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

Samuel Adams Harvest Pumpkin AleSamuel Adams Harvest Pumpkin Ale

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BA SCORE
80
good

1,828 Ratings
THE BROS
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okay

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Ratings: 1828
Reviews: 567
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 15.71%


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:
Brought back in 2010

(Beer added by: Kegatron on 11-10-2008)
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JamesMN

Minnesota

3.63/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Beautiful semi-translucent dark brown. No haziness to speak of. Had a fizzy light brown head but that faded quickly.

Aroma: The all the spice of a pumpkin pie without the pumpkin. Decently malty. Not expecting much bitterness based off of the smell.

Taste: Those spices from the nose explode on your tongue, especially cinnamon. There is a darkness in the flavor that is hard to place, but I think it's a smokey flavor in the background. Not sure what's causing that flavor profile but it's not necessarily unwelcome. No hops to speak of but the spices give off a flavorful bitterness that echoes around your palette long after drinking. I wish the head would have stuck around because what little of it I had sort of played the role of a pie crust in the flavor. There are some great things happening in this beer, unfortunately they aren't well balanced and it's more like the different flavors are all jumbled up instead of working together.

Mouthfeel: Super effervescent. A little on the watery side. Would have liked a more medium bodied beer for this style.

Final Thoughts: Like a lot of Samuel Adams beers, their Harvest Pumpkin Ale looks great and smells pretty good but comes up a little short in the actual drinking of it. If they toned down the spices a bit and upped the O.G. then this one might be a real winner, but for now it's just an above average beer that would pair well with a cool autumn night around a campfire.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2012 04:23:04 | More by JamesMN
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Poured from the bomber into a Sam Adams laser-etched glass.
Review from notes: January 18th, 2014.

A: Copper with thin white head. Good retention, some bubbles.

S: Pumpkin. Nutmeg and clove.

T: Sweet pumpkin, minimal spices. Very drinkable.

M: Nice carbonation, thin mouthfeel.

O: Good. I wasn't excited about this beer (it was in a fall sampler), but it wound up being a nice surprise. The best description for this beer is its name, "pumpkin ale". It tastes like an ale injected with pumpkin juice.

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