Punkin Ale | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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2,108 Reviews
Punkin AlePunkin Ale

Brewed by:
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States

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

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Photo of BlastBeats
4.51/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: interesting reddish color (Jason's steeped tea description is spot on) with a suitable white head.

Smell: In all honesty, this is one of the best smelling beers I've ever had.. 5 points in this category. Cinnamon, allspice, and pumpkin proudly announce the arrival of the Fall season.

Taste: Pumpkin, brown sugar, cinnamon, spices, and caramel maltiness.

Mouthfeel: medium/full body and not over-carbonated.

Overall: I'll have to say that this probably my favorite beer of the Fall season (Marzen/Oktoberfests included). Because the flavors aren't running amok, there are a lot of subtleties. A must try for those who enjoy pumpkin/spice beers.

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Photo of StevenBilodeau
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer is packaged in a bright orange 4pk, very eye catching.

Poured out of the 12oz, 7% ABV bottle into pint glass.

Pours a nice amber brown, thick head... nice retention, and good lace.

Smells of slight nutmeg, cinnamon... I get the brown sugar at the end. Also, Pumpkin.

Tastes of pumpkin, but subtle... not to be confused with light tasting nor bodied. It is full bodied, balanced... somewhat creamy like quality... finishes nice. A nice linger of pumpkin.

Overall I really enjoyed this beer, one of my favorites!

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Photo of Blackwolf
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A- Beautiful. Deep Golden-Amber Hue to the body, tight laced white head that went down quickly to cap the beer for a bit. Slippery/no lacing, but a nice saturn ring stuck around the side glass for a bit. Lively uniformed carbonation. Looks tempting!

S- Smelled great! Pumpkin/spice bread, sweet brown sugar and a little bit of yeast. It has a great "holiday spice" aroma to it! Deep and inviting.

T- Again, delicious. Sweet at first... You catch the pumpkin and sweet brown sugar, nice all spice/nutmeg backbone, and a warming taste with the cinnamon and a nicely covered up alcohol finish. Well balanced considering I didn't know I was digging into a 7% abv beer. Not overly complex, but great transition in taste!

MF- Light-Medium bodied, medium carbonation. Smooth, and finishes warm, leaving that "ethanol" warmth from the bottom of your gut to the tip of your tongue. The flavor really hangs around for a bit.

O- Great beer to try! I had a few pumpkin ales, this is definitely one of the better ones. Everything comes together well, appearance, smell, taste/mouth feel. It is moderately priced at most retailers so don't expect the hugest bite out of your wallet, but it is definitely worth the try, and worth the buy... So if you see it get it.

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Photo of Tolnik
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass and gave a good inch half foam and reduced down to a great lingering lacing. The rich amber coloration was very clear. Aroma of spices greets the nose of nutmeg and cinnamon. When tasting there is a slight sugar malt content of the brown sugar. Aftertaste is that of the nutmeg, cinnamon and low hop taste.

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Photo of CheckMate
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz brown bottle obtained at McKinnon's in Salem, NH. pours a crystal clear amber color with a half inch of off white head that dissipated within five minutes leaving a little bit of head clinging to the side of the glass. scents of pumpkin, nutmeg, cinnamon, and other spices. to me, it smells like warm homemade pumpkin bread straight out of the oven. tastes of pumpkin and spices graces the taste buds leaving a small after taste of the nutmeg. a toffee like quality plays in the background of the taste. moderate carbonation. one sip invites another. very tasty ale for the fall season.

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Photo of rob111270
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

This is one of the best pumpkin ales I have had. I have been on the hunt for the best tasting one and this is right up there. Has good pumpkin flavor, not overpowering and not as sweet as some of the others I have tasted. This beer has a bit of a bite to it in my opinion. The spices are very well blended for a delicious tasting beer! Best of luck finding this gem this late in the season...although, I did find a place earlier today that still had several cases available. Needless to say, I bought one!!! Happy drinking everyone!!!

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Photo of JoshW
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Traded a bottle of Penn Brewing Oktoberfest for this from a friend of mine.. Poured a very nice amber, even, medium carbonation with a solid finger head. Smells a lot like a pumpkin pie, and I picked up on the nutmeg almost immediately. Taste is heavy and crisp, leaves a spicy warm feeling on the tongue, brown sugar at the end. Mouthfeel is full and creamy, VERY easy to drink, probably one of my favorites so far this early into my newly found hobby of beer.

I think I made out a little better on the trade.

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Photo of jhammel01
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice copper color with a nice fluffy 2 finger head. It goes away pretty quick and keeps a ring around the top all the way down. It doesnt stick to the glass.

It smells of pumpkin spice and nutmeg.

It tastes great! Very balanced mix of Pumpkin, nutmeg, cinnamon and brown sugar...Just like the label says its made of!
Definitely a bit of caramel in the background with a bit of malty goodness! It mellows out on the spices when it warms up. The malt and caramel notes come out as it "settles". A little bit of alcoholic burn as well.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied. It didnt have much carbonation for whatever reason. Everyone else seemed to be plenty carbonated.

Another solid one from DFH. Perfect for a chilly fall night!

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Photo of jslice99
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

A- Copper, orange in color with a white two finger head.

S-Nutmeg and cinnamon. Also some sweet pumpkin, it has a great smell.

T-Perfectly balanced between the spice and pumpkin also a little bit of sweetness to it.

M- Medium mouthfeel with some carbonation.

Overall, this is a great pumpkin ale. I will definately buy this again and i highly reccomend this.

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Photo of mbrady55
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served out of the bottle into a standard pint glass.

A: Looks really nice in a glass, light brown/orange in color, tiny bubbles of carbonation streaming up the middle of the glass, overall a very pleasant looking beer.

S: For me i get a good deal of nutmeg, subtle cinnamon, pumpkin flesh and i do get the organic brown sugar as well, yummm!

T: Nice spice taste at the front with the nutmeg and brown sugar dominating, also getting a nice pumpkin flesh taste in the middle, overall a very nice tasting pumpkin ale.

M: Oily and coating, flavor is diffused throughout the entire mouth.

O: Probably my favorite pumpkin beers of the ones i've tried, i have had ST and it is truly and amazing brew. However, for me i prefer more of a pumpkin beer than a pumpkin pie beer and this one fits the bill perfectly. I believe DFH has found a balance in this brew that would appeal to everyone.

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Photo of MikeRusso
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

This is my favorite pumpkin beer. The flavor of pumpkin is there but not too strong. The spices are aromatic but not artificial on the tongue. It's a nice solid beer with some pumpkin added for flavor. Not a pumpkin with beer as an afterthought.

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Photo of office888
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a light amber color with foaming white head.

S: Aroma of pumpkin, and other spices. Amazing coincidence, eh?

T: Slight taste of pumpkin. I get more nutmeg, and brown sugar than I do of the pumpkin or the cinnamon. The notes are very light, nothing overpowering.

M: Medium consistency, well carbonated. Small bit of "bite" on the end from the carbonation, slightly syrupy from the brown sugar.

D: Superb flavor with nothing too overpowering. VERY drinkable. I could go through a 4pack with no problems at all. Definitely, a "sit down and drink me endlessly" beer.

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Photo of Jfhophead
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Im new to the pumpkin beers but this is hands down my favorite one yet! Southern tier makes a good pumkin brew but still like the dogfish (plan on trying more while they are in season). Funny thing is I have never liked pumpkin pie, which is why I had no interest in pumpkin beers but I finally tried one and instantly fell in love. Tastes more like the smell of pumpkin pie then the taste of one. tasty brew!

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Photo of Dadoftwogirls
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

For a "flavored" beer, this one is exceptional. Although you expect otherwise, the taste grabs you and with a deep richness that is not sweet at all. Great two finger head. I find it to be a great evening beer in which 3-4 put the perfect end to the day. Almost like a desert, in a beer, but without being like a soda.

Great brew to get the fall rolling!

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Photo of thequeen711
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2009 version of Dogfish Head's Pumkin Ale is quite better than the previous years batch. Full bodied, spiced brown ale, nose and taste of pumpkin, nutmeg, brown sugar, cinnamon, makes this brew flavourful and tasty. Mouthfeel is light, and taste is so quenchable. This year's batch just overcomes flavours from Dogfish past! They have the best batch by far! Thanks for getting better...can't wait for next year's batch!!

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Photo of heebes
4.49/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a rich semiclear orange amber. Minimal head and a good amount of carbonation.

Smells of pumpkin (!), cinnamon, spices and brown sugar. This beer is loaded with deep aromas appearing as soon as the cap is popped.

The taste runs smooth of a deep representation of the nose. Flavorful rich pumpkin. Theres a great spice aftertaste lingering. Medium mouthfeel present. Thick on the palette but a smooth drinker.

Overall this is the best yet representation of the pumpkin ale. The Dogfish Head crew delivers. Very high drinkability, glad I bought 2 packs. Theres the definite ale taste to it. Not overpowering as some as far as pumpkin pie type spices. Drinks like a true fresh pumpkin beer.

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Photo of Xadoor
4.49/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A clear amber colour in the glass. Big foamy head that settled down quickly. Some lacing in the glass. Nice aroma with nutmeg, cinamon, pumkin and brown sugar noticeable. Flavour is sweet but spicy. Soft malt and pumpkin with a bitter pepper and spicy finish. The pumpkin flavour is subtle and doesn't overpower. Probably the best pumpkin ale I've tried. Makes me think of thanksgiving and cool autumn evenings.

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Photo of paulieatworld
4.49/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Man, 20 cases of these guys came in the door this morning, so one had to be popped.

pours an orange-amberish clear brew with a quarter inch head that remains as the pint progresses.

ummmm...smells like fall. some pumpkin smell mixed with nutmeg, cinnamon and gingerbread notes.

i usually think pumpkin beers are gross. maybe it's because dogfish actually uses real pumpkins in the mash. this one just so damn delicious. you really get the brown sugar in this years batch, but the spices balance it out and it doesn't get too sweet.

my one knock on this is that as it warms it can get a little boozy.
all in all - this one's up there with weyerbacher imperial as one of my favorites pumpkin ales. another job well done from the dudes over at dogfish.

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Photo of HoustonTX
4.48/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours burnt orange in color, with a near amber tint. Frothy large white head encompasses the outer edges of the glass. The carbonation is wicked in my Duvel tulip. Lacing is incredibly sticky as well. Some of the stickiest in a long time. The smell is very reminiscent of pumpkin pie. A large amount of pumpkin, a good bit of cinnamon, and a generous portion of nutmeg. The all-spice and brown sugar are definitely there as well, but more subdued.

This beer has a very strong caramel malt backbone. Slightly earthy, with a hint of roastiness. The malt infuses together with the pumpkin and spices perfectly. What I enjoy about this beer, is that Dogfish Head did not go overboard on the spices. It's balanced to perfection, and is the epitomy of fall beers. Mouthfeel is right on for the style. Semi-creamy, semi-dry, and full-bodied. Drinkability is wonderful for those cool fall nights.

Punkin' Ale definitely nails the head on the style. This is a must have fall beer, and one I highly recommend.

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Photo of suspect
4.48/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass. 2011 batch.

A: Crystal clear copper color. Aggressive pour leads to an off-white head that spills over the top of the glass. A 3-finger head remains and sticks itself at the top of the glass for what seems like an eternity. When it finally fades, it leaves tons of sticky thick lacing.

S: Huge aroma of nutmeg, allspice, pumpkin pie, brown sugar, caramel and a touch of piney hops. Slight alcohol presence in the nose but this beer is really well balanced and is the best smelling "fall beer" I've ever had.

T: Sweet caramel malts hit first followed quickly by the pumpkin notes similarly found in pumpkin pies with brown sugar, cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg and a faint bready taste at the end that I swear I want to try to crunch on like crust. This is such a wonderfully complex, yet balanced beer.

M: Creamy, medium bodied, perfect carbonation. Alcohol not evident in the mouthfeel.

O: Man...every year I'm really glad to see this beer again. This is such an exceptional beer. It makes me think of crisp, cool nights, families gathering around a feast and altogether good times. I should really buy a case of this stuff.

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Photo of simmons
4.48/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Soid orange in color with medium head slowly didapates into a thin lace. Very bright. Aroma has a solid but not overpowering pumpkin nose followed by spice and a touch of hops. Not too much malt aroma. Very pleasant. Flavor consists of a grainy malt right up front followed by pumpkin and a touch of spices to balace this beer out. Nothing is overpowering. Carbonation is on the lighter side. Overall this is one tasty beer. Well rounded, balanced and tasty. I love pumpkin beers, Id say this is in the top 5

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Photo of Ancalagon
4.48/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I am a huge pumpkin beer fan, and this is one of my top three. Pours a beautiful hazy orange color with a finger of head. Smell is amazing. Nutmeg, clove, allspice, along with pumpkin, dominate the smell. Tastes almost like it smells. Along with the spices and pumpkin, there is a caramelized vanilla taste. I would have preferred just a little more pumpkin flavor. Ends with some malty hop bitterness to round out. Feel is medium-full with a little carbonation. A very well rounded pumpkin beer. Perfect for fall/autumn.

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Photo of KAVSE
4.48/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had a little trouble finding this one on the West Coast. Finally got my hands on a couple four-packs and was very impressed by this beer. Poured into glass.
Appearance: Nice "pumpkin" orange coloring. Not too much carbonation. The head dissipated fairly quickly with no lacing left on the glass.
Smell: Your nose has to search for the multitude of flavors. Hints of cinnamon, clove, pumpkin pie, slight alcohol all mix very well. Smells like Fall!
Taste: Each one I drink I taste something that wasn't there before. Initial taste of alcohol and the signature hops are very light giving way to letting your tastebuds search for the flavors. The flavors of pumpkin, clove, and cinnamon mix so well you almost believe you're mistaken. Very subtle and not an overtly "pumpkin" beer like many others.
Mouthfeel: Crisp yet thick. Not very carbonated but very smooth and subtle around the middle to back of the tongue.
Drinkability: You simply can't have just one. Perfect for Fall or any season where good friends and family are around.

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4.47/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into pint glass.
A: Pours a clear, but rich amber body. The off white head hold good retention, which is left for most of the glass. Lacing is minimal.
S: The aroma is a chest of spices. Noting a nutmeg, brown sugar and cinnamon. This a a classic aroma for the style, holding on to the fact that this is still beer, not a real pumpkin pie.
T/M: A warm and inviting taste of spices and pumpkin. The smoothness of the mouthfeel is very pleasant with the flavors that ring in winter. The mouthfeel is creamy and displays the flavors nicely. The finish you really get the pumpkin in this brew, it come forward like carving a real pumpkin.
D: An all around great brew and a true benchmark for the style.

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Photo of wikk3d
4.47/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a golden amber color with a thick foam head that settles to about half a finger. Leaves a decent amount of lacing on the glass. Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint.

Aroma - Sweet smell, pumpkin spice, citrus, hints of cinnamon. You can tell it's going to be a very sweet beer. Has a linger of a malt scent.

Taste - It's a very sweet ale right off the bat. Cinnamon lingers as it goes down. The pumpkin is very prevalent in this beer. Extremely smooth. It's not like many other pumpkin ales where there's only a hint of spice, it's very powerful. The sweetness adds to it. Not bitter at all.

Mouth - My only complaint is that it can be a little dry as you get into a full glass. Although the aftertaste it leaves makes up for it. Very sweet, similar to that of a pumpkin pie.

Drinkability - I was very impressed by Dogfishhead's attempt at a pumpkin ale. I may sound repetitive but it's very very smooth. It's a lot sweeter than others that I have tried, they really aren't afraid to use their spices. Definitely a must.

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Punkin Ale from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
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