Dismiss Notice
Save $5 when you subscribe to 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine by selecting auto-renew.

Subscribe now →
Dismiss Notice
Join Our Email List →

And we'll send you the latest updates and offers from BeerAdvocate, because knowing is half the battle.
Dismiss Notice

Pre-order your Respect Beer "Hipster" Hoodie today!

Plus: Free shipping (US only) on orders of $25 or more until 12/18/15. Just select "Free Shipping" at checkout.

Shop now →

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

Not Rated.
Samuel Adams Harvest Pumpkin AleSamuel Adams Harvest Pumpkin Ale

Educational use only; do not reuse.

642 Reviews

(Read More)
Reviews: 642
Hads: 2,588
Avg: 3.58
pDev: 31.28%
Wants: 56
Gots: 509 | 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
View: Beers (120) | Events
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Reviews: 642 | Hads: 2,588
Reviews by EPseja:
Photo of EPseja
4.4/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Being a sort of "aficionado" of Pumpkin Ales, the news that Sam Adams was going to be introducing one in their Autumn lineup was awesome news. I approached this review with excitement and great trepidation, having tasted so many other Pumpkin Ales running the gamut from deliciously fantastic to mouth-assaultingly antiseptic. Here's what I found...

Served from a 12oz bottle (exclusive to the Harvest Collection 12-pack at this point) in my SABL glass at between fridge and cellar temperature.

A - Clear, deep brown with a bright orange-amber aura like a late-afternoon Autumn sun. Head is sandy in color, riding a full inch and settling ever so slightly to a creamy, dense meringue (I actually tested it with a fork and was able to sculpt it... heh heh). Lacing comes in full, cohesive sheets and head retention is excellent for this style. I can find no flaws at all in the beer's presentation.

S - Invitingly roasty caramel maltiness and freshly baked dark bread (definitely from the English Hop varieties used) with notes of sour squash and sweet pie spices. Excellent nose -- all spices are well dosed without overpowering the wonderful English breadiness. The scent of this beer makes me salivate instantly. Very tantalizing. I love the way this beer smells.

T - Just like the nose, the taste is a great example of balance. Toasty malt sweetness up front followed closely by a splash of ginger, cinnamon, clove, allspice and nutmeg (roughly in that order of power). The spices rightfully play a supporting role here, as they should. As the beer hits the middle of the tongue, the must-have telltale sign of every Pumpkin Ale that's actually brewed with enough real pumpkins becomes readily apparent -- the awesome squashy tartness that compliments the spices. The finish is a bit sweet and desserty compared to some of its peers, but very satisfying nonetheless.

M - Thankfully, this style nicely benefits from a shade *less* carbonation than others, and Sam Adams decided to follow that route. Lightly tingly on the tongue without being prickly. Expanding slightly to become thick and chewy. Swallow is creamy and throat coating.

D - I am pleased to say that Samuel Adams has finally developed a 12-pack seasonal sampler that contains not one questionable beer, now that their Harvest Pumpkin Ale passed my personal scrutiny. This beer's only shortcomings are largely a matter of personal taste: I find it just a bit too sweet. It could stand for a little bit more in the bittering hop department to keep the finish crisp like the Autumn air. It's got quite a filling mouthfeel and body, which isn't a detriment per se, but it certainly turns it from being an awesome all-day drinker to a two-bottle at a time max. That said, almost every other aspect of this beer is simply fantastic. Kudos and cheers to Samuel Adams for continuing to produce top-quality beers without compromise.

 2,898 characters

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

 1,193 characters

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.

 2,571 characters

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.

 828 characters

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.

 486 characters

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%

Photo of tectactoe
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.

 275 characters

Photo of SD-Alefan
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of csmartin6
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Samuel Adams Harvest Pumpkin Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
81 out of 100 based on 642 ratings.