Punkin Ale | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

BA SCORE
88
very good
6,561 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:
6,561
Reviews:
2,112
Avg:
3.91
pDev:
12.79%
 
 
Wants:
363
Gots:
1,401
For Trade:
6
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Photo of ajm5108
2.39/5  rDev -38.9%
look: 5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Pours a rich copper with delectable, fluffy head. And that's about where it peaks. Aroma has a noticeable fusel alchohol not that really overpowers the rest of the nose - not that there is much else besides some Munich malt & just very distant cinnamon. The flavor is very weak, with only the cinnamon showing any signs of life - the rest is a very bland germanic base that borders on the dreaded cardboad, with that fusel peaking in too. It is also a thin & under attenuated, which isn't what I look for in this kind of beer.

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Photo of T_Hass
3.31/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of PDGreenB
3.79/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A good mix between a pale ale and a wheat ale. Slightly hoppy, not too dark, has a nice scent remniscent to an Oktoberfest-style beer. The pumpkin is light and very warm, the spices give a nice nose to this drink. Very sessionable, and I'm someone who hates pumpkin spice anything.

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Photo of TroyE219
3.87/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Svingjo
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of MI_beerdrinker
3.81/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JLK7299
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of naomiyaki
4.32/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dogfish Head's Punkin Ale was an insta buy for me even though I wasn't sure I'd have time to drink (and savor/review) it the night when I bought it. I couldn't resist the adorable and slightly eerie pumpkin design on the four pack this year. I really like how this beer smells, and it has a pleasantly autumnal aftertaste. The initial gulp is surprisingly crisp with some hoppy bitterness that lacks the spice and body that I personally want out of a pumpkin beer, but it's still tasty. Definitely would work alongside a savory meal.

Pumpkin Rating: Mild (but I have had friends respond favorably to this)
Would drink again: For sure, but not before I try other pumpkin beers this season.

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Photo of SeanVonMorrison
3.99/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Photo of MasterControl
4.06/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of fisherbray
4.46/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JustinSparks
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of lindsscott
4.4/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great tasting beer. Love the label. It didn't have a strong pumpkin flavor, but it is really good.

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

Photo of Beerucee
3/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nothing special

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Photo of MeanMotaScootah
3.57/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Color on the pour is copper with minimal head. Aroma is slightly pumpkin with some spice notes (cinnamon, clove etc.) The taste is a bit hard to place, maybe an amber ale base with pumpkin spices added? The mouth feel is very fizzy, a bit too much carbonation for my tastes. I've had other pumpkin ales and this one is probably one of better ones. The Balast Point "pumpkin down" is also a good one to try if dig pumpkin ales. I will say that this clocks in at 7% abv but it is really hard to detect, no alcohol heat, it's all very nicely masked.

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Photo of ConsumerOfBeer
4.21/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours an amber/mahogany color. Color matches the season.
S: Not overly pumpkiny like I'd imagine, but the taste still comes through.
T: Tastes of ginger bread and graham crackers. Decent spice level, especially on the finish. Pumpkin definitely comes through. The malt is the main focus here. Slightly bitter on the top.
F: Average carbonation. Very smooth and drinkable. Gives you that warm-autumn sensation that every other good pumpkin brew gives you.
O: I like it and would drink it again, but my favorite is Pumking from Southern Tier Brewery.

P.S. I drank this alongside a chicken parmesan, and it seemed to work!

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Photo of SebastianMandeville
3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BierRunner
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark golden color. Slight spice on the nose and a bit more on the taste. This is a pale ale with pumpkin versus a pumkin ale. An interesting hedge for those who don't want the Full Monty.

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Photo of packbacker99
4.57/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of FrancisM12
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bryanlindsey12345
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dipaslife4me
3.84/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Punkin Ale from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
3.91 out of 5 based on 6,561 ratings.
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