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Farmhouse Pumpkin - Hardywood Park Craft Brewery

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Reviews: 30
Hads: 184
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 11.85%
Wants: 38
Gots: 30 | FT: 2
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Hardywood Park Craft Brewery visit their website
Virginia, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: rudolphjacksonm on 11-12-2011

Brewed in the style of the farmhouse ales of Belgium's southern countryside, Hardywood Farmhouse Pumpkin utilizes a blend of rye, wheat and barley in the grain bill, earthy flavoring hops and a classic saison yeast. Ripe, flame roasted Virginia sugar pumpkins and brown sugar provide a hearty backbone to this 8.5% ABV beer. Freshly ground Ceylon cinnamon, whole Grenada nutmeg, whole Madagascar clove and whole allspice harmonize with pounds of freshly sliced organic ginger root.

A beautiful hue of autumn russet, Hardywood Farmhouse Pumpkin displays a voluminous head, with a bouquet of aromatic fresh spice. Medium to full in body, this ale offers a balanced flavor of caramelized pumpkin and pie spices, with a lingering finish laced with a hint of fresh ginger.

21 IBU
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Photo of spacecake9
4.8/5  rDev +18.5%

Acquired this via trade.....
A - Poured a golden brown, lighter than most pumpkin ales.
S - Very mild pumpkin aroma,
T - This is a lighter beer with a pumpkin flavor. Spices do not dominate.
M - Medium mouth feel
O - Wow I like this beer! I would call this a wonderfully balanced amber pumpkin ale. This may be the 2nd best pumpkin beer I've tasted in 2014. (363 characters)

Photo of Jeffreysan
4.72/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

750 ml bottle, poured into a goblet

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, golden amber color with deep orange hues, and two fingers of white-colored head that quickly dissolved away into a thin lacing of foam that completely covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Very aromatic with big aromas of bready, toasted malt, imparting notes of pumpkin and ginger bread, candied sugar, Belgian yeast, pumpkin and pumpkin pie spices, such as brown sugar, nutmeg, ginger, all-spices, cinnamon and clove. Smells delicious, festive and inviting.

Taste: Just as delicious as the beer’s aroma! Lots of bready, toasted malt, up front, followed by tons of pumpkin and pumpkin pie spices, such as nutmeg, ginger, all-spices, cinnamon and clove, as well as Belgian yeast, brown sugar-like sweetness. Complex and deep in flavor. Reminds me of a Belgian saison, but with pumpkin and pumpkin pie-spices, which I expect is what the brewery was going for.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and nicely carbonated. With an ABV of 8.5%, there is no alcohol on the palate; it’s really well masked.

Overall: This is an excellent beer! Very saison-like with lots of pumpkin and pumpkin pie-spices. Delicious! I’ll certainly get this again next year! (1,226 characters)

Photo of dcloeren
4.72/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Bill (BC4MFRED1) for clutching up and getting this bottle to me in our latest trade.

Pours a beautiful golden orange with a couple fingers of bright white fizzy head that quickly fades down into the beer.

The aroma is billowing out of my glass after I pour. Big pumpkin flesh and pumpkin pie notes with cinnamon, all spice and vanilla giving it added depth.

The taste follows the nose but it is even better than I anticipated. Pumpkin forward with the pie qualities in the background. Great spice balance with cinnamon, brown sugar and all spice. Vanilla notes on the backend make for a perfect finish.

Medium in body and effervescent. The perfect amount of carbonation gives this beer just the right amount of life that fizzles on my tongue with every sip I take. Just fantastic.

This is without a doubt the greatest pumpkin ale that I have ever had. I could not improve this beer in any way, shape or form. I will definitely be ISO this beer whenever it gets released next year. Absolutely perfect. (1,019 characters)

Photo of siege06nd
4.62/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter...

A. Pours a glowing, radiant orange red. Pretty thick and substantial eggshell head, about two fingers that settles to a half finger. Say what you will, but Hardywood beers always have an excellent head. Excellent lacing absolutely coats the glass. Quite a bit of sediment indicates I may have poured a little too aggressively. Lovely looking beer.

S. Mmmm, raw pumpkin, pumpkin pie crust, sugar cane, and some concentrated pear and grape flavors. The two styles complement themselves excellently, and this is most apparent in the nose. Quite literally like taking the foil off of a freshly baked pumpkin pie as you hold the glass of champagne in your hand and pick up the aromas from that as well. This beer is Thanksgiving. Wow.

T. Pie crust, pumpkin, citrus, grape, pear, some brown sugar. Excellent.

M. Medium-full bodied and pretty well-carbonated. Very good.

O. An excellent beer. I can't believe this hasn't been done a lot more often, because these two styles complement each other perfectly. The pumpkin and malt add a lot more depth to the saison, which complements the sweeter qualities of the roasted pumpkin. Truly a match made in heaven on this. Props for the beer, even moreso for the idea. (1,234 characters)

Photo of rudolphjacksonm
4.53/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a beautiful amber with a white 2-finger head. Heavy lacing. Color is really something to behold. 4.5

S - Strong smells of clove, allspice, cinnamon and nutmeg with a hint of malt, yeast, and pumpkin. 4.0

T - Hardywood Park has created an excellent pumpkin ale that is neither overpoweringly sweet nor lacking in flavor. Begins with a slightly sweet pumpkin and cinnamon flavor, then dissolves into the more complex spices commonly associated with pumpkin pie. 5.0

M - Thick like an ale should be. Heavy-bodied with little carbonation...might be a bit too thick for some though. 4.0

O - I'm extremely impressed by Hardywood Park's Farmhouse Pumpkin Ale. Most pumpkin ales struggle between being too sweet and overspiced or dull and tasteless. I think they hit the nail right on the head with this brew and everyone should give it a try while it's still available. 4.5 (888 characters)

Photo of sierratwohearted
4.45/5  rDev +9.9%

orange-wheat in color. this pours easy with not much head. somewhat translucent, no lacing. big sugary pumpkin dominates the nose, with noticeable Belgian yeast influence and wheat, spices such as allspice and nutmeg. taste is pumpkin up front, classic saison flavor with spices like cinnamon and nutmeg. allspice is evident in the finish. medium body makes this more refreshing than i expected and very easy drinking for such a high ABV. a very creative take on the seasonal pumpkin ale, solid effort. (502 characters)

Photo of ncaudle
4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured from bottle into snifter.

pours hazy orange with nice 2 finger thick off-white head and leaves lots of lacing.

the spices and gourdiness seems a little bit muted up front. there are spices on the nose but it's not the typical pumpkin associated spices of cinnamon and nutmeg. I get more of the pepper and clove from the saison base backed by the funky pumpkin sweetness. the taste turns everything around and there is the pumpkin up front and its associated spices. nice balancing act. most pumpkin beers tend to be too much spices almost as if hiding the malt backbone. not here. the 8.5% sneaks up on you after a few.

dryer and more highly carbonated compared to most pumpkin beers but thankfully this isnt like most pumpkin beers. this is a saison! excellent.

this is a somewhat polarizing beer due to the non-standard saison base. I personally am all for it and like the exploration these guys are going for. (923 characters)

Photo of engagechad
4.31/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Purchased at the brewery - tulip pour

Pours a very beautiful copper orange with massive head that rises to the perfect height on each pour. Lacing is nice, clarity is nice and just a tad hazy from the chill.

Smells great, got that saisony stank but it's subdued to a farmy smelling pumkin. perfect pairing.

Tastes amazingly smooth and grainy, the yeast here is just working so well in tandem with the pumpkin and spice flavors.

Feels so good and overall this is one of the best pumpkin brews i've had. This and the one from Williamsburg. call me a homer.. (559 characters)

Photo of rudzud
4.27/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received in a trade and poured in to my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a nice crystal clear roasted pumpkin flesh orange hue with a one finger off white head that slowly faded to leave a thin, thin blanket. No real lacing to speak of but nice retention.

S - Mmmm...pumpkin. This is quite nice. Rich, roasted pumpkin on the aroma with some light brown sugar/molasses sweetness. Faint spice notes. Deep, deep inhales bring out some faint saison/farmhouse esters. No real funk, the pumpkin dominates that.

T - Taste is delicious, albeit slightly intermingled. Throughout, mixing with styles, is a booze flavour. There are some faint belgian/saison esters almost banana-y. Nice roasted pumpkin notes throughout the beer but falls a little flat when compared to the nose.

M - Mouthfeel is excellent really. Basically like all of these Hardwood brews. Almost sharply carbonated, light, drinkable. Sessionable at 8.5%.

O - Overall, another delicious brew from Hardwood. Aroma and mouthfeel are top notch. Glad I have another bottle of this. While not my favourite Hardywood it certainly was worth the trade. (1,099 characters)

Photo of dwren89
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Great balance between real pumpkin flavor and Belgian yeast character. The spice notes of nutmeg and cinnamon blend perfectly with the spicy Belgian yeast notes. Overall very drinkable and delicious, this is definitely one pumpkin ale that I would buy a whole six pack of. (272 characters)

Photo of TechTriumph
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From notes on 11/15/11:
2011 release straight from the brewery; Poured in a pint glass.

A - Light caramel colored with an orange hue that is reminiscent of pumpkins; Two inch off-white soft, bubbly head that leaves minimal lacing; Decent head retention; Very cloudy appearance

S - Get mostly spices of cinnamon and ginger; Notes of pumpkin and rye are more of a sidekick, but maintain their presence

T - Lots of cinnamon and ginger, much like the smell; Again, pumpkin and rye are in there as well, but are less pronounced; Aftertaste is a little dry with flavors of rye and spices

M - Good carbonation; Very smooth going down; Slight dry finish; No hints of alcohol at all

O - I am very pleased to have had the opportunity to try this limited batch brew. This is a very good beer in every way - from the look to the smell/taste, and it's nice smooth quality. I thought the proportion of spices and pumpkin were on point as well. After having this beer, I am really excited for what Hardywood Park will create in the future, and am proud to have them located right in my hometown. (1,085 characters)

Photo of BeerImmediately
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

22oz bottle poured into wide-mouth Dupont glass.

Slight, light, soapy-white head over a very cloudy golden-amber body. Some lacing.

Aromas are wonderful - clove, cinnamon, hay, red apple, oak, and crusty bread.

Mouthfeel is very clean ... really light for the high ABV... impressive and highly drinkable. Flavors are quite fruity, including cooked apples and some lemon zest. Lots of spice including allspice, lots of ginger, clove, and cinnamon... maybe a touch too much, IMO. Good overall level of sweetness (honey-like), but not too much to make you forget the style.

There's a lot going on in this beer, which may take away from the original style qualities, but it's a really cool interpretation that I thoroughly enjoyed and would recommend trying. (768 characters)

Photo of rjs246
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

I don't like Pumpkin spice. I do like this Pumpkin Saison. A lot. I wouldn't even try it at first as I've been pummeled with awful seasonal autumn beers for so many years. Silly me. The aroma is subtle and pleasant, the taste is smooth and crisp. Very nicely done. (264 characters)

Photo of stephenjmoore
4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- Very vibrant orange body with a fizzy bone-white head on top. Lots of light shines through the body which has just a slight haze to it.

S- Peppery saison yeast, lots of pumpkin pie spices including nutmeg. A toasty malt aroma is present too.

T- Really nice mix of a peppery saison and the traditional pumpkin ale characteristics. Crisp and yeasty flavors give way to the spices and pumpkin additions.

M- Crisp and carbonated with some hints of spices and yeast adding some dryness to the feel.

O- A good take on a style that can be all too similar. I know this is categorized as a saison, but it really is a pumpkin beer with a different take on it. (657 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a burnt orange color, slightly hazy, with a modest head that leaves a few strands

Smell: Funk and pumpkin - very different

Taste: Real pumpkin flavor, on the front end, with a bit of spice (ginger and cinnamon); by mid-palate, the Belgian yeast adds a funky element that continues into the finish, bringing a white pepper piquancy with it; the pumpkin and spices return and intermingle with the Belgian elements in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation; a bit spritzy

Overall: Very creative and though I am not mad for the Saison/Pumpkin Ale combination, it was very interesting to try

Thanks, bobertkuekn, for the opportunity (675 characters)

Photo of MDDMD
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-medium amber color with a nice white head and some lacing

S-pumpkin, yeasty, caramel malt, spices

T-yeast, caramel, toasted malt, pumpkin, allspice, cinnamon,mild bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate lively carbonation, crisp and astringent

O-a nice variation of a Saison, good flavor and nice seasonal offering (322 characters)

Photo of n2185
4.06/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours a slightly hazy orange with a finger of off-white head that recedes into a thin ring with no lacing.

S: typical pumpkin spices up front followed by sweet vanilla and yam aromas. There are also some brown sugar aromas in there.

T: again the typical spices, but not overwhelming. Yam, vanilla, brown sugar, and biscuity flavors bring p the finish with a light alcohol burn.

M: medium body with lowish carbonation, this beer is fairly creamy and smooth.

O: a good pumpkin ale that doesn't overwhelm with spices. I wish there was a bit less alcohol burn and a creamier body. (583 characters)

Photo of Beerisheaven
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cage and corked bottle generously provided by funkybottoms for purposes of this tasting. Very much appreciated to get the opportunity to try this. Funky sent me the gift set of the gingerbread stout in addition so I poured these into the GBS goblets.

A- Pours a hazy yellow with a generous white head. Minimal lacing retained on the glass.

S - Combines the components of both styles in that you get some of the traditional pumpkin profile but you also get the farmhouse yeast of the saison as well. I like pumpkin beers that are simply not spice bombs so I enjoy the craft here that Hardywood put into this one.

T - Similar to the aroma, in that I first get the saison when poured cold to start. Earthy and yeasty to some extent but as the beer sits and warms the traditional spices become more prominent. Nice contrast and the styles compliment. Earthy, fleshy, but with some farmhouse spice to it. They could have ramped up the pumpkin more and gotten away with it, but I liked what they did here.

M- Very nice. Not too thin and has a fullness to it.

O - A really nice beer here and one that I will definitely return to next year. I like the contrast in styles as opposed to simply drinking liquid nutmeg, clove, etc.

This is really more 4.25 for taste and overall, feel slightly guilty with just 4's across the board. I would like to try the bourbon version of this to see the addition of flavors from oak and vanilla.

A winner. Thanks funkyman for allowing me the opportunity to try. Please remember me next year. (1,526 characters)

Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Poured a clear auburn tinted orange body with one finger head and minimal lace.
I get some yeast and funk in the aroma as well as a nice dose of pumpkin, cinnamon and a peppery spice.
Beer is smooth and easy to drink yet retains a medium body that is full thanks to yeast .
Dominant profile is cinnamon and pumpkin so it has that pumpkin sweetness and a little of spice.
Finishes with minor funky notes along with some heat from booze and rye.
A very interesting pumpkin beer. (477 characters)

Photo of Keene
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a semi-transparent, hazy orange with an impressive cap of snow white foam. Allspice and ginger stand out in the aroma, with a suggestion of cinnamon waiting in the wings. Overall the pie spices play well with the phenolic character of the Saison yeast, and Farmhouse Pumpkin throws off a sweet and rather complex bouquet. A creamy, full-bodied mouthfeel owes much to the use of wheat, and makes this a satisfying beer to savor over a meal or a lengthy conversation among friends. Compared to a number of other one-note pumpkin beers on the market, Hardywood's fall seasonal offers layer upon layer of flavor. Malty sweetness prevails, but an underlying tartness and a bright gingery finish refresh the palate. Definitely worth a try. (739 characters)

Photo of jlindros
3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to rudzud for sharing.

Light fizzy head, clear golden honey colored

Nose pumpkin pie, light pie spices cinnamon, nutmeg, nutty, light grassy hay like farmhouse, hint of grainy malt and straw.

Taste dry slightly sour funky pumpkin, farmhouse saison dry grassy, light ginger and some nutmeg like spices, floral effervescent, hint of gingerbread sweetness and candy like, little butterscotch toffee. Interesting grassy earthy hop that gets slightly chewy bitter, bitterness slightly trashed away a bit. Long dry but little sticky syrup, long earthy slightly spicy chewy bitter hops.

Mouth is med bod, lots of effervescent carb.

Overall kinda meh, seems like it's lost a lot of it's character, and rudzud agrees since he had it fresher. Oh well, maybe I'll get to try it again fresh next year. (802 characters)

Photo of obywan59
3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy deep orange to orange brown in color with a 1 1/2 finger off white head that recedes to a film over the brew and a ring around the glass. Light lacing.

Spiced fruit and pumpkin pie, with earthy yeast.

Starts off peppery with faintly sweet malts/pumpkin, becoming tart. On the swallow it quickly turns funky bitter/tart (lemon and lemon rind) with pumpkin pie. Earthy and bitter'tart in the end.

Medium bodied, peppery in carbonation and numbing/drying on the tongue.

Not bad, I like the pumpkin saisson blend. There are other pumpkin beers I like better, but this is a nice twist. (597 characters)

Photo of billab914
3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into a tasting glass. Bright orange color with a thin spotty head. Nice lacing and nice looking color.

Aroma mixes the earthy Belgian yeast with pumpkin pie spice. Pumpkin and some sweet malts come out as well. The yeast and pumpkin pie spice come together pretty well.

The taste has more of the spice flavors throughout. The Belgian yeast dominates a little more with some cinnamon and nutmeg coming out a little more in the finish. Sweeter malts and pumpkin notes are pretty nice. A little too heavy on the spice for me but pretty good overall.

Medium bodied with higher carbonation. Overall, it was a pretty good beer. It had a lots of spice flavors going on and they were a little overwhelming at times, but they come together pretty well overall. Interesting twist on style. (798 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
3.78/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a nice slightly hazy golden orange color. The head is white, fizzy and thin. The head retention is minimal without much lacing. The smell of the beer has a fresh spicy aroma mixed with the Saison yeast aromas. The taste of the beer has a big pumpkin spice flavor with the earthy softness of the Saison style. The mouthfeel of this beer has a sharp carbonation with a light drinkable body. Overall this beer was really pretty good. I felt this was a very good brew to have with thanksgiving dinner. Worth trying for sure. (544 characters)

Photo of chinchill
3.77/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Mildly funky aroma with less fink in the still very complex flavor. Surprisingly lively and tingly carbonation. Spicy but not so much as to mask the malts and pumpkin. (167 characters)

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Farmhouse Pumpkin from Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
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