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Fall Hornin' - Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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227 Ratings
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Ratings: 227
Reviews: 46
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 13.03%


Brewed by:
Anderson Valley Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BB1313 on 08-16-2013)
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tone77

Pennsylvania

3.6/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A big thanks to the creator of the canquest, woodychandler, for this beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a deep brown color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of pumpkin, a bit of spice. Taste is not as strong as the smell, some pumpkin, malts, a bit of spice, very drinkable. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a pretty good beer.

Serving type: can

01-05-2014 16:18:58 | More by tone77
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

3.75/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A perfectly serviceable pumpkin beer. Porterish, brownish, and easy to drink with muted but present pie spices but perhaps no real silkiness from any real pumpkin. Still, it hits the spot without filling you up too much, is a bit different from some of the other pumpkin beers, and is conveniently in cans. I've bought more than one sixer and enjoyed it.

Serving type: can

01-04-2014 20:53:05 | More by Georgiabeer
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scottfrie

California

4.3/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle into snifter.

A: Pours an extremely dark mahogany red with a couple fingers of light brown head that faded into a bubbly collar. A complex network of lace was left down the glass.
S: Strong pumpkin mixed with spices. Gingerbread, pumpkin bread, clove and cinnamon.
T: Follows the nose with a liquid pumpkin bread taste. Fresh pumpkin, clove and ginger dominate with cinnamon, cardamom, brown sugar and citrus zest poking through. The finish is full of doughy yeast and biscuit malt which adds to the pumpkin bread quality. Aftertaste is spicy and sweet with a hint of caramel.
M: Medium body, normal even carbonation, slick, greasy and smooth mouthfeel. Drinks very well.
O: Surprisingly good. Not sickly sweet or synthetic. One of the better pumpkin beers I've had.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2014 19:07:23 | More by scottfrie
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BlurryVisi0n

New York

3.13/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Served in a pin glass.

Appearance: Dark brown color with heavy bubbles o the body...off-white head with a slight orange tint to it rising to just under a finger's length.

Smell: Light pumpkin squash and light nutmeg, seriously just a touch.

Taste: Of course it tastes like pumpkin but comes off bitter and feels a bit more like a amber mixed with spoonful of light nutmeg. A slight sweet in the beginning but dissipates quickly.

Mouth: Carbonation is definitely medium to heavy. Not really that sticky if you ask me. Finish has feel of slight roasted hops.

Overall: Not a bad beer, very easy to drink but no where near the top of the food chain when it comes to pumpkin beers. It's good to have for the moment and definitely still better than some other beers that try "harder". Salud!

Serving type: can

12-06-2013 06:42:59 | More by BlurryVisi0n
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plaid75

New York

4.19/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On draft at The Lark, East Northport, New York.

Poured a deep amber hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured mild pumpkin spice, clean caramel and rind.

The taste was likewise softly spiced with a grainy malt and a round meaty pumpkin.

The mouthfeel was toward the fuller side of the style with a dry finish.

Overall a very tasty and gourd forward punpkin ale.

Serving type: on-tap

12-03-2013 14:33:40 | More by plaid75
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

3.84/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Today is H, 05 Dec 2013 and if you CAN believe it, I was successful in finding a CAN to include in The CANQuest (TM)! I CAN hardly believe it, since I had kind of given up and resigned myself to next year's release.

From the CAN: "Bahl Hornin' since 1987"; "Solar Powered Brewery".

My Crack revealed a nice, brimful CAN that caused a little of it to splash out and spray across my fingertips like a happy puppy greeting its master. I utilized my Anderson Valley CAN-shaped glass for the inverted Glug and soon, I had two fingers of dense, tawny head with decent retention. Color was a deep copper (SRM = > 22, < 27) with filament brightness! Sticky lacing began to form as the head fell and I was getting anxious for a sip. I was getting a LOT more cinnamon and cloves on this version than I did from the bottle version. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full, not quite creamy, but close. Man, the cinnamon was prevalent on the tongue in this case, perhaps a little too much so. Finish was dry and a bit unbalanced in terms of the spices with the cinnamon getting top billing to the point that I felt like I tasted a bark-like woodiness. Bottom line: It is a decent example of the style and given my predilection for beers in a CAN, this would be my pick but YMMV.

My initial review of this, dtd F, 29 Nov 2013, will be for the bottled version, but you CAN bet that if I CAN find it in a CAN, it will be re-reviewed!

My pour netted me a finger of dense, tawny head with good retention. Color was a deep copper (SRM = > 22, < 27) with NE-quality clarity. Great lacing began to form as the head fell. The nose smelled like a Yankee candle, thanks to a heavy (seeming) presence of vanilla to go along with the other spices. I am unsure just how I feel about this as it is different, but I have also tried a LOT of different pumpkins this year and for this to just appear is wondrous. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full and I am beginning to wonder if that is not a construct of the spices interacting with the yeast in some way. It was not quite creamy, but it was on the approach. Cinnamon was the prevalent spice, but clove and ginger were also in the mix and so was the vanilla flavor noted on the nose. Finish was semi-dry with the malt getting a chance to offset the spices. Overall, it was better than many, but not as good as some. YMMV.

Serving type: can

11-29-2013 09:51:12 | More by woodychandler
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stckhndlr

Virginia

3.18/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

A- a dark ruby color. Very different for a pumpkin beer. It almost has the hue of Manischewitz Wine. Nice foamy head. Excellent lacing.

S- It’s a unique cross between sweet pumpkin spice and there’s a background note of dark fruit. It’s like a harvest pumpkin beer meets Mad Elf. Plenty of allspice.

T- Sweet pumpkin pie flavor. Malty and spicy. A touch of bitter on the finish, almost hoppy.

M- A bit thin. Not a great body. Goes down without much carbonation bite.

O- It’s a nice change to see a darker pumpkin ale. I loved how it smelled. I found myself inhaling deep whiffs of this one. The initial flavor was good but after 2/3 of the bottle the palate kind of gets tired of it. Needs just a bit more body.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2013 02:14:09 | More by stckhndlr
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mikeg67

New Jersey

3.15/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz can. Pours dark amber with off-white, long lasting, foamy head. Aroma is of pumpkin, caramel malt, spices and some piney hops. Body is medium and smooth. Taste is of pumpkin, caramel, spices and herbal, piney hops. Finish is long and astringent. I expected much more from this brew.

Serving type: can

11-12-2013 15:47:22 | More by mikeg67
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Huffs

New York

4.23/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured to a great, full and thick head, tan in color, with great retention and lacing. Appearance was a brilliant ruby color with just a slight haze. Aroma was of spice, hints of cinnamon and nutmeg with some malt notes. Had a pronounced mulling spice note up front with some malt and caramel on the back. Nice creamy mouthfeel with a clean finish. One of the best fall beers I've had.

Serving type: can

11-05-2013 02:28:45 | More by Huffs
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beertunes

Washington

1.98/5  rDev -43.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Honestly, had I realized this was a pumpkin beer, I wouldn't have ordered it, as I hate pumpkin. But, I thought it was a "Fest" beer, so here goes. Served in straight pint glass. Poured a clean, clear dark mahogany color with about 1/8 inch of very light khaki hued head that had OK retention and lacing.

The aroma was a full-on spice attack, no pumpkin, let alone malt, yeast, or hops, showed through. Same dealio on the tongue, just palate wrecking spices. The body was nicely medium, and had a pleasantly dry finish. Drinkability was non-existent, I had 4-5 ounces, and passed it back across the bar. Overall, a poor example of the style. Admittedly, it's not a style I like, but I'm being as fair as possible here. There are many, much better P-brews out there, drink them, avoid this one.

Serving type: on-tap

11-03-2013 19:43:10 | More by beertunes
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superspak

Michigan

3.9/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, 2013 release. Pours slightly cloudy deep ruby red color with a 2 finger dense and fluffy khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of big pumpkin, caramel, cinnamon, gingerbread, nutmeg, toast, brown sugar, allspice, light chocolate, and floral/toasted earthiness. Nice aromas with good balance and complexity of malt, pumpkin, and spice notes; with good strength. Taste of pumpkin, caramel, chocolate, cinnamon, toast, toffee, nutmeg, brown sugar, gingerbread, allspice, biscuit, and floral/toasted earthiness. Minimal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of pumpkin, caramel, chocolate, toast, toffee, cinnamon, nutmeg, gingerbread, allspice, biscuit, and toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of pumpkin, malt, and spice notes; with great robustness, malt/spice balance, and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a creamy and lightly slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice pumpkin ale! All around good balance, complexity, and robustness of malt, pumpkin, and spice flavors; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

Serving type: on-tap

11-02-2013 05:39:49 | More by superspak
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chefhatt

Pennsylvania

3.71/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

When i poured this beer, it has a dark brown color body with a thin tan head that lays down to a sticky lace. The smell is your basic pumpkin spices, cinnamon, nutmeg. The taste has a balance flavor of pumpkin and spice, spice is a little more than i like but it is still a good beer. It has a great mouthfeel and overall a well done pumpkin beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2013 20:23:14 | More by chefhatt
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vkv822

Oregon

3.99/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz : tulip

Pours a clear, deep mahogany with a foamy, beige head.

A very seasonal blend of cinnamon, allspice and caramel malts predominately.

Medium+ creamy body with mild foamy carbonation.

A very well done pumpkin beer. Prominent pumpkin pie spices without being overwhelming or cloying.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2013 08:24:15 | More by vkv822
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Jeffreysan

Maryland

4.38/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown color, with some reddish highlights and three quarters of a finger of white head that quickly dissolved into a thin lacing of foam that completely covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Very aromatic! Lots of spices (nutmeg, cinnamon, clove, all spice, vanilla, brown sugar, pumpkin) nicely blended with some malt and subtle hops aromas.

Taste: Very much like the aroma. Tons of spice, (nutmeg, cinnamon, clove, all spice, vanilla, brown sugar), followed by pumpkin, malt and finished with some beautifully balanced hops. Delicious!

Mouthfeel: Medium with some nice carbonation. With an ABV of 6.0%, there is just a hint of alcohol warmth on the palate.

Overall: Wow! This is an exceptional, exceptional pumpkin beer!! I love the huge amounts of spice, which is beautifully balanced with the pumpkin, sweetness, malt and hops. I’m definitely getting some more of this, and it’s definitely being added to my yearly pumpkin rotation! It’s absolutely one of the best pumpkin beers I’ve had!

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2013 22:01:16 | More by Jeffreysan
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JuicesFlowing

Kansas

3.84/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

The body is a solid burnt mahogany with a ruby hue through the light. The cream colored head recedes slowly, leaving a film of suds and nice foamy lines of lacing.

Aroma is very spicy, cinnamon taking the lead. Other holiday spices float around as well.

The beer tastes a lot like the aroma although an earthier pumpkin note is hiding under the spices. A bit of a hot cinnamon finish.

The mouthfeel is kind of dry and medium in body.

Overall, this is good but the spices dominate the pumpkin, big time. Would buy again.

Serving type: can

10-24-2013 19:44:28 | More by JuicesFlowing
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metter98

New York

3.53/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear dark reddish amber in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high light beige colored head that died down but consistently left a short head covering the surface and lots of lacy rings of bubbles down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of cinnamon are present in the nose along with hints of nutmeg.
T: Like the smell, cinnamon stands out in the taste from start to finish, which also has notes of nutmeg and hints of pumpkins. The nutmeg is most noticeable towards the back end of the taste. No sweetness is present.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is a nice beer if you like cinnamon but it doesn't have much in the way of having pumpkin aromas and flavors.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2013 00:07:32 | More by metter98
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mitch3114

New York

2.9/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Poured into pint glass

A- nothing special, small foamy offwhite head. The beer was a amber color with an orange hue.

S- smells like an average pumpkin beer with the typical spices: clove, allspice, cinnamon, ginger, a touch of pumpkin.

T- like the smell, pretty average and nothing out of the ordinary or rememberable. More cinnamon taste than the rest of the spices. I am also picking up an unpleasant artificial plastic-like after taste.

M- Mouthfeel seems right for the style: slightly thick and smooth from the pumpkin and the malts.

O- I have to say I am disappointed with this beer. This is nothing more than an average (maybe even slightly below average) pumpkin ale. Pumpkin, pumpkin pie spices. That's it. Every store in my area has this from $12.99-$13.99 for a 6-pack. That is outrageous! I saw that and automatically thought that the beer must have something special, or maybe it was just damn good. Luckily I only purchased two in a mix-a-six at my local beverage center. This beer should be in the $8.99-$10.99 price range just like the other six-packs of average pumpkin beers right next to it on the shelf. The UFO, Sam Adams, Smuttynose pumpkin ales are just a few that are much better. How a brewery or a store could offer this product at such a price is ridiculous. I will never buy this again. Why pay $14.00 for a six-pack of beer when there are a dozen more representations of the style that are much better and for $4.00-$5.00 less?

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2013 20:20:27 | More by mitch3114
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Spikester

Oregon

3.81/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Clear brown with one finger of tan head. Very dense fine bubble lace curtain.
Smell is mild pumpkin pie spices.
Taste is up front sweet caramel with just a touch of pie spices. The follow on taste is pumpkin with a light hop bitterness in the finish.
Mouthfeel is medium with some dryness. Carbonation is a bit high.
Overall this pumpkin beer weighs in on the pumpkin side of this type of beer. The spices and sweetness don't overwhelm the palate like many of this style do. Well balanced for a change.

Serving type: can

10-09-2013 05:04:39 | More by Spikester
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Flounder57

Massachusetts

3.79/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a dark copper color with vision of slow moving bubbles coming up through the glass. Nice lacing on glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Caramel, brown sugar, cinnamon, all spice, clove, ginger, pumpkin, and bready malts.

Taste: Caramel, brown sugar sweetness, all the spices, pumpkin, and bready malts.

Mouthfeel: Chewy, a little smooth, medium bodied, and medium carbonation.

Overall: Pretty solid pumpkin beer. Might have to get a few more before the season is over.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2013 04:32:04 | More by Flounder57
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57md

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a brownish copper with a half finger of head that enjoyed some retention on the edges of the glass. Both pumpkin and malt notes are in the nose. The flavor profile follows the nose well - the pumpkin and malt blend well together. There is a nice dry bitterness on the finish. The seasonal spices are mostly kept to a minimum although the cinnamon comes through a bit on the finish.

This is a nicely crafted fall seasonal that just needs a little something to elevate it from good to great.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2013 19:47:31 | More by 57md
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LiquidAmber

Washington

3.78/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a cloudy mahogany brown with a fine two finger light tan head with great retention and lacing. Aroma of caramel malt, pumpkin, pumpkin pie spicing, heavy on cinnamon and a hint of bandaid. Flavor is sweet bready malt, pumpkin, brown sugar (flavor, but not cloying sweetness) and well adjusted pie spices, nutmeg, cinnamon and a hint of ginger. Nice lightly hop bitter pumpkin in the finish. Medium bodied with a hint of creaminess and good carbonation. A well balanced, mellow pumpkin ale that covers all the bases without going overboard on anything. The spicing is distinct, but did not overwhelm the pumpkin. There are some truly awful as well as supurb pumpkin ales out there and this is one of the good guys.

Serving type: can

10-03-2013 04:09:46 | More by LiquidAmber
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ONovoMexicano

New Mexico

3.2/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a twelve ounce can into a snifter. The beer pours a dark brown with amber hues and a prodigious head. The head is three-fingers thick, frothy, chewy looking and thick enough to support a bottlecap. The lacing is plentiful.

The beer has a subtle aroma of caramel and malt, as well as mild allspice and just a touch of pumpkin. The flavor begins sort of tinny, then the pumpkin flavor emerges accompanied by mild toffee notes and the beer ends with lingering spice. The tinniness takes away from the subtler pumpkin flavor and, along with the high carbonation, gives the beer a quality that isn't entirely enjoyable. When the pumpkin and spice notes reach your palate, the taste improves, but only after the initial uncomfortable blast.

Overall, the beer had too much carbonation for my taste, drinking much closer to what a soda feels like, and the canned taste only added to this sensation. After the exceptional looking head and appearance, I had high expectations for this beer, alas it wasn't quite up to snuff and nowhere near as good as yesterday's Fat Jack.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2013 03:46:23 | More by ONovoMexicano
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Beer4Baltimore

Maryland

3.79/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - deep mahogany with a finger of head
S - cinnamon and assorted fall spices, a little pumkin earthiness
T - sweet brown sugar, spice (allspice and cinnamon), pumpkin after warming
M - smooth and creamy
O - easy drinking but the cinnamon will build up on the palate.
Let it warm a bit to bring out the pumpkin flavors.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2013 16:47:12 | More by Beer4Baltimore
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DMXLOX22

Pennsylvania

3.94/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a single of this beer at my local establishment, Civera's in Drexel Hill. 12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass. Pumpkin' seems to be all the fad nowadays. Let's see how this measures up.

Appearance: Pours a chestnut, dark brown that settles somewhat nice. Head retention is lacking, but the body overall looks nice. Leaves behind some nice lacing all the way down, quite impressive.

Smell: First aromas bring off a nice, well-balanced combination of cinnamon, nutmeg and other spices such as clove. Upon second inspection, I detected a slight hint of allspice. The more I check it out, the more uninspired it feels. Oh well, I know there has to be more to this brew.

Taste: First few sips, the cinnamon, pumpkin and nutmeg all come into full effect in their own sort of way that really fits and is well-balanced. The pumpkin' is really a perfect amount, as most beers I've already had this year were not very keen on the pumpkin' factor. Cinnamon and nutmeg come into it along with the clove flavor. Everything comes into perfect balance.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation with a medium body. Finishes smooth. No sign of dryness at all.

Overall: Coming into this, I was really into this beer and it proved to be interesting and tasteful. The combination of spices, pumpkin and some maltiness all went well together and just overall well-balanced. I would have this beer again and would totally recommend to a friend. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2013 23:49:54 | More by DMXLOX22
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Treyliff

West Virginia

3.24/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A- pours a dark copper color, nearly brown with some ruby hues, big two-finger foamy off-white head, great retention.

S- cinnamon toast aromas up front, light pumpkin flesh mid-palate with some grainy malt on the finish

T- artificial cinnamon flavors remind me of Big Red gum, there is a trace of pumpkin afterward but for the most part, just malty sweetness, a touch of ginger on the finish

M- medium-light body with low carbonation, slick mouthfeel and crisp finish

O- an average, middle of the road pumpkin beer. Not bad, but not near the top with the best of 'em.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2013 01:48:07 | More by Treyliff
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Fall Hornin' from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 227 ratings.