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RATINGS: 1995   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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3.6
haddon90 (1634) - Newport Beach, California, USA - NOV 27, 2003
Full copper color with a slight lacing white head. Mixed aroma...spices. Full bodied taste of spices and a hint of pumpkin. Hint of alcohol as well. Good brew!

3.5
jsquire (4537) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - NOV 24, 2003
Amber color with a disappearing head. Nose of alcohol, spice and balloon rubber. More alcohol than the other pumpkin seasonals and you can taste it. Full bodied with lots of nutmeg, cinnamon, copper and salt. Almost liquer burn on the tongue. Probably the most complex of the pumpkins I've had this season, but not the easiest to enjoy.

3
YogiBeera (2569) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 24, 2003
Nasty smell - imo. Flat looking brew,orange. Pumpkin of course is the main taste. Spicey - nutmeg, pepper. Long peppery aftertaste. Nice, not so sweet as other Pumpkin Ales.

4.2
3fourths (9351) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 23, 2003
I just rated a caramel porter before this one and noted how difficult it is to make a fruit or spiced beer that does not taste like two separate entities as you swirl it around in your mouth. With respect to making spiced ales which integrate the featured flavor with a good overall beer flavor, this one is close to perfect. Has a very perfume-like smell full of spices: nutmeg, allspice, rye, cinnamon... I know these are listed on the label, but man, you really can pick them up with your schnoz. Very earthy and spicey, another beer that I could hang over my face in a big harness and just walk around smelling it all day. Though the taste does not live up to the aroma (that would be near-impossible), it is not bad. A little soapy, with a small but unpleasent bite of medicine-like flavors. The finish is like biting into a spiced, baked pumpkin hunk. Wow... I'm impressed... thank you Kinz!

3.5
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 23, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 2, 2004 12 oz bottle; 2003 release, one year later: the body has cleared up and lost a bit of its luster (dark amber now), the off-white head is as large as I remember, but tighter bubbled and more retentive. The spices are more evident with the nutmeg and all spice dominating. Interesting, the palate has smoothed out quite a bit and the spices have blended in more with the pumpkin making it more drinkable, but still not great by itself, though with a slice of warm pumpkin pie it sits very well. (7/4/7/4/14)
12 oz bottle; 2003 release, sampled fresh: Hazy deep red-brown pumpkin colour. Large bubbled, volumnous head. Aroma of a cool pumpkin pie - loads of sweet nutmeg, all spice, cinnamon and sugar, pumpkin flesh and hints of a sugary crispy crust. Sugary palate where the all spice is overpowering. The after taste lingers with some interesting orange and pumpkin pie notes, but the flavour is a bit too much for me. (8/3/6/3/13)

4.2
mribm (462) - Ocala, Florida, USA - NOV 22, 2003
Bottled. Looked like pumpkin, smelled like a spicy, cinnamon laden pumpkin pie and tasted like pumpkin pie with brown sugar. It was actually pretty good and it masked the alcohol very well. This is the best pumpkin ale I've had so far. It is worth trying again.

3.2
ClarkVV (6825) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 22, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 20, 2006 2003 bottlePours a nice deep pumpkin orange. Quite fitting, has some deeper burgundy browns in there. Small amount of haziness. Aroma of a nice thick pumpkin spice backed up with some good caramel malt and alcohol. As it opens there is a delicious pumpkin pie spice that is very natural and tasty. Body is soft and almost chewy. Lots of luscious malt. Alcohol adds a new element to the pumpkin ale. It’s almost like I am tasting some vinous/resiny notes. Finish ends with a meaty pumpkin flavor mixed in with a touch of alcohol and caramel malt. Pretty good stuff. Small amount of rapidly disappearing head yellowish head. Spices add a touch of astringency/paperiness. 2004 bottle More residual sugars, lots of spice, but less body than last year. More vegetable like, earthy tones (pumpkin flesh)
2005 bottle DFH continues its downward trend to higher distribution, more stable, consistent product, higher filtration and overall less quality.

3.8
JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - NOV 21, 2003
Dull-copper color with intriguing dark shadows. The beer sports halloween colors like nothing i've ever seen.The light really illuminates it oddly; Smells delectable: pumpkin, pumpkin, pumpkin, clove, cinnamon and nutmeg. Taste is sweet, thin and spicy with a good alcohol and carbonated kick. More malty pumpkin and nutmeg laciviously wrap the tongue. The spices linger on the palate for quite a while. I love how DFH sets a mission with all of their novel beers and hits it precisely on the head every time. This is halloween in a bottle sans the candy corn. Sampled from a 12oz bottle purchased at Whole Foods in Falls Church, VA.

3.5
VA Homebrewer (525) - Portsmouth, Virginia, USA - NOV 18, 2003
Liquid pumpkin pie! Golden to caramel color with a medium off-white head. Pronounced nutmeg, clove and pumpkin aroma. Clove is also prominant in the flavor profile along with some nice malty sweetness and mild hops. DFH manages to make this work pretty well. It definitely has the feel of a nice autumn beer!

3.2
Frank (4220) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 17, 2003
Orange-amber with almost no head. Spicy pumpkin pie nose (of course!), nicely sweet, and smooth drinking. A bit of hoppy bitter does override the spices to a degree in the finish. If not for that, this would be a perfect, spicy winter warmer.


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