Punkin Ale | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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Punkin AlePunkin Ale

Brewed by:
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States | website

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 grizzly700
4.23/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark copper colour looks like fall.. Very little head or lace left on glass... Hints of cinnamon and pumpkin. Pumpkin taste not over powering and goes down easy for a seven percent beer.. Finished finished while bottle in less than twenty minutes so can pound a few before creeps up on you.. Overall very good.. Waiting for pumking ...

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Photo of rawhydes1
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Let me start by stating clearly...
I want to like Pumpkin beers more than I do. I love the smell, but find them generally to be too malty and masked by pumpkin pie SPICES, which I do not like.

Punkin presents as a nice brown/bronze beer.

Smells of pumpkin pie, not pumpkin puree or allspice. No vegetal tate heare. This is good so far.

Biscuity and sweet upfront. What I really like is the finish. Leaves a nice nutmeg/pumpkin pie aftertaste. Very nice. I used to feel this way about Harpoon Winter Warmer, but not nearly so anymore.

Pluses: punkin' obvious in the finish. A very good burping beer.

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Photo of Dudeletter
4.75/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Lastly a classic staple of mine for the fall season is Dogfish Head’s Punkin ale, which never disappoints for those pumpkin pie cravings. This offering from Dogfish Head really does a great job at keeping all of the flavors in balance. There is a nice pumpkin pie spice character in the aroma that welcomes you into the beer, while the taste of it has the same character there is also a nice cinnamon and nutmeg aftertaste that is very pleasant.


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Photo of ilkelma
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a "pint" glass from the bottle.

A: Very nice golden amber color with not even a finger of light colored head (from a bottle).

S: Appealing spice laced scent with more than a hint of yeasty aroma. No overpowering pumpkin smell or even much sweetness to the smell.

T: Tastes like a fall pumpkin beer should, rich almost maple syrup like depth of flavor not too bitter and above all not too sweet. Tastes like pumpkin but not so much that it is overwhelming.

M: Light carbonation, very smooth but a bit heavy (as its ABV belies) just shy of dangerously drinkable really.

O: I'd say this is the best "pumpkin beer" I've ever had but this is in a real class of its own. Whereas nearly everything else we are assaulted with in fall that claims to be "pumpkin" often bears little resemblance to the actual gourd; this beer packs all of that earthy vegetal flavor of the real deal into a beer that is eminently drinkable and a real treat on a cold fall day.

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Photo of rievelx6
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A- Has an orangish amber color to it with white head

S- Good blend of pumpkin and some spices

T- At first I get the spices with some malt then at the end i get the pumpkin

M- Good carbonation with slit bite

O- Overall this is a very good pumpkin ale good taste for the season

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Photo of Will46andbrew
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Golden amber ale, clear and crisp.

S - Sweet pumkin and spices fill the nose.

T - Nice balance of pumkin, spices and beer. I've had a few other pumkin beers and some are not as balanced.

M - Tingley and nice. Good feel.

D - I feel that this beer is quite drinkable. Easy going down and not too heavy. It's a beer that you can have serveral of.

Overall this is one of my favorite Pumkin beers, so far my favorite is Shipyard's Pumkinhead, but this is a very close second.

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Photo of palmdalethriller
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - the beer poured clear and honey-colored with a thin white head at the top. Visibly there isn't much wrong.
Punkin provides a pleasant nose, with hints of spices and a light earthy hops aroma.
The taste is snooth and sweet. The medium body feels just right and it finishes with the taste of the pumpkin and spices.
Overall it's a very enjoyable beer that goes nicely with a pizza, although alone it might be hard to drink as a session beer.

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Photo of lavellen
4.06/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one of the better representations of a Pumpkin flavored beer. It's maltiness holds up to the spices and the spices don't overwhelm the Pumpkin's roasty characteristics. The head was adequate and the carbonation was right on. Clear and beautifully orange/brown the color was spot on. Nothing to complain about. That having been said it wasn't something I would beg to bring around year-round or anything.

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Photo of nycbeerfreak
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A- Orangish golden color and slightly cloudy. Minimal and slightly creamy head that doesn't last long... and thats ok ...its a pumpkin beer ..not a IPA

S- Roasted pumpkin, gingerbread, cinnamon, a little hoppy

T- Pumpkin has the staying power and is most evident in latter stages of each sip. there is a tinge of bitterness, and tastes of ginger, all spice and a bit of cinnamon

M- Creamy, pleasant, flavor spreads nicely across palate

D- Very nice, a great fall brew, alcohol does not say 7% to this guy !!

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Photo of Bootscraper
4.31/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Well, not only is this my first review since joining the site, but this regrettably is also the only brew from Dogfish Head that I have had the privilege of enjoying. Hopefully more styles from this brewery will stand up to my reviewing in the near future!

Poured from bottle into pint glass, at mildly chilled temperature.
Beautiful orange to golden hue, getting darker as a near-amber towards the top. Very sparkling carbonation allows for a 1cm even, fairly-uniform head. After about 5 minutes, the head became quite a thin layer that stayed even across the glass the whole way down. Lacing was spotted, but only slowly fell with each sip.
The smell was subtle, and composed of alcohol and slight sweetness. Somewhere in there I finally noticed a pinch of spiciness after a couple good whiffs.
The first thing I noticed upon tasting was that the spiciness in the aroma was now the center of the action, and really came alive in the aftertaste, drawing hints of nutmeg and also a bit of cinnamon and even brown sugar. Very slight accents of pumpkin were found throughout the entirety of each sip. There was a pinch of alcohol, but it seemed to blend well with the soft spiciness of the flavors, so it almost came across as an illusion that the alcohol was actually well-masked... something I enjoy. The key part of this beer, IMO, is the lengthy aftertaste. It makes it one of those great beers where you can sip it, use the bathroom, come back, and still be noticing some pumpkin pie in your mouth. Even with dabbles small enough to just wet your lips, you can make one of these beers last.
The Mouth feel is what really makes this one of my favorite beers, aside from that aftertaste. Smoother than melted butter and very creamy, the texture does not command too much of you, and it glides right down.

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Photo of wikk3d
4.47/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a golden amber color with a thick foam head that settles to about half a finger. Leaves a decent amount of lacing on the glass. Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint.

Aroma - Sweet smell, pumpkin spice, citrus, hints of cinnamon. You can tell it's going to be a very sweet beer. Has a linger of a malt scent.

Taste - It's a very sweet ale right off the bat. Cinnamon lingers as it goes down. The pumpkin is very prevalent in this beer. Extremely smooth. It's not like many other pumpkin ales where there's only a hint of spice, it's very powerful. The sweetness adds to it. Not bitter at all.

Mouth - My only complaint is that it can be a little dry as you get into a full glass. Although the aftertaste it leaves makes up for it. Very sweet, similar to that of a pumpkin pie.

Drinkability - I was very impressed by Dogfishhead's attempt at a pumpkin ale. I may sound repetitive but it's very very smooth. It's a lot sweeter than others that I have tried, they really aren't afraid to use their spices. Definitely a must.

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Photo of CrystalShipMS3
4.72/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a perfect hazy gold. Its the color a fall beer should be.

Smells like ice cold pumpkin juice. Hint of spices. Some mild alcohol.

Tastes like ice cold pumpkin juice. As it warms a bit spices are more noticeable. Light caramel and malt flavors come in last and leave a pleasant aftertaste.

This is the perfect beer for September and October. Its hard to want to drink anything else.

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Photo of Rojopunk
4.52/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

I am a pumkin beer lover ! When i picked this up i was shocked at the taste just the right amount of nutmeg .Also i think just the right abv .I loved this beer ! My favorite of the punking beers ! Amazing! Ever sip packed with pumkin and nutmeg .I tried it for the first time this year . I will be picking this up for many years to come provided Dogfish head keeps making it .

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

Dogfish Punkin Ale is the perfect beer for the changing season. It is only available from September first until around Thanksgiving. This award winning full-bodied brew is made from only the finest ingredients, which include pumpkin meat and brown sugar, make the perfect recipe for a cold fall night - not for the light drinker. A bit more pricey than most, but well worth it. If you haven’t had it before nows your chance.

Collage girls GOOD drink beer:

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Photo of tekk9
4.62/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark amber color with a short lacey head that disapears quickly. The smell, who doesn't like the smell of punkin and allspice. Their is very little pumpkin flavour, but the subtleness is perfect. It has a light carbonation and not too watery.

I am not a fan of pumpkin beers, but I was really impressed by this one. The flavours are not over powering and meld together well.

A great beer, one I will get again.

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Photo of dciskey
3.92/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours from a 12oz bottle into a tumbler with about 1.5 fingers of tan head. Head retains fairly well and eventually diminishes into a ring around the edge. Very little lacing. Color is dark iced tea with some ruby edges.

Smell is alcohol, then sweet brown sugar, some bready malt and pumpkin spices. Pretty much like pumpkin pie. The first taste is malty and maybe pumpkin (which I guess is pretty neutral when you make beer with it), then a little sweetness and some spiciness. Alcohol is barely detectable. I took the bottle out of my 40 degree-ish fridge about 15 minutes before pouring; I highly recommend doing this; the other three bottles from this four pack I started drinking too cold, which makes it all spices and alcohol.

Mouthfeel is medium and carbonation is medium-low, a good and almost creamy combination that melds well with the flavor. This beer tastes good for what it is, and I'm glad I tried it, but since I'm not a pumpkin pie fan I'm not sure I'd want more than one of these in a session. Also, as it warms the alcohol really pokes itself through; I think 10 minutes out of the fridge might have been better. I'd rather have one of these than a slice of pie, though!

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Photo of JGargano
5/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Hands down my favorite seasonal offering of the pumpkin variety. Punkin is complex with multiple, delicious flavors throughout each sip. There's coriander, cloves, and, of course pumpkin flavor that dominate each sip. What's so fantastic about this is that you don't all these flavors at once; they wash over your mouth individually. It's like eating a delicious pumpkin spice-cake. My only complaint is that each bottle is 250 calories! I only drink one per sitting due to the calorie count. Other than that there's nothing I can fault this delicious beer over!

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Photo of ZacHart
4.21/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy burnt orange with a light head that hangs around for a while. Hard-hitting aroma of spicy pumpkin pie and nutmeg come through strong in the flavor, along with the raisins towards the finish. Slight, warming alcohol presence nicely offsets the pumpkin and malt sweetness. This is highly drinkable and my favorite pumpkin beer (and believe me I've tried them all--my wife loves them).

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

Dogfish Head Punkin Ale, 2010

Very nice head forms when this beer is poured. The hue is a nice reddish copper. The head remains for some time and leaves clear lines of retention. The beer effervesces continuously helping to maintain the head. The smell is predominantly cinnamon and nutmeg with a slight hint of pumpkin and rye. Taste is all about lightly sweetened pumpkin pie. The dominant flavors are nutmeg and cinnamon, but the focus on those spices helps make this beer quite drinkable. The beer seems to be a little light on the body. This beer to coat the tongue a little more considering it's a fall/winter beer. All in all, this is a good beer, and if one plans on drinking more than one, all is well.

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

This unusual take on an autumn beer could only be a creation of Sam Calagione and company. For those of you familiar with Dogfish Head's bottled works of art, you'll know exactly what I Am talking about. For those of you not familiar...I'm so sorry you've been missing out....But, this is a great beer to start with....
The pour is a thick, dark orange elixir with about a finger of creamy, tan head. The aroma remarkably filled the area as I poured this one and I was hesitant to bury my nose in it....but, of course, I did. The smell is not one of your average autumn, pumpkin-like beers. It was much spicier, as the allspice dominated most of the nose, and had a well balanced finish of sweetened nutmeg.
The taste was very surprising, as you get a touch of hop bitterness first, followed by a long single-file line of spices.... Allspice, cinnamon, nutmeg, and just the right touch of pumpkin hit the palate without the over sweetening common to this style. Finally, a very subtle brown sugar finish and a spacey carbonation polish things off...without a hint of the 7% ABV.
But hey, this was made on just another day at the Dogfish Head Brewery...one could only imagine.... what could be next?....

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

A: Orange in color, white head, decent lacing.

S: Spice, and some fruit.

T: Spices, slight cinnamon and nutmeg, notable alcohol finish.

MF: Crisp, a lot of carbonation.

D: Not bad for a gimmick beer. I didn't really detect any pumpkin, but it was pleasant enough.

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Photo of Gandhified
3.6/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter, served at cellar temperature.

A: Brilliant clarity! Coppery/orange, with a nice cream colored head that dissipates quickly. The color is appropriate for the style, but does not jive with the "brown ale" description on the bottle.

S: Spice and alcohol dominate the nose. Maybe some bread/toasted flavors in the background.

T: Spice, toast, and alcohol are the most prevalent flavors, but none being overwhelming. After warming some I get some light vanilla flavor. Maybe some roasted pumpkin flavors, but I really have to look for it. Just enough residual sweetness, but again not overwhelming.

M: Medium body, and lowish carbonation. Very drinkable.

Overall a good beer. Not outstanding like some of DFH's other beers. I would recommend even to non-craft beer drinkers as it had good flavor combined with drinkability.

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Photo of 00trayn
4.77/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at the Dogfish Head Alehouse in Fairfax, VA (from notes).

A - A dark transparent amber color with a thick white head, slight lacing.

S - It smells like fall in a pint glass. A warm pumpkin scent is mixed with spices and a hint of sweet.

T - Spices definitely come forward in flavor, nutmeg and cinnamon are prominent. Nice malty taste as well with a spicy and sweet finish. The pumpkin is noticeable but not overpowering.

M - Medium body with a good level of carbonation. It has a smooth, creamy texture.

O - Hands down my favorite pumpkin (or should I say punkin') ale. I look forward to this release every year at the Alehouse (and the free pint glass that they give away with it). I made sure to buy two 4-pack to keep in my fridge for when I couldn't get it on tap anymore.

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Photo of TastyFoodAndDrink
2.84/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

On sight, Dogfish Head Punkin Ale pours clear, pale gold, hinting toward a caramelish brown. The scent it gives off is comprised of brown sugar, slightly caramelized, with hints of vanilla, allspice, and cinnamon. The smell is vaguely creamy, with a hint of pumpkin. On the palate, it starts off slightly sweet, with a moderate mouth feel, and a delicate carbonization. Flavor wise, it’s full of brown sugar, light caramelization, cinnamon, allspice, and a touch of nutmeg. The pumpkin element is subdued, but still present, in a distinctly squashy kind of way. It finishes on the spicier side, with touches of butter and a hint of bitterness.

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Photo of ntalexan
3.41/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

-Color: Decent Carbonation, medium dark amber

-Nose: You get the pumpkin on the nose. Kind of smells like a gingerbread cookie, even a bit of the nutmeg. You can envision a liquid pumpkin pie getting ready to pass between your lips.

-Flavor: Full of pumpkin flavor. Baking spices, cinnamon, gingerbread cookies, and even get the sugar. Silky smooth mouth feel and you get a bit of the malt on the back end.

-Rating: 2.75/5- It’s a great pumpkin beer but would I say it’s a great beer? No. If I had to buy another pumpkin beer... I would buy this one. Simply because I love this brewery and will support just about everything Sam and the guys are doing there.


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