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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look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tonight's stop on the pumpkin tour is the Dogfish Head Punkin' Ale. This is a pumpkin beer that started my love of pumpkin beers, and I'm excited to try it again this year.

Pours out a burnt orange color, on the darker side of amber. The foam is quite lively, a thick, fluffy, off-white head. The foam lasts for a relatively long time, and leaves a nice sticky lacing on the sides of the glass.

The aromas are a nice combination of pumpkin and spices. The pumpkin is not over-whelming, and neither are the spices, but it's a nice over-all balance between the two. So far this year, this smells the most like pumpkin pie of all these brews, which is (in my opinion) what I'm looking for in a pumpkin beer.

The palate and the mouth-feel is perfectly in-sync with the aromas. There's hefty amount of pumpkin flavors right up front, but then progresses nicely into a variety of pumpkin pie spices. It's not super-sweet, but there's definitely a hefty presence of malts here. As the Punkin' Ale warms, but sweetness fades a bit, and the spices really start to come through.

Well this is definitely a treat, the Dogfish Punkin' Ale is the best pumpkin beer I've had yet this year! Great amount of pumpkin flavors, as well as spices, and the two are balanced nicely. I really enjoy the Smashed Pumpkin for it's heavy, up-front pumpkin flavors; and the Heavy Seas Great Pumpkin for it's heavy use of pumpkin pie spices. The Dogfish Punkin' Ale is not too intense in any direction or the other, it's balanced just right.

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Punkin Ale from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
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