atpayne (615) - Zionsville, Indiana, USA - OCT 26, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Amber orange with a small creamy looking white head. Smells like a kitchen on a cool fall afternoon. Sweet smell of pumpkin pie, nutmeg, cinnemon, clove, and even egg nog. It’s tangy and tasts like pumpkin pie. Multiple spices listed in the aroma also present in the flavor. I do enjoy the Pumpkin beers, and Punkin’ is one of my favorites.
Pailhead (4778) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - OCT 26, 2004
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle: Aroma is pumpkin, cinnamon, pepper, and hops. Pours a transparent amber with a white head that is gone pretty quickly. Real spicey and peppery flavor. Maybe a little too peppery. Definite pumpkin pie taste is there. A little harsh peppery finish. Light pumpkin aftertaste and some pepper lingers as well. A little over the top with the pepper flavoring for me to give this a high score. That’s really my only knock on the beer, but it’s a big one for me. As it warms in a glass the pepper diminishes quite a bit from the first few tastes.
cfranz (261) - Acton, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 25, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Best pumpkin beer I have tasted. Nice color and texture, the punkin was not overwhelming, but complemented the ale. Did not detect much of the spices, which did not inhibit my enjoyment of the beer.
scoobyluv (504) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - OCT 24, 2004
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
had this as a sample. i must say that i wasn’t very impressed. i was expecting a more spicy pumpkin taste but that was lacking. in fact, it didn’t taste like much at all. i take that back. it tasted very yeasty. it was rather bland with just a hint of spicyness. nice pumpkin color with a thin lacy head but nothing much going on
jewedekind (450) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 24, 2004
3.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured a thin white head, but had a bitter and off aroma. A nice red-brown color, I expected it to be darker based on the description, but very pretty nonetheless. Light spiciness, but laid nicely on the tongue. A very fine brew, very quaffable for a pumpkin beer, but was too mildy spiced for my tastes for this style...point off for that, but a good beer.
Zach Diesel (906) - Sisters, Oregon, USA - OCT 24, 2004
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
pumpkin and spice donut aroma, light bronze, creamy pumpkin backed by holiday spices and a slight hop presence in the finish, I haven’t found a pumpkin ale yet that is noticeably different than others
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - OCT 23, 2004
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Out of the bottle this brew smells just like cracking open the oven with a strong spiced pumkin pie. Pours a deep red/copper with a nice off-white head. The aroma kicks you with a cinnamon, nutmeg nose, very rich and pumpkin filled. Taste started sweet and malty with tons of spice and pumkin and finished with the spice carring through and a light bitterness for balance. This brew had a lighter body but went down fairly smooth with a nice warming effect.
Inveigler (371) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - OCT 22, 2004
4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Love me long time. My passion for pumpkin ales was really one of the precursors to a broader love of craft beer. From that first sip of Buffalo Bills back in 93, to my recent acquisition of this Dogfish Head. I love pumpkin beers. Many disbelievers will pan the fruit or spice additions. I scoff at them with worried brow. And, among pumpkins, this certainly is amongst the finest. All the spice flavors are present, in the aroma and flavor. I like the higher alcohol content, which adds a richness here not found in many beers of this ilk. Fresh and decidedly woodsy, this is what will wash down about 2 lbs of turkey on Thanksgiving. A dab of whip cream on top, and I am gobbling off to the races.
redmosquito (172) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - OCT 21, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This pours an awesome orange color. It’s clear with not much head at all. I get a mild spice aroma off this, with malt and maybe some pumpkin, sorry punkin’, in the background. The flavor is definitely sweet with a nice toasted malt flavor carrying through to a spice finish. The spices seem more of a mouthfeel than an actual flavor, without any one spice dominating or even coming through at all. It finishes a little warming. Overall this is a decent pumpkin beer.
Ringo (963) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - OCT 21, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I do not like allspice very much - take that out, but leave the brown sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg and this could be a real winner. I think that the allspice gives any beer an unpleasant aftertaste. Not bad though, and the ABV is well dealt wiith.