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 Hop_God
3.86/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: golden orange to amber

S: pumpkin spices. Hops

T: spices. Cloves. All spice. Ginger. Hops. Burnt sugar

F: crisp bite

O: nice offering for the style

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.62/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Kinda weird how a pumpkin beer can be one of your more 'normal' beers but that is the nature of the beast when dealing with DFH.

Color of the beer is not indicative of pumpkin, doesn't have orange, its golden like normal beer. Aroma does kick pumpkin down, and some hops. It works.

Taste again is a meld of pumpkin and C hops, it works, it not only works, this is one of the better pumpkin beers out there. After 12oz, I'm good, but that is pretty much a record for this style of beer. Hides the alcohol decently in the mouthfeel, the pie aspect (brown sugar, cinnamon) is not overdone. Impressive.

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Photo of basaywhat
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle. Pours a golden amber with very little carbonation. Aromas strong of pumpkins and malty sweetness. The pumpkin flavor isn’t too strong has a nice semi-dry finish.Good pumpkin beer

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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 88caprice
3.82/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a glass.

LOOKS very light to be described as a brown ale. A light peach/orange hue. Tea like. A fair amount of sediment in the bottle, yet pours clear. Virtually headless.
SMELLS of clove, allspice, and sugar.
TASTES like spices, then some dark dried fruits. Ends in biscuity malts and caramelized pumpkin meat. No overly sweet.
MOUTHFEEL is sparkly, medium bodied, slightly slick.

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Photo of ThaneMcC
4.06/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pleasant bright amber with scant white head. Smells pleasantly of pumpkin, molasses, malts and related spices. Taste is well balanced, sweet malts forward, hint of pumpkin spice (without being overpowering) transitioning to a astringent, clean finish. Light to medium bodied, moderate carbonation.
Overall, this is a subtle, well balanced beer. It hints at pumpkin and highlights the best qualities, without being weighed down by the cloying spices that pervade this genre. I don’t particularly like pumpkin beers – but this is a solid, subtle offering that I wouldn’t turn down at a party – good stuff.

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Photo of rjd722
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden-orange copper color with small head and not much lacing. Aroma is subtle pumpkin pie and just the right amount of malt and spice. The taste matches the aroma, it's really well done in terms of the balance and amount of pumpkin/spice. Often times the downfall of pumpkin beer for me is too much spice, so this one is very enjoyable. Medium carbonation and refreshing, mouthfeel trails off with spicy malt.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.02/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Orange-red body, mostly translucent but hazy. Slight white head, a bit of lacing, but not much.

S - Mildly sour note, pumpkin spices of allspice and cinnamon, a hint of sweetness.

T - Brightly full of spice and squash flesh. Honey notes. Slightly sour.

M - A good bit of carbonation. Very bright, and fairly light.

O - One of the better pumpkin beers out there. Tasty.

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Photo of UPMD_Bill
3.84/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color is medium orange
Smells of malt and pumpkin pie spice - spice is subtle.
Taste is combination of sweet/spice with some vegetal notes from the pumpkin. Clean finish.
Ample carbonation and highly drinkable.
Overall: the best pumpkin beer I had this year and the only one I bothered to get again.

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Photo of Trooper92292
4.11/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

For me, this is a wonderful beer for the fall holiday season. Not as strong as Pumking or a few other pumpkin ales I know. This is smooth and something you can enjoy with a desert but for me this is begging to be drank with thanksgiving dinner. I'm not sure why, maybe just my palate. In all, I really enjoy this beer. Beautiful color, proper aromas that aren't too overwhelming and a taste that leaves a smile on your face. I'm glad I finally got around to having this.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed from the 12 oz bottle in a snifter. This solid offering pours a bright and clear moderately deep brownish amber with a decent head of off white foam that subsides to a thick ring, light pooling layer, and very light lacing. Nose of brown sugar, subtle pumpkin, and cinnamon. Flavors exceed the nose with sweet caramel and brown sugar malts to the front followed by a mellow pumpkin note with a touch of cinnamon and yellow raisins on the fade to the back with a light spicy hop and cinnamon aftertaste. Medium carbonation and a slightly dry finish keeps it refreshing while filling.

All in all a fantastic brew and one of the few pumpkin beers I can stand. Balanced and good. Let it warm substantially and be rewarded.


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Photo of twage04
4.16/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My second favorite pumpkin beer. A good mix of pumpkin spice and pumpkin pie taste with a good all round beer as a foundation. Subtle and pleasant, this a great pumpkin beer. Less adventurous than what I would expect from dogfish but in a good way!

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Photo of weaselface89
4.31/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L- a darker shade of brownish orange, with quite a small head that dissipates quickly and leaves a few spots of residual bubbles after only a minute.
S- getting the pumpkin and spices up front, exactly what you would expect for the style. smells somewhat sweet, maybe the brown sugar.
T- very well balanced, with all the flavors working well together. malt, and cinnamon, pumpkin, and a slight alcohol taste.
F- medium feel, with low to medium carbonation.
O- personally im a fan of pumpkin beers and im glad I tried this one. traded a friend a terrapin pumpkin fest for this one. I believe this is my first year trying this beer and I will look to buy it again next year

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Photo of KevCan
4.45/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I got this in a mystery bag from Trader Joe's that was given to us as a gift from a friend. Poured from the bottle into a clean tulip glass.

Look: Gorgeous deep golden orange color, perfect color for a pumpkin beer. Clear with a small amount of suspended particles. Very little head, which quickly dissipated. No lacing at all.

Smell: Smells like pumpkin pie or pumpkin bread. Pumpkin and spices are present without being overstated. Notes of cinnamon, raisin, alcohol. Not much hop aroma.

Taste: The pumpkin flavor comes through much more in the taste than the smell. A little more of the alcohol, and some hop bitterness come through to balance the sweetness and malt. I like that the pumpkin flavor is still subtle.

Feel: Medium body, lots of small bubbles, a noticeable astringency from the alcohol.

Overall: Awesome for a pumpkin beer, I would drink this outside the month of October.

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Photo of Claude-Irishman
3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Not bad. Sort of watery clear with little head retention. OK pumpkin like flavor. I really enjoy pumpkin beer/ale/porter. This falls a bit short. Drinkable, yes. Overpriced 4 pack of mediocre pumpkin brew. I had much higher expectations considering this is Dogfish's fame making beer. (Awards and TV show to boot. I can't get over the watery texture and clearness.

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Photo of TheWolf
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Look: hazy Amber.

Smell: I had a difficult time pinpointing the spices in the smell so I asked my wife. She said it smelled like the floor of a frat house. I had 2 concerns. First I somewhat agreed. Second what the hell was she doing on the floor of a frat house.

Taste: frat house floor

Feel: insufficient, insecure

Overall: ?

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Photo of GStone899
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best pumpkin ale I've had. I had a few before (Sam Adams and Blue Moon come to mind) but none can hold a candle to this one. Great smell n clean finish. Solid all around n from my trip to South Carolina.

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
3.77/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear deep amber color with a finger width foamy head. Head retention is decent as is lacing. Has a light pumpkin spice aroma with some cinnamon and nutmeg. Has a nice smooth texture with some sweet maltiness up front and some spicy nutmeg and cinnamon on the end. Medium bodied with high carbonation. Decent pumpkin beer but not the best I have had by far.

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Photo of Antc2382
4.09/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Does Dogfish do any wrong?? I think not! This pumpkin ale is another winner in their long catalog. A: reddish gold tint, head is non existent. S: really nice, you get the cinnamon and brown sugar more than the pumpkin. T: awesome, slightly sweet, plenty of pumpkin but well balanced with those fall flavors. F: the alcohol is very well hidden. O: another winner from Dogfish.

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Photo of tillmac62
3.59/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a semi-clear medium amber. Below normal head volume, poor lacing, normal retention.

Very light nose with hints of cinnamon and nutmeg.

Medium body with a somewhat creamy texture. Superb carbonation with a nice effervescent middle and a prickly finish.

The flavor profile is good, but lacks intensity and complexity. Balance is outstanding. It begins with a light blended spice flavor that tails off into pumpkin past the middle. The middle brings a light spicy bitterness and a balancing biscuit. The finish is a slow fade with mostly cinnamon notes.

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Photo of DuffDaddy
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$0.85 single from Winter Haven ABC. Great, full-bodied ale with enough pumpkin so you can taste it without overpowering spice flavors. definitely my favorite pumpkin beer this season...

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Photo of Mitzvahman72
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

With a bold honey color, it has a nice combination of dark, dried versions of apricots, peaches and other non-raisin dried fruits, and roasty, biscuit bread malts that weave within the balanced hops. As the low carbonation smooths out the balanced taste, the fantastically pronounced aftertaste rounds it all out. There is a VERY slight amount of cinnamon and there are no pumpkins in sight, but it is very close to the Alley Cat from Lost Coast Brewing Company. How about renaming this beer the Alley Dog? XD

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Photo of Tone
3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, copper color. 1/3 inch head of an off-white color. Slight retention and didn't lacing. Smells of sweet malt, slight pumpkin, slight alcohol, spices, and slight pale malt. Fits the style of a Pumpkin Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of spices, sweet malt, slight pumpkin, hint of alcohol, and a hint of pale malt. Overall, poor appearance, decent aroma, decent body, and good blend.

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Photo of SitkaSteve
3.17/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Another one from Ted.
This was poured into a nonic pint glass.
The appearance was a moderately hazy almost burnt orange color with a light transparency rising up to feed a quickly dissipating head. Fizzled and no lacing slid anywhere, hmm...wondering.
I wonder no longer...
The smell had some light pumpkin hitting what seemed like a cream ale sort of base. Pie-like crustiness leads in and subtly combines with some vanilla.
The taste was mainly sweet through the pumpkin, vanilla and pie-like crustiness of the cream ale features. A pumpkin flavored aftertaste runs in and leads in a sticky finish.
The mouthfeel sat about light bodied with an okay sessionability about it. Carbonation runs pretty nice as a pumpkin ale.
Overall, well, honestly, its okay, but nothing over the top either, its mainly a lighter version of pumking. Eh, nice to try but was kinda hoping for better.

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Photo of ajilllau
2.5/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This was a hard beer to sell for us and we had it on the same time as weyerbachers imperial pumpkin (which was no competition). It was much lighter and not nearly as spiced as Weyerbachers. To me, this beer lacked anything to stick out in my mind for next year.

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