Pumpkin Ale | Horseheads Brewing Inc.

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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
Ratings:
146
Reviews:
46
Avg:
4.15
pDev:
12.05%
 
 
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59
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20
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Photo of spokeydonkey
2.41/5  rDev -41.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

I picked this up recently while grabbing all the pumpkin beers I could find at a local beer store. I had high hopes for it after reading the reviews here, but I just can't bring myself to like this beer.

A - A decent dark-copper color with a fizzy white head. Good color, but an almost soda-like head on it.

S - Strong smell of spices and (artificial?) pumpkin pie. It smells like pumpkin spice syrup you can buy for coffee drinks.

T - Sweet. Very, very sweet, followed up by a pumpkin-pie spice kick. Just tastes artificial to me. I don't know if it is, or if its the combination of sweet and overspiced that makes it taste like a pumpkin latte, but it does. There's just enough spice and hops to keep it drinkable, but most of the complexities are just overwhelmed by the sweetness and pumpkin pie flavors.

M - Surprisingly good mouthfeel. Rich and creamy, which does go well with the sweetness and desserty-ness of this beer.

D - It's drinkable, but barely. The artificial-tasting pumpkin spice and sweetness overwhelm everything else and keep it pretty one-dimensional. There's enough hints of malt and hops to keep it drinkable, but its definitely not balanced.

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Photo of JAHMUR
2.5/5  rDev -39.8%

Photo of yourefragile
2.75/5  rDev -33.7%

Photo of deonreds
2.75/5  rDev -33.7%

Photo of kojevergas
2.85/5  rDev -31.3%
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 StrangerTides
3.02/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Zetcha7x
3.25/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of TonyJ815
3.31/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of taylor714914
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of jrschaef
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of apintofknowledge
3.52/5  rDev -15.2%

Photo of bminor7
3.53/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 from beers of the world.

Pours a hazy golden brown. A nice head forms but it goes away quickly. Some nice lacing though. Not too sticky.

Tastes like Punkin' but a little sweeter and heavier on the spice. Not as bready as either Punkin or Pumking but not to say it's not bready at all. Quite nice.

Good MF...not quite an imperial but a little better than the 'standard'...

Drinkability is reasonable. A bit more to it than you'd want in a sessionable brew though.

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Photo of efaden
3.6/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of stawn
3.6/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a snifter.

A - An aggressive pour yields a centimeter white head which quickly dissipated into a fine ring, clinging to the edges of the glass. The beer is sunburned copper with hazy clarity.

S - Smells just like cold pumpkin pie. All of the typical spices are there with nutmeg and clove standing out more than others. Some cinnamon comes out as it warms.

T - Taste is very artificial. Reminds me of a grocery store pie. There is something in the background I can't place...possibly diacetyl. It does have a faint buttery flavor, but is mostly covered up by the various spices. Some alcohol as the beer warms.

M - Good amount of carbonation, appropriate for style. Body is moderate and this beer seems to have attenuated quite well, as its not too sweet.

D - I've had quite a few "Pumpkin" ales and this one seems sort of in the middle of the road. The pie spices seem a little overdone, but maybe that's what they were going for. If you like store bought pumpkin pies, you'll probably like this beer.

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Photo of SLeffler27
3.6/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Fills a Horseheads pint glass with a clear, bright copper beer with pale orange highlights and some carbonation. The head is rocky, white and reaches half an inch before leaving rings.

As expected, I found pumpkin pie spices including nutmeg and cinnamon.

Rather sweet pumpkin pie. This one is enjoyable, but nothing special. In fact, it is rather trite. There is no discernible finish.

Crisp medium body with prickly carbonation.

Another fun seasonal that is easy on the palate. This one is better than most pumpkin beers, but still nothing more than a seasonal novelty.

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Photo of StevensBrewing
3.63/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Horseheads Brewing makes some very good beer, and this is one of them. It looks great for a pumpkin ale, very clean, it smells more of the spices used for flavorings then it does pumpkin, but that will happen when you're using a good deal of "wintery" spices, cloves, nutmeg, etc. It tastes more like these spices too, but you do get notes of pumpkin, which is just enough. Overall this is a good beer, get your growler filled as often as you can when its out!

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Photo of LizT
3.71/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of campfirebrew
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of atone315
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of Mj46ny
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of malfunxion
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of Hojaminbag
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A dark golden body with a thick, off-white head that leaves some nice lacing and has pretty good retention.

The aroma is pretty good; spices are present but by no means overwhelming. The smell of pumpkin is there too, which tends to get lost among lots of spices in many pumpkin beers (yeah, I know, pumpkins don't do much for aroma and flavor in beer, but I still smell it). Underneath all of that I can pick up a backbone of buscuity malt.

The taste is a little more skewed toward spices, but it is still relatively balanced. Cinnamon sugar, pumpkin; overall it tastes a good bit like a really well-spiced pumpkin pie. The biscuity malt is in the background. The finish has a touch of hops to it, making it pretty dry.

Slightly creamy body with moderate carbonation.

Not a bad drinker at all; I think I've reached my quota for pumpkin beers this year though.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.77/5  rDev -9.2%
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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