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RATINGS: 656   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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4.1
GodOfThunder (1271) - Orlando, Florida, USA - DEC 2, 2008
Thanks to whomever brought this to the Backus Backdoor Bash! Pours an orange color. Full of Autumn spices and bitter orange flavors. Some peppery spice in there, too. Another good beer from Jolly Pumpkin.

3.7
furthur (1255) - Eagle River, Alaska, USA - OCT 30, 2015
Draft at anchorage brewing, orange amber beer, nice creamy white head, good lace. Aroma is subtle, slightly roasty lemon. Taste is salty, lemon, lime, peach, and earthy chestnuts. Palate light, carbonation soft and subdued.

3.6
wnoble (1251) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JAN 9, 2013
Pours hazy amber. Nose lactic tartness, berries, spices, mild caramels, and a touch of waxy honey. Flavor is tart lemons, cranberries, cherries, all spice, caramels. Tart and day but the supporting malt character doesn’t leave you puckering in te finish and isn’t too thin. Pretty nice beer.

4
patrickfannon (1242) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 30, 2009
Bottle. 25.4 oz. Split this with Braden. Pours honey amber, with a creamy off-white head. Aroma of apple, hops, wheat, honey, hay, and hints of caramel. Medium bodied with a sweet, tangy moutfeel and similar finish. Very good Belgian ale from Jolly Pumpkin.

3.9
BiddleBrau (1238) - Fort Washington, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 21, 2013
At iron abbey. Hazy golden with white head. Nice malty nose earthy and a bit if horse blanket.. Tart flavor, a bit dry but really nice. Earthy and clean. Me like

3.9
markducommun (1231) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 13, 2016
Lightly cloudy, golden red, slight white tan head. Berry, sour, funky, musty. Slightly sour, sweet. Medium body, slightly chewy, quite acidic. Good. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.1
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 that’s 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 - I’ve 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 I’m talking about). Medium carbonated, medium bodied though feeling pretty light on the palate without much texture. Overall one of the more complex beers I’ve 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 (I’m 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.

4
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.

3.5
radarsock (1223) - Massachusetts, USA - SEP 24, 2012
Was passed around at Harvest, Saturday evening. Pours a murky, hazed burnt orange with a minimal off-white head. Diminished quickly. Interesting aromas of nuts, earth/soil, hop oil and dog biscuits. Tastes practically the same, however it does have some yeast notes by mid-palate, as well some candied citrus, butterscotch, cinnamon and oak. Mild tartness by swallow. Enjoyable.

3.6
luckygirl (1222) - 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 Medovina’s 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.


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