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RATINGS: 2047   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45/5   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
Punkin' Ale is a full-bodied, spiced brown ale brewed with baked pumpkins, cinnamon, nutmeg, and brown sugar. Dogfish Head Punkin' Ale is named after the annual Punkin' Chunkin Festival held near Lewes, Delaware the weekend after Halloween.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
shigadeyo (3635) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 26, 2006
Tasted from 12 oz bottle at Riverís Bend - Thanks Matt! Clear orangy/brown with mild carbonation. Aroma and flavor are both very subtle - not too much spice, pumpkin, or otherwise. Almost reminded me of cooked carrots with cinnamon on them or something. Very smooth on the palate too - neither the carbonation or spice are too overpowering. Over all this beer was pretty good, but I was suprised that Dogfish Head was so conservative on it. I kind of expected more flavor (pumpkin and/or spice), but it was still an enjoyable and well balanced beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
IndianaRed (3845) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 25, 2006
Bottle pours a clear orange, light brown. Very small thin white hed that quickly dissapears. No lacing. Aroma is fruity and sweet. Apples, pears, some punkin, but if you hadnt told me i might not have guessd. Some fall spices, but faint. Flavor is much more of what it claims to be. Warm soft spiced punkn flavorrs, the traces of nutmeg and cinnamon are just right and not overpowering. All the flavors seem to balance very well. The rather hiogh ABV (DFH) makes for a nice warming feel. Lively carbonation and a clean failry dry finish. This restores my faith in the style.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
pinkzambia (1803) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 25, 2006
Bottle: Clear dark gold color with small off-white head. Pumpkin spice aroma as well as some flat egg scent. It is pretty candy sweet which must be from the alcohol along with "cinnameg" mixture. It has a pretty thin feel and seemed more like punkin flavored liquor. Good, but too odd for me. But it beats out Elysian Pumpkin Ale by far. Thanks Indiana_Red for sharing this little trick or treat.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BuckeyeBoy (6153) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 25, 2006
12 oz Bottle Pours out a amber/Pumpkin orange. Very small off white head. A light pumpkin aroma. A nice spice of nutmeg. Tast good just like after a good Turkey dinner. thanks Indiana_Red.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
tschlift (4) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 25, 2006 does not count
bottle. I think the dogfish head stands apart from the rest of the pumpkin beers as they used brown ale as their base. The aroma is a bit subdued but you get the normal nutmeg and cinnamon flavors. On the palate, it is very smooth and balanced beer. The finish is long and refreshing. This may be the best pumpkin beer of the season.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hophead75 (2012) - Largo, Florida, USA - AUG 23, 2006
first had this on tap at Spuyten Duyvil last November, but didnít take notes. 12 oz bottle. Pours a nice clear light amber/orange with a frothy off white head. Aroma is of nutmeg, cinnamon, sweet malts. Taste is all of the above with some pumpkin in there also, and some bitter citrus hops to balance. very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kenb (1102) - Oregon, USA - AUG 17, 2006
12 oz bottle via trade (thanks Ross) Small head that quickly dissappears.Hazy amber color. Spicey, bready floral punkin (sp?) aroma with some orange notes. Medium bodied. Very very interesting flavor. Pretty much just like it smells. Punkin, orange citrus hops and bready. Smooth finish and the alcohol comes through at the end. The hoppy punkin/orange fizzy aftertaste is nice and lingers just the right amount of time. Not a beer i would drink more than one of (at a time), but quite refreshing and very unique. One more thing, it is BALANCED. I have tried 2 Doghead brews to date, and they were both extrmely balanced between the malts and hops. I do appreciate that fact as so few big beers attain that nice balance..

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - JUL 31, 2006
Bottle. Nice pumpkin aroma - more pumpkin than pumpkin spice if that makes any sense. Also very sweet. Deep orange, small orange/white head. Nice taste - brown ale maltiness with sweet pumpkin and hops. I actually found it way too sweet, as it doesnít balance well at all (a delicate act with these pumpkin beers in my experience). Sticky sweet full fizzy mouthfeel. Not bad!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
lagermonkey (725) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUL 26, 2006
Pours an orangey copper with a quarter-inch tan head. Smells spicy. Clove and nutmeg and light cinnamon in the nose. Sweet spice. Tart and fruity underneath, spiced baked apple aromas. Lots of spicey flavors as mentioned in the smell. Nutmeg, clove, allspice, cinnamon. Some pumpkin flavors in there as well. Fruity malt behind all the above. Some hops in the finish, medium bodied and lightly sour. Pretty easy drinker around the holidays. I have found my new regular for my once-a-year pumkin ale fix!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
hellomynameis (876) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - JUL 1, 2006
Smells liek punkin pie. the bottle didnít gush, but foam kept coming out of the top. I decided to not put this one in a glass as they are all dirty. Liek I indicated, it smells like pumkin pie, but that doesnít so much carry through to the taste. It is pretty full bodied. Thereísnot much ber taste to this one. Itís just filled with spice with a predominate pumkin flavour standing out. I may enjoy it more carving a pumkin at halloween, but donít find it all that exciting...

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