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Punkin Ale - Dogfish Head Brewery

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BA SCORE
89
very good

4,693 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 4,693
Reviews: 1,915
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 12.66%
Wants: 205
Gots: 333 | 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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scootny

New York

4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A roasted pumpkin color almost brown but glinting with orange loveliness. A moderate head fading after a few, leaving a light covering. The pumpkin is so well integrated into the solid malt core of this beer. It makes for a pumpkin bread like aroma with a firm note of sweet alcohol. Maybe a little too firm as it gives a bit of an edge that detracts a touch. An earthy hop balance is a nice counter to the sweet stuff. Taste is a unique combination of grainy malt and pumpkin that gives an overall dryness to the brew. Some nice spices with cinnamon and nutmeg. Lightly burnt caramel and fusel alcohol sweetness flow into a bready finish with earth and faint graham. Feel is medium weight and mildly carbonated. Kind of a cross between a regular and imperial. It is pretty drinkable so use caution. As it warms the alcohol tucks in a bit and the malt reveals a light coffee flavor that also shows in the nose. Drinkability goes up and the overall taste profile improves both just under the next score up. Good stuff this something to look forward to in the fall.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2011 18:44:48 | More by scootny
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ando27

New York

4/5  rDev +1.3%

01-27-2012 03:10:36 | More by ando27
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Curloftheburl

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +1.3%

05-10-2013 20:21:34 | More by Curloftheburl
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HopsYeast

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

tried this after reading about it here. poured from a bottle but still had a nice size head. upon first sip i was happy to find it wasnt an overwhelming taste of pumpkin. later in the glass the pumpkin taste increased slightly but it was still only subtle and enjoyable.

the one negative i had was tasting the alcohol. its high and 7% but other beers i have had have a fuller flavor that covers the high abv. but this doesnt take away from the positives that make this a very yummy seasonal beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2008 23:38:13 | More by HopsYeast
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MarkGutz

Illinois

4/5  rDev +1.3%

09-27-2013 00:34:47 | More by MarkGutz
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sonofliberty2

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +1.3%

09-18-2013 23:22:28 | More by sonofliberty2
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edchicma

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first pumpkin ale....quite good...spicy aroma..very little head, but color was like a light pumpkin pie...Taste was interesting..a malty flavor, but with alcohol kick. Aftertaste was good for such a high abv. The taste lingered just a bit in the back of the palate...just enough to invite you to sip more. Mouthfeel was chewy in a nice way...similar to a desert. Easy and pleasant to drink. A nice change of pace.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2003 22:30:28 | More by edchicma
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Rzzzzz

California

4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a chalice. Jack-o-lantern orange with good clarity and a thin cream colored head that slowly dissipates. Aroma is pumpkin and the standard pumpkin spices, with a hint of brandy.

First sip reveals a surprisingly nice mesh of malt and pumpkin flavors, some of that spice towards the back and an almost salty quality, as if I'd just taken a bite of buttered yams. Nice clean finish with absolutely no turn-off aftertaste. In fact the flavors linger and continue develop on the palate well after the glass has been set down. Medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation.

This one grew on me with each sip; what seemed at first like a nice novelty had by the end of the glass become something I could see enjoying on a regular basis. Nicely done.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2008 15:31:45 | More by Rzzzzz
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jereb33

Michigan

4/5  rDev +1.3%

09-09-2012 00:39:45 | More by jereb33
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TTGBrewing

Illinois

4/5  rDev +1.3%

12-02-2011 05:03:09 | More by TTGBrewing
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Jhcfc

Nevada

4/5  rDev +1.3%

09-30-2013 04:26:19 | More by Jhcfc
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Treyliff

West Virginia

4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Thanksgiving 2012 Beer #2

A- pours a bright slightly hazy copper with some ruby/orange hues, creamy white head with some pretty good lace.

S- pumpkin spices, raw pumpkin, brown sugar, and creamy vanilla

T- starts sweet with highlights of the brown sugar, transitions into a creamy vanilla extract flavor , finishes with some meaty cooked pumpkin and a bit of biscuity malt. Finishes sweet with just a bit of hop bitterness.

M- medium body, low carbonation, velvety mouthfeel.

O- this one goes beyond most brewers concept of a pumpkin ale. The flavors are more complex with notes of vanilla sugar really sticking out and given the ABV, this one is very drinkable. If it wasn't for the 7%, I would call this a session worthy beer. Very good!

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2012 22:07:21 | More by Treyliff
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hemorhoidzz

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +1.3%

08-23-2013 02:30:31 | More by hemorhoidzz
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oso

Illinois

4/5  rDev +1.3%

03-13-2014 06:09:56 | More by oso
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pfaucett

Alabama

4/5  rDev +1.3%

02-11-2013 02:51:56 | More by pfaucett
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Snellgg5

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +1.3%

11-18-2012 11:40:10 | More by Snellgg5
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Bnjmnlws

New York

4/5  rDev +1.3%

01-23-2014 13:56:47 | More by Bnjmnlws
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Ajlvt

Washington

4/5  rDev +1.3%

01-30-2012 17:11:57 | More by Ajlvt
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WaterCzar

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +1.3%

09-14-2013 23:46:43 | More by WaterCzar
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TrojanRB

California

4/5  rDev +1.3%

10-22-2013 02:27:11 | More by TrojanRB
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goochpunch

Texas

4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a copper color with a frothy white head that maintains body and leaves some scant lacing. Moderate bubbles. I smell mostly toasty malts, caramelized pumpkin, and spices. No hops to speak of. A malt backbone stands out most in this beer, not letting the flavorings take hold. Some roasted pumpkin and toasted spices come through. Bittering finish, but no real hop flavor to speak of, above the other flavors. Mouthfeel is of moderate and soft body. Really drinkable for what this is.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2006 04:37:43 | More by goochpunch
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GoGators

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +1.3%

12-14-2011 13:55:08 | More by GoGators
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mikeburd1128

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +1.3%

05-12-2013 17:47:23 | More by mikeburd1128
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bluejacket74

Ohio

4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass, it pours a copper color with a small off-white head. It smells like pumpkin, nutmeg, cinnamon and some brown sugar. It tastes like pumpkins, spices, cloves, brown sugar, nutmeg and some caramel. This definitely has more pumpkin taste (and taste in general) than the other pumpkin ales I've had. It has a medium body, with a nice, smooth mouthfeel with just the right amount of carbonation. It's pretty drinkable too, you can't tell the 7% ABV when you're drinking it. Overall it's a pretty good beer. Easily the best pumpkin ale I've tried so far.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2006 23:07:47 | More by bluejacket74
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liquorpig

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +1.3%

10-06-2012 01:05:40 | More by liquorpig
Punkin Ale from Dogfish Head Brewery
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