Boston Beer Company Samuel Adams Harvest Pumpkin Ale - 5.7% ABV
Onward with the Autumn beer theme, eh mes amis?
Have I ever told you how much I hate fruity beers? Fruity Lambics. Blueberry Ales. Hell, I even hate lemons in my pissy Mexican beers. Abominations under the eyes of the beer gods one and all.
Time for a flashback .... According to the bottle (written in tiny, tiny print) early New England settlers did not have access to malts, so being the rescouceful drunks that they were, they substituted pumpkin for the malts in the brewing process. And I will be double damned if it doesn't work quite well. Jim and his hooligans use 17 pounds of pumpkin along with a couple a deep roasted malts, one of them smoked along with traditional pumpkin spices.
So I bought this beer with the intention of taking a sip or two to get the gist of the flavor and then was going to pass it over to Mrs. Vivant, who likes fruity beers so much that she will even drink Purple Haze. Ewwwww. What little nose the brew has is kind of malty, kind of pumpkiny (is that a even a word? *Shrug*), not offensive. Nice color though, deep reddish gold with a tan head that may have lasted a bit, but I didn't give it a chance. The flavor is deep and rich with the pumpkin and malts blending perfectly and just enough hops in the background to keep it honest. It was not as sweet as I expected and ended just a tad on the dry side. The pumkin spice announced it's presence as you swallow creating a long finish.
Again, I am not the biggest fan of Sam Adams beers but their seasonals and special editions tend to be quite nice, and this one is no exception.
So in short the Mrs. only got a sip as I guzzled the rest, but I still hate fruity beers, right?
This ale is really nice and quite drinkable and available everywhere.
The Boston Beer Company
30 Germania Street
Boston, MA 02130