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Pumpkin Ale - Horseheads Brewing Inc.

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76 Ratings
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Ratings: 76
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 12.77%
Wants: 48
Gots: 2 | 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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mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.83/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2011 06:24:13 | More by mikesgroove
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oberon

North Carolina

4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Maybe the lightest pour of any pumkin ale I have had with its light to medium golden body and thinner but well sustained white head atop.Nutem and cinnamon spice really jump out at ya oin the nose,maybe a passing sweet alcohol note as well.Graham cracker crust,cinnamon,and nutmeg on the palate,its like a whole pie with crust,I like the added pie crust flavors.This is a damn good pumpkin ale,it has enough pumpkin flavor to let ya know it's not all spice,but the spice and graham cracker flavors enhance the beer a whole lot.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2011 22:27:22 | More by oberon
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Horseheads Pumpkin Ale pours a mostly clear golden body that appears orange in the full glass. The bright white head makes a nice contrast at first, but fades away all too quickly, leaving behind only minor spots and streaks of lace.

Pumpkin spices and sweet malt are clearly present in the aroma, and that's certainly true of the flavor as well. I get nutmeg, cinnamon, and I believe, allspice. There might be some ginger in there as well, but whatever it is, it's a nicely balanced blend, and not over-done. There's also a hint of what I'm thinking of as a butter & vanilla note that helps to round it all out. I can smell it and taste it - might be from the yeast, might be from the pumpkin, might be from vanilla flavoring... who cares?! Quite pleasant!

In the mouth it's medium bodied and gently carbonated, allowing you to taste the malt and spices without too much additional 'zing'.

Surprisingly drinkable for a spiced ale! Well done!

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2010 01:48:05 | More by NeroFiddled
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WesWes

New York

4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a beautiful golden color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great! It has a very balanced pumpkin aroma with just the right amount of pie spice. These guys use the canned pumpkin and I've gotta admit. It's quite tastey. The taste is good. It has a smooth dessert like flavor that resembles pumpkin pie almost as good as Southern Tier's Pumpking. It stays in check and isn't overly spicey. The mouthfeel is good. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is one of their more popular beers and I can see why. It's delicious.

Serving type: growler

11-05-2008 21:25:51 | More by WesWes
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yourefragile

District of Columbia

2.75/5  rDev -35%

01-18-2013 01:48:00 | More by yourefragile
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DrunkinYogi

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

09-22-2012 02:10:30 | More by DrunkinYogi
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rab53

Washington

4/5  rDev -5.4%

12-01-2011 07:18:25 | More by rab53
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twiggamortis420

Texas

4.34/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bottle courtesy of Suspect pours a lightly hazed golden-copper color with a creamy cap of off-white head. Good retention and not much lace.

Nose is like apple pie....tart apples with cinnamon and nutmeg. Has a nice biscuity malt aroma that serves well as a pie crust-esque character.

Taste is more delicate than the nose would have you think. It is light and fluffy with plenty of spice to give it a pumpkin beer feel but it is not overspiced or cloying like some of the style. It throws off a little bit of clove which is interesting, and the apple flavors still play a big part. Its an easy to drink pumpkin ale that still delivers big on the spices. Good beer...one of the best pumpkin beers I have had.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2013 01:14:27 | More by twiggamortis420
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JoeyBeerBelly

New York

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - clear brass color with a short white head that left a few trails of lacing.

S - nice spiced aroma, nutmeg, cinnamon and sweet ginger.

T - very good tasting beer, pumpkin pie in a liquid form. I was almost tempted to put whipped cream on top.

F - light/medium bodied with a refreshing feel which is a bit unusual for a pumpkin beer.

D - goes down easy, overall a very good beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2010 23:05:05 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
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Griffith

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -5.4%

01-20-2014 20:56:08 | More by Griffith
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Hojaminbag

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2009 03:01:41 | More by Hojaminbag
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tclapper

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -5.4%

11-18-2011 00:16:42 | More by tclapper
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ThePorterSorter

Missouri

3.95/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2012 00:19:49 | More by ThePorterSorter
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GreesyFizeek

New York

4.61/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle purchased at Beers of the World in Rochester, NY. Poured into my Southern Tier Pumking glass (ooh, scandal!)

Pours a golden orange, very hazy, carbonation swirls around the glass. 2 inch head.

Smells like pumpkin pie spices, vanilla, and toasty malts.

Tastes very sweet- but not quite as sweet as Pumking. Lots of vanilla, nutmeg, cinnamom, slight oak, gingerbread possibly. Not much actual pumpkin flavor, but the spicing is spot on.

Light to medium bodied with rich carbonation. Goes down creamy and smooth. Awesome beer, and the best from this talented brewery in New York.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2013 01:30:21 | More by GreesyFizeek
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atone315

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

10-02-2013 04:17:09 | More by atone315
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SpdKilz

Illinois

4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First of all, a huge thanks to steelersxl for this great extra! I always love a good pumpkin beer during this time of year and seeing as it is a cold, wet night in Southern California, what better a time to have this?

Appearance - Pours a dark golden color with about a finger of white head that recedes relatively fast, leaving minimal lacing.

Smell - Damn, what a great smelling beer. There is something different about the spices with this beer versus another spice bomb pumpkin beer like DFH Punkin. The spices here are very clean - heavy nutmeg and cinnamon with a hint of ginger. Toasty malts, a definite brown sugar aroma reminiscent of when I was a child and would steal some from when my mother was baking. Smells like pumpkin pie, no joke.

Taste - Damn again. Utter and total liquid pumpkin. I believe it is the nutmeg that really stands out here with the cinnamon right on its back. The initial burst is spicy goodness followed by caramel, brown sugar, vanilla, and light pumpkin flavor. There was another flavor that was escaping me until I read the review beneath me and there really is a slight buttery note but not in a negative way - in a "it completes this flavor profile" way.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, quite creamy, and just enough carbonation to make this more quaffable than shippable.

Drinkability - Very happy I was able to try this. It just goes to show you that there CAN be good pumpkin beers out there. For how many horrible ones make it on the shelves, there are a couple that blow the norm away. This is one of those beers. A fine example of a pumpkin beer and I would have loved to have this at desert this Thanksgiving.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2010 01:28:22 | More by SpdKilz
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jzeilinger

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-29-2011 03:40:09 | More by jzeilinger
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nh2032

New York

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

12-01-2011 03:29:19 | More by nh2032
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CaptDavyJones

New York

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

08-15-2013 22:52:17 | More by CaptDavyJones
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BeerBucks

New York

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

10-20-2013 20:24:34 | More by BeerBucks
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NJBeer265

New Jersey

4.71/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Over the years I have tasted well over 40 varieties of Pumpkin beer. Each season I go out and stock up on my favorites and new Pumpkin beer. When visiting Horseheads I had the opportunity to try their Pumpkin Ale from tap. The first thing you notice is the nice amber color and the smell of pumpkin. When tasting you are hit up front with spice notes but the finish is that of pumpkin. It does not contain the aftertaste of spices that many do. The pumpkin flavor is just enough so that it is not overpowering and you can enjoy multiple bottles.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2013 17:35:04 | More by NJBeer265
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asabreed

New York

4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber into a Samuel Smith 12 oz. nonic.

Appearance: Pretty light in color, surprisingly, for a pumpkin, with gold straw tints along with very minor copper highlights. A nice bright white head likes to stick around about 1/4" after leaving some nice drops of retention.

Smell: Pretty big on the caramel and the spice here, with a bit of diacetyl and biscuit going on too. As it warms there's a nice malty sweetness with hints of pumpkin pie filling.

Taste: Initially sweet, but with a nice balance of hops at the end. I'm definitely getting caramel here, along with nutmeg, cinnamon, vanilla, but the spices aren't out of control. And again, the hops are nicely lingering, both for bitterness and commingling with the already-present spices.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with nice crisp carbonation and good sense of mild creaminess throughout.

Drinkability: A very solid pumpkin ale, and one of the most drinkable versions of the style I've had in a while. I've had a few other brews from Horseheads I really liked that I didn't end up reviewing, so I'm hoping to be able to review a lot more in the future, especially since I'm so close to the brewery, which I hope to visit soon to pick up some more.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2010 02:42:13 | More by asabreed
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SLeffler27

New York

3.6/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: growler

02-18-2012 12:47:25 | More by SLeffler27
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deonreds

New York

2.75/5  rDev -35%

11-08-2013 11:54:24 | More by deonreds
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lovindahops

New York

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

ok, horseheads most prized specialty brew... let's see if this can stand up to my favorite seasonal style of brews...cut to the chase.... let's see where this stands to pumking

a- a flawless autumn orange with a nice whip cream head of foam that is released to a decent head... not to jump on the whole pumpkin pie scene, but the colors of the body and the foamy scene makes that comparison noteworthy

s- ok.... this is what it's all about! It's not just a spicy brew with nutmeg and cinnamin. Pumpkin ale smells like a pumpkin pie. Include the predominat pumpkin scent with graham crackers and dough themes. Horseheads uses canned pumpkins to make this a brew of integrity

t- perfect. The pumpkin, nutmeg, cinnamin, spices are compiled to make the most perfect depiction of a pumpkin ale you can ask for. This is spot on for what everyone wants in this style!

m- balanced with the smoothness and necessary carbonation. Flavor is delivered right

o- this is a crafted pumpkin beer. Soon enough, people are going to get a chance to try brews like these from horseheads. A pumpkin brew that is built with all the necessary ingredients to make a winner. Pumking and Pumpkin Ale will be side by side forever. Great to see they are both from the southern tier of NY

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2011 18:44:25 | More by lovindahops
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Pumpkin Ale from Horseheads Brewing Inc.
93 out of 100 based on 76 ratings.