Pumpkin Beer Quest 2013 Beer #1: Sam Adams Harvest Pumpkin Ale
Today, September 22, is the first day of fall. And to celebrate that, I begin my annual pumpkin beer quest to find the best pumpkin beer. (As a side note, Dr. Awesome just rolled his eyes at me. Whatever. He likes IPAs. Overrated!)
Being a general fan of Sam Adams brewing, I figured that they would do it right. And they do. There’s just the right amount of spices that blends with the ale so that one is not overpowering the other. A pretty solid showing. The only thing is that I don’t know if I would want to drink more than one, so maybe that means something. They actually use pumpkins in the brewing too, which is cool.
It’s really amazing to see how much pumpkin beer (and everything else pumpkin) has blown up. The market has definitely become over saturated. It used to be really exciting when this time of year came around and it was so hard to find pumpkin anything. Now, it’s everywhere you turn. I think the rareness of it all was part of the fun. But hey, I’m a pumpkin fanatic, so I really shouldn’t be complaining too much 🙂
I think next year, I’m going to try brewing my own batch. I know it’ll take some time getting the recipe right, but it’ll be a fun venture. Plus, it’ll be the ultimate pumpkin beer.