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Punkin Ale | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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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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Reviews: 2,103 | Ratings: 6,526
Photo of StoutElk_92
4.38/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle

Pours rusty copper amber orange with a creamy off-white foam head. Smells like pumpkin, autumn spices, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, some brown sugar, toasted bready caramel malt, with earthy grassy pine. Tastes like pumpkin, sweet spices, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, brown sugar, caramel, toasted bready malt, with earthy grassy pine. Feels medium-light bodied, creamy with moderate carbonation. Overall a nice pumpkin ale.

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Photo of Dragginballs76
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours - clear light brown caramel color with decent white head

Smell - Sweet aroma, pumpkin and cinnamon, vanilla, all spice, nutmeg.

Taste - Very mild pumpkin flavor, cinnamon, nutmeg, many pumpkin beers over power the spices this one does not.

Feel - Pretty light feel was surprising, good carbonation, very smooth and drinkable.

Overall – Really solid pumpkin ale great flavors and not overly spiced.

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Photo of jaketaz
2.97/5  rDev -24%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Newly interested in Dogfish, I've tried a few great ones including the excellent 90 min IPA and had high hopes for this. I've been drinking every pumpkin beer I can find lately seeing how they stack up to each other, favorite so far being Cigar City's "Good Gourd" or perhaps Big Top's "Pumpkin Stiltskin". This one's among the less impressive so far, it's labeled a Brown Ale but tastes more like a musty Pilsner with some IPA tang on top, not what I'm looking for in either a sweet n spicy pumpkin beer nor a round mellow Brown Ale. The danger with pumpkin beers is sometimes they don't taste like pumpkin, just a regular beer with potpourri added. That's happening here a little bit.

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Photo of jjamadorphd
3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Dogfish Head Brewery - I have an unfortunate love-hate relationship with their offerings - some I love, some I hate. This one ends up being a slight mixture of the two...

A clear, orange colored brew reminiscent to a light-pumpkin color, it pours a thick, white head with some staying power and good lacing down the glass. The smell from this beer actually surprised me - it was horrible. It reminded me of a cigarette ash or the smell that emanates from the said tray. I hate to say, I almost considered pawning this off on my son, but I decided to give it a go (and I was glad I did.) The mouthfeel was one of the more complex ones I have come across. It starts coarse then become smooth and then almost watery in texture, but not quite. A very complex feel for me across the board. I noted the pumpkin, some spice and other flavors (thankfully no cigarette ash) and though good, not better than other pumpkin brews I have had. Overall, it's a good beer. Other's may find it's scent appealing, but it will forever make me think twice before pulling one from the shelf.

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Photo of BrewChaz
3.84/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This fall beer has become an staple for the season, taking a spin on a brown ale by adding pumpkin, brown sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg. Perfect for flannel and foliage, this Dogfish Head seasonal classic paved the way for kooky-ness in the early daze and stands the test of time.

@brewchaz - 4/5

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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 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 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 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 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 Karl_12welveEyes
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Look: Deep orange in color
Smell: cinnamon and nutmeg come in strong
Taste: an interesting blend of pumpkin spice and malt flavor. I like the brown ale as a back to the pumpkin beer
Feel: smooth like pumpkin pie, perfect feel for the seasonal flavors

One of the better pumpkin beers I have had this season.

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Photo of zshaft
3.32/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

pours relatively light copper with virtually no head. nose is light pumpkin with lots of cinnamon and all spice. taste is folloWing the nose with malt and cinnamon leading the way followed by more spice and finishing with lingering cinnamon and allspice. I dunno. most pumpkin ales seem to go crazy on the cinnamon and nutmeg and allspice and the same goes for this one. im not sure why more beers are not like pumpking. this one seems to light and spice forward. not great. not good. not worth it.

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Photo of Holderness
4.4/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2016 edition:

L -- Lovely mahogany-hued amber. no haziness. off-white head
S -- cinnamon, nutmeg, malt
T -- pumpkin pie spices, caramel, bready malt
F -- lively and nuanced. strong yet balanced flavors from start to finish
O -- excellent ale. one of the best beers I've had

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Photo of Matty_Ike
3.21/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Good beer, not too sweet like most mass-produced pumpkin beers. That being said, as a young person, in a blind taste test i'm not too sure i'd have known it was a pumpkin style beer. Definitely has good spice..nutmeg & a little cinnamon flavor to it though.

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Photo of Hyptochrons
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

awesome seasonal brew, definitely a nice pumpkin note complimented by subtle spice, and sugary sweetness. overall remains very tasty and enjoyable throughout!

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Photo of OneBallPaul
4.07/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L - Dark Golden, tiny 1cm head but retention seems good. Very lively and fizzy.

S - Sweet/Roasty with spices, cloves, cinnamon, not very hoppy

T - Spicier than it smells. Not overly pumpkiny, but good enough to get the point across. Tastes very light for a 7% ABV

F - The lively bubbles don't bite too much - very smooth feel with little warmth

O - For a pumpkin/fall beer, this goes down great. The flavor and scent aren't overpowering, and I can imagine it would pair well with any fall foods. Goes down like a 5-6% as well.

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Photo of KLHBB
3.77/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Delicious. A murky burnt sienna, smells and tastes of squash (pumpkin -- duh), ginger, pumpkin pie spice and bread. A lovely creamy mouthfeel, very good.

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Photo of Riff
3.72/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle to shaker glass. Pours a golden color with a thin white head. Spicy nose mostly of cinnamon and some bready malts. Tastes of malt up front, some pumpkin pie flavor in the middle, and fades into a light bitterness on the finish. Finishes quickly. Overall it's an okay pumpkin ale, but there are better versions out there.

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

Aroma has nutmeg, pumpkin, cinnamon. A little tart and sweet. Taste has sweet bready malt, ginger (isn't an ingredient but it tastes like it), pepper, nutmeg, vegetables, and a pleasant level of bitterness. The spices are a little too much for me. I would have either dialed them down or amped up the malt background. Also the aroma is a little too vegetable-y. But bitterness and warmth make this an enjoyable beer and better than your average pumpkin ale.

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

Copper and pumpkin orange body; thick, creamy head. Good pumpkin and pumpkin pie spice aroma; delicate sense of cereal grains. Light malt flavor at first with a quickly developing pumpkin pie filling taste; ever so slight twinge of alcohol. Medium-heavy body.

A nicely balanced, not too pumpkin-y pumpkin ale that delivers both an ale and pumpkin experience in a decent package.

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Photo of Hop_God
3.86/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: golden orange to amber

S: pumpkin spices. Hops

T: spices. Cloves. All spice. Ginger. Hops. Burnt sugar

F: crisp bite

O: nice offering for the style

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.62/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Kinda weird how a pumpkin beer can be one of your more 'normal' beers but that is the nature of the beast when dealing with DFH.

Color of the beer is not indicative of pumpkin, doesn't have orange, its golden like normal beer. Aroma does kick pumpkin down, and some hops. It works.

Taste again is a meld of pumpkin and C hops, it works, it not only works, this is one of the better pumpkin beers out there. After 12oz, I'm good, but that is pretty much a record for this style of beer. Hides the alcohol decently in the mouthfeel, the pie aspect (brown sugar, cinnamon) is not overdone. Impressive.

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Photo of basaywhat
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle. Pours a golden amber with very little carbonation. Aromas strong of pumpkins and malty sweetness. The pumpkin flavor isn’t too strong has a nice semi-dry finish.Good pumpkin beer

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Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
3.32/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from 12oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Look is a light amber color with practically no head.

Lots of spicing right on the nose. Cinnamon and nutmeg with a nice malt balance.

Taste doesn't hold up to aroma. Kinda astringent with spices comes off unbalanced.

Picked this up for 99cents worth it at that price.

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Punkin Ale from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
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