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RATINGS: 96   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.25/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 18   EST. CALORIES: 183   ABV: 6.1%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Wick for Brains is our classic and painstakingly produced Fall Pumpkin Ale. Instead of simply using spice, we use real pumpkin which lends a sweetness and pumpkin flavor not found in many Pumpkin Ales. Wonderful pumpkin pie spice intertwined in an Amber Ale creates a pumpkin sensation which is elegantly crafted. Notes of Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Clove, Ginger and Allspice blend perfectly in this seasonal Ale. There are many Pumpkin Ales out there crafted by some wonderful breweries we feel that ours stands among them and in some cases stands apart.

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3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - OCT 1, 2016
Can:   Amber in color, little head and lacing.   Soft spicy nose, a little citrusy.   Similar tongue.   Moderate body and mouthfeel.   Clean finish.   Solid example of the style.   Spices could stand to linger a bit longer tho.


4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
SPDickerman (1203) - Texas, USA - SEP 19, 2016
Pours orange with a slight haze and a small off-white ring. Smells like pumpkin pie with a hint of alcohol. Taste is pumpkin, subtle crust, hints of spice. Medium-bodied with a smooth texture and soft mouth-carbonation, Nebraska Wick for Brains finishes with a subtle lingering tanginess.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
arkurzynski (2315) - Combined Locks, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 16, 2016
Pale orange. Mild spice and bubblegum pumpkin. Flavor is sweet pumkin with only mild spice. Sweet. Needs more spice to balance.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
keanex (1799) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - SEP 8, 2016
Well it has some pumpkin spices, some undercooked, or not cooked at all pumpkin tartness. Its not bad, it is a perfectly acceptable beer for the time of year and style, but they could have stood apart.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MetalNHopHead (1579) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - AUG 18, 2016
Wick for Brains is the kind of pumpkin beer I can embrace. Its a balanced, original approach to this oft-done seasonal variety. Amber-colored pour. It starts off with toasted malt and toasted pumpkin. The toasted malt has some graham cracker character while the toasted pumpkin tastes like, um, toasted pumkin. About midway through is when the spices become noticeable. Low-carbonation body but very smooth. Definitely a solid autumn beer.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Niko100 (2734) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 7, 2016
Nice amber/gold color; Medium slightly creamy body; Aroma of sweet malt, pumpkin, caramel, & nutmeg/spice; Flavor of slight sweet malt, pumpkin, some caramel, and spice; Not bad.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ads135 (4285) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JAN 16, 2016
A pretty solid pumpkin beer. The pumpkin character is outstanding, though the spicyness is a bit much. Tried courtesy of Andy in Omaha, 2015.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
hayduke (4980) - Eureka, California, USA - JAN 8, 2016
Sampled at GABF 2015. In the tasting glass orange with a white head that faded quickly. Nose of pumpkin, nutmeg and allspice. Thin body. Flavor is by the book but seems less intense than many good pumpkin beers. Not that this one is bad...it is quite OK, just not outstanding.

2.2
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
ghostbeer (132) - Nebraska, USA - DEC 18, 2015
While upfront there is a good amount of pumpkin on the palate, it quickly is lost and covered up by the spice component. The finish is good and full of warm pumpkin pie spice. I love pumpkin beers and this one is fine and one that I would purchase again.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jgb9348 (5820) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - DEC 3, 2015
Deep copper coloured body with a thinnish, two centimetre tall tan head. Aroma of canella, nutmeg, earth, caramel and quite a bit of peanuts. Medium-bodied; Strong nutty and spicey flavour at first thats followed by a nice caramelised sugar flavour and some subdued fruits, all very noticeable with the squash as a malting agent. Aftertaste is complex and very nice for the style. Overall, a nice beer to sample and a good beer for the season! I sampled this twelve ounce can, purchased from the Class VI at Offutt Air Force Base in Omaha, Nebraska on 26-October-2015 for US$8,99/six pack, sampled on the train to New York on 03-December-2015.


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