In this blog, we are sample out last beer from this Samuel Adams Fall pack. We are going to get into one of my favorite beer styles in the Fall Season. Samuel Adams Harvest Pumpkin Ale is going to be feature in this beer blog. If you read my earlier blog, you know a little something about this brewery. Samuel Adams are pretty well-known and I know you about this brewery before you reading this beer blog. If you do not, please, go back to one of the earlier blogs and read the first part of it. Let us get into the beer.
Samuel Adams Harvest Pumpkin Ale is available in their Fall Sampler Pack. It has a dark amber color without a head on the beer. It has a cinnamon to nutmeg and a little pumpkin. This pumpkin taste like a cinnamon, nutmeg, and pumpkin. This is not a well balance beer. There is a point in the beer drinking experience that the drinker will get a little water hint. It is kind of drinkable beer.
Here is a description from the beer bottle:
Early New England colonists were nothing if not resourceful. Lacking traditional malts, they added pumpkin to their brews, & the first pumpkin ales were born. This modern adaptation uses 4 different malts, and over 17 lbs of real pumpkin per barrel, for a rich depth of flavor & unmistakable character. Cheers! Jim Koch
Here is a description from their website (www.samueladams.com):
A perennial favorite at our brewery Halloween party, Samuel Adams Harvest Pumpkin Ale is brewed with over 17 pounds of real pumpkin per barrel, adding a full body and sweetness to this dark reddish amber brew. Deep roasted malts, including a smoked malt, lend a distinct roasted character while traditional pumpkin pie spices give the beer a subtle spice note.
Pumpkin Ale is one of the oldest beer styles that originated in America. Early colonists lacked some of the classic beer ingredients, so in place of malt other fermentable sugars such as molasses or pumpkin were used. Pumpkin beers were not as popular at first since the pumpkin was used for its sugar alone rather than its flavor. More recently, pumpkins have been used in addition to malt and other spices to create flavorful pumpkin ales. For our take on the style we’ve used a large portion of real pumpkin to give it a natural richness of flavor.
To brew our version of this fall favorite, we used a significant portion of real pumpkin. The pumpkin is added to the mash to meld with the malt flavors, bringing out its true flavor in the final brew. In addition to our classic two-row pale malt and Caramel 60, we’ve added Special B and Smoked Malt for a deep roasted and nutty character that perfectly complements the pumpkin. Once in the kettle we also add clove and the classic pumpkin pie spices of cinnamon, ginger, allspice, and nutmeg. The spices subtly enhance the character of the pumpkin and malt without overpowering it.
Flavor: Smooth and roasty, real pumpkin adds to a full body and sweetness while deep roasted malts lend a toasty finish to this subtly spiced brew.
Color: Dark reddish amber, 33 SRM
Original Gravity: 15° Plato
Alcohol by Vol/Wt: 5.7%ABV – 4.4%ABW
Malt Varieties: Samuel Adams two-row pale malt blend, Caramel 60, Special B, and smoked malt
Hop Varieties: East Kent Goldings and English Fuggles
Special Ingredients: real pumpkin, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and allspice
Yeast Strain:Samuel Adams ale yeast
First Brewed: 2010
Availability: Seasonal (Sept. – Oct.) and in the Harvest Collection Variety pack
Here is their website and twitter addresses:
Closing, this pumpkin ale is one of the best one in the market. I am pretty stun since it is coming from Boston Beer Company. They found the classic American style and did it up right. It has a nice balance unlike most pumpkin ales in the market. Most Pumpkins ales have too much cinnaon or nutmeg in the beer. This beer is also in six pack bottles this year. I recomment this beer and you can take your time with it. This is because most of the smaller batches will be gone first. Go get some! Drink it! Enjoy it! Metal it! \m/
Bill DJ Weiser