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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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133 Ratings
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Ratings: 133
Reviews: 61
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 12.66%
Wants: 10
Gots: 6 | 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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Photo of womencantsail


2.58/5  rDev -31.9%

Thanks for sharing this, Bobby.

A: The beer pours a cloudy brown color with just a small off-white head.

S: It's slightly acidic on the nose before the spices come into play. Plenty of cinnamon and nutmeg, perhaps a hint of vanilla. There are some definite green apple and apple cider notes along with a light bread aroma.

T: Starts off with sweet malt and bread notes. Some good spiciness of nutmeg and cinnamon. There is a mild toasted malt flavor as well as some hints of fruits and a light tartness.

M: Medium bodied with low to medium carbonation.

O: Reminiscent of my failed/infected pumpkin homebrew a couple years ago.

09-06-2011 20:28:34 | More by womencantsail
Photo of TheKingofWichita

North Carolina

2.65/5  rDev -30.1%

Pours a deep orange color with a yellowish head with a little lacing. Smells of pumpkin pie, nutmeg, malt, and a little cinnamon. Tastes of pumpkin spice, allspice, nutmeg, malts, and some cinnamon in the background. Mouthfeel is pretty average. Drinkability was as well.

10-12-2010 14:23:06 | More by TheKingofWichita
Photo of ghowehattrick

North Carolina

2.75/5  rDev -27.4%

09-08-2013 21:49:39 | More by ghowehattrick
Photo of seydou

South Africa

2.93/5  rDev -22.7%

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.

11-13-2013 00:36:24 | More by seydou
Photo of gr8zehaman

North Carolina

3/5  rDev -20.8%

10-06-2013 17:30:22 | More by gr8zehaman
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South Carolina

3/5  rDev -20.8%

10-05-2012 21:15:30 | More by jaswilson2
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North Carolina

3/5  rDev -20.8%

09-29-2013 01:48:24 | More by JohnnyK
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North Carolina

3/5  rDev -20.8%

11-01-2013 01:57:25 | More by yaksurf
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3/5  rDev -20.8%

01-26-2012 23:42:55 | More by mattafett
Photo of KajII

North Carolina

3/5  rDev -20.8%

[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...


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

North Carolina

3.05/5  rDev -19.5%

Received Harvest Time as part of a trade I did not too long ago. I had been interested in trying out as many pumpkin ales as I could get my hands on and this happened to be one of those I wanted to try specifically.

The pour was a murky orange-brown with very little head. Upon smelling the brew, pumpkin spice and nutmeg became very present. I was a little surprised by how quickly the smell dissipated though.
After taking the first sip, I noticed that there was little carbonation to this beer and that it had a thin taste and body to it. Was not as complex as I thought it would be. The taste matched the smell, with the main spice kick it delivered in the front and mid palette. Slight foamy lacing appeared as well.
I will say though that this beer has a nice, clean finish and is certainly drinkable, but its not anything special when it comes to pumpkin ales. I was a little disappointed by it, but overall not a bad beer.

02-16-2010 14:45:56 | More by KalH
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

3.08/5  rDev -18.7%

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.

09-15-2010 20:41:22 | More by oberon
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3.23/5  rDev -14.8%

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.

09-29-2012 18:25:18 | More by Dodo2step
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3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

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.

06-30-2010 17:13:22 | More by Kegatron
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North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

10-25-2012 23:24:33 | More by JordanPP
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North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

12-11-2013 23:39:56 | More by kristougher
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West Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

06-07-2014 20:23:12 | More by xJMFCx
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North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

08-04-2014 02:01:59 | More by ArsenAle
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North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

09-04-2012 07:48:09 | More by carrollmel7
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3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

08-23-2012 02:09:35 | More by t0rin0
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North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

11-18-2013 02:18:22 | More by Radiosox
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North Carolina

3.3/5  rDev -12.9%

I missed this one last year and was on the lookout this year. I like just about everything these guys have come up with plus pumpkin is one of my faves so this should be all systems go.

Very attractive layered orange and brown color with creamy head remnants and a spicy, fruity, malty nose. Serious bread and biscuit notes in the flavor, with accompanying nutmeg and cinnamon. With no hops to speak of and a weak, watery texture, this one lets you down where you need it most. I generally despise carbonation but this has no backbone at all, and could use any help it could find. Disappointing no end. Where is the love? Maybe this is a bad bottle. I hope to re-review after the rest of the sixer.

10-16-2010 22:58:06 | More by daliandragon
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North Carolina

3.33/5  rDev -12.1%

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.

11-07-2012 15:53:40 | More by devilben02
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South Carolina

3.38/5  rDev -10.8%

On tap at Duckworth's in Charlotte.

A. Dirty copper, low 1cm head, fizzy. Decent, nothing much to write home 'bout.

S. Safe pumpkin here, nothing too weird. Mild spice - cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice. Starchy - difficult to tell the base beer from all the pumpkin - is it an amber, a brown ale, a Marzen...? Hmm.

T. Yeah, that. Crisp, sweet, well-spiced. Gets a little too sweet for my tastes over time, not sure if this is under attenuated or if they were going for more of a pumpkin pie sorta thing... a fine attempt, nothing really "wrong" here... but it doesn't come together as well as some.

M / D. Fine, really. Okay pumpkin-pie spice finish, mild sweetness, hint of grain lingers. But I don't want another.

I would try it again next year... but one is enough for this trip around the sun.

11-08-2010 01:08:53 | More by kkipple
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New York

3.38/5  rDev -10.8%

an extra from the Souf!
was going to have this on Thanksgiving, but I assume it's okay I'm having it now. right?
red, with murky orange highlights, very cloudy. cloves, allspice, and a little of that pumpkin pie thing going on in the aroma, but nothing extremely sexy.
big allspice and nutmeg flavor, leaving a dryness in the finish that is a good counterbalance to the underattenuated sweetness of the beer. A bit of cinnamon.
It's a solid beer, if I were in the area, I wouldn't be afraid to pick one up..

11-27-2010 02:28:29 | More by dragonWhale
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Harvest Time Pumpkin Ale from Big Boss Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 133 ratings.