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: 634
Hads: 2,549
Avg: 3.58
pDev: 31.01%
Wants: 55
Gots: 470 | FT: 1
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:
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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 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%

Photo of cam477
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%

Photo of t2grogan
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of OhioBobcat
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of npala86
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of Tiernan
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of GameOfBeers
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of auchickie
3.96/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of Driver8k
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of sdsimkins
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of MikeC144
4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

Photo of markallmon
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of sabitu
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of joel_bou
3.24/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of jonny1138
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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Photo of SD-Alefan
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of csmartin6
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of warnerry
3.38/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of BK2084
4/5  rDev +11.7%

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