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Harvest Time Pumpkin Ale - Big Boss Brewing

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Harvest Time Pumpkin AleHarvest Time Pumpkin Ale

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BA SCORE
86
very good

146 Ratings
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Ratings: 146
Reviews: 64
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.07%
Wants: 11
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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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Reviews by Fergyx825:
Photo of Fergyx825
3.41/5  rDev -10.5%

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!

Fergyx825, Sep 12, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.08/5  rDev -19.2%

Bottled on August 11th 2010.Poured into a standard pint glass a dull slight hazed copper color with a thinner whine head that did not las for long.Very muted aromas,hints of cardamom,and clove,but they are faint,really faint.Much lighter flavor profile than expected,spices that include cardamom,ginger,and clove make the most presence but again they are really light,the fresh pumpkin flavors trickle in a little as the beer warms.I had higher expectations from the beer,I was left very dissapointed.

oberon, Sep 15, 2010
Photo of SIRIUS2
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%

Pours a darker brownish-orange color, mostly clear, with a light brown head head of 1-2 fingers. Head dissipates rather quickly and lacing was light.

Smell is definitely that of pumpkin with cinnamon and spices. It's a hearty smell, inviting, with some secondary malts that are most difficult to pick out, but caramel seems to be a good bet.

Flavors are like straight up pumpkin pie with hints of nutmeg. It's a relatively heavy flavor but not really cloying or overly sweet. The flavors really stay together tight, all the way through the finish.

Mouthfeel was interesting. The carbonation was lighter than I would have expected and it seemed to work for the beer. For a brew that wasn't really all that sweet, the lack of carbonation seemed to add a ton of weight in the mouth.

Overall drinkability was good. First drink was absolutely flavorful and great, but the more you drink, the more you think "maybe one or two of these at a time is enough". Very good overall.

SIRIUS2, Sep 14, 2009
Photo of Guden
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%

Guden, Sep 04, 2014
Photo of Mora2000
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%

Thanks to ericandersnavy for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a nice orange color with a white head. The aroma is strong ginger. The flavor is very spicy. Lots of ginger with some caramel malt and some light hops. Slightly water mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Mora2000, Mar 19, 2010
Photo of chinchill
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

chinchill, Oct 07, 2013
Photo of lanamj
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%

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.

lanamj, Sep 14, 2011
Photo of Brenden
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Just newly released, this was out 6th beer in an all-NC beers tasting with BA styleisking.

[Appearance: 3.5] It's a pretty coppery color with a slightly more than wispy off-white head that foams up to a firm layer and releases some heavy spotting.
[Aroma: 3.75] Pie spices are prominent here without being overdone, with nutmeg, clove and cinnamon seeming discernible. It would be a solid 4 is the pumpkin flesh gave a stronger show, but it's there behind bready malts and, of course, the spices.
[Flavor: 3.5] Pumpkin flesh is squash/vegetal and placed behind the spices which, again, work very nicely. Malts give a little caramel sweetness and bread.
[Mouthfeel: 3.25] The medium body holds for most of the time but thins a touch in the end, while carbonation goes a bit too effervescent and then spritzy to hold a firm crispness either before or after the middle, though it achieves that much.

Brenden, Aug 30, 2014
Photo of CoalPorter
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%

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.

CoalPorter, Sep 28, 2011
Photo of Metalmonk
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

We are given the choice to "Reap" or "Sow" on this label. At the risk of offending the deathskull, I'll go for "Pour" and "Drink" instead...

Pours a burnt orange color, like the color of a turning autumn leaf...appropriate! The head is bone-white (no pun on the label character, I swear) and it thins to a skim and crown quickly.

Nose is a promising melange of the usual pumpkin ale spices (ie. pumpkin pie spices) with a leaning toward the smell of actual pumpkin flesh, which is nice. A lightly hot spice, maybe white pepper, comes in along with the sweeter ones.

Flavor is a good balance of pie spices and pureed canned pumpkin, one not winning out over the other. It's easy to like--as long as you like pumpkin ales--though a little short on depth. Seems to be lacking an extra oomph to send it over the top.

Good firm body, thin but hardly watery; rather creamy with tingly carbonation to offset.

A nice local-ish offering here with a label that admittedly drew me in and sealed the purchase of a 6-pack. There's some pretty stiff competition when it comes to this style, and this one sits square in the middle. Not amazing, but far from bad.

Metalmonk, Dec 15, 2009
Photo of tdm168
3.58/5  rDev -6%

Thanks to Doyle for this one.

Pours a deep brownish amber with a quarter inch of head that quickly fades to a thin lacing. Smells of musty pumpkin and very faint spices; nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice. The taste is rich, smooth pumpkin with a faint hint of nutmeg and allspice. There's just a slight hop bitterness in the finish. Medium bodied and smooth.

Overall, not a bad pumpkin beer. One of the better Big Boss offering.

tdm168, Sep 10, 2011
Photo of dirtylou
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%

12oz bottle, courtesy of bort. consumed will prepping a stew

appearance: another interesting big boss label, pours a dull hazy amber color, light white head with very little lace

smell: minimal, some light spice

taste: kind of bland - moreso than i remember from edenton's pumpkin. flavor is of mild real pumpkin, spice that is mild but features cinnamon, nutmeg and clove.

mouthfeel: a little watered down

drinkability: fine

dirtylou, Dec 13, 2009
Photo of hooliganlife
4.18/5  rDev +9.7%

thanks to OldStyleCubFan for this!

pour is a mellow and hazy copper with a light head and little retention

huge nutmeg just punches you in the face and a nice light cinnamon and pumpking backing

a little more subtle but still very flavorful. big spice flavors from the nutmeg and cinnamon and a slight whipped cream flavor. light malts compliment this.

a bit thin but nothing bad at all. nice carbonation.

this was a great pumpkin ale. great spice flavor blended well.

hooliganlife, Oct 22, 2009
Photo of Kegatron
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a fairly clear copper (although there are some light suspended solids present), with roughly a finger of eggshell-white head. Rich enough looking flareup on this, which leaves back a cascade of spotty foam. The aroma is even parts fall spices and green pumpkin meat. A touch of sweetness trails off in the back of the nose.

The spices are a little more subtle feeling here in the taste than it was in the aroma, with this time more malt sweetness coming out and holding it's own with the pumpkin flavor. There's a touch of balancing earthy hops here, while lingering spice and grit hang around in the finish for a while. The mouthfeel is lighter bodied, with a gentle creaminess to the carbonation but this mostly has a thin (and in a few spots watery) feel at times.

You know for a Pumpkin Ale, the overall flavor of this wasn't bad at all. It's just unfortunate that the beer gets betrayed by such a weak and disappointing mouthfeel. I'd maybe be willing to check this out again on draft at some point.

Kegatron, Jun 30, 2010
Photo of gr8zehaman
3/5  rDev -21.3%

gr8zehaman, Oct 06, 2013
Photo of thagr81us
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%

Served from tap into a shaker. Poured a hazy copper with a minimal white head. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, pumpkin, and cloves. The flavor was of sweet malt, pumpkin, and slight clove. It had a light feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a pretty nice brew. The flavor was very refreshing and not overly invasive to the palate. Also had a pretty nice aroma as well. This one is a definite must try for pumpkin brew fans out there.

thagr81us, Nov 01, 2010
Photo of SFNC
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

SFNC, Sep 20, 2013
Photo of ghowehattrick
2.75/5  rDev -27.8%

ghowehattrick, Sep 08, 2013
Photo of dtx00
4/5  rDev +5%

dtx00, Dec 19, 2012
Photo of KevinGordon
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

KevinGordon, Sep 21, 2013
Photo of Buffjones
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%

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.

Buffjones, Sep 25, 2013
Photo of n2185
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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.

n2185, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of Dodo2step
3.23/5  rDev -15.2%

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.

Dodo2step, Sep 29, 2012
Photo of BeerBuzzGuy
3.92/5  rDev +2.9%

BeerBuzzGuy, Aug 29, 2014
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Harvest Time Pumpkin Ale from Big Boss Brewing
86 out of 100 based on 146 ratings.