Samuel Adams Jack-O Pumpkin Ale

Massachusetts
United States
Samuel Adams Jack-O Pumpkin Ale, Boston Beer Co.
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
87
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
35 / 40
Appearance:
4 / 6
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20
Description 

Jack-O's cinnamon and nutmeg aromas recall memories of freshly baked pumpkin pie. It has the ideal balance of seasonal spices and real pumpkin with a crisp, refreshing finish.

Profile

ABV: 
4.4%
IBUs: 
8
Hops: 
Hallertau-Hallertau
Malts: 
Samuel Adams Two-Row Pale Malt Blend, Malted Wheat
Judges Review 
Brad Darnell's picture
Judges Rating:
87
Aroma:
22 / 24
Appearance:
4 / 6
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

Samuel Adams Jack-O Pumpkin Ale by The Boston Beer Co., and I am judging this according to the 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines, Category 30B, Autumn Seasonal Beer.

A medium-sweet pumpkin and yam aroma greats my nose alongside typical pumpkin pie spices of cinnamon, nutmeg and brown sugar. The beer pours mostly clear coppered brown with a medium, swift-fading, off-white head. Medium-sweet brown sugar mixes with a medium-sweet pie crust malt flavor. Medium body and medium-high carbonation are also present.

As I spent more time with the beer, I noticed a light candied ginger spice and vanilla sweetness that complements the other pumpkin pie characteristics nicely. The malt is softly toasted pie crust, higher in the flavor than aroma. There is no perceivable hop aroma or flavor, but a soft and light hop bitterness cuts the malt sweetness slightly towards the end of the palate. The beer finishes dry with some lingering brown sugar and cinnamon character that's similar to cinnamon toast in nature.

This beer begs for an accompanying slice of warm pumpkin pie and vanilla ice cream, or as a palate sweetener alongside your turkey, dressing and vegetable accoutrements at a holiday meal.

Brewery Introduction

Raising the Bar for Better Beer

Samuel Adams sets superior standards for quality craft beer. Insisting that only the world's finest ingredients make the best beer, founder Jim Koch, and the other brewers at Samuel Adams travel the world to hand select the hops, barley,... Read More

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