Goat tested, Mother Severely Disapproved. Check out our trip to the farm for today’s review, but mind your shoes. And the goats. They’ll totally eat your clothes.

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Name:  HornyCopia Pumpkin Ale

Brewer / Place of Origin: Horny Goat Brewing Co. / Wisconsin, USA

Beer style / ABV%:  Pumpkin Ale / 5.7%

Specialty Prep / Individuality:  Pumpkin is abundant in the mash, along with 2 row Vienna and Caramel Malts, and plenty of sass. Spice is added to the boil to create a harmonious brew they like to call “pumpkin pie in a bottle”.

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Packaging:

A brick red label featuring a Looney Tunes looking she-goat from the darker side of the internet that is spread, suggestively bow legged, across a large cornucopia, well endowed with a number of pumpkins inside. It’s funny in a “This is just wrong” kind of way. – Mike

There is something to be said for being obvious and Horny Goat is pretty much skipping all the subtlety here and plopping a buxom goat/woman in a skintight dress atop a cornucopia brimming with pumpkins.  It’s wrong in so many ways, and yet…so right. – Tim

Never in my life did I presume that I would use the words sexy and goat in the same sentence, but this label attempts just that. With a hint of not taking himself or herself too seriously, a scantily clad goat rides a cornucopia brimming over with pumpkins. – Brittney

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Color:  6

Respectable amber hue with a nice even, clean clouding. Foamy head with aggressive pouring dissipates quickly. – Rick

A hazy amber ale, with a fast moving antique white head that dissipates surprisingly fast leaving only the smallest traces of foam in it’s wake. – Brittney

A nice bone white head that lingers for a few moments before fizzling away, leaving a moderately cloudy, and ruddy orange ale that is very suggestive of the pumpkin theme, while still letting a bit of light filter through. – Mike

M- 7.5 / T- 5.5 / B- 6 / R- 5

Aroma:  6

Bready yeast notes bounce right on the nose and intermingle with pie spice in a warm blend that whets the palate. – Tim

Predominantly spicy profile with a heavy helping of nutmeg, clove, and a bit of warm cinnamon. There is a bit of ripe gourd on the retro-hale giving me a solid hope of the pumpkin mash being unique. – Mike

It has a sweet bouquet, but it doesn’t entice me very much.  A little flat. – Rick

The aroma is light but complete, not too sweet smelling with a slight dominance of clove. – Brittney

M- 6 / T- 5.5 / B- 5 / R- 3.5

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Mouth feel:  5

Crisp and light with a soda-like carbonation and a medium amount of syrupy thickness at the finish. – Brittney

Mid-bodied with a crisp brightness and some active carbonation that bodes well for a early-seasonal (read: still crazy hot outside) offering. – Tim

M- 6 / T- 5.5 / B- 7 / R- 5

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Tasting notes:  6

Good bitter tones to it. The hops really clean the sweetness off the finish to balance it out just a tad, if not unevenly. A good offering of pumpkin flavor to the body plays well with the sweet spicing. – Rick

A quiet introduction to the pumpkin season. Not overwhelming in pumpkin or spice until the finish where the sweetness, syrupiness, and spice take over.  We lose any amount of the vegetal pumpkin aspect and end up with more of a light crisp spiced ale.  For a brewer that was blatant in their attempt to create “pumpkin pie in a bottle” I think they did a pretty great job.  – Brittney

For an early fall offering, let’s call it Indian Summer, this is a light and refreshing vegetal ale that moves crisply and cleanly right from the fridge to my belly–warding off the oppressive summer heat and heralding the first hopeful wisps of autumn.  Fresh pumpkin is more pronounced in the body than the spice profile and it intermingles with some decidedly barnyard notes of straw/hay (so maybe the goat in the name, is literal as well).  Of note, as the ales temperature elevates so does the inherent sweetness of the beer. – Tim

Sweet brown sugar balances with a definitive spicy malt and a unique smokiness that I wouldn’t have guessed upon the nose. Comparable to the nose, I’m happy to find that spice doesn’t dominate this brew, and, while firmly in the Pumpkin Pie realm, it does a nice job of avoiding the ultra sweetness so many true believers tend to dislike about pumpkin ales. There’s also a great cream ale vibe that reminds me of a healthy dose of my favorite whipped pie topping that comes in a plastic tub. – Mike

M- 7 / T- 6 / B- 7 / R- 5

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Finish:  5

Surprisingly and pleasantly dry and complex with that same gourd presence from the nose lingering behind with nutmeg and a bit of tannin.  – Mike

This ale is decidedly snappy and more often than I not, I just want to keep noting how crisp and clean it is.  Ice cold, it finishes fresh with some medium-length marked by a slight astringency and some bitter hoppy notes. – Tim

Subtle and solid but does not linger.  HornyCopia is a one-night stand that doesn’t stick around for breakfast in the morning. – Brittney

M- 6.5 / T- 6 / B- 4 / R- 4.5

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Flavor balance:  5

–         Pumpkin to Spice balance: 5.5

Sweet malty notes are overshadowing the pumpkin flavor just a tad on this one. – Rick

I really dig the approach to the pumpkin here, and though the spicing is definitely not wimpy, the pumpkin shows it’s staying power in a finish that easily rivals the burst of pungent spice on the front end. – Mike

M- 6 / T- 5 / B- 6 / R- 5

–         Sweet / Dry balance: 4.5

Definitely brewed to the dry side, the sweetness only emerges as the ale sits and comes up to temperature.  Again, not particularly a problem while the mercury on the outdoor thermometer is dancing in the 90’s, but perhaps a bit too summery for later fall consumption. – Tim

It’s deceptively sweet for such a clean finishing beer. Not a fan of the sticky mouthfeel aftertaste either. – Rick

This leans dry on the back end, which helps to balance what could be an otherwise pretty heavy ale. It’s an unexpected twist given the nasal implications of liquid sugar. – Mike

M- 6 / T- 4.5 / B- 5 / R- 3.5

–         Multiple Drinkability?  5.5

It’s a touch too sweet for my tastes but, overall, decently built as a nice introduction to the pumpkin family. – Rick

This beer is very light, crisp, and very easy to drink. The only thing that would stop me from having more than two of these would be the higher amounts of carbonation. – Brittney

On a hot day, I could easily put back a pretty solid session of these.  I think it’s a good start for the season, coming in early, before all the Imperial Porters take over and the ABVs start to rise. – Tim

Firmly in the after dinner beer category, HornyCopia stays true to it’s dessert inklings. One leaves me nicely contented, but more than that might leave me in the same realm of too many dessert helpings. Bloaty and regretful. Plus, you probably want to put the kids to bed before you warp their fragile minds with anthropomorphic goat babes. – Mike

M- 6 / T- 6.5 / B- 6 / R- 3

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Overall:  5.50

M- 6.67 / T- 5.75 / B- 5.76 / R- 4.25

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