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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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
43
Ratings:
242
Avg:
4.03
pDev:
10.92%
 
 
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Photo of Knapp85
3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a nice slightly hazy golden orange color. The head is white, fizzy and thin. The head retention is minimal without much lacing. The smell of the beer has a fresh spicy aroma mixed with the Saison yeast aromas. The taste of the beer has a big pumpkin spice flavor with the earthy softness of the Saison style. The mouthfeel of this beer has a sharp carbonation with a light drinkable body. Overall this beer was really pretty good. I felt this was a very good brew to have with thanksgiving dinner. Worth trying for sure.

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Photo of brentk56
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a burnt orange color, slightly hazy, with a modest head that leaves a few strands

Smell: Funk and pumpkin - very different

Taste: Real pumpkin flavor, on the front end, with a bit of spice (ginger and cinnamon); by mid-palate, the Belgian yeast adds a funky element that continues into the finish, bringing a white pepper piquancy with it; the pumpkin and spices return and intermingle with the Belgian elements in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation; a bit spritzy

Overall: Very creative and though I am not mad for the Saison/Pumpkin Ale combination, it was very interesting to try

Thanks, bobertkuekn, for the opportunity

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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 jlindros
3.83/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to rudzud for sharing.

Light fizzy head, clear golden honey colored

Nose pumpkin pie, light pie spices cinnamon, nutmeg, nutty, light grassy hay like farmhouse, hint of grainy malt and straw.

Taste dry slightly sour funky pumpkin, farmhouse saison dry grassy, light ginger and some nutmeg like spices, floral effervescent, hint of gingerbread sweetness and candy like, little butterscotch toffee. Interesting grassy earthy hop that gets slightly chewy bitter, bitterness slightly trashed away a bit. Long dry but little sticky syrup, long earthy slightly spicy chewy bitter hops.

Mouth is med bod, lots of effervescent carb.

Overall kinda meh, seems like it's lost a lot of it's character, and rudzud agrees since he had it fresher. Oh well, maybe I'll get to try it again fresh next year.

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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 billab914
3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into a tasting glass. Bright orange color with a thin spotty head. Nice lacing and nice looking color.

Aroma mixes the earthy Belgian yeast with pumpkin pie spice. Pumpkin and some sweet malts come out as well. The yeast and pumpkin pie spice come together pretty well.

The taste has more of the spice flavors throughout. The Belgian yeast dominates a little more with some cinnamon and nutmeg coming out a little more in the finish. Sweeter malts and pumpkin notes are pretty nice. A little too heavy on the spice for me but pretty good overall.

Medium bodied with higher carbonation. Overall, it was a pretty good beer. It had a lots of spice flavors going on and they were a little overwhelming at times, but they come together pretty well overall. Interesting twist on style.

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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 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 rudzud
4.27/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received in a trade and poured in to my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a nice crystal clear roasted pumpkin flesh orange hue with a one finger off white head that slowly faded to leave a thin, thin blanket. No real lacing to speak of but nice retention.

S - Mmmm...pumpkin. This is quite nice. Rich, roasted pumpkin on the aroma with some light brown sugar/molasses sweetness. Faint spice notes. Deep, deep inhales bring out some faint saison/farmhouse esters. No real funk, the pumpkin dominates that.

T - Taste is delicious, albeit slightly intermingled. Throughout, mixing with styles, is a booze flavour. There are some faint belgian/saison esters almost banana-y. Nice roasted pumpkin notes throughout the beer but falls a little flat when compared to the nose.

M - Mouthfeel is excellent really. Basically like all of these Hardwood brews. Almost sharply carbonated, light, drinkable. Sessionable at 8.5%.

O - Overall, another delicious brew from Hardwood. Aroma and mouthfeel are top notch. Glad I have another bottle of this. While not my favourite Hardywood it certainly was worth the trade.

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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Poured a clear auburn tinted orange body with one finger head and minimal lace.
I get some yeast and funk in the aroma as well as a nice dose of pumpkin, cinnamon and a peppery spice.
Beer is smooth and easy to drink yet retains a medium body that is full thanks to yeast .
Dominant profile is cinnamon and pumpkin so it has that pumpkin sweetness and a little of spice.
Finishes with minor funky notes along with some heat from booze and rye.
A very interesting pumpkin beer.

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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 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 n2185
4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours a slightly hazy orange with a finger of off-white head that recedes into a thin ring with no lacing.

S: typical pumpkin spices up front followed by sweet vanilla and yam aromas. There are also some brown sugar aromas in there.

T: again the typical spices, but not overwhelming. Yam, vanilla, brown sugar, and biscuity flavors bring p the finish with a light alcohol burn.

M: medium body with lowish carbonation, this beer is fairly creamy and smooth.

O: a good pumpkin ale that doesn't overwhelm with spices. I wish there was a bit less alcohol burn and a creamier body.

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Photo of MDDMD
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-medium amber color with a nice white head and some lacing

S-pumpkin, yeasty, caramel malt, spices

T-yeast, caramel, toasted malt, pumpkin, allspice, cinnamon,mild bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate lively carbonation, crisp and astringent

O-a nice variation of a Saison, good flavor and nice seasonal offering

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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 stephenjmoore
4.23/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- Very vibrant orange body with a fizzy bone-white head on top. Lots of light shines through the body which has just a slight haze to it.

S- Peppery saison yeast, lots of pumpkin pie spices including nutmeg. A toasty malt aroma is present too.

T- Really nice mix of a peppery saison and the traditional pumpkin ale characteristics. Crisp and yeasty flavors give way to the spices and pumpkin additions.

M- Crisp and carbonated with some hints of spices and yeast adding some dryness to the feel.

O- A good take on a style that can be all too similar. I know this is categorized as a saison, but it really is a pumpkin beer with a different take on it.

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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 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 ncaudle
4.38/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured from bottle into snifter.

pours hazy orange with nice 2 finger thick off-white head and leaves lots of lacing.

the spices and gourdiness seems a little bit muted up front. there are spices on the nose but it's not the typical pumpkin associated spices of cinnamon and nutmeg. I get more of the pepper and clove from the saison base backed by the funky pumpkin sweetness. the taste turns everything around and there is the pumpkin up front and its associated spices. nice balancing act. most pumpkin beers tend to be too much spices almost as if hiding the malt backbone. not here. the 8.5% sneaks up on you after a few.

dryer and more highly carbonated compared to most pumpkin beers but thankfully this isnt like most pumpkin beers. this is a saison! excellent.

this is a somewhat polarizing beer due to the non-standard saison base. I personally am all for it and like the exploration these guys are going for.

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Photo of siege06nd
4.62/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter...

A. Pours a glowing, radiant orange red. Pretty thick and substantial eggshell head, about two fingers that settles to a half finger. Say what you will, but Hardywood beers always have an excellent head. Excellent lacing absolutely coats the glass. Quite a bit of sediment indicates I may have poured a little too aggressively. Lovely looking beer.

S. Mmmm, raw pumpkin, pumpkin pie crust, sugar cane, and some concentrated pear and grape flavors. The two styles complement themselves excellently, and this is most apparent in the nose. Quite literally like taking the foil off of a freshly baked pumpkin pie as you hold the glass of champagne in your hand and pick up the aromas from that as well. This beer is Thanksgiving. Wow.

T. Pie crust, pumpkin, citrus, grape, pear, some brown sugar. Excellent.

M. Medium-full bodied and pretty well-carbonated. Very good.

O. An excellent beer. I can't believe this hasn't been done a lot more often, because these two styles complement each other perfectly. The pumpkin and malt add a lot more depth to the saison, which complements the sweeter qualities of the roasted pumpkin. Truly a match made in heaven on this. Props for the beer, even moreso for the idea.

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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 russwbeck
3/5  rDev -25.6%
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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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 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 dcloeren
4.72/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Bill (BC4MFRED1) for clutching up and getting this bottle to me in our latest trade.

Pours a beautiful golden orange with a couple fingers of bright white fizzy head that quickly fades down into the beer.

The aroma is billowing out of my glass after I pour. Big pumpkin flesh and pumpkin pie notes with cinnamon, all spice and vanilla giving it added depth.

The taste follows the nose but it is even better than I anticipated. Pumpkin forward with the pie qualities in the background. Great spice balance with cinnamon, brown sugar and all spice. Vanilla notes on the backend make for a perfect finish.

Medium in body and effervescent. The perfect amount of carbonation gives this beer just the right amount of life that fizzles on my tongue with every sip I take. Just fantastic.

This is without a doubt the greatest pumpkin ale that I have ever had. I could not improve this beer in any way, shape or form. I will definitely be ISO this beer whenever it gets released next year. Absolutely perfect.

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