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Autumnation (2011-2012) - Sixpoint Brewery

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BA SCORE
83
good

425 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 425
Reviews: 184
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 14.99%
Wants: 25
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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Photo of Sammy
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Sammy, Nov 03, 2011
Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

t0rin0, Jan 27, 2013
Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

zestar, Aug 22, 2014
Photo of Thorpe429
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Thorpe429, Nov 05, 2011
Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +9%

nmann08, Nov 24, 2011
Photo of Texasfan549
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Texasfan549, Oct 21, 2012
Photo of metter98
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

metter98, Nov 26, 2011
Photo of kjkinsey
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

kjkinsey, Oct 19, 2012
Photo of brentk56
3.33/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 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

brentk56, Sep 30, 2011
Photo of mikesgroove
4.38/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

mikesgroove, Nov 02, 2011
Photo of Knapp85
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Knapp85, Jan 19, 2012
Photo of TMoney2591
3.18/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

TMoney2591, Nov 15, 2012
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.

Jason, Oct 24, 2012
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.

WVbeergeek, Oct 22, 2011
Photo of TheManiacalOne
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.

TheManiacalOne, May 01, 2013
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.

Kegatron, Nov 03, 2011
Photo of jlindros
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

jlindros, Sep 30, 2011
Photo of oline73
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

oline73, Oct 06, 2011
Photo of drabmuh
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

drabmuh, Nov 04, 2011
Photo of mdfb79
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

mdfb79, Oct 13, 2011
Photo of beernads
3/5  rDev -18.3%

beernads, Jul 03, 2013
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.

Mora2000, Oct 14, 2012
Photo of smcolw
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

smcolw, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of InspectorBob
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from can into my Duvel Tulip, an orange/copper color with about two fingers of head, minimal lacing throughout.

Hoppy, but where is the pumpkin?

I detect some spice, cinnamon or nutmeg perhaps.

Mouthfeel is smooth with some bitterness on the finish.

Very easy to drink for an OK beer.

InspectorBob, Nov 01, 2011
Photo of orangesol
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

orangesol, Mar 06, 2013
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Autumnation (2011-2012) from Sixpoint Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 425 ratings.