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Harvest Time Pumpkin Ale - Big Boss Brewing

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Reviews: 70
Hads: 196
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 11.5%
Wants: 14
Gots: 21 | FT: 0
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North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: blackie on 10-05-2007

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.
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Photo of AnalogReigns
4.72/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Really an EXCELLENT pumpkin beer. About the best I've ever had... Well spiced but not overwelming. Light body, but not insipid. Very subtle on the pumpkin (which is a good thing, I think) and not overdone on the spices, making for quite a sophisticated taste.

I drank this at room temperature too...newly back from the store, and, just to see what flavors jumped out. I'd definitely recommend this beer for those of us who are Fall beer lovers....this really is what Pumpkin Beer is SUPPOSED to be! (499 characters)

Photo of nboris827
4.6/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is a great Pumpkin Beer! I look forward to its release in the Fall.

It is a typical Pumpkin Ale: strong hints of pumpkin pie in the nose, and when sipped, the tastes of ginger, a bit of nutmeg, and perhaps cinnamon are on the tongue. Recommend on draft if you can get it! (277 characters)

Photo of VncentLIFE
4.55/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Well when i poured it into my Christmas Ale snifter, it reminded me of Christmas Ale. Kind of has my hopes up, but oh well.

Pours a somewhat reddish-orange color. half inch head that only came from a super aggressive pour--oh and it disappeared rather quickly.

The taste is sweet and light. The pumpkin flavor is somewhat mild--levels comparable to Smuttynose and DFH Punkin. The spices are really what set it apart. The cinnamon and clove really dominate here (with clove being the Goliath here) . The clove is a spicy strong clove that reminds me of eating a clove candy stick from Cracker Barrel. Allspice and cinnamon are there too, and they mingle awfully well with the other flavors. Exactly what Pumpkin Ale should taste like in my book.

The clove adds a crispness, which complements the light body well. (816 characters)

Photo of bearfootdaddy
4.45/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I was at the store and wanted a pumpkin ale, and did not see any ones I wanted, Till I saw Big Boss Harvest Time, It was Great, the taste was just what you would want a pumpkin ale to be, To me it was one of those beers that one it great but two might be to much

Over all I would buy it again.

Only con is the price. (318 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
4.42/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Now this is a pumpkin ale. I was totally floored by this one and by far my favorite of the style so far this year. Pours out a light hazelnut tinged amber with a good bit of off white head the drips down the side causing some nice lacing.

Aroma is deep spices. Wow. Pumpkin, nutmeg, cinnamon, banana and bready notes. Just amazingly complex. This really came off very much like my mother in laws spice cake. Just a superb blend and very, very full. As I take the first sip I am very impressed here as the flavor is just as full as the aroma was. Deep spices, loads of pumpkin and a heavy dose of cinnamon and nutmeg. Really just massively impressive in every sense of the word. Nice medium feel was well carbonated and kept the flavors active on the palate.

Overall a very, very well done example of the style. This really impressed me. I actually remember wondering if this may have been the best I have had of the style. (924 characters)

Photo of wagenvolks
4.3/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Raleigh Times in Raleigh, NC. [AKA "Harvest Time Pumpkin Ale"]

Presented with a 22 oz. pour of a gorgeous, bright orange-bodied ale, sporting an attractive inch of light khaki head on top. Probably the best head retention I've encountered for a Pumpkin Ale, and lacing to boot. The aroma met the style requirements with ease, sending notes of cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, and a good deal of pumpkin squash to the olfaction.

The flavor was unassertive, yet at the same time let you know exactly the style the brewers were after. Notes of soft pumkpin pulp gave way to a creamy, vanilla flavor ("whipped cream", as my friend described it), and a beautifully balanced backbone of biscuity malt and spice that included cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and (of course) pumpkin. Mouthfeel was light and nicely carbonated, with a lingering finish of creamy vanilla and gingerbread malts. All in all, an exceptional brew that finally resurrected Big Boss in my mind after a slew of seemingly lack-luster attempts (Black Diamond, Bell Wringer Double Wit, etc..). Get at this one if you can. (1,087 characters)

Photo of I3eck
4.21/5  rDev +12.6%
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. (701 characters)

Photo of towersfall
4.17/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a dark-ish orange with a small, but nice, head. The color compliments the season well and looks like it should be a spice orientated beer.

Smell - Smells strongly of spices you may use to create the perfect pumpkin pie with a faint hint of actual pumpkin.

Taste - Refreshing and slightly different from most pumpkin ales that I have tried. I taste the spices more than the pumpkin and I actually enjoy that.

Mouthfeel - Well carbonated and the perfect blend between light and heavy.

Drinkability - Surprisingly one of the easier fall beers to down and I feel that I could have a few of these no problem. Big Boss strikes again with another solid brew. Highly Reccomended! (694 characters)

Photo of hooliganlife
4.15/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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. (475 characters)

Photo of Axnjxn
4.15/5  rDev +11%
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. (326 characters)

Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.15/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Emerges clear and sweet potato orange in color with a nice, creamy white head. A bit of lacing but and the head retention is quite nice.

Aroma is a bit powerful and mostly filled with cloves. Cinnamon is a close second and is also followed by allspice and ginger. Pretty powerful but pretty well done.

Perhaps a bit overspiced for some but I quite like it. Again, mostly cloves but cinnamon and some brown sugar lend a helping hand and add a bit of balance andd give the beer a little something extra. Tastes like a sweet pumpkin pie. Slightly sweet up front as well but a bit of hoppy/ spicy kick in the finish.

Medium bodied and well carbonated. Easy to drink. The pumpkin spiciness may wear the welcome out on this one pretty quickly but given the right circumstance and mood, this is an easy sessioner.

10/11/11

I really think that the 2011 version is great. It has more balance, flavors and overall tastiness. My review reflects a combination of both "vintages", with the clear favorite being the 2011. (1,059 characters)

Photo of lanamj
4.12/5  rDev +10.2%
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. (639 characters)

Photo of blackie
4.12/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: Great looking creamy head, khaki in color with great retention. The ale is a gorgeous deep amber-orange in color, somewhat hazy.

s: A great blend of spices upfront...typical pumpkin spices with nutmeg seemingly dominant. Cinnamon and I think ginger are also in the mix. Good malt support with a medium sweetness level and light toastiness, and a considerable aroma of meaty pumpkin. Lightly hopped it seems, and earthy in a sitting on the floor of a turning forest kinda way. Sweet potato casserole, with burnt marshmallows and all. Very nice, and quite close to perfect.

m: Carbonation level around medium, very smooth as are most Big Boss beers. Body seems to be around medium or medium-full and cleans up quickly after the swallow.

t: Spicy at first, with the caramel amber malts and pumpkin quickly making themselves known...never taking over, but balancing out very well. Moderate sweetness of concentrated grain sugars leave a sticky coating on my lips after a few glasses. Creamy pumpkin pie. Lightly hopped with a long lingering finish.

d: three with ease, but the spice does wear after a bit

Great pumpkin ale as always from this brewery. I remember it being a bit more clear and well rounded/balanced in the past, but who knows.

Would love to see some bottles, or even a limited hand bottling.

9-29-09: Just changing some scores around, both appearance and mouthfeel dropped from 4.5 to 4 (1,409 characters)

Photo of goatsgo2hell
4.12/5  rDev +10.2%
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. (332 characters)

Photo of MuddyFeet
4.08/5  rDev +9.1%
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. (407 characters)

Photo of kell50
4.07/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look forward to this beer every year here in NC. Also, the label's 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 completely 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: Taste follow nose; 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 those who don't typically enjoy spice-heavy pumpkin beers, and those that do.

M: Very nicely carbonated. A very easy drinking 5.5% ABV. Medium bodied.

O: As previously metioned- Harvest Time is a beer I get excited about when the leaves begin to change. This is a solid example of a pumpkin ale- I will definitely buy it again. (958 characters)

Photo of cwguy5
4.02/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed this on-tap at Duckworth's in Charlotte, NC in a pilsner glass on 10/11/10. Review from notes.

- rich brown color with orange highlights; thin-med head with low retension; a lot of lacing on glass

- sweet candy-like aroma of spice and some vegetable

- clove? spice notes up front with mild herbal finish

- fairly thick body with nice carbonation; chewy isn't right word but the food flavors make it seem "edible" (424 characters)

Photo of atsprings
4.02/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a DFH Signature glass pours a crisp, bubbly dark amber with a decent off white head that diminishes to a ring. Aroma is loads of fresh pumkpkin and loads of spice along with caramel malts. The taste is a nice amount of fresh pumpkin and spice with a nice amount of caramel and brown malts, loads of great flavor all around! The beer is quite light, crisp and very smooth. I remember having this one on-tap last fall and not being that impressed, this time around, I truly enjoy this beer and will be enjoying this one numerous times this fall! (560 characters)

Photo of CAP1868
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A-Pours a copper/orange color like a typical pumpkin ale, has a decent head.

S-Smells of fall, spices and pumpkin very heavy in the nose of this brew.

T-Tastes a lot like it smells, you get a decent amount of spice in the front, then washes with pumpkin pie on the back end, really good.

M-Nicely blended between the heavier spice flavor and the pie flavor throughout the brew. Very well balanced.

D-Nicely carbonated, I could drink quite a few. Would highly recommend this brew to anyone who enjoys this style. (559 characters)

Photo of porterwoobie
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, poured into a standard pint glass.

A: orangish/brown in color, slight haze, decent white head, some lacing

S: cinnamon and spices, and pumpkin. smells like a pumpkin pie. there is a residual malt aroma beneath the pumpkin pie.

T: tastes like it smells. like a fresh pumpkin pie out of the oven. pumpkins, cinnamon, and other pumpkin spices. no hop flavor stood ou. has a sweet finish.

MF: medium bodied, medium carbonation.

Drinkability: wife,"what are you drinking?" me,"try it." wife,"why does it taste like pumpkin pie?" so, tastes like a liquid pumpkin pie. not bad once every now and then. (612 characters)

Photo of FMSmith
4/5  rDev +7%
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. (287 characters)

Photo of Lonestar9
4/5  rDev +7%

From a tap. Poured a very nice, reddish color. You can taste the pumpkin spices and flavors but it does not overwhelm the beer. As it warmed a little you could taste pumpkin flavors a bit more. The smell was also subtle but definitely pumpkin pie. Overall a beer worth trying, a solid one for me that I'll seek out next year in bottles up in NC. (349 characters)

Photo of CoalPorter
3.97/5  rDev +6.1%
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. (582 characters)

Photo of thagr81us
3.97/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (511 characters)

Photo of jpro
3.97/5  rDev +6.1%
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. (1,315 characters)

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Harvest Time Pumpkin Ale from Big Boss Brewing
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