Fall Hornin'
Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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Pumpkin Beer
Ranked #325
Ranked #41,728
3.61 | pDev: 13.02%
Anderson Valley Brewing Company
California, United States
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Notes: With a brilliant, deep copper hue and creamy beige-colored head, our Fall Hornin’ Pumpkin Ale has inviting aromas of caramelized malt and baking bread with highlights of cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin and seasonal spices. The pleasantly creamy mouthfeel and silky body embrace the sweet caramel flavors and tang of spices (with just hint of hops) that ends in a smooth, round finish.
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Photo of colts9016
3.5/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass at 38 degrees. The head of the beer is one in half finger thick; furthermore, it is creamy and billowy with good retention. The color of the beer is SRM 12 a medium amber with dark amber hues. The clarity of the beer is mostly opaque unless put up to a light source. The beer has a medium amount of carbonation bubbles.

The initial aroma of the beer is caramel, medium roasted malt, and baking spices.
Additional aromas are pumpkin, earthy, bready, and some floral.

The first sips of the beer are medium roasted malt, caramel, a char note, and baking spices.
I taste yeast, bread, floral, pine, pumpkin, and earthy in the beer.

The mouthfeel of the beer is dry, medium body, medium carbonation, light astringency, and a medium finish.

I have issues with this pumpkin beer. For me, I do not like it. The hops used are all wrong, Why use a pine and grapefruit hops? I feel the beer suffers from confusion.

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Photo of Dinglehacker
4.02/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured can into dimpled seidel.

L: Thin ring of beige head. Surprisingly dark red-brown color.

S: Lots of pumpkin and nutmeg.

T: Same as nose, but with a strong backbone of bitter clove. Bready malts, too.

F: Smooth, with a dry finish.

A good entry in the much maligned pumpkin beer roster. A little off balance with the clove, but very smooth. I can see this one being great much later in the fall, as it gets even colder.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a clear mug, the appearance was a deep burnt orange color with a finger's worth of white foamy head that slid off at a moderate pace. Not much lace, seemed barely there.
The aroma had some pumpkin pie sweet bready to muffin-like character touching down on some allspice, ginger and cinnamon.
The flavor was moderately sweet with a touch of spice for balance. Mild aftertaste of pumpkin that added in that muffin/breadiness nicely.
The mouthfeel was almost medium bodied, seemed to sit just a touch under with a fair sessionability about it. Carbonation felt good. ABV felt as projected. Mainly a smooth pumpkin sweet/muffin/bready sort of finish.
Overall, as a pumpkin ale, this is pretty good. I could see myself having again.

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Photo of rudiecantfail
3.48/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

L---Dark brown with a ruby tinge to it. Thick tan head that quickly dissipates and leaves some nice lacing.

S---Very prominent pumpkin pie aromas. I'm not sophisticated enough to tell them apart.

T---Pumpkin pie spices come through clearly.

F---Creamy & wet.

O---Nice, but pumpkin beers just aren't really my thing. I suppose it's good for what it is.

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Photo of dacrza1
3.86/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

DATE: October 13, 2017... OCCASION: LVR's homecoming ends with Hackettstown finally bettering them... GLASSWARE: Barley Creek pint... pours a deep amber, almost brown hue that permits little light... what light cracks through the glass is lively... the soft, snow-white single-finger stands attractively at attention... thick scent of pumpkin, cinnamon, and nutmeg, while the thick bready malts are lightly toasted and caramelized... light allspice can be sensed as well... a smooth draw at its first sip, the creamy mouthfeel arrives with a vibrant finish... strong, medium-bodied and lingering at its end... cinnamon and nutmeg at the forefront, with caramel and lightly toasted bread malts... this wins with its multiplicity of flavors, fullness and drinkability....

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Photo of RC_Saunders
4.12/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour is medium to dark brown. A little heavier beer than I prefer, but taste is overall very good. Caramel pumpkin and light spice all evident.
Would def buy again but no more than a six pack, that will last me through the fall/pumpkin beer season

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Photo of bbtkd
3.73/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Anderson Valley Fall Hornin' Pumpkin Ale, 6% ABV, 20 IBU. Pours thin and dark brown, with a two finger off-white head. Nose is pumpkin, caramel, and some pumpkin pie spice, taste follows with a slight bitter close. Decent mouthfeel, though a bit heavy on carbonation. Overall very good.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.27/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. can

Pours dark maroon with a creamy light khaki colored foam head. Smells like autumn spices, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, roasty toasted bready malt, caramel, molasses, brown sugar, some pumpkin, with earthy woody grassy pine. Tastes like spices, clove, cinnamon, nutmeg, roasty toasted bready malts, caramel, molasses, brown sugar, mild pumpkin, with earthy woody grassy pine. Feels medium-light bodied, creamy with moderate carbonation. Overall a nice spicy pumpkin ale.

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Photo of FriedSlug
3.89/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Clear, dark, caramel colored brew with a light tan, foamy head that leaves big bands of lacing. The aroma is sweet with notes of caramel and big hits of cinnamon and pie spices. The taste is lightly sweet caramel with a decent amount of cinnamon spiciness. There is enough carbonation to sting the tongue and add to the spiciness. Really tasty pumpkin brew that is lower in sweetness and higher in spiciness than most in this class.

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Photo of Zet
3.77/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Beautiful amber colour, though the head of foam is very modest. Smell of malt and spices like laurel and thyme. Taste has a sweet profile of pumpkin and malt, with lots of winter spices kicking in. Mouth feel is soft and smooth. Not a very complex beer, but all in all a nice one for a gold autumn/winter night.

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Photo of patre_tim
4.25/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark brown with an orange tinge, filtered, but hard to see though, lots of carbonation and topped with 4 fingers of brownish head.

Smells totally of pumpkin spices, like Starbucks pumpkin latte (the via packet version). Pumpkin, spices, and a hint of cardamon.

Tastes of pumpkin spices, a hint of cardamon, a biscuity, dark rye bread component, and a deep toasted bitterness.

Medium, chewy and bready body, moderate, soda like carbonation. Mostly dry with a hint of sweetness.

Great pumpkin brew, so stoked to have found on wishbeer in Asia. Drinking on Nov 11th, 2016 in Chiang Mai. Really its a great rep of the style, dunno why the others have rated it as a good, but not stellar pumpkin ale.

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Photo of Ruger_44-Redhawk
3.99/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Didn't know Anderson Valley made a pumpkin ale until my wife saw it today in cans. I love the dark amber color and appearance. The smell is outstanding - I get a lot of spices up front. The taste is very smooth and easy drinking for a dark pumpkin ale. It is on par with Elysian's Nightowl but lighter in the feel. Taste - I'm getting a lot of spice up front with some pumpkin pie, allspice, cinnamon, a little banana and graham. I still think the higher ABV imperial pumpkin ales top my list (Elysian, Southern Tier, Schlafly) but this one is very close behind them. Could do a seperate rating system with non-imperial pumpkin ales. In that case this and Elysian's Nightowl would top the list.

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Photo of erk0607
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Dark oaky color, nice tan foamy head, medium bubbles
Smell: Pumpkin spices, bread, sweet caramelly nose, not a ton of other fall spices though
Taste: Roasted graham cracker, pumkin, bread, super mild earthyness maybe from hops
Feel: Almost heavy mouthfeel, thick, syrupy/oily, mildly carbonated
Overall: Better than I remembered the first time

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Photo of philbe311
3.84/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L - Slightly more than a finger's worth of late developing compact light-to-medium khaki colored froth with a bit of a rocky top... Impressive retention for the style especially given the limited amount of head... The head never really dissipates, rather it just settles a bit and becomes uber creamy... The color is darker than expected and takes on a medium brown appearance with some warm caramel notes when back lit... A moderate bit of moderate paced small bubbled carbonation throughout...

S - Literally smells like a fresh pumpkin pie... Had I been blindfolded I would have been shocked to find this wasn't a freshly baked pumpkin pie... A touch sweeter than it is spicy... Wonderful balance and depth with each whiff...

T - The sweetness fades on the palate... Meanwhile the crust and spice components are dialed up several notches in terms of complexity... There is also a slight expression of hops on the deep finish... Again, good depth and complexity... Each subsequent sip reveals a slightly new angle to the flavor profile...

F - Medium bodied... Sturdy... Some brisk carbonation... The finish is a bit on the chalky side...

O - After a close to a decade of seeking out all the major pumpkin ales, I finally have had the opportunity to "check" this on off... Unique and a cut above the competition... The end result is a brew that proves to be a bit more than the sum of its parts... Among the best looks and smell in the pumpkin ale realm... The taste is solidly above average... A richer and creamier feel would go a long way to making this one truly special and world class... As it is, Fall Hornin is a really really good seasonal that I'll be seeking out in future years...

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Photo of seedyone
3.59/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From bottle at home. Hazy chestnut look with a nice beige creamy head. Not much aroma but I'd say mace plays a big part. Not much pumpkin flavor (but who does) & decidedly adult application of sweet & spice applications. The best feature is the solid & smooth mouth-feel.

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Photo of brewerang
2.22/5  rDev -38.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Where is the pumpkin? This beer lacks what many so-called "pumpkin ales" lack: actual pumpkin. It's not a bad beer, but it tastes like a red ale with pumpkin spice, not a pumpkin ale. The body is thin with none of the sweet creaminess of pumpkin I like in a good pumpkin ale. The spices are also very one-note. Not a bad beer by itself; it just doesn't live up to its name.

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Photo of KevCan
4.56/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bought a 6-pack of 12-oz. cans at Whole Foods in Arlington, VA.

Look: Pours a dark amber with a generous, fluffy off-white head.

Smell: Very pumpkin-forward. Malty.

Taste: Pretty strong on the pumpkin pie flavors, but not quite too strong. Nicely balanced with the maltiness and hint of hoppiness. Clean finish. Really good!

Feel: Medium body and carbonation.

Overall: Awesome pumpkin beer, probably in my top 3.

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Photo of stevoj
3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Nice, rich and velvety pumpkin ale from this brewery. Aroma and taste remind me of fresh baked pumpkin squares that my wife makes. Perfect weight and silky smooth. A real treat.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mahogany color with creamy beige head. Aroma has roasted malt, pumpkin and spices, all in a very good balance. Taste is also balanced, not too sweet, not to spicy. I get pumpkin, nutmeg, cinnamon and some bitterness on the finish. Body and carbonation are really smooth. This is one of the best pumpkin ales I had so far, mostly because it's really well balanced, smooth and not overspiced or overly sweet.

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Photo of Tone
3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, dark ruddy amber. 3/4 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of earthy malt, slight sweet malt, nutmeg, hint of cinnamon, slight all spice, hint of alcohol, slight pale malt, and a hint of alcohol. Fits the style of a Pumpkin Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of pale malt, sweet malt, hint of earthy malt, slight all spice, nutmeg, hint of alcohol, and a hint of pumpkin. Overall, good appearance, aroma, and blend, but the body is slightly lacking in comparison with the aroma.

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Photo of MAB
3.7/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From a bottle, not a can.

This is a lovely beer to look at. Deep amber color, nice head. It smells of spices and malt. So far, so good.
It is pumpkin pie in a bottle. Surprisingly close to ann actual pie, even. But after 3/4 of a glass, you're ready for dessert to be finished.

Nothing wrong with it, and yet there's nothing I want to savor or remember fondly, either.

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.64/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From the can, it pours a dark amber with a small head. A bit of spice in the nose, which goes with the pumpkin pie flavor, with a little bitterness, in the mouth. Enjoyable beer.

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Photo of hreb
3.7/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle served in pint glass. Beer is dark brown in color and forms a dense tan head. Delicious aroma of nutmeg and cinnamon. Taste is also spicy, with a bitter edge through the middle, possibly from both hops and ground spices. A little heavy on the carbonation given the flavor profile, I think. Not a great pumpkin ale, but worth drinking for the aroma alone.

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Photo of Trosevear
3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

First beer in the 2015 Beer Advent Calendar. And kinda pissed that it isn't a unique beer.

L: Dark brown with a small white head.

S: Sweet pumpkin pie and a small amount of spice from the nutmeg and cinnamon smell.

T: Sweet pumpkin pie added with a little bit of cinnamon and nutmeg spice.

F: Full body mouth feel with a nice amount of carbination.

O: A very nice PUMPKIN beer but not very happy it is in the CHRISTMAS advent calender.

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Photo of Bunman3
4.06/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This an extremely enjoyable pumpkin ale, which is high praise considering my personal slant away from this style of beer. The highlight of this beer is the smell - it reminds me of the holiday season, with plenty of cinnamon and clove. Overall, this is a very nicely crafted ale - one I would go out of my way to try again.

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Fall Hornin' from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
Beer rating: 82 out of 100 with 714 ratings