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Punkin Ale - Dogfish Head Brewery

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BA SCORE
88
very good

5,927 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 5,927
Reviews: 2,008
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 12.69%
Wants: 314
Gots: 882 | FT: 10
Brewed by:
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Delaware, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: NeroFiddled on 09-26-2002

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
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Photo of mjbrandt18
3.96/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TR_Severance
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of daveosf
3.73/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Beefstroganoff
3.45/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Benjamin_Stewart
3.89/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of misternebbie
4.51/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of intobenme
3.96/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Ristaccia
3.87/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jerid
3.62/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Great Pumpkin flavor. Can taste all the spices too.

Photo of Tlloyd417
4.23/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Zaktcc
4.26/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JohnnyI
3.49/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Hmmm.... a full bodied "brown ale"... not so sure about that. Despite the misleading description, it has a remarkably pleasant appearance. It is jubilantly orange, with an inviting glow when it catches the light. In fact, the playful and vibrant orange color is the attribute I enjoyed the most about this beer. Not far behind is the aroma. The spices and pumpkin meat meld in to an alluring symphony. My wife declared that it is "mouth-watering". She's not even a big beer drinker. As for the taste....This is a little bit on the cloying side with an initial sugary sweetness, followed by a harsh spicing regimen that sticks to the palate and never quite meshes coherently. The phenolic clove characteristics seem to override the malt presence and compete with a boozy fusel alcohol that rides through the whole experience. The pumpkin flavor is struggling to come through, as are the bready malts, but they get whacked in to submission by the booze and spice. Although not offensive, it's simply not the best-tasting pumpkin ale I've had. Not by a long shot. That said, the mouthfeel is quite nice. Creamy, perfectly carbonated with medium viscosity. Overall, this is a decent representation. I wonder if this beer would age well, perhaps mellowing some of the sharper edges with the spice and alcohol. Perhaps this one would be better with a slightly lower ABV? It's rare that I would suggest going smaller, but in this case, I feel like the higher gravity detracts from the beer. As with most quality brews, as it warmed and through the middle of the glass, the flavor profiles came together a bit more. Worth a try for sure, especially if you like palate-wrecking spiced beers. A tad overrated in my humble opinion. If you want a big pumpkin beer, try Weyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin. Of course, there's always Pumking for the over-the-top pumpkin experience. Personally, I recommend Smuttynose if you can get it.

Photo of jrand2621
3.77/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of nowhere_native
3.6/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of pDubs
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Justin8mypants
3.54/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Matty123
3.94/5  rDev 0%

Photo of TEKNISHE
2.75/5  rDev -30.2%

Photo of double2chin
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of JNForsyth
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of reagbr8
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of Mole_Playing_Rough
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of bmeehan
4.75/5  rDev +20.6%

The best pumpkin beer I've had.

Photo of mberishere
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of SeattleBoB76
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Punkin Ale from Dogfish Head Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 5,927 ratings.