Punkin Ale | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

very good
6,552 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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look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Pours a clear caramel color with a cream colored head.

S- Spices and Pumpkin

T- One of the better pumpkin beers out there. You taste the pumpkin and spices throughout along with a little brown sugar as well. Light to medium body with just enough carbonation.

Food Pairing- Turkey sandwich that's built with bread, cranberry sauce, stuffing and roast turkey drizzled with gravy.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a clear copper color with only a small amount of visible carbonation. It has a frothy, one finger, white head with decent retention that reduces to a ring around the top.

S: There are certainly a lot of spices here. Nutmeg, allspice, and cinnamon are all present. Pumpkin is also definitely noticeable. A touch of malty aromas make for a nice backbone.

T: Very similar to the aroma with lots of the same spices and pumpkin-y flavors. There is also a light amount of roasted malts.

M: This beer is medium bodied with little to no carbonation. It is smooth and very drinkable.

O: This is a solid pumpkin beer. It has everything you'd expect with lots of seasonal spices, a malty backbone, and lots of pumpkin. One of the better pumpkin ales out there.

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

Appearance: Amber with almost no head.

Smell: Almost like grandma's pumpkin pie. A variety of spices dominate the aroma.

Taste: A great pumpkin ale. Taste of pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, and sweetness of brown sugar.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. Not overpowering at all.

Overall: This was one of my favorites from a pumpkin beer tasting. A great fall treat.

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Punkin Ale from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
3.91 out of 5 based on 6,552 ratings.
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