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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 tillmac62
3.59/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a semi-clear medium amber. Below normal head volume, poor lacing, normal retention.

Very light nose with hints of cinnamon and nutmeg.

Medium body with a somewhat creamy texture. Superb carbonation with a nice effervescent middle and a prickly finish.

The flavor profile is good, but lacks intensity and complexity. Balance is outstanding. It begins with a light blended spice flavor that tails off into pumpkin past the middle. The middle brings a light spicy bitterness and a balancing biscuit. The finish is a slow fade with mostly cinnamon notes.

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

$0.85 single from Winter Haven ABC. Great, full-bodied ale with enough pumpkin so you can taste it without overpowering spice flavors. definitely my favorite pumpkin beer this season...

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Photo of Mitzvahman72
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

With a bold honey color, it has a nice combination of dark, dried versions of apricots, peaches and other non-raisin dried fruits, and roasty, biscuit bread malts that weave within the balanced hops. As the low carbonation smooths out the balanced taste, the fantastically pronounced aftertaste rounds it all out. There is a VERY slight amount of cinnamon and there are no pumpkins in sight, but it is very close to the Alley Cat from Lost Coast Brewing Company. How about renaming this beer the Alley Dog? XD

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Photo of Tone
3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, copper color. 1/3 inch head of an off-white color. Slight retention and didn't lacing. Smells of sweet malt, slight pumpkin, slight alcohol, spices, and slight pale malt. Fits the style of a Pumpkin Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of spices, sweet malt, slight pumpkin, hint of alcohol, and a hint of pale malt. Overall, poor appearance, decent aroma, decent body, and good blend.

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Photo of SitkaSteve
3.17/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Another one from Ted.
This was poured into a nonic pint glass.
The appearance was a moderately hazy almost burnt orange color with a light transparency rising up to feed a quickly dissipating head. Fizzled and no lacing slid anywhere, hmm...wondering.
I wonder no longer...
The smell had some light pumpkin hitting what seemed like a cream ale sort of base. Pie-like crustiness leads in and subtly combines with some vanilla.
The taste was mainly sweet through the pumpkin, vanilla and pie-like crustiness of the cream ale features. A pumpkin flavored aftertaste runs in and leads in a sticky finish.
The mouthfeel sat about light bodied with an okay sessionability about it. Carbonation runs pretty nice as a pumpkin ale.
Overall, well, honestly, its okay, but nothing over the top either, its mainly a lighter version of pumking. Eh, nice to try but was kinda hoping for better.

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Photo of ajilllau
2.5/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This was a hard beer to sell for us and we had it on the same time as weyerbachers imperial pumpkin (which was no competition). It was much lighter and not nearly as spiced as Weyerbachers. To me, this beer lacked anything to stick out in my mind for next year.

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Photo of BoldRulerVT
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from the 12 oz bottle into a snifter glass.
Pours a ruddy but light amber. Minimal head.
Aromas are nice, a touch sweet.
Flavor is complex, soft and not a spice bomb.
Mouthfeel was good.
An elegant and round pumpkin ale.

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Photo of jcruelty
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Man super bready smell on this. Big loaf of Pumpkin Pie. I couldn't resist since it is the pumpkin time of year. Poured into a Duvel chalice which is inappropriate I'm sure. Tastes pretty good but... it's pumpkin ya know. Hard to imagine a 5 star pumpkin ale.

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Photo of Myotus
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz bottle (the 12th batch of 2015, according to the code) into a pint glass.
LOOK: Pours with a half finger's worth of white foam that dies into a line after 20 seconds. Gold in color. Rising bubbles are medium in size and so scarce, that I can count them as they rise. Lacing is thin and subtle.
SMELL:Strong aromas of brown sugar entangle with mild aromas of pumpkin and nutmeg and subtle aromas of cinnamon.
TASTE: This is a full on, simultaneous assault of all the flavors: strong pumpkin and nutmeg flavors with mild flavors of cinnamon and brown sugar and subtle caramel flavors (these are a pleasant addition that weren't detected in the smell). As the flavors begin to fade, cinnamon sticks around leaving a nice aftertaste.
FEEL: Somewhere between medium-bodied and full-bodied. There is a moderate amount of carbonation. This goes down somewhat smooth and ends with a thirst-quenching finish. The spices from the brew tickle the tongue.
NOTE: Why haven't I tried this before?!

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Photo of schwansmantr
1.72/5  rDev -56%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Dogfish Head Pumkin Ale 7% ABV. A medium dark orange color with a amber hue. Has a clear body with a hint of fog. Not a whole lot of head from the pour in fact next to none. The aroma is difficult to point out, but I would compare it to some of the sours I've had, like a light sour beer scent. No pumpkin but maybe allspice or cinnamon posible . The pumpkin is coming through very discreetly, but it does not shine with cinnamon and nutmeg arriving on the scene fast and furiously. I have tried a number of Pumkin ales now and for me this one rates towards the bottom with a D- and yes thats not giving a shit what other reviews might say. I don't care about other reviews and won't let them sway my outlook

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Photo of mynamewastakendamnit
4.02/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

From a pint, the 2015

L: Really nice. A clear, dark burnt orange with a lot of carbonation streaming up. A solid two-finger off-white head that dissipates a little quickly but is still pretty good looking.

S: Smells more like an standard ale than a pumpkin ale tbh. Not too much pumpkin but you can make out the spices.

T: The spices come through really nice. The cinnamon, the allspice and the nutmeg really pop. It's very light with only a slight hint of hops and a nice malt hit towards the end. A subtle but sweet pumpkin presence throughout. You wouldn't guess the abv was as high as 7% drinking this. Really good.

F: Light but not thin, with a decent amount of carbonation.

O: A really solid beer, one of my favorites in the Pumpkin Spice category. Sessionable and tasty, just another reason to look forward to fall.

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Photo of ntalexan
3.41/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

-Color: Decent Carbonation, medium dark amber

-Nose: You get the pumpkin on the nose. Kind of smells like a gingerbread cookie, even a bit of the nutmeg. You can envision a liquid pumpkin pie getting ready to pass between your lips.

-Flavor: Full of pumpkin flavor. Baking spices, cinnamon, gingerbread cookies, and even get the sugar. Silky smooth mouth feel and you get a bit of the malt on the back end.

-Rating: 2.75/5- It’s a great pumpkin beer but would I say it’s a great beer? No. If I had to buy another pumpkin beer... I would buy this one. Simply because I love this brewery and will support just about everything Sam and the guys are doing there.


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Photo of Urk1127
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

-Burnt orange, just a ring of head
-Allspice, sugar, toast
-Pumpkin, nutmeg, a hop bite, light flavors
-Tiny bit sticky, medium feel

-best pumpkin beer ive had

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Photo of TeamMathis
4.31/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A little more bite than I remember. Beautiful color. Great carbonation. Head remains nicely. Spices are big. Huge smell. Aftertaste has almost a slight burn to it on the back of the throat. A little citrus orange mixed with the cinnamon and nutmeg. Nice change from typical pumpkin. Love it.

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Photo of SeanCon8
4.27/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Living about 45 minutes from Milton Delaware, the buzz for Dogfish Head is huge. I first tried the 60-minute IPA a few years ago and was not all that impressed. Since then I have only tried a few others from the Dogfish Head collection and can say that I have grown to like them. The "Punkin Ale" is my favorite by them so far. Definitely a prominent pumpkin taste, but doesn't come through as strong as my personal favorite (Schlafly's Pumpkin Ale). Needless to say, the beer goes down much smoother than other Dogfish Heads I have tried. Very easy to drink and 7% ABV is nice, although I would prefer it to be 8 or higher. Quite expensive, i paid 10.99 for a 4 pack before tax. All around a good beer to try but doubtful it will be your favorite Pumpkin Ale.

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

Had to try again. A few years since I've had any kind of pump ale. Not the best style but it can work.

I think they had less pumpkin sugar relative to malt and additional sugar to really make this great.

Definetly better pumpkin ales but you really got to taste to see who is working hard this season on their recipe.

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Photo of PatrickBeebe
3.26/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a tulip. Deep amber brown color. Smells of pumpkin. Taste pumpkinish with holiday spice. A bit thin on the mouthfeel. Just a slightly below average pumpkin beer. Not as good as I remember it though. A bit of a letdown frpm DFH.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.24/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Pours no head on a clear straw body.
The aroma is pumpkin pie with lots of spices.
The taste is mildly sweet.
The texture is creamy and soft.
It's fine.

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Photo of DovGibor
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2015 Punkin poured into a pint glass. Amber and clear, with almost no head. Nose is roasted pumpkin without any sweetness.

Medium mouthfeel with noticeable carbonation on the palate. Flavor is light malt and rich pumpkin. Spices or pumpkin pie flavors are absent. No discernible hops.

Light on the malt for a brown ale, and not lacks the sweetness of many pumpkin beers. But it's straightforward and enjoyable.

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Photo of the_awesometeer
3.03/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Look: A sparkling orange with a lasting head. Spare lacing.

Smell: Nice pumpkin spice smell with a slight hint of brown sugar.

Taste: A nice pumpkin spice taste. Nothing really sweet of note.

Feel: Medium bodied. Can feel the carbonation.

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Photo of donquixote
3.37/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Light bodied with smooth finish that carries a hint of pumpkin. Not my favorite but not my least favorite either. I recommend it but not raving over it.

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Photo of ctylinebeer
2.83/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 2.75

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass. It is the 2015 edition.

L - medium dark orange color with a amber hue. Has a clear body with a hint of fog. Not a whole lot of head from the pour.

S - the aroma is difficult to point out, but I would compare it to some of the sours I've had, like a light sour beer scent. No pumpkin, but dried fruit would probably be a culprit.

T - There really isn't a taste to it. It's obviously in my glass and it tastes like a beer, but not a whole lot of flavor in it. The pumpkin is coming through very discreetly, but it does not shine.

F - sessionable beer for being 7% ABV. Very easy to drink and not to harsh on the mouth. Seasoned beer drinker would down a glass of this stuff no problem.

O - Disclaimer: this is my first pumpkin beer. That being said, I've had pumpkin pie, but this is nothing like that. Since it being a beer, this isn't a pumpkin beer that tastes like pumpkin spice. It has sour beer taste but the pumpkin is not there at all, but that could be from the lack of spices in the beer. So, that being said, this could be the anti-pumpkin spice beer for the anti-pumpkin spice person. Cheers!

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Photo of jmasher85
4.09/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Comparing 2014 and 2015 bottles here. They pour with medium head and lacing, and obviously, the elder of the two has a hazier dark reddish/brown color than the newer one.

2015 hits all the right notes of a pumpkin spice beer with some nutmeg, cardamom, allspice, and of course, some nice, toasted pumpkin pie smell. 2014 is sweeter, richer, and more intense. The pumpkin stands out a little more here, as does the cinnamon. It's also got a hint of bitter, roasted flavor that stands out more than the younger one.

2015 tastes just as I'd have expected from the smell. A hint sweet, nicely and evenly spiced, and silky smooth with a good amount of carbonation that reminds you that it's still a good beer and not just a gimmick. Likewise, 2014's flavor echoes the scent well. Definitely richer, heavier pumpkin flavor. It's as if the fresh beer is for those who might be afraid of a pumpkin-spice beer, and after aging a year or two, this beer turns into the seasonal beast that it seems to truly want to be.

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Photo of Wiffler27
4.19/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

pours a dark gold/orange color with a solid white head.

smells like straight pumpkin, some sweetness and slight tartness as well.

tastes like pumpkin pie but isn't full of spice. sweet pumpkin pie.

mouth is very thin, not a full-bodied pumpkin ale (which is what i like, i'm not a huge fan of pumpkin beers but i prefer the thinner bodied pumpkin beers).

overall a good pumpkin beer, one that i would drink again in the midst of cool weather. i have had much worse pumpkin beers but i've only had a few better pumpkin beers, Schlafly Pumpkin comes to mind.

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Photo of Marraybay
3.17/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Basically a somewhat toned-down / lighter version of DH's brown ale--which I am a fan of--but as something that's being presented as a limited release autumnal brew, I would unfortunately need to label this one a little underwhelming. Again, as a straight brown ale, it presented well both in color and taste, with a gentle upfront sweetness and a slight bitter finish. However, I'm not personally picking up on any of the spice / flavors that are inherently imparted in this style. For this reason, I'd grade it a C- as a fall speciality beer, but would probably upgrade to a B-, as a straight brown ale.

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