Sixpoint Autumnation (2011 & 2012)

 
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RATINGS: 142   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.29/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 68   EST. CALORIES: 201   ABV: 6.7%
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Our first-ever seasonal can release arrives today, and it is brewed as a true celebration of this special moment in time. We made a trip out to Yakima Valley to the oldest continually operating hop farms in the country, and met with Patrick Smith, a 3rd generation hop grower. We selected and harvested 800 pounds of fresh “wet hops”

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chriztoffer (3) - stockholm, SWEDEN - APR 13, 2012 does not count
My first pumkingbeer and it was great, Iam a baker and a recon the taste from making pumkingbread around helloween

4.3
jlipski (9) - Williamsville, New York, USA - OCT 11, 2012 does not count
2012-16oz Can. Pours amazing light bronze color with a citrus nose yet a hint of pumpkin/spice. Lighter mouthfeel than expected with great balance. Alcohol is not prominent and very easy drinking. Hop finish similar to a EBC in my opinion. Liked the 2011 version better but Citra hops are great too. A online poll helped decide the dominant hop. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.2
wlajwl (7069) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - NOV 6, 2012
Aroma is pine/citrus, spices and yeast. The flavor is citrus, tropical fruit, grapefruit, mild hop resin, fruit and a lingering spices in the finish.

4.2
TXBadger (2811) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 2, 2014
Reviewed from notes: Pours a nice clear amber color with light white head. Flowery, piney, and citrusy on the nose; follows onto the palate. Medium bodied, yet full. Finishes with some nice hop resin.

4.1
ChadPolenz (1847) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - OCT 12, 2011
I poured a 16oz can into a mug.

Appearance: Bright orange pumpkin skin hue; very hazy body but not completely opaque. Forms a large, white, frothy head which retains very well and laces fairly.

Smell: Tropical fruit juice and pine sap with noticeable resin quality.

Taste: Sixpoint Autumnation seems to be the world’s first "Pumpkin IPA" or perhaps it’s an IPA with pumpkin and other spices added. Whatever the case may be this is definitely one of the most interesting and unique palates I’ve ever encountered because it’s all over the place and yet the flavors all seem to blend perfectly together.

The palate begins with sweet tropical fruit juice - especially passion fruit and mango - nothing acid or bitter like grapefruit. This gives way to a sappy, resin-like taste and bitterness which is of course due to the wet hopping. It’s not quite as thick and syrupy or sweet as a barleywine or imperial IPA, but the bitterness is there. It’s quite dry, but more dull than it is sharp. The finish and aftertaste revert back to the initial juicy qualities but with the taste of autumn. The can indicates the beer is brewed with ginger, pumpkin and "spice" but I don’t get any individual ingredients, but rather a potpourri-like taste and sensation. The aftertaste is a little dry, but clean for the most part. I just wish the pumpkin and spices had been more prominent to make it a true pumpkin beer instead of a pumpkin-ish beer.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied in all aspects with a soft, tepid, comfortable texture and density.

Drinkability: Weighing in at 6.7% ABV and 68 IBUs, Sixpoint Autumnation is one of those beers that’s not big enough to be a true "imperial," but not small enough to be average in any aspect. The flavor is strong from start to finish, but it doesn’t dance on your tongue. It goes down remarkably smooth and is quite refreshing while in the mouth. Probably too hoppy and bitter to pair with pumpkin pie - this is a main course kind of brew.

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johnnnniee (4408) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 14, 2012
Can shared by HopasaurusRex, thanks for the opportunity. Pours a deep copper color with a decent sized off white head with decent retention. Smells of grapefruit, mangos, juicy tropical fruit, ginger, and some weird unidentifiable spice. Little to no malt shows up in the aroma and there’s a curious lack of pumpkin in there as well. Taste is resinous, tropical fruity, citrusy hops blended with ginger and what I assume are pumpkin pie spices. Medium body with a moderate to high level of carbonation and a resinous, slick mouthfeel. I’m not a big fan of pumpkin ales and since this one doesn’t taste like pumpkin I think its pretty good. Very hoppy with an odd addition of ginger that works with the citra hops pretty well. This is my new go to pumpkin-less pumpkin beer.


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