Witch's Hair Pumpkin Ale
Twisted Manzanita Ales

Witch's Hair Pumpkin AleWitch's Hair Pumpkin Ale
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Pumpkin Beer
3.54 | pDev: 20.9%
Twisted Manzanita Ales
California, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Witch's Hair Pumpkin AleWitch's Hair Pumpkin Ale
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ColdWaffles from Pennsylvania

2.59/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Draft in a goblet. Had in sunny South Philadelphia, PA, on the date of review.

Looks the part of an imperial pumpkin ale. Dark Amber with a steady off-white head.

Kinda smells like candy corn, not gonna lie.

Kinda tastes like the Jones Soda Co. Candy Corn soda (that's not a compliment) with a dash of pumpkin.

Mouthfeel is light, over carbonated. Soda-like....

It's just not very good... It's definitely drinkable but I would not recommend it on draft atleast... This score feels a little too high, especially because I had high hopes on this one.

Oct 07, 2015
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GarrettB from Colorado

3.14/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

October 5th, 2013 - I first found Witch's Hair on a North Park beer walk. Tucked way back into a curio store was a small set-up, pouring samplers of the Witch's Hair for those wandering far enough off the path to earn it. My camera failed me that day, but the senses were heightened and ware. The scent is spicy, creamy and sweet, like a pumpkin ice cream, and the flavor brings much of the same. Lots of pumpkin pie spices and clove at the head push the flavor, which is dry, yet slightly sweet at the same time. And the aftertaste? I'll quote my notes: "Clove clovey clove clove." Lots of clove, but not gross. Just strong. Great autumnal brew, and better than most heavily seasoned brews I know.

Jul 19, 2015
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tigg924 from Massachusetts

3.83/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Taste is pumpkin pulp, clove, cinnamon, nutmeg, and toasted malt. Sweet for the style and it hits all the expected notes. Enough to keep me interested enough to try another offering from the brewery.

Feb 07, 2015
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docoman from Michigan

3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

I had this draft when visiting San Diego about 1 month ago at Barleymash and honestly didn't know it was a pumpkin ale (at the time)... now knowing the flavors make sense... one of better pumpkin beers, probably best one I've had... I'm not really a fan of pumpkin beers, but this one was drinkable and would get again. Tasted the cloves and vanilla mostly, which I like, so was overall pretty good.

Dec 12, 2014
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TheCobbgoblin from Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +34.2%

You get a lot of pumpkin/ yam on the nose, with a touch of molasses. It goes down smooth. It's about as close to the flavor of good gourd as I've found

Oct 17, 2014
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UCLABrewN84 from California

3.55/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

8.8% ABV per the label.

Pours a hazy dark orange-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, raw sugar, vanilla bean, and pumpkin pie spice aromas. Taste is much the same with raw sugar, vanilla syrup, and pumpkin pie spice flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with the typical spice presence, but it is very sweet and sugary which diminishes the drinkability for me.

Serving type: bottle.

Oct 11, 2014
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putonyourwalkingshoes from California

4/5  rDev +13%

In terms of pumpkin beers this is easily one of the most impressive. It's not sessionable but it has a lot of great components. Lot of well integrated clove and pumpkin spice. Nice brown sugar non-burnt tasting. Boozy and not overly sweet. Murky and brownish-red in color. If you like your beers big and want something borderline barley wine like you'll dig this.

Sep 28, 2014
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Tom_the_bomb from California

4.5/5  rDev +27.1%

Thanksgiving will never be the same without this ... seriously, pumpkin? I've always been skeptical, but not with this!!!! Huge fan, stock up, and serve with turkey and pumpkin pie (I'm not kidding.)

Aug 22, 2014
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mactrail from Washington

3.67/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I can't top my review last year of this stuff in the bottles, but I had to try it on tap at Sea Rocket in San Diego. Red-orange amber in the tulip glass. Head becomes a bathtub ring, but pleasantly carbonated on the tongue for a while.

Sweet and hugely flavored. Makes me think of those peculiar candy fruit things you see in the Mexican bakeries. Winey nose with ginger and cloves. Seriously candied sweet potato flavor. Then there's the pumpkin pie spices. But overall it tastes like your grandma's yams, though missing the marshmallows.

So sweet and spicy, I would normally hate this kind of stuff, but it's a terrific blast of flavors. Just think of it as dessert. Maybe this is the perfect beer float with vanilla ice cream.

Oct 26, 2012
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srandycarter from California

4.26/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pour medium dark honey, not much head, but tons of lace.

S - Dense, sweet, spicy pumpkin pie. It's almost like eating with your nose.

T - Big pumpkin, but even bigger spices. Personally, I would have like to get more of the pumpkin flavor and tone down the spices, just a little, but that is my preference. Pretty tasty.

M - Creamy, medium to heavy body, good carbonation, good balance and a nice clean finish.

D - Not a session, but no pumpkins really are. Very nice example of the style.

Oct 24, 2012
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BdubleEdubleRUN from California

3.2/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

My wife picked this up on her way home from work, we have been on the hunt for great pumpkin beers and the description sounded like what we were looking for.
The beer pours a dark murky brown with a creamy off white head. The smell is huge of alcohol, some sweet candy sugar, pumpkin and cough syrup. The taste is as I expected from the nose, extremely boozy with just a touch of pumpkin and cinamon. It has a very creemy body full of heat from the alcohol. It's at best a mediocre pumpkin that is not balanced well and dominated by the alcohol.

Nov 08, 2011
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HalfFull from California

3.15/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I pour this rather pricy bomber into a globe glass and share it with a friend. The pour is a hazy brown with some bright pumpkin highlights. Offers a decent cap which does linger fairly well. This year's offering, the Witches Hair, comes in at 8.8%, 2011 Edition on the bottle.

The nose is subdued in a sense and not the pumpkin pie they had last year. And that's a good thing I must say. Still offering notes of pumpkin though more yam and a full showing of fall spice and potpourri. Touch of earthy hops reveal themselves with a bit of agitation and alcohol is mildly evident.

Taste brings it back with a flash of sweetness and is followed by a lingering of spice. Still a bit thin in the delivery the beer offers an odd confluence of factors. Pumpkin, yam, alcohol, allspice and cinnamon, perhaps some nutmeg. Yet last years overwhelming spice is absent, tasting more like beer than pie. Hmmm. But then not so much really....

Nov 03, 2011
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HopHead84 from California

2.18/5  rDev -38.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2


Bottle shared by Charles, thanks!

A: Dark brownish orange with a small bubbly head.

S: Yam, pumpkin, and a strong vegetal aroma, like walking through a vegetable garden in 90% humidity. You smash the vegetables under your boots as you rush pell-mell looking for an exit. Big nutmeg. I get a touch of caramel as well.

T: Strong vegetal notes accompany yam and pumpkin. Lightly spicy, with notes of nutmeg and allspice.

M: Medium body and nearly flat, with a heavy, syrupy mouthfeel.

Overall: Not very good.

Oct 31, 2011
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badboyrsl84 from California

4.3/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewery.

Pours a auburn color in the glass with a very thin head that fades quickly to just a lacing around the glass.

smell- pumpkin pie is evident, pumpkin mash cinnamon, nutmeg and other holiday spices.

Taste- carbonation hits up front but the taste settles in to follow the nose. Lots of pumpkin flavor, cinnamon and nutmeg. Very nicely done and my favorite brew from this brewery.

Overall- this brew is very well balanced the flavors ride together nicelyand remains on top 3 pumpkin of beers all time. Very drinkable at 9% abv.

Oct 14, 2011
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Alexmatt86 from California

4.34/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Smells delicious; Smells of pumpkin pie and has a nice spicy earthy hop aroma mixed in to the overall aroma.
Taste is layered nicely and really settles in when it warms a bit. Flavors of pumpkin, nutmeg and caramel slowly melt into a delicious concoction.
I can see how the beer could be overly sweet to some but it really isn't any sweeter than any other pumpkin beer i've had previously.
It sits around 9% but drinks very, very smooth.

Nice seasonal!

Jan 24, 2011
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womencantsail from California

2.36/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

On-tap at Strong Ale

A: The pour is a murky dark amber-orange color with a slightly off-white head.

S: An intensely sweet nose to this beer, almost like melted candy. All spice, clove, and cinnamon are here as well, but there's a bit of a "turned" nature to them. Almost like the spice container was left out in the Santee sun for about 10 years.

T: Mostly pie spices on the flavor, and they are a bit overwhelming. It's also somewhat chalky and bitter. There's only a mild malty sweetness, and not really any pumpkin flavor.

M: The body is medium with a moderate carbonation and a pretty dry finish.

D: This recipe needs some work. Not a very good pumpkin or spiced or whatever you want to call it style beer.

Dec 04, 2010
Witch's Hair Pumpkin Ale from Twisted Manzanita Ales
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 50 ratings