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Punkin Ale - Dogfish Head Brewery

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Punkin AlePunkin Ale

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5,963 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,963
Reviews: 2,012
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 12.69%
Wants: 319
Gots: 928 | FT: 7
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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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Ratings: 5,963 | Reviews: 2,012
Photo of goldbot
3.51/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear coppery amber. Lots of carbonation. Thick, off-white head and good head retention.

Grainy malt aroma. Mild planty, vegetal hops and bits of spice.

Roasted malt and caramel with a touch of bread. Some more spice here but still seems subdued. On the sweet side with a pleasant spicy aftertaste and a some fruity esters.

Sweet, medium body. Nice and creamy feel. Carbonation adds a good balance of crispness.

This was ok out of the bottle, but not much spice or anything going on. This beer was much better when I had it on tap recently; it was more spicy and had a fuller body then.

Photo of chickenflea
3.81/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12-oz bottle
I really like this beer. It looks good when initially poured although it lacks some retention. It tastes great. Not too sweet, but balanced and spicy without being in your face. It has nice mouth feel, soft and average to low carbonation. It fails mostly in the aroma which is really weird, because pumpkin beers almost always excel in the aroma. Strange. It is also strange how the beer can taste so good with very little aroma. Anyway, it is a fine beer, and definitely one of the better pumpkin beers this season.

Photo of therica
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I wasn't thrilled with my first bottle of this but I've really come to enjoy it.

A= cloudy orange, not much head, modest rim, pooling and lacing.

S= pumpkin and spices, typical nutmeg and clove pumpkin-pie style, nice.

T= a bit dry, pepper-spicy, pumpkin, nutmeg and clove notes; slightly watery at times.

M= dry, and now the hops appear. Cooked fresh pumpkin on the tongue and the peppery pie-spices continue. Dry spicy finish.

D= very drinkable, although for a pumpkin beer I I prefer a thicker and more sweet-pumpkin dominated style. Still great for what it is.

Photo of Cheesemoose
4.42/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2010 release poured into a tulip. Has about a inch of head that dissipates into a film that rests on top throughout. No lacing what so ever.. I nice amber/orange, what you would think of when you think "Pumpkin Beer".

Smell has a nice pumpkin base, with a good spiciness. Strong cinnamon presence, with hints of clove and nutmeg.

The pumpkin flavor is well balanced with the spices, giving a nice caramel smoothness to the beer but still has a good spiciness in the background. Not as spiced as other pumpkin beers which makes this a much pleasant desert beer as it does not overpower.

Medium carbonation and the alcohol is also very well hidden, definitely a great finisher to Thanksgiving or a nice dessert beer.

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

S- Served from a chilled 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A- Dark golden orange color. Full bodied ale. About a finger or twos worth of white head that leaves a nice lacing around the brim of the glass.

S- Malted aroma with hints of allspice, nutmeg, and pumpkin spice.

T- Crisp clean taste of malted spices, nutmeg and pumpkins. One of the better tasting pumpkin beers that I've sampled.

M- Moderate amount of carbonation. Crisp clean finish with a minimal bite.

D- A nice full bodied ale that should be enjoyed, not chugged. Very enjoyable to drink.

Photo of jsprain1
4.02/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a pumpkin orange, reasonable enough. A thin head dissapates quickly but leaves ringed lacing on the glass.
S- Certainly pumpkiny and plenty spicy, but enough definitive malt aroma to remind us it is a beer at heart. Faint alcohol aromas present as well.
T- Quite sweet and malty, some caramel flavors. There is more spice than pumpkin it seems, but reasonable amounts of each. Slightly alcohol in the finish.
M- Slightly sturdier than average and perfectly smooth throughout.
D- An interesting approach at the style and quite tasty. It went down pretty quickly. Another interesting and creative effort from DFH.

Photo of Thur123
3.81/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a pretty clear brown orange color with three fingers of lacing that fade quickly leaving a thin layer of white head at the top. Well carbonated. The smell is nutmeg, cinnamon, perhaps something more savory like a bit of chili and lots of brown sugar. There is a slight gourd smell around all of the spice smell.

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Way maltier and far less "spicy" than some of the pumpkin beers I've had. This brew seems to be working away from the sweet spices and more towards a more realistic pumpkin pie (at least as far I as remember) by not being overly sweet and somewhat savory (from the gourd flavor). The toasty brown ale malts show up and fresh bread and there is a slight hop edge, that's just slightly bitter, to add complexity to the flavor. There is a vegetable flavor, like pumpkin seeds and meat with the blend of spices balancing it out. Overall this is a well balanced and tasty brew, but I would have liked more push from all the pumpkin flavors. (I'm saying the pumpkin aspect is currently at a five, I think six or seven would be just fine) Body and mouth feel work fine.

Photo of Mosstrooper
4.17/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into 16oz Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass.

Appearance: Pours orange-amber in color with a small white head that dissipates somewhat slowly and leaves behind spotty lace and a ring of foam floating on top of the beer.

Smell: Smells strongly of cinnamon, with hints of spicy nutmeg, a pumpkin note, and sweet malts.

Taste: Begins with spicy cinnamon and nutmeg with a hint of brown sugar, finishing with breadiness and spiced pumpkin notes.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with relatively heavy carbonation and a sticky finish.

Drinkability: One of the better pumpkin beers out there, very flavorful and very enjoyable. Definitely something that goes well with fall.

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

Poured into a Leffe glass.

Appearance: Poured a golden / bronze color with an initial head of about two fingers which disappeared during the session. Very little lacing.

Nose: There is some spice in the nose, which I was able to detect in the taste as well ... sweet and spicy smell with a hint of alcohol.

Taste: Not as spicy as the nose would allude to, although, admittedly, I am not a pumpkin ale fan. I did not taste pumpkin in this beer.

Mouth: Thin and a bit watery. The alcohol was detectable. Overall, I was unimpressed.

Drinkability: If you like the taste, this would be a drinkable beer. However, as it's not quite my type of beer, I will not be having this particular beer again.

Photo of scottfrie
3.02/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into snifter. 2010 edition.

A: Pours a bright glowing orange with a thin short-lived fizzy head that vanished into a faint film and collar around the glass. Some streaks of wispy lace present.
S: Smells strongly of allspice, nutmeg, and maybe cinnamon. As I swirl the glass around I can pick out notes of pumpkin pie filling, but not much.
T: Again, lots of spices dominate a touch of pumpkin flavoring. Alcohol and a touch of hop spiciness rounds out the finish. Good flavor, but not great.
M: Fairly slick not quite watery mouthfeel over a medium-thin body. Carbonation is prickly and sharp and the alcohol isn't hid very well.
D: I was disappointed by this one. I could have sworn I loved this beer last year, but then again my palate has matured immensely. I'll lay down one or two bottles and see how they do with a little age.

Photo of ZacHart
4.21/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy burnt orange with a light head that hangs around for a while. Hard-hitting aroma of spicy pumpkin pie and nutmeg come through strong in the flavor, along with the raisins towards the finish. Slight, warming alcohol presence nicely offsets the pumpkin and malt sweetness. This is highly drinkable and my favorite pumpkin beer (and believe me I've tried them all--my wife loves them).

Photo of cetherid
3.6/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

poured into a pint glass


pours a dark orange color. very minimal head.


aroma is more of spice than actual pumpkin. other's I've had you can actually smell pie crust. this is mainly pumpkin spice. perhaps a hint of cinnamon in there.


mainly taste spices. a little hops but that's about it. a little fake tasting for me. this is the 2nd one I've had and it's a bit better warmed up. still, I'm not thrilled about the taste. this is considered one of the best pumpkin beers. perhaps pumpkin ale's just arent my thing. sad, because I love pumpkin pie.


medium bodied. low carbonation. feels good in the mouth.


high alcohol and not a thrilling taste (at least for me) ranks it a little low. like i said before, i just must not like any pumpkin ale.

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

A: Very good head retention - foam is dense and tightly packed, deep gold to mild orange in color, spotty lacing - 4.00, S: As expected the nose is loaded up with pumpkin as well as a strong infusion of nutmeg and some cinnamon, there is a thick sticky bun like sweetness - 4.00, T: The flavors pretty closely follow the nose with a definite pumpkin flavor as well as the cinnamon and nutmeg, alcohol is evident but does not disrupt the beer, there is a nice smoothing earthiness to the palate, I wouldn't expect to find hops in the beer but I am perceiving a bite - 4.00, M: Very creamy and thick mouth feel - 4.50, D: A very drinkable pumpkin ale, nicely spiced - doesn't try to overdo it, recommended - 4.25

Photo of msolar
4.4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Knowing how DFH likes to push the limits of brewing I was expecting this to rival Southern Tier's ridiculously sweet "Pumking" (which happens to be one of my favorite Halloween beers despite it's moderate drinkability).

The Punkin' Ale, however, was surprisingly well balanced and easy going - it wasn't over the top with spices or flavoring but did make a really nice beer.

Long story short, I ordered a log of it to put on tap at home.

Photo of SnowGoon99
4.02/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving type: bottle into Stella Artois glass

Appearance is a dark red with shades of orange. Ideally i'd like a pumpkin type ale to be more orange like but it's not so far off. The aroma was almost non-existent. Only hints of the spices but only after i took a really big whiff.

Taste was amazing. Typical pumpkin ale spices such as cinnamon and allspice with a hint of the rumminess from the brown sugar. Extremely drinkable but still held on to it's body. Very well balanced.

Overall i wish the aroma matched the flavor. It kinda put me off a little when i smelled nearly nothing and then tasted a plethora of flavors that all had their voice but melded together well. Would definitely buy it again.

Photo of mlazzaro
2.76/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

bottled in 2010. fresh pumpkin beer.

I was kind of surprised to see the ratings on this beer. I remember liking it a lot more. Being 7% ABV, it would certainly age well. But this time I found it to be boozy and somewhat spice dominant rather than actual pumpkin flavors.

a- More of an amber ale than a brown as the bottle states. Some head retention issues, maybe due to the alcohol content. I will say it is remarkably clear.

s- Smells like a spiced up barley wine.

t+m+d- It tastes rather young. Boozy and sweet. I kind of find the spice dosage to be overpowering. There is notable pumpkin flavor, but it is masked by so many other stronger flavors. and although I love my high ABV beers, it just doesn't seem to fit into this beer. The harsh booziness is distracting from the pumpkin, which is the reason I bought this particular beer. Kind of a mess. Maybe its too fresh/young.

I am usually not so critical. I love Dogfish Head and don't mean to rip on them. Just being honest with this beer.

Photo of velkyal
2.53/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

ight - light amber, almost no head to speak of

Smell - very spicy, lots of cinnamon and a slight cideriness

Taste - syrupy, caramel and spices

Sweet - 3.5/5

Bitter - 1/5

This was very sweet, but not cloyingly though sufficiently sweet to be sickly if you drank more than a few ounces. Not what I would have expected from Dogfish Head.

Photo of BeerCon5
3.96/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a nice amber/orangish color with a small amount of slightly off-white frothy head that remained throughout the beer.

The scent was dominant of pumpkin spice and cinnamon.

The taste was pumpkin immediately, not as sweet as the smell led to expect. Cinnamon was also present, and biscuity malts.

Light bodied, smooth and kind of creamy; also a bit oily. Perfect amount of carbonation.

This was a flavorful beer, I was especially impressed with the genuine pumpkin taste. It was very easy to drink a few of these.

Photo of BeerNinja007
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I picked up a couple 12oz singles for $2.25 ea at Harvest Fine Wine in West Hartford CT. Bottled in 2010. Served cold in a chilled pint glass.

Clear light brown brew turns bright orange when held to a light. From a moderate pour it gives a lovely thick and creamy light tan head, minimal lace. Smell is fairly hoppy but hard to characterize because it blends with a bunch of spicy fresh cinnamon and clove. Backbone is moderately thick malt that similarly blends with a sweet-starchy pumpkiny body, like pumpkin pie beer. Taste is also pumpkin pie, with a moderate hop adding oomph to the spice and a moderate bit of marzen-like malt adding body to the pumpkin. The feel is a bit harsh, too fizzy, and the pungent hop overpowers the creaminess. Finish is a bit of spice and warm vanilla.

Photo of tbase
4.72/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured a beautiful orange yellow with a head reminiscent of guiness. The smell is wonderful, pumpkin is what stands out most, but you can also pick up some of the cinnamon and nutmeg. Probably the best pumpkin beer Ive tasted so far, there a good amount of complexity but with a good balance of all the flavors. I also feel like they got the drinkibility spot on for the fall season not too thick not too thin.

Seriously drink this beer if you like pumpkins, or if you just like beer it is too delicious to pass up.

Photo of adam42381
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear caramel brown with golden and orange highlights. Features a 1 finger head which dissipates fairly quickly. Minimal lacing.

Smell: Typical fall spices with roasted malt in the background.

Taste: Very similar to the aroma. Sweet pumpkin does jump out at you in a good way. Pumpkin pie flavor is dominant throughout with bready malt in the background. Light hop bite at the finish. Aftertaste is pumpkin and spice.

Mouthfeel: Light-to-medium-bodied with a decent amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: Very high drinkability. You could knock back several of these without any problem.

Overall: Very solid beer. This is a very good fall beer. It's definitely worth buying.

Photo of AITCTKD170
3.73/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this brew poured from a bottle into a pint glass. It poured a nice light amber color with a one finger head, leaving a little lace on the glass. At first smell, I could smell the apparent cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice, no notable pumpkin. Initially all the taste is of the added spices, leading eventually to a smooth finishing pumkin and spiced flavored ale. A little on the light side for a pumkin ale. A beer I wouldnt mind having again, but a little expensive for the overall experience - $10.99 for a 4 pack.

Photo of Julz
3.05/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A beautiful golden color with a think head when poured.

Stale bread with a nutmeg smell which makes you think of fall and crisp cool air.

Bitter right off the bat, then strong "alcohol" flavor and then finished again with bitter.

Medium body which is nice in the mouth.

I was really looking forward to trying this beer, kinda disappointed. I like IPA's and bitter ales but this is just a little to strong for me. I think I prefer the Post Road Pumpkin Ale better.

Serving type: bottle

Photo of cottonkoozie
4.32/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Almost "punkin" colored. A golden orange color with a creamy off white head. Decent retention.

S - Nothing overpowering, very balanced. Smells of yeast, pumpkin spices, malts, and hops. Everything kind of comes through as a blend with nothing overpowering.

T - Pretty much like the smell. Let this one sit out of the fridge for a little while because none of the flavor comes out when it is too cold. As it warms you get the pumpkin spices with a nice balancing hops. A well spiced brown ale just as marketed. Theres an aftertaste just like pumpkin pie.

M - Good carbonation, not to much which allows it to remain somewhat heavy, however enough to give you a tingle on the tongue. The weight to it is just enough for a good fall brew.

D - Very good. Remains smooth while packing a ton of flavor, and the aftertaste doesn't linger too long, just long enough to be very pleasant.

Overall a very good beer. Nothing over the top here, and also nothing to let you down. Great for getting you into the mood for fall. I really like the level of spice in this one, its enough to satisfy someone who is in love with the style, and low enough to still be enjoyed by someone who may not have had the style before or may not be a huge fan of the spicier pumpkin ales. Good beer and one I look forward to as a seasonal.

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

Has this one for the first time tonight and I was very excited to try it, here are my initial thoughts.

Look: orange with a slight amber hue and a small creamy colored head. Very lovely in appearence.
Smell: exactly like the bottle saying says: pie spices, pumpkin, brown sugar, and a mild hop aroma. Just a good smell all in all.

Taste: almost identical to the aroma, linking starts of with a malty forefront giving you the taste of pumpkin, pie spices, and brown sugar and a decent hop kick at the end. A good solid flavor overall.

Feel: smooth, silky, just a tad bit thick, and a prickly feeling on thee tongue before it goes down. Wonderful feeling overall.

Drinkability: truly outstanding drinkability; punkin is smooth, crisp, refreshing, solid, and just overall tastes good. I could easily drink this one back to back.

I will admit I'm not a huge fan of the hop kick at the end, but all in all this really is just a wonderful beer that's perfexct for summer or fall. Chalk up another classic from Dogfish Head in my book.

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