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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 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Butters (4038) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - NOV 6, 2011
Sampled at the shockoe craft festival. Pours a clear Orange with decent near white head. Very nicely spiced and well balanced. Not over the top, and hits all the right pumpkin pie spice notes, and not too sweet either. But the farmhouse funk takes it too the next level. Also refined, and not too sour or tart, but lightly pleasant and makes it have a fairly dry finish on the palate. Great pumpkin beer. I’d say its even better than the jolly pumpkin one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ben4321 (5564) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DocLock (9701) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 26, 2014
750 reserve from Wegman’s Collegeville. Pours hazy copper with off-white head. Nose is extremely spicy. like someone tossed some pumpkin pie with ginger and oregano. Tastes of pumpkin, spice, coriander, allspice, cardamom, and a complex finish. This one is constructed well, and very complex.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RABinCO (1508) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - OCT 20, 2012
Growler fresh from the brewery. Pours hazy orange with a nice pillow of white head that leaves delicate lacing. Aroma is big and spicy with a bit of funk and earth. Taste is way more fresh pumpkin rather than pumpkin spice. Not a spice bomb here. A nice slight earthiness. A great farmhouse beer and a great pumpkin beer all in one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
zizzybalubba (1780) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - NOV 14, 2012
750 mL bottle from Once Upon A Vine in Richmond, VA. Dark orange pour with a thin off-white head. The baked pumpkin, nutmeg, and clove really shine in the aroma. Good flavor of pumpkin pie and its spices. Moderate alcohol warming. Nicely done and, in my opinion, worthy of a higher overall rating than it has initially received.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
GandGKevin (933) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - JAN 19, 2013
Spicy nutmeg and pumpkin aromas. Nutmeg, pumpkin and fruit flavors. Overall a very good pumpkin beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
phaleslu (9255) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Maverick34 (2914) - New York, USA - NOV 4, 2014
Big bottle. CLear orange pour. Cinnamon graham etc. Nice little pumpkin finisher. ..

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
theyshookhands (243) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - OCT 23, 2011
Pours a hazy burnt copper with a nice light tan head and some lace. Aroma is of pumpkin spice, sweet malts, cloves and spice. Sweet malts, yeast, pumpkin, spices and some farmhouse notes with clean, light hop finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kinz (3713) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - OCT 27, 2011
First sample from the new local, love the way they sourced the ingredients for this beer. Corked and caged bottle. Unfortunately, I usually don’t like pumpkin beers. But, there are exceptions, and this happily was one. Poured a medium orange, clear, nice head faded quickly and completely. Aroma was pure pumpkin pie, with cinnamon, clove and ginger all right there. But the flavor is where this thing rocked. A really nice Belgian ale emerged, with a spicy yeast finish, definitely in the farmhouse vein. The pumpkin spice melded in beautifully. This was a solid Belgian ale with pumpkin accents, not an out of balance pumpkin spice bomb. Very well done, this portends of awesome things from these guys if they can do this well with a style I usually don’t even care for.

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