Punkin Ale | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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3.93/5
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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
Ranking:
#6,369
Reviews:
2,140
Ratings:
6,646
pDev:
12.72%
Bros Score:
4.05
 
 
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Photo of Klemperer
4.14/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Colour is quite caramelly. Heavy spice especially nutmeg smell. Delicious flavour, easy going pumpkin/gourd with again spice especially nutmeg. It feels quite warm and smooth with lingering pepper like spice.
After note. I slowly drank this beer from 37* F to room temperature and might I add that the pumpkin/gourd flavour was much less "pie" and much more fresh baked or roasted. Wonderful.

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Photo of WormGod
4.01/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of sparx1100
3.54/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Coltron23
3.69/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Dinglehacker
4.24/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into pub glass.

Appearance: Thin head ring, patchy lace. Pale amber.

Nose: Pureed pumpkin cream and nutmeg

Taste: Same as taste, some wheaty backbone and hop crisp. An almost Oktoberfest base.

Mouth: Not as thick as I anticipated, but nice and smooth.

So often Dogfish goes above an beyond, I was a little surprised this pumpkin ale didn't have a big twist to it. It was just a good pumpkin ale. If that;s the most I can complain, I guess they're still doing it right.

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Photo of wjbent
3.81/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DaveCash
3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of haines710
4.38/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A local favorite in the fall. Picked up a six pack early in the season and decided to have one on a late Saturday night. This is a good dessert beer for me. A little sweet for dinner but perfect when relaxing on a fall night. Great balance of sweet and spice and still tastes like a beer. Glad I have another five.

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Photo of Grackos
3.62/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kevintaraross
2.99/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of Thors_Bounty
4.16/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I like that it does not just say pumpkin spices like some of the fall beers might. It actually says allspice, cinnamon and nutmeg.
Looks great in my snifter glass.
A hint of spice in the smell
Small head that disappeared quickly.
Nice mouth feel.
Easy to drink.
I almost want to make some sort of bakery item with this instead of water in a recipe.
I will drink this again before the season ends.

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

Photo of Jsalz21
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of RyanTheLion13
4.07/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of matcris
4.55/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

For the style. A fairly clear dark amber with a quickly receding head, and very minor lacing on the glass. The aroma is good amounts of pumpkin, brown sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg. You can pick everything out, nicely. The flavor is nice and punchy, and in your face with all of those flavors. Pumpkin spiced cake! The feel is medium body, dry, and well carbonated. Gonna be my favorite pumpkin brew, for sure.

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Photo of Red5StandingBy
3.87/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12oz bottle into a Standard Pint glass. Bottled on August 12th 2017? Stamp is a bit mucked up. This beer has been highly recommended by a number of people so when I saw it in my local bottle shop I had to give it a try.

L: Slight chill haze, of a black tea like color. Thin half finger white head fades after a minute or so however there is almost a thin blanket of bubbles lingering on top.

S: Smells of spices, nutmeg, clove, allspice and cinnamon. Lots of pumpkin meat here too. Nice aroma and gives me hope for the flavor being balanced between pumpkin and spice.

T: Well balanced flavor of Pumpkin meat and spice flavors, all the same notes as the aroma. Very nice.

F: Medium body, average carbonation, clean finish.

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Photo of AZBeerDude72
4.31/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep gold with nice head and sticky lacing, lots a carbonation also. Getting a decent spice on the nose with some brown sugar, pumpkin, and clove essence. The taste is ultra smooth with the flavors following the nose. This is by far my best pumpkin beer so far, its great tasting and not over the top on spice and sweetness, exceptional beer for the class.

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Photo of malprep
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Eddieeight
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Looks dark orange
Smells almost identical to pumking ...lots of cinnamon nutmeg
Taste is like pumpkin, but not quite pumpkin pie. It's even bitter
Mouthfeel leaves a very dry aftertaste.
Overall I have to say I like pumking more but that's got stronger spice profile in the taste which I prefer the stronger beers.

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Photo of fthegiants
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Hiago
3.74/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Keith27614
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mvwinters
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Love the sweet notes in this punkin ale. Smooth finish with a crisp bite. Just the right amount of spice hints.

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Photo of Czequershuus
4.06/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a clear amber with a large head. The aroma is very reminiscent of a sweet bread - with cinnamon, banana, brown bread, and nutmeg. The flavor is fairly mellow and balanced, with cinnamon and nutmeg leading the way, followed by banana bread, coffee, milk chocolate, and brown sugar. The mouthfeel is reasonably light with a mild, foamy carbonation. Overall this is a nice little beer, very restrained and balanced, and super easy to drink.

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Photo of msp88
3.91/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Punkin Ale from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 3.93 out of 5 with 6,646 ratings