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Pumpkin Ale - Horseheads Brewing Inc.

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Ratings: 92
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 12.53%
Wants: 61
Gots: 8 | 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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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | 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.

GreesyFizeek, Sep 17, 2013
Photo of utopiajane
4.26/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a traditional orange amber and slightly hazy. Has a nice creamy head of off white foam that settles to a think layer on top and refreshes with each turn. Leaves sheets of wet lace behind to look at as they slide down the glass. Has a golden hue underneath and it surely is a handsome beer.

Nose is fragrant and authentic pumpkin. There's a touch of sour yeast, lager yeast. Then the fragrant spices come forward. Cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice and clove. There is a biscuit malt in that is light and has the scent of pie crust on it. A touch of brown sugar. No alcohol on the nose.

Taste is so delicious. The taste is pumpkin and not pumpkin pie. There are spices that give a richness to the nose and to the palate but the taste is authentic pumpkin. The body is creamy and there is is even the taste of light cream. The malt is fluffy and light and reminds one of graham cracker pie crusts. No alcohol on the palate just a tiny warming sensation. I detect a slight note of vanilla which really enhances all the flavors. It is not the least bit heavy like pumpkin pie. Toasted grain comes out as it warms to a delighted palate. In fact rather than say "pumpkin pie" I would say spiced pumpkin. The clove gives a depth to each of the sweeter spices and really makes this beer something to enjoy.

Horseheads can really put a a beer together. I have had real greatness from them and I like this beer a lot. It's mild and the spices do not outdo the pumpkin flavor. The malt is kissed by a touch of sweetened cream and it drinks light. The lager yeast is perfect on this and has a slight twang. Carbonation is medium but it drinks softly. It's crisp yet smooth and finishes dry with a nice little bite to it. Flavorful and easy to drink.

utopiajane, Sep 12, 2013
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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.

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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.

twiggamortis420, Jan 19, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -35%

yourefragile, Jan 18, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

Dirtinabottle, Dec 03, 2012
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4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Fairly clear golden orange with very little head or carbonation.

S- huge pumpkin pie on this one. A ton of spice, but also great fresh pumpkin meat aroma.

T-Almost like a liquid pumpkin pie. But actually not in a bad way. There is an almost perfect struggle between spice, pumpkin and pie crust. Almost a saltiness on the finish.

M- Good carbonation, keeps it light.

O- I like this beer. It is definitely a pumpkin pie beer, but in an inoffensive way.

PerHops, Oct 25, 2012
Pumpkin Ale from Horseheads Brewing Inc.
93 out of 100 based on 92 ratings.