Witch's Hair Pumpkin Ale | Twisted Manzanita Ales

Witch's Hair Pumpkin AleWitch's Hair Pumpkin Ale
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3.49 w/ 50 ratings
Witch's Hair Pumpkin AleWitch's Hair Pumpkin Ale

Brewed by:
Twisted Manzanita Ales
California, United States

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by womencantsail on 12-04-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 50 |  Reviews: 16
Photo of kerry4porters
3.14/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of ColdWaffles
2.59/5  rDev -25.8%
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.

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Photo of n2185
3.12/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of GarrettB
3.14/5  rDev -10%
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.

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Photo of mikebogs33
4.16/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tigg924
3.83/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

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Photo of djrn2
3.12/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of docoman
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

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.

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4.5/5  rDev +28.9%

Photo of ROGUE16
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of BcOneSeven
3.24/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of skaboom420
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of Alpha309
3/5  rDev -14%

Photo of brend2b
3.44/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of Bladezone
4.2/5  rDev +20.3%

Photo of Gregwa
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of Dirty_Island
1/5  rDev -71.3%

Photo of rawfish
3.45/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of sheenisgod
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of kwa357
3.52/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of isunktheship
4/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of deapokid
3/5  rDev -14%

Photo of TheCobbgoblin
4.75/5  rDev +36.1%

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

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.55/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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Photo of johlac66
3.8/5  rDev +8.9%

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