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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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3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
letters (5) - Michigan, USA - FEB 11, 2005 does not count
It poured with a thin off white head forming good lacing as it quickly diminished. Amber in color, with a clear, slightly sparkling body. Upon smelling hints of cinnamon, nutmeg, and pumpkin were apparent, pleasant but not as strong as i would have hoped. The subtleties in the aroma ran over into the taste, where the ingredients were weak, where i would have prefered more power behind the flavors. The spicy finish that accompanies the initial bitterness creates a good balance. Within the mouth it feels watery and light. Overall its an enjoyable beer that becomes increasingly more enjoyable as the glass empties.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
eve (240) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - FEB 6, 2005
I was in just the right mood for this. Beautiful pumpkin-amber color, creamy head, strong spice aroma, rich but not sweet, all the intense spicing you want when its cold outside and you just lit a fire.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
GuilTTy (733) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - FEB 4, 2005
Medium copper with a thick off white head. Very spicy aroma of cinnamon, vanilla, caramel, brown sugar and plenty of pumpkin. Sweet but not overly sweet flavor with more of the same spices and some abvious nutmeg. Very smooth, no bitterness at all. Finish was medium-long. Overall, a good autumn/winter seasonal but not really a radical departure from some other heavily spiced offerings.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 1, 2005
This beer could be a poster child for the spice category. Pours as a fizzy, amber-hued ale. Bubbly, creamy head at first pour. Smells wonderful - pumpkin, nutmeg and cinnamon. God bless this beer. The real pumpkin and allspice come through first. Theres a bread-like, sugary piecrust quality to the finish. Traces of coriander and brown sugar are more prevalent as I worked my way down. Alcohol hits back of tongue when the carbonation settles. Very well spiced and top notch for the category. Similar to Lakefronts Pumpkin, which I prefer slightly more.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
spikee (96) - Providence, Rhode Island, USA - JAN 28, 2005
Pours a perfect copper color, with a barely perceptible white lacing. Delivered as promised in aroma, flavor, and palate - full-bodied with an obvious pumpkin taste and silkly smooth finish that smacks of winter spices. I tried this with a side of cheese and crackers, which really brought out a more alcoholic finish. Overall, very satisfying. Dogfish Head never ceases to impress!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
lamas (1620) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 28, 2005
Bottle. Pours a copperish-orange with small off-white head. Aroma is of hops, pumpkin, cinnamon and nutmeg. Taste is definitely not overwhelmingly pumpkin. Medium-bodied. The spices sting the tongue. Pumpkin and cinnamon are present but more subtle than other pumpkin ales Ive had. Finish is on the hoppy side with the slightest touch of warming alcohol.

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerandrugby (210) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 22, 2005
bottle. Copper colored, nice head that lasted and laced well. Nice spiced flavor, very pumpkin pie-esque. I really enjoyed this beer.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hopgeek (90) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 17, 2005
Light copperery color, offwhite head. Malty aromatics with heavy pie spices including nutmeg, clove and cinnamon. Sweet flavor of pumpkin, nutmeg, cinnamon, all spice, roasted malt, caramel, slight hop bitterness. Medium palate, finishes syrupy. Overall, a pretty good brew, worth trying once.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
meathookjones (245) - Sterling, Virginia, USA - JAN 12, 2005
This poured out a slightly hazy amber hue with a light tan head of decent size. The head drops to a cap of bubbles leaving little lacing on the glass. The aroma smells of nutmeg, cinnamon and pumpkin spice, almost exactly like pumpkin pie. The taste had a lot of the same spice elements in it with a bit of malty sweetness like brown sugar. The aftertaste had a nice spice lingering about. I will have to try this with some pumpkin pie because it tastes great and would go perfect of course. The mouthfeel was about average with a light to medium body. Drinkability basically depends on how much you like pumpkin pie type dishes, in my case this is a very drinkable beer that I look forward to each year. Definitely give this one a shot especially if you are looking for a pumpkin ale.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
shadey (2095) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 9, 2005
Amber color with a quickly dissipating head. Spicy fall aroma and flavor. I would have to say the spice is just a little over-the-top. This is a really nice shot at the style but it needs some refinement.


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