Anderson Valley Fall Hornin’

Reviewed by on December 1, 2015 in Autumn Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Anderson Valley Brewing Company

  • Origin: Boonville, CA, US

  • Rated On: December 1, 2015

  • Best Before: N/A

  • ABV: 6.0%

  • Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature

  • Style: Pumpkin Ale

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

It is indeed still autumn for another 3 weeks or so, and especially in California, and other points south of my already snowbound locale.  Anyways, this seasonal offering arrives to me via the importer’s apparent idea of bridging the two seasons of fall (there’s no Boontling word for that?) and holiday/winter.

This 12oz bottle pours a clear, dark bronzed amber colour, with three fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and well bubbly tan head, which leaves some pleasantly awkward webbed lace around the glass as it slowly and lazily abates.

It smells of roasted pumpkin flesh, grainy caramel malt, cinnamon and nutmeg spice, a twinge of gingerbread, brown sugar, and a wee earthy dryness. The taste is gritty, grainy caramel malt, fleshy pumpkin mash, mixed, but still heady seasonal (autumn, that is) spice, with perhaps some metallic cinnamon taking the lead, thin dark simple syrup, and a further indistinct, but helpfully offsetting wee hoppy bitterness.  The bubbles are fairly understated in their supportive and occasionally playful frothiness, the body a solid medium weight, and generally smooth, maybe the spices taking things down a minor notch or two. It finishes on the sweet side, between the efforts of gourd and malt alike, but moderated just enough to not become overbearing.

Overall, a rather welcoming and engaging pumpkin brew, not too heavy and not too light. Easy to drink, even now, as its robust spiced character is a decent lead-in to the same flavours we’ll be seeing a whole heck of a lot of in the coming wintry months.

Brady White

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