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Autumnation (2011-2012) - Sixpoint Brewery

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BA SCORE
83
good

419 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 419
Reviews: 184
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 14.99%
Wants: 24
Gots: 22 | FT: 1
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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.6/5  rDev -1.9%

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.

11-03-2011 23:41:36 | More by Sammy
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t0rin0

California

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

01-27-2013 14:37:48 | More by t0rin0
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.53/5  rDev -3.8%

Can from Rick's in Alexandria. Served in a nonic pint. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a somewhat-hazy orange-copper color with a good off-white head and nice retention with a bit of lacing. The nose brings forward plenty of different characteristics, with some ginger and spice plus faint herbal notes. Some hops float through as well. The flavor brings some ginger and pumpkin spice plus hops. A bit of bready malt. Medium body with a faintly-spicy finish with a light dryness. Pretty good. Interesting, that's for sure.

11-05-2011 14:30:43 | More by Thorpe429
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nmann08

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +9%

11-24-2011 19:14:52 | More by nmann08
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metter98

New York

3.6/5  rDev -1.9%

A: The beer is slightly hazy coppery orange in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high off white head that quickly settled down, consistently leaving lacing covering the surface.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of citrus and floral hops in the nose along with some hints of spices.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and also has flavors of ginger and peppery spices along with those of citrusy hops. No tastes of pumpkin are detectable. The finish has a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This tastes closer to being like an IPA or a herbed/spiced beer compared to a pumpkin beer. Nonetheless, the combination of ginger and wet hops lends for an interesting taste.

11-26-2011 19:02:23 | More by metter98
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.33/5  rDev -9.3%

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber color; the modest head didn't hang around for long and left only a strand of lace

Smell: The pumpkin and ginger come through nicely in the aroma though the hops have a very unusual earthy character

Taste: After the beer warms, the pumpkin flavor is discernable, up front, but the spices and hops together combine to take over the flavor profile from start to finish; the aftertaste is medicinal

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Interesting, but ultimately unsuccessful, to my palate; I don't mind that this is not a traditional pumpkin beer but the spices and the hops really clash with one another and the aftertaste is really unpleasant

09-30-2011 01:52:01 | More by brentk56
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zestar

California

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

08-22-2014 06:48:10 | More by zestar
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.38/5  rDev +19.3%

hazy orange tinted amber color and a nice soft off white head that reached a height of around an inch or so before it settled down with some nice lacing on the side that really just surprised me with how well it hung in there to be honest. Really quite the solid look. Nice aroma of pumpkin spice, hints of cinnamon and nutmeg, all the usual characters here with a touch of a west coast hop flair to it, especially as it warms. Crisp and super clean flavor here. Starts with a touch of a light malt note and then swoops in with a big hit of cinnamon and nutmeg which dries out the palate very nicely. Very even consistency I have to admit as it comes together very nice

11-02-2011 02:40:20 | More by mikesgroove
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kjkinsey

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

10-18-2012 23:09:06 | More by kjkinsey
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Texasfan549

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

10-21-2012 20:57:56 | More by Texasfan549
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev +4.9%

This poured out as an orange amber color with a foamy cream colored head on top. The smell of the beer was of some spice notes and hops. The taste of the beer doesn't give off too much in the way of pumpkin but there is a autumn feel to the flavor. There is also a good amount of fresh hop flavors in this one as well. The flavors of malt, hops and spice blend well together creating a pretty good autumn style brew. The mouthfeel of the beer was decent, good smooth feel with a typical level of carbonation to it. Overall it was pretty good, I can see myself drinking this one again some day.

01-19-2012 18:29:02 | More by Knapp85
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.18/5  rDev -13.4%

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Bustin' some John Donne fire on the can, oh yeah! This stuff pours a clear sunset amber topped by a finger of dusty off-white foam. The nose comprises maple syrup, very light leek, grapefruit peel, toasted pumpkin seeds, light caramel, and a hint of pumpkin shell. The taste sees a return of all of these elements, but they've split into their apparent respective camps: IPA (or fresh hop beer) and pumpkin ale. The two factions unfortunately do not cooperate fully, but instead clash at several opportunities. Suffice it to say things just don't mesh properly, but luckily the result isn't an utter and complete trainwreck, which, I feel, it could easily have become. The body is a light-leaning medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fluid feel. Overall, an interesting beer, but one that just didn't come together very well for me.

11-15-2012 02:11:22 | More by TMoney2591
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.58/5  rDev -2.5%

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.

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

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +9%

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.

10-24-2012 02:28:58 | More by Jason
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

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.

10-22-2011 20:28:55 | More by WVbeergeek
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

2.15/5  rDev -41.4%

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.

11-03-2011 18:43:07 | More by Kegatron
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drabmuh

Maryland

3.53/5  rDev -3.8%

On tap at Rustico, fun. Beer is amber and hazy with a soft white head, lots of lacing, moderate to low carbonation, some lacing, looks like a IPA made with a bunch of crazy crap.

Aroma is tea like with a sharp bitterness, piny with an almost thyme like aroma. Interesting.

Beer is light and sweet, too cold to begin with, with a dry finish that leaves this leaf flavor like tea or basil in the back of my mouth. Overall interesting, the bitterness or the pumpkin could have been ramped up, overall interesting but not a repeat.

11-04-2011 17:04:59 | More by drabmuh
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jlindros

Massachusetts

3.7/5  rDev +0.8%

Tall boy cans, aawwww yeaaahhhh!

Pours a large almost 3 Finger head that fades at a med pace with a bit of lacing over slightly hazed reddish copper orange color.

Nose has fresh wort aroma, sweet malts and toasty malts, slight earthy juicy reddish malts, light hops with a floral and bit earthy and bit of fruity juicy hops, all followed by light spices.

Taste is complex, lots of various malts, reddish and light toasty, juicy sweet earthy malt flavors, and some light gingerbread spices. Hops bring a light bitterness, some light juicy spicy hops, bit earthy. Ripe frit and hops come to mind. Light pumpkin flavor that only really comes out after all else fades. Finishes quite biter and astringent, dry and naggingly bitter, and even slightly briny, tough to finish.

Mouth is med bodied, decent carb.

Overall starts nice with nice malts, hops, spices and fruit, complex and tasty, but finishes very bad.

09-30-2011 01:19:17 | More by jlindros
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oline73

Maryland

3.58/5  rDev -2.5%

Poured from a can into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a slightly cloudy orangish amber color with two fingers of off white head. Decent retention and some lacing.

Smell: Quite malty and bread like with some very fresh citrus hops.

Taste: Lots of hops. There is a nice malty backbone, and another taste that could be some spices, but the hops just crush everything. It's a pleasant taste, I just couldn't have told you this was a pumpkin beer.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with aggressive carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: I like this beer, but I don't taste much pumpkin. I would have it again if I want a hoppy fall beer.

10-05-2011 23:35:47 | More by oline73
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Mora2000

Texas

3.58/5  rDev -2.5%

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.

10-14-2012 05:45:27 | More by Mora2000
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mdfb79

New York

3.58/5  rDev -2.5%

From 10/11/11 notes. Had on tap at Dupont Paradiso in DC last night. Served in a pint glass.

a - Pours a murky, bright orange color with one inch of white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of spices, pine hops, pepper, citrus hops, and earthy notes. Lots of spice and no real pumpkin.

t - Tastes of spices, pine hops, cloves, pepper, citrus hops, light earthy notes, and light fruits. Again, no pumpkin.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

o - Overall a decent beer, but not sure how this one is a pumpkin ale. Very spicey and peppery, but no real pumpkin. Worth trying and would give another shot.

10-13-2011 00:16:24 | More by mdfb79
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smcolw

Massachusetts

3.68/5  rDev +0.3%

Good starting head that settles to a touch above a single layer of bubbles. Leaves some streaky lace. The color is darker gold and appears perfectly clear.

Smells more like an American Pale Ale than a pumpkin ale--plenty of hops with a good dose of dry malt. Very nice.

This is a hoppy beer with a strikingly dry, nearly astringent, malt bite. Pepper is the dominating spice. I'm not sure where the pumpkin comes in. Good body.

11-19-2011 01:31:54 | More by smcolw
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beernads

Florida

3/5  rDev -18.3%

07-03-2013 08:39:03 | More by beernads
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yourefragile

District of Columbia

2.83/5  rDev -22.9%

16 oz can.

Pours a glowing, chilled golden orange color with a retentive, frothy cream colored head. Refreshing aroma of nail polish remover and yams. Ok, maybe its not refreshing. I guess there's some malt, light floral hops, and slightly fruity medicine. Flavor is a little less off, sweet and doughy, with ginger and cinnamon and minimal pumpkin. Finish is dry and earthy with floral hops. Medium thick, chewy and slightly syrupy with strong carbonation. Most of this can went down the drain.

05-23-2012 00:19:46 | More by yourefragile
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +36.2%

Yo, my Crooklyn homies have DEFINITELY made my fall season with this jump-off, yo! This beer is bangin'! I have been pouring it down my neck in copious CANtities ever since I happened upon it in The Fridge's cooler on Friday night. Great googly moogly, but it is distilled Fall in a CAN. Not overly spicy, but more earthy, this is a gem! Hang onto your hats, boys & girls, this is going to be a ride for the ages!

From the CAN: "Autumn wins you best by this, its mute Appeal to sympathy for its decay." - [Robert Browning, Paracelsus, scene 1.]"; "The only constant is change, and death is but a rebirth. Autumnation is the Sixpoint creation that chronicles this life cycle; an Autumn ritual seasoned with ginger, spice, pumpkin, and fresh-harvested wet hops.; Please keep refrigerated. Fresh-harvested wet hops were added.; Beer is culture."

We educators talk about "the Anticipatory Set", or lead-in to a lesson all the time. My anticipation while typing leading up to the Crack & Glug led to strains of Carly Simon singing "Anticipation" with those fantastic lips of hers ...

I was employing a Sam. Adams Perfect Pint glass for this beer and the Glug was giving off a cascading action that would make Guinness want to weep. Speaking of weeping, the odor filling the room made me want to weep for the time when this seasonal is pulled off of the market. Hey, they might call it "decay", but I liken it to an earthiness of fallen leaves; cool, chill mornings; Tastykake Pumpkin pies; and early sunsets. The wet hops are prevalent and if you have never had the pleasure, now would be the time! The spices are there, but they are not the story as with many Pumpkin beers. This just smells like soil, but in the best way possible. Invoking their idea of decay, it smells like dirt overturned for the digging of a graveyard. I was reminded of a field trip in Nursery or Kindergarten to a working farm in mid- to late-October of 1970 to watch them press late-season apples for cider, first and then applesauce. The just-tilled soil smelled just like this! I had two fingers of tawny head that slowly fell as I typed, leaving behind some dense, sticky lacing in its wake. Color was a cloudy orangish-amber, the shade of the pumpkins sitting on some of my neighbors' porches when I walk to work each day. Mouthfeel was kind of prickly with lots of tiny CO2 bubbles doing their thing as the earthy hoppiness just washed across my tongue. OMFG, this was the best CANned beer that I have had in a looonnng time, if not ever! The finish was extra-dry with the spices acting as a wash of tightly-knit flavors to accompany the natural spice of the hops. Spice on top of spice ... I'm thinking Ginger with Baby or Scary with Sporty, well, you get the idea. Man, I could drink this all day. It is getting put away for Hula in the Coola Day on 01 Febrewary and CAN in copious CANtities in the meantime. I loved it, but YMMV. That is my way of saying, Keep yer dickskinners offa my beer, yo! Mine, all mine (devolves into greedy hoarding of beer, never to be heard from again).

10-23-2011 15:57:36 | More by woodychandler
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Autumnation (2011-2012) from Sixpoint Brewery
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