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Fall Hornin' - Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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Reviews: 82
Hads: 525
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 10.99%
Wants: 11
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 beertunes
1.99/5  rDev -45.3%
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. (794 characters)

Photo of ahb5117
2.75/5  rDev -24.5%

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. (231 characters)

Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.85/5  rDev -21.7%
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? (1,391 characters)

Photo of mitch3114
2.89/5  rDev -20.6%
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? (1,460 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3/5  rDev -17.6%

16 ounce pint - $6.50 at Taco Mac in Crabapple, Georgia.

Appearance: Displays an obscured, medium brown body with a slim, scant, ivory-hued head leaving a light lace.

Smell: Slightly vegetal pumpkin tone, some ineffusive malt notes of cold toast and ashen roast with a dusting of earthy spices.

Taste: Sugar-encrusted pumpkin stands atop toasty, lightly roasty malts and a liberal dosage of Autumntime spices, chiefly cinnamon and nutmeg. The initial pumpkin flavor quickly dissipates and vanishes from the taste. Minimally herbal hops with a light bitterness. Dry, spicy, thinning finish with the sustained toasty, roasty malts.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Overall: Far less than exemplary, barely average really, with little to support a return visitation. Nowadays, there are innumerable better pumpkin beers. (835 characters)

Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.14/5  rDev -13.7%
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! (794 characters)

Photo of mikeg67
3.18/5  rDev -12.6%
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. (288 characters)

Photo of becktone
3.21/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Done in a horizontal tasting with Smuttynose Pumpkin Ale.

Eye: This one started with a nice off white tan rocky looking head but slowly fell to a thin sheet covering the top of the beer. As it receded it left some nice looking lacing. Murky brown in color with garnet highlights. A little darker than I'd expect for a traditional pumpkin ale.

Nose: Cinnamon is more upfront in this one. This smells more of cinnamon whereas the Smuttynose smells more of a mixed pumpkin pie spice. Ginger comes in second. Actually this one smells more to me like certain parts of craft stores like Michaels than it does of pumpkin or pumpkin pie. Just that general fall smell...hard to describe.

Tongue: More or less the same as the nose. Big (not huge) on cinnamon and ginger. Nothing really all that complex about this beer. If you ask me it lacks depth. The most depth I get out of it is a small roast character with hints of roasted grain bitterness(which add some needed complexity to this beer). Body is light and the carbonation is moderate. This isn't a bad beer by any means, but its just lacking in everything I really love about pumpkin ales. It seems to miss the mark on just too many levels.

Drinkability: I'm glad I bought this and tried it, I'll happily drink the rest of the six-pack, however, I'll definitely not be coming back to this one anytime soon. This is good beer, its just not anywhere close to being good for a pumpkin ale. It really needs to step up its game to be able to hang with Schlafly, DFH, Rivertown, and the like. Its great beer, no flaws, but it just misses the mark for being a pumpkin ale..in my opinion. (1,632 characters)

Photo of stckhndlr
3.21/5  rDev -11.8%
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. (727 characters)

Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.23/5  rDev -11.3%
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. (1,079 characters)

Photo of Reidrover
3.24/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz can from "Lifesource" in Salem. $1.89. Poured into my New Belgium snifter. Certainly looks gorgeous dark amber with a nice thick and creamy light tan coloured head. Very strong aromas, of cinnamon and allspice,pumpkin and toffee nice Taste is very spicy up front with the cinnamon dominating,kinda drown out everything else! Mouthfeel is fine..well carbonated but smooth at the same time..except for the cinnamon! Overall if this beer had replicated the aroma in the taste itwould have been a 4.0..too much cinnamon..its like cinnamon chewing gum flavours! (562 characters)

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%
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. (732 characters)

Photo of hophugger
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

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 (322 characters)

Photo of Treyliff
3.27/5  rDev -10.2%
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. (573 characters)

Photo of BB1313
3.27/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

12oz can poured into a pint glass. Pours a transparent dark auburn; huge fluffy off-white head that leaves very nice lacing and great retention. The aromas are full of sweet caramel and chocolate malts and subtle spices. You will find the usual suspects in the aromas and flavors, such as cinnamon and nutmeg. Lots of caramel and cocoa in the nose. The flavors are clean and refreshing, but not extremely bold. The flavors aren't bad, but they almost seem watered down a bit. Lots of breads and grains in the mix as well. Mouthfeel is thin and light, but still has a nice amount of body to it; moderate carbonation. Alcohol goes unnoticed and it's extremely easy to drink.

This is ultimately a safe pumpkin ale. It's fine, but there's nothing about that makes it standout from the pack. Solid, but run of the mill, in my opinion. The fact that it comes in cans is a plus, considering this is a style that is rarely seen in cans. (929 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.27/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Anderson Valley Brewing : Fall Hornin'

Look: Pours a brownish amber with an off white soapy head and some lace.

Aroma: Pumpkin, vanilla, perfume, allspice, nutmeg and cinnamon. Smells like fragrant potpourri and baking spices.

Taste: Heavily spiced with a mild touch on pumpkin. Coriander, nutmeg, allspice and pepper linger into the finish. Has a hint of brown sugar and toasted malt. Mild tea like hop profile with a small bitterness accompanying the dry spice. Pumpkin, vanilla, allspice and nutmeg.

Feel: Medium bodied feel with a good amount of carbonation. There is a drying spice bite that makes way for another sip.

Overall: A decent pumpkin ale with a lot of spice. Would go well with holiday foods such as honey baked hams and sweet potato. (756 characters)

Photo of Lemke10
3.32/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This pours a medium brown color with a creamy, beige head. The aroma is full pumpkin, nutmeg, cinnamon and clove spice. The texture is about average that will quench your thirst. Once you get to the taste though there isn't a whole lot of to define this as a pumpkin beer. It does finish with a nice cinnamon spice after taste. Above average, but there are better pumpkin beers on the market. (392 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
3.33/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Where many brewers are finding success in pumpkin ales that abandon their beery profile underneath in favor of something more akin to pumpkin pie desserts, Anderson Valley hits the ground with a firm Amber-Brown Ale foundation and builds the pumpkin character from there.

Its bronze hues suggest Brown Ale as the ale is lightly hazy and shows slivers of garnet highlights. Rising above the beer is a bone-white frothy cap the retains heartily for the majority of the session and lacing with broken strands along the way.

Aromas of toasted grain and praline provide a sweeter base as the spices of pumpkin pie seem sprinkled about- cinnamon, nutmeg and clove lead the way. Soft notes of nuts and chocolate lurk in the backdrop as the beer's rounded scent is quite crusty and spicy in its portrayal of fall pies.

Its taste is grainy-sweet as it captures the dry malt taste of Brown Ales, the caramel flavor of Amber Ales and hopped in a very American kind of way. Its bitterness and moderate use of sweetness keeps the beer "beer-like" even with the sprinkle of pumpkin pie spices that add give it a hearty pumpkin impression. Its final taste carries a bite from both stemmy hop bitterness and boiled spice.

Medium on the palate, its toasted grain flavor leads to a grainy-dry texture that rises as the mask of sweetness and creamy carbonation recedes. This leaves the finish a little unsettled from spice astringency and biting grain and hop linger. Its aftertaste of pumpkin pie spices keeps the palate rewarded with dessert-like effect.

Where the attempt to keep this Pumpkin Ale first and foremost ale-like is much appreciated, that's not what draws us to these tasty beers. It's the abandoning of traditional recipes in favor of accenting the spices with sweetness and strength is what's best about them. Though this is a well made ale, its certainly not the guilty pleasure that drives beer drinkers into a frenzy as if its catnip for adults. (1,951 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.38/5  rDev -7.1%
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. (594 characters)

Photo of barczar
3.4/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a brilliant dark amber with frothy light khaki head that slowly dissipates, leaving minimal lacing.

Pumpkin, cinnamon, clove, and nutmeg form the initial aroma, with cola notes surfacing, giving me the impression that ginger may also be in play.

Flavor reveals a nice backbone of pumpkin and toasted malt, accented by ginger, clove, and cinnamon. There's a bit of a nutty, overly toasted character at the dry finish, which is also fairly bitter.

Body is moderate and creamy, with moderate carbonation and light alcohol warmth.

One of the more pumpkin forward of the seasonal beers. The ginger/cola overwhelms a bit. Would've preferred it to be more subtle to allow the pumpkin to dominate. The excessive bitterness also detracts a bit, but the nuttiness saves the day. (778 characters)

Photo of chinchill
3.45/5  rDev -5.2%
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. (307 characters)

Photo of Brenden
3.45/5  rDev -5.2%
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. (1,005 characters)

Photo of allengarvin
3.48/5  rDev -4.4%

A: 3.75 This pours a dark amber with a moderate head.
S: 3.25 The traditional spices are there, but quite faint.
T: 3.5 This is at the restrained end of the pumpkin ale spectrum, mostly with cinnamon. A little caramel malt offers some additional flavor, but otherwise this is fairly bland
M: 3.25 Neutral texture, low carbonation
O: 3.5 Not what I look for in a pumpkin ale. Boring.

Weighting (percentages): 20, 20, 40, 5, 15. Avg: 3.48 (437 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.49/5  rDev -4.1%
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. (778 characters)

Photo of Furlinator
3.49/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours reddish dark brown with 1/2 inch of khaki head and a small amount of lacing.

The smell is primarily cinnamon and nutmeg with pumpkin scent in the bakground.

The taste follows the smell with the spices leading the way. Cinnamon and nutmeg first then, faint hints of pumpkin bringing up the rear.

Mouthfeel is crisp with very little carbonation.

This is a decent enough pumkin ale. But, I have had more pumpkin-forward examples in the past, which I prefer. This comes across as more of a spiced beverage. (512 characters)

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