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

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

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Fall

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Added by TMoney2591 on 10-03-2011

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Photo of Zatch90
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of BanditoJunkie
3.99/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Eeroomnhoj
4.3/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bought this at Costco a few weeks ago and finally opened it up. My daughter thought it smelled like a pumpkin but I didn't think so. It poured amber-ish and was a little sweet, but it was still an overall good beer. One I would drink again, but not more than one. A good beer if you are having one.

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Photo of Kettle1
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DGriess
4.12/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Pe4you
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BigCountry7191
4.75/5  rDev +28%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Steambeard
1.52/5  rDev -59%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.25

Photo of Ryan4120
3.38/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of biboergosum
3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
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 BMESSER88
3.49/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of redsoxjim
3.87/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BeerWizard
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Love the graphic on the bottle, and the 1pt 6oz bomber was pretty reasonably priced for a pumpkin imperial at around $8. Marked an an 8.5%; pretty excited about the deal and a new "IPA" (Imperial Pumpkin Ale, ha ha) to try.

This pours a dark, red-tinged brown, with minimal head, and it manages to keep up a light sheen of foam across the top. Personal preference for the style here, but I like pumpkin ales to be lighter, so I scored it down a bit in the visual category. Aroma-wise there is no pumpkin to speak of. Definitely get the smoked malts that they use, and overall the nose is just a lot of malt and cola-aromas, but I wouldn't have ever guessed this is a pumpkin ale from the nose.

A couple of pulls and It's a nice, sweet, syrupy mouthful, with a lot of malt, but again, no pumpkin, and not much detectable spice either. The spice lineup is pretty passive and just squashed (no pun intended) by all of that malt. Really only cinnamon remains detectable, but even that needs some brightness. With a little more carbonation, it'd pretty much be an alcoholic Mexicola, but it's pretty flat, so all you've got is a nice malt character and some light spice. My wife said "This is the double-pumpkin? This just tastes like a brown ale," and I think she pretty much sums it up there.

I want to like it, but if you're going to do a pumpkin ale, don't hold back on making the pumpkin stand out and enhancing it with spices. If they relabeled it as a brown ale I would've given it a higher score!

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Photo of Jhc36
4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Photo of JPowell712
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of NotAlcoholicJustAHobby
3.72/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L- deep transparent cola brown, half centimeter head dies down to nothing. No lacing.
S- lots of cinnmon and nutmeg overwhelming pretty much everything else
T- I get no pumpkin out of this due to the heavy handed use of the spices.
F-Low level of carb, but still feels pretty thin. In this case it works. If it had been thicker I don't think I could have gotten through it with the heavy spice.
O- It's pretty drinkable for 8.5%, but it is a pumpkin ale in name only. If you want to call it a pumpkin beer you actually have to be able to taste pumpkin.

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Photo of Nyrangersgrrl
3.6/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of 2ellas
3.77/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber
smells enjoyably of pumpkin and spice
tastes like it smells
feel is thick and almost syrupy
overall a good pumpkin beer that I would drink again

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Photo of reptile3141
3.89/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of wattersmike90
3.52/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 allforbetterbeer
3.4/5  rDev -8.4%
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 mda080
2.58/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Samuel Adams Fat Jack Double Pumpkin Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
3.71 out of 5 based on 1,359 ratings.
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