Autumnation (2011-2012) - Sixpoint Brewery

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Autumnation (2011-2012)Autumnation (2011-2012)

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Ratings: 426
Reviews: 183
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 14.99%
Wants: 25
Gots: 25 | FT: 1
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New York, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: beerdrinker4life on 09-20-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of SkiBum22
4.15/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy deep amber with a nice fluffy white two finger head.

S - A nice spicy aroma. Smells like fall in a can. I get the ginger, pumpkin and cinnamon. Sweet hops too.

T - The hops stand out but you also get the nice pumpkin and spice notes. The ginger and cinnamon are very present.

M - A nice medium body mouthfeel, good carbonation.

O - It's tough to call this a straight up pumpkin ale. It feels more like an IPA. This has over taken Dogfish's Punkin as my new favorite fall seasonal brew. Sixpoint nailed this one.

Photo of bierdabbler
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Excited to pick up this new release from Sixpoint, only took four stores to find it.

As previously told by a friend, this is more of a seasonal IPA with hints of pumpkin.

A- Good look, dark, orange color, decent size head with low retention.

S- Yum, as I love all my Sixpoints, great whiff of hops, and this one with citrus, too.

T- Slight spice taste, with more orange (fruit) flavor than pumpkin.

M- Comes strong and creamy with decent staying power and no aftershock.

Another great, easy-to-drink IPA from Sixpoint, but if you are looking for true pumpkin beer for the season I would suggest looking farther down the aisle.

Photo of Jason
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz pounder, freshness date on the bottom of the can.

LOOK: Slightly hazy amber-orange glow, lacing puts on a show

SMELL: Fresh grass, slightly catty, thick resin, leafy, mild spice, a little estery

TASTE: Deep smoothness, very hoppy, balanced bitterness, oily hop, mild resin, orangey, pithy, faint catty hoppiness, hint of spice, hint of pumpkin meat, nutty, stone fruit, estery, spicy hoppy finish

Not sure what to make of this brew other than I love it. Not surprised that Sixpoint would go against the grain for this style, this is part of our American beer culture ... taking beers that you might throw into a style and pull it as far to one end or the other. I can taste the elements of the style just enough though don't be wanting some pie spiced soda-beer here. If you like hops ... get some now. Great job guys.

Photo of BeerIsland
3.94/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I don't care where this beer is made, it's a fine effort and worth repeating. Nice depth with a lingering finish, this beer has the gourd backing, without ridiculous spices (as in the Steg) Pumpkin), and well thought out hops layering. Pity the Lion can't make this stuff on its own.

Late Jan 2013 spinrsx, it’s wonderful when the good stuff back eddies into your neck of the woods, isn’t it. Luckily, I only had to stagger downstairs for my last can of this year’s exceptional brew. Golden and frothy headed, this beer marked a turn for me; and now, in the coldest nape of winter, still points toward a more lush future. Possessing great balance, I think the hop zestiness remains more than adequate for the job. One of the BEST products ever to come out of Wilkes-Barre, the Autumnation only begs the question: why can’t the Lion make something like this on its own? Get jiggy wid it !

Photo of Billolick
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16 ounce can, $9.99 for the four pack, purchased at DeCicco's in Ardsley, NY

Pours light brownish amber, hazed under a surprisingly large tan head. leaves a loose, larger bubble film, and again larger bubble high sticky lacing.

Ginger, faint allspice and fall spicing in the nose.

More ginger up front, with more spice present, allspice, cinnamon coming to mind. Malty sweetness in place.

I'm not really a huge fan of pumpkin ale. However this year I seem to be enjoying them more and more. This one is not bad, certaintly drinkable, and pleasantly enough, but nothing special.

Photo of Mora2000
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours an orange color with a white head. The aroma is very heavy on the pine notes, with a hint of biscuit malt. I don't get any pumpkin or spice notes in the aroma, which is disappearing. The flavor is more of the same. I get a ton of orange citrus and pine hops, as well as a little bit of grass. There is a hint of toffee, but once again no pumpkin or spice notes. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Tough to know how to rate this one. On one hand, it is a pretty good IPA. On the other hand, when I rate it as a pumpkin beer, it falls well short of the mark. Since the label talks about both pumpkin and wet hops, I will just rate it on how well I enjoyed it, rather than how well it fit any specific style.

Photo of Runofthemiller
4.84/5  rDev +31.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Wow! What a great American IPA. I love this beer.

The scent is amazing. Pine. Citrus. Grapefruit. Very potent. I want an air freshener in my house that smells like this. Fantastic.

Great head and lacing.

I don't really taste pumpkin, but I don't care. This is great beer. Similar to Sierra Nevada Fresh Hop Ale, but more hoppy and less malty. Truly a special beer. I love the 16 oz can.

Good job, Sixpoint. Thank you.

Photo of jondeelee
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Autumnation opens to a bright, citrusy, hoppy nose that brings heavy doses of grapefruit rind, pink grapefruit, pine resin, and lemon, with supporting hoppy aromas of dandelion stem, mint, and anise. These are countered by a good range of sugars, including orange, apricot, and berry fruit esters, caramel, and brown sugar. And all of this rests atop a bed of toast crust and Grape Nuts cereal, though the grains are largely overwhelmed here and are somewhat difficult to pick out. Hops are the primary aroma, occupying a good three-quarters of the profile, making the beer smell very much like an IPA. As a whole, the nose is very nice, but what is immediately noticeable is the utter lack of pumpkin or spice aromas in here; indeed, if this were handed to me in a blind test, I would think this simply another IPA. What results is still enticing, and features an excellent hop array, but doesn’t mesh up with what the can advertises.

On the tongue, the first notes are hops, but these are milder here than they were on the nose. They still bring good amounts of pink grapefruit, grapefruit rind, pine resin, and lemon, however, with mint, anise, and dandelion stem coming in second. The sugars and grains seem better balanced on the tongue, with orange, apricot, and berry fruit esters mixing with caramel and brown sugar, and the grains again bringing toast crust and Grape Nuts cereal, as well as biscuit and toasted pecan. However, the pumpkin is still missing. There is a good touch of spice in here, but it does not come off as pumpkin spice—instead, it resembles a black and white pepper mixture, with perhaps subtle hints of coriander. The pumpkin is mainly noticeable in the aftertaste, where it brings about a slightly oily and very faint pumpkin flavor that coats the tongue, but is largely overshadowed by the still-exuberant hops, which continue to bang away at the tastebuds in lemony, grapefruity, piney goodness for a long time. Mouthfeel is medium-light to medium, and carbonation is medium.

As a whole, there is a lot to like about this beer, and hopheads will especially find the hop palette pleasantly diverse and potent. However, as an autumn beer supposedly brewed with pumpkin and spice, the beer does fall short, as neither of those flavors are immediately detectable. Even knowing that the beer contains pumpkin, I was barely able to find any, and that was largely because of the aftertaste.

Photo of dogfishandi
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can at fridge temp poured into a snifter. best before March 12, 2012 on the bottom of the can.

pours out a cloudy, light amber golden/ orange color with a nice 2 fingers of off white head. pretty good retention with some good lace at first, not much by the end of the glass.

sharp, spicy yeast phenols are most obvious. behind that i pick up some piney resinous hops, gingery like spice, a touch of alcohol and the slightest hint of pumpkin.

the taste is a nice blend of sharp, spicey yeast phenols and resinous pine and citrus hops. a bit of a pumpkiny maltiness is evident, but its really hard to determine whether this is actually pumpkin im tasting or not. lots of spice wheter it be from the yeast, hops, or actual spice. a hint of a grainy taste. finishes with a nice hop bitterness, everything seems to balance out nicely.

medium to light in body, slightly resinous feel.

this is a solid beer, whatever you want to call it, good drinkability, and overall a great idea behind the beer. but i cant get over that spicy, yeasty phenol, almost belgian like, in all their beers. i guess its kind of their trademark, i really wonder what yeast strain they use. however, it does make all their beers taste very similar to one another. id drink this again, but definatly not really even close to my fall favorites.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.5/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Awesome looking beer can't wait to bite into this one it looks like you can eat the head with a spoon, custard like head rises above the rim of my imperial pint glass at least 3 inches. Body is deep slightly hazed copper with a big light tan khaki head forming thick and rising high. Fine speckled lacing left as it dwindles down the sides of my glass. Aroma has a deep spicy citrus character with hints of pumpkin gourdiness. Smells great very appealing aroma going on, hints of fresh ginger, pumpkin flesh, and citrus based fresh hops. Pretty cool to be drinking fresh hopped spiced pumpkin ale that just tastes like a super spicy hoppy canned IPA. It's opposite of mainstream pumpkin ale, which is the best thing any brewer could do during the season of cookie cutter pumpkin ales. Flavor wise it doesn't reveal as much fresh ginger or pumpkin but really equates into a semi sweet super bitter grassy/citric rind hop blast in each sip. Mouthfeel is slightly resinous super dry finish with ample carbonation the canned format is a good thing and I applaud breweries like Sixpoint for being so creative when assembling their Autumn ale.

Photo of Brenden
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The color is a pretty dark orange-brown with a bit of chill haze that drops away to show crystal clarity. The head that forms, sitting just about one finger tall, is strong and tight, holding up and leaving sticky lacing behind.
I can appreciate the smell in this one. It's hop-forward for sure, but the aroma allows for a bit of the spicing to come out, mostly nutmeg and ginger without the sweeter aspects of some, sitting underneath leafy, floral and somewhat piney hops bitterness. Pumpkin flesh is tough to eke out of this one, but it's there. Malts provide a bit of balance in the dryness.
I respect what they're going for here, and I know that it's well-brewed all around. As a pumpkin beer, though, I'm straining for pumpkin essence in the flavor. It's hard enough to find in the nose; it's nearly impossible to taste. It's almost more of a hoppy amber. The "Fresh 'wet hops'" described on the can are here. The pumpkin...
The feel is crisp with moderate carbonation in a sturdy medium body.

Photo of mdaschaf
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a slightly hazy orange color with a one finger white head on top. Decent retention and leaves behind a good bit of thin lacing all around the glass.

S: A bit of spices up front, mostly some pepper, with a little bit pine and light citrus. Not sure I get much pumpkin though.

T: Comes of like a Belgian IPA for the most part actually. Spices up front with some pine and citrus. For the spices, mostly cloves and some pepper.

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

O: I like the beer, but as for it being a pumpkin beer..I just don't see it. Not sure really how to score it.

Photo of Sammy
3.62/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Can from NY state. Hoppy aroma, light orange coloured body with 3/8" of retained head. Firt I taste the hops, and then the spice in the finish led by ginger and pumpkin. Hoppy pumpkin beer, in a word. Decent drinkability, but not something I will seek out again. Average mouthfeel, above average carbonation.

Photo of DrewShal9
4.3/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: dark amber orange with a white head
S: mainly smell citrusy hops with a hint of spice
T: upfront citrusy hops, pumpkin and ginger liners in the background with a gingery spicy finish
M: tons of tony bubbles effervescing on the tongue, thinner body
O: boy bad and definitely not what I expected as a fall beer. As mentioned in previous reviews, this is more like an ipa than a falk seasonal brew. Definitely a welcomed beer as I'm not a huge fan of most pumpkiny fall style beers. Great job sixpoint

Photo of gdkersey
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Starting off by saying this is one of the more unique beers I've had in recent memory. Poured from a tall boy into a pint glass...

A - Pours hazy orange-amber, with a big frothy head. awesome, sticky lacing lingers through the whole pint. great looking fall season beer

S - Smells like a bushel of fresh, citrusy hops; also pick up spices, maybe ginger, and light malt

T - This is what makes this beer so unique - there seems to be so many different flavors, it's kind of all over the place. Kind of a mess, but at the same time I'm enjoying it. Orange, citrus flavors from the hops, followed by some spices that give this funky, brett type flavor. I honestly wouldn't doubt this beer was fermented with brett if a blind taste. Bitterness is firm but not overpowering. Malt balances out the hops - pie crust, bran

M - carbonation is great for an IPA (which is the closest style I'd pin this to)

Again, a really interesting and unique beer. I honestly don't get a lot of pumpkin, which I think is due to the heavy hopping and interaction with the spices. Would definitely recommend to anyone looking for a fall beer but doesn't just want another pumpkin beer.

Photo of WoodBrew
3.71/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is an interesting beer. I thought it was going to be pumpkin smash....but it was not. Quite bitter in fact....bitter as grapefruit. The appearance is very good. Cleasr copper orange with think frothy white head that is lacing lke a Vicky Secrets catalog. The smell has a lot of hop to it nice and fresh. The taste is bitter with sweet malts trying to balance the beer. There was a slight metallic twang to this as well. The first taste was bullied by alcohol....the second on was a bit more balanced and drinkable. Themouthfeel is medium with smooth carbonation. Overall it reminds me of Havest Ale from Goose Island...but not as good. However....I am gld to try this beer and would drink it again.

Photo of CapitolCrusher
4.85/5  rDev +32.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

i picked up this beer in nyc after last weeks sixpoint launch in the dc area i had to go out and find this they have rapidly become my favorite brewery

ok i poured this into my pint glass at my hotel and it was marvelous. nice amber beer kind of like the color of a pumpkin! red and orange and with a beige head on it :-)

taste oh soo good it really reminded me of a nice ipa beer but thats what it is according to the can, not really a pumpkin spice beer but more of a harvest ale beer, that's cool :-)

mouthfeel was a nice medium to full upfront but then the hops came in at the end and cleaned it out

overall i loved this beer and sooo much better than those pumpkin pie tasting spice shakes i usually had i hope to see this in DC real soon! :-)

Photo of BeerVikingSailor
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hmmm, a fresh hopped Pumpkin ale, I like the idea!

Fresh can poured into pint glass....nice color and head with some lacing, smells pretty grassy and earthy, not very squash-like...

This tastes interesting, a totally different take on a pumpkin ale, and since I like hoppy brews, it works for me, I like this a lot. Typical SP distinctive yeast aroma and good mouthfeel, medium carbonation, and goes down easily....the alcohol is not at all noticeable in this one. Not getting a lot in the way of spices or pumpkin, but an earthy hoppy easy sipping harvest hop pumpkin ale....

Overall, I like this one a lot, and will pick up another 4 pk if I see it back east, along with some other Sixpoint brews, like the newly canned Diesel! Kudos Sixpoint!

Photo of Kegatron
2.15/5  rDev -41.4%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

16 oz can into a pint glass. Drank in early October, just a couple of weeks within its initial release.

Pours a slightly hazed copper, with several fingers of slight looking off-white head. This settles into a tight ½ finger that holds steady, leaving back a rich cascade of sudsy lace that clings to the sides of the glass. Strong clove and possibly coriander jump right out of the nose and immediately stars clashing with raw earthiness of the hops. There is maybe a smidge of underlying sweet smelling something but I can’t even pick it out amongst the ridiculousness of all of spices and hops. This smells more like a Witbier than it does a Pumpkin Ale.

The taste is sticky tropical fruit up front from those Citra hops, which then segues into a sharp earthy bitterness that is surrounded by herbal tones on the edges. I’m getting some ripe pumpkin flavor across the back but it’s nearly taken over by the strength of that aggressive hoppy finish, which sticks raw bitter rind to the tongue. There are some sugars from the malt present that melds with the ripe fruitiness of the hops and a moderate amount of spicing (but not nearly as much as the nose) but it all just seems to get swallowed up by the overall harshness of the hops. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a prickly and sharp feel to the carbonation on the edges, but then gets much smoother as this moves out across the tongue. For the most part though, this is fairly slick in the mouth with a relatively slow alcohol presence for close to 7%.

I can see what they were shooting for with this but overall, I thought this beer was a mess. To its credit, as this warmed, the bitterness did ease some and the spice actually picked up in the taste, but this was just all over the place with raw bitterness, sticky fruit, pumpkin, and spices. It just lacked definition and any kind of real enjoyment drinking it. I’m glad that I only picked up a single of this, as I’d be giving away the remaining cans otherwise.

Photo of jmerloni
4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Beautiful amber/pumpkin coloration, perfectly hazy, nice frothy white head that laces great.

S - Pumpkin, nutmeg, cayenne pepper, cinnamon, citrus. A bunch of rind from some citrus fruit, with hops, and some kind of malt.

T - One of the better pumpkin ales Ive tried. Malts are brown sugar malts and it really fits with the pumpkin flavor and the spices. But it's not overdone. Flavors are very forward and could be dumbed down a bit in the face of more hops in my opinion, but that's just my taste. Good overall flavors!

M - Balanced, medium bodied mouthfeel. Hoppy. Spicy aftertaste which is actually very pleasant. It even feels good when you burp. Haha.

D - Good beer. I would recommend this to someone looking for a good autumn or winter beer or a pumpkin ale. Will get this again soon. Solid.

Photo of Vonerichs
3.46/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hazy orange body with average white head. No lacing.

Smell is grassy, bready, and a funky wet fur. It reeks a little musty.

The taste is better than the smell. The floral and grassy hops give it a crisp bitterness. I think I'm picking up allspice and fresh ginger.

Mouthfeel is crisp and slightly bitter.

Overall, it was a decent beer. I would have never have guessed this a pumpkin beer. It seems more like an Octoberfest.

Photo of DavidSeanNJ
3.47/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Not sure how to review this beer...should I review it based on what I expected or what I actually got?

A- Hazy brownish amber color- off white tan head, beautiful laing.
S- Fresh wet hop- piney/floral notes with a whiff of grass.
T- Bitter upfront and sweet on the back end. Not cloying sweet. Overall flavor is the hop which is the star of the beer. No pumpkin detected. No ginger, nothing. Most bizarre "pumpkin" ale I have ever had. Not sure if this was done on purpose or not.
M- Creamy and sticky. Medium-bodied.
O- Well, I enjoyed this beer for what it was. However, pumpkin ale, not so much. They over-hyped the beer and described it as something which I did not get at all. Not sure what happened here.

Photo of negroobserver
2.7/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance... Mostly clear medium brown color. Pours with about a half inch of white head.

Smells... hoppy. Light pumpkin notes. Mostly hops.

Tastes... Not much going on here. The bitterness from the hops is the dominant presence here.

Mouthfeel... Good carbonation. The beer is a bit watery.

Overall... it's a bit disappointing in its complexity. Not much going on except for hoppy IPA quality. It makes for a nice everyday drink, but not one that I would recommend.

Overall Grade: C-

Photo of Gmann
3.92/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a yeasty orangy brown color with some golden highlights. The head is minimal, settles into a sparse cap.

The aroma is hoppy with a fresh hop smell. Kind of like when you just open a bag of hop pellets but just not as strong. The hop profile is buddy with a hint of orange. There is the typical sixpoint musty yeast aroma which is coupled with a light spice, which I assume is the pumpkin spices.

The taste actually starts off with the pumpkin spice, bit of ginger, nutmeg and allspice. This is quickly overtaken and crushed by the hops. The hop profile starts off buddy with a hint of orange but transitions into a piney/resiny flavor. Some musty and powdery notes from the yeast.

Moderate body with crisp carbonation. Starts off sweet but finishes with a resiny bitterness.

I reviewed this beer as if it were a harvest ale, not a pumpkin. I thought the hop profile was very good. As with most sixpoint brews, I could do without the yeastiness. Definitely worth the purchase and a good additional to any fall lineup.

Photo of Kinsman
3.44/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy pale orange which is capped by a sticky off-white colored head about a finger thick to start.

Aroma has some citrusy hop character up front before the maltier side of things works its way on in. Good bit of spice picked up as well but not a whole lot that says pumpkin.

Taste is a bit hard to pin down on this one. Has a nice citrusy and floral hop character upfront but certainly the malt and pumpkin keeps this from reaching IPA proportions. Some spice character and a bit of ginger all complimented well by a flavor that I can only describe as gourdy... like eating a raw pumpkin. Certainly isn't an over spiced pumpkin pie beer like a lot of pumpkin beers tend to be.

Mouthfeel has a full bodied maltiness and a pleasantly smooth feel. Overall, I wasn't sure what to expect from this but I think I like it. A bit of a departure from the normal pumpkin beer but its growing on me.

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Autumnation (2011-2012) from Sixpoint Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 426 ratings.