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

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BA SCORE
80
good

2,424 Ratings
THE BROS
72
okay

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Ratings: 2,424
Reviews: 622
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 15.8%
Wants: 47
Gots: 304 | 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:
Brought back in 2010

(Beer added by: Kegatron on 11-10-2008)
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Photo of AwYeh
3.95/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed from a bottle, poured into pint glass.

A: Clear amber reddish-brown color, with one finger slightly off white head and decent lacing.

S: Pretty solid- there's a good amount of pumpkin and light spices; sweet. Hop profile not too noticeable but about what you may be expecting from a pumpkin beer.

T: Huge pumpkin flavor maybe owing to the freshness, great balance between sweetness and spiciness due presumably to the spices and pumpkins' natural kinship with them. Cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, and ginger all seem to show up. Not noticing too much other malt or hops- just a light toasted flavor and lingering bitterness due to hops- but not sure that's the goal of a pumpkin beer anyhow. On the finish, I get much more pumpkin than I do in some more expensive brews. I notice that some of the more negative reviews have critiqued an absence of pumpkin, but for my money the pumpkin flavors in the beer of both my review bottle and those from my harvest 12 pack were stronger than those of the spices. 

M: Mid body with medium to lively carbonation. Smooth and lightly creamy; lends itself to a lingering pumpkin aftertaste. 

O: Solid offering from Sam Adams; while the best pumpkin beers on the market (pumking and punkin, perhaps, at least in the Midwest) are quite expensive, I can see myself picking this one up a few times throughout the season when I'm feeling a pumpkin beer. Already grabbed a sixer after tasting it in the harvest 12 pack. Pretty drinkable, I had no problem going through two of these in a night alongside various other beers.

Photo of BlackBelt5112203
3.95/5  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
3.95/5  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 setexascustoms
3.95/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle into a SA Perfect Pint

A- Beautiful clear reddish orange. Half inch of creamy light tan head that fades quickly, but the lacing has a lot of stick.

S- I know everyone says this, but I do get the pumpkin pie, although on the spicy side dominated by cinnamon.

T- The taste changes thing up to me, now dominated by nutmeg. The pumpkin doesn't really come in 'til near the finish. A little sweet with a slight smokiness, I like it.

M- Good medium body, prickly carbonation which I could do with a little less of.

O- I love this beer. If you've read my other reviews, all four of them ;) you know my experiences are limited. Again, this is the only pumpkin ale I've had. I do look forward to trying more, but I don't really miss the pumpkin like a lot of you do. On the other hand I'm not a huge fan of pumpkin pie. Still, this screams Fall to me and I love it, and look forward to trying more.

Photo of jpro
3.95/5  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 JMastrangelo
3.95/5  rDev +13.5%
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 bsp77
3.93/5  rDev +12.9%
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 puboflyons
3.93/5  rDev +12.9%
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 Swill5786
3.93/5  rDev +12.9%
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
3.93/5  rDev +12.9%
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 Gavage
3.93/5  rDev +12.9%
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 littlelorib
3.93/5  rDev +12.9%
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
3.93/5  rDev +12.9%
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
3.93/5  rDev +12.9%
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 budgood1
3.93/5  rDev +12.9%
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
3.93/5  rDev +12.9%
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 FuzzyGuy84
3.93/5  rDev +12.9%
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 figgyfigg5218
3.93/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love pumpkin beer so this was one i was very excited to try. You can taste the fact that it is brewed with real pumpkin instead of just pumpkin spices added into the beer. You can taste nutmeg very strong with the pumpkin, they go together perfectly.

Photo of Atom_Bomb
3.92/5  rDev +12.6%

Photo of Wrinker712
3.92/5  rDev +12.6%

Photo of chris1919
3.92/5  rDev +12.6%

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...

Photo of Patlee3324
3.91/5  rDev +12.4%

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.

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.

Samuel Adams Harvest Pumpkin Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
80 out of 100 based on 2,424 ratings.