Dogfish Head Punkin Ale was originally brewed in 1994 for the Punkin Chunkin competition in Delaware. Fun Fact: it’s actually the original Dogfish beer as it was conjured up as a homebrew before the brewery ever opened. Dogfish Punkin hasn’t changed much over the years, aside from the addition of a pumpkin patch back tattoo, but we won’t hold that against it. Cheers to the OG Dogfish!
Dogfish Head Punkin pours a clear, brownish amber with a thin, sudsy head that dissipates rapidly. The aroma is bursting at the seams with malty notes of brown sugar and caramel. These dark malt tones are wrapped in a subtle base of pumpkin, making for a sweet and balanced character.
The flavor profile is also heavy on the dark malts with molasses, brown sugar, and caramel. The pumpkin plays a supporting role but is much more noticeable than it is in the flavor of the month pumpkin pie spiced ales. The finish takes on a light, hoppy character of mild citrus and bitterness that balances this ale perfectly. These qualities combined with a smooth body make this ale go down extremely easy.
Dogfish Punkin is an expertly balanced pumpkin ale that foregoes the use of any pumpkin pie spices, the brewing equivalent of bacon. The lack of spice highlights the tremendous level of craftsmanship that we’ve come to expect from Dogfish. While this ale is sweet and balanced, don’t let this pumpkin tattooed beauty fool you. It’s one of the more potent pumpkin ales out there, tipping the scales at 7% ABV. Consider this your warning… Don’t blame us if you wake up with a pumpkin pie tramp stamp.
- Appearance: Clear, Brownish Amber / Thin, Sudsy Head
- Aroma: Brown Sugar, Pumpkin, Caramel
- Flavor: Molasses, Brown Sugar, Pumpkin, Caramel, Light Hop Finish
- Mouthfeel: Medium, Smooth
- ABV: 7.0%
- Score: 89