BrewBoxer (2657) - New York, New York, USA - OCT 15, 2016 werberski (18) - New York, USA - OCT 13, 2012
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very pungent aroma of cloves and allspice. Hints of cinnamon. Slight sour pumpkin taste. Easy to drink. Not the best pumpkin beer but close.
Bottle. Cloudy dark bronze color with a thick head. Taste is sweet and a little artificial.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone DavoleBomb (1867) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 23, 2016
Bomber poured into a pint glass.
3.5 A: Nearly clear light orange color. One and a half fingers of frothy off-white head. Retention is about average and a short ring of lacing is left.
4.0 S: Smells great! The big appeal is the pumpkin itself. Too many pumpkin beers rely too heavily on the spices. Nutmeg, cinnamon, and maybe a touch of allspice. A touch of toastiness with a caramel backbone. Has just enough sweetness to make me happy.
3.75 T: Like the nose, the pumpkin is the star here. Same mix of spices as above. Malts offer light caramel and toastiness. The only issue I have is that it’s a bit too dry. Still, it’s very good.
3.5 M: Lighter medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Could use some more body and creaminess.
3.75 D: It’s rare to find a good pumpkin beer, so I’m quite happy.
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DavoleBomb, Nov 16, 2015 anthony850 (473) - Andover, New Jersey, USA - SEP 14, 2015
A lightly spiced pumpkin ale that was easy to drink.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone ben4321 (6677) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - MAY 4, 2015
Sampled at Tap NY 2015, 4/25/15, S/H/V Rating #200!
ChadPolenz (1847) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - JAN 14, 2015
This is a pretty good example of the style. The pumpkin pie spices are prominent for sure here. Additionally, there are not a ton of pumpkin beers around Tap since it happens in April, so it made for a nice change of pace.
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. It’s been a long time since I’ve had a pumpkin pie beer that really amazed me and Horseheads Pumpkin Ale has thankfully ended that drought. It’s quite literally liquid pumpkin pie – there isn’t much more that needs to be said.
mansquito (6805) - Nueva York, New York, USA - OCT 31, 2014
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 there’s 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. It’s 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 – pumpkin pie. All that’s 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 doesn’t seem to have the energy level of a 7% ABV brew (feels closer to 5 or 6%). But at least there’s no alcohol presence at all. There’s 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).
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) - Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 5, 2014 does not count
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---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone Bulk_Carrier (6065) - Vermont, USA - JAN 25, 2014
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 I’ve 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 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - NOV 24, 2013
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 isn’t 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 (3142) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - NOV 3, 2013
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 doesn’t overpower beer and Pumpkin flavor is subtle enough to not make you want to gag either.