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Witch's Hair Pumpkin Ale - Twisted Manzanita Ales

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Witch's Hair Pumpkin AleWitch's Hair Pumpkin Ale

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BA SCORE
80
good

22 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 22
Reviews: 8
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 23.26%
Wants: 3
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Twisted Manzanita Ales visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: womencantsail on 12-04-2010)
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Reviews by badboyrsl84:
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badboyrsl84

California

4.33/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewery.

Pours a auburn color in the glass with a very thin head that fades quickly to just a lacing around the glass.

smell- pumpkin pie is evident, pumpkin mash cinnamon, nutmeg and other holiday spices.

Taste- carbonation hits up front but the taste settles in to follow the nose. Lots of pumpkin flavor, cinnamon and nutmeg. Very nicely done and my favorite brew from this brewery.

Overall- this brew is very well balanced the flavors ride together nicelyand remains on top 3 pumpkin of beers all time. Very drinkable at 9% abv.

Serving type: on-tap

10-14-2011 02:44:41 | More by badboyrsl84
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3.68/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I can't top my review last year of this stuff in the bottles, but I had to try it on tap at Sea Rocket in San Diego. Red-orange amber in the tulip glass. Head becomes a bathtub ring, but pleasantly carbonated on the tongue for a while.

Sweet and hugely flavored. Makes me think of those peculiar candy fruit things you see in the Mexican bakeries. Winey nose with ginger and cloves. Seriously candied sweet potato flavor. Then there's the pumpkin pie spices. But overall it tastes like your grandma's yams, though missing the marshmallows.

So sweet and spicy, I would normally hate this kind of stuff, but it's a terrific blast of flavors. Just think of it as dessert. Maybe this is the perfect beer float with vanilla ice cream.

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10-26-2012 04:05:37 | More by mactrail
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3/5  rDev -12.8%

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A - Pour medium dark honey, not much head, but tons of lace.

S - Dense, sweet, spicy pumpkin pie. It's almost like eating with your nose.

T - Big pumpkin, but even bigger spices. Personally, I would have like to get more of the pumpkin flavor and tone down the spices, just a little, but that is my preference. Pretty tasty.

M - Creamy, medium to heavy body, good carbonation, good balance and a nice clean finish.

D - Not a session, but no pumpkins really are. Very nice example of the style.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

My wife picked this up on her way home from work, we have been on the hunt for great pumpkin beers and the description sounded like what we were looking for.
The beer pours a dark murky brown with a creamy off white head. The smell is huge of alcohol, some sweet candy sugar, pumpkin and cough syrup. The taste is as I expected from the nose, extremely boozy with just a touch of pumpkin and cinamon. It has a very creemy body full of heat from the alcohol. It's at best a mediocre pumpkin that is not balanced well and dominated by the alcohol.

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I pour this rather pricy bomber into a globe glass and share it with a friend. The pour is a hazy brown with some bright pumpkin highlights. Offers a decent cap which does linger fairly well. This year's offering, the Witches Hair, comes in at 8.8%, 2011 Edition on the bottle.

The nose is subdued in a sense and not the pumpkin pie they had last year. And that's a good thing I must say. Still offering notes of pumpkin though more yam and a full showing of fall spice and potpourri. Touch of earthy hops reveal themselves with a bit of agitation and alcohol is mildly evident.

Taste brings it back with a flash of sweetness and is followed by a lingering of spice. Still a bit thin in the delivery the beer offers an odd confluence of factors. Pumpkin, yam, alcohol, allspice and cinnamon, perhaps some nutmeg. Yet last years overwhelming spice is absent, tasting more like beer than pie. Hmmm. But then not so much really....

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HopHead84

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2.15/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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Bottle shared by Charles, thanks!

A: Dark brownish orange with a small bubbly head.

S: Yam, pumpkin, and a strong vegetal aroma, like walking through a vegetable garden in 90% humidity. You smash the vegetables under your boots as you rush pell-mell looking for an exit. Big nutmeg. I get a touch of caramel as well.

T: Strong vegetal notes accompany yam and pumpkin. Lightly spicy, with notes of nutmeg and allspice.

M: Medium body and nearly flat, with a heavy, syrupy mouthfeel.

Overall: Not very good.

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Alexmatt86

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Smells delicious; Smells of pumpkin pie and has a nice spicy earthy hop aroma mixed in to the overall aroma.
Taste is layered nicely and really settles in when it warms a bit. Flavors of pumpkin, nutmeg and caramel slowly melt into a delicious concoction.
I can see how the beer could be overly sweet to some but it really isn't any sweeter than any other pumpkin beer i've had previously.
It sits around 9% but drinks very, very smooth.

Nice seasonal!

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womencantsail

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look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

On-tap at Strong Ale

A: The pour is a murky dark amber-orange color with a slightly off-white head.

S: An intensely sweet nose to this beer, almost like melted candy. All spice, clove, and cinnamon are here as well, but there's a bit of a "turned" nature to them. Almost like the spice container was left out in the Santee sun for about 10 years.

T: Mostly pie spices on the flavor, and they are a bit overwhelming. It's also somewhat chalky and bitter. There's only a mild malty sweetness, and not really any pumpkin flavor.

M: The body is medium with a moderate carbonation and a pretty dry finish.

D: This recipe needs some work. Not a very good pumpkin or spiced or whatever you want to call it style beer.

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12-04-2010 18:20:34 | More by womencantsail
Witch's Hair Pumpkin Ale from Twisted Manzanita Ales
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