Our Pumpkinpalooza Runner-up: Sam Adams Harvest Pumpkin

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Harvest Pumpkin Ale

Samuel Adams, Boston Beer Company, Boston, MA

Talk about breaking out the pumpkin goodness in your beer. The brewers over at Samuel Adams really know what they are doing when it comes to good beer. In fact, I don’t think there are any beers from them I haven’t enjoyed on some level. This beer comes in at a very respectable 5.7% abv, making for an easy drinking brew. If we can find it in time, we will also be giving a run-down on their Fat Jack, a crazy imperial pumpkin specialty brew that came out for this season. Its local whereabouts have eluded us so far, though.

Aroma: Malty aroma, with hints of spices. Not much in the way of hops.

Appearance: Deep red-orange in color. There is light carbonation. The head was pale and fell quickly, leaving a bubbly film over the beer.

Flavor: It has strong smoky malt flavor on the front. The pumpkin comes in after with a good spicy flavor.

Mouthfeel: It is light on the palate, with a light carbonation. It is also sweet, without being cloying.

Overall Impression: This beer really feels like fall; the combination of flavors make it perfect for relaxing on the porch and watching the leaves fall or sitting in front of the fireplace.

Final Impressions:

Hops:                    mug rating 1

Malts:                    mug rating 4

Pumpkin:             mug rating 3.5

Spices:                  mug rating 3

Flavor:                   mug rating 4

Overall:                 mug rating 4

Label:                    mug rating 2.5

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We are pairing this wonderful brew up with something just as tasty.  This is a great Belgian style waffle with chocolate chips and a hint of pumpkin pie spices, topped with a dollop of whipped cream.  The combination is delicious, and makes for a wonderful breakfast… I mean, dessert. The whip cream also had a touch of pumpkin pie spice, just enough for a bit of flavor.

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