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Pumpkin Ale - Horseheads Brewing Inc.

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BA SCORE
93
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81 Ratings
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Ratings: 81
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 59
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 atone315
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

atone315, Oct 02, 2013
Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
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 +0.5%
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
Photo of BeerShoup
3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

BeerShoup, Aug 29, 2013
Photo of Cooker_stp
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Cooker_stp, Aug 20, 2013
Photo of CaptDavyJones
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

CaptDavyJones, Aug 15, 2013
Photo of NJBeer265
4.71/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

NJBeer265, May 22, 2013
Photo of ipas-for-life
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

ipas-for-life, May 14, 2013
Photo of BobsledTM
4.75/5  rDev +12%

BobsledTM, Apr 13, 2013
Photo of JohnQVD
5/5  rDev +17.9%

JohnQVD, Mar 17, 2013
Photo of twiggamortis420
4.34/5  rDev +2.4%
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
Photo of yourefragile
2.75/5  rDev -35.1%

yourefragile, Jan 18, 2013
Photo of Dirtinabottle
4/5  rDev -5.7%

Dirtinabottle, Dec 03, 2012
Photo of PerHops
4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
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
Photo of chefduff2
4.75/5  rDev +12%

chefduff2, Oct 21, 2012
Photo of CloudStrife
4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a snifter. Rimmed in cinnamon sugar.

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden copper with a 1.5 finger puffy white head. Some small bubbles seen floating up to the top. Leaves ample lacing on the sides of the glass.

S: Get a lot of cinnamon from the rim, but when poured into another glass it is mostly allspice, nutmeg and pumpkin. Very reminiscent of a pumpkin pie.

T: Very sweet pumpkin pie flavor. Full range of nutmeg, allspice, pumpkin and the cinnamon of a graham cracker crust.

M: Medium bodied with fairly low carbonation. Has a pretty creamy mouthful. Easy drinking, but perhaps a little sweet.

Overall this is right up there with the best pumpkin beers. Has all the sweetness and spice you come to expect from the style.

CloudStrife, Oct 14, 2012
Photo of tviz33
4.48/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber poured in to a pint glass

A- Pours a transparent golden orange body with a two finger head that settles to a thin foam cap with no lacing to speak of

S- I can only describe the smell as homemade pumpkin pie. Pretty darn good.

T- Again, a lot like a pumpkin pie with a good deal of seasonal spices. A slight hop presence and alcohol bite.

M- Moderate carbonation and medium-bodied. Creamy and easy to drink.

O- I'm not big on pumpkin flavors in general, but Horseheads did a nice job with this brew. This is basically liquid pumpkin pie.

tviz33, Oct 02, 2012
Photo of kuhndog
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

kuhndog, Oct 02, 2012
Photo of ThePorterSorter
3.95/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

ThePorterSorter, Sep 30, 2012
Photo of jeremyg
5/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Hands down best pumpkin ale out there! I've tried a lot and my friends have tried a lot of pumpkin ales. we all agree this is the best around. If you haven't had it yet, you better get it before its off tap. There is no way you will disappointed. Great smell great taste and great holiday beer.

jeremyg, Sep 23, 2012
Photo of chalkda01
4.75/5  rDev +12%

chalkda01, Sep 22, 2012
Photo of DrunkinYogi
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

DrunkinYogi, Sep 22, 2012
Photo of atr2605
4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-pours soft orange amber color with an off white head that leaves a nice lace
S-pumpkin, allspice, gingerbread
T-Very well balanced pumpkin flavor with a good deal of spice, not over bearing but very evident.
M-medium bodied-
O-its more spiced than alot of other pumpkin ales I have had and I really dig it. Still balanced and smooth with tons of flavor. Well crafted

atr2605, Sep 22, 2012
Photo of bolus14
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Nice autumn orange/golden color. Clear as can be with slow rising bubbles. Had about half an inch lacing that dissipatedto sone nice lacing thay lasts for the ehole glass.

S - Spices, but not strong. Very well done with cinnamon and nutmeg most niticeable. Like othees have notes there's a slight graham crack smell there too.

T -Follows the nose. Nothing is overpowering and it all blends together. Pumpkin comes in after the spices. My only complaint is that there could be a little more pumpkin to it. Like a light pumpkin pie.

M -Slight carbonation feel on tje tongue, but mostly creamy and smooth. I love it.

O- Hard to beat this one, a little more pumpkin and it would be perfect. Many I've tried are too heavy on the spices or watery. This is perfect for the nights as it starts to get cooler.

bolus14, Sep 16, 2012
Photo of suspect
4.53/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass.

A: Pure golden, crystal clear color with just a touch of amber hues making it a rich golden color instead of pale. Mildly aggressive just off center pour leads to a fizzy 2 finger head that dissipates in less than 15 seconds. Some lacing...not much.

S: Runs the gamut of pumpkin pie from the pumpin spices to the graham cracker crust and even the sweetness comes through here as well. Full nose but not overpowering. Might just be the best smelling pumpkin beer I've had.

T: Perfectly balanced between sweet and spiced. Spice shines through intermittently with the sweetness and I don't know how but the graham cracker notes even make their way in here as well. There is certainly no sign of the 6.6% ABV in the taste.

M: Crisp yet smooth finish. Perfect amount of bite at the end. Absolutely perfect amount of carbonation lifts the flavors off of your tongue and slams them back down again.

O: What an excellent beer. I think this is the best pumpkin ale I've ever had. This is *the* quintessential fall beer and I couldn't be prouder of this little brewery in Horseheads. Bravo!

suspect, Sep 15, 2012
Pumpkin Ale from Horseheads Brewing Inc.
93 out of 100 based on 81 ratings.