance: Deep amber with a smooth thick off-white head.

Smell: Pumpkin spice, sugar, and nutmeg with loads of malt.

Taste: Initially spicy with a very sweet undertone. An almost roasted note dominates the flavor in the back of the mouth almost immediately after swallowing. Hops bitterness is noticable in the immediate finish. The beer might just be starting to go off, but overall it's still wonderful.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and finishes very clean.

Drinkability: 7.0% ABV can be dangerous, but this is a wonderfully enjoyable beer.

Upon post-drink consideration, I think this beer was going to be on the verge of going bad. I got it before it went and I'm glad I did. Excellent beer.

BWMKappaSig, Jun 24, 2008
Photo of Rzzzzz
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Poured into a chalice. Jack-o-lantern orange with good clarity and a thin cream colored head that slowly dissipates. Aroma is pumpkin and the standard pumpkin spices, with a hint of brandy.

First sip reveals a surprisingly nice mesh of malt and pumpkin flavors, some of that spice towards the back and an almost salty quality, as if I'd just taken a bite of buttered yams. Nice clean finish with absolutely no turn-off aftertaste. In fact the flavors linger and continue develop on the palate well after the glass has been set down. Medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation.

This one grew on me with each sip; what seemed at first like a nice novelty had by the end of the glass become something I could see enjoying on a regular basis. Nicely done.

Rzzzzz, Apr 22, 2008
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%

Body is an orange amber in color that doesnt much resemble a "brown ale". Head settles to an inch of light tan fading to a skim in a couple of minutes leaving no lace. Nose instantly noticeable with pumpkin and spice such as coriander and raw veggies. And then there is the taste that is very pleasant. Depth and complexity that I havent come to expect from pumpking beers. Bold mineral based richness up front with a nice hop feel to balance. Slightly carmalized malt teams with the spicey pumpkin tones that is present throughout this beer. The mouthfeel is a rich raw pumpkin and spicey veggie feel. This is excetionally drinkable for the style. One of the best pumpkin beers I've had.

SPLITGRIN, Apr 17, 2008
Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.7/5  rDev -6.3%

Pours a nice orange/amber color with a bubbly head that disappears fast, no lacing.

Smell is rather spicy, definitely picking up some pumpkin spice, although not overwhelming like some other pumpkin beers.

Taste is less spicy and more malty than the aroma suggests, fairly balanced when it comes to the spice but in a way it seems rather bland when compared to other DFH products.

deltatauhobbit, Apr 08, 2008
Photo of yourefragile
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A: Cloudy, translucent honey amber color. Thin off white head with little retention. Dissipates to a ring of medium sized bubbles with a little streaky lacing.
S: Very strong and festive, primarily pumpkin pie and spices. Malt presence, no hops. Less "fake" or artificial smelling than other pumpkin brews.
T: Medium bodied, creamy, with high carbonation. Like the smell, it tastes like pumpkin pie in a glass, but not in a bad way. Strong malt body, biscuit like and slightly dry. I'm a little late in reviewing this beer and it isn't nearly as good as it was fresh so I'm not letting that affect my score. This was slightly more sweet and less dry fresh. Still a good beer, but not for sitting around. However, the 7% is still very noticeable as it was fresh and the beer still tastes slightly hot in the throat. All in all, my favorite pumpkin beer.

yourefragile, Mar 12, 2008
Photo of JDV
2.48/5  rDev -37.2%

Light, transluscent amber color with a light offwhite head. Smell was lightly metallic, mild pumpkin spice, and fucking alcohol. assholes. Taste was dry, very lightly flavored of standard pumpkin pie flavor, with noticeable alcohol present. Why the fuck make this 7% so you can taste the alcohol, and leave the base so weak, and mildly flavored? Christ. Not even as good as the Shipyard pumpkin beer which I hear is simply their summer beer with pumpkin spice added. This was a huge disappointment coming from DFH when they usually at least put out some creative, good beers. Very bland, dry and tastes, smells and looks like this was the recipe:

1 part water
1 part light beer
1 part vodka
stingy dash of pumpkin pie spice.

JDV, Feb 22, 2008
Photo of Ineedabeerhere
4.03/5  rDev +2%

Color- orangey brownish. With a small off-white head.

The aroma is kind of sneaky. At first its a little subtle, but after a few nice wiffs, it presents a great spicy, pumpkin scent. The more you smell it, the spicier it seems.

The taste was right on par with the aroma. The pumpkin is present, and quite enjoyable. Nice spices, nutmeg is there. The whole time i was drinking it, i was thinking of egg nog. This is my first pumpkin ale, and its maybe a little late in the season, but i enjoyed it, and wish that i had gotten some when it was still available.

Decently hoppy for the level of spiciness that it has. Overall a very flavorful beer. Even though it is 7%, this could be very sessionable on a brisk fall day. Can't wait til next years'!

Ineedabeerhere, Feb 15, 2008
Photo of drperm
4/5  rDev +1.3%

One of my perennial favorite pumpkin ales, although it might be too spicy for some. I find this recipe sublime, beginning with the smoky and woody nose. The taste of pumpkin is subtle, not too sweet, before handing it over to the cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice. Conjures up images of autumn leaves, a roaring fire, and hot homemade pie.

drperm, Jan 22, 2008
Punkin Ale from Dogfish Head Brewery
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