As hazelnuts are harvested in late summer and early fall, it's only fitting that Sam Adams' 2012 Harvest Collection includes a tribute to the flavorful nut of the hazel tree. Its roasted-on-an-open-fire flavor and aroma is the main feature of this brown ale, rounded out with some sweet cocoa and toffee. Two-row pale malt, caramel 60, biscuit malt and roasted barley help balance out the nuttiness and contribute toward a toasted malt character. Its appearance is brown and crystal clear with some reddish highlights. The modest 5.2 per cent ABV makes it a highly session-able, easy-drinking, fall quencher. This beer is only available in the Harvest Collection twelve-pack.
Price: $13.99 for Harvest Collection twelve-pack of 12 oz. bottles