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Fall Hornin' | Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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Fall Hornin'Fall Hornin'

Brewed by:
Anderson Valley Brewing Company
California, United States | website

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.

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Photo of stevoj
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
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 +9.6%
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 +6.3%
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 +1.4%
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 -0.3%
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 +1.4%
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 +5.5%
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 +11.2%
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 +11.8%
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 +9.6%
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 +6%
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 +6%
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 +10.4%
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 +1.6%
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 +9.6%
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 +11.8%
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 +2.5%
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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Photo of hman43
3.59/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is dark brown.

it has aromas of pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg.

Initial flavors of pumpkin and cinnamon and other flavors of nutmeg and brown sugar.

Overall the combinations for a pumpkin ale are what I would expect. It is not over the top, but it is a good example for those that are fans of this type of brew.

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Photo of SitkaSteve
3.79/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This was poured into a pint glass.
The appearance was a a ruddy looking orange color with some light brown-ish hues more so in the center of the beer. A light one finger-ed white foamy head started and dissipated at a good pace. Lacing was kinda messy but slides into the beer.
The smell has the pumpkin up front with some cinnamon, ginger and allspice to arrange in a solid manner underneath.
The taste was moderately sweet with a light gentle spice to try to balance. There's a slight sweet pumpkin aftertaste with a moderately sly sweet to spicy finish.
The mouthfeel was about a light to medium on the body with a crisp sweet feel sticking to my tongue. Spice becomes a bit tamer.
Overall, my first Anderson Valley and I don't mind this one. It's good, I think I could have another maybe not right away, but another by itself in a session.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.81/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Dark rich burnt reddish brown in color with a very light brown to tan head that lasts, leaving a decent lacing behind. I liked the look of this glass of beer. Nice pumpkin pie spices in the aroma, has Thanksgiving written all over it. Lighter pumpkin pie taste, seems a bit washed out, especially compared to the aroma and look.

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Photo of Mitzvahman72
3.87/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

With a vivid, dark mahogany color, it boasts a great combination of bright malts, some squash and lots of warm spices to counteract the great amount of hops in this beer. The mouthfeel compliments this side of the style wonderfully, bringing out the cinnamon, malts and the overacting hops in the beer! Even though this beer is a good take on the style, I would recommend the more balanced Pumpkin Down from Ballast Point Brewing Company over this.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.53/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Brief impressions from a 12oz aluminum can:

HEAD: Khaki colour. Nice consistency with ample frothiness, foam, and creaminess. Retention is good - easiy 6-8 minutes. Leaves light lacing as it recedes.

BODY: Deep amber. Translucent and transparent. Clean; no yeast particulate is visible within.

It's a nice overall appearance for a pumpkin ale. I'm looking forward to trying it. Well within style conventions.

AROMA: Pumpkin spice is evident, but actual pumpkin gourd takes a backseat. Allspice, nutmeg, clove...all the usual suspects save for cinnamon (and possibly ginger?). Caramelization. Amber malt sweetness. Maybe some CaraMunich malt. A kiss of brown sugar.

Aromatic intensity is below average. This muted aroma suggests a shallow brew with a surprising absence of actual pumpkin flavour.

TASTE & TEXTURE: Like the aroma suggested, the pumpkin gourd is eclipsed by the pumpkin spices (nutmeg, allspice, and clove, but no cinnamon). What the aroma didn't foretell is the weakness of the malt backbone, which comes off thin and even watery. Where's the robust malt core here? I find watery notes of amber malts, along with a concomitant generic malt sweetness. But there's no strong platform for the pumpkin & spice notes - no brown sugar, rich caramalt, etc. Balance is poor, as is the build; in a pumpkin ale, you've got to bring the pumpkin.

Not full-bodied enough, nor thick enough on the palate. Has inadequate heft and weight, lending this beer a weak horrid presence on the palate. Carbonation is way off as well. There's no harmony of texture and taste here.

OVERALL: Not a gestalt beer, nor much of a pumpkin ale. I hoped for better from a brewery as renowned and skilled as Anderson Valley, but this falls short of even average quality within its style. The pumpkin is too buried, the flavour profile too shallow. A swing and a miss from very talented brewers, but not a bad beer by any means. Below average, but the remaining 5 cans from the 6 pack I bought will definitely get consumed.

Low C- (2.53) / BELOW AVERAGE

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Photo of JackieKu
3.26/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle.

A: Dark brown. Poured 3 fingers high of head but sank soon.
S: Cinnamon and other sweet spices. Caramel.
T: Cinnamon. Low bitterness. Dry.
M: Medium bodied. High carbonation.
O: Cinnamon is out of my tastes.

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Photo of Dentist666
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap.
Pours brown with poor beige head, smell of spices (cinnamon).
Taste is sweet to some extent, spicy, caramel.
Not very good pumpkin ale, but still normal.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.16/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. can into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours a deep brownish amber with a moderate amount of bubbles. Solid finger of off white head which settles into a thin creamy layer.

Smell: A spicy and fairly sweet malt forward aroma with a scent of pumpkin spices and caramel malt. Upfront scent of fall pumpkin spices with hints of cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, ginger, and allspice. Sweet malt presence with hints of caramel, toffee, biscuit, toast, and yeast. Very light on the hops. A pretty solid aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a spicy and sweet malt driven taste with notes of pumpkin spice and caramel malt. Nice mix of pumpkin spices with notes of cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, allspice, and clove. Toasted barley malt with notes of caramel, toffee, toast, biscuit, and yeast. Slight presence of earthy hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy, slick, and smooth.

Overall: A solid take on a pumpkin beer. Nice mix of spices and caramel malt.

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