Sam Adams Harvest Pumpkin Ale 5.7% ABV
This beer has a nice rich dark brown color to it, while sitting in my frosty glass waiting to be consumed. It’s a tasty brew right off the bat. I can say after just three sips that I like this one better than the Pumpkin Smasher I reviewed. This Pumpkin Ale has a solid full body and a flavor that starts from the beginning of your sip all the way through to the finish, which then flows into a light aftertaste. There is simply a richer and more substantial flavor to this one. I would assume the 17 lbs. of real pumpkin used in the making of every barrel of this brew is part of what gives it the stronger flavor. This beer would go well with a meal or on its own. The sweetness of the brew is subtle, but by no means overpowering.
I have to admit, I’m having a little trouble writing about this brew as I keep going back to the glass to drink more of it. While it’s not quite delicious, it definitely makes for an enjoyable drinking experience. After getting down towards the bottom of the glass, there is a slight lingering aftertaste. It’s not prominent, but it is there. Even with that small complaint, I sure wish I had bought more than one so I could continue enjoying the review process. I recommend grabbing a 6 pack of this beer for a Halloween party or to take to a bonfire to share with friends.
I am much more impressed with this Sam Adams Harvest Collection brew than the Octoberfest beer they produce. Oktoberfest brews are best left to the Germans, but these New Englanders should definitely continue making this Pumpkin Ale.
This was a good satisfying brew.