As winter fast approaches and another fall winds down, I find myself with my last can of Autumnation and have finally gotten around to a review. Autumnation is the latest release from Sixpoint Craft Ales out of Brooklyn, NY. This is a special release pumpkin ale, and since I was looking for a good autumn seasonal to share at HalloweinerFest, I purchased a four pack.
Here is what Sixpoint has to say about this beer:
Autumn ushers in an annual rebirth with a full harvest, longer nights, and in many cases, a new wardrobe. We’re celebrating the bounty of the season with a new beer that’s coming out in cans this week — Autumnation. Brewed with pumpkin, ginger and white pepper, and wet-hopped with just-harvested Citra hops from the oldest continually farmed hop farm in the country, it’s a burst of fresh, seasonal spices trapped in a 16-ounce can.
I found the Autumnation to have the following characteristics…
- Appearance: Clear amber with lots of foam and lacing.
- Aroma: Hoppy, citrus with a strong scent of ginger and pumpkin.
- Taste: Bitter, bitter, and oddly spiced with a bitter finish.
- ABV: 6.7%
To say that I didn’t like this ale would be a bit of an understatement. I found the flavors to be out of balance. There was no smooth transition from one flavor to another. Rather, the flavors seemed to be vying for attention, and the wet hopping just seemed to add to the confusion. You have to admire the effort of craft brewers but also recognize when one of their products misses the mark. To me, that was the case with the Autumnation.