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Pecan Harvest Ale - Abita Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 376
Hads: 962
rAvg: 3.37
pDev: 14.84%
Wants: 15
Gots: 99 | 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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Reviews: 376 | Hads: 962
Photo of russpowell
3.55/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Could've swore I reviewed this before...

Pours an effervescent amber/orange with 2 fingers of cream colored head. Great lacing & very nice head retention

S: Toastyness, a touch of nuttiness & grassyness

T: Toastyness, slight nuttiness, plus dryness up front, some herbal hop notes as well. Pecan hulls, brown bread & grassy notes, plus more dryness, a touch of sulphur as well. Finishes dry, nutty, & sulphury

MF: Light bodied, slight carbonation, dry

A respectable, brown, just not one I'd buy again, much like most Abita products (536 characters)

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.14/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a nice deep copper color with a tiny fizzy off white head. A little bit of a reddish hue shines through the brew when held up to the light. The head fades very fast leaving only some spots of foam on the top of the brew with a couple big bubbles seen floating atop the surface.

Smell – The aroma is sweet with lots of caramel and some toffee aromas. Mixed with these are a lightly roasted malt aroma as well as some roasted pecan smells, which when mixed with the sweeter aromas, gives a light sugar roasted nut smell. It’s rather nice.

Taste –The taste begins thin, with a lightly roasted malt and caramel taste. The flavors are on the moderate to lighter side with the sweetness beginning stronger in the front and fading as the time moves on, while the roasted flavors take the exact opposite transition. Along with these flavor transitions, some flavors of toast and a roasted nut flavor of pecan come to the tongue more toward the middle of the flavor profile. The nut grows stronger to the end and is joined by a light floral and earthy hop flavor to leave a thin semi-sweet roasted nutty flavor on the tongue.

Mouthfeel- The body of the beer is on the lighter and thinner side with a carbonation that is a bit on the higher side. While the sweetness is nicely complemented by the thinness and higher carbonation, the roasted, malty and nutty flavors of the brew would have done much better with a thicker body and a lower carbonation.

Overall –The body and flavors are a bit weak which takes the brew down a step or two, but it does have decent (but very light) flavor with some nuttiness. An alright brew but nothing special. (1,713 characters)

Photo of BeerNinja85
4.63/5  rDev +37.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

With notes of caramel and pecans this beer does not disappoint. As I drink it I imagine the pecans being added in the brewing process as I taste them. This is a great beer that will have your mouth wanting another. Abita has hit the nail on the head with this beer and I wish they sold it here in Wilson, NC. (308 characters)

Photo of hannahleedavis_k9SAR
3.55/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer did not disappoint, but it also did not exceed my expectations. It was easy to drink and had a clean finish. I would definitely drink it again and would have liked to try it on tap. Overall, I would recommend it to others wanting something different, but Abita does have better options. (296 characters)

Photo of tectactoe
2.8/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

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. (1,946 characters)

Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best before 1/22/2013. Pours fairly hazy orange amber color with a 1-2 finger dense cream colored head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of caramel, biscuit, toffee, toast, brown sugar, nuttiness, floral, and light fruitiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of malt notes. Taste of caramel, biscuit, toast, toffee, brown sugar, nuttiness, floral, and light fruitiness. Lingering notes of caramel, biscuit, toast, toffee, nuttiness, and floral on the finish for a bit. Nice and well balanced malt and nutty flavors; a little mild on flavor, but very pleasant; with no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a slightly creamy and very smooth mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with hardly any warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a good amber ale. Nice balance of flavors and very smooth to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering. (1,008 characters)

Photo of UnderPressure
3.11/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Light copper. Substantial head. Overflowed my 14 oz mug. Nice lacing and retention.

Toasted malt and biscuit in the aroma. Slight hops.

A blend of toasty malt, grains, nuttiness and slight hops in the flavor.

Thin bodied beer. Feels kinda empty. Clean finish.

This is an average beer. Fell kinda short in the mouthfeel though. (330 characters)

Photo of GossageBrewery
3.01/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Poured this American Brown Ale from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. This ale poured a brown/red color. The pour produced a small tan head, retention was poor and produced only a light amount of lace. The aroma consisted of roasted malts and caramel. Light in body, there was a foundation of roasted malt and nuttiness. Overall, this is very average. (351 characters)

Photo of EgadBananas
3.73/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a somewhat hazy (has Abita finally started bottle conditioning?!?!?) light copper coulor with a foamy beige head of a finger and a half. Great retention and lacing.

The aroma is somewhat mild with a sweetness and somewhat nutty aroma.

The taste is surprisingly nice. It's got a robust sweetness, caramel, pecan nuttiness, slight toffee and toasted bread.

The feel is light, but has a nice somewhat velvety texture, smooth and easy drinking.

One of Abita better tasting brews. (486 characters)

Photo of chinchill
3.54/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (401 characters)

Photo of Mojo
3.36/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle -> dimpled mug

This beer pours up a gorgeous beautiful crystal clear copper with one finger of off white head, not much retention, and a moderate amount of lacing. Smell is fairly strong but one dmensional. I mostly detect notes of pine. Taste is an initial small amount of sweet malt, follwed by a bigger amount of pecan flavor. Mouthfeel is average with a mild but not unpleasant aftertaste. Pass on this one unless it is FREE!! (450 characters)

Photo of cousineddy
2.88/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a transparent copper with two fingers of tan head, good lacing

Smell: malt and toffee, get a slight nutty pecan note towards the end.

Taste: Not a huge amount of flavor, almost no hops, I get a slight pecan note at the end but not as much as i had hoped

Mouthfeel: Thin and fizzy, drinkable, but just not much there.

Overall: Slightly dissapointed by this one, been looking for it for a while. Not bad, just won't be buying this one again. (461 characters)

Photo of hardy008
1.76/5  rDev -47.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

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. (441 characters)

Photo of Treyliff
3.29/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- pours a bright copper orange with a creamy light tan head that sustains well with some pretty good lace

S- sweet malt with just a bit if spicy hops kick, not getting much of a nutty aroma.

T- the nuttiness is more traceable in the taste, sweet and malty with just a trace of hop bitterness in the finish.

M- medium body and carbonation, slightly fuzzy mouthfeel ad a bit slick on the finish.

O- a decent seasonal, sweet and malty, but I found myself looking for more pecans. They were there, but just a trace. (517 characters)

Photo of bulldog91
2.09/5  rDev -38%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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. (446 characters)

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.3/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours orange amber with an off-white, 2 finger head. Average retention.

Smell - Caramel, moderate pecan nuttiness, and a brown sugar sweetness.

Taste - Lighter in flavor than in the nose, but what's there begins with a malty sweetness and an underlying tone of pecan nuttiness. A faint bit of earthy bitterness pops in mid-taste and lingers. Ends with a more moderate pecan nut finish, then dies out quickly.

Mouthfeel - Light in body with a fair amount of carbonation. Smooth and easy to drink.

Overall - I was hoping for a more assertive brew, but with Abita I should have known better. The flavor that's there isn't half bad, but it feels like half a flavor. Won't buy again; there are plenty of better browns with more to offer. (750 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

i dont care what anyone says, i like this beer. not too many brewers use straight up nuts that i am aware of, and this beer features the pecan pretty well. the pours is that of an english brown ale, caramel brown, not too dark, with a foamy off white head an inch or so tall. the nose is real woody, not like oak, but like a two by four. really. some sweeter malts with a good toast on them as well as a touch of sweetness also add to the aroma. flavor matches well with the smell, its really dense and woody tasting, with the nuts obviously contributing more meat than sweet here. a little sugary in the finish, but hardly offensive. the mouthfeel works, bigger body but it remains pretty easy drinking with its vibrant carbonation and smooth finish. i put a 6er of these down pretty quick, and recommend this beer to anyone who is up for something a little different. (869 characters)

Photo of Immortale25
3.54/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Ninkasi Brewing pint glass. Bottleneck says Best By 01/16/13.

A- Pours a dark amber color with a 1/2 inch off-white head that doesn't retain well before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and half a sheet of surface foam. Slippery slivers of lacing.

S- Toasty, nutty aroma brings about notes of pecan (naturally), hazelnut and toffee. Somewhat sweet.

T- Flavor is also toasty and has more of a vanilla characteristic than the nose. More hazelnut notes but that's about it. Overall profile lacks much depth. Light alcohol.

M- Not as full as the flavor implies with medium-low carbonation and a thin body.

O- Kind of reminds me of Turbodog light. Easy to drink but not enjoyable unless in a party setting where the flavor of the drink takes a backseat to the social aspect. (805 characters)

Photo of scvance
3.06/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear amber color with a large white head. Color really reminds me of roasted pecans and fall. Aroma is fairly mild, there's a slight nutty and malty sweetness to it, as well as a slight earthy note. Taste was pretty mild as well, earthy with a little roasted character. I think maybe I get a little nutty pecan flavor, maybe I'm just imagining it. Fairly highly carbonated and a medium body. It's a pleasant, easy drinking beer. Mouthfeel is rather oily, it feels like my mouth is being coated in oil with every sip, not very pleasant. Overall I was really disappointed with this beer, it looked so promising from the poor, but it just went downhill from there. Nothing spectacular about this one, and the oily characteristics just don't work for me. I won't be having this beer again. (835 characters)

Photo of BeerNoobNC
3.75/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I decided to try this because I like Turbodog and Southern Pecan. Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. All around, this beer is pretty mild. In the nose, I get a slight hint of a sweet caramel flavor and a hint of the nuts. In the flavor, I think it is basically a less complex and milder form of Turbodog (though similar) , but I get a little more from the nut flavor. It also pours a lot lighter color (light brown) than most brown ales (especially English brown ales like Turbodog) but is very drinkable. This beer still has a lot of flavor though and it is definitely worth a try, and I would say it is a good example of the style. (638 characters)

Photo of RussBecker1
2.61/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Not a whole lot to this beer. The scent of pecan is there and there are flashes of it in the taste, but that really is about all. The beer does look nice however, pouring a golden orange with a nice head, but as far as the other components I was disappointing. It really is too bad because the pecan flavor itself does taste nice and fresh but it needs to be paired with something to make this beer shine. Whether it be cinnamon, chocolate, or roasted malts anything would have really enhanced the flavoring but this was not the case. (534 characters)

Photo of acevenom
4.47/5  rDev +32.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass. Pours amber with an off-white head. The beer appears to be well-carbonated. The head retains very well. Some lacing is left on the side of the glass during consumption. The pecan aroma comes through in the smell, adding a complementary subtle nuttiness to the sweet and bready malts. There's an earthy aroma present as well, which is a product of the Willamette hops. The flavor is of nutty pecan with the roasted malts up front. There's some mild sweetness in there from the caramel malt and some back end hop bitterness. The hops bring some of those earthy flavors I picked up in the nose. The body is light to medium with strong carbonation. The beer is smooth with high drinkability. This is an excellent beer. (740 characters)

Photo of Suds
3.4/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer is a honey-amber colored, clear liquid. The head is modest but leaves an enticing lace. It's aroma is enticing....nutty, sweet, slightly malty....a little toasted bread. Some caramel and honey. The flavor is balanced, but not really dovetailed with the smell. A little oily, some pale and toasted malt taste. Not really sweet, but no serious bitterness either. Nut flavor is present, especially in the hind-taste. Medium, trending light, in body. It could be more full in flavor and mouthfeel. Still, I imagine that this is a difficult beer to craft, and it is nonetheless very well done. (598 characters)

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.35/5  rDev +29.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Abita Pecan Harvest Ale has a medium, creamy, cream-colored head, prominent lacing, and a clear, bubbly, amber appearance. The aroma is of sweet, roasted malts, wood, and some mustiness. Taste is of the same, with a slight hop bitterness at the end of the sip. Mouthfeel is medium and semi-soft, and Abita Pecan Harvest Ale finished mostly dry, refreshing, and very drinkable. This is excellent.

RJT (401 characters)

Photo of brother_rat
3.51/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had a bottle of the Pecan Harvest Ale, poured into a regular pint glass. I assume it was fresh, and from this year.

A: A very nice, appetizing orange-brown body. Poured a nice strong brownish head, and carbonation continued to bubble up. Some lacing.

S: A bit of a nut smell when opening the bottle and pouring, nothing overpowering and a bit disappointing. After the initial burst, just had a malty/brown ale smell--which wasn't bad, but could have been stronger.

T: A very smooth taste, very malty: malt forward and that maltiness lingers. Had notes of maple and caramel and nuts (not surprising there), and an overall roasted feel. Couldn't tell that the nut was pecan, though, rather than just some roasted nut.

M: Despite the rich color and roasted, nutty flavor, very light on the tongue. Not full bodied. Felt lightly carbonated, which I prefer, and very drinkable, like real ale on draught.

O: Could have been nuttier and more complex, but this was overall very tasty and drinkable, and I think it would pair well with a bunch of foods and baked goods that I like: smoked meats, maple foods, pancakes/breakfast foods, shoofly pie. Not a bad breakfast beer. (1,173 characters)

Pecan Harvest Ale from Abita Brewing Co.
77 out of 100 based on 376 ratings.