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Autumnation (2011-2012) - Sixpoint Brewery

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Ratings: 426
Reviews: 184
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 14.99%
Wants: 25
Gots: 22 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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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 GarthDanielson
3.35/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a can into a tumbler pint, the beer pours about 50/50 head, but settles in a decent amount of time. Once settled in, the beer is a slightly hazed, muddled, orange-brown coloring, and the head rests atop in bright white, with huge bubbles and a light, foamy look to it. Aromas are like stumbling into a spice rack. There is the steady backbone of ginger root, with a ton of common fall seasonal spices dancing around (cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove). A little of the darkly sweet malt and pumpkin notes creep into the nose, as well. The beer's flavors are subtle, with a sharp hops character present throughout, giving a resiny and richly fresh hops taste. Other notes on the taste palate include the spicing (not overbearing like I thought it would be), and the pumpkin (wish there was a bit more of this). The spices and hops dominate the aftertaste, leaving an overall sharp and peppery linger. The finish is sharp, as well, with a bitter, drying feel from the hops to boot.

Photo of tone77
3.03/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1

Poured from a 16 oz. can. Has a cloudy copper color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of hops, some citrus and spice. Taste is hoppy, some citrus and ginger are present, bitter at the finish. Feels medium bodied in the mouth. Overall is where I will rate to style, while I enjoyed this beer, this is the first Pumpkin ale I have had with no pumpkin smell or taste. In my opinion this is no more of a pumpkin ale than Miller High Life. Good beer, yes, pumpkin ale, no.

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.

Photo of EgadBananas
4.18/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

thanks woodychandler!

Pours a hazy coppery color, with a pretty white head, 2 fingers, nice lace and retention.

Aroma is primarily juicy, floral hop notes with a bit of spice and earthiness. Pumpkin notes are faint.

The most bitter Sixpoint of them all. Slightly sharp, floral, citrusy. Slight spice notes, and mild gourd. Earthiness and grassy hops mingling together. A surprise enjoyment.

Light bodied, crisp with ample carbonation.

I'm quite sure that the majority will find this average, as this is NOT your average pumpkin beer. It's VERY mild on the pumpkin, and heavy handed with the hops. I don't like pumpkin, so this is a surprise treat, being mild pumpkin and hoppy. Those hopeheads who don't like pumpkin should really give this a go!

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

On-tap at Alewife, post-game with my dad.

A: The pumplin ale is hazy, although rather radiant with a golden orange hue. The haziness cuts into that brightness. A thin white head laces near the mouth of the glass only.

S: The nose has plenty of pepper and ginger, enough to crowd most of the pumpkin aspect aside. The spiciness is very appealing.

T: Ginger and white pepper, a sweet fiery flavor in every sip. The spices, paired with plenty of carbonation, makes for an easy sipping kind of beer, full of flavor. Spices are prevalent, even after the ginger and pepper, although it isn't enough to bring out the pumpkin. Again, that makes me like the ale more. The ginger and pepper are a nice pairing.

M: Spicy without the heavyhandedness, I'd never know it to be a pumpkin ale and that's what makes it work.

Photo of SpdKilz
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.

Photo of jbertsch
4.18/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From a can that instructed me to enjoy by March 2012.

I understand this is supposed to be a hoppy pumpkin ale.

Appearance: Sunburst orange in color with a bit of haze to it. Frothy head sticks around for the duration and leaves nice lacing. I like the appearance.

Aroma: Wow. Very unique. I immediately recognize the hop presence in this brew, as it's the same as the hop aroma from The Crisp - their pilsner. Nice to see some continuity there. The hops definitely smell dank. Ginger is noticeable, and a meld of something else I can't put my finger on. I want to say pumpkin because I know that's what it probably is, but I wouldn't otherwise think of it as pumpkin if I didn't know this was a variation on a pumpkin ale. But it is an extra sweet note more along the lines of cinnamon.

Taste: Like its aroma, but backwards. The sweetness is first noticeable. Cinnmon and nutmeg flavored malt quickly gives way to ginger, and then immediately into a hop presence that's wet, dank, and fairly bitter. The bitterness lingers on the tongue, but isn't overwhelming...more of an earthy bitterness that's enjoyable.

Mouthfeel is nice. Crisp yet full.

Overall, this is an interesting. It has that Sixpoint hop profile you find in The Crisp and in their Bengali IPA. But it has an extra semi-sweet dimension to it from, supposedly, the pumpkin (though it's not obvious). The ginger adds a curiosity and uniqueness to it.

This really is more of an IPA than a pumpkin ale.

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.

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

Six Point once again creates a very unique ale that follows no single style. This combines two autumn seasonal - wet hop IPA and a pumpkin ale.
Sampled from a can – best before March 2012. Dark pumpkin orange in color with a deep haze and yellowish hues on the edges of the glass. Poured with a thick soapy foam that quickly reduced to a soapy cap that left random sticky lacings on the glass. Fresh earthy hop aromas are dominant with ginger spice and a very faint hint of pumpkin sweetness. Medium bodied with robust, tight carbonation that provides a smooth oily feel up front and light resinous feel at the finish. Fresh earthy and floral hops are the dominant flavor throughout. Ginger spice flavors grow through the middle and there’s a brief flash of pumpkin toward the end. Finishes with an herbal hop bitterness with hints of pine hops and ginger.
Overall this was very good, but more of a wet hop IPA than a pumpkin ale.

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.

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 OWSLEY069
3.08/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy orange-ish color with an off white head. In the aroma, earthy sweetness and a small hop. In the taste, small caramel, a small earthiness, and a small hop. A small hop bite and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a semi dry caramel maltiness in the aftertaste. Nothing really exciting, I would never guess it was a pumpkin beer either.

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

Photo of bs870621345
2.5/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I love sixpoint, this one is a miss.

Pours a nice clear orange color with an off white head and nice lacing. Nothing wrong with this one.

Smells like grass, spices, fresh hops, citrus, and smells a little bitter.

Taste is a mess. The spices (ginger I think) mixed with the fresh hops is just a disaster. They both fight to get into the forefront, and its just bad. Not at all a fan.

Mouthfeel is moderate, but its tough as hell to drink.

Overall, a huge miss from sixpoint.

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.

Photo of FosterJM
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

917th Review on BA
Can to Pint
16 oz

Best by: 3/12/12
Thanks to @mjtiernan for this one!

App- A murky orange/yellow/amber/gold color with a huge two finger head. Slides down to a panacake head and great sticky lace.

Smell- Smells like fall and autumn with a stickey wetness and a bit of sweetness behind it. Don't get the pumpkin flavor or spice on the nose.

Taste- Well Matt asked me what I thought, "get no pumpkin but more Englishy IPA with a subtle malt bitter and thick citrus" Really only way I can describe it. Not bad but not at all what I was thinking it would be.

Mouth- A wet medium body with a good semi bubbly medium peppery residual flavor and carbonation.

Drink- I loved the 1st two Sixpoint. This one seemed a bit muddled bit still flavorful if not for the missing pumpkin, would be higher.

Photo of woosterbill
4.2/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16oz can, best by 3/13/2012, into a Duvel tulip. Thanks to modernartblues for this one.

A: Man I love pouring pounders into this oversized tulip: a perfect two-finger head reaches precisely to the brim, then recedes slowly while leaving a solid coating of fine, off-white lace. The body beneath is a hazy red-orange, the precise color of the can it came in. Other than the lack of clarity, this one is perfectly gorgeous.

S: Interesting. Fresh, dank hops are prominent, along with caramel malt, ginger, clove, and earthiness. Pumpkin isn't really noticeable in and of itself, but the overall package is pleasantly rich and aromatic.

T: The spice stands out at first, with more ginger than anything else; soon after the hops really take over, providing citrus and herbal dankness; toward the end some significant sweetness makes its presence felt, with caramel maltiness, vanilla, and pumpkin all working together in concert; big bitterness closes things out, although a bit of pumpkin sweetness lingers (along with some spicy ginger) on the aftertaste. It's quite complex, and generally quite enjoyable as well.

M: Medium body, plenty of carbonation. A bit prickly, but not bad.

O: This is the first pumpkin beer that I've actually enjoyed, and that's probably because it's generally closer to a wet-hopped IPA than a traditional pumpkin beer. I could have done without the spices, actually, as my favorite elements were the hops, pumpkin, and vanilla. The ginger just kind of got in the way. This definitely isn't a pumpkin-pie flavored beer, so beware; personally I found it's original take on the fall seasonal to be enjoyable and refreshing.


Photo of chodinheaven
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.

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

A- Caramel, copper Orange. White lasting head. Strong lacing.

S - Poured from can into a chalice. Very hoppy. No pumpkin.

T - Nice hops. Pretty complex, definitely tasted some ginger, not too much pumpkin though so I guess they used just the right amount for someone like me who really doesn't love overbearing pumpkin ales. This doesn't taste like a pumpkin ale, I dont think it is one. its just an autumn ale where a minor ingredient is pumpkin. Pretty bitter.

M - Very smooth. Not too heavy. A little silky for something that tastes like it would feel much more light and crisp. Love it.

Photo of jtierney89
2/5  rDev -45.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours as orange as the can that it comes in with a super foamy head which shows no sign of receding, lots of lacing. Lots of all spice and cinnamon scents. Slight sweet maltiness up front with a touch of ginger, pumpkin and all spice which is nice. The wet hops provide a slight soapy taste. There's a nice cooling sensation accompanied with the swallow. Super crisp and fresh tasting. Some how manages a medium to full body despite this crispness. Also finding some cites notes on the back end. Also a slight medicinal/household cleaning supply taste if you take big sips. Not sure if im into it.

Interesting and an easy to find wet hopped beer in a world of dry hopped beers. Crisp refreshing beer, just don't think its for me. The spices up front are nice tasting and subtle though, just not so sure about the back end of this one.

Photo of Tschnab
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sixpoint is a brewery that doesn't always brew to style, so while reviewing this beer I won't review to style.

A- pours a bright orange color (at least it looks like a pumpkin). creamy off white head, sticky lace.

s- I can see why people say this is not very pumpkiny, because I will say I don;t detect even a trace, What I do smell, however, is a delicious smelling fall ipa with lots of orange citrus and floral hop, ginger, and more citrus.

T- yep. no pumpkin. nada. Tastes like it smells, though it falls flat compared to the nose. Still delicious, as the wet hop flavor really dominates before making way to the ginger. I think this is missing an element of sweetness to balance out the finish on this beer. Probably what the pumpkin was supposed to do.

O- If this was advertised as just a harvest ale with no pumpkin talk I think the reviews would be higher, I am definetly happy I picked up a four pack of this very original IPA.

Photo of psuKinger
3.18/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Acquired via trade with, to my surprise and delight, my local beer distributor. Very cool of those guys.

A: Pours a light hazy golden hue with a nice off-white head that is lingering nicely.

S: Even on the pour, before even trying to nose this brew, I picked upon earthy, piney tones, some hop citrus, and a touch of something that is either "spices" or, for lack of a better word, I'll refer to as "skunk".

Moving in with the nose confirms all of that, but also picks up some malt-sweetness. The spice/skunk debate also resolves itself upon closer inspection... it's cinnamin and maybe something else that has some *zest* too, I'm just not sure what yet.

T: That *zestiness* and cinnamin are readily present. I wonder if they used some sort of belgian yeast strain here? There's a bit of a breadiness and a spiciness here that reminds me a bit of belgian pale. Just a bit.

Certainly not a lot of "pumpkin" though. A healthy dose of classic citrus American hops on the back end round this out, with a nice finishing touch of bitterness.

In conclusion: Spicey, bready cinnamin, then floral, citrus hops, some piney flavors underneath, and finally bitterness. Little to no pumpkin. Odd, since this is classified as a "pumpkin" beer.

M: Spice, citrus, and hop bitterness remain after the finish, at a moderate extent, but all-in-all in a "not-great" but "not bad" fashion for me.

D/O: There are things to like about this beer. The bready/spiciness combined with the citric hoppiness make for an interesting almost-Belgian-IPA experience. The cinnamin and zest give it a bit of a "holidays" kick. The lack of "pumpkin" flavor is bewildering. Overall, I enjoyed this beer, but wasn't blown away by it. I'd have another, but probably will not actively search it out.

Photo of OneDropSoup
3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a stemmed tulip: Pleasant, hazy, brassy orange with a finger of pillowy head that drops to a thin coating. No lacing, but nice slow lines of foam that drift down into the body. Nice looking brew.

Wow, the first wet-hopped pumpkin ale I've had, & that's most of what I get - strong hops that are more on the citric side. With a little digging, a vanilla note shows up just under the big ol' hops. Combined, it's like an orange creamsicle - a super hoppy orange creamsicle, but nice nonetheless.

Damn, this is bitter. I'm searching, but not getting anything but big, citric zest/pith pininess. Not completely unpleasant, but this is more bitter than most IPAs I've had. No pumpkin or spice character to be found, as far as I can tell.

Medium-bodied, some sharpness from the hops. Kind of gets stuck in my throat, I guess from the yeast.

I don't care what this was made with, it's an IPA. It tastes like an IPA with almost no spice character whatsoever. Not a bad IPA, but what the hell? I feel like I don't even know how to score this.

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

Poured from a can into my DuClaw Colossus snifter because Huhzubendah STILL has my Cigar City one....

A wet harvest pumpkin ale huh? Talk about a combination of styles according to season...

A: No translucence whatsoever on this dark, peppery orange monster. The off-white head was ridiculously sticky.

S: Not to be confused with a "pumpkin pie spice" beer, already I can tell this is sort of an IPA/pumpkin hybrid. The hops are presence, along with a great deal of ginger.

T: Sixpoint's rather yeasty taste profile is very upfront, and swallows anything that might have even been construed as a pumpkin whole! I dug the bitter wet hop sting on the front end, but the bitter, unsweetened chocolate-esque finish was rough and a bit unpleasant.

M: Not much sweetness... but then again, there wasn't much fruit either. To bitter for its own good in my opinion and the lacing was ridiculous.

O: This is a pumpkin ale created for the extreme hophead. As a matter of fact, it's not really even a pumpkin ale at all....

Photo of DrDemento456
4.22/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a nice hazy amber brown with a nice inch of foamy white head that turns to a very sticky white ring.

S - Smells of a nice IPA a bit of tones of yeast, but not enough spice to hide it. Maybe some slight cinnamon or nutmeg but thats it.

T - Taste of a good IPA with a nice bit of bitterness and a sweet finish but I am not picking up much spice. Yeast is well balanced like the Tiger but maybe a bit better since it has a spice sweetness. It's really perplexing.

M - Light to medium it drinks pretty nice.

Overall I am very confused by this pumpkin beer. In one hand it makes a very good IPA, not too bitter or too malty. Other its way too hoppy to pick up any spice or pumpkin notes. Overall it's a pretty drinkable beer!

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