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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Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Fall

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Photo of Bob1966
3.2/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1/2 pint served on tap. Clear dark amber color. Perhaps a slight orange tinge if you try to look for it. No lacing and little head.
Mouthfeel is rather thick, which I think is appropriate for this beer. Carbonation on the low side, but is visible when I looked carefully after a few sips.

I get little aroma from this beer.
The aroma is kept for the tasting. At this time, there is a definite alcohol bite, and pumpkin notes in the after taste.

Overall, this is an an interesting, novelty seasonal beer. I recommend it if you have not had it before, but I don't know I would order it regularly, therefore I can't rate it's drinkability very high.

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Photo of jamescain
3.2/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a sniffer.

Appearance: Dark red-mahogany with a thin off white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin ring round the side of the glass.

Aroma: Straight up pumpkin spices, clove, nutmeg, cinnamon, possibly a little over spice, with a hint of gourd aroma.

Taste: Mostly spices, no pumpkin gourd flavor with a touch of roasted caramel.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body with medium carbonation and a touch of alcohol on the end.

Overall: Not too impressed with this pumpkin ale, would have preferred less spices.

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Photo of Keithstone44
3.21/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On-tap at the Indianapolis Colts Grille in downtown Indy.

A: Dark amber with a reddish hue, and a solid 3-finger head that leaves behind some great lace.

S: Sweet-malt in the foreground, followed by some apparent ginger and vanilla.

T: this is a total malt-bomb. The taste is overly sweet, with no detectable hop-bitterness. The alcohol is very evident, almost too evident.

M: Very syrupy mouthfeel, with a little too much carbonation. The body is appropriate for the for the amount of alcohol in the beer

O: No balance in this. Way too sweet, and the alcohol is way too discernable

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Photo of tjumfrid
3.22/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served from a 22 oz. bottle into a tulip.

A: Pours somewhere between a dark amber and a transparent brown. Minimal lacing and small bubbles remain along the edges of glass.

S: Yams, honey and dark fruits crowd the senses. Pleasant and autumnal.

T: Molasses, honey, strawberry preserves. Surprisingly, not much of a pumpkin flavor. A bit too sweet after the second sip.

M: Medium bodied.

O: A pretty good seasonal from Sam Adams. This is a nice alternative to the droves of lighter/smoother pumpkin ales that flood the market around this time of year. A bit too sweet for my tastes, but good in small doses.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

Bottle: Poured a clear copper color ale with a nice off-white foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of cinnamon and cloves with light cereal notes is OK but subtler then I was expecting. Taste is also dominated by cloves and cinnamon with almost no perceptible pumpkin notes. Body is lighter than expected with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. A lot more tame than I was expecting…

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.27/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Samuel Adams Fat Jack Double Pumpkin Ale has a medium-to-thick creamy, cream-colored head, and a dark, yet clear, rust color, with thick, splotchy lacing down the glass. The aroma is of strong all-spice, cinnamon, and pumpkin, with some underlying sweet smell. The flavor is of all-spice (Jamaica pepper), cinnamon, lots of pumpkin pulp, pie crust, alcohol, and a back bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium to thick, and Samuel Adams Fat Jack finished semi-dry, sweet, cloying, ragged, and almost too rich and sugary to stomach. Overall, this beer is poorly balanced and an obvious gimmick, of which the Samuel Adams line is becoming notorious. This beer might work for those who do not care for beer that tastes like beer. Overall, it’s a bit of a mess. You might want to try it, but I know I’ll never buy it again.


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Photo of Jadjunk
3.28/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

"This rich and luscious brew indulges in flavor with over 28lbs of pumpkin per barrel, for a full bodied sweetness and deep russet color. Classic pumpkin pie spices of cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and allspice ignite a warmth and spark that's deepened by an undercurrent of roasty smoked malts the result is a delectable brew full of enveloping layers of flavor and spice." Fat Jack is brewed in the style of a Pumpkin Ale. Available in 22 oz. bottles and on limited draft as a fall release in the small batch series. Enjoyed alongside Batch #2 (2013) for a vertical comparison.

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle to a tulip glass. Served above 52º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a creamy frothed caramel cream head over a burgundy champagne body with high clarity. Retention is very good, lacing is light and streaked. 4

(Smell) The aroma consists of toasted caramel syrup, bread malts, dry cinnamon, allspice and mace spice alongside lightly toasted caramelized pumpkin flesh. Some mild alcohol on the nose too. Potency is mild. 3.5

(Taste) Fairly sharp grainy esters and very dry spices up front, finishing slightly boozy with a subtle rind of raw pumpkin. It's surprisingly shallow on flavor as well as hot on alcohol considering that the aroma was somewhat intriguing and fairly balanced, but the overall flavor is just too sharp and grainy with not nearly enough pumpkin flavor to maintain interest. 3

(Mouthfeel) The texture is moderately thick, slightly sticky and faintly dry. Carbonation generates a subtle frothiness for a smooth, silky mouthfeel. Body is medium+ for a pumpkin ale and medium/heavy amongst all beers. Balance is grainy and sharp over sweet. Alcohol presence is medium/high, and the boozy edge of this beer cuts down the drinkability. 3.5

(Overall) This is quite a messy-drinking beer within the pumpkin ale category, and I much prefer Samuel Adams Harvest Pumpkin Ale for that matter for its lightness and precision of flavor. Double Pumpkin ales could have double the pumpkin flavor, double the body perhaps, but Fat Jack comes off hot enough to have double the perceived alcohol with very little pumpkin nor complexity. Borderline unenjoyable and certainly a far cry from other quality Pumpkin Ales that come out around this time. 3.25

Boston Beer Company's
Samuel Adams Fat Jack

1 Year Aged: Nearly identical appearance aside from some slightly increased haziness. The aroma is slightly more funky with some fruity tartness of sour cherry atop the predicted aromas of pumpkin, spice and malt for a incredibly curious but slightly more potent aroma. Despite having a flavor which comes through as shallow on pumpkin as the fresh vintage, the funk does manage to cut the graininess somewhat and make the beer slightly more enjoyable in flavor, otherwise most of the glaring imperfections remain. The texture and carbonation remain nearly the same, very slick and nearly under carbonated. In general it's just about as difficult to drink as a fresh Fat Jack and any aging just adds to the complications. If you have a bottle, I do not recommend storing it away.

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Photo of Zorro
3.3/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear reddish brown colored beer with a small yellowish tan colored head.

Smell is pumpkin and spice with lots of ginger. Pretty much smells like pumpkin pie without the crust.

Starts out sweet with a good amount of spice and caramel. Strange flavor to the malt here something like soy sauce and tobacco leaf at the same time. Ginger and clove dominate the taste as expected. All in all it is OK.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall, OK I tasted it and now back to something better.

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Photo of PA-hunter
3.3/5  rDev -10.8%

Poured a 22oz bomber into glass. 8.5% abv

Appearance- Pours a dark, burnt type of reddish brown. Has a massive foamy head that has an obvious brownish tint to it.

Smell- Raw pumpkin, spices such cinamon and ginger are in the mix as well. Caramel sugar sweetness aroma also.

Taste- Pumpkin mash comes on, but an intense caramel malt rush of sweetness comes in quite strong. Has a phenolic taste as well mid-way. On the back end of the profile the spices come out. Cinnamon and nutmeg shine bright.

Mouthfeel- Thick and syrupy. Active carbonation.

Overall- The sweetness for me detracted from this beer (And I'm into sweet flavors in beers). The sweetness is more in the way of caramelized sugar and its intensity took away from the subtle pumpkin flavor. The spices were adequate. The malts added to this beer should be revisited.

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Photo of jtd1969
3.3/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark Amber with good head retention and lacing

S - Clove, ginger, nutmeg mainly, sweet malts

T - Very malty and caramel with lots of sweet bready tones, light pumpkin and lots of spices (Nutmeg and ginger) very rich

M - Full bodied, medium to light carbonation

O - Very rich beer but not as much pumpkin as I would like. More of a Spiced Fall beer with some pumpkin undertones... Not a bad beer, but I like other pumpkin ales more.

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Photo of rundocrun
3.32/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Body is deep orange-brown and crystal clear. A 1/2 finger of coarse off-white foam forms, but fades to nothing quickly.

S - I am getting over the last dregs of a cold so my sense of smell isn't too sharp, but I can definitely get a good whiff of allspice, clove, molasses, and a rich, sweet fruitiness.

T - Caramely sweet up front. Hints of roasted, biscuity malt. Hop bitterness comes in stronger than expected toward the middle and holds out through the finish. There is also some definite "pumpkiny" vegetal flavor mixed with spices.

M - Medium-to-thick body with balanced carbonation. Finish is sweet and sticky. More of a sipper this one.

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Photo of macrosmatic
3.33/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes. Poured from bomber into a 7vnth Sun snifter.

A: Dark auburn that appears clear when the light hits it. Only a bit of visible carbonation and a small off-white head that fades to a ring of foam.

S: Pumpkin, grainy, allspice, cinnamon, and some dark fruitiness.

T: Pumpkin sweetness, roasted malts, some spices (same as aroma). There's a smoky flavor near the end that I'm not a big fan of, and it detracts from (although doesn't altogether ruin) the beer. The smokiness does seem to arise from the pumpkin flavor on the palate & doesn't just jump out of nowhere; and it blends into the sweet finish on the back end.

M: Medium mouthfeel. Good carbonation sensation. Relatively sweet & sticky overall.

O: I guess I could have read the label more closely, but I didn't notice the inclusion of smoked malts in this beer. It doesn't completely overwhelm the rest of the flavor palate, but in my opinion it's not a welcome addition to this beer. Even taking the smokiness out, this is a simply average beer. Also, I learned that no matter how good they sound, I think I've gotta stop drinking pumpkin beer...I just don't tend to enjoy them.

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Photo of The_Blodge
3.33/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from a 22 ounce bomber in a Detroit Tigers beer mug with the Old English "D".

A: Deep amber/burnt orange color. Poured aggressively creating a two finger foamy head dissipating slowly down the glass with substantial lacing.

S: Bock-like aromas with the sweet malt hitting the nose. No pumpkin pie aromas at all (no nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice). Somewhat disappointing. No hops aroma as would be usual for this style.

T: Again, bock-like flavor with the smoked malt really making its presence known. I am getting the smoked malt and rye. I like the maltiness of this beer. Very, very subtle pumpkin pie spice. Almost unnoticeable. Almost a Belgian feel to it. Some spiciness on the finish, maybe from the ginger. No pumpkin flavor. Alcohol is nicely masked in this beer. Very good flavor, just not the pumpkin flavor I would have hoped for.

M: Thick, viscous mouthfeel. Big bodied beer.

O: Great flavor in this beer. I really did enjoy it. Unfortunately, not what I was expecting with a name like "Double Pumpkin". I thought that it show cased the malts and yeast very well, just not the spicy pumpkin and autumn feeling pumpkin beer I was hoping for.

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Photo of zdk9
3.34/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A- Pours a dark but crystal clear brown- close to a mahogany. A finger of just slightly off-white head covers the beer. Not really any lacing.

S- Very malty- molasses, malt syrup, a bit of maple syrup.Overall pretty dark sweetness like almost burnt malt syrup. Is there spice in there? I'm having trouble finding it.

T- Like the aroma, lots of malt- some huskiness to accompany the dark malt flavors. Like a dark rye bread with 10x the regular sugar to it. I'm not really gettng pumpkin or much spice. A little bit of fruitcake booziness though.

M- Sweetness lingers and not much else. It's fairly think I suppose is worth noting.

O- I would not have guessed this was a pumpkin beer without knowing- it's more in the realm of a doppelbock- very malty, a touch of balancing hops that don't lend much flavor, and where is the pumpkin and the spice?

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Photo of homebrew311
3.35/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance is darker than most pumpkin ales, a deep dark orange with a generous 2 fingers of head. Great retention with decent lacing. Nose is full of pumpkin spice with an emphasis on the allspice. Notes of cinnamon are present with a touch of the actual pumpkin in the background. The taste takes an unexpected turn...the malt profile overshadows the pumpkin qualities that were present on the nose. Lots of caramel malts are there along with mellow cinnamon character. No pumpkin present on the taste. The mouthfeel is moderate with high carbonation. I must say I had high hopes after smelling this brew, but the taste is a bit of a let down.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.38/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured out as a nice looking deep orange hue, a cream colored head on top. The head retention and lacing are moderate. The smell of the beer is spicy, not the best pumpkin spice aroma but still pretty decent. The taste of the beer is smokey, there is a good amount of smoked flavors in this one. The flavors of this are unique mostly because of the incorporation of the smoked malts. The mouthfeel was pretty good, has a nice sharp carbonation to it. The finish was sticky and dry. Overall it's not a bad Pumpkin Ale, not my favorite though either.

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Photo of Scotchboy
3.38/5  rDev -8.6%
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 souvenirs
3.4/5  rDev -8.1%

Of the pumpkin beers I've tried, I'd say this one is closest to Howe Sound's Pumpkineater. Low on pumpkin, high on alcohol. More brown sugar than pumpkin or spice. Well, okay. It's far from awful, but it's not what I want out of a pumpkin ale.

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Photo of allforbetterbeer
3.4/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured into an antique Czech tall stange glass.

Smells rather faint, but like a fall holiday. A touch of gingerbread and cinnamon. Like smelling a refirgerated pumpkin pie.

The flavor is not very pumpkin or spice focused, but instead is a big and rather sweet malt-bomb. Dark sugar, caramel, and sweetness encircle lightly roasty malt. No hop presence. I faintly taste pumpkin, and the spices that I smell are almost nowhere to be found.

Feel: Thick and heavy, I (for once) almost want a lighter body. Very mouthfilling- I just wish it was a mouthful of pumpkin pie flavor.

Conclusion: I really wanted to like this more. I have a lot of respect for Sam Adams, but this is far outclassed by an under-developed field of competition. It just doesn't have enough pumpkin pie beauty to compete. A big malty beer with a faint touch of pumpkin and spice. Not bad by any means, but far from great.

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Photo of Dope
3.41/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Batch Number 1

A: Pours a dark reddish-amber. Big dense tan head tops it off. Fades very slowly, leaving nice tendrils of lacing behind.

S: Pumpkin with prominent ginger, nutmeg and cinnamon. Oddly subtle aroma for a 8.5% brew.

T: Some nice pumpkin up front with the spices as mentioned. Quickly turns into a huge spice-fest however. Loaded with nutmeg and ginger primarily. Touch of cinnamon, mainly in the finish. Spicy and oddly bitter.

M: Medium bodied and smooth. Carbonation is good.

O: It's not horrible, just strange balance of flavors. Pumpkin is completely drowned out by unusually strong and uncomplimentary spices in the middle. Most pumpkin beers are very spice heavy but at least they compliment the flavor. This is more of a herbed/spiced beer than a pumpkin ale. Just doesn't work for me, unfortunately.

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Photo of GreenGoblinCC
3.41/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

For an 8% Pumpkin beer from Sam Adams I was quite surprised! A Mild taste of Pumpkin and a dark amber color made for an enjoyable drink at a Clam Bake. Comparing to other pumpkins I would rank it right in the middle. Better than Blue Moon, Buffalo Bills,Shipyard, and New Holland.

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Photo of siege06nd
3.41/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Stumbled upon this guy on a recent trip to MD...

A. Beautiful dark amber color with some streaks of golden copper around the edges. Three fingers of perfectly uniform cream colored head. Consistent and heavy lacing. Head falls off rapidly to a half finger.

S. Some light (maybe even muted) pumpkin pie spices. Clove and nutmeg are most apparent. Faint caramel malt and a slightly roasty note.

T. Interesting. Very malt forward, with a lot of roasted caramel and even some chocolate-like notes. Graininess on the finish, similar to an Oktoberfest. Very faint spices, as the finish is all caramel. Reminds me a good deal of a winter warmer. Not much pumpkin to be seen here.

M. Creamy, robust, and some nice carbonation. A hearty brew that sits nicely on the palate.

O. Well, it doesn't taste much like a pumpkin ale, but that's not to say it's not a tasty beer. The traditional spicy notes are subdued, which I don't mind in the least, but they are replaced by a lot of roasted caramel notes and a finish that reminds me of a strong ale or winter warmer. I detect little pumpkin character in Fat Jack, which makes it a bit of a disappointment, but as a lightly spiced strong ale, it's not half bad.

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Photo of Redsoxnation
3.43/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had in Springfield Illinois on tap. Very good beer but one that you can only have one of. Heavy pumpkin flavor but balanced. A good dessert beer and a nice change of pace for Boston Beer. Have had a ton of pumpkin beers this fall and this one is towards the top..right below Pumking from Southern Tier.

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Photo of JGlitz87
3.44/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep amber, thick head and a good amount of lacing.

S: Strong pumpkin scent. Almost overpowering amounts of pumpkin and nutmeg. Slightly off putting.

T: Creamy. Decent amount of pumpkin. Alcohol is not hidden very well.

F: Smooth, medium to strong body. Moderate carbonation.

O: Good, but far from my favorite pumpkin ale.

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Photo of RickS95
3.45/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It's extremely dark til you hold it to a light source. Then you see both the clarity (too much for my liking) and that it's more of a reddish garnet color. The head is a finger thick, moderate retention, and a mostly off-white color. The head looks nice sitting up top.

The smell is a combination of caramel malt and fall seasonal spices. I enjoy pumpkin beers and pumpkin spice, but the ginger is a bit much for me. The ginger overpowers most everything else.

All you smell is multiplied in the taste. Very malty with loads of caramel and full of spices. Again, the ginger overwhelms and the cinnamon isn't far behind. You don't taste much pumpkin, but it's got pumpkin spices in spades.

It's very sweet initially, then the caramel and ginger/cinnamon combo really takes over. The spicy feel lasts long after the swallow and makes for a less than stellar finish. It's full bodied and somewhat filling and as it warms, the alcohol becomes more prevalent. Dry and spicy finish.

Overall, it's an ok beer. A little underwhelming because I like the style and Sam Adams' bombers are usually better than their 12-ounce bottled beers. However, it's just a bit too spicy.

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