Punkin Ale | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

BA SCORE
88
very good
6,560 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:
6,560
Reviews:
2,112
Avg:
3.91
pDev:
12.79%
 
 
Wants:
363
Gots:
1,399
For Trade:
6
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 6,560 |  Reviews: 2,112
Photo of stevem1206
3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of perfectsilence3
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Timtac
3.53/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ThePold
4.85/5  rDev +24%
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 +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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

Photo of mmorris15
3.86/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of obywan59
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
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 -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of scottbrew4u
4.04/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of cmbeddoe7997
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Vylo
4.73/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of DaverCS
4/5  rDev +2.3%
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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Photo of rarigney
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jjwilli2
3.46/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of The_Beer_Guru
4.6/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Wow what a great seasonal beer! Probably in my top 3 favorites of October beers. Smells of pumpkin, clove, and nutmeg. Tastes great and very smooth easy drinking beer. Tastes follows the nose for a prefect blended beer. I also taste a graham cracker bready maltiness to the beer. Would definitely buy again because your can never go wrong with Dogfish Head!

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Photo of Imperialjake
4.04/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Look - a nice hazy golden orange with a small off-white head, low retention, and spotty lacing.
Smell - pretty subdued, but you get some notes of nutmeg, brown sugar, and bready malts.
Taste - it's so balanced and smooth that you almost don't notice any notes, but if you let it sit for a moment, you get nutmeg, some cinnamon, brown sugar, and there is a perceptible pumpkin note that doesn't taste artificial.
Feel - creamy body, dry finish, moderate carbonation.
Overall, I'm most impressed by the mouthfeel of this beer; it really helps this beer stand out as something special. The aroma and taste are muted, but I still gave it a high taste rating based on the authentic pumpkin flavor that I feel like most pumpkin beers do not achieve.

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Photo of erk0607
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is a solid four all the way across the board... color is copper orange with light head that turns to nice lacing. Looks like a fall color. Smell: Like a Thanksgiving setup with all the fixings and the associated spices, not necessarily pumpkin or pumpkin pie though, which it doesn't claim to be. Also sweet smelling, like the brown sugar... which comes through on the tasting too. Ground nutmeg and clove and pumpkin are the other dominant flavors with some bread notes and no notable hops. Feel: Not what I was expecting but very good... crisp, refreshing like biting into an apple, yet soft and sort of creamy after that. If you let it linger on your palate long enough you get some pumpkin mouthfeel, but it is not extravagant by any means. This is pretty refreshing and if it wasn't 7% would be a very sessionable beer!

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Photo of jp32
3.77/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of Gemini6
4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of ThemThangs
3.1/5  rDev -20.7%
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
4.41/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Punkin Ale from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
3.91 out of 5 based on 6,560 ratings.
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