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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 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - SEP 17, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 26, 2005 Pours a brilliantly clear, ruby-amber color and is topped by a frothy, large bubbled tan colored head. The aroma is lightly spiced with notes of nutmeg, sweet brown sugar and allspice. The beer has a certain satisfying fullness to the palate, a far cry from the thin wan limp body on the Buffalo Bill’s version, which lightly coats the mouth as the beer goes down. The beer is lightly sweet with a brown sugar like note and a bit of caramel. The spices are evident, yet at a bearable level, such that they don’t dominate this beer. I get notes of nutmeg, allspice, perhaps some soft cinnamon, caramel, molasses, slight ginger in the finish, and perhaps a hint of pumpkin-like vegetal flavor. Because of the spices, this beer finishes with a light astringency, and perhaps a bit of hotness.

The spicing level and the fullness of this beer designate this a bit more than a quaffing brew, slow sips seem mandatory, and I would be hard pressed to down a glass of this beer. This is all ok though, as I don’t mind savoring the interplay of spice and caramelized sugar notes. Where is the pumpkin? I am not too sure, as is typical in spiced versions the pumpkin is really not noticeable. This beer is quite enjoyable and is one of the better examples of the style that I have had.

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
punkeedo (498) - Covington, Louisiana, USA - SEP 17, 2005
An excellent pumpkin brew. Not much to the aroma and the appearance was dark yellow. The flavor, though, was fantastic. HInts of pumpkin, cinnamon, and nutmeg were all more than present--without any clashing. It was reminiscent of belgian ales that Iíve had, perhaps because of the higher alcohol content, but probably because it was so complex. A wonderful brew!

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
bipolarbear (6) - Paterson, New Jersey, USA - SEP 13, 2005 does not count
All hype, no taste. Had to try just because it is the season. Mediocre at best and at the cost of $9.00 for four 12 oz. bottles, I feel ripped off. Tasted better when mixed with cigarette smoke. Save your money and get something better.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
EKGoldings (585) - Radford, Virginia, USA - SEP 12, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 26, 2006 I tried 4 different pumpkin ales today. I liked the DFH the best of the bunch, mainly because of the better body. Still, this isnít anything Iíd buy again. Rerate: í06 production I like much more than last yearís. Spicing is more delicate, and the flavor more enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MartinT (8247) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 12, 2005
The Lure:
Roasted pumpkin seeds and allspice happily dancing atop the caramel/brown sugar sweetness. Simple and enticing if youíre a pumpkin beer lover.

The Festivities:
Sweet honeyed malts and roasted pumpkin seeds coexist peacefully amongst the spicy undertones. Some alcohol heat is felt, which is quite surprising for the size of this beer, but isnít exactly bothersome. Not too complex, but nonetheless appropriate for its purposes.

There are few things which can rekindle my interest for Halloween.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Rastacouere (6145) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 11, 2005
Thin off-white head covers the clear orange hue. Roasted brown sugar is in the foreground, complemented by not particularly competent cinnamon and ginger, though the light hoppiness procures a comforting soily, leafy feel that works decently with the pumpkin seeds. Very simple in mouth, apparently confused ingredients work on their own rather than merging together, cigary and tea like finish. Light bodied, oily texture, dryish finish, well hidden alcohol. Dull example, not very tasty and even less refined.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ayumbomb (63) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - SEP 10, 2005
I love carving the pumpkins almost solely for their seeds and its bowels (intended for the purpose of pies). This ale was created for me...just so I could smell, taste and imagine the fall, Halloween, and all the joys that come with this seasonís splendor. The cinnamon and brown sugar really blend well with the beer- Iíve tried both with pumpkin seeds, but was less successful. Always stick to salt with those seeds, but not with beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TomDecapolis (4579) - Milton, Delaware, USA - SEP 8, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 26, 2007 From a bottle, didnít realize they make an unfiltered version, will need to track that down. Pours a brownish/orange/amber with a small off white head that laced the glass. Aroma of pumpkin, nutmeg, cinnamon and brown sugar. Really does smell pumpkin pie. Tastes are similar to the aroma. I would have liked this to be a little thicker in the feel. Some more of the cinnamonn coming through. I almost wish this tasted a bit more like pumpkin pie. Still a great beer and a style I enjoy. Yet again DFH comes through. ApriHop was my go to summer brew and it looks like Punkin Ale will be my go to fall beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tmoney99 (11355) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 7, 2005
Bottle 12 oz. Pours an orange dark amber color with a moderate off-white head that diminished quickly. Complex spicy pumpkin aroma. Medium body with creamy texture. Good complex flavor of a liquid pumpkin pie. Very interesting and good brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
antzman (315) - Clarksville, Indiana, USA - SEP 6, 2005
12 oz bottle. Pours a deep amber with a small bit of head. Slight aroma of cinnamon and pumpkin (or should that be punkin?) Good solid flavor for a vegetable beer. Very full bodied. Out of any of the pumpkin beers I have tried so far, this one easily tops the list.

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