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RATINGS: 653   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 183   ABV: 6.1%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Autumn Fire
Ale brewed with chestnut and spices
To catch a bit of soft radiance in each special bottle, we wait for fall colors to begin their bright and fleeting glow before brewing this wonderful ale under their autumn fire. Gentle amber malts lead smooth caramel notes, gently lapping against a shore of distant forgotten spice. A beer to contemplate and enjoy!

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3.6
TaktikMTL (7874) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 23, 2008
Bouteille verte de 750 ml obtenue via Importations Privées Bièropholie. Le contenu a completement explosé lors de l’ouverture de la bouteille ne laissant que la moitié du contenu. Arôme: Odeur d’épice avec une pointe de caramel. Apparence: La couleur est ambrée voilée avec une moyenne densité de bulle. Présence d’un large col mousseux et d’une large dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût d’épices avec une pointe d’agrumes et de gomme. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement minérale. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Arrière goût fruité. (Rating #1759)

3.1
hotstuff (5208) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - JUN 21, 2008
Bottle and labeled Bottling 3, 2007. Medium sized off-white frothy and fizzy head that mostly diminished, hazy, one ring of lacing, visible carbonation, and a golden hue. The aroma was sweet, sour, tart, spicy, malt, some caramel, acidic, lambic like and brett. The flavor was sweet, acidic, fruity, spicy, sour, some malt and light caramel. Spritzy mouthfeel and medium bodied. I had a hard getting this beer rated as I was turned off by the aroma and the flavor as well as I just couldn’t get into the taste of this beer for some reason. This is definitely a beer I could not drink an entire bottle by myself. Next!!

3.9
wickedpete (634) - Lexington Park, Maryland, USA - JUN 15, 2008
Thanks to Drew for this one. (Batch 244, 245) Hazy golden color with a frothy tall white head. Aroma is tart fruit at first, along with some bretty funk, then also a touch of sweet spices in the background and some yeast and honey. Tart and bitter flavor up front, like a lemon rind, followed by some sweet malts and a nice touch of spices. A bit of bretty funk is present all the way through. The finish shows a bit of nuttiness, or wood. Very nice, very pleasant.

3.7
shigadeyo (3759) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 5, 2008

6/05/2008: Fuego del Otono (Autumn Fire) pours a mostly clear, light copper color with a HUGE, dense and rocky light beige head. There is a substantial amount of carbonation that sustains the perpetual thick head that creates puffy lacing on the glass. The aroma and flavor contain the tell-tale Jolly Pumpkin funk and spice. Some spiced (cinnamon) apple cider notes are also apparent in the aroma. The flavor is lightly malty, fruity (like apple sauce and white grapes), spicy (nutmeg, clove?). It also has the wonderful, subtle but not so subtle combination of sour, tart, and acidity. These subside a bit as the beer warms and combines to form a warm, lightly chocolately and nutty-like flavor. I also pick up some faint ginger notes toward the finish as well as a really, really light nuttiness if I hold the beer in my mouth for a bit. This beer has a medium body, yet it feels light and airy on the palate, and even soft and mellow. Overall, this is another good Jolly Pumpkin brew, but it seems to be missing the complexity - no, that’s not the right word - maybe uniqueness is what I’m looking for - to really differentiate it from many of the other Jolly Pumpkin offerings...

1 pt. 9.4 fl. oz bottle (6.1% Alc/Vol) from River’s Bend Wine and Spirits in Maineville, Ohio ($8.99+tax). Rating #217 for this beer...

2.6
mattmc1973 (479) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - MAY 27, 2008
OK, it’s official, I’m not a fan of Jolly Pumpkin beers. The last one was classified as a Sour Ale, and I didn’t like it. This one is classified as a Belgian, and it tasted again like a Sour Ale. 750ml bottle, poured a nice clear amber with a foamy off-white head. Very nice looking beer. Aroma was of tart, sour apple. Taste was tart, sour, and biting. Poured this one down the drain.

2.4
scoobyluv (511) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - MAY 23, 2008
foamed right out of the bottle. cloudy amber color. nose that was sour and had a hint of vanilla. tastes of the sour vanilla as well.

3.5
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - MAY 13, 2008
Bottle to my head. Pours drown amber with white lacing. Light carbonation. Aroma is that classic jolly pumpkin funk, spice, and no etoh. Flavor is sour tongue tingling and dry. Maybe some nuts in the finish. Good.

4
OldMrCrow (2444) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 19, 2008
Bottle courtesy of jrob_21.

This one is a gusher; the cap explodes off of the top and I swear at least a third of the 750 ends up all over my kitchen counter and in the sink. It just keeps bubbling up and out as a steady fountain until I pour most of it off into a couple of tulips. So...great big off-white head with what look like cinnamon flecks on top, glowing red-brown beautiful beer down underneath, some sediment. Lots of spice and chestnut in the aroma, amazing how strong the nuts come forward here, some musty notes, a whisp of sour. The flavor is heavily spiced but nonetheless beautiful: quite tart, again all of those chestnuts, mild funk, tannic, grape skins, leather, nutty sweetness, lots of spice. Mmmmm. Lovely. This one went down much too quickly.

4.3
worldbfat (8) - USA - APR 10, 2008 does not count
I’m cold, hungry, and jobless (for the summer, I’m in school, not a hobo), but all is well because I have a bottle of Fuego del Otono. I don’t know what the spices are supposed to be but I don’t much care because the great funky, tart, fruity apple/pear flavor of this is delicious. The only odd thing was that on one whiff I’d get a scent like a skunked European pils and on the next I’d get the funky scent everyone expects. Otherwise, a balls-out hard-nosed ass beater.

3.8
MaxxDaddy (415) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - APR 9, 2008
Bottle. Pours a hazy orange/gold with typical billowy head. Aroma is unmistakenly brett and funky. Probably the most in any Jolly Pumpkin I’ve tried. Slight nuttiness in the taste to go along with the funk, pepper, and brett. Somewhat prickly on the palate and goes down yeasty and slightly tart.


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