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Fall Hornin' - Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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516 Ratings
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Ratings: 516
Reviews: 86
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 14.04%
Wants: 8
Gots: 79 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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
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Photo of metter98
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.38/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours a hazy super dark orange-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of earthy malt and pumpkin pie spice aromas. Taste is much the same with dirt and pumpkin pie spice flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer with a solid pumpkin pie spice aroma but there is an odd dirt-like flavor that I am not too fond of.

Photo of oberon
3.57/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Iam starting my fall seasonal beer tour today although it's nearly 90 fricken degrees,still seems odd to see pumpkin ales out when it's this warm.Poured into a standard pint glass a tawny brown with a auburn infusion,a thinner light tan colored head atop.Buttery notes along with pumkin spice but not real strong.Nutmeg stands out most at the onset of the palate along with mace and graham cracker crust,not bad.The feel was a bit fizzy and on the lighter side wich took away from the flavor profile.My first pumpkin beer of the season is....ok.

Photo of tigg924
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: 1/4 inch head, orange-brown in color, clear, high carbonation

Smell: nutmeg, cinnamon, and clove

Taste: cinnamon, big nutmeg, clove, light bread and sugar.

Mouthfeel: sweet, medium-high carbonation, light bodied

Overall: Solid, not envelope pushing, spicy pumpkin beer. I really enjoyed this one and would get another six pack of this. Very clean.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.25/5  rDev +19.4%

Dark roasted malts bring out a nice deep nearly black mahogany blood red hue with a tan khaki head forming nice and thick, great looking darker pumpkin ale. Fine speckled lacing evenly spread with each sip, love the look of the beer in the glass.

Aroma sweet pumpkin pie notes, graham cracker character, darker roasts bring out some caramel…this is one of the best pumpkin ales I’ve had this season up there with Elysian. Rich caramelization, muted spice notes goes so well together with the pumpkin flesh found in this one.

Flavor darker roasts added some much needed dryness in this beer, which balances out the sweet caramelized malt sugars with the pumpkin additions. Spices are there but not stealing the show away, a quality breadiness derived from malt additions mimics a graham cracker crust in a pumpkin pie.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied even flowing carbonation with nice even character. This goes down easy with each sip, very smooth balanced pumpkin ale.

Overall, it’s an easy going great tasting pumpkin beer that doesn’t way you down in anyway…very nice beer here folks.

Photo of chinchill
3.45/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Undated 12 oz can served in a pint glass.
Surprisingly dark for style, but clear with a good head.
Nice spicy aroma with lots of cinnamon, but smells like it may be over-spiced.
T: ... and it is. Moreover, the spicing seems too simple with overly dominant nutmeg.
M: medium body with medium carbonation.

Photo of Brenden
3.45/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

It looks like a brown base; it's dark brown in color but clear, substantial but not thick. There's even a touch of mahogany in the light. The head isn't heavy, but it has a thickness of its own and sticks together well. It drops from a finger to a foam with time, leaving a bit of a ring at the top and heavy spotting otherwise.
Cinnamon, toast and nut make for a pretty alluring aroma. The spice is sweet and strong with a bit of crust. I would say a bit more pumpkin flesh would improve it, but it's nice.
The flavor doesn't capture all the allure, and there's more leaf that tends to detract from the spices. It's also fairly earthy. It's a touch grainy, and a bit of something like an herbal note take on a hint of sourness into the finish. Spices, a lot like allspcie but with cinnamon and nutmeg, still linger on the palate.
The body is about medium but on the lighter side of it by a stretch. It's a little crisp and a little smooth, but neither very much. It's a solid feel, but nothing that wows.

Photo of Jeffreysan
4.36/5  rDev +22.5%
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!

Photo of samtrillo
3.7/5  rDev +3.9%

Dark amber with minimal head and some lacing.

Caramelized bready malt with noticeable pumpkin in the nose.

Not overly spiced and they make it work because of the good beer underneath it.

Can't wait to try the barrel aged version!

Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.23/5  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.

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 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 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 hophugger
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

Another interesting beer from Anderson. This one pours a nice dark pumpkin. The aroma and taste are slightly subdued and that is ok because it allows the pumkin taste to come out naturally and not be overpowered by too many spices. The pumpkin is a natural flavor and this beer is light yet still refreshing and satisfying

Photo of Treyliff
3.27/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

Photo of KYGunner
3.79/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Strong, robust autumn brown color yielded a thick comprehensive head that supported a thin lacing.

The scent is very spicy with cinnamon, nutmeg and pumpkin spice. The earthy natural pumpkin aromas are absent but the pie like characters are present.

The taste is more earthy, slightly gourdish with a very nice balance of nutmeg and pumpkin spice. I wished for a little more cinnamon but the earthiness is far more natural than some.

I often feel that Schlafly Pumpkin is the level by which all others are to be judged and though this is not Schlafly this is very close to it.

Photo of tone77
3.62/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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 Spikester
3.79/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

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 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 logicalparadox
4/5  rDev +12.4%

A nice pumpkin ale with an impressive head, firm spice backbone, plenty of pumpkin flavor, and a darker character than most. Medium body, slightly chewy.

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.78/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a Maudite snifter. It's a nice-looking pour - very clear with a lovely dark mahogany color and a nice big head that retains quite well. The nose carries some of the spices promised on the label, primarily clove and nutmeg, and allows some of the malt to carry through as well, lending a nutty, earthy sweetness to the aroma.

Medium body and a nicely-balanced flavor. The spices are all there, the malt is evident, and the beer is prevented from becoming excessively sweet. Feel is nice and firm. My only gripe is that the flavor is a bit mild compared to the best beers of this style. I suppose a trade-off is that this one is lower in ABV and is a little easier to drink. Finish does not sustain too well.

A really nice pumpkin beer that's a bit less than excellent. The flavors are a bit on the mild side and the finish is forgettable. Still, the flavors that are present are very pleasant, balanced, and enjoyable.

Photo of plaid75
4.18/5  rDev +17.4%
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.

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