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Punkin Ale - Dogfish Head Brewery

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very good

5,823 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,823
Reviews: 1,991
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 12.94%
Wants: 303
Gots: 813 | FT: 7
Brewed by:
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 cbalbrecht
5/5  rDev +26.9%

cbalbrecht, Nov 07, 2014
Photo of HarmonMW
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%

HarmonMW, Nov 07, 2014
Photo of CA_Jim
2.75/5  rDev -30.2%

Not as heavy on the pumpkin as I expected. Not bad.

CA_Jim, Nov 07, 2014
Photo of jessealmlie
4.16/5  rDev +5.6%

jessealmlie, Nov 06, 2014
Photo of Nuggetz
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Nuggetz, Nov 06, 2014
Photo of Limanti
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Limanti, Nov 06, 2014
Photo of flyingpig
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

355ml Bottle brought home to me from Virginia, USA:
Clear, bright amber to copper with a bubbly white lacing that covers the surface.

Lots of spice initially with pumpkin notes & sweetness. The alcohol content is well hidden & the aroma is well balanced with some bread but is the spices that dominate with cinnamon, nutmeg & various others featuring.

Spicy with some cinnamon & nutmeg alongside the sugar & pumpkin, there's a strong malt presence with bread & background fruits as well. Some hops make an appearance with hints of alcohol but these aren't the strongest with toasted malts & background fruits at the end.

Medium bodied with above average carbonation & a nice spicy feel to the beer that was tangy & had a good balance. The beer was quite easy to drink & smooth with a dry finish.

Easily the best pumpkin beer I've tried thus far & an excellent all round offering that falls short of being a classic but is very drinkable. Starting off quite spicy, I was initially fearful that this one would end up like some other pumpkin beers I've tried (namely Pumpkinhead from Brewdog) but thankfully this one was a lot more balanced & enjoyable, definitely one I'd pick up each year if it were available here in the UK.

flyingpig, Nov 06, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

mgi020, Nov 06, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

AdamTebbs, Nov 06, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

ksbeernuts, Nov 06, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

jtc5632, Nov 06, 2014
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3.88/5  rDev -1.5%

T1i1m1, Nov 05, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

rsmith120686, Nov 05, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

xtonytx, Nov 05, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

cj8311, Nov 05, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

NCMatt, Nov 05, 2014
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4.52/5  rDev +14.7%

Coburn1002, Nov 05, 2014
Photo of AndrewRivera21
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

AndrewRivera21, Nov 05, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

Mattst44, Nov 05, 2014
Photo of kemoarps
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

For a supposedly brown ale converted to pumpkin, this is awfully light. Light amber body, large bubbles form the initial head, but dissipates almost immediately leaving nothing whatsoever on top OR on side. No mullet here!

As soon as I pop the top, the sweet spice notes start. Mmmmm.... I get sweet vanilla, some brown sugar, pumpkin, bready malts, and some allspice. The pumpkin is less pumpkin pie sweet and more meaty, like carving pumpkins, or more like pumpkin seeds tossed with brown sugar and vanilla (never done that particular combo, but this is making me think it might be pretty tasty...)

The taste starts off with a bit of that same vanilla, though less pronounced than the nose. pumpkin meat really comes in at the end, with bits of gourd-onic sweet-ish throughout the middle levels. A little bit of spice, and an almost honey-like finish. Again, the brown base declines to introduce itself, opting instead for an almost reddish (but softer) body. The malts are really soft and accessible. Smoothe finish, largely sweet with a soft finish and just a touch of bitter. Caresses rather than cloying

I feel like this is solid, if not particularly gourdbreaking. I actually prefer having a softer, sweeter base, as I don't have a particularly strong affinity for the sharper malts/amber base that a lot of pumpkins seems to use. That's just me, though.

kemoarps, Nov 04, 2014
Photo of BeerHistoryGuy
4.75/5  rDev +20.6%

Appearance: A surprise -- very clear with orange to amber color. Little bit of lacing with a thin white head.

Aroma: Terrific mix of spices (fall spices, like nutmeg, cinnamon, etc.)

Taste: I was surprised. It didn't taste like a true pumpkin ale, in that the pumpkin taste was very subtle..comes in afterwards. The hops balanced well with plenty of fall spices, and the subtle pumpkin/fruitiness at the end rounded out the taste very well.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, with a good amount -- just right - of carbonation. Very smooth beer, all in all.

Overall: For me, this was a fantastic beer all around. I have very little bad to say about it, other than that I almost wonder if the name should be more like an "autumn beer," or "fall brew," or something like that, rather than a pumpkin beer -- although pumpkin surely comes in at the end. Still, I'm giving it a 4.75/5 so I'm searching for an issue, here. In reality, It's the type of beer that would compliment a heart beef stew and work perfectly on a cold late-autumn day. The spices, hops, and carbonation are all perfect for me in this and the hint of pumpkin makes it that much better. I could go on and on, but this is a beer that ranks very high on my list of "must haves."

BeerHistoryGuy, Nov 04, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Caskaway, Nov 04, 2014
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4.05/5  rDev +2.8%

Dirtyhands, Nov 04, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

aeric_7734, Nov 03, 2014
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4.16/5  rDev +5.6%

TheDudeAbides14, Nov 03, 2014
Punkin Ale from Dogfish Head Brewery
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