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Samuel Adams Fat Jack Double Pumpkin Ale - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Samuel Adams Fat Jack Double Pumpkin AleSamuel Adams Fat Jack Double Pumpkin Ale

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Reviews: 247
Hads: 1,319
Avg: 3.71
pDev: 36.39%
Wants: 94
Gots: 274 | FT: 3
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Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Fall

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Beer added by: TMoney2591 on 10-03-2011

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Photo of Scotchboy
3.38/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber poured into a pint glass.

A: Clear coppery gold with a smaller amount of off-white head with some lacing left behind.

S: Pumpkin, gourd, squash...whatever you want to call it, that vegetal character is strong in this one...typical spices (nutmeg, ginger, cinnamon) seem to be muted...hint of vanilla.

T: The straight-up pumpkin flavors are here too, dominant but with a noticeable caramel/toffee malt backbone with hints of sweetness to pull the vegetable/herbal character back into check a bit...faint nutmeg is detectable too.

MF: Creamy feel, lower carbonation, medium body with some dryness on the finish.

O: Feels like a 'miss' for my palate but its not a bad beer overall. Just too much like pumpkin and not enough like sweet-pumpkin-pie-dessert for me. YMMV.

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Photo of brewskifan55
3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a snifter

A: Clear burgundy color. A quarter finger white head that turns to bubbles. Decent lacing.

S: Not picking up a lot here. Light spices, some pumpkin. Just doesn't stimulate the olfactory.

T: A real surprise here. More bourbon than pumpkin. Sweet, robust. A late pumpkin arrival. As it warms, cherries and plums pop up. Then the cherries dominate.

M: Medium to heavy with frothy carbonation.

O: for a pumpkin ale, this doesn't fit the bill. For an abbey ale, it's just right. Dark fruits overrule the pumpkin and stay all night for a pleasant sipper.

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Photo of Lemke10
4.04/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This pours a medium brown color with a creamy, off-white head. The aroma is full of pumpkin and spice. The texture is much creamier then I would have expected. The mixture of pumpkin and spice is just right with a great finish. Finishes with a touch of lingering cinnamon. It still doesn’t rival the taste of Pumking, but it is still very good in it’s own way!

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in an over-sized tulip.

Appearance: Clear dark amber, head rose to maybe 1/3" orange tinted white with little strength to the head dissipating to about nothing with half a sip.

Smell: Light nutmeg and hard pumpkin, my only problem is that it is light. Comes and goes pretty quickly.

Taste: Nice complex favor, little sweet with a light spicy feel to it.

Mouth: Medium carbonation, not a notch higher and wouldn't have it any other way. Toasty and smooth.

Overall: Good beer, not the most extravagant pumpkin ale but definitely a keeper this Autumn. I really like the pumpkin ales the give a zest that is definitely needed during the season, this is definitely a top five pumpkin but at the cusp of five. Drink up and you won't be disappointed. Salud!

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Photo of scootny
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 32 oz growler from DeCicco's in Ardsley. Nice clear cola color with a decent somewhat creamy light khaki head. Some bits of lace here and there. Smell is roasty with toffee notes. Pumpkin is laced with a fair amount of spice. Some dark bread and dark figgy/plum sweetness. A touch of alcohol too. Taste is a bit forward on the spice but it works with the sticky sweet pie like malt and gourd blend to come across nicely. Broad malt core gives a good bready "crust" for the pie flavors to ride on. Nutmeg, cinnamon, vanilla, they are all here and in harmony. As I continue with this one and it warms up the flavors really start to come together with a dark roasted pumpkin center and the spices doing a nice job of taming the fusel alcohol bits that come in the finish. The finish is clean and dry with light alcohol twang and faint graham, pumpkin, and toffee sweet brown bread. Quite drinkable in spite of the abv and spicy nature. Overall a solid player, kind of like a spicier, darker, roastier, Pumpking. The $7.99 for the growler really gives this a lot of value and I am considering another for the Thanksgiving weekend. I'll say it again, solid brew.

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Photo of jtierney89
1.3/5  rDev -65%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Deep burnt orange hue with a thin sticky white head. Farm like nose, with grassy and barnyard smells along with pumpkins and spice. Begins to smell like warm pumpkin pie as it airs out.

Wow, super super sweet, way too much sweet. Burn brown sugar and caramel. Molasses as well, all on the tip of the tongue. Dark overly ripe fruit, plums, figs, and raisins. Touch of pumpkin, spices get whisked away on the back of the tongue by alcohol. Not recommended. Tastes like pumpkin loaf bread with dark berry jam ontop soaked in booze and sprinkled with spices. Tries to be super complex and fails bigtime by having way to many flavors. Not to mention it's cloyingly sweet.

The problem is here that theres probably way too much pumpkin flavor which is supposed to be subtle and for a reason, too much in your beer ends up tasting like liquified pumpkin guts; along with whatever flavors come with the brew.

Another bad beer in this line of sam adams brews

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Photo of BeerWithMike
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

Sampling right now on 8/28/14. Comes in a nice 22 ounce (1 pint, 6 ounces) single bottle that costs around $4.99. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a 'Sam Adam's Boston Lager' glass.

Pours a very dark brown with some ruby highlights that has about a good 1/2 finger off-white foamy head that settles down to about a 2mm layering on top and a bit more on the sides of the glass. Some spotty lacing is seen when sipped but not a lot. The aroma is full of pumpkin and spices! Very pleasant and makes me wish it was autumn! Lots more going on with the taste with a good amount of punkin flavor with some spice that probably consists of clove and nutmeg with some malts. Very tasty and medium bodied. Goes down easy with no bitter or harsh aftertaste at all. Perfect carbonation for this type of brew. One of the better pumpkin seasonals

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Photo of nebula1999
4.47/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow. Can I begin and end my review there? Guess not...

Dark copper color, tall whitish head.

Smells of, well, pumpkin pie. But it's really more than that. there's a richness in the aroma that goes WAY beyond the usual pumpkin ale swill. A sweetness that comes through in the scent.

Taste is over the top right off the bat. Cinnamon, clove, allspice, ginger, nutmeg, booze, even some caramel sweetness. It's all in there, and more. This beer has depth unlike any of the double or imperial pumpkins out there that I have tried. this is what a pumpkin ale should be. Rich, creamy, high alcohol, pumpkin pie spice, without the cloying sweetness. I've always been disappointed in other pumpkins, because they lack depth of character. I believe the quintessential pumpkin ale should be rich and full bodied with the requisite spices, but even with some porter or stout characteristics too.."Pumpkin Barleywine" possibly? Until then, this one fits perfectly.

Cheers to Sam Adams. I finally found it!....the pumpkin ale to beat all other pumpkin ales.

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Photo of Kromes
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A clear dark brown with a thick tan colored head that laces the glass. Strong ginger, pumpkin and alcohol aromas. There's also some earthy peat in the smell. Flavors follow the aroma...Lots of ginger up front that gives way to a pumpkin, alcohol and smoky caramel malt flavor. The ginger flavor is a bit too much. This is full bodied and a tad syrupy, but it works. Rating it purely as a pumpkin ale, it is above average. Worth a try at $6.

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Photo of Gosox8787
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 22 oz. stubby bomber bottle poured into a Portsmouth Brewery tulip glass. Served chilled and allowed to warm over about an hour. Labelled as Batch 1.

Appearance: Medium to dark brown in color. Pours a nice one finger beige head with pretty good retention. Sticks nicely as a lacing around the glass.

Aroma: A lot of the spices stand out in the aroma. Ginger and allspice in particular. Definitely some light caramel and pumpkin tones. Also a touch of toasted malt and some cinnamon. The alcohol character is not very well hidden.

Taste: Lots of darker malt character upfront. Some toasted notes along with caramel and pumpkin. The strongest spice note I got is the ginger, followed by allspice. Some nutmeg and cinnamon farther back. The boose is pretty well hidden. Any interesting combination of flavors.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with a nice creaminess to it. Plenty of carbonation.

Overall, a really unigue and interesting take on a pumpkin ale. The malt character paired with the pumpkin provides an interesting base beer for the spices to play off. I did think the spice levels were a bit off for what they were going for. Lots of ginger and allspice created a more savory, less sweet character to the beer. Interesting, but not something I would buy regularly.

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Photo of korguy123
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Crystal clear dark brown with huge amounts of crimson highlights. Two finger off white head with loads of chunky lacing everywhere.

Tons of pumpkin in this, brown sugar and cinnamon. Nutmeg is there but not over powering like in most pumpkin beers.

Pumpkin and cinnamon with a nice vanilla and brown sugar sweetness. The base beer tastes nutty and roasty.

Medium body, slightly creamy, low carbonation.

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Photo of CloudStrife
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle split and poured into a snifter. Batch No. 1.

A: Pours a dark ruby with a 1.5 finger off white head. A little bit of visible carbonation, head sticks around as a thin film and ring around the sides of the glass.

S: Spicy nose, I get nutmeg, cinnamon and allspice. Pumpkin may be in the background but hard to tell from the overpowering spice. Roasted malts and carmel in there as well.

T: More dark tasting than most pumpkin beers I have had. Almost as sweet the pie itself. A fair amount of carmel. Could use a little more pumpkin in the front, pretty dominated by spice.

M: Fairly heavy body that comes off a little syrupy. Isn't too sticky or anything. Low carbonation. Alcohol is well hidden.

Overall a good addition to the pumpkin scene. Glad Sam Adams stepped it up a little and released this in compliment to their regular harvest pumpkin. Always been a fan of pumpkin beers.

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Photo of JRed
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ruby hue that shines when brought to the light. Its creamy off-white head dissipates to a thin mist in the glass. Aroma of apple skins up front, light booze, caramel, black cherry, mild pumpkin spice, and honeyed cereal grains. Tastes of caramel-dipped apples, pumpkin spice, nutmeg, undertones of pumpkin vegetal flavor, faint wood and a tingling boozy aftertaste reminiscent of a red wine or a liqueur. Medium bodied with light carbonation that leaves some slickness on the tongue. A sweet, slow sipper that showcases the vegetable nature of the pumpkin behind a sweetened exterior.

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Photo of SD-Alefan
4.19/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark ruby brown with a light tan head.
The aroma is roasted malt, pumpkin, clove and a hint of cinnamon.
Pretty darn tasty. Plenty of semi-sweet malt character, pumpkin and earthy squash notes with clove and cinnamon backing it up. Just a hint of booziness.
Mouthfeel is outstanding, medium to thick and nice and creamy.
Overall, I think it's a nicely balanced and tasty fall brew.

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Photo of SHODriver
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: pours into an imperial nonic a light brown with a definite rd tint to it.this beer sports a quarter inch of light tan head that fades to a small mat and some lacing
S: smells of pumpkin, some cinnamon and other pumpkin pie spices
T: tastes strongly of pumpkin and pumpkin pie spices, a little bit of caramel malt flavor as well. cinnamon is a standout but you can also taste the nutmeg and allspice. swallow brings a lot more pumpkin pie spiced flavor
M: medium carb on a medium mouthfeel a little bit of astringency
O: a bit over the top. nice pumpkin pie flavor and it really tastes of fall but it's a little too in your face. probably wouldn't be a bad beer to share but drinking it solo isn't a wise decision.

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Photo of MoreThanWine
3.61/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I'm not usually a fan of pumpkin beers but this is more of a beer-beer. Poured a 1.25" beige head of medium life. The clear body is deep burnt sienna brown in masstone but held to the light it's actually a very deep winey amber color. Smells mildly of pumpkin pie spice. The taste carries less of the pie spice than the smell suggested and instead is a rich malt. Body and mouthfeel are full and rich. Quite nice.

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Photo of FickleBeast
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into a Delerium Tremens snifter.

Pours a clear auburn color with a finger of foam that fades quickly without lacing. Aroma is sweet, pumpkin spice, cinnamon, nutmeg.

Flavor is very strongly spiced. Bitter cinnamon like drying finish. Slightly boozy. Medium bodied, but finishes a bit spicy.

Not bad. A bit overspiced for my liking, but a pretty standard pumpkin offering.

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Photo of Nerudamann
3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Look - medium red in color, with about two fingers' worth of foam that dissipates somewhat slowly.

Smell - the spices are a little more prevalent than the pumpkin itself. Though it is a good mix. The nutmeg and allspice especially seem to shout out to me.

Taste - much like the smell, the pumpkin flavor is there, but it seems like it's mostly the spices that are calling out on the taste. It does have a bit more mature of a flavor in the middle though, perhaps from certain hops there were used, or maybe from specially spiced malts? Interesting taste in the end though.

Mouthfeel - pretty well-balanced overall, not to far on the creamy side and not too far on the watery side.

Overall - not a bad brew overall. It's obviously just a play for the seasonal, so it's a little overdone in that sense, but it's still a good tasting brew.

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Photo of wattoclone
2.2/5  rDev -40.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

This is probably the worst pumpkin ale I have ever had. Tastes like a blend of mostly vodka and rum with a lot of sugar and a dash of pumpkin. What I find perplexing is that most of these strong ales are typically sold in large bottles (this one was 22 ounce) whereas the lower ABV sessionable beers are generally sold in small 11-12 ounce bottles. Seems counterintuitive. After drinking 8 ounce of this poorly constructed beer I already feel inebriated so I recapped the bottle. It might be good as an aperitif following a large meal so I will give it a try after Thanksgiving dinner.

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Photo of whynot44
4.09/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Very dark mahogany red, almost brown without light behind it with a modest tan head that shrinks to a film fairly quickly but does manage some decent lacing.

The aroma is caramel malt with mild pumpkin pie spices.

The taste is similar, starting out caramel with an overtone of pumpkin pie. The spices come out a little more in the finish and aftertaste, but remain more subtle and mellow than most pumpkin ales which sometimes get overpowering. The pumpkin taste is also muted, giving just a bit of earthy, nutty tone. I'm impressed that you get the pumpkin pie experience while still getting a good beer, a very nice balance.

Medium bodied and fairly smooth with a hint of alcohol warmth.

Overall, the name is fortunately misleading, probably because the pumpkin pie routine does not overwhelm in favor of good beer, should be good for sipping on a cool fall day.

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Photo of jondeelee
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fat Jack opens with a thick, rich, hearty pumpkin pie aroma, the nose immediately recalling grandma’s house at Thanksgiving with layers of pumpkin and heavy spice, including ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove/allspice. The spices might actually be a bit too heavy here, especially the ginger, which easily dominates the spices and actually slightly overwhelms the pumpkin. The malts are biscuit and toasty, adding a piecrust rim, and the sugars are full enough to seem almost like whipped cream. There are also good touches of vanilla and caramel, as well as a liqueur-strong whiff of alcohol, which when combined with the sugars and caramels resembles a cream liqueur. Some light chocolates and coffee. As a whole, the nose is very full, and boasts an impressive range of notes. Again, the spices might be a bit too heavy, but not obscenely so, making the beer as a whole smell like an alcoholic pumpkin pie with about 25% too much spice.

On the tongue, the beer opens with a heavy pumpkin and spice whang, slamming the tongue with virtual chunks of pumpkin flesh blended with, in descending order, ginger, nutmeg, allspice, and cinnamon. The ginger still seems slightly overpowering here, but much less so than it seemed on the nose. Still, the spices are a bit heavy overall. Some vanilla, toast crust, and biscuit float around in the background, mixed with a heavy peppery layer. There are also a few toasted pecans, some caramel, and a heavy dollop of brown sugar. Noticeable throughout the mouthful and lasting into the aftertaste is a vodka-like alcoholic burn that seems stronger than it should be for an 8.5% ABV beer, biting at the soft palate and tongue and actually seeming to increase in potency as the beer is held in the mouth and the sugars die off. When mixed with a medium-high carbonation, this high alcohol burn creates a seltzer liqueur sensation. Otherwise the aftertaste is more heavily-spiced pumpkin pie, and good remnants of homemade crust. Mouthfeel is an oily medium-light to medium.

Overall, this is a decent pumpkin-based beer, and it’s immediately obvious why Sam Adams chose to label this as a “Double Pumpkin” beer: the flavors are huge, and enough raw pumpkin has entered the mix to leave an oily sensation in the mouth after swallowing. The spices are slightly over-large, however, and the heavy alcoholic burn does somewhat detract from the flavors. And just at the edges of the beer is a very raw pumpkin flavor—not pumpkin pie-cooked, but raw straight from the gourd—which is also offsetting. Decent, but could have used a bit more fine-tuning.

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Photo of maxcoinage
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Split 22oz bottle with my wife.

Appearance - Aggressive pour into DFH signature glass left an inch off white head that settled at a decent pace. Dark amber brownish colored beer

Smell- Nutmeg clove allspice, pumpkin

Taste - sweet caramelt malt, cinnamon, nutmeg.

Mouthfeel - medium body. a little bit creamy but it coatsthe mouth on the finish

Overall - enjoyable pumpkin ale. For about the same price I'd probably reach for pumpking but this was worth trying

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Photo of mooseisloose
3.78/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Picked this up a while back, it's been cellaring until now, appropriate time for pumpkin. Let's give it a whirl. Popping the top on the bomber I get a a waft of pumpkin, spices, coriander. Pours into a dogfish pint with a big two finger light tan head and a robust deep brown. On the taste this brew is a wallop, lots of cloves, coriander and sweet malt. Just a tad bit of bitterness in the middle of the taste along with a hint of the ABV, then a zesty dry finish. If you want a tasty fall brew that is smooth as silk, this is your ticket.

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Photo of Jeffreysan
3.94/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, deep, dark mahogany color with a full finger of white head that quickly dissolved into a thin lacing of foam that covered the entire top of the beer.

Aroma: Malty and bready up front with strong notes of pumpkin, cinnamon, brown sugar, all-spice and ginger. Not much in the hops department though.

Taste: Very malty and bready, like freshly baked gingerbread, followed by pumpkin, spices of cinnamon, all-spice, nutmeg, ginger, brown sugar. There is practically no hops bitterness to speak of, which I overall prefer. This beer tastes essentially like an English brown ale with pumpkins and spices added to it. Delicious!

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied to slightly chewy. Hardly any carbonation to speak of. With an ABV of 8.5%, there is some alcohol presence on the palate.

Overall: I really, really like this beer! As stated above, it’s basically an English brown ale flavored with pumpkins and spices, and I find it very delicious. I’m definitely getting a bottle or two of this next year!

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Photo of GregSVT
4.32/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into a snifter

A: Pours a dark amber with a nice off-white head that fades to a layering and leaves some bits of lacing on the glass.

S: The nose is full of sweet pumpkin along with notes of nutmeg, allspice, and crystal malt. This actually smells like a real pumpkin beer where most smell like mostly spices.

T: The taste is very similar to the nose. Lots of pumpkin and malt along with hints of nutmeg and other holiday spices. The pumpkin is much more forward than most other beers in the style including Pumking.

M: The feel is creamy and medium bodied...almost on the edge of full. Pretty good stuff.

O: I thought this was a much better representation of a Pumpkin beer compared to their Harvest Pumpkin Ale which was watery and weak.

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Samuel Adams Fat Jack Double Pumpkin Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
84 out of 100 based on 247 ratings.