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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 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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Ratings: 6,635 |  Reviews: 2,138
Photo of mikr
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Didier
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of Boca-X
3.25/5  rDev -17.3%

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

Photo of FanofHefe
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled in 2011, poured into a tulip. Nice, crystal clear, light orange body with a two-finger light tan head. The head dissipates quickly and leaves some scattered lacing.

Not too complex in the aroma with the dominance of the spices. Bready malt and a slight note of alcohol in the background.

The flavor steps it up a notch. The pumpkin flavor is definitely noticeable. The spices blend well with the sweet malt creating a very good overall effect for the brew.

A bit of notice of the alcohol detracts some from the mouthfeel. One of the better pumpkins I've had.

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Photo of GoGators
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of Twal
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of jk3
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of Hyptochrons
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

awesome seasonal brew, definitely a nice pumpkin note complimented by subtle spice, and sugary sweetness. overall remains very tasty and enjoyable throughout!

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Photo of Jkolls
2.94/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Photo of OStrungT
3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a slightly darker golden color, with a very thin off white head. The head fades quickly, leaving minimal lacing.

This beer has a spicy aroma. I smell some cinnimon, and nutmeg. It has a sweet malty aroma. I am having a hard time picking out any pumpkin aroma.

This beer tastes much like it smells. Spices up front. Nutmeg and cinnimon. It has a sweet flavor. A nice sweet malt. As with the aroma, the pumpkin is hard to find. I can taste it ever so slightly.

This beer goes down somewhat smoothly, leaving a cinnimon like aftertaste. It is well carbonated.

I think this beer would not make the best session beer. The alcohol is just a little high, and the spices might become a little overbearing.

Overall: Thanks HimerMan for sending me this beer. I am glad to have tried it. While not my favorite Dogfish Head beer, or my favorite pumpkin ale, I still liked this one.

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Photo of cswhitehorse
4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The punkin comes in plain artistic label with a freshness date on the side. It pours a dark orange color, a little hazy, with lacing that follows the down the glass as you drink her. The aroma is very apparent when poured in the glass. Right away you smell a pumpkin pie. The cinnamon and nutmeg really jumped out with a brown sugar in the background. To me it was a complex beverage with a little hopiness with some esters going up my nose. The mouth is was pretty thin with a little carbonation. I would buy a six pack of this brew even though it comes from across the nation.

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Photo of vandemonian
4.04/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This bottle of Dogfish Head Punkin Ale was around 4 months old when I had it. Punkin ale is a very nice pumpkin ale that isn't too dry or sweet and has a nice level of spice.

A: Orange/brown colour and a 4 mm head that fades fast. 3.5

S: Sweetness and spices (dominated by cinnamon). 4.5

T: Malty and slightly sweet with earthy spices. The combination of spices is fairly complex (maybe some cinnamon and nutmeg). Very nice. 4

M: Somewhat flat. 3.5

O: 4

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Photo of djre4orm
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of maxcoinage
4.02/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured 12oz bottled (dated 20135 ?) into shaker pint with an inch white head. Lots of bubbles in this one. Color is a clear orange.

Aroma - allspice, nutmeg, cinnamon

Taste - great spice flavor, slight pumpkin taste. some malty sweetness but slight bitterness to balance it out

Mouthfeel - medium body, nice and carbonated

Overall - I like pumpkin beers, and this is one of my favorites, but not quite as good as Pumpking. Last one, till next year!

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Photo of AlvinLin
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of williamherbert
3.99/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had at the Bayou Cafe in Glenville, NY on a football Sunday. Some quick notes...

* Light orange, transparent.
* A thin film of head.
* Nutty, dark brown sugar aroma
* Also a spicy, bready pumpkin smell
* Roasted malt flavor initially
* Mild flowery hop second
* The feel is creamy and smooth
* There is just enough spice, but not sharpy; it's dull and roasted.
* Dark caramel really comes through throughout the duration.
* It's a fine, balanced pumpkin ale, with a little more hops than expected.

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Photo of mrosenfeld32
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of ChipMurray
4/5  rDev +1.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of Rempo
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of bccrosley
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of glass_house
3.77/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of nater919
4.04/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of ricoslim
3.64/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Punkin Ale from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 3.93 out of 5 with 6,635 ratings
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