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Punkin Ale - Dogfish Head Brewery

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5,211 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,211
Reviews: 1,952
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 12.66%
Wants: 278
Gots: 584 | FT: 6
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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 Jmamay22
3.48/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

As summer is fading into fall I'm thirsty for some fall brews. I picked up a four pack of this a couple weeks ago in anticipation of the cooling temperature.

Pours a clear amber with a thick collar of lacing. There's some webbed lacing left behind.

Smells of spices such as coriander, allspice, clove, and cinnamon. Lurking in the background is the pumpkin, but pleasantly placed. Neither too much pumpkin nor spice.

Tastes of spice, but not as much pumpkin. Clearly less balanced than was in the nose, but still drinkable and enjoyable. Spices include cardamom, cinnamon, clove and all spice. A bit too over spiced, but certainly better than many pumpkin brews I've had in the past. Finishes with a warming alcohol bite.

Mouthfeel is a little thin and drinkability is hurt by the level of spice. One and done for me. A nice holiday treat that I may or may not pick up again closer to Thanksgiving.

Jmamay22, Sep 17, 2007
Photo of mshallah
4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I have to say right off the start that pumpkin beers never really inspired me. My girlfriend however loves them, and in trying many samples from many breweries, we've come to believe Punkin' Ale from DFH is by far the best. Built on a foundation of a rich brown ale and with 7%abv strength this is serious beer. Some brewers use only pumpkin and others use only pumpkin spices(nutmeg,cinnimon, brown sugar). DFH uses both in great quantity for the ultimate flavor and aroma of pumpkin pie. I also love the bright orange 4-pack. It makes it easy to find this beer as it flies off the shelves at all my local beer shops.

mshallah, Sep 16, 2007
Photo of stereosforgeeks
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear copper color.,Large white head. Good retention with thick lacing.

Aroma: The spices are listed on the bottle so I won't list them here. The smell is of a nice slice of warm pumpkin pie. Delicious.

Taste: Taste like melted pumpkin pie with a bit of caramel and a mild hop finish.

Mouth feel: Medium/heavy body. Decent carponation. Smooth.

Drinkability: Perfect for a nice fall day.

stereosforgeeks, Sep 16, 2007
Photo of hchinaski
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lucky enough to tend bar in a place that has had this beer on tap the last two years.

A: Pours a lovely burnt orangish amber, with a nice 2/3 inch head. Left a bit of a lace and was not in a hurry to leave.

S: More than a little bit of cinnamon, nutmeg and spices, but not in a bad way.

T: The spices dont stop with the aroma, as they burst onto the scene to greet you on the first sip. Malt is present on the aftertaste, nearly overpowering the sweet flavor. A nice balance.

M: Left me feeling in want of more upon drinking. The spices, as well as the malts, tended to linger.

D: Im good for 3 or 4 of these in a sitting, until i remember that the ABV is a little higher than normal. Very nice warm, cozy feeling ( last night was the first half-way cool Autumn night, perfect timing).

This years batch seemed to have a heavier, malted taste compared to last. The balance is not quite as evenly matched as '06, but i've actually come to enjoy it more. This is my post-shift beer until the keg blows.

hchinaski, Sep 15, 2007
Photo of CortexBomb
3.38/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Brownish orange pour, not a lot of head, just enough to dust the top. Very spicy nose, nutmeg and all spice heavy.

Flavour starts out spicy as well, more of a cinnamon presence in the actual flavour, with a smooth malty underbody and pumpkin aspects present. Not overly aggressive in any of these dimensions.

Mouth: tingles in the right places, not overly thick. Drinkability, about normal for the style, 1 is usually enough.

The bottom line: a fairly standard take on the Fall Pumpkin beer. I don't mind it, but the spice combination used here isn't quite what I'm looking for.

CortexBomb, Sep 15, 2007
Photo of OWSLEY069
2.8/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clean orange-ish yellow color, with a white head. Aromas of nutmeg, cinnamon and allspice. In the taste, nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice, and a brown sugar sweetness. A spicy mouthfeel, with a dry brown sugar aftertaste. Nice spices, yet a bit sweet. Not much of pumpkin presence, yet still nice.

OWSLEY069, Sep 15, 2007
Photo of humanawho
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass with a small head which disappeared quickly with a nice almost orange appearance.

Basically smells and tastes like a pumpkin pie. Sweet but not too sweet and balanced with the spiciness.

Best pumpkin beer I have tried and will have it again.

humanawho, Sep 15, 2007
Photo of jdubjacket
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a copper color with minimal lacing. Head comes and goes prettty quickly.

Smells like cinnamon, nutmeg, and pumpkin.

Tastes like pumpkin pie with a subtle cinnamon aftertaste. VERY tasty.

A very drinkable beer. Highly recommend!

jdubjacket, Sep 14, 2007
Photo of GbVDave
3.53/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a 20oz imperial pint glass. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist!

A: Pours a crystal clear, honey colored body (not quite brown, not quite orange). Very still. Creamy one finger head that's slightly khaki in color.

S: Aromas of cinnamon, all spice, maple, and pumpkin. Vague alcohol aroma as well.

T: See above with the addition of lightly toasted bread crusts, mild hoppiness, and a slight hint of bitter dark chocolate.

M: Quite bitter and prickly with a healthy alcohol burn.

D: This years batch seems to have dialed back the "pumpkin pie spiciness" of last years batch, and punched up the bitterness and alcohol heat. Seems slightly more ragged than last years version.

GbVDave, Sep 14, 2007
Photo of Contra
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bought & consumed on 9/14/07, 12 oz. bottle.

Quite a tasty treat. Aroma of pumpkin & nutmeg with a hint of cinnamon. Flavor is very similar with a fuller pumpkin taste. Visually, an orange/tan tone, lacy head. The only downside was an astringent character which had a negative effect on the palate. Not every sip shares this flaw equally, but it is there.

Overall, an excellent pumpkin ale with a lot to offer. Perhaps not the best I've had, but it's up there.

Contra, Sep 14, 2007
Photo of djwilson
3.65/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Date 9-13-07
bottle was purchased on 9-13-06
aged 1 year in cooler upright.

Appearance: very light hazy orange

Smell: cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, slight honey and orange .

Taste: pumpkin pie flavor with a lite scotch whiskey finish (proboly from the aging), also hints of caramel.

Mouthfeel: very light carbonation, medium malt that clings to all corners of your mouth.

Drinkability: Loved the stuff fresh, this however is to be sipped and enjoyed. Could only have a few of these. Overall I think it aged very well. Wish I could have saved more but Can only be purchased around here in 4 packs and too good to try and age more then one bottle a year

djwilson, Sep 14, 2007
Photo of Rainintheface
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into SA glass. My firstof the year.

A: copper/amber with medium carbonation and a one finger head that disappeared quickly

S: fantastic. cinnamon, light nutmeg and pumpkin. the spices are what comes through the most

T: brown sugar, pumpkin and a touch of malt.

M: medium body and carbonation and spices that linger in the aftertaste

D: very nice tasting. too bad it only comes in a four pack. The wife and I killed it in one sitting

This is one pumpkin ale I make sure to get every year.

Rainintheface, Sep 12, 2007
Photo of Brad007
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice amber color with minimal head if at all. Aroma is very strong and pumpkin-like upfront. The spice shows very well. The taste is much of the same except I detect sweetness, brown sugar, pumpkin and a nice aftertaste. A second sip confirms just how malty this beer is. It seems well-balanced when compared to the pumpkin ale I had before it. I'd definitely recommend it over the other example of this style I had.

Brad007, Sep 09, 2007
Photo of Limberg316
4.38/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is an excellent pumpkin ale that has very strong and flavorful hints of pumpkin. It is very easy to drink with a strong but somehow not bitter after-taste. It pours beautifully with a dark amber light to it somehow and develops a great head that dissapates fairly quickly. Smells almost like pumpkin pie!

Limberg316, Sep 09, 2007
Photo of mnj21655
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle. Bottled 08/01/07.

Pours a orangish-copper color with a small off-white head that quickly disappears leaving little lacing. Smells like pumpkin pie. The spices that I can pick out are nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves, and ginger. Underneath the spices I can detect some faint malt and pumpkin aromas. Tastes much like pumpkin pie. The spices come on a bit strong at first but soon yield to a nice combination of malts, brown sugar, and pumpkin, with malts being dominant. Towards the finish I get just a bit of alcohol astringency coming through, not overwhelming and I can't quite pick it up every time but its definitely there. The more of this I drink the more the spices make a comeback in the finish. Good mouthfeel, nice medium-ish body with low-moderate carbonation. Drinkability is average. I think one of these in a night is enough for me. The dominant spice flavors that only become more intense and ever-present as I drink this beer deter me from having another. I do, however, think this would be perfect for a chilly late autumn evening. So, bottom-line: this is a good beer that I would recommend but in my humble opinion this isn't the best or most drinkable pumpkin ale.

mnj21655, Sep 07, 2007
Photo of DavidSeanNJ
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Ahhhh..my first pumpkin ale of the season.

Purchased a 4 pack of DFH Pumpkin Ale for an after dinner treat.

Poured into a pint glass.

A- Brown/Mahogany/Tan color- some head but quickly disappears. No lacing at all to report.

S- Smell was the best part of the brew. Spices all around- cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon, all spice, cooked pumpkin.

T- Taste was a mouthful of spices- nutmeg dominating- for some reason I had a heavy dose of a burning sensation- could be a combination of the spices and alcohol.

M- Mouthfeel was creamy and smooth,

D- Not so good. 1 or 2 is a perfect amount, but more than that will just put you to sleep.

Still, a great example of a pumpkin ale. Very well done. I enjoyed my glass.

DavidSeanNJ, Sep 05, 2007
Photo of maddogruss
3.43/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Let me start by saying that I am a big fan of pumpkin ales. I've been wanting to have this beer for a while. Just arrived at Cloverleaf tavern for the fall.

A: Pours an orange-amber body with a small, white head that dissipates to a very minimal lacing. Even the lacing disappears after a few sips.

S: A strong smell of all-spice an some cloves. Pumpkin was also present, but not one of the main smells.

T: There were hints of pumpkin in this spiced up beer. A lot of nutmeg in the aftertaste. Hints of cloves and all-spice in the taste, but nutmeg was by far the dominant spice.

M: A decent, full-bodied mouthfeel that was pretty smooth.

D: This beer is ok, but I would not say it was that drinkable. A lot of spices, especially nutmeg, eventually made me feel kind of sick and dizzy (and this was my first beer of the night!). The spices definitely got to me, and I'd be surprised if anyone could pound a bunch of these in a row.

maddogruss, Sep 05, 2007
Photo of Slatetank
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served cold in a nonic at the Rehobeth brewpub.
A - a dark copper/ light caramel brown w/ a cream colored head.. The head is small and leaves a thin film of lace.

S - Potent odors of spice. Pumpkin pie blend of ginger clove and brown sugar scents. A nutmeg and cinnamon aroma that is very aromatic greets the nostrils.

M - Full feel -malty w/ spicy finish. Very dense when held in the mouth, a nice dose of pumpkin vege effect.

T - Great flavors abound w/ sweet pie-like pumpkin. Nutty and spiced w/ a buttery malty flavor. Lots of spice in the taste, cinnamon and ginger seem to be the dominant flavors. Deep malts and brown sugar sweetness mark the taste as it finishes sweet.

D - Very tasty, but a bit much for more than 2 or 3 I would say. The combination of the spices and sweetness make it not something you would want a session of. I enjoyed 2 pints and it was worthy of that in one sitting. A great example of the Pumpkin ale style. Dogfish head doesn't shy away from a true full pumpkin pie like flavor. Not just a spiced ale - this is the real deal. It tastes like I would love to make a pie from the leftover ale-soaked pumpkin meat.

Slatetank, Sep 04, 2007
Photo of livingregret
1.6/5  rDev -59.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Serving Type: Standard 12 oz bottle

Appearance: Pours a "dirty" orange w/ no head and no lacing

Smell: Very mute smell....Biscuity malt, no pumpkin and very little spice

Taste: Very light spice, light hops, no pumpkin. Nothing to great here at all. You taste more alcohol than anything else

Mouthfeel: No carbonation...goes down quickly. Not that much there. I feel more alcohol than anything else

Drinkability: Horrible. To much alcohol...no pumpkin. I enjoy Pumpkin ales when they actually taste something like pumpkin and spice. This one really has neither.

livingregret, Sep 04, 2007
Photo of number1bum
3.58/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an copper/orange color, crystal clear, with about an inch of off-white head. A few stray bubbles rise to the surface and the head retains a thin lace.

Smell is primarily spices, particularly nutmeg and cinnamon, along with a hint of alcohol.

Taste also has plenty of pumpkin and spice, but they don't overpower. There is a nice biscuity malt flavor, just a little bit of sweetness and then a bit of hop bitterness. Aftertaste is more spices than pumpkin, and it's almost like Captain Morgan's spiced rum. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and it's very smooth and has a nice creaminess.

This is one of the better pumpkin ale that I've had to date, and it's a nice treat for the fall. Interestingly, I think this beer is best enjoyed on its own rather than trying to pair it with something similarly spiced. I've tried it both with a pumpkin chili that I made using the beer as an ingredient, as well as with an apple pumpkin muffin and some apple crisp, and I don't think there is enough malt sweetness in the brew to stand up to a sweeter, spiced food.

number1bum, Sep 04, 2007
Photo of franksnbeans
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an octoberfest orange, clear as day. Mild white head that dies and laces as mild as can be but consistant. Smells of freshly baked pumpkin pie and lots of halloween spice and everything nice. Tastes as it smells with some nice malty backbone. A tasty brew indeed. Medium and a little creamy in the mouth. Nice tickle of carbonation and a nice octoberfest session beer. Cheers!

franksnbeans, Sep 03, 2007
Photo of bluegrassbrew
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours an orangey brown color with no head whatsoever.

Smell is nice. Nutmeg and cinnamon are present but not overwhelming.

Taste is similar. Obvious cinnamon and nutmeg. Some all-spice. Some caramel malt. Only just a hint of pumpkin. I heard that DFH no longer uses real pumpkin because of higher production. I wonder if the pumpkin flavors were more prevelant in previous years?

Maybe just a tad over-carbonated.

Overall, a solid beer. Not overpowering, just the right amount of "fall flavors". Worth a try for sure.

bluegrassbrew, Sep 03, 2007
Photo of timtim
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

dark amber - almost brown with a great cream colored head and nice lace. i smell hops, malt, spice and a hint of sweet bready yeast. tastes like a really nice brown ale with a slight pumpkin pie finish. great fall flavor - not overboard. good creamy and full body. i really enjoyed this as an after dinner digestif. best pumpkin beer i've ever tried. go dfh.

timtim, Sep 03, 2007
Photo of sleazo
4.58/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A-Pours a slightly reddish brown. Clear with a two finger head that dissipates quickly to a soapy slick.

S-Smells like pumpkin pie just like it should. slightly caramel sweetness is joined by a bouquet of spices with none coming to the forefront.

T-Sweetnish caramel malts come thorugh upon first sip. the aftertaste brings in the spices, ginger, cinnamon, clove and nutmeg. A good blend of spices without being too overpowering for any one of them. the sweet malt compliments the spices very well and there is a fiant hop bitterness which doenst try to compete yet offers a nice back note to the beer. A lisght twinge of alcoho,l is the only negative. The pumpkin though is evident throughout and helps compliment the sweet malt.

M-Slightly above medium with a medium level of carbonation. The slight thickness pushes the spices around the mouth.

D-Simply put this is my favourite pumpkin beer on the market. Perfect blend of spices, nice ammount of sweetness and a low hop bitterness combine to really make this a delicious beer.

sleazo, Sep 02, 2007
Photo of sstackho
3.53/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On draft at Sunset Grill in Allston, MA. Pours a medium copper without much carbonation. Faint pumpkin and spice aroma. But the taste is strong pumpkin pie. This one delivers as promised - it's a straight up pumpkin ale with lots of flavour. Good stuff.

sstackho, Aug 30, 2007
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