Fall Hornin' | Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Anderson Valley Brewing Company
California, United States

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

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1/5  rDev -72.1%

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1/5  rDev -72.1%

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1/5  rDev -72.1%

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1.08/5  rDev -69.8%

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1.75/5  rDev -51.1%

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1.76/5  rDev -50.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Can I have some beer with my cinnamon? I have tried many of these beers over the years, this beer was all cinnamon. Very disappointed, I like their other beers but this was forced like Hey, want to brew a pumpkin beer.

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1.99/5  rDev -44.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Honestly, had I realized this was a pumpkin beer, I wouldn't have ordered it, as I hate pumpkin. But, I thought it was a "Fest" beer, so here goes. Served in straight pint glass. Poured a clean, clear dark mahogany color with about 1/8 inch of very light khaki hued head that had OK retention and lacing.

The aroma was a full-on spice attack, no pumpkin, let alone malt, yeast, or hops, showed through. Same dealio on the tongue, just palate wrecking spices. The body was nicely medium, and had a pleasantly dry finish. Drinkability was non-existent, I had 4-5 ounces, and passed it back across the bar. Overall, a poor example of the style. Admittedly, it's not a style I like, but I'm being as fair as possible here. There are many, much better P-brews out there, drink them, avoid this one.

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2/5  rDev -44.1%

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2/5  rDev -44.1%

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2.22/5  rDev -38%
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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2.25/5  rDev -37.2%

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2.25/5  rDev -37.2%

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2.33/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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2.35/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

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2.5/5  rDev -30.2%

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2.5/5  rDev -30.2%

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2.5/5  rDev -30.2%

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2.5/5  rDev -30.2%

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2.5/5  rDev -30.2%

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2.5/5  rDev -30.2%

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2.5/5  rDev -30.2%

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2.53/5  rDev -29.3%
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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2.6/5  rDev -27.4%

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2.61/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

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2.75/5  rDev -23.2%

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Fall Hornin' from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.58 out of 5 with 710 ratings