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.
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
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