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Harvest Time Pumpkin Ale - Big Boss Brewing

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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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4.13/5  rDev +9%

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.


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.

10-19-2009 17:10:06 | More by SaCkErZ9
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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
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North Carolina

3.78/5  rDev -0.3%

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.

09-14-2009 19:57:41 | More by SIRIUS2
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North Carolina

3.95/5  rDev +4.2%

2009 marks the first year Big Boss is bottling their Harvest Time Pumpkin Ale.

A 12 oz bottle poured into a shaker pint glass reveals a filtered yet deep amber body with a two finger head that sticks around for quite some time. Just from the look, you can tell this is no light pumpkin ale. There is plenty in there other than water.

THe aroma is pretty strong in the pumpkin category as well as the spice. Cinnamon spiced pumpkin and plenty of caramel malt in the aroma. Very little to no hop presence in the nose or taste. Just enough bitterness and spice to hold back the sweetness from cloying.

The mouthfeel is lush and medium to full.

If you don't like the flavor of pumpkin, then you probably won't like this beer. Pair with a fall afternoon while watching the leaves fall.

09-04-2009 23:01:16 | More by rtratzlaff
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North Carolina

3.8/5  rDev +0.3%

Pours an bright orange with brownish hues and a nice creamy head with solid retention. Smell is heavily spiced with some pumpkin in the background. Pumpkin pie. Yummy. Good spice and hop flavors with a light bready background soaked in caramel. Very easily drinkable pumpkin beer, as I'm not a fan of many. Not too over the top with pumpkin flavor and the somewhat heavy spice character was a plus for me. Good beer.

11-15-2008 18:15:56 | More by ncvbc
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North Carolina

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
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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
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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
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Harvest Time Pumpkin Ale from Big Boss Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 133 ratings.