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Punkin Ale - Dogfish Head Brewery

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Punkin AlePunkin Ale

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5,963 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,963
Reviews: 2,012
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 12.69%
Wants: 319
Gots: 928 | FT: 7
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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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Ratings: 5,963 | Reviews: 2,012
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.

Photo of Swill5786
4.32/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a fantastic deep orange, amber with thin head. Nose is pumpkin and cinnamon. All-spice lingering. Honey-sweet malt presence. Sweet start with high carbonation. Pumpkin dominates the rest, and the all-spice has a clove-like effect. Crisp mouthfeel. Highly drinkable!

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

A: Pours amber, with hints of a warm brown. Nice head with good retention.

S: Strong pleasant aroma, spice up front and a bit of malt, perhaps a little maple syrup or other sweetness from the pumpkin.

T: Balanced, less pumpkin than I would have expected. I did not find the spices to be overwhelming. I could see how the spice could be a bit much if you were drinking this with certain foods. Malt flavors also really come through. Spice comes back in finish. Little or no hops, but wasn't expecting too much of this.

M: Medium body, pleasant amount of carbonation.

D: This is very well rounded. Most pumpkin ales a so full of spice that you may really only want them around the holiday. I think this brew is great year round.

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

THe appearance of this beer is a copper color, with a white foamy head. The aroma smells of pumpkin and pumpkin spices. The taste is sweet, and the pumpkin pie spice is strong. The hops and the malt are almost lost in the spice flavor. The mouthfeel is medium, and I would consider this a drinkable beer.

Photo of ajsuper1221
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a lovely rich copper with a white frothy head that lingers pretty well. This is a pretty beer.

The noes is of the cinnamon and spices with the pumpkin lingering nicely in the background.

Taste is first of pumpkin. While by no means overly pronounced, it was stronger than I was expecting. The pumpkin fades nicely into the cinnamon and spices. Overall it's rather sweet. What I particularly like about this beer is that it definitely has a strong malt balance, and stands as a good beer with pumpkin as opposed to a gimmicky pumpkin beer.

The mouthfeel is slightly creamy and nicely carbonated.

This is an awesome beer that screams fall. It is delicious, but because it's such a unique taste it's not necessarily one that you would want a bunch of in one sitting. I guess that's nice seeing as it comes in a four pack.

Photo of BrewCrew2010
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A hazy straw body with noticeable carbonation capped with a small creamy off-white head.

S: Allspice, nutmeg, cinnamon are the more prominent spices that stick out with a subtle malty backbone reminding me very much of a brown ale. Hints of floral hops and vanilla are also picked up in the nose, but are very quiet.

T: A more yeasty pumpkin beer with a very dry finish, but a long lasting aftertaste. All the spices and pumpkin from the nose are picked up on the palate in addition to brown sugar and pepper which makes the beer tingle on the tongue. Strong roasted malt flavor amongst all the spices along with a little booze which is surprising. Not too sweet and not too boring.

M: Smooth creamy texture wih lively carbonation and a medium body.

D: Very easy to drink because it's not overly done on the spice end. Would be delicious with a pumpkin pie.

Photo of Sachsenfreude
4.45/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

My friend bought some of this a year ago and hated it. It had been sitting in his refrigerater ever since. He was happy to let me take them and I'm glad I did!

appearance; cloudy pumpkin orange with a light tan head.

smell; Mostly pumpkin dominated. The usual spices were also present but complimented, not overpowered.

taste; almost perfect, upfront toasty pumpkin, then fizzles into pumpkin pie spices and creamy malts. No one spice takes control and they seem to work together and play the role that hops normally would on the flavor. Only the slightest sweetness, but it's there and works well with the spices.

mouthfeel; creamy and complex with a slick and smooth finish. Almost could be best descibed as a cottony chewyness, far above any other of this style I've tried.

drinkability; sits heavy in the stomach and the ABV is high but it taste so good that these factors are less of an issue.

Photo of kkipple
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Single 12oz bottle from Brawley's in Charlotte, 2010 vintage.

A. Cloudy and unfiltered musty dull orange. Attractive, full finger head that falls gently. Pretty.

S. Evident festive pumpkin, fine blend of cinnamon and nutmeg without being overwhelming. Peppy, bright and pleasing - synergistic. Some actual hops peek through - unusual for the style. Starch from the pumpkin wraps into what may be a base Red ale, there's some pie crust and just a hint of vegetal gourd.

T. A lot drier than I expected, the spice and Punkin' are in full force here. A little booze, a starchy, highly (but not overly) spiced brew full of Autumn cheer. Reminds me of an Imperial Wit for some reason... no coriander here, but something about this... I dunno. It's pretty good. No flabby flavor here, this lays it all out. Falls somewhere between Weyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin and your local generic 5.5% pumpkin brew.

M / D. Not much I'd change here, medium body, mid-full carbonation that knows when to back off. Finish is starchy and allspice with a little hop bitterness on the back-end.

Surprised by how dry this beer is; I recalled it being sweeter and malt-forward. Maybe that's part of it's charm. Nevertheless, this is a solid pumpkin beer and I can see buying a 4 pack a year.... maybe more.

Photo of jdflyer06
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a large tulip.

A: A bright orange with a cloudy body. Good carbonation and very little head that leaves a small bit of lacing around the sides.

S: Sweet, almost like bubblegum. As it warms, picking up nutmeg, cinnamon, some floral hop and other spicy aromas and some earthiness. The smell captures the essence of a cool, fall day and pumpkin is obviously just one of many things going on here.

M: Good carbonation with some slight creaminess. The finish is fairly dry with lingering alcohol.

T: Surprisingly boozy. I thought from the smell that this one would be a flavor monster. Roasted malt dominates with a spicy finish. As it warms, cinnamon and nutmeg shine through. I'm having a hard time picking up the pumpkin at first, but as it lingers, it starts to show up. Let this one warm a bit to get everything it has to offer.

O: Pretty good, but I still think Schlafly makes the best pumpkin beer out there. Still a solid effort and I'd pick up a sixer of this again if I saw it. Pretty drinkable but I think I'd get bored with it after a few.

Photo of MrHassellYaHurd
4.19/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours into a pint glass a slightly cloudy light copper color--vigorous carbonation briefly lifting a billowy white head.

The smell is sweet and spicy with hints of pumpkin pie, cinnamon, and some alcohol.

Smooth and slightly prickly, this brew tastes of more pumpkin pie spices. Sweet malts are complemented by the gentle warming of alcohol. Medium-bodied and very drinkable.

Photo of erikdwallace
4.04/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

One of my favorite Pumpkin Ales. Full of really robust flavor and exactly what I'd expect from Dogfish. Deuce put it best when he said it tasted like drinking Pumpkin Pie. Couldn't say it better myself.

Sampled during the Winter 2010 tasting, brought by Deuce.

Photo of axeman9182
4.02/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, poured into my Duvel tulip.

Punkin pours a deep, dark orange, that lightens and clears considerably when properly lit. The beige head rises to about two fingers in stature, but doesn't stick around all that long, nor does it leave much evidence of its former existence. Nose is pretty much what one would expect from a well made pumpkin ale. Pumpkin comes through, along with an intriguing blend of spices (cinnamon and nutmeg come through better than the allspice). Brown sugar was advertised on the bottle, and while it didn't show up in the aroma it comes through just fine on the front end of each sip. That and an improved allspice presence among the pumpkin and spices on the back end really take this beer to the next level. Carbonation is fine, middle of the road in terms of intensity. Punkin could stand to be a little bit more rich though, the body comes across as a little thin for a decent sized pumpkin ale. Punkin is a very good beer, it's got a great flavor but some of the other aspects are just a bit off. Still, another quality beer from Dogfish Head.

Photo of BrewStoutMagic
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had to try this one. I picked up a couple of these. First off it has a darker golden appearance. THe scent is there with the punkin and nutmeg.The taste at first takes a little time to get used to because this isn't something you have all the time.Taste is punkin all the way. But once my taste buds got used to it.Drinkability became very easy.I also felt that 7.2 abv.I was ready to drink more and buy more the next day.Only thing is you get four for 8.99 or 9.99.Man I want at least six for that price.So I can share some with punkin lovers.But I will definitely buy more next fall.

4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I sampled Punkin first at the brewpub, but this review is from a bottle. Batch 10F from 2010. $12 for a 4 pack. Served in a wine glass.

A: Pours with an average head of 1 1/2 fingers, off-white in color, fizzy and rapidly diminishing. The body is light amber orange in color and is ridiculously clear. No lacing to speak of.

S: Toasted (if not mildly roasted) malts of cereal, caramel and bread, reminiscent of the smell of the crust of wheat bread. Hops are light, piney and resiny. Light earthy leafy yeast.

T: Dogfish Head exercises restraint with their use of spices. Sure, there are the expected notes of allspice, nutmeg and cinammon, but in Punkin, the spices come off as delicately incorporated instead of the main flavor component. The pumpkin flavor seems natural and fleshy instead of artifical. Freshness is immediately apparent. Suggestions of brown sugar make their way to the palate as well as a very light smokiness plus a light boozines on the very back end.

M: Light to medium body with a fizzy effervescence albeit slightly undercarbonated in my opinion.

D: This brew performed much better on draft than it did in the bottle. The mouthfeel in the draft version was perfect. On tap, the pumpkin and spice flavors were also more subdued, which is my preference for this style and, in my opinion, helps to increase this brew's drinkability. DFH's Punkin Ale is my second favorite pumpkin beer this season and the perfect pumpkin beer to enter the fall season with.

[This beer earns a score of 4.35 on draft]

Photo of jera1350
3.33/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Dark coppery colored beer with a thin tan head that leaves a bit of lacing.

Getting quite a bit of pumpkin in the nose along with pumpkin pie spice. The pumpkin is like fresh squash. Not sure how much I dig this part.

Roasty malt with spices, but not really pumpkin pie like, and a strong booze presence. Really reminds me of a spiced dark rum. Not a lot of sweetness going on. Just not really digging this one a whole lot in the flavor department.

Quite thick with very creamy carbonation. Really nice almost chewy feel.

I'm struggling to put down a whole one of these. It really tastes more like a winter warmer to me. Not as pumpkin ale like as I was thinking it was going to be. I will not be having this one again anytime soon. There are several other better pumpkin beers than this one.

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Punkin Ale from Dogfish Head Brewery
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