Punkin Ale | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

Punkin AlePunkin Ale
BA SCORE
3.93/5
6,611 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
Ranking:
#5,341
Reviews:
2,129
Ratings:
6,611
pDev:
12.72%
Bros Score:
4.05
 
 
Wants:
371
Gots:
1,430
Trade:
6
HISTOGRAM
 
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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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Photo of Klemperer
4.14/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Colour is quite caramelly. Heavy spice especially nutmeg smell. Delicious flavour, easy going pumpkin/gourd with again spice especially nutmeg. It feels quite warm and smooth with lingering pepper like spice.
After note. I slowly drank this beer from 37* F to room temperature and might I add that the pumpkin/gourd flavour was much less "pie" and much more fresh baked or roasted. Wonderful.

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

Photo of sparx1100
3.54/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Coltron23
3.69/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Dinglehacker
4.24/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into pub glass.

Appearance: Thin head ring, patchy lace. Pale amber.

Nose: Pureed pumpkin cream and nutmeg

Taste: Same as taste, some wheaty backbone and hop crisp. An almost Oktoberfest base.

Mouth: Not as thick as I anticipated, but nice and smooth.

So often Dogfish goes above an beyond, I was a little surprised this pumpkin ale didn't have a big twist to it. It was just a good pumpkin ale. If that;s the most I can complain, I guess they're still doing it right.

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Photo of wjbent
3.81/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of haines710
4.38/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A local favorite in the fall. Picked up a six pack early in the season and decided to have one on a late Saturday night. This is a good dessert beer for me. A little sweet for dinner but perfect when relaxing on a fall night. Great balance of sweet and spice and still tastes like a beer. Glad I have another five.

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Photo of Grackos
3.62/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kevintaraross
2.99/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of Thors_Bounty
4.16/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I like that it does not just say pumpkin spices like some of the fall beers might. It actually says allspice, cinnamon and nutmeg.
Looks great in my snifter glass.
A hint of spice in the smell
Small head that disappeared quickly.
Nice mouth feel.
Easy to drink.
I almost want to make some sort of bakery item with this instead of water in a recipe.
I will drink this again before the season ends.

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