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
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States
samueladams.com

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by TMoney2591 on 10-03-2011

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Ratings:
1,356
Reviews:
257
Avg:
3.7
pDev:
15.68%
 
 
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Ratings: 1,356 |  Reviews: 257
Photo of Texasfan549
3.63/5  rDev -1.9%

Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single finger head on a Clear amber with orange hues. Some lacing.

S: pumpkin and cola with some malt.

T: musty pumpkin flavor throughout with additional herbal and earthy notes on a smooth malt background.

M: moderate to full body and moderate carbonation.

Overall this one goes milder on the pumpkin side and evens it out with a nice malt flavor and it's not too sweet.

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Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of spycow
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.59/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear dark reddish-orange with a foamy tan head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, bread, caramel, and pumpkin pie aromas. Taste is much the same with raisin bread, earth, and pumpkin pie spice flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with actual pumpkin pie aromas, but I am only getting pumpkin pie spice qualities from the taste.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of djrn2
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.79/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

in terms of flavor this is not particularly unique, a well spiced pumpkin beer, high in alcohol and big in flavor. in terms of feel it is different, very rich for the style, with a lot of body as long lasting stick to your guts sweet finish that makes it a pleasantly warming autumn offering. a gorgeous dark appearance, glowing the deepest amber and boasting a generous off white cream head with ring lacing as it drinks. aromatics of ginger and clove above sweet red and caramel malt. plenty of spice but keeping balanced flavors throughout, regal richness on the finish, really quite lovely. this fills me up a little, warms me up a lot, and genuinely ignites the holiday spirit in me. tis the season, and this beer is a perfect seasonal reminder of the beauty of the harvest and the months to come. I believe this is woefully underrated on BA.

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Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +8.1%

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 nmann08
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

Photo of oriolesfan4
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of metter98
3.84/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear dark amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that died down, leaving a large patch of bubbles covering the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass and some lacing down the sides.
S: Moderate aromas of pumpkin and spices are present in the nose along with notes of spices—allspice seems to stand out in particular.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has a light amount of sweetness along with hints of cinnamon.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I found this pumpkin ale to be enjoyable because it has a good balance between the flavors of pumpkins and spices.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

All of the beers of Samuel Adams 22 oz give the greater beer enthusiast just what they want: bolder flavor, keen balance, and a unique twist that we didn't see coming. Fat Jack does all that with the most popular of all seasonal varietals- the pumpkin ale!

With a color of oxidized bronze, the darker tawny hue hardly lets any light pass but because of its dark brownish red hue and not because of haze. The beer seems brilliantly clear. An off white foamy head releases from the beer and retains the session well with moderate lacing as the beer falls.

Balanced aromas share notions of graham cracker cookies, pumpkin pie, molasses, and a hint of pepper. A toasted malt character seem to be of bread crust, roasted nuts, and deeply caramelized sugars. Pumpkin-like character is tertiary to malt and spice heading into taste.

Likewise the flavors of spice carry the beer. Cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and ginger all create a collage that both complicates the taste and balances it at the same time. What those spicy additions press against is a dry toast flavor that hinges on graham cracker, baguette crust, roasted pecan, and the slight scorching of brown sugar. Where there's just enough sweetness to give a rounded taste to pumpkin fruit, there's no real excessive sweetness- this keeps the beer very drinkable.

Malty-dry textures want to dictate the mouthfeel, but the starchy taste and texture of pumpkin flesh insists on a dextrin-rich body full of starch and heavy whipping cream. The back-and-forth between the toasty and pumpkiny textures give the beer a rich and complex body that's only interrupted in a spicy, peppery finish (presumably from ginger) with alcohol warmth.

I'm quite impressed with Fat Jack, however I feel guilty for dismissing the Boston Beer Company's ability for excellence. I've seen a lot of great breweries spew off lackluster or ill-balanced pumpkin ales routinely. But the palate is certainly rewarded with a glass of Fat Jack on the eve of Halloween!

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Photo of biboergosum
3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle - we don't get a lot of BBC seasonals up here, so this is a nice surprise to see! Sufficiently putrid gourd appearing front and center on the label.

This beer pours a clear, bright medium bronzed amber colour, with two fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and somewhat bubbly beige head, which leaves some bug-splattered windshield lace around the glass as things quickly fall away.

It smells of bready caramel malt, mildly musty pumpkin mash, some zingy nutmeg, ginger, cinnamon, and all-spice, erm, spice, a wee grainy nuttiness, and a testy and nosehair-taunting alcohol measure. The taste is semi-sweet, doughy caramel malt, a lesser vegetal pumpkin fleshiness, ginger, nutmeg, anise, clove, and cinnamon spice, further brown ale-esque nutty notes, and a growing metallic and somewhat intrusive booziness.

The bubbles are fairly obscure in their barely supportive frothiness, the body a solid middleweight, and pretty smooth, with a pleasant attendant creaminess. It finishes trending sweet, the malt and subtle pumpkin essence still hosting a range of seasonal dessert spices, as well as an alcohol heat that has tucked in and made itself at home.

Not a bad Imperial pumpkin ale, but two things could be improved: more (not a lot, but still) pumpkin character, and fewer overt boozy esters. That said, this is enjoyable enough for an unseasonably warm autumn supping experience - the elevated ABV just storing energy up for winter, I suppose!

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Photo of kojevergas
2.89/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with generic unappealing yellow label art and branded black pry-off pressure cap acquired at a local bottle shop and served into an Odell stem-tulip/snifter hybrid glass in me friend's gaff in high altitude Fort Collins, Colorado. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average.

Served cold - straight from the fridge - and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Pours a half finger wide head of off-white colour. Decent thickness and creaminess. Retention is average - about 2 minutes. No real lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes.

Body colour is a dark translucent amber. No floating yeast particles are visible.

Overall, it's mundane for a pumpkin beer. There's nothing unique or special here. I'm looking forward to it. There are no egregious flaws.

Sm: Pumpkin gourd, mild nutmeg, allspice, clove, amber malts, and caramel. A sweet pleasant aroma of mild strength. Generic floral hop character.

No yeast character or alcohol is detectable.

T: Pumpkin gourd, faint brown sugar, nutmeg, allspice, clove, amber malts, clean barley, floral hop notes, and fruity hops.

Balanced enough, but ultimately underwhelming. Cohesive enough, but not gestalt. Average depth, duration, and intensity of flavour. A bit sweet. Lacks complexity, subtlety, intricacy, and nuance.

Mf: Smooth, wet, unrefreshing, thick, overly full-bodied, and over-carbonated.

Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, or harsh. Doesn't suit the flavour profile all that well.

Dr: Downable but unremarkable. A mediocre pumpkin ale. I wouldn't get it again. A mundane offering from Sam Adams. It's not great. I wouldn't recommend it to friends or trade partners. Doesn't hide its ABV particularly well. Not as pumpkin-forward as a good pumpkin beer should be. A bit difficult to drink given its low quality.

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Photo of brentk56
3.86/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Clear and burnt orange off the pour, with a nice bubble show that settles in to a head with good staying power; drapery action on the lacing front

Smell: Pumpkin pie spice and underlying pumpkin tones; crusty, underneath

Taste: Very sweet, on the tip of the tongue, with brown sugar, cinnamon, allspice and clove; some ginger picks up in the middle; the pumpkin flavor, however, is rather subdued, as the sweet tones linger into the finish

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, with moderate carbonation; some warmth in the gullet

Overall: Well, the spices really come through in this beer but the pumkin flavor is not where I would want it to be

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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 zeff80
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at 44 Stone in Columbia, MO.

A - Poured a clear, burgundy color with some golden highlights. It had a pillowy, off-white head of foam that left sudsy trails of lace.

S - It smelled of pumpkin, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Nice but not overpowering.

T - It tasted of sweet pumpkin with all the spices that come with pumpkin pie. Good cinnamon and nutmeg flavor with just enough bitterness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This is a pretty good pumpkin ale. Glad I could try it on tap at 44 Stone.

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Photo of zestar
3/5  rDev -18.9%

Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of olradetbalder
3/5  rDev -18.9%

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, batch 1 bottled recently. Pours crystal clear reddish copper color with a nice 1-2 finger dense khaki head with nice retention, that reduces to a good cap that lingers. Slight spotty lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, caramel, toast, biscuit, allspice, nuttiness, and light herbal spiciness. Very nice and well balance aromas with good strength. Very pleasant. Taste of pumpkin, caramel, toast, biscuit, cinnamon, ginger, nuttiness, and light herbal. Lingering notes of caramel, biscuit, toast, pumpkin, nuttiness, and spices on the finish for a good bit. Nice balance and complexity of flavors, with a great spice balance; with no cloying flavors at all after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy and slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is extremely well hidden with nearly zero warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent imperial pumpkin ale! Great flavor balance overall with just the right amount of spices; very smooth to drink. A very pleasant and highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of nickfl
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of oberon
3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Came in a goblet a deep amber shade with a thinner head atop,a nice looking body to it.Aromas are spiced and warming,nutmeg,allspice,with cinnamon not quite as big.Flavors are heavily spiced with a decent amount of alcohol heat,it's not crazy sweet as there is a bit of a earthy tinge in the finish.Not bad bud it's spiced to the hilt in my opinion.

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Photo of Boone757
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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