Punkin Ale
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

Punkin AlePunkin Ale
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Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States
Pumpkin Beer
Ranked #64
Ranked #14,921
3.92 | pDev: 12.76%
Nov 23, 2023
Sep 26, 2002
Also known as Punkin Brown Ale

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
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Reviewed by MutuelsMark from Kentucky

3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Advance warning, pumpkin beers are not my thing. This beer is golden with an off white to slightly golden hued head. Nose smells like a light lager in my opinion. Taste was ok, just ok. This is a decent beer for what it is, nothing more or less.
Nov 23, 2023
Rated: 3.65 by FreePal88

Nov 17, 2023
Rated: 2.88 by shadowslink7 from Illinois

Nov 12, 2023
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Reviewed by milkshakebeersucks from Maryland

3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Clear, deep amber body sports a large off white head with good lacing. Warm, autumnal aroma loaded up with the usual array of fall baking spices. Earthy taste hangs on to that sweet and spicy image. Nicely carbonated, medium bodied mouthfeel. If you are okay with the style, this is a good one.
Nov 11, 2023
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Reviewed by tucson_brewson from Arizona

4.29/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
12 oz can poured into a pint glass.

L - Pours a clear, copper-amber color with a thin, white lacing that dissipates throughout the session.

S - Smells like autumn, lots of cinnamon, nutmeg, and pumpkin up front, caramel, biscuit malt, some hops but the sweetness dominates.

T - Follows the nose with spice, pumpkin, caramel sugary sweetness at the start, but balanced out nicely with biscuit malt and spicy hops.

F - Light-bodied, moderate carbonation, very drinkable so it sneaks up on you at 7% ABV.

O - I don’t drink many pumpkin/fall beers but felt in the mood and this offered that perfect balance of spicy, sweet, and bitter. I’ll try this again next fall.
Nov 07, 2023
Rated: 4.1 by Iggy88 from Ohio

Nov 06, 2023
Rated: 3.68 by QuintusHorace from California

Nov 04, 2023
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Reviewed by Lanoke12 from Michigan

4.48/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Great pumpkin ale with full fall flavor. A great beer to drink on a crisp night sitting by the jack o lantern. The flavor is full bodied, with a rich amber look, spicy smell, and think feel.
Nov 02, 2023
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Reviewed by mhhsvt from Pennsylvania

4.19/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Oooo LaLa! Dark gold almost orange in a teku glass with a slight haze and light to medium carbonation
The smell is brown sugar clove nutmeg cinnamon and pumpkin of course
The taste is same as above like like pumpkin pie but only slightly sweet
Mouthfeel is a joy to behold
Overall this is probably the best punkin ale l ever had! This is not a Halloween trick but a treat!
Oct 29, 2023
Rated: 3.6 by sbradley41 from Pennsylvania

Oct 28, 2023
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Reviewed by AleManDan from California

4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
This is good! Not really my style, but it looks glowingly amber-light brown in the light in the small goblet glass I am using.

Smells like a dark lager with some non-descript hops and spice flavors and maybe pumpkin. Smells like a stronger, better Modelo Negro to me, bready and biscuity and sweet with that tangy spicy, hoppy note. Hmmm...

Follows nose with more pronounced pumpkiny flavor, with a nice hop profile and many other notes typical of this style. For me it's a nice balance between a dark lager and a brown ale.

Nice! Seemingly big and bold because of the contrasting strong flavors, but overall the actual mouthfeel is medium and then medium to dry at the finish line. I like the way it leaves you with that lager style desire for another sip.

Once again, this is a bit out of my wheel house, but this is a fun and delicious beer for the fall time.
Oct 28, 2023
Rated: 4.2 by AndyGG from California

Oct 23, 2023
Rated: 3.6 by TrueMetalJake from Oregon

Oct 11, 2023
Rated: 4 by JRL5043 from Pennsylvania

Oct 06, 2023
Rated: 4.05 by clm9 from North Carolina

Sep 30, 2023
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Rated by evanwoertz from California

4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
seasonal ale, bringing in the fall time!
Sep 29, 2023
Rated: 4.04 by RalphStanley34 from French Polynesia

Sep 29, 2023

3.94/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
September 2023. Hartwell. Overall very good not too overpowering with the pumpkin spice would definitely buy again always a solid pick.
Sep 23, 2023
Rated: 4.13 by BLVBBERGIXLL from Arizona

Sep 14, 2023
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Reviewed by Wattie83 from Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Look is burnt orange, tan head falls off to nothing. Smell is pumpkin pie spices, brown sugar. Taste follows with pie spices up front through the sip. Mouthfeel is lighter side of medium, decent carbonation. Overall, a one and done for me, but not bad.
Sep 09, 2023
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