Punkin Ale | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

Punkin AlePunkin Ale
6,613 Ratings
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 mhales34
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Punkin Ale is a very good pumpkin style beer. You have the hoppy character that is prevalent in all Dogfish Head brews and you can taste the spices usually found in a good pumpkin pie. The flavor of pumpkin is not in your face by any means but it is a great representation of a fall beer.

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Photo of thegiggy86
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I drank this beer last night at The Brazen Head in Brooklyn.

This is my first experience with a Pumpkin style ale.

The look of this beer reminded me of autumn leaves. The dark orange kind.
This beer produced a pumpkin pie-like aroma.
This beer tasted like a pumpkin pie.

In terms of drinkability, I only had a half pint, but I could definitely have another. Based on my positive experience with this beer, I will be drinking more Pumpkin Ale in the future.

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Photo of Gosox8787
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2009 batch. Poured from the bottle into a pint glass. Appearance is light auburn brown to orange and clear. Thin white lacing at the top of the glass. The nose is predominantly pumpkin spice; cinnamon, nutmeg, and brown sugar. Some caramel malt sweetness in the background. Taste is surprisingly sweet. Pumpkin sweetness is really highlighted here, and complimented by nice malt and brown sugar sweetness. The other spices; cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice. Flavor tastes full and natural, which is necessary for a good pumpkin ale. Mouthfeel is chewy and crisp due to nice carbonation. Drinkability is very good. The alcohol is not noticeable here at all. Could definately have four or five of these in one sitting.

Overall, probably the best pumpkin ale I have had to date. Balanced with good flavor and a crisp mouthfeel.

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Photo of SWMeyer4141
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into Dogfish Pint Glass...

Appearance-Burnt orange body, very clear. Head is a soapy off white head, almost brown. Nice spotty lacing and decent head retention.

Smell-Some sweet malts and in the backround you really can get the cinnamon, brown sugar and spices. Just a little bit too subtle

Taste-Once you get past the initial sweet malts you really dig into some Pumpkin. All those spices and flavors really work well with this beer.

Mouthfeel-Creamy. Medium bodied, nicely carbonated.

Overall-Awesome beer, one of the beers that got me into craft. Can't wait for the next..

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Photo of allengarvin
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice reddish mahogany color with a soft white head. Aroma is rather light, though pleasantly spicy. Plenty of malt at first taste, with just enough bitterness to offset it, and a very nice, well-balanced spiciness. The cinnamon is particularly subtle but delightful. This is probably the best-balanced pumpkin beer I've ever tried. Very nice.

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Photo of PerzentRizen
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Acquired through a trade with brewdan as an extra...thank you much Dan!

Poured into a Duvel glass this beer is much lighter than I would have expected. The head quickly dissapates to a few bubbles on the top of the glass.

The aroma is so close to the Raison d'Etre that I almost think it could be a switch up at the brewery. Then I start to notice a new aroma in there. What is that? Could it be Punkin'? Aroma is nothing special on this one - very average.

The big WOW factor comes upon first sip. The immediate flow of toasted brown sugar, melted butter, rich cold pumpkin pie, and sweet creamy whipped cream all come rushing in like it's thanksgiving dessert. This beer has an amazing flavor that lasts forever! The taste is certainly the highlight. If you really want to taste the sweetness and the cinammon spice then try this beer after a west coast style DIPA. The pumpkin spices are really accented.

The mouthfeel is perfect. This beer is really thick. At only 7% this beer could have gone 10% easily. There's plenty of fermentable sugar still in there. Sam you're a crafty one - no pun intended.

The drinkability is really high on this one. Despite the sweet flavor you feel like you can drink a few of these. The alcohol is a non-factor and you just want more of this beer. Taste is great, mouthfeel is amazing, and you can put this one down after the first taste. Great beer!

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Photo of blackearth
4.17/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at Three Cellars in Franklin, WI. Pours a bright, orange-amber body with an off white head that eventually falls completely. Aroma is sticky sweet sugar, like cinnamon buns. Pumpkin is also detectable in the aroma. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with big malt sweetness upfront in the flavor. There's brown sugar and pie spice flavors in there too. There's a little bit of hop bitterness in the finish and a slight alcohol warmth as it goes down. Very good beer for a cool October evening.

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Photo of mbratt93
4.17/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of cjacobsen
4.17/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint glass

Poured a dark amber with an off white head.

Smelled of cinnamon and spice and pumpkin. Very much like a pumpkin pie.

The cinnamon and sweetness of the brown sugar great you up front at the taste. The pumpkin and spices great the sweetness mid taste and it finishes off as the full melded flavor. As the beer warms up as you drink it, the cinnamon and allspice bring a little more heat to the table.

Nothing is overbearing and its easy on the mouth to drink.

Very flavorful and a great fall brew.

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Photo of Gmann
4.17/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden amber color with an average white head that dissipated fairly quick, no lacing. The smell is quite good, brown sugar, nutmeg, cinnamon, nice and spicy though not picking up much pumpkin. The taste on the other hand I do pick up the pumpkin. This really does taste like a pumpkin pie in a glass. Starts off with a nice peppery pumpkin flavor, followed by the sweet brown sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg flavors. A nice caramel malt backbone with a touch of bitterness to offset the sweet flavors. The feel is more on the light side, moderately carbonated. A great pumpkin ale to kick off the season.

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Photo of GarrisWH
4.17/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle - 2009 batch

A - Pours a clear, orange-tinged copper color with one finger of creamy, off-white head that dissipates pretty slowly, leaving decent lacing behind.

S - Pumpkin aromas mix with sweet and spicy cinnamon, brown sugar and nutmeg. Definitely reminiscent of pumpkin pie. Little to no alcohol on the nose.

T - Pretty similar to the aroma - pumpkin flavors melding with a nice spiciness that hints mostly at nutmeg and cinnamon with a touch of the brown sugar coming through. The alcohol content is slightly noticeable, but blends nicely with the flavors in this one. Some of the flavors remind me of a nice alcoholic cider.

M - Medium bodied with a rich, smooth feel. Moderate carbonation that suits the brew nicely.

D - An interesting and very tasty brew. Perfect for the start of fall and cooler weather. I will definitely revisit this one again.

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Photo of squirrelpirate
4.17/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dogfish Head Punkin Ale poured a clear amber with a moderate cream colored head and very active carbonation bubbles rising to the surface. The aroma consists of mostly caramel and brown sugar maltiness, along with spicy notes as listed on the bottle. It smells like a spicy brown ale, not a sweet fresh-from-the-oven pie.

First impressions of the taste is a burst of malty sweetness and brown sugar, followed by the spices, with some vanilla, more spice and pumpkin in the aftertaste. The high ABV comes through nicely at the end. All of the aspects are complimentary and not overpowering, but the spices come through more seemingly with each sip.

Medium carbonation and a medium body make this flow across the palate nicely. A very good pumpkin ale, but is any spiced beer really session material?

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Photo of santoslhalper
4.17/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearence: A bright, clear, but highly carbonated amber body sits beneath a bubble, off-white head.

Smell: The smell is basically just what the bottle says it's going to be: pumpkin, brown sugar, allspice (a little), cinnamon, & nutmug. Also some nice clove presence, and a decent amount of hopping. Well balanced!!

Taste and Mouthfeel: Strong, mouth-puckering cinnamon, spice and clove notes at first, slowly fading into a nutmug.pumpkin flavor, with a nice amount of a malt backbone. Finishes pretty dry, with a nice hop presence. Well balanced, full bodied, and lively.

Drinkability and Overall: For this time of year (especially with it being 50 degrees out right now), this beer is quite nice. God I love fall beers, I just can't wait till winter. Anyways, easily one of the better Pumpkin Ales I've had.

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Photo of PHarm
4.17/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Light colored for a brown ale. Not very fragrant but has a great full bodied flavor. Good overall beer for fall.

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Photo of blackie
4.17/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

appearance: The pour produces a slight, off white head that soon disappears, for the most part. The beer is a bright burnished copper in color.

smell: Nice mix of aromas going on here. Plenty of spice and pumpkin, accompanied by some moderate esters. Nice and sweet smelling, but not cloyingly so, with some caramel and brown sugar. Hop presence is low, as it should be.

mouthfeel: The carbonation is medium, and the body the same.

taste: The taste is a little more subtle in the ester and spice department, which is good. A nice caramel malt backbone blends with flavors of pumpkin pie spice. Hard to pick out the pumpkin, though I feel as if I can...maybe some roasted pumpkin seed too. Just a touch of bitterness at the finish.

drinkability: An above average pumpkin, and a pleasure to drink.

Bottled on date of 08/25/05 is printed on the neck of the bottle.

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Photo of daythree16
4.17/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber into a pint glass. Fluffy two finger head that leaves lots of lace as it fades.

The smell is lots of pumpkin and traditional pumpkin pie spices (mostly cinnamon and nutmeg that I can smell). Taste is mostly pumpkin and nutmeg. There is a small alcohol warmth and a little bitterness that creep up on the finish. Both are pleasant.

Medium bodied with a silky mouthfeel. I've only had a few pumpkin beers, none of which have been very impressive, so it's nice to have a pumpkin ale that tastes like...pumpkin. This one strikes a really nice balance between the pumpkin and all the spices. This would be perfect at a Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner.

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Photo of TheSeeker61
4.17/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I must say this is the first pumpkin ale that I've truly enjoyed. Most have done nothing for me. The appearance is a copper tan which poured an 1/2 inch head which quickly dissapated. The nose was actually kinda yeasty sour when first poured but when it warmed I could smell the cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg and brown sugar. I actually liked the taste when it was cold but again as it warmed one could tasted the cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg and brown sugar and the alocohol was not noticeable. It got beeter. Mouthfeel is kinda medium. Overall at this moment this is my favorite of the style and the first year thus far that I've actually enjoyed drinking on a regular basis. Have always heard all this hype and excitement about pumpkin ales, well the Dogfish Punkin Ale has ushered me in as one who,at least, is enjoying this offering.

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Photo of wingnutter
4.17/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2005 offering, fresh from the shelf at my local beer store.

Im glad I waited on reviewing this beer until I finished the 4 pack. After the 1st one, I didnt care much for it and left the other 3 alone for a few days. Then tonight I decided to revisit it with a fresh palate.

Look: Beautiful clear orange. Fluffy head. Minimal lacing.

Smell: Pumpkin pie, but I think the allspice came to the front pretty aggresively. It smelled tasty though. Sweet, a tad of alcohol, subtle pumpkin. Yummy.

Taste: Smooth, sweet. Goes down easy, and a nice candied aftertaste. Does indeed remind me of pumpkin pie, but I didnt detect much cinnamon. Allspice was prevalent to the point where I thought it was a bit over the top. Alcohol shows up a bit as it warms, but just the right amount to warm me up on a cool fall night. Overall, a good beer, but this style just isnt my cup of tea. A good offering for the style though, so no points taken away due to my personal taste.

Mouthfeel: Light, yet big. Just the right amount of carbonation. Feels like dessert.Very easy drinking. Alcohol hidden well. Maybe Im just used to stronger beers, but this didnt feel like a 7% ABV ale.

Drinkability: I guess fans of the style would enjoy it more than I did, but by my 2nd one, I actually started liking it more than when I first started, so I will give it a good drinkability rating. As I said earlier, just not my cup of tea, but its pretty darn good for what it is.

If you enjoy pumpkin ale, give this one a try from one of the best craft breweries in all the land.

Goes excellent with chocolate.

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Photo of MyGoodness
4.17/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Ahhh I'm so happy for this as the fall approaches. My favourite season tends to coincide with the release of amazing seasonal brews. Pours a deep, amberish colour with a thick head that disappeared quickly. The smell is the best part. Spicy, cinnamony, warm. It embodies the fall to me. The taste is much the same. Some people trying this with me found it to be too spicy and thought it was an odd flavour for a beer. I think it's great. Regardless of the slight bitterness, it goes down smooth. I recommend this highly , but I will admit that perhaps I am romantacizing a beer too much.

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Photo of kurp001
4.17/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a bright orange with gold highlights with about one finger of off-white head that sticks around for a little bit before receding.

A malty pumpkin aroma pulls through first on the smell, along with mild allspice and cinnamon notes.

Rich pumpkin is the first thing that comes through on the taste, with cinnamon and nutmeg pulling through midway. The allspice notes are more evident on the finish, as well.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with quite lively carbonation.

Overall I'd say this one is very drinkable for a pumpkin ale. The pumpkin flavors or spice notes don't really get tiresome, I could definitely see having more than one of these. Worth seeking out if you're a fan of the style.

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Photo of medic25
4.17/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass. This beer has a clear copper color with a white head that doesn't linger for too long. The aroma is great, full of pumpkin and fall spices. Taste is sweet, a nice biscuity malt flavor along with the (not overwhelming) flavor of pumpkin and cinnamon. Very smooth mouthfeel, with a pleasant lingering aftertaste. One of the best pumpkin ales I've tried.

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Photo of zrab11
4.17/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a burnt orange color with a small 1 finger foamy white head

S-Has a really nice smell. Your able to pick up on both pumpkin and spices in the nose as well as some malty sweetness. I love the smell of this. And even though i love it, its not overpowering with spices like others are

T-HAs a beautiful marriage of pumpkin flavors and spices, I love the little hints of brown sugar you get as you drink this beer as well. The flavors are all distinguishable but not overpowering.

M-Medium to light bodied with good carbonation

D-Overall this was my favorite pumpkin ale I've had to date. It just had a great nose and a great marriage of flavors. I still think there is room for improvement in pumpkin beers. I want one to blow me away but as for a nice marriage of beautiful flavors and drinkability this beer is it.. Its sucks i have to trade for this beer now but i def. will get a 6er of this every october.

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Photo of GRPunk
4.17/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into an imperial pint glass.

A- A thin off-white head quickly turned to a nice lace atop an amber-copper colored brew with light-medium carbonation. It looked quite clean.

S- Definite pumpkin spice and vegetal tones. I initially picked up nutmeg and allspice and something like ginger too. On further sniffs, there were bready/biscuit malt notes.

T- Not as "in your face" as some from the style. It keeps the traditional beer qualities. It had a bready backbone with spice to enhance flavor, not overwhelm it. The light hop finish leaves a clean taste.

M- Medium feel with light carbonation.

D- Due to subtle characteristics, it's an easier drinker than many other pumpkin brews.

Overall- Though I like some overly-spiced versions of the style, this one was a pleasant surprise. It kept the integrity of the base beer while the pumpkin and spice made for additional flavor.

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Photo of litheum94
4.17/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 Vintage.

Amber body with an active, tan-tinged head. Fizzles out quickly, leaving a ring of foam and a mist in the middle.

Spice fills the air: nutmeg, cinnamon and brown sugar, with fleshy pumpkin. Cola aromas as well.

An all-out spice attack, like sprinkling pumpkin pie spices in the palm of your hand and licking it. Nutmeg and cinnamon dominate. Caramel malts with a slightly syrupy mouthfeel, like cola. Sweet, fleshy pumpkin in the background. A little bit of burn on the finish. Not sure if that's from the spices or some alcohol poking through.

If you don't like spiced beers, stay away from this year's Punkin. I for one love this year's batch. The assertive spices really give this one a kick. I'll be drinking this throughout the fall.

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Photo of JordonHoltzman
4.17/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a clear orange with a pinky worth of slightly off white head.
oh man, a strong pumpkin smell. nutmeg and cinnamon right along with it, caramel and nuts too.
the taste matches the smell, nutmeg being the dominant spice.
mouthfeel is great too, crisp, carbonation is great. no aftertaste.
overall: this is my second pumpkin ale, and its january but it makes my long for the fall again.

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Punkin Ale from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
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