Review by Eric Tansey, CSW, Sommelier 

The Samuel Adams 20 Pounds of Pumpkin Ale has a deep mahogany color with a tan colored, four fingered head. Aromas of chicory shavings and bark, cinnamon and allspice. Aromas that make you yearn for a fall morning college tailgate party or that afternoon break from raking leaves.

On the palate the Samuel Adams 20 Pounds of Pumpkin Ale has a medium minus bodied mouthfeel that comes across as very crisp and refreshing, for its style. This beer has all those Ugg-boots-and-yoga-pants qualities that you are looking for during the fall season. Pumpkin-y spices like cinnamon, clove, a little ginger and definitely some allspice. The Samuel Adams 20 Pounds of Pumpkin Ale is dry and far from being pumpkin pie in a glass, but is perfect for those warmer days in the earlier fall months.

Tansey’s Blind Rating – 85 Points

Beer Advocate – 86 Points 

The Break Down

Pumpkin Spice

Beer Selection –  20 Pounds of Pumpkin Ale 

Producer – Samuel Adams Brewing Company 

Region – Boston, Massachusetts,USA 

Style – Pumpkin Ale

IBU (International bittering units) – 14 

Suggested Glassware – Pint Glass

Alcohol – 5.7%

Food Pairing –  Pumpkin Chili, herb roasted chicken, turkey and mashed potatoes, toasted marshmallows, brownies and ice cream.

What is a pumpkin beer?  

This is the most widely expected and anticipated seasonal beer, loved by so many but also hated by those who are notorious for not dancing at weddings. Seriously, people who hate pumpkin beers are stereotypically the same people who think anything awesome is overrated. Ignore these folks and come jump into this pile of fall leaves with the cool crowd.

Pumpkin beers are to fall as Corona is to summer. They are an alarm clock that informs you when fall has arrived. Like that groundhog in PA that sees his shadow or whatever. Pumpkin beers come in every style, from crisp and dry with lighter alcohol and subtle holiday spices, to straight pumpkin pie in a pint glass, full bodied and higher in alcohol content. They can be a lager, ale, porter, or stout so whatever your style is…there is a pumpkin beer out there for ya. They typically have characteristics of cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, allspice, and clove.

These beers are great for seeing how creative a brewery can get, and each beer has its own unique recipe so be sure to read the back of the bottle or Google the beer to get the full story of how the beer artist went about painting their masterpieces. Pairing food with these beers takes a bit of an imagination but there are a lot of awesome recipes out there. We will have some posted on the site soon so stay tuned to our Foodie Friday blogs. Cheers! Eric Tansey, CSW, Somm1