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Fall Hornin' | Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Anderson Valley Brewing Company
California, United States
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Style: Pumpkin Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by BB1313 on 08-16-2013

BEER STATS
Reviews:
125
Ratings:
677
Avg:
3.67
pDev:
13.35%
 
 
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12
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Reviews: 125 | Ratings: 677
Photo of Zet
3.77/5  rDev +2.7%
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 +15.8%
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 +8.7%
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 philbe311
3.84/5  rDev +4.6%
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 -2.2%
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 -39.5%
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 Wasatch
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. Can

First Pumpkin Ale of 2016

Pours a pretty nice dark amber color, very nice carbonation, with a very nice thick/creamy one-finger plus off-white head, which also leaves some pretty nice thick/creamy sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, with a pretty nice pumpkin, nutmeg, cinnamon note. The taste is also pretty nice malty, very nice pumpkin note, with some nutmeg/cinnamon. Medium body. Overall, this a pretty tasty pumpkin ale. Nothing overly done.

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Photo of KevCan
4.56/5  rDev +24.3%
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 +5.7%
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 +9%
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 +5.7%
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 +0.8%
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 +0.8%
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 +4.9%
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 +10.6%
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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Photo of Maburo
4.08/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Deep amber in colour with a short-lived head. Smells of caramel, pumpkin, and spices. The taste begins with a sweet molasses, but transforms into spices and mild pumpkin complemented by a slight bitterness. This beer is a perfect balance of creamy and crisp, and it goes down perfectly. Great beer overall.

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Photo of D-HopSupreme
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours an off-white head with lots of larger bubbles and a deep amber-colored body. The scent is very prominent in pumpkin spices like cinnamon and cloves, with a bit of noble hop character and heavy on lightly roasted malts. The taste profile is very complex, with a lot of those cloves coming through along with assertive hop bitterness. The feel is wonderfully smooth, something that other breweries should learn from. Overall a well-balanced ale, though it will take me a while to adjust to pumpkin beer fully.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.87/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle, day 1 of the Craft Beer Advent Calendar, and apparently their idea of bridging the two seasons of autumn and holiday/winter.

This beer pours a clear, dark bronzed amber colour, with three fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and well bubbly tan head, which leaves some pleasantly awkward webbed lace around the glass as it slowly and lazily abates.

It smells of roasted pumpkin flesh, grainy caramel malt, cinnamon and nutmeg spice, a twinge of gingerbread, brown sugar, and a wee earthy dryness. The taste is gritty, grainy caramel malt, fleshy pumpkin mash, mixed, but still heady seasonal spice (autumn, that is, with perhaps some metallic cinnamon taking the lead), thin dark simple syrup, and a further indistinct, but helpfully offsetting wee hoppy bitterness.

The bubbles are fairly understated in their supportive and occasionally playful frothiness, the body a solid medium weight, and generally smooth, maybe the spices taking things down a minor notch or two. It finishes on the sweet side, between the efforts of gourd and malt alike, but moderated just enough to not become overbearing.

Overall, a rather welcoming and engaging pumpkin brew, not too heavy and not too light. Easy to drink, even now, as its robust spiced character is a decent lead-in to the same flavours that we'll be seeing a whole heck of a lot more of in the coming wintry months.

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Photo of PA-hunter
3.87/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured 12oz can into snifter glass. 6% abv

Appearance- Pours a coal black with loftly 2 plus finger tan head. Dark

Smell- Roasted malt with fresh pumpkin

Taste- The malt is toasted with earthy grains. Pumpkin comes next with a decent amount of flavor. Has a very creamy finish, with bits of gourd and hop bitterness mixed about.

Mouthfeel- Medium heavy in body with lively caqrbonation.

Overall- Extremely dark for a pumpkin beer. Has good amount of pumpkin flavor too without heavy spice notes which is good. Heavy for only being 6percent. Alot like a pumpkin ale mixed with a cream ale. Well done.

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Photo of biegaman
4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Fall Hornin' has a great label depicting a brown bear wearing deer antlers. The beer itself is similar: an intimidating deep brown that adorns an oaky, off-white coloured rack of sudsy lace. It's far darker than is customary for the style; while clear it's closer to black than orange and highlights are mere glimpses.

Those Munich, Crystal and Dark Chocolate malts don't just contribute to colour; titillating aromas of toasted pumpernickel bread, gingerbread and chocolate chip cookies combine with vague pumpkin pie notes and molasses. Along with the baking spices is a refreshing dose of pine needles.

This Anderson Valley seasonal is loosely reminiscent of another California classic: Anchor's Our Special Ale. Its deeper, darker yet still lusciously smooth malt base and almost evergreen hoppiness could pass, perhaps not as a brother, but a more fall-orientated first-cousin to that iconic winter beer.

The palate is pleasantly greeted by hard toffee, pie crust, and a cinnamon-led battalion of spices. The darker notes of chocolate and molasses are still there too but the overall profile leans more towards the savory/sweet and avoids ever tasting roasted or bitter. It's smooth as baby pumpkin's bottom.

In the world of largely formulaic and indistinguishable Pumpkin Ales, Fall Hornin' is a distinctive offering. As well as the usual pie spices this also offers confectionery-like sweets and assertive, earthy, evergreen hoppiness. All elements blend beautifully with one another. It's a new autumn favourite of mine.

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Photo of GrumD
3.71/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Could go wrong but this is a well balanced beer with good flavour, with spices to the fore but not dominant. Poured from the bottle, this is a red hued beer with a small head and strong lacing throughout. The aroma is pumpkin and spice - as it states! A rich and fairly sweet initial taste gradually fades to spices, with cinnamon and nutmeg lingering.

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Photo of Jon_Hendricks
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a deep copper color.

Overall: This beer has a caramelized malt and bread aroma. This ale features highlights of cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin and seasonal spices. This is a pleasantly smooth beer with lots of taste. Worth a try!

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Photo of chrishiker1409
4.08/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

L: An orange hued amber. Poured with less than a finger of head whih quickly dissipated. Moderate carbonation.

S: Pumpkin, spices, cinnamon and nutmeg.

T: More pumpkin and less spice than from the nose. A really well done Pumpkin beer. Tasty.

F: Very creamy. Felt great going down.

O: Easily one fo the best pumpkins I have had all year. Right there with Schlafly, Horseheads and Pumpking. Good, good stuff.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.74/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On-tap at The Pint House for $7 during happy hour ($9 anytime else, fuck!), on to the beer:

Fall Hornin' is another respectable autumn ale to take on a pumpkin pie character. Leather brown colored and topped with a creamy head and good retention, this beer got me thinking about fall while maintaining an easy enough character.

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Fall Hornin' from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
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