Samuel Adams Harvest Pumpkin Ale - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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3.45/5 rDev -1.1%
This beer begins as all decent beers must begin: with promise.
The beer pours a gorgeous burnished copper. Fall has arrived, when your beers begin to change to the colors of the leaves. (And Boston in the fall is supposed to be quite spectacular.) I poured vigorously so as to get as much head as possible, but I found it lacking. Very bubbly, light cream colored head, which dissipates much too quickly.
The aroma is all rich pumpkin. Whether they achieve this with extracts or actual pumpkin puree, I do not know, but as I said...a goodly amount of promise. Which is why...
The taste lets down some. While you definitely get the hints of allspice and pumpkin that the aroma promises, I was hoping for a much richer flavor. More malt would have complimented the richness of the pumpkin and spice, but probably would have increased the cost of this beer significantly. It's sad, though because the build up of sight and smell does not deliver with the standard finish I expect from a Sam Adams beer coming out halfway through the swallow. Somewhat redeeming this, however, is a nice, lingering sweetness that lasts as I finish this paragraph.
Like most Sam Adams beers, the mouthfeel also leaves something to be desired. Significantly carbonated, the CO2 burn is really what you get, though it's definitely thicker than, say, the Boston Lager.
In total, for the Sam Adams line, it's a solid offering. It's not as strong as some of the more boutique brands, but the ubiquitous nature of Sam Adams means that you'll likely see Jim Koch's harvest pack where you will see little else of substance and there's something to be said for that. I wanted more of this beer, but didn't really expect it. It's a nice addition to the line, and I certainly plan to drink more, but I'm glad I started off this fall season with this beer, rather than finishing it off with it.
****EDIT: In fairness, as I worked on some other work, I let the beer warm in my glass. (It had already been out of the fridge for a good 50 minutes.) Warming the beer for another 15-20 minutes in the glass does wonders for the flavor and mouthfeel of this beer. The mouthfeel is positively affected by the distinct lessening of CO2 in suspension in the beer. This increases the silkiness I was looking for earlier, and markedly improves what it feels like when rolling around in my mouth.
And the flavor... Ah. THIS was the hit of pumpkin I was seeking. Again, the CO2 when cold and freshly poured cuts the rich pumpkin, malt, clove, cinnamon, and allspice. Let it warm a bit, let some of that CO2 enter the atmosphere, and you have a rich, tasty tribute to fall that makes me happy it's September. I increased my mouthfeel from a 2.5 to a 3, and increased the overall from a 3.5 to a 4, but you have to let it warm a bit.
09-07-2011 03:16:03 | More by AleEvangelist
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3.73/5 rDev +6.9%
Poured into a standard pint a rich deep rich copper/bronze with a thinner slight off white head atop,aromas are not overspiced wich is a very good thing,toasty with a little cardamom and mace,faint cinnamon in there as well.A lighter mouthfeel detracts from the flavors and richness of the beer in my opinion.Flavors have a real pumpkin flair to them,again the spice is held in check well,and its quite warm and toasty.A solid pumpkin ale,bump up the body on this and it would be great.
09-09-2011 22:09:57 | More by oberon
4.03/5 rDev +15.5%
Very pretty beer. In a pint glass was a beautiful cherry amber color with a tan head.
It smelled like a pumpkin pie: pumpkin and spice.
Tasted like pumpkin pie also, with a little bit of caramel malt.
Not a big pumpkin beer fancier, but this one was pretty good.
09-15-2010 01:26:54 | More by lordofthewiens
3.33/5 rDev -4.6%
A - Pours deep amber with two fingers of creamy head that has decent retention.
S - Nice pumpkin aroma up front, with some cinnamon and nutmeg. Spice aromas seem more secondary than in pumpkin beers. Also a nice caramel malt presence.
T - The spices are way more pronounced in the taste than the smell, undesirably so. All pumpkin elements from the aroma are completely overrun by the spices, especially on the finish. Smelled much better than it tasted.
M - Moderately creamy mouthfeel gives way to dryness from the spices on the finish.
O - Drinkable, but the overly intense spice isn't desirable.
10-24-2011 16:47:36 | More by warnerry
4/5 rDev +14.6%
Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle
Appearance: Its body has a very nice deep reddish amber color with very clarity. From the pour it makes a good inch of creamy off white foam. It quickly settles down to thin covering that just hangs on to the last sip with the help of a few quick swirls. At the top of the glass it leaves some cool lace patterns.
Smell: The aroma has mostly cinnamon notes with some other pie spices over rich dark bready and pie crust like malts.
Taste/Palate: There is a pleasant cinnamon and pie spice character with mild bitterness though out. Pumpkin or squash like flavor is very light but it is there and it is supported buy sweet bready and toasty pie crust like malty flavor notes. The finish is fairly quick with mild bitterness and spice.
Notes: I am really loving this beer right now. This one is a stand out in an already solid fall mixed pack.
09-29-2010 13:34:19 | More by generallee
3.05/5 rDev -12.6%
Beer pours dark amber in color with an initial thick head. The head dissipates but still covers the whole of the beer. It is still dense bubbles. The color is nice.
The aroma is sweet to start, it has a spiciness that isnt over the top. The mix of pumpkin and malt works well unlike many pumpkin beer that are just spices.
Carbonation is upfront and builds to fill the mouth. The malt is sweet with a taste of nutmeg and cinnamon in the midst of it all pumpkin makes a presents.
01-04-2011 23:04:57 | More by bishopdc0
Samuel Adams Harvest Pumpkin Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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