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Pecan Harvest Ale - Abita Brewing Co.

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940 Ratings
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Ratings: 940
Reviews: 379
rAvg: 3.33
pDev: 15.62%
Wants: 11
Gots: 80 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Abita Brewing Co. visit their website
Louisiana, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: acrawf6 on 02-05-2007

Pecan Harvest Ale is made with real Louisiana pecans that have been toasted to perfection. That makes it something really special, because most beers with a nutty flavor or aroma aren’t made with real nuts. The natural oils from the Louisiana pecans give the ale a light pecan finish and aroma.

20 IBU
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3.62/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.03/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

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3.74/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bigpoppa67
3.24/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of jrob21
3/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of PretzelCity
3.29/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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2.15/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

BOTTLE: 12 fl oz. Brown glass. Generally appealing label art. Branded orange pry-off pressure cap.

5.2% ABV. Reviewed live as a brown ale given the label calls it a pecan ale and I assume any nut ale is a brown ale unless explicitly informed otherwise. Served cold into a pilsner glass and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Expectations are average; I'm suspicious of the terminology "flavored ale" listed on the label, which makes me think this might taste like artificial pecan extract.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: 1.5 fingers wide. Off-white colour. Average thickness, creaminess, fullness, consistency, and complexion. Above average (~3 minute) retention. Leaves no lacing as it recedes.

BODY: Clear deep dark copper of above average vibrance. Clean; no yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible.

Appears well-carbonated. In short, it looks nothing like a brown ale. It's closer to an amber or even an IPA to be honest. Far from unique or special, but generally appealing, sure.

AROMA: Heavy caramelization. Artificial pecan/pecan extract/pecan flavoring. A hint of orange is present, but it medicinal and off-putting; Delsym cough syrup comes to mind. Toastiness, with a faint burnt character. Definitely seems too sweet, though the artificial pecan notes disguise the malts.

No yeast character or overt alcohol is detectable.

Overall, I find it off-putting and oddly artificial. Aromatic intensity is average.

TASTE: Buttery diacetyl announces itself, which is quite unwelcome - especially alongside the extract-redolent artificial pecan character. No legitimate nut notes are present whatsoever. Has way too much sweetness, as well as overly prominent caramelization. The Delsym cough syrup/artificial orange fruit character I found on the aroma manifests in the taste, and is even worse than I feared. There's a strange absence of brown malts and authentic nuttiness, making this a terrible brown ale - if that's what it's intended to be. In actuality, it drinks closer to an amber - albeit a rather poor one.

Shallow, simple, and uninspired. It fails at the fundamentals; the pecan character is poorly executed and it's largely an unevocative build (regardless of which style you approach it as). I can't say I like it.

TEXTURE: Overcarbonated, unrefreshing, sticky, syrupy, overly thick, overly full-bodied, and overly heavy on the palate, with a poor overall presence. This texture fails to elevate the beer or to accentuate any of the flavour profile's constituent notes. Not a good companion to the taste by any means. In its defense, though, it's not coarse or dry, but instead opts aptly for smoothness and wetness. It's also not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, harsh, scratchy or rough. But boy does it need work.

OVERALL: A poor stab at a pecan ale with few redeeming characteristics, this subpar offering from Abita is best left on the shelf. Not undrinkable, but the medicinal off character combined with its inherent artificiality really brings it down for me. I wouldn't drink another if it was offered to me for free. Ugh.

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3.57/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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3.12/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3.01/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

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3.01/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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2.96/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

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3.25/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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3.28/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3.38/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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3.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.16/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle
A - Clear reddish amber, almost like iced tea, with thin head and no visible carbonation
S - I actually thought I caught a whiff of apple or pineapple upon opening the bottle which gave way to molassas, brown sugar and nut
T - A bit weak with no real dominance; the smell gives high expectations for a taste that lets you down.
F - Thin, little carbonation, very slightly dry
O - Nothing remarkable; the best part are the smells when drinking, everything else is simply average; I didn't get the pecan nut flavors that I was expecting, which was a bit of a let down

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3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

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4/5  rDev +20.1%

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3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

I was a nervous excited to try this, knowing I don't love pecan flavored things, but that this couldn't possibly taste like only pecans, and I was relieved to see that it didn't. There's enough of a hint to know it's a strange brew of sorts, but plenty of your typical beer ingredients to remind you this is just a fun experiment that you'd want to drink again.

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3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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3/5  rDev -9.9%

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3.64/5  rDev +9.3%

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Pecan Harvest Ale from Abita Brewing Co.
76 out of 100 based on 940 ratings.