Here’s an old review I found for Dogfish Head PUNKIN ALE.
Punkin Ale is the autumn seasonal from Delaware’s Dogfish Head Craft Brewing Company. This brown ale has 28 IBUs and an impressive 7% ABV.
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.
Punkin Ale pours an enticing mahogany color with copper highlights appearing when the light hits it. The head is an inch of off-white.
There is a teeny bit of sediment, but plenty of carbonation. This keeps the lacing down to a bunch of little dots clinging to the side of the glass. The carbonation can actually be smelled!
The smells are fantastic! Nutmeg, ginger, brown sugar and pumpkin scents are all present. It reminded me of the Kashi pumpkin pie granola bars.
Let me start with a word of advice, don’t drink this beer straight out of the fridge. Give it time to cool down and open up/smooth out. You’ll thank me for it later.
All the flavors listed on the label are present in the taste. Nutmeg, ginger, pumpkin and brown sugar all make an appearance. Flavorful and very autumn-like!
Mouthfeel is very bubbly, with minor drying. It feels a little thin for a brown ale, but that’s not a bad thing. Alcohol warmth also becomes prominent as the beer warms up (this isn’t distracting though).
Dogfish Head Punkin Ale is a tasty fall seasonal. It’s full of all the great tastes that one associates with autumn, but it might be too “big” for the average beer drinker. It’s overpowering flavors and 7% ABV might be enough to make the mass-market crowd choose a different brand. I say, don’t be afraid of this great punkin.
Overall: 7.5 out of 10
As a PUMPKIN ALE: 8 out of 10