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Samuel Adams Harvest Pumpkin Ale - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Samuel Adams Harvest Pumpkin AleSamuel Adams Harvest Pumpkin Ale

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Reviews: 641
Hads: 2,585
Avg: 3.58
pDev: 15.64%
Wants: 55
Gots: 507 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  5.70% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Kegatron on 11-10-2008

Brought back in 2010
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Reviews by AleEvangelist:
Photo of AleEvangelist
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Pegasus
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear deep amber in color with a large, dense off-white head, which persists quite well. Thin Belgian-type lacing coats the glass walls. The carbonation is slight and slow-rising. (3.75/5.0)

Aroma: Pumpkin pie spices dominates the aroma, with cloves and cinnamon particularly notable. Pumpkin is also prominent, as well as dark malt and a mild grassy hop presence. (4.0/5.0)

Taste: Opens with prominent pumpkin, dark malt, and pumpkin pie spices. As the taste progresses, the pumpkin pie spices really shine, with cinnamon being particularly notable. Brown sugar is also prominent. Throughout the taste, there is an undercurrent of pumpkin. Finishes with lingering pumpkin, pumpkin pie spices, and mild herbal hops. (4.0/5.0)

Mouth feel: Smooth soft and pleasant, with zesty carbonation, (3.75/4.0)

Drinkability/notes: Very nice, one of the nicer pumpkin seasonals, well worth a try. It seems a fitting companion to the Autumn Equinox tonight. (4.0/5.0)

Presentation: Packagedin a twelve-ounce brown glass long-neck bottle, served in a Samuel Adams Boston Lager sensory glass.

In Memoriam: Pumpkin (April 1998 - November 22, 2014) - the best cat ever. We will always miss you

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Photo of Strat58cat
3.71/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Boston Beer Company, the maker of Samuel Adams brand beers, Twisted Tea, Angry Orchard, Angel City and more is completely insane. They are stark raving mad. It's one thing for the local brew pub to come out with a crack-pot brew that the staff liked at the Oktoberfest party. It's quite another thing for a large public corporation to do the exact same thing. Boston Beer Company is crazier than a June bug in January. How do I know? I drank their Harvest Pumpkin Ale.

Harvest Pumpkin Ale is very deeply orange in color in the ambient evening lighting of my house. It's almost brown, but they managed to keep enough red in the mix to generate an appropriately orange tint. This is a dark malty ale, suggesting that it's full of the good stuff and the strong grain flavors that are only found in such dark brews. The head foams up solidly, a tan color, retains, and laces. This beer, with it's lasting head of foam and it's dark orange pumpkin vibe, is pure eye candy.

The aroma of this beer lets you know this is going to be a challenge. The malt is clear and present, blending with grassy hops and a giant helping of pumpkin and pumpkin pie spices. Pure lunacy. It doesn't smell like a beer. It smells like a pumpkin pie.

I don't eat pumpkin pie. Actually, I hate pumpkin pie, but it's the unpleasant texture not the taste. That's a good thing because I got three of these in my Fall Variety Pack and these ales are a beer glass of pumpkin pie. The hops blend with the pumpkin and pumpkin pie spices to create a seamlessly festive holiday pie feel. Now as we get on towards October, this pumpkin ale really brings on that Halloween feeling. It's a heck of a lot better than eating an actual pumpkin pie.

The feel of this ale is extremely substantial. The last thing to realize about this ale is also the first thing: it's way, way, way out there in the wild blue yonder. In a world of white bread and dumbed-down everything, this is a very big ale. Recently I've been reading about the health benefits of beer - which are huge with craft brews incidentally, covering everything from anti-oxidants to folic acid. Is this a great world or what? So then, the nutritional value of this ale must be enough to last a week. It seems like you could eat it with a knife and fork. Sure, one of the Bros says one is enough. It's very filling. After one, you're full.

Never stop being out there on the lunatic fringe, BBC. If your uncle says they like something, and it's a hit at the holiday party, we expect national distribution within months.

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Photo of stakem
3.78/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a sam adams perfect pint glass. The brew appears a dark chesnut amber with beautiful clarity and a tan cap that fades leaving spotty lace.

Aroma has dark toffee malt and a slight vegetative pumpkin feel with slight spice like earthy nutmeg. Almost a darker sweetness of molasses is noticed with caramel too.

Taste carries much of the same profile as the nose with a malty sweetness upfront accenting that vegetative pumpkin character and earthy spice like nutmeg and faint cinnamon. The aftertaste is mostly vegetative and a dryness with spices. Its not over the top but its noticeable as a leading trait.

This is medium bodied and modestly carbonated. An enjoyable pumpkin offering where you can actually taste the pumpkin flavor and not just the spices typically associated with it. Nicely executed.

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Photo of oberon
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of aszatk01
4/5  rDev +11.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of DanGeo
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of GameOfBeers
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of auchickie
3.96/5  rDev +10.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev +11.7%

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3.24/5  rDev -9.5%

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3/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.03/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.
Very smooth.
Not a big pumpkin beer fancier, but this one was pretty good.

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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

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Samuel Adams Harvest Pumpkin Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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