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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 Stevedore
3.52/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle of the 2014 release. Poured into an unlabeled snifter 9/18/2014.

A- Clear darker brown-caramel body, one finger white head with moderate retention, drops into a thick collar. A bit of sporadic lacing. [3.75]

S- Spices, pretty much. Pumpkin, nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves. Sweet brown base malt gives a nice bready aroma to things. It also gives a slightly alcoholic, boozy scent to it as well, especially as it warms up. [3.5]

F- Like in the nose, it's pretty much spices. So overall not as interesting. Nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves up front, sweet base malt intersperses in there, giving it sort of a pie crust breadiness. Kind of nice, actually. The alcohol booze is stronger on the palate, especially on the backend which I suppose makes for a sort of a solid digestif. [3.5]

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

Clear deep coppery orange, moderate off-white head. Aromas of cinnamon, pumpkin and malt, maybe a bit of something like nutmeg. Slightly aggressive carbonation, full, slightly viscous body. Pumpkin sweetness to start, some bitterness, blend of spices, very nice. Finishes very balanced, slight spiciness and alcohol warmth. Quite a drinkable brew. Definitely one of the best pumpkin beers I've had.

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Photo of tigg924
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: 1/2 inch head, high carbonation, clear, orange-brown

Smell:like a pumpkin pie, allspice, cinnamon and cloves jump out

Taste: allspice, cinnamon, cloves, malt, sugar, and hops

Mouthfeel: starts sweet and sugary then a hoppy finish. medium body

Drinkability: This is very much like a pumpkin pie. I love how you get the sweet first, then the hops...sort of like eating the filling, then the different taste for the crust. This one definately has a beer feel to it. That said I do not think I could drink more than two in one sitting.

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

On tap at The Institute as part of their "Pumpkin Patch" event...

One of the first pumpkin beers ive had years ago when maybe 5-6 made there way to bars...

Haxy orangey copper in color, i like the tea reference made by another reviewer below, so im gonna steal it, minimal head and ok lacing. Smell is of faint pumpkin pie spices (nutmeg and cinamon) with some vanilla and malty biscuit scents. The taste is a rather mild blend of biscuity malts, pumpkin pie spices and vanilla. Slight pumpkin flavor on the tail. Lighter bodied, slightly high in carbonation, still manages to be slightly creamy. Mild flavor, but unique in its combination.

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Photo of RBorsato
3.63/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Orange-ish gold with a low filmy beige head, lots of floaters, and low carbonation. Nutmeg and allspice aroma (a bit sharp) with some pumpkin underneath. Sharp biting spice flavor dominates with a bit of pumpkin-ish malt. Medium bodied and smooth with a drying spice finish.

Decent Pumpkin Ale but not quite worth the price in my wallet.

Per label: "Full-bodied brown ale brewed with real pumpkin, brown sugar, allspice, cinnamon, and nutmeg"

Per DHCB website: same as label sans allspice... hmm?
24 IBU, approx. 224 calories, 22 carbs

'5215' lasered on bottle bottom
Tasted: 10/27/05

($7.99 / 4-pack)

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

12oz. bottle poured into a snifter glass. Bottled on 07/29/09.

(A)- Pours an orange amber brown color that produces a light orange head that quickly dissipates down to a light layer of bubbles.

(S)- Lots of pumpkin and nutmeg/allspice with bits of cinnamon and a muted brown sugar sweetness.

(T)- Good pumpkin amount with potent allspice & cinnamon. Light corn and brown sugar maltiness; almost nutty.

(M)- Great carbonation level. A fine balance of pumpkin, malt, and spices. The allspice/nutmeg is a bit potent, but balances out the sweet malts and pumpkin addition.

(D)- A solid pumpkin beer that has a great presence of actual pumpkin flavors that some lack. Its a great example of the style! Good stuff.

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

I picked up a 4-pack of this at Nutmeg Discount in Bethel, CT.

The appearance is a cloudy amber color with a 1 finger head.
Smell consists of brown sugar, vanilla, pumpkin, very nice.
Taste has notes of malt, bread, pumpkin and is a bit sweet.
Mouthfeel is sweet, with spice and finishes with those 2 dominant components lingering on my palate. Drinkability is good, but the sweetness will keep you from drinking this quicker than it should be. After all, this is a nice dessert beer, so relax while enjoying yet another great beer from Dogfish Head.

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

Had on tap at a local pub, served in a pint

Appears a burnt orange color with a tight, foamy one finger light tan head. Good retention but only a smattering of lace here and there.

Cinnamon and allspice dominate the pumpkin, nutmeg and sweet malts. A pretty solid nose though. Not overly sweet.

The sweet malts come to the forefront more on the taste. Cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg and pumpkin all have their place in equal parts. Very nicely balanced.

Medium to full-bodied. Thick and creamy. Adequate carbonation.

With all of the spices in this one, I would have to limit myself to one or two of these. While they are a nice offering, the spices would get to me after a while.

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Photo of Brad007
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice amber color with minimal head if at all. Aroma is very strong and pumpkin-like upfront. The spice shows very well. The taste is much of the same except I detect sweetness, brown sugar, pumpkin and a nice aftertaste. A second sip confirms just how malty this beer is. It seems well-balanced when compared to the pumpkin ale I had before it. I'd definitely recommend it over the other example of this style I had.

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Photo of Viggo
3.64/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear orange/brown, virtually no head, and no lace. Smell is nutmeg, sweet rich malt, some pumpkin, rich malt, some cinnamon. Taste is sweet malt, lots of spice, little bit of pumpkin and a little alcohol. Mouthfeel is smooth and medium bodied, medium carbonation, warming. Not bad but disappointing.

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

Not surprisingly, a hazed glowing orange appearance. Slight beige head with good retention. Lace is droopy and fairly abundant. This one's got a really nice pumpkin pulp aroma with hardly any spicing noticed on the nose...which is good. A little cinnamon. The mouthfeel has a pleasant feel with an appropriate amount of carbonation. Body seems to be about medium full. The flavors are primarily sweet. Pumpkin pulp, sweet molasses, carmelized sugar. Good stuff. And the spicing is subdued, but nice. Again, the cinnamon comes to the forefront.

This is really a pretty good pumpkin ale, even in April.

I thank Mr. Cokes for the sample.

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

12oz bottle poured into my HotD Tulip.

Bottle 7.28.09

Appearance - Dark Orange with a lively tan head.

Smell - Pumpkin, spice, cinnamin.

Taste - Spices - Cinnamin, nutmeg, cloves, pumpkin.

Drinkability - Verk drinkable. It makes me wish it was Fall.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.64/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Always wary of Dogfish head, sometimes they like being weird for the sake of being weird, and charging you a pretty penny for it. This is not one of those beers.

Pours like nothing special, wouldn't know this was a pumpkin beer by looking at it. Aromas are delic, a hybrid of pumpkin pie and low alpha acid hops. Taste, one of the better (if not the best) pumpkin ales out there. No progression though, and you probably don't want to drink more than 1 of these per sitting, kind of a desert type beer, but not too sweet.

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Photo of drpimento
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

a milder pumpkin beer. Very nicely done; plenty of character and balance with a deft touch. Poured with a nice off-white head and good lace. Medium amber color. Malty and spicy aroma, but not over done. Ditto the flavor. Body is good too, with good carbonation. Finish is nice and as it should be for this style. Very satisfying. Not a session beer.

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

The beer looks appropriately amber with a thin head that dissipates to a thinner film. The liquid is fairly translucent and looks oddly like a thin honey amber.
Smells of brown sugar and cinnamon escape from the surface. Dont get any of the other likely spices. It's more sugary cinnamon like a cookie than pumpkin pie, which I do not enjoy as much.
The prevalent brown sugar makes it seem more India Brown like its cousin than Red or Amber like it is supposed to. This beer is just too over the top sweet, "standard Pumpkin" and a bit boozy for me to be impressed. (And I can say this because 2 of my favorite pumpkin beers, Weyerbacher Imp Pumpkin and Southern Tier Pumking are also high in ABV while not tasting like a thick sloopy mess). It's just not quite as pumpkiny as it should be, cinnamon and clove alone do not make it a pumpkin beer.
Overall this is more like cinnamon toast than pumpkin (or even pumpkin pie); this is far from the go-to for the style for me, and this is a style I have had a lot of.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a becker. Poured a brilliant translucent copper with a 1.5 inch frothy white head; good retention. Some watery lacing, but weak legs. Nose presents with cinnamon and nutmeg on a malty backbone. Pumpkin flavors revealed in the taste. Essentially, this brew is pumpkin pie in a bottle; enough said. Mouthfeel is between light and medium. Some carbonation present, but a pleasant creaminess comes forth in the middle. Good drinkability for the style. Flavors are not overbearing, but not a beer you would want to drink more than one or two of in a sittng.

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Photo of cbutova
2.84/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A- Murky orange-brown with a large off-white, frothy head. Good retention and a ton of fine lace.

S- Smells like typical pumpkin ale spice and a bit sour actually, lacto-esque for sure. "Bottled in 2010 5E" Mostly nutmeg with a little bit of pumpkin behind it.

T- One thing that jumps out at me right away is the alcohol, not hidden at all for 7%. The nutmeg stacks with the alcohol to make a slightly offensive flavor. The cinnamon is also highly present, too spicy. I get some nice pumpkin notes but they seem random, having to get past the spiceahol. The more I drink, the more I get that "wet dog" vibe.

MF- Light creamy body with a moderate amount of carbonation. Pretty warm from alcohol. Huge coat of spice coats the palate.

DB- Between the alcohol and the spices, I would prefer to split even the 12oz. A good pumpkin flavor masked by way too much spice flavor and alcohol. I probably should have been ready for this. I guess unbalanced is most appropriate here.

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

Poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass. Clear orange color with white head. Head dissipated into yeasty islands on the top, very appetizing looking.

Aroma was pumpkin pie, just about right for this beer in my opinion. It could have been a little stronger, but no real problems.

The flavor was nutmeg, cinnamon, pumpkin, and malt. It was good but could have been stronger (again).

Not bad, and I'll drink it again. But so far my top prize for this style of beer stays with Weyerbacher.

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

Appearance: Clear copper color.,Large white head. Good retention with thick lacing.

Aroma: The spices are listed on the bottle so I won't list them here. The smell is of a nice slice of warm pumpkin pie. Delicious.

Taste: Taste like melted pumpkin pie with a bit of caramel and a mild hop finish.

Mouth feel: Medium/heavy body. Decent carponation. Smooth.

Drinkability: Perfect for a nice fall day.

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Photo of glid02
4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this from Green's in Atlanta.

Pours a very nice completely clear orange color with a light layer of bubbles on top. The head dissipates quickly into a thin ring around the glass. The lacing is there, but disappears as quickly as the initial head.

Smells good. Lots of spices, from what I can tell there's some nutmeg and cinnamon. Real crisp and nice like.

Tastes great. There's a solid bready malt taste up front shortly followed by the spices. Just like the smell there are nutmeg and cinnamon flavors. Very nice, nothing is out of place.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a good thickness and the carbonation is what's expected. It goes down easily.

Drinkability for this beer is very good. This goes down so easily, and there's not a hint of the 7% ABV to be found. I could drink a ton of these.

Overall I was very happy with this beer. I was hesitant to spend as much as it cost on a 4-pack when so many other pumpkin ales were out there, but I'm glad I did. Be sure to give this one a try.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
4.17/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into pint glass

Appearance – Pours an orange-amber color with a thick two finger off-white head. The head has very good retention, eventually fading to give a light level of lacing.

Smell – The smell is a nice blend of pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg and brown sugar/molasses. Like a sweet piece of cold pumpkin pie.

Taste – The taste starts out of pumpkin and some cinnamon, allspice, and nutmeg spice. As the flavor moves on, it sweetens some, with flavors of a caramel and a brown sugar taste coming to the tongue. These sweeter flavors when mixed with the pumpkin and spice create a very pleasant taste on the tongue. More toward the end of the taste, the spice and sweet intensify and combined with a light hop taste, to leave a tasty pumpkin pie flavor on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – Medium bodied with a medium level of carbonation. Both were good for the pumpkin, sweet and spicy flavors. A little more creaminess may have given it an enhancement; giving it more of the silky pumpkin pie feel, but regardless, the mouthfeel was good overall.

Overall – Good and tasty pumpkin brew. I wish it was available for more than just one season.

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Photo of champ103
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear copper color. A two finger off white head forms and leaves some nice rings of lace behind.
S: Peppery spice and yeast in the nose. Pumpkin spice. Bread and biscuit.
T: Pumpkin pie, just like I expected. Some good spice, that does not overpower. Very malty. Some caramel and bread/biscuit flavors. I like this.
M/D: A medium body that is low on the carbonation end. Not watery at all though. Creamy and smooth. Very easy to drink for a high alcohol beer and heavily spiced to boot. I will have no problems putting a few back while watching college football.

This is a very good and flavorful beer. Something that is perfect for fall. I'll take this over any watery and thin American made O'fests any day.

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Photo of Gusler
4.14/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The departure from the 12 ounce bottle produces a clear copper color with a stupendous off white creamy head that last longer than the energizer bunny, lacing is a solid sheet, which circumnavigates the glass. Nose is sweet with Pumpkin and spices like cinnamon and ginger and a touch of vanilla, quite a treat for the old schnozzle. Start has a nice pumpkin and malt sweetness, light bitterness at the back, top is light to medium in feel. Finish continues the sweet malt and spicy taste, the acidity plausible, aftertaste sweet and tart, a fine beer.

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Photo of rlee1390
3.56/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Clear amber color some carbonation

S-Bland, some pumpkin and cinnamon, not finding the allspice and nutmeg.

T-Pumpkin and not much else, although the tasting was blind looking back I could not find the allspice in this beer.

M-Medium bodied with some carbonation.

O-The biggest shocker of the tasting for me. I almost think i need to go pick up another one to try. Last year I had this beer and though it was an A-, but the tasting gave a different result.

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