Chad9976 (1609) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - OCT 20, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
It’s always fun trying beers from far-away breweries and discovering that they make more or less the same-tasting brews as closer breweries. Nebraska Wick for Brains is a by-the-book pumpkin ale that has a familiar aroma, appearance and palette as many of the dozens of beers of the style I’ve tried from my general region.
I poured a 12oz can into a flared snifter. There was no freshness date and it cost $3.20 ($0.27 per ounce).
Appearance: A pretty shade of bright flame orange over a nearly clear body. No carbonation visible after the first few seconds. Pours to a small, white, soapy head which fizzles away quickly and completely.
Smell: Classic potpourri aroma of scented candle spices (cinnamon and nutmeg are the most prominent). A slight pie smell, though I wouldn’t consider it sweet-smelling.
Taste: I’ve reviewed so many pumpkin brews over the years, I could probably copy-and-paste from other reviews into this one and no one would be the wiser. Of course, I actually have a sense of ethics so I won’t do that, dear reader. Anyway, the flavor is pretty familiar. Nutmeg and ginger seem to be the most prominent spices. They create for a slightly rustic/spicy sensation rather than sweet pumpkin pie or puree character found in other brews. The brewery’s deScription says the beer is made with real pumpkin and it certainly comes through in the finish as a slight vegetal character. A bit distracting at first, but it eventually fades into the background after a few swigs. Cinnamon begins to emerge as a bit of a warming sensation, but it’s not too strong. In fact, pretty much everything fades away as the beer finishes quite clean. Not much in the way of any particular malt or hop distinctiveness, but that’s not unusual. Overall, it’s a satisfying experience but far from an amazing one.
Drinkability: Seeing the 6.1% ABV on the label I was expecting Nebraska Wick for Brains Pumpkin Ale to be something of a heady, robust, full-bodied brew. It’s surprisingly thin and calm in the mouth. No alcohol character, but it does have a slight oily sensation on the tongue. Still, it’s very smooth and there’s no lingering aftertaste (for better or for worse). Drinkable for sure, but not very efficient.
TheBeerGod (5872) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - OCT 8, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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!
miyauchi38 (1086) - chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 5, 2015
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Brigadier (3485) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - SEP 30, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
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).
hershiser2 (1830) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - SEP 30, 2015
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
onceblind (6696) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 28, 2015
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
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.
baraciisch (2730) - California, USA - SEP 26, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Light orange in color... Aroma of pumpkin spices, light caramel malts... Flavor of pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, however fairly thin on finish... Average
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obguthr (5320) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - SEP 26, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Allspice nose. Clear orange, thin yellow. Orange peel, allspice. Light malt finish. Medium body, soft. Poundable.
crossovert (10770) - Illinois, USA - SEP 24, 2015
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
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.
commonshawn (989) - Minnesota, USA - SEP 23, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.