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RATINGS: 644   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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3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
BuckNaked (1230) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - FEB 14, 2006
750ml bottle thanks to Styles Medium carbonated, pours with a small amount of fizz to a murky, opaque medium-dark amber with some brown hints. The small head is light beige, with large bubbles giving it a rocky appearance; it does not last long. Mild caramel, tart grape stems, a smell exactly like grape seeds taste, lightly tart fruit, a bit of unripened blueberry, light mint, orange spice(similar to celestial seasonings manderin orange spice tea), allspice, a hint of strawberry/raspberry syrup, a bit of pumpkin pie spice, showing just a bit of horseblanket, mild barnyard, and something thats almost like sour melon or rotting fruit. Much like the aroma, the taste is quite complex. It begins with with a very mild acidic tart shock, but nowhere near the strength of any lambic. This flows into a lightly tart fruit, and complex spice medley (allspice, melon rind, bitter orange zest, alligator pepper, what I take to be chestnut, and something similar to bog myrtle but it could be the chestnuts - Ive never had chestnuts in beer before). Some sweet caramel malt shows through in brief flashes towards the middle along with some tannic wood notes. Finishes very bitter, you can actually feel the dry bitterness in your mouth and the back of the throat, with notes of earthy nut, lemon grass & caramel along with something akin to the outside flesh of a walnut(if you ever tried biting one of these you know exactly what Im talking about). Medium carbonated, medium bodied though feeling pretty light on the palate without much texture. Overall one of the more complex beers Ive tasted in aroma and taste which certainly makes it fun to try to pick out all the flavors. Ultimately the flavors are mostly confusing and do not blend very well into a coherant beer. In addition, the acidity is very well balanced but the beer is much too bitter (Im assuming this comes from the chestnuts?), which makes it difficult to drink. This is well worth a try to exercise your palate and I have a feeling this may become great after a few years in the bottle.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jimmack (1223) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - JUN 7, 2006
Bottle at the HW open house. Hazy dark amber color with a small white head. Mild bretty aroma that was somewhat sour with citrus fruits and black pepper. Grassy, yeasty flavor that was mildly tart and fruity. Some unidentifiable spices(pepper?,ginger?) on the finish. Another winner from JP.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
luckygirl (1223) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 15, 2006
750. Beer is cloudy, medium caramel brown with a large, pale pink, frothy, mostly lasting, diminishing head.<P>The aroma is malty with moderate notes of toasted grain, trace caramel and light cookie; Hoppy with light notes of grapefruit oil, resin/pine, trace floral; Yeasty with light notes of basement, trace of dough and horseblanket; Moderate miscellaneous note of alcohol, decompsing leaf and apple. Reminds me a bit of Medovinas harvest Cyzer. <P>The flavor is moderately acidic/sour, lightly bittersweet with a long, lightly bitter, lightly acidic/sour finish. <P>The body is medium, the texture is velvety and the carbonation is average.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MelvinKalksma (1216) - UTRECHT, NETHERLANDS - DEC 25, 2016

Aroma:
Medium aroma of malts, caramel, Belgian yeast, fruit, cherry, bread, chestnut, citrus, spices and brettanomyces.

Appearance:
Turbid/opaque golden/amber beer with medium yeast and with a medium off-white head.

Taste/Palate:
Starts medium sweet with malts, caramel, Belgian yeast, fruit and cherry; ends slightly bitter, dry and sour with bread, chestnut, citrus, spices and brettanomyces.

Overall:
This beer is intense, complex and balanced. So much going on in this one, there are so many flavours. The aroma could have been stronger however. Amazing that they made this work as good as they did.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
glkaiser (1214) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 14, 2008
Thanks to bbuckets tasting group. Sugary sweet apple and a good dose of funk with a little oak. Not overly sour, and very drinkable.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
Concealer (1210) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 14, 2013
UPDATED: FEB 19, 2014 Re rate. Tap at hops and pie. Cloudy amber with a lasting beige head. Aromas of citrus, sweet malt, caramel, tart fruit and spice. Tastes tart upfront with citrus, caramel with an underlying sweet malt and spices. Light bodied, lingering tart fruit, caramel and spice.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
brentfeesh (1208) - Mansfield, Ohio, USA - JUN 12, 2007
Enjoyed at NoogFest III. 750ml bottle. Pours hazy orange with a big frothy head that never stops coming. Fairly light aroma with sweet hints of fruit and spicy yeast. Apple (?). The flavor is probably the best Ive had from a Jolly Pumpkin. Light spice and lemon fruit with that signature Jolly Pumpkin yeasty funky business. Nothing over powering like many of their others IMO. Saison like actually and enjoyable in flavor. Way too carbonated for me though (as is usual for their beers). However, overall I liked this one. It was refreshing.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
thebaldwizard (1206) - Ohio, USA - OCT 16, 2006
Thanks to BgBurdman for sharing this at the last Columbus tasting. The aroma is sour and some funky grass smells as well. The pour was a golden brown with a small head. Slightly sour taste with a good bit of yeast and some tangy flavors as well. The mouthfeel was light with ample carbonation.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
polomagnifico (1202) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - MAR 11, 2009
Bottle. Aroma has notes of yeast, citrus, amber malts, nutty earth. Medium hazy orange amber sparkling hue with a large rocky, foamy, off-white head that mostly lasted and left great lace. Flavor is earthy, nutty, amber malts, and a sour tart finish. Palate is light bodied and lively. Very drinkable with a nice sour finish but could use a little more flavor. Nice though.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
joshwilfong (1200) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - FEB 16, 2008
light amber appearance with solid white head. flavor is incredibly unique, tasting almost like a gueze with acidic and sharp sourness that finishes very dry with some oak likely from the chestnut. a very enjoyable brew.


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