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RATINGS: 80   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.24/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 18   EST. CALORIES: 183   ABV: 6.1%
Wick for Brains is our classic and painstakingly produced Fall Pumpkin Ale. Instead of simply using spice, we use real pumpkin which lends a sweetness and pumpkin flavor not found in many Pumpkin Ales. Wonderful pumpkin pie spice intertwined in an Amber Ale creates a pumpkin sensation which is elegantly crafted. Notes of Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Clove, Ginger and Allspice blend perfectly in this seasonal Ale. There are many Pumpkin Ales out there crafted by some wonderful breweries – we feel that ours stands among them and in some cases – stands apart.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheBeerGod (5754) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - OCT 8, 2015
Can. Translucent orange-amber with a short, fizzy tan head. Aroma is sweet with pumpkin pie spices and vanilla notes. Taste is sweet with pumpkin pie, spices, light vanilla, soft caramel and a sweet cream/whipped cream like note in the background. Body is medium with a dense, fizzy carbonation. Ends with more pumpkin pie, light spices, caramel, sweet malt, light vanilla and the cream note. Nice!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
miyauchi38 (1031) - chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 5, 2015

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Brigadier (3405) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - SEP 30, 2015
On tap at GTMW 2015
August seems a bit early for the pumpkin craze to begin but I was intrigued to see what NABC could make of it and seldom see their products in Ohio. A middle of the road seasonal stands apart in some regards. Generally though it is just a chewy version of bready pumpkin like so many others.

Aroma / Appearance - A deep chestnut brown base floats in the glass with a slick presence. Bread made from extremely ripe pumpkins tethers the aroma to the glass.

Flavor / Palate - Pumpkin bread coats the tongue and mouth in a thin layer of autumn. The chewy finish adds more and more earthiness and spice. Overall it has the hallmarks of a well done release; however nothing sets it apart from the hoards of other interchangeable fall seasonals that should now be on the shelves (as of late September).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
hershiser2 (1685) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - SEP 30, 2015
Can. Pours orange with no head. Smells of pumpkin, light caramel, light spice. Taste is very similar. Not sweet, which is nice, but nothing outstanding either.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
onceblind (6378) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 28, 2015
Slightly cloudy copper like an Oktoberfest, with very little head. Semisweet malty aroma with light pumpkin spice and light pumpkin flesh. Crisp and pleasantly carbonated body. Blandish, or at least, predictable cliche’d flavor of light pumpkin and light pumpkin spice, gentle ginger, and gentle autumnal earthy sweetness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
baraciisch (2552) - California, USA - SEP 26, 2015
Light orange in color... Aroma of pumpkin spices, light caramel malts... Flavor of pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, however fairly thin on finish... Average ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
obguthr (5085) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - SEP 26, 2015
Allspice nose. Clear orange, thin yellow. Orange peel, allspice. Light malt finish. Medium body, soft. Poundable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
crossovert (10305) - Illinois, USA - SEP 24, 2015
355ml can. Amber/gold with a fizzy white head. First thing you notice even as you pour is that there is an actual pumpkin aroma to this brew. of course the tired spice mixture is there too. But I will give them an extra nudge for adding the actual element of its namesake. The flavor is again pumpkiny which is vegetal and melon-like, and some spices, its okay, definitely slammable but not interesting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
commonshawn (794) - Minnesota, USA - SEP 23, 2015
Tap at draft and vessel in Milwaukee. Matte orange with white head. Bitter spice aroma. Flavor is subtle and mild but good. Nothing off on it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
madvike (3148) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 23, 2015
Can - Pours amber with a ring of white head. Nose is all the usual suspects you’d expect in a pumpkin beer, with a mixture of dark bread and pumpkin flesh in the background. Taste is the same, though the blending of the spice, malt, and pumpkin is a little odd. It just doesn’t quite come together. Thinnish body and jacked-up carbonation. Just decent.

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