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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
thornecb (5497) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 15, 2011
Pours hazy orange-amber into an English pint. Off-white micro head with good retention recedes leaving sheet lacing. Mild sour citrus, pumpkin and resin aromas. Medium bodied with sweet and sour pumpkin upfront turning to earthy, sour resin in the lasting finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
halfonit (1324) - Fall River, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 14, 2011
Pours a very slightly dark golden/amber color. Aroma is of leaves, hops, jerkey, slight pumpkin, and burnt rubber. Flavor is a little metallic with some malts present, barley, tree bark, slight booziness, and spices. Leaves a hoppy grass finish. Not too bad, but not too good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JoeMcPhee (9267) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 14, 2011
Tap at Pony. Amber pour topped by a tight creamy head. The aroma is nicely hoppy with a nice fresh maltiness. A little bit herbal and spicy with a nice malt balance. There is also a lovely floral/lavender like character. Fresh and zesty. Tasty stuff

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
hoosiers1994 (684) - Maryland, USA - OCT 13, 2011
Draught looks like iced tea with cream colored head. Aromas of hay and some bitterness. Taste is skunky, bitter, and slightly herbal. Body is medium and there is a decent bitter finish. Overall and OK beer. Nothing special

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DocLock (9999) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 12, 2011
Pounder can from Caponeís. Pours hazy coppery orange with 2-finger off-white head. Nose is caramel malt, that fruity yeasty house character that seems to exist in all Sixpoint beers, and mild hops. Tastes rich, very malty, caramelly but not sweet, with a crisp dry hoppy bitter mid-palate. Comes off like a hoppier Bengali.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ChadPolenz (1690) - 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
argo0 (13233) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 12, 2011
Draft. Muddy cola brown body, small off-white head. Aroma is moderately sweet, cardamom, pumpkin, light caramel/bread. Taste is moderately sweet, pumpkin/ginger, some earthy/orange. Medium body, low carbonation.

   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 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
oteyj (2139) - New Hampshire, USA - OCT 11, 2011
Orange pour with a slight haze and a smallish white head. The nose holds lots of spicy rye notes, dank hop, bready caramel malt, and hints of herbal spice. The flavor holds massive bread and dough notes, dank herbal sage wet hops, and uber resinous sappy evergreen. Silky and pillowy mouthfeel with a super dry and resinous finish. Really interesting.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerandBlues2 (12101) - Escondido, California, USA - OCT 10, 2011
Tap. Pours hazy brown with a medium, fizzy off-white head, short retention with light lacing. Aroma is melanoidins, caramel, cookie, and toast malt, light hops, and dates. Flavor is caramel, toast, and cookie malt, melanoidins, light bitterness and chocolate, and a dry finish. Medium body, warmth, and carbonation.

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