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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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BA SCORE
85
very good

168 Ratings
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Ratings: 168
Reviews: 68
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 13.3%
Wants: 12
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Big Boss Brewing visit their website
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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5/5  rDev +33%

pwoody11, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of wedge
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

wedge, Nov 06, 2011
Photo of oline73
3.4/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

oline73, Oct 25, 2011
Photo of brstls4drmrs
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - This brew is a slightly cloudy amber color with a white/cinnamon head. Very nice lacing occurs and sticks throughout.

S - Nutmeg, spices and a little clove in there as well. Some faint scents of pumpkin. Also some hints of cinnamon and a buttery bread scent.

T - All spice kicker with some clove and a dash of nutmeg. Not any pumpkin in there really.

M - Well carbonated and easy to drink.

O - Pretty good tasting brew. Would of liked a little more pumpkin flavor however.

brstls4drmrs, Oct 01, 2011
Photo of CoalPorter
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

CoalPorter, Sep 28, 2011
Photo of jpro
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

jpro, Sep 23, 2011
Photo of lanamj
4.1/5  rDev +9%
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.

lanamj, Sep 15, 2011
Photo of tdm168
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

tdm168, Sep 10, 2011
Photo of VncentLIFE
4.6/5  rDev +22.3%
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.

VncentLIFE, Sep 06, 2011
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2.58/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

womencantsail, Sep 06, 2011
Photo of AnalogReigns
4.72/5  rDev +25.5%
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!

AnalogReigns, Sep 04, 2011
Photo of dragonWhale
3.38/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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..

dragonWhale, Nov 27, 2010
Photo of kkipple
3.38/5  rDev -10.1%
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
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3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
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
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4/5  rDev +6.4%
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
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3.3/5  rDev -12.2%
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 +5.9%
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 -29.5%
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
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4.47/5  rDev +18.9%
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 +17.8%
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 +0.5%
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
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3.08/5  rDev -18.1%
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 +7.2%
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 +22.3%
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 -13.6%
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
Harvest Time Pumpkin Ale from Big Boss Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 168 ratings.