Farmhouse Pumpkin | Hardywood Park Craft Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
Virginia, United States
hardywood.com

Style: Pumpkin Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed in the style of the farmhouse ales of Belgium's southern countryside, Hardywood Farmhouse Pumpkin utilizes a blend of rye, wheat and barley in the grain bill, earthy flavoring hops and a classic saison yeast. Ripe, flame roasted Virginia sugar pumpkins and brown sugar provide a hearty backbone to this 8.5% ABV beer. Freshly ground Ceylon cinnamon, whole Grenada nutmeg, whole Madagascar clove and whole allspice harmonize with pounds of freshly sliced organic ginger root.

A beautiful hue of autumn russet, Hardywood Farmhouse Pumpkin displays a voluminous head, with a bouquet of aromatic fresh spice. Medium to full in body, this ale offers a balanced flavor of caramelized pumpkin and pie spices, with a lingering finish laced with a hint of fresh ginger. Sugar pumpkins came from the Farm to Family Market on Mechanicsville Turnpike and from the Village Garden. Peruvian organic ginger came from Ellwood Thompsons Local Market in Carytown. Pumpkin Pie Spice came from C.F. Sauer, right around the corner from Hardywood. Whole Ceylon cinnamon, whole Grenada nutmeg, whole Madagascar cloves and whole allspice came from Penzys Spices in Carytown. All are local Richmond businesses.

21 IBU

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#9,545
Reviews:
52
Ratings:
284
pDev:
11%
 
 
Wants:
35
Gots:
49
Trade:
2
 
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Reviews: 52 | Ratings: 284
Photo of iheartmyTHO
4.21/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Surprisingly light for a 8.5% beer. You definitely taste the pumpkin and spice, without it being too candy like. The lightness means it's easier to drink, but I think I would have preferred this one to be a wee bit heavier on the palate.

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Photo of LifesAnesthesia
4.61/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

L - Rust orange with some red hues. Light tan head that leaves behind some minimal lacing. The look is all Fall.
S - Predominantly pumpkin notes up front with minimal fall spices such as nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, allspice. This is a really great smelling beer. Just like the look, the smell completely reminds me of Fall.
T - Follows the nose. Tons of ripe pumpkin flavors up front followed by your pumpkin pie/fall spices: nutmeg, allspice, ginger, cinnamon, cloves, etc. All with a nice malt backbone and typical saison yeast flavors to tie everything together. A slight earthy hop presence throughout as well.
F - medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Smooth with a lot of micro-bubbles.
O - This is a fantastic saison that completely delivers on it's promised flavor profile. You get pumpkin flavor with the typical Fall spices. This truly reminds me of Pumking in the flavor profile - however, I would say Pumking tastes like artificial pumpkin flavor compared to this. Hardywood's Farmhouse Pumpkin tastes "organic" in that everything tastes so fresh and the flavor profiles paired with the saison/farmhouse style really suits this beer well. Fantastic.

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Photo of BeerSexLove
3.68/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

After a recent pumpkin beer tasting I learned I don't care for pumpkin beer. This poured a rusty brown; the smell was earthy and spicy; I couldn't escape the biting clove and boozy taste to really appreciate what else was going on in it. Overall, a decent beer if you like pumpkin beer.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a fairly cloudy dark burnt orange in color with moderate amounts of fine active visible carbonation rising quickly along the edges of the glass and moderate copper + orange colored highlights. The beer has a two finger tall foamy off-white head that reduces to a large patch of thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer (about 85%) and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of pumpkin pie spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, allspice, and ginger) with a light to moderate aroma of roasted pumpkins and moderate aromas of slightly spicy, slightly earthy saison yeast.

T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of doughy + bready malts with a moderate amount of brown sugar sweetness and a slightly heavier than moderate flavor of roasted pumpkins. That is followed by moderate flavors of pumpkin pie spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, allspice, and ginger). Finally there is a moderate flavor of slightly spicy, slightly earthy saison yeast. Minimal amounts of bitterness but the spice flavors carry through the finish.

M: Medium bodied with slightly heavier than moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly effervescent.

O: Very enjoyable, creative, and easy to drink. I like the combination of Saison and Pumpkin Ale - it works quite successfully. The pumpkin, pumpkin pie spices, and earthy/spicy saison yeast provide harmonious flavors and aromas. Alcohol is well hidden.

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Photo of avalon07
4.46/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had an orange-y color and a hazy consistency. There was a two inch, foamy, fairly long-lasting head. Very good lacing here.

S: A big, enticing aroma of pumpkin, spices, Belgian yeast, and some malt.

T: Tasted of a good amount of Belgian-style yeast, a lot of pumpkin, a malty tinge, spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, ginger), a sugary quality, and a little caramel. Quite a spicy flavor, even for a saison. The taste is deftly balanced. Pumpkin should have been added to a saison long ago.

F: A highly carbonated beer with a lively finish. Medium-bodied.

O: Pumpkin seems to fit right in with this style. Drinkable in a big, big way.

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Photo of Riff
3.84/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear amber orange with a thin white head. Smells of nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves, and fresh cut pumpkin. Medium body beer that doesn't linger long on the tongue. Tastes of pumpkin primarily, muted pumpkin pie spices, and has a pleasantly bitter bite to it. Overall, nothing overly impressive or must have about it, but certainly a nice pumpkin ale that would satisfy the want for one during fall time.

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Photo of wattoclone
4.02/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Very aromatic complex nose with a sweet slightly tart pumpkin fruitiness. Medium to light body with loads of caramel and ginger in the finish. The alcohol does come through more than I would prefer.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.92/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured on tap in a snifter, the beer is a crystal clear caramel coloring, with a thin, wispy, white head. Aromas of pumpkin spice, nutmeg, cinnamon, subtle fruity esters, and some subtle earthy highlights. Flavors are sweet and rich forward, a heavy blend of pumpkin and tangy cream, with a solid spice blend of pumpkin spice, cinnamon, and nutmeg, with sugary and vanilla highlights, and some funky Belgian esters. Hints of sour at the end of the palate, too. Smooth, slick, and dry feel, with a slick and lingering finish. Tastyle beer, and much different from your normal pumpkin beer offerings.

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Vintage 2014. From the bottle, it pours a pumpkiny amber with a small head. Lacing. Cinnamon and nutmeg (pumpkin pie?) in the nose. The mouth gets the pumpkin pie and malt. This ages well!

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Photo of VABA
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-Pours a pumpkin amber color with a nice head and lacing
A-Aroma has generous pumpkin and spice hints
T-The taste follows the nose with a generous pumpkin and spice flavor
M-A medium bodied moderately carbonated beer
A-A well balanced and nicely done pumpkin beer

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.97/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Pours a slightly hazy copper color. The head is a finger high and eggshell in shade. Retention isn't much, the texture is fairly average style-wise, but a minor ring of lacing sticks to the glass.

This beer's aroma is a partial success. The pumpkin portion of this brew is nice - not only is there an actual gourd character, the spices are complex and nuanced without being overpowering. Come to think of it, the pumpkin really seems to shine when paired to the multi-grain malt canvas. The farmhouse portion is a letdown, though. There isn't much farmhouse yeast, and what does appear is incredibly basic and lacking noticeable saison qualities. There's no real black pepper, grass, or lemon peel to be found.

The flavor opens up with a nice pumpkin character. Not pumpkin spice (though that's there), actual pumpkin. Quickly, though, the gourd note will be augmented with some cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger around the mid-taste. It finishes a little malty, with a touch of earthy hops to balance the sweetness well. Again, I'm disappointed in how underwhelming the saison yeast comes through - make that doesn't come through. It's just an exceedingly basic and generic aspect that adds little to the pumpkin ale base. The farmhouse yeast isn't completely worthless: it does show up in a slightly more defined manner as it warms up.

I feel a little bit of acidity from the wheat, and a slight sharpness from the vibrant carbonation and the rye malts. No hints of the 8.5% can be found anywhere. This does drink pretty easily for the size, I have to say.

Hmm, I'll probably have to try this beer fresh. It's a fine pumpkin ale (a style I'm not terribly fond of), but an underwhelming saison. Combine the two aspects, and you have an offering that isn't really doing it for me. I won't be buying bottles of this in the future, but like I said, I'll give it a second chance on tap.

2.97/5: Here, one aspect I don't like is done well, and one aspect I do like isn't done well

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.77/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bright orange, mild haze, small off-white head. Sweet pumpkin, light spice, malty aroma. A touch of cinnamon, nutmeg. Medium bodied, subtle alcohol presence. Decent in small doses.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml cork top bottle poured into a snifter

Hazy pale amber color with a foamy and sudsy two-finger white head. Aroma is a mix of pumpkin spices, along with spicy yeast, dried hay and earthy notes. Taste is a nice mix of classic saison and pumpkin spicing. The spicy yeast works well with the addition of cinnamon, clove, nutmeg and allspice. Sweet caramel malt undertones provides a nice balance for the spicy notes. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation, producing a foamy mouthfeel and finish. Very good hybrid of a saison and pumpkin ale.

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Photo of bubseymour
4.18/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pumpkin saison. That's what this is and it's a very creative twist that works pretty well together. A touch too yeasty/Belgiany if that makes sense as a description but overall its a nice higher ABV saison with spice and pumpkin flavor.

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Photo of HattedClassic
4.09/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice white head that dissipates quickly. The beer itself is a bit darker than your average saison and comes out as a clear medium amber that is a bit orangish instead of what you would expect from a regular saison.

The smell is pretty good and works very well for the season. The aroma has nice and strong grain notes such as barley and rye but aren't extremely overpowering such that that the earthy and lightly bitter hop notes with the present and bready yeast notes are overwhelmed. The pumpkin note is fairly sweet and is noticeable but not overwhelming; similar to pumpkin bread when you include the yeast notes.

The taste is great and makes this one of the best saisons to drink during the fall. The overall sensation is that of a slightly bitter pumpkin bread. The yeast and pumpkin notes with the grain notes give it a nice bread flavor that is offset by the earthy hop bitterness. The taste is very similar to that of your traditional saison but more in tune with the season.

The mouthfeel is good. It's bit heavier than the traditional saison but it's okay given the season. There is some biting carbonation to give it a bit of texture but nothing too crazy.

Overall, a very good saison and one that isn't praised enough. It's heavy enough for the fall season but still light enough to drink as a traditional saison would. I'd say get since this is one of the few pumpkin infused beers that isn't bad.

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Photo of KidsDoc
2.98/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I love pumpkin beer season. I generally enjoy Belgians and saisons. I have been impressed with everything I have had from Hardywood... Until this. Big miss in my opinion. Glad I tried it, but never care to have it again.

For amazingly accurate description see TEROMOUS review below from 10/14/2014. Agree wholeheartedly.

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Photo of whitetale
4.56/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden yellow with fine bubbles in the white head.
Aroma is mild. Some spice.
Taste is tart, typical Belgian flavors of banana and clove. As the beer warms some of the typical pumpkin pie spices become evident but are nicely muted. Alcohol is well hidden.
Mouthfeel is very good - nice carbonation. Medium body.
Overall, I really like this beer. The pumpkin spices are muted. If you want a lot of pumpkin spice, there are other choices. This is a farmhouse ale. The funky farmhouse flavors are there in the right proportion. Recommended - check it out.

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Photo of FriarMickOnThePlateau
4.81/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I don't even like Pumpkin ales and I thought this was good. The balance of pumpkin ale and Farmhouse flavor was perfect. The spicing, which I usually find overdone in pumpkin style, was subtle.

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Photo of citizencane
3.69/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Different take on a pumpkin beer. It is good and tastes pretty much like you would expect something called a 'farmhouse pumpkin ale' to taste. Nothing exceptional, but a good and unique beer.

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Photo of drink_like_a_wahoo
3.92/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2015 Bottle

Look - Golden autumn orange with large, lingering head.

Smell - Belgian malt with autumnal spices.

Taste - Soft Belgian ale flavor up front which transitions to flavors of pumpkin and vanilla. Strong, spicy finish with hints of cinnamon and clove.

Feel - Mid-bodied, a bit light for the ABV. Smooth and sessionable.

Overall - Another great seasonal specialty from Hardywood. The pumpkin-saison combo is a great twist on the typical pumpkin ale. Look forward to this one each fall.

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Photo of cjgiant
3.84/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle:
The look is lightly orange golden, a little on the pale side. The beer is quite clear until you drop in some of the sediment from the bottom of the bottle. Head builds and sits around before eventually falling to wisps on the surface and a medium thick fluffy ring at the edges.

The nose hit me soon after the pour, and had almost a cider-like quality to it. A more focused whiff brings some lemon zest into that first impression, but the beer has almost a white wine-like quality to its nose - crisp and fruity, grape, lemon, pear, and maybe a little apple or peach in some whiffs. It is very nice, but also noteworthy in the fact it is pretty much devoid of the pumpkin spices (the ginger comes through a bit when I search for it). The pumpkin spices eventually make an appearance on a warmer beer, as the fruity opening notes fade a bit.

The taste is definitely Belgian in nature, fruit esters being the giveaway, and has a lot of the characteristics from the nose, especially early in the taste. There is another taste behind the main tastes that could be the squash - it adds a slightly vegetal bitter note. The spices come in middle-to-late in the taste. When the spices hit, that apple cider impression comes back (and not really hard cider - cloudy, amber, regular cider) - maybe its the cinnamon. There is a tingle on the tongue that could be light effervescence or ginger (or rye) that is actually quite nice.

The bottle says enjoy at 40* -but I beg to differ as the recognizable pumpkin notes don't come out without some warmth. I am not sure the Saison yeast with the pumpkin really work for me. The combination does not produce a harmonious flavor to me. It's not an off-putting flavor, just not an enticing one. So overall, an interesting take on the style, and there is a fair amount going on in the taste, but in the end I think there is maybe too much trying to go on and end up slightly conflicting at times.

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Photo of oberon
4.34/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

My first Hardywood Park beer.Poured into a large tulip glass a deep burnt orange/amber with a one finger slight off white crown atop.Doughy notes on the nose along with pumpkin pie spice and light earthy/yeasty phenols.Love rich feel and flavors of this beer,earthy and spicy along with roasted pumpkin,clove,and nutmeg wich isn't overdone.To me this a near perfect pumpkin ale,more brewers should do the Belgian farmhouse/pumpkin thing.A fantastic beer.

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Photo of Jeffreysan
4.72/5  rDev +18%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

750 ml bottle, poured into a goblet

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, golden amber color with deep orange hues, and two fingers of white-colored head that quickly dissolved away into a thin lacing of foam that completely covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Very aromatic with big aromas of bready, toasted malt, imparting notes of pumpkin and ginger bread, candied sugar, Belgian yeast, pumpkin and pumpkin pie spices, such as brown sugar, nutmeg, ginger, all-spices, cinnamon and clove. Smells delicious, festive and inviting.

Taste: Just as delicious as the beer’s aroma! Lots of bready, toasted malt, up front, followed by tons of pumpkin and pumpkin pie spices, such as nutmeg, ginger, all-spices, cinnamon and clove, as well as Belgian yeast, brown sugar-like sweetness. Complex and deep in flavor. Reminds me of a Belgian saison, but with pumpkin and pumpkin pie-spices, which I expect is what the brewery was going for.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and nicely carbonated. With an ABV of 8.5%, there is no alcohol on the palate; it’s really well masked.

Overall: This is an excellent beer! Very saison-like with lots of pumpkin and pumpkin pie-spices. Delicious! I’ll certainly get this again next year!

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Photo of Keene
3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a semi-transparent, hazy orange with an impressive cap of snow white foam. Allspice and ginger stand out in the aroma, with a suggestion of cinnamon waiting in the wings. Overall the pie spices play well with the phenolic character of the Saison yeast, and Farmhouse Pumpkin throws off a sweet and rather complex bouquet. A creamy, full-bodied mouthfeel owes much to the use of wheat, and makes this a satisfying beer to savor over a meal or a lengthy conversation among friends. Compared to a number of other one-note pumpkin beers on the market, Hardywood's fall seasonal offers layer upon layer of flavor. Malty sweetness prevails, but an underlying tartness and a bright gingery finish refresh the palate. Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of chinchill
3.77/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Mildly funky aroma with less fink in the still very complex flavor. Surprisingly lively and tingly carbonation. Spicy but not so much as to mask the malts and pumpkin.

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Farmhouse Pumpkin from Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 4 out of 5 with 284 ratings