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RATINGS: 53   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.33/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 21   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
In the tradition of the farmhouse ales of Belgiumís southern countryside, Hardywood Farmhouse Pumpkin is brewed with a blend of rye, wheat and barley, earthy flavoring hops and a classic saison yeast. Beyond this, Hardywood Farmhouse Pumpkin breaks totally free of classic style guidelines. 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 Madegascar clove and whole allspice are harmonized 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. 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Damico (3137) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 30, 2014
Pours somewhat hazy orange amber with a smaller white creamy head. The aroma brings nice warming and tangy spice. The pumpkin flavors are kind of hollow, pun intended, but the spices are there and enjoyed, just not overly interesting. The body is nice as well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Braudog (6247) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - OCT 26, 2014
Bottle. Right up front Iíll admit Iím not a fan of pumpkin beers. That said, this has a dizzying array of very impressive both local and international ingredients ... and itís evident in this quality beer. I just donít like it that much ... not because it isnít well made, just because I donít like pumpkin beers. If you do, this is probably one of the best youíll ever find. (#5841, 10/26/2014)

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
teromous (119) - - OCT 14, 2014
Appearance: Copper colored body that is a bit hazy. Itís 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 donít go around licking barns but it has that old mildew quality that you can practically taste. Itís 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 doesnít really do "pumpkin beer" all that well and it doesnít really do "farmhouse" all that well. Itís a very nondescript beer that leans heavily on the flavor of cloves to incite cognitive memories of pumpkin pie, which it doesnít complete in a spice selection imbalance.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
hopdog (11168) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 9, 2014
On tap at Caponeís. Poured an amber color with an averaged sized head. Pumpkins, spices, and caramel. Fine example of a pumpkin beer (but again, I prefer less spices and all pumpkin)..

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
beerguy00 (186) - Fountain Valley, California, USA - OCT 5, 2014
Nice orange color with a white head, very nice spice notes and the pumpkin isnít overpowering. Very nice

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ben4321 (5551) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - MAR 21, 2014
UPDATED: FEB 21, 2015

I liked the 2014 version even more, updating the score: 4.0: 8/4/8/4/16

Location: 750 ml bottle from my Dad, 3/21/14, 2013 Release

Aroma: The nose is pumpkin spice, yeast, and some grain, and a little grass
Appearance: It pours a murky orange color with a small beige head and streaky lace
Flavor: The flavor is balanced between spice, sweetness, funk, and a little bitterness
Palate: The body is medium, it has a plus carbonation, some spice, and a clean, dry finish
Overall Impression: This mix works pretty interestingly. This isnít an amazing beer, but it was a nice one to try, something I enjoyed, and something I could see trying again.
2013 Rating: 3.7: 7/3/8/4/15

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
deyholla (9912) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 11, 2014
Bottle thanks to a trade. Pours a cloudy gold with a brown hue and a white head that dissipates slowly to the edges. Aroma has a good amount of spice with a bit of sweet grain and just a hint of pumpkin. Flavor has a combination of pumpkin spice, sweet grains and a bit pumpkin.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
nimbleprop (7176) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 9, 2013
750ml bottle I picked up at the brewery. Pours a hazy, ruddy orange with some cloudy, white head. Nose is sweet, candied yams, cinnamon, cream cheese icing, malt, white pepper. Flavor is sweet, malt, spicy, vegetal, cinnamon, candy sugar. Spicy and sweet finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beergeek23322 (2602) - Chester, Virginia, USA - NOV 17, 2013
11/15/2013. On tap. Light amber color with a white head. Aromas of pumpkin, spice, sugars and light fruit. Good seasonal beer with good balance and not too much focus on the pumpkin.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
phaleslu (9251) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 4, 2013
750 ml bottle from the most recent release sent by RABinVA- thanks again, Brosmer! Pours a nice autumn orange color with a small white head that vanishes entirely after not too long. Nice balance of spices in this- clove, nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger, and allspice stand out, but none dominate. Also some sweet malts and brown sugar to mimic a pumpkin pie crust. But what I liked most here was the roasted pumpkin throughout; toasty and not too vegetal. Medium-bodied, with fairly low carbonation and a warm finish. Excellent pumpkin ale. Sorely underrated.

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