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Punkin Ale - Dogfish Head Brewery

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5,647 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,647
Reviews: 1,974
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 12.69%
Wants: 297
Gots: 750 | 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 Kinsman
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Poured from bottle into pint glass.

A: Described as a full-bodied brown ale on the packaging, but appears as more of an amber ale, with a thin white head.

S: Obviously pumpkin spice, but also notes of other spices like nutmeg and cinnamon. Spice notes remind me of a spiced rum.

T: A real beer w/ pumpkin added. Often times I find spiced beers to be a light beer with the spice being too much. This time you have a real beer, with the spice complementing the flavor of the beer. Strong spice notes are balanced out by a slight hop bitterness at the finish.

M: Full bodied brew with the spice providing some kick to it.

D: The perfect beer for pumpkin season.

Kinsman, Sep 23, 2009
Photo of Berthold
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a clear (almost bright) amber (SRM9) with a 1/2" thick off white head that panned out quick. Moderate carbonation. A strong pumpkin aroma with a moderate complex cinnamon/nutmeg spicing. A brown sugar sweetness noted in the aroma and no real discernible hops. Smooth dense pumpkin flavor that is not overly 'pie spiced' and is sweet and warming. Pumpkin is not harsh and sweetness not cloying. Full body with lingering warmth and moderate spiciness.

Berthold, Sep 22, 2009
Photo of dasenebler
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice, reddish brown color. Head was wispy and thin. Aroma was lots of molasses and nutmeg, but not spicy or overpowering.

Flavor is well-balanced. You can taste the pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg and other spices, but nothing dominates. The aftertaste is actually kind of bitter, slightly hoppy and acidic-tangy from the pumpkin meat. Sweet, but not overly sweet like so many DFH brews. Sweetness is brown sugar, sometimes molasses. Carbonation is medium, though it appears lively. This is one of the better Pumpkin beers out there, with a nice alcohol kick as well.

dasenebler, Sep 22, 2009
Photo of hosehead83
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a standard pint glass
Deep amber with a slowly dissapating head of foam
Aroma-Cinnamon, sugar
Taste-pumkin, with lots of malty nutmeg, cinnamon and some spiciness. A sweetish, almost cloying finish.
Although not a big fan of the style, this one seems to be the best of the bunch. For me, though, its one, and done.

hosehead83, Sep 21, 2009
Photo of Andbrew
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle smuggled to Guam in luggage from Colorado. The temperature differences likely played very little in taste change. Bottle says 7/21/09 bottle date.

Poured into a regular tumbler. Clear and amber color, wispy lacing with low head retention. Smells like vegetables, orange and - pumpkin, imagine that. There is also an off smell which is almost bark like.

Taste is smooth and creamy on the front and gives a mild acidity and bitterness as an aftertaste. You can taste the alcohol and the pumpkin, but there is also a sugary cake taste in there that follows the initial mouthfeel.

This one is not my favorite from DFH and it leaves a bit to be desired from me. However I do think it is the best of the style and is truest to form so it definitely gets style points.

Andbrew, Sep 21, 2009
Photo of pants678
4.28/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one goes in a standard pint and I pour smaller than a single finger head that almost immediately recedes to a thin lacing. I thought it would be more clouded, denser perhaps, but it's a clear orange and amber body with a white head.

Distinct and complex, the nutmeg stands out and is sharply spiced. I also get hints of brown sugar and, of course, pumpkin pie.

The flavors are not as sharp as the smell. Well spiced pumpkin pie that's complimented by vanilla and cinnamon. The front is bitter, but not more so than is welcomed. Stains the tongue, as opposed to the top of the mouth, and lingers nicely. A substantial part of this brew waits on the back end. It's all very well mixed, nothing really overtaking anything else and the alcohol is hardly even an aftertaste.

It's a frothy brew and the vanilla takes well to that with the cinnamon and brown sugar playing opposite. Hits all the taste buds. My only complaint is that I may have liked something harsher in there somewhere.

pants678, Sep 20, 2009
Photo of Riccymon
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours from the bottle a clear orangey-red with a half-finger of off-white head. Smell is at first grassy, then notes of vanilla schnapps, creme de menthe, caramel, and toast come forth.

I taste the same flavors I picked up in the nose, with the creme de menthe at the forefront. After a while, though, I'm able to equate that minty flavor to a cinnamon and candy sugar flavor. Overall, the pumpkin spice flavors show up during much of each sip, but toward the finish is a vegetable pumpkin flavor; nice, balanced flavors.

Pumpkin Head is medium in body and more full than other pumpkin beers I've had, which I appreciate. Finish is very clean, happily, without being bitter. While pretty full-flavored, this beer isn't overpowering, and it's interesting enough to make me drink it quickly.

Riccymon, Sep 20, 2009
Photo of thekanna
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at Kramerbooks and Afterwords Cafe in Dupont Circle, Washington DC.

A: Gorgeous dark amber orange with about one finger of white, lacy head. Very inviting.

S: Pumpkin spices hit strong upfront with a nice buttery creaminess hovering in the background. A nice resident pepperiness, accompanied by some cinnamon sugar, are also present.

T: Cinnamon, cloves, ginger, and nutmeg tingle the mouth. Some allspice and coarsely-ground black peppercorns are also there, but faint. However, a sour yeastiness pulls through and bequeaths some watery malts, which were not too appetizing.

M: A sharp carbonated bite followed by a somewhat watery body and a creamy finish.

D: I could get lost in the smell of this ale, but I wish it tasted up to the par of its smell. Still, a good effort by DFH.

thekanna, Sep 20, 2009
Photo of simmons
4.47/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Soid orange in color with medium head slowly didapates into a thin lace. Very bright. Aroma has a solid but not overpowering pumpkin nose followed by spice and a touch of hops. Not too much malt aroma. Very pleasant. Flavor consists of a grainy malt right up front followed by pumpkin and a touch of spices to balace this beer out. Nothing is overpowering. Carbonation is on the lighter side. Overall this is one tasty beer. Well rounded, balanced and tasty. I love pumpkin beers, Id say this is in the top 5

simmons, Sep 20, 2009
Photo of thespaceman
4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my DFH signature glass:

Appearance: Pours a beautiful dark copper in color, nice clarity, a mountainous head tops this brew and lacing and retention are perfect all around.

Smell: Very nice pumkin aromas here, probably the most official aroma I've yet to see with the spices complimenting the pumpkin nicely without overwhelming it. I also get some brown sugar and some cinnamon in the back. Fresh pumpkin pie is the best way to describe it.

Taste: Now this is a pumkin beer! So much pumpkin flavor, again without spices and such getting in the way. This tastes like ripping open a pumpkin and eating the insides! Generous amount of spices make the perfect compliment, including some nutmeg, brown sugar, allspice, and a touch of ground cinnamon. Malt sweetness in the backbone is subtle and not overbarring on the actual flavor.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is medium, a bit of bitterness here as well, nice and round on the tongue, robust and hearty.

Drinkability: Hands down the best pumpkin beer in the category, not only is it the closest to hitting the mark on actual pumpkin taste, but the added spiciness adds a zest that no other pumpkin ale on the shelf can offer. The 7% is well hidden, making this overly sessionable. This is the beer you want by your side on a crisp fall night! Get it now while it's still in abundance.

thespaceman, Sep 20, 2009
Photo of demo3210
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bought this in celebration of the fall and the coming October.

Forget Octoberfest (Sam Adams), this is what the ideal October beer tastes like.

Appearance is okay. It's a golden color and from the taste you would think it'd be a little darker.

Smell is outstanding. Smells like pumpkin pie coming out the oven.

Tastes refreshing, crisp, and tastes like a pumpkin beer should taste like. It has all the ingredients of a pumpkin pie and they are actually noticeable unlike Harvest Moon or other relatives of the sort. Not very overpowering or too dense either. Tastebuds never get tired of it.

Mouthfeel is well-rounded - not too dense and not too light. Nice crispy bubbles that are a delight.

Drinkability is surprisingly good for the amount of tastes that are contained inside. Also 7% ABV is hardly noticeable and keeps it nice and warm in your body. I could drink several of these in a night.

Overall, a great beer that's perfect for the fall seasons and holidays. A highly memorable beer. The only hindrance is price - 9.99 for a 4 pack.

demo3210, Sep 19, 2009
Photo of apbarwood
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light copper color with a cream-colored head that dissipates quickly but leaves a rim with a moderate amount of lace. The aroma is spicy with cinnamon and nutmeg dominating. Not as alluring as I would like but not bad. The flavor brings more to the table than the aroma. The same spices are there but seem fuller and more developed. The cinnamon comes forward and marries with the fruity pumpkin taste that's subtle but noticeable. It nicely carbonated and somewhat refreshing which is nice given the spice-forwardness of this beer. Feels rather full bodied but doesn't stick to the palate. I could have used a little more hop fruitiness to balance it out I think but it wasn't a huge problem. Seems like a good pairing for an apple pie with a nice dollop of whipped cream.

apbarwood, Sep 19, 2009
Photo of throwthechaff
3.23/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I was kind of disappointed in this seasonal brew from dogfish and I am beginning to think that most of their beers get more credit then they deserve because they all taste the same in just little ways. You can totally taste the alcohol in this one and even though the pumpkin taste is very good and very real it does not make up for how boring the rest of the brew is. I don't know if I just do not care for these pumpkin brews. I have had a minor handful of them, (not talking dogfish head) and still have one that i thoroughly enjoy. The only reason i come back to them is because i love pumpkin but have not yet found one that translates into beer. I would totally pass on this one, i think dogfish gets to much credit for beers that all taste the same in ways. Overpriced and not worth it.

throwthechaff, Sep 19, 2009
Photo of drtth
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Moderately chilled and poured into a Duvel glass. A glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: The beer pours out a clear orange/amber color with ¼" tan head that recedes soon but then the foam lasts as ring and light patch of foam for most of the beer. For most of the beer, sipping produces spotty lacing that does not cling to the side of the glass.

Smell: The aroma is soft gentle and most like pumpkin pie spices (nutmeg and cinnamon) along with some hop character showing.

Taste: The flavor is crisp and clean like pumpkin pie without the crust. The flavoring spices include cinnamon and nutmeg. This is all backed up by a malt backbone with caramel and light brown sugar. Somewhere in here there is noticeable hop bitterness but it is just a light presence so the sweetness doesn't cloy.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is on the light to medium-bodied side but slick, soft, and smooth with some with light carbonation. The finish medium in length and is mostly sweet and spicy with a light bitterness to balance it as they all fade away.

Drinkability: This is a good, well-made pumpkin ale with a nice balance of spices (think "pumpkin pie"). It has good drinkability and it is pleasant throughout. While I won't want two or three in a row it's a nice change of pace on an evening where you are having only one beer or want a couple of different beers. Although I'll not drink one of these every night until they are gone, I'll be having more.

drtth, Sep 19, 2009
Photo of flanmedic51
4.65/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle, 1" white head lasted for about 30sec, white lacing remained for duration. Dark amber color noted.

Smells of allspice, malt, and kinda floral. No pumpkin. VERY pleasant tho.

Taste altogether different from smell. A malty spiciness really shines through. Nutmeg & cinnamon, maybe a smidge of actual pumpkin gets through. Definately get the warmth of alcohol. (7%ABV).

Perfect to integrate a Brown Ale as a basis for a fall seasonal. It's full of flavor and great spicey/malty flavor. It's extremely enjoyable, and really hard to find much to critisize about. Probably the best Fall seasonal I've had so far.

flanmedic51, Sep 19, 2009
Photo of sisuspeed
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tried this brew alongside Wolaver's Pumpkin Ale and Post Road's Pumpkin Ale. The DFH was bottled on 7/21/09.

The beer pours a clear, pale, orange color, with a slightly off-white head (yellowish) that leaves decent lacing down the sides of a pint glass.

The aroma is cinnamon and spice. Allspice definitely comes through, alongside a caramel smell and some malts. Not much pumpkin aroma coming through.

With regards to the flavor, I am first greeted by a malty, alcohol-infused taste that subsides into a medley of brown sugar, allspice and cinnamon. There is a little bit of alcohol on the finish as well, but that makes sense, since this is one of the stronger pumpkin ales out there. Unfortunately, I don't really get much pumpkin flavor out of this beer. There is a little bit there, but it only comes through after the beer has warmed up some, and even then, the pumpkin flavor is fairly weak. I also get some honey notes on the tongue.

The mouthfeel is smooth and the body of the beer is robust. Carbonation is low, but fits well. Overall, this is a nice, highly drinkable pumpkin ale, but it is lacking in the pumpkin flavor department. I think this is a great beer for people who are not huge pumpkin lovers, but if you really want a beer with lots of pumpkin flavor, then Pumking is still the way to go.

sisuspeed, Sep 19, 2009
Photo of abuliarose
3.53/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass, with the usual pumpkin pie-toned body and a nice head. Smells lightly hop-floral with undertones of allspice.

Tastes like a spiced brown ale with a smoother, sweeter finish and good malt character. There is maybe possibly some stewed pumpkin taste in there somewhere, but mostly it tastes like a brown ale. Mouthfeel is smooth and drinkability is pretty good owing to no overwhelming spice, carbonation or any other characteristic for that matter. This one is pretty well-rounded minus the pumpkin presence.

Overall it's a nice fall beer. If I'm looking for pumpkin, I won't crack one. If I'm looking for something to enjoy by the fire on a crisp fall evening, this is something I'd go for.

abuliarose, Sep 19, 2009
Photo of goblet
4.43/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

got a four pack and poured one into a standard pint glass.

a slightly hazy deep orange tone almost the color of a pumkin.white frothy head that lasts the entire duration and leaves nice spider web like lace.

a fresh baking pumpkin pie aroma with cinnamon nutmeg spices and brown sugar are all noticeable and delightful also some carmel like malts and hops come through.

the spices call out load and clear and say their here ,the pumpkin flavor mash was add in just the right amount, just what you want in a pumpkin ale.

a medium body feel with the spices and pumpkin flavor litely lingers on the after taste.

one of the best pumpkin ales with good reasons very drinkable ,smooth on the mark pumpkin and spiced just right ..cheers enjoy i did ..

goblet, Sep 18, 2009
Photo of atsprings
4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Woody's served in a standard pint glass a crisp dark orange with a decent off white head that lasts as a thin layer. Aroma is a nice blend of spice and sweet malts. The taste is a wonderful blend of cinnamon, spices and caramel malts. The beer is very crisp and refreshing and the alcohol is well hidden. This one is very enjoyable, one of my favorite pumpkin beers.

atsprings, Sep 18, 2009
Photo of Fnord
3.63/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Dogfish Head Punkin Ale

Appearance - Clear, pretty orange with just a lacing of head.

Smell - As the label says, it has plenty of pumpkin, nutmeg, brown sugar, and cinnamon in the nose. Perhaps a whiff of hops.

Taste - Similar to the smell, plus a bit of alcohol and a slightly bitter finish. The pumpkin comes out as it warms up.

Mouthfeel - Medium-thin with high carbonation.

Drinkability - Quite a bit more drinkable than the 7% ABV, not to mention the Dogfish label, would suggest. I'd have no trouble finishing the four-pack by myself.

Notes - Unusually laid-back for Dogfish Head, but it's still a solid choice if you're in the mood for something different. This is a must-try for pumpkin pie lovers like myself.

Fnord, Sep 17, 2009
Photo of Elimination
3.73/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

out of a 12 oz bottle in oregon, so i dont know how the ride from the brewery went.

pours a dark brownish orange/yellow, little head that disapeared quickly

smell is of a brown ale, dont detect any kind of spice, such as pumpkin, or cinnamon, just the average ale smell

taste is above average, more of a amber ale taste, but thicker moutfeel with a bit of spark of carmel, a little sour flavor to it.

drinkablity is ok, pretty smooth inital mouttaste, but after taste kind of lingers of a sourish beer taste

Elimination, Sep 17, 2009
Photo of wangbruins
2.95/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Semi-dark orange that was translucent with a two inch head that settled to one very quickly

S- Pumpkin (what else?)...well, actually, not much else

T- Pumpkin and a hint of ginger, not much though, so that made it pretty disappointing

M- Very light and bubbly, almost like pop, with no aftertaste

D- It's like drinking water so it's really pretty easy to drink

wangbruins, Sep 17, 2009
Photo of McGuire75
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Moderately Darker Copper in color, with very light carbonation, moderate light head with little head retention. Semi-opaque that has a subdued life that looks welcoming and warm like dusk in autumn.

S- Sweet malt flavors with carmel, slight pumpkin spices, with hints of earthen woods, leaves, and a slightly metallic pine.

T- Creamy with molasas and spice enhanced by the slight bite of carbonation, tastes of cinnamon but lacking on the pure pumpkin flavors.

M- Carbonation is felt on the tip and flowing to the center of the toungh. Creamy and mildly rich with a smooth finish.

D- The Punk was easy to drink and gave me a sense of the fall harvest, pumpkin pies and the crisp autumn air. I would drink more if in a setting where the beer is primary (bar or as someone's guest) however in comparison to other pumpkin ales (Blue Moon's Harvest Moon Pumpkin Ale) I would have to pass on the Dogfish Head for the Harvest Ale. That being said, this is another great beer from Dog Fish Head and if you are in the mood for a great mix between a full-on Pumpkin (to Pumpkin Pie) ale and a great Octoberfest this beer is worth the time to find.

I will be enjoying this brew this autumn and into the future; although in moderation, the 4-pack offering and the price do not promote more frequent tastings.

McGuire75, Sep 17, 2009
Photo of BJam
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Punkin' Ale - Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
4 Pack - $9.99

It was pretty good but I must say, I was expecting a little more from dogfish head on this one. Don't get me wrong, it's a tasty drink, but the problem I have with it is that taste of pumpkin goes away after a few sips and becomes more of just a mildly spiced ale. So it's a little more on the spiced side and a little dryer then most pumpkin ales. Also, not as sweet. I'd say give it a shot but don't expect the crazy dogfish style, this ones a little more on the tamed side.

BJam, Sep 16, 2009
Photo of kshankar
4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Dogfish Head Alehouse in Falls Church, Virginia

Poured a dark copper with a smaller head. Pretty common look for a pumpkin ale, I'd say

Aroma is a bit milder than some other pumpkin beers I've had, but it still has the basic pumpkin pie spice scent.

Taste is good..again, a bit milder but not in any way detracting from its good taste. Spices, pumpkin pie

Mouthfeel is lighter than expected

Drinkability is high. I can't even taste the booze. Really, 7%?

kshankar, Sep 16, 2009
Punkin Ale from Dogfish Head Brewery
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