Farmhouse Pumpkin | Hardywood Park Craft Brewery

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Brewed by:
Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
Virginia, United States | website

Style: Saison / Farmhouse 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.

21 IBU

Added by rudolphjacksonm on 11-12-2011

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43
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246
Avg:
4.03
pDev:
25.81%
 
 
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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
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 ThisWangsChung
2.97/5  rDev -26.3%
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 -6.5%
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 +5.5%
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 +3.7%
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 +1.5%
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 -26.1%
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 +13.2%
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 +19.4%
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 -8.4%
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 -2.7%
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 -4.7%
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 +7.7%
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 +17.1%
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 -2%
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 -6.5%
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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Photo of obywan59
3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy deep orange to orange brown in color with a 1 1/2 finger off white head that recedes to a film over the brew and a ring around the glass. Light lacing.

Spiced fruit and pumpkin pie, with earthy yeast.

Starts off peppery with faintly sweet malts/pumpkin, becoming tart. On the swallow it quickly turns funky bitter/tart (lemon and lemon rind) with pumpkin pie. Earthy and bitter'tart in the end.

Medium bodied, peppery in carbonation and numbing/drying on the tongue.

Not bad, I like the pumpkin saisson blend. There are other pumpkin beers I like better, but this is a nice twist.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.58/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a large globe/tulip type glass, very much like the one pictured on the label.

Deep orange and opaque, more towards a slight chestnut brown with no visible carbonation. Head is really creamy, growing two fingers with a vanilla creamed white hue to it, and thick top. Settles normally and fall to a simple cream collar, and a few large bubbles.

Aroma is like a basic pumpkin beer. Clove and nutmeg spices, a little bit of vegetative sweetness. There is virtually no saison character to this from what I can even detect on the nose. Comes of like a straight forward decent pumpkin ale.

Palate improves and brings quite a bit more unexpected saison character. Peppery notes in the mid palate, lots of really tight carbonation on this with some malt and pumpkin like spices too. Finishes tinny and a bit hot, with a metallic drawl a bit and with a good huge amount of clove heat like dryness. More saison character kicking in with further sips but comes off more like a peppered brew, than hints of dry funk and earth. Surprisingly much of the pumpkin flavor seems to really take a backseat to this farmhouse heat as time goes on.

It starts off like an ordinary pumpkin beer, something I usually don't care for, but then turns into something else entirely. I guess that just makes me want to sit somewhere on the fence about it overall.

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Photo of spacecake9
4.8/5  rDev +19.1%

Acquired this via trade.....
A - Poured a golden brown, lighter than most pumpkin ales.
S - Very mild pumpkin aroma,
T - This is a lighter beer with a pumpkin flavor. Spices do not dominate.
M - Medium mouth feel
O - Wow I like this beer! I would call this a wonderfully balanced amber pumpkin ale. This may be the 2nd best pumpkin beer I've tasted in 2014.

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.65/5  rDev -9.4%

A - Pours a hazy dark orange color with nice head retention and a low amount of tiny cascading bubbles.

S - Barnyard funk, pumpkins, cinnamon, & nutmeg.

T - Pumpkins, nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves, and a lot of Belgian style funk. The ABV is completely hidden in this beer.

M - Medium body.

O - The most unique Farmhouse Ale I've ever tried, definitely an adventurous beer.

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Photo of sierratwohearted
4.45/5  rDev +10.4%

orange-wheat in color. this pours easy with not much head. somewhat translucent, no lacing. big sugary pumpkin dominates the nose, with noticeable Belgian yeast influence and wheat, spices such as allspice and nutmeg. taste is pumpkin up front, classic saison flavor with spices like cinnamon and nutmeg. allspice is evident in the finish. medium body makes this more refreshing than i expected and very easy drinking for such a high ABV. a very creative take on the seasonal pumpkin ale, solid effort.

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Photo of rjs246
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

I don't like Pumpkin spice. I do like this Pumpkin Saison. A lot. I wouldn't even try it at first as I've been pummeled with awful seasonal autumn beers for so many years. Silly me. The aroma is subtle and pleasant, the taste is smooth and crisp. Very nicely done.

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Photo of BeerImmediately
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

22oz bottle poured into wide-mouth Dupont glass.

Slight, light, soapy-white head over a very cloudy golden-amber body. Some lacing.

Aromas are wonderful - clove, cinnamon, hay, red apple, oak, and crusty bread.

Mouthfeel is very clean ... really light for the high ABV... impressive and highly drinkable. Flavors are quite fruity, including cooked apples and some lemon zest. Lots of spice including allspice, lots of ginger, clove, and cinnamon... maybe a touch too much, IMO. Good overall level of sweetness (honey-like), but not too much to make you forget the style.

There's a lot going on in this beer, which may take away from the original style qualities, but it's a really cool interpretation that I thoroughly enjoyed and would recommend trying.

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Photo of uvachief
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft. Severely disappointed. Hardly any spice or flavor other than some cinnamon and cloves. I hate cloves. I like my pumpkin seasonal brews full of spice and flavor. Instead this was just bland and almost musty. It is a saison but just no flavor. 2015 edition is much better. Still not a lot of flavor and spice though. It's a saison and not an ale I keep telling myself. Just doesn't do it for me even though improved. This is a light farmhouse saison. Hint of pumpkin spice so if you are not a fan of big pumpkin flavor ales this night work for you.

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Photo of teromous
2.7/5  rDev -33%
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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