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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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85
very good

156 Ratings
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Ratings: 156
Reviews: 65
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 12.43%
Wants: 11
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
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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 kkipple
3.38/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

kkipple, Nov 08, 2010
Photo of thagr81us
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

thagr81us, Nov 01, 2010
Photo of cwguy5
4/5  rDev +5.8%
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"

cwguy5, Nov 01, 2010
Photo of daliandragon
3.3/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

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.

daliandragon, Oct 16, 2010
Photo of Boto
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Boto, Oct 16, 2010
Photo of TheKingofWichita
2.65/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

TheKingofWichita, Oct 12, 2010
Photo of bearfootdaddy
4.47/5  rDev +18.3%
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.

bearfootdaddy, Oct 06, 2010
Photo of mikesgroove
4.43/5  rDev +17.2%
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.

mikesgroove, Sep 22, 2010
Photo of burnstar
3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy amber with a persistent head. Mild aroma has some pumpkin and pumpkin pie spices. Taste is sweet. Pumpkin and spices again. Mellow and balanced. Medium bodied and somewhat lightly carbonated. Easily drinkable but then again not something to drink in great quantity.

burnstar, Sep 18, 2010
Photo of oberon
3.08/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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 atsprings
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
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!

atsprings, Sep 14, 2010
Photo of nboris827
4.6/5  rDev +21.7%
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!

nboris827, Aug 08, 2010
Photo of Kegatron
3.25/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

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 Mora2000
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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 KalH
3.05/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

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.

KalH, Feb 16, 2010
Photo of johnnnniee
3.63/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

johnnnniee, Jan 01, 2010
Photo of Metalmonk
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 dirtylou
3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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 beer2day
3.63/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours medium gold with a nice 2-finger head. Decent retention and some lacing.

Nice and not too overpowering pumpkin spice nose. Some numtmeg and slight cloves.

Slightly syrupy sweet hit, not something expected for the style. Lots of malt presence. Spices kick in midway and build through the finish. Pumpkin with a slight clove chaser.

Feel is oddly a little thin, given the malt presence and syrupy hit.

Decent fall session drinker.

beer2day, Dec 02, 2009
Photo of porterwoobie
4/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

porterwoobie, Nov 28, 2009
Photo of CAP1868
4/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

CAP1868, Nov 07, 2009
Photo of towersfall
4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
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!

towersfall, Nov 04, 2009
Photo of hooliganlife
4.18/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

hooliganlife, Oct 22, 2009
Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.13/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

SaCkErZ9, Oct 19, 2009
Photo of Georgiabeer
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Georgiabeer, Sep 20, 2009
Harvest Time Pumpkin Ale from Big Boss Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 156 ratings.