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RATINGS: 142   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.28   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 68   EST. CALORIES: 201   ABV: 6.7%
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Our first-ever seasonal can release arrives today, and it is brewed as a true celebration of this special moment in time. We made a trip out to Yakima Valley to the oldest continually operating hop farms in the country, and met with Patrick Smith, a 3rd generation hop grower. We selected and harvested 800 pounds of fresh “wet hops”

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ughsmash (7136) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 15, 2012
Canned. Poured clear, medium golden-orange with a creamy, 1" beige head. The aroma picked up fresh, green hoppage (mostly pine with lesser citrus) over sweet caramel and a hint of molasses.. fresh and well-balanced. The flavor found a sweet base of caramel and a touch of honey, with fresh, dank pine and almost perfumey hops around and through.. finished bitter and fruity.. tasty stuff. Light-medium bodied and very fresh.. I’m not usually a fan of wet-hop stuff, but this was solid.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Hophaze (172) - South Bend, Indiana, USA - DEC 15, 2012
Bottle. Pours amber with white head. Medium lacing. Aroma of citrus. Don't really smell or taste the pumpkin but it reminds me of a harvest ale. ----Hophaze out

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rougeau13 (2002) - Richmond, Texas, USA - DEC 13, 2012
Amber with a big off-white head. Full of flowers, grass, tropical fruits and subtle pale malts. The Flying Saucer description said pumpkin ale...? I don’t get it. It’s pretty good regardless.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - DEC 10, 2012
Can:   Amberish, slight haze, large frothy sandy head, nice lacing.   Aroma is very soft, subtle hops and malts.   I smell no pumpkin at all.   Has a musty aspect that extends to the tongue.   Not too bright, nor spicy.   A balance of soft malts, and perhaps even softer hops.   By the end its a bit mealy, somewhat soily.   Has an organic aspect to it, well at least organic from the early days of organic beers.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate.   Finishes musty, and more like a weak Pale Ale than anything else.   Again, what Pumpkin?

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Reynolds314 (2331) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 9, 2012
2012 Citra version on draft. Nicely tropical aroma with lots of melon, citrus, and some nice grassy hops. Taste is medium sweet with a nice little bitter kick on the finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
llcooldave (1082) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - DEC 8, 2012
What is this? A pumpkin pale ale? A pumkin ipa? Clear caramel color. Some citrus, a hint of pumpkin and spice aroma. Somewhat high hoppy flavor with a mix of holiday spices and a "squashy gourd like" component to it. Overall, its drinkable.... Thanks Barzigkin for sharing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
superspak (2602) - Michigan, USA - DEC 1, 2012
16 ounce can into imperial pint glass, best before 12/30/2012. Pours hazy orange copper color with a 2 finger dense off white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of grapefruit, caramel, orange zest, pine, floral, toast, bread, citrus rind, herbal, and earthy spiciness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and hop complexity. Taste of grapefruit, caramel, toast, biscuit, orange rind, pine, pepper, clove, floral, light nuttiness, herbal, and earthy spiciness. Good amount of spicy pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, caramel, orange rind, bread, toast, pepper, floral, and earthy spiciness on the finish for a good bit. Nice balance of flavors with a good sweetness/bitterness balance; minimal cloying flavors noticed after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy and sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with hardly any warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very nice holiday spiced wet hop IPA. Nice hop complexity with good malt and spiciness balance; very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Leafs93 (1683) - Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 1, 2012
Pours amber with a white head. Aroma is pine, citrus, spice and just a hint of pumpkin. Way more hoppy then expected...in a good way. Light bodied with a smooth texture.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ReggieDunlap (3076) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 29, 2012
Pours a clear golden/amber with a medium lt tan head. Aroma has light dry leaves and earthy malts....a touch of floral hoppiness but faint. Flavor has milc seasonal spice...up front and very mild...and faint earthy/hops...slightly metallic. Mouthfeel is mediuma nd the finish is bitter/metallic and dry.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JFGrind (1845) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 28, 2012
Looking through a tap list with numerous pumpkin beers randomly selected Sixpoint’s Autunmation. It was listed under the pumpkin beers but as soon as the draft arrived all I could smell was hops. Big hop beer, bitterness throughout with pumpkin flavors coming in the aftertaste. I enjoyed this full bodied beer that takes two styles of Fall beers, pumpkin and fresh hop and brings them together into one.

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