Autumn Maple - The Bruery

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Reviews: 593
Hads: 1,884
Avg: 3.79
pDev: 23.48%
Wants: 150
Gots: 346 | FT: 18
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California, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: MiScusi on 09-21-2008

Brewed with 17 lbs. of yams per barrel (in other words, a lot of yams!), this autumn seasonal is a different take on the "pumpkin" beer style. Brewed with cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, vanilla, molasses, and maple syrup, and fermented with our traditional Belgian yeast strain, this bold and spicy beer is perfect on a cold autumn evening.

ABV: 10%, IBU: 25, SRM: 15, Release: Fall
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Photo of alexk307
3.86/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A: Brownish redish with no head. Beer is the same color as the label.

S: Dark sweet fruits, belgian yeast. Not getting ANY maple/pumpkin/spice

T: Tastes EXACTLY like Treogs Mad Elf, which is one of my favorite beers of all time. I don't think I would be able to tell the deference between the two in a blind tasting.

M: Carbonated and full. Not as carbonated as other belgian ales.

O: Low overall because I don't think this was worth the price, and it didn't taste or smell ANYTHING like a pumpkin seasonal.

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Photo of VincentFrey
2.78/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Pour / Appearance: Capped bottle poured into a Heavy Seas tulip. Dark, partially opaque ruby red. Very pretty. Little carbonation; a small ring around the glass but no real head to speak of. For a 10% beer I'm not really surprised, although I'd think the bottle conditioning would have more of an effect. Slight detractor to the appearance, but not a major flaw.

Aroma: Heavy spicing (allspice, nutmeg?) and hints of yam, but not overpoweringly so. Darker malts balance the nose, and faint sugars provide a nice winter warmer aspect. Alcohol is present but masked. Nothing like a brown ale, but a great smell for a yam / pumpkin beer.

Flavor: Wow those spices really quick. Oddly there is a very watery aspect to the whole thing, which is incredibly off putting. It's like mulled water on the backend, and I'm halfway wondering if this did get infected. There is some belgian yeast character, but mostly spice water. I'm very disappointed

Overall: Would have been great if it weren't for the mouthfeel and resultant taste. Maybe well carbed it was excellent, but now it's kinda died,

Bottom Line: I'm not going to bother next year, though I may be in the minority. Can't recommend based on the bottle sampled.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.99/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice seasonal beer that hits the spot the same way a pumpkin beer does. This reminds me of something made by Southern Tier- good, but definitely a little over the top on the sweet end. Pours a slightly murky amber with little head. Sweet with yams and brown sugar, and moderately spiced with winter spices. Balanced, if a bit sweet. There is also a fairly nice bready finish that is a bit like an uniced cinnamon roll- yeasty,bready, a bit spicy, but not that sweet. All in all, a pleasant experience, especially after the beer opens up for a while. It seems to get less sweet and certainly less carbonated- and breadier.

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Photo of FondueVoodoo
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Special thanks to tbadiuk for sending this beer out West for us to enjoy.
A: Crystal clear brick red that poured out with 2 fingers of pale tan microfilm and settle to a thin spider web of film scattered on top.

S: Big malty scents paired with a roasted squash peppered with nutmeg, maple syrup, molasses, and other autumn spices. Smells like everything that's good about pumpkin pie, fresh molasses buns and roasted squash - relish.

T: Super sweet malts up front leaning towards a sweet sherry followed with roasted squash topped with maple sugar and spices. The finish is almost entirely molasses with yeast notes. Represents the flavours suggested on the bottle boldly, but maybe a little to sweet for my preference, saved half the bottle for dessert course the next day - and looking forward to it.

M: A medium body with a syrup mouth feel and just a hint of carbonation. Perfect mouth feel to support the flavour.

O: Enjoyable sweet offering that will pair excellently with roasted veggies and baked chicken, a little too sweet however to pair with some meals, but would make a nice fireside sipper. Nice stand in for a sherry or even a port.

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Photo of Thehuntmaster
4.08/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle 10,0% Abv.
Served chilled and split between a snifter and wine glass.
No bottle date.

Appearance: Autumn maple appears a medium brown in the glass, however a back light transforms the body into a beautiful deep ruby red with bright golden-amber edges. A rough pour results in a massive light tan coloured head, that displays great retention, but doesn't leave much in the way of lacing.

Smell: Wow, the nose is far more quady than I expected - there is about as much banana-ery Belgian yeast as anything else. Some holiday spicing (cinnamon and nutmeg) is present alongside a touch of sweet potato, some caramel and brown sugar. As the beer begins to warm the nose really opens up, with the Belgian yeast falling behind notes of brown sugar, molasses, toasted malt and an increased spiced character (ginger and all spice join in).

Taste: As with the nose, initially the flavour is very Belgian with a large spicy banana yeast quality. This however fades with warming to reveal fantastic sweet notes of molasses and brown sugar as well as a nice amount of spicing, toasted malt and a little sweet potato. There is only a hint of the 10% noted in the flavour, even at room temperature.

Mouthfeel: Initially, as with most beers, Autumn Maple is over carbonated for my tastes. However the carbonation is smooth enough that the high level isn't too bothersome and it settles down nicely. The body is where this beer shines in comparison to other holiday ales - it is just shy of full and lightly sticky.

Overall: Autumn Maple is an interesting take on the pumkin/holiday ale style. I think I would have preferred it without the Belgian yeast strain.

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Photo of magictacosinus
3.91/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out of a 750ml bottle into a tulip glass. 2012 vintage. I saved this last year with the hopes to have it with Thanksgiving food, but all of my plans fell through to the point where I said, "screw it," and opened it tonight with some cassoulet.

Pours a murky brown tinged amber with (alongside an aggressive pour) about two fingers of an off-khaki head. Maintains head retention quite well for a year old beer, but it eventually dies down over the course of an hour. Leaves minimal stickiness or lacing behind. Looks viscous and intensely sugary. Let's hope it's not a Bruery diabetes bomb.

As far as beers of this type go, this smells quite good - especially in light of my fears that this one of the unfortunate bottles that suffered a widespread infection in the 2012 batch. Instead of some off-flavors, I instead get a lot of the flavors advertised on the bottle, none which seem to have faded very much in the past year: big caramel, molasses, squash (the yams, I suppose), brown sugar, light maple, dates, plums, and a truffle-like biscuit character that is distinct. The alcohol is not necessarily hidden here (this is a beer from The Bruery after all) but it only provides minor sweetness underneath the diverse array of seasonal ingredients. I'm happy with how well the yams and maple have held up after a year. Quite good stuff at the front.

I'm really glad that I aged this for a year - if I remember well how this was fresh, this was far sweeter, vegetal, and syrupy when it was first bottled, but a year of aging has allowed a lot of those aspects to mellow out a bit. Brown sugar, caramel, nutmeg, allspice, pumpkin (or squash - but certainly not yam), spicy molasses, dates, raisins, prunes... Lots of seasonal, festive flavors packed into one beer. Reminds me of a cross between a pumpkin ale and spiced rum. Bready in character, but nothing too malty - the sweetness and spices are well balanced, and prevent this from becoming too cloying. The alcohol is extremely well hidden here at 20 proof. Carbonation has held up decently well with the bottle conditioning, but it does get a little syrupy in the long run. I easily drank two glasses of this in one evening, and I'm looking forward to cooking the rest with some lamb or duck.

I'm glad this ended up being enjoyable, in spite of my fears of how this would turn out aged. Can't say the same amount of praise for this when fresh, but I'm definitely interested in trying the barrel aged variant. Not my favorite release of all time during this season, but it's undeniably food friendly, and very good to use for cooking as well. A success overall from one of the most divisive breweries there is.

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Photo of HattedClassic
3.79/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The beer pours a slightly vigorous and brownish head that dissipates very quickly and very little lacing is left behind. The beer itself is a clear brown that has a dark copper hue to it. However, seen in the right light, the beer also has bits of red. The beer has a strong maple smell with hints of hops complementing the maple and spices that make their appearance. In addition to the maple, the beer has hints of a banana smell that is probably the yeast and brown sugar, both of which complement the maple. The taste is fairly different from the smell. While the maple does play a central role among the various taste, the hops seem to come out more as an aftertaste. The spices are more distinct than smell. The various spices vary from cinnamon, nutmeg, etc. Overall, the beer has a sugary and nutty flavor with a heavier emphasis on spices than other brown ales. Notes of yam are also present. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with very little carbonation. The beer has a smooth feel but with some texture as it is drunk. Overall, the beer is pretty good and worth getting when available.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.08/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanksgiving beer 2013

Bottled in 2012

A- pours a clear, ruby brown color with a dark tan fizzy head that reduces quickly, leaving no lace behind

S- powdery yeast aromas up front with some banana, sweet molasses/brown sugar combines with the banana to give an aroma of banana nut bread, the yams add another sweet aspect and combine with some subtle spiciness, a hint of vanilla on the finish, very nice

T- sweet dark bread with some nutty flavors, cinnamon/nutmeg/allspice kicks in mid-palate and is complimented nicely by the sweetness of the molasses, Belgian yeast flavors provide fruity banana with some musty/earthiness to close it out

M- viscous body with low carbonation leads to a slightly syrupy mouthfeel with a chewy finish, lingering alcohol at the end

O- I really enjoyed this, it's definitely a sipper as the ABV is definitely noticeable. It pairs amazing well with thanksgiving food, especially pumpkin pie. A lot of other reviews stated that it was too boozy, I did not find this. Perhaps the year of aging mellowed it out a bit.

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Photo of Jjski
4.57/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I really like yams and maple. I do NOT like any pumpkin beer I've tried other than Heirloom Pumpkin Barley Wine ( almanac).

This is a very complex, Belgian yesat, copper colored, malt-forward, not too sweet, yammy, maple concoction: barrel aged. It still tastes like beer, excellent beer. It does not taste or resemble most pumpkin beers in any fashion.

From first frost until sugaring season, I'm apt to pull one out of the cellar to pair with duck, turkey, roast pork.

IMHO, the Bruery makes great beers. This is one of the more under- appreciated examples.

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Photo of Furlinator
4.01/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours hazy reddish brown with 1/2 inch of off-white head that fades to just a thin film on top that leaves faint spotty lace.

Smell is of pumpkin pie spices: cinnamon, nutmeg, etc., with baked yam and maple on the finish.

Taste is of cinnamon, nutmeg and clove up front with earthy yam, maple and molasses on the back end.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation.

This brew succeeds where most pumpkin ales fail. Most pumpkin ales are thin in body and are too spice forward, where Autumn Maple allows the yams and their texture to shine alongside the Autumn spices.

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Photo of dexterk1
4.08/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this recently at one of our favorite spots. Poured a nice dark amber/lite brown. Head of about an inch that disappeared rather quickly.
Odor is sweet and spicy. Cinnamon, syrup and some other spices came to mind when first smelling.
Taste is rather sweet and maple syrup like at first. Middle to end brings some more spice and little bit of alcohol . Mouth feel is smooth and relatively flat. It seems like there is very little carbonation.
Overall, a very good beer with sweetness throughout. Great for sipping and savoring.

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Photo of trentbent
4.29/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

I was not sure I'd love this beer but I was sure my guests would love it. But it turns out that I knew I would love this beer and I ended up drinking almost a third of the bottle. It's definitely a tricky beer to pull out at T-day (the perfect beer but...) some people just don't love a complex beer like this. Have you ever had sweet potatoes with maple syrup? Yeah. So this is that and somehow better. It takes a moment, but it strikes you that the flavor and mouthfeel of this ambitious T-day beer is rightly balanced. I was sad when the bottle was done, despite all the other beers at my fingertips (I over-prepared for Thanksgiving cuz it was my first time hosting...lots of leftover food and beer!) Thanks The Bruery, let's make this a tradition.

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Photo of MNishCT77
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750 mL bottle purchased in the greater Washington D.C. area, unknown bottling date (2013 vintage), poured into my The Bruery "June 15th, 2013, Rue the Day" snifter, drank 11/28/13 over an hour.

A: 2/3 - amber-brown coloration, little clarity (cannot see through), tannish-brown coloration on first pour but very quickly dissipates into subtle glass lacing , moderate-to-large alcohol legs

S: 8/12 - like a spiced yam, some nutmeg, molasses

T: 16/20 - on the anterior tongue, there's a big spice and sweet character that immediately hits; as it develops in the mouth, there malt sweetness fully develops and some alcohols are detectable; on the aftertaste, it's sweet but not cloying so and resolves impressively dry

M: 4/5 - moderate bodied and appropriately carbonated, big time mouthfeel from the booze

O: 8/10 - a favorite Fall ale from a brewery that doesn't see a true Fall; I like their eschewing of pumpkin but still creating an excellent seasonal Fall beer

TOTAL = 39/50

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Photo of MacQ32
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - pours a deepber brown with half a finger of tan head which dissipates quickly leaving almost no lacing.

S - maple syrup, cinnamon, some dark fruits, molasses

T - exactly as it smells plus a lotta yams

M - medium/lighter bodied. Good carbonation, Would have liked it be more full bodied

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Photo of TBoneJones
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

From a bottle obtained during a June stop in Seattle. Poured into a chalice: ruby orange, clear yet rich-looking, with little visible carbonation, and a fluffy head that settles to a ring-around. Lacing seems nice to start.
Smells like spice and some cinammon, with a vegetable vibe to it that's tough to describe. Different. I actually get an impression of baked ham in a fork with spicy mustard! Certainly a nose that's in tune with the season.
Tastes slick and low carbonated, with flavors that are vegetable-like (the yams), and a spice blend (mostly all-spice) that works well with the former. Certainly a sweet edge due to the syrup, where maple flavor doesn't come to the forefront quite like the overall seeetness of its sugar. Not complex, although more sipping gives me more of an apple note. A mild burn briefly pops through afterward, then levels off. A sipper. Wish it were better carbonated. Seems perfect to accompany a holiday meal, so as intended, this will be had with Thanksgiving dinner. A different type of beer, and despite not favoring this style, appreciated. Update following meal: score on this brew bumped up by nearly a full point, just because it compliments this type of meal (incl turkey, cranberry sauce, broccoli, hot rolls etc.) perfectly.

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Photo of NewGlarusFan
3.92/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Had on tap in flute

A) Dark amber, one finger head, non-transparent. It's almost flat barley carbonated

S) Lots of spices, cinnamon, nutmeg, brown sugar, maple, dried fruit

T) Maple up front, spices towards the end and fusel alcohol aftertaste

M) thick no carbonation, almost batter

O) very tasty beer worth the price, but this one isn't for everyone.

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Photo of davewlfpckfan29
2.89/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

The thing about this beer is, it tastes a lot like most fall, pumpkin/squash beers.
and the heavy alcohol taste is not very appealing when it comes to being a drinkable beer.

It pours a dark brown, with a golden tint to it.

Smells kinda nice. It has those herbal spices, maybe a faint maple or "molasses" .
It also smells like it might have a heavy alcohol content.

The thing I don't like about the taste, is that the 10% alcohol is kind of in your face.
There are cinnamon and other spices apparent, and a faint taste that I get from most pumpkin/squash beers. I can taste a bit of good things going on in here, but its a little overpowered.

The mouthfeel was not that pleasant, and the people with me agreed.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.49/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a brownish caramel. Thin, disjointed head of individual bubbles. Not much lace.

S-Very sweet of course. Lots of caramel and brown sugar. Some alcohol. Some autumnal spices.

T-The yams come through a bit. A bit like mashed sweet potato. Rich, full brown sugar and caramel. Maple syrup, cinnamon and the entire medley of Fall spices. High octane. Dark fruitiness.

M-Slow sipper for sure. Subtle carbonation. Body is full but not quite viscous. Alcohol comes out.

O/D-One glass is enough for me. A big, rich Fall beer. Probably won't have it again but it was unique and worth a pour.

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Photo of jbaker67
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The pour is a dark orangey brown, with not much head at all. The aroma is heavy in cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove. The taste is actually a nice combo of the spices as well. I'm a little disappointed that there isn't more of a maple flavor though. The mouth feel is great, and it hangs around just long enough to let the palate experience the spices.

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Photo of 57md
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is a muddy brownish copper with golden edges. There is about a half finger of head that dissipates fairly quickly. The nose is complex - maple, pumpkin and assorted fall spices. The taste starts off mildly tart and the flavor builds to include seasonal spices and yams. There are both sweet and dry notes on the finish along with a slight alcohol warmth. This is a pretty complex offering that would be perfect alongside turkey with all the trimmings.

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Photo of metter98
3.82/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is very hazy caramel amber in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. When viewed from a distance, the beer is opaque. It poured with a finger high beige colored head that died down, leaving a large patch of bubbles on the surface and a thick collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of yams and pumpkin pie spices are present in the nose—nutmeg and cinnamon seem to stand out in particular.
T: The overall taste mostly follows the smell and has hints of brown sugar and associated sweetness from this and the yams.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is surprisingly drinkable for such a strong beer as it manages to hide its alcohol very well. It's a nice alternative to a pumpkin beer if you are looking for something seasonal to have during the autumn months, such as during Thanksgiving dinner.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.82/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

I had this beer on-tap in a goblet at Special Brews in Lynnwood, WA.

Appearance: rich amber-brown hue with a lots of haze and a thick finger of creamy tan foam atop. Quite attractive.

Smell: malty, nutty and sweet; not terribly maple-y, but I imagine a lot of that character fermented out. It's got a little bit of a pumpkin spice character going on; it's definitely autumnal. Overall, pretty good.

Taste: rich and malty; quite sweet and highly reminiscent of pumpkin spice. Not bad, although it lacks subtlety. The alcohol is definitely an element here, but it's not overpowering, which could have been a danger here. Not too bad.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a super smooth and creamy consistency. I really like it a lot; excellent.

Overall: a nice, if unremarkable, autumn ale. I probably won't go back to this well, but it's definitely worth a try if you are a fan of autumnal and/or pumpkin beers.

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Photo of JSuperman
4.02/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was recommended by a sales member at our local Bristol Farms so I decided to give it a try. At $11 it was a bit more expensive than I wanted but I hoped it would be worth the hype. In short, it was!

This is a classic winter ale that is perfectly suited for a cool evening and a fire (in fact, I've already set aside another bottle for Thanksgiving). It is very sweet and full of lingering spicy flavor. The body is full, almost like a dopplebock in the level of flavour and heaviness. I preferred the taste at the beginning of the bottle more than I did during the last half. This is likely due to the sweetness of the maple and yams and I would suggest you share the bottle (something I neglected to do!).

If this beer was a holiday it would be Thanksgiving. It is full of fall, spicy flavors with a wonderful full-bodied, sweet taste that reminds you of your grandmas sweet potatoes or pumpkin pie.

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Photo of DaveSchultz
4.35/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A – It almost looks like apple cider. A little bit of head that disapates gradually. Dark golden brown in color and cloudy.

S – Sweet potatoes and nutmeg. Brown sugar... I suppose that’s the molasses. The booze is faintly detectable.

T – Wow! I’m drinking T-Day dinner. Much like it smells; sweet potatoes, molasses, and spices.

M – Thick, rich, and creamy.

O – I love it. While it’s very rich, it is very well-balanced. It’s sweet, but not too sweet. It’s boozy, but not too boozy. It’s spiced, but not overly spiced. Dare I say, move over Pumking, I’ve got a new favorite Fall beer. “Blasphemy!” you might say. I know! I know… but… this is VERY good. And, this is the first beer that I’ve had that is brewed with YAMS. Unique and delicious; if you haven’t already, this is a must try.


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Photo of BA_Berto
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance : hazy brown, two finger quickly disappearing head.
Smell: brown sugar, yam ,...liquid thanksgiving dinner. One of the better fall beers , but still behind Pumking! Slight maple and vanilla sweetness.
Taste: maple syrup, hints of vanilla, and yams. Well balanced and the taste reminds me a lot of hoppin frog 's double hallow Pumkin ale.
Mouth feel: nice
Overall: everyone has an opinion...if I could buy this for $10+ or Pumking for $7, I will take a Pumking everyday! Having said that, I would try this again, and possibly hope for more maple flavor.

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Autumn Maple from The Bruery
85 out of 100 based on 593 ratings.