Chad9976 (1295) - Albany, New York, USA - JAN 14, 2015
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
When it comes to pumpkin beers, it seems like fewer breweries are opting for pumpkin pie-flavored brews and instead opting for squashy/earthy/spicy recipes instead. Itís been a long time since Iíve had a pumpkin pie beer that really amazed me and Horseheads Pumpkin Ale has thankfully ended that drought. Itís quite literally liquid pumpkin pie Ė there isnít much more that needs to be said.
I poured a 22oz bomber into a tulip glass. There was no freshness date and it cost $5.75 at the brewery ($0.26 per ounce).
Appearance: Surprisingly clear shade of pumpkin skin orange with visible carbonation. Pours to a fairly large, eggshell, foamy head which retains and laces rather well.
Smell: Almost identical to pumpkin pie. Huge cinnamon notes. Sweet and inviting.
Taste: Right away thereís a strong note of cinnamon and graham cracker (but I repeat myself). Other pumpkin spices like nutmeg and ginger seem to be noticeable, though subtle. The cinnamon dominates, creating for an almost waffle or pancake flavor. Itís not a prickly or spicy sensation, but is rather sweet. Little in the way of bitterness and nothing in the way of hops. The back end is the best part as it tastes of pumpkin puree; in other words Ė pumpkin pie. All thatís missing is a dollop of whipped cream.
Drinkability: If I had to knock this beer for anything it would be on its body. The mouthfeel is rather thin and only lightly carbonated. Though it tastes great, it doesnít seem to have the energy level of a 7% ABV brew (feels closer to 5 or 6%). But at least thereís no alcohol presence at all. Thereís a slightly slick sensation to the texture, but otherwise Horseheads Pumpkin Ale finishes clean. It might seem redundant, but it pairs well with pumpkin pie (or substitute it for pumpkin pie).
mansquito (3759) - Nueva York, New York, USA - OCT 31, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
The Sampler, NYC tap: Pours orange with a white head. Aroma is a lot of cinnamon, nutmeg, and cardamom, along with a nice helping of sweet malts. Taste is accordingly very spicy. Pumpkin spice is most powerful. There is little in the way of hops. I feel this is what mainstream pumpkin ales want to be, but are scared to be.
SeanCunningham (8) - Ithaca, New York, USA - OCT 5, 2014 does not count
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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Bulk_Carrier (2355) - Moving East, Alaska, USA - JAN 25, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Received in trade. Reviewed from notes.
She pours a hazy bronze orange and leaves a slightly amber colored body with a slim half finger of a white foamy head that dies immediately. There is some light clingy lacing that sticks and does not spider web.
The aroma has a large amount of pumpkin up front, and then the cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice and clove enter in to make it the typical pumpkin ale sort of aroma.
The taste has all of the previously noted aromas combine and give it a biscuity maltiness in the flavoring, not necessarily pumpkin pie like in "Pumking" but just comes across with the spices I already talked about just a tad stronger. There is a huge "pumpkin" spice aftertaste with a dry finish.
On the palate, she sits about a light to medium, comes across fairly sessionable, and the carbonation seems a bit sharper than most pumpkin ales Iíve had, but no worries still good for the most part.
Overall, for the most part, this is a pretty well done pumpkin ale that I would have again if it was available in my area.
5000 (6299) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - NOV 24, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle:   Orangish straw, a little fiery, fine sediment floats about, light carbonation, thin sudsy white head, sparce lacing.   Strong soapy fragrant floral and spicy nose.   Thankfully not urinal cake like, but pretty artificial.   Clove, nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice, with some cream cheese.   Actually kinda also reminds me of a Cinnabon, albeit a bit more autumn spiced like.   Its like a strong nutmeg cream cheese start, soapy floralness isnít strong enough to distract.   Still remains artificial in that the spices are so strong, covering up whatevers underneath.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate.   Spicy finish, lingering cinnamon, nutmeg, allspices, clove, and cream cheese cinnabon flavorings.   Damn, now I want a cinnabon.   Decent, but bordering on a little too much spiciness.
merc7186 (2334) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - NOV 3, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A: Golden Orange Hue, Passes Most Light, Off White Head, Some Lacing
S: Pumpkin, Cinnamon, Mild Allspice
T: Pumpkin, Cinnamon
M: Decent Carbonation, Medium Bodied, Mildly Drying, Mildly Sweet
Overall, a very nice pumpkin flavor with a mild spicy flavor that doesnít overpower beer and Pumpkin flavor is subtle enough to not make you want to gag either.
UDBeernut (1915) - Saint Johns, Florida, USA - OCT 12, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bomber split with the wife while chilling, pours translucent orange amber with a quick head. vanilla, nutmeg in the nose. taste begins with light sweetness that gives way to nutmeg and cinnamon. body is solid but creamy smooth. excellent.
pinkie (470) - New York, USA - SEP 12, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a traditional orange amber and slightly hazy. Has a nice creamy head of off white foam that settles to a think layer on top and refreshes with each turn. Leaves sheets of wet lace behind to look at as they slide down the glass. Has a golden hue underneath and it surely is a handsome beer.
Nose is fragrant and authentic pumpkin. Thereís a touch of sour yeast, lager yeast. Then the fragrant spices come forward. Cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice and clove. There is a biscuit malt in that is light and has the scent of pie crust on it. A touch of brown sugar. No alcohol on the nose.
Taste is so delicious. The taste is pumpkin and not pumpkin pie. There are spices that give a richness to the nose and to the palate but the taste is authentic pumpkin. The body is creamy and there is is even the taste of light cream. The malt is fluffy and light and reminds one of graham cracker pie crusts. No alcohol on the palate just a tiny warming sensation. I detect a slight note of vanilla which really enhances all the flavors. It is not the least bit heavy like pumpkin pie. Toasted grain comes out as it warms to a delighted palate. In fact rather than say "pumpkin pie" I would say spiced pumpkin. The clove gives a depth to each of the sweeter spices and really makes this beer something to enjoy.
Horseheads can really put a a beer together. I have had real greatness from them and I like this beer a lot. Itís mild and the spices do not outdo the pumpkin flavor. The malt is kissed by a touch of sweetened cream and it drinks light. The lager yeast is perfect on this and has a slight twang. Carbonation is medium but it drinks softly. Itís crisp yet smooth and finishes dry with a nice little bite to it. Flavorful and easy to drink.
crossovert (8349) - Illinois, USA - APR 14, 2013
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Sweetish pumpkin beer. Doesnít really do much for me. A typical version of the style.
SHIG (3751) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - DEC 22, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Poured a coppery brown with a thin white head. Aroma is spicy pumpkin and spice. Taste is nutmeg, ginger, pumpkin and spice.