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Samuel Adams

Harvest Pumpkin Ale

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Real pumpkin & warming spices like ginger, cinnamon & nutmeg give this brew a smooth, hearty, and inviting character perfect for the crisper days of fall.

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HOP VARIETIES

East Kent Goldings and Fuggles

MALT VARIETIES

Samuel Adams two-row pale malt blend, Caramel 60, Special B, and smoked malt

YEAST STRAIN

Top-fermenting Ale

COLOR

Dark reddish amber, SRM: 33

SPECIAL INGREDIENTS

Real pumpkin, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg & allspice

ALC. BY VOL/WT

5.7% ABV - 4.4% ABW

IBUs

14

CAL PER SERVING

199

AVAILABILITY

Seasonal

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TASTING NOTES

nutmeg
Fall spices provide a warmth that’s deepened by an undercurrent of roasty smoked malts.
pumpkin
17 pounds of real pumpkin adds a full body and sweetness to this dark reddish amber brew.

Every Craft Beer

Has a Story

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  • 0004 harvest pumpkin trade
  • HarvestPumpkinthelegacy
  • THE TOOLS

    Early New England colonists were nothing if not resourceful. Lacking traditional malts, they added pumpkin to their brews, & the first pumpkin ales were born. This modern adaptation uses 4 different malts, and over 17 lbs. of real pumpkin per barrel, for a smooth, rich flavor and & unmistakable character. That’s probably why this beer is a perennial favorite at our annual brewery Halloween party. 

  • THE TRADE

    To brew this fall favorite, we used a significant portion of real pumpkin.  The pumpkin is added to the mash to bring out the true pumpkin flavor in the final brew.  The pumpkin works with the malts, including our two-row pale malts, Caramel 60, Special B, and a smoked malt, to create body and sweetness with a roasty and nutty character.  Once in the kettle we add classic pumpkin pie spices like clove, cinnamon, ginger, allspice, and nutmeg to enliven the brew and give it the spicy warmth of fall.

  • THE LEGACY

    Pumpkin Ale is one of the oldest American beer styles. Early colonists lacked some of the classic beer ingredients, so in place of malt, other fermentable sugars like sweet potato, squash, and  pumpkin were used. Alas, pumpkin beers were not as popular at first, because the pumpkin was used for its sugar alone, rather than its flavor. More recently, pumpkins have been used in addition to malt and other spices to create flavorful pumpkin ales.

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