A review of Samuel Adams Brewing Company’s Pumpkin Batch Ale. Cool fall evenings with the smell of dead leaves, pumpkins and darker beers flowing through the air. Aromas of pumpkin pie, cinnamon and fall leaves emit upward into the nostrils of the next joyous drinker who takes a sip and enters into a fall time wonderland. Samuel Adams Brewery is located in Boston, Massachusetts and has public tours and tastings Monday thru Saturday at varying times.
Samuel Adams: Pumpkin Batch Saison
Style: Pumpkin Ale
Appearance: Deep Gold
Aroma: Pumpkin pie with cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg swirled together is the first aroma that travels into your nostrils and awakens your senses. Hints of fresh baked bread, fall leaves and a slight barnyard scent shows up at the end with herbal hop notes bringing up the finish.
Flavor: Cinnamon and pumpkin spices with touches of ginger, nutmeg and spicy notes flood the palates and senses with the first sip. Following is hints of malts, zest, coriander and a slight toasted finish. An Umami flavor is the overall product from the blended array of all the other spices and flavors.
Mouthfeel/Body: Medium body with a dry, round and crisp finish. Very delicious and tingles a little on the palates. Good head formation and retention.
Food Pairing: This ale is a sure goody when it comes to fall time and is best for dessert time, but can also be incorporated with an evening meal. A great beer and food pairing option would be Pasta with pumpkin and sausage with bits of garlic, ground cinnamon and black pepper intermingled into the dish. This pairing option will allow for a full and balanced meal between the sweet flavors, spices and toasted notes. The dry, crisp finish will help cleanse the palates of the pasta with each sip while leaving a dry feel allowing for a clean and fresh new bite each time. The lingering pumpkin and cinnamon spices on the palates will enhance the overall pasta flavors which will provide an overall rich, but bold meal and evening. For dessert is the obvious, pumpkin pie! For another option in the dessert range would be sweet potato cupcakes with toasted marshmallows. Go ahead and pick up a pack of Samuel Adams Pumpkin Batch and delve into the crisp, cool fall spirit. Cheers!