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Punkin Ale | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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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 brewed with real pumpkin, brown sugar, allspice, cinnamon & nutmeg.

28 IBU

Added by NeroFiddled on 09-26-2002

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Photo of Fergyx825
3.46/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: a dark amber ale, with some head on the pour. There remains some head on the edge of the glass, while the beer bubbles furiously from the bottom. A little bit darker than expected from a pumpkin ale.

Smell: my nose is filled with pumpkin and spices upon smelling this beer. It doesn't smell as sweet or promising as the others. I feel as if i can also smell the carbonation of the beer. I can also tell its going to be higher in alcohol content than most.

Taste: A very spice filled taste when it comes to my first few sips. You can most definitely taste the pumpkin in this beer, but its not so sweet as some of the other pumpkin beers. There is alot of spice also noted when tasting. Not what i'd expect when i think pumpkin beer, but i'm not disappointed.

Mouthfeel: A thicker beer, with a medium to light carbonation. Makes for a really good combo. Also i feel that as it goes down my throat that it feels creamy, which i enjoy.

Overall: I have always held dogfish as one of the premier breweries in the states, and i remember this beer from a long time ago. I have been looking forward to it for a while, and i'm not disappointed but i come away wanting more. Good taste with great mouth feel. This is a good beer, it just doesn't do everything other than mouthfeel excellently.

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Photo of deepchills
3.46/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12. 0z bottle of Punkin Ale had a nice full amber color when poured into a tulip glass.

A finger of head dissipated after a minute or so. Little to no lacing throughout tasting.

The nose is very light, but cinnamon and brown sugar are present, and maybe some orange peel.You might need to be a bloodhound to smell it, but it very nice once you find it.

Great mouthfeel. Very drinkable.

Oddly bitter start, not enough pumpkin flavor to join the spices and brown sugar which are great. Too much alcohol burn in the finish, much more than one would like.
I’m drinking straight out of the fridge, so the beer might be too cold. So I let it sit for 20 minutes before retasting.
The bitter start is still there, maybe even a little sour now. The alcohol burn in the finish has subsided. More pumpkin can also be tasted.

Not what I had hoped for after all the hype. Dogfish Head remain my favorite brewery, but this tasting didn’t go over too well for them.

I still have 2 more of these babies in the fridge, next time I’ll start much closer to room temperature as this ale got better the warmer it got.

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Photo of denflyr
3.46/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a mostly clear brown sugar like color with minimal head.

I was not overly impressed with the aromatics, but I did get some clove and maybe cinnamon on the nose. The malts also make an nice appearance as well.

The taste was better than I thought it would be. I was expecting a sweet cloying. This was my first ever pumpkin bear as I had resisted many other for the above perceived reasons. A nice slightly sweet maltiness was there as well as hints of the nutmeg, cinnamon, pumpkin, and clove.

The beer had moderate carbonation and a nice easy to drink not heavy mouthfeel.

While I liked the beer, its not once I would drink often even if it was a year round brew. It drank well though overall.

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Photo of Sammy
3.45/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

small lacey head, orangey. Spicey cinammon, spicey,allspice, nutmeg, some maltness spice chest, chia tea with some hop bitterness. Drying, very vegatable taste. No expiry date. Gourdy taste. This tastes like a beer rather a fruity sweety cooler.Medium to full mouthfeel.

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Photo of dafizzif
3.45/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into pint glass

Appearance: Pours burnt orange with amber accents and a very thin head, cosmic latte in color.

Smell: Pumpkin pie. More specifically: nutmeg, cinnamon, and the like. Followed by vanilla. Pumpkin and sweet malts linger throughout.

Taste: A toned down version of the smell with loads of malt and a good bit of hop bitterness that was not present in the smell. May seem a bit harsh, and it is not meant to be, but kind of tastes like burnt pumpkin pie really.

Mouthfeel: Lots of fizz (maybe a bit too carbonated) and a slightly more than medium body.

Overall: Pretty good, but not as good as other pumpkin ales I have had. I am kind of disappointed, especially in the taste department, but love the smell.

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Photo of Bills453
3.45/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of a bottle into a pint glass. This is actually a 2011 version of the beer.

Appearance - dark orange, copper color. Off white head that faded very quickly to nothing.

Smell - sugary and cinnamon. Malty as well.

Taste - this brew is lacking some flavor, my guess is because this beer is about a year old, haha. Hints of spice and pumpkin.

Mouthfeel - average mouthfeel.

Overall - average pumpkin offering, no where near my favorite but I am more of a fan of the sweet and spiced pumpkin beers.

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Photo of 303beer
3.45/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours an orange color with a thin white head. The nose is pumpkin and spice. It's balanced a little plain but not bad. I have been trying this company's browns for a while and trying to find a version I like. This is one of there better beers but it's not outstanding to me. Also I wouldn't consider this a brown as the label says. it is a pretty light beer with not much body.

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Photo of kimcgolf
3.45/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours to a light, reddish-orange color with thin white head that longers awhile and leaves okay lacing. Aroma is fairly mild, but a pleasant mixture of spices and sweet fruit. Mouthfeel is somewhat tingly and full, and the flavor is a nice blend of holdiay tastes....nutmeg, pumpkin and cinnamon to name a few.

I would have rated even higher, but the finish seemed short and a little stale. Overall, though, a nice twist, and even though I’m not much of a fan of Herb-Vegetable beers, this was an enjoyable offering from DFH.

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Photo of taez555
3.45/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle.

This beer poured a small white head that disapeared rather quickly. It had a clear orange/ruby/brown body.

The nose was very pumpkin spicey. Sharp cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, a slight bready quality. Almost a minty, grassy, piney(dare I say toothpaste) type aroma. As weird as it sounds it almost had a marijuana type smell too it. Pot and pumpkin nose.

The taste was much more subdued. Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Bready, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice. Your typical pumpkin taste. What's really surprising is the citrusy hop flavors in this beer. Touches of earth, alcohol, wood. Very soft tasty malt. But yet again this minty, piney, citrus sort of taste. Very uncharectorisic of a pumpkin beer.

It ends with a firm citrus peel bitterness wtih hints of pumpkin spice in the background.

Overall I was a little disapointed by this beer. It had a very interesting nose, but the flavor itself was more along the lines of a middle of the road american pale ale with some pumpkin spice in the background. Not bad by any means, I was just expecting a bit more from such a great brewery.

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Photo of mikel52588
3.45/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Amber-golden hue, finger length head that quick to disappear, thin lacing.

Smell: Im definitely picking up the brown sugar and cinnamon, and like a caramel sweetness

Taste: Sweet and spicy, an almost pumpkin taste is there, key word Almost. It seems like its more just the surrounding flavors that are standing out to me

Mouthfeel: syrupy, sweet, malty, its fairly smooth, hops bitterness in the background

Drinkability: Its not bad, sweet and spicy is what your looking at, as far as pumpkin ales go, this is my first. I could have a few of these, it is kind of syrupy though, and it would be interesting to try it with pumpkin pie.

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Photo of JosiahS
3.45/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

glass: sam adams glass

a: Super clear copper color. Lots of bubbles rushing to the top. 2-finger off-white head, very frothy, much like a light lager. Head did dissipate to a thin ring but held throughout.

s: Definite all-spice, nutmeg and a little Cinnamon. The spices give off a mineral quality, almost like copper. Light pumpkin underneath, but not much. As it warms the pumpkin is more present, the alcohol makes an appearance as well. Lots of root spices. Slight bread which really completes that pumpkin pie aroma.

m: Medium body, medium carbonation, somewhat syrupy in the mouth.

t: Spices seem to really dominate. All the usual spices are there: all-spice, Cinnamon, nutmeg and maybe just out of the combination of spices, coriander. Underneath the spice, a light wheat bread and nuttyness is there. It's a little astringent though, the alcohol is fairly noticeable. The pumpkin is there but among the spices and alcohol, it gets lost in the mix.

d: Not very drinkable. It's a good pumpkin ale but maybe i do not prefer it so spicy. I am enjoying the buzz though.

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Photo of horshack7
3.45/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: It pours a clear copper color with light foamy off white head. The head disipates rather quick.

Aroma: Nice hints of cinnamon and nutmeg along with pumpkin spice. Not much of a hop aroma.

Taste: Large amounts of nutmeg and cinnamon pack a great punch. Minor hints of clove among other spices. It is full bodied and has a light crisp mouthfeel.

Notes: This is a very drinkable beer a great seasonal beer as well. Cheers

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Photo of aforbes10
3.45/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

orangey brown. clear and bubbly. small head. nutmegs and spices and hot pumpkins on the nose. taste is not as terrible as ive anticipated. some cimmamon and nutmeg flavors but mostly pumpkin. kind of like drinking a liquified pumpkin pie. a little thin and i dont need to ever drink another, but its certainly the best pumpkin ale ive tried.

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Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.45/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A-Dark orange/brown body that has a large foamy off-white head. Body is slightly translucent and head settles to a nice 1-finger and has great retention. Plenty of lacing is left behind in the glass.

S-This pumpkin ale has a big whiff of pumpkins upfront-go figure. A nice blend of spices such as cinnamon and nutmeg in the background.

T&M- Similar to the smell but the spices are pretty subdued and its just a big taste of pumpkin. Nice malt and brown sugar backing. Finish is somewhat astringent with alcohol but a big pumpkin spice flavor also lingers. Low to medium carbonation and astringency makes this one not too easy to swallow.

D- Decent characteristics but the pumpkin and alcohol become too much to drink too fast. This is only 7% ABV and it has the presence of one 10%+. Still looking foreward to other pumpkin ales but I doubt I will have this one again.

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Photo of klewis
3.45/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on 8/7/06

A: Pours a carmel hue with a modest foamy head. Moderate lacing.

S: Malty smell with roasted pumpkin and subtle spice aromas.

T: Sweet with flavors similar to the aroma. The finish is clean and the flavor quickly dies away.

M: The bottle calls this "full-bodied", I see it more on the medium-light side. Slightly watery and highly carbonated.

D: Probably the best pumpkin ale that I've had, but with that said, I'm not a huge fan of this beer. It seems that this is probably what it is supposed to be, but I'll probably pass on buying it again.

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Photo of kmcnair
3.45/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Light copperery color, offwhite head. Malty aromatics with heavy pie spices including nutmeg, clove and cinnamon. Sweet flavor of pumpkin, nutmeg, cinnamon, all spice, roasted malt, caramel, slight hop bitterness. Medium palate, finishes syrupy. Overall, a pretty good brew, worth trying once.

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Photo of starkmarvelo
3.45/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

DFH Punkin

Clear, burnt orange. Good amount of head and good carbonation.

Solid brown ale with standard nuttiness. I get the nutmeg and the brown sugar a bit. Not the pumpkin or allspice though. Slight metallic taste.

Just tasted the pumpkin as I was exhaling a sigh.

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Photo of thenewflesh
3.45/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An above average experience from a brewery I don't typically enjoy.

A - Poured a into pint glass. Great amber color, with minimal head that dissipated quickly.
S - Spices are present in the aroma, as anticipated.
T - An amber ale with pumpkin spice, but not enough pumpkin. Somewhat of a letdown.
M - Low carbonation, pleasant aftertaste.
O - DFH has crafted a good beer here, I just wished they had used more pumpkin. The alcohol could also be masked a little better, but I like that it's a somewhat big beer. Good enough to say that I'll likely enjoy another 4-pack around Thanksgiving.

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Photo of maddogruss
3.44/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Let me start by saying that I am a big fan of pumpkin ales. I've been wanting to have this beer for a while. Just arrived at Cloverleaf tavern for the fall.

A: Pours an orange-amber body with a small, white head that dissipates to a very minimal lacing. Even the lacing disappears after a few sips.

S: A strong smell of all-spice an some cloves. Pumpkin was also present, but not one of the main smells.

T: There were hints of pumpkin in this spiced up beer. A lot of nutmeg in the aftertaste. Hints of cloves and all-spice in the taste, but nutmeg was by far the dominant spice.

M: A decent, full-bodied mouthfeel that was pretty smooth.

D: This beer is ok, but I would not say it was that drinkable. A lot of spices, especially nutmeg, eventually made me feel kind of sick and dizzy (and this was my first beer of the night!). The spices definitely got to me, and I'd be surprised if anyone could pound a bunch of these in a row.

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Photo of jgasparine
3.44/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Poured from the bottle with a thin white foamy head, which quickly dissipated. The body was a clear PUMPKIN color (surprise, surprise), with no visible carbonation.

S- Cinnamon and Allspice punch through a sweet biscuitlike malty nose... signs of goof things to come?

T- Spices dominate the palate, and are quickly neutrialized by some sharp bitterness (from hops?- not sure)... almost astringent. The sweet malt and pumkin flavors are comparatively restrained. The finish is long, bitter, and dry with spiciness.

M- Surprisingly thin body- very well attenuated with some coarse carbonation. A lot to be desired here... I would really like to have some more unattenuated sugar and some softer carbonation.

D- I enjoyed one of these, and could perhaps enjoy one more... but I cannot see myself enjoying more than two. If it were a little less attenuated and if it featured softer carbonation, this beer could be amazing.

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Photo of cooncat
3.44/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Had Southern Tier's Pumking ealier today on tap, and brought home a 4pk of DFH Punkin ale to do a comparison.

The pour gives you an orange/copper hued brew, with a small thin head. The head started as a half inch cap, but quickly reduced to a white ring around the glass. No lacing of note.

The nose is definitely more 'pumpkin forward' than the Southern Tier version, but I'm detecting a bit of fusel alcohol notes in the nose as well. The Southern Tier Pumking has a higher ABV, but has no fusel in the nose. I wouldn't say the fusels are 'off putting', but they are noticeable.

Whereas the S.T. Pumking tastes exactly like a pumpkin pie, the DFH version tastes more like eating canned pumpkin pie filling out of a can. It doesn't have the creamy smoothness of Pumking, or the malty character of the pie crust flavor. Mouthfeel is a bit below medium .. I wouldn't say 'thin' ... but not fully medium either. There is a bit of hop bitterness which comes through, which probably isn't great for the style. Drinkability is not high on this one; its a 'one and done' for me. I think if DFH had gone for a more malty profile, this might have come off better.

*For me*, this year's Punkin ale is a disapointment, mostly due to the fusel notes and the mouthfeel, and the lack of a strong malt backbone. Sorry Sam, I'll have to recommend Southern Tier's Pumking over your Punkin ale this year.

Na Zdravje!

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Photo of sullysbeer
3.43/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Aroma: All Spice or Pumpkin Spice. Flowery, almost like heather tips. Nutmeg and Alcohol.

Appearance: Very clear. Deep golden color or dark copper with a slight off white head that falls in the beer.

Flavor: Very complex flavors. Alcohol and bitterness battles pumpkin spice, nutmeg and cinnamon. Finishes rather dry.

Mouthfeel: Medium-Full bodied.

Overall Impression: Very interesting beer. Reminds me of a Christmas Ale or Holiday seasonal. I feel the bitterness was just a tad over powering over all of the other flavors. Clean fermented and you can definetly taste the alcohol in this one.

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Photo of skibumma70
3.43/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is of a light pumpkin spice smell, not subtle and not overpowering.
Appearance is an orangy/brown clear color with a thin white head that lasts to the last sip.
Taste is not in your face pumpkin, but a nice balance of spices, and pumpkin flavor that comes later in the sip. It does go down pretty smooth, as do most dogfish beers.
Overall, its pretty good... Pumpkin ales are mostly hit or miss, and this one is a thumbs up. It’s not as strong as a flavor as others I have tried, but it’s a good beer. It’s a bit overpriced at 9.99 for a 4 pack though.

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Photo of dickieb
3.43/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a clear copper, with an orange hue. The head is think and fizzy, and dissipates quickly. The smell is mostly of spices, with pumpkin pie coming to mind. Taste is slightly malty with a nice, but not overpowering pumpkin flavor, and the spices stick around for a little while after the beer is gone. A light mouthfell, and drinkable for the style, and abv. This is not my favorite style, but one of the better fall seasonals in my opinion

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.43/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - golden orange hue, a finger or so of thick soapy head, leaves some spotty lacing.

Aroma - cinnamon and sweet spices. Fades after initial burst to a light cinnamon and spice aroma.

Taste - lots of spice, mostly cinnamon. The pleasantries of pumpkin pie are abruptly, if not expectedly, hit by a hefty dose of hops. There's enough malt to contribute to a toasty, mellow spiced aftertaste. Warming alcohol notes at the end as well and the occasional detection of brown sugar. Always the unique style interpretation from DFH. I could use less hops, but the abv makes for a nice winter-type warmer.

Mouthfeel - heavier body, alcohol-induced vapory residue. A cut above.

Drinkability - good stuff, but not my favorite. A good Halloween beer for next year's party, but a little too pricy for regular consumption.

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