This week's Sunday Night Suds looks at Samuel Adams Pumpkin Batch - an ale brewed with pumpkin and spices.
After a number of years of marketing a Harvest Pumpkin Ale (reviewed here kosherbeers.blogspot.com/2014/03/sunday-night-suds-samuel-adams-harvest.html), this year the Boston Beer Company has made a change and introduced its Pumpkin Batch Ale.
What makes this beer different than Samuel Adams' previous iteration of pumpkin brews? The label of this beer indicates that Samuel Adams was attempting to achieve a more mellow brew as it identifies the base of the beer as a hazy saison to which they added pumpkin and fall spices. These brews are typical yeasty and fruity and can have a complex flavor profile.
The Pumpkin Batch poured a clear bright orange with some foam to start but the lacing quickly disappeared. The pumpkin flavor was not very strong and the cinnamon and fall spices took over, but even they were not very prominent.
I cannot recommend this beer with Thanksgiving Turkey as the bird would overcome this brew. Perhaps you could pair this with dessert such as pumpkin or pecan pie, but this is not a beer that can stand up to a rich main course.
The Samuel Adams Harvest Pumpkin Ale is under the Kosher Supervision of the Star-K and has a Star-K certification mark on the label. To see what the experts on Beer Advocate think about this brew, please follow this link - beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/35/185705.
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