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HornyCopia Pumpkin Ale - Horny Goat Brewing Co.

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HornyCopia Pumpkin AleHornyCopia Pumpkin Ale

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93 Ratings
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Ratings: 93
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 3.33
pDev: 15.02%
Wants: 2
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Horny Goat Brewing Co. visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  6.30% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: tjsdomer2 on 09-17-2012

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Photo of t0rin0
3/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of jaydoc
3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of Knapp85
3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of WVbeergeek
1.75/5  rDev -47.4%

Looks kind of hazed deep orange copper hue with a bright white head large bubbles formed. Fine speckled lacing lines the sides of the glass.

Aroma strong perfume note cinnamon sticks and all spice, super spiced in a bad way. Not much in the way of pumpkin going on here.

Flavor has a paint thinner like harshness going on, bitter lingering spice notes coats the palate completely quite the miserable beer experience. No signs of pumpkin just harsh medicinal lingering fusel alcohol and only 6.3% abv.

Mouthfeel is thin textured over carbonated pretty much horrible stuff. Lingering harshness from the harsh alcohol and perfume like spice or potpourri combo puts over the edge into one of the harshest pumpkin ales I’ve ever tasted.

Overall I’m into the style on a seasonal basis not something I would ever typically reach for especially this novelty line called Horny Goat brewed in Stevens Point, WI…just terrible.

Photo of DrunkinYogi
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of dbrauneis
3.35/5  rDev +0.6%

A: Pours a hazy golden orange in color with moderate to heavy amounts of active visible carbonation that rises from the bottom of the glass and some golden yellow highlights. The beer has a finger tall foamy off-white head that slowly reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. There is a light to moderate amount of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of pumpkin pie spices - mostly nutmeg with a lighter amount of cinnamon. There are light aromas of roasted pumpkin over the top of slightly grainy and caramel malts.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavor of caramel and grainy malts with a very light amount of toasted malts, all with just a light amount of sweetness. That is followed by slightly stronger flavors of roasted pumpkins. Finally, there is a light lingering flavor of pumpkin pie spices - cinnamon and nutmeg.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Relatively crisp.

O: Not a bad offering just not as rich and complex as many of the other pumpkin ales - not as rich a spice blend as some of the others.

Photo of imperialking
3/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of woodychandler
3.61/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

My local in-person trader, tone77, recently dropped off a huge box o' beer and this is another of that batch.

My pour netted a finger of fizzy, tawny head with only moderate retention. Color was a slightly hazy orangish-amber. Nose had a pleasant smell of cinnamon, clove and allspice. Mouthfeel was full, not quite creamy, but getting there. The taste was very pumpkin spicy and when I closed my eyes, I could definitely envision a slice of pumpkin pie. Finish was semi-dry with the spices really doing their thing, but enough malt left to keep it from being like alum. I remember not being overly impressed with this one back in the Fall, but now, on the eve of Spring, it tasted pretty good.

Photo of Stinkypuss
2.98/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

...HornyCopia..

LOOK: Pours a hazed bright copper color. White head forms and has some decent staying power to it. Leaves behind some spotty lacing.

SMELL: Pumpkin pie aroma of pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg and cardamom.

TASTE: Good gourd! Mild vegetative pumpkin notes, light pumpkin pie filling, cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice. There is an earthy, peppery quality to the spices, which are fairly strong.

FEEL: Medium bodied, fairly crisp, wet spice finish, thinner.

OVERALL: An average pumpkin ale, at an affordable price. Sure, it's a little heavy on the spices, a bit thin in a few other categories, but agreeable enough to be sampled off to friends. I had to try it, I just had to and it was alright I guess.

Photo of IPAchris
3/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a dark golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of spices, pumpkin. Taste is the same, a bit of pumpkin, some nutmeg and cinnamon. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall this is a pretty good pumpkin beer.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12 oz twist-off bottle poured into an imperial pint.
6.3% ABV

A - Clarity through the deep pumpkin amber color shows the beer's carbonation, constantly feeding the billowing ivory head. Gobs of sticky lace clutch the glass after the suds subside.

S - HornyCopia starts off with freshly baked pumpkin and all that entails; crumbly pie crust, rich pumpkin filling, and of course the obligatory blend of spices - it smells nice - but an artificial sweetness, flavoring possibly peeks through behind, causing gentle concern.

T - Spice-heavy, the flavor immediately suffers from being far thinner than the aroma lets on. There's minimal pie filling, if you will - a loss of pumpkin flavor with just a bit of drizzled caramel sauce sweetness on the finish, punctuated by notes of plastic toys.

M - Crisp carbonation increases the beers' thin mouthfeel, which doesn't help the already thin flavor it's got going on but, despite the more robust spice level, it finishes pretty cleanly making it a more drinkable pumpkin ale.

O - HornyCopia isn't one of Horny Goat's worst beers; the aroma is nice and inviting but the flavor is lacking and just not quite as genuine. It may not be the most sublime fall beer but it seems clearly geared towards the masses and their insatiable desire for easy-drinking (read, quantity consumption) "craft" beers.

Photo of enelson
3/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.25/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.25

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance – The beer is served a very lightly hazed orange amber color with a one finger of white colored head. The head has a good level of retention, slowly fading to leave a great level of streaky lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The beer has a nice spicy pumpkin pie aroma. There is a fairly large pumpkin spice aroma of nutmeg, cinnamon, and allspice along with some sweeter aromas of caramel and brown sugar. Along with these smells comes some toasted malt and a decent showing of a roasted pumpkin smell.

Taste – The taste begins much less sweet then would have been anticipated from the nose, beginning mainly of just a roasted pumpkin flavor mixed with some more toasted malt tastes. While dry upfront, there are some light notes of sweetness of caramel that is present and with some spice flavors of clove and nutmeg, which are also present upfront, it produces a very smooth pumpkin flavor on the tongue. As the taste advances the sweeter flavors fade a bit, with more pumpkin coming to the tongue, but in a more raw pumpkin like flavor. This raw pumpkin brings with it some vegetal notes and is also accompanied by some more spice of a cinnamon and clove nature. These flavors take the taste to its end, where a somewhat oddly leafy vegetal and drier pumpkin flavor is left on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on thinner side overall with a carbonation level that was on the average side. The average carbonation was rather appropriate for the blend of pumpkin, spice, and light sweetness, but a slightly thicker body would have accentuated these flavors slightly better and would have helped to create a nicer mouth coating feel.

Overall – An OK drier pumpkin ale. A decent try, but there are certainly better pumpkins to go too over this one.

Photo of malfunxion
3/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of Hellpop65
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of lupercmda
3.75/5  rDev +12.6%

Photo of jzlyo
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Aroma is cinnamon, spices and slightly perfumed. The flavor is cinnamon, spices, a hint of pumpkin, malts and a mildly tart finish.

Photo of atone315
3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.26/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

HornyCopia Pumpkin Ale has a very thick, foamy, crackling off-white head, a yellow-gold-orange appearance, with bubble streams and powdery sediment evident throughout. Lacing is light and splotchy. The aroma is strong on spices (white pepper & cinammon), with underlying pumpkin pulp and malt. Taste is similar, with a noted peppery aspect. Mouthfeel is medium, and HornyCopia finishes crisp and refreshing, with the alcohol not present.

RJT

Photo of Pegasus
3.75/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: A hazy amber body is crowned by a huge, dense off-white head, with astonishing retention. Belgian-style lacing adorns the glass walls. The carbonation is sligh, and slow-rising.

Aroma: Nutmeg and cinnamon are prominent in the aroma, as well as roasted pumpkin.

Taste: The taste begins with roasted malt and a surge of pumpkin spices. Cinnamon and nutmeg are quite notable throughout the taste. As the taste -advances, the spices rise a bit, providing a contrast to the solid malt backbone. Finishes with a lingering wave of pumpkin pie spices and roasted malt.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, quite full and pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: A very nice, quite drinkable, very pleasant example.

Presentation: Packaged in a classic brown glass long neck bottle, with a pry-off crown, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

Photo of richkrull
3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of KYGunner
3/5  rDev -9.9%

Toasty and rather malty on the nose. The pumpkin is a nice pumpkin bread with some balanced spice of cinnamon and nutmeg.

The front gives the perception of watery pumpkin and a tinge of spice. It ends in bitterness and tastes of black licorice and clove, two of my least favorite flavors.

For something that started so aromatic this did not transfer in taste.

Photo of sd123
3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of tbryan5
3.79/5  rDev +13.8%

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HornyCopia Pumpkin Ale from Horny Goat Brewing Co.
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