Pecan Harvest Ale - Abita Brewing Co.
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Reviews by DoubleJ:
3.6/5 rDev +7.8%
I usually don't have the opportunity to try pecans, so I find it odd that I will be getting my lastest dose of them through a beer. From a twist-off top bottle, on to the beer:
Pours pale copper into my glass, the beer settles in as filtered pale copper with a big fuzzy head at first before slowing receeding. The aroma is pleasant, toffeeish, and nutty; the pecans are worked nicely in the nose. In fact, the pecans are worked nicely in the taste as well. It's light enough for the sub-tropical weather from where it hails, but flavorful enough to keep you interested. Toffee and nuts prevail on the palate, with a hoppy note lingering on in the aftertaste. Certainly worth a try.
04-28-2008 03:45:30 | More by DoubleJ
More User Reviews:
3.6/5 rDev +7.8%
A pecan harvest ale something different to try,poured a beautiful rich amber/brown with a tight formed well sustained 1/2 white head very nice to look at.Very muted aromas a little of the nuttiness imparted from the pecans and a touch of caramel not much hop presence to be had,mild but "nice" flavors a little nutty and on the drier side with some biscuit qualities a bit of residual earthiness in the finish.Nothing remarkable about this beer but its food friendly and has a little flavor.
10-18-2007 14:02:17 | More by oberon
2.73/5 rDev -18.3%
Pecan Harvest Ale ironically pours a soft pecan shade of brown with some copper and even dark-amber flashing around the edges. Mild clarity throughout, capped with a thin, off-white layer of soapy and borderline-fizzy head. No lacing of any kind, as the head only lasts for about thirty seconds or so before it's gone forever.
I would suspect that the aroma of a beer like this be primarily malt-heavy, and my suspicions were confirmed upon taking a whiff of the beer. Caramel malts, toast, biscuit, and a bit of wood-laden nuttiness in the finish. The aroma is actually kind of nice, albeit somewhat subdued and quiet compare to many other brown ales. Hops are virtually excluded, save for an ever-so-slight hint of grass that occasionally pops out somewhere between the sea of malt.
Unfortunately, you'll find fairly quickly that the taste leaves much to be desired. Saying that the aroma is underpowered quickly becomes old news once you finally take a sip. Somewhat watered down, with a very mild bruising of all the flavors listed in the aroma. Some carmael, some biscuit and breadiness, and faint nuts. But it's so thin and contempt that it's hard to really enjoy the flavors like they should be enjoyed.
Needless to say at this point, the mouth feel was pretty much hand-in-hand with the flavor in terms of expectations and disappointment. Watery, thin, slick, and leaving a slightly crisp and dry aftertaste. Speaking of aftertaste, there isn't much here. There's a very slight residual malt and wood flavor that gets left behind, but shortly after you've swallowed your sip it becomes easily forgotten.
Based on the aroma, I thought this one was gonna turn out better, but the flavor was just so vapid and mind-numbingly underwhelming. The sad thing is, the flavors were/are actually pretty decent, but they unfortunately become an afterthought to the watered-down nature of this American Brown Ale. Started solid, finished mediocre.
05-02-2013 11:51:50 | More by tectactoe
3.68/5 rDev +10.2%
A- orangey amber with a half-inch, frothy off white head.
S- Quite nutty up front with faint biscuit and sweet malt.
T- Malty, nutty flavor drowns out anything else that could be noticeable. It's like a less complex nut brown ale.
M&D- Smooth, light medium body that I could see a lot of Abita fans really digging and drinking quite a bit of. For me, one or two and i'm done.
09-11-2009 22:40:58 | More by brownbeer
3.43/5 rDev +2.7%
Pours a copper orange hue with great clarity and an off white head. Aromas of sweet caramel and a big, bold nuttiness. Somewhat buttery with a real pecan aroma.
First sip brings caramel nuttiness that flows down with a nice sweetness as well. Slightly buttery flavors mix in along with a sweet bread flavor as well. Nice and crisp, the finishes leaves a touch of pecan and some herbal hops as well.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied and kind of slick. Goes down easily. An interesting brew but ultimately doesn't really grab me. Worth a try on a single though and a cool concept as I always like to see something different.
09-29-2007 16:58:00 | More by orbitalr0x
3.43/5 rDev +2.7%
The beer is a clear, light brown with an great, dense head and amazing carbonation visible in the glass.
The smell has a base smell like an amber with a hint of pecans (obviously). It is sweet and malty. The pecan smell is not overpowering.
The beer is light to medium bodied. The sweetness at the start is short lived followed by a prolonged bitterness from the hops. There is a slight nuttiness throughout.
10-29-2008 17:42:02 | More by nem2006
3.9/5 rDev +16.8%
Appearance: caramel color, medium carbonation, medium head
Smell: nuts--possibly hazel nuts, honey, and toasted malt
Taste: very malty, small caramel, small nutty taste especially in the aftertaste
Mouthfeel: smooth and sweet
Drinkability: I like it, especially as a seasonal fall ale. It has an interesting taste..I could easily session this.
02-07-2009 05:15:55 | More by tigg924
3.08/5 rDev -7.8%
The beer pours an orange-amber color with a white head. The aroma is full of toffee and bread malt. I get a little bit of nuttyness in the aroma but there is nothing that screams pecans. The flavor features some light pecan notes as well as some toffee malt. The beer is fairly dry overall. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.
07-19-2011 01:08:47 | More by Mora2000
3.2/5 rDev -4.2%
12oz bottle poured into an oversized tulip. No bottle dating but should be from this season.
A: Two and a half finger pillowy white head. Body is a beautiful amber brown and very clear.
S: Toasted grain and nuttiness. Light caramel and a touch of coffee.
T: Lightly nutty, faint grassy hops.
M: Carbonation high. Thin and watery. Very easy to drink.
O: A disappointment. Lacking in flavor and complexity. Should be so much more.
09-26-2012 01:57:49 | More by mjtiernan
3.33/5 rDev -0.3%
Reviewed from notes while on vacation in myrtle beach
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a standard pint glass. Beer pours a very light nut brown. Firm pour results in a one finger head that diminishes rapidly leaving no lace.
Nose- Roasted pecans dominate the nose. To a lesser extent, caramel and toffee are present.
Taste- Pleasant, nuttiness, toasted pecan, brown sugar sweet.
Mouthfeel- A little zippy, tons of carbonation, but pleasant.
Drinkability- very good, nice and light albeit a tad sweet.
09-02-2008 01:46:12 | More by Kraken
3.45/5 rDev +3.3%
Very light hops and malts, typical of a standard ale: think of a slightly more flavorful version of a Bud. Abita, however, has infused this brew with the natural oils that come from pecans, and this extra layer gives the beer a nice, very subtle nutty flavor. It's by no means overpowering; in fact, if you didn't know the pecan layer was there, you probably wouldn't be able to pick it out. But it does add an allure that the ale would otherwise lack.
08-14-2011 16:13:21 | More by jondeelee
4.15/5 rDev +24.3%
This was an interesting brew to say the least. I liked it, it was a casual Brown Ale, approachable to both beer aficionados and Bud drinkers alike. The light body is not intimidating, however makes up for flavor and aroma.
The smell, is somewhat roasted, earthy, and nutty. You really do smell pecans in this brew.
The head dissipates quickly, leaving little lacing.
The taste is smooth, dry, and nutty. The finish is light and refreshing, and leaves you wanting to go for another sip.
This is a decent brew.
12-07-2010 02:43:45 | More by StevenBilodeau
3.95/5 rDev +18.3%
Appears clear dark copper brown hue with a large bright off white head leaves behind fine intricate lacing as it dwindles down. Aroma has a nice peacan roastiness about it with caramel accents. Mild herbal hop additions come through as well very nice balanced nose to it. Flavors have a reserved nutty character ala the pecan additions. Moderate sweetness with caramel malts surrounding the roasted pecan flavors ample bitterness this is a nice fall beer that I will be willing to drink again and again. Motuhfeel is light to medium bodied range a bit of residual sweetness adss some extra texture to it, moderate carbonation. Drinkability is solid easy to drain nicely doen additive, pecans were very natural with earthiness proving there was no extract to creat a cloying mess, nice brew.
09-06-2008 20:16:47 | More by WVbeergeek
3.56/5 rDev +6.6%
12 oz 2012 bottle served in a snifter.
Poured deep amber with a proper tan head that had limited retention.
Only lightly nutty in the nose, this has a fine nutty flavor that lingers in the aftertaste. About 50/50 sweet/bitter balance overall.
Medium body and carbonation with a rather dry finish.
O: Readily recommended as a budget nut ale. Excellent with guacamole and should be great with cheese.
01-07-2013 16:05:27 | More by chinchill
Pecan Harvest Ale from Abita Brewing Co.
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