Autumn. Where can I begin? I love everything about it. Cool crisp mornings, sometimes misty, crunchy colorful leaves in every hue of red, orange and yellow, pumpkin, spice, coffee, hot apple cider...I could go on and on. One thing that I look forward to every year is all of the pumpkin beers and ales that come out. I have compiled a list of some of my favorites and a couple that caught my eye but were lacking in my palate's preference. I will be the first to admit that I am a judger of labels. A label is the first thing that catches my eye, then the description. I don't like a brew that's too bitter, yeasty, or dark. An intriguing and flavorful smell is also desirable. It is with these qualifications that I begin my list.
3. Coming in at number three is Samuel Adams Harvest Pumpkin Ale, from none other than Boston, MA. This label is of course the same as many other Samuel Adams beers. The only difference is the wheat colored background color. This Harvest Pumpkin Ale is brewed with pumpkin and spices as well. According to the bottle, they use over 17 lbs. of real pumpkin in each brewing barrel! It's not as sweet as the aforementioned Southampton, but still has subtle pumpkin flavors and an underlying spiciness. It's smell is more that of a fresh squash without all the pumpkin pie spices. It is 5.7% ABV.
4. Now we reach the part of the list that contains my least favorites. Abita's Pecan Harvest Ale is from Abita Springs, LA. It's label is also very indicative of autumn and the harvest, with wheat, pecan branches and a palette of fall colors. It's flavor tastes very subtly of pecan but is still sweet. No bitter aftertaste with this one either. It wasn't what I was expecting. I was hoping it would be sweeter and more flavorful than it was. Hubby liked it though. This one is 5.7% ABV.