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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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4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
VengefulOdin (193) - , Missouri, USA - OCT 28, 2011
12 ounce bottle poured into my dimpled mug. Punkin pours a relatively clear orange fading to amber, with a small head made up of very tiny bubbles that rise maybe a quarter of an inch above the liquid. The aroma is at once arresting and intoxicating; liquid pumpkin pie. Spices hit the nose first, with nutmeg, clove, and spice arriving simultaneously. Pumpkin follows, though there’s also this candied yams type character as well. From the moment the beer hits your lips you know you’re in for a treat, as a crusty malt backbone holds all of the pumpkin pie flavors in place. This beer is roughly a month old; and the taste is somewhat faded. My previous experience with this beer was near euphoric; the age on the beer hasn’t done it any favors, and dropped it into the echelon of very good. That’s not to say this beer is no longer worth your time, as it remains one of the shining examples of this style. The malt in this beer acts as a framing, much as a pie crust does in a pie. There are no hops here, and why should there be … this is a unique beer and hops would just get in the way of the flavor profile of the spices and pumpkin. Too often brewers get heavy handed with spicing beers of this type, luckily the folks at Dogfish have not fallen prey to this mistake. A very enjoyable take on the pumpkin beer style and one I wish that I could sample more often.


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bwy (87) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 19, 2017
Started off solid then wore off. The nutmeg and brown sugar is too heavy. The pumpkin flavor almost tastes synthetic. Much better pumpkin ales out there. Reviewed - A Brew With You, Ep. 53

4.4
MeadMuse39 (17) - Haddon Township, New Jersey, USA - MAR 20, 2017
The Pour: Pours a light honey-brown. Two finger head (it died down a bit before I got the lighting right for the picture), with nice lacing occurring. The Bouquet: Smells sweet with caramel, brown sugar, and allspice, cinnamon, and nutmeg, with a touch of vanilla. Smells like what you would expect from a pumpkin pie custard. There is a certain sharpness to the nose as well. From the nose you can tell this beer has a little oomph to it. The Sip: There is a burst of brown sugar that fades into the pumpkin pie spice and returns in the finish. There is a bit of alcohol bite that gives it a bit of bitterness, which is necessary to balance out the sweetness of the brown sugar. The roasted malt gives Punkin’ a woody vanilla quality that adds a certain warmth to round out the beer. Mouth-Feel: Medium to full-bodied brown ale that doesn’t overwhelm but still stakes it’s claim to the taste buds. Overall: This is a solid choice for a pumpkin seasonal. I would recommend this with turkey or pastrami on rye, or watching the game with relatives on Turkey Day. A very well balanced brew, I would drink this year-round if I could.

2.9
Korcz (3390) - Warsaw, POLAND - JAN 17, 2017
Backlog, ocena przepisana z untappd, w ramach uzupełniania profilu na ratebeer. Dynia po belgijsku.

3.9
Brandon1989 (661) - Lewisville, Texas, USA - JAN 16, 2017
Pours a clear amber color with a small ivory head that dissipates quickly. The aroma is brown bread, pumpkin but not overpowering, and some spices but faint. In the flavor I pick up lightly roasted malts, caramel, some spice up front with a mild hop kick, and there is some pumpkin but once again not overpowering.

3.1
GuideDogSaint (1500) - Xiamen, CHINA - DEC 21, 2016
355ml bottle at House of Belgium, Xiamen. Pours clear orange brown with a white head. Aroma of malt and vegetable. Not picking up the spices. Can taste brown sugar. Sweetish finish.

3.2
tia (2226) - Sandston, Virginia, USA - DEC 10, 2016
Sample at brewery. Orangey golden with nice head and lacing. Smells sweet, lightly spiced, and grainy. Spiced, but not terribly overdone.

3.5
jw0406 (1275) - atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 29, 2016
32 oz crowler pours a hazy orange color with a nice white head. Aromas of pumpkin, sugar, roasted malt. Medium bodied, a nice pumpkin ale. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

1.7
dlihcsnatas (745) - Temple, Texas, USA - NOV 25, 2016
Light amber with small fast fading head. Smells of pumpkin spices as would be expected but the flavor lacks any real pumpkin flavor and it seems thin for a 7% brew. Not full bodied, not brown, not really tasting much pumpkin, so overall yet another over priced big hype dogfish failure. Not sure why I took the chance since dogfish has let me down many times with their pricey nasty brews but guess it was a momentary lack of thinking that I hope never to have again on future dogfish offerings.

3.3
SONOFWODEN (56) - New York, USA - NOV 19, 2016
Basic pumpkin. . . .to be honest, I was expecting more from Dogfish Head. Good, not great.

3.2
biir (1363) - Berlin, - NOV 7, 2016
Tap in Harlem - Hazy orange color, creamy head. Slight pumpkin aromas, cooked vegetables, medium malty. Okay but not great.


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