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RATINGS: 51   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.33/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 21   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
In the tradition of the farmhouse ales of Belgium’s 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 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. 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
hopdog (10285) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 9, 2014
On tap at Capone’s. 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 isn’t overpowering. Very nice

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ben4321 (5085) - 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 isn’t 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 (8904) - 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 (6355) - 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) - Chesapeake, 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 (8006) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Emeister84 (1721) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - SEP 15, 2013
Aromas of pumpkin, spice, and mild banana. Light hazy orange with a white head. Decently balanced upfront, spicy, but finishes pretty badly. Light-medium bodied.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Mora2000 (6101) - McKinney, Texas, USA - APR 14, 2013
Orange with a white head. Aroma is full of yeast, grass and pumpkin. The flavor is very heavy on the pumpkins with some lemons, grass and biscuit malt. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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