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

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2,428 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,428
Reviews: 622
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 15.8%
Wants: 46
Gots: 312 | 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:
Brought back in 2010

(Beer added by: Kegatron on 11-10-2008)
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Reviews by JamesMN:
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3.63/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Pegasus
4/5  rDev +14.9%

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.

Photo of oberon
3.73/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Photo of aszatk01
4/5  rDev +14.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of DanGeo
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of t2grogan
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of npala86
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of Tiernan
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

Photo of auchickie
3.96/5  rDev +13.8%

Photo of Driver8k
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of sdsimkins
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +22.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of sabitu
4/5  rDev +14.9%

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3.24/5  rDev -6.9%

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3/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.03/5  rDev +15.8%
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.

Photo of SD-Alefan
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of warnerry
3.33/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

Photo of BK2084
4/5  rDev +14.9%

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Samuel Adams Harvest Pumpkin Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
79 out of 100 based on 2,428 ratings.