Autumnation (2011-2012) | Sixpoint Brewery

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Autumnation (2011-2012)Autumnation (2011-2012)

Brewed by:
Sixpoint Brewery
New York, United States

Style: Pumpkin Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Fall

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Added by beerdrinker4life on 09-20-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 426 |  Reviews: 183
Reviews by Biermaedchen:
Photo of Biermaedchen
4.68/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Holy Citra HOPS, Batman!

Aroma: complex hop aroma with a sweet malt reminiscent of caramel and toast. Citra hops galore- smells straight off the vine.
Appearance: Transparent autumnal amber with visible carbonation and thick creamy off white head.
Taste: Pine & citrus hops. Perfectly bitter hop taste balanced with a mild sweetness from the malt.
Mouthfeel: an enjoyable viscosity. Medium in body and nice amount of carbonation- definitely makes the flavors dance.

This was a nice break from all the overly spiced-pumpkin/ seasonal beers- Really enjoyable to get other tastes from the season (the fresh hops).

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Tiernan
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of SkiBum22
4.15/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy deep amber with a nice fluffy white two finger head.

S - A nice spicy aroma. Smells like fall in a can. I get the ginger, pumpkin and cinnamon. Sweet hops too.

T - The hops stand out but you also get the nice pumpkin and spice notes. The ginger and cinnamon are very present.

M - A nice medium body mouthfeel, good carbonation.

O - It's tough to call this a straight up pumpkin ale. It feels more like an IPA. This has over taken Dogfish's Punkin as my new favorite fall seasonal brew. Sixpoint nailed this one.

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Photo of kuishinbo_tantei
3/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of csmartin6
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of bierdabbler
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Excited to pick up this new release from Sixpoint, only took four stores to find it.

As previously told by a friend, this is more of a seasonal IPA with hints of pumpkin.

A- Good look, dark, orange color, decent size head with low retention.

S- Yum, as I love all my Sixpoints, great whiff of hops, and this one with citrus, too.

T- Slight spice taste, with more orange (fruit) flavor than pumpkin.

M- Comes strong and creamy with decent staying power and no aftershock.

Another great, easy-to-drink IPA from Sixpoint, but if you are looking for true pumpkin beer for the season I would suggest looking farther down the aisle.

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Photo of Jason
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz pounder, freshness date on the bottom of the can.

LOOK: Slightly hazy amber-orange glow, lacing puts on a show

SMELL: Fresh grass, slightly catty, thick resin, leafy, mild spice, a little estery

TASTE: Deep smoothness, very hoppy, balanced bitterness, oily hop, mild resin, orangey, pithy, faint catty hoppiness, hint of spice, hint of pumpkin meat, nutty, stone fruit, estery, spicy hoppy finish

Not sure what to make of this brew other than I love it. Not surprised that Sixpoint would go against the grain for this style, this is part of our American beer culture ... taking beers that you might throw into a style and pull it as far to one end or the other. I can taste the elements of the style just enough though don't be wanting some pie spiced soda-beer here. If you like hops ... get some now. Great job guys.

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Photo of BeerIsland
3.94/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I don't care where this beer is made, it's a fine effort and worth repeating. Nice depth with a lingering finish, this beer has the gourd backing, without ridiculous spices (as in the Steg) Pumpkin), and well thought out hops layering. Pity the Lion can't make this stuff on its own.

Late Jan 2013 spinrsx, it’s wonderful when the good stuff back eddies into your neck of the woods, isn’t it. Luckily, I only had to stagger downstairs for my last can of this year’s exceptional brew. Golden and frothy headed, this beer marked a turn for me; and now, in the coldest nape of winter, still points toward a more lush future. Possessing great balance, I think the hop zestiness remains more than adequate for the job. One of the BEST products ever to come out of Wilkes-Barre, the Autumnation only begs the question: why can’t the Lion make something like this on its own? Get jiggy wid it !

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Photo of Billolick
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16 ounce can, $9.99 for the four pack, purchased at DeCicco's in Ardsley, NY

Pours light brownish amber, hazed under a surprisingly large tan head. leaves a loose, larger bubble film, and again larger bubble high sticky lacing.

Ginger, faint allspice and fall spicing in the nose.

More ginger up front, with more spice present, allspice, cinnamon coming to mind. Malty sweetness in place.

I'm not really a huge fan of pumpkin ale. However this year I seem to be enjoying them more and more. This one is not bad, certaintly drinkable, and pleasantly enough, but nothing special.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours an orange color with a white head. The aroma is very heavy on the pine notes, with a hint of biscuit malt. I don't get any pumpkin or spice notes in the aroma, which is disappearing. The flavor is more of the same. I get a ton of orange citrus and pine hops, as well as a little bit of grass. There is a hint of toffee, but once again no pumpkin or spice notes. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Tough to know how to rate this one. On one hand, it is a pretty good IPA. On the other hand, when I rate it as a pumpkin beer, it falls well short of the mark. Since the label talks about both pumpkin and wet hops, I will just rate it on how well I enjoyed it, rather than how well it fit any specific style.

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Photo of BrandonDZ
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of Runofthemiller
4.84/5  rDev +31.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Wow! What a great American IPA. I love this beer.

The scent is amazing. Pine. Citrus. Grapefruit. Very potent. I want an air freshener in my house that smells like this. Fantastic.

Great head and lacing.

I don't really taste pumpkin, but I don't care. This is great beer. Similar to Sierra Nevada Fresh Hop Ale, but more hoppy and less malty. Truly a special beer. I love the 16 oz can.

Good job, Sixpoint. Thank you.

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Photo of mjtiernan
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of jondeelee
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Autumnation opens to a bright, citrusy, hoppy nose that brings heavy doses of grapefruit rind, pink grapefruit, pine resin, and lemon, with supporting hoppy aromas of dandelion stem, mint, and anise. These are countered by a good range of sugars, including orange, apricot, and berry fruit esters, caramel, and brown sugar. And all of this rests atop a bed of toast crust and Grape Nuts cereal, though the grains are largely overwhelmed here and are somewhat difficult to pick out. Hops are the primary aroma, occupying a good three-quarters of the profile, making the beer smell very much like an IPA. As a whole, the nose is very nice, but what is immediately noticeable is the utter lack of pumpkin or spice aromas in here; indeed, if this were handed to me in a blind test, I would think this simply another IPA. What results is still enticing, and features an excellent hop array, but doesn’t mesh up with what the can advertises.

On the tongue, the first notes are hops, but these are milder here than they were on the nose. They still bring good amounts of pink grapefruit, grapefruit rind, pine resin, and lemon, however, with mint, anise, and dandelion stem coming in second. The sugars and grains seem better balanced on the tongue, with orange, apricot, and berry fruit esters mixing with caramel and brown sugar, and the grains again bringing toast crust and Grape Nuts cereal, as well as biscuit and toasted pecan. However, the pumpkin is still missing. There is a good touch of spice in here, but it does not come off as pumpkin spice—instead, it resembles a black and white pepper mixture, with perhaps subtle hints of coriander. The pumpkin is mainly noticeable in the aftertaste, where it brings about a slightly oily and very faint pumpkin flavor that coats the tongue, but is largely overshadowed by the still-exuberant hops, which continue to bang away at the tastebuds in lemony, grapefruity, piney goodness for a long time. Mouthfeel is medium-light to medium, and carbonation is medium.

As a whole, there is a lot to like about this beer, and hopheads will especially find the hop palette pleasantly diverse and potent. However, as an autumn beer supposedly brewed with pumpkin and spice, the beer does fall short, as neither of those flavors are immediately detectable. Even knowing that the beer contains pumpkin, I was barely able to find any, and that was largely because of the aftertaste.

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Photo of xdefeatsy
2.75/5  rDev -25.1%

Photo of virinow
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of dogfishandi
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can at fridge temp poured into a snifter. best before March 12, 2012 on the bottom of the can.

pours out a cloudy, light amber golden/ orange color with a nice 2 fingers of off white head. pretty good retention with some good lace at first, not much by the end of the glass.

sharp, spicy yeast phenols are most obvious. behind that i pick up some piney resinous hops, gingery like spice, a touch of alcohol and the slightest hint of pumpkin.

the taste is a nice blend of sharp, spicey yeast phenols and resinous pine and citrus hops. a bit of a pumpkiny maltiness is evident, but its really hard to determine whether this is actually pumpkin im tasting or not. lots of spice wheter it be from the yeast, hops, or actual spice. a hint of a grainy taste. finishes with a nice hop bitterness, everything seems to balance out nicely.

medium to light in body, slightly resinous feel.

this is a solid beer, whatever you want to call it, good drinkability, and overall a great idea behind the beer. but i cant get over that spicy, yeasty phenol, almost belgian like, in all their beers. i guess its kind of their trademark, i really wonder what yeast strain they use. however, it does make all their beers taste very similar to one another. id drink this again, but definatly not really even close to my fall favorites.

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Photo of jminch
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of briandaube
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.5/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Awesome looking beer can't wait to bite into this one it looks like you can eat the head with a spoon, custard like head rises above the rim of my imperial pint glass at least 3 inches. Body is deep slightly hazed copper with a big light tan khaki head forming thick and rising high. Fine speckled lacing left as it dwindles down the sides of my glass. Aroma has a deep spicy citrus character with hints of pumpkin gourdiness. Smells great very appealing aroma going on, hints of fresh ginger, pumpkin flesh, and citrus based fresh hops. Pretty cool to be drinking fresh hopped spiced pumpkin ale that just tastes like a super spicy hoppy canned IPA. It's opposite of mainstream pumpkin ale, which is the best thing any brewer could do during the season of cookie cutter pumpkin ales. Flavor wise it doesn't reveal as much fresh ginger or pumpkin but really equates into a semi sweet super bitter grassy/citric rind hop blast in each sip. Mouthfeel is slightly resinous super dry finish with ample carbonation the canned format is a good thing and I applaud breweries like Sixpoint for being so creative when assembling their Autumn ale.

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Photo of valkyre65
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of SPRichard
3/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of richkrull
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of Brenden
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The color is a pretty dark orange-brown with a bit of chill haze that drops away to show crystal clarity. The head that forms, sitting just about one finger tall, is strong and tight, holding up and leaving sticky lacing behind.
I can appreciate the smell in this one. It's hop-forward for sure, but the aroma allows for a bit of the spicing to come out, mostly nutmeg and ginger without the sweeter aspects of some, sitting underneath leafy, floral and somewhat piney hops bitterness. Pumpkin flesh is tough to eke out of this one, but it's there. Malts provide a bit of balance in the dryness.
I respect what they're going for here, and I know that it's well-brewed all around. As a pumpkin beer, though, I'm straining for pumpkin essence in the flavor. It's hard enough to find in the nose; it's nearly impossible to taste. It's almost more of a hoppy amber. The "Fresh 'wet hops'" described on the can are here. The pumpkin...
The feel is crisp with moderate carbonation in a sturdy medium body.

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Autumnation (2011-2012) from Sixpoint Brewery
Beer rating: 3.67 out of 5 with 426 ratings