Punkin Ale | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

BA SCORE
88
very good
6,562 Ratings
Punkin AlePunkin Ale
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
Ratings:
6,562
Reviews:
2,112
Avg:
3.91
pDev:
12.79%
 
 
Wants:
365
Gots:
1,403
For Trade:
6
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Photo of _nickg_
3.6/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of petrusek23
3.96/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.94/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The appearance was a murky semi-dark orange color with a slight transparency about it. Carbonation could be seen rising at a moderate pace to fill a quickly dissipating finger's worth of white foamy head that left barely any lace.
The aroma had a soft blend of the pumkin flesh, some bready malts and a blend of nutmeg, allspice, cinnamon, and ginger.
The flavor leaned slightly sweet initially through the pumpkin flesh and breadiness and developed a nice blend of the previously mentioned spices. Semi-crisp sort of flesh-like sweetness and spices embrace the aftertaste.
The mouthfeel was between light and medium bodied with a great sessionability about it. Carbonation felt fine playing with the entire feel and aligning appropriately with the ABV.
Overall, though I tend to lean towards Smuttynose's as my main go-to for pumpkin ales, this is a well worthy second place find to have alongside for Autumn festivities. Good job, Sam and company!

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Photo of drdiesel9483
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Look - copper color with a big lasting slightly tan head
Smell - allspice, pumpkin and brown sugar
Taste - taste like an amber with allspice and pumpkin
Feel - medium body with a slight creaminess and slight carbonation
Overall - I'm not a fan of pumpkin beers but this is ok

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Photo of mwvman
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of poisoneddwarf
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

2009 backlog. 12 oz bottle. Aroma of pumpkin spices, grain. Pours a light amber hue with little head, decent lacing. Flavors just as the label describes. Much more full-bodied than Blue Moon’s Pumpkin Ale and Jack’s (Michelob). Not watery at all. Definitely the best "punkin" beer yet.

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Photo of sposter4
3.92/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of jmdrpi
3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BEER88
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Comander_Shepard
4.21/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of emeyer
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SGR1220
3.3/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Lazaraki444
4.84/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Narthax
3.25/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of rsuarez1982
4.02/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Docksidebars
4.56/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Kurzman
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MizzouBrew
4.04/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice looking dark orange with a thin white head. Great pumpkin/allspice flavor that leaves behind a lasting pumpkin taste in the mouth. Has a smooth medium feel. One of the better pumpkin ales imo.

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Photo of marcosm
3.15/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of deeman13
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jcflorian
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mkyer
3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of princessbay710
4.06/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look is less murky and more translucent than I expected. Smell is quite like some sort of pumpkin spice liquor. Taste is alright, and drinkable. I would describe this as a pumpkin session for to me it is very light bodied, with a soft tingle of carbonation. This was bottled Halloween 2016, and it is now the end of January

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Photo of Andrewharemza
3.89/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of HotDogBikeRide
4.54/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Cool little 4 pack on sale for just $4.99 at Spec's in Beaumont - couldn't resist. Julian dating suggests like a 6-7 month old beer or so (I think).

Color is a warm, semi-hazy orange, or at least my color blind ass thinks so.

Small retisicient head with a splash of lacing here and there that falls down into the pumpkin ale from time to time.

Smell is a light malt with a faint pumpkin to it, I'm sure had I grabbed it earlier it would've been much more in your face. That being said there is something warming, calm, and refreshing about the suggestion of pumpkin in the ale. Goes down extremely smooth and tastes great.

Really balanced, safe beer and with an autumn cheer. It is a very unartificial pumpkin flavor that resides in the back of the mouth. Light malts to help guide you to the flavor. Wet and refreshing once again on the palate. I dig this beer and look forward to trying it fresher. It aged quite well.

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Punkin Ale from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
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