Punkin Ale | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

very good
6,561 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 Lare453
3/5  rDev -23.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Duff27
3.91/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pour a medium/light red with a more than adequate head that stay in full for a couple minutes. Great lacing for the style.

S- Cinnamon and pumpkin.

T- Nutmeg first and foremost it seems...pumpkin, cinnamon, brown sugar. I don't know what allspice is but the label says it has that too! Haha.

M- Tame carbonation on the tongue. Light/medium mouthfeel.

D/O- Easy drinker. Wasn't ridiculously upfront with the cinnamon like another Pumpkin Ale I've had recently, which is good. Seems more 'balanced' with the flavors. DFH is famous for it's off-centered beers but this one seems to be right in the center of it's style...meaning if someone had not had a pumpkin beer, this would be the one to give them. Flagship for the style?

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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 GarthDanielson
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass, the beer is a slightly hazed light brown coloring that is mostly translucent. The head started massive out of the bottle, but settles into a more reasonable half inch of off-white, big bubbled, frothy head. Aromas are heavy with spice, and I could pick up a lot of nutmeg and all-spice, with a sweet pumpkin background. Flavors are roasted, and you get a great blend of the pumpkiin and malt sweetness to balance out all the spicy characteristics. The beer laces the glass heavily, and the body is smooth and creamy, with a sharpness to it from the spicing. The aftertaste is surprisingly short-lived, with a slight pumpkin pie flavor, and the finish is spiced, short and sweet. Tasty fall brew!

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of BeerOps
3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.32/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: solid, opaque rustic brown color, good and chunky 1/2" creamy head.
Aroma: divine! That's my immediate thought, for after just sampling other pumpkin-themed beers, this seems to be the one that's getting it right! The spices that are overflowing and dominant in others are clearly more interested in sharing the spotlight here, it's richer, fuller, creamy, yeasty, complex.
Taste: again, just right! They hit the nail on the head here, choosing a full-bodied brown ale as the base, so you get the cinnamon and allspice, the pumpkin, and in this case, the brown sugar, but there's still a significant beer underneath, and in this case, a much sturdier, tastier, creamier brown ale than most. A most welcome flood of flavors, smooth, but substantial, thoroughly filling the mouth and washing it with warm, sweet, pumpkinny goodness. Soft, tasty finish. I enjoyed every last drop! Leave it to DfH to craft the best pumpkin ale I've yet to taste!
And cheers to 36PoundLoveChild for providing!

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Photo of BEER88
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of GClarkage
3.94/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11/07/08- Purchased at Bottle Barn in Santa Rosa, CA.

Presentation- 12oz bottle with an unmarked date strip...WTF good does that do me? Anyway, I know it's 2008 release because this is the first three months Dogfish has been distributed to Norcal. Poured into a random pint glass.

Appearance- Deep orange approaching copper colored pour. 3/4 inch head forms and leaves a thick creamy rim for the rest of the duration. Leaves very nice sheets and patches of lace.

Smell- Very subdued nose of nutmeg, cinnimon and star anise. Very little pumpkin in the nose. Good scent though.

Taste- Should be listed under spiced beer instead of pumpkin ale. There is pumpkin flavor, but it is overpowered by mainly nutmeg, but also cinnimon and a slight of clove. Very spicy, almost overspiced. In the Anchor OSA category of flavor without the woody notes.

Mouthfeel- Medium carbonation with a longgg lasting spice flavored aftertaste. Had this brew and hour ago and can still taste it.

Drinkability- Very good spiced beer with lots of flavor. Would go well with any cinnimon or spiced dessert.

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of aasher
4.07/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured this one into a DFH pint glass. It poured a light and watery auburn in color with a quickly dissipating cream colored head and had a lot of carbonation. The smell is heavier on the pumpkin than the spices, which is appreciated. It has slight candied sweetness to it. The flavor is stronger than the aromas and has a good, bold pumpkin flavor to it with spices trailing, maybe cinnamon and a slight amount of nutmeg. The mouthfeel is interesting. It poured so light and watery but it drinks a little thicker than you'd expect. It's very drinkable. I really appreciate that the flavor is pumpkin heavy as opposed to all spices. It really gives it a nice balance. The alcohol content is also better than most pumpkin ales. This one is definitely worth trying.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.92/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from 10/2010 notes. Poured into a Nostradamus flute glass. Pours a medium orange amber with a light head and slight lacing. Spicy pumpkin aroma. Malt, pumpkin and spices. I like the finish this time better than the last review. This bottle has a pleasant mellow finish. Not as good as the Great Pumpkin or Pumking, but a nice pumpkin ale. I'll try it again next year.

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

Revisit: 29 Sep 15
12oz. Bottle
Bottled On: 2015 C 20:18
2015 Edition 7th Annual

Been a long time since I've last had this brew.

Poured into a DFH glass a very nice clean/clear dark amber color, very nice carbonation, with a nice one-finger creamy off-white head, and leaves some very nice islands and sticky lacing. The nose is mostly malty, not a whole lot of pumpkin or spice going on. The taste is basically the same, malty. Medium body. Overall, a totally different pumpkin ale, but tasty though.

Pours a clean/clear golden amber color, nice carbonation, tiny fizzy white head which dissappears quickly, some sticky lacing afterwards. The nose is of sweet malts, pumpkin, nutmeg, caramel, and cinnimon. The taste is malty, slight pumpkin, nutmeg, and cinnimon. There is a warm feeling of alcohol in the throat on the way down. Medium body. Drinkable, a very nice pumpkin brew, will buy more next year. I do have one more bottle for later though.

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Photo of tone77
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a caramel/amber color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of pumpkin, spices. Taste is nutmeg and cinammon up front, some mild pumpkin, a slight bitterness at the finish. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a good quality beer.

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

Punkin Ale from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
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