Witch's Hair Pumpkin Ale
Twisted Manzanita Ales

Witch's Hair Pumpkin AleWitch's Hair Pumpkin Ale
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Style:
Pumpkin Beer
ABV:
9.5%
Score:
83
Avg:
3.54 | pDev: 20.9%
Reviews:
16
Ratings:
50
From:
Twisted Manzanita Ales
 
California, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
  3
Gots
  5
SCORE
83
Good
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Reviews by mikebogs33:
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4.16/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

mikebogs33 from New York, Feb 28, 2015
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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.

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GarrettB from Colorado, Jul 19, 2015
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3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

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3.52/5  rDev -0.6%

kwa357 from Pennsylvania, Nov 03, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

ROGUE16 from Delaware, Dec 07, 2014
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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.

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srandycarter from California, Oct 24, 2012
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4.2/5  rDev +18.6%

Bladezone from District of Columbia, Nov 10, 2014
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4/5  rDev +13%

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

10/30/2011

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.

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HopHead84 from California, Oct 31, 2011
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3/5  rDev -15.3%

t0rin0 from California, Oct 25, 2012
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3/5  rDev -15.3%

deapokid from Pennsylvania, Oct 26, 2014
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4/5  rDev +13%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

bonkers from New Jersey, Feb 15, 2014
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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....

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HalfFull from California, Nov 03, 2011
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3.12/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

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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.

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tigg924 from Massachusetts, Feb 07, 2015
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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.

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womencantsail from California, Dec 04, 2010
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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.

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mactrail from Washington, Oct 26, 2012
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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!

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Alexmatt86 from California, Jan 24, 2011
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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.

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BdubleEdubleRUN from California, Nov 08, 2011
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3.12/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

djrn2 from New Jersey, Jan 07, 2015
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1.25/5  rDev -64.7%

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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.

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badboyrsl84 from California, Oct 14, 2011
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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.

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UCLABrewN84 from California, Oct 11, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

BoRaeCho from California, Dec 30, 2012
Witch's Hair Pumpkin Ale from Twisted Manzanita Ales
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 50 ratings