Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Sam Adams - Harvest Pumpkin Review

Brewery: Boston Beer Company (MA)
Style: Pumpkin Ale
ABV: 5.7%
Grade: B

I heard that Sam Adam's released a pumpkin ale last year, and figured I was duty bound to try it, eventually. I will admit I wasn't particularly excited for it — I'm fairly ambivalent about Sam Adams overall, though they do put out a lot of solid stuff for a brewery of their size (and, of course, a few major turds.) Oddly, their Harvest Pumpkin proved quite difficult to track down, and I had basically forgotten about trying it when I randomly came across a bottle in a bodega near my house. So, here we are.

With little fanfare, I'm happy to announce that Sam Adam's Harvest Pumpkin is... competent. It's right there in the middle of the pack; nothing exciting, but totally fine. Slightly sweet for my tastes, but not as sweet as they could have gone, for a mainstream beer producer. Spices are upfront, as expected with the style, with lots of sweet cinnamon and ginger. The taste is very rich at first, but fades — reminiscent of some imperial pumpkin ales out there, but not as overdone, and thinner. The malts are more or less what you'll find in every other version of the style. Nothing stands out here, but nothing is off-putting either. The deeper into the glass I go, the more I'm inclined to say: this is a respectable pumpkin ale. A decent bet if you're craving some pumpkin and there isn't much else on the shelf.

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