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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

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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Photo of kojevergas
2.53/5  rDev -30.9%
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 -10.9%
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 -2.2%
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 +13.7%
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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Photo of LarryZ
1.76/5  rDev -51.9%
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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Photo of Marraybay
3.06/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Darker and browner in color than many in this style. Presents well in the glass. Not much in the way of pumpkin or spice in the taste however; perhaps a tad in the nose. Some fair immediate sweetness that eventually transitions into a more bitter finish, with some lingering coffee overtones. Reminded me a bit of straight brown ale: Somewhat along the lines of Dogfish Head Indian Brown Ale. A drinkable beer, but as a seasonal / speciality beer, a little underwhelming.

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Photo of allforbetterbeer
3.57/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3

From a 12 oz can into a goblet.

Pours darker than a typical pumpkin ale, with a creamy head and plentiful carbonation. Looks good!

Smell is well above average, with obvious pumpkin pie spices wafting out of the glass and a nice malty accent to round it out. In this particular example, I think nutmeg is the most prominent.

The flavor isn't quite as lovely as the aroma, but it is good all the way around. Wonderful creamy mouthfeel, hints of cooked pumpkin, some mild spicing and a light bit of hop bitterness. Slightly more roasty malt bill than the "average" pumpkin ale (whatever that is). I just wish I tasted what I smell!

Conclusion: I am on a mission this year to try as many pumpkin beers as possible. This is not the top of the list, but falls somewhere in the middle. I would gladly drink it again, but won't seek it out

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Photo of naomiyaki
3.77/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Pumpkin Rating: Fair
Drink again: Might not be my first choice, but certainly
Comes on with a nice, floral, warm scent. Very bright and easy to drink but has a strong, lingering bitterness that overwhelms the spiced flavor to an extent. Probably light enough to have more than one, or drink as a second beer.

Note: Look rating is for can design, and not the beer.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.64/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Shipyard Pumpkinhead glass (free from the Bottle Shop on Passyunk Ave): color is brown with amber edges, fairly translucent on the bottom edges; head is light tan, presents about 1/2 inch thick but dissipates quickly to a ring and froth, some light lacing.

Smell is a very nice pumpkin pie like spice blend, cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, ginger are all blended. Lighter toast or bread like aroma.

Taste is fairly neutral on the scale of pumpkin ales, a solid malt backbone, the spices seem to fade in the taste compared to the nose, but the blend is tasty. Not sure about this beer as it seems in the middle ground of the pumpkin beers i've had, but it is tasty.

Mouthfeel is a little sharp and biting from the spices, but fairly normal for a pumpkin ale.

Overall, a solid pumpkin ale, I like the darker color for presentation and the aroma is very good, a little more neutral on the finish and flavor.

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Photo of 303beer
3.79/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep red color with a lot of off white head. The nose is bready with pumpkin mixed in. The texture is smooth and the taste is well balanced. Malt and pumpkin with a light spice.

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Photo of lokizan
3.71/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

s- not a heavy aroma on this one, slight spices and pumpkin
t- nothing stands out prominently, but all the typical are there. nutmeg, cinnamon, vanilla, and pumpkin. its blended together very well
f-lightly carbonated and smooth
o- I've tried quite a few pumpkin beers this year and most are horrible, this one is pretty good IMO. I enjoyed drinking it.

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Photo of TH28
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can. Appearance: Deep reddish brown and somewhat clear, with an off white foam head with nice lacing. Aroma: Like pumpkin pie with whipped cream topping. Cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice all present. Taste: Toasted, bready malt base with strong spicing that heavily favors the cinnamon. Almost like an over-toasted Cinnamon Toast Crunch. Nutmeg also strong. Moderate bitterness Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with a light to moderate carbonation. Finish: Bready malt lingers with the cinnamon and nutmeg long after the swallow. Overall: A darker, toastier, more cinnamon forward pumpkin ale than the typical bee

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Photo of ChristinaLynn
3.08/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Love Anderson Valley beers but this one was disappointing. And I don't believe that it was because it wasn't a good beer, but that I have come to understand pumpkin beers are just hit or miss. This beer is all spice and no pumpkin. Not well balanced. But worth a try

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
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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Photo of rangerman21
4.01/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A dark amber with a decent white head
S- slightly sweet, spices are pronounced.
T- slightly sweet as well, spices are nice, slightly hoppy finish
F- bright and lively
O- pumpkin pie meets beer, pretty good.

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Photo of brewqueno
3.84/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

It's a good brew. Not sweet or candy-like which is a problem with several of the more popular pumpkins... not over-spiced. It's moderate in all areas to include carbonation, and really makes a nice beer to open after work.

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Photo of Samp01
3.52/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a dark clear ruby amber with a medium beige head. Aroma is of mild pumpkin, nutmeg, some cinnamon spices, notes of caramel malt become more prevalent as it warms up. Taste similar to aroma with some mild bitterness. A medium body with moderate carbonation on the palate. Caramel malt, pumpkin, nutmeg and mild cinnamon spices and mild bitterness on the end. Not as cloying and overly sweet as some other pumpkin brews, but nothing really stellar either. Overall an ok drinking brew for a pumpkin brew.

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Photo of nerow
3.54/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A perfectly respectable Pumpkin Beer, poured into a Straffe Hendrik Chalice.

L: A lovely autumnal amber, fading to orange at the edges. Decent lacing, good head retention.

S: Spices (clove, nutmeg, allspice), earth, leather, a faint hint of caramelized pumpkin. Delightful.

T: Spicy, with a decent hit of pumpkin. Warm earth and smoked malt. Not over-the-top with its spices, nor overbearingly artificial with the pumpkin, not cloying. Minimal hop presence, as appropriate for the style.

F: Soft and silky, light carbonation. Not too syrupy.

O: A good exemplar of a much-maligned style, although not something to seek out.

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Photo of humuloner22
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

This is one of the last pumpkin beers I purchased. Since tomorrow is the official end of pumpkin season I plan on finishing the big boys then. But tonight I tried this one.

Appearance: Dark bronze color almost a brown. Decent amount of head but relaxes to a thin layer.

Aroma: Sweet malts and pumpkin pie spices.

Taste: Honestly, I am getting tired of this style and now that I have pretty much discovered what I like or don't like in a pumpkin beer I doubt I purchase many if any next year. Anyway, this is one of the better tasting ones, and I might be giving it a lower review than I have others in this category, but I have had so many good stouts lately that just blow this style out of the lake.

Overall: For the style this one is a better beer. It blends just enough of the spice and just enough pumpkin flavor to make it work. I do suggest it, but in limited quantities.

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Photo of janubio
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Copper-ambaer colour, with a big head and big lace that never seem to vanish. Smell of fruits and spices, smoked, pepper, cardamom. Medium to light body, soft palate. Taste of cardamom, smoked touch, pepper, fruits, caramel.

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Photo of jlindros
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not expecting a whole lot from this pumpkin beer, with spices from a brewery that makes meh beers in general.

Pours a smaller 1/2 finger fizzy airy head that surprisingly sticks around for a while, nice lacing too, a clear but dark colored mahogany brown slight ruby hue.

Nose brings baking spices out front, cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, all spice I think, perhaps a pinch of nutmeg but hard to tell that even, sweet candy malt, with caramel toffee, and syrupy aromas, a mild biscuit note, a light pumpkin note, sweet pumpkin pie like but just a little. The spices, while dominant, aren't overpowering, so far at least.

Taste starts with tons of toffee and caramel syrup, a doughy bread and biscuity crust like character, as well as cookie, with plenty of ginger bringing a gingerbread cookie flavor with icing. Mild pumpkin note, very little actual pumpkin, and more baking spices, again touch of cinnamon and cardamom, perhaps all spice and others but not sure. A rich creamy almost chewy like syrupy base malt with fair sweetness, and a touch of bitterness mostly from the spices. Finish is sticky sweet, a touch dry, little syrupy taste lingering, more baking spices, gingerbread, and caramel syrup lingering.

Mouth is med bod, a little syrupy smooth feeling, decent carb.

Overall mixed feelings, it started nice, spices weren't overpowering, but don't get a whole lot of pumpkin, and plenty of sweet syrupy characters, thankfully also not too much, but still not a very enjoyable beer and hard to drink more than a glass, but not that bad.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%

Poured a brown body with one finger head and minimal lace and an aroma that has some sweet pumpkin and cinnamon/nutmeg notes to it but also a little graininess.
Not a bad pumpkin beer in the sense that you get a good amount of pumpkin spice and requisite sweetness that can be in pumpkin beers.
Just a little bland and watery and has a slightly off-putting dry finish, like there's too much hop or spice that builds up.

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Photo of McNealc31
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

Aroma of cinnamon and clove, but not overpowering. Loads of cinnamon in the flavor. I even think there's a bit of cocoa in this. Not much in the way of pumpkin. Little kick of carbonation.

Pretty tasty. I could definitely see knocking back a few of these while watching football

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Photo of JayQue
3.52/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Good representative Pumpkin Ale, nothing unusual or memorable but this beer has plenty of pumpkin and pumpkin spices and tastes pretty good.

Pours a dense mahogany brown with a lot of orange/golden light coming through. Small antique white head with average retention and small streaks of lacing on the pint glass.

Aroma is pumpkin spices and gets stronger as the beer warms. Flavor adds some actual pumpkin taste along with the cinnamon/nutmeg etc.

Mouthfeel is smooth and a little on the light side. If you are in the mood for a Pumpkin Ale, this one meets all requirements.

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Photo of ocelot2500
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Pours a clear copper color with a tight, off-white head that leaves chunks of lacing.

Smells of cinnamon, nutmeg, and some toasted malt.

Tastes of the toasted malt with plenty of spice. Malts lead off with caramel and brown sugar along with toasted bread. This gives way to some pumpkin pie spices with cinnamon mostly coming through. Earthy hop add on the back end before finishing with a lingering spice note.

Mouthfeel is medium with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is solid with a more bready malt take on the style.

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Fall Hornin' from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
3.66 out of 5 based on 662 ratings.
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