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 Ale

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

Added by rudolphjacksonm on 11-12-2011

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#4,521
Reviews:
50
Ratings:
274
pDev:
10.75%
Bros Score:
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2.48/5  rDev -38%

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Photo of teromous
2.7/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Copper colored body that is a bit hazy. It's transparent enough to see into the glass but not completely through it. Not much of a head...it is there when pouring but absent afterwards. Even lower than expected from a standard Farmhouse Ale. No lacing.

Aroma: Cinnamon and clove with a light souring note, like a fruit going bad. Not all that pleasant of a combination. The only saving grace is that the pumpkin spice is relatively good.

Taste: I get a very mellow pumpkin spice flavor (mainly just clove) and just a hint of musty barn. I don't go around licking barns but it has that old mildew quality that you can practically taste. It's very faint, but gives credence to the farmhouse namesake.

Feel: Not too dry, not really anything. Watery and not present on the palate.

Overall: I would recommend passing on this one unless you have an agenda for drinking every pumpkin beer on the planet. It doesn't really do "pumpkin beer" all that well and it doesn't really do "farmhouse" all that well. It's a very nondescript beer that leans heavily on the flavor of cloves to incite cognitive memories of pumpkin pie, which it doesn't complete in a spice selection imbalance.

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2.75/5  rDev -31.3%

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2.84/5  rDev -29%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Not real good.

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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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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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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Hardywood's Farmhouse Pumpkin pours out of a 750ml bottle into my Hardywood snifter hazy and orange in color. About a finger or two of white head builds up, but recedes to nothing within the first few sips. Bubbles slowly meander through the liquid, but the beer otherwise appears to be very still. 3.5

S: The aroma is more spicy than pumpkin-y. Nutmeg, ginger, and cinnamon all come in to play, nicely balancing out the pumpkins. While the fruit itself doesn't take over, it, combined with the brown sugar this was brewed with, make for a very sweet aroma. 3.5

T: The taste is more of the same from the aroma, very spicy. Definitely more spice comes out on the taste than in the aroma, as I find it to be slightly unbalanced. The pumpkin and other sweetness is there, but just isn't strong enough to play with the spices. The saison yeast imparts a pleasant funkiness that I wasn't expecting. I find the aftertaste of nutmeg, with a slight hint of booze, to be off-putting. 2.5

MF: This beer needs more carbonation. I figured that would be the case when I noted the stillness in the appearance of the beer and when the cork hardly popped at all, but it's still a disappointment. Some bubbles would have really brightened this beer right up. 2.5

Value: Hardywood continues to show its worth with relatively cheap 750ml bottles, easy releases, and still some local distribution. My only wish was that they sent more bottles up north to Arlington! 4

O: This is a beer that's better than the sum of its parts. While it doesn't stand out in any one category, it's quite enjoyable. It isn't in-you-face pumpkin, but it will satisfy your cravings for some. 3.5

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3.16/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

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3.25/5  rDev -18.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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