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Punkin Ale - Dogfish Head Brewery

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5,889 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,889
Reviews: 1,996
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 12.94%
Wants: 309
Gots: 833 | FT: 7
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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 BevMoAndrew
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served into a Bruery tulip glass at about 40 degrees & allowed to warm.

Pours a golden orange in the glass with a creamy white froth and good lacing. Pronounced & perfumed aromas of roasted pumpkin, cinnamon, brown sugar, nutmeg, honey, baking spices, subtle vanilla, & caramel follow through on the palate. There is a little bit of hop bitterness to balance, but the malts, spice, & pumpkin are the real stars of this beer. Great carbonation/mouthfeel, balanced flavors, & a long finish help make this a great beer! Overall, one of the best pumpkin beers on the market! This beer is a perfect Thanksgiving beer!

Photo of DwnTwnBwn
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Last of the four pack I got for the holiday, need to review.

A- A good looking rich deep copper color beer, very clear. Little light tan head that dissipates fast. Some lacing.

S- Lots of pumpkin pie spices, cinnamon and nutmeg with little pumpkin aroma. Not bad.

T- This is the high point of this beer. The taste is sweet brown sugar and pumpkin with lots of spices again.

M- Medium bodied beer, there seems to be a buttery feeling to the beer. The carbonation bits towards the end.

O- Likable beer. Its a good representation of the style the only lets down is the overly spiced aroma. Tastes good.

Photo of mrmanning
3.3/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle generously shared by MDS! This stuff looks rough. A hazy orange pour with no head, just a very thin halo of creamy being froth. But the aroma is good stuff. Pumplin and spicy bread dominates. Theres some brown sugar too, and some nutmeg, but it's mostly pumpkin, and it smells good. Taste is pumpkin pie too, pretty spicy, and very soft. Very creamy and drinkable. Just wish the taste kept up with the aroma. Thanks Mike for sharing a good beer from DFH!

Photo of Donerik
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this on tap and from a bottle during the fall season

First off I liked it, it tasted alittle bit more like beer than Pumpking, but had more pumpkin flavor than some other pumpkin brews I tried.

Appearance: Orangish, good head, the head may have been fuller at poor, this thing could have sat for a bit before I got it, so reasonable retention...

Smell: spices, I think, all spice maybe, coriander, cinnamon, cloves? It smelled good, but not great. 3.5

Taste: Winner...this was good, the spice level was just right, not too much pie, not too much beer, the flavor saturated my palate from start to finish, if you swirl it around in your mouth you'll pick up on the spices as well as the sweetness from the sugars and malts, but it's well bittered with hops to prevent it from being too sweet.

Mouthfeel: About right for the style, thinner than a stout, heavier than water. I can't say too much here, except that it was carbonated at about the right level.

Drinkability: 12oz at a time is enough for me, It's drinkable but not like something I want to go right back too when I finish my first one, the reasonably high alcohol would prevent me from trying to make a night out of these, but the snifter I had lasted me through my meal and the 2 ipas my friend drank with his dinner.

Photo of Hefeweizguy
4.7/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I enjoyed this beer from start to finish. Poored very well and had a very nice color. The bottle was plain while the beer was the complete opposite. The beer foamed up nicely and settled perfectly. This beer tasted very sweet and had a nice undertaste. The pumpkin taste wasn't too overbearing. This beer is probably in my top ten for seasonal beers.

Photo of drseamus
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Brilliantly clear orange amber body. There is a small head but it goes away quickly.

S: Pumpkin and spice in the nose. Pretty equally balanced. Top notch.

T: Bold flavor. Big spice and pumpkin abound. I don't really get much cinnamon despite it being listed on the label. I get the sugar and allspice though.

M: Pretty light bodied actually. This was a bit surprising for me.

D: Among the tops of pumpkin ales. Right up there with Pumpking.

Photo of spencerw
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Once again- Dogfish delivering a solid product!

A: This brew poured a dark golden, one finger light cream head with marginal retention. Moderately carbonated with little to no lacing. Not the "award winning appearance; pretty average.

A: Cinnamon, nutmeg, spicy pumpkin. Not overwhelming but very refreshing.

T: cinnamon, a hint of brown sugar and spicy pumpkin. Fairly crisp, extremely refreshing and a nice balance.

M: Light to medium bodied, moderate carbonation and very thirst quenching.

D: Very drinkable. Great holiday session beer. Overall- a very solid brew. Nothing unique to its style but extremely good.

I will definitely drink this again.

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

12 ounce bottle poured into the standard pint glass. Typical, but attractive DFH labeling. Bottled on 8.12.09.

Pours an amber color with good visibility throughout. After an aggressive pour, no head is noted nor is lacing lining the glass. Smell is mostly thanksgiving day spices with lots of cinnamon and nutmeg. No alcohol is noted in the nose. Taste is pumpkin up front with the spices finishing out the quaff. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and drinkability is pretty high during the fall/thanksgiving time of year. Overall one of the better pumpkin beers for me.

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

Bottled on 8/24/09

Punkin pours into a the glass with an orange-amber color and what turns out to be a cap of a white head.

The beer smells similar to other pumpkin beers I've had because of the spices. Cinnamon and nutmeg popped out to me, although there are some other pumpkin pie spices in it. There is a bit more kick in the aroma, since the base beer here is a 7% abv brown ale. If I were to compare it to a pumpkin pie, I would say it smells like the part of the pie right next to the crust.

The flavor of the beer comes mostly from the spices, but has a good amount of robust maltiness to back it up. The malts in this beer contribute some slight caramel sweetness, but it's quite plain. The finish is dominated by spices.

The mouthfeel is has a nice creaminess to it but finishes very dry for it's weight. The 7% abv sneaks up on you real quick, this drinks a lot lighter than it is.

Photo of bargerking
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled in a snifter

Poured a brown/copper. Medium body to the pour. Thin and quick deminishing head. Next to no lacing.
Tons of complexity to the smell. Took awhile pull everything out. Cinnamon, nutmeg, brown sugar all compound and make a very refreashing and inviting smell. Even a juicy citrus pear undertone helped zest the smell. A little alcohol was detected. May have been more related to the nutmeg and spice though.
Initial taste upfront was boozy. Again this could just be an odd taste that I could'nt identify due to the spices used. Taste retains with a subtle spicey cinnamon/nutmeg malt. Aftertaste is enjoyable that tends to stick around.
Mouthful seemed a little thin. It was a little spicier then I expected and I dont know if it had a definative "pumpkin" taste to it. A decent brew but could have been sweeter and creamier.

Photo of advill88
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark golden honey-like color with a half inch white head.

Predominant smell is of brown sugar and pumpkin, with some hints of pumpkin pie spices like cinnamon and nutmeg.

Taste is on the heavier side of maltiness, with strong flavors of pumpkin and brown sugar, and hints of cinnamon and nutmeg. The underlying brown ale character is still present underneath, though.

Mouthfeel is medium with carbonation on the light side.

This is probably the best pumpkin beer I've ever had. It has a sweetness, but it's not too sweet, and the combination of the pumpkin and brown sugar are especially delicious. I could definitely drink several in a row. This would be good with pumpkin pie.

Photo of NOOGIE
4.43/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Look: Poured 12 oz bottle, half off purchase sale. Nice orange color, what I imagine from a pumpkin beer. Also ring of foam which sticks with the full beer.

Smell: The first thing that comes to my nose is the pumpkin smell, real pumpkin, not like baked pumpkin pie. Really a lot of smells are in this beer. Second of all, is the spices. I can really smell the cinnamon and nutmeg, mixed with the beer.

Taste: Everything really mixes well in the taste department and it actually has a brown ale taste.

Mouthfeel: Just like the taste the mouthfeel mixes all the various ingredients together and it stays wet in your mouth.

Drinkability: Good, this beer is definitely worth a try again. Surprisingly the drinkability is pretty easy, you really can't taste the high alcohol content so the beer hides the alcohol very well.

Photo of walshclimb
3.25/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I would not normally order a pumpkin beer, but my local bartender pushed it a little, backed up by several patrons. It looks good enough with a decent creamy head and copper color. It smells like pumpkin pie, just what I would expect but not anything out of the ordinary. It tastes not too bad at first with a decent malt base and spicy flavor with pumpkin that is not overwhelming. As I drank it, it got a little more pumpkin flavored, especially in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is nicely carbonated and maybe a little chewy. I am not really into this kind of beer, but it is definitely more drinkable than others of this variety. If you like the fall pumpkin beer thing, this is certainly one of the better ones.

Photo of MrStark
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Appearance is a clear orange/amber with a foamy two-finger off white head that recedes into a small cap.

Smell is of cinnamon, pumpkin and brown sugar. A pleasant spicy and sweet aroma.

Taste is a nice sweet blend of spices like cinnamon and nutmeg with some brown sugar towards the end. The pumpkin flavor in it seams to be a little more subtle than I would hope for but overall a its has a good flavor.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and pretty smooth. A good mild amount of carbonation.

Drinkability is quite good. A nice brew that goes down easy and is pretty tasty. I would say one of the better examples of the style I've had so far. It certainly would make a great session beer and I hope to have a few more before the season is out.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.55/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Brooklyn Brewery pint glass.

A: Pours a vigorous 1 finger light orange, cream colored fluffy head with excellent retention. Brew itself is clear reddish brown and highly carbonated. Lacing is stringy but ample and really sticks around.

S: Cinnamon spice, brown sugar, pumpkin, and a slight hint of cane sugar.

T: Starts off cinnamon spice, stays sweet with hint of brown sugar in the middle. Finish is more cinnamon spice and a bit of tartness at the end coupled with alcohol.

M: Medium bodied and rather coarse and carbonated, finishes wet and messy. Also a bit chewy as it warms.

D: Quite enjoyable for its style, but not the body that I was expecting nor come to expect. Still, tastes great, is simple and to the point, and very sessionable.

Photo of thain709
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A clear amber body with some orange glow to it...a small, white head forms and falls quickly into a ring that stays around the edges...some lacing is left

S - Roasted pumpkin actually comes through mixed with pumpkin pie spices...cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice...there is an underlying sweet malt aroma too

T - The taste revels a subtle sweetness which I'm guessing is from some roasted caramel malts...the pumpkin flavor actually kicks in during the middle of the beer...the spices (cinnamon stands out) end the beer and pair well with the subtle hop bite

M - Medium bodied...nicely carbonated and goes down smoothly with a nice lingering spicy-hop bite

D - This is a decent pumpkin ale...I like that this one lets the pumpkin flavors actually stand out more than the pumpkin pie flavors...as always a good beer to sample from Dogfish

Photo of hoplover82
3.4/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A-Pours a crystal clear deep orange color with a medium to small off white head that has really good retention and ok lacing.

S-The smell of cloves and faint pumpkin come to mind, maybe even some cinnamin.

T-Mainly spices but I do get some pumpkin flavor. Some good amount of soft bitterness to keep it from being too sweet.

M-A medium body, creamy, yet it's kinda thin. And lacks an ending... after the flavor n' stuff, it drops off to nothing...

D-It ok in D but, it's not something I would want one after another. But other spiced beers like Anchor's Christmas Ale I could session all night. It's just kinda plain after it's out of your mouth... But it's not bad.

Photo of Tdizzle
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an Allagash stemmed glass. Bottled on 8/13/09.

A- Punkin' Ale pours a clear amberish-gold color with one finger of white foam that quickly settles to a thin cap over the beer. A few wisps of lacing appears after each sip.

S- All the typical pumpkin pie spices- cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, maybe some clove- along with very lightly toasted malted barley, brown sugar and just the slightest hint that this beer was brewed with actual pumpkin squash...maybe. A lightly metallic note of Dogfish Head's house yeast is backed up by a mild hop aroma and an unexpected indication of the moderate alcohol content.

T- A delicious combination of the above mentioned spices on a bed of sweet, husky malts. There's a touch of what I think is alcohol astringency right before the finish, which is dry and leaves a slight metallic note from a mild hop presence in the flavor.

M- On the medium side of full-bodied with a lightly creamy texture and a moderate amount of carbonation.

D- A good overall flavor and one of my favorite pumpkin beers. I wouldn't want more than two of these in a session, but it's one of, if not THE best, pumpkin based beers that we now get in southern California.

Photo of femALEist
4.43/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pumpkin ales in general have never beckoned my name. Perhaps it was that keg that my sister got when I went to go visit her in college when I was still in high school. We got a keg of Pumpkin Ale, had a party, and was drinking pumpkin ale for the next 7 days straight. It seemed like a good idea at the time.

Pumpkin ales are usually just too much to handle- too pumpkiny, too spicey, too undrinkable. But when I saw that Dogfish Head came out with one called, Punkin Ale, a full-bodied brown ale brewed with real pumpkin, brown sugar, allspice, cinnamon, nutmeg and 7%, I decided to try this type of beer again.

The nose has a more sweet caramel nutty nose than pumpkin with a hint of spicy cinnamon. The color is a deep red sienna brown. The first sip revealed a spicy beer with a light pumpkin aftertaste- not too pumpkiny and not too overwhelmingly spicy. There is a lingering allspice taste on the tongue after you drink it a while with a hint of sweet syrupy maple. It is not a super sweet beer- it actually smells sweeter than it tastes. The flavors really seemed to open up and balance more after the beer cooled down a bit. It reminded me of a spicy unsweetened apple cider more than pumpkin beer.

This beer is calling for you to grab it for a picnic on a cool Sunday afternoon with a loved one- it wants to be enjoyed outside. Granted I wouldn't go out and buy a keg of it, but a few glasses had me lingering for the holidays to arrive. Perhaps it is my love of Fall that made this beer warm my senses or the fact that someone actually balanced a pumpkin beer for me to actually enjoy to drink.

Photo of jonziefle
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Poured a medium amber, clear, with one finger white foamy head. Good retention with the head reducing down to a nice thin layer. Good lacing, but not exaggerated.

Smell: Pumpkin and spices (cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg) are strongest at first, with a malty base. A slight hint of hops.

Taste: Follows the nose nicely. Mild pumpkin flavor with stronger flavors or cinnamon and nutmeg. A medium brown sugar sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, with a nice carbonation bite to start. Very smooth.

Drinkability: The best pumpkin ale that I’ve had. Great pumpkin flavor with complimentary spices. Excellent mouthfeel and very easy to drink.

Buy Again? Every season.

Photo of blackenmn
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass:

Appearance and Smell: Poured a clean orange/copper with a this white head which stuck around the edge of the glass a bit. Smelled of sweet pumpkin, ginger, some definite brown sugar, and a bit of nutmeg, clove, and toast. Pretty pleasantly sweet smelling brew.

Taste and Mouthfeel:Tasted of pumpkin, ginger, plenty of assorted spice, and plenty of very sweet brown sugar flavor in this as labeled. The brew was light to medium bodied with a pretty subtle earthy hop presence which really wasn't enough bitterness to override the sweetness in this, which mad this kind of a treat.

Drinkability:This was a very drinkable brew, nothing overwhelming in the least. There's just enough uniqueness in this brew to keep it interesting throughout, particulary the heavy sweet notes hiding in this thing. I'd definitely drink this again.

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

Poured into a La Fin du Monde tulip

A - redish orangey colored body, about an inch worth of off white head that already is starting to leave lace

S - nutmeg, cinnamon, roasted pumpkin, maybe some brown sugar, some earthy notes which im not sure is from pumpkin or hops

T - meaty pumpkin sauteed in nutmeg and cinnamon and butter then blended and added to the brew kettle, not sure where the hops are, but thats ok

M - medium bodied, good carbonation at the beginning, then smooths out, taste coats all of the palette

D - was drawn to this beer bc of dogfish head brand not bc its a pumpkin ale, was very happy with this and is now become my go to choice for a pumpkin beer, in the rare occasions that i want one

Photo of gatornation
3.3/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours an amber/orange color with a 1/2' head and fras lacing on the glass with a nice beige ring.. the smell is banana nutmeg cinnamon and pumpkin bread the taste is the same it has a oily pumpkin taste that i did not like followed by banana bread tastes and some spices overall ive had better pumpkin ales but this is still allright DFH is a solid craft brewer will try any of their brews ...this one is a one bottle try for me

Photo of mintjellie
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Shows a deep, clear orange that seems appropriate for something made of pumpkin. A fair topping of bubbly white head quickly fizzles away to a thin layer, leaving no lace behind. Smells of pumpkin with allspice, cinnamon, and brown sugar over a biscuit & caramel base. It tastes like pumpkin pie filling with an alcoholic kick. All the spices in the nose are there on the palate as well, with a hint of nutmeg as it warms. Caramel base. Alcohol is slightly noticeable. Medium bodied and slightly fizzy. I think I'd like it a bit smoother. The spices make this fine beer a slow sipper, and I don't think I could have more than one.

Photo of qchic
4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours copper with an off-white and long lasting head. Visible carbonation. Smells like a pumpkin beer. Not quite sweet enough to smell like the pie, but all the ingredients are present without being overwhelming. The flavor is fairly balanced, with pumpkin, cinnamon, and nutmeg coming through (can't speak to the allspice as I don't have much experience isolating it) without eclipsing the more conventional flavors of a good brown ale. There is a nice malty platform and the hops bring some tanginess and bitterness in the finish, keeping it drinkable. Full-bodied and perfect for the season, this pumpkin beer features natural flavors that make this one of the best pumpkin beers out there (used to be THE best, but there is a lot more competition these days)

Punkin Ale from Dogfish Head Brewery
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