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Punkin Ale - Dogfish Head Brewery

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5,602 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,602
Reviews: 1,972
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 12.69%
Wants: 295
Gots: 730 | FT: 6
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Dogfish Head Brewery visit their website
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 damienblack
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle aged about 9 months from this past fall. Unremarkable in appearance. Smell still has a good deal of spicing to it. But in the flavors, the spicing has been mellowed out a good deal by the aging. it's much smoother than before. The flavour is less outlandish, but it works here. Mouthfeel is decent, straightforward fall pumpkin beer. A bit watery, but still better than a lot of Pumpkin Ale's I've had. The extra smoothness adds a bit to taste, but quite a bit more to drinkability. It doesn't make the beer spectacular, but adds a nice little chunk to the review average.

damienblack, Jun 02, 2009
Photo of Cakanator
4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle. Just had to go off season for this one. Pours a darker copper color with orange hues and a nice thinner head. Smells like fall again cinnamon and nutmeg, feels great on the chillier night. Mouthfeel is full bodied and rich, aromas follow into the palate very well. Its like drinking pumpkin pie but not as rich, yet malty enough for you to believe you are. So smooth and rich decent dry finish. The hops have subdued and mellowed the beer out perfect. Winner!

Cakanator, May 15, 2009
Photo of ClockworkOrange
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured into a nonic pint glass. Appears a clear rich dark amber color with around an inch of creamy off white foam. A minimal lacing is left on the glass with each sip. Smells and tastes of pumpkin pie spices such as nutmeg (most dominant), cinnamon, allspice, nice nutty roasted pumpkin notes, toasted grain, just the right amount of sweetness from the brown sugar. Maybe a bit more than medium bodied with ample carbonation. If you are a fan of pumpkin ales, this is one of the better ones out there.

ClockworkOrange, May 08, 2009
Photo of fingerlaker
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Was I the only guy who smelled rancid ham when opening the bottle? Just disconcerting.

Pouring it out the head was good and thick, leaving good bands around a clean glass.

The taste was quite sweet- common for an Autumn beer, mixed with a hearty helping of spices, the strongest of which was nutmeg.

Quite drinkable, alcohol gave a nice kiss on the way down.

Decent brew all around.

fingerlaker, Apr 23, 2009
Photo of mempath
4.8/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

though it seemed weird to have a pumpkin ale in mid-Spring...my sister-in-law loves it and buys it when she can...but it was a cool rainy day so i had one. pours thick with spices already jumping out and into the nose...laces like a champion, dark color as expected...the label spills the secret...lots of allspice, cinammon...all that jazz, but it is so well-balanced from all levels: mouthfeel, nose, taste all just meld together. i have to get this when autumn rolls around and this is available again.

i have backed off holiday brews for some time...this makes me want to jump back in...this HAS to be the best pumpkin ale i've ever had. i used to love this style a few years ago...orange veggies are a favorite of mine. this is like liquid pumpkin bread with a cheesecake somewhere in the vicinity. worth every penny and drop.

mempath, Apr 16, 2009
Photo of alpinebryant
4.28/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into Pint glass, medium head, nice caramel color. Smelled delicious, I think perhaps more delicious than I expected because it is Spring and I am not used to smelling pumpkin pie this time of year.

Taste is amazing, I will be going out of my way to get more of this beer this time of year. As the label says, Allspice jumps out foremost, with Cinnamon and Brown sugar very close behind.
Mouthfeel is medium body, carbonation might be only slightly higher than it needs to be but otherwise great.

Very Drinkable . After drinking so many porters of late, the 7% is welcome and not overpowering.

alpinebryant, Apr 05, 2009
Photo of tigg924
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: 1/2 inch head, high carbonation, clear, orange-brown

Smell:like a pumpkin pie, allspice, cinnamon and cloves jump out

Taste: allspice, cinnamon, cloves, malt, sugar, and hops

Mouthfeel: starts sweet and sugary then a hoppy finish. medium body

Drinkability: This is very much like a pumpkin pie. I love how you get the sweet first, then the hops...sort of like eating the filling, then the different taste for the crust. This one definately has a beer feel to it. That said I do not think I could drink more than two in one sitting.

tigg924, Apr 01, 2009
Photo of darklordlager
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a dark cidery orange, with a 1 inch head that recedes to nothing in a few minutes.

Smell is of strong biscuit malts, spices- cinnamon. Pumpkin pie
with whipped cream coming through as it warms...yum.

Taste is heavily spiced--cinnamon, allspice, sweet pumpkin, melding with the alcohol that stays on the tongue after the swallow.

Mouthfeel- is medium.

Drinkability is great, hides the alcohol well.

darklordlager, Mar 31, 2009
Photo of DoubleJ
3.03/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pumpkin ales are a rare find here in California. This offering can't be found in Cali....yet. Bought when I was in Phoenix recently. Well, on to the beer:

It's a filtered copper orange...you can see the carbonation bubbles in the body. The head is soapy, sits about a 1/2 inch high before dropping into a thin sheet. Lots of nutmeg in the aroma. Mild pumpkin sweetness compliments the nutmeg and assorted spices. The taste, right of the bat, is very spiced. Not much of a malt base, which would help this beer. The first few sips are pleasant, but thereafter it takes a little work to get down. The beer leaves a numbling feel on parts of the palate, with a strong kick of spice as it goes down the throat.

This one packs a wallop of spice. The warming feeling feels nice, but the taste could be a little nicer.

DoubleJ, Mar 24, 2009
Photo of ATLbeerDog
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy copper color with a quickly dissipating mostly white head. Smells of sweet pumpkin spices like nutmeg and cinnamon. There are malts and a light floral hop aroma also present in the nose. First sip is all malt and spice with hardly any hops noticeable. By far, one of the better pumpkin beers I have had and a vey good example of the style.

ATLbeerDog, Mar 15, 2009
Photo of mugglesandhops
3.63/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I have had this on tap also at The Flying Saucer in Fort Worth. I have to say I liked it better out of the bottle. Pours an amber color with an oily thin off white head. Smells of cinnamon, pumpkin, nuts. Taste very strong of pumpkin, come other spices also. Big flavor. Slight alcohol burn in the end. med bodied, fairly thin finish though. This gets better as it warms.

mugglesandhops, Mar 13, 2009
Photo of colts9016
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this brew in the 100% BIF mday.

Poured into a pint glass at 45 degrees.

Appearance: A Coppery orange color in body. There is a quarter inch white foamy head. There is a lot of effervescence in the beer. The clarity of the beer is cloudy but there is some light visible in the body of the beer.

Nose: A nice malt aroma with the a roasted note. There is also a spices you can smell the cinnamon, allspice, and nutmeg. There is a very nice pumpkin brown sugar sweetness. In the background of the beer there is a hint of citrus.

Taste: A rich well round malt flavor with the roasted note. The pumpkin is bright and shows well in the beer. The spice make a subtle entrance but a very nice accompaniment to the pumpkin beer. In the background there is hint of citrus.

Overall: The mouth feel is carbonated and slightly dry. The body of the beer is medium. The finish is slightly bitter. So far out of all the pumpkin beer this beer is very well made. The pumpkin is very flavorful bright and with spices. I really like this beer. It is like eating a pumpkin pie and drinking a well round brown ale. Kudos to Dogfish Head. I really like this beer.

colts9016, Mar 13, 2009
Photo of willjschmidt
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a New Belgium globe glass.

A: Pours a dark amber color with an orange tint.

S: Light pumpkin aroma with pumpkin pie spices.

T: A very good pumpkin ale. Some slightly sweet malt with a good dose of spices such as cinnamon and nutmeg. Brown sugar as well. The pumpkin flavor is there but on the light side.

M: Medium carbonation, medium body.

D: The best pumpkin ale I've had. A great fall seasonal and excellent beer to serve on Thanksgiving day.

willjschmidt, Mar 12, 2009
Photo of BlackBearForge
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled in August 08, a bit late to review but it has held up very nicely.

Golden amber in color, on the lighter side of amber perhaps a bit brown in hue as well, with a nice frothy off white head subsiding fairly quickly leaving nice curtains of lace.

Smell is immediately of toned done pumpkin pie spices and a nice floral/fruity pumpkin scent. Perhaps a bit of earthy hop scent as well.

This is still my favorite pumpkin beer so far. Taste has a strong malt character with a distinct pumpkin rather than a "pumpkin pie" flavor. Pumpkin pie spices are present however, just not as "clove" forward as some other pumpkin beers. I pick up a bit of a banana in the fruit component of the taste. It appears sweet on the palate at first with a nice moderately bitter finish.

Mouth feel is on the lighter side of medium, creamy and moderately carbonated and perhaps a bit oily. It has a very nice mouthfeel.

This is the most drinkable pumpkin I've tried to date and holds up to my expectations from DFH brewery. Nice with food too! Definetly recomended.

BlackBearForge, Mar 03, 2009
Photo of SaintPeter
3.48/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a copper color with red highlights, beautiful to admire. Voluminous white head that vanishes quickly. Foam head clears to an amazing color and leaves a clinging shapes on the glass.

Nose of cold fresh cold pumpkin and spice of nutmeg and cinnamon. Smell of unsweetened pumpkin pie right out of the fridge. Caramelized sugar comes through.

Champagne bubbles tingle on the tongue initially. Mild pumpkin pie spiciness of clove, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves Spice is not overdone, as expected by the smell. The alcohol doesn't come through, unfortunately. Expecting more caramelized sugar and pumpkin flavor. Clean aftertaste--well as clean as a gourd beer can be), linger of spices.

Creamy mouthfeel, medium bodied, pleasant.

One is the limit.

Probably the best pumpkin beer I've ever had, which is not saying much as pumpkin beers always taste like farts. A successful attempt at a gourd beer.

SaintPeter, Feb 27, 2009
Photo of armock
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a copper color with a tan head that leaves lacing behind

S - Has a strong spiced pumpkin pie nose

T - Good pumpkin beer its like drinking a pumpkin pie

M - This beer has a medium body with high carbonation to it

D - I think this is the best pumpkin beer that I've had so far it has a good enjoyable flavor perfect for the fall time

armock, Feb 26, 2009
Photo of BeardedBoffin
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a dark amber almost brown color with a nice cap of foam which settled into a ring around the glass. The aroma reminds me of pumpkin pie: sweet pumpkin, cinnamon, and brown sugar. The flavor is not as strong in the pumpkin category, but it is still there throughout. The beer starts with some grainy malt while the spice and a hint of hops become prevalent toward the end. A solid medium-bodied brew. Not overtly pumpkin in the flavor, but that is just fine with me.

BeardedBoffin, Feb 24, 2009
Photo of JohnQVegas
3.53/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours clear copper with a big, persistent, creamy off-white head that never completely goes away.

Nose is nutmeg and cinnamon, a bit of floral hops underneath.

Taste is heavy on the spices - nutmeg and cinnamon, underlying bed of sweet caramel malt with a hint of brown sugar, a wee bit of floral hops underneath to balance. Spices tend to get a bit bigger towards the finish, where a bit of yeast emerges to complement the whole ensemble. Kind of a hard to sort out beer, pumpkin never really comes out so much as the complementary spices do, but it's always there underneath as well.

Mouthfeel is middle of the road - reserved carbonation and a medium body.

JohnQVegas, Feb 17, 2009
Photo of fosterific
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Powerful pour, lingering off white head with heavy lacing and a deep auburn color.
The nutmeg and cinnamon are obviously present, as you would expect, in the aroma.
This is a very solid pumpkin beer, well balanced and loaded with what be some new form of alcohol, which I am going to coin "ninja alcohol"...I didn't even see it coming, just felt it after the beer was gone.
Had a creamy feel that tickled the roof of my mouth, I could probably have 2 of these at most, like any other spiced beer.

fosterific, Feb 14, 2009
Photo of sentomaster
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- dark murky brown, with a small off white head that dissipates quickly.

S- Absolutely yummy. Huge nose with a cornucopia of smells. You can pretty much pinpoint every ingredient on the front of the bottle. Awesome whiffs of brown sugar, allspice, cinnamon and nutmeg. Oddly enough the pumpkin is the most subtle aroma to me. Definite esters laid over everything.

T- Follows the aroma perfectly. Immidiate hits of alcohol and brown sugar followed by cinnamon, allspice and nutmeg. So many spices you almost get lost in them, but the smooth caramel malt backbone guides it along. Slight hop bitterness in the middle. Finishes sweet and malty. The 7% is apparent but not pronounced, with the spiciness of the esters contributing nicely.

M- Medium carbonation that prickles a bit. smooth, creamy and a very textured mouthfeel.

D- Fantastic beer that leaves you wanting another and another and another...

sentomaster, Feb 08, 2009
Photo of tai4ji2x
3.65/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz, "bottled on 09/08/08" printed on the bottle

clear, coppery amber. nice head gradually fades to wisps and ring. decent lace.

whiff of meaty, savory pumpkin. then cinnamon and nutmeg and maybe the all-spice. some hop grassiness. hints of esters. all a bit subdued however.

flavors of caramel, hint of pumpkin, and then some mild... acidity? mild to moderate hop bitterness has some grassy notes. spices a bit hard to detect on the palate. overall slightly watered down.

feel is also a bit watery, but smooth enough, with some almost acidic or astringent texture in the finish. light carbonation is refreshing.

i feel like i need a little more spice...

tai4ji2x, Feb 05, 2009
Photo of tmoneyba
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle 12 oz.

Pours an orange dark amber color with a moderate off-white head that diminished quickly with good lacing.

Complex spicy pumpkin aroma.

Medium body with creamy texture.

Good complex flavor of a liquid pumpkin pie.

Very interesting and good brew

tmoneyba, Jan 31, 2009
Photo of JordanChabot
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This unusual take on an autumn beer could only be a creation of Sam Calagione and company. For those of you familiar with Dogfish Head's bottled works of art, you'll know exactly what I Am talking about. For those of you not familiar...I'm so sorry you've been missing out....But, this is a great beer to start with....
The pour is a thick, dark orange elixir with about a finger of creamy, tan head. The aroma remarkably filled the area as I poured this one and I was hesitant to bury my nose in it....but, of course, I did. The smell is not one of your average autumn, pumpkin-like beers. It was much spicier, as the allspice dominated most of the nose, and had a well balanced finish of sweetened nutmeg.
The taste was very surprising, as you get a touch of hop bitterness first, followed by a long single-file line of spices.... Allspice, cinnamon, nutmeg, and just the right touch of pumpkin hit the palate without the over sweetening common to this style. Finally, a very subtle brown sugar finish and a spacey carbonation polish things off...without a hint of the 7% ABV.
But hey, this was made on just another day at the Dogfish Head Brewery...one could only imagine.... what could be next?....

JordanChabot, Jan 28, 2009
Photo of jujubeast6000
2.95/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed 9/19/2006 (12oz bottle):

Pours a clear brown-light brownish colored body, with a huge head, white, and lasting. Has a malty spicy aroma, some cinnamon, and nutmeg, weakish though. Has a nice taste of pumpkin, light malty taste. Somewhat bitter aftertaste.

jujubeast6000, Jan 23, 2009
Photo of beerman21
3.05/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From the look of this beer i would not say this is a brown ale on appearence alone. Smell was not what i expected nothing pronouced some pumpkin and malty background hints of spice. Taste of this brew was pretty well balanced with a sweet malty flavor hints of pumpkin but not to overwhelming. It has a nice hoppy background as well, creamy texture. Not a big fan of pumpkin ales. i've always wanted to find a decent pumpkin brew but everytime i seem to be disapointed. Luckily this by far is the best one i have tried. Doesnt taste like a artificial pumkpkin soda its a beers ladies and gentlemen and pretty decent one. Not great but decent give it a try but my days of buying pumpkin beers are over.

beerman21, Jan 23, 2009
Punkin Ale from Dogfish Head Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 5,602 ratings.