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Pecan Harvest Ale - Abita Brewing Co.

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Pecan Harvest AlePecan Harvest Ale

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Ratings: 765
Reviews: 361
rAvg: 3.34
pDev: 15.87%
Wants: 10
Gots: 19 | 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:
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

(Beer added by: acrawf6 on 02-05-2007)
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New Jersey

1/5  rDev -70.1%

12-14-2011 19:32:02 | More by FrankyLikesIt
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1/5  rDev -70.1%

01-27-2012 07:31:01 | More by bmcduff2
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1/5  rDev -70.1%

10-13-2013 22:47:48 | More by kyleeliot
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1/5  rDev -70.1%

10-19-2012 02:35:17 | More by tmars13
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South Carolina

1/5  rDev -70.1%

07-21-2013 05:35:02 | More by bmjivi221
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1.02/5  rDev -69.5%

Poured a cloudy brownish-yellow color. The appearance was similar to that of peanutbutter mixed with marshmellow Fluff. The smell was bad. No Pecan smell or fruit smell at all. It had a faint smell of band aids. The taste was even worse. It tasted like a watered down Samuel Adams. I am still uncertain where they hid the Pecans at in this one. It had an earthy/leathery taste.

The mouthfeel was terrible. The only predominat feel was water. The beer was minimally carbonated.

Stay away from this one.

11-03-2007 13:35:18 | More by mymrnngjckt
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1.25/5  rDev -62.6%

I really didn't like this beer which is unusual for me though. I like the Abita beers but this one was too bitter and had nothing in the way of interesting flavors to redeem itself. I wouldn't buy it again and I wouldn't drink it if it were free! Not one of their better efforts. Purple Haze and Strawberry Harvest are both must better beer.

05-16-2010 22:46:57 | More by LimoBarbie
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1.5/5  rDev -55.1%

07-05-2013 14:17:58 | More by IPAchris
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1.73/5  rDev -48.2%

Pours orange with a small off white head with fair retention and spotty lacing. Has a light aroma of brown sugar and caramel, but not pecans. Disappointing aroma.

taste is also somewhat watery with some brown sugar, caramel, and a bit of toasted malt. I can't say that I taste any pecans though. Has a somewhat watered down sweet flavor.

Light bodied with below average carbonation. Simply not a good beer. I will avoid this in the future.

12-22-2012 15:26:54 | More by hardy008
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1.75/5  rDev -47.6%

11-17-2012 02:29:20 | More by TheBigBoy
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1.85/5  rDev -44.6%

Single bottle bought at City Wide in South Bend. Pecan beer....um..ok. Label description has too mnay nut-related puns on it for my taste. Pours red and brown with yellow hints. Thin white head with weak lacing. Looks kind of oily. Smalls nutty, somewhat. Also has a kind of gross old garbage odor and malt-liquory alcohol notes. Not much flavor in the attack. Some bitterness and caramel. Pecan rises briefly along with a reasonable maltiness in the middle but that fades to a memory and all I'm left with is an ethanol tang like i just took a big old swig of Colt 45. Mouthfeel is thin and oily. It occurs to me as i drink this that Abita needs to take advantage of their brewpub when they get the urge to brew a beer with Pecans or some other crazy thing. Brewpub patrons love to get something odd and off the wall, even if it doesn't taste very good. But apparantly they decided they would bottle some of the brewpub beers. Bad move. This beer is a muddled loser of a drink.

11-16-2007 14:10:14 | More by aforbes10
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1.88/5  rDev -43.7%

Poured from 12oz bottle.

A- Pours a coppery amber color. Half finger off white head forms from hard pour and shows poor retention. No lacing on the sides of the glass.

S- Bready caramel malts with no real other aromas that creep up or anything. There is some muted nutty aroma but it is so far in the background it really doesn't matter.

T- Caramel malts in the front end are very bready. This pretty much lends itself over the entire beer and no other flavors dominate it at any given point in time. Light nutty flavor once again is muted but only shows up in the final part of the beer for a split second.

M- Light-medium mouthfeel. Carbonation was high but I expect that from Abita beers. Caramel malts dominate everything from the palate to the aftertaste. Flavors were unbalanced to what the style was. No off flavors though were present which was nice. Light alcohol drying on the palate.

D- This beer was drinkable but not enjoyable. A good malt bomb I suppose but only if you like the sweet caramel malts just rushing at you. I would like to see more pecans or nutty flavor to this beer and I think it would work out nice. A overall drain pour if I hadn't have split it with a friend.

02-26-2011 17:49:53 | More by alleykatking
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1.93/5  rDev -42.2%

12 oz. bottle

A: 1 finger head, amber color.

S: Smells of pecan and some caramel. Decent smell with slight spice as well.

T: Bitter - heavy unnatural pecan palate. This gbeer had potential but didn't deliver.

M/D: Decent mouthfeel, not bad or good.

Simple, pleasant but not extraordinary beer.

10-08-2009 18:32:46 | More by jt31914
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North Dakota

2/5  rDev -40.1%

09-14-2013 02:22:48 | More by olliegaff
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New Jersey

2/5  rDev -40.1%

05-02-2012 20:24:50 | More by olympicgatorade
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2/5  rDev -40.1%

07-16-2014 13:44:09 | More by Walkerjgt
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2/5  rDev -40.1%

09-12-2012 00:46:47 | More by TypsiYpsi
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2.05/5  rDev -38.6%

best by 01/26/12

pours bright clear copper - 2 finger off white head that faded fast and left no lacing

smells of all malt

tasted much like the nose all malt nutty malt - little metal

mouthfeel was very thin and watery with low carbonation

overall - not impressed - no roast no chocolate - not an american brown

09-18-2011 00:33:30 | More by jsh420
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District of Columbia

2.05/5  rDev -38.6%

I got this on the sale rack at the Vienna Whole Foods for $0.99.

I pour this into a Magic Hat pint glass:

A: Crisp, golden/amber color, with about half a fingers worth of head and moderate carbonation.

S: I carmamel scent is very reminiscent of a Payday candy bar and brown sugar also plays one of the supporting roles.

T: Watery, thin, but with a faint but distinct nutty taste. The brown sugar is in the aftertaste and doesn't taste fresh and almost nauseating.

M: A mild acetone sort of burn takes center stage, and a Macro muck-like taste (ala. Miller Lite, Budweiser, etc.) is evident.

D: The yummy sounding title of this brew may be tantalizing, but the realization of that idea presented here is not good.

09-22-2010 20:55:00 | More by Chaney
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2.1/5  rDev -37.1%

Pours a dark gold with an orange tint
Smell is not pleasant. No sweet, no pecan and not a pleasant smell here.
Taste is watery. An ale. No sweet, no pecans, just an ale. Not a bad ale, but an ale. With no pecans.
Nothing remarkable about its mouthfeel.
Overall, a disappointment. It intrigued me enough to buy it, with hopes of a nutty and/or sweet ping to it. Neither was there. A good beer for summer, maybe, easy drinking, but not much to it.

11-15-2012 01:46:24 | More by bulldog91
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2.13/5  rDev -36.2%

12oz brown bottle. Poured into a tulip it forms a meaty head but fizzles rather quickly to an outer ring. Orange body with medium carbonation.

After reading the back label and stating it was brewed with real louisiana pecans it sounded very interesting. If you advertise nuts then for gods sake it should be at least detectable. I got very little to no nutty flavor at first and when it warmed it was in the backdrop and some residuals left on the palate at the finish. This is a ho-hum offering built on a great premise but falls short. Mouthfeel is kind of fizzy as well.

Notes: A decent to below average brew.

01-25-2008 03:46:03 | More by DogFood11
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2.13/5  rDev -36.2%

A- An aggressive pour revealed a small head with lacing on the bottle and a little retention

S- some malts, nothing really worth noting

T- Ale like, some malt biscut, a very light amount of nuts

M - high carbonation level, kinda thin

D- one and done. Very light for a brown ale and little to no nut flavor

02-12-2011 22:00:52 | More by nas5755
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2.25/5  rDev -32.6%

09-06-2013 23:04:49 | More by fullmoonbeer
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New Jersey

2.28/5  rDev -31.7%

A: Pours a extremely pale brown with an aggressive head that quickly fades to a thin layer leaving little lacing.

S: This one seems to be aromatically challenged. There is a small hint of something nut-like with perhaps a bit of toffee, but overall this doesn't smell like anything at all.

T: I was hoping this might be like Southern Pecan from Lazy Magnolia, but alas this is a very watery, uninspired ale. About the only place that any pecan shows through is in the oily finish, but even the base brown ale lacks any character. As you'd expect, there's not much in the way of hops, but regrettably, there's little in the way of malt either.

M: Very watery, low carbonation.

O: Back to the drawing board with this one. Good pecan beers can be done, but this isn't a good example at all.

08-20-2011 21:40:06 | More by speter
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2.33/5  rDev -30.2%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a mug. Reviewed live.

A- Finger width off-white head. Weak retention and some watery lacing. Surprisingly orange color for a brown ale. Clouded orange-brown with heavy carbonation.

S- Mid-roast malts and toasted pecans. Sweet smell like a pecan pie. Also some strange baby food smells.

T- Sweet and very simple, the pecans don't really come through. Very watery flavor.

M- Quite light, not very well developed.

O- I was exited to try a pecan beer, but this was not well executed.

02-17-2012 23:02:03 | More by Murrhey
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Pecan Harvest Ale from Abita Brewing Co.
76 out of 100 based on 765 ratings.