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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2,475 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,475
Reviews: 632
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 15.85%
Wants: 52
Gots: 406 | FT: 1
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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 augustgarage:
Photo of augustgarage
3.4/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Best before February, 2013. Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Dark mahogany/burnt orange liqud, not quite clear and capped with an active sunset head. Poor retention, vague lacing.

Roast malt, low vegetal rooty pumpkin aroma along with a dose of clove, nutmeg, and other pie spices. Earthy with very low hop notes.

Strong cinnamon flavor threatens to overwhelm the base of the ale - toasty malt, brown sugar, and root vegetable flavors emerge from the spices. Medium-dry finish.

Light-bodied, sprtizy, well carbonated...

Excessive spicing, but decent base flavors. One of those beers that you think "this isn't that great," but somehow you find it difficult to stop drinking it.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Pegasus
4/5  rDev +15.3%
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

Photo of oberon
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%
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 lordofthewiens
4.03/5  rDev +16.1%
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 warnerry
3.38/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Photo of twi1609372
4/5  rDev +15.3%

honestly not a bad overall beer. the spices definitely do cancel out most of the pumpkin flavor, whatever pumpkin flavor there is its pretty mild.that said, it is refreshing, quite drinkable and has a good taste overall

Photo of generallee
4/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle

Appearance: Its body has a very nice deep reddish amber color with very clarity. From the pour it makes a good inch of creamy off white foam. It quickly settles down to thin covering that just hangs on to the last sip with the help of a few quick swirls. At the top of the glass it leaves some cool lace patterns.

Smell: The aroma has mostly cinnamon notes with some other pie spices over rich dark bready and pie crust like malts.

Taste/Palate: There is a pleasant cinnamon and pie spice character with mild bitterness though out. Pumpkin or squash like flavor is very light but it is there and it is supported buy sweet bready and toasty pie crust like malty flavor notes. The finish is fairly quick with mild bitterness and spice.

Notes: I am really loving this beer right now. This one is a stand out in an already solid fall mixed pack.

Photo of bishopdc0
3.08/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Beer pours dark amber in color with an initial thick head. The head dissipates but still covers the whole of the beer. It is still dense bubbles. The color is nice.

The aroma is sweet to start, it has a spiciness that isnt over the top. The mix of pumpkin and malt works well unlike many pumpkin beer that are just spices.

Carbonation is upfront and builds to fill the mouth. The malt is sweet with a taste of nutmeg and cinnamon in the midst of it all pumpkin makes a presents.

Photo of Doomcifer
3.95/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear amber/copper color with a nice head. Little retention. Smells of bready malts, pumpkin and spice...faint spicy hop aroma. Taste follows the aroma..Pumpkin, grains, nutmeg/allspice finish, spicy noble hops. Nice body, not overly carbonated, crisp finish. This is one of the better pumpkin beers that I have tried. Not usually a huge fan but this is good stuff. I wouldnt call any pumpkin ales very drinkable but this ranks up there.

Photo of Jason
3.13/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz brown bottle with a freshness date.

Heady beginning, amber hued brown color is near crystal clear. Hint of pumpkin meat though the spicing rides higher along with some maltiness in the nose. Very smooth with a feigned fullish body. Spice comes at the palate in an aggressive manner, maltiness struggles to poke through and some alcoholic esters and caramel finally make it through in the spicy-sweet finish.

Way too much spice for my liking, these holiday spiced beers need to be subtle especially if you want any trace pumpkin to come through. Not bad but one bottle is more than enough.

Photo of Billolick
3.67/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle. Enjoy before date notched onto the side of the label.

Pour is mahogany, near clear and shimmering under a moderate medium tan head. Head slowly departs, leaving a thicker collar and moderate slippery blobs of lace.

This is a thick and viscous brew. Smooth and richly flowing over the tongue.

On the nose this one smells just like a slice of pumpkin pie, sweet, bready and softly spiced.

The sniff carries over to the palate, more soft/subtle pumpkin pie/holiday spicing. Pumpkin flavor is moderate, not overpowering, but quite enjoyable.

Decent take on the style, moderately flavorful, moderate sweetness. not cloying. Viscosity make this more of a sipper/night capper kind of fall/winter offering.

Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Sam Adams glass

Appearance: one inch head, dark orange-brown in color, clear, high carbonation

Smell: cinnamon, cloves, all-spice-- pumpkin spices

Taste: cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, toasted malt, touch of bittering hops, and toffee

Mouthfeel: sweet a with a touch of bitterness, high carbonation, medium-light bodied

Drinkability: A very good seasonal brew that I would get a six of--if it were an option. Nothing out of the ordinary--just a very well crafted brew.

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was really excited to try this one since I look forward to the release of pumpkin beers each fall.

The beer pours a orangish-brown color with a white head. The aroma is class pumpkin ale, with lots of pumpkin and nutmeg notes. The flavor is more of the same. I get a ton of pumpkin, along with the classic pumpkin pie spices of cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice. I also get some caramel malt. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Not quite as good as Southern Tier Pumking, but a step above most of the pumpkin ales that are on the market.

Photo of Cavanaghty
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Sam Adams Glass.

Appearance: Dark Amber color with a beige head of about two fingers. The head lingered for a long time and almost no lacing on the glass.

Smell: Roasted malts and pumpkin.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Medium bodied and thick, but smooth. Taste like pumpkin, but not sweet. Carmal malts mix in to give and slight bittersweet taste but mostly a bitter taste. Literally like raw pumpkin.

Overall: This is the definition of a Pumpkin Ale, not sweet, just pumpkin with malts and hops. At least thats what I think.

Photo of bsp77
3.92/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Pint.

Appearance: Dark reddish-amber, but very little head and no lacing. Color is nice, but could have used a little more pizzaz.

Smell: Pumpkin, clove, cinnamon, and ginger upfront. Some light caramel and toasted malt underneath.

Taste: While there are pumpkin spice flavors going on, initial impression is of a light toasted and roasted amber ale with a barely sweet caramel backbone. Then the pumpkin and spices (clove, cinnamon and nutmeg especially) rise up and provide balance. Ends with spicy English hops contributing to the actual spices.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, medium body, semi-dry finish.

Drinkability: Very well balanced and drinkable Pumpkin Ale. Extremely good for a non-Imperial.

Photo of jondeelee
3.81/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Harvest Pumpkin Ale opens to a sweet, pumpkin pie-like aroma, heavy on spices and squash. Immediately apparent are strong notes of cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and pepper, as well as vanilla and hints of molasses, these blending in with what is obviously a large amount of pure pumpkin (17 lbs. per barrel, according to the neck label). The malts bring a pie crust feel, with toast crust, biscuit, and floury baguette aromas. Together these notes are nice, amounting to a slightly heavily-spiced store-bought pumpkin pie. Additional hints of apricot, orange, and cherry, as well as brown sugar, add further complexity. The aromas are a bit light on the beer side, the beverage dominated by pumpkin and spice, but even those exist in only medium strength. They are, however, very well blended together, and the recipe has obviously been tinkered with for quite a while to achieve a good balance.

On the tongue, the beer opens with a pumpkin and spice blast that is a bit heavier on the spice than it is on the pumpkin. Nutmeg, allspice, cinnamon, clove, and black pepper add a nice bouquet here, with the pumpkin sort of struggling for attention against the spices, but still adding a nice cooked squash note. Touches of molasses and brown sugar mix with the breads, which add biscuit and toast crust, forming a toasted pie crust sensation. Very light apricot fruit esters add additional layers. The pumpkin flavors grow over the course of the mouthful as the initial sugars and spices die off, ending up dominating the aftertaste, which is a bit too much like biting into a chunk of raw pumpkin, and lingers for a long time. Mouthfeel is an oily medium, and carbonation is medium.

Overall, this is a decent pumpkin-flavored ale, and there’s much to like in here, including a nice selection of spices and a bevy of pumpkin flavors. The underlying beer seems to suffer a bit from these additions, lacking distinct characteristics, and the aftertaste is unfortunately lingering and overly raw in pumpkin flesh, leaving a mildly unpleasant flavor on the tongue. But subsequent sips of the beer do much to relieve this aftertaste, and at an easily-drinkable 5.7% ABV, this is a nice lunch beer for sunny fall afternoons.

Photo of dogfishandi
3.78/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle at fridge temp poured into a nonic glass. best before january notched. stold this lone bottle from a friend because i didnt really want to buy a 12 pack to have only 2 of these beers. this is yet another beer that should definatly be available in 6 packs on its own.

pours a clear reddish/orange, with a little brown. one finger of off white head that faded to a small ring rather quickly. a little lace.

not a huge aroma, but it smells like a pumpkin ale. pumpkin, spices, nutmeg, cinniamin, allspice, with a nice malty aroma in the background.

decent taste, nothing mindblowing. pumpkin pie is there with the same spices as the aroma. some good maltiness towards the finish. a nice melding of flavors going on.

light to medium body. carbonation feels good. very smooth and nothing overbearing on the palate.

very drinkable, this would be a great affordable pumpkin beer to session, but they dont release it in 6ers. because of that, i have to rate the drinkability a little lower.

a solid pumpkin ale.

Photo of MattyG85
4.2/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: Deep and dark reddish amber orange with lots of bubbles. Solid four fingers of light tan head with good retention. Good amount of lacing.

Smell: Lots of spices. Cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, rye, and clove with a base of pumpkin and sweet caramel malts. Malts and pumpkin are noticeable but the spices stand out.

Taste: Like the smell with a strong taste of spices upfront including cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, rye, and clove. Pumpkin is subtle but noticeable. Finishes very malty with lots of caramel and toffee.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with a moderate level of carbonation. Creamy. Moderately sweet and finishes slightly dry.

Overall: A pretty good take on a pumpkin ale. Spicy but balanced fairly well.

Photo of alexkeil
3.21/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle from the Harvest variety pack

Pours a nice looking deep reddish color with a tan fizzy head that disipated quickly. The beer is brillantly clear and if not for the disappearing head it looks quite nice.

The smell is heavy on the spices with only a hint of the pumpkin. This is the downfall of many pumpkin beers, not featuring the pumpkin and instead making a pumpkin pie beer.

The taste is about the same: heavy spice, lots of cinammon, clove, brown sugar, and maybe a little pumpkin. Also in there is some spicy hops to bitter up the sweetness of pumpkin pie.

The mouthfeel is surprisely medium, probably because of the vegetable; however, the carbonation is high and does two things: gets in the way of the smoothness of ale and creates a nice dryness toward the end which is a suprising and welcome way to end a beer I anticipated as being too sweet.

Overall this is not a bad beer, it isn't even a bad pumpkin beer, but not one I'm going to go out of my way to drink. I'm glad it comes in the variety pack because it is a nice seasonal to throw in a session.

Photo of far333
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Burnished copper color that kicks up an inch high head of beige foam that quickly recedes back and settles out to a sizzling surface. Aroma of cinnamon and subtle nutmeg. Balanced flavor of biscuity malt, notes of honey and ginger, cinnamon and nutmeg. Some floral notes and a slight lemony snap in the finish, a peppery spice bite lingers. Not a lot of pumpkin flavor to pick out, but it tastes like a respectable slice of pie. Even mouthfeel, moderate carbonation, finishes a bit tingly. Good beer overall.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.5/5  rDev -28%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Didn't have the orangeness you'd want in a pumpkin ale. Also lacked the aroma of pumpkin, which is mild, but still, a little more cinammon would bring it out.

Taste, still the same problem, not so much pumpkin to it. Coriander seems to be the most prevalent thing, and I doubt its even in the beer. Weird unidentifiable spice presence, its not the cinnamon. Maybe its ginger. Pumpkin is not supposed to be this bitter.

Its easy enough to drink and all, but I wouldn't go out of my way for this one, unless you're a huge pumpkin freak, but if that's the case, you'll probably be even less impressed with this as you'd probably had many of the better ones.

Photo of whoneeds8
3.46/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass amber red with a one finger white head. Decent lacing down the glass. There really isn't much of a scent that I detect other than a pumpkin spice. The taste actually punches your senses with a pumpkin flavor as soon as it hits your tongue. That is followed by tradition fall spices like nutmeg and cloves. I'm not much of a pumpkin fan, as in anything made with pumpkin. This isn't too terrible if you're like me.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Look this isn't as bad as some versions but it's still a pumpkin ale, it actually has that pumpkin pie finish to it. Between the malts and the spices added in, this also says brewed with pumpkin. Darker than most versions a dark mahogany almost brown ale appearance with tight bubbled moccha tan head. Fine lacing spreads nicely between sips on the sides of my chalice. Nose has some serious pumpkin pie action kicking, between nutmeg and cinnamon with all spice and canned pumpkin candy sweetness. Pretty good especially considering the mouthfeel which was a bit harsh with spice bitterness in the back of the throat carbonation works and medium to light bodied flows decently enough. Drinkability overall is rather good for this style of beer, especially considering I'd never thought of Sam Adams as a pumpkin ale type of brewer.

Photo of mocktm
3.25/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From the fall variety pack, pumpkin beers seem to be coming out earlier and earlier. Not entirely appropriate for warmer August weather, but what the hell.

Roasted chest nut brown in appearance with a faint off-white head. Looks warm and comforting, but also has some lousy retention and zero lacing...

Aromas are mostly that of the spice cabinet: some cinnamon, allspice, clove and nutmeg with the faintest hints of pumpkin. Some malt presence as well, but the spices seem to dominate.

The taste is disappointing, a bit watery with obvious spice notes and mild pumpkin to counteract the malts. They were probably trying to be more subtle with the flavoring, but I'm really underwhelmed as the pumpkin in this is almost absent.

Medium bodied, but the overkill on the spice really hurts this beers drinkability. I wouldn't want more than one in a sitting.

Pumpkin beers seem all the rage with breweries now a days, but this is not one of the better examples. Less spice and more pumpkin is needed here. For the very definition of what this style can do, check out Southern Tier Pumking,

Photo of frankiepop
3.36/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I will start with confessing I used to be but am no longer a Sam Adams fan. I used to love Sam. They changed America beer tastes. They caused the revolution for me at least if not the entire USA. I still love Sam's Honey Porter, but SA seems not to ship it to my stores anymore. Now to their Pumpkin beer review.

I like the appearance. Somewhat dark brown with a hue of orange. And I loved the strong clove and cinnamon spicy PUNKIN PIE aroma.

Ok I love Pumpkin beer. Anyway I love the ONLY one that I have tried. That was Blue Moon Pumpkin ale so see my raving review.

But this beer disappoints when you taste it. There's just a lack of flavor here to give it high marks. The after taste was relatively nice mellow creamy with ONLY a hint of pumpkin. Carbonation was a little high though for my liking so mouthfeel will be ummm a generous 3.5.

Overall just 3.0. A little too disappointing. This reflect the overly cautious approach by Sam Adams anymore.

I think this beer would go well with some soft rock...Fleetwood Mac Rumours or some Wilco.

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