Punkin Ale | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

BA SCORE
88
very good
6,563 Ratings
Punkin AlePunkin Ale
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
Ratings:
6,563
Reviews:
2,112
Avg:
3.91
pDev:
12.79%
 
 
Wants:
366
Gots:
1,404
For Trade:
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User Ratings & Reviews
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Photo of OneBallPaul
4.07/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L - Dark Golden, tiny 1cm head but retention seems good. Very lively and fizzy.

S - Sweet/Roasty with spices, cloves, cinnamon, not very hoppy

T - Spicier than it smells. Not overly pumpkiny, but good enough to get the point across. Tastes very light for a 7% ABV

F - The lively bubbles don't bite too much - very smooth feel with little warmth

O - For a pumpkin/fall beer, this goes down great. The flavor and scent aren't overpowering, and I can imagine it would pair well with any fall foods. Goes down like a 5-6% as well.

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Photo of Honeybourne
3.46/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of KLHBB
3.77/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Delicious. A murky burnt sienna, smells and tastes of squash (pumpkin -- duh), ginger, pumpkin pie spice and bread. A lovely creamy mouthfeel, very good.

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Photo of Riff
3.72/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle to shaker glass. Pours a golden color with a thin white head. Spicy nose mostly of cinnamon and some bready malts. Tastes of malt up front, some pumpkin pie flavor in the middle, and fades into a light bitterness on the finish. Finishes quickly. Overall it's an okay pumpkin ale, but there are better versions out there.

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Photo of Boyercm
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 2.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BeerMe8
4.16/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of NeutralOverlookHotel
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JTitan13
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GTJayG
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of WolfStOner
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of XsoldoutX
3.41/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of vidper
3.72/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of PerfecTool
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jkonte
4.46/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DrDominator
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of nater919
4.04/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of BigTuna1066
3.84/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Grupatre
3.34/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Tpop1005
4.14/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of chris826
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of akolb
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Aroma has nutmeg, pumpkin, cinnamon. A little tart and sweet. Taste has sweet bready malt, ginger (isn't an ingredient but it tastes like it), pepper, nutmeg, vegetables, and a pleasant level of bitterness. The spices are a little too much for me. I would have either dialed them down or amped up the malt background. Also the aroma is a little too vegetable-y. But bitterness and warmth make this an enjoyable beer and better than your average pumpkin ale.

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Photo of warpig372
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MichaelMurray
4.56/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of beergoot
3.87/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Copper and pumpkin orange body; thick, creamy head. Good pumpkin and pumpkin pie spice aroma; delicate sense of cereal grains. Light malt flavor at first with a quickly developing pumpkin pie filling taste; ever so slight twinge of alcohol. Medium-heavy body.

A nicely balanced, not too pumpkin-y pumpkin ale that delivers both an ale and pumpkin experience in a decent package.

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Photo of Cuervo_PCB
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Punkin Ale from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
3.91 out of 5 based on 6,563 ratings.
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