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RATINGS: 145   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.29/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 68   EST. CALORIES: 201   ABV: 6.7%
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 ďwet hopsĒ

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
AirForceHops (6283) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 21, 2012
16 oz. can. From a four pack. Nice looking orange pour with ample carbonation, producing large frothy head. Nose is fresh hops with spicy caramel malt. Smells really nice. Citrus wet hops are the main player with a weak pumpkin/ all spice. And in all honesty; the spice is a wisp. This is the most hoppy seasonal with pumpkin in mind that Iíve ever had. Donít drink this thinking youíre going to get a lot of pumpkin, because the hop is forward and dominate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
blutt59 (6511) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 20, 2012
Canned, orange amber in color with a strong hoppy presence, some pumpkin or vegetable but mostly good IPA profile

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bluejacket74 (1848) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - OCT 19, 2012
16 ounce can, bottom of the can says best before December 30, 2012. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours an orange/amber color with about an inch off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both good. Aroma is mostly citrusy (tropical fruit, grapefruit, oranges) and piney hops, along with a little bit of pumpkin and some pumpkin spices. Taste is similar to the aroma, itís a mostly hoppy bitter tasting brew, but itís also a bit salty too. Mouthfeel/body is medium, itís slick and creamy with good carbonation. I think itís a good overall brew. I might age a can of this for a while and see if it ends up more pumpkiny or not, but I think itís still a tasty brew now. At this point Iíd call it more of an IPA than it is a Pumpkin Ale. $8.99 a 4-pack.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
dalepryor (305) - Paducah, Kentucky, USA - OCT 18, 2012
Poured from can, clear dark orange with a 2 finger white head. The aroma is very floral with some spices in the background, i picked up cinnamon at first followed by nutmeg, mainly citrus hops on this one. Flavor up front is pretty bitter followed by some citrus fruits also some pine on the back end, the spices fall somewhere in the middle there but are ever so present. Decent spiced ipa here thats what i am going to call it, the body is medium i am getting no pumpkin in the taste but it is adding the body to the mouthfeel its definitely got a thick mouthfeel that just rolls off your tongue. For an ipa this is a good one i wouldve liked more pumpkin and spice but this is a nice change to all the other fall spiced pumpkin ales out there. I think an imperial version of this would be amazing, the hops and mild spice do blend together well here. Over all glad to have tried this.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
HonkeyBra (4036) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - OCT 17, 2012
16 oz. can. Bright orange pour with a thick off white head. Aroma of citrus and piney hops, mild sweetness, maybe a touch of spice. Flavor is nicely hoppy, but gets a bit salty, kind of funky, and kind of fatty, like a yam. Itís medium bodied. KInd of weird. Reminds me of this chick TheDude used to date . . .

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
FunkyBrewster (1518) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 16, 2012
Can. Pours a nice copper orange with a lingering cream off white head. Aroma is hoppy, mostly pine with some aggressive herbal and a touch fruity, slight stink, caramel sweetness. Flavor has the same hop character, some funk and herbal, piney and a biscuity malt base. Finishes somewhat sweet with a lingering herbal hop bitterness. Medium body and sharp carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jcos (1784) - Maryland, USA - OCT 14, 2012
Sample at Snallygaster DC event on October 13th, 2012. Iíve been wanting to try this, as I enjoy Sixpointís beer. I really appreciated this, as itís a more hopped up version of a pumpkin beer, which a lot of times are the same style too often.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hershiser2 (2153) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - OCT 14, 2012
$2.60 pint can from Wine Warehouse, Charlottesville. Brown with two inches of frothy white head. Smells hoppy, fruits, woody, earthy. Tastes of bittersweet hops, malts, and burnt malts.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Mora2000 (6155) - McKinney, Texas, USA - OCT 13, 2012
The beer pours an orange color with a white head. The aroma is very heavy on the pine notes, with a hint of biscuit malt. I donít get any pumpkin or spice notes in the aroma, which is disappearing. The flavor is more of the same. I get a ton of orange citrus and pine hops, as well as a little bit of grass. There is a hint of toffee, but once again no pumpkin or spice notes. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Tough to know how to rate this one. On one hand, it is a pretty good IPA. On the other hand, when I rate it as a pumpkin beer, it falls well short of the mark. Since the label talks about both pumpkin and wet hops, I will just rate it on how well I enjoyed it, rather than how well it fit any specific style.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dbingham (69) - - OCT 12, 2012
Pours a deep amber color with a strong, pillowy head. Lotís of citrus hops in the aroma with some faint roasty notes and hop bitterness in the finish. Sixpoint claims there is pumpkin and pumpkin pie spices in this beer, but I donít taste anything but the Citra hops they used this year. Smooth, moderate carbonation.

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