The pumpkin ale crusade is in full swing as we move on to Fat Jack Double Pumpkin Ale by Samuel Adams. You’ll be happy to learn that this ale is brewed with over 28 pounds of REAL pumpkin per barrel. Apparently there are some less than scrupulous ales out there masquerading as pumpkin ales but in fact contain no pumpkin… So thank you Samuel Adams for keeping it real and actually using pumpkin in your pumpkin ale. You’ll also be happy to learn that this ale is brewed with Fuggles hops. If that doesn’t make you giggle, read this again half way through polishing off this bottle.
Fat Jack pours a dark copper with a ruby tint. The thick, creamy head dissipates slowly leaving a fair amount of lacing on the glass (assuming that you’re drinking this out of a glass). The real pumpkin is evident on the nose with supporting notes of pumpkin pie spice and cinnamon sugar. A bouquet of herbal hops is also present on the tail end.
The flavor profile is much more pumpkin than it is pumpkin pie. However, there is still a noticeable representation of pumpkin pie spice. The body is made up of roasty malt flavors that impart a rich toffee aspect to the brew. The finish is a pleasant bitterness that leaves the palate with lingering cinnamon and nutmeg.
Fat Jack is an exceptionally pleasant pumpkin ale that provides great value to those looking for a little more than the standard pumpkin brew. While it has pumpkin pie spice, Fat Jack is not a sugary sweet pumpkin pie ale. Samuel Adams stays true to the pumpkin and does an awesome job of letting the gourd be the star. I’m looking forward to enjoying one of these with an obligatory Thanksgiving leftover turkey sandwich.
- Appearance: Ruby Tinted Copper / Thick, Creamy Head
- Aroma: Pumpkin Pie Spice, Cinnamon Sugar, Pumpkin, Herbal Hops
- Flavor: Pumpkin, Nutmeg, Cinnamon, Roasty Malt, Toffee, Bitter Finish
- Mouthfeel: Medium Plus, Velvety
- ABV: 8.5%
- Score: 89