Punkin Ale | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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Punkin AlePunkin Ale

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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: 6,642 |  Reviews: 2,139
Photo of davey101
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of tmm313
2.75/5  rDev -30%

Photo of beerme626
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I generally don't like the feel of pumpkin beers, because they are a bit too sticky for me. However, despite that, Punkin is a good drinkable beer, with clear pumpkin without overwhelming pumpkin spice. Some pumpkin beers are too sweet. This doesn't overdo it.

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Photo of vwbus7
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of tharper178
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of GennyCreamAle
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of alysmith4
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ooh.. love the neon orange 4-pack box. What a fine statement of punk! The beer is good too, one of the best of it's kinds actually. A tad sweet for me personally, but I think it should remain high ranked for the pumpkin-ale style of brew. Enjoy it while carving out a demonic little jack-o-lantern, and watch out for the 7.0% ABV!

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Photo of marct
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of TheHoppiest
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the WL in Independence OH. Poured into a DFH Punkin Ale Becker glass, it is a beautiful russet orange color with a full brilliant white head.

Even though WL notoriously serves it's beer too cold, this isn't. It had a nice pumpkin spice smell, with mild malt underneath.

Taste is a full, but not overpowering, pumpkin and pumpkin pie spice. Clove, allspice, nutmeg and a hint of cinnamon are all present. Pumpkin flavor hits you a second time as you swallow and the aroma lingers in the mouth.

Very smooth, the mouthfeel on this is excellent. There's even a slight spice tingle as you swallow.

Highly drinkable, especially for a seasonal fruit/vegetable beer. I could definitely go for another, especially on tap. In fact, I've had this from the bottle before, and find it to be superior on tap.

Of all pumpkin beers, and I've tried a few, this is my favorite.

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Photo of Bill235
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of mkennedy119
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of mjurney
4.16/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Burnt orange color, a little haze. Lots of bubbles rising up. Nice frothy head.

Bready, pumpkin, spices, brown sugar.

Mostly bready, rich, toasted, nutty. Cooked pumpkin, almost like a pumpkin pie, spices, cinnamon, nutmeg. Faint crisp-bitter towards the finish. Body is medium, creamy, slight sharp carbonation, smooth.

This beer is exceptional. Tasty, very smooth, alcohol is well hidden.

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Photo of TCgoalie
3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Beer poured an average head. Slight smells of nutmeg and other spices. The taste lacked strong taste, but was a mellow pumpkin taste. Pretty easy to drink, especially at 7% (says the bottle). Not a bad pumpkin beer, but there are better. I would expect something greater from this brewing company!

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Photo of BuxMontBeerLover
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received a 4/pk for Christmas. Just finishing the last bottle in February 2011. Just a side note: Bottle was an oddity...it was featured on "Brewmasters" about the Punkin Ale being bottled in the wrong type of bottle. I somehow got a "screw-off" type bottle instead of the normal crown bottle.

Enjoyed in a DFH Signature Glass.

A - Pours with a one to one and a half finger cream colored, foamy head. This lasts for quite a while and ends up with a thin film on top of the beer. Beer is a deep amber color, slighty opaque. Leaves a copius amount of lacing on the side of the glass during the drinking session.

S - Great smell of spices, like nutmeg and cinnamon. Smells like a dessert.

T - A nicely flavored beer where the nutmeg, cinnamon and all spice are the dominate flavors. A nice caramaly sweetness rounds out this really tasty beer. The alcohol is there but decently disguised behind the various flavors.

M - Nice bite from the carbonation. A slighty bitter aftertaste is evident after each sip but it never takes away from the overall spicy taste.

D - This is a very tasty brew. I've enjoyed this many times from the bottle and I've also enjoyed this on tap after the Dogfish Dash in 2010. I loved it then and it's just as good from the bottle. Very easy to drink several of these. They go down quite nicely.

Overall: Great seasonal beer. Another hit from DFH!


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Photo of KevinL
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of Minkybut
2.7/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I poured this pumpkin beer into my tumbler at 45 degrees. I had seen it on the TV on a show about the brewery and wanted to try it as it sounded pretty good. I would have to tell you no I do not like it it at all. Poured it out in fact and will not buy again.

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3.8/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of CTbrew32
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of OompaMentor
3.71/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured into pint glass. Nice clear burnt orange color with a creamy head; modest carbonation. Spices and malts are evident to the nose. Taste is similar to nose with nuttiness, cinnamon and spices being well balanced. Easy on palate with no aftertaste; ABV nicely hidden.

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Photo of SheepNutz
4.14/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into a tulip-style glass. It pours a deep amber color with one finger of head. There is just a little bit of lacing left on the glass. Aromas of pumpkin, ginger, and nutmeg fill the top of the glass, very spicy. The taste is very subtle at first, just a little sweet. The finish has all the spice and lots of pumpkin and cinnamon coming through. The mouthfeel is very thick and strong. The drinkability is fairly nice for a 7% brew. A great seasonal treat.

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Photo of slipperysoup
3.92/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of Mosstrooper
4.17/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into 16oz Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass.

Appearance: Pours orange-amber in color with a small white head that dissipates somewhat slowly and leaves behind spotty lace and a ring of foam floating on top of the beer.

Smell: Smells strongly of cinnamon, with hints of spicy nutmeg, a pumpkin note, and sweet malts.

Taste: Begins with spicy cinnamon and nutmeg with a hint of brown sugar, finishing with breadiness and spiced pumpkin notes.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with relatively heavy carbonation and a sticky finish.

Drinkability: One of the better pumpkin beers out there, very flavorful and very enjoyable. Definitely something that goes well with fall.

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Photo of Thomas_Picton
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of Nurt20
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Punkin Ale from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 3.93 out of 5 with 6,642 ratings
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