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Harvest Time Pumpkin Ale - Big Boss Brewing

Harvest Time Pumpkin AleHarvest Time Pumpkin Ale

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126 Ratings
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Ratings: 126
Reviews: 61
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 12.63%

Brewed by:
Big Boss Brewing visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
This is a Subtly Spiced Fall ale Brewed with Real Pumpkin that will evoke memories of holidays and family. It is brewed with our own proprietary blend of spices that will make this one of the best recieved pumpkin ales available.

(Beer added by: blackie on 10-05-2007)
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Photo of I3eck

North Carolina

4.21/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle -> Wine Glass
A: Hazy dark amber / iced tea-colored, 1/2" slightly off white head, stumpy lacing.
S: Apple cider, cinnamon, pumpkin, brandy.
T: Cinnamon, apple, pumpkin, over-ripe fruit, sweet potato, clove, baked bread crust, malty undertones.
M: Good CO2, medium-full bodied with a lingering baked goods flavor.
O Delicious concoction of multiple spices and fruits. I've enjoyed this beer over the past two years around this time - awaiting its release in Sept this year. It really stands out for me because it is complex and has a wicked over-ripe fruit / banana flavor which I find interesting and enjoyable. This beer reminds me of baked pies - especially apple and pumpkin. Good times.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2013 20:15:22 | More by I3eck
Photo of seydou

South Africa

2.93/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured out of a bottle. Almost no head and what was there disappeared. Don't see carbonation. Hazy, tan-reddish.

Smells great, spicy, outdoorsy, not like pumpkin at all. (Sometimes you get that whiff of sweetness).

The smells is just like the front of the mouth taste -- maybe like a packet of instant spices to make a pumpkin pie. It's warm and lingers. This is unusual for a pumpkin beer. I can't describe any of the flavors really well, but it's got a pine-y bite to it, fall like. I honestly can't decide if I like it or not.

Through a bottle, I get tired of the really blatant spice overtones, whatever they are. Not a favorite.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2013 00:36:24 | More by seydou
Photo of GarthDanielson

North Carolina

3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a crystal clear, dark, caramel coloring with a ton of carbonation action and no head. Aromas of pumpkin, sweet potato, cinnamon, nutmeg, brown sugar, and baked bread characteristics. Smells delicious! Flavors are smooth and richly sweet, with a baked bread feel throughout. Pumpkin, hints of vanilla, and roasted notes, with a dash of cinnamon and nutmeg. Solid, balanced, and drinkable. Smooth, light bodied, delivering through to a pumpkin pie aftertaste. The finish is slightly effervesced, but ultimately crisp and clean, with a slightly sweet and spiced linger. Light enough to drink in numbers.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2013 02:02:00 | More by GarthDanielson
Photo of dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a crystal clear medium burnt orange in color with some light amounts of gentle visible carbonation along the surface of the beer and some amber highlights. The beer has a half finger tall foamy light beige head that quickly reduces to a medium sized patch of very thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of pumpkin pie spices (nutmeg and clove) with some more subtle aromas of pumpkin and sweet toasted malts.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavor of toasted malts with some light amounts of grainy sweetness. That is followed by light flavors of pumpkin and moderate flavors of pumpkin pie spices (nutmeg dominates with lighter amounts of clove) in the finish.

M: Medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation.

O: Easy enough to drink but I would appreciate a better blend of spices that is not so nutmeg centric. The alcohol is well hidden and you can actually taste the pumpkin.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2013 18:54:06 | More by dbrauneis
Photo of Buffjones

North Carolina

3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle, the appearance was a nice darker golden color.

The smell, strong clove, with some cinnamon and spice. Very subtle pumpkin if any in the nose.

The taste, very balanced between the spices and malts, very subtle pumpkin in the flavor.

Overall, this is a good choice for a fall harvest brew, maybe standing outside grilling/or smoking some tasty meats while the leaves turn. We have a limited offering of pumpkin ales at the local grocer, but this, and the Sam Adams Harvest Pumpkin have been the best of what I've tried so far. Still hoping to snag a six pack of the Southern Tier Pumking.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2013 00:13:47 | More by Buffjones
Photo of Fergyx825


3.41/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: A nice amber color and darkens at the edges, exactly what a pumpkin ale is supposed to be. There was some head on the pour, and is going away as the beer settles. No bubbling is noticed within the beer.

Smell: Spiced smell with a little bit of pumpkin. I can't smell too much alcohol. This is definitely more spice heavy though. But non the less i am excited to take a swig.

Taste: This is a very different than most of the pumpkin ales that i've had. You can taste the spices, and the pumpkin right away, but at the back end of the taste it has some alcohol taste to it. I don't know how much at the end of the taste i'm thinking light. It has some sweetness to it, but its shortlived. only if they could capture that.

Mouthfeel: Very low carbonation, and a light beer. I am in favor of low carbonation, but the light side of the beer makes me wanting more. Perhaps good when it comes to drinking in mass quantities, but not so much for the actual beer itself.

Overall: Appearance, and smell this beer hits it head on. The thickness of this beer really affects the taste of it, and in the end brings it down. If they could make this thicker and capture that sweetness at the end of a sip this would be great stuff!

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2013 23:35:11 | More by Fergyx825
Photo of Axnjxn

North Carolina

4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on draft at beer study in chapel hill. teku glass.

pours a hazy orange with a slight head. huge shot of pumpkin aroma on the nose. taste is real big on cinnamon and nutmeg and even pumpkin flavors, without the bittering of nutmeg. really like this one. medium bodied with light carbonation.

overall an excellent pumpkin ale.

Serving type: on-tap

09-12-2013 19:59:30 | More by Axnjxn
Photo of MordorMongo

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to ASUbeer for the tick, he knows I am a sucker for a pumpkin brew!

12oz bottle to tulip.

A - Burnt orange with some amber hues, nice off-white head which settles to a nice cap, lacing throughout....not too shabby

S - Holy spices batman! Cinnamon, vanilla, nutmeg, pumpkin, allspice...yowza, lot going on here....kind of turns me on.

T - Big spice notes, some breadiness as well. As it warms it picks up some slightly tart almost cidery notes. Definitely preferred it colder which is unusual for the style.

M - Medium and a bit lackluster...nothing special in any way....average.

O - I don't think I would drink like 7 of these...but one was a treat and I could see picking up a 6er each fall of this and having them perhaps to break up other more sessionable brews. My wife liked it more than I but she doesn't count, haahaha.

Glad to get to try this one, while it isn't something I would punch an old lady in the throat to get again, I would grab one if I saw it and was in the mood.

I give this one 14 yellow bandanas and 2 stink eye marbles.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2013 18:18:41 | More by MordorMongo
Photo of hopsolutely

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Somewhat embarrassed to admit that I had no idea this was a pumpkin ale until logging in to this site. The label makes reference only to "ale brewed with spices" and initially I found the cloves so overpowering that it didn't occur to me that this was also a pumpkin beer i.e. I didn't pick up on the gourd at all. It has mellowed on my palate somewhat since those initial tastes, but remains a very spice-forward brew.

Pours a hazy dark orange with minimal head that dissipates quickly. Cloves overwhelm the aroma, but cinnamon and nutmeg are also present in the background. The flavour introduces some sweet caramelized malts and pumpkin notes, with a bitter finish that lingers along with those prevalent spices.

I’m not saying it’s not well brewed, but although I love many pumpkin beers, this isn't one I'd personally purchase again.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2012 02:43:38 | More by hopsolutely
Photo of KajII

North Carolina

3/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

[Suggested Glassware: Lager Glass]

The pour was a clear medium burnt orange with an average (1-2 finger) white fizzy head that was mostly diminishing, reducing to a light film and small collar with fair spotty lacing.

The aroma was of a light bread malt and a mild doughy yeast with notes of pumpkin, nutmeg, brown sugar, clove and a bit of cinnamon.

The taste was sort of thin with a light brown sugar sweetness and a malty pumpkin flavor early on, then became infused with a mild dose of spices and had a slight astringent taste towards the finish. The flavor was short lived, fading almost immediately after the swallow and leaving nothing behind.

Mouthfeel was light in body and watery in texture with a lively carbonation.

Overall this was like drinking a “Light” Pumpkin Ale, if there is such a thing. It did however possess a decent drinkability and a nice refreshing taste...


Serving type: bottle

11-10-2012 01:12:04 | More by KajII
Photo of devilben02

North Carolina

3.33/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I generally don't care for pumpkin beer season since the typical heavy, spiced flavor profile become overwhelming after a short while, and this beer does nothing to change my perception of this kind of seasonal beer. It pours from the bottle with a nice, deep, semi-transparent amber color, but without much of a head. The aroma is an expected combination of seasonal spices and a thin sweetness. The flavor has more depth, with a fruity sweetness and some dry herbal hops, but it certainly feels over-spiced since the underlying beer is difficult to identify. The texture doesn't do much to counteract my disappointment, with a medium-thin body doing little to add character. Overall, the heavy-handed use of spice makes me wonder if the brewers just really love pumpkin pie or if they are covering a forgettable, bland beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2012 15:53:40 | More by devilben02
Photo of kell50

North Carolina

4.09/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look forward to this beer every year here in NC. Also, the labels are pretty eye-catching too!

A: It pours a dark orange color with a small head that quickly fades away. Absolutey no head or lacing after finish pouring the beer.

S: It does smell of fall spices/aromas, i.e. nutmeg, clove, cinnamon, pumpkin, etc. I always get excited after popping the top with this one. A very aromatic beer.

T: I immeditely (no suprises) taste the spices and pumpkin coming through. There's just enough spice to it to know what style you're having, but not so viscous and cloying that you're one an done. I really feel that this beer would be accepted by people who don't typically enjoy pumpkin beer and by those that do.

M: Very nicely carbonated. A very easy drinking 5.5% ABV pumpkin ale.

O: As previously metioned- Harvest Time is a beer I get excited about when the leaves start to change. Big Boss has some excellent beer available and this one is another solid example.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2012 23:28:37 | More by kell50
Photo of MuddyFeet

North Carolina

4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper in color. Shines when held up to the light. Mild foam that dissipitates to a thinner film. Nose is fruity--almost apple. Subtle favors that balance each other nicely. But I wish there was just a tad more pumpkins. Nice spice flavor counters the sweet malts. Medium body. Solid fall beer. I will say the label turned me away from this beer for a long while. I was expecting it to be more over the top.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2012 02:06:19 | More by MuddyFeet
Photo of Dodo2step


3.23/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

P- Thanks to my buddy Trask in NC for this brew

A- a cloudy dull orange color. Half finger head that leaves a patch o lain and hangs around for a minute.

S- hints of nutmeg and clove. I get a dominate malt smell like vinegar though. Its lke a white vinegar smell that is pungent.

F- Pumpkin vinegar malt flavor. Different but not what i want with my pumpkin ales. I also get some clove and nutmeg in the taste as well.

M- Sour vinegar taste and pumpkin is kind of bland, no kick.

O- just an average pumpkin ale for me, i have had much better but much worse as well.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2012 18:25:18 | More by Dodo2step
Photo of FMSmith


4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Excellent Pumpkin Ale. Not overly spiced nor overly sweet. Good mouth feel and definitely a fall pleasant beer.

I am not a fan of Pumpkin Ales only because I think there are more bad ones than good ones but Harvest Time is a very obvious difference to the ones I have tried in the past.

Serving type: on-tap

09-23-2012 16:13:41 | More by FMSmith
Photo of adevans

North Carolina

3.48/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Orange-amber liquid with a small off-white head that dissipates to some foam around the rim of the glass. No real lacing.

S - Smells sweet - of caramel malts, with spices like nutmeg. There's a slight hint of pumpkin, but it's not up front.

T - There isn't a ton of pumpkin taste in this ale, but you will taste it. It's nicely balanced with the spices provided, like cinnamon and clove.

M - Light carbonation with a pretty full-bodied beer.

O - A good pumpkin ale, but it seems to have too much lingering spice for my liking.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2011 16:12:34 | More by adevans
Photo of thegodfather2701

North Carolina

3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Hazy orange with essentially no head and thus no lacing either.

S-Malty with a slight hint of spice.

T-Malty, reminiscent of an Octoberfest(which is what I thought this beer was) with some nice nuttiness and a hint of spice.

M-Somewhat thin.

D-Very drinkable, it had a good flavor and wasn't very heavy.

Overall, at the time I didn't know this was a pumpkin ale, I thought it was an Octoberfest. There isn't much pumpkin or spice in this beer but I thought it was enjoyable.

Serving type: on-tap

11-19-2011 12:52:01 | More by thegodfather2701
Photo of n2185

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a slightly hazy orange with a finger of beige head that recedes into a thin ring with no lacing.

S: Pumpkin spices up front followed by sweet vanilla and some yam/pumpkin-like aromas. There are some light bready aromas in there as well.

T: Again the spices hit at first. Some light vanilla flavors mix in with faint pumpkin notes after. The finish has a very light bitterness with some sweet bread flavors.

M: Medium-light body with lowish carbonation, this beer feels a little watery.

O: A decent pumpkin ale, overall. Nothing to write home about, but it smells nice and isn't overly spiced.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2011 19:51:05 | More by n2185
Photo of goatsgo2hell

North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours out a nice orange-ish amber, giving just a hint of the ingredients. It has a lovely smell -- a hint of pumpkin spice that's quite enticing. The taste isn't too sweet or overpowering -- all in all, this is my favorite pumpkin ale so far. Guess I'll have to wait til next fall to try a few more and size it up against them.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2011 19:43:17 | More by goatsgo2hell
Photo of wedge

North Carolina

3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an unclear orange color with a small, bubbly head that shrinks to a creamy ring around the edge. Pumpkin pie spices as well as some actual pumpkin. Fairly mild, spicy flavor wrapping up with some caramel sweetness and toasty grain. Medium-light body with moderate carbonation. Better on draught, but satisfying and quite drinkable from the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2011 22:33:49 | More by wedge
Photo of oline73


3.4/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy orangish amber with under a finger of off white head that disappears completely.

Smell: Sweet, caramel like malt along with some spices. Cinnamon and nutmeg are dominant.

Taste: Sweet and malty, mild caramel notes. The pumpkin flavor is very mild compared to the spices. There is some cinnamon and nutmeg just like the smell. No bitterness in the finish, which is nice.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with hardly any carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: This beer tastes good, perhaps a little more pumpkin would have been nice. The mouth feel and appearance were just alright. Could have been a bit more carbonated.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2011 23:52:05 | More by oline73
Photo of brstls4drmrs

North Carolina

3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - This brew is a slightly cloudy amber color with a white/cinnamon head. Very nice lacing occurs and sticks throughout.

S - Nutmeg, spices and a little clove in there as well. Some faint scents of pumpkin. Also some hints of cinnamon and a buttery bread scent.

T - All spice kicker with some clove and a dash of nutmeg. Not any pumpkin in there really.

M - Well carbonated and easy to drink.

O - Pretty good tasting brew. Would of liked a little more pumpkin flavor however.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2011 02:52:33 | More by brstls4drmrs
Photo of CoalPorter

North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured fairly aggressively into a pint glass.

A - 1 finger ecru head burns away quickly with little lacing
color is a slightly hazy burnt orange

S - pumpkin, clove, nutmeg, cinnamon, and brown sugar all combine to give a lovely pumpkin pie effect

T - pumpkin pie again, but not overwhelmingly sweet, mostly clove, allspice and cinnamon backed by pleasant malt sweetness and a dry hop finish which gives balance to the whole beer

M - tingly and lighter than expected, with moderate carbonation

O - This is a very drinkable seasonal brew, not my favorite pumpkin but close to it.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2011 01:03:32 | More by CoalPorter
Photo of jpro

South Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a sixer from Carrboro Beverage Co. last weekend...

A: Pretty cool label - as is the case with most of the Big Boss brews... it pours an old penny (as opposed to “Bad Penny”), copper-brown, with a small, off-white head that recedes fast, leaving no lace; it has a bit of a murky look to it - which I don’t mind.

S: Pumpkin pie... nice and crusty; the usual nutmeg / allspice; this is a pumpkin ale with a really nice aroma - nothing over the top, just simple / straightforward and satisfying. Not as clovey as some other pumpkin ales, which is a definite plus for me.

T: Mmmmm.... its a little sweet, but not overly so; nice pumpkin filling flavors and pie crust; brown sugar; sweet potato; a little bit of dry bitter on the end that provides a some balancing evasiveness to the malt / spice sweetness going on.

M: Full-bodied; lower carbonation; the full-ishness of the feel seems to complement the taste rather well - makes it seem richer than perhaps it is; it could use a little extra zing, though, as the low carbonation makes things a tad boring.

O/D: One of the better pumpkin ales I’ve had (in recent memory, at least); lower abv and not being super sweet are characteristics that lend to a higher drinkability for this beer; might have to get another sixer to save for cooler weather.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2011 23:03:06 | More by jpro
Photo of lanamj

North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a nice maple brown with a 1/4 inch foamy white head that quickly dissolves into a light lace.

S- Lots of spice. I get all the familiar thanksgiving spice. Such as cinnamon, nutmeg, clove and allspice. Some pumpkin and caramel malts are presence.

T- Lots of pumpkin and spice. It has a good balance between the two, unlike the smell which i feel is much more spicy.

M- Nice and smooth. Carbonated nicely and its rather refreshing.

O- A great pumpkin beer. Although a little heavy on the spice it has a nice pumpkin presence that helps balance the spice. The smooth malts and carbonation help counter balance the spice as well.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2011 23:00:18 | More by lanamj
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Harvest Time Pumpkin Ale from Big Boss Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 126 ratings.