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Farmhouse Pumpkin - Hardywood Park Craft Brewery

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Reviews: 37
Hads: 220
Avg: 4.05
pDev: 26.67%
Wants: 39
Gots: 38 | 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 teromous
2.7/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Copper colored body that is a bit hazy. It's transparent enough to see into the glass but not completely through it. Not much of a head...it is there when pouring but absent afterwards. Even lower than expected from a standard Farmhouse Ale. No lacing.

Aroma: Cinnamon and clove with a light souring note, like a fruit going bad. Not all that pleasant of a combination. The only saving grace is that the pumpkin spice is relatively good.

Taste: I get a very mellow pumpkin spice flavor (mainly just clove) and just a hint of musty barn. I don't go around licking barns but it has that old mildew quality that you can practically taste. It's very faint, but gives credence to the farmhouse namesake.

Feel: Not too dry, not really anything. Watery and not present on the palate.

Overall: I would recommend passing on this one unless you have an agenda for drinking every pumpkin beer on the planet. It doesn't really do "pumpkin beer" all that well and it doesn't really do "farmhouse" all that well. It's a very nondescript beer that leans heavily on the flavor of cloves to incite cognitive memories of pumpkin pie, which it doesn't complete in a spice selection imbalance.

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Photo of KidsDoc
2.98/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I love pumpkin beer season. I generally enjoy Belgians and saisons. I have been impressed with everything I have had from Hardywood... Until this. Big miss in my opinion. Glad I tried it, but never care to have it again.

For amazingly accurate description see TEROMOUS review below from 10/14/2014. Agree wholeheartedly.

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Photo of russwbeck
3/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Hardywood's Farmhouse Pumpkin pours out of a 750ml bottle into my Hardywood snifter hazy and orange in color. About a finger or two of white head builds up, but recedes to nothing within the first few sips. Bubbles slowly meander through the liquid, but the beer otherwise appears to be very still. 3.5

S: The aroma is more spicy than pumpkin-y. Nutmeg, ginger, and cinnamon all come in to play, nicely balancing out the pumpkins. While the fruit itself doesn't take over, it, combined with the brown sugar this was brewed with, make for a very sweet aroma. 3.5

T: The taste is more of the same from the aroma, very spicy. Definitely more spice comes out on the taste than in the aroma, as I find it to be slightly unbalanced. The pumpkin and other sweetness is there, but just isn't strong enough to play with the spices. The saison yeast imparts a pleasant funkiness that I wasn't expecting. I find the aftertaste of nutmeg, with a slight hint of booze, to be off-putting. 2.5

MF: This beer needs more carbonation. I figured that would be the case when I noted the stillness in the appearance of the beer and when the cork hardly popped at all, but it's still a disappointment. Some bubbles would have really brightened this beer right up. 2.5

Value: Hardywood continues to show its worth with relatively cheap 750ml bottles, easy releases, and still some local distribution. My only wish was that they sent more bottles up north to Arlington! 4

O: This is a beer that's better than the sum of its parts. While it doesn't stand out in any one category, it's quite enjoyable. It isn't in-you-face pumpkin, but it will satisfy your cravings for some. 3.5

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Photo of smakawhat
3.58/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a large globe/tulip type glass, very much like the one pictured on the label.

Deep orange and opaque, more towards a slight chestnut brown with no visible carbonation. Head is really creamy, growing two fingers with a vanilla creamed white hue to it, and thick top. Settles normally and fall to a simple cream collar, and a few large bubbles.

Aroma is like a basic pumpkin beer. Clove and nutmeg spices, a little bit of vegetative sweetness. There is virtually no saison character to this from what I can even detect on the nose. Comes of like a straight forward decent pumpkin ale.

Palate improves and brings quite a bit more unexpected saison character. Peppery notes in the mid palate, lots of really tight carbonation on this with some malt and pumpkin like spices too. Finishes tinny and a bit hot, with a metallic drawl a bit and with a good huge amount of clove heat like dryness. More saison character kicking in with further sips but comes off more like a peppered brew, than hints of dry funk and earth. Surprisingly much of the pumpkin flavor seems to really take a backseat to this farmhouse heat as time goes on.

It starts off like an ordinary pumpkin beer, something I usually don't care for, but then turns into something else entirely. I guess that just makes me want to sit somewhere on the fence about it overall.

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.65/5  rDev -9.9%

A - Pours a hazy dark orange color with nice head retention and a low amount of tiny cascading bubbles.

S - Barnyard funk, pumpkins, cinnamon, & nutmeg.

T - Pumpkins, nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves, and a lot of Belgian style funk. The ABV is completely hidden in this beer.

M - Medium body.

O - The most unique Farmhouse Ale I've ever tried, definitely an adventurous beer.

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Photo of citizencane
3.69/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Different take on a pumpkin beer. It is good and tastes pretty much like you would expect something called a 'farmhouse pumpkin ale' to taste. Nothing exceptional, but a good and unique beer.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of cjgiant
3.84/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The look is lightly orange golden, a little on the pale side. The beer is quite clear until you drop in some of the sediment from the bottom of the bottle. Head builds and sits around before eventually falling to wisps on the surface and a medium thick fluffy ring at the edges.

The nose hit me soon after the pour, and had almost a cider-like quality to it. A more focused whiff brings some lemon zest into that first impression, but the beer has almost a white wine-like quality to its nose - crisp and fruity, grape, lemon, pear, and maybe a little apple or peach in some whiffs. It is very nice, but also noteworthy in the fact it is pretty much devoid of the pumpkin spices (the ginger comes through a bit when I search for it). The pumpkin spices eventually make an appearance on a warmer beer, as the fruity opening notes fade a bit.

The taste is definitely Belgian in nature, fruit esters being the giveaway, and has a lot of the characteristics from the nose, especially early in the taste. There is another taste behind the main tastes that could be the squash - it adds a slightly vegetal bitter note. The spices come in middle-to-late in the taste. When the spices hit, that apple cider impression comes back (and not really hard cider - cloudy, amber, regular cider) - maybe its the cinnamon. There is a tingle on the tongue that could be light effervescence or ginger (or rye) that is actually quite nice.

The bottle says enjoy at 40* -but I beg to differ as the recognizable pumpkin notes don't come out without some warmth. I am not sure the Saison yeast with the pumpkin really work for me. The combination does not produce a harmonious flavor to me. It's not an off-putting flavor, just not an enticing one. So overall, an interesting take on the style, and there is a fair amount going on in the taste, but in the end I think there is maybe too much trying to go on and end up slightly conflicting at times.

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Photo of uvachief
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft. Severely disappointed. Hardly any spice or flavor other than some cinnamon and cloves. I hate cloves. I like my pumpkin seasonal brews full of spice and flavor. Instead this was just bland and almost musty. It is a saison but just no flavor. 2015 edition is much better. Still not a lot of flavor and spice though. It's a saison and not an ale I keep telling myself. Just doesn't do it for me even though improved. This is a light farmhouse saison. Hint of pumpkin spice so if you are not a fan of big pumpkin flavor ales this night work for you.

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Photo of drink_like_a_wahoo
3.92/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2015 Bottle

Look - Golden autumn orange with large, lingering head.

Smell - Belgian malt with autumnal spices.

Taste - Soft Belgian ale flavor up front which transitions to flavors of pumpkin and vanilla. Strong, spicy finish with hints of cinnamon and clove.

Feel - Mid-bodied, a bit light for the ABV. Smooth and sessionable.

Overall - Another great seasonal specialty from Hardywood. The pumpkin-saison combo is a great twist on the typical pumpkin ale. Look forward to this one each fall.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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