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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

130 Ratings
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Ratings: 130
Reviews: 61
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 12.66%
Wants: 10
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
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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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North Carolina

5/5  rDev +31.9%

01-25-2012 20:30:01 | More by SarahHealey
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adevans

North Carolina

3.48/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Orange-amber liquid with a small off-white head that dissipates to some foam around the rim of the glass. No real lacing.

S - Smells sweet - of caramel malts, with spices like nutmeg. There's a slight hint of pumpkin, but it's not up front.

T - There isn't a ton of pumpkin taste in this ale, but you will taste it. It's nicely balanced with the spices provided, like cinnamon and clove.

M - Light carbonation with a pretty full-bodied beer.

O - A good pumpkin ale, but it seems to have too much lingering spice for my liking.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2011 16:12:34 | More by adevans
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jak

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +5.5%

12-11-2011 17:19:57 | More by jak
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planbee

North Carolina

5/5  rDev +31.9%

11-26-2011 05:36:59 | More by planbee
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y2korey

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +5.5%

11-25-2011 20:02:14 | More by y2korey
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andersen8185

North Carolina

5/5  rDev +31.9%

11-21-2011 16:13:09 | More by andersen8185
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thegodfather2701

North Carolina

3.6/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Hazy orange with essentially no head and thus no lacing either.

S-Malty with a slight hint of spice.

T-Malty, reminiscent of an Octoberfest(which is what I thought this beer was) with some nice nuttiness and a hint of spice.

M-Somewhat thin.

D-Very drinkable, it had a good flavor and wasn't very heavy.

Overall, at the time I didn't know this was a pumpkin ale, I thought it was an Octoberfest. There isn't much pumpkin or spice in this beer but I thought it was enjoyable.

Serving type: on-tap

11-19-2011 12:52:01 | More by thegodfather2701
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EasyReader

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +5.5%

11-18-2011 03:51:42 | More by EasyReader
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n2185

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a slightly hazy orange with a finger of beige head that recedes into a thin ring with no lacing.

S: Pumpkin spices up front followed by sweet vanilla and some yam/pumpkin-like aromas. There are some light bready aromas in there as well.

T: Again the spices hit at first. Some light vanilla flavors mix in with faint pumpkin notes after. The finish has a very light bitterness with some sweet bread flavors.

M: Medium-light body with lowish carbonation, this beer feels a little watery.

O: A decent pumpkin ale, overall. Nothing to write home about, but it smells nice and isn't overly spiced.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2011 19:51:05 | More by n2185
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BeerNoobNC

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +5.5%

11-17-2011 10:02:49 | More by BeerNoobNC
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goatsgo2hell

North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours out a nice orange-ish amber, giving just a hint of the ingredients. It has a lovely smell -- a hint of pumpkin spice that's quite enticing. The taste isn't too sweet or overpowering -- all in all, this is my favorite pumpkin ale so far. Guess I'll have to wait til next fall to try a few more and size it up against them.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2011 19:43:17 | More by goatsgo2hell
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NCbeerpirate

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +5.5%

11-15-2011 16:34:17 | More by NCbeerpirate
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pwoody11

Delaware

5/5  rDev +31.9%

11-15-2011 02:10:58 | More by pwoody11
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wedge

North Carolina

3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2011 22:33:49 | More by wedge
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oline73

Maryland

3.4/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2011 23:52:05 | More by oline73
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brstls4drmrs

North Carolina

3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2011 02:52:33 | More by brstls4drmrs
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CoalPorter

North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2011 01:03:32 | More by CoalPorter
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jpro

South Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2011 23:03:06 | More by jpro
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lanamj

North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2011 23:00:18 | More by lanamj
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tdm168

North Carolina

3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2011 21:25:54 | More by tdm168
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VncentLIFE

North Carolina

4.6/5  rDev +21.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2011 22:22:29 | More by VncentLIFE
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womencantsail

California

2.58/5  rDev -31.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2011 20:28:34 | More by womencantsail
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AnalogReigns

North Carolina

4.72/5  rDev +24.5%
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!

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2011 23:43:58 | More by AnalogReigns
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dragonWhale

New York

3.38/5  rDev -10.8%
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..

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2010 02:28:29 | More by dragonWhale
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kkipple

South Carolina

3.38/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-08-2010 01:08:53 | More by kkipple
Harvest Time Pumpkin Ale from Big Boss Brewing
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