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RATINGS: 2059   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45/5   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.

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3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - SEP 10, 2006
Pours an appropriate clear-orange color, with a nice head, and a decent lacing that formed after a few minutes. Aroma and flavor are pretty much as the label describes. Id say the spices hold center stage in the aroma department, while the brown ale base makes itself known upon tasting. Sometimes the pumpkin tastes are more upfront, other times the nutmeg is. The malts come together natural with the flavorings, while the finish is pretty mellow. I can taste cinnamon in my nose after I swallow. Anyway, I wish this beer were slightly thicker (but not TOO thick) and a bit less carbonated, then it would be really good. As it stands, its merely pleasing. Shows potential though.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
RagallachMC (631) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - SEP 10, 2006
bottle. Aroma: Nutmeg and pumpkin stand out, with a bit of breadiness in the background. Theres also a light sourness which is reminiscient of apple cider. Appearance: Dark orange bordering on red i color and clear. Off-white head was full and creamy. Dissipated into a nice cap. Good lacing. Flavor: A lot of fall flavors going on here. Pumpkin (obviously), but also a bit of the pumpkins sweeter cousin the butternut squash. Cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, allspice, caramel, and again a bit of apple cider. Palate: Medium bodied and creamy. Moderate carbonation. Overall: A good beer to watch football, rake the leaves, or have at Thanksgiving. A nice range of flavor, but not overwhelming.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kkearn (1165) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 10, 2006
12 oz bottle, bottled 8/18/06. Poured orange/amber color with a tall off-white head that dissipated rapidly. aroma of nutmeg, brown sugar, and a bit of pumpkin. Medium body. Flavor dominated by pumpkin pie spices and alcohol. My favorite pumpkin ale, I look foreward to its arrival each year.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Naven (1000) - Poway, California, USA - SEP 10, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 9, 2008 4 oz sample @ Stone 10th Anniversary Party: No aroma, very little flavor. I tasted a very faint pumpkin taste, but thats about it. Surprised this beer is 7%, as the flavor was very light. No bueno. 2nd Attempt (09/04/08). My score remains the same. This beer is still as nasty as ever, but this time I was overwhelmed by the cinnamon. Holy crap, it’s like a spice bomb. Blech.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kiapepito (110) - Port Angeles, Washington, USA - SEP 9, 2006
i really liked this one because it tasted like pumpkin pie with whip cream...mmm... had a sample from a glass and it is of amber color. reminded me of thanksgiving.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jblendy (519) - Hawthorne, New Jersey, USA - SEP 9, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 12, 2007 Re-Rate...Pours light golden brown with a medium, short lived, tan head. Aroma is of nutmeg and pumpkin mostly....basically a pumpkin pie. Flavor is that of an under-sweetened and over-spiced pumpkin pie, with just a bit of hops on the side. A lot better than it might sound. Palate is medium, nice soft carbonation, with a slightly bitter-sweet long spicy finish. Just wish this were cheaper so I could stock up more.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thornecb (5863) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 9, 2006
Pours bright amber into a shaker. Dogfish fluffy off-white micro head with great retention. Pumpkin and nutmeg aromas. Sweet and smooth with a distinct (almost cloying) pumpkin finish. Not a refresher.

2.2
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Trooper11 (468) - Suffolk, Virginia, USA - SEP 8, 2006
Opaque orange brew. No head. Spicy cloves light bodied. malty. Very effervescent. What more to say. I have yet to be impressed with anything dogfish head other then the IPAs which rock.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
zebracakes (1339) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 8, 2006
Bottle. Pours clear light orange. Aroma is spices, pumpkin, malt, and yeast. Flavor is pumpkin, malt, alcohol. Not very smooth. Disappointing.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Brigadier (3650) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - SEP 7, 2006
12 oz bottle


I picked up a four pack of this as it looked interesting on the shelf and Dogfish Head has never disappointed me yet. It does seem a bit early for pumpkin beers (I picked up in mid-August) but perhaps it is like Christmas sales - every year they move up a few days.

Aroma / Appearance - The nose is relatively simple but clean at the same time. I picked up a nice variety including malt, pumpkin, corriander, nutmeg, cinnamon and a trace of something sweet. The body was a nice transparent ruby with active carbonation and a one-finger head close to the color of mocha.

Flavor / Palate - There was alot going on inside such a small bottle. First I picked up pumpkin pie, spiciness (not the hot variety but more like an allspice), pepper, butterscotch, whipped cream and malts. There was a trace of hops but it took some effort to pick it up. The later sips revealed a strange set of flavors - orange peels, lemon cookies and butternut squash. This is definitely a fall beer. The mouthfeel is satisfying with a caramel finish. Overall a well done beer for a cool autumn evening.


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