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Autumnation (2011-2012) - Sixpoint Brewery

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BA SCORE
83
good

426 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 426
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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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of BB1313
3.2/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

16oz can poured into a pint glass. Pours a nice shiny, hazy burnt golden. Really nice fluffy white head that sticks around and leaves really nice lacing. Ok, there's no way this is a pumpkin ale. Smells like a malty IPA, straight up. There's a ton of orange peel blended with some caramel and chocolate malts. There's also a touch of garlic. The flavors basically match the nose. Hops dominate. The hop flavor definitely shines. More caramel and cocoa. No pumpkin or spices going on at all. Mouthfeel isn't bad. Strong carbonation, light and watery, but strong body and smooth enough. Alcohol goes unnoticed.

I'm really confused here. There is nothing about this beer that reminds me of a pumpkin ale. I mean nothing! It's actually a decent beer and nice for the fall season. But if they were going for a "Pumpkin IPA", then where's the pumpkin and spices? Traditional pumpkin ale fans will more than likely be disappointed. But if you keep an open mind, you can enjoy the beer for what it is. I personally wouldn't even put this beer in the "pumpkin ale" category. I don't see why they advertise it as such.

Photo of PatGreer
4.75/5  rDev +29.4%

Photo of wvsabbath
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.

Photo of PicoPapa
3.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16oz Tall Boy with a Best Before date on the bottom of the can of 30DEC2012. Pours a semi translucent vibrant orange with an inch of head. Lots of lacing. Aromas of citrus and floral hops, spices, earth, and a hint of pumpkin. The taste is a nice mix of floral hops with a hint of sweet orange. Earthiness and spices are the most prevalent flavors along with a good amount of malts. Bitter floral hop finish. Not really picking up on much, if any pumpkin. Silky mouthfeel. I bought this one on accident not knowing it was a Pumpkin beer, which I hate, but when i was told there was very little pumpkin flavor I decided to give it a try. Im glad I did. This tastes more like a Spiced Beer or maybe even an Oktoberfest than a Pumpkin Beer. Overall, decent beer I'd grab again.

Photo of Envelopes
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of twiggamortis420
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz can pours a lightly hazed dark gold color with ample white-ish head. Decent retention and great lacing. It is a very good looking brew.

Nose is herbal and citric hops with a bit of minerality to it and a fair shake of toasty malt. This is the most un-pumpkin beer I have ever smelled.

Taste is mostly hops with a little bit of malty sweetness. More IPA than pumpkin beer, but that isnt always a bad thing, a refrain from spices can be refreshing. It has a nice balance and flow from hop flavor to malty middle and biter finish. Its good, easy to put back and is one of those beers you pour into a tulip and the whole pint does not fit...but you are damn glad when your glass is empty and you still have 3-4 oz in the can!

Photo of drh1382
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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 smi
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.53/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16 oz can poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint.
6.7% ABV, 74 IBUs, 15 SRM, Best Before 30DEC2012 printed on bottom.

A - Fed by quite possibly the smallest bubbles I've ever seen, the billowing, chunky light khaki head that towers over the beautiful clear autumnal amber beer slowly collapses into a frothy pile that leaves thick lace coating the whole pint!

S - Autumnation causes a flurry of mixed emotions with it's complex and open aroma, gushing into the air. Thick, resiny wet-hop glory give the beer an instant IPA presence, following up with sweet caramel malt and a slice of toast. The pumpkin and spice trickles in along the finish, quite overpowered by the hop blast.

T - The powerful barrage of wet hops continues on, assaulting the tongue with sticky resin; pine sap and needle-tasting with sticky grapefruit citrus trailing behind. A blanket of maltiness provides a wonderful base of mildly sweet, more-so-toasted aspect with pumpkin only showing it's head in the far, lingering background.

M - Medium bodied and captivatingly dry, this beer is quite bitter, gripping each taste bud with force but finishing nicely, not over the top; it's smooth body making for good balance. The hops demolish any chance the pumpkin has at emerging though.

O - I'm hard-pressed to label Autumnation a pumpkin beer, though it's an ingredient. Rather, Autumnation is a powerful wet-hopped American IPA which demands attention through just about every aspect. The resiny hops contribute quite a wonderful bouquet, lending earthiness to the malt base which creates the aura of a nice fall beer in and of it self, but it virtually renders any pumpkin additions worthless, though though still a great beer to be sure.

Go into this beer expecting a wet-hopped IPA and you'll find yourself pleasantly surprised. Expect the pumpkin beer one finds lining the shelves this time of year and you'll be quite disappointed indeed.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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4/5  rDev +9%

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4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of Mikeynas
3/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of Brenden
3.78/5  rDev +3%
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.

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