Autumn Winds | Grey Sail Brewing of Rhode Island

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Autumn WindsAutumn Winds

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Grey Sail Brewing of Rhode Island
Rhode Island, United States

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
This Oktoberfest-style ale, brewed with five premium German malts, create a bready aroma, dense creamy head and brilliant garnet red color. Hallertau and Saaz hops compliment the nutty and biscuit-like malt presence while a touch of caramel and moderately dry finish continue to balance out this full-bodied beer.

Added by TheManiacalOne on 10-07-2012

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Photo of nmann08
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

Photo of metter98
3.82/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is relatively clear amber orange in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and a narrow collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of toasted malts are present in the nose along with some notes of butter.
T: Flavors of toasted and caramel malts are present in the nose along with notes of spicy hops.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. There is a bit of dryness in the finish.
O: While this beer is nice and malty, there is a healthy dose of underlying hops, making it rather easy to drink. It is a good American representation of a German beer style.

Serving type: can

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of jlindros
3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Yay tall boy cans, and for a change a fest bier in can form.

Pours a nice fizzy little fluffy slightly browned 1 finger head that fades at a med pace, spotty lacing, semi hazy copper slight orange-ish tan colored.

Nose is pretty nice, very malt forward without the folly most American festbiers make of being all crystal malts and sweet and syrupy. Nice toasty copper malts, nice straw malt with some grainy toasty slightly hay like, pretty nice but just missing the complex soft decoction of most German fest biers. There is a mild grassy slightly leafy hop as well.

Taste starts mildly sweet, again very malt forward and again without the sweet syrupy caramel city flavors. Malts do bring more toasty grainy flavors, very cracked straw like and dried hay, grassy straw, quite toasty. There is a mild crystal malt sweetness in there but not alot, and not super sweet, but a mild to fair sweetness that seems to intensify with the hops. Speaking of which, the hops come on light at first, a mild grassy slightly leafy flavor, then intensify quickly with a big bitterness turning a little spicy and earthy, even a hint of mint, and into the finish which is dry and long, fairly bitter with more spicy earthy leafy grassy hops, little straw malt, mild sticky sweet like copper malts too.

Mouth is med bod, good carb.

overall mixed on this one. The first sip and initial aroma were nice, good straw malts, toasty, grainy, very malt foward with mild grassy hops. Then the more I nose and esp the more I sip, the more the sweet malts get on top, and the hops turn quite bitter and spicy, and it even gets a little syrupy sticky sweet. Well, maybe next year's batch will be toned back a little.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap 10/5/2012 at Track 84 in Warwick, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep amber color, with a short white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains caramelized malts, fruit, lager yeast and some hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of caramel and fruit. Then some breadiness comes in from a hearty malt character and lager yeast. The hops presence I s mild but complementary and brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, it’s a solid Octoberfest beer but there are others I would pick first.

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Photo of smcolw
3.87/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mild haze to the light amber color. Good bar pour head. Some large spots on the glass.

Creamy combination of pale and crystal malts. No notable hop.

A bit earthy on the tongue. Enough hop for balance but this is malty as one would expect in a Märzen. Smooth mouthfeel with plenty of carbonation. Almost chewy. Long aftertaste for the style--well balanced swalow.

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Photo of paulish
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of JAHMUR
3/5  rDev -18.9%

Photo of tobelerone
3.82/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of CharlesK
3.28/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of PEIhop
3/5  rDev -18.9%

Photo of Jwale73
3.59/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16oz. can served in a nonic. Pours a reddish-brown hue with a slight haze and a quarter inch white head. Nose expresses malt, sour mash, figs or prunes and a whiff of wet cardboard. Taste consistent with nose; however, there is less of a fruit presence in the flavor profile and an earthy noble hops bitterness that lightly lingers between quaffs. Mouthfeel is light-medium (but closer to light) with a crisp carbonation. Overall, an okay Marzen but I think this one may be a bit old as I've had it at the brewery and thought it was much better at the time.

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Photo of Dizzy242
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

Photo of jaxon53
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Flounder57
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16 oz can was poured into an imperial pint glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger head that reduced to a thin layer. Nice lacing from reduced head. It is a copper color with great clarity and bubbles coming up through the glass. Nice lacing on glass as beer was drank.

Smell: Caramel, toffee, and toasted malts. Smells good and traditional.

Taste: Toasted malts, caramel, toffee, a little fruity, and mild noble hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, medium bodied, medium carbonation, and a little chewy.

Overall: Pretty traditional and nice octoberfest that could stand up with the best. Someone recommended to grab a single can at Granite Liquors in Weymouth and I might have to pick up more before they are gone. 16 oz can offering is nice too.

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Photo of Roguer
3/5  rDev -18.9%

Photo of hoppymcgee
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Doomcifer
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of PicoPapa
3.71/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

16oz Tall Boy. Pours a translucent golden brown color with a half inch of head. Some lacing. Aroma is malty with some honey, caramel, and bread. Floral hop notes. The taste follows the aroma. Caramel malts, cereal, and floral hops. Slight honey flavor throughout. Nice amount of flowery bitterness. Light bodied. Happy to see an Oktoberfest in a 16oz can. Overall, good Oktoberfest that I'd buy again. Drinkable and balanced.

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Photo of Duffman79
3.42/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Omnium
3.43/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

16OZ Can > Mason Pint

A - Hazy orange with a finger of white soapy head, little spots of lacing.
S - Sweet malt, fresh bread, a little estery fruit, toasted caramels.
T - Tart fruits bread malt, a really bitter off-flavor that I cannot figure out at this time.
M - Soapy and slick really bad aftertaste.
O - I dont know what is goin on in this beer but there is a horrible acrid bitter flavor that is really detracting a lot.

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Photo of fossage78
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of angrybabboon
3.56/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Consumed 10/3/13

Appearance: Medium-deep amber, with some nice orange and deep gold - pours with a medium sized, eggshell white head - fades to a near-solid cap, leaves some nice lacing - nice clarity

Smell: Caramel and some cooked grains - nicely cooked and caramelized, not too much, nice malt profile for the style - some herbal and floral hops - some light sweetness, with a touch of light fruitiness

Taste: Yup, it's Oktober - cooked, caramel malts - and as the aroma suggests, it's a nice level of cooked, not syrupy - grainy, with some decidedly amber malts - nice hops, with some grassy and herbal notes - light bitterness, but mostly sweet

Mouthfeel: Medium body, nice carbonation, smooth, could finish a bit dryer

Overall: Autumn breeze, makes me feel fine, or something

This is a good Märzen / Oktoberfest. Or at least, I think it is. I suppose it's possible I've never had a great example of this style, as I've never had one that I would really describe as "great." This is about as good as Narragansett Fest, maybe a little better.

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Photo of Sellen
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

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Autumn Winds from Grey Sail Brewing of Rhode Island
3.7 out of 5 based on 67 ratings.
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