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Punkin Ale - Dogfish Head Brewery

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very good

5,694 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 5,694
Reviews: 1,977
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 12.94%
Wants: 300
Gots: 765 | FT: 6
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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3.52/5  rDev -10.7%

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4.12/5  rDev +4.6%

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4.1/5  rDev +4.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

I'm not going to do an in-depth review. I had this beer chill for a little and it was a lot more enjoyable. Definitely a wintery-feel to it. More spice than pumpkin, smooth as ever though. This deserves to be enjoyed.

Lou22, Oct 21, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

BHansen214, Oct 21, 2014
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4.11/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

jonrdunn, Oct 21, 2014
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4.4/5  rDev +11.7%

It took me over 5 years to acquire this little puppy. Pretty excited to give this a taste!

Appearance - Not quite as full-bodied as I anticipated. I assumed this would be a much richer, darker "brown ale", similar to the Dogfish Indian Brown Ale or Palo Santo in terms of color. Instead, this is quite amber and bright orange in color. Not necessarily a bad thing, per se, just not as malty as I had originally hoped for. Head dissipates almost immediately. No head after a few minutes. Bubbly inside the glass.

Smell - All spice is quite prevalent on the nose. Cinnamon is detectable, yet faint and subtle. Nice and not overbearing.

Taste - Nice and subtle tastes going on here. Pumpkin is light, fermented brown sugar, caramel, molasses, rum, subtle cinnamon, all spice (heavier than other spices, also on the nose). Not detecting much nutmeg. Nice medium malt body. Lightly hoppy and the hops compliment everything else without taking away from the pumpkin and spices.

Mouthfeel - Surprisingly well carbonated given how flat this beer looks in the glass. Nice and bubbly and the sugars move all throughout the palate.

Overall - Balanced and easy drinking. GOES GREAT WITH HOMEMADE PUMPKIN PIE. I have a feeling that this may be the point of this Pumpkin Ale: to be a session beer that goes down easy, and in turn, multiples can be enjoyed. It's also a beer that most people can appreciate, including non-beer lovers. Very broad in its approach. Again, this is not nearly as bold as I thought it might be. Sam usually likes to push the envelope with his beers, but this one holds back. Still nicely balanced and nothing to complain about! However, I would have to be honest and say, it is a SLIGHT disappointment for me personally given that it doesn't differ too much when comparing it to other pumpkin ales on the market. Brooklyn Brewery's Post Road is not far off from this and is more widely available. This is still a great beer!

Agent1, Oct 21, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

SwG237, Oct 21, 2014
Punkin Ale from Dogfish Head Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 5,694 ratings.