Punkin Ale - Dogfish Head Brewery

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88
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Ratings: 5,900
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 SuperSpy
4.53/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A - The beer is an orange copper color, a good sized white head that finally dies down to a nice foam cap after a few minutes.

S - The initial aroma is cloves, nutmeg and even the pumpkin is evident. Toast comes out in the second whiff but the spices are what this beer is about. Smells great.

T/M - Medium bodied and once again, the toasted malt is there but the real flavor is in the sweet and earthy spices. Honestly the best pumpkin beer I've tried (except maybe the one I brewed in 2004) :)

D - This is the best drinking pumpkin ale I have ever tried. Overall I have to give this lots of points for that fact.

Photo of bierenutz
3.4/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a slightly murky brownish red color with almost no head and as a result no lacing.
S-Pumpkin spices...cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice with hints of brown sugar and bready malts. There was almost no perceptable pumpkin aroma, however.
T-Much like it smelled, although the afternotes were somewhat pleasant but still failed to wow me with some distinct pumpkin flavor.
M-Light to medium body with moderate carbonation.
D-This was a nice brew but fell a little short for this style for me. I love pumpkin so I was left wanting somewhat.

Photo of Vonerichs
3.53/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Clear orange body with a tall but thin off white head.

Smells just like the package says... pumpkin, all spice, cinnamon, nutmeg. Heavy on the all spice and cinnamon.

As usual, DFH comes with a unique and borderline over-the-top take on a style. This is extremely heavy on the spices. Pumpkin is subtle yet still able to be the backbone of the beer. My only dislike on the taste is the overwhelming nutmeg in the finish. I can appreciate nutmeg in moderation, but when it stands alone I'm not a fan. In the finish here, it stands alone.

Mouthfeel is thin with decent carbonation.

It's fun, but looses it's gimmick pretty quick. I got a little sick of the mouth full of nutmeg about 5 sips in.

Photo of PintOHops
3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at Total Wine in Rancho Cucamonga CA.

Glass - Sam Adams Official Glass

A - Super clear penny copper like color with a 1-finger head that dissipated rather fast. You can see lots of C02 rapidly rising. It didn't leave any lacing but held a ring atop the beer for most of the consumption.

S - Slight pumpkin sweetness with allspice and nutmeg, more so when it warms. I definitely get some cinnamon and brown sugar. It's all there and after smelling it for awhile it started to smell like a simple slice of pumpkin pie with a bit of alcohol.

T - The first thing I pick up is brown sugar and alcohol. Well blended cinnamon and nutmeg spices follow but not to the extreme. It finishes a bit dry with alcohol, mild bitterness and finally I notice more of the pumpkin here with subtle sweetness. It's very well balanced.

M - Moderately crisp with a bit of a smooth feel and a medium body.

D - A very good Pumpkin Ale that I'd probably buy again. I expected a little more out of it but I wasn't let down really, in fact I liked it's balanced flavor profile. I could enjoy a couple pints over dinner for sure. I recommend that everybody give it a try at least once. Cheers!

Photo of JosiahS
3.45/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

glass: sam adams glass

a: Super clear copper color. Lots of bubbles rushing to the top. 2-finger off-white head, very frothy, much like a light lager. Head did dissipate to a thin ring but held throughout.

s: Definite all-spice, nutmeg and a little Cinnamon. The spices give off a mineral quality, almost like copper. Light pumpkin underneath, but not much. As it warms the pumpkin is more present, the alcohol makes an appearance as well. Lots of root spices. Slight bread which really completes that pumpkin pie aroma.

m: Medium body, medium carbonation, somewhat syrupy in the mouth.

t: Spices seem to really dominate. All the usual spices are there: all-spice, Cinnamon, nutmeg and maybe just out of the combination of spices, coriander. Underneath the spice, a light wheat bread and nuttyness is there. It's a little astringent though, the alcohol is fairly noticeable. The pumpkin is there but among the spices and alcohol, it gets lost in the mix.

d: Not very drinkable. It's a good pumpkin ale but maybe i do not prefer it so spicy. I am enjoying the buzz though.

Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an orange color and a slightly cloudy consistency. There was a quarter inch of foamy, long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: A sweet, spicy aroma of pumpkin, cinnamon, sugar, and malt.

T: Tasted of pumpkin, malt, cinnamon, brown sugar, and nutmeg. Spicy, but not in an obvious way. Well-rounded.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a somewhat slick finish. Light- to medium-bodied.

D: Another well made, drinkable beer from Dogfish Head

Photo of aggiearcher13
4.53/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, this is a good looking beer. Hazy amber with a frothy white head atop it. The head on this... well it just hangs around and looks fantastic. Coats my pint glass all the way down.

Aroma is decidedly pumpkin, but the malt and hops really shine through. Quite well-balanced.

Wow. Spice rolls over the tongue, some bitterness from the hops, and some amber malts shine through. What a great brew. Spice flavors are mostly cinnamon and clove.

Body is the only part that leaves me wanting. I wouldn't mind a heavier body, but I wouldn't want it at the expense of being sweet. Pretty darn solid.

For a pumpkin ale, this is one of if not the most drinkable. Very well done all around.

Photo of aepb1
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- Nice amber/orange with a beautiful white head

S- Pumpkin pie, spices included!

T- Spices (nutmeg mostly) up front, pumpkin under it all

M- Medium/full bodied, good carbonation

D- No hint of the high ABV and great as it warms as then the pumpkin really comes through!

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

I'm from Delaware. Special love for Dogfish Head. Without letting that affect my thoughts on this beer -

First pumpkin beer I recall every loving when I started drinking the style.

Spices dominate the nose. cinnamon, nutmeg, some notes of pumpkin.

Taste - Where this beer excels. Pumpkin is the first thought. Followed up by the added spices. Nutmeg is especially prevalent. Cinnamon is there without being redundant. Malt pulls this together.

Drinkable? Yes. Top fall choice. Drinkable, flavorful, with very little palate fatigue.

Photo of nickadams2
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A_Pale amber/ light bronze. Thin white head that reduces to a thin ring. Spotty lacing on the sides of the glass.

S_Cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin,barley.

T_Spices upfront. Cinnamon and nutmeg compliment rather than overpower as in some other pumpkin ales. Earthy pumpkin flesh and roasted barely.

M_Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Slick,creamy mouthfeel.

D_Pretty well balanced pumpkin ale. Higher ABV than the usual but still pretty damn drinkable.

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

Poured into an oversized Becker.

Pours a hazy, deep burnt orange colored brew with a two fingered creamy off-white head. Really nice looking pumpkin ale.

Smells of pumpkin pie, cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice. A hint of hops in the nose as well and just a hint of alcohol.

Tastes of pumpkin, sweet malt, cinnamon, and spices. Damn near like having a glass of pumpkin pie, but not in an overdone way at all.

Smooth and creamy dense brew. Slick and full.

If you like pumpkin brews, or have never tried one - you can't go wrong here. DFH once again bangs out another amazing brew.

Photo of grizzly700
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark copper colour looks like fall.. Very little head or lace left on glass... Hints of cinnamon and pumpkin. Pumpkin taste not over powering and goes down easy for a seven percent beer.. Finished finished while bottle in less than twenty minutes so can pound a few before creeps up on you.. Overall very good.. Waiting for pumking ...

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

I was very surprised when I saw that I haven't reviewed this beer yet since I've had it many many times.

A: Pours a golden orange color with a finger thick frothy white head with no lacing at all.

S: A big cinnamon/spicy scent (maybe nutmeg) hits the nose first followed with some pumpkin scents and a hint of brown sugar. Seems to lack a big, bold scent, but still refreshing nonetheless.

T: A malty and spicy taste up front, with the cinnamon notes hitting the tongue shortly after. A very subtle pumpkin taste but it works. Has a nice dry finish as the flavors dissipate.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. A nice crisp, smooth feel.

D: A nice pumpkin ale that doesn't have too much pumpkin flavor. Pumpkin ales are some of my favorite beers to drink and this one doesn't disappoint, a very solid beer overall.

Photo of Rayek
3.55/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Cloudy orange amber with a foamy cream head. Head retention is decent, but little lace is left behind.

S: Smells mostly of nutmeg and allspice. A pumpkin aroma is in the background.

T: The nutmeg and allspice from the nose dominate the flavor. The pumpkin is very subdued. The malts add a pie crust flavor that rounds out the experience. Gets a little stringent in the finish.

M: The medium body has about the right level of fizz.

D: Not my favorite of the pumpkin beers I've had, but still a solid effort.

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

Nice frothy white head with great deep orange coloring. More nutmeg and allspice than pumpkin in the nose but still smells real nice. Kind of has a pilsner quality with spiciness backing it up. Nutmeg and cinnamon are the front runners and the pumpkin is somewhat present. All in all pretty tasty.

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

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

Pours a deep copper brown, looks like Autumn. Very low foam, no lacing.

Cinammon/nutmeg in the nose. Pumpkin there, but much moreso in the taste. Rich, hearty, powerful spice blends together. Tastes like a concentrated pumpkin pie. Light bitter at the finish.

Hearty, but very drinkable. Quite tasty.

Photo of Dlish
3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-A bright orange glow, very Halloween orange. Looks like it has lots of carbonation with a two finger white foam. This beer looks very promising, but very translucent for a "brown ale"

S- Light malt aroma, light vegetable or buttered squash smell. Some brown sugar maybe a hint of nutmeg. Over all a little bit lacking in aromas, nothing is pronounced and even the aromas combined are not pronounced

T- The taste is surprisingly mild, light malt, nothing very strong, was maybe expecting something a little earthier. There is a hint of pumpkin pie flavor, nutmeg, pumpkin spice, ginger, a hint of vegetable flavor. I am surprised with the lack of boldness and the subdued flavor. I remember having a sip of last year's batch and the flavors being much bolder.

M- crisp and carbonation.

D- Surprisingly drinkable for a 7%, overall I am a little unimpressed. Maybe it was just this year's batch, but I remember a much greater pumpkin pie flavor with brown sugar. This was an early batch maybe the pumpkins were bad? I am trying to find an excuse; I will try this again in a month or two.

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

A: This beer pours a nice deep copper with an orange tint to it. An inch of soapy head sits on top of the beer. Lots of white carbonation bubbles rise to the top of the glass as well. Not much clarity from one side of the glass to the other.

S: This beer smells to me like a piece of pumpkin pie. There are lots of brown sugar and nutmeg notes.

T: The taste is pretty consistant to the scent. Although now in the flavor I can pick up the notes of cinnamon and caramel.

M: Medium bodied beer. Not too heavy or full of carbonation but also not too thin. The mouthfeel and the flavors give this beer a very nice balance.

D: This beer is very well balanced in that it is flavorful but not overpoweringly sweet. The mouthfeel and flavor make it easy to drink, and the alcohol presence is not too heavy. This is a very well done, and drinkable seasonal ale.

Photo of PDXHops
2.35/5  rDev -40.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12 ounce bottle poured into a La Chouffe tulip. A frothy off white head builds through the narrow part of the tulip to an impressive height, but mostly disappears rather quickly. A little scattered lacing. Slight haze to the amber body.

Nose is somewhat reminiscent of the carmelized stuff on the edges of a pumpkin pie. Unfortunately, any real pumpkin flavor seems to be drowned out by a wave of the usual suspect pie spices. Enjoyable bready malts aplenty underneath it all, but there's a certain metallic quality to the spiciness that just doesn't mesh well with the malts. And again, actual pumpkin flavor is rather lacking.

Overall impression: Enough with the gimmicky pie spice beers. I hope to find a decent pumpkin offering this year (Weyerbacher and Smuttynose, here I come). In the meantime, I'll pass on this one unless I find it on tap with the brown sugar rim that is apparently all the rage.

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

Aroma: Prominent nutmeg will hit the nose first with an underlying aroma of pumpkin pie. The label says cinnamon but I get a lot more clove than cinnamon. No notable hop aroma or malt texture.

Appearance: Polished copper with brilliant clarity. The head pours a low layer of white frosting on top of the beer and sticks lightly to the edge of the glass.

Flavor: A delicate balance of malt sweetness blended with candy sugar and light nutmeg. These flavors hit the tongue right away, but as the palate gets used to the sugar and spice the malt sweetness becomes more prominent overall. It's reasonably lightly spiced, which pleasantly allows some hop bitterness through. Finish is dry with traces of sugar sweetness left behind.

Mouthfeel: Medium light body with light carbonation. The body starts out slightly watery but there is the presence of light syrup in the middle which fills things out. Finish leaves some stickiness behind. Little to no alcohol warmth.

Overall: This is a surprisingly easy drinking pumpkin ale that doesn't try to go over the top on the pumpkin aspect. Though on that note I would say they could push the pumpkin in a little more. If you were handed this beer without knowing what it was you'd probably call it an Amber Ale with nutmeg added. Not necessarily a Pumpkin Ale. Definitely a nice drinking beer with an even blend of spices, sugar, and malt sweetness. I'd buy it again. But it could use a little more pumpkin.

Photo of jbriggs7036
3.38/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I hate to give any DFH a rating below an A but this one mildly disappointed me. It looks good and smells great, but the flavor is far too spiced and not enough pumpkin...its their, don't get me wrong, just needs more. The spiceyness made it a little difficult to drink more than one in a sitting.

Photo of grittybrews
4.23/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured a gleaming amber into a Duvel tulip with a finger of quick-receding white head. Weak aroma of cinnamon and pumpkin.

Moderate carbonation and a smooth mouthfeel. Cinnamon toast, brown sugar, and pumpkin up front. Intense and dry finish of maple and slightly bitter hops -- unexpected and very nice. Highly drinkable; by far the most enjoyable pumpkin ale I've tried. ABV is completely masked.

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

A - Crystal clear burnt sienna with some copper-orange hues, off-white small head, settled into a foamy coating atop the body.

S - Freshly baked pumpkin pie complete with all spices (nutmeg, cinnamon and caramelized brown sugar).

T - Full-bodied, distributed carbonation. Nutmeg is up front but cinnamon is dominant after the first sip. Once the beer warms, the pumpkin in this really shines, though it's never dominant. More spices than anything but I really love the flavor distribution in stages here.

D - Whoa, 7% on a Pumpkin Ale? A bit higher than the average 5-6% so watch these. No alcohol hints whatsoever. Dangerously delicious.

Balanced, flavorful and seriously intoxicating. I've never had any previous years so I cannot compare, but this is setting the bar quite high for me.

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

Pours a dark amber with a very minimal off-white head and no lacing, I would have liked a more robust beer look. The smell is dominated by nutmeg, but the taste is nice enough, full of spices but also obviously made with real, fresh pumpkins, which impart a sweet, funky air to the proceedings. I wasn't too fond of the sour pumpkin/maple taste--I think I wanted something that tasted more like pumpkin pie--but my boyfriend said that was his favorite note. The light, zesty body is nice and made this easy to put down.

I don't particularly care for pumpkin ales, and can't imagine when I personally would reach for them outside of Thanksgiving, but I'm willing to believe that this is a good example of the style.

Photo of mdfb79
3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 09/06/10 notes. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

a - Pours a transparent dark amber color with 2 fingers of off white head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of caramel malts, pumpkin, and a lot of spices. Some cinnamon and bready malts as well.

t - Tastes of caramel malts, bready malts, spices, cinnamon, light pumpkin, and sweet fruity malts.

m - Light to medium body and moderate carbonation.

d - A pretty good pumpkin beer. Not my favorite, but something I would definitely drink again. Heavy on the spices in the smell and taste.

Punkin Ale from Dogfish Head Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 5,900 ratings.