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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.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jredmond (6923) - New York, New York, USA - OCT 20, 2011
UPDATED: OCT 21, 2011 draft at rattle with sir brendan colgan the first. pours a golden amber body with no head. aroma is sweet spice, pumpkin, and grass. Mouthfeel is syrupy with notes of pumpkin, nutmeg spice, and cinnamon.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ads135 (3785) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JAN 16, 2016
A pretty solid pumpkin beer. The pumpkin character is outstanding, though the spicyness is a bit much. Tried courtesy of Andy in Omaha, 2015.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
hayduke (4281) - Eureka, California, USA - JAN 8, 2016
Sampled at GABF 2015. In the tasting glass orange with a white head that faded quickly. Nose of pumpkin, nutmeg and allspice. Thin body. Flavor is by the book but seems less intense than many good pumpkin beers. Not that this one is bad...it is quite OK, just not outstanding.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
ghostbeer (64) - Nebraska, USA - DEC 18, 2015
While upfront there is a good amount of pumpkin on the palate, it quickly is lost and covered up by the spice component. The finish is good and full of warm pumpkin pie spice. I love pumpkin beers and this one is fine and one that I would purchase again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jgb9348 (5316) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - DEC 3, 2015
Deep copper coloured body with a thinnish, two centimetre tall tan head. Aroma of canella, nutmeg, earth, caramel and quite a bit of peanuts. Medium-bodied; Strong nutty and spicey flavour at first that’s followed by a nice caramelised sugar flavour and some subdued fruits, all very noticeable with the squash as a malting agent. Aftertaste is complex and very nice for the style. Overall, a nice beer to sample and a good beer for the season! I sampled this twelve ounce can, purchased from the Class VI at Offutt Air Force Base in Omaha, Nebraska on 26-October-2015 for US$8,99/six pack, sampled on the train to New York on 03-December-2015.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mike5326 (1399) - virginia beach, Virginia, USA - OCT 31, 2015
Poured from a can. Clear golden color, small white head. Mild pumpkin mash aroma. Medium body with a light pumpkin flavor and a medium finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Luvystypotables (1292) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - OCT 31, 2015
A subdued aroma of pumpkin spice and pumpkin, pours a clear orange color with no head. Medium body with a pleasant mild pumpkin taste. A short lasting all spice finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
jbruner (3523) - Athens, Georgia, USA - OCT 29, 2015
Can thanks to huskertan! Pours a slightly hazy golden brown with thin bubbly white head. Aroma of light pumpkin pie spice and a hint of fruity yeast. Taste follows, light and refreshing, but spice is minimal. Meh.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BeerRenter76 (473) - Texas, USA - OCT 24, 2015
Aromas of pumpkin and some nutmeg with allspice as well. Pumpkin orange colored body with a thin yellow tinged cap that leaves some spotty lace. Flavor is about the same as the aroma with more of a ginger presence.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
ozzy70 (345) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - OCT 20, 2015
12 oz. can. Pours dark amber with no head. Aroma of malts, slight pumpkin and allspice. Taste was watery and sweet.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chad9976 (1538) - Orlando, Florida, USA - OCT 20, 2015
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.

RATING: 7/10

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