Shaff01 (1) - Fairport, New York, USA - OCT 5, 2011 does not count
This is a great pumpkin beer from a smaller brewery. a little harder to find but worth it. pinkie (470) - New York, USA - SEP 12, 2013
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. ChadPolenz (1820) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - JAN 14, 2015
Nose is fragrant and authentic pumpkin. There’s 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. It’s 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. It’s crisp yet smooth and finishes dry with a nice little bite to it. Flavorful and easy to drink.
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.
SeanCunningham (8) - Ithaca, New York, USA - OCT 5, 2014 does not count
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).
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---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone j12601 (12000) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - OCT 10, 2010
Bottle that I brought to Andy’s place. Pours a clear orange with a thin white head. Big pumpkin pie, vanilla and pie crust, very soft cinnamon. Lots of pumpkin - this actually tastes like pumpkin pie filling. Not just spices like most pumpkin beers taste like, but pumpkin flesh and spices. Lightly spicy bitterness on the end. Best pumpkin beer I’ve had in ages, possibly ever.
JoeMcPhee (9427) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 19, 2011
Deep golden pour. The nose is a little bit spicy. A touch of cardamom and a little bit of almost creamy aroma. Lightly honeyish with a nice soft sweetness. A great balance of soft sweet malt and nice spiciness. Lightly cinnamon and nutmeg. Lingering sweet and spicy finish. Has a nice creamy palate. 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. zdk (1917) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 19, 2010
Bottle thanks to Jay - huge cinnamon, lemon and clove. Very savory, baking pie, pumpkin. really tasty uniqe yet this really what a pumpkin ale should taste like! werberski (18) - New York, USA - OCT 13, 2012
Very pungent aroma of cloves and allspice. Hints of cinnamon. Slight sour pumpkin taste. Easy to drink. Not the best pumpkin beer but close. UDBeernut (2883) - Saint Johns, Florida, USA - OCT 12, 2013
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.