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Fall Hornin' | Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by BB1313 on 08-16-2013

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Photo of ColdBassHonkey
4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

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.

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Photo of weaf
4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

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.

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Photo of Jeffreysan
4.36/5  rDev +19.5%
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!

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Photo of scottfrie
4.28/5  rDev +17.3%
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.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

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.

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Photo of McNealc31
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

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

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Photo of Huffs
4.22/5  rDev +15.6%
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.

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Photo of plaid75
4.18/5  rDev +14.5%
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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Photo of MattyG85
4.16/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. can into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours a deep brownish amber with a moderate amount of bubbles. Solid finger of off white head which settles into a thin creamy layer.

Smell: A spicy and fairly sweet malt forward aroma with a scent of pumpkin spices and caramel malt. Upfront scent of fall pumpkin spices with hints of cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, ginger, and allspice. Sweet malt presence with hints of caramel, toffee, biscuit, toast, and yeast. Very light on the hops. A pretty solid aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a spicy and sweet malt driven taste with notes of pumpkin spice and caramel malt. Nice mix of pumpkin spices with notes of cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, allspice, and clove. Toasted barley malt with notes of caramel, toffee, toast, biscuit, and yeast. Slight presence of earthy hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy, slick, and smooth.

Overall: A solid take on a pumpkin beer. Nice mix of spices and caramel malt.

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Photo of zander4dawin
4.16/5  rDev +14%

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.

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Photo of chrishiker1409
4.08/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

L: An orange hued amber. Poured with less than a finger of head whih quickly dissipated. Moderate carbonation.

S: Pumpkin, spices, cinnamon and nutmeg.

T: More pumpkin and less spice than from the nose. A really well done Pumpkin beer. Tasty.

F: Very creamy. Felt great going down.

O: Easily one fo the best pumpkins I have had all year. Right there with Schlafly, Horseheads and Pumpking. Good, good stuff.

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Photo of Maburo
4.08/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Deep amber in colour with a short-lived head. Smells of caramel, pumpkin, and spices. The taste begins with a sweet molasses, but transforms into spices and mild pumpkin complemented by a slight bitterness. This beer is a perfect balance of creamy and crisp, and it goes down perfectly. Great beer overall.

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Photo of marcellaproust
4.07/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

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Photo of Bunman3
4.06/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This an extremely enjoyable pumpkin ale, which is high praise considering my personal slant away from this style of beer. The highlight of this beer is the smell - it reminds me of the holiday season, with plenty of cinnamon and clove. Overall, this is a very nicely crafted ale - one I would go out of my way to try again.

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Photo of biegaman
4.03/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Fall Hornin' has a great label depicting a brown bear wearing deer antlers. The beer itself is similar: an intimidating deep brown that adorns an oaky, off-white coloured rack of sudsy lace. It's far darker than is customary for the style; while clear it's closer to black than orange and highlights are mere glimpses.

Those Munich, Crystal and Dark Chocolate malts don't just contribute to colour; titillating aromas of toasted pumpernickel bread, gingerbread and chocolate chip cookies combine with vague pumpkin pie notes and molasses. Along with the baking spices is a refreshing dose of pine needles.

This Anderson Valley seasonal is loosely reminiscent of another California classic: Anchor's Our Special Ale. Its deeper, darker yet still lusciously smooth malt base and almost evergreen hoppiness could pass, perhaps not as a brother, but a more fall-orientated first-cousin to that iconic winter beer.

The palate is pleasantly greeted by hard toffee, pie crust, and a cinnamon-led battalion of spices. The darker notes of chocolate and molasses are still there too but the overall profile leans more towards the savory/sweet and avoids ever tasting roasted or bitter. It's smooth as baby pumpkin's bottom.

In the world of largely formulaic and indistinguishable Pumpkin Ales, Fall Hornin' is a distinctive offering. As well as the usual pie spices this also offers confectionery-like sweets and assertive, earthy, evergreen hoppiness. All elements blend beautifully with one another. It's a new autumn favourite of mine.

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Photo of rangerman21
4.01/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

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

Mahogany color with creamy beige head. Aroma has roasted malt, pumpkin and spices, all in a very good balance. Taste is also balanced, not too sweet, not to spicy. I get pumpkin, nutmeg, cinnamon and some bitterness on the finish. Body and carbonation are really smooth. This is one of the best pumpkin ales I had so far, mostly because it's really well balanced, smooth and not overspiced or overly sweet.

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Photo of iheartmyTHO
4/5  rDev +9.6%

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.

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Photo of logicalparadox
4/5  rDev +9.6%

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.

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Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

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Photo of D-HopSupreme
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours an off-white head with lots of larger bubbles and a deep amber-colored body. The scent is very prominent in pumpkin spices like cinnamon and cloves, with a bit of noble hop character and heavy on lightly roasted malts. The taste profile is very complex, with a lot of those cloves coming through along with assertive hop bitterness. The feel is wonderfully smooth, something that other breweries should learn from. Overall a well-balanced ale, though it will take me a while to adjust to pumpkin beer fully.

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

Appearance: Pours a deep copper color.

Overall: This beer has a caramelized malt and bread aroma. This ale features highlights of cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin and seasonal spices. This is a pleasantly smooth beer with lots of taste. Worth a try!

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Photo of vkv822
3.99/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

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Photo of Axnjxn
3.99/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

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Photo of DMXLOX22
3.93/5  rDev +7.7%
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!

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Fall Hornin' from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 116 ratings.