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Wick For Brains - Nebraska Brewing Company

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Wick For Brains
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Ratings: 42
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 9.97%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | 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:
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(Beer added by: Hojaminbag on 11-10-2010)
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Reviews by xuptygm:
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3.9/5  rDev +14.4%
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.

xuptygm, Sep 12, 2011
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3.8/5  rDev +11.4%

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Griffith, Sep 21, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

whatname, Sep 22, 2014
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3.73/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

Gmann, Nov 25, 2011
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3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

CrummyLuke, Mar 20, 2014
Photo of Forb
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Forb, Sep 18, 2011
Photo of ocelot2500
3.31/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

ocelot2500, Saturday at 03:56 AM
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4/5  rDev +17.3%

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4/5  rDev +17.3%

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3.08/5  rDev -9.7%

gambreeno, Sep 05, 2014
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3.13/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On draft at Rattle n Hum, NYC.

Poured a light copper hue with a one finger foamy white cap. There was decent retention and lacing b

The smell featured a full wave of cinnamon (think Dentyne).

The taste consisted of a rindy pumpkin flesh with that same bizarre sweet and cinnamony Dentyne element.

The mouthfeel was toward the lighter side if the style.

Overall a ho him experience. Weak in the spice category.

plaid75, Nov 03, 2011
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2.75/5  rDev -19.4%

ShanePB, Sep 23, 2014
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3.18/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On-tap 11/15/2010 at Pitcher's Pub in Cumberland, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a short white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains light caramelized malts, pumpkin, some spices and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with fruity flavors of pumpkin and mild spices. The hops presence is very mild which is normal for this type of beer. The malt character is thin for the style but there's a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, there are definitely better pumpkin beers out there that I would pick first.

TheManiacalOne, Nov 17, 2010
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3.75/5  rDev +10%

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3.75/5  rDev +10%

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3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

gpblackgt, Jul 17, 2013
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3/5  rDev -12%

ejimhof, Nov 02, 2012
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3.29/5  rDev -3.5%

DemoniChris, Sep 19, 2014
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3.52/5  rDev +3.2%

JLapadura, Sep 19, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +10%

Drank from a 12 ounce can traded for at CANvention in Dallas. Poured into a pint glass. The pumpkin cinnamon flavor is there, but (fortunately) not overwhelming. Pours flat - very little lacing which entirely disappeared after one minute.. A mild brew with little carbonation and good flavor, a nice one but not great. Easy to drink.

CopperMtnPlowboy, Sep 21, 2014
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3/5  rDev -12%

malfunxion, Sep 16, 2014
Photo of Hojaminbag
2.65/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Wick for brains has a light brown body and an off-white head. The head has solid retention, and leaves a single line of lacing across my glass that is about a finger thick.

The aroma is pretty heavy on the spices. Cinnamon and nutmeg jump out at me.

The spices are pretty powerful in the flavor too, with nutmeg dominating. Nutmeg is a very powerful tasting spice, and it has overpowered many beers and recipes in the past, and I fear the same can be said for Wick for Brains. Other things I notice are more cinnamon and maybe some clove and allspice. Underneath that spice is a sweet malt backbone, and the finish actually has a pretty good citrus bite to it from hops. If the nutmeg were toned down a bit, I feel that that beer has potential.

The mouthfeel is pretty basic, nothing amiss here.

Wick for Brains is an awesome name for a pumpkin beer. The beer itself, however, was a chore to finish due to the overpowering spices. I'll give NBC another chance, as this was the first beer of theirs that I sampled.

Hojaminbag, Nov 10, 2010
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3/5  rDev -12%

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Wick For Brains from Nebraska Brewing Company
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