Fall Hornin' - Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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Ratings: 516
Reviews: 86
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 14.04%
Wants: 8
Gots: 78 | FT: 0
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Anderson Valley Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BB1313 on 08-16-2013

With a brilliant, deep copper hue and creamy beige-colored head, our Fall Hornin’ Pumpkin Ale has inviting aromas of caramelized malt and baking bread with highlights of cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin and seasonal spices. The pleasantly creamy mouthfeel and silky body embrace the sweet caramel flavors and tang of spices (with just hint of hops) that ends in a smooth, round finish.
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Ratings: 516 | Reviews: 86
Photo of rangerman21
4.01/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A dark amber with a decent white head
S- slightly sweet, spices are pronounced.
T- slightly sweet as well, spices are nice, slightly hoppy finish
F- bright and lively
O- pumpkin pie meets beer, pretty good.

Photo of derekgw123
2.63/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Not a bad pumpkin beer, but like some others it just wasn't balanced. Too much on the sweet.

Photo of brewqueno
3.84/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

It's a good brew. Not sweet or candy-like which is a problem with several of the more popular pumpkins... not over-spiced. It's moderate in all areas to include carbonation, and really makes a nice beer to open after work.

Photo of Samp01
3.52/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a dark clear ruby amber with a medium beige head. Aroma is of mild pumpkin, nutmeg, some cinnamon spices, notes of caramel malt become more prevalent as it warms up. Taste similar to aroma with some mild bitterness. A medium body with moderate carbonation on the palate. Caramel malt, pumpkin, nutmeg and mild cinnamon spices and mild bitterness on the end. Not as cloying and overly sweet as some other pumpkin brews, but nothing really stellar either. Overall an ok drinking brew for a pumpkin brew.

Photo of nerow
3.54/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A perfectly respectable Pumpkin Beer, poured into a Straffe Hendrik Chalice.

L: A lovely autumnal amber, fading to orange at the edges. Decent lacing, good head retention.

S: Spices (clove, nutmeg, allspice), earth, leather, a faint hint of caramelized pumpkin. Delightful.

T: Spicy, with a decent hit of pumpkin. Warm earth and smoked malt. Not over-the-top with its spices, nor overbearingly artificial with the pumpkin, not cloying. Minimal hop presence, as appropriate for the style.

F: Soft and silky, light carbonation. Not too syrupy.

O: A good exemplar of a much-maligned style, although not something to seek out.

Photo of humuloner22
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

This is one of the last pumpkin beers I purchased. Since tomorrow is the official end of pumpkin season I plan on finishing the big boys then. But tonight I tried this one.

Appearance: Dark bronze color almost a brown. Decent amount of head but relaxes to a thin layer.

Aroma: Sweet malts and pumpkin pie spices.

Taste: Honestly, I am getting tired of this style and now that I have pretty much discovered what I like or don't like in a pumpkin beer I doubt I purchase many if any next year. Anyway, this is one of the better tasting ones, and I might be giving it a lower review than I have others in this category, but I have had so many good stouts lately that just blow this style out of the lake.

Overall: For the style this one is a better beer. It blends just enough of the spice and just enough pumpkin flavor to make it work. I do suggest it, but in limited quantities.

Photo of janubio
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Copper-ambaer colour, with a big head and big lace that never seem to vanish. Smell of fruits and spices, smoked, pepper, cardamom. Medium to light body, soft palate. Taste of cardamom, smoked touch, pepper, fruits, caramel.

Photo of jlindros
3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not expecting a whole lot from this pumpkin beer, with spices from a brewery that makes meh beers in general.

Pours a smaller 1/2 finger fizzy airy head that surprisingly sticks around for a while, nice lacing too, a clear but dark colored mahogany brown slight ruby hue.

Nose brings baking spices out front, cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, all spice I think, perhaps a pinch of nutmeg but hard to tell that even, sweet candy malt, with caramel toffee, and syrupy aromas, a mild biscuit note, a light pumpkin note, sweet pumpkin pie like but just a little. The spices, while dominant, aren't overpowering, so far at least.

Taste starts with tons of toffee and caramel syrup, a doughy bread and biscuity crust like character, as well as cookie, with plenty of ginger bringing a gingerbread cookie flavor with icing. Mild pumpkin note, very little actual pumpkin, and more baking spices, again touch of cinnamon and cardamom, perhaps all spice and others but not sure. A rich creamy almost chewy like syrupy base malt with fair sweetness, and a touch of bitterness mostly from the spices. Finish is sticky sweet, a touch dry, little syrupy taste lingering, more baking spices, gingerbread, and caramel syrup lingering.

Mouth is med bod, a little syrupy smooth feeling, decent carb.

Overall mixed feelings, it started nice, spices weren't overpowering, but don't get a whole lot of pumpkin, and plenty of sweet syrupy characters, thankfully also not too much, but still not a very enjoyable beer and hard to drink more than a glass, but not that bad.

Photo of clayrock81
3.65/5  rDev +2.5%

Poured a brown body with one finger head and minimal lace and an aroma that has some sweet pumpkin and cinnamon/nutmeg notes to it but also a little graininess.
Not a bad pumpkin beer in the sense that you get a good amount of pumpkin spice and requisite sweetness that can be in pumpkin beers.
Just a little bland and watery and has a slightly off-putting dry finish, like there's too much hop or spice that builds up.

Photo of McNealc31
4.25/5  rDev +19.4%

Aroma of cinnamon and clove, but not overpowering. Loads of cinnamon in the flavor. I even think there's a bit of cocoa in this. Not much in the way of pumpkin. Little kick of carbonation.

Pretty tasty. I could definitely see knocking back a few of these while watching football

Photo of JayQue
3.52/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Good representative Pumpkin Ale, nothing unusual or memorable but this beer has plenty of pumpkin and pumpkin spices and tastes pretty good.

Pours a dense mahogany brown with a lot of orange/golden light coming through. Small antique white head with average retention and small streaks of lacing on the pint glass.

Aroma is pumpkin spices and gets stronger as the beer warms. Flavor adds some actual pumpkin taste along with the cinnamon/nutmeg etc.

Mouthfeel is smooth and a little on the light side. If you are in the mood for a Pumpkin Ale, this one meets all requirements.

Photo of ocelot2500
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Pours a clear copper color with a tight, off-white head that leaves chunks of lacing.

Smells of cinnamon, nutmeg, and some toasted malt.

Tastes of the toasted malt with plenty of spice. Malts lead off with caramel and brown sugar along with toasted bread. This gives way to some pumpkin pie spices with cinnamon mostly coming through. Earthy hop add on the back end before finishing with a lingering spice note.

Mouthfeel is medium with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is solid with a more bready malt take on the style.

Photo of teromous
3.72/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark brown body that shows a dark red hue as light shines through it. Through the darkness it is still apparent that the beer is pretty transparent. The head is a lucious creamy light tan fluff that leaves great lacing on the glass.

Aroma: I pick up cinnamon and some clove. It smells pretty standard for a pumpkin ale.

Taste: There is a nice toasty bread flavor to this beer right up front. It's very delicious tasting and I just keep getting more bread characteristics...it's like eating wheat toast. A cinnamon flavor comes through, but I'm not picking up any other spices. The cinnamon is about medium strength but the base beer has a lot of flavor that pushes it out of the way a bit.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is very present while drinking, but afterwards it is a bit thin. It has perfect carbonation. Not a lot of hop or grain bitterness. Pretty standard feeling overall. The beer is highly drinkable.

Overall: It's a really good pumpkin beer. If you're a fan of strongly spiced pumpkin beers it probably wouldn't be fr you. If you want just enough pumpkin spice to remind you that it is the fall, my recommendation is to try it. What I really like is that the base beer is tasty enough to stand by itself. Even if you aren't a fan of pumpkin spice, the nice toasted flavor in the beer really makes this a pleasant beer to drink. I'm going to pick up some more.

Photo of ColdBassHonkey
4.5/5  rDev +26.4%

Exceptional pumpkin ale with a balanced profile and not too overwhelming pumpkin pie flavor. The aftertaste brings home the sweetness of the pumpkin, and solidifies this as a well-rounded seasonal ale. The aroma was very subtle, though, with not much to offer. Once again, Anderson Valley does it right.

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance - Pours a relatively clear red amber with a sandstone colored one finger head. Retention is average, resulting in a near barren surface with a small island of suds in the center. Not much in terms of lacing.

Smell - Typical pumpkin ale aroma: pumpkin, cinnamon and nutmeg with touches of pie crust character.

Taste - Follows the nose. Plenty of spice with pumpkin and a malt character that hits toward the finish and teeters on burnt pie crust.

Mouthfeel - Light, thin body with low, tingling carbonation. Easily the worst aspect of this brew.

Overall - Your average craft pumpkin ale; drinkable but not very rewarding. Glad I was able to try it, but this does not make my short list of pumpkin ales worthy of buying.

Photo of DuffDaddy
4.25/5  rDev +19.4%

Had a draft at the Nantahala Outdoor Center with lunch....

Photo of zander4dawin
4.16/5  rDev +16.9%

Really solid, flavorful pumpkin ale with great sessionability. Hits the right spice notes for me, some cinnamon, a hint of nutmeg, some pie crust, just a little pumpkin not too overpowering just subtle and balanced. Great slick mouthfeel.

Photo of ahb5117
2.75/5  rDev -22.8%

My first pumpkin ale in a few years and I wasn't terribly impressed. Good strong nutmeg and cinnamon aromas and flavours, but a lot of spice and not enough pumpkin. Good amber colour, but a bit thin for a beer with so much flavour.

Photo of keithmurray
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Dark Copper body with tan head

Smell - cinnamon is prevalent with ginger and nutmeg

Taste - much the same as the nose - pumpkin flesh, cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg

Mouthfeel - Medium body, medium carbonation, spices - especially cinnamon, upfront

Overall - inoffensive pumpkin ale, worth a try for fans of the style

Price Point - $1.67/12 oz bottle

Photo of dlkeng
4/5  rDev +12.4%

Not too sweet or overly pumpkiny. Liked it

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.83/5  rDev +7.6%

Appearance (4.25) : A big, fluffy, billowing almond colored head with tightly knit bubbles. The cap is about three fingers high. The body is a maroon/cranberry red when held up to the light, orangish brown while in normal lighting. The opacity is around 90%. The head stays around and leaves a nice creamy froth on top as well as rings and lace around the glass.

Aroma (4) : Baked brown sugar, cinnamon, pumpkin, nutmeg. Basically a sweet fleshy pumpkin pie. Very aromatic and the bouquet is medium to strong.

Taste (3.75) : Comes out of the gate running with nutmeg and cinnamon. Towards the middle there is a tiny bit of sourness, ending with baked brown sugar and pumpkin pie crust. No doubt about it this one is heavy on the spice and supplements. The gourd flavor is left lacking and may not even be there at all...as the pumpkin is more of a baked pie crust taste than anything. A punch of potent sour malt comes at the end. Nonetheless it's a good taster.

Mouthfeel (3.25) : Semi-watery with an undertone of prickly carbonation. Ends semi-dry.

Overall (3.83) : This is a decent Pumpkin Ale...but aren't they all? I don't think I've ran across a BAD one (well except for Sam Adams' Octoberfest), but I try to find what stands out about each one I review. Otherwise they all taste the same after awhile.

So what stands out about this one? Spice and brown sugar flavors. The nutmeg, cinnamon, and brown sugar are pretty loud here. If you like heavy spice in your Pumpkin beers, Fall Hornin' will deliver.

Photo of Karibourgeois
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Dark pour that is not quite black but has some red and brown highlights. Has a tan one finger head. Aroma is lightly spicy with nutmeg and cinnamon standing out. Taste follows the nose with nutmeg and cinnamon flavors but also can taste gingerbread, brown sugar and a very light pumpkin presence.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.49/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

i like it all except the body here. quite a few watery drinking pumpkin ales this year, not sure why, but i like them heavier than this one. despite its darker amber look, its so fizzy and thin that it feels more like a soda than a beer. the head is like a soda float too, huge bubbles and a lot of carbonation activity in this. the flavor of the beer is great though. a hit of ginger in there with the nutmeg and the pumpkin. nicely selected amber malt base, which i think is the right platform for these flavors, i just want it to be a bigger contributor to the feel. white pepper and brown sugar i the finish, if this had more body to stand on it would be a real impressive brew. just enough hops to balance the finish too, i think the recipe is close to being a real winner.

Photo of iheartmyTHO
4/5  rDev +12.4%

Yay for a pumpkin beer in a can! I've had many a pumpkin beer and actually found this one to be fairly tasty. The pumpkin spice flavors are there but not overpowering other nuances of the beer. Definitely one of the more balanced pumpkin beers I have had.

Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.85/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle into a wine glass.

Appearance: Pours a very dark chestnut color. The head is a finger high, with its mocha-colored head retaining decently. Its soft, frothy texture manages to leave behind a collar of lacing on the glass. The darker color (compared to the norm) makes it more aesthetically pleasing than the pumpkin ale norm. (4)

Smell: This is heavy on the cinnamon. So much so, that it ends up running over other aromas (like pumpkin). There are at some subtle brown sugar/caramel/chocolate notes coming through that help to break up the monotony, however. Not very pumpkin-y, but the darker malt notes give it some needed depth. (3.25)

Taste: My fears were confirmed. There's too much cinnamon, too much nutmeg, and too much allspice. Some nice hints of burnt malt (even some coffee) come through, but the aftertaste sees a return of the overspicing. Not very enjoyable. (2.5)

Mouthfeel: On the plus side, it's fairly dry for the style. That means I can get it down fairly easily. The thin body and airy feel also contribute to its drinkability, as does its healthy carbonation. (3.25)

Overall: Y'know, everything but the flavor profile is fairly solid. But if it doesn't taste very good, who cares? The spicing levels ruin the balance of this beer, leading to just another lacking pumpkin ale. (2.5)

2.8/5: ...have I mentioned I don't care for most pumpkin ales, yet?

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Fall Hornin' from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 516 ratings.