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Autumnation (2011-2012) - Sixpoint Brewery

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411 Ratings

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Ratings: 411
Reviews: 185
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 15.26%

Brewed by:
Sixpoint Brewery visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: beerdrinker4life on 09-20-2011)
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Photo of superspak


3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16 ounce can into imperial pint glass, best before 12/30/2012. Pours hazy orange copper color with a 2 finger dense off white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of grapefruit, caramel, orange zest, pine, floral, toast, bread, citrus rind, herbal, and earthy spiciness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and hop complexity. Taste of grapefruit, caramel, toast, biscuit, orange rind, pine, pepper, clove, floral, light nuttiness, herbal, and earthy spiciness. Good amount of spicy pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, caramel, orange rind, bread, toast, pepper, floral, and earthy spiciness on the finish for a good bit. Nice balance of flavors with a good sweetness/bitterness balance; minimal cloying flavors noticed after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy and sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with hardly any warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very nice holiday spiced wet hop IPA. Nice hop complexity with good malt and spiciness balance; very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2012 06:02:16 | More by superspak
Photo of Teleweizen2

New Jersey

4.28/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a beautiful ruby red with an orangey tinge. a tightly pack two fingers worth of off-white foam. Dissipates rather quickly and leaves a film of tiny spots of lacing on the glass.

S - Nose is bright, sweet and hoppy. Orange peel and tangerine pulp citrus notes are at the forefront. Ginger spice notes add a layer of sweetness to the citrus fruits. Leafy green notes, slightly resinous and piney round out the aroma.

T - slightly sweet, toasty, and just a bit pumpkin-y (maybe). leafy and resinous in the center. Plenty of citrus fruit juiciness as well. Bitterness linger on well past the finish.

M - medium nearing full bodied. incredibly smooth texture. medium carbonation.

O - Excellent take on the fresh hop ale. pumpkin must be what lends the luxurious mouthfeel and the ginger adds lovely depth to the hop character.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2012 06:26:39 | More by Teleweizen2
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3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hoping for a beer that’s perfect for the season; I’m sure Sixpoint can deliver.

A: Frothy, finger-high tan head over a golden-amber body, reminiscent of fall foliage. A thin layer of lacing circles around the inside of the glass as the head recedes to a mere dusting.

S: Roasted barley and caramel malt show off spiced breads, toffee, toast, and anise. Pretty loaded with hops, too, showing tart aromas of green apple, pine, and oily residues; pretty big spiciness, teeming with additional notes of pumpkin, nutmeg, and allspice. Basically a hoppy amber ale with a little spice.

T: Bitter, rindy hops give pine, lime rind, and herbal intensity upon first sip – fiery cinnamon and ginger come in soon after. There’s a good bready tone, spiced like pumpernickel, with blackened toast tastes over vanilla doughiness. This really is a light beer, with a pale, hoppy character overall. Aftertaste is a puckering astringency, settling with toasted bread and dark spice in moderate intensity.

M: Has the canned beer character that I’ve always known: smooth, creamy bubbles in a thin body. It’s consistent for the brewery, and it works here.

O: If you like fall beers but aren’t ready to give up your summer hops, here’s your beer: no huge malt thickness, but enough grain presence to keep this more than just a dark-malted pale ale. This is autumn in genuine Sixpoint fashion.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2012 04:46:02 | More by BarryMFBurton
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West Virginia

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

Serving Type - 16oz can

Appearance - Tanish pumpkin brown, foamy 1/2 inch head and nice lacing.

Smell - Malts, spices, hops, Nut, brown sugar, some mollasses. I dont get any pumpkin, cinnamin, allspice, or anything to do with pumpkin other the brown sugar.

Taste - Um, starts off very hoppy, dry wet hops. Plenty of citric fruits like orange, pineapple, grapefruit. Malt backbone adds some carmael, nutty flavors. Added sugars like molasses add some bold sugary flavor. I think, i taste some pumpkin in the finish, or maybe its just nutty malts....

Mouthfeel - Hops coat tounge with bitterness. Sugars add some balance to the dry bitter hops. Palate gets more hops, malts, spices, and um, i think thats pumpkin in the finish. Aftertaste is dry, bitter and malty.

Overall - This cant be a pumpkin ale? Its hoppy, with malt backbone. This is closer to the wet hopped beers coming out. I guess there is pumpkin flavor in this but man, its very hard to find it until the very end. Pumpkin ales are my least fav of the seasonals so naturaly i really enjoyed this one since it lacks the main flavor that all the others have. A nice wet hopped beer, balanced, smooth and easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2012 02:38:59 | More by wvsabbath
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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy golden orange with a tight white head that leaves large chunks of lacing.

Smells of some light ginger and pumpkin notes.

Tastes of the ginger with some herbal hop notes. Light spice notes lead off with ginger, white pepper, and a bit of allspice. Pumpkin along with some light caramel malts come through in the middle where the malts add in some bread depth. Sweetness is very mild. Ends with a grassy note that is combined with some herbal notes as well. Everything feels quite light handed to my tongue.

Mouthfeel is medium with a slightly crisp amount of carbonation.

Overall, this has potential. I see a lot of flavors I like, but they are not bold enough.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2011 22:39:36 | More by ocelot2500
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3.03/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not much to say besides average.

A: 1+ fingered white foamy head with some retention formed atop this opaque orange bodied brew.

S: Sweet malts, grains, grass, some spice.

T: Flavor starts out better than expected, but quickly fell off with an unbalanced slightly bitter backend.

M: Fairly light, crisp, slight tingle from carbonation.

O: Drinkable, just not that enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2011 01:26:09 | More by tjkinate
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3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

16oz can poured into my Dogfish glass. It poured an orange color that was pretty close to the same color as the can. A foamy white head filled the top two inches of the glass. Great head retention and thick lacing was left as I drank it. I really liked the color.

The aroma shows some citrusy, slightly juicy hops with some grapefruit and orange flavors coming out. I get some ginger mixing with just a bit of pumpkin pie spice. Some malty sweetness with some caramel notes are there as well. I liked the aroma, it had a lot going on but everything came together pretty nicely in it.

The taste shows a lot of the citrusy, hoppiness throughout the flavors. Some juicy orange notes mix with some bitter grapefruit towards the finish. I get some of the ginger up front, while the pumpkin pie spice barely comes out in the finish.

The mouthfeel felt a little thinner and more watery than I would have liked. Carbonation was moderate. Overall it was a pretty interesting and decent beer. The wet hops seemed to be the main attraction in it, while the other things seemed to give it a little unique, interesting flavor at times. Things came together pretty well in it. It wasn't an outstanding beer, but it was a pretty good one.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2011 00:45:50 | More by billab914
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North Carolina

3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy orange with three fingers of off-white head that recedes into a thin ring with little lacing.

S: Lots of pineapple and grapefruit citrus notes up front followed by some ginger and spice aromas. Sweet orange aromas are also there.

T: Lots of citrus flavors from the hops--mostly orange with some grapefruit and pineapple. Faint spice flavors are also mixed in there, but the hops dominate with a lightly bitter finish.

M: Medium body with lowish carbonation, this beer is a little watery and could either use a creamier body or more carbonation.

O: This is more of an IPA than a pumpkin ale. Loads of hops with only a hint of some spices. Still, it's a decent beer, though I'd like more of the pumpkin aspect and a creamier body.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2011 20:23:45 | More by n2185
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3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A big thanks to DSlim71 for this great extra. Cheers! [edit] My review got lost so this will be an abridged version since I have to retype it.

Appearance – Pours a hazy dark golden color into a sniffer with about a finger of tan head.

Smell – Hops, spices such as nutmeg, clove, and ginger. Slight caramel malts.

Taste – Ginger punch up front followed by hops. Not much pumpkin to speak of. Finishes with a malty caramel flavor.

Mouthfeel – Medium bodied, moderate carbonation.

Overall – A festive autumn beer. Glad I was able to try it.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2011 23:31:01 | More by SpdKilz
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3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bright but hazy orange in color, almost matches the color of the can. Little shock white head that disappates down to an inconsistent patchy sheet. Nice rings of lacing on the glass. The smell is a little pumpkin like, but not at first. The first aroma that you notice is reminiscent of a saison actually, some sort of spice out of your mom's spice rack. Sweetness from pumpkin is in the very back, barely noticeable. Grassy hops share the spotlight with the spices. Interesting nose.

Lots of flavors at once, big on spiciness, light on pumpkin. The spiciness reminds me of some sort of spice, and it could be ginger. It just lacks the sweetness I associate with ginger, but I'm pretty sure that's where most of the spice is coming from. Lemon grass-like hops are not overly bitter but provide backbone for the ginger to come out. They also give a certain puckering effect from the lemon like flavors, definitely tarter than it is sweeter. Add a bready malt as well and this makes for a well balanced beer, albeit very spicy with some conflicting flavors. Very light sweetness that could be pumpkin in the front, but its barely detectable over the other, more potent flavors. Metallic twinge is the only off flavor in this one, and its most noteable in the aftertaste more than anywhere else. Also in the linger is the remnants of the bready malt and slight spicy feel of the hops and spices. The texture is prickly, but somewhat watery. A syrup like feel is left in the back of the mouth as well.

All said, not a bad beer, definitely unique. I didn't catch much pumpkin at all, but the ginger was nice, as were the balancing hops. This beer could have been a little better if it had been sweeter than it was tart, but still an enjoyable little sipper in the fall.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2011 00:11:12 | More by chodinheaven
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Rhode Island

3.15/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

16oz tallboy into pint glass.

I like this beer- but it's weird. Almost feel it's more of a wet hop harvest ale w/ spice rather than a pumpkin ale.

Pretty good orangey color and big active head. The wet hops jump out at you in the nose. They are right there in the taste too- very hoppy, herbal, grassy, green. I dig it. The spices are kind of muted, ginger comes through in the finish. Really fighting to pull out much of any pumpkin flavor. Brown bread malt sweetness and some vanilla come through as well.

This beer is rough around the edges and a little off-kilter- not a must-buy but one I've gone through 2 4pks already and will prob. buy 1 or 2 more before the season ends.

An unusual take on the style, and def. the hoppiest pumpkin beer I've ever had.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2011 15:31:26 | More by ShogoKawada
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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.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2011 01:58:21 | More by jmerloni
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2.48/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

16oz can poured into a pint glass.

A- Nice orange hue with a small white head. Head retention is decent and it has a frothy texture. Spotty lace rings.

S- Comes out hop forward (citrus) to me on top of buttery malts and some vegetal notes. Slight spice presence.

T- Hmm, all over the place. Aforementioned hops are more pine, herbal and floral here. Some citrus fruit, bread and malt. Spices add to a strange mix of flavors. Sharp bitterness.

MF- Creamy and silky feel to a lighter body with high carbonation. Sharp bitterness in the finish.

This one is truly all over the place. It has a ton of different flavors that don't really meld all that well and leave a sharp, undesired aftertaste. Each sip becomes more of a mess, first let down from Sixpoint. Won't stop me from buying some Bengali though.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2011 02:29:52 | More by cbutova
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New York

4.96/5  rDev +35.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Had this at a tasting which included 23 pumpkin beers.

This made it to the top 5 for me... #5 actually. ..

The guy at the beer store said its not what you expect (not in a bad way)..

Well out of 5 judges, three (including myself) are hop heads and surely enjoyed this. The other 2 hate hoppy beers and it was at the bottom for them.

Wet Hops/hopping is used and as soon as you crack the can a beautiful smell of fresh hops with the smell of fall spices so delicately blended in takes all your attention. Had one of the best heads to me but probably because of the ipa/ness of the brew. Taste was a smack in the face of fresh hops.. fresh as I felt I had actuall hop cones in my mouth.. more pumpkin, all spice, nutmeg, pumpkin pie spice makes its way thru but it is more of a light flavored pumpkin ipa. Finishes super smooth with a nice bitter aftertaste...

Suprised I was... to me yea.. its #5... but because it is so far away from your typical pumpkin ale.. but deserving enough of its own standing... I would surely find it hard to pass this up...even against the other top pumpkin beers I tried.

Serving type: can

10-15-2013 02:06:34 | More by pjkelley82
Photo of Brew_42


3.43/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5


As a pumpkin ale, this beer was a disappointment. As an overall beer it is decent.

Pours dark amber with a thick white head that leaves some lacing.

Smells hoppy with a hint of pumpkin, not pumpkin in a dessert sense though, more like pumpkin in a vegetable sense. Kind of squash-like.

Tastes more hoppy than anything., Pretty bitter, but there is a very slight hint of pumpkin and spices at the end.

Medium body with some nice carbonation.

Overall it was decent. It really didn't strike me as a pumpkin beer and in sixpoint's defense it isn't advertised as a pumpkin ale really. There is a pumpkin on the can but it doesn't say "pumpkin ale" anywhere.

Serving type: can

08-20-2013 01:39:50 | More by Brew_42
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Rhode Island

3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On-tap 4/26/2013 at Track 84 in Warwick, RI, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a light brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains caramelized malts, pumpkin, some spice and some hops.

T: The taste starts out with a decent hops bitterness for the style. Then a thin malt character comes in along with some background flavors of spice and pumpkin. However, there is not much balance. The after-taste is slightly bitter.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is dry and slightly sticky.

O: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, it’s certainly not one of the better beers I’ve had in the style.

Serving type: on-tap

05-01-2013 18:37:01 | More by TheManiacalOne
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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.

Serving type: can

02-28-2013 20:57:27 | More by jondeelee
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North Carolina

3.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Dogfish signature snifter. Bottom of can says Best Before 30DEC2012. We'll see about that.

A- Pours a hazy orangeish copper color with a 3/4 inch light tan head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and various patches of surface foam. Non-resilient wispy lacing leaves behind frost-like foam sticking to the glass.

S- Crisp, clean hop nose upfront with some vegetal-type pumpkin aroma in the background. The combination leads to a sort of plastic smell that I'm not sure is a good or bad thing.

T- Yeah, the hops definitely overpower the pumpkin almost to the point that one wouldn't know there was pumpkin at all if it didn't say so on the can. And the hops that are there are metallic, sharp and not so pleasant. Slight lingering bitterness. Still, all these odd flavors somehow don't detract from the drinkability strangely enough.

M- Pretty thin for a pumpkin beer. Also a bit dry. Medium carbonation.

O- OK, so maybe they were right to set the best before date where they did, but something tells me the extra month or so it was sitting didn't change it that much, especially since it was in a can. Either way, I'm glad I only bought one can of this.

Serving type: can

02-09-2013 01:21:56 | More by Immortale25
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A nice amber-leaning orange with bright highlights. Head is decent and mildly-foamy, and lacing is pretty spectacular

Scent: Pumpkin seeds, vegetal qualities, tangerine, melon, light pine, crackery/biscuit-y malt; bright and interesting

Taste: Medium-roasted malt with some deeper, squash-like aspects backing it up; yams in the middle, tropical fruit and spicy, dry ginger in the finish. Weird but good

Mouthfeel: Very flavorful with a lot of things going on; extremely complex and busy… full-bodied but refreshing

Drinkability: I think this is a one-per-session beer but only because it’s so weird; it’s an interesting drink that forces you to ponder what “pumpkin beer” is, for better or worse

Overall: I enjoyed drinking this beer, and it's definitely something to ponder and discuss with others who are privy to enjoying it, but I'm not wholly convinced by the recipe nor by the hybridization they were going for. Still, SP typically crafts cool brews and I am helpless to admit that this was "cool" and different.

Read full review @ http://blogs.lowellsun.com/beer/2012/11/16/sixpoint-autumnation/

Serving type: can

01-28-2013 19:24:01 | More by ichorNet
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3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
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 !

Serving type: can

01-24-2013 23:54:30 | More by BeerIsland
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Ontario (Canada)

3.71/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Can from Wegman's Dewitt NY for 3$

Appearance - Clear copper colour with an average size fizzy/frothy white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some great lacing. The head lasted for over 5 minutes.

Smell - Hops, malts, oranges, caramel

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste caramel and malts mixed with hops. There is also some oranges and a light amount of all-spice. It ends with a malty sweet aftertaste with a bit of lingering hop bitterness.

Overall – Not really what I was expecting, but a decent brew. I don't get a harvest beer sensation when I'm drinking it, but that taste is nice and well balanced. Probably wouldn't buy again because there are more exciting options.

Serving type: can

01-13-2013 01:55:51 | More by spinrsx
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New York

4.2/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A fluffy ochre head reaches one inch before dropping to a thin coating that lasts throughout the session leaving sticky rings of lace over a hazy, rustic orange, amber beer with tiny streaming carbonation.

Hop-forward with pinesap and light orange aromas, followed by barely detectible nutmeg and ginger.

Earthy and quite bitter, with flavors that build in waves. Grapefruit and ginger are followed by cinnamon and light pumpkin that come out with warmth. The finish is long and lingering with bitterness throughout.

Medium body with a cottony texture and ample, prickling, fine carbonation. This is slightly metallic and palate coating.

While clearly intended to be a pumpkin ale, based on the pumpkin image on the can and the paragraph to this point, this otherwise seems to have no intention of being typical. While other pumpkin beers oscillate between pumpkin and pie spice, this one strays afield to provide a welcome alternative. Autumnation is very much a harvest style beer, more a hybrid between styles.

Serving type: can

12-28-2012 12:33:47 | More by SLeffler27
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3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Chilled 16 oz can into a stemless tulip pint. No visible canning date.

Look- Clear orange-amber with three fingers of whipped pearlescent head that refuses to settle. Good lacing.

Smell- Nutty, background roasted character with significant bright citric/floral hop aroma with some earthy undertones. light sweetness, light spice (mace? ginger?), roasted pumpkin is notable but mild.

Taste- Similar to the nose, but a little plainer. Well-hopped for a pumpkin ale, earthy. nutty malt flavors and light spice. Herbal, tealike aftertaste with a tannic quality. As it warms, it lightens and the sharper edges round out to reveal a nicer toasty pumpkin flavor.

Mouthfeel- Medium body, light carbonation. Juicy feel with a bit of mineral character and a powdery feel (from the wet hops? spices?) One can's enough for me.

Overall- Serve this one at room temp or just under. Distinctly Sixpoint, and a unique take on the pumpkin ale category. I probably wouldn't choose this over more traditional pumpkin ales or other Sixpoint offerings, however.

Serving type: can

12-22-2012 20:54:08 | More by Lawl3ss
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3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've been eager to try this one for a while, but couldn't bring myself to get a 4-pk or case... Finally found a single yesterday...

A - Slightly more than a finger's worth of fairly standard light khaki colored head comprised of medium sized bubbles and a waffled batter like top... Better than average retention for the style leaves a full rich lacing... A decent bit of medium bubbled carbonation that swirls to the top with a sluggish to moderate pacing... The color is a very pale golden amber... Loads of lacing clings to the sides of the glass....

S - Unlike other Pumpkin Ales, the hops take center stage... While unexpected the hop forward aroma is quite pleasant... A bunch of complex secondary notes are buried further down... Sweet potatoes... Caramel... Bread crust... Biscuit... Just a touch of brown sugar...

T - Like chewing on fresh hop cones... The hops dominate more on the palate than they did on the nose... The gourd flavor is buried way beneath the surface and is a bit difficult to detect... The bready malt base is rather subdued as well... The fresh hop presence lingers on the finish for quite a bit...

M -Medium bodied... Clean... Crisp... Straight forward... Brisk carbonation... A slightly bit oily...

D - An interesting concept, but my fears of mixing pumpkin and hop successfully seem to have come true... The flavor profile never really melds well and actually seem to conflict one another... Not a bad beer and rather still drinkable, but neither a memorable pumpkin nor hop experience... The end result is something that I'm likely not to recommend nor seek out in the future... However, I still love most of what Sixpoint puts out and I commend their efforts here...

Serving type: can

12-16-2012 18:57:42 | More by philbe311
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3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A single CAN into a 16oz Hulmeville Inn/Sixpoint pint glass.

Autumnation pours into the glass a semi hazy burnt orange with some bronze tints mimicking a sunset. The foam was tan/gold in color with an inch but died leaving no lace.

Smell is pretty standard pumpkin ale fare and kinda muted in scent. Pumpkin spice with some nutmeg and cinnamon. Hops are not present, a standard back malting.

This is what I expected, some subtle spice with some pumpkin flavor in the back. The taste is not all that large, it's not pumpkin pie, but nutmeg over cinnamon with a grassy aftertaste that's light. It comes and goes like that.

Pretty light bodied, may be the lightest of the style to date for me. Thin with light carb. The aftertaste is non existent, spice, malt, nothing. No legs.

This is pretty decent stuff. Not being a huge fan of the style I find this easy as pie to take down. 6.8% is a bit big and right for the flavor involved. I would like to find a happy medium between this and pumKING in both taste and ABV as I have not yet found a favorite Pumpkin brew.

Serving type: can

12-09-2012 00:44:14 | More by BARFLYB
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Autumnation (2011-2012) from Sixpoint Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 411 ratings.