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Pumpkin Ale - Horseheads Brewing Inc.

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

81 Ratings
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Ratings: 81
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 58
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Horseheads Brewing Inc. visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  6.60% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
Tempting tastes play seek and hide,
off the trail that's true and tried.
Aromas dance as spirits guide,
down the path the pumpkins ride.

(Beer added by: israel on 09-17-2008)
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Photo of spokeydonkey
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.

spokeydonkey, Oct 10, 2009
Photo of yourefragile
2.75/5  rDev -35.1%

yourefragile, Jan 18, 2013
Photo of deonreds
2.75/5  rDev -35.1%

deonreds, Nov 08, 2013
Photo of Zetcha7x
3.25/5  rDev -23.3%

Zetcha7x, Mar 12, 2014
Photo of taylor714914
3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

taylor714914, Jan 21, 2014
Photo of BeerShoup
3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

BeerShoup, Aug 29, 2013
Photo of apintofknowledge
3.52/5  rDev -17%

apintofknowledge, Aug 21, 2014
Photo of bminor7
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.

bminor7, Dec 12, 2010
Photo of jzeilinger
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.

jzeilinger, Dec 29, 2011
Photo of stawn
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.

stawn, Nov 10, 2010
Photo of SLeffler27
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.

SLeffler27, Feb 18, 2012
Photo of atone315
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

atone315, Oct 02, 2013
Photo of DrunkinYogi
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

DrunkinYogi, Sep 22, 2012
Photo of Mj46ny
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

Mj46ny, Mar 26, 2014
Photo of Hojaminbag
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.

Hojaminbag, Sep 25, 2009
Photo of mikesgroove
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

mikesgroove, Nov 24, 2011
Photo of ThePorterSorter
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.

ThePorterSorter, Sep 30, 2012
Photo of Griffith
4/5  rDev -5.7%

Griffith, Jan 20, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

tclapper, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of DrewShalvoy
4/5  rDev -5.7%

DrewShalvoy, Nov 09, 2013
Photo of TheHumanTorch
4/5  rDev -5.7%

TheHumanTorch, Oct 30, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

Dirtinabottle, Dec 03, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

rab53, Dec 01, 2011
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

laxer8811, Sep 08, 2012
Photo of Tone2467
4/5  rDev -5.7%

Tone2467, Oct 31, 2013
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Pumpkin Ale from Horseheads Brewing Inc.
93 out of 100 based on 81 ratings.