Autumnation (2011-2012)
Sixpoint Brewery

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Pumpkin Beer
3.7 | pDev: 14.86%
Sixpoint Brewery
New York, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
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Reviews: 183 | Ratings: 426
Reviews by stickynotes:
Photo of stickynotes
4.12/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy caramel orange, a white head bubbles down actively leaving consistent thin lacing. Nose is pine, rich grass, some clove, a little citrus. A malt background. A strong, sharp aroma, I like it. Taste parallels the nose. The wet hop is apparent, a grassy, earthiness dominate, some citrus, a little clove, a little ginger, I'm getting little to no pumpkin. Mouthfeel is medium, vigorous, fine carbonation. Overall this is great.The wet hop is apparent throughout. I am getting hardly any pumpkin, more like a heavily hopped octoberfest to me and I have no problem with that.

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Photo of droomyster
3.14/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours hazy orange body with a tornado of dark yeast swirling around. Head is big and frumpy, extremely long lasting and clingy. Aromas are mostly of grapefruit and light autumnal spices, all subdued. Flavors are muddled, non-distinct, generally hop-forward but unimpressive. The ginger and pumpkin that went into it are hard to distinguish from the generic citrus and caramel mix. My first and last can of this brew.

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Photo of tjkinate
3.03/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not much to say besides average.

A: 1+ fingered white foamy head with some retention formed atop this opaque orange bodied brew.

S: Sweet malts, grains, grass, some spice.

T: Flavor starts out better than expected, but quickly fell off with an unbalanced slightly bitter backend.

M: Fairly light, crisp, slight tingle from carbonation.

O: Drinkable, just not that enjoyable.

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Photo of beermanbrian
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of riversider76
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden copper orange let's call it. Decent head. Great retention, and a good deal of laceing. Aroma is of fruity, citrus hops with hints of pine and spice. This is a full bodied beer with some carbonation.. Taste is of spice,grapefruit and orange peel. Nicely hopped through out,with maybe some pumpkin in the finish. If you're looking for a triditional pumpkin ale this is not it. But whatever it is, I liked it.

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3/5  rDev -18.9%

Photo of matjack85
3.21/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My sister had these in her fridge and offered them to us during the football games before Thanksgiving dinner. Totally new brewery to me, so glad to get the free samples. 16oz cans with a best before date on the bottom of the can. Mine says "best before Dec. 30, 2012", so it's within the reccomended drinking period.

The beer poured a hazy light orange color with a gigantic 4-finger rocky white head. Retention was good and lacing was plentiful. No complaints in the looks department.

Big citrus hop smell ... but where's the pumpkin, or at least give me some of the pumpkin spices. Not a trace of cinnamon, nutmeg, or clove to be found. It's not an unpleasant smell, just not a pumpkin ale smell.

This would taste OK if it were a pale ale, but not a good taste for a pumpkin ale. If a beer is going to call itself a pumpkin ale then it ought to taste like pumpkin - and this does not even come close. This is a very tasty hoppy brew with the citra hops dominating the flavor. I get lots of grapefruit, orange peel, and tangerine flavor along with some sweet malt for balance. It's also spiced with ginger. Bitterness is high with 74 IBU's, and some of the 6.7% alcohol is noticeable in the background.

Light to medium body with medium carbonation. Some nice bitterness lingers in the aftertaste.

This is a good tasting beer, but I'm knocking it down in score for its failure to taste like what it's supposed to be. As a pumpkin ale it fails miserably.


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Photo of funkel81
2.29/5  rDev -38.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

this is a pumkpin beer? i don't know about that...tastes more like a Duvel than it does a Pumking or a Pumpkin Head. it's not bad necessarily, just not at all what I was expecting and i really did not enjoy it.

oh well, maybe the stout that's coming out will be better...

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Photo of Stigs
2/5  rDev -45.9%

Photo of brstls4drmrs
4.12/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thank you cosmicevan.

A - Poured into a pint glass the liquid was a translucent orange/amber color with an off white froth. Good lacing occurs with what appeared to be little carbonation.

S - A very fresh hop smell with some citrus fruits (could be a light grapefruit or lemon zest) with a very faint bean vegetable scent as well. The hoppy aroma is real nice.

T - Hops and citrus (very little) with some pine and very small taste of mint.

M - Crispy and dances around nicely with good solid carbonation.

O - A very easy drinking brew. Not much pumpkin which was a small letdown (b/c I like pumpkin) but very good. Could drink plenty more of these.

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Photo of rootbeerman
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: pours light clear yellow/orange, off white head that leaves chunky lacing.
S: some light pine and grapefruit hop, pumpkin seems to play second fiddle to the hops, along with the slight woody hint that ginger root has.
T: the pine and grapefruit of the hops and a slight burn of ginger are first noticed and linger. The pumpkin is more faint than most other styles.
M: I'd say I'm more used to thicker more creamier pumpkin ales, slightly prickly carbonation.
O: it is definitely something different from the normal pumpkin ale. More hops in both aroma and taste. I really like more pumpkin.

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Photo of adman08
3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Sidebordz for this one!
A-Pours a hazy, pale gold with a good amount of white head that leaves a lot of lacing.
S-Very fresh, green aroma of grassy herbal hops. A very vegetable aroma overall, pumpkin comes through a little with some spices.
T-Very unusual flavor, lots of herbal hop bitterness, surprisingly bitter for a pumpkin ale. The pumpkin and spices, especially ginger, do come through as the beer warms.
M-Fairly dry and light. Lots of carbonation.
Overall, not at all what I expected. It might be more accurate to call this a pumpkin IPA. There's a lot of hop flavor, the hops dominate in my opinion. The pumpkin and spice flavors take a bit of a back seat. It's not a bad beer I just don't care for it when you consider the style.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 ounce can, bottom of the can says best before December 30, 2012. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours an orange/amber color with about an inch off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both good. Aroma is mostly citrusy (tropical fruit, grapefruit, oranges) and piney hops, along with a little bit of pumpkin and some pumpkin spices. Taste is similar to the aroma, it's a mostly hoppy bitter tasting brew, but it's also a bit salty too. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's slick and creamy with good carbonation. I think it's a good overall brew. I might age a can of this for a while and see if it ends up more pumpkiny or not, but I think it's still a tasty brew now. At this point I'd call it more of an IPA than it is a Pumpkin Ale. $8.99 a 4-pack.

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Photo of WMEugene
3.07/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the can into a nonic-style pint glass.

A - Pours a somewhat hazy orange color with a thin head and good lacing.

S - Ginger and hops are the most dominant. I can smell some faint notes of pumpkin as well. Maybe I just don't like the smell of ginger, but I'm not a fan of the smell here. Almost soapy/cleaning solution-esque.

T - So it tastes a bit better than it smells, but I'm not sure quite what's going on here. I've picked up the hoppyness/bitterness of a milder IPA, the pumpkin/spice flavors of a normal fall seasonal, and the ginger. It's tasty enough - just it isn't all that well-balanced. Though you can tell it's meant to be a fall seasonal.

M - The mouthfeel is this beer's saving grace. Medium-bodied, nicely carbonated, very smooth and drinkable.

O - I'll be honest, I still don't know quite what to make of Autumnation. It's tasty enough and feels great on the palate - it's just sort of a mess in terms of balance and the smell. But most importantly, I enjoyed the actual drinking and would have again.

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3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

Photo of biegaman
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Autumnation has the requisite fall-themed orange tone, the same of fallen leaves and pumpkins. What's more, its otherwise radiant golden hue is suffocated by a looming haze (which is compounded by the last few drops in the can). There is also decay: the sides of the glass is where dying head finds its rest.

I was worried that drinking this beer out of season (read: not at its freshest) would diminish its enjoyment, but the hops in this bouquet still smell like they were just picked yesterday. Wet hopping - adding freshly harvested hops to the fermentor - has paid off with a tropical and vibrantly oily smell that overrides any pumpkin-pie spicing.

I always hesitate to criticize a pumpkin ale for leaning too heavily on the spices - for one, it's a subjective call, and secondly, you should know what you're getting yourself into. Fortunately that's not a concern here as the ginger and co. take a backseat to toasted malt and floral, oily hops. This is far more bittersweet than either savory or spicy.

Kudos to Sixpoint for discovering that ginger is an inherently flattering companion to the tropically fruity Citra hop. The tastes of guava and mango pair wonderfully with ginger's spicy zest and the mild caramelly flavor of crystal malts. The candied citrus notes are an unusual and delightful addition to this typically depthless style.

We might as well forget that this was brewed with pumpkin and spices and focus solely on the fact that it's wet-hopped - it's that refreshingly tropical, oily-floral hop character that distinguishes this beer, not the gourd. But the ginger and pie-flavorings don't go wholly unappreciated either, making this a fantastic offering under any title.

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.59/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On-tap 4/26/2013 at Track 84 in Warwick, RI, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a light brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains caramelized malts, pumpkin, some spice and some hops.

T: The taste starts out with a decent hops bitterness for the style. Then a thin malt character comes in along with some background flavors of spice and pumpkin. However, there is not much balance. The after-taste is slightly bitter.

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

O: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, it’s certainly not one of the better beers I’ve had in the style.

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of ColForbinBC
3.86/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16oz can poured into an imperial pint

An orange body sits underneath a mountainous yellow tinged cap. Decent retention with mild lacing. No visible carbonation.

The nose of of spicy, earthy fresh hops with nutmeg, ginger and pumpkin underneath. An interesting aroma. Think harvest ale meets pumpkin ale.

A good dose of spicy, earthy hops attack the palate. Nutmeg and pumpkin come through the middle but the ginger really stands out. The finish is fairly bitter with large amounts of spice and a lightly sweet pie crust flavor.

The feel is medium with very light carbonation, nearly flat.

As a pumpkin ale, this is unique and deserves some praise. As a harvest ale (ipa), not bad. It has a nice hop profile but the nutmeg and ginger are a bit of a wild card. Either way, this works for me. Nice job.

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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Autumnation (2011-2012) from Sixpoint Brewery
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 426 ratings