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Punkin Ale | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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3.93/5
Very Good
6,638 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:
#5,653
Reviews:
2,138
Ratings:
6,638
pDev:
12.72%
Bros Score:
4.05
 
 
Wants:
370
Gots:
1,430
Trade:
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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.14/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of BenHoppy
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Brian1357
5/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of elamb106
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of blissfulNemo
4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TheCoolCro
3.79/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cuy50
3.84/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BucannonXC5
4.04/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: Clear 14.75-oz. porter/stout tulip
From: Bine & Vine Bottle Shop in Normal Heights, Calif.
Price: $2.78 with 10 percent off for a variety 6-pack
Purchased: Oct. 5, 2017
Consumed: Oct. 20, 2017
Reviewed as: Pumpkin Ale
Misc.: Bottled on Aug. 28, 2017 at 10:53 p.m. ET

Picked this up on a recent trip to Bine & Vine. Hadn’t tried it before, had pretty good reviews (3.93) and I got 10 percent off with a purchase of six different beers overall. Not always in the mood for pumpkin beers, but was tonight. Bottle read, “Our fall favorite, full-bodied brown ale is brewed with real pumpkin, brown sugar, allspice, cinnamon and nutmeg.”

Poured a medium amber-to-copper semi-clear color with 2-to-3 fingers of frothy khaki head. Lots of bubble streams coming up from the bottom of the glass. Very good spotty lacing. Excellent retention. (Sight - 4.25)

Smelled all the spices up front, including nutmeg, allspice and cinnamon. Also notes of toasted brown sugar, pumpkin, red apple and pumpkin pie. More real than artificial and had me looking forward to the taste. (Smell - 4.00)

Taste was not initially as good. First thing I noticed was metallic notes. Got better after though. Also nutmeg, allspice, cinnamon, peppery spices, pumpkin, caramel, Life cereal, raisins, hints of fig, pie crust, roasty malts and wet leafy grass. (Taste - 4.00)

Medium body. Sticky texture. Average carbonation. Long, spicy finish. (Feel - 4.25)

A really good pumpkin ale overall. Outstanding for the style. (Overall - 4.00)

4.04 | 90 | A-

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4.11/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

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

Beer pours a beautiful caramel color but no head. The smell is pumpkin and nutmeg that translate to the flavor. It's a little more carbonated than I than I like. At 7% this is not a bad brown beer.

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4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Lovely deep amber color but thin head. Not much aroma on this one. Taste is what I expected from Dogfish, very good and complex. The pumpkin is not so obvious and then turns to more beer like. Makes you want more. This is probably the best Pumpkin beer for beerknurds in October. Cheers and Respect. On draft at Ron’s Corner Tavern.

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

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

Photo of Branlott42
3.66/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

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

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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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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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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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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

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