Abita Pecan Harvest Ale on the shelf at Kenny Road Market recently, I dropped a bottle into my “make your own six-pack” container. Abita makes some nice products, and I had visions of this tasting something like an alcoholic pecan pie.
The beer pours a clear reddish brown with a thick off-white head that dissipates over several seconds.
The aroma is malty, with maybe a hint of pecan there, but I could be imagining that. The Abita web site says the oils from the nuts give it a light pecan finish and aroma. There’s something mildly sweet there. If I didn’t know pecans were used in brewing it, I wouldn’t have a clue that’s what the aroma was.
The flavor starts with a malty bitterness. This gives way to a kind of strange grain funkiness with an earthy note to it. I think maybe I get some pecan in there, but it’s more like a piece of shell you accidentally eat than a pecan “meat”. The finish is bitter in a very mildly hoppy way. I want to like this beer a lot more than I actually like it. It’s… just OK. It’s not bad. It’s not good. I don’t care if I ever have this particular beer again.
Beer Advocate agrees with me on this, rating it just a 77/100 or “okay” on their scale. Rate Beer is much tougher on it, giving it a 33 overall.
IBU: 20 (which seems a little low… I’d have thought more like 25)
My Rating: 6/10