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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 Padron4KM
3.35/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle, "packaged in" date on side of bottle not marked.
Assuming it is this years release since DFH is new to AZ this year.

Pours a rich clear amber with a thin tan head.
Aroma is nutmeg, cinnamon, brown sugar. Pumpkin is barley evident.

Pumpkin is more evident in the flavor. Tastes of canned pumpkin pie mix, with lots of cinnamon added.

Finish is heavy on the cinnamon. Not as sweet as I thought it would be, (that's good), But the cinnamon kind of overpowers everything in the end. One is enough for me.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.35/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Nice copper color and a fizzy head that retains decently well.

s. Nose of cardamom, nutmeg and allspice. Just a hint of malty pumpkin.

t. A well balanced pumpkin beer. The spice is varied from sweet, spicy, herbal and medicinal. There is a sweet caramel malt character as well. The pumpkin is very subtle but it does make itself known.

m. High level of carbonation, medium bodied.

d. At 7% its a bit heavy, though the alcohol is not really noticable. Easy drinking, and am glad I had the oppurtunity.

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Photo of youngleo
3.35/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured to about a one inch head. Head was slightly orangish in color. Head didnt hang around very long but did leave a little lacing. Ale itself was kind of a goldish brown. Had a sweet smell along with pumpkin, cinnamon and nutmeg. Wasnt as strong as what I had expected. The flavor was actually mild. just of cinnamon, nutmeg, and pumpkin. Then again, nothing overwhelming. All the flavors were on the mild side. Felt good in the mouth. I thought the carbonation was about right. I wouldnt mind a few of these at Halloween time. I just dont think it would make a good session beer.

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Photo of ark57
3.35/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The color is a cloudy orange. It is warming for those cool fall nights and has a pumpkin spice aroma. The taste was of nutmeg and cinnamon finishing off with brown sugar. The alcohol content was too overwhelming. The spices were not well balanced with the maltiness. The aftertaste was great, but the beer itself was just okay.

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Photo of jeffaz02t
3.35/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Nice copper, creamy head that lasts a few minutes. lace remains through entire pint.

S: Sweet, rum, allspice. Yummy.

T: Sweet raisons, spice, malt, sweet and spicy after taste.

M: Creamy as hell.

D: Overall great pumpkin beer, but a little sweet for my taste. However, it is tasty.

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Photo of njmoons
3.34/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pumpkin Beers, I like the way they smell...

I can't go to far into the taste here.

Punkin Ale look, tastes, drinks, feel like a very mundane medium ale.

The aroma of this beer is great, with those pumkpin pie spices, but other than a little vegetable flavor the aroma does not transfer into the beer.

I can't 'crush it' because as pumpkin beers go this was solid, but not something I would drink again.

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Photo of TruePerception
3.34/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Re-review 10/11/14:

Dogfish Head's Punkin Ale. 7% ABV.

A: Not a lot of head. Half a pinky nails width, if that. Lacing is decent, but does not hold at all. Decent amount of sheeting. Pumpkin-y orange-amber; nice and clear. Pale grey-yellow in the dimple. Bubbles have a nice sparkle.

S: Light pumpkin puree. Pie crust spice. Slight clove, even less cinnamon. Faint pumpkin skin.

T/MF: More pumpkin skin. Mild hop, though it still over powers any spice notes. Maybe, a hint of clove.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle, into a Belgian tulip glass.

Scoring unchanged.

Original Review:

Dogfish Head Punkin Ale. A brown ale brewed with pumpkin and pumpkin spices (brown sugar, all spice, cinnamon, nutmeg). 7% ABV.

Appearance: Nice haze coming out of the bottle. Almost two fingers of head. Quickly fades to half then slows. Beer has a nice, bright sienna coloring.

Smell: Pumpkin puree. Very faint oakiness.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Right away, I taste the clove! A bit of bitter pumpkin flavor. Nutmeg towards the finish. A slight cinnamon burn towards the front.

Not bad, but certainly not as good as people's ravings would lead me to believe.

Drinking from a clear beer mug. 12 oz. bottle.

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Photo of ImusBeer
3.33/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the beer of the month at my Taco Mac location.

Came to me in a large mug, copper / amber color very clear with an off white head. Bubbles continued to rise from the sides and bottom of the beer.

There was very little aroma at the start and it didn't change from that as the beer warmed up.

The taste was about as impressive as the smell some spice, some pumpkin but very little.

The mouthfeel from the carbonation made the drink very refreshing there was some slight bitterness at the finish. All in all a very good very mild ale.

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Photo of benmiliron
3.33/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I know we're supposed to review "within the style in mind", but does anyone really enjoy pumpkin beer? I remember enjoying it, but each and every one I had this year (this was the last) tasted like, well, like pumpkin. It just doesn't do it for me.

As far as pumpkin ales go, this was one of the better ones I had. Good cinnamon/nutmeg scent to it. Looked beautiful in the glass, orange-amber color. Taste was pumpkiney, but a good dose of hearty malt along with it. Due to the taste, I doubt anyone is downing a bunch of this all night.

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Photo of gatornation
3.33/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours an amber/orange color with a 1/2' head and fras lacing on the glass with a nice beige ring.. the smell is banana nutmeg cinnamon and pumpkin bread the taste is the same it has a oily pumpkin taste that i did not like followed by banana bread tastes and some spices overall ive had better pumpkin ales but this is still allright DFH is a solid craft brewer will try any of their brews ...this one is a one bottle try for me

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Photo of Brewlore
3.33/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Very nice looking orange/light brown color with an off white head. It holds it's head quite well.

The aroma has the spices shining through. Some biscuity malts come in to back up the spices. A bit of the alcohol seems to come through as well.

The taste is decent I was slightly disappointed in it actually Not that it's bad. It kind of bites back when you drink it. The spices come through a bit harsh.

The mouthfeel is pretty smooth. low to Medium bodied with some middle ground carbonation. I expected it to have a bit more body.

Overall an enjoyable brew. Whilst not the best in terms of Autumn beers, it still offers a very solid pint.

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Photo of froghop
3.33/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours a clear dark orange with a medium size off-white head, and good lacing.

smell is of malt, pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, and other spices.

taste is creamy, pumpkin, spice, some malt, a little sweet, and some cinnamon in the end.

overall a better than average punkin ale.

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.33/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly burnished gold colour with modest beige head that sinks very quickly, but leaves some speckled lacing behind to remind me it was there. Leaves a thinnish crown. Pretty good, not spectacular.

Pretty standard barley aroma with some quite English, resiny hops coming through. Smells musty and quite tart. Quite a lot of vinegar, maybe a hint of barnyard and some metallic elements. Interesting enough, but I'm not that keen on it.

Taste is far more rich, with a nutty caramel kind of malt coming through nicely. An element of a mocha character underlying, quite sweet and lacking the funky sourness of the nose, although there is a slightly tart hit at the end and possibly in the mid, kind of bourbony, and the hops on the back are quite woody.

Am not getting much pumpkin, although there is a hint of spice on the mid - nutmeg I think, while there is a noticeable hint of alcohol on the back, but I think it's noticeable mainly because I wasn't expecting a heavy beer from the appearance and smell. Mouthfeel is quite nicely smooth but that booze hit makes me recoil just a bit. Fairly drinkable I guess, but again that zing marks it down a shade.

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Photo of lpayette
3.33/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle, bottled on 8/23/06, enjoyed on 9/14/06. Label states: "A full-bodied brown ale brewed with real pumpkin, brown sugar, allspice, cinnamon & nutmeg."

Appearance- Pumpkin in color, crystal clear. 1/2" white head. Some lacing.

Smell- Allspice and nutmeg are quite strong. Caramel and a hint of smoke (not sure why, but yeah, I got smoke).

Taste- Pumpkin flavor plays a much bigger role here than in the smell. Lots of spices... too much in my opinion. Roasted malts- very fresh tasting.

Mouthfeel- I'd call this close to full-bodied, good carbonation, and fairly smooth.

Drinkability- More flavorful than most pumpkin ales, but the flavor choices to me were a bit odd. Not sure if I'll seek this out again or not. It's certainly decent, but maybe it needs to grow on me.

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Photo of fo5s
3.33/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12ozer poured into my heavy seas glass. Meant to go for a smaller pumpkin beer tonight, but after pouring noticed that this one rings in at 7%. Oh well. Bottled in 2010 3C printed on the bottle - no clue what that means as far as dates, but should be fresh.

A- pour is cloudy, light copper. decent head.

S- nutmeg, nutmeg, nutmeg and a few other spices.

T- slightly sweet, muted hops. Nutmeg all the way through, with hints of its supporting cast (cinnamon, allspice?). Really not much pumpkin to this at all. The spices are smooth throughout though - lacks the kick you might expect. Slightly warming.

M- slick, but a touch chewy. Not dry per-se, but something with the nutmeg makes it feel that way.

D- Not bad, but not great. Honestly wouldn't want more than 12oz of this.

Overall an interesting beer, but not really what I'd hoped for, and not up to par with Dogfish's other offerings. In the past, this was an in your face nutmeg bomb, but it's now evolved into a more balanced nutmeg beer. I'm satisfied with my 12oz and may revisit in a year, but I'm glad this one doesn't have 5 friends in the fridge, and I won't be anxiously waiting for this one to come around again.

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Photo of jera1350
3.33/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Dark coppery colored beer with a thin tan head that leaves a bit of lacing.

Getting quite a bit of pumpkin in the nose along with pumpkin pie spice. The pumpkin is like fresh squash. Not sure how much I dig this part.

Roasty malt with spices, but not really pumpkin pie like, and a strong booze presence. Really reminds me of a spiced dark rum. Not a lot of sweetness going on. Just not really digging this one a whole lot in the flavor department.

Quite thick with very creamy carbonation. Really nice almost chewy feel.

I'm struggling to put down a whole one of these. It really tastes more like a winter warmer to me. Not as pumpkin ale like as I was thinking it was going to be. I will not be having this one again anytime soon. There are several other better pumpkin beers than this one.

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Photo of OatmattStout
3.32/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

nice color but had soda pop head with big bubbles that dissipated very quickly with no lacing.

Did have nice nose of pumpkin but thats where it ended for me.

mouth feel seemed very thin for a " full bodied brown ale" which is surprising for a brewery that make so many big full beers. thought this one would follow suit. With out pumpkin i feel this would have been a bad brown ale and adding pumpkin and spice did little to help.

overall disappointed. Surprised because love the brewery and most beers they make are top notch.

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Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
3.32/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from 12oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Look is a light amber color with practically no head.

Lots of spicing right on the nose. Cinnamon and nutmeg with a nice malt balance.

Taste doesn't hold up to aroma. Kinda astringent with spices comes off unbalanced.

Picked this up for 99cents worth it at that price.

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Photo of kpoole25
3.32/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle (from make your own 6 pack) to glass. Orangy bronze color, the head had a faint orange as well. Didn't really pick up on the pumpkin pie spice on the nose or on the taste, very subtle I thought. Quite sweet, and not much bitter. Some raisin perhaps. I actually got more pumpkin pie spice with New Belgiums Mothership Wit, but maybe that's just me.

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Photo of zshaft
3.32/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

pours relatively light copper with virtually no head. nose is light pumpkin with lots of cinnamon and all spice. taste is folloWing the nose with malt and cinnamon leading the way followed by more spice and finishing with lingering cinnamon and allspice. I dunno. most pumpkin ales seem to go crazy on the cinnamon and nutmeg and allspice and the same goes for this one. im not sure why more beers are not like pumpking. this one seems to light and spice forward. not great. not good. not worth it.

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Photo of notsoprobeer
3.32/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Color is brownish gold with a white head that lingered for most of the drink. The beer is slightly hazy and there's a fair amount of effervescence. Aroma is very spicy, with nutmeg and cinnamon. Taste consists mainly of spices, and I don't taste the pumpkin. The 7.0% ABV is noticeable, but works well. Body is light, mouth feel is crisp with a fair amount of carbonation.

Dogfish Head's description led me a bit astray, as I expected some sweetness and a heavier body. I didn't get either.

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Photo of FickleBeast
3.31/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into an Ithaca pint glass.
Bottled on 7/29/09

A - Pours clear amber-orange with one finger of head

S - Malty (munich?) sweetness, light cinnammon and spice aroma

T - a fairly sweet beer, hint of alcohol burn, light on the spiced flavor

M - Nice, light carbonation, sweetness sticks around but not cloyingly so.

D - the 7% ABV is decently hidden, though a little bit pokes through. Wouldn't go out of my way to get again, but I'd drink another if it was given to me. All in all, a pretty good pumpkin beer - not that I am a big fan of the style.

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Photo of dherling
3.31/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nice golden color with a thick creamy head. Nose gives off lots of cinnamon, and rotten pumpkin. The taste is of a big amount of clove and nutmeg, with a metallic flavor, and just a tiny bit of pumpkin rounded out by malt and a citrus/spicy hop. A slightly heavy finish with an average mouthfeel.

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Photo of Dibujob
3.3/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A - Pours a clear, deep amber with a 1/4 inch creamy head. Good retention with a steady stream of bubbles.

S - Toasty malt aroma with sugary sweet undertones. The pumpkin is definitely present but not overwhelmingly so.

T - Wow, not what I expected from the smell. Cinnamon and spices are like a slap in the face! Nothing subtle about this beer, but subtle and Dogfish Head seldom go together. The finish is especially "spicy," almost like pouring dried nutmeg powder down your throat. Leaves me wanting a glass of water or something. The more I drink, the worse the aftertaste gets.

M - Mouthfeel is really dry, almost brutally so.

D - I really don't think I could drink more than one of these.

I love Dogfish Head, Sam and Co. make some of my favorite beers and I applaud their creativity and passion for extreme beers, but this isn't going to make it into my regular rotation of fall seasonals.

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Photo of craftaholic
3.3/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a murky amber/golden brew almost like steeped black tea. Has no head after initial pour whatsoever.. kinda off putting.

Smell: Smells like pumpkin spice and cinnamon mixed with the scent of fresh brown sugar and fresh coffee cake topping.

Taste: Kinda watery and light, more spice than pumpkin. Has a bouquet of clove and nutmeg for the palate but really.. wheres the pumpkin? Finishes off with a burnt malt flavor and some residual sweetness that blends with a touch of bitter hops.

Mouthfeel: Hits all parts of the palate on its way through: some zest, some slickness, quite balanced but leaves a lingering notion on the throat.

Drinkability: Very drinkable at 7abv you can't really tell. The only thing that will stop you grow sick of the spice or your wallet is depleted.

Overall: Kinda wish the name was 'punkin spice' instead of implying you're going to have some pie like characteristics. First pumpkin ale but I already think others will reign over it easily.

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Punkin Ale from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
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