Samuel Adams Harvest Pumpkin Ale - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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3.8/5 rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
This poured an unexpected ruby red. There was decent head formation with fairly generic bottle carbonation. At first glimpse I was not sure if I was drinking a watery Robitussin, however, I will give chances because thats what a good advocate would do.
Lacing is fairly minimal and the head did disappear withing 1 minute.
I haven't smelled a mass produced beer in awhile. I'm sorry, but there are distinctive craft aromas I typically look for and this beer doesn't have any of them. Agitating the beer (by gently swirling in my Duvel tulip) produces a very subtle fruit flavor along with head re-formation. I normally don't have to try so hard to get a whiff of something, anything, a new beer has to offer.
Malty with a hoppy bitterness, and possibly a faint floral/spice blend. There is a roasted malt taste that seems to linger, but I was looking for a more roasted chestnut (or any seasonal flavor) flavor for a beer being hailed as a "pumpkin ale." It's still a good beer nonetheless, I can't say it is completely devoid of all complexities.
This beer is light and bitter. Between the dark roastiness and hoppy bitterness, the beer needs to be a tad warmer than standard cool-fridge temperatures. Letting the beer warm seems to make simple improvements in how my mouth is responding to the ale. It's a better-than-average start to what is evolving into a long Fall beer holiday and I'm just happy the variety packs finally aren't full of Cherry Wheats and Hefeweizens.
The beer is easy to put down. There is some bitter, some malty, and some subtle complexity. For the price, I may have gone with the long trail survival pack instead (at a savings of $1!!).
I've found that the warmer temperatures are better at bringing out the spice and would advise you let temperatures rise as well.
Serving type: bottle
09-20-2010 02:49:03 | More by ThePorterSorter
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