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Fall Hornin' - Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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Reviews: 82
Hads: 522
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 10.99%
Wants: 10
Gots: 82 | 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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Photo of Zach136
3.89/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep brown with ruby edges, tan head good lacing.

Aroma: Heavy powdered seasonal spice... i'm thinking nutmeg and cinnamon? Touch of pumpkin flesh character as well.

Flavor: Interesting combo of nutty/toasty malt, pumpkin, and spice.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light, some of the spices have moments of astringency and drying character. (346 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.53/5  rDev -3%
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. (787 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 Spikester
3.79/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Clear brown with one finger of tan head. Very dense fine bubble lace curtain.
Smell is mild pumpkin pie spices.
Taste is up front sweet caramel with just a touch of pie spices. The follow on taste is pumpkin with a light hop bitterness in the finish.
Mouthfeel is medium with some dryness. Carbonation is a bit high.
Overall this pumpkin beer weighs in on the pumpkin side of this type of beer. The spices and sweetness don't overwhelm the palate like many of this style do. Well balanced for a change. (503 characters)

Photo of Flounder57
3.79/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a dark copper color with vision of slow moving bubbles coming up through the glass. Nice lacing on glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Caramel, brown sugar, cinnamon, all spice, clove, ginger, pumpkin, and bready malts.

Taste: Caramel, brown sugar sweetness, all the spices, pumpkin, and bready malts.

Mouthfeel: Chewy, a little smooth, medium bodied, and medium carbonation.

Overall: Pretty solid pumpkin beer. Might have to get a few more before the season is over. (599 characters)

Photo of 57md
3.84/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a brownish copper with a half finger of head that enjoyed some retention on the edges of the glass. Both pumpkin and malt notes are in the nose. The flavor profile follows the nose well - the pumpkin and malt blend well together. There is a nice dry bitterness on the finish. The seasonal spices are mostly kept to a minimum although the cinnamon comes through a bit on the finish.

This is a nicely crafted fall seasonal that just needs a little something to elevate it from good to great. (496 characters)

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
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. (763 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 Beer4Baltimore
3.79/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - deep mahogany with a finger of head
S - cinnamon and assorted fall spices, a little pumkin earthiness
T - sweet brown sugar, spice (allspice and cinnamon), pumpkin after warming
M - smooth and creamy
O - easy drinking but the cinnamon will build up on the palate.
Let it warm a bit to bring out the pumpkin flavors. (319 characters)

Photo of DMXLOX22
3.93/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a single of this beer at my local establishment, Civera's in Drexel Hill. 12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass. Pumpkin' seems to be all the fad nowadays. Let's see how this measures up.

Appearance: Pours a chestnut, dark brown that settles somewhat nice. Head retention is lacking, but the body overall looks nice. Leaves behind some nice lacing all the way down, quite impressive.

Smell: First aromas bring off a nice, well-balanced combination of cinnamon, nutmeg and other spices such as clove. Upon second inspection, I detected a slight hint of allspice. The more I check it out, the more uninspired it feels. Oh well, I know there has to be more to this brew.

Taste: First few sips, the cinnamon, pumpkin and nutmeg all come into full effect in their own sort of way that really fits and is well-balanced. The pumpkin' is really a perfect amount, as most beers I've already had this year were not very keen on the pumpkin' factor. Cinnamon and nutmeg come into it along with the clove flavor. Everything comes into perfect balance.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation with a medium body. Finishes smooth. No sign of dryness at all.

Overall: Coming into this, I was really into this beer and it proved to be interesting and tasteful. The combination of spices, pumpkin and some maltiness all went well together and just overall well-balanced. I would have this beer again and would totally recommend to a friend. Cheers! (1,440 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 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 DrDemento456
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
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. (633 characters)

Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev +9.9%
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. (550 characters)

Photo of Axnjxn
3.99/5  rDev +9.6%
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. (400 characters)

Photo of ONUMello
3.62/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass
A: Light brown with a one-finger cream colored head
S: Nice pumpkin aromas along with pumpkin pie spices, particularly nutmeg
T: Mostly spices, not as much pumpkin or malt and a bit hollow especially towards the finish
M: Light and a bit thin
O: Pleasant though far from memorable (317 characters)

Photo of oberon
3.57/5  rDev -1.9%
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. (545 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
3.74/5  rDev +2.7%
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. (1,334 characters)

Photo of tigg924
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: 1/4 inch head, orange-brown in color, clear, high carbonation

Smell: nutmeg, cinnamon, and clove

Taste: cinnamon, big nutmeg, clove, light bread and sugar.

Mouthfeel: sweet, medium-high carbonation, light bodied

Overall: Solid, not envelope pushing, spicy pumpkin beer. I really enjoyed this one and would get another six pack of this. Very clean. (408 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 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)

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 marcellaproust
4.07/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served: on tap at Chuck's Hop Shop: Land of a Thousand Beers, Greenwood, Seattle.

I was really impressed with this pumpkin ale, and all the more surprised since I ordered it without knowing the style (in my mind, 'fall hornin' implied an octoberfest or other fall/harvest/nut brown beer). It was a dark, nearly opaque amber, ample carbonation though not too much of a head. Mouthfeel: full-bodied. First taste: 'sh*t, I do *not* want a pumpkin ale', but once resigned, I decided to just taste and judge.

It's awfully good. It tastes like pumpkin pie but pumpkin pie made from fresh, not canned (we rarely ate canned in our family). Yes, there are all the spices--bit of clove, cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, etc. but the spices or spice flavor is so well-blended or integral to the beer that this does not taste like spices overlaid on top of beer, as in many pumpkin or Belgian psedo-beers heaped with coriander and banana.

Carbonation permits it to be fresh without being too sweet or syrupy.

Nonetheless, for those too conditioned to have some hop or bitter edge to their beers, or for those who typically do not like any flavor, whether spice, fruit, or coffee 'n chocolate, for all its great qualities, this is not the beer for you. (1,238 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 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)

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