Punkin Ale
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

Punkin AlePunkin Ale
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From:
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
 
Delaware, United States
Style:
Pumpkin Beer
Ranked #59
ABV:
7%
Score:
88
Ranked #15,094
Avg:
3.92 | pDev: 12.76%
Reviews:
2,213
Ratings:
4,680
Status:
Active
Rated:
Yesterday at 09:08 PM
Added:
Sep 26, 2002
Wants:
  385
Gots:
  1,490
SCORE
88
Very Good
Punkin AlePunkin Ale
Notes: 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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Rated: 3.75 by pkalix from California

Yesterday at 09:08 PM
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Reviewed by Foam from Pennsylvania

3.3/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
Got three six packs @ $6 per as it is out of season at my local beer shop...
Normally, I do not care for pumpkin beers nor winter warmer-type brews but for the price, I could not pass it up...
Definitely taste the spice and pumpkin essences...
Good with some goat cheese and other snacks that I had on hand like Triscuits...
Big fan of Dogfish Head although, I worry that the quality is going to be on the decline now that Sam Adams / Boston Brewing has bought them out...
Jun 28, 2022
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Reviewed by CaptainMac from Pennsylvania

4.59/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Very much enjoyed this beer from Dogfish Head. It is bold with the pumpkin and cinnamon spices, but if you like those flavors, it is worth a try. I plan on making it a part of my fall rotation.
Jun 07, 2022
 
Rated: 4.35 by Beecham from California

Mar 28, 2022
 
Rated: 3.75 by MonkeyPilates from Minnesota

Mar 26, 2022
 
Rated: 3.49 by dan_amdg from Illinois

Feb 12, 2022
 
Rated: 3.74 by ohbigun from West Virginia

Nov 26, 2021
 
Rated: 4.03 by clm9 from North Carolina

Nov 25, 2021
 
Rated: 4 by Dalkri from Massachusetts

Nov 15, 2021
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Reviewed by nicholas2121 from Ohio

4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Punkin Ale brewed by Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, with an ABV of 7.00% This Pumpkin Beer pours out of a glass bottle into a pint beer glass. The color is a deep golden amber color with a nice white head. There is also a nice amount of lacing to this brew, it sticks to the side of the glass well. The smell is Rich with Pumpkin an Spices. Some of the spices are cinnamon pumpkin nutmeg an others. You also pick up a nice amount of grains an malts in the small as well. So far Punkin Ale is a nice inviting brew. Now for the taste, it is Bold with pumpkin spice , really puts you in that pumpkin pie state of mind. Not saying that is a bad thing. If you are a fan of pumpkin pie this brew is a must. Just the right amount of spicy, pumpkin mix. There is nothing overpowering about this pumpkin ale, it has a super nice balance to it. It is really hard to pick up on the 7.00% ABV in this brew, it is just that smooth. The body of this brew is a solid medium. The mouth feel is Bold Pumpkin, Sweet, Spicy, Clean, Smooth and Refreshing. Overall I am going to give Punkin Ale a 4.25 out of 5. I would definitely look this brew up again givin the opportunity to. Dogfish Head Craft Brewery did a super nice job with this style of brew.
Nov 12, 2021
 
Rated: 4.75 by hybridentropy from Angola

Nov 11, 2021
 
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Reviewed by stevoj from Idaho

3.76/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
12oz bottle from Brewers Haven. Clear amber, thin tight head. Aroma is pumpkin with light savory notes. Taste offers light cinnamon, pumpkin. Pretty simple and focused on the pumpkin.
Nov 05, 2021
 
Rated: 3.94 by NYR-Zuuuuc from Connecticut

Oct 22, 2021
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Reviewed by Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

3.49/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Punkin from Dogfish Head. Purchased 18/9/21 from Shangy’s, Emmaus, PA for $3.18 (Including tax)/12 oz bottle ($ 0.265/oz). On room temperature shelf at store. Stored at home at 40 degrees. Reviewed 19/10/21. Note that I use DD/MM/YY protocol.
Green ink on neck “Feb 2022”. Served at 45.5 degrees in a hand washed and dried John Smith imperial pint glass. Final temperature 52.7 degrees.
Appearance – 4.
First pour – Pale gold (SRM 3) with slight greenish tint, clear.
Body – Deep gold (SRM 6), faint haze. When rear-lite, same.
Head – Large (Maximum six cm, aggressive center pour), darker than floral white and lighter than Dutch white, medium density, average retention, diminishing to a three mm crown and a complete cap with a few rocks.
Lacing – Poor. A few drag marks as the level drops.
Aroma – 3.75 – Light pumpkin spices, predominantly clove and allspice, no malt, no hops, no yeast, no pumpkin.
Flavor – 3.25 – Flavor follows nose - no yeast, no malt, lightly sweet and no hops. No ethanol (7 % ABV, as marked on container) taste or aroma. No gastric warming. No dimethylsulfide or diacetyl.
Palate – 3.5 – Thin, watery, soft carbonation.
Final impression and summation: 3.5 Billed as “Brown ale brewed with pumpkin and spices” but there are darn few brown ale characteristics and the pumpkin appears imaginary. My fruit fly drinking buddy, however, has a fatal attraction to it.
Oct 20, 2021
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Reviewed by puck1225 from Texas

3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
This happened to be on tap at a local Cajun restaurant so I gave it a try. Poured into a shaker pint. Golden yellow color with some head and good curtain lacing. Smell was disappointing but slightly cinnamony. Pumpkin spice flavor subtle but distinct. Flavor of cinnamon and all spice. Overlay, I am happy I gave it a try.
Oct 18, 2021
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Reviewed by firesidewithphil from Illinois

4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
The pumpkin binge rolls on through October. Dogfish is next up with their Pumkin Ale. A totally different approach to the category with no pumpkin sweetness and a strong bitter spice. It is very easy drinking and a lighter fall ale. Rating: 80
Oct 17, 2021
 
Rated: 3.73 by hotwired from New Jersey

Oct 17, 2021
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Rated by erickc from Washington

4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Had on tap at Special Brews Lynnwood, WA
Oct 15, 2021
 
Rated: 3.71 by Humanusfermentum from Virginia

Oct 09, 2021
 
Rated: 2.75 by KT3418 from Colorado

Oct 08, 2021
 
Rated: 3.94 by soarinsteven from Illinois

Oct 08, 2021
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Reviewed by PathofChaos from Maryland

3.49/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25
Appearance:
Pure, translucent amber with a finger of off-white fizz that bolts quicker than a politician faced with a lie detector.

Bouquet:
Stale gourd husk with a cinnamon stick lodged up its buttocks far enough to be considered “distant.” The sad introduction is a forgivable offense because, as it airs, it exudes a mild aroma of sweet yams baked in butter and warming, fall spices.

Feel:
A slick yet girthy medium distinguished by fine, champagne bubbles and a comfy, long-lingered, pumpkin finish.

Taste:
Like being lured into a cozy, life-sized gingerbread house by the scent of fresh pumpkin pie… only to be knocked senseless by a cannibal witch with a tire iron: Starts with pumpkin pie filling on a gingerbread pie crust that’s abruptly interrupted by a savagely acrid, burnt copper aftertaste. This unwanted assault slowly desists as the beer airs but [email protected] if it ain’t a horrible first impression… blegh.

Overall:
Let it breathe or pay the price. Don't wait too long though, gotta drink it while its still cold. Very nice once those harsh introductions are over.
Oct 08, 2021
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Reviewed by blazerkor from Nevada

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Smells a lot like pumpkin spice and it's malty sweet.  There does seem to be the herbal bite of hops in there too.
It starts a little bitter.  Then the sweetness comes, it's mellow and squashy.

The mouthfeel is thin and there's plenty of carbonation.  The finish is where it really feels like Fall.  Pumpkin and warming spices.

This is so good.  It's balanced, subtle and nuanced.  I give it a 5.1 out of 6.
Oct 01, 2021
 
Rated: 4.03 by DownyIsHungry from Minnesota

Oct 01, 2021
 
Rated: 3.84 by newcastlemike from Connecticut

Sep 26, 2021
 
Rated: 4.13 by jkermitj from Mississippi

Sep 25, 2021
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Reviewed by MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
12oz bottle. Bottom neck is stamped for best by date of 'Jan 2022',
Mostly clear, pale gold colored body. Aggressive pour brought forth a two finger milky white head. Attractive tiny rising bubble show. A nearly full wall of lacing follows down the body.
Aroma of toasted malts layered with pumpkin spices and brown sugar.
Taste is a well balanced blend of toasted malts, brown sugar and pumpkin spices. Gives off a gourd vibe.
Medium mouth feel. Good, supportive carbonation.
Very pleasant tasting fall seasonal with reminders of pumpkin with its spices, brown sugar, and a backbone of malts.
Sep 25, 2021
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Reviewed by Dr_Gonzo from Kentucky

4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured into a tall clear pint glass. Appearance is a dark copper or amber color, with more than a finger's worth of head, decent retention and lacing.

Aroma: pumpkin, cinnamon, brown sugar, toasted malts, nuts, nutmeg, spices/allspice, and clove.

Pumpkin is the most notable note while the nuts, malts, and nutmeg provide a backbone with the sweetness of the cinnamon and brown sugar. Body is medium-light.
Sep 24, 2021
 
Rated: 3.94 by ScottyB515 from Ohio

Sep 21, 2021
 
Rated: 3.65 by Bogdawg from Massachusetts

Sep 19, 2021
 
Rated: 3.96 by QuentinDishaw from Massachusetts

Sep 18, 2021
 
Rated: 3.51 by Nyarko-San from Pennsylvania

Sep 18, 2021
 
Rated: 4.24 by Hefsbeercaps from Ohio

Sep 18, 2021
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Reviewed by ThrewRedButter from Massachusetts

3.49/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Look – Transparent copper body with two fingers of off-white head.

Aroma – Nutty aroma with big cinnamon and brown sugar. Pumpkin is solid throughout, but I am digging the toasted malts from the base brown ale

Taste – Pumpkin shines much brighter here and it is the dominant flavor…perhaps too dominant. It’s all I can really taste. Some subtle spice notes try to fight their way to the front of the line, but the pumpkin just keeps pushing it back. Not saying it’s bad tasting, not at all, but it is a one trick pony on the taste

Mouthfeel – Nice and full. Medium carbonation. Good lingering pumpkin flavors.

Overall – I wish the taste had more diversity, but hey, the pumpkin fans will like it. At 7% it is bigger than most standard pumpkin beers, but it still shouldn’t be a challenge for even the most casual beer drinkers to put down.
Sep 17, 2021
 
Rated: 3.25 by blackcloud from Alaska

Sep 16, 2021
 
Rated: 3.83 by DrewTheBrew from Ohio

Sep 12, 2021
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Reviewed by jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

3.69/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
A - Dark orange amber color with thick ivory colored lacing.

S - Punkin, gourds, cinnamon, nutmeg, and brown sugar.

T - Punkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, brown sugar, and a balanced finish with gourds and spice lingering on the backside. Leaves a sugary residue on the palate.

M - Medium body with slight thinness around the edges.

O - Good. Not my favorite, but good.
Sep 07, 2021
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