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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620 Reviews

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Reviews: 620
Hads: 2,478
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 13.26%
Wants: 52
Gots: 415 | 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: 620 | Hads: 2,478
Reviews by ThePorterSorter:
Photo of ThePorterSorter
3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This poured an unexpected ruby red. There was decent head formation with fairly generic bottle carbonation. At first glimpse I was not sure if I was drinking a watery Robitussin, however, I will give chances because thats what a good advocate would do.
Lacing is fairly minimal and the head did disappear withing 1 minute.

I haven't smelled a mass produced beer in awhile. I'm sorry, but there are distinctive craft aromas I typically look for and this beer doesn't have any of them. Agitating the beer (by gently swirling in my Duvel tulip) produces a very subtle fruit flavor along with head re-formation. I normally don't have to try so hard to get a whiff of something, anything, a new beer has to offer.

Malty with a hoppy bitterness, and possibly a faint floral/spice blend. There is a roasted malt taste that seems to linger, but I was looking for a more roasted chestnut (or any seasonal flavor) flavor for a beer being hailed as a "pumpkin ale." It's still a good beer nonetheless, I can't say it is completely devoid of all complexities.

This beer is light and bitter. Between the dark roastiness and hoppy bitterness, the beer needs to be a tad warmer than standard cool-fridge temperatures. Letting the beer warm seems to make simple improvements in how my mouth is responding to the ale. It's a better-than-average start to what is evolving into a long Fall beer holiday and I'm just happy the variety packs finally aren't full of Cherry Wheats and Hefeweizens.

The beer is easy to put down. There is some bitter, some malty, and some subtle complexity. For the price, I may have gone with the long trail survival pack instead (at a savings of $1!!).
I've found that the warmer temperatures are better at bringing out the spice and would advise you let temperatures rise as well. (1,850 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of Pegasus
4/5  rDev +10.5%
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 oberon
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
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 +10.5%

Photo of cam477
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of DanGeo
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of tectactoe
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of t2grogan
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of OhioBobcat
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of npala86
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of Tiernan
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of GameOfBeers
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of auchickie
3.96/5  rDev +9.4%

Photo of Driver8k
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of sdsimkins
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of MikeC144
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of markallmon
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of sabitu
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of joel_bou
3.24/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of jonny1138
3/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.03/5  rDev +11.3%
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 -3.3%

Photo of csmartin6
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of warnerry
3.38/5  rDev -6.6%
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. (603 characters)

Photo of BK2084
4/5  rDev +10.5%

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