Samuel Adams Harvest Pumpkin Ale - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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3.83/5 rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Samuel Adams Harvest Pumpkin pours to a reddish/copper hue and it produces a nice, attractive head of foam that holds its own for a while, then gradually subsides and leaves a small amount of lace. The nose on this beer is interesting, featuring spices, caramel, and some nut aromas.
Samuel Adams Harvest Pumpkin has plenty of dessert- like flavors and the most noticeable are the spices and pumpkin. Nutmeg, cinnamon, and ginger are obvious, but there are some other flavors lurking, such as toasted malt, a touch of brown sugar, and some vanilla.
Tasting this beer truly is like eating dessert and as I evaluated the flavor, I kept thinking of pumpkin pies, spicy cake, and the different desserts with which this beer could easily be paired. I also kept thinking about how much I appreciate the more balanced flavor profile that still manages to taste like beer in spite of the spices. I can think of several different pumpkin beers and other seasonal products that take the spiciness way too far- to the point where they no longer seem like beer. With Samuel Adams Harvest Pumpkin, it is easy to tell that this beer has some malt character and even though the spices dominate, there is still enough malt character to balance out the flavor.
Another good quality with this beer is the fact that the flavor is more natural overall. Some pumpkin beers rely on artificial extracts to achieve their flavor, but this one uses real pumpkin and it is evident in the taste. With all things considered, the beer easily rates above average and it is one of the better pumpkin brews available.
Serving type: bottle
08-08-2012 05:13:58 | More by BryanCarey
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