Sunday, March 4, 2012

Fordham Spiced Harvest Ale

Spiced Harvest Ale
Brewed by:
Fordham Brewing Company
Dover, Delaware USA

Herbed / Spiced Beer

6.60% ABV

Commercial Description:
Our Newest Fall Seasonal is light Amber in color with a medium body, spiced with Cinnamon, Ginger, Clove & Allspice.
OH YEAH, we also added Pumpkins in it during the last half hour of the boiling process!
This new seasonal can be found in the New Fordham VPACK

General Pricing:
N/A Inactive Seasonal, no local pricing available.

I’m backtracking to a couple fall beers. My friend Joe just gave me a couple fall seasonals and I thought it would be a good diversion from the heavier stouts that I have been reviewing. This pumpkin ale came highly recommend and I can’t wait to see what it’s like.

The beer pours a slightly hazy amber with orange hues and a fairly rich off white head.

The nose is delightful with aromas of caramel malts and natural pumpkin along with spicy notes.

Wow, what a great first sip. This is smooth and full of natural pumpkin flavors with a pleasant light spice on the finish.

This wonderful experience starts out with a touch a caramel malt sweetness up front on the tip of the tongue. That is followed by a tingling effervescence as the ale washes over the tongue in the middle of the sip. The back-end is very easy drinking with an effortless swallow. There is also a carbonation release during the swallow what masks some flavors. The finish is where this beer really comes together. There are nice caramel malt flavors and the most exquisite natural pumpkin on the finish along with spicy notes of cinnamon and clove. The final aftertaste is of light malts and some spice.

There is also hardiness to this beer. It’s an interesting feeling of being full and satisfied.

As the beer warms it just gets better. The flavors are richer and the mouthfeel is smooth, almost creamy now.

This has all the flavors of a pumpkin pie and the creaminess of the mouthfeel gives the allusion of whip cream on top.

These last few sips where at room temperature and simply amazing.

This is an A+ for me; hands down the best pumpkin ale that I’ve had.

A+ | Fordham Spiced Harvest Ale is a delicious Pumpkin Ale hardily full of natural pumpkin flavors and spice along with a smooth creamy mouthfeel leaves you with the illusion of just finishing a slice of pumpkin pie with a whip cream topping. 


  1. John,
    With your permission, we would like to use this review in our press release for Spiced Harvest Ale this year.

    Please shoot me an email at to let me know if that is alright.

    Lauren Bigelow
    Marketing Coordinator
    Fordham and Dominion Brewing

    1. Lauren,
      I would be honored. Thanks for noticing my little blog. I'll send you a separate email on this and an up coming Event that I'm sponsoring. I would love to have this beer there.
      Thanks again,