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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cornboy (424) - Eastampton, New Jersey, USA - AUG 31, 2004
This is a 2003 version of the punkin ale. I cellared a few sixes to see if it did any magic. The nose remained strong in pumpkin spice aromas, but I noticed a bit of malt peeking in. Pours burnt orange with a nice white head. Malt definitely more pronounced now than last year as expected. Pumpkin flavor tastes more natural than all other pumpkin ales I have had. Best in class for pumpkin beers in my opinion. Nice spiced malt finish. Smooth.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - AUG 23, 2004
Pours a clear darkish copper with a big puffy head. Aroma of sweet malts and spices. Starts with a nice sweetness and some caramel and allspice flavors. Has a very good balance to and and good complexity. This is one of the best spiced beers I’ve ever had. Great balance across the board and hides its alcohol very well. Thanks to jeffc666 for this!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
motelpogo (7188) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - AUG 5, 2004
interesting stuff. pumpkin and ginger aroma, tastes a little of the beety sugar from raisin d´etre. some saltiness and obvious alcohol that is quite warming. some boiled veges comes into the aroma but it´s not unpleasant, tastes a little of fruit salad and pear. better than the other pumpkin beers i´ve tried

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
aracauna (3237) - Georgia, USA - JUL 14, 2004
Clear copper body with a medium cream-colored head that fades into a creamy ring around a stormy weather pattern. The aroma is really more spice than pumpkin, but the spice isn’t overwhelming. There’s a slightly cake-like and caramel malt underneath. The flavor is lightly sweet and mostly balanced except for a bitterness that doesn’t seem to quite fit in with the rest of the flavors. I’ve had better pumpkin ales.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Falconseye8 (542) - Evans, Colorado, USA - JUN 26, 2004
I can honestly tell you I’m not a very big fan of this category. Having said that, this is a terrific beer. The Veggie/Spicy/Herb thing really has never been my thing. This one exceeds expectations by a landslide. Great flavor, Pumkin sweet and spicy and definite brown sugar undertone. If you must add a beer for this category this is the one you should choose. If you’re going to put yourself through one you aren’t really sure of, this is the for that mission.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SpringsLicker (3251) - Tennessee, USA - JUN 24, 2004
Nice deep amber color with a creamy thick head. Fruity, spicy aroma is good but needs intensity. No real strong hop flavor or aroma here and bitterness is kept in check as well. Very creamy feel on the tongue. The pumpkin is somewhat subdued which would make this a good choice for those who don’t care for fruit or vegetable beers.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dogbrick (9361) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 7, 2004
I know it’s not really the season for this beer but what the heck. I might have been even more let down if I tried it around Halloween. Pours a luminescent orange/copper color with a medium thin beige head. Head retention is pretty weak, and thin lacing. The aroma is spiced with cinnamon and ginger, as well as malt. The mouthfeel is kind of syrupy and sweet, with malt, cinnamon and brown sugar flavors. It becomes overbearing at times. The finish retains the sweet character and is pumpkiny (?) and malty. This is a decent seasonal, it is just a little too much in the sweet department at times.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hopdog (9735) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 5, 2004
On tap (tasted on 11/12/03). Orange/Amber in color with a small head. Aromas of cinnamon, nutmeg and pumpkins. The body was a little fizzy. It wasn’t a bad beer, but not my style.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
00cobraR (1103) - Greensboro, North Carolina, USA - MAY 31, 2004
a spiced brown ale with all the spices characterized by the fall season. The alcohol is just enough to warm the spirt as it goes down.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 23, 2004
Appearance: solid, opaque rustic brown color, good and chunky 1/2" creamy head. Aroma: divine! That’s my immediate thought, for after just sampling other pumpkin-themed beers, this seems to be the one that’s getting it right! The spices that are overflowing and dominant in others are clearly more interested in sharing the spotlight here, it’s richer, fuller, creamy, yeasty, complex. Taste: again, just right! They hit the nail on the head here, choosing a full-bodied brown ale as the base, so you get the cinnamon and allspice, the pumpkin, and in this case, the brown sugar, but there’s still a significant beer underneath, and in this case, a much sturdier, tastier, creamier brown ale than most. A most welcome flood of flavors, smooth, but substantial, thoroughly filling the mouth and washing it with warm, sweet, pumpkinny goodness. Soft, tasty finish. I enjoyed every last drop! Leave it to DfH to craft the best pumpkin ale I’ve yet to taste!

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