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Fall Hornin' - Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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Reviews: 82
Hads: 522
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 10.99%
Wants: 10
Gots: 82 | 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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Photo of ColdBassHonkey
4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

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. (306 characters)

Photo of weaf
4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

Wasn't expecting a lot as this was the first Pumpkin Ale I'd seen from Anderson Valley but I was very pleasantly surprised with one of the better Pumpkin Ales this season. Will recommend this one to friends as it was smooth with lots of mild fall flavors while still presenting a nice pumpkin flavor. Excellent. (311 characters)

Photo of Jeffreysan
4.36/5  rDev +19.8%
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! (1,032 characters)

Photo of scottfrie
4.28/5  rDev +17.6%
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. (779 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

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. (1,104 characters)

Photo of McNealc31
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

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 (279 characters)

Photo of Huffs
4.22/5  rDev +15.9%
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. (385 characters)

Photo of plaid75
4.18/5  rDev +14.8%
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. (420 characters)

Photo of zander4dawin
4.16/5  rDev +14.3%

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. (240 characters)

Photo of marcellaproust
4.07/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served: on tap at Chuck's Hop Shop: Land of a Thousand Beers, Greenwood, Seattle.

I was really impressed with this pumpkin ale, and all the more surprised since I ordered it without knowing the style (in my mind, 'fall hornin' implied an octoberfest or other fall/harvest/nut brown beer). It was a dark, nearly opaque amber, ample carbonation though not too much of a head. Mouthfeel: full-bodied. First taste: 'sh*t, I do *not* want a pumpkin ale', but once resigned, I decided to just taste and judge.

It's awfully good. It tastes like pumpkin pie but pumpkin pie made from fresh, not canned (we rarely ate canned in our family). Yes, there are all the spices--bit of clove, cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, etc. but the spices or spice flavor is so well-blended or integral to the beer that this does not taste like spices overlaid on top of beer, as in many pumpkin or Belgian psedo-beers heaped with coriander and banana.

Carbonation permits it to be fresh without being too sweet or syrupy.

Nonetheless, for those too conditioned to have some hop or bitter edge to their beers, or for those who typically do not like any flavor, whether spice, fruit, or coffee 'n chocolate, for all its great qualities, this is not the beer for you. (1,238 characters)

Photo of rangerman21
4.01/5  rDev +10.2%
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. (206 characters)

Photo of iheartmyTHO
4/5  rDev +9.9%

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. (258 characters)

Photo of logicalparadox
4/5  rDev +9.9%

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. (153 characters)

Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an orange-brown color and a clear consistency that seems to be common among pumpkin ales. Had an inch and a half of foamy, long-lasting head. Great lacing.

S: As you'd expect, lots of pumpkin, spice, and malt.

T: Tasted of pumpkin (an above average amount), some cinnamon and nutmeg, and a little malt in the finish. A pretty solid, well-rounded flavor. Balanced and focused.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: A very good example of a pumpkin ale. Definitely drinkable. (550 characters)

Photo of vkv822
3.99/5  rDev +9.6%
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. (296 characters)

Photo of Axnjxn
3.99/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can @ beerstudy

dark orange color, mild head. smell is big on cinnamon and maybe some pumpkin, im a fan so far. taste is also big on cinnamon with some nutmeg thrown in as well. tad bitterness on the back. not sweet like other pumpkin beers. good drinkability. medium bodied with light carbonation.

overall one of the better pumpkin beers out there. lacks on sweetness which is a plus. recommended. (400 characters)

Photo of DMXLOX22
3.93/5  rDev +8%
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! (1,440 characters)

Photo of Zach136
3.89/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep brown with ruby edges, tan head good lacing.

Aroma: Heavy powdered seasonal spice... i'm thinking nutmeg and cinnamon? Touch of pumpkin flesh character as well.

Flavor: Interesting combo of nutty/toasty malt, pumpkin, and spice.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light, some of the spices have moments of astringency and drying character. (346 characters)

Photo of superspak
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
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. (1,337 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
3.86/5  rDev +6%
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. (2,343 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Such a dark brown like brown ale brown. Pretty much the darkest pumpkin ale I had to date. Head is an excellent 1/2 inch that pulls back with great lacing.
S - Cinnamon mostly, candied brown sugar notes, and some vegital pumpkin. Smell is constant so spicing is above average,
T - Pretty clean taste, mild pumpkin but it's there. Spicing is also there but sweet rather than just a crap ton of cinnamon and nutmeg. Pretty tasty yet kind of boring.
M - Light to medium in body.

Overall not sure if I would buy it again but it's a fairly tasty fall time treat. As always I crave spice so Elysian Night Owl is my go to pumpkin ale. (633 characters)

Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
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. (557 characters)

Photo of 57md
3.84/5  rDev +5.5%
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. (496 characters)

Photo of brewqueno
3.84/5  rDev +5.5%
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. (222 characters)

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%

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. (1,514 characters)

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Fall Hornin' from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 82 ratings.