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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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2,450 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,450
Reviews: 627
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 15.85%
Wants: 49
Gots: 361 | 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

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Photo of ExaltedNecrosis
3.94/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into goblet.

A - Dark orange/brown with a finger of off white head.

S - I get a lot of spices that go with the sweet pumpkin aroma. Cinnamon and nutmeg are prevalent.

T - Semisweet pumpkin with cinnamon, nutmeg, and roasted malt. It reminds me of pumpkin pie, but not too heavy on the pumpkin.

M - Moderate body and moderate carbonation. Not too sticky, not too thin.

O - Once again, Samuel Adams impresses me. The pumpkin isn't overpowering, nor is this too sweet. A good solid pumpkin beer, though I couldn't have more than 2 in one sitting.

Photo of Chrisbaggz
3.94/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: beautiful golden red. S: bready malts and pumpkin pie. Lots of cinnamon and nutmeg here. T: smooth, creamy Marzen upfront, finishes with a moist pumpkin pie flavor. M: a bit syrupy, like a good Marzen should. A very smooth and drinkable feel. Not much booze to speak of. O: What a great brew! Not sure who all the haters of this beer are, but I think it's a great Marzen style beer with some delicious notes of pumpkin with all the right spices to make a great and very drinkable pumpkin ale.

Photo of BlackBelt5112203
3.94/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Samuel Adams pint glass at fridge-cellar temperature.

L – Amber-brown color with a 1-finger bubbly tan head that dissipates rapidly. A cap of bubbly foam stays on the beer surface for a little while. No lacing. Clear with lots of bubbles.

S – Pumpkin, cinnamon, a little bit of nutmeg, and caramel malt. Smells like a good pumpkin ale.

T – Sweet all the way through with grainy and caramel malt, pumpkin, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Not as many spices as a lot of pumpkin ales, but there’s a good amount of pumpkin and malt.

F – Medium-bodied with lots of carbonation, a mouth-coating but crisp feel, and a sweet, slightly spicy, and slightly dry finish. Grainy malt sweetness and cinnamon spice lingers for a little while.

O – This is a pretty nice pumpkin beer. It’s maybe not as flavorful as some other offerings that I’ve had due to the lower amount of pumpkin pie spices but it certainly retains a lot of the malt characteristics of the base beer. It’s pretty tasty overall and very drinkable.

Photo of droomyster
3.94/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, dark copper with one and a half fingers of a fizzy head that quickly peters out. Aromas get points for showing restraint with the spices and letting some of the toastier and brown sugary malts make their presence known. Taste is a bit spicier than the nose suggested, with some molasses notes that I didn't catch from the aroms. Medium full body is nicely carbonated. Gingerbready taste lingers on the finish.

Photo of jpro
3.94/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single 12oz bottle from Total Wine. Poured into an imperial pint glass...

A: Dark copper; light beige, thumb of head; minimal retention leaves no lace.

S: Nutmeg; pumpkin pie filling; pie crust; not a big aroma, but pretty good.

T: Pumpkin; all-spice; a smidge of dry bitterness on the end, but not much; a sweeter, pumpkin-pie-ish pumpkin ale, but not overly so.

M: Medium body; high carbonation; the sweetness makes it a touch sticky.

O: A nice, standard, pumpkin beer; I kind of like the sweeter / pumpkin pie versions and this one is in that style - although definitely not super rich or sweet; but a good, "standard" pumpkin ale.

*from notes 9.9.12

Photo of jjanega08
3.94/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A= pours a nice deep amber sort of translucent brown color with a nice tan cap on it that is about two fingers high and holds steady retention and some spotty lacing.

S= Not as forward as I like in a pumpkin beer. Sort of just smells like sweet malts and the tiniest amount of pumpkin spices. Like a spiced boston lager. The pumpkin I do pull out of it is all spice and not much actual pumpkin.

T= The taste isn't as big of a dissapointment as the smell is. The taste is actually very nice for a pumpkin beer. Light spice and good pumpkin flavor. There is a nice sweetness to it. The spices let the pumpkin do it's work and the pumpkin lets the spice do it's thing. The finish is nice and bready.

M= Medium body and medium carbonation. I think they played it safe here and just did it to style.

D= I actually like this a lot. If I could buy this in a sixer I would for sure. I don't find many pumpkin beers in MN I like. DFH doesn't distribute here and ST Pumpking is a little too big for me to enjoy regularly. This would be that beer so please make sixers.

Photo of bamadog
3.93/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a Sam Adams Harvest Variety Pack, mostly to get a hold of this one -- I'm a sucker for pumpkin ales and since I'm running out of ones in my immediate distribution area, I'll take anything new. Review is from notes taken on 10/16/2010 and poured from the bottle to a pint glass.

Appearance: Pour is a beautiful deep coppery color and it starts with a one finger light tan head with decent retention; head fades relatively slowly to an uneven, but full skim on the surface; body is fairly dark, has very good clarity and shows moderately strong carbonation bubbling throughout; only one lonely patch of lacing is left behind.

Smell: A little weaker than what I typically like, but it's not too bad -- it has more of a lager-ish grainy scent to it that is complimented by some warm pumpkin and pumpkin pie spices (mostly nutmeg, followed by a bit of cinnamon); there's a bit of a sweet, cola-like sweetness lingering that is kind of interesting as well.

Taste: It's actually pretty good - I kind of wish this was available in six-packs on its own based upon the taste; unlike the smell, I feel that the pumpkin pie flavor is more up front -- smooth pumpkin goodness complimented by a big ol' dash of nutmeg and cinnamon; it has a firm, but not overpowering, hop bitterness that provides just a bit of bite and balance behind the blast of pumpkin pie flavors; a fair toffee/caramel malty backing rounds out the beer in the back.

Mouthfeel: Body is medium/light and has pretty damn near perfect carbonation for the body and style -- nice and crisp, but ultimately far from sharp (really just provides the right amount of action on the palate); a moist and sticky coating is left on the roof of the mouth that becomes a little cottony dry.

Drinkability: Yeah, I could really drink this beer all day during the nice, temperate and cool fall; moderate ABV, a body that's not going to weigh you down and a nice set of flavors are really fitting for the style. I have to say, I'm fairly impressed -- not that Sam Adams isn't typically solid (IMHO), but this one really kind of exceeded my expectations. While it may not compete with a Double Frog Hollow or Pumking with a year of age on it, it is really super solid.

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 Atom_Bomb
3.92/5  rDev +13%

Photo of Wrinker712
3.92/5  rDev +13%

Photo of jjamadorphd
3.92/5  rDev +13%
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...

Photo of Swill5786
3.92/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours brownish-red with tan head. Nose is full of spices... Nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves, ginger. Spicy hops, too. Muted caramel with pumpkin up front. Light carbonation, crisp, clean mouthfeel. Light hops at the back; aftertaste is a fine breadiness. Very easy on the palate, fantastically drinkable.

Photo of adam42381
3.92/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Spiegelau tulip. Best before February 2012 notched on label.

Appearance: Pours a deep reddish-brown color with ruby highlights and a 1-2 finger frothy light tan head.

Smell: Nutmeg and cinnamon are dominant here with a touch of malt in the background. Smells a lot like a pumpkin pie.

Taste: Pumpkin pie flavor up front followed by sweet malt in the middle before ending with more spices, a light amount of hops and a touch of black pepper at the finish. Aftertaste is fairly dry with spices mixed in.

Mouthfeel: Light-to-medium-bodied with a very high amount of prickly carbonation.

Drinkability: Good drinkability. You could knock back a few of these on a cold fall evening. This being a hot August day in Southwest Florida, I'm stopping at just one, but I won't hold that against the beer.

Overall: Good beer overall. I could see myself reaching for this time after time during the fall if I lived in a colder climate. Definitely worth a shot.

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

Brown in color with red highlights, tan head of about an inch dissipating to lacing on beer and glass. Smell was definitely malty with alcohol, followed by pumpkin. I didn't detect any spices here in the smell. However, taste was of pumpkin and spice, generous of malt, with only a bit of bitterness in the aftertaste. Mouth feel was syrupy with generous tingle of carbonation.

Overall, i really liked this beer. My only complaint is that it could use more pumpkin flavor with more assertive spices.

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

Reviewed from notes.

Pours out a reddish amber with good clarity and a short lived head, no lacing is left behind on the glass. Medium body and carbonation levels.

Smells and tastes of the expected pumpkin pie spicing with decent amounts of nutmeg and cinnamon without being overbearing to the toasted and caramel malts. The difference between this pumpkin beer and a lot of the other ones on the market seems to be a sharp accent of powdered dried ginger in the mid-sip and a touch of white pepper dust. It's somewhat better than the average pumpkin beer at a reasonable price point.

Photo of jnewberry74
3.92/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sam Adams' Pumpkin Ale is a spicy mouthful of Thanksgiving/harvest flavor, heavy on cinnamon and nutmeg. The beer drinks easy, though, and I didn't find the spices too distracting. Not as subtle as Dogfish Head's Pumpkin Ale, this pumpkin in the Sam Adams Pumpkin Ale verges on intrusive. However, in the end, the taste balances out.

I wouldn't want to drink it all the time, but it's a great beer.

Photo of chris1919
3.92/5  rDev +13%

Photo of budgood1
3.92/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours out a deep crimson/garnett/mahoghany hue with a respectable tannish head and subsequent lacing. nose is malty sweet...amply spiced with usual nutmeg and cinnamon and clove type aromas...a bit of smoke and some cocoa and caramel make for a nice smelling pumpkin ale. vegetal pumpkin flavours on the tongue mingle well with the spicing used, complimenting the smokey malten notes so obvious to me but rarely mentioned in some previous reviews i perused prior to reviewing this. i find these pumpkin ales are perfect for developing a very layered and even somewhat complex flavour profile if done modestly and this seems to fit the bill quite nicely. even the subtle hopping leaves an impression...seemingly accentuating all the other spices used. a lot going on here. finishes on the dry side. the body is nicely done, well rounded and almost fullish. mouthfeel is a bit coarse due to the spice/malt combination, and seems a tad watery at times...making me curious how a clash of body and mouthfeel can conflict one another. drinkability is pretty good...this is a spice driven beer and the overall combination might (will) overwhelm the proverbial newbie.

overall... this isn't another liquid pumpkin pie concoction. it has a malt complexity, heavy handed spice profile and dry finish. makes me want to burn some leaves and chop some wood while having a bonfire and then stoking up the fireplace in the bedroom to romance my wife on a cool northern minnesota late october eve. and that's not a bad thing.

Photo of doughanson78
3.92/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Dark amber with decent clarity. One finger light tan head with alright retention and lacing.

S: Nutmeg, cinnamon, and a touch of cloves. Some sweet pumpkin and caramel.

T: Sweet pumpkin and caramel upfront. Nutmeg, cinnamon, and allspice are much more subdued than other pumpkin ales I've had, which isn't a bad thing. Well blended flavors.

M: Light bodied. Medium high carbonation. Smooth.

O: I like this one for the subdued spiciness. Much more of a session Pumpkin ale.

Photo of puboflyons
3.91/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 Batch with an expiration date of Feb 2012. Sampled on September 8, 2011. This beer is handsome and inviting on the eye with its dark amber-copper color and softly floating head above some wild, ongoing carbonation bubbles. The pumpkin and spices announce themselves in a lower key on the nose. They are there but not overdone. The body is on the full side. Clove, pepper, and sweet malts rule the day in the flavor followed by a moderately bitter finish. This lands high on my list of pumpkin ales but not the highest. Still, quite good.

Photo of Gavage
3.91/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a lovely mahogany amber color with a 1" head that falls to a spotty surface foam.

Smell: light spicy aroma with this beer.

Taste: toffee, cinnamon, nutmeg, light earthy tones, and a mild bitterness make up an easy drinking pumpkin ale.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Light crispness from start to finish. Short lasting spice filled aftertaste.

Overall: an enjoyable offering that is pleasurable on a cold fall day.

Photo of Patlee3324
3.91/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of JMastrangelo
3.91/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

12 oz poured into a Sam Adams glass.

Smell had a stronger pumpkin spice smell, reminiscent of Shipyard's Pumpkinhead. Color was a typical darker amber shade, good amount of carbonation.

Tasted fantastic; crisp, refreshing, almost lighter than other pumpkins on the market. Pumpkin spice flavor is at the same time both there and standing off to the side, to let you know it's definitely a pumpkin beer, but it's not something that's going to make you gag on too much sweetness.

I can see this being paired nicely with a spicy bisque, but definitely not a dessert beer like Southern Tier. Also a good alternative to a Hefeweisse or Octoberfest outside on a cool night outside on the deck; it's light enough where you can casually drink it and be pleased without being distracted.

If it came down to a standard 6 pack, it's not going to usurp Shipyard for me. But with the fantastic mix you get in the Harvest Collection, it's a welcome addition that makes the 12 pack a must buy for me whenever I see it available.

Photo of FuzzyGuy84
3.91/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A - Deep Red/amber color with coffee-colored head. Great, traditional german look.

S - Very yeasty smell, with some pumpkin in the background.

T - Extremely well balanced pumpkin ale. Hits all the notes you'd want - pumpkin pie/fall spices, yeast, mild hop character, complex and subtle.

D - VERY drinkable, not as biting as some pumpkin ales.

Great beer, a very impressive offering from Sam Adams. Catch it!

Photo of Kromes
3.9/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

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