brokensail (11105) - Orange County, California, USA - OCT 9, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
A: The pour typical of Autumn Maple, maybe a little more haze than usual. But what do you expect when you add the reproductive organs of a conifer?
S: A sniff in this case is more to warn of potential danger that might follow. Surprisingly (but maybe not), very similar to Autumn Maple. Vanilla, caramel, toffee, and pie spices. Lots of pie spices, actually. I don’t get any inherent "pine cone" aroma.
T: Sweet malts with a light caramel nature to them. Again, plenty of spice and vanilla. There is a bit of a woody almost rosemary character to the beer, which I assume is from the cones.
M: The body is medium with a low, but smooth carbonation--typical from the Bruery’s cask beers.
D: Okay, this was not horrendous like I was anticipating. It was not quite as good as the regular thing (or especially the vanilla version they had previously), but not bad.
nickd717 (3561) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 7, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Hand bottle thanks to MustardKrautFan. Pours hazy amber with a small off-white head. Aroma is sweet caramel, pumpkin, pinecone, spices, and lentils (two first time aroma notes there). The flavor is spicy and yammy, fairly sweet, with pinecone and loads of pumpkin pie spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice). Medium-full body with a smooth mouthfeel and medium-low carbonation. Probably a little better than regular Autumn Maple, but not too impressive.
kegbear (436) - Orange, California, USA - OCT 2, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Firkin at The Bruery. This was the best version of Autumn Maple I have tried. You get the normal Autumn Maple flavors but on top of these is the complex flavor of the pine cones. Reminds me of walking through Yosemite on a dry fall day. The pine comes across like dry pine needles and not resin like. Some real imagination went into this. The Bruery has raised the bar again!