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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 beermanbrian
4.19/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice copper hue. Not much in the way of head. What can you say about the smell and taste? Pumpkin pie pretty much sums it up. I will say that the spices don't go over the top making this the best pumpkin ale i've had. Overall a nice fall beer that is a very good interpretation of the style.

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Photo of sabrills70
4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle pours a light amber/orange with a 2 finger head, good longevity and very nice lace. Smells just like pumpkin pie before it gets baked. Lots of cinnamon, nutmeg, brown sugar etc. Again lots of pumpkin pie taste - cinnamon etc. Alcohol does come through a bit at the end and leaves a nice brown sugar flavor mixed with some bitterness. Creamy and smooth and one of the best pumpkin ales out there. Unfortunately I still find it hard to drink more than one of these in a sitting - its just a pumpkin ale thing, no matter what the brand.

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Photo of beerphan
4.02/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle -> goblet
bottled on 8/30/ ?? this part of the date is smudged hopefully its an 06

Pours a copper orange with an 1/2 head the settles quickly. Lace is sporadic sheets that stick. Very minimal carbonaton present.

Smells of pumpkin, allspice and cinnamon.

Spice dominates the taste, with cinnamon taking the lead. Pumpkin flavors tickle the taste buds throughout, with little to no bitterness in the spicy aftertaste.

A nice full mouthfeel.

Probably the best pumpkin beer i've ever tried though i've only tried like three.

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Photo of
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle. Brown ale brewed with pumpkin puree, brown sugar, allspice, cinnamon and nutmeg. Poured a clear dark gold/amber with a moderate white head. Aroma was all about pumpkin, with some spice notes (nutmeg) and sugar. The taste was a quick sensory snapshot where I immediately thought of pumpkin seeds - the kind you make after carving a jack-o-lantern and then roasting them in the oven. Malt was toasted, caramel/toffee in the middle, and a very minor hint of hops at the finish which seemed to increase as the beer warmed. Body was light to medium, carbonation was medium, and it was slightly drying. Of the 4 pumpkin beers I have tried, this was the most subtle. It was a really good brown ale, with hints of pumpkin and spice. Well integrated, and I would be happy to drink it again. As a final note, a dangerous beer, because you don't get a hint of the 7% ABV.

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Photo of MrHurmateeowish
3.84/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle found at Florian’s Market in Auburn. Orange, almost red body with a half an inch of off white head. Smells vegitable-ish and somewhat hoppy. Very tasty. This is a beer that tastes much better than it smells. Tastes malty and spicy. Pumpkin is also present. Medium body. I like it. Probably will be getting it again if I can find and afford it at the same time...

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Photo of Lupin
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I could not have more than one of these in a sitting without a long break. I think I might even enjoy just smelling this beer as opposed to drinking it, actually.

Pours a pure copper, amber. You could read a book through it, if warm. Not too much of a head, so pour it however you like it. Minimal lacing, as well, a hint at the fact that it doesn't taste too sugary or starchy.

Smells profoundly of pumpkin pie before you've had a sip, although the first sip indoctrinates you. Built on a malty brown ale base, the spices fill this beer out, but all pumpkin ales are inherently unbalanced because of this, IMO. You have a great variety of tastes in the same spectrum competing, and there's just no way to let one win out, even slightly. The finish is great, but there's just something overwhelming about the initial taste that bugs me.

A beer to drink a few times every fall. Get a four pack and introduce some friends to it. It's better than most of the other attempts at pumpkin ale. Maybe the fact that I typically skip the pumpkin pie at thanksgiving has something to do with it. If that's your bag, however, definitely check this one out. This is one case where DH's overattention to detail definitely pays off.

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Photo of Dizzy
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours copper colored with a frothy white head, leaving some lacing on the glass. Smells like pumpkin pie. Taste is spices and a little bitterness. Light bodied. This is probably the best pumpkin beer I've had, I wouldn't want to session with this but its pretty good. I also wish this one wasn't quite so expensive.

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Photo of nortmand
4.55/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear light brownish amber, with a fizzy white head.

Cinnamon dominated smell with a roast background. Some banana like scents there as well.

Sweet spicy up front, huge banana flavors mid tongue. Ends with an assertive bitterness and a burning spice and alcohol in the throat. A hair of cooked squash aftertaste.

Full, silky mouthfeel, a very nice beer for a cool fall evening.

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Photo of laintringulis
2.95/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

served in a pubglass

Pours a bronze-orange color with small loose foamy white head. Large amount of tight carbonation.

Smells like a good herbal tea. Cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, ginger. Vague sweetness, vanilla, maple, light oakiness. No real pumpkin smell.

Very mild/vague pumpkin taste. If I didn't know there was pumpkin in it, I don't think I would have tasted it. Malty sweet, nice spicy blend of nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice, giner. Tastes like you brewed an herbal tea bag in a beer.

Mouthfeel too syrupy at first, finishes with a spicy and hot alcohol finish. Starchy in the middle.

Light plus bodied, nicely carbonated. I would have rated the drinkability higher if I liked the taste more.

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Photo of malcontent
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear, light orange (of course) in color, with a finger of head that quickly gives way to some very even lacing. A nice looking brew.

In addition to the hops, nutmeg & clove aromas make for some yummy smells.

Not nearly as hoppy as I remember; it's actually a very malt-driven beer. Finishes very clean with faint spice notes. On the second taste I'm still failing to pick up any of the real pumpkin flavor until the aftertaste. In all honesty, I actually prefer this type of pumpkin ale when the theme is more suggested than explicit i.e. I don't care for the overly sweet versions that amount to drinking a pie.

It's a modestly carbonated beverage that is slightly heavy (as the alcohol content would have led me to believe), but is still entirely drinkable. Another solid offering from Delaware, who'd a thunk it?

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Photo of delicious
3.77/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

It has a clear amber body, and on top sits a fluffy, cream colored head which releases smells of nutmeg and pumpkin spice with a touch of vanilla.
It's on the hoppy side, starting spicy and ending bitter. The pumpkin and its associated spices come in almost as a second thought, and this increases my sip frequency as I try to seek them out. I'm not picking up much of the 7% alcohol, and this, coupled with the thin mouthfeel and great flavor, really makes for a drinkable beer. Starting out, I was concerned that the pumpkin would be a bit gimmicky, but this is 100% good beer.

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Photo of TexIndy
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle with bottled in year date notched (notch was for 2007 which was interesting since it's 2006). Had a l little head that quickly dissapated. Smell was kinda weak. Could smell the pumpkin and other spices but they were barely there. Same thing with the taste. Not bad by any stretch but then again nothing unique. Read some real good reviews on this one so hoping my bottle was off and will try again. (3.5,RB,T,Y)

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Photo of BeerSox
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into mug. Extremely fresh, consumed within three weeks of the bottling date.

Pours a crystal clear dark orange. Thick light tan colored frothy head. Settles to a nice cap. Sticky lacing.

Creamy pumpkin smell along with rich nutmeg. Bits of cinnamon are also present. Very mild alcohol can also be picked up.

Spicy up front, and slowly smoothes out after some mild hop bitterness. Finishes smooth and creamy, with a very pleasant aftertaste.

Light bodied, but not watery. Strong carbonation gives it a good bite. A litle dry toward the end, but finishes smooth.

Rich and spicy, iwth a creamy finish. Good beer for Thanksgiving, may even go will with some pumpkin pie.

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Photo of Gasp100
3.06/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This pours a nice, clear copper color with nice rising tan head and mild lacing down the glass. There was some scent that just seemed off to me -- I could get the pumpkin pie smell, but also like burnt rubber or something... weird.
The taste was pretty subdued. Definitely nutmeg, spice, cinnamon bit not nearly as pronounced as I remember it from last year.
I wasn't impressed as much this year; it is ok and I don't mind that it's subdued, but just not enough going on to keep me interested.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass, it pours a copper color with a small off-white head. It smells like pumpkin, nutmeg, cinnamon and some brown sugar. It tastes like pumpkins, spices, cloves, brown sugar, nutmeg and some caramel. This definitely has more pumpkin taste (and taste in general) than the other pumpkin ales I've had. It has a medium body, with a nice, smooth mouthfeel with just the right amount of carbonation. It's pretty drinkable too, you can't tell the 7% ABV when you're drinking it. Overall it's a pretty good beer. Easily the best pumpkin ale I've tried so far.

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Photo of bigone4
3.62/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer poured a nice strong copper color. This is a very impressive presentation after the pour. Mild creamy white head had some good retention. There was mild lacing around the glass. Smells clean, light, and sweet. There are many different hints of cinnamon, malt, and nutmeg. Very pleasant smelling beer. Light pumpkiny flavors come into the nose on a deep smell. Great first taste with a light malty bouquet. Mild pumpkin flavor not extremely over powering. 7% ABV is hiding quite well. Maybe that’s why it comes in a four pack. Hints of cinnamon and caramel malt flavor. Brown sugary mix on the tongue. Very nice mouth feel and drink ability. Mild after taste of pumpkin pie. Great seasonal offering for the fall. This beer really captures the autumn feeling and a great Birthday this September, 16th 2006! I recommend giving this one a try. Not your ordinary pumpkin brew. Dogfish makes another winner for me!

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Photo of NEhophead
3.55/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz brown bottle; "Packaged in" year not notched.

Thin, dull copper with flecs of straw. Plenty of noticeable carbonation. Inch-high, foamy white head with pretty good retention. Trails of condensed lacing.

Musty, earthen-floral hop aromas surrounded by an intense powdered cinnamon and allspice. Strong, brown sugar odor with just a hint of pumpkin.

Bright pumpkin and pear flavors met by a sweet, spice profile of allspice, brown sugar, and cinnamon. Slick alcohol presence in the middle with a smooth, creamy malt character. Only a touch of bitterness with an aftertaste of nutmeg, pear, and brown sugar.

Medium in body; creamy and smooth on the palate, and not as powdery as you would think given the heavy dose of spices.

A nice maltiness displayed here, but the pumpkin flavor is merely a detail. Interesting enough to buy a 4pk for the novelty of a 7% abv Pumpkin Ale.

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Photo of MurphyMacManus
3.63/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz. brown bottle into Imperial pint glass.

Appearance: Pink. Seriously, it's orangey-pink with a sticky cream-colored head.

Smell: Sweet and spicy--malt and the spices, but I'm not catching much of the pumpkin.

Taste: Really weird when it's cold: hoppy and vaguely sweet, but not really interesting until it gets a little warmer. As it reaches cellar temperature the pumpkin comes through more, as do the spices. It's like pie with hops.

Mouthfeel: Nothing special here, but not at all watery.

Drinkability: Again, nothing special. I guess it might be sessionable, but I'm not sure if I'd want to try it.

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Photo of HoustonTX
4.48/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours burnt orange in color, with a near amber tint. Frothy large white head encompasses the outer edges of the glass. The carbonation is wicked in my Duvel tulip. Lacing is incredibly sticky as well. Some of the stickiest in a long time. The smell is very reminiscent of pumpkin pie. A large amount of pumpkin, a good bit of cinnamon, and a generous portion of nutmeg. The all-spice and brown sugar are definitely there as well, but more subdued.

This beer has a very strong caramel malt backbone. Slightly earthy, with a hint of roastiness. The malt infuses together with the pumpkin and spices perfectly. What I enjoy about this beer, is that Dogfish Head did not go overboard on the spices. It's balanced to perfection, and is the epitomy of fall beers. Mouthfeel is right on for the style. Semi-creamy, semi-dry, and full-bodied. Drinkability is wonderful for those cool fall nights.

Punkin' Ale definitely nails the head on the style. This is a must have fall beer, and one I highly recommend.

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Photo of Estarrio
4.4/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured a translucent copper with a small, off-white head. The head quickly dissipated, leaving persistent, silky lacings.

Very spicy aroma. Nutmeg, allspice and cinnamon mix with a surprisingly sweet, buttery poignant brown sugar presence. A malty presence can be sensed underneath the strong spicy scents.

This is the smoothest pumpkin or spice beer that I've ever had. Traditional pumpkin pie spices mingle with a sweet, brown sugar taste to balance the sharp spicy tastes. The body consists of bread, pumpkin and sweet malt with a gentle, sweet finish.

This is a medium bodied, well-carbonated seasonal treat for the mouth. Perhaps the most drinkable spiced beer that I've ever tasted.

Wow! I still can't get over how smooth this is. This easily rivals my favorite pumpkin ale and presents a new benchmark in smooth, spicy flavor.

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Photo of BassAssassin
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

--2006 Vintage--

A: Pours a clear amber. Thick head that settles down quickly. Thin lacing remains until the end of the glass. Appears to have quite a bit of carbonation.

S: The first thing I notice is the spice, followed by a distinct pumpkin pie smell. A tea like hop smell lingers in the background.

T: Biscuit-like malt profile. It's quite sweet and spicy, just like pumpkin pie. Finishes with a definite taste of cloves.

M: Medium body with perfect amount of carbonation. It's actually surprisingly crisp.

D: Very good drinkability. It's usually tough to drink more than one or two pumpkin ales in a row. That's not the case with this beer. Excellent stab at the style.

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Photo of cash22
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Punkin Ale - 'A full bodied brown ale brewed with real pumpkin, brown sugar, allspice, cinnamon, & nutmeg.'

Appearance - golden amber with a small head that dies quickly

Smell - sweet and spicy all together

Taste - subtle pumplin flavors followed by a spicy aftertaste once swallowed

Mouthfeel - Rough and strong, dominant, heavy

Drinkability - Easy to consume and looking forward to another

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Photo of allengarvin
4.18/5  rDev +6.9%
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 Xadoor
4.49/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A clear amber colour in the glass. Big foamy head that settled down quickly. Some lacing in the glass. Nice aroma with nutmeg, cinamon, pumkin and brown sugar noticeable. Flavour is sweet but spicy. Soft malt and pumpkin with a bitter pepper and spicy finish. The pumpkin flavour is subtle and doesn't overpower. Probably the best pumpkin ale I've tried. Makes me think of thanksgiving and cool autumn evenings.

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Photo of sinistermadman
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a perfectly clear gold-amber with a nice head that retains well. Smell is pretty good. Nice aromas of sugar/spice cookie, cinnamon, nutmeg and obviously pumpkin pie. Taste is a myriad of spices and obviously pumpkin. Subtle notes of citrus perceived. Mouthfeel has a dough-like presence as the beer is full in texture with a medium-full body. The brew finishes in a swath of spice and cooked "punkin". Not too bad, certainly a good spiced beer. To me it gets a little bogged down in it's spiciness. Maybe it's because it isn't fall yet, I don't know. Still enjoyable and recommended.

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