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Punkin Ale | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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BA SCORE
3.93/5
Very Good
6,622 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States
dogfish.com

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

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, brown sugar and spices. As the season cools, this is the perfect beer to warm up with.

Punkin Ale is named after the seriously off-centered southern Delaware extravaganza Punkin Chunkin (check out some of these Discovery Channel videos of Punkin Chunkin, you gotta see it to believe it!). In fact, Punkin Ale made its debut as it claimed first prize in the 1994 Punkin Chunkin Recipe Contest. Yes, that was a full 6 months before we even opened our doors for business!

28 IBU

Added by NeroFiddled on 09-26-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#5,369
Reviews:
2,133
Ratings:
6,622
pDev:
12.72%
Bros Score:
4.05
 
 
Wants:
370
Gots:
1,433
Trade:
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3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of EMV
3.99/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass

L: Nearly clear golden brown pour. Thin white head. Modest lacing.

S: Pumpkin pie spice... squash/pumpkin. Brown sugar.

T/F: Not overly pumpkin-y which is a good thing. Definite pumpkin presence, but also some solid malt presence, spice, brown sugar sweetness followed by some hopping for bitterness which comes through at the end. Medium to light in body... well carbonated without being fizzy.

O: Probably the best of the 'pumpkin' beers... which is kind of like being the thinnest kid at fat camp, but this one's pretty drinkable... kind of an 'after dinner' beer, and I'm good for maybe 2 of these each fall.

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Photo of Antg8989
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep gold with a light gold, lasting, frothy head but no sticky lacing. Aroma is cinnamon, nutmeg and clove (and it says allspice - so maybe that too?). Taste seems to be allspice up front - again, I feel like the pumpkin is either extremely minimal, or almost entirely masked by the spice. These "pumpkin" beers are really more "spiced" beers than anything. Feel is medium with medium carbonation. Overall, just your average pumpkin ale...better than some..not as good as others.

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Photo of grawp57
4.21/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pint glass at the Green Parrot. Clear copper with a small creamy head. Cinnamon is the major smell, with some other spices (All-Spice?). Taste is very good, but more pumpkin pie (spice), than pumpkin. Nice and easy going down. A very nice fall brew.

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Photo of Calraven
3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Fitzy01
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of andrewh995
3.77/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a beautiful clear orange gold with almost no head. Smells of loads of fall spices, pumpkin, brown sugar, and malt. Tastes of powerful spices, namely nutmeg, cinnamon, and maybe allspice, light pumpkin, brown sugar, and some sweeter malt. Medium in body and carbonation. Overall this is an enjoyable beer, but it tastes to me like a spiced beer rather than a pumpkin beer as the spices are incredibly prominent while the pumpkin is barely there.

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Photo of trainradio77
4.36/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MaxOhle
3.99/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Sk8sean86
3.02/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Ben1313
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jwat
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kdivers
3.59/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Great Divide cervoise glass.

Look: Very clear copper body with a beautiful, silk-like light cream colored head that recedes to an even soapy film. Very pretty random patches of lacing.

Aroma: Toasted cinnamon bread, spicy ground cinnamon, allspice, alcohol.

Taste: The 7% alcohol seems to really cut through the taste right off the bat. However, sharp cinnamon opens the profile with a more genuine meaty pumpkin flavor in the middle. Hints of brown sugar and pumpkin spices follow. A tangy, hoppy finish.

Mouthfeel: A little dry and boozy.

Overall: The beer is a little too sharp and hot for me, but certainly a nice pumpkin sipper on a chilly Fall day.

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Photo of paresis
3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TooGood
3.77/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TCMike
4.31/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of porters4life
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Willvoll
3.86/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a solid pumpkin ale. Dogfish uses high end ingredients so it can be pricey but it's worth a try. This is a pumpkin ale that isn't too sweet like some other ones. Southern Tier Pumking is a good pumpkin ale but it's on the sweet side, so if that beer put you off give this a shot. It has a big mouthfeel and is full of malty flavor. Not much hops at all and the spices aren't too overwhelming. At 7% it sneaks up on you

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Photo of aclockworkchris
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of RozzieBoy
3.99/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L - Poured a clear dark amber with 1 finger white head which receded quickly. Minor lacing.
S - Pumpkin-y, spicy, malty mix.
T - Followed the smell, actually but a little more spicy than pumpkin. Nice.
F - Easy mouthfeel. Pretty smooth.
O - A nice drinking beer. Tasty and enjoyable.

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Photo of Theogre83
3.79/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Achristophel
4.73/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reminds me a little of Yuengling Lager, with a small taste of pumpkin and sweet.

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Photo of White_Whiskey
4.26/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Beginner2
4.01/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I really like how they put this ale together. Mostly malt. Modest spicing. Thanksgiving in a bottle.
Having Had 14 now from Dogfish Head, I probably am entitled to pronounce them one of the most creative brewers I know. The temptation in a subtle ale is to try to do too much. They did just enough to convince me that having only one this year would be a mistake. Punkin Ale is back on my list.

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Punkin Ale from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
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