NachlamSie (3022) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 5, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: OCT 17, 2008 bottle. Pours a light amber hue with no real head. There’s nutmeg, pumpkin, and a pleasant non-deScript barley on the nose. The flavor is akin:a nice pumpkin/nutmeg aspect that blends well with the malts. It’s a little thin of a brew and nothing outstanding, but a nice change of pace and certainly drinkable.
[October 14, 2008]
Bottle born on August 28, 2008. Pours a clear orange with a small head. The bottle says "full bodied brown ale." Yeah, my ass. This has no real qualities of a brown ale and I could definitely use more body here. I’m surprised that DFH couldn’t execute more interesting or strong spice/pumpkin qualities given their attitude with other beers in the style. This is a minimally pumpkin flavored beer, though thankfully not overly sweet or spiced. The finish is a bit gummy. This one really doesn’t do it for me, but it goes down well enough.
ABUSEDGOAT (2417) - California, USA - NOV 3, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured an insanely clear body with a small head. How clear? I could see the worls (circles) of my fingers through the fat part of my Duvel tulip. Aroma is spiced out. Nuts, cinnamon and certainly pumpkins there. Flavor is the same. 7% alcohol is hidden well. Has a spicy tart finish. My first pumpkin beer.
tiggmtl (4545) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 2, 2005
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Ginger, brown sugar, tart cranberry fruitiness and nutty notes to the aroma. Clear golden brown body with low, off white head that recedes to cover with some lace. Ginger, brown sugar, light touches of alcohol in the malt forward flavour. Dry medium body with overly strong carbonation. Bottle (trade, Mar-05). Thanks, Doclock!
jcr (2370) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - NOV 2, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
The spices of fall are nicely balanced with a slight sweetness in this ale. The aroma conjures up a pumpkin pie heavily sprinkled with nutmeg. The flavor, too, is dominated by nutmeg and cinnamon with a bit of brown sugar. Pumpkin? Maybe it’s there beneath the spices, but only a whisper of pumpkin flavor comes through. Nonetheless, this beer is quite flavorful— if you like autumnal spices — with a medium body and crisp mouthfeel.
GarrettB (1250) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 1, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 12, 2007 Happy Halloween, and a happier one if you have Dogfish Head’s Punkin Ale in hand. I wouldn’t drink this on any other night besides Halloween; the beer is simply to apposite to a temperate October night to take on any other evening besides the cool hallowed eve. If you’re looking for a scarier beer, a downright grotesquely macabre beer, try something dark and brooding like an Imperial Stout. The Punkin Ale symbolizes the daytime side of Halloween. Things like harvests, leaf piles, carving and candy. It belongs to the more kid friendly side of things. They call it a Punkin Ale, but I taste something much more autumnal in it. In fact, I hardly taste pumpkin at all. In its place are heaps of spices, somewhat caustic ones, but sweeter varieties too. The first vision that came to mind was the flavor of crumpled fall leaves. The color matches the season nicely with a sullen, orange and red glow that absolutely warms the eyes before the beer can even warm the heart (and belly!). The nose is filled with the same spices found in the drink, and exhibits the pumpkin advertised on the front of the bottle. Still, no pumpkin in the taste so far as I can observe. Maybe its my mother’s legendary pumpkin pie that’s spoiled my tongue to reject anything else that claims to be pumpkin flavored. What a warm beer; not enough for winter but just enough for a cold and daring night like Halloween.
ivan9856 (189) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - NOV 1, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
The 12 oz. bottle pours a cloudy, deep copper ale with large tan head. There is some decent lacing. Little aroma when served cold, but the nose develops nicely as the ale warms. There is a strong hop and, not surprisingly, pumpkin pie spice aroma. I also detected a light scent of alcohol. Palate entry is relatively dry, as is the beer throughout. Mid-palate features the advertised pumpkin, allspice cinnamon, nutmeg, and brown sugar flavors. The finish is long-lasting, hoppy and quite dry. The brown sugar must contribute the relatively high alcohol content. A very good seasonal ale.
Dough77 (821) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - NOV 1, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours out a nice orange brown, but clear as we have come to expect out of DFH. Nose is of spice, lots of alcohol squeezing through, pumpkin, nutmeg but a good amount, and brown sugar. Flavor is a potent combo of pumkin and alcohol. Finished sweet, but nice on the tongue.
altkencru (143) - USA - NOV 1, 2005
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pumpkin? It tastes like a bottle of sugar. It has some spices in it that may give off the semblance of something "pumkiny". At $2/bottle they can keep this one.
BeerBlockaid (683) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - OCT 31, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Happy Halloween!!! Dogfish Head can do no wrong. Takes a few good swigs around the palate to warm up the pumpkin taste and not miss it. Gotta let the fizzyness swindle through. Nutmeg, cinnamon, and sweet malts dominate. My first pumpkin ale. smells yummy!
zach8270 (3904) - Henrietta, New York, USA - OCT 31, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: DEC 14, 2008 [bottle - 12 oz] Clear amber/red color with a nice fluffy head. Nice aroma of cinnamon, nutmeg and pumpkin pie spice. The flavor is lots of spices mixed with a little bit of pumpkin and some warming alcohol notes. Lots of cinnamon and allspice in the beginning with a sweet touch of brown sugar mixed with the alcohol in the end. Tasty and warming.