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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:
#4,524
Reviews:
50
Ratings:
274
pDev:
10.75%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
35
Gots:
47
Trade:
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Photo of Knapp85
3.78/5  rDev -5.5%
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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4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.56/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of brentk56
4.12/5  rDev +3%
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 oline73
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of SocalKicks
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of Boone757
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Kurmaraja
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 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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Photo of jlindros
3.83/5  rDev -4.3%
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 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 billab914
3.8/5  rDev -5%
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 ygtbsm94
3.25/5  rDev -18.8%

Photo of Kegatron
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of atrocity
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Gkruszewski
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 dvmin98
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of InspectorBob
3.68/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -25%

Photo of rolltide8425
4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of VeganUndead
4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of imbibehour
3.58/5  rDev -10.5%
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 AlexFields
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

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Farmhouse Pumpkin from Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 4 out of 5 with 274 ratings
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