Now that it’s October, I’m finally at peace with the notion of drinking a couple pumpkin beers. Years ago, I was all about seeking out as many pumpkin flavored brews as possible, but that’s certainly changed. Now, I just want a handful of them each year, and I stick to my favorites. Dogfish Head Punkin ale is one that’s made the cut. 

Dogfish Head Punkin

Punkin has been brewed since 1995, so Dogfish knows their way around a pumpkin beer, and it’s one that truly signals the arrival of fall (to me, since I’m not buying it in August). 

Aroma: This isn’t an aroma that jumps out of the bottle, but once Punkin is poured into a glass, you’ll get a lot of pumpkin pie spice on the nose. Most notably allspice, cinnamon, and nutmeg. 

Appearance: It’s a fairly rich amber color, reminiscent of the color of pumpkin pie or any good brown ale. 

Flavor: Remember those notes from the aroma? Yep, those are all very present on the palate. It starts with nutmeg and allspice, with a nice malty backbone. It’s very smooth, rounded, and leaves notes of cinnamon on the finish. Pretty much everything I want in a good pumpkin beer.

Mouthfeel: Sorry Dan, I have no problem talking about mouthfeel. I think the texture of a beer (or wine) is a sorely undervalued quality in an adult beverage. Dogfish Head’s Punkin Ale is medium bodied, and at 7% ABV, it’s about what I’d expect. It’s not a thin beer, nor is there any heft to it. Quality beer texture. 

Overall, Dogfish Head Punkin Ale remains one of the pumpkin beers that I look forward to every year. For those who love pumpkin beers or if you’re looking to dabble in them, I highly recommend swinging by Bottlemixx and grabbing at least one bottle. They’re only a couple bucks each, and a very enjoyable autumn brew. Cheers! 

This beer review is sponsored by our friends at Bottlemixx in North Raleigh. All comments on the beer are 100% ours.