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Punkin Ale - Dogfish Head Brewery

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BA SCORE
88
very good

5,927 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 5,927
Reviews: 2,008
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 12.69%
Wants: 314
Gots: 882 | 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 bierguru
3.14/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A -
dark orange in body high carbonation head is white soapy fades rather quick

S -
pumkin pie smell almost exactly
pumpkin bold spice with a slight nutty smell

T -
spice up front and a mixture of cinnamon dull pumpkin taste backend is pretty sweet

M -
light and bubbly slight allspice bite

D -
its good not the worst but not the best the spice is bold and gets annoying after a while

Photo of acurtis
3.57/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Punkin bottle
Appearance: Copper color with small head, very little lacing.
Aroma: Nutmeg, cinnamon more spices and of course Pumpkin.
Taste: Nice balance of spices, no one spice is too dominate. Good pumpkin flavor. Smooth and not too heavy, medium carbonation. Very drinkable, goes down more like a 5 or 6%.

Photo of tjsdomer2
3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Plenty of good tan foam here. Thick amber with heavy carbonation.

Smell: Pumpkin spice, mainly cinnamon, nutmeg, even a bit of chocolate or coffe? Some bready yeasty malt as I recall as well.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Good smooth beer overall. Good flavor combination of spices, hops, and yeasty bread.

Drinkability: Doesn't get me too excited, but I was not disappointed. Probably wouldn't be my first choice for a fall beer, largely due to being harder to find.

Overall: Another review done mostly out of memory. Not my favorite Dogfish Head brew, but then again, I like pretty much all their beers I've tried.

Photo of chumba526
3.94/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Punkin appears mild red in color, it is clear. There is a small off white head.

It smells strongly of brown sugar. A strong sweet pumpkin flavor is present. I also smell a bit of cinnamon and other pumpkin pie spices. Though there are a few different aromas. It smells sweet.

It tastes of pumpkin (no shit). There is a brown sugary taste that is fairly strong, a mild pumpkin flavor and a bit of a harsh cinnamon flavor. There is actually a tad bit of bitterness in this beer though it is not hop bitterness: it is slightly bitter because of the spices. The beer is not as sweet as I thought it was going to be because of the smell. There is a nice balance to the beer. A nice sugary sweetness, a nice pumpkin flavor and a nice spice flavor bled perfectly with each other. None of the flavors overpower each other.

The carbonation is medium low. It goes down smooth.

The drinkability is ok but I probably would not more than one or two glasses of this. Due to the spice flavor.

Overall an excellent example of a pumpkin beer, it is worth trying.

Photo of Perrumpo
4.37/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Always a treat to have Punkin on tap. A great looking pumpkin beer. For me, Punkin has the perfect balance of pumpkin spices in a beer. It doesn't even taste like a 7%, either, allowing great drinkability. This beer gets better as you drink it. The first sip might not come off all that well. Further into it, though, I find myself enjoying its array of spice flavors and not wishing for more or less spices. It holds up well over time, too.

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

Amber with a slight chill haze. White head that quickly fades to a film. Poor head retention. Strongest aroma characteristic is cloves, followed by bready sweetness. Bit of a carbonation bite up front. Malty and sweet up front. Middle is redolent with cloves and also sweet. The alcohol also shows its head about here. A nice finish with a hint of hops. Medium mouthfeel.

Photo of WestValleyIPA
4.23/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle with 2010 bottling date. 2 fingers of immediate very bubbly head with awful retention. Diarrhea brown body. Little bit of lacing, but not much. Persistent bubbles. Hit of pumpkin pie off the bat. All those wonderful spices, nutmeg, etc. Some sort of Pilsner hop smell. Spicy goodness. Nice rich brown ale flavor. Toasty, spicy, slightly sweet. Light lingering bitterness. Very dry on the mouth. Sticky. Nicely drinkable for 7%.

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

Poured dark orange, a little hazy, a little less than a finger of head that disappeared quickly. Smelled of cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin pike baking.

There was a more pronounced pumpkin flavor than the other pumpkin ales I've had this year. That being said, the upfront flavors are the aforementioned spices. There was a mildly malty flavor there as well. Finished bitter - didn't really get any of the sweetness that I was expecting after reading 'brewed with brown sugar' on. Medium body, medium carbonation, somewhat dry finish. It was a good pumpkin beer, but I think the spiciness would keep me from drinking multiples.

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

Picked up a 12oz bottle at Olive Tree Market here in OB.

A: Pours a pale, copperish hue with a thin head and not much lace.

S: Brown sugar, nutmeg, roasted malt, yeast and grain.

T: Sweet roasted malt and brown sugar, pumpkin, ginger and other spices.

M: Medium bodied and sticky, good carbonation.

D: A bit too sweet for my taste. Would try it on tap, but not out of the bottle again.

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

on-tap at Saraveza in Portland, OR

appearance - amber, white foamy head, average retention, some lacing

smell - pumpkin, spice, nutmeg

taste - pumpkin forward with some spice notes, nutmeg, cinnamon, biscuity, malt body, very robust

mouthfeel - medium/well-carbonated, bubbly

drinkability - great example of a pumpkin ale, good flavor

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

A: Intriguing dark murky orange color. Minimal head.

S: Toasted, almost burnt grains. Big sweet spice nose. Faint hoppiness and noticeable alcohol.

T: Sweet with a lot of pumpkin pie spice that strangely comes through mostly in the aftertaste. The sweetness lingers nicely on the palate. Upfront there's a dose of real pumpkin flavor and definitely some alcohol. Tastes like pumpkin pie with attitude. PUNKin is certainly a fitting name.

M: Great substance here. Chewy and playful.

D: Very easy drinking and the strong flavors don't wear out their welcome. The alcohol is obvious all along but never becomes boozy.

Overall, a benchmark for the style.

Photo of canucklehead
3.77/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice pumpkin beer that shows all the right spice motes with a moderate ale as a base. Not as complex as Elysians Night Owl or as rich. Still a very drinkable example of the style that for a lot of people defines the genre. The golden colour is pretty in the glass

Photo of yeahnatenelson
3.27/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance -- Pours a brassy orange, mild haze, with a finger of frothy parchment head.

Smell -- Biscuity malt, grassy hops, some floral notes, spice in moderation, and faint pumpkin.

Taste -- Toasted malts, biscuit dough, grassy and floral hops, cinnamon and allspice. More of the gourd than in the nose, but still muted compared to the hop addition.

Mouthfeel -- Medium in body with moderate prickly carbonation with a tannic astringency in the finish.

Drinkability -- Not terribly impressed by this one, honestly. Spice and pumpkin are muted, hops are too forward, and there's this strange astringency that made this hard for me to get into. Admittedly, this is one of my least favorite styles, so your mileage may vary.

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

I remember trying this years ago, perhaps as my initiation into pumpkin ales, and not liking it one bit. Gave it a second chance soon after, and still thought it was without any redeeming qualities. Then about 4 weeks ago, I found myself at a growler station sampling it and thinking that it was much improved, or at least better way than I remember (my palette likely primed by now).

Last night, I finally had a chance to sit down and crack open the growler and was quite satisfied by this ale. It, of course, poured with abundant head - cottony, fluffy. leaving strands of lacing. Yellowish amber hue and clean. Wonderful balance in aroma and flavor. Spices are present, thankfully not in a pumpkin pie bouquet, but they merely lend touches to what is actually a lovely pumpkin/malt blend. The pumpkin (and some faint nuttiness) steps forward in the taste, while the malt and spices seem to lead the scent. What I really appreciate and enjoy here is that the pumpkin is featured quite well, not pushed down or muted by a loud lousy concoction of pie flavorings, as many of these ales are. The pumpkin comes across a little roasty as well. The beer drinks medium-bodied, clean, and somewhat dry. An all-around well-constructed pumpkin ale experience.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tumbler.

A: Pours a translucent orange with a one-finger head.

S: Lots of pumpkin. The allspice and nutmeg come through as well, but its pure pumpkin meat that dominates here.

T: Yup, pumpkin meat alright. You do get a little hops in the aftertaste that don't come through in the nose, but other that that, the taste follows smell.

D: Nice and drinkable. Its crisp and pretty low carbonated, but that's good for this style, it leaves a little coating in the mouth.

Overall: If you like pumpkin, you'll like this; end of story. A lot of people think they like pumpkin, but actually like all the spices that pumpkin dishes are prepared with. Remember, pumpkin is a gourd; a vegetable, not a sugary cinnamon pie. That being said, I like this beer. Definitely one of the better pumpkin ales. It tastes natural and fresh, nothing artificial about this one at all. Make sure to let this one warm a little because the sweetness comes through with warmth.

Photo of Tabni
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a 4-pack at Total Wines. Bottled in 2010 22D.

Appearance - Cola champagne color.
Smell - Great smell. Spices and nutmeg all over.
Mouthfeel/Drink-ability - Desert drink. Decent pumpkin brew. Taste is a mixture of nutmeg, spices and cinnamon..

Photo of z3niMAGiNE
3.84/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I bought a case of Punkin for my Halloween guests. The night was pretty great. I took a kid around my neighborhood trick or treating came home to some barbecue and Punkin. I've had the beer before, but am typically not a big fan of pumpkin beers but decided to give them another try and I'm glad I did.

Poured a nice slightly hazy orange into my Sam Adam's glass with a nice white head which fairly quickly dissipated into the glass lacing somewhat.

Smells like cinnamon and brown sugar with small notes of allspice and cardamom. Truly a heavenly aroma.

Tastes good. Nice malty beer with fall flavors all over my tongue. Aftertaste is just a little bit thin and metallic.

Only mild carbonation.

Here's a seasonal I could drink year round.

Photo of Sam21
3.92/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Deep amber body with a fluffy tan head. There is some floating sediment in this one, although I don't remember that from the first two bottles of the 4-pack I had.

Smell - Freshly gutted pumpkin meat, light brown sugar-like sweetness, and a mix of spices. The cinnamon adds a definite nose tingling zip and the other spices blend together to create a holidays memory invoking scent.

Taste - Unsweetened pumpkin arrives first with the same brown sugar-sweetness coming from the malt that was so prominent in the nose. Then the spices arrive on the scene. Light bitterness from the spices with a lingering sweetness in the finish. Very rich.

Mouthfeel - Medium-full bodied. Very creamy and smooth. Glides across the tongue and leaves the mouth coated in holidays goodness.

Drinkability - A great fall seasonal from Dogfish Head. Nice balance between spice and sweetness and a supremely creamy body. I wouldn't mind having a couple pints of this over the winter months as well!

Photo of abecall98
3.2/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A - pours a bright orange, cloudy color. Tiny white head, not much lacing.

S - slight pumpkin pie aroma, getting some cinnamon notes.

T - very spiced. I taste cinnamon, brown sugar, and not enough pumpkin like I enjoy my other pumpkin ales.

M - not very good. A little less carbonated and thinner than I prefer.

D - the mouthfeel and taste don't help this beer out. And, and 7%, I taste some heat in the aftertaste. If they had more pumpkin flavor, it may have masked it.

O - there are better pumpkin ales out there.

Photo of righthereisay
4.63/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Although I'm not a fan of vegetable / fruit flavored beers, this was pretty good. I'm not a big fan of Dogfish Brewery, but this one they did right.

The nice medium copper color with a nice foam head. Poured into a tervis tumbler 17 ouncer, the head was about 1/2 inch. Then came some nice lacing.

The smell wasn't as nice as the flavor. Pumpkin, yeah, spices, yeah, brown sugar, sure....

The best part of theis beer was the mouthfeel. It was full bodied, rare from what I've had from Dogfish.

My only issue was the bitterness at the end, which is not rare for Dogfish.

Edit: I now drink this every fall season. It is a great beer that I wish Dogfish would build off with other beers, as opposed to their constant IPA infatuation. I spoke with a beer distributor, who told me the Dogfish Punkin sells out day 1, and the other Punkin beers sit there for a month until they are taken. It is by far, the best Punkin beer out there.

Photo of cmillard
3.96/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- hazy dark orange/brown, nice white head, thick originally but settles quick, minimal lacing

S- Strong cinnamon and spices, pleasant but not overpowering pumpkin aroma

T- Delicious. Initially a more spiced flavor with a mild pumpkin aftertaste, clear taste of brown sugar and nutmeg

M- decent carbonation, medium body with a hoppy/spicy aftertaste

D- Would have been nicer if it had a bit stronger pumpkin taste, but overall a very nice fall beer

Photo of JayS2629
4.92/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle. One of those beers that me and the wife completely agree upon.

A- Caramel tone with a medium cascade of white head.

S- Smells like pumpkin pie. All the brewed ingredients are there. Pumpkin, allspice, brown sugar, and cinamon. The allspice and brown sugar stand out.

T- Liquid pumpkin pie with good ale. Sweet. Exactly as described. Perfectly balanced blend. Spicy with notes of allspice and brown sugar. You can tell real pumpkin was used. Absolutely delicious.

M- Well balanced and light with a slightly sticky sugary film. Very nice.

D- Swigging down a four pack is too easy. Absolutely elegant.

Photo of joemcgrath27
3.17/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - clear orange brown, short tan head left random islands, not the best retention
S - caramel and grains, cinnamon and all spice, very subtle pumpkin
T - sweet molasses, the pumpkin is almost undetectable, typical spices and some alcohol
M - decent carbonation, fairly thin and tingly spice finish
D - too light on the pumpkin, decent spice highlights, a little thin and the alcohol was present, not the best i've had this fall

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

Poured a nice brownish orange color with a decent head that left a nice lacing on the glass. A lot of different scents in this like nutmeg, pumpkin, cinnamon, brown sugar, and a little bit of hop presence. Tasted better than a lot of pumpkin ales that I've had. Had a nice balance, the pumpkin was definitely there but not too sweet. You could taste all of the spices that you could smell, but none of them were too stong. Mouthfeel was good, went down smooth, nice medium body, and a decent amount of carbonation. Drinkability was good, and I would definitely have a couple more of these. Cheers

Photo of BillyBob78
4.24/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this at the end of October last year and really enjoyed it so, I bought a case of it this year.

Poured in a pint glass.

Appearance was a hazy orange/brown hue with nice white head and nice lacing.

The smell was awesome! First I noticed all the spices, nutmeg, cinnamon, brown sugar and then this nice pumpkin aroma.

Taste was just as good. The beer was really well balanced. A nice brown ale with all these great pumpkin and spices coming through but nothing over powering. Still can taste how good the brown ale really is.

Despite the high alcohol, still very drinkable.

Definitely one of my favorite fall beers.

Punkin Ale from Dogfish Head Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 5,927 ratings.