Autumnation (2011-2012) - Sixpoint Brewery
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3.98/5 rDev +8.4%
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.
02-28-2013 20:57:27 | More by jondeelee
3.78/5 rDev +3%
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.
02-09-2013 01:21:56 | More by Immortale25
Autumnation (2011-2012) from Sixpoint Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 419 ratings.