Review: Punkin Ale, Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

Punkin Ale

  • Style: Vegetable Ale
  • Bitterness:  28 IBU
  • ABV:  7.0%
  • OG:  Not provided
  • Malts:  Not provided
  • Hops:  Not provided
  • Sampled:  12 oz. bottle

Description: “A full-bodied brown ale with smooth hints of pumpkin and brown sugar. We brew our Punkin Ale with pumpkin meat, organic brown sugar and spices. This is the perfect beer to warm-up with, as the season cools."  — Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

Random thoughts: first east coast beer!  I've heard a lot of good things about Dogfish Head's IPAs. I decided to try Punkin Ale because I wanted to have a comparison with Buffalo Bill's Pumpkin Ale.

The tasting:  Color is brownish gold with a white head that lingered for most of the drink.  The beer is slightly hazy and there's a fair amount of effervescence.  Aroma is very spicy, with nutmeg and cinnamon.  Taste consists mainly of spices, and I don't taste the pumpkin.  The 7.0% ABV is noticeable, but works well. Body is light, mouth feel is crisp with a fair amount of carbonation. 

Rating:  3 star.  Good.  I would drink this if someone gave it to me.  This beer is similar to Buffalo Bill's Pumpkin Ale in many ways—aroma, body, and taste (lack of pumpkin).  Dogfish Head's description led me a bit astray, as I expected some sweetness and a heavier body.  I didn't get either.  Although I do prefer this slightly to Buffalo Bill's Pumpkin ale, I don't see myself buying it again given the price premium (double the price of Buffalo Bill).
Have you tried Dogfish Head's Punkin Ale or any other good pumpkin beer?  Any recommendations?

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  1. I'll have to figure out a way to get a 90 min and 120 min ipa to ya (I'll throw in an APA i brewed using my garden hops)...the 90 was the beer that started me on Craft Brews (and brewing)...the 120 is liquid ecstasy, but too pricey (at least for this po' boy) to enjoy on a regular basis.

  2. I recently had a taste of the 120. Very nice, but way too heavy for me. And it is pricey...

    How long you been brewing? I recently switched to all-grain.


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