Punkin Ale | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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Punkin AlePunkin Ale

Brewed by:
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States | website

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

Glad I waited to pick up a single bottle of this at Half Time in Poughkeepsie rather than giving in a buying the 4 pack at my local. Didn't hate it but one was definitely enough.

Beer poured clear and amber-colored, not much head but a nice sheet of creamy lacing on top.

Aroma was mostly malt with fairly subtle pumpkin pie spices. More savory than sweet though.

Taste was surprisingly lacking in pumpkin flavor; there was a faint aspect of pumpkin/gourd and traces of the spice; mostly noticed on the finish, which was medium short. Punkin was crisply carbonated. Surprised to read that some got uncarbonated bottles; wonder what happened there. That was definitely not lacking, if anything it was a mite too carbonated.

To me this one was too subtle, I think. Really didn't hit the spot in terms of pumpkin flavor. If I'm gonna have a pumpkin beer bring it on.

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

A: dark tan; quarter inch head recedes to small bubbles. Looks sort of like a pale ale.

S: spicy but not overwhelming

T: It is quite tasty but I taste more nutmeg, cinnamon and fall flavors than actual pumpkin. There is a bit of alcohol at the end that I am not digging too much.

M: thin and crisp; not watery

D: Its yummy but not the best of the pumpkin beer lot. 7% is a bit high for drinking more than a couple on halloween. I like a pumpkin beer I can chill with while passing out candy on the front porch. Could be tasty with fall foods like turkey and mashed potatoes.

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Photo of RandomExile
3.43/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Murky deep amber, little head, thin rim with fine bubbles, scant surface foam, pronounced but ephemeral lacing.
S: thin nose, hint of spice/clove
T: clean, with a hoppy, slightly cinnamon, slightly pumpkin malty mix. Well-balanced.
M:Medium body, thin but foamy, creamy
O: Very drinkable, not overpowering, you can enjoy an imperial pint or two with being sated, although you might want a palate-cleanser, even water, alongside.

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

This beer appears a light shade of orange, appropriate for the fall season. The head fades after a few minutes, leaving very little lacing behind.

The aroma is packed with spices first and foremost, as is often the case with pumpkin ales.

Flavors consist of cinnamon, nutmeg, butternut squash, gourds, sweet yams. All in all, a pretty decent offering for a pumpkin ale. But again, the spices dominate the beer. Spices should be used to enhance an already great beer, not run rampant on the palate, overpowering what could be a tasty ale. Less is more.

M: Fairly thin body with a good carbonation level. A bit sweet.

D: I have yet to find a pumpkin ale that I thoroughly enjoy. There are a few on my list for which I have high expectations. Here's hoping...

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Photo of scaliasux
3.42/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

L - Light copper. Mostly clear. Tall off-white head. Persistent.
S - Malty. Maybe some caramel malt with pumpkin. Some vague spiciness.
T - Sweet bready malts. Pumpkin. Pumpkin pie spices.
O - A good example of a not so great style.

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Photo of sirpsycho
3.42/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Coppery brown pour, very lttle head retention. Aroma promised pumpkin, sugar spices, cinnamon. Flavor did not fully deliver. Slight pumpkin, sugar, some cinnamon. I felt it needed a little more of each of those flavors to really pull it off. Wife seemed to like it more than me.

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Photo of shand
3.42/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a mug.

Appearance: Pours an ambery-orange with a finger's worth of head that doesn't stick around for long.

Smell: Well, the label sure is spot on here! It basically smells like it says - pumpkin, brown sugar, allspice, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Very spicy and sweet.

Taste: It also tastes very much like the nose. Except the spices are by far the star of the show here. The pumpkin is a bit content to hang around in the background. It would be nice if the pumpkin could overcome the overpowering brown sugar and cinnamon. This is probably spot-on for some people and their memories of pumpkin pie, but it's not quite right on for me. There's just too much spice here for it to be enjoyable for me, probably doesn't hurt that I'm not the hugest on pumpkin in general as well.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and carbonation. About right for the style.

Drinkability: This one is a sipper for sure. I poured the bottle about an hour and a half ago and am only halfway with my mug. It's a good cap to a night though.

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Photo of hiku7
3.42/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I love DFH's creativity and am a sucker for their one of a kind brews, but I just could not get in to this one.

Pours a clear copper with a tiny off white head. The color is too light and thin based on the sales pitch of a brown ale on the bottle.

Smell is caramel, brown sugar, some pumpkin coming through, plus some spice, probably the nutmeg. There is a bit of doughy and lightly fruity yeast character as well. No hop aroma whatsoever. Taste is very similar to the aroma, with the malt really dominating and no bitterness to counter it. The spiciness and the 7% abv offset the maltiness somewhat.

Mouthfeel is smooth and thinner bodied than I expected. Low carbonation. Alcohol was cloyed when cold, but came through too strong once it warmed. Not enough bitterness to hide it.

Somewhat interesting brew, but not DFH's biggest success by any means. I'll pass next October.

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Photo of clabaugh
3.42/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: A light bronze color with reddish hues intermixed. The head was mediocre; not even a finger. The head color was a creamy white. The lacing is light, not lasting for more than a few minutes.

Smell: An aromatic masterpiece. This is one of the best smelling beers that I've ever experienced. This beer captures the scent of pumpkin pie. Ginger, cinnamon, and pumpkin overtones invigorate one's nostrils.

Taste: A sweet beer in accordance with the style. The pumpkin fades as one tastes the beer, with spices predominating. Ginger and cinnamon, along with hints of nutmeg stand out. The beer definitely has an acidic character, which is difficult to miss. The sweetness masks most evidence of hops.

Mouthfeel: Definitely a powerful sensation in one's mouth. Despite being 7% abv the alcohol presence is notable throughout. Carbonation is evident, as one's tongue tingles while drinking all the way through.

Drinkability: The sweetness, along with a strong presence of carbonation limit the beer's drinkability. I couldn't handle more than two or three consecutively, but overall, a fairly drinkable pumpkin ale. This style is not one to be consumed en masse. Limiting one's consumption of this beer in a sitting leads to maximum enjoyment.

Notes: A good fall seasonal. This style complements salty food very well due to its sweetness. The beer balances the flavors of most meats. Dogfish Head succeeds in producing a quality pumpkin ale that is a truly unique beer experience.

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Photo of BeerAndBourbon
3.42/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A. Pours a brown/amber with a thin fizzy head.

S. Light spices on the nose - cinnamon and nutmeg predominate.

T. Cinnamon and nutmeg are the dominate flavors in the mouth along with a sweet malt profile.

M. Medium bodied with a high carbonation.

D. This is a decent pumpkin beer, but IMO nowhere near some of the imperial pumpkin beers like pumpking and Weyerbacher. It always amazes me that so many people like this so much.

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Photo of Naes
3.42/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This one is amber brown in color with hues of orange and has a small white head.
Aroma is of cinnamon and pumpkin.
The flavor is quite bold for a pumpkin brew. The pumpkin is minimal, but the spices and maltyness are quite present. There is also a slight alcohol presence near the finish.
Mouth feel is light to medium bodied and is highly carbonated which hinders the drinkability for me.

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Photo of phishsihq
3.42/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

We do not get into the pumpkin beer all that much, but this is on
e that we do really enjoy. Dogfish Head Punkin pours a clear, burnt orange and is capped by an inch of off-white head. A little pumpkin shows through in aromas dominated by spicy nutmeg and brown sugar. The flavors follow the nose fairly well, with the pumpkin a tad more noticeable on the pallet. Hints of caramel and alcohol are also present. Medium in both body and carbonation, Punkin is somewhat hefty, weighing in at 8% ABV. 'Tis the season...


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Photo of Iguana
3.42/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I have been craving a pumpkin ale lately, albeit I have never actually had 1 I enjoyed. This one poured a pumpkin orange color with a decent off-white head that went down to a fine foamy layer of head. Smells like artificial pumpkin and spice, not too bad actually. Taste is ok, it starts out with a nice spice and pumpkin and then changes to something I can only describe as wet dog. It just really doesnt do anything for me. Not really too special in my opinion. Mouthfeel is thin and dry. I can see some people liking this beer, but its not for me, think i'll steer clear of pumpkin ales till next year.

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Photo of jbertsch
3.42/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip glass.

Copper color with a faint, sudsy head that fades quickly.

It smells like a boozier-than-normal marzen with earthy autumn spices and pumpkin pie. A little burnt sugar aroma as well.

Slight caramel up front, with cinnamon spice in the middle. Boozy on the finish (along the lines of spiced rum) with lingering notes of pumpkin pie and nutmeg.

The mouthfeel is crisp and it almost feels like its alcohol keeps it thin. A prickly finish on the tongue.

Drinkability is good for 1-2 bottles but no more.

This is not my favorite pumpkin ale, but it's enjoyable. The alcohol is not hidden well.

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