Fall Hornin' - Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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Ratings: 516
Reviews: 86
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 14.04%
Wants: 8
Gots: 78 | 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 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 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 BEERchitect
3.33/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.49/5  rDev -2%
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.

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 ChainGangGuy
3/5  rDev -15.7%

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.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.65/5  rDev +2.5%

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.

Photo of jlindros
3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not expecting a whole lot from this pumpkin beer, with spices from a brewery that makes meh beers in general.

Pours a smaller 1/2 finger fizzy airy head that surprisingly sticks around for a while, nice lacing too, a clear but dark colored mahogany brown slight ruby hue.

Nose brings baking spices out front, cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, all spice I think, perhaps a pinch of nutmeg but hard to tell that even, sweet candy malt, with caramel toffee, and syrupy aromas, a mild biscuit note, a light pumpkin note, sweet pumpkin pie like but just a little. The spices, while dominant, aren't overpowering, so far at least.

Taste starts with tons of toffee and caramel syrup, a doughy bread and biscuity crust like character, as well as cookie, with plenty of ginger bringing a gingerbread cookie flavor with icing. Mild pumpkin note, very little actual pumpkin, and more baking spices, again touch of cinnamon and cardamom, perhaps all spice and others but not sure. A rich creamy almost chewy like syrupy base malt with fair sweetness, and a touch of bitterness mostly from the spices. Finish is sticky sweet, a touch dry, little syrupy taste lingering, more baking spices, gingerbread, and caramel syrup lingering.

Mouth is med bod, a little syrupy smooth feeling, decent carb.

Overall mixed feelings, it started nice, spices weren't overpowering, but don't get a whole lot of pumpkin, and plenty of sweet syrupy characters, thankfully also not too much, but still not a very enjoyable beer and hard to drink more than a glass, but not that bad.

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 superspak
3.88/5  rDev +9%
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.

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 dbrauneis
3.74/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

Photo of woodychandler
3.86/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.27/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

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

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.

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.

Photo of Axnjxn
3.99/5  rDev +12.1%
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.

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 beertunes
1.99/5  rDev -44.1%
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.

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 DrDemento456
3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

Photo of clayrock81
3.65/5  rDev +2.5%

Poured a brown body with one finger head and minimal lace and an aroma that has some sweet pumpkin and cinnamon/nutmeg notes to it but also a little graininess.
Not a bad pumpkin beer in the sense that you get a good amount of pumpkin spice and requisite sweetness that can be in pumpkin beers.
Just a little bland and watery and has a slightly off-putting dry finish, like there's too much hop or spice that builds up.

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 barczar
3.4/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

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