Punkin Ale | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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Punkin AlePunkin Ale

Brewed by:
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States

Style: Pumpkin Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
Also known as Punkin Brown Ale

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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Ratings: 6,719 |  Reviews: 2,160
Photo of jripley97
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Djoneil
3.92/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Draught pint at The Brass Tap in Baltimore.

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Photo of SolarPower36
2.77/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of gangstabobangsta
3.81/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SAdamsdrinker
5/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of PaleAleWalt
3.52/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of XxthaDoggxX
3.96/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of rudiecantfail
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

L---Clear, orange/amber color with a medium, off-white head that faded quickly and left ok lacing.

S---Malty. Fairly slight aroma. Pumpkin pie is there, but not strong.

T---Much stronger than the smell, thankfully. It's nice that they actually use pumpkin in brewing instead of just the spices, like everyone else. It makes a difference. Has a real pumpkin pie taste.

F---Medium body, decent carbonation, refreshing. No bitterness of note.

O---Overall, a quality pumpkin ale.

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Photo of emwilke
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of vgahunia
3.57/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GuyFawkes
3.25/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bottled 8/14/18; drank 9/5/18 @ the Yarchives.

See-through orange rust appearance.

A rough pour yielded a nice khaki head; frothy lace.

Mild notes of pumpkin pie, clove & even fainter hints of cinnamon in the nose; not much of an odor.

Medium mouthfeel.

Mild pumpkin & cinnamon flavors up front; macro lager aftertaste on the finish.

Not much flavor here and a bad aftertaste; although this isn't abhorrent, I'd rather have a glass of water.

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Photo of Chuckdiesel24
3.66/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of YungAnejo
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

‘‘Tis the season.. oh wait, wrong season...

Back to beer, poured from 12oz bottle into a Bruery stemless snifter, reddish clear copper body, white head with light retention

Aroma is definitely there, pumpkin forsure but also some spicy cinnamon and sweet granola, even some faint earthiness

Taste follows the nose but just a tad bit light on the pumpkin for the finish, still solid, pumpkin spice followed by a semi sweet malt

Mouthfeel is smooth, normal consistency but has a slightly sticky lacto feel to it, no alcohol presence detected

Overall for being my first pumpkin style, I’d say it was a good experience and a great example of the style (from the style description)

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Photo of mamaraza
4.09/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of MikeWard
3.59/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a pint glass. bottled 8/13/18, so not even 2 weeks old here.

crystal clear deep yellow/orange/amber body. decent carbonation. small off white head leaves light lacing.

The aroma of pumpkin spice is not strong on the nose.

..but it is strong in the taste. and pretty bitey on the tongue. slightly sweet, with a somewhat sour bitterness towards the end. dogfish advertises this as a "brown ale" brewed with pumpkin and spices. But any brown ale taste is buried by pumpkin spice.

around medium on the mouth, slightly sour spices on the finish.

Overall, and I freely admit that the spice side of pumpkin ales is less appealing to me that those brewed primarily with the vegetable itself, this one was a little to bitter and spicy to be enjoyed by this particular palate.

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Photo of lastmango
3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured an orange amber color with a one finger white head that dissipated quickly to a thin film. Light spotty lacing. Faint vegetal aroma with little spice and malt. Light pumpkin pie spice flavor. Clove is more prevalent with brown sugar close behind. Light hop bite on the tail. Overall, this is a very drinkable brown ale. However, there are better pumpkin ales out there. Although not a big fan of pumpkin ales, I do like brown ales and this is very balanced. I would buy this again.

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Photo of DoghouseReilly3946
3.56/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Dogfish Head Pukin’ Ale - 7.0% ABV - 28 IBUs
Date: 08/02/18, consumed on 8/22/18.
Appearance: The color is a mix of amber and orange, curiously not that brown. Its fairly clear and produces a finger of off white head which dissipates rather quickly. Additionally, something I rarely mention is artwork, but the 2018 label is gorgeous.
Aroma: Vegetal pumpkin, some spices, and a good strong caramel malt backbone. Clove sticks out most among the spices, a yeast aroma is also present. Surprisingly, there isn’t a ton of brown sugar sweetness either.
Taste: Big toasted brown ale malt flavors up front, a little pumpkin flavor, some pumpkin spices, which are thankfully used conservatively. The pumpkin pie qualities are all here, but this is a more subtile take on the style. Punkin’ has a medium full mouthfeel and does get a little sweeter as it warms, but its still no sugar bomb. The style helps to beef this beer up, negating the need for over spicing or sweetening. A very pleasant, if unremarkable pumpkin infused brown ale.
Biased comments: I believe using a brown ale as the base produced better more rounded beer that also more closely resembles actual pumpkin pie than the pumpkin ales I’ve come across. I’m also thankful it has some actual noticeable pumpkin flavor as well, I just wish it had more. A worthwhile beer, but honestly, Oktoberfest beers are slaughtering pumpkin beers this year.

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Photo of Ocalafox
4.02/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of bbtkd
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dogfish Head Punkin Ale, 7% ABV. Pours pale red with a half-finger tan head, which dissipated quickly leaving no lacing. Nose is pumpkin and slight spice. Taste is pumpkin/squash, pie spice, and light citrus, with moderate bitterness. Light carbonation, so good mouthfeel. Overall excellent. One of the better pumpkin beers I've had.

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Photo of BobbyOlson
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Spaten454
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Billybrewer
2.86/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer smells better than it tastes. As it’s marketed as a pumpkin beer, you would expect to taste pumpkin. Sadly, it’s almost nonexistent. It’s a brown ale basically. You will smell the nutmeg and a little pumpkin, but the taste is disappointingly flat. Dfh was a pioneer of pumpkin, but my opinion and the opinion of others I know is that this recipe changed. Something is drastically different from Punkin of old. It used to be better. We don’t know if it has to do with pumpkins or something else, but it’s been a topic of discussion. There are many many far better pumpkin beers on the market in my opinion, once’s with more prominent pumpkin and spice. That said, one thing has never changed and that is DFH Punkin is the best Punkin to make chili with. Again, I don’t know why but I have tried many other pumpkin beers and there is no better beer than dfh Punkin to make chili with. So all is not lost. I would drink dfh Punkin if I wanted a low alcohol brown or if I am having chili, so not very often. Usually I want a mor3 flavorful Punkin or a much stronger Dark brown ale. That’s my opinion. I hope that you will make some chili with it.

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Photo of npdevil27
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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