Pecan Harvest Ale | Abita Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Abita Brewing Co.
Louisiana, United States
abita.com

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

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

Added by acrawf6 on 02-05-2007

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,050
Reviews:
394
Avg:
3.37
pDev:
15.13%
 
 
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23
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134
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Photo of kmweiss
3.1/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of cleve1212
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of mwar
3.83/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MJ64
3.52/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TheBeerdedCharmer
3.62/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of logicalparadox
3.64/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer is probably a little underrated. Is this a world class, earth-shattering beer that will change your whole perception of a style? No. But it is a good beer, nonetheless.

What I like about this beer is its simplicity, yet it's uniqueness. I don't think I've had or seen another beer that focused on a nut, let alone pecans. The humble pecan is more than just an occasional filling for pies, topping for ice cream, or add-in for salads. It is one of the quintessential culinary and cultural icons of the American south, generally, and Louisiana in particular.

Being a Louisiana-based brewery, it's fitting that Abita would reach to this heritage to try and represent themselves. But Abita could have done something more glitzy (and cliche), like the all-too-obvious vanilla pecan-praline porter that I'm sure someone has already done or thought about doing. Heck, that would be all the more "New Orleans" touristy, crowd-pleaser (or at least sales-generator) beer, wouldn't it?

Instead, Abita chooses to embrace the pecan itself. Just the nuts. They use real pecans, from the Louisiana crop harvest no less, and they toast them up before adding to the brew. Maybe I just love a great concept beer with something to say, but I think this beer works at least as well as an example of Southern Americana with actual integrity, getting back to the roots of classic Southern crops and ingredients, as it does as an actual beer in my glass. Props for that alone.

OK, long digression, but the result is an enjoyable brew. It's got a nice, light toasted pecan amber hue to it, puts on a good head, and the head has pretty good retention (perhaps from the nut proteins?). Aromas a malty, with a subtle nutty backdrop that alludes to the pecans without shouting about them. The flavor profile is light, with some toasty and grainy malts, a mild crispness, some dark leafy fall flavors of toffee, toasted bread, honey, biscuit, and dare I say something vaguely reminiscent of candy corn. True to it's base, it's a good old brown harvest ale under the hood.

In that mix, the nutty pecans come through with distinction, and a bit of that toast. Not cloying at all like a "pecan pie" interpretation of such a beer.

Overall, perfect for the season, a nice change from the herd of all those pumpkin beers, Oktoberfest Marzens, big milkshake-heavy porters and stouts, and harvest ales that are typical for Fall. This is not a beer made to be an alpha dog and outperform all contenders, nor is it a flavor bomb... but I think the "less is more" approach works well here.

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Photo of Hohnbaum
3.35/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of CreekyJarls
3.44/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.67/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Abita does some interesting things but they also have flops. Let's see how this one pans out. Poured into a flute glass, just because.

Look : Pecan-honey colored, with light hues of browns and oranges. 70% opacity with shadows of fingers on the opposite side. The head is popcorn colored and 3 fingers tall, but recedes like a landslide to a small ring within a minute. Lace is left in a "connected dancing" pattern around the glass.

Smell : Some festive fruity aromas, with banana bread, caramel roll, cranberry, raisin, and finally the nutty pecan and honey aromas. It finally ends on a kettle corn note. Very malty and little to no hop to be detected in the aroma.

Taste : There's a richness to the flavor, mostly enhanced by baked malts and sappy pecan. It's hard to nail down what else I'm tasting, but I'll aim for caramel, biscuit, and finally more nut hull and wraps up with a vanilla-root beer and slight rind hop bitterness. From the bottle the flavors are tighter and less spread out, but also less variety of flavors and more of a focus on simple caramel malts and pecan nuttiness with hints of blueberry. Once poured and let to sit a few moments, the flavors spread out and that's where you get the root beer, vanilla, and hop finish. Any off flavors are created by an exaggeration of yeast.

Feel : Mildly creamy, has a good carbonation to it, medium bodied. Sharp bite at the end fades out the feel.

Overall : Abita has been hit and miss for me. I think I've had three Abita beers and this one is about in the middle. I neither love it nor hate it. It could be a lot worse, but it could be better, although I'm not sure how. It's something I'd be willing to try again, but I think this beer needs a special occasion or a pairing for it to really shine. I'll shelve this one for awhile and maybe come back to it next year.

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Photo of beergorrilla
3.28/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Segnem5
3.31/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of bmac093
3.81/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jvgoor3786
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Cluker
3.11/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of mpenske
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of SonOfKyuss
3.68/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Lightman
3.04/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of drwatson32
4.2/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of wilfonzo
3.38/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

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

Photo of LeftHanded666
3.43/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of godawgs
3.18/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of dmorgan310
3.38/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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

Photo of chris826
4/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pecan Harvest Ale from Abita Brewing Co.
3.37 out of 5 based on 1,050 ratings.
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