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Wick For Brains - Nebraska Brewing Company

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34 Reviews
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Reviews: 34
Hads: 148
Avg: 3.56
pDev: 22.75%
Wants: 2
Gots: 27 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Nebraska Brewing Company visit their website
Nebraska, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Hojaminbag on 11-10-2010

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Reviews: 34 | Hads: 148
Reviews by xuptygm:
Photo of xuptygm
3.88/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden orange hue. Very nice head which recedes a bit but stays with the beer until the last sip. Not as sweet as other pumpkin ales.
Smells amazing. Crisp smooth finish. The best pumpkin ale I have tried. Lace sticks to the glass and won’t go away. Perfect carbonation. The pumpkin comes through very nicely. The malt compliments the pumpkin very well. Hops are present but only to balance the beer. Creamy. A great session beer
Overall a great beer, especially considering that it is a pumpkin ale which I usually do not like. Had a pint at the brewery and liked it so much I bought a growler.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of SmellsofMahagony
3.71/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Dbrulet
3.4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of tigg924
3.28/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours clear, orange-brown with minimal head. Taste is pumpkin pulp, cinnamon, and light clove and hops. Hits all the major style points. Not a bad pumpkin ale, although there are others I prefer in the style.

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Photo of MattyG85
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. can into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours a deep amber orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Slight finger of off white head which settles into a thin patch.

Smell: A spicy, earthy, and sweet malt forward aroma with a scent of pumpkin spice and caramel. Upfront presence of pumpkin and spices including cinnamon, ginger, clove, allspice, and nutmeg. Toasted malt with hints of caramel, toffee, grains, biscuit, and yeast. Some sweet hints of vanilla. Subtle earthy hops. A solid aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a spicy, sweet, and earthy malt driven taste with notes of pumpkin spice and caramel malt. Upfront notes of pumpkin spice with some nice notes of cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, ginger, and allspice. Some sweet vanilla notes. Sweet toasted malt with notes of caramel, toffee, biscuit, grains, and yeast. Light earthy hops. A solid taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy and smooth.

Overall: A pretty decent take on a Pumpkin Ale. Nice spice and malt mix.

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Photo of sgttibbs
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Auraan
4/5  rDev +12.4%

Poured a cloudy orange body with a thin white lace on the surface. It looks like a typical pumpkin ale, nothing special. Scents of cinnamon, pumpkin, medium-light nutmeg and allspice, medium gingers clove. Overall impression of aroma is of a spice and pumpkin forward pumpkin ale, but one that is not too sweet and is very appealing. None of the pie crust butteriness that ruins other examples of style. Very pleasant. Flavor begins with notes of pumpkin, cinnamon, light ginger, allspice and a light sourness. Middle is medium-dry with a light sourness, allspice, cinnamon, ginger, pumpkin and clove. Finish is dry with notes of pumpkin, ginger, white pepper, clove, nutmeg and allspice and a light sourness. Aftertaste is pumpkin, clove, nutmeg and allspice. Overall impression of flavor is of a wonderful pumpkin ale. It captures the flavors of pumpkin and spices, with a light sourness throughout that aids the flavor. A truly wonderful pumpkin ale flavor that avoids the traps of the style. Mouthfeel is light bodied with medium-high carbonation and drying, sour feel. Overall impression of mouthfeel is of a light, refreshing ale. Very nice. Overall this is the single best pumpkin ale I have ever had. It avoids every problem I have with the style in aroma and flavor and is aided by a level mouthfeel. Simply wonderful.

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Photo of RDW
3.8/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of Griffith
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of whatname
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of jheezee
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of Justdoit1234
3.84/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of zoolou
4/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of Gmann
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

From my notes on 11/4, on draft at Rattle 'n Hum

Pours a clear golden orange color with a nice tight white head.

The aroma is of light pumpkin, with some nutmeg, cinnamon, and allspice. A nice bright aroma.

The taste is of pumpkin, nutmeg, and allspice. Seems to have a sour oak flavor but from what I read, this beer is not barrel aged. There seems to be an odd spice or sweet element I can't quite put my finger on. At first I thought this was a bourbon barrel aged pumpkin but its not. Not sure what this flavor is coming from.

The feel was light to moderate with fizzy carbonation. It drinks crisp.

I thought it was a good pumpkin, though it has some odd flavors to it.

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Photo of ConradKenney
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of CrummyLuke
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of Treyliff
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz can poured into a pint glass

A- pours a clear Amber-orange color with a small fizzy white head that disappears completely, leaving nothing behind

S- typical pumpkin spice aroma, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, hint of cola. Malty undertones

T- sweet and malty base with highlights of cinnamon and nutmeg, slicing is well balanced overall

M- medium body with moderate-low carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and crisp finish

O- well balanced and easy drinking, nothing stands out but solid overall

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Photo of tone77
3.12/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A big thanks to the creator of the canquest, woodychandler, for this beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a orange/golden color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of pumpkin, very light nutmeg. Taste is really kind of bland. Some pumpkin, spices are present but really subdued, not bad, but boring. Feels light in the mouth and overall I was not impressed with this beer.

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Photo of Forb
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed on-tap at the Brewery...

Appearance: Pours a slightly darkened orange hue with plenty of bubbly carbonation leading to a minutely fluffy head.

Smell/Taste: The malt sweetness which comes to a beautiful pumpkin aura is present here. Very inviting. Taste is initially ginger, spices, and finishes with a very pumpkin infused sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and plenty of carbonation.

Overall: I'm happy because they chose to not allow this one to become overly sweet. They kept it where the careful beer drinker will be able to indulge rather than appealing to a mass market of casuals who just want a richly crafted brew.

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Photo of Elicoleman
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Branlott42
3.29/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Photo of ocelot2500
3.33/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clear golden orange color with a tight, white head that leaves little to no lacing.

Smells of a bit of spice and toasted malt.

Tastes of the sweet, toasted malt with only a touch of spice. Malts lead off with toffee, caramel, and some toasted bread. Fairly sweet. This gives way to some cinnamon mostly maybe some clove and allspice as well. Finishes fairly clean with some lingering sweetness.

Mouthfeel is medium-light with an almost undercarbonated feel.

Overall, this is just alright, nothing particularly good, but nothing bad as well.

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Photo of Beejay
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Medium amber with orange notes, and a white head that quickly fades into frog eyes, followed by a ring.

S: Sweet bread, brown sugar, pumpkin, and spices. There is a touch of vanilla in the finish.

T: Flavor follows the aroma, bready with vanilla, pumpkin and spice notes.. finish has a touch of sweetness in it.

M: Medium light, with moderate carbonation, slight cling in the finish.

O: Overall a simple yet tasty version of the style.. it is clean and easy drinking, the flavor of pumpkin is not too tame to be boring, nor overpowering or fake. Is it amazing... no. But tasty, certainly.

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Photo of Sazz9
2/5  rDev -43.8%

Photo of jaydoc
3.3/5  rDev -7.3%

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Wick For Brains from Nebraska Brewing Company
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