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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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147 Ratings
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Ratings: 147
Reviews: 64
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 12.11%
Wants: 11
Gots: 7 | 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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Photo of seydou
2.93/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

seydou, Nov 13, 2013
Photo of BigGingDrinker
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

BigGingDrinker, Nov 04, 2013
Photo of ncstateplaya
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

ncstateplaya, Nov 04, 2013
Photo of RyanAU
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

RyanAU, Nov 02, 2013
Photo of yaksurf
3/5  rDev -21.1%

yaksurf, Nov 01, 2013
Photo of Jeeb
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Jeeb, Oct 31, 2013
Photo of GarthDanielson
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

GarthDanielson, Oct 13, 2013
Photo of CottomanEmpire
4/5  rDev +5.3%

CottomanEmpire, Oct 11, 2013
Photo of ejohnson654
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

ejohnson654, Oct 09, 2013
Photo of chinchill
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

chinchill, Oct 07, 2013
Photo of dbrauneis
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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.

dbrauneis, Oct 06, 2013
Photo of gr8zehaman
3/5  rDev -21.1%

gr8zehaman, Oct 06, 2013
Photo of bcoutu
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

bcoutu, Oct 06, 2013
Photo of IPAchris
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

IPAchris, Oct 02, 2013
Photo of FilumDee
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

FilumDee, Oct 01, 2013
Photo of Lantern
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Lantern, Sep 29, 2013
Photo of Brewski
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Brewski, Sep 29, 2013
Photo of JohnnyK
3/5  rDev -21.1%

JohnnyK, Sep 29, 2013
Photo of Amedlin18
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Amedlin18, Sep 28, 2013
Photo of Buffjones
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle, the appearance was a nice darker golden color.

The smell, strong clove, with some cinnamon and spice. Very subtle pumpkin if any in the nose.

The taste, very balanced between the spices and malts, very subtle pumpkin in the flavor.

Overall, this is a good choice for a fall harvest brew, maybe standing outside grilling/or smoking some tasty meats while the leaves turn. We have a limited offering of pumpkin ales at the local grocer, but this, and the Sam Adams Harvest Pumpkin have been the best of what I've tried so far. Still hoping to snag a six pack of the Southern Tier Pumking.

Buffjones, Sep 25, 2013
Photo of KevinGordon
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

KevinGordon, Sep 21, 2013
Photo of SFNC
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

SFNC, Sep 20, 2013
Photo of OldhouseRecs
4/5  rDev +5.3%

OldhouseRecs, Sep 15, 2013
Photo of Fergyx825
3.41/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: A nice amber color and darkens at the edges, exactly what a pumpkin ale is supposed to be. There was some head on the pour, and is going away as the beer settles. No bubbling is noticed within the beer.

Smell: Spiced smell with a little bit of pumpkin. I can't smell too much alcohol. This is definitely more spice heavy though. But non the less i am excited to take a swig.

Taste: This is a very different than most of the pumpkin ales that i've had. You can taste the spices, and the pumpkin right away, but at the back end of the taste it has some alcohol taste to it. I don't know how much at the end of the taste i'm thinking light. It has some sweetness to it, but its shortlived. only if they could capture that.

Mouthfeel: Very low carbonation, and a light beer. I am in favor of low carbonation, but the light side of the beer makes me wanting more. Perhaps good when it comes to drinking in mass quantities, but not so much for the actual beer itself.

Overall: Appearance, and smell this beer hits it head on. The thickness of this beer really affects the taste of it, and in the end brings it down. If they could make this thicker and capture that sweetness at the end of a sip this would be great stuff!

Fergyx825, Sep 12, 2013
Photo of Axnjxn
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Axnjxn, Sep 12, 2013
Harvest Time Pumpkin Ale from Big Boss Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 147 ratings.