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Fall Hornin' - Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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Reviews: 91
Hads: 560
Avg: 3.63
pDev: 33.33%
Wants: 12
Gots: 100 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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Reviews: 91 | Hads: 560
Photo of keithmurray
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Dark Copper body with tan head

Smell - cinnamon is prevalent with ginger and nutmeg

Taste - much the same as the nose - pumpkin flesh, cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg

Mouthfeel - Medium body, medium carbonation, spices - especially cinnamon, upfront

Overall - inoffensive pumpkin ale, worth a try for fans of the style

Price Point - $1.67/12 oz bottle

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%

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.

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Photo of Karibourgeois
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Dark pour that is not quite black but has some red and brown highlights. Has a tan one finger head. Aroma is lightly spicy with nutmeg and cinnamon standing out. Taste follows the nose with nutmeg and cinnamon flavors but also can taste gingerbread, brown sugar and a very light pumpkin presence.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.49/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

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Photo of iheartmyTHO
4/5  rDev +10.2%

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 ThisWangsChung
2.85/5  rDev -21.5%
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?

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Photo of logicalparadox
4/5  rDev +10.2%

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 ChainGangGuy
3/5  rDev -17.4%

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.

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Photo of BeerWizard
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

I like the color scheme and artwork on this can, but I have to say I don't get the Fall Hornin' name. I don't understand what that means. But whatever, this beer pours really dark brown with a nice head. A lot of pumpkins don't really get a lot of suds but this one does. Aroma is malty and herbal, spiced, and has another buttery element, which really comes through in the flavor. As with a lot of other pumpkins, I don't get much pumpkin, mostly spice. Has a nice mouthfeel, a lot lighter than I expected with how dark it is in color, and good carbonation. I do like this beer, and think it's a nice take on the style.

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Photo of schoolboy
3.61/5  rDev -0.6%

Fall Hornin reminds you that most holiday ales are based on a brown ale (although pumpkins seem to have a lot of variety, especially this year). This one really shows that in spades.

It opens brown. The head gives way to nice lacing. The aroma is nothing special - dirty water.

The taste is of a medium brown ale. Malty, slightly funky, and, especially in the initial sips, a tiny bit of spice. Further drinking doesn't add much. The spice goes away.

The aftertaste isn't bad - a bit of dark malt comes up, and a booziness. As I drink this I keep lowering the rating. It is a disappointing brew from a great brewer.

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Photo of samtrillo
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%

Dark amber with minimal head and some lacing.

Caramelized bready malt with noticeable pumpkin in the nose.

Not overly spiced and they make it work because of the good beer underneath it.

Can't wait to try the barrel aged version!

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Photo of hophugger
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

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

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Photo of delta490
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%

Pours a cloudy brown with a creamier white head. The head mostly leaves quickly, but a little hangs on to leave a small amount of nice lacing. The aroma is distinctly pumpkin, but real pumpkin, not the candy-corn pumpkin pie-esque smell of other pumpkin ales. There is also a hint of the spices. The taste is savory, with the pumpkin's gourd qualities front and center and the spice backing it up. It all comes together on the finish. The body is thicker and there's a fair amount of carbonation. This is a pumpkin beer I'd drink again.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

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 weaf
4.5/5  rDev +24%

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 lordofstarside
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Can to a pint glass. The only date is the total wine label, was put on the shelf 8/16

Pours a very dark reddish gold with brown hues. Pretty clear, a finger and a half of tan colored foam. Low carbonation, not bad lacing, okay retention

Smells ...like pumpkins. Lots of pumpkin and gingerbread along with sweet clove and cinnamon. Just a trace of alcohol on the finish

Taste doesn't follow as well, everything is still there though. Lots of pumpkin and gingerbread upfront, cinnamon and clove are present but a lot fainter than the smell would have you believe

Feel is a moderate body, not very bitter. Finishes a bit wet, no alcohol detectable. Easy to drink

Overall really pretty good. I'm pretty new to pumpkin beers but it's like drinking pie. A big thanks to Anderson Valley and many other breweries this year for putting these out so early. I keep forgetting Halloween is in August

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Photo of allengarvin
3.48/5  rDev -4.1%

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

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Photo of Scrapss
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Poured from the blaze orange can into a tulip.

A: deep ruddy brown, almost opaque. rocky two finger head compacts to a thin disk and much heavy lacing. Fantastic.

S: faintly pumpkin-y and spiced notes, kinda like a hint of Thanksgiving in a deeper Oktoberfest.

T: Spices with pumpkin are very light and appealing, does not klonk you over the head. Very malty, then there's this light metallic bitter note that peeks up.

M: medium bodied with creamy notes and herbal at ultimate finish.

O: Is a good introduction to pumpkin beer for the uninitiated.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%

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.

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Photo of tone77
3.62/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

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Photo of scottfrie
4.28/5  rDev +17.9%
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 BlurryVisi0n
3.14/5  rDev -13.5%
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!

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Photo of plaid75
4.18/5  rDev +15.2%
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 woodychandler
3.86/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

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Fall Hornin' from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 91 ratings.