Samuel Adams Fat Jack Double Pumpkin Ale
Reviewed by Brady White on October 1, 2015 in Autumn Guide
- Brewery: Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
- Origin: Boston, MA, US
- Rated On: October 1, 2015
- Best Before: N/A
- ABV: 8.5%
- Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature
- Style: Pumpkin Ale
- Rating: GOOD !
This 22oz bottle pours a clear, bright medium bronzed amber colour, with two fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and somewhat bubbly beige head, which leaves some bug-splattered windshield lace around the glass as things quickly fall away.
It smells of bready caramel malt, mildly musty pumpkin mash, some zingy nutmeg, ginger, cinnamon, and all-spice, erm, spice, a wee grainy nuttiness, and a testy and nosehair-taunting alcohol measure. The taste is semi-sweet, doughy caramel malt, a lesser vegetal pumpkin fleshiness, ginger, nutmeg, anise, clove, and cinnamon spice, further brown-ale-esque nutty notes, and a growing metallic and somewhat intrusive booziness. The bubbles are fairly obscure in their barely supportive frothiness, the body a solid middleweight, and pretty smooth, with a pleasant attendant creaminess. It finishes trending sweet, the malt and now subtle pumpkin essence still hosting a range of seasonal dessert spices, as well as an alcohol heat that has tucked in and made itself at home.
Not a bad Imperial pumpkin ale, but two things could be improved: more (not a lot, but still) pumpkin character, and fewer overt booze esters. That said, this is enjoyable enough for a seasonably warm autumn supping experience – the elevated ABV just helping store up energy for winter, I suppose!