Fall Hornin' - Anderson Valley Brewing Company
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3.36/5 rDev -5.4%
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.
09-06-2013 03:21:10 | More by UCLABrewN84
3.53/5 rDev -0.6%
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.
10-12-2013 00:07:32 | More by metter98
3.31/5 rDev -6.8%
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.
08-26-2013 16:38:46 | More by BEERchitect
3.58/5 rDev +0.8%
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.
09-11-2013 19:51:19 | More by oberon
3.65/5 rDev +2.8%
Served from the can in a snifter at Beelow's.
Big thanks to Jimbo for bringing me a portion of the new can! This stuff pours a clear tawny sienna topped by a half-finger of khaki foam. The nose comprises maple syrup, granola, light molasses, toasted pumpkin seeds, and a relatively mild blend of pumpkin pie spices. The taste brings in more of the same, the spices blending with the syrup/molasses-laden graham-cracker malt backbone rather well, ensuring neither faction attains too much authority. The body is a stolid medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a thickly fluid feel. Overall, a rather nice pumpkin ale, one that doesn't dropkick you with spice or booze. I could see drinking a few sixers of this during this upcoming pumpkin ale season.
08-17-2014 18:09:36 | More by TMoney2591
3.84/5 rDev +8.2%
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.
11-29-2013 09:51:12 | More by woodychandler
3.75/5 rDev +5.6%
A perfectly serviceable pumpkin beer. Porterish, brownish, and easy to drink with muted but present pie spices but perhaps no real silkiness from any real pumpkin. Still, it hits the spot without filling you up too much, is a bit different from some of the other pumpkin beers, and is conveniently in cans. I've bought more than one sixer and enjoyed it.
01-04-2014 20:53:05 | More by Georgiabeer
3.74/5 rDev +5.4%
A: Pours a clear deep brownish orangish amber in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation streaming from the bottom of the glass and some light cola brown + burnt orange highlights. The beer has a finger tall dense foamy dark beige head that slowly reduces to a thick film evenly covering the entire surface of the beer. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.
S: Light to moderate aromas of pumpkin and pumpkin pie spices - cinnamon and nutmeg really stand out. Light notes of earthy hops and slightly brown sugar sweet malts.
T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavors of slightly sweet malts with notes of brown sugar. That is followed by light to moderate flavors of pumpkin and some moderate flavors of pumpkin pie spices - again it is nutmeg followed by cinnamon that stand out. Light notes of an earthy hop in the finish that gives just a hint of bitterness.
M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Crisp upfront with some light spice drying in the finish.
O: I thought this was a more interesting take on a pumpkin ale as it has all of the pumpkin and pumpkin pie spice flavors but without the sweetness I usually associate with the style and some light to moderate amounts of earthiness. Easy to drink and it hides the alcohol well. I would definitely grab another of these.
09-10-2013 15:24:53 | More by dbrauneis
3.9/5 rDev +9.9%
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.
11-02-2013 05:39:49 | More by superspak
3.24/5 rDev -8.7%
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.
09-01-2013 18:08:52 | More by Stinkypuss
4.19/5 rDev +18%
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.
12-03-2013 14:33:40 | More by plaid75
Fall Hornin' from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
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