Beer Review: Samuel Adams Harvest Pumpkin Beer

maurice amon beerWith all this crazy weather in the northeast, I started really missing my favorite season of the year, Fall. I decided the best way to do this without actually going outside and was to have a Harvest Pumpkin Ale by Samuel Adams. Don’t ask where I got this in February, I have connections. My connection includes a flight of a lot of goodies. Anywho, so Samuel Adams has always been one of my favorite ales and nothing says Fall like a good pumpkin Ale. Mostly, because it is a pumpkin Ale that tastes like pumpkin! Let’s dive into this.

Here’s the description according to Samuel Adams:

“A perennial favorite at our brewery Halloween party, Samuel Adams Harvest Pumpkin Ale is brewed with over 11 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.” – Samuel Adams

maurice amonSo in terms of the taste, it is definitely one of the more authentic ales on the market. Upon first hitting the palate you get a clear taste of a variety of flavors and spices that you associate with Fall. Aside from pumpkin, you also taste cloves, spices, nutmeg and of course pumpkin. This paired well with the pumpkin aroma making it pleasant to anyone who consumes this. Though there is a slight bitterness in the aftertaste, which is always expected when it comes to beer. All in all, the finish is a bit dry.

The color is a nice amber/copper color with a nice off-white fizzy head which leads plenty of lacing around the glass. This color definitely aids in the bringing the flavor to life. The flavor mirrors the aroma as well as the color which is pleasant as best. From an “ale” standpoint, there are some mild grassy and hop notes present which helps this not feel or taste like a straight cider.

Out of 5, I would rate this beer a 4. I would definitely purchase as well as order this from a bar. I absolutely loved the taste, and appreciated it for not being too much of a cider tasting ale.

Top 5 Holiday Beers

With the holiday season quickly approaching (with some arguing that we’re already in full swing), it’s time to change our beverage choices. For a couple of weeks we have been indulging in some of the best Fall beers. Hints of pumpkin, sweet potato, and hops were perfect way to usher us into the season. But with the weather getting a little colder and the Christmas cheer creeping in, holiday beers are making their way into our hearts. Around this time of year we tend to see a lot of smaller production seasonal brews. Christmas brews tend to be a little more malty and dark with hints of fruits and spices. What are some of your favorite beers for holiday cheer?

Check out some of my favorite below:

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Samuel Smith’s Winter Welcome Ale

This is the perfect ale to start off our list. Samuel Smith’s ale has a warm welcome feeling that’s perfect on a cold winter night. With it’s deep orange feel and look, this ale offers scents of rich caramel, toasted scents, with a sweetened mixture of luscious pears and dark fruits. In addition to these strong tastes and scents, there are also strong hints of toffee merged with nutty flavors along with strong apple notes. Samuel Smith’s Winter Ale finishes off with a crisp bitterness that is familiar with a good ale and definitely cleanses the palate. If you want to try this ale out, hurry! This beer is only out for a limited time!

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Stevens Point St. Benedict’s Winter Ale

This ale is a true winter ale with its deep cocoa colored appearance. The look alone reminds you of being in a warm room on a cool winter evening. From the moment you open the bottle, the aromas of the holiday season envelope your senses with notes of caramel, figs, raisins, and dark fruits. All the smells that you would associate with a Thanksgiving and Christmas meal. To finish off the holiday palate, the beer has a hint of spicy hops to heighten your senses. This beer definitely has an edge that anyone will enjoy in the winter season.

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Samuel Adams Old Fezziwig Ale

This ale is one of our favorite ales on the list. Samuel Adams Old Fezziwig Ale is what holiday dreams are made of. The different flavors that encompass this ale are pretty much holiday baked goods in a bottle. Fezziwig Ale is complete with cinnamon, ginger, orange, with a hint of toffee sweetness that is sure to let anyone who enjoys this ale become nostalgic. The taste lasts well into the last drop.

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St. Feuillien Cuvée de Noël 2009

St. Feuillien is another favorite on our holiday list. One word: chocolate. This ale has a strong palette of milk chocolate and caramel that is sure to please your tastebuds. The minute you take your first sip your greeted with the beautiful merger of chocolate and caramel before a surprise of prune and fig. Basically this ale is what all holiday fairytales are made of.

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Schlafly Christmas Ale

And because it’s the holiday season, we’re going to go ahead and end this list with Schlafly’s Christmas Ale. Unlike the other ales on this list, Schlafly’s isn’t favored with cinnamon or nutmeg flavors like one would expect in a holiday ale. Especially one named after Christmas. Instead this moves more towards orange peels and spicy hops scents which pairs well with the holiday palette.

These are a few of our favorite ales for the holiday season. What are your favorites?

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