Farmhouse Pumpkin | Hardywood Park Craft Brewery

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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

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Reviews:
48
Ratings:
262
Avg:
4.03
pDev:
10.67%
 
 
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Reviews: 48 | Ratings: 262
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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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 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 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 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 dwren89
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Great balance between real pumpkin flavor and Belgian yeast character. The spice notes of nutmeg and cinnamon blend perfectly with the spicy Belgian yeast notes. Overall very drinkable and delicious, this is definitely one pumpkin ale that I would buy a whole six pack of.

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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 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 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 Beerisheaven
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cage and corked bottle generously provided by funkybottoms for purposes of this tasting. Very much appreciated to get the opportunity to try this. Funky sent me the gift set of the gingerbread stout in addition so I poured these into the GBS goblets.

A- Pours a hazy yellow with a generous white head. Minimal lacing retained on the glass.

S - Combines the components of both styles in that you get some of the traditional pumpkin profile but you also get the farmhouse yeast of the saison as well. I like pumpkin beers that are simply not spice bombs so I enjoy the craft here that Hardywood put into this one.

T - Similar to the aroma, in that I first get the saison when poured cold to start. Earthy and yeasty to some extent but as the beer sits and warms the traditional spices become more prominent. Nice contrast and the styles compliment. Earthy, fleshy, but with some farmhouse spice to it. They could have ramped up the pumpkin more and gotten away with it, but I liked what they did here.

M- Very nice. Not too thin and has a fullness to it.

O - A really nice beer here and one that I will definitely return to next year. I like the contrast in styles as opposed to simply drinking liquid nutmeg, clove, etc.

This is really more 4.25 for taste and overall, feel slightly guilty with just 4's across the board. I would like to try the bourbon version of this to see the addition of flavors from oak and vanilla.

A winner. Thanks funkyman for allowing me the opportunity to try. Please remember me next year.

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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 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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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 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 TechTriumph
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From notes on 11/15/11:
2011 release straight from the brewery; Poured in a pint glass.

A - Light caramel colored with an orange hue that is reminiscent of pumpkins; Two inch off-white soft, bubbly head that leaves minimal lacing; Decent head retention; Very cloudy appearance

S - Get mostly spices of cinnamon and ginger; Notes of pumpkin and rye are more of a sidekick, but maintain their presence

T - Lots of cinnamon and ginger, much like the smell; Again, pumpkin and rye are in there as well, but are less pronounced; Aftertaste is a little dry with flavors of rye and spices

M - Good carbonation; Very smooth going down; Slight dry finish; No hints of alcohol at all

O - I am very pleased to have had the opportunity to try this limited batch brew. This is a very good beer in every way - from the look to the smell/taste, and it's nice smooth quality. I thought the proportion of spices and pumpkin were on point as well. After having this beer, I am really excited for what Hardywood Park will create in the future, and am proud to have them located right in my hometown.

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Photo of engagechad
4.31/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Purchased at the brewery - tulip pour

Pours a very beautiful copper orange with massive head that rises to the perfect height on each pour. Lacing is nice, clarity is nice and just a tad hazy from the chill.

Smells great, got that saisony stank but it's subdued to a farmy smelling pumkin. perfect pairing.

Tastes amazingly smooth and grainy, the yeast here is just working so well in tandem with the pumpkin and spice flavors.

Feels so good and overall this is one of the best pumpkin brews i've had. This and the one from Williamsburg. call me a homer..

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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 rudolphjacksonm
4.53/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a beautiful amber with a white 2-finger head. Heavy lacing. Color is really something to behold. 4.5

S - Strong smells of clove, allspice, cinnamon and nutmeg with a hint of malt, yeast, and pumpkin. 4.0

T - Hardywood Park has created an excellent pumpkin ale that is neither overpoweringly sweet nor lacking in flavor. Begins with a slightly sweet pumpkin and cinnamon flavor, then dissolves into the more complex spices commonly associated with pumpkin pie. 5.0

M - Thick like an ale should be. Heavy-bodied with little carbonation...might be a bit too thick for some though. 4.0

O - I'm extremely impressed by Hardywood Park's Farmhouse Pumpkin Ale. Most pumpkin ales struggle between being too sweet and overspiced or dull and tasteless. I think they hit the nail right on the head with this brew and everyone should give it a try while it's still available. 4.5

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