Fall Hornin' - Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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Reviews: 82
Hads: 517
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 10.99%
Wants: 8
Gots: 79 | 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 schoolboy
3.61/5  rDev -0.8%

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. (618 characters)

Photo of samtrillo
3.7/5  rDev +1.6%

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! (233 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 delta490
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%

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. (536 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

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. (1,104 characters)

Photo of weaf
4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

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. (311 characters)

Photo of lordofstarside
3.75/5  rDev +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 (893 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 Scrapss
3.75/5  rDev +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. (563 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%

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. (764 characters)

Photo of tone77
3.62/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (340 characters)

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.75/5  rDev +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. (354 characters)

Photo of scottfrie
4.28/5  rDev +17.6%
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. (779 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 plaid75
4.18/5  rDev +14.8%
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. (420 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
3.86/5  rDev +6%
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. (2,343 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 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 Huffs
4.22/5  rDev +15.9%
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. (385 characters)

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 superspak
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
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. (1,337 characters)

Photo of chefhatt
3.71/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

When i poured this beer, it has a dark brown color body with a thin tan head that lays down to a sticky lace. The smell is your basic pumpkin spices, cinnamon, nutmeg. The taste has a balance flavor of pumpkin and spice, spice is a little more than i like but it is still a good beer. It has a great mouthfeel and overall a well done pumpkin beer. (347 characters)

Photo of vkv822
3.99/5  rDev +9.6%
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. (296 characters)

Photo of Jeffreysan
4.36/5  rDev +19.8%
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! (1,032 characters)

Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

The body is a solid burnt mahogany with a ruby hue through the light. The cream colored head recedes slowly, leaving a film of suds and nice foamy lines of lacing.

Aroma is very spicy, cinnamon taking the lead. Other holiday spices float around as well.

The beer tastes a lot like the aroma although an earthier pumpkin note is hiding under the spices. A bit of a hot cinnamon finish.

The mouthfeel is kind of dry and medium in body.

Overall, this is good but the spices dominate the pumpkin, big time. Would buy again. (557 characters)

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