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Autumnation (2011-2012) | Sixpoint Brewery

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Brewed by:
Sixpoint Brewery
New York, United States

Style: Pumpkin Ale

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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Photo of Sammy
3.62/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Can from NY state. Hoppy aroma, light orange coloured body with 3/8" of retained head. Firt I taste the hops, and then the spice in the finish led by ginger and pumpkin. Hoppy pumpkin beer, in a word. Decent drinkability, but not something I will seek out again. Average mouthfeel, above average carbonation.

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Photo of Texasfan549
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of kjkinsey
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of Knapp85
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This poured out as an orange amber color with a foamy cream colored head on top. The smell of the beer was of some spice notes and hops. The taste of the beer doesn't give off too much in the way of pumpkin but there is a autumn feel to the flavor. There is also a good amount of fresh hop flavors in this one as well. The flavors of malt, hops and spice blend well together creating a pretty good autumn style brew. The mouthfeel of the beer was decent, good smooth feel with a typical level of carbonation to it. Overall it was pretty good, I can see myself drinking this one again some day.

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Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of metter98
3.62/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is slightly hazy coppery orange in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high off white head that quickly settled down, consistently leaving lacing covering the surface.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of citrus and floral hops in the nose along with some hints of spices.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and also has flavors of ginger and peppery spices along with those of citrusy hops. No tastes of pumpkin are detectable. The finish has a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This tastes closer to being like an IPA or a herbed/spiced beer compared to a pumpkin beer. Nonetheless, the combination of ginger and wet hops lends for an interesting taste.

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Photo of brentk56
3.37/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber color; the modest head didn't hang around for long and left only a strand of lace

Smell: The pumpkin and ginger come through nicely in the aroma though the hops have a very unusual earthy character

Taste: After the beer warms, the pumpkin flavor is discernable, up front, but the spices and hops together combine to take over the flavor profile from start to finish; the aftertaste is medicinal

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Interesting, but ultimately unsuccessful, to my palate; I don't mind that this is not a traditional pumpkin beer but the spices and the hops really clash with one another and the aftertaste is really unpleasant

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Photo of oline73
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a can into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a slightly cloudy orangish amber color with two fingers of off white head. Decent retention and some lacing.

Smell: Quite malty and bread like with some very fresh citrus hops.

Taste: Lots of hops. There is a nice malty backbone, and another taste that could be some spices, but the hops just crush everything. It's a pleasant taste, I just couldn't have told you this was a pumpkin beer.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with aggressive carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: I like this beer, but I don't taste much pumpkin. I would have it again if I want a hoppy fall beer.

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Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16 ounce can into imperial pint glass, best before 12/30/2012. Pours hazy orange copper color with a 2 finger dense off white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of grapefruit, caramel, orange zest, pine, floral, toast, bread, citrus rind, herbal, and earthy spiciness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and hop complexity. Taste of grapefruit, caramel, toast, biscuit, orange rind, pine, pepper, clove, floral, light nuttiness, herbal, and earthy spiciness. Good amount of spicy pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, caramel, orange rind, bread, toast, pepper, floral, and earthy spiciness on the finish for a good bit. Nice balance of flavors with a good sweetness/bitterness balance; minimal cloying flavors noticed after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy and sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with hardly any warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very nice holiday spiced wet hop IPA. Nice hop complexity with good malt and spiciness balance; very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of dbrauneis
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a crystal clear pale dark copper to amber in color with light to moderate amounts of gentle carbonation near the surface. The beer has a finger tall dark beige head that slowly redues to medium sized thin patch of large bubbles, a thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer, and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of grapefruit/citrus and floral hops with lighter amounts of pine/resin hops and traditional pumpkin pie spices (ginger, nutmeg, and allspice). There is also a hint of peppery spices as well.

T: There are moderate flavors of grapefruit/citrus hops with lighter amounts of pine/resin hops, similar to the smell. There is a light to moderate amount of pumpkin pie spices (ginger, nutmeg, and allspice) and peppery spices. Light to moderate amounts of bitterness in the finish which lingers for a while.

M: Slightly heavier than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Crisp.

O: I do not get any taste of pumpkin in this beer, it tastes more like an IPA combined with an herbed/spiced beer - which I kind of enjoyed. I really like the wet hops and spice combination. A very good beer for the fall but seems misclassified.

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Photo of jlindros
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tall boy cans, aawwww yeaaahhhh!

Pours a large almost 3 Finger head that fades at a med pace with a bit of lacing over slightly hazed reddish copper orange color.

Nose has fresh wort aroma, sweet malts and toasty malts, slight earthy juicy reddish malts, light hops with a floral and bit earthy and bit of fruity juicy hops, all followed by light spices.

Taste is complex, lots of various malts, reddish and light toasty, juicy sweet earthy malt flavors, and some light gingerbread spices. Hops bring a light bitterness, some light juicy spicy hops, bit earthy. Ripe frit and hops come to mind. Light pumpkin flavor that only really comes out after all else fades. Finishes quite biter and astringent, dry and naggingly bitter, and even slightly briny, tough to finish.

Mouth is med bodied, decent carb.

Overall starts nice with nice malts, hops, spices and fruit, complex and tasty, but finishes very bad.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.59/5  rDev -2.2%
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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Photo of Thorpe429
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Can from Rick's in Alexandria. Served in a nonic pint. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a somewhat-hazy orange-copper color with a good off-white head and nice retention with a bit of lacing. The nose brings forward plenty of different characteristics, with some ginger and spice plus faint herbal notes. Some hops float through as well. The flavor brings some ginger and pumpkin spice plus hops. A bit of bready malt. Medium body with a faintly-spicy finish with a light dryness. Pretty good. Interesting, that's for sure.

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Photo of Kegatron
2.15/5  rDev -41.4%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

16 oz can into a pint glass. Drank in early October, just a couple of weeks within its initial release.

Pours a slightly hazed copper, with several fingers of slight looking off-white head. This settles into a tight ½ finger that holds steady, leaving back a rich cascade of sudsy lace that clings to the sides of the glass. Strong clove and possibly coriander jump right out of the nose and immediately stars clashing with raw earthiness of the hops. There is maybe a smidge of underlying sweet smelling something but I can’t even pick it out amongst the ridiculousness of all of spices and hops. This smells more like a Witbier than it does a Pumpkin Ale.

The taste is sticky tropical fruit up front from those Citra hops, which then segues into a sharp earthy bitterness that is surrounded by herbal tones on the edges. I’m getting some ripe pumpkin flavor across the back but it’s nearly taken over by the strength of that aggressive hoppy finish, which sticks raw bitter rind to the tongue. There are some sugars from the malt present that melds with the ripe fruitiness of the hops and a moderate amount of spicing (but not nearly as much as the nose) but it all just seems to get swallowed up by the overall harshness of the hops. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a prickly and sharp feel to the carbonation on the edges, but then gets much smoother as this moves out across the tongue. For the most part though, this is fairly slick in the mouth with a relatively slow alcohol presence for close to 7%.

I can see what they were shooting for with this but overall, I thought this beer was a mess. To its credit, as this warmed, the bitterness did ease some and the spice actually picked up in the taste, but this was just all over the place with raw bitterness, sticky fruit, pumpkin, and spices. It just lacked definition and any kind of real enjoyment drinking it. I’m glad that I only picked up a single of this, as I’d be giving away the remaining cans otherwise.

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4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of billab914
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

16oz can poured into my Dogfish glass. It poured an orange color that was pretty close to the same color as the can. A foamy white head filled the top two inches of the glass. Great head retention and thick lacing was left as I drank it. I really liked the color.

The aroma shows some citrusy, slightly juicy hops with some grapefruit and orange flavors coming out. I get some ginger mixing with just a bit of pumpkin pie spice. Some malty sweetness with some caramel notes are there as well. I liked the aroma, it had a lot going on but everything came together pretty nicely in it.

The taste shows a lot of the citrusy, hoppiness throughout the flavors. Some juicy orange notes mix with some bitter grapefruit towards the finish. I get some of the ginger up front, while the pumpkin pie spice barely comes out in the finish.

The mouthfeel felt a little thinner and more watery than I would have liked. Carbonation was moderate. Overall it was a pretty interesting and decent beer. The wet hops seemed to be the main attraction in it, while the other things seemed to give it a little unique, interesting flavor at times. Things came together pretty well in it. It wasn't an outstanding beer, but it was a pretty good one.

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

Photo of smcolw
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good starting head that settles to a touch above a single layer of bubbles. Leaves some streaky lace. The color is darker gold and appears perfectly clear.

Smells more like an American Pale Ale than a pumpkin ale--plenty of hops with a good dose of dry malt. Very nice.

This is a hoppy beer with a strikingly dry, nearly astringent, malt bite. Pepper is the dominating spice. I'm not sure where the pumpkin comes in. Good body.

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Photo of woodychandler
5/5  rDev +36.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Yo, my Crooklyn homies have DEFINITELY made my fall season with this jump-off, yo! This beer is bangin'! I have been pouring it down my neck in copious CANtities ever since I happened upon it in The Fridge's cooler on Friday night. Great googly moogly, but it is distilled Fall in a CAN. Not overly spicy, but more earthy, this is a gem! Hang onto your hats, boys & girls, this is going to be a ride for the ages!

From the CAN: "Autumn wins you best by this, its mute Appeal to sympathy for its decay." - [Robert Browning, Paracelsus, scene 1.]"; "The only constant is change, and death is but a rebirth. Autumnation is the Sixpoint creation that chronicles this life cycle; an Autumn ritual seasoned with ginger, spice, pumpkin, and fresh-harvested wet hops.; Please keep refrigerated. Fresh-harvested wet hops were added.; Beer is culture."

We educators talk about "the Anticipatory Set", or lead-in to a lesson all the time. My anticipation while typing leading up to the Crack & Glug led to strains of Carly Simon singing "Anticipation" with those fantastic lips of hers ...

I was employing a Sam. Adams Perfect Pint glass for this beer and the Glug was giving off a cascading action that would make Guinness want to weep. Speaking of weeping, the odor filling the room made me want to weep for the time when this seasonal is pulled off of the market. Hey, they might call it "decay", but I liken it to an earthiness of fallen leaves; cool, chill mornings; Tastykake Pumpkin pies; and early sunsets. The wet hops are prevalent and if you have never had the pleasure, now would be the time! The spices are there, but they are not the story as with many Pumpkin beers. This just smells like soil, but in the best way possible. Invoking their idea of decay, it smells like dirt overturned for the digging of a graveyard. I was reminded of a field trip in Nursery or Kindergarten to a working farm in mid- to late-October of 1970 to watch them press late-season apples for cider, first and then applesauce. The just-tilled soil smelled just like this! I had two fingers of tawny head that slowly fell as I typed, leaving behind some dense, sticky lacing in its wake. Color was a cloudy orangish-amber, the shade of the pumpkins sitting on some of my neighbors' porches when I walk to work each day. Mouthfeel was kind of prickly with lots of tiny CO2 bubbles doing their thing as the earthy hoppiness just washed across my tongue. OMFG, this was the best CANned beer that I have had in a looonnng time, if not ever! The finish was extra-dry with the spices acting as a wash of tightly-knit flavors to accompany the natural spice of the hops. Spice on top of spice ... I'm thinking Ginger with Baby or Scary with Sporty, well, you get the idea. Man, I could drink this all day. It is getting put away for Hula in the Coola Day on 01 Febrewary and CAN in copious CANtities in the meantime. I loved it, but YMMV. That is my way of saying, Keep yer dickskinners offa my beer, yo! Mine, all mine (devolves into greedy hoarding of beer, never to be heard from again).

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a slightly hazy orange color with a one finger white head on top. Decent retention and leaves behind a good bit of thin lacing all around the glass.

S: A bit of spices up front, mostly some pepper, with a little bit pine and light citrus. Not sure I get much pumpkin though.

T: Comes of like a Belgian IPA for the most part actually. Spices up front with some pine and citrus. For the spices, mostly cloves and some pepper.

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

O: I like the beer, but as for it being a pumpkin beer..I just don't see it. Not sure really how to score it.

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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 mdfb79
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 10/11/11 notes. Had on tap at Dupont Paradiso in DC last night. Served in a pint glass.

a - Pours a murky, bright orange color with one inch of white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of spices, pine hops, pepper, citrus hops, and earthy notes. Lots of spice and no real pumpkin.

t - Tastes of spices, pine hops, cloves, pepper, citrus hops, light earthy notes, and light fruits. Again, no pumpkin.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

o - Overall a decent beer, but not sure how this one is a pumpkin ale. Very spicey and peppery, but no real pumpkin. Worth trying and would give another shot.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.42/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

hazy orange tinted amber color and a nice soft off white head that reached a height of around an inch or so before it settled down with some nice lacing on the side that really just surprised me with how well it hung in there to be honest. Really quite the solid look. Nice aroma of pumpkin spice, hints of cinnamon and nutmeg, all the usual characters here with a touch of a west coast hop flair to it, especially as it warms. Crisp and super clean flavor here. Starts with a touch of a light malt note and then swoops in with a big hit of cinnamon and nutmeg which dries out the palate very nicely. Very even consistency I have to admit as it comes together very nice

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