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Fall Hornin' | Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

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
Ranking:
#38,479
Reviews:
133
Ratings:
701
pDev:
13.13%
Bros Score:
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11
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Ratings: 701 |  Reviews: 133
Photo of kylehay2004
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Texasfan549
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.38/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours a hazy super dark orange-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of earthy malt and pumpkin pie spice aromas. Taste is much the same with dirt and pumpkin pie spice flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer with a solid pumpkin pie spice aroma but there is an odd dirt-like flavor that I am not too fond of.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.49/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

i like it all except the body here. quite a few watery drinking pumpkin ales this year, not sure why, but i like them heavier than this one. despite its darker amber look, its so fizzy and thin that it feels more like a soda than a beer. the head is like a soda float too, huge bubbles and a lot of carbonation activity in this. the flavor of the beer is great though. a hit of ginger in there with the nutmeg and the pumpkin. nicely selected amber malt base, which i think is the right platform for these flavors, i just want it to be a bigger contributor to the feel. white pepper and brown sugar i the finish, if this had more body to stand on it would be a real impressive brew. just enough hops to balance the finish too, i think the recipe is close to being a real winner.

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Photo of spycow
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of kjkinsey
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Knapp85
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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2/5  rDev -44.1%

Photo of metter98
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear dark reddish amber in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high light beige colored head that died down but consistently left a short head covering the surface and lots of lacy rings of bubbles down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of cinnamon are present in the nose along with hints of nutmeg.
T: Like the smell, cinnamon stands out in the taste from start to finish, which also has notes of nutmeg and hints of pumpkins. The nutmeg is most noticeable towards the back end of the taste. No sweetness is present.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is a nice beer if you like cinnamon but it doesn't have much in the way of having pumpkin aromas and flavors.

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3.33/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Where many brewers are finding success in pumpkin ales that abandon their beery profile underneath in favor of something more akin to pumpkin pie desserts, Anderson Valley hits the ground with a firm Amber-Brown Ale foundation and builds the pumpkin character from there.

Its bronze hues suggest Brown Ale as the ale is lightly hazy and shows slivers of garnet highlights. Rising above the beer is a bone-white frothy cap the retains heartily for the majority of the session and lacing with broken strands along the way.

Aromas of toasted grain and praline provide a sweeter base as the spices of pumpkin pie seem sprinkled about- cinnamon, nutmeg and clove lead the way. Soft notes of nuts and chocolate lurk in the backdrop as the beer's rounded scent is quite crusty and spicy in its portrayal of fall pies.

Its taste is grainy-sweet as it captures the dry malt taste of Brown Ales, the caramel flavor of Amber Ales and hopped in a very American kind of way. Its bitterness and moderate use of sweetness keeps the beer "beer-like" even with the sprinkle of pumpkin pie spices that add give it a hearty pumpkin impression. Its final taste carries a bite from both stemmy hop bitterness and boiled spice.

Medium on the palate, its toasted grain flavor leads to a grainy-dry texture that rises as the mask of sweetness and creamy carbonation recedes. This leaves the finish a little unsettled from spice astringency and biting grain and hop linger. Its aftertaste of pumpkin pie spices keeps the palate rewarded with dessert-like effect.

Where the attempt to keep this Pumpkin Ale first and foremost ale-like is much appreciated, that's not what draws us to these tasty beers. It's the abandoning of traditional recipes in favor of accenting the spices with sweetness and strength is what's best about them. Though this is a well made ale, its certainly not the guilty pleasure that drives beer drinkers into a frenzy as if its catnip for adults.

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3.87/5  rDev +8.1%
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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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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Photo of oline73
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of LXIXME
3.81/5  rDev +6.4%
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 largadeer
3.3/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of superspak
3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, 2013 release. Pours slightly cloudy deep ruby red color with a 2 finger dense and fluffy khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of big pumpkin, caramel, cinnamon, gingerbread, nutmeg, toast, brown sugar, allspice, light chocolate, and floral/toasted earthiness. Nice aromas with good balance and complexity of malt, pumpkin, and spice notes; with good strength. Taste of pumpkin, caramel, chocolate, cinnamon, toast, toffee, nutmeg, brown sugar, gingerbread, allspice, biscuit, and floral/toasted earthiness. Minimal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of pumpkin, caramel, chocolate, toast, toffee, cinnamon, nutmeg, gingerbread, allspice, biscuit, and toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of pumpkin, malt, and spice notes; with great robustness, malt/spice balance, and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a creamy and lightly slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice pumpkin ale! All around good balance, complexity, and robustness of malt, pumpkin, and spice flavors; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Boone757
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.78/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Anderson Valley Brewing Co. "Fall Hornin' Pumpkin Ale"
12 oz. brown glass bottle, of which a thorough review with a magnifying glass oddly reveals no freshness dating.
$1.99 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Reviewed as I sample it: Anderson Valley is one of my favorite breweries because they've got some depth to their malt character, and they always seem to balance things properly - so will their pumpkin beer be balanced? Let's see...

I first notice that it seems darker than most as I pour it. That to meet seems like a good sign, and I'm not overwhelmed by pumpkin spice aroma. I can smell it if I raise the glass, but it's not "in your face" at arms length. The head retention seems quite good. The aroma reminds me of an Ivan's Famous Spiced Wafer: it's got cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, a bit of clove, and some caramel. Not surprisingly, the flavor follows suit. I'm not finding the rich maltiness that I was hoping for, and I think that the spice is a touch excessive - perhaps not overall, but it leaves a harsh note in the back of my mouth following the swallow. More importantly perhaps, I find the spicing kind of blocky, rather than soft and wide and with more complexity. I think less spice would have actually come across as more spice, but I guess that's moot as we'll never know. My overall impression is "ehhh". Perhaps I was just expecting too much, and perhaps not. I'm going to have to label it "just average" and hope that it's improved by next year.

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3.57/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Undated 12 oz can served in a pint glass. Revised in September 2015 with a fresh can.

Surprisingly dark for style, but clear with a good head.
Nice spicy aroma with lots of cinnamon, but smells like it may be over-spiced.
T: ... and it is, or nearly so (2015). Moreover, the spicing seems too simple with overly dominant nutmeg. Still, not do over spices to completely mask the malts or to keep this from being an enjoyable seasonal ale.

M: medium body with medium carbonation.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.74/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a clear deep brownish orangish amber in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation streaming from the bottom of the glass and some light cola brown + burnt orange highlights. The beer has a finger tall dense foamy dark beige head that slowly reduces to a thick film evenly covering the entire surface of the beer. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of pumpkin and pumpkin pie spices - cinnamon and nutmeg really stand out. Light notes of earthy hops and slightly brown sugar sweet malts.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavors of slightly sweet malts with notes of brown sugar. That is followed by light to moderate flavors of pumpkin and some moderate flavors of pumpkin pie spices - again it is nutmeg followed by cinnamon that stand out. Light notes of an earthy hop in the finish that gives just a hint of bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Crisp upfront with some light spice drying in the finish.

O: I thought this was a more interesting take on a pumpkin ale as it has all of the pumpkin and pumpkin pie spice flavors but without the sweetness I usually associate with the style and some light to moderate amounts of earthiness. Easy to drink and it hides the alcohol well. I would definitely grab another of these.

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Fall Hornin' from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.58 out of 5 with 701 ratings
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