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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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

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4.06/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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3.56/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +21.5%

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3.9/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of Traquairlover
4.04/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12-oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A = Very clear orange-amber, small yellowish off white head which quickly dissipates, heavy carbonation bubbles of medium to small size.

S = Allspice, pumpkin pie, smokey notes below, yeasty phenols which remind me of Belgian tripels. Well balanced.

T = Sweet carrot-pumpkin muffin or bread, with lightly bitter hops flavors showing up at mid-palate, spices are a constant throughout.

M = Medium body, good mouthcoating, carbonation is a little too much in the mouth though.

D = A good drinkable pumpkin beer, great in the early Autumn.

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

Photo of stewart124
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a tea color with a nice white head.

The smell is of baked pumpkin pie and nutmeg or maybe it is an allspice. Needless to say my mouth is watering.

On the first sip I am almost wondering if I received the correct beer. Very low key pumpkin beer. The spices are subtle but spicy in the finish and almost produce a boldness that I wasn't quite expecting.

There is a nice caramel/toasty note. The spices are great and this makes for a drinkable pumpkin ale. Very tasty indeed.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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3/5  rDev -23.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of mthomp081
4.32/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - tea, copper, dark burnt orange, carbonation bubbles to the top, white head, mild lacing

S - pumpkin pie and spices, dark sugars, some alcohol, hints or cinnamon

T - can definitely taste the pumpkin and spices, dark sugars, finishes malty

M - creamy, mild carbonation

O - the best pumpkin beer I have had to date, very rich flavors that blend excellently together and are greatly complimented by the smell and creaminess in the mouth feel.

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Photo of mnj21655
3.52/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle. Bottled 08/01/07.

Pours a orangish-copper color with a small off-white head that quickly disappears leaving little lacing. Smells like pumpkin pie. The spices that I can pick out are nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves, and ginger. Underneath the spices I can detect some faint malt and pumpkin aromas. Tastes much like pumpkin pie. The spices come on a bit strong at first but soon yield to a nice combination of malts, brown sugar, and pumpkin, with malts being dominant. Towards the finish I get just a bit of alcohol astringency coming through, not overwhelming and I can't quite pick it up every time but its definitely there. The more of this I drink the more the spices make a comeback in the finish. Good mouthfeel, nice medium-ish body with low-moderate carbonation. Drinkability is average. I think one of these in a night is enough for me. The dominant spice flavors that only become more intense and ever-present as I drink this beer deter me from having another. I do, however, think this would be perfect for a chilly late autumn evening. So, bottom-line: this is a good beer that I would recommend but in my humble opinion this isn't the best or most drinkable pumpkin ale.

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3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Orangish amber color. A 1-inch off white head that quickly dissipated. No lacing.

S: Lots going on here, lots of bread malts, cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin, brown sugar, all-spice. A good mixture and combination.

T: The taste is very complex yet it works. Lots of brown sugar and spice. It really gives a spicy pumpkin taste, but not overly spicy.

M: A full bodied beer, which leaves a little spicy and bitter flavor on the palate.

D: A well balanced seasonal beer. If you enjoy pumpkin pie and pumpkin flavors, this is one of the best ale's I have had.

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4.47/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful orange body, off-white head small to medium bubbled, head has decent retention but no to little lace, little carbonation.
Very complex scent, sweet spice, pumpkin and something else I cant determine but from the label I gather it's brown sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg.
Taste is much like the smell but better and stronger, sweet spice, brown sugar very apparent, pumpkin and sweet bread. Good malt/hop balance, aftertaste is a lingering malt drifting over to the realm of hops.
Very good mouthfeel, body has just the right fullness, decent coating.
A very drinkable and interesting beer and now my favorite fall brew.


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Punkin Ale from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
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