Harvest Time Pumpkin Ale - Big Boss Brewing
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3.85/5 rDev +1.6%
Appearance: Arrives at the bar with a cloudy apricot color and a very modest head that quickly becomes a ringlet without leaving much lace behind
Smell: Pumpkin aroma with hints of various spices, including allspice and cinnamon
Taste: Pumpkin pie right up front, with underlying flavors of pumpkin and pie spices; after the swallow, it is more of the same, with the pumpkin vegetal flavor becoming more pronounced
Mouthfeel: Thick, almost too thick, with low carbonation
Drinkability: A very nice pumpkin, with both vegetable and spice flavors
10-09-2008 00:17:17 | More by brentk56
4.43/5 rDev +16.9%
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.
09-22-2010 00:20:24 | More by mikesgroove
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
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
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
3.4/5 rDev -10.3%
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.
10-24-2011 23:52:05 | More by oline73
3.68/5 rDev -2.9%
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.
03-19-2010 22:41:45 | More by Mora2000
3.83/5 rDev +1.1%
Single 12 oz bottle. Pours a hazy orange with a slight head that settles to a thin ring. Smells more of spice than pumpkin, but its a nice blend with a touch of sweetness. Mace, cardomom, a touch of cinnamon, perhaps some ginger and absent of, or light on, nutmeg and clove. Tastes fairly well balanced with sweet malt, brown sugar, a touch of sour vegetal note from the pumpkin, and the same spice blend. Nice spice finish of ginger and perhaps clove. A little thin in body, and the pumpkin sourness intrudes a bit. The best pumpkin ales that I've had that used copious amounts of fresh pumpkin were all made with either heirloom varieties of pumpkin, or pie pumpkins- processed or not. This seems to be a bit too vegetal- perhaps the amount or type of pumpkin? In any case, except for the slight detraction from mouthfeel, this is a decent pumpkin beer to add to the stable.
09-20-2009 22:51:28 | More by Georgiabeer
3.53/5 rDev -6.9%
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.
10-06-2013 18:54:06 | More by dbrauneis
3.58/5 rDev -5.5%
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.
09-10-2011 21:25:54 | More by tdm168
3.85/5 rDev +1.6%
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.
10-13-2013 02:02:00 | More by GarthDanielson
3.63/5 rDev -4.2%
Received this from my Secret Santa KarrHeel03, thanks for the opportunity.
Pours a slightly hazy orange color with a two finger tightly bubbled off white head that slowly dissipates to a cap. Smells of nutmeg and pumpkin pie spices mostly. I really can't get through the spices to find any beer in the nose. Taste is more of the same spices with an almost vegetal taste deep in the background. Medium body that finishes on the dry side. Lightly carbonated. Nothing objectionable here, but nothing spectacular either.
01-01-2010 00:14:18 | More by johnnnniee
3.6/5 rDev -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
12-13-2009 22:39:02 | More by dirtylou
3.98/5 rDev +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.
11-01-2010 13:55:22 | More by thagr81us
4.15/5 rDev +9.5%
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.
09-12-2013 19:59:30 | More by Axnjxn
4.1/5 rDev +8.2%
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
10-05-2007 20:47:46 | More by blackie
3.75/5 rDev -1.1%
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.
12-15-2009 22:09:14 | More by Metalmonk
3.98/5 rDev +5%
Draught @ brewery: This one poured a cloudy, slightly orangish color. There was a small off white head that left just a bit of lacing. Nice nose of pumpkin spice without being overpowering. The taste is good also. Pumpkin spice is dominant, with a nice malty beer behind it. The spice is not overpowering. This is a well done pumpkin beer.
10-16-2010 00:38:50 | More by Boto
4.33/5 rDev +14.2%
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.
10-03-2008 07:20:13 | More by wagenvolks
3.73/5 rDev -1.6%
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.
11-06-2011 22:33:49 | More by wedge
4.03/5 rDev +6.3%
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!
09-14-2010 01:24:52 | More by atsprings
Harvest Time Pumpkin Ale from Big Boss Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 133 ratings.