Samuel Adams Fat Jack Double Pumpkin Ale

Reviewed by on October 1, 2015 in Autumn Guide

The Details

  • 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 !

The Review

Fat Jack, a Double Pumpkin Ale, falls under the Samuel Adams’ brand of ‘Small Batch Beers’, and is ostensibly an autumn release – I mean, look at that sufficiently putrid gourd front and center on the label!

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!

Brady White

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