GarrettB (1279) - 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 (3961) - 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.
Ron (3171) - Rochester, New York, USA - OCT 28, 2005
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
One bottle from BOTW. mall white head on a dark amber beer. Aroma of allspice and cinnamon. No pumpkin flavor was detected. Just Cinnamon, nutmeg and brown sugar added to a brown ale.
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - OCT 28, 2005
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pour is amber brown with a nice dense off white head...smell is pumpkins and cinnamon...exclusively...taste is sweet...very sweet with some light nutmeg notes, but definately pumpkin...slightly souring finish...very sweet...
wnhay (722) - Princeton, New Jersey, USA - OCT 28, 2005
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Smells of pumpkin pie, brown sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg. The pumpkin is lacking in the taste. The taste is too sugary for me. Palate is too sugary. This is above average, but there are probably much better Pumpkin Ales out there.
Damion (11) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 28, 2005
3.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle- Tastes Like Haloween, cinnimon mixed with smelly Jack-O-Lanterns (in a good way)