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 and Field 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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Ratings: 149 |  Reviews: 60
Reviews by billybob:
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3.47/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

More User Reviews:
Photo of Cylinsier
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle

Pours clear reddish brown, white film for a head.

Smells like pie crust, cinnamon, sugar, nutmeg and cardamom.

Tastes of graham cracker and pie crust with nutmeg, cardamom, and allspice.

Light to medium body, stinging carbonation on the tongue.

Festive and spicy. Decent winter warmer with some notable desert like tendencies, but ultimately the bitterness of the spices wins out. Surprisingly I like this. Worth trying.

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Photo of Im4jojo
4.73/5  rDev +31.8%
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 lordofthewiens
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On a recent leaf-peeping expedition, my wife and I stopped in for lunch. Last time we were at the Woodstock Inn it was winter, and I didn't much care for their winter seasonal, Wassail Ale. This was much better. Dark amber color with a medium tan head and a little lacing. It had a cinnamon and fruity aroma. Taste was similar, cinnamon up front, some apple, and a little bit of hops. A pleasant beer to drink on a sunny fall day.

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Photo of sponberg
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a growler my sister puchased at the brewery on Saturday. The color of grade A dark amber maple syrup, with a quickly dissipating head. The aroma is like a spiced cider - sweet/tart, with whifs of spice (cinnamon?). The slight tartness of the aroma set me back a bit - bad growler?

Didn't taste like it! Started with a caramel maltiness alongside a cinnamon/apple pie spiciness - light on the cloves, but some cinnamon and mace were present. There's an underlying hoppiness, primarily earthy English (goldings?) which seem to suit this beer. A slight butteriness (diacetyl?) was present mid-sip. A characteristic fermented maple sap/syrup flavor - think about how the aroma of autumn leaves hit the back of the nose, that dry, slightly sweet yet toasty smell - comes in near the finish. A persistent yet not quite cloying sweetness finishes it off. Medium, slightly prickly mouthfeel.

Definitely a beer with a different profile - but the spiciness went VERY well with a pulled pork barbecue I did over the weekend. Complimented it beautifully. It'd probably also rock with apple pie. Drinkability depends entirely on what you're having with it.

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Photo of tigg924
3.92/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: 1/4 inch head, orange-brown in color, clear, moderate carbonation

Smell: cinnamon and pumpkin spice--almost like a pumpkin candle

Taste: toasted malt, huge dose of cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove, brown sugar, and a trace of apple

Mouthfeel: sweet and spicy, medium high carbonation, medium bodied

Drinkability: This one was like ripping open a pumpkin candle in a good way. Nice and spicy. Great for a chilly night. This stands out if not just for the boldness in spicing. I could have three or four as a dessert beer but not sure about a six.

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Photo of Timtastic
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of Cavanaghty
4.42/5  rDev +23.1%
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 lambpasty
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of willabys
3.33/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice clear beer with a dark amber color, Smells of cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice, really makes me think of dessert at Thanksgiving.
The taste is smooth I get some sweetness then the spices take over, finishes with sweet malt, some bitterness , and a hint of yeast. For a pumpkin ale it has a nice spicy balance but I would like to try a beer in this segment that was more pronounced in malt and hop.

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

This was poured into a pint glass. The appearance was a dark amber to glossy orange color with a one finger white to off white foamy head. Once the head dissipated, there was a light speckled lacing clinging initially but ending up sliding into the beer. The smell had a sweet pumpkin with cinnamon, ginger, mild apple to a clean damp biscuity/breadiness roaming in and out. The taste took all of those flavors and combined to taste. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a decent sessionability about it. The carbonation was there and good for the "pumpkin ale" style. Overall, I liked this pumpkin ale, if I could get it on a regular basis I would.

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Photo of Kinsman
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a growler into a mug.

A: Pours a deep hazy amber with a thick foamy head which quickly fades with almost no lace. Seems more carbonated than usual for a Woodstock brew.

S: Apple pie, cinnamon, nutmeg... yes, its Autumn in New England! Smelling this reminds New Englanders why we love our Falls so much.

T: Sweet and spicy, almost no hop presence. Spice, however is not overdone like in some seasonal beers. Not sure what style this beer would really fit in, very unique. Nothing special about this beer; a nice blend of flavors that brings about nostalgic feelings of New Hampshire Autumn.

M&D: Very carbonated, feels more like soda in your mouth, however still a very drinkable beer.

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Photo of BeerKev
4.2/5  rDev +17%
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 puboflyons
3.95/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2009 Batch. Poured from the 355 ml. bottle with an expiration date of Jan 2010. Sampled on September 12, 2009. The pour is a handsome ruby red mahogony with a thin head that does not stick around. The scent is a sweet aromatic mix of fruit and pumpkin spice. A decent sweet and caramelt flavor followed by a more hoppy finish. Enjoyable.

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Photo of Carlton1964
3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Really weird...smell NOT impressive. Color was a reddish and also nothing impressive. About a pinky of foam that was gone in about 30 seconds. OK..after all that my expectations were low. BUT it was actually quite drinkable. Pretty spicy, with a bit to much cinnamon and pumpkin spice. For those wanting more than one beer it would be overwhelming. What I liked was it's uniqueness. This is the perfect beer if you're just gonna have one and want something different.

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Photo of philbe311
3.59/5  rDev 0%
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 SickGnar
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
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 PJCarnell
3.84/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of scottg
3.67/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass at the brewpub.

Pours a clear copper color with a thin tan head with little to no lacing. Aromas of apple, cinnamon and nutmeg. There is an apple flavor throughout, sweet apple early with a tart apple ending and a biscuity malt flavor with cinnamon. Highly carbonated, medium body this beer has a dry mouthfeel from start to finish. Solid drinkability for a spiced beer but not an all night drinking beer. The variey of apple flavors makes this a very interesting beer worth trying.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.47/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another new pumpkin ale for me, I have to say I am always happy when I see one of these cross my table. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 10/20/2009.
Rich orange tinted amber coming though right away, just spot on with a little tuft of white on top that hung around just long enough to make it look the part. But when you take the first whiff is when it all hits you. Loads of pumpkin spice, hints of cinnamon and loads of all spice, just wow. Brown sugar all over this as it warms up as well as a nice blended malt profile. Really just completely solid and getting blown away here so I reach in and have a sip. Smooth, delicious, just divine in every sense of the word. Rich caramel and pumpkin notes are the first to greet me but then they soon fade and what comes up next is a rich cinnamon backing and tons of pumpkin, just overwhelmed with flavor here. I really did not expect this much here. Nice dry and very sweet finish here, again done damn near perfectly with a nice light body and more then adequate carbonation.
Overall one of the best of the style that I have had in longer then I can remember. This was just so spot on me was beside myself. Have to go out and get another one ASAP.

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2/5  rDev -44.3%

Photo of BeTheBall
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a copper color from the bottle to my pint glass. Formed a nice think two finger head, with minimal lacing down the glass. Smell was almost like cider, but with more cinnamon. Taste was less apple than the smell, but a decent amount, balanced with either cinnamon or nutneg, or both. I thought it was refreshing and delicious, after being sceptical of another "fruit" beer. Quite light but full of flavor. Mouthfeel was good, nice carbonation and lightness. Drinkability is good, but the taste may get boring after a couple...

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Photo of Sechavar
4.28/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

So, my boyfriend's mom brought us some east coast brews on her visit to our new place. One of them was this one. I thought the label was fun with the jacks on it. I didn't think it would be overly interesting or anything. So, Sam brings me a glass and it's a rich amber color, very appropriate for autumn. The head was a about a finger width's thickness, a slightly darker cream color, closer to the foam you'd see on cocoa or a latte. But what really did it for me, what made this beer exceptional, was the nose. It was like I'd made spice cake and then cut it in to lines and snorted it. I was smelling everything there was to love about autumn. Apples, cinnamon, nutmeg, sugar, spice. It was all in there. I wanted to figure out how to atomize this because then I could perfume the house with it. This is definitely worth a go. It's just. that. good.

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Photo of 5EKF
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mountdew1
3.77/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Color was a dark red with a hint of brown. Had a thin 1 finger caramel head that didn't last long at all. Aroma was of spiced cider with a touch of cinnamon. Taste was very similar to apple cider. Left an aftertaste like eating warm apple pie. Felt ok in the mouth, slightly watery, just a bit off. Very easy to drink. Only detractor was a bit of acidic feeling in some of the aftertaste.

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Autumn Ale Brew from Woodstock Inn Brewery
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