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Pumpkin Ale | Horseheads Brewing Inc.

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4.21/5
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147 Ratings
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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
Ranking:
#1,932
Reviews:
46
Ratings:
147
pDev:
11.88%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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60
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20
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Ratings: 147 |  Reviews: 46
Photo of ER527
4.46/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of rden4654
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TheBrewo
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

We crack a bomber, pouring into our St. Bernardus goblets. It shows a deep, tawny, toffee orange-brown coloring through the thick glass. A thin one finger head makes a quick appearance on the pour. This is spotty, and largely white in coloring, but as it fades it leaves thicker islands of lacing around the glass. A generous amalgamation of bubbles then collects atop the liquid for what seems to be the remainder of the tasting. The aroma is incredibly fresh and authentic. Notes of powdered ginger spiciness, fresh cinnamon sticks, nonphenolic cloven burn, sweet caramel and amber grain roast, brown butter, sunblock chemical smear, sweet and savory roasted pumpkin flesh, corny bourbon booziness, salted pumpkin seeds, sweeter notes of buttery graham cracker-crusted pumpkin pie, and brown sugar Poptarts flood the nose. The following flavoring gives you a warming, spicy medley of burnt tobacco leafiness, brown sugar, raw cinnamon, and crushed nutmeg, darker graininess of brown, caramel, pale, and amber malts, soft and balancing distant herbal hoppiness, graham cracker sweetness, burnt pumpkin pie from the corners of the baking tin, dried pumpkin pulp and seeds, pureed squash starchiness, brightly drying ale yeastiness, and black pepper spiciness. The aftertaste breathes of denser spiciness of pumpkin, allspice, coriander, and nutmeg, and lightly sweet booziness. The body is on the lighter side, aiding drinkability, but it actively knocks the beer’s heartiness down a peg or two. Cream and froth are otherwise rather thin to the lip. The abv is reasonable, and the beer drinks back well.

Overall, the best thing about this beer was how drinkable it is. A huge hand in this is the beer’s flavoring. This is not your overly sweetened, cloying pumpkin ale. This, here, is something serious. The spice is the real deal, titillating and dancing across the tongue in wide arcs. Behind this, in almost a washing fashion, comes a hearty, smoked meatiness of the most authentic pumpkin flesh you’ve ever had in a beer. The nose initially gives you that beautiful authenticity and cleanliness as well, but there the beer possesses a bit more of that “beery” pumpkin quality. This helps mark an additional starkness between these two components, but in a fluid, still concordant way. Between the vast ease of drinkability and the lingering, effortlessly bold flavoring, this is a fantastic seasonal beverage that transcends the field of novelty that so many in the style sadly fall within.

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

Photo of TheBeerdedCharmer
4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Photo of metter98
4.14/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy orange yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass. The head faded away some more, leaving only a ring of bubbles on the sides.
S: Moderate aromas of nutmeg are present in the nose along with notes of pumpkin.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has lots of flavors of nutmeg along with notes of allspice and pumpkin with faint hints of alcohol towards the finish. Bits of sweetness are also perceptible.
M: It feels just about medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer has a pleasant combination of nutmeg and pumpkin. Although I generally prefer pumpkin beers that have a good balance between the pumpkins and spices, I liked the nutmeg in this once. With its subtle bit of sweetness, it could make for a possible choice as a good beer to pair with pumpkin pie.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of sachie23
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Knapp85
4.04/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of sirsteve42
4.24/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jbaker67
4.24/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of StevensBrewing
3.63/5  rDev -13.8%
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 reizorc
5/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

There is only one word that describes this beer in its entirety.... WOW!!! Best tasting Pumpkin Ale, non stout/porter that I've had.

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Photo of craftaholic
4.71/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of rmargeson
4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of leansean88
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of Joe_from_Planet_Kenmore
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Delicious pumpkin on the mouth and finish. Great because not too much pumpkin pie spiciness. One of the best pumpkins I have had. Draught, is a home run.

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Photo of Stripeymonkey
4.56/5  rDev +8.3%

Photo of malfunxion
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of orcrist_cleaver
4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Has some small particulates in a gel like suspension the color of apple jelly, but slightly towards orange rather than red. Whipped cream like head.

S: Predominantly vanilla-cinnamon spicing. Graham cracker, buttery flaky pie crust.

M: Maintains lofty body with light feel. Delicate considering heft, sugar, savor. Pillowy and lowly carbonated.

T:Imitation or just heavy-handed spicing, very much like liquid vanilla. Stereotypically, a pumpkin pie tasting beer.I appreciate the spiciness of ginger

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Photo of pjkelley82
4.77/5  rDev +13.3%

Top 3 pumpkin beer(non stout/porter) beer I've had behind whole hog and ahead of cigar city's Good Gourd.

Smell was amazing but what set horseheads apart was its drinkability. 7% and couldnt tell. Goes doqn smooth like drinking water.

Highly recommended to any pumpkin fan. Will not disapoint.

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Photo of Dicers
4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of jrschaef
3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of efaden
3.6/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of Soneast
4/5  rDev -5%

Pumpkin Ale from Horseheads Brewing Inc.
Beer rating: 4.21 out of 5 with 147 ratings
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