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 Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by beerdrinker4life on 09-20-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of SadMachine
4.16/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes from 10/29/12.

A- Pours a beautiful orange/amber with a billowing white head with excellent retention and lacing.

S- Strong floral aromas make the fresh (wet) hops obvious. You can smell a sweet/bready malt backbone, and a hint of citrus, spice and pumpkin.

T- The malts and spice are there to start, but quickly give way to the bountiful floral and piney hops, which are sweet at first, but finish with a good bit of dry bitterness.

M- Mouthfeel is light to medium with decent carbonation.

O- A great fall beer! If this were billed just as a harvest beer/fall beer I think it would be more well received. I would expect more spice and pumpkin from a pumpkin beer, but that doesn't mean this isn't a delicious beer!

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Photo of warrenout330
4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16oz. can

A- pours a bright golden orange color... big white head, stays around for a few sips. Spider web lacing down the glass... attractive

S- hop resin, pine sap... sweet malty lingering

T- hop resin, pumpkin flesh,sweet malt, pine sap finish

M- creamy to bitter to creamy and bitter dry... smooth and creamy to a tongue and cheek bitterness... medium body, prickly carbonation

O- hell of an interesting take on a pumpkin beer.... fresh hops, pumpkin flesh... I love it!

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Photo of Teleweizen2
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a beautiful ruby red with an orangey tinge. a tightly pack two fingers worth of off-white foam. Dissipates rather quickly and leaves a film of tiny spots of lacing on the glass.

S - Nose is bright, sweet and hoppy. Orange peel and tangerine pulp citrus notes are at the forefront. Ginger spice notes add a layer of sweetness to the citrus fruits. Leafy green notes, slightly resinous and piney round out the aroma.

T - slightly sweet, toasty, and just a bit pumpkin-y (maybe). leafy and resinous in the center. Plenty of citrus fruit juiciness as well. Bitterness linger on well past the finish.

M - medium nearing full bodied. incredibly smooth texture. medium carbonation.

O - Excellent take on the fresh hop ale. pumpkin must be what lends the luxurious mouthfeel and the ginger adds lovely depth to the hop character.

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Photo of TwelveOunces
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a tulip

Pours a very slightly hazy orange color with a small white head. The beer itself drinks like a hop forward pale ale. The hop profile is nice and citrusy, a lot of orange and peaces. The beer has a good feel to it, thick but smooth and not too overwhelming. There is a nice nutmeg and cinnamon spice to this beer but it's not too noticable until the beer starts to warm up. This beer is half pumpkin ale and half fresh hop ale. Easy drinking and very tasty stuff.

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Photo of FickleBeast
4.27/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16 oz can poured into a DFH snifter.

Pours a brownish orange color with a finger of sticky, resiny foam. Aroma is extremely hoppy, fully of citrus hop flavor. Reading on Sixpoint's website, I see this beer is wet-hopped with Citra hops this year, and it certainly comes through.

First sip is is malty hop bomb. Tons of hop flavor. This tastes like a brown IPA to me, the pumpkin doesn't come through to me at all, but this is a good thing. Nice viscosity adds mouthfeel but any accompanying sweetness is overwhelmed by hop flavor.

Sixpoint does an amazing job of pushing style envelopes. This beer is totally unique, and being a hophead, I totally dig it. I didn't even realize this beer had pumpkin in it until I went to review the last of the 4-pack here.

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Photo of Biermaedchen
4.68/5  rDev +27.2%
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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Photo of davey101
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16 oz can into a tulip glass. Best Before December 30, 2012.

A - Pours a clear light brown body with a fluffy two finger white head. Very dense and thick with great lacing ad retention.

S - Piney and resinous hops, light spice, caramel malts.

T - Piney and oily hops lead into smooth caramel malt. Light spice presence with a slight mineral finish and lasting bitterness. Pumpkins? Nope. Mouth feel is slickand medium bodied.

O - A confusing but tasty beer. Somewhere in between a wet hopped ale and a spiced autumn beer, this one oddly works.

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Photo of BarryMFBurton
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hoping for a beer that’s perfect for the season; I’m sure Sixpoint can deliver.

A: Frothy, finger-high tan head over a golden-amber body, reminiscent of fall foliage. A thin layer of lacing circles around the inside of the glass as the head recedes to a mere dusting.

S: Roasted barley and caramel malt show off spiced breads, toffee, toast, and anise. Pretty loaded with hops, too, showing tart aromas of green apple, pine, and oily residues; pretty big spiciness, teeming with additional notes of pumpkin, nutmeg, and allspice. Basically a hoppy amber ale with a little spice.

T: Bitter, rindy hops give pine, lime rind, and herbal intensity upon first sip – fiery cinnamon and ginger come in soon after. There’s a good bready tone, spiced like pumpernickel, with blackened toast tastes over vanilla doughiness. This really is a light beer, with a pale, hoppy character overall. Aftertaste is a puckering astringency, settling with toasted bread and dark spice in moderate intensity.

M: Has the canned beer character that I’ve always known: smooth, creamy bubbles in a thin body. It’s consistent for the brewery, and it works here.

O: If you like fall beers but aren’t ready to give up your summer hops, here’s your beer: no huge malt thickness, but enough grain presence to keep this more than just a dark-malted pale ale. This is autumn in genuine Sixpoint fashion.

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Photo of aasher
3.23/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This one pours a light bodied dark amber in color with a one finger, very soapy and creamy off white head. It looks like the other Sixpoints, built for a can. The nose is slightly bitter with a fruity hop character with a good amount of amber malt to balance it out. The flavors are weird. It's dry and bitter, with plenty of amber malt and slight spice. The Citra hops certainly don't stand out and neither does the pumpkin. It's more of a hoppy amber with light spicing. It drinks light in body and an off dry. The bitterness is a detractor. Overall this was a strange beer and I wouldn't say that it worked. If they would've called this a hoppy amber it would've graded higher, but marginally so. This beer just needed more balance.

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Photo of vic21234
4.17/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

16oz can poured into a snifter. Best by date of 12-30-12 labeled on bottom of can.

A- Pours a clear dark orange color. About a fingers worth of white head quickly fades, leaving lots of foam along the sides of the glass.

S- All hops in the smell. I got a nice hop blast upon popping the can open. Hops mostly smell of citrus, with maybe a bit of some pine notes on the backend.

T- Starts with hops, as expected. Lots of citrus- grapefruit, orange and mango are noticeable. I also get pine notes as in the smell. Finishes with a spicy maltiness, with maybe a hint of caramel.

M- Medium bodied, well carbonated, dry, bitter. Low alcohol makes it an easy drinker.

Like many others have said, this is really a wet hopped IPA rather than a pumpkin ale. I don't get any pumpkin notes, though I do get some of the spicy malt notes that are normally found in Pumpkin ales. I enjoyed this one.

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Photo of Gatch
4.52/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Golden-copper-orange with a big, fluffy, off-white head leaving behind plenty of lace and retention.

S: Big, fresh, fruity citrus hops that explode with bitterness and resin. As it warms, the fall spices come through.

T: Fresh, delicious, bitter hops with oils and resin that cover your palate in fresh hop flavor. There are faint hints of ginger and pumpkin/fall spice as the beer description indicates. It's especially prevalent in the finish as the beer warms.

M: Fresh, huge flavor, smooth and creamy, and properly carbonated. Well-crafted.

O: As many others have stated, this is not a Pumpkin Ale. It's a fresh or "wet" hop Pale Ale or IPA with some fall spices thrown in. That being said, why knock the beer for a mislabeled beer style on BA?! Sixpoint doesn't refer to it as a Pumpkin Ale. People are giving low scores for no reason other than that. Score it for what it is...a fresh hop ale. And a damn good one at that. I bought one can to try it as I was skeptical but this is awesome. We don't get many fresh hop brews on the East Coast so I will certainly pick up a 4-pack now.

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Photo of BB1313
3.13/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

16oz can poured into a pint glass. Pours a nice shiny, hazy burnt golden. Really nice fluffy white head that sticks around and leaves really nice lacing. Ok, there's no way this is a pumpkin ale. Smells like a malty IPA, straight up. There's a ton of orange peel blended with some caramel and chocolate malts. There's also a touch of garlic. The flavors basically match the nose. Hops dominate. The hop flavor definitely shines. More caramel and cocoa. No pumpkin or spices going on at all. Mouthfeel isn't bad. Strong carbonation, light and watery, but strong body and smooth enough. Alcohol goes unnoticed.

I'm really confused here. There is nothing about this beer that reminds me of a pumpkin ale. I mean nothing! It's actually a decent beer and nice for the fall season. But if they were going for a "Pumpkin IPA", then where's the pumpkin and spices? Traditional pumpkin ale fans will more than likely be disappointed. But if you keep an open mind, you can enjoy the beer for what it is. I personally wouldn't even put this beer in the "pumpkin ale" category. I don't see why they advertise it as such.

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Photo of wvsabbath
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving Type - 16oz can

Appearance - Tanish pumpkin brown, foamy 1/2 inch head and nice lacing.

Smell - Malts, spices, hops, Nut, brown sugar, some mollasses. I dont get any pumpkin, cinnamin, allspice, or anything to do with pumpkin other the brown sugar.

Taste - Um, starts off very hoppy, dry wet hops. Plenty of citric fruits like orange, pineapple, grapefruit. Malt backbone adds some carmael, nutty flavors. Added sugars like molasses add some bold sugary flavor. I think, i taste some pumpkin in the finish, or maybe its just nutty malts....

Mouthfeel - Hops coat tounge with bitterness. Sugars add some balance to the dry bitter hops. Palate gets more hops, malts, spices, and um, i think thats pumpkin in the finish. Aftertaste is dry, bitter and malty.

Overall - This cant be a pumpkin ale? Its hoppy, with malt backbone. This is closer to the wet hopped beers coming out. I guess there is pumpkin flavor in this but man, its very hard to find it until the very end. Pumpkin ales are my least fav of the seasonals so naturaly i really enjoyed this one since it lacks the main flavor that all the others have. A nice wet hopped beer, balanced, smooth and easy to drink.

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Photo of PicoPapa
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16oz Tall Boy with a Best Before date on the bottom of the can of 30DEC2012. Pours a semi translucent vibrant orange with an inch of head. Lots of lacing. Aromas of citrus and floral hops, spices, earth, and a hint of pumpkin. The taste is a nice mix of floral hops with a hint of sweet orange. Earthiness and spices are the most prevalent flavors along with a good amount of malts. Bitter floral hop finish. Not really picking up on much, if any pumpkin. Silky mouthfeel. I bought this one on accident not knowing it was a Pumpkin beer, which I hate, but when i was told there was very little pumpkin flavor I decided to give it a try. Im glad I did. This tastes more like a Spiced Beer or maybe even an Oktoberfest than a Pumpkin Beer. Overall, decent beer I'd grab again.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz can pours a lightly hazed dark gold color with ample white-ish head. Decent retention and great lacing. It is a very good looking brew.

Nose is herbal and citric hops with a bit of minerality to it and a fair shake of toasty malt. This is the most un-pumpkin beer I have ever smelled.

Taste is mostly hops with a little bit of malty sweetness. More IPA than pumpkin beer, but that isnt always a bad thing, a refrain from spices can be refreshing. It has a nice balance and flow from hop flavor to malty middle and biter finish. Its good, easy to put back and is one of those beers you pour into a tulip and the whole pint does not fit...but you are damn glad when your glass is empty and you still have 3-4 oz in the can!

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Photo of Jason
4/5  rDev +8.7%
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 BeerFMAndy
4.53/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16 oz can poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint.
6.7% ABV, 74 IBUs, 15 SRM, Best Before 30DEC2012 printed on bottom.

A - Fed by quite possibly the smallest bubbles I've ever seen, the billowing, chunky light khaki head that towers over the beautiful clear autumnal amber beer slowly collapses into a frothy pile that leaves thick lace coating the whole pint!

S - Autumnation causes a flurry of mixed emotions with it's complex and open aroma, gushing into the air. Thick, resiny wet-hop glory give the beer an instant IPA presence, following up with sweet caramel malt and a slice of toast. The pumpkin and spice trickles in along the finish, quite overpowered by the hop blast.

T - The powerful barrage of wet hops continues on, assaulting the tongue with sticky resin; pine sap and needle-tasting with sticky grapefruit citrus trailing behind. A blanket of maltiness provides a wonderful base of mildly sweet, more-so-toasted aspect with pumpkin only showing it's head in the far, lingering background.

M - Medium bodied and captivatingly dry, this beer is quite bitter, gripping each taste bud with force but finishing nicely, not over the top; it's smooth body making for good balance. The hops demolish any chance the pumpkin has at emerging though.

O - I'm hard-pressed to label Autumnation a pumpkin beer, though it's an ingredient. Rather, Autumnation is a powerful wet-hopped American IPA which demands attention through just about every aspect. The resiny hops contribute quite a wonderful bouquet, lending earthiness to the malt base which creates the aura of a nice fall beer in and of it self, but it virtually renders any pumpkin additions worthless, though though still a great beer to be sure.

Go into this beer expecting a wet-hopped IPA and you'll find yourself pleasantly surprised. Expect the pumpkin beer one finds lining the shelves this time of year and you'll be quite disappointed indeed.

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Photo of Brenden
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
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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Photo of bluejacket74
4/5  rDev +8.7%
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 Mora2000
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
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 schoolboy
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I can't believe this is a pumpkin ale. It is the least pumpkin pumpkin. It has a great hops taste - an amazing freshness you can taste. It is rich and robust.

This beer is great looking - a little cloudy with lots of lace. It is a pretty amber color. It has a
mild hoppy aroma. not much pumpkin (almost none). There is a slight pumpkin in aftertaste and no spice aroma or taste which is nice.

smuttynose previously had the most drinkable pumpkin but this is like a regular beer except it is a very special brew.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
3.76/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5


A: Pours a solid amber/copper color with 2 fingers worth of sticky bubbly head

S: A light blend of spices come through, along with a good bit of tropical fruity hoppiness thanks to the citra hops

T: Again, a light and subtle mix of spices along with a light tropical fruitiness. Fairly bitter throughout due to the wet-hopping, plus citra hops are generally pretty bitter

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drying

O: Definitely an interesting pumpkin beer due to the fairly low spicing and the wet-hopping. As an IPA, this is very nice. As a pumpkin beer, I'm not too sure about how I feel about it. Regardless, a solid beer and one that blurs style-lines. Pick some up

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a clear median between copper and orange. No haze whatsoever. Head starts off huge and then dies down to a thin layer. As it flattens out, it leaves a ridiculous amount of lacing. Looks flat out gorgeous.

S-Whoa those 74 IBUs really show up. Wet hopped all over the place. The nose is mostly sudsy and soapy. Then there are long notes of clementine and tangerine. The citrus hops sorta blend in with some pumpkin flesh notes. Green pumpkin vines. Light spice. Not a spice bomb in the nose.

T-The hops are sudsy and grassy. Vegetal pumpkin stalks are a predominant flavor. Very green and vegetal. Easily the most hop-forward Pump I have had. Literally like an Autumn spiced IPA. Light sprinkles of nutmeg and cinnamon. Almost a bit smoky? Really cool.

M-Cleanish. Medium bodied with softer carbonation. Dry and moderately bitter. Goes down quick. Booze hidden well.

O/D-I liked this a bunch. Pumpkin Ale? maybe not. Tasty Ale? Yes! Hoppy and different and fun. A Fall inspired IPA in my books. I think this one deserves much more credit for its originality and downright tastiness. Do the flavors clash a bit? Sure, but Sixpoint makes it work in premium fashion. Sixpoint tells stylistic guidelines to 'suck one'. That's cool with me.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
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 yourefragile
2.8/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

16 oz can.

Pours a glowing, chilled golden orange color with a retentive, frothy cream colored head. Refreshing aroma of nail polish remover and yams. Ok, maybe its not refreshing. I guess there's some malt, light floral hops, and slightly fruity medicine. Flavor is a little less off, sweet and doughy, with ginger and cinnamon and minimal pumpkin. Finish is dry and earthy with floral hops. Medium thick, chewy and slightly syrupy with strong carbonation. Most of this can went down the drain.

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Autumnation (2011-2012) from Sixpoint Brewery
3.68 out of 5 based on 426 ratings.
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