brokensail (16328) - Dublin, California, USA - JAN 14, 2017
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
On tap @ Helms Ocean Beach. An orange colored beverage with some white foam. Kind of your typical pumpkin/fall spiced beer. Get that typical "pumpkin spice" character from it. The spice quality is a little grainy/powdery for me...comes off a touch acidic. Thereís some toasted malts and plenty of caramel as well. Get a bit of a citrus zest and juice thing, which I donít think is intentional. Out of nowhere, thereís pear and banana taffy. Whatís going on here? No thanks.
GarrettB (1537) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 31, 2016
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
November 7th, 2014 - The beer before this - the Captainís Pale - was a knock out start, so I am excited to move down the line of tasters, coming now to the Samuin Harvest. A bit cloudier than the Pale, but with a similar foxy-brown color, it tries to blend in with its neighbors. The aroma is brass and sweet, advertising maple, molasses and pumpkin spices (all-clove, cinnamon, you know the coterie of scents), with an outsized volume for such an unfavorable serving vessel. At first sip I begin by appreciating the weight and texture of this brew, which seem well suited to the sweet and tangy flavor. But as these initial notes slow down, I get a huge, bumbling dose of overripe banana esters, and maybe a slight cloying excessiveness. These off-balance aspects of the Samuin donít ruin it, but it does stand in contrast to the delicate balancing act from the previous taster: the Captain.
JohnnyJ (5466) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 10, 2016
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On draft at the brewery. Clear orange pour, with an off white head. Caramel, pumpkin spice, cinnamon, malt, some sweetness, and light allspice. Decent pumpkin beer, if your into that sort of thing.
GT (9982) - Oceanside, California, USA - OCT 30, 2014
1.1 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 2/20
[ Keg ][ 3oz ][ Helms ][ $1.25-$2 ][ Taster ][ 10.26.14 ]
>> Two versions of this on tap today, regular and one on "hop rocket" with cloves, cinnamon sticks, and EKG hops. Not adding it because Iím unclear if this is pre or post fermentation addition. The hop rocket version had good foam, hazy golden color in the glass. Nose is lemon tea. Taste is lemon tea, dry, chlorine, chemical, dusty. Eh. Not much going on. Regular version poured a low haze, deep golden color with weak foam. Nose is chlorine sanitizer. Taste is super chlorine and sanitizer. Gross. Canít drink. Worse than the hop rocket version. Hop rocket: 1.1 Regular: 0.8
DedicatedToFun (4000) - Santa Monica, California, USA - OCT 29, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Tap, orange pour, nose is pumpkin, taste is cinnamon, okay overall but not my favorite of the flight