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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 wikk3d
4.47/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a golden amber color with a thick foam head that settles to about half a finger. Leaves a decent amount of lacing on the glass. Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint.

Aroma - Sweet smell, pumpkin spice, citrus, hints of cinnamon. You can tell it's going to be a very sweet beer. Has a linger of a malt scent.

Taste - It's a very sweet ale right off the bat. Cinnamon lingers as it goes down. The pumpkin is very prevalent in this beer. Extremely smooth. It's not like many other pumpkin ales where there's only a hint of spice, it's very powerful. The sweetness adds to it. Not bitter at all.

Mouth - My only complaint is that it can be a little dry as you get into a full glass. Although the aftertaste it leaves makes up for it. Very sweet, similar to that of a pumpkin pie.

Drinkability - I was very impressed by Dogfishhead's attempt at a pumpkin ale. I may sound repetitive but it's very very smooth. It's a lot sweeter than others that I have tried, they really aren't afraid to use their spices. Definitely a must.

Photo of NODAK
3.92/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Smells like allspice (pumpkin), some cinnamon, and a little sugar. It's not overally pungeant, but it does smell like a pumpkin pie.

Mouthfeel is pretty thick. Initial taste is mostly of pumpkin, which is later joined by some nutmeg and cinnamon through the finish. Taste is fairly sweet the entire time, although it's not as sweet as other pumpkin beers I've tasted so it keeps from being cloying. Hops are pretty much completely absent. I can tell just a bit of the booziness on the backend too...for style, the ABV is a tad high. Not much of the sweetness hangs around after the swallow.

I think the beer is certainly pretty good in replicating the taste of pumpkin pie. The lack of overpowering sweetness is a good thing and keeps it from being artificial tasting. The ABV is a tad high here, and it harms drinkability.

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

12 oz bottle into a pint glass

Poured a dark amber with an off white head.

Smelled of cinnamon and spice and pumpkin. Very much like a pumpkin pie.

The cinnamon and sweetness of the brown sugar great you up front at the taste. The pumpkin and spices great the sweetness mid taste and it finishes off as the full melded flavor. As the beer warms up as you drink it, the cinnamon and allspice bring a little more heat to the table.

Nothing is overbearing and its easy on the mouth to drink.

Very flavorful and a great fall brew.

Photo of Metuo
3.82/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark amber with an orange tint with a one inch creamy head that dissipates quickly. Not much lacing present.

S: Pumpkin obviously with nutmeg, all-spice, and hints of cinnamon. Very pleasant without being overly sweet.

T: Pumpkin and all-spice overpower all other flavors. Some biscuity malt present, with a slight taste of nutmeg and alcohol. Pleasant without being overstated.

M: Nicely carbonated, yet slightly thin. Still nice though.

D: Half of the beer was gone before I even noticed. Extremely easy to drink, and the ABV is hidden amazingly.

Overall a quality pumpkin ale. I am not particularly fond of this style, but this one impressed me and I would definitely drink this beer again.

Photo of cooch69
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Punkin is a vibrant copper orange. When held to the light it is slightly cloudy , and it bears a decent head that lasts as film.
This beer smells of really clean Fall spices(nutmeg, cloves, all spice, cinnamon) and they shine through in the taste.
The taste brings forth all of the fall spices you can think of with the addition of caramelly malts and a slight mettalic presence. This is really the only flaw in the flavor that I could point out.
The mouthfeel for this beer is surprisingly thin for how strong it is but it is still a medium bodied ale. It is pretty drinkable and provides a nice beverage for the oncoming cold.

Photo of DrDemento456
4.02/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a nice dark amber with a decent haze yet hardly any head to speak of. Mild lacing still proves it's a craft brew.

S - Cinnamon, nutmeg, caramel, and pumpkin all spice. Pretty solid.

T - I remember this ale last year being an ale of amber with spice but now I see it's still pretty true. Slightly bitter almost too much English amber malt that leads to a slight sweetness of cinnamon and pumpkin all-spice but leads more bitter malt. Ehh it's ok for a pumpkin ale but I was told this years version was the best...

M - Overall medium to light bodied with full flavor.

D - Well I still don't like it. I wanted too but it still uses too much bitter English malt that makes it too overbearing to produce the spice I need to really enjoy a pumpkin beer. Still very solid but I will look elsewhere for a good pumpkin beer,

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

though the bottle says its a pumpkin brown ale, it pours a pretty light and lackluster copper with an impressive head that doesnt grow too high, but sticks around forever and laces well.

cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and pumpkin in that order make up the aroma.

cinnamon and nutmeg stand out in the flavor profile as well, with all spice, pumpkin pie spice, and some pumpkin as well. not much of a brown beer quality as the base malts get overpowered by the flavoring. its not overly overly spicy, but it is the dominate quality.

light to medium bodied with just enough carbonation and a clean finish with just a touch of brown sugar and cinnamon left to linger.

drinks well. its not a style i overly enjoy, but this one is drinkable and i tend to pick one or two up at the beginning of each autumn.

Photo of cbutova
2.84/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A- Murky orange-brown with a large off-white, frothy head. Good retention and a ton of fine lace.

S- Smells like typical pumpkin ale spice and a bit sour actually, lacto-esque for sure. "Bottled in 2010 5E" Mostly nutmeg with a little bit of pumpkin behind it.

T- One thing that jumps out at me right away is the alcohol, not hidden at all for 7%. The nutmeg stacks with the alcohol to make a slightly offensive flavor. The cinnamon is also highly present, too spicy. I get some nice pumpkin notes but they seem random, having to get past the spiceahol. The more I drink, the more I get that "wet dog" vibe.

MF- Light creamy body with a moderate amount of carbonation. Pretty warm from alcohol. Huge coat of spice coats the palate.

DB- Between the alcohol and the spices, I would prefer to split even the 12oz. A good pumpkin flavor masked by way too much spice flavor and alcohol. I probably should have been ready for this. I guess unbalanced is most appropriate here.

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

A: Pours a bright and light amber orange with orange tinted white head.

S: Mostly sweet malt, and an almost burnt brown sugar smell to it that mixes nicely with the pumpkin spices, most notably nutmeg it seems.

T: Quite sweet, malty goodness up front. The brown sugar seems to play a major role, giving it a sugary taste. The real pumpkin also makes a difference, combined with spices makes for a real treat. There is a certain yeasty and booziness in the aftertaste which makes it interesting.

M: Medium bodied, has a good smoothness to it.

D: It's one of the better Pumpkin beers out there. Not overly spiced, just a good one to drink!

Photo of Bfarr
3.79/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Slightly cloudy orange amber with thin tan head with good retention and spotty lacing. Aromas of spice and brown sugar with a trace of pumpkin among a background of an amber beer. Ale taste upfront with brown sugar and cinnamon with pumpkin in the finish and feel. Fairly syrupy but otherwise an even average feel.

I probably wouldn't have reviewed this normally because I don't like pumpkin that much which is perfect for this beer because it doesn't have a big pumpkin taste. It's certainly a much better choice then most of the pumpkin beers on the market. It went quite well with a pumpkin chili I made!

Photo of mfunk9786
3.35/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I love pumpkin ales, and I love Dogfish. For some reason, though, this beer has never jived with me.

A: Pours without all that much head, though what's there has nice lacing throughout. The beer is a copper penny color, looks quite inviting.

S: Pumpkin and spices. A little bit of unusual sweetness, but no sign of what'll follow in that department.

T: The first 3/4 of the experience of tasting this beer makes me very happy. Nice raw pumpkin character with just the right amount of spices. What puts me off is something I've had an issue with with a few Dogfish beers here and there: The aftertaste is cloyingly sweet. It takes away from the rest of the experience and...

M: ...sadly, lingers on the tongue. The techicals of this beer are perfect though. Just the right amount of carbonation and autumnal spice.

D: Having had several over the last three years, I just can't drink more than one in one night. Too sweet for me.

Photo of Circusboy1082
4.45/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Made me think of thanksgiving day just wish I had a plate of turkey. If pumpkin could be in a bottle this is it. I know this an unorthodox review but let's be honest beer is about so much more than these staunch reviews you see. If there is a beer you enjoy just pour your heart out ( pun intended).

Photo of oglmcdgl
3.62/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle pregaming for a party.

A- small cap of bright white head atop a dark orange copper brew.

S- loads of fall spice with cinnamon, all spice and nutmeg. Sweet touches with the earthy veg hit.

T- spices and sweet out front with the spice taking a slight lead. Malts do give a bit of brown sugar and gram cracker but just touch on the latter.

M- a bit less then medium in body with a aggressive tingley carb that lightens up the spice and sweet.

D- its solid enough not my favorite of the style but its up there.

Photo of SuperSpy
4.52/5  rDev +14.7%
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
3.38/5  rDev -14.2%
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
3.55/5  rDev -9.9%
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
3.77/5  rDev -4.3%
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
4.38/5  rDev +11.2%
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
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
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
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
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
4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
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
4.23/5  rDev +7.4%
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 ...

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