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
Ratings:
262
Reviews:
48
Avg:
4.03
pDev:
10.67%
 
 
Wants:
35
Gots:
41
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2
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Photo of sisterofba
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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 alcohline_trip
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Trythevealchild
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jmh78
4.63/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Zekenyce
4.02/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Cdidden
2.84/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Not real good.

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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 Santiagocpr
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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 6thstreetbrewpub
3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JamieDuncan
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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 dsshuck
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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 IPAchris
3.83/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rolltide8425
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of hollywood_15063
3.16/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Photo of xt0n1cx
3.86/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Dweedlebug
4.47/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of atrocity
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of snowmg
4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 informaticsDoc
4.21/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Boone757
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Farmhouse Pumpkin from Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
4.03 out of 5 based on 262 ratings.
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