Punkin Ale | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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3.93/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States
dogfish.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#6,220
Reviews:
2,140
Ratings:
6,645
pDev:
12.72%
Bros Score:
4.05
 
 
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Ratings: 6,645 |  Reviews: 2,140
Photo of Kurzman
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MizzouBrew
4.04/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice looking dark orange with a thin white head. Great pumpkin/allspice flavor that leaves behind a lasting pumpkin taste in the mouth. Has a smooth medium feel. One of the better pumpkin ales imo.

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Photo of marcosm
3.15/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of deeman13
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of mkyer
3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of princessbay710
4.06/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look is less murky and more translucent than I expected. Smell is quite like some sort of pumpkin spice liquor. Taste is alright, and drinkable. I would describe this as a pumpkin session for to me it is very light bodied, with a soft tingle of carbonation. This was bottled Halloween 2016, and it is now the end of January

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Photo of Andrewharemza
3.89/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of HotDogBikeRide
4.54/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Cool little 4 pack on sale for just $4.99 at Spec's in Beaumont - couldn't resist. Julian dating suggests like a 6-7 month old beer or so (I think).

Color is a warm, semi-hazy orange, or at least my color blind ass thinks so.

Small retisicient head with a splash of lacing here and there that falls down into the pumpkin ale from time to time.

Smell is a light malt with a faint pumpkin to it, I'm sure had I grabbed it earlier it would've been much more in your face. That being said there is something warming, calm, and refreshing about the suggestion of pumpkin in the ale. Goes down extremely smooth and tastes great.

Really balanced, safe beer and with an autumn cheer. It is a very unartificial pumpkin flavor that resides in the back of the mouth. Light malts to help guide you to the flavor. Wet and refreshing once again on the palate. I dig this beer and look forward to trying it fresher. It aged quite well.

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Photo of Benl7217
3.96/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of bgillespie
3.92/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Thin white head, golden orange.

Smell: Strong smell of pumpkin

Taste: Pumpkin with nutmeg and cinnamon.

Mouthfeel: A lot of carbonation, takes away from the taste a little.

Overall: A nice pumpking beer saved from the fall. Dogfish comes through with another good beer.

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Photo of stevem1206
3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of perfectsilence3
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Timtac
3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ThePold
4.85/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

From a 12 Oz bottle, fresh to a glass, did not make a long lasting head or much lacing, but it was a great aroma for the season. Very quaffable. I will look for this every fall for sure.

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Photo of Hutchmo
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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

Photo of mmorris15
3.86/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of obywan59
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours orange and almost crystal clear with a 2 finger off white head. Not much lacing.

Good pumpkin aroma with light pumpkin spice. Good pumpkin pie.

Pumpkin and spice again, just lighter. A subdued bitterness and light caramel.

Medium in body with rather high carbonation and a moderately sticky and drying finish.

One of the better pumpkin ales I've sampled. Good aroma and taste of pumpkin and a rather substantial ABV.

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Photo of J10Jordan
3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of scottbrew4u
4.04/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of cmbeddoe7997
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Vylo
4.73/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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

Saved this beer over the course of three years. Tried a vertical tasting for fun on thanksgiving with my dad (2016).

2014:
Had the most earthy pumpkin flavor with the least amount of spice. Had the perfect amount of carbonation. Favorite out of the group.

2015:
Had a funky taste to it. Very earthy with a bit of clove and pumpkin pie spices. Had the lowest carbonation with a surpringly thicker feel. Least favorite of the group.

2016:
Light citrus notes. Most amount of spice: cinnamon and lots of clove/nutmeg. A slight hoppiness in the finish. It had the most carbonation. Rated second best.


Overall, the beer is alright. It paired well with moms sweet potato pie. It gets an 80/100.

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Punkin Ale from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 3.93 out of 5 with 6,645 ratings