Rye Whiskey Barrel Pumpkin
Hardywood Park Craft Brewery

Rye Whiskey Barrel PumpkinRye Whiskey Barrel Pumpkin
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Pumpkin Beer
4.04 | pDev: 8.66%
Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
Virginia, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
Rye Whiskey Barrel PumpkinRye Whiskey Barrel Pumpkin
Notes: Hardywood Rye Whiskey Barrel Pumpkin combines the nostalgic flavors and aromas of autumn with a soul warming, rye whiskey laced finish that can only be achieved through months of maturation in rye whiskey barrels. Pleasantly mellow up front with a crescendo of pumpkin pie spice giving way to subtly sweet, lingering brown sugar and rye whiskey notes, this beer might just bring new meaning to thanksgiving.
Reviews: 12 | Ratings: 64
Reviews by Treyliff:
Photo of Treyliff
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2014 vintage, 750ml corked and caged bottle poured into Pumking goblet

A- pours a deep amber-orange color with lot of floaties swimming around the glass, small fizzy white head disappears almost completely, leaving just a ring around the edge

S- lots of vegetal aromas up front with some underlying vanilla cream, traces of nutmeg and clove. The barrel notes are subtle, but provide aromas of fresh white oak and just a hint of spicy rye

T- the base beer is a nice mixture of pumpkin spicing and saison earthy flavors. The spicing provides notes of cinnamon, clove and nutmeg with some vegetal flavors. Beyond that, there is some earthy, musty, and slightly tart yeast notes, along with light phenols. The finish provides very light barrel flavors of toasted oak, vanilla and spicy rye

M- medium body and medium carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel that continues into the finish, good drinkability

O- this is an interesting take on a pumpkin ale, as it mixes the spicing of pumpkin ales with the earthy saison notes, and then adds the barrel aging. Very good and unlike any pumpkin beer I've had

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Photo of JayQue
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The label on the bottle called this Rye Whiskey Barrel Pumpkin. Whatever it is called, this is a top shelf Pumpkin Ale. Pours a clear orange color with a minimal head, less than average retention and some lacing on the glass. The aroma and flavor are exceptional. Real pumpkin flavor, molasses, well controlled pumpkin spices, and a healthy amount of oak and bourbon flavor all contribute to an exceptional beer. Mouthfeel is rich and mostly smooth, but there is a little alcohol bite. Genuine flavors, not a crappy holiday spices potpourii predominate. A big beer with a big flavor.

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Photo of obywan59
4.56/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A nice lightly hazy orange against my wall, but more like iced tea against my computer screen. A 2 finger off white head dissipates leaving some moderate lacing, before disappearing almost completely. Flecks of sediment suspended throughout, and light carbonation.

Aroma of tart rye, followed by pumpkin pie spice, then pumpkin with molasses. Spectacular in my opinion, and boozy, but that mellows. Best smelling pumpkin beer yet!

Taste is predominantly tart at first and this detracts a bit, but your taste adapts to it, the beer mellows out, and it becomes more balanced (superbly balanced), requiring an upgrade in my rating. Rye barrel, and of course pumpkin pie spice and pumpkin. I really don't get any molasses here, but there is some nice vanilla as you would expect from a barrel aged beer.

Feel is moderate to full with the sting of alcohol and carbonation. More syrupy than drying. In the end it seems more syrupy than drying.

This beer grew on me. The aroma was incredible from the start, but the taste while at first seeming overly tart, developed well, becoming very well balanced. The best pumpkin beer ever, and one of the best beers ever.


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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a copper orange body with one-finger head that quickly died. Pumpkin spice with a woody "ryeness" to it along with hints of booze hit my nose. Medium/heavy body with a pumpkin flavor but there are strong notes of rye bread, spice, wood and booze. I liked this beer a good amount and it's not pumpkin dominated so good balance; however, as I continued to drink the whiskey/booze element started to bring some heat and overpower the beer.

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Photo of nmann08
3.73/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of generallee
4.27/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.65/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of billab914
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of teamwiggum
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of 2dogbrew
3.76/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of KAP1356
3.97/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Rhettroactive
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of Keene
4.24/5  rDev +5%

Photo of SonOfKyuss
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of madtrixter787
4.4/5  rDev +8.9%

Photo of HattedClassic
4.23/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours a nice white creamy head that dissipated fairly quickly. The beer itself is a clear deep amber color that is clear. It looks really nice and a bit darker that than the base farmhouse ale and it's really good.

The beer smell is great. It's a nice combination of a rich sweet pumpkin smell with a bit of brown sugar and various spices such as cinnamon and clove with a bit of light and bittersweet molasses to it. It's very good and definitely better than the rum variants.

The taste is also pretty good. It's a nice and balanced mix of pumpkin, spice, and rye whiskey notes. The pumpkin is sweet and overtaken by the other notes. The clove mixes well with the rye whiskey note, which seems to be the strongest one out of all of them, and the taste also has notes of brown sugar that works very well.

The feel is god. It's a medium bodied beer that is thinner than you would expect from a pumpkin beer. There is a bit of weight to it from the alcohol and an oiliness to it that detracts a little from the experience.

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Photo of orangesol
3.58/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mmcurran
3.74/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of siege06nd
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of IrishColonial
3.48/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ncaudle
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of LeeEvolved
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

On draft 11/4/14. Lots of rye whiskey on the tongue but it didn't overshadow the pumpkin. Very tasty offering from HWP.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.96/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a cork and cage into a snifter, the beer is a crystal clear, copper coloring with a thin, filmy, white halo of head. Aromas of vanilla, whiskey spice and warmth, pumpkin spice, and subtle char. Flavors are roasted and boozy forward, with a solid bolt of spice, vanilla, bitter rye notes, and pumpkin spice. Smooth, slick, and full bodied. The aftertaste is whiskey spice and warmth, pumpkin spice, and vanilla. Smooth, slick, lingering finish. Good beer.

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Photo of flyersfan900
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of Kmlund
3.99/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rye Whiskey Barrel Pumpkin from Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 64 ratings