Pumpkin Ale - Horseheads Brewing Inc.
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2.38/5 rDev -43.9%
I picked this up recently while grabbing all the pumpkin beers I could find at a local beer store. I had high hopes for it after reading the reviews here, but I just can't bring myself to like this beer.
A - A decent dark-copper color with a fizzy white head. Good color, but an almost soda-like head on it.
S - Strong smell of spices and (artificial?) pumpkin pie. It smells like pumpkin spice syrup you can buy for coffee drinks.
T - Sweet. Very, very sweet, followed up by a pumpkin-pie spice kick. Just tastes artificial to me. I don't know if it is, or if its the combination of sweet and overspiced that makes it taste like a pumpkin latte, but it does. There's just enough spice and hops to keep it drinkable, but most of the complexities are just overwhelmed by the sweetness and pumpkin pie flavors.
M - Surprisingly good mouthfeel. Rich and creamy, which does go well with the sweetness and desserty-ness of this beer.
D - It's drinkable, but barely. The artificial-tasting pumpkin spice and sweetness overwhelm everything else and keep it pretty one-dimensional. There's enough hints of malt and hops to keep it drinkable, but its definitely not balanced.
10-10-2009 02:32:54 | More by spokeydonkey
3.53/5 rDev -16.7%
22 from beers of the world.
Pours a hazy golden brown. A nice head forms but it goes away quickly. Some nice lacing though. Not too sticky.
Tastes like Punkin' but a little sweeter and heavier on the spice. Not as bready as either Punkin or Pumking but not to say it's not bready at all. Quite nice.
Good MF...not quite an imperial but a little better than the 'standard'...
Drinkability is reasonable. A bit more to it than you'd want in a sessionable brew though.
12-12-2010 04:34:42 | More by bminor7
3.53/5 rDev -16.7%
A - Pours a golden brown color with a thin creamy white lacing and mild carbonation.
S - Spiced pumpkin aroma, nutmeg, a little bready and yeasty, biscuity, and some cinnamon.
T - Biscuity, cinnamon, pumpkin, nutmeg, not much more going on.
M - Medium light body, a little watery in the finish, and leaves a vanilla/nutmeg/pumpkin aftertaste that cleans itself up rather quickly.
O - It's good, but after trying their Imperial Pumpkin, it's far better.
12-29-2011 03:40:09 | More by jzeilinger
3.55/5 rDev -16.3%
Poured from a 22oz bomber into a snifter.
A - An aggressive pour yields a centimeter white head which quickly dissipated into a fine ring, clinging to the edges of the glass. The beer is sunburned copper with hazy clarity.
S - Smells just like cold pumpkin pie. All of the typical spices are there with nutmeg and clove standing out more than others. Some cinnamon comes out as it warms.
T - Taste is very artificial. Reminds me of a grocery store pie. There is something in the background I can't place...possibly diacetyl. It does have a faint buttery flavor, but is mostly covered up by the various spices. Some alcohol as the beer warms.
M - Good amount of carbonation, appropriate for style. Body is moderate and this beer seems to have attenuated quite well, as its not too sweet.
D - I've had quite a few "Pumpkin" ales and this one seems sort of in the middle of the road. The pie spices seem a little overdone, but maybe that's what they were going for. If you like store bought pumpkin pies, you'll probably like this beer.
11-10-2010 02:51:26 | More by stawn
3.6/5 rDev -15.1%
Fills a Horseheads pint glass with a clear, bright copper beer with pale orange highlights and some carbonation. The head is rocky, white and reaches half an inch before leaving rings.
As expected, I found pumpkin pie spices including nutmeg and cinnamon.
Rather sweet pumpkin pie. This one is enjoyable, but nothing special. In fact, it is rather trite. There is no discernible finish.
Crisp medium body with prickly carbonation.
Another fun seasonal that is easy on the palate. This one is better than most pumpkin beers, but still nothing more than a seasonal novelty.
02-18-2012 12:47:25 | More by SLeffler27
3.75/5 rDev -11.6%
A dark golden body with a thick, off-white head that leaves some nice lacing and has pretty good retention.
The aroma is pretty good; spices are present but by no means overwhelming. The smell of pumpkin is there too, which tends to get lost among lots of spices in many pumpkin beers (yeah, I know, pumpkins don't do much for aroma and flavor in beer, but I still smell it). Underneath all of that I can pick up a backbone of buscuity malt.
The taste is a little more skewed toward spices, but it is still relatively balanced. Cinnamon sugar, pumpkin; overall it tastes a good bit like a really well-spiced pumpkin pie. The biscuity malt is in the background. The finish has a touch of hops to it, making it pretty dry.
Slightly creamy body with moderate carbonation.
Not a bad drinker at all; I think I've reached my quota for pumpkin beers this year though.
09-25-2009 03:01:41 | More by Hojaminbag
3.83/5 rDev -9.7%
very hazy looking orange liquid came gurgling out of the bottle, hitting the glass with decent enough force to throw up a nice two inch layer of off white head.
Super sweet with lots of gingerbread, and sweet cookie goodness. This was about as good as it gets. Translated over as perfectly as you could have imagined into the flavor. Huge notes of cinnamon, pumpkin spice, gingerbread, The only drawback was this was soo rich with sugar it was hard to drink too much of it as it became a little bit tough after a bit. Aside from that this was about
11-24-2011 06:24:13 | More by mikesgroove
3.95/5 rDev -6.8%
Big thanks to merc for this bottle.
The beer pours a crystal-clear, bright orange with a loose white head that poorly laces. Big notes of vanilla and pumpkin spice dominate the nose; it's definitely sweet, but not at all cloying. The taste hits home with a big pumpkin pie spice presence, but has a weird lidocaine/cough syrupy aftertaste that changes into a lingering bitterness...not what I expected. The beer has a light body with adequate carbonation and slightly unpleasant aftertaste. Quite a worthy pumpkin beer, but not perfect.
09-30-2012 00:19:49 | More by ThePorterSorter
Pumpkin Ale from Horseheads Brewing Inc.
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