Dogfish Head Brings Back Iconic Punkin Ale & Launches Costumes & Karaoke Imperial Oat Cream Ale

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  1. Todd

    Todd Founder (6,140) Aug 23, 1996 California
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    Milton, Del., Friday, September 11, 2020 – Fall-time fun is just around the corner, meaning Dogfish Head’s fall-flavored brews – the beloved Punkin Ale and all-new Costumes & Karaoke – are making their way to shelves and taps near YOU! Making its nationwide debut in mid-September, Costumes & Karaoke (8.0% ABV) is a complex, golden tea-inspired imperial oat cream ale built upon a sophisticated blend of spices, including vanilla beans, ginger, cinnamon and turmeric. The resulting vibrant gold liquid is filled with aromas of ginger, cardamom, anise and vanilla, and sweet and spicy flavors of ginger, citrus and cardamom.

    “With Costumes & Karaoke, I wanted to bring to life – in beer form – the intricate flavors and esters found in one of my favorite drinks, a golden milk latte,” said Calagione. “Golden milk, or ‘Haldi Ka Doodh,’ is a turmeric-infused milk with origins dating back centuries. Through Costumes & Karaoke, I believe, we were able to successfully pay homage to this ancient libation and create a delicious beer that offers a new and exciting experience in every sip.”

    Now available from coast to coast, Dogfish Head’s fan-favorite Punkin Ale (7.0% ABV) is back with a new, steampunk-centric look by Dan Stiles, the brewery’s collaborating artist for this year’s Off-Centered Art Series. A full-bodied brown ale brewed with real pumpkin, brown sugar, allspice, nutmeg and cinnamon, Punkin Ale made its first appearance in 1995 and has been released every year since. Copper in color, this medium-bodied liquid masterpiece is known for its smooth hints of pumpkin, brown sugar and spice.

    “While I’m beyond excited to share Costumes & Karaoke with Dogfish Head fans both near and far, nothing says, ‘It’s officially fall,’ like a Punkin Ale,” said Sam Calagione, Dogfish Head founder and brewer. “This time of year, I always look forward to sitting with my wife, Mariah, around the Cowboy Cauldron at our canal-front hotel, theDogfish Inn, enjoying some off-centered ales and reminiscing about the memories we’ve made throughout the years. Typically, we would each raise a Punkin Ale, but this year, we’ll have to bring Costumes & Karaoke into the mix!”

    To learn more about Dogfish Head, or to find Punkin Ale or Costumes & Karaoke near you, visit

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  2. BeerDrinkinGuy

    BeerDrinkinGuy Initiate (57) Nov 2, 2018 Minnesota

    This pumpkin ale is one of the best, Im almost gonna buy another 6 pack of it cuz Im almost out.
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  3. keithmurray

    keithmurray Meyvn (1,395) Oct 7, 2009 Connecticut

    I never new Punkin Ale ever went away
  4. Giantspace

    Giantspace Champion (819) Dec 22, 2011 Pennsylvania

    How is this brought back when it reads that it’s been made every year since 1995???

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  5. jesskidden

    jesskidden Poo-Bah (2,081) Aug 10, 2005 New Jersey
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    Well... in theory, don't all seasonal beers "go away" when the season is over (some before, others linger on the shelves for many months after) and then are "brought back" the following year?

    :thinking_face: Not sure IRI measures beers that are "almost" bought but I'm sure the brewery appreciates that you're considering their product...:smile:
  6. joerooster2

    joerooster2 Initiate (17) Aug 18, 2020 District of Columbia

    Obviously they mean ‘back on store shelves’ since it’s a seasonal.
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  7. Steve_Studnuts

    Steve_Studnuts Devotee (458) Apr 21, 2015 Pennsylvania

    Costumes & Karaoke has a chai tea (which I'm a big fan of) vibe to it, at least in print. Too bad turmeric is fucking gross, though. I'll be on the look out for a single. Punkin Ale, on the other hand, I'll nab at least a 12 pack of that delicious nectar.
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  8. slander

    slander Poo-Bah (2,222) Nov 5, 2001 New York
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    Just bring back Indian Brown Ale & Chicory Stout and no one gets hurt.
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  9. Giantspace

    Giantspace Champion (819) Dec 22, 2011 Pennsylvania

    Was not obvious to me.

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  10. ESHBG

    ESHBG Disciple (327) Jul 30, 2011 Pennsylvania

    IBA was so underrated.

    I love pumpkin beers, I love Punkin Ale, but this year's seemed a little off to me and I didn't enjoy it as much as I usually do. I will gladly have another (or two) before it disappears again but yeah definitely not quite the same to me.
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  11. thebeers

    thebeers Poo-Bah (3,149) Sep 10, 2014 Pennsylvania
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    Good thing there’s COVID this year. Hate to think of all those little kids getting sued for wearing Costumes.

    (Karaoke singers — have at ‘em.)
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  12. TheGent

    TheGent Poo-Bah (2,442) Jun 29, 2010 New Jersey
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    Costumes & Karaoke sounds awesome. Right up my alley with those flavors. Especially this time of year. Haven’t bought many new DFH beers in the past few years, but I look forward to this one.