7.(Tied) Samuel Adams
Harvest Pumpkin Ale
Jim Koch had a strong showing in our massive pumpkin tasting. The molasses, caramel, and cocoa nib notes had a warming effect that deceived us into thinking it was one of the boozier offerings. Each batch of Samuel Adams’ Harvest Pumpkin Ale is brewed with 17 pounds of pumpkins and a mixture of ginger, cinnamon, and nutmeg. I was reminded of cold weather strong ales like Avery’s Jubilation, but at a slight 5.7 percent ABV, you can imbibe far more without the crippling consequences.
Notable tasting note: “I don’t get a ton of the pumpkin. The caveat of using smoked malt is that smoke is the predominant flavor. I also detect a blue cheese quality.” -Gary Dzen