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

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2,317 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,317
Reviews: 609
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 15.8%
Wants: 45
Gots: 254 | 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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Photo of jjamadorphd
3.91/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Yet another good offering from the king of the microbrewers (but can you really say they're a microbrewery anymore?) Anyway, love the seasonal offering, Great dark-amber, caramel color a burnt tinge to it that is very appealing to the eyes. Not much of a head or lacing, though. Great smell of pumpkin - not overpowering and mixes well with the malts they use. Mouthfeel is decent - not too big into something that is too carbonated, so I scored it lower there. The taste is outstanding - I love it when I can taste what I smell in the beer - the pumpkin mixes well with the ale flavor of the recipe. Overall, a very good beer and one I will be enjoying again soon...

jjamadorphd, Nov 22, 2013
Photo of Patlee3324
3.91/5  rDev +12.4%

Patlee3324, Aug 18, 2014
Photo of GilGarp
3.9/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Part of the harvest 12 pack.

12 oz. bottle served cool into a pint glass.

Harvest Pumpkin Ale is a redish-orange amber color with good clarity. The head is short and short-lived. No lace left behind.

Aroma is similar to their Oktoberfest but with a little added pumpkin pie spice.

Flavor is just about right for a pumpkin beer. A nice sweet amber malt base with great pumpkin pie spice and maybe a bit of the real pumpkin itself.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low-plus carbonation.

Overall a very good example of the style. It's not as good as the Dogfish Head version but a lot less expensive.

GilGarp, Sep 28, 2010
Photo of fank2788
3.9/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served in a pint glass
Pours a bright, clear reddish brown with an off white head that leaves a good bit of lace on the way down. The smell is typical pumpkin pie spices namely the nutmeg, cinnamon and allspice. The taste matches the smell. Upfront you get the typical pumpkin pie spice flavors. This is backed by a solid caramel malt base with little if any evident hop bitterness or flavor/aroma. This beer is crisp and relatively dry the finish leaves a lingering pie spiciness. I'm glad that it isn't overly sweet and is well attenuated I prefer a pumpkin beer to be dry as opposed to sweet. Overall I'm quite pleased with this beer. I feel that the Boston Beer Company did a good job on this tricky style. I was skeptical that they would take the easy way out and put out a mediocre pumpkin beer but in the end I was pleasantly surprised.

fank2788, Oct 16, 2010
Photo of Kromes
3.9/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: A dark dark brownish red color with a tan colored head.

S: Aroma is not that strong. There is a slight pumpkin smell with some nutmeg and allspice.

T: A really nice caramel malt flavor hits you up front and then a nice sweet pumpkin pie spice rounds out the beer. The finish just might be too sweet.

M: A little on the heavy side, but it feels right for this beer.

D: There are so many bad pumpkin beers out there, this one is a nice change from the others. Not too over the top, but maybe a little bit too sweet.

Kromes, Sep 17, 2010
Photo of soupyman10
3.9/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glad to grab this one in the fall taster pack - had this and the Dunkel, both of which I'd never tried before. Both were worthwhile brews, although I'll say I found this one to be quite a legit Pumpkin beer. Has the deep orange color that you expect with a smallish head on top, a nice odor of cinnamon and ginger in there with some general fruity maltiness. Flavor is likewise, a nicely full tasting spiced brew that balances that cinnamon and ginger with a malt backbone. A nice pumpkin, basically - they should put this one out over the Oktoberfest, if you ask me.

soupyman10, Sep 06, 2010
Photo of lou50rp
3.9/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had an amber reddish color with an off white head.
Smell was predominatelt pumpkin with a touch of malt. Inviting aroma.
Taste was of pumpkin with a bready taste at the end. Not a lot of spice, just pumpkin and its sweetness.
Medium mouthfeel.
A good brew. definitely drinkable, but in limited quantities due to the sweetness.

lou50rp, Sep 24, 2010
Photo of AustinBeerLvr
3.9/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 12 ounce bottle into a Samuel Adams Boston Lager glass.

I am normally not a huge fan of pumpkin beers, as I find most of them to be simply overwhelming with pumpkin spice. That being said, this is by far the best Pumpkin Ale I have ever had, as the BBC does a great job of keeping everything in balance, and not letting the pumpkin flavor overwhelm the beer. Don't get me wrong, you still get a good dose of pumpkin, but it's perfectly blended with caramel malts and some spicy hop notes. A great holiday brew, as it just tastes like fall and winter.

AustinBeerLvr, Dec 09, 2010
Photo of Tone
3.9/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, brown color. 1/2 inch head of an off-white color. Decent retention and slight lacing. Smells of sweet malt, spice (nutmeg), slight yeast, hint of pumpkin, and a hint of pale malt. Fits the style of a Pumpkin Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, spice (cinnamon, nutmeg, and all spice), hint of earthy malt, pumpkin, hint of hop, and slight yeast. Overall, very drinkable, great blend, and good aroma.

Tone, Sep 17, 2010
Photo of ZeroSignal
3.9/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle

A - Pours a red amber with with about a half inch tan head; retention settles to a thin layer quickly, nice lacing

S - Nose is heavy with pumpkin pie spice; cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger. Roasted malts and pumpkin rind.

T&M - Medium bodied; thick feeling but smooth. Flavors from the nose follow through, but I'm personally having trouble getting any pumpkin flavor through the spice. The clove flavor is predominant, and resonates in the finish. There is a light malty sweetness that helps balance the spices.

D - A good amount of flavor for a beer under 6%; those who enjoy a spicy character to their pumpkin beers would dig this.

ZeroSignal, Aug 23, 2010
Photo of WinthrHOPHEAD89
3.9/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Irish Style pint

A - Pours a 3 and a 1/2 finger light orange pillowy head, with lots of big bubbles. Head slowly shrinks down to a 1 finger head that lasts untl the very end, and leaves some impressive lacing. This beer pours a rich dark orange color (actually more on the reddish side). Medium effervensence, with bubbles clinging to the side of the glass within the first few minutes of pouring.

S - In comparison to the taste, the smell is rather mild, but still very aromatic. Smell defitely has some pumpkin, but not a "squashy" kind of smell, more of a canned pumpkin smell. Lots of nutmeg and cinnamon there too. There appears to be that typical "Sam Adams caramel smell" as well. But all in all, the smell is very good.

T - The taste of this beer doesn't really hit you right away, but rather more so after the finish. The flavor is very smooth, and not too overpowering. This beer is definitely a step up from a lot of the "pumpkin spiced" beers that are floating around; such as the Pumpkinhead Ale or Jack's Pumpkin Spice. You can tell they definitely tried with this one, as with most Sam Adams brews. The taste of pumpkin is definitely noticeable and present, but its not as "authentic" as i'd like it to be. It tastes a bit artificial and confectionary, but still very very tasty.

M - The mouthfeel is fairly soft and chewy. The medium body and medium effervesence, along with the sticky compositon of this beer make for a very pleasing mouthfeel.

D - The drinkability of this beer is a little less than most pumpkin beers, for most of the pumpkin spiced ales tend to be on the watery side, but still very very drinkable. Since only 2 of these beers only come in the variety pack, I cant see anyone drinking more than 2. But I could definitely session this beer, and would by a 6 pack if they made it.

Final Thoughts: Definitely one of the better largy produced pumpkin beers on the market, and props to Sam Adams for continuing to expand their line-up!!

WinthrHOPHEAD89, Oct 07, 2010
Photo of schoolboy
3.9/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I like pumpkin beers, in general, but I am always disappointed by them. This one is well above average - it has a great appearance, good taste (more spice than pumpkin), and it's drinkable.

It is not exceptional - the aroma is weak as is the head. I certainly would drink it again, but there are better. I would like to try their double.

schoolboy, Oct 29, 2011
Photo of Apellonious
3.9/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz out of fall mix pack 12

A - dark ruby color, two finger head that slowly goes down to thin lace.

S - spices, pumpkin, bread, maybe some cascade hops

T - pumpkin. Some hints of other spices (nutmeg and cinnamon), heavy malt, slight hop presence.

M - pretty spot on. Right about average for carbonation and heft.

O - a tasty beverage, great style for mix pack, as several in row would be less enjoyable. But this is recommended for all pumpkin fans.

Apellonious, Sep 08, 2012
Photo of horshack7
3.9/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A nice two fingers worth of frothy head goodness that upon thinning out leaves behind thick lacing. Underneath that is a dark amber with brown hues around the edges.

Aroma: Pumpkin spice, allspice, with a little bit of cinnamon. Subtle hints of clove and apple are in the background.

Taste: Quite alot of pumpkin spice, cinnamon. The malt side of it all is a sweetness as if eating cinnamon applesauce. The hops simply enjoy themselves and swim around. It's rather full bodied with a smooth mouthfeel with a little bit of crispness.

Notes: This is a hearty beer and I hope it will be brewed every fall. Cheers

horshack7, Sep 13, 2010
Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.9/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up in Totowa since I had never tried this before. Sam's been on a roll with the Noble Pils and Latitude 48 and I wanted to see if they could continue it with this. Granted, they're not my favorite brewery but this was a great beer for the fall season and maybe the most accessible Pumpkin Ale that I've ever had. Thankfully, this was low on the spice and just a bit more full on the namesake flavor!

This had a good pumpkin hue to the pour with some head and a bit of lacing, but nothing memorable. The taste reminded me of pumpkin pie with Cool Whip - just enough to take me back to family gatherings in years past! This wasn't spicy at all like to many other beers of the style and there was just a slight roasted hint in the aftertaste. Thankfully, the carbonation was just right and didn't detract from the balance of this beer. It was nice to have something easygoing like this and feel that it could be served as a fall dessert, all by itself.

The alcohol wasn't too high in this and I couldn't detect it at all during my session. Although I like the Octoberfest, I feel that Sam should make this the fall seasonal. This would be worthy of that moniker and there's no doubt that this is a welcome addition to their current offering of beers!

JerzDevl2000, Oct 08, 2011
Photo of washburnkid
3.9/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dirty copper, brown and red with a slight head that isn't too terribly memorable. Unlike the aesthetic, though, the smell is going to stick with me for a while. It's potpourri of berry and cinnamon. Flavors are sweet and toasty. Clove with a hint of what I can only describe as "vanilla-y". Tons of cinnamon and spicy goodness on the palate. Nutmeg is there. Medium mouth with medium carbonation.

I can dig on this. I think the ambiance helps, but this beer screams Fall.

washburnkid, Sep 09, 2011
Photo of BeerMasterD
3.9/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours a clear orange color with 2 fingers of thick offwhite fluff, receeding to a light top layer and leaving some sticky broken lace.
Smell- Aromas are simply pumpkin pie. Roasty, nutmeg.
Taste- Same as the smell would indicate, with the addition of bready pie crust malt and what seems like some anise.
Mouthfeel and Drinkability- A medium feel and carbonation, smooth and very drinkable.
Overall an enjoyable pumpkin ale.

BeerMasterD, Dec 21, 2010
Photo of jjwisenheimer
3.9/5  rDev +12.1%

jjwisenheimer, Sep 10, 2014
Photo of Gehrig
3.9/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rich amber-brown body with an off-white foamy head; decent retention and lacing.

Mild pumpkin aroma with some cinnamon and a dash of ginger to complement roasted caramel malt that outweighs the pumpkin to a considerable degree. I'd like to smell the pumpkin much more, but it has a nice breadth of aromas.

Good taste, with the pumpkin peeking through more than the nose indicated initially. It blends well with the caramel, with a touch of dark chocolate combining with the spices mentioned above as well. Good balance; a nice blend of sweet and tart.

Good, creamy, effervescent mouthfeel for a fine malty brew, and easy to gulp. I certainly wouldn't put it in the category of ST's Pumpking, easily the best pumpkin brew I've ever had (in no small part because of the greater prominence of the main ingredient), but it's well worth a try, and is a really good addition to the Harvest Collection.

Gehrig, Aug 17, 2010
Photo of VncentLIFE
3.9/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very solid deep amber body with a perfect looking off white head. Honestly, it looks damn near perfect.

The smell is super dry cinnamon with LOADS of earthy powdered nutmeg. Nice spices, with a nice sweet brown sugar. Dry is the theme.

The taste just doesnt live up to anything. Those super dry spices dominate. Kind of feels like Im eating a spoonfull of powdered cinnamon and nutmeg, and theres what seems a toasted and roasted sweet pumpkin flavor that saves it.

Spices dominate the finish with a good kick but not too much. I really like this beer.

VncentLIFE, Aug 28, 2012
Photo of jazer
3.9/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

a wonderfully colored brew. reminds me of a pumpkin. not really. Still appealing, though. A very nice smell, a little weak. Taste is exceptional and delicious. Does not hold it's head very long and is not very carbonated. Not really what I was expecting. Would still be able to drink a lot of them. Recommended.

jazer, Sep 07, 2010
Photo of Rosethoj
3.88/5  rDev +11.5%

Rosethoj, Sep 19, 2014
Photo of Kevtar
3.88/5  rDev +11.5%

Kevtar, Today at 06:33 PM
Photo of SickGnar
3.88/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Coppery brown and very red/dark orange when held to light. Very clear with a few lazy rising bubbles. Small light tan head falls fast and leaves just okay lacing.

S: Toasty malt with some malty sweetness, spices of the cinnamon & nutmet & "pie" spice variety, and some almost faint pumpkin. It is all there, and it does smell nice, but it is rather faint & clean.

T: A great spice level and balance. Pleasantly noticeable pumpkin. And an almost O-fest level of toasty & robust malts to back up the seasonal features with some rich melanoidans and a soft roasty sweetness. Nice. Spice is mostly nutmeg and cinnamon with faint hints of darker stuff (cloves, mace, allspice), actually fades away to let the pumpkin linger on into the finish along with the malts as a some grassy & woody hops poke thought.

M: A bit over medium on body and a bit under on CO2 makes for smooth drinking. Lightly slick with some faint sweetness in finish. Works really well for the style and this beer.

D: I like it. Spice is spot on ( not to strong ), it has a decent pumpkin aspect, and a good solid beer back it all up. A seasonal, but not a novelty. Rich, toasty, and roasty malts do a good job of matching the pumpkin and spice while letting both shine. Nicely rounded and balanced - very drinakable version of style.

SickGnar, Feb 01, 2011
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.88/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a red amber color ale with a large foamy head with OK retention and light lacing. Aroma consists of light pumpkin and cinnamon notes with a sweet caramel malt base. Taste is a mix between some sweet caramel notes with some pumpkin notes and quite subtler notes of cinnamon. Body is about average with nice creamy touch and good carbonation. Better then I had expected with good level of drinkability and really smooth aftertaste.

Phyl21ca, Oct 12, 2012
Samuel Adams Harvest Pumpkin Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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