Samuel Adams Fat Jack Double Pumpkin

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Samuel Adams Fat Jack Double Pumpkin

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For years we have been brewing a pumpkin ale for our brewery Halloween party using local pumpkins. We began experimenting and found that the richness and smoothness of the roasted malts and pumpkin could be brought to a new level in a much stronger brew.

Ahh, a double pumpkin! I couldn’t wait to try this; A double of a fine seasonal brew just has to be amazing. And you can it it is as you raise the glass to your nose; a strong, sweet pumpkiny smell lovingly warms the heart. But this isn’t a real-wholesome pumpkin scent that would be typical vegetable. No, this is layered with a nice caramel sweetness, a nip of cinnamon and nutmeg, and a dash of hops to remind you that this is indeed a beer.

Initially it hits the lips with a salty taste, quickly flooding the mouth with a strong pumpkin flavor that’s distinctly sweet with a malty-like essence. The spices then do their thing and tingle the tongue with that noticeable cinnamon-bite, a nutmeg melt and a slightly smokey note. In the aftertaste, a rich, sweet malty aftertaste remains, where you can find the hops hiding.

Samuel Adams Fat Jack Double Pumpkin
Samuel Adams Fat Jack Double Pumpkin

Overall this is an enjoyable Pumpkin beer that is more on the sweeter side than the raw-pumpkin side. If you dislike eating a real pumpkin, you’ll like this beer as it balances the pumpkin taste well with other characters. While not as sweet as Southern Tier’s Pumpking, it’s a great similarity that isn’t as ice-cream sweet as Southern Tier’s pumpkin brew, which may be a good thing. Highly quaffable!