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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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146 Ratings
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Ratings: 146
Reviews: 64
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.07%
Wants: 12
Gots: 6 | 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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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

plinythederek, Sep 07, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

abernethyj, Jul 09, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Irish57, Jul 07, 2013
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5/5  rDev +31.2%

Lpfanatic87, Jun 11, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Bluecane, Apr 21, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

DrinkDrankDronk, Mar 20, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

clotrich, Jan 18, 2013
Photo of MordorMongo
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Thanks to ASUbeer for the tick, he knows I am a sucker for a pumpkin brew!

12oz bottle to tulip.

A - Burnt orange with some amber hues, nice off-white head which settles to a nice cap, lacing throughout....not too shabby

S - Holy spices batman! Cinnamon, vanilla, nutmeg, pumpkin, allspice...yowza, lot going on here....kind of turns me on.

T - Big spice notes, some breadiness as well. As it warms it picks up some slightly tart almost cidery notes. Definitely preferred it colder which is unusual for the style.

M - Medium and a bit lackluster...nothing special in any way....average.

O - I don't think I would drink like 7 of these...but one was a treat and I could see picking up a 6er each fall of this and having them perhaps to break up other more sessionable brews. My wife liked it more than I but she doesn't count, haahaha.

Glad to get to try this one, while it isn't something I would punch an old lady in the throat to get again, I would grab one if I saw it and was in the mood.

I give this one 14 yellow bandanas and 2 stink eye marbles.

MordorMongo, Jan 08, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5%

wcudwight, Dec 31, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5%

dtx00, Dec 19, 2012
Photo of hopsolutely
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Somewhat embarrassed to admit that I had no idea this was a pumpkin ale until logging in to this site. The label makes reference only to "ale brewed with spices" and initially I found the cloves so overpowering that it didn't occur to me that this was also a pumpkin beer i.e. I didn't pick up on the gourd at all. It has mellowed on my palate somewhat since those initial tastes, but remains a very spice-forward brew.

Pours a hazy dark orange with minimal head that dissipates quickly. Cloves overwhelm the aroma, but cinnamon and nutmeg are also present in the background. The flavour introduces some sweet caramelized malts and pumpkin notes, with a bitter finish that lingers along with those prevalent spices.

I’m not saying it’s not well brewed, but although I love many pumpkin beers, this isn't one I'd personally purchase again.

hopsolutely, Dec 03, 2012
4/5  rDev +5%

SFTBLMOSS2, Nov 21, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5%

adam_e, Nov 19, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

TerrapinWakenBake, Nov 18, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

FUwolfpacker, Nov 17, 2012
Photo of KajII
3/5  rDev -21.3%

[Suggested Glassware: Lager Glass]

The pour was a clear medium burnt orange with an average (1-2 finger) white fizzy head that was mostly diminishing, reducing to a light film and small collar with fair spotty lacing.

The aroma was of a light bread malt and a mild doughy yeast with notes of pumpkin, nutmeg, brown sugar, clove and a bit of cinnamon.

The taste was sort of thin with a light brown sugar sweetness and a malty pumpkin flavor early on, then became infused with a mild dose of spices and had a slight astringent taste towards the finish. The flavor was short lived, fading almost immediately after the swallow and leaving nothing behind.

Mouthfeel was light in body and watery in texture with a lively carbonation.

Overall this was like drinking a “Light” Pumpkin Ale, if there is such a thing. It did however possess a decent drinkability and a nice refreshing taste...


KajII, Nov 10, 2012
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3.33/5  rDev -12.6%

I generally don't care for pumpkin beer season since the typical heavy, spiced flavor profile become overwhelming after a short while, and this beer does nothing to change my perception of this kind of seasonal beer. It pours from the bottle with a nice, deep, semi-transparent amber color, but without much of a head. The aroma is an expected combination of seasonal spices and a thin sweetness. The flavor has more depth, with a fruity sweetness and some dry herbal hops, but it certainly feels over-spiced since the underlying beer is difficult to identify. The texture doesn't do much to counteract my disappointment, with a medium-thin body doing little to add character. Overall, the heavy-handed use of spice makes me wonder if the brewers just really love pumpkin pie or if they are covering a forgettable, bland beer.

devilben02, Nov 07, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

OldTime, Nov 04, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

M_Burkey, Nov 03, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

crawdadwilly74, Oct 31, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

JordanPP, Oct 25, 2012
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4.09/5  rDev +7.3%

Look forward to this beer every year here in NC. Also, the label's pretty eye-catching too!

A: It pours a dark orange color with a small head that quickly fades away. Absolutey no head or lacing after completely pouring the beer.

S: It does smell of fall spices/aromas, i.e. nutmeg, clove, cinnamon, pumpkin, etc. I always get excited after popping the top with this one. A very aromatic beer.

T: Taste follow nose; spices and pumpkin coming through. There's just enough spice to it to know what style you're having, but not so viscous and cloying that you're one an done. I really feel that this beer would be accepted by those who don't typically enjoy spice-heavy pumpkin beers, and those that do.

M: Very nicely carbonated. A very easy drinking 5.5% ABV. Medium bodied.

O: As previously metioned- Harvest Time is a beer I get excited about when the leaves begin to change. This is a solid example of a pumpkin ale- I will definitely buy it again.

kell50, Oct 17, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

Maltyduo, Oct 14, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5%

KatieTee24, Oct 10, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5%

BigTrubble, Oct 07, 2012
Harvest Time Pumpkin Ale from Big Boss Brewing
86 out of 100 based on 146 ratings.