Punkin Ale | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

very good
6,552 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 Gaddabble
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Patrick999
4.17/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at The Room, Miami Beach - a nice surprise that I was not expecting.

Poured to near the top of the pint glass with little head. Very clear pumpkin orange-amber.

Aroma is big on pumpkin pie spice - cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, along with a little alcohol.

On the palate, it comes across as drinking an alcoholic pumpkin pie, with all the spices listed above combined with some good pumpkin and whipped cream. Good strong malty brown ale base as well. I've had this quite a few times in the bottle, and it still remains my favorite pumpkin ale.

Feel is much more robust than your typical pumpkin-soda beer. Nah, this one is a real beer, but you knew that.

It's easy to drink and very sneaky at 7%.

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

A pretty good looking beer. Pours a color that's darker than amber, but slightly lighter than tea with excellent clarity. Doesn't really have much of a head. There was very little left by the time it was brought to me and what was left pretty much stuck around the edges. Had far less than average lacing, but all in all looked pretty nice. The smell was pretty good. Spices from pumpkin pie or pumpkin bread, followed by some roasted malts. I'm not really a fan of Pumpkin styles beers (with the exception of Cape Ann's Pumpkin Stout) but this was pretty good. It has the sweet taste that you would expect. However it's not overly sweet like most pumpkin style ales. I kind of wonder if there are roasted pumpkin seeds in this brew instead of the sweet pumpkin spices of most pumpkin beers. It actually tastes like a beer as well, not like it should be warm with a head of whipped cream topped with a little nutmeg and cinnamon. Mouthfeel is good, no carbination or alcohol bite at all. I'd say the drinkability is good too I'm giving it a 4 instead of a 3.5 cause I'm generally not a fan of this style but it was way better than I expected. All in all pretty good. I would not get this regularly but certainly get it again if in the mood and given the opportunity.

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Photo of Wiffler27
4.19/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

pours a dark gold/orange color with a solid white head.

smells like straight pumpkin, some sweetness and slight tartness as well.

tastes like pumpkin pie but isn't full of spice. sweet pumpkin pie.

mouth is very thin, not a full-bodied pumpkin ale (which is what i like, i'm not a huge fan of pumpkin beers but i prefer the thinner bodied pumpkin beers).

overall a good pumpkin beer, one that i would drink again in the midst of cool weather. i have had much worse pumpkin beers but i've only had a few better pumpkin beers, Schlafly Pumpkin comes to mind.

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Photo of IMFletcher
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of jduprey007
3.86/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AlexChillton
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of beersdmf17
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Lettsgo3
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of hwwty4
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A. Poured a rich orangy amber with a slight head and a continous carbonation.

S. It smells like Thanksgiving. Nutmeg and allspice with a little pumpkin.

T. Sweet almost like black strap mollases with pumpkin and allspice.

M. Smoot, medium bodied.

D. All and all a great beer. Very drinkable, though I dont know if I could drink more then 2 at anygiving setting.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tumbler.

A: Pours a translucent orange with a one-finger head.

S: Lots of pumpkin. The allspice and nutmeg come through as well, but its pure pumpkin meat that dominates here.

T: Yup, pumpkin meat alright. You do get a little hops in the aftertaste that don't come through in the nose, but other that that, the taste follows smell.

D: Nice and drinkable. Its crisp and pretty low carbonated, but that's good for this style, it leaves a little coating in the mouth.

Overall: If you like pumpkin, you'll like this; end of story. A lot of people think they like pumpkin, but actually like all the spices that pumpkin dishes are prepared with. Remember, pumpkin is a gourd; a vegetable, not a sugary cinnamon pie. That being said, I like this beer. Definitely one of the better pumpkin ales. It tastes natural and fresh, nothing artificial about this one at all. Make sure to let this one warm a little because the sweetness comes through with warmth.

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

From a 12 oz bottle with "packaged on" year available but not marked. Into my Sam Adams glass (thanks, guys!), it's an attractive deep coppery amber clear color with moderate precipitating carbonation. 1 finger off-white head quickly fades to a thin cap and ring. Some lacing remains. Nose is bready and hints at allspice, cloves and biscuits. Flavor of mild toasted malt, lightly buttery diacetyl, and finishes on a mild alcohol burn. Mouth is full and just about right: middle of the road viscosity with a smooth, creamy finish. Drinkability is good: it's a tasty brew though not remarkably so. Not so much as I'd want another. 7% ABV detracts from having too man.

Overall: Almost more like a spice amber ale than a true seasonal pumpkin ale. Worth a try but not spectacular.

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Photo of weezarc
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of Nerudamann
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Look - slightly murky amber color. About a finger's worth of head and good carbonation.

Smell - spicy pumpkin aroma. I can smell the brown sugar suggested on the label, and maybe the cinnamon, but not the nutmeg.

Taste and Mouthfeel - spicy at first, and then very bitter at the top of the palate, finishing also fairly bitter at the back of the throat. I can taste the nutmeg that I was missing from the smell. The cinnamon taste is there as well. A very bitter pumpkin ale. Texture is fairly well-balanced, leaning only slightly toward creaminess.

Drinkability - very interesting brew here. A little more bitter than I'd normally like, but still very complex. Would make a great food-pairing type of beer example.

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Photo of dd43
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is just a straight up good ale from Dogfish Head. The first aromas that hit me were a vegetal smell of the pumpkin, and a baking spice medley (cinnamon, clove, nutmeg). This beer looks great in the glass, nice creamy off white head and a hazy appearance that makes you think you're about to drink a meal. The brown sugar and pumpkin pie spices are nicely attenuated. This beer is not a spice bomb like so many seasonal pumpkin beers are relegated to. The finish is really appealing, mouth coating but not too heavy. That said I think I'd only have one of these in a session. It's a nice thing to start off with as the mercury drops and Halloween approaches.

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Photo of pstam87
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Casterbridge
4/5  rDev +2.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of Ilovelampandbeer
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of Phobicsquirrel
3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of Beef_Curtains
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of jamie2dope
3.25/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Purchased from Spirit Haus in Amherst Massachusetts. Poured from the bottle into a pint glass a nice orange color, and a nicely sized white heading, that quickly faded to a thin lacing. Aroma was pleasing, with some definite pumpkin pie presence, as well as other spices. My only complaint with the smell was there seemed to be a somewhat sopay presence to it, not becoming at all. Taste was about as close as ive seen to a brewery really capturing the pumpkin taste without making it seem too artificial. Mouthfeel was relatively medium in size. As for dinkability, one was enough for me. Even though I have the utmost respect for this breweries attempt at the style, it is simply one that ive never really enjoyed too much. I suppose if you are interested in the style, this might be a good starting point. This is the best example of the style ive tried to date, and even then I wasn't very impressed.

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Photo of DerrickW
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of npachl
3.55/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Bockerdoppel91
4/5  rDev +2.3%

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