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Punkin Ale - Dogfish Head Brewery

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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
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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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4.12/5  rDev +4.6%

bencren, Oct 22, 2014
Photo of jonrdunn
4.11/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

jonrdunn, Oct 21, 2014
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.

Buschyfor3, Sep 04, 2014
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.

oberon, Oct 02, 2003
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.

mdaschaf, Sep 15, 2010
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.

cokes, Nov 06, 2003
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.

aval89, Oct 11, 2010
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.

haddon, Dec 01, 2009
Photo of McNealc31
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Nice copper color and tons of warm spices as soon as it's poured. Loads of pumpkin pie spice like cinnamon, clove, and allspice. Of course, the pumpkin in present, too. I'm getting more hops here than I have with other pumpkin ales, but they are spicy hops that pair quite nicely with the pie spices. Nice warmth from the 7% ABV, as well.

McNealc31, Sep 11, 2011
Photo of gratedjuice
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled in 2010
A- White head with light lacing that tends to hang around. Orange/amber body. Looks good so far.

S- Strong sent of pumpkin, spices, and sugar. Very pleasant. I'm not too familiar with this style of beer but it seems like a winner so far.

T- The first thing that really hits me is the brown sugar. The brown sugar and malt taste is a good combination. The pumpkin is evident in the aftertaste and is rather enjoyable. I was hoping for a stronger spice taste but was still pleased with the final product.

M- smooth and creamy with a slight tingle.

D- This is what a seasonal beer should be. It matches the food of the season and is a relaxing drink. Only thing that could make it much better would be a more pronounced spice taste.

gratedjuice, Aug 23, 2010
Photo of danmcg62
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Poured into a pint glass. Pours a semi-transparent amber color with a decent sized head that stays around for a bit. Minor lacing as the head disappears.

S-Pumpkin dominates the smell with cinnamon and nutmeg coming in from behind. Other spices and some malt.

T-Super tasty brew right here. Thick pumpkin taste with mild spice coming through as well. Nothing really over powers another flavor. Nice balance.

M-Nice feel in the mouth. Mild spice, a tad chewy. Very drinkable.

O-Overall this is one of the best pumpkin beers brewed today. Nice balance of flavor and drinkability. Very good brew indeed.

danmcg62, Oct 30, 2011
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4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a four pack from Berkeley Bowl to go with a meal of roasted veggies, a great way of kicking off the official start of my favorite season!

A: pours a clear orange-brown with about a centimeter of off-white foam. Definitely a lighter color than you'd expect from a brown ale, but hey it looks nice.

S: very complex - sweet, spicy, and fruity. Nutmeg and cinnamon smells are very prominent. Pumpkin smell is pretty light when the beer is cold, and you can smell the alcohol as well.

T: Starts off with a pleasant hop bite and then continues with spicy and sweet brown sugar flavors. Cinnamon and pumpkin flavors are most prominent at the end.

M: Maybe just a bit too much carbonation, but otherwise it's got a nice feel to it. Seemingly lighter at first and then when you taste the pumpkin meatiness at the end it feels a lot heavier.

O: A great beer for the season, couldn't think of a better way to celebrate the start of fall. This ale is definitely another example of DFH's creativity and ability to create high quality, complex beers. I haven't had many other pumpkin ales, but it's hard to try another one when this one is so good. Definitely check this out if you get the chance!

Erbayd, Sep 23, 2013
Photo of AlephNull
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Yay! Nothing better than free beer -- uncovered when a friend moved was a whole case of varied DFH beers, including Punkin' Ale which I hadn't tried yet. Who knows how long this had been aging or how it was stored.

A- Pours a deep amber color, with a 1-finger head that disipates moderately quickly leaving no lacing.

S - Probably the best thing about this fine beer is the smell of freshly baked pumpkin bread -- rich spices: nutmeg, cloves, cinnamon a very lighy spicy hoppiness overpowering a malt base. Only thing missing from mom's pumpkin bread's a bit of yeastiness.

T- All of those above flavors though not quite as rich as the smell might indicate. Malty smooth sweetness gives it a nice round character.

M - Slightly creamy coats the inside of the mouth well, not heavy which is a surprise with all those spice odors.

D- Very drinkable. A bit too many flavors that aren't beer for me to make it a session beer, but definitely an annual pickup for the holidays.

AlephNull, Jun 29, 2007
Photo of techdiver
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an orangish amber with a very modest head that diddipates quickly. Smell is pretty amazing, strong spices; with a bit heavier pumpkin smeel it would smell like pumpkin pie. Taste reiterates what the smell implies, spice with faint pumpkin. Leaves a tingle in your mouth.

techdiver, Oct 01, 2006
Photo of bultrey
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Just a good pumpkin ale right here. Got a pint from supposedly the first tapped keg of this year's batch at Blind Tiger in Manhattan. This pumpkin ale is sweeter and maltier than the only other I have for recent comparison, which is the Smuttynose Pumpkin. There are nice hints of allspice, clove, and maybe cinnamon. The beer also finishes quite dry with a very earthy pumpkin flavor. A Dogfish Head guy (owner, I think?) was at the bar, and gave a little summary of the beer, saying something about fermenting the natural sugars in the pumpkin flesh, which I would imagine contributes to this quality. Anyway, I thought this beer was highly drinkable for a pumpkin ale, and if I wasn't at the Blind Tiger with so many other brews to choose from, I could have knocked back a few more. I'll certainly be aiming to do just that again sometime this fall.

bultrey, Sep 09, 2004
Photo of Kromes
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: An orange/gold color with a thick off-white head. Lots of carbonation.

S: Smells like pumpkin with some cinammon and brown sugar mixed in. Not as aromatic as some pumpkin ales, but it also is not over the top. Nice.

T: The initial taste is of allspice and malt with some brown sugar/cinammon and pumpkin. The finish is a little dry with alcohol warmth and flavor. The pumpkin and spice linger into the finish.

M: Good mouthfeel. Like the carbonation.

D: This is a well crafted pumpkin ale. Very nice on a fall day. You gotta love October.

Kromes, Oct 04, 2009
Photo of jasonjlewis
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Not much head, but nice color and retention. Decent

Smell si very complex. I smell ginger and nutmeg and pumpkin as well as caramel malts. I slightly pick up some brown sugar as well.

Taste is wonderfully complex and very pleasant. The best tasting pumpkin ale that I've ever had.

Nice mouthfeel.

This beer is wonderfully brewed. A lot of spices in this brew. A lot going on. I really enjoyed this beer, but I couldn't make a session of this. The 7% abv isn't noticeable, but the complex spicing makes this beer not ideal for sessions. I could still drink a couple of these, but wouldn't want more than 2 in a session.

jasonjlewis, Sep 27, 2007
Photo of stingrayvr6
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Showed a brownish amber/orange with decent head, little retention and lacing. Smell of pumpkins, cinnamon, bready malt and spice. Taste of bready malts up front, sweet pumpkin balanced by the blend of spices mentioned on bottle (nutmeg and allspice) to leave a complex finish. Great seasonal beer, hides the alcohol well.

stingrayvr6, Oct 12, 2010
Photo of Roeters
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at HopCat:
A: dark amber color with a thin white head

S: spicy aroma of cinnamon, nutmeg, all spice

T: Good complexity of the pumpkin spice, hops and slight maltiness.

M: mild body smooth

D: easy to drink and a great choice for fall beer drinking.

Roeters, Oct 21, 2008
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4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this at Taco Mac tonight on draft. First off let me say I'm not a big fan of pumpkin, I don't like pumpkin pies or anything usually made with pumpkin, with that said, I really enjoyed this beer.

A - A deep copper color that with a fluffy head that settled to a skim over the beer

S - Spicy and pumpkin smelling..as advertised basically but it was a very inviting smell

T - Well the taste was very good..it had some spicey like muted cinniman (sp?) and nutmeg spices with pumpkin and malts with just a wee tad of hops to cut the sweeter tastes

M - It was creamy and full with little carbonation..it was pleasant

D - This was very drinkable I found myself a little disappointed when the glass was gone

meechum, Sep 24, 2007
Photo of mousebeer
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%

mousebeer, Sep 22, 2014
Photo of kmo1030
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

not quite clear, amber orange ale with a thin white head. smells of pumpkin pie with the spices and nutmeg especially, being most evident. not very strong smelling, but what's there is really good. big malty taste, the nutmeg and brown sugar are very apparrent, nice pumpkin flavor underneath it all, some hops balance the taste out rather well at the end. good reasonably full mouthfeel. my first pumpkin ale, and i'm really impressed. hope there are others equally as good. for anyone who hasn't had one before, start here.

kmo1030, Nov 10, 2003
Photo of Gaisgeil
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hands down the second best pumpkin, oh excuse me "punkin" ale I've had to date, eclipsed only by Kuhnhenn All Hallows. Pours into my nonic pint a crytalline and shimmering bright amber with trails of carbonation rushing northward. Nose is of pumpkin pie, slightly bready, with notes of cinnamon and nutmeg. Very pleasant and Pavlovian. Taste is fairly rich and full,with a decent body to it. The pumpkin really comes through here quite well unlike many examples. Very similar in taste as in the nose. Mouthfeel is quite nice, neatly carbonated. A very decent brew, but at nearly twice the price as I can get All Hallows I'd have to pass.


Gaisgeil, Nov 08, 2005
Photo of Neorebel
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed along with 3 other Pumpkin ales. This had a clear, reddish-amber hue and a very small head, with minimal lacing. The aroma to me smelled more like your normal ale with only tiny hints of pumpkin and spice. The big plus is that this beer is very balanced- just the right amount of pumpkin flavor, roasted notes, sweets, and hops. This beer is very 'drinkable' anytime.

Neorebel, Sep 25, 2011
Photo of Paincane
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Amber colored clear pour into pint glass with off-white head leaving a nice rim of lace.
S: Pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, malt and brown sugar blend together to provide an excellent and inviting nose.
T: Sweet malt and pumpkin up front with spices as advertised by the aromas.
M: Medium bodied with active carbonation.
O: This is a very good pumpkin ale. Not my favorite style, but a very tasty example that I greatly enjoyed. I would seek this one out.

Paincane, Oct 27, 2011
Punkin Ale from Dogfish Head Brewery
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