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Wick For Brains - Nebraska Brewing Company

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Wick For Brains
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Ratings: 18
Reviews: 9
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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Nebraska Brewing Company visit their website
Nebraska, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Fall

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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%

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.

09-12-2011 04:06:28 | More by xuptygm
More User Reviews:
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New York

3.73/5  rDev +9.4%

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.

11-25-2011 21:04:50 | More by Gmann
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3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

03-20-2014 14:24:47 | More by CrummyLuke
Photo of Forb


3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

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.

09-18-2011 00:55:37 | More by Forb
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New York

4/5  rDev +17.3%

11-21-2011 00:19:52 | More by Amalak
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4/5  rDev +17.3%

10-12-2013 06:23:20 | More by OregonGrown7
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New York

3.13/5  rDev -8.2%

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.

11-03-2011 16:48:32 | More by plaid75
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Rhode Island

3.18/5  rDev -6.7%

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.

11-17-2010 21:45:53 | More by TheManiacalOne
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3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

07-17-2013 21:27:53 | More by gpblackgt
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3/5  rDev -12%

11-02-2012 01:22:52 | More by ejimhof
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2.65/5  rDev -22.3%

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.

11-10-2010 22:33:25 | More by Hojaminbag
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New York

3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

12-16-2012 22:18:59 | More by brbrocc
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3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

07-30-2012 02:30:45 | More by JayKay412
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3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

07-24-2014 18:47:14 | More by KAF
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Rhode Island

3.68/5  rDev +7.9%

pint @ Doherty's East Ave in Pawtucket. A pumpkin beer in the beginning of June? Why not?

A- Pale but glowing orangey yellow, looks like a kick-ass pumpkin beer. Little white head settles to outer ring of bubbles.

S- Mild- buttery crust and pumpkin spices. Nutmeg and toffee.

T- Again, mild. Spice is very tame, I get a nutty, sunflower seed taste on top of the pumpkin spice. Finish is crisp. Very light and delicate flavors, a change of pace from most pumpkin beers that drink like a Yankee Candle. This is a refreshing pale ale with a smidge of pumpkin in it.

M- Crisp, refreshing. This must be low in ABV, it cut right through the early summer heat and was super refreshing. High points for uniqueness and drinkability.

O- No idea what to expect from my first Nebraska Brewing Co. beer- I am impressed. Very drinkable and refreshing, just goes to show that pumpkin beer is tasty even if the leaves aren't falling for another few months.

06-08-2011 22:18:57 | More by ShogoKawada
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2.75/5  rDev -19.4%

05-09-2014 03:37:55 | More by XmnwildX12
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3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

Had on tap at the brewery on 9/9.
Thought this was a top pumpkin ale last year, when enjoyed at the brewery in Papillion, NE. How does this year's shape up?

Arrives in a standard pint glass with a 1cm head, fairly clean white in color, that fades to a thin top of white foam on the glass. Leaves some lacy spots, but not much, on the glass after a sip. Body is a dark orange-copper color, transparent, visibly carbonated.

Fairly mild scent, but with noticeable pumpkin and sweetness in the aroma. A bit of nutmeg lurking in the background. Mostly average.

Taste is primarily of sweetness and pumpkin, which imparts a fairly malt-forward beer that's fairly bland. In the back are the spices: nutmeg and a bit of cinnamon. A bit of cloying sweetness in the aftertaste. Taste following scent, this is just above average.

Medium bodied with carbonation levels that help this along on the palate. Finish could stand to be drier; I remarked to a friend how refreshing this would be if it had a dry, biscuit-like finish.

A bit disappointed by this year's Wick for Brains, relative to last year's. While I still think this is an acceptable pumpkin beer, this isn't as enjoyable as the previous year's was. It's still much better than other options available (Shipyard, Buffalo Bill's).

09-09-2011 21:08:44 | More by falloutsnow
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New York

3.58/5  rDev +5%

Poured into regular pint glass.

A - Poured a clear copper color with medium head that slowly dissipated leaving light lacing around the glass.

S - Malts, pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg and other spices.

T - Starts off slightly sweet with malts, caramel, pumpkin followed by light cinnamon, nutmeg and earthy taste but not too strong.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

O - Not a bad pumpkin ale but it feels too watered down and has no kick whatsoever.

11-23-2011 20:00:11 | More by taigor
Wick For Brains from Nebraska Brewing Company
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