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RATINGS: 658   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 183   ABV: 6.1%
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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
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 29, 2007
Batch 244, 245. Pours a very hazy, ornagey color with an average, creamy fluffy, off-white head; lacing is nice and somewhat tight while the head is moderately lasting. Nose is similar to other JP brews a nice tartness to it; notes of apples, lemon peel, caramel, biscuity yeast, light baking spices (cinnamon and nutmeg), and a nutty presence (maybe the chestnuts.) Flavor is much of the same with apples and lemon peel being quite forward with also caramel, chestnut, and spicy notes including nutmeg and light pepper. Palate is lively, medium, a bit watery, and drying. Finishes drying with oak notes, lingering lemon peel, and a bit of bitter grass. Not one of my favorite JP brews; a little boring on the palate, not overly complex, lacking a substantial backbone, and somewhat of a short flavor progression. Still quite drinkable, just not incredibly memorable.

4.3
alliance100 (1152) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JUL 20, 2013
750 ml bottle at Logans Alley. Wonderful amount of pleasant sourness with a nice hint of cinnamon and chestnuts. Delicious anytime of the year.

3.9
Boliv (1150) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 23, 2012
750mL bottle, Batch 899/900, bottled 10.7.2011, consumed in celebration of the acceptance of my first scientific paper. Antibodies rule. Pours hazy and orange, lively, with plenty of golden highlights, and topped with a 2-finger foamy off-white head. The aromas are tart cherry and sweet cherry juice, oak, and woody notes. Also present are spices, apple and cinnamon, sugar, and bark/earth. The flavor is initially sour cherry and apple juice, and light cinnamon and sugar; this trends into flower petals, cherry, sugar, and moderate tartness/mild bitterness. Slight nutty notes are present in the aftertaste. Medium carbonation and body, very dry,and very quenching. Really tasty. [1077]

4.4
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 7, 2005
Thanks to Ron Jeffries for giving this bottle to me upon his most recent visit.

Rating #880
It truly pours a chestnut hued body and a most handsome rocky khaki colored head. From the first quaff, I found an amazing blend of wild yeasts and busty caramel and toffee malts. The wild yeasts are most predominant on my palate; coming across in a particularly vinous manner. I’m noting a wildly tannic and mildly acidic blending of young cabernet grapes and a more mature fruity zinfandel. Rather oaky and peppery upfront and vaguely fruity in the middle, a combination of green and red apple cider. The brett and untamied lacto flavors remind me of a soft Maytag blue folded up into some fresh crusty skinned pumpernickel bread. The wild yeasts are the life of the beer for me; I’m having a hard time seeing past them. I dutiabley find the plethora of nutty malts, some cracked wheat, and sourdough breads. The palate is tremendous, a perfectly balanced weight. There is a yeasty tartness of cumquat and dough lingering with oak chips and Melba-toast in the finish. This is a wonderful beer for all occasions… a bottled triumph of liquid and art. - A new all time favorite!

3.8
ARH (1125) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 6, 2015
On tap, poured into a snifter. The warm aroma has notes of apricot, nuts, a bit of a sour citrus, and a light biscuit note. The hazy orange beer is topped by a dense, white soap head that keeps a moderate amount of retention and leaves a mild lacing. The taste is a medium sweet and bitter balanced by a medium light sour note. The texture is oily with fuzzy carbonation. The medium body is, up front, a bitter sour citrus note with a toffee and light bread backing. The finish is a notable nuts with secondary oak, toffee, apricot, and nut flavor. The aftertaste is dry with bitter citrus peel, oak, apricot, and dank herb. It lingers a moderate length of time with only a light intensity.

3.7
Soonah (1120) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - NOV 22, 2007
An attractive pour on this one. A clear, rich light brown color with some orange and copper highlights. The head was creamy and off-white on the pour with good retention as it slowly collapsed into rocky peaks. Decent lacing. The aroma was the expected bretty funk at the onset, but as it opened up it showed great depth. Beyond the sour funk there was soft caramel malt and nuttiness (chestnut). A bit of old wood came through too. The flavor was expectedly funky, but some hops and softer caramel came out too. Crisp apple with a super dry finish. Enjoyable.

3.1
BeerFanDan17 (1120) - Brunswick, Maine, USA - DEC 24, 2009
tasty and balanced. Good mouthfeel. Oak is present but not overpowering. Very smooth. Pours dark yellow with a tall thick head.

3.9
markducommun (1117) - 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

3.8
SpongeRuiner (1114) - Michigan, USA - OCT 4, 2013
They definitely hit this one spot on. While your drinking you feel like your in a pile of fallen leaves.

4.1
dpjuart (1112) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 24, 2009
Bottle courtesy of Naka, Batch 244/245. Pours orange with yellow hues, white foamy head with good lacing. Notes of apple, pear, citric sour, lots of funk and a caramel not at the end. Sweet taste up front of malt caramel with apple and pear sweetness, then citrusy sour notes with mild funk. N nice sweetness returns at the end, cutting through the sour. Tasty brew. Dry and chalky.


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