Punkin Ale - Dogfish Head Brewery

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Ratings: 5,897
Reviews: 1,998
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 12.94%
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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 gskitt
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- pours a hazy pumpkin orange. Head is thick but quickly recedes leaving a thin, white film. not much lacing.
S- Malty, hints of citrus and fresh pumpkin.
T- alcohol comes through, pumpkin is secondary but balanced. Hops is present but not overpowering. something else here, citrus? pineapple?
M- much carbonation but doesn't last. pleasant mouthfeel, pillowy.
D- This is a solid pumpkin ale but i'm sure how many one could drink but i've surprised myself before.
A solid pumpkin ale but not the best and I'm a DFH fan.

Photo of beersensei305
4.83/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The beer pours a burnt orange, with a white head that dissipates quickly. Delicious smell like a pumpkin pie, spicy with cinnamon nutmeg and the all spice. The taste brings a perfect medley of flavors, sizable malt flavor with all the spiciness of the cinnamon, nutmeg, and all spice. The beer is smooth with a nice sweetness and subtle presence of pumpkin. I can drink this over and over again.

Photo of wingman14
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark reddish brown with an off white head that fades fast. The spices are apparent in the smell but not overpowering. The smell has some great malt presence mixing well with the nutmeg. The flavor is a nice blend of nutmeg, cinnamon, and all spice. The bottle says it is brewed with brown sugar, so I expected some sweetness, but no sweetness comes through. This one has a medium mouthfeel, but has a hearty feel to it. This one is a great drinker as far as pumpkin ales are concerned, the flavors come together nicely, and do not overpower. This one is a great fall beer, very enjoyable.

Photo of HopNuggets
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured 12oz bottle into Sierra Nevada etched 20oz Hop Tulip Glass.

A - Poured a light smokey amber (or very light brown) color that lets light reflect through it. Poured a 1 finger head that lingers to a great 1/8 in coating that stays on top the whole way down.

S - At first you can smell the malt, then the pumpkin spices come though as it warms. Not over the top scent on this pumpkin ale. Very bisquity with cinnamon, nutmeg and slight clove.

T - This is where the brew really blows you away. DFH signature bitter up front that comes and goes while you taste the pumpkin spices but that bitterness hits the tongue and lingers until the next sip. All the pumpkin ale flavors are there but I don't see where this is a "brown."

M - Smooth and bitter that leaves a coating across the palate where the taste just lingers on forever. Very nice.

D - Very drinkable for a 7% pumpkin brown ale that is well balanced and not over the top with spices.

Photo of BranfordBound
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle into a SA Perfect Pint. It's cold outside and the leaves are falling... time for the pumpkin beers.

Punkin Ale pours a transparent amber/orange color. A dense off-white head forms and falls, leaving a mild covering. Hints of carbonation. Doesn't leave too much lacing.

Smells like a malty ale, but after awhile the spices penetrate the nose and you can detect the cinnamon and nutmeg.

Strong spices in the beginning and middle. The cinnamon works nicely with the malt to have that wonderful cinnamon and sugar flavor at the front end, then the more aggressive spices take over at the middle to finish out the pumpkin pie flavor. End with an aftertaste of mild and creamy pumpkin, usually more apparent when warm.

Carbonation adds to the element of spice, and it finishes a little wet.

Well, it's 7% ABV, but still wonderfully drinkable and not too, too heavy.

Photo of Natural510
3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, states it was "brewed in 2010"

Pours a lighter amber-orange color, nice swath of head and lacing which remains for the duration.

Scent is spicy with cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom. A bit sweet as well, but not able to pick up the pumpkin in the nose.

All the ingredients listed on the bottle are detected in varying levels of flavor: heavy on the cinnamon, allspice & nutmeg. Pumpkin is present but understated, as well as the brown sugar. Spices are at the forefront, and blend with a generous dose of hops to create a dry, snappy finish.

Medium body, which makes it more of a beer which can be drunken a few at a time, rather than a heavy-bodied sipper as with other pumpkin beers.
Clean, with a nice hop bite. Still, it's a bit overbalanced toward the spices rather than the sweet malt or actual pumpkin. A nice beer nonetheless, but seekers of big pumpkin flavor should look elsewhere.

Photo of bevenson
3.35/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass

A - Red-orange and clear with an off-white head and good retention.

S - Bottle mentions cinnamon, allspice and nutmeg as spice additions; all come through in the aroma without overpowering the bready malt. No yeast or hop aromas.

T - Spices are muted at first, but become more prominent as the beer warms. I would prefer a little less spice; the nutmeg really overtakes the taste near the end of the glass. I can taste the pumpkin, which doesn't happen all the time in pumpkin beers. Mild bready, biscuit malt flavor. Clean yeast flavor. Mild hop bitterness with a mild floral hop flavor.

M - Moderate carbonation and medium bodied. Finish is a little dry; I'd think a sweeter finish would help this beer taste a little more like pumpkin pie. Alcohol warmth is evident half way through the glass.

D - Good, but not great. I'd like a touch less spice, a little sweeter finish, and a little more malt flavor. Still, it's worth picking up during the fall of the year. I have a bottle left from the 4-pack, and I'll probably hang onto it until next year to see how it tastes.

Photo of Duff27
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pour a medium/light red with a more than adequate head that stay in full for a couple minutes. Great lacing for the style.

S- Cinnamon and pumpkin.

T- Nutmeg first and foremost it seems...pumpkin, cinnamon, brown sugar. I don't know what allspice is but the label says it has that too! Haha.

M- Tame carbonation on the tongue. Light/medium mouthfeel.

D/O- Easy drinker. Wasn't ridiculously upfront with the cinnamon like another Pumpkin Ale I've had recently, which is good. Seems more 'balanced' with the flavors. DFH is famous for it's off-centered beers but this one seems to be right in the center of it's style...meaning if someone had not had a pumpkin beer, this would be the one to give them. Flagship for the style?

Photo of BB1313
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2010 vintage poured from a 12 oz bottle into a standard pint glass. I must say I've been a fan of this one for awhile. Pours a great burnt orange w/ nice white head and sticky lacing. The obvious scents are cinnamon and ginger. Tastes great w/ the brown sugar and spices coming through in the finish. They don't go overboard w/ the spices in this one, which is alright. I actually feel like I'm drinking a beer, versus a dessert. The mouthfeel is pretty fizzy; medium-bodied. The alcohol is well hidden; easy to put back a couple of these.

DFH never disappoints w/ this one. This is definitely one of the better pumpkin ales on a large scale. I can't go an October without this beer.. it screams fall.

Photo of beagle75
2.7/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

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

A: Clear, medium amber color with peripheral ring of white foam. No lacing remains on the glass.

S: Very spicy smell, featuring cloves and nutmeg; also with faint cola and cornmeal.

T: Begins mildly spicy, displaying flavors such as cinnamon and nutmeg, with distinct corn tortilla that is re-asserted at the end of the surprisingly bitter finish.

M: Medium viscosity with prickly carbonation that seems to interfere with the depth of flavors present.

D: Although referred to as a "full-bodied brown" ale on the label, this is more like a pale ale with aggressive spices added. The unpleasant flavors here may lend themselves more acceptably to the company of mild savory dishes, but taken alone they cannot help but be called into question.

Photo of jrc64
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

OK...if you're looking for pumpkin pie in a glass...go get a Southern Tier Pumpking. If you're looking for the flavors of cinnimon, brown sugar & nutmeg with some pumpkin hints, then this is your beer. Pours nice amber color and initial aromas are cinnimon and spice. Flavor is nutmeg with some brown sugar and slight pumpkin flavor. Very nice pumkin beer. I put this one at number 3 on my pumpkin beer list behind Southern Tiers Pumking and Weyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin Ale.

Photo of cnally
4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Welcome, Fall, not welcome, winter. This beer marks the turn of events, which drives me to sadness about the impending cold weather.

Reddish haze in the body with a fluffed white head, super sticky and clingy.

The aroma is all pumpkin pie, baby--pumpkin from a can, nutmeg, but still has a little trace of the hops.

The flavor is amazing, especially for this style. The allspice just kicks you flat in your face, and fills in with the bready pumpkin flavor. Allspice plus. Finishes with a slight bitterness, but barely enough to counteract the amazing earthiness. Fall in a glass.

Texture is creamy and frothy.

Delicious and will always be on my shelf around this time of year.

Photo of Erish
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured this 12 oz. bottle into a Nonic glass.

A: slightly cloudy orange-copper color, an aggressive pour yielded a one-finger tan head that quickly fell into a thin but persistent cap with adequate lacing.

S: pumpkin, nutmeg, allspice, underneath the sugar and spice there is a core of earthy yeast floral hops.

T: all of the spices I smelled initially are present in the taste, plus cinnamon, the hops are more present in the taste, and are a nice foil against the sweetness and baking spices.

M: medium to full bodied, creamy, the carbonation is adequate, though it starts out sweet and rich it finishes dry.

D: A superb fall seasonal, though it is rich and spicy enough to be enjoyed in the depths of winter, too.

Photo of FosterJM
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

9th review on BA
12 oz bottle to pint glass

App-Mahogany brown with a lot of carbonation at the bottom of the pint. Started with 1/2 in of creamy colored head. Didn't notice a lot of lattice as I drank.

Smell- Cinnamon, cream, nutmeg and sugar. I didnt get brown sugar in the smell but just a hint of candied sugar.

Taste- Very spicy on the 1st sip. Not a lot of pumpkin on my palate. I was glad for that, not being a big pumpkin guy, but this came highly recommended. Didn't pick up cinnamon on taste just the smell.

Mouth- Very nice beer indeed. Not overly sweet either. Wasn't very heavy either considering it was a pumpkin beer. Nice crispness as well. Not a lot of malt to it.

Drink- It's a very rainy day in So. Cal and I could easily put back 3 or 4 of these great beers.

Photo of zdebyo00
4.58/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this beer for the season with halloween coming up. Poured very nicely with a small head and nice golden color. Immediately I could smell the nutmeg and pumpkin and was immersed into fall. Dogfish Head had the perfect blend of the pumpkin, nutmeg, and other spices that were added to the beer.
A slightly malty aftertaste gave this beer an amazing overall taste. Overall, this was a perfectly balance summer ale.

Photo of tylernim
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark brown with a hint of a tan in the head. Looks very inviting; like the season.

S - Spices and a hint of pumpkin.

T - Spices at first with pumpkin following. Yeast in the back.

M - Medium and a bit of creaminess. Touch of carbonation.

D - Could have a few.

This is definitely my favorite pumpkin beer. Dogfish really follow through with the spicing. Brooklyn and Shipyard have a bit more of a flat taste compared to this.

Photo of samie85
3.23/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Pours a deep amber color with a one finger, white head.

S-Aromas of nutmeg, cinnamon, and nutmeg with a hint of dry malt.

T-Really big on the nutmeg and allspice with a little cinnamon and a really dry, slightly bitter finish.

M-Quite a bit of a prickly carbonation with light to medium body.

D-One of the easier drinking pumpkin beers I've had so far, but the combination of light body and the strong spice tastes are not a very good match.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.28/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured in to tulip glass.

A - Dark amber colour with hint of orange and half a finger of thin white head.

S - Pumpkin and a nice balanced spice profile. Some cinnamon, nutmeg and all spice come through. The amount of the spices are perfect! Not overwhelming but certainly noticeable.

T - Pumpkin, cinnamon, all spice, nutmeg and cloves in a perfect balance. The spices are in perfect balance and the perfect overall proportion in the beer. One of the most balanced pumpkin ales I have had.

M - Light to medium body, moderate carbonation.

D - A great pumpkin beer.

Photo of dcook11
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ive had all four beers in the pack before reviewing. Three have been in a pint glass and one was reviewed in a snifter to focus more on the beer's smell. The beer I am currently reviweing has been out of the fridge for about twenty minutes and should be at the 55 egree mark.

A- The beer pours a moderate orange color and a two finger white head that fades quickly. There is some lacing on the glass rim and the carbonation level appears to be fairly low as I dont see any bubbles.

S- This is a very malt forward beer so a sweet malt is the first scent to hit the nose. The next few scents are quick and hard to detect. It goes something like this...allspice, cinnamon, and a very light hint of pumpkin at the termination. It took me a long time to decern these flavore in the beer, and for a pumpkin ale one struggles to get even a faint scent of pumpkin.

T- Once again very malt forward so sweet malt is the first discernable flavor. Next is allspice with a slight hint of pumpkin and bitterness on the finish. I am surprised at how the taste veries from bottle to bottle. Some bottles I got cinnimon, pumpkin, allspice, and hops in the taste where as in others all i tasted was sweet malt and alcohol. My first impressions of this beer were that the alcohol was not well masked. Let the beer warm up over an hour. I kid you not, it brings out the allusive pumpkin. Also, give a snifter a try.

M- The alcohol is not well masked so even with the low ibu's the mouthfeel is still somewhat abrasive. It has a semi-pleasent mouthfeel but I think lowering the abv some and giving us a full sixer would be best. At times the finish comes off as a tad too bitter for the style.

D- The drinkability is decent but probably not something I would want to drink more than a few of. There is just not enough of the ingredients DFH porports having in this beer. It's lack of complexity and poorly masked alcohol prevent me from rating drinkability higher.

This is a decent, if somewhat uncomplex beer. It does not represent the style well and I detected much more pumpkin in buffalo bills pumpkin ale then in DFH and for their price discrepancies that is saying something. Give me a six pack DFH, not this four pack BS. As far as I am concerned I paid 11 bucks for a name not for four beers.


Photo of andrenaline
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a nice light golden orange colour, finger of head which quickly dissipates leaving no real lacing.

S - This is the first pumpkin beer which has a dominant pumpkin scent that isn't overpowered by spices. Sweet caramel, brown sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg all come through on the finish.

T - Must like the scent, the pumpkin comes through nicely and is complemented by the spices, most notably the cinnamon and nutmeg. It has an odd tang to it as well, making for a unique experience. The higher ABV is well hidden.

M - A lighter bodied ale that comes through a little thin on the finish. Could use a bit more carbonation to load up the body a bit.

D - This stuff was really tasty and one of the better examples of a pumpkin ale. I enjoyed that it was a little less on the spicey side and focused on the pumpkin for a change. Highly recommended to any pumpkin ale fan.

Photo of dfillius
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.
A: Aggressive pour yields 1/2 finger of off-white head with decent retention. Better retention would make this a 5.0 probably. Hazy amber-red liquid is pretty.

S: Bright and citrusy. Nutmeg, slight molasses, brown sugar, cinnamon. Pleasant.

T: Spicy, rich, a tad too much sweetness, a bit too cloying. A dessert beer perhaps. A tad too much spice overall. A tad bitter in the finish - from the spice load maybe?

M: Thich, chewy, slight heat. A tad tongue-numbing, maybe from clove/allspice?

D: Tasty, but a tad too sweet to want a whole 4-pack or order a second. An enjoyable pint though.

Photo of theghost3
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear coppery brown with a 1-finger light yellow head. Minimal webbed lacing.

The smell is cinnamon, allspice and nutmeg. The taste is nutmeg, allspice, sweet pumpkin, and caramel with just a hint of pepper and yeast. Mouthfeel is carbonated, yet smooth. Medium-bodied.

This is a very drinkable beer. Its flavor is a bit more subdued than a lot of pumpkin ales out there, but still decent. Goes well with a pumpkin dessert.

Photo of Blanco
3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

amber color with not much head on it at all, very little carbonation and almost no lacing.

smells like fall spices, mainly the nutmeg.

tastes like a pumpkin pie with very nice spice notes. definitely the taste of "fall" in a bottle.

extremely light bodied, almost like american adjunct lagers, except without the carbonation. i

It's decent if you are looking for the taste of autumn and I would have more.

Photo of darkmartin
4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours to a beautiful, translucent caramel-brown with some reddish undertones. Small, off-white head that leaves some sticky lacing.

Smell: Spice is pretty intense up front, with some earthy malts and a hint of sweetness.

Taste: Fairly complex flavor that begins with some sweet malt and cinnamon, then progresses to the spicy nutmeg and pumpkin flavors. Finishes fairly dry surprisingly. Really good.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with some moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: One of the best pumpkin ales I've tried. The ale masterfully balances the intense spicy flavors of cinnamon and nutmeg, with very nice, sweet, pumpkin pie. Also, the alcohol content is almost dangerously well-hidden.

Photo of bourbonbock
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a four pack for the first time this year. Poured it into a clean pint glass.

A. It poured a clear brown with about 1 inch of slightly off-white head which left some lacing as it settled.

S. Very appetizing smell that brings up some cinnamon and earthy aromas.

T. Good flavor profile that begins with a light yeast flavor followed by cinnamon and pumpkin pie spice flavors.

M. Light and smooth with some carbonation as it hits the tongue. Leaves a pleasant aftertaste that reminds me of eating a nice stew.

D. Always a good choice this time of year however no more than a couple at a time.

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