Punkin Ale | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

Punkin AlePunkin Ale
6,615 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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Ratings: 6,615 |  Reviews: 2,129
Photo of jp32
3.77/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of srfou
5/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Gemini6
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of ThemThangs
3.1/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I've been wanting to try this for so long I think I came in with expectations that were too high. I am enjoying it much more than other pumpkin ales I've tried though. Very balanced...I am picking up just a hint of the spices. I had this again at a later date and enjoyed it a little more than the first time. A good all around beer, not bad, but not amazing.

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Photo of akopczyk
4.23/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GreatHammerhead
4.45/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Look: Copper coloration with a white one finger head that collapses to just covering the top.

Smell: Pumpkin and spice up front followed by malts.

Taste: Very well balanced. Pumpkin and spice overlay a body of malts with hints of warming alcohol in the swallow.

Feel: Slightly thicker then medium body with moderate carbonation. Just about perfect for a fall beer.

Overall: A very, very good beer. I did not find any faults worth mentioning.

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Photo of Benjolovesbeer
4.01/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

It's good, but not enough pumpkin flavor. But better than most pumpkin beers. Orangish color, pumpkin aroma, malt pumpkin flavor. Cream head.

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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 ovaltine
4.19/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Lingenbrau
3.96/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Pockets1337
3.87/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of GentlemanJohn87
4.77/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Vetbidder
3.86/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Wow. I have mixed feelings with this beer. It's got a nice light colored and unassuming look and a nice smell. I'm smelling malt mixing with pumpkin spices. Even something sweet on the nose. When I tasted the beer at first, I got some overpowering bitterness but after a few sips now I'm liking the flavor more. There is a definite balance between malt and pumpkin spices and it's not overpowering. The feel is creamy and quite carbonated(burp,excuse me). The 7% is completely hidden. Good beer !

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Photo of ghatz
3.94/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Poured from a bottle with a clear golden color and a scant head. The aroma was of sweetness (candy-like) and spice. The taste followed the aroma but much more pronounced. There was a spicy aftertaste. The body and carbonation were good. Overall, this is an OK beer but the spiciness seems a bit over-powering. This beer is best-suited to be cosumed alone rather than trying to pair it with food due to the high amount of spice.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
2.77/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5


Toasted grain color with tints of blonde and clean chestnut, with a creamy head of 3 fingers. 20% opaque. Lighter than I thought it'd be as it's advertised as a brown ale.

I'm getting some nuttiness, with lots of clean aromas of malts and grain only slightly dirty by the brown sugar and faint spices that may or may not be detected depending on the depth of the breathing. Kind of detecting the cinnamon now as I breathe deeper.

And again I'm perplexed by another Pumpkin beer flavor profile. It's not even good. Very malty flavors dominate, with some nuttiness and hay following; some paper; leaving a pale, chalky and bitter chemical finish. Some light toffee or molasses sweetness towards the finish. Honestly if I didn't pay for it I'd probably dump it on the grass (yes this is outside on a balmy, beautiful fall night).

The feel is slightly creamy, but with a bump of carbonation, and hell I guess it ends up finishing slightly dry. Whatever.

Overall, I feel this overwhelming urge to get up and dump it in the sink. Like, my body's moving but my heart isn't committed yet. I've got two more bottles. Any takers?

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.38/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle

Pours rusty copper amber orange with a creamy off-white foam head. Smells like pumpkin, autumn spices, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, some brown sugar, toasted bready caramel malt, with earthy grassy pine. Tastes like pumpkin, sweet spices, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, brown sugar, caramel, toasted bready malt, with earthy grassy pine. Feels medium-light bodied, creamy with moderate carbonation. Overall a nice pumpkin ale.

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

Photo of Srecko
4.66/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of _Adam_
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Photo of Dragginballs76
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours - clear light brown caramel color with decent white head

Smell - Sweet aroma, pumpkin and cinnamon, vanilla, all spice, nutmeg.

Taste - Very mild pumpkin flavor, cinnamon, nutmeg, many pumpkin beers over power the spices this one does not.

Feel - Pretty light feel was surprising, good carbonation, very smooth and drinkable.

Overall – Really solid pumpkin ale great flavors and not overly spiced.

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Photo of jaketaz
2.97/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Newly interested in Dogfish, I've tried a few great ones including the excellent 90 min IPA and had high hopes for this. I've been drinking every pumpkin beer I can find lately seeing how they stack up to each other, favorite so far being Cigar City's "Good Gourd" or perhaps Big Top's "Pumpkin Stiltskin". This one's among the less impressive so far, it's labeled a Brown Ale but tastes more like a musty Pilsner with some IPA tang on top, not what I'm looking for in either a sweet n spicy pumpkin beer nor a round mellow Brown Ale. The danger with pumpkin beers is sometimes they don't taste like pumpkin, just a regular beer with potpourri added. That's happening here a little bit.

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Photo of CaptainHate
3.99/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Punkin Ale from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 3.93 out of 5 with 6,615 ratings
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