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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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
chriztoffer (1) - stockholm, SWEDEN - APR 13, 2012 does not count
My first pumkingbeer and it was great, Iam a baker and a recon the taste from making pumkingbread around helloween

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jlipski (9) - Williamsville, New York, USA - OCT 11, 2012 does not count
2012-16oz Can. Pours amazing light bronze color with a citrus nose yet a hint of pumpkin/spice. Lighter mouthfeel than expected with great balance. Alcohol is not prominent and very easy drinking. Hop finish similar to a EBC in my opinion. Liked the 2011 version better but Citra hops are great too. A online poll helped decide the dominant hop. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wlajwl (5830) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - NOV 6, 2012
Aroma is pine/citrus, spices and yeast. The flavor is citrus, tropical fruit, grapefruit, mild hop resin, fruit and a lingering spices in the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TXBadger (2564) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 2, 2014
Reviewed from notes: Pours a nice clear amber color with light white head. Flowery, piney, and citrusy on the nose; follows onto the palate. Medium bodied, yet full. Finishes with some nice hop resin.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ChadPolenz (1700) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - OCT 12, 2011
I poured a 16oz can into a mug.

Appearance: Bright orange pumpkin skin hue; very hazy body but not completely opaque. Forms a large, white, frothy head which retains very well and laces fairly.

Smell: Tropical fruit juice and pine sap with noticeable resin quality.

Taste: Sixpoint Autumnation seems to be the worldís first "Pumpkin IPA" or perhaps itís an IPA with pumpkin and other spices added. Whatever the case may be this is definitely one of the most interesting and unique palates Iíve ever encountered because itís all over the place and yet the flavors all seem to blend perfectly together.

The palate begins with sweet tropical fruit juice - especially passion fruit and mango - nothing acid or bitter like grapefruit. This gives way to a sappy, resin-like taste and bitterness which is of course due to the wet hopping. Itís not quite as thick and syrupy or sweet as a barleywine or imperial IPA, but the bitterness is there. Itís quite dry, but more dull than it is sharp. The finish and aftertaste revert back to the initial juicy qualities but with the taste of autumn. The can indicates the beer is brewed with ginger, pumpkin and "spice" but I donít get any individual ingredients, but rather a potpourri-like taste and sensation. The aftertaste is a little dry, but clean for the most part. I just wish the pumpkin and spices had been more prominent to make it a true pumpkin beer instead of a pumpkin-ish beer.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied in all aspects with a soft, tepid, comfortable texture and density.

Drinkability: Weighing in at 6.7% ABV and 68 IBUs, Sixpoint Autumnation is one of those beers thatís not big enough to be a true "imperial," but not small enough to be average in any aspect. The flavor is strong from start to finish, but it doesnít dance on your tongue. It goes down remarkably smooth and is quite refreshing while in the mouth. Probably too hoppy and bitter to pair with pumpkin pie - this is a main course kind of brew.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
johnnnniee (3816) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 14, 2012
Can shared by HopasaurusRex, thanks for the opportunity. Pours a deep copper color with a decent sized off white head with decent retention. Smells of grapefruit, mangos, juicy tropical fruit, ginger, and some weird unidentifiable spice. Little to no malt shows up in the aroma and thereís a curious lack of pumpkin in there as well. Taste is resinous, tropical fruity, citrusy hops blended with ginger and what I assume are pumpkin pie spices. Medium body with a moderate to high level of carbonation and a resinous, slick mouthfeel. Iím not a big fan of pumpkin ales and since this one doesnít taste like pumpkin I think its pretty good. Very hoppy with an odd addition of ginger that works with the citra hops pretty well. This is my new go to pumpkin-less pumpkin beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
craftycarl21 (2338) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 11, 2011
Pours an orange amber with a small head. Nose holds epic wet grass, rye grain, spicy hops, sesame and carroway seed; fantastic nose. Flavor is marked with huge bread and dank wet hop at the front, followed by an intense spicy hop and peppery finish. Lots of sage and lemongrass. Resiny dry finish with medium carbonation. Not particularly balanced, but aggressive and well done. I think this is underrated so far.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mcox90 (1924) - Wilton, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 24, 2011
16 oz. can. A "pounder" we called it back in the day. Poured into a pint glass. Pours a beautiful slightly hazy red/orange color with a thick one finger off white head. Sticky rings of lace are left as the head leaves us. Nice hop forward aroma with a semi sweet maltiness. Smells like a well made IPA to me. Maybe a hint of spice. As to flavor, this brew is full of floral hop taste that gets richer with every sip. There are some bits of spice and just a hint of pumpkin. The palate is full bodied & bitter. I thought this brew was terrific & will seek out more.

   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
superspak (4742) - 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.

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