Review: Fall Hornin', Anderson Valley

Fall Hornin'
Anderson Valley Brewing Co. — Boonville, CA

  • Style:  Pumpkin Ale
  • Bitterness:  20 IBU
  • ABV: 6.0%
  • Malts:  Pale Two-Row, Maris Otter, Munich, Crystal 120L, Dark Chocolate
  • Hops:  Bravo
  • Special Ingredients:  Pumpkin puree
  • Sampled:  12 oz. can

Description:  With a brilliant, deep copper hue and creamy beige-colored head, our Fall Hornin’ Pumpkin Ale has inviting aromas of caramelized malt and baking bread with highlights of cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin and seasonal spices. The pleasantly creamy mouthfeel and silky body embrace the sweet caramel flavors and tang of spices (with just hint of hops) that ends in a smooth, round finish. — Anderson Valley Brewing Co.

Random thoughts:  Fall Hornin' is Anderson Valley's new fall seasonal and I'm drinking it as part of my series on new pumpkin beers.

The tasting:  Deep reddish brown in color, clear, with an off-white head that dissipates slowly. Aroma is spicy—full of nutmeg and cinnamon. Taste starts with the same nutmeg and cinnamon. In the middle, biscuit and caramel malt balance the spice. There’s a hint of herbal hop bitterness, but the spices take center stage.  Alcohol is not present in aroma or flavor and overall hop bitterness is low. Fall Hornin' is light bodied, moderately carbonated, and finishes semi-dry with lingering cinnamon.

Rating:  3 star. Good. I would drink this again if someone gives it to me!  As with most pumpkin beers, I can't taste pumpkin. But that’s no surprise, as these beers are vehicles for spice. If you’re looking for a light-bodied, easy drinking beer with plenty of pumpkin pie spice, this is the beer you’re looking for.
Have you tasted Anderson Valley's Fall Hornin'? 

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1 comment:

  1. I just saw this at BevMo yesterday in bottles. If I were a bigger pumpkin beer fan I'd probably give Anderson Valley's a shot. Great photos!


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