Samuel Adams “Harvest Pumpkin Ale”

      Craft beer lovers will tell you that many styles of beer can be an “acquired taste”. I feel it is my personal job to spread the good word about quality craft beer to everyone. I would never suggest an Imperial IPA, or Barleywine beer to someone looking to explore new beers for the first time. Unfortunately big beer has been telling the American public that their beer is flavorful and the best beer out there. It is my opinion that this is simply not true. Even me, in my early years bought into this marketing because I just didn’t know any better. It wasn’t until late in college that my roommate and I decided to be “adventurous” and try different beers. We didn’t like them all at first but we realized there was way more to beer than the commercials present! I would like to pass this kindness on to others. Particularly for those still not sure about Pumpkin Ales, let me point to what most would consider to be a trusted source, (brewery) that may have just the brew to start with.
       Samuel AdamsHarvest Pumpkin Ale” pours a clear bold copper color with a thin beige fizzy head that fades quickly. The aroma is sweet, spicy and bready. The taste is sweet and malty with some toasted bread, balanced with cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice and a hint of earthy pumpkin meat. The mouthfeel is medium with slightly sharp carbonation. The finish is long, sweet and lightly bitter with some warmth from the 5.7% ABV. This Pumpkin brew has the right amount of pumpkin spices, a solid malt backbone and good pumpkin pie aroma. I’d say this is a good sessionable gateway beer for those scared to give pumpkin ale a first or even second try. Here’s to Good Beers!
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