Pumpkin Ale | Horseheads Brewing Inc.

Pumpkin AlePumpkin Ale
BA SCORE
4.21/5
147 Ratings
Pumpkin AlePumpkin Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Horseheads Brewing Inc.
New York, United States
horseheadsbrewing.com

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.60%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
Tempting tastes play seek and hide,
off the trail that's true and tried.
Aromas dance as spirits guide,
down the path the pumpkins ride.

Added by israel on 09-17-2008

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,911
Reviews:
46
Ratings:
147
pDev:
11.88%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
60
Gots:
20
Trade:
0
HISTOGRAM
 
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Ratings: 147 |  Reviews: 46
Photo of Kelleycs
4.32/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of Lembeh
4.66/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Got this off a trade and didn't know what to think of the 22oz bottle when I saw the amateurish and frankly cheap looking design and label. But then you pop the cap and boom.

Deep copper color with a 2 finger head. On the nose tons of nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves and pumpkin. Like the best pumpkin pie you've ever had. The taste follows the nose like a pumpkin pie in a glass. Mouthfeel is okay but not spectacular, it's more than sufficient though. Overall this pumpkin ale hits it out of the park for me. Will get this again next season for sure.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.85/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Regrettably brief impression from a bottle.

A bright spice profile sets off this pleasant ale, but it's generic across the board.

C / AVERAGE

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Photo of paulytasker
4.16/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of logicalparadox
4.44/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A phenomenal pumpkin ale.

Pours a suitably orange hued, slightly hazy with a white thick foamy head of two to three fingers that lasts.

Smells of caramelized roasted squash, pumpkin pie spice and some vegetal notes.

Flavors start with spices, clove, cinnamon, and allspice mild sweetness and a pronounced roasty pumpkin. The pumpkin is mildly green with some distinct pumpkin notes.

Mouth feel is sift, creamy, but toothy.

A fantastic pumpkin. Straight up pumpkin pie, without being too spice forward. A pumking killer!

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Photo of TomBrownJr
4.98/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

I have tried multiple versions of the HHDs Pumpkin Ale since they first rolled it out, and they finally have it near perfect (I am not sure what perfect would be, but I love this version of Pumpkin Ale). The scent is stronger than subtle and definitely adds to the taste. Of all the different pumpkin beers I have tasted (over 30), this is the best of the crop.

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Photo of PhineasMcClintock
4.24/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jenrhart
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of tcwestcott
5/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Simply the best pumpkin flavored beer I have ever tasted. It has the perfect beer to pumpkin taste ratio.

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Photo of papposilenus
3.78/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 5EKF
4.27/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Back_in_the_Saddle
4.09/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was poured into a pint glass.
The appearance was a transparent orange color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated at a nice pace. Light lingering lacing trickles down the side of the glass.
The smell had some sweet pumpkin flesh with a lightly pronounced spice of ginger, cinnamon and allspice.
Light toasty to caramel malts balance in underneath.
The taste balances nicely between the sweetness of the pumpkin and the breadiness to the spices. A semi-sweet and dry aftertaste runs into the finish.
The mouthfeel was about a light to medium in body with a semi-creamy sessionable feel to it. Carbonation feels spot on for the style and for me.
Overall, this was a really nice pumpkin ale that I would have again.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.77/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bomber poured into a pint glass.

3.5 A: Nearly clear light orange color. One and a half fingers of frothy off-white head. Retention is about average and a short ring of lacing is left.

4.0 S: Smells great! The big appeal is the pumpkin itself. Too many pumpkin beers rely too heavily on the spices. Nutmeg, cinnamon, and maybe a touch of allspice. A touch of toastiness with a caramel backbone. Has just enough sweetness to make me happy.

3.75 T: Like the nose, the pumpkin is the star here. Same mix of spices as above. Malts offer light caramel and toastiness. The only issue I have is that it's a bit too dry. Still, it's very good.

3.5 M: Lighter medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Could use some more body and creaminess.

3.75 D: It's rare to find a good pumpkin beer, so I'm quite happy.

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Photo of Khaack
4.21/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of EMV
4.06/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass.

L: Pours a clear dark amber color. 1 finger of off-white head. Nice lacing on the glass.

S: Pumpkin pie spices. Nutmeg and allspice... a bit of ginger perhaps.

T/F: Bready and malty at the outset. Spicy. Cloves, nutmeg, and allspice are all in there. Nice dry finish. Moderately carbonated.

O: A pretty nice pumpkin ale, and probably on par with Dogfish Heads Punkin and Southern Tier's Pumking. One I'll definitely have again.

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Photo of Jas45678
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of LizT
3.71/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of 1Sundown2C
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Gkruszewski
3.96/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TonyJ815
3.31/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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

Photo of TonyY
4.07/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of chrishiker1409
4.31/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L: Light copper brown. Poured with an ever so slight amount of head. Left good lacing.

S: Spices. Clove, cinnamon. A little pumpkin.

T: The spices are there. Nutmeg, clove cinnamon. But there's a great pumpkin taste there too.

F: Medium carbonation. Medium bodied.

O: A pumpkin beer done right. I find too many rely on spices and are short on the pumpkin. This one has the right balance. Almost as good as Schlafly's.

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Photo of StrangerTides
3.02/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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