Punkin Ale - Dogfish Head Brewery

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BA SCORE
88
very good

5,900 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 5,900
Reviews: 1,998
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 12.94%
Wants: 310
Gots: 847 | FT: 8
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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 TheBungyo
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yeeehaw I'm glad it's fall. I'm loving all the pumpkin ales on the shelves ... including this offering by DFH.

Pours like aged autumn sunshine complete with a creamy half inch of head. I like the nose, but it's almost one dimensional. Aside from the unsweetened pumpkin meat I can only smell a little cinnamon and that's about it. Taste is far more complex.The pumpkin is rich and sweet, followed by cinnamon and rumminess. Is that a hint of vanilla I detect, conjuring images of a whipped cream atop a slice of pie? Finish is very dry.
This is a damn good pumpkin ale. I'll be in a rush to buy more before it's history for another year!

Photo of KKB
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Basically looks like carbonated apple juice. Soft brownish white head that goes away almost immediately. Looks clean, relatively clear.

S - Basically smells like a pumpkin pie. You can smell the pumpkin for sure, the cinnamon and the allspice. Smells spicey, pumpkiny and delicious; perhaps some light floral hops in the nose as well.

T - Quite delicious, more of what you get from the smell. Pumpkin right off the bat, with that cinnamon, some spice, and you get the sweetness from the brown sugar. Not quite as good as the nose suggests but still the best fall pumpkin brew that I have had. Alcohol blends in nicely...The brown sugar really started to come through more as it warmed. Nice to start it real cold and sip slowly and luxuriously away at it till it gets pretty cool. At the end the flavors only come out more robustly and leave you with a smile on your face.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation, a nice light dry finish. Great mouthfeel.

O - Overall this is a great pumpkin ale, the best one that I have had so far. Just delicious.

Photo of thecheapies
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Punkin in a Penn Brewery pint glass looks a shade darker than amber with some burnt orange coloring. The head wouldn't form more than just a half an inch, and it's simmering away pretty quickly.

Smells of pumpkin rind, cinnamon sugar, and some nutmeg. Other spices leaking through, as well. Not entirely contained by the additives are the hops and malt. There's a bready character that is very appealing, and noticeable hopping.

Brown sugar, cinnamon, pumpkin pulp, and allspice. Mild bitterness from a minty hop that permeates the other dominating flavors. Solid graham cracker maltiness is rich, sweet, and leans toward robust. Offsetting hops make Punkin very drinkable and smooth. Really not that sweet, overall. Perfect levels of carbonation for a medium-bodied pumpkin ale. Some great toasty notes in there that pair perfectly with the cinnamon and brown sugar spicing, and it really shines the more the thing warms up. Great stuff.

Punkin probably still sits at or near the top among pumpkin beers for me because it's a solid example and feels great. It's exactly what you should be drinking this time of year... so I will.

Photo of BeerNinja007
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I picked up a couple 12oz singles for $2.25 ea at Harvest Fine Wine in West Hartford CT. Bottled in 2010. Served cold in a chilled pint glass.

Clear light brown brew turns bright orange when held to a light. From a moderate pour it gives a lovely thick and creamy light tan head, minimal lace. Smell is fairly hoppy but hard to characterize because it blends with a bunch of spicy fresh cinnamon and clove. Backbone is moderately thick malt that similarly blends with a sweet-starchy pumpkiny body, like pumpkin pie beer. Taste is also pumpkin pie, with a moderate hop adding oomph to the spice and a moderate bit of marzen-like malt adding body to the pumpkin. The feel is a bit harsh, too fizzy, and the pungent hop overpowers the creaminess. Finish is a bit of spice and warm vanilla.

Photo of BitterBrian
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

First had this as a single from Blue Dog Tavern in Lansdale, PA. I had to buy a case as soon as possible after trying this one. The pumpkin ales go fast around here. I didn't want to have to wait until next year.

Pour/Appearance - Medium body pour with fairly heavy carbonation. Carbonation is tough to see though due to cloudiness. Color is a warm amber. Head disappeared quickly.
Smell - Slight hint of alcohol through the hearty spiced pumpkin smell.
Taste - Yumm. Ever had a seasonal gingersnap cookie? Mix in some pumpkin there you have it. Nutmeg, ginger and, of course, pumpkin overtones.
Feel - Hits the palate evenly and the spices linger on the sides. Feels like a light beer, but the warmth makes it seem heavier. Very smooth.
Drinkability - Due to the spicyness, not to be drank all day/night. It is a seasonal to enjoy when the time is right.

Much warmer and heartier than the other pumpkin ales I have had - which tend to be more watery. This makes it an ideal start to the fall season.

Photo of chip26
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%

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4.12/5  rDev +4.6%

Photo of CAD22
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%

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4.12/5  rDev +4.6%

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4.12/5  rDev +4.6%

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4.12/5  rDev +4.6%

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4.12/5  rDev +4.6%

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4.12/5  rDev +4.6%

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4.12/5  rDev +4.6%

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4.12/5  rDev +4.6%

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4.12/5  rDev +4.6%

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4.12/5  rDev +4.6%

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4.12/5  rDev +4.6%

Photo of jonrdunn
4.11/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Buschyfor3
4.11/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a Samuel Smith pint glass

A: Burnt orange/deep amber body with golden highlights; small head with little retention; lacing is light, almost soapy looking sliding along the sides of the glass.

S: Nice contrast between spicy notes and sweeter aromas from the pumpkin purée and malt bill; all spice, cinnamon, cloves; sweeter bready notes, pumpkin pie and sweet brown sugar (or maybe it's pumpkin bread I'm imagining).

T: Starts with a touch of sweetness that is quickly cut through by a dash of spice; all spice, cinnamon and cloves most prominent; mid sip the spices reveal a smooth/creamy pumpkin pie flavor, not overly sweet but pleasing and balanced; finish presents a bready note that mingles with residual spiciness with cinnamon leading the way, leaving a cinnamon graham cracker like flavor on the tongue long after swallowing.

M: Nice carbonation cuts through the initial slickness on the palate; leaves a slightly powdery feeling on the palate after the finish.

O: Pleasantly drinkable for 7% ABV, as the spice and pumpkin notes mask any alcohol presence. What is particularly nice about this beer is how seamlessly it transitions from sweet to spicy to pumpkin pie to a malty graham cracker finish. Quite a tasty pumpkin ale and one of the benchmarks of the style for sure.

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

I have to say this one is the best pumpkin ale I have had a real nice brew.Pours a burnt orange color with a real nice creamy 1/2 inch head that leaves some nice lacing,aroma is of some serious nutmeg and cardimum with light cinnamon notes.Taste hits with a real pumpkin flavor with the sices hitting after the initial pumpkin flavor so you get the whole spectrum of flavors.A great all around beer definently with the weather changing right now.Very nice,had at Tavern 616 in North Wales,PA.

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

Poured into a DFH snifter

A: Poured dark copper with a one finger head. Pretty good lacing down the side of the glass.

S: Get a nice aroma of cinnamon, nutmeg, and pumpkin spice. Also get some biscuity malt on the back end.

T: Again, the cinnamon and nutmeg are present, but the pumpkin is not as central as expected. It is subtle, and well done at that. Also get a heavy dose of doughy malt on the back end.

D/M: Light to medium bodied with nice carbonation. Very easy to drink, and the 7% is hidden very well. A really nice pumpkin beer that isn't over the top like some others. It is more "beer-like" than some others I have had in this style.

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

The color of pumpkins. Orange with traces of gold. Cream colored stem on top.
Nose is warm and all full of cinnamon and all-spice.
Begins with toasty Brown Ale hues. Crusty sweet yet dry. Spice wastes no time arriving. Cinnamon is a no-brainer. It's here by the truck-full. Another truckload of nutmeg. There is nothing dainty about the spicing in this one. It is aggressive, but not overdone nor out of balance. Morphs into straight gingerbread (from the all-spice?). Traces of pumpkin sourness along with some maple syrup. A basically unnoticed herbal bitterness appears late from the hops. It is essentially invisible, but it is just enough to clean the mouth from its spice shackles. Alcohol is not noticed other than the light heat it ignites in the entrace of the throat....or is that from the cinnamon?
The just-lighter-than-medium body belies the 7%. This is boldly flavored, yet fairly drinkable.
As a general foe of pumpkin beers, I must admit that this has impressed me. Still, not something I'd run out to try again, but this is the best of the lot I've tried. And I've given the ratings accordingly.

Photo of aval89
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: very dark orange/copper color. 1 finger head.

S: spices, cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin, brown sugar.

T: ginger, cinnamon, pumpkin, nutmeg, brown sugar.

MF: light medium body, good carbonation. Finishes a bit chalky.

D: very easy drinker.. Surprisingly good.

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

A- pours a dark golden orange, almost copper in color. nice off-white head that doesn't hang around too long

S- no overpowering smells here but do pick up notes of cinnamon, brown sugar & pumpkin

T- tastes like it smells... brown sugar, spices & pumpkin, malty backbone that is creamy

M- light to medium body, very creamy with little carbonation

D- This is very smooth for 7% ABV. don't usually enjoy pumpkin ale but this is a very nice seasonal. every time I pop one open and usually go for a second one. very nice.

Punkin Ale from Dogfish Head Brewery
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