Autumn Ale Brew | Woodstock Inn Brewery

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Autumn Ale BrewAutumn Ale Brew

Brewed by:
Woodstock Inn Brewery
New Hampshire, United States

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.63%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
Chestnut in overall color. Medium bodied with apple and cinnamon flavor and aroma.

Added by Todd on 11-19-2003

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Reviews: 58 | Ratings: 144
Photo of Im4jojo
4.73/5  rDev +30.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Deep, rich brown in color, almost reminds me of root beer. Thin line of a head surrounds the glass, leaving sparse lacing down the snifter glass it was poured into. Warming aroma of bread and nutmeg. Same with the taste, though also something like pumpkin pie spice in it. Little carbonation, with a seltzer-like feel on the tongue. A nice drink for a cool fall day.

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Photo of 2ellas
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Deep brown/red/coppery color with a very thin white head
Smells like pumpkin pie spices and pumpkin
tastes follows the nose with pumpkin in the lead and the spices taking a back seat
Lightly carbonated with a bit of a bubble tingle
overall a nice fall beer worth enjoying again

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Photo of JasonHaviland
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Based on the other reviews, I was expecting something much different, but I really enjoyed this beer. Poured from a draft at the Barley House in Concord on 10/25/14. It had a nice balance and the flavors of fall I was expecting. Nice clean finish, but ever so slightly sweet. If you are on the fence, go for this one.

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Photo of Omnium
3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle > Pint Glass

A - Pours a darker brown color, with almost two fingers of off white head, no lacing.
S - Surprisingly floral, a little nutty, pumpkin pie spice.
T - Toasted caramel, cinnamon, nutmeg, light floral notes.
M - Just ok, medium feel, a little sticky.
O - Its an ok beer for the season, a little sweet.

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Photo of scotorum
3.64/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Woodstock Inn's Pig's Ear Brown Ale is one of my favorites. So I was anxious to try more of their products.

Love the bottle graphic of the three Jack-O-Lanterns mixing a brew under a full moon. Really puts you in the Autumn mood.

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a Harpoon IPA glass.

a: Hazy ruby/brown with a finger thick offwhite head which dissipated quickly to a thin surface foam film. No lacing to speak of.

s: Floral/fruit. Pleasant.

t: Cinnamon with slight apple undertones. Bitterish remnants linger.

m: Light to moderate. Slightly watery.

o: OK as a change of pace, certainly reminds of Autumn or Winter. Almost wonder if this would taste better hot, on a cold evening. Beer Toddy anyone?

I favor beer malt and hops flavors too much to consider having this again. But for those who are not fans of such, those for instance who like Redd's or lean towards Leinenkugel's, this could be a real winner.

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Photo of RummyRedbeard
3.26/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

(copied from blog - written January 6, 2013)

Appearance – Clear red/brown/amber with a small white head.
Smell – Cinnamon straight up.
Taste – Tart apples, cinnamon and sugar.

This was free since it was going out of code at my store... so it was kind of out of season. With that said, it is pretty tasty and could be celebrated with in the fall or spring. There’s moderate carbonation and it’s a pretty easy drink; if you like sweeter beers give it a shot when it is available next fall.

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Photo of smcolw
3.49/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Golden color with a touch of haze. Modest head but it leaves some streaks on the glass.

Strong "autumn" spices--nutmeg, cinnamon, all spice and clove. Plenty of pumpkin nose as well.

Relatively dry taste with nutmeg and coriander (?) standing out strongest. Thinnish body with a muted level of carbonation. A touch of light hop.

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Photo of sarajayne
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Look: Poured a nice amber/brown color

Smell: Immediate notes of apple and cinnamon, apple pie! Nutmeg, cloves, and perhaps caramel.

Taste: My first reaction was "wow, that's a lot of cinnamon". Sweeter than what I am used to, but didn't really turn me off to the beer. Lots of flavors going on at once. The apple sweetness seemed to be up front and ended with a bitter cinnamon flavor at the end of each taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, easy to drink. Just the right amount of carbonation which made it easier to pick up on all the spices and flavors.

Overall, I really enjoyed this beer. It is quite filling so I personally would have just one pint. It is a great beer to have on a cold day preferably with (or as!) dessert. From my experience, I'd recommend serving slightly warmer and definitely in a glass.

collage girls drink GOOD beer

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Photo of Flounder57
3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a minimal head that has reduced to a thin layer. It is a hazy copper color with some clarity and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: Apples, cinnamon, caramel malts, bready notes. Pretty straightforward and smells like what the label says.

Taste: Some nice and faint apple motes, spices are a bit more noticeable, some sweetness from the malts, and a bit of bitterness in the end.

Mouthfeel: smooth, light bodied, a little watery feeling, medium carbonation, and a bit of spices.

Overall: A very interesting brew. A nice take and a bit different to all the pumpkin beers out there. Will be enjoying more of this in the future and hope some makes the mountains when I head up north to go snowboarding.

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Photo of johnnnniee
2.83/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

An ale with apple and cinnamon, sounds great@!
Pours a deep golden red color with a huge bubbly off white head that dissipates quickly and leaves spotty lace on the way down. The aroma reminds me of apple pie and really little else. The cinnamon is huge in the aroma of this "beer". The flavor holds lots of cinnamon as advertised with a bit of fleeting sweet honey malt, apple and a brown sugar taste. This finish on this brew is extremely dry. Medium to light body with a moderate to light level of carbonation and a spicy watery mouthfeel. This one sure is different, but not something I think I would ever purchase again. Its also the least buttery tasting of the Woodstock brews I've had.

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Photo of gcamparone
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Samuel Adams pint glass. Purchased at Wakefield Liquors in Wakefield, RI.

A- Amber-molasses clear body, medium lacing, medium retention.

S- Cinnamon-sugar, pumpkin pie with the crust.

T- The most accurate way I can describe this beer's taste is cinnamon toast crunch cereal. Cinnamon-sugar is slightly overdone, but not to the point of being artificial. It's definitely a sugar-pumpkin bomb. Fruity, almost anise aftertaste. Unique and probably not for everyone, but worth a try.

M- Low carbonation, medium mouthfeel.

If you prefer a more subtle pumpkin beer, this is not for you. You could drink this beer for dessert or to accompany dessert. Worth a try if you're into that.

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Photo of Cavanaghty
4.42/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Brown color with a thin off-white head, and very little lacing.

Smell: Heavy smell of cinnamon and hints of other spices and maybe apple.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth medium bodied. Taste heavy on the cinnamon, finishes with apple notes, spring water, and some pine notes.

Overall: Great beer! I wish I had found this one a long time ago.

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Photo of Bendurgin
2.88/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a pint glass. This one pours a clear chestnut color with a thin cap of bubbly white head.

Smells like an apple cinnamon candle. Emphasis on the apple. Really reminds of mulled apple cider. Nice smell but not sure if it works for a beer. Much like the aroma this has apple and cinnamon flavors. Reminiscent of gingerbread. Light bready malts in the background.

The body is thin with soft carbonation. Overall this one comes off as more of a novelty than anything. May be more pleasing to some but this isn't my cup of tea.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.99/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tumbler pint, the beer is a slightly hazed, deep, orange-amber coloring with a thin, sparse, filmy coating on the surface. Holy shit does this smell good! Pumpkin pie all up in the nose, with a heavy dose of cinnamon and nutmeg, as well as some cumin. Wow, it really smells like a pumpkin pie coming right out of the oven. Flavors are roasted on the initial tongue, with a bready backbone supporting the solid pumpkin and spice blending that remains consistent from the nose. Not as enveloping as the aromas, but still a strong pumpkin bread blending all throughout the palate. The aftertaste is a bit of a dropoff, as the flavors disperse rather quickly on a light body, leaving a slight spicing behind, but without the support of the main characteristics. I think part of me was wanting this beer to be a bit more robust in mouth to support the flavors, but the bottom line is that it still tastes damn good. The finish is quick and clean, with only a touch of the overall roasted highlights lingering behind. Very tasty beer, and extremely sessionable.

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Photo of greenmonstah
3.42/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Light orange-amber with very little head, which dissipates into a small wisp.

S - Apple pie! Apple and cinnamon are the predominant aromas here.

T - Follows the nose, with a bread crust with brown sugar, nutmeg, cinnamon, and baked apples.

M - Medium light body with a lot of active carbonation.

O - Pretty interesting beer. Not amazing, but pretty neat overall... Does a good job of reminding one of autumn, and I could imagine enjoying a pint by a roaring fire in the White Mountains.

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Photo of greybeardloon
2.66/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Best before March 2012

A: Clear reddish brown with almost no head or lacing.

S: Artificial cinnamon flavor and apple with some sweet, bready malt.

T: Sweet, artificial tasting cinnamon and apple again with the same malt well hidden. There is also a cola flavor. The cinnamon becomes almost bitter and, after a while, leaves a sour aftertaste. Not too tasty.

M: Thin.

O: I don't know if the cinnamon is fake, but it tastes like it is. Other than that, this could be good if you're looking for liquid pot pouri. I didn't bother finishing after lingering over it for over an hour.

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Photo of SickGnar
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Quite ambery light brown and very clear with a few lazy bubbles rising to join the good size khaki head that keeps a ring but leaves basically no lace.

S: Robust nose of spice (esp. cinnamon) and a more faint, bust still very present, apple. Hunting behind this (but not hard) turns up some malty sweetness, caramel (a touch buttery), and some bready base. A fair nose – nice strength and reasonably inviting.

T: Opens with cinnamon and perhaps a touch of ginger. This is followed immediately by a fruit sweetness that becomes more distinctly apple as the spice fades. This is supported by steely midrange caramel, bready base notes, and a hint of butterscotch / diacetyl. Apple, fruity sweetness and flavor stick around in a way that while not cloying does hint at extract. Not really any hops – perhaps just a slight ghostly herbal / woody hint.

M: Medium light to leaning light in body with carbonation on the softer side but balance and then some relative to the body. Smooth and soft with a light crispness. Really carries the flavor and works well for this beer. Light side for a spiced seasonal, but it works well with the apple.

D: Clearly a seasonal novelty. And very drinkable as such. My biggest fear with these sorts of beers is a spritzy spice bomb. This one is fairly balanced, and a nice divergence from the usual gourd thing. I would like a tad more malt character, but then that might not work well with the apple.

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Photo of DCon
3.94/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Received a 12 FL OZ (355mL) bottle of this from LarryG in a trade. Poured from the Hippie Designed bottle w/ 3 pumpkin men appearing to be brewing their "Autumn Ale" into a 16oz Jack's Pumpkin Spice Ale Weizen Glass. Has best enjoyed before A, 12, (it appears to be April 2012) punched out on the side of the glass.

Aroma- Has the closest aroma you can possibly get to having pure Cinnamon and Red Apples while being in a beer! Unbelievable! No hops to be found but may be very sweet with malt.

Appearance- Pours 4 fingers of bubbly and frothy head that stays alive for a long amount of time. Has an amber/medium brown colored body that has good clarity. Leaves thick lacing behind.

Flavor- Extremely high malted and nice apple tastes throughout. Sweet and then a bit watered down. Hops are very light in here but can be found. Crisp at the finish.

Mouthfeel- Light-Medium Bodied, Highly Carbonated, Smooth, Watery, Easy apples going down but then just a crisp finish.

Overall Impression- While Jimmy John's Shops across the nation promote "Free Smells" with a neon light outside each one, this brew had an aroma I gladly paid for! Awesome amount of cinnamon and apple in the nose but then the taste hit and it was a tad watered down... Would have liked much more Body in this one and it might have been in my Top 10 brews of all time! Would suggest if you see this around. Thanks LarryG. Definitely isn't available in the Midwest!

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Photo of BeerKev
4.2/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I always look forward to this when it comes out. This along with a few pumpkin ales captures the "taste" of autumn. This beer is very apples and cinnamon, but not quite sweet and the amber color is appropriate to its taste. It's a great in between beer for the transition of light summer beers into dark winter beers.

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Photo of seesnow3
3.09/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bruges glass, unknown freshness

Pour-Light see through amber, thin fizzy, non-retentive head, little lacing

Nose-Apples and cinnamon, sort of soda like nose, a little yeasty

Palate-Some sweet, a little sour and bitter. Apple cinnamon oatmeal (the instant kind) taste, though not as sweet. Pretty cut and dry. Hint of citrus?

Body-Light, bubbly, not much to note. Sort of soda-like. Definitely a session beer.

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Photo of philbe311
3.59/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

An unsolicited gracious contribution from fellow BA and buddy rfgetz after his recent swing through New England...

A - Two fingers worth of fairly standard light tan colored audibly fizzy had that quickly fades... What's left is a full slightly thick veil of lacing... The color is a light to medium brown... There is a slight ruby hue when back lit... Limited carbonation most of which sluggish and seen climbing along the sides of the glass towards the top...

S - Warm apple pie... An abundance of sweet cinnamon sugar... Perhaps some pumpkin notes as well... Caramel... Warm spiced wine... Pie crust... Country kitchen... Comforting...

T - All of the expected flavors are there, but they are muddled and a bit confused... The apple and the cinnamon try to assert themselves but keep falling in and out between caramel, other spices, ginger snaps, and pie crust... It's not so much complexity as it seems to be confusion... The spices linger for a bit on the finish...

M - On the lighter side of medium bodied... A tad fizzy... Perhaps a bit thin... Fairly standard at best... An odd spiced after taste is a bit of a distraction...

D - An interesting brew to say the least... The appearance is worthy and the nose is quite special, but after that everything teeters on average at best... The 4.4% ABV is a definite plus... Creative and a seasonal worth a try, but I would recommend trying a bottle before investing in any greater quantities.... With a couple of tweaks, this might be a really interesting offering worthy of more attention...

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Photo of jbertsch
4.15/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aren’t apples just as much of a staple fruit in October as pumpkins are? Why don’t brewers use apple more often? Glad to see Woodstock tried it....

It’s dark amber in color, a bit hazy, and is capped with an off-white head. Despite apple owning Autumn Ale's character, its aroma still offers pumpkin pie in addition to apple cider and cinnamon.

The taste hits you up front with pumpkin, then cinnamon spiciness in the middle. It finishes with big notes of apple that linger strongly on the finish and help form a crisp mouthfeel.

I really enjoyed this beer. The apple-cider character added another layer to an otherwise familiar seasonal brew. It was all in balance, and not too sweet.

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Photo of rfgetz
4.15/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a lightly hazed and rusty amber color with thin cap of off white head. Big whiffs of seasonal spices such as nutmeg, cinnamon and clove as well as apple cider and pumpkin pie. Taste follows suit, huge seasonal spice notes, apple cider and pumpkin pie... quite bold and covering up much of the underlying base beer. Medium bodied, decent carbonation but a bit to clean of the finish. Full flavored, bold and a great seasonal.

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Photo of zoolzoo
2.94/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours an amber color, one finger white head.

S: Aroma consists of a huge bouquet of fall spices. The execution comes off alot like a whiff of potpourri, which...sort of sucks. No trace of a base beer.

T: This tastes like what a "Christmas Tree Shop" (or similar seasonal store) smells like during fall, when everyone is buying autumn and Halloween decorations. Waves of cinnamon, nutmeg, and other apple pie and pumpkin spices. Once again of potpourri potency, and an impression of artificiality. Base beer is quite subdued, though the more I look for it, I'm finding something like a nut brown ale. A 12oz serving is fatiguing on the palate.

M: MF is fine, lighter side of medium...well carbed.

O: Works with an oatmeal cookie or something, sort of a novelty on its own. Is it "bad"?, nah.

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Photo of jneiswender
4.42/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of a bottle into a tasting glass. Served cool.

A-amber brown body, off white head

S-Christmas cookie smell is very strong here

T-liquid ginger snap

M-medium with a dry finish

D-nice change of pace but I don't think I would spend the night drinking this.

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