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RATINGS: 2057   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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3.4
turbo (1271) - Arizona, USA - SEP 25, 2005
Bottle poured dark amber with a good thick head. Aroma is malt and spice. Flavor is malt, spice and cinnamon. I don’t really taste any pumpkin flavor myself but still a good drinkable beer.

3.5
jhliesen (832) - West Melbourne, Florida, USA - SEP 25, 2005
Bottle-Poured with a small head and amber color. Medium carbonation. Aroma and taste of nutmeg and cinnamon. I don’t taste much of the pumpkin, but as I’m not much of a pumpkin pie eater--that’s a good thing. Fine brew

5
Dopplebock1538 (71) - Sanatoga, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 23, 2005
WOW! A real treat. Forget about the pumpkin. A very Solid ale. Full body. A great little head that weathers the session. The slight hint of spice cookies keeps you coming back for more. A very special brew. Well done!

3.8
HighlanderOne (1330) - York, SC via NJ, South Carolina, USA - SEP 18, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 5, 2005 RERATE 11/05 Pours orange/brown from bottle, with a gorgeous foamy head. Smells like pumpkin pie. Can taste the spices, along with the alcohol, and other flavors, but the pumpkin is not overpowering. Lacing chases the beer down the glass. Flavors blend better as you drink. Finishes nicely. One of the better pumpkin ales I’ve tried..

4
ElJefe (553) - Rochester, New York, USA - SEP 18, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 5, 2005 The best pumpkin brew I’ve had, hands down. Pours a hazy golden amber with a medium sized fluffy white head. Aroma has tons of spices - nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves, and some apple. Taste a bit sweet and contains roasted nuts, pumpkin, and a bunch of spices. Nicely balanced, which is usually sorely lacking in pumpkin brews. The malty backbone is really nice - the brew ends up coming off almost like a spiced nut brown. Very nice.

3.3
Padron4KM (810) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - SEP 18, 2005
!2 oz bottle, "packaged in" date on side of bottle not marked. Assuming it is this years release since DFH is new to az this year.
Pours a rich clear amber with a thin tan head. Aroma is nutmeg, cinnamon, brown sugar. Pumpkin is barley evident.
Pumpkin is more evident in the flavor. Tastes of canned pumpkin pie mix, with lots of cinnamon added.
Finish is heavy on the cinnamon. One is enough for me.

3.5
FlacoAlto (4182) - 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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3.9
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 I’ve had, perhaps because of the higher alcohol content, but probably because it was so complex. A wonderful brew!

2
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.

3.5
EKGoldings (664) - 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 isn’t anything I’d buy again. Rerate: ’06 production I like much more than last year’s. Spicing is more delicate, and the flavor more enjoyable.


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