Even though their summer seasonal, the delicious and banana-heavy wheat beer, Apollo, has only been on shelves for about a month now, the folks at Sixpoint have already turned their attention to their fall seasonal, the appropriately named Autumnation, and they’re asking you for a bit of help.
There’s a poll currently running on the Sixpoint website, where the public is voting on the specific hop variety that will be used in this year’s version of the beer, which is brewed with pumpkin, fresh ginger and a bit of white pepper. Because Autumnation’s release aligns with harvest season for hops in the Pacific Northwest, the brewery is able to incorporate a process called “wet-hopping,” where freshly picked hops are added to the beer in its final stages, providing a strong, clean flavor and intense aromatics.
Different hops have different characteristics, of course: there’s the piney Chinook variety, the sticky, citrusy Citra, or something like Centennial which falls somewhere between the two. There are five options in total, so read up on ‘em and make your voice heard. Then come fall, maybe you’ll be able to tell everyone at the party you had a hand in determining what the beer in their hand tastes like.