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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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2,131 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,131
Reviews: 588
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 15.8%
Wants: 42
Gots: 188 | 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 drabmuh
3.85/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I traded Huhzubendah a Boon Oude Kriek Mariage Parfait for a 12 ounce bottle of this, THANKS! Served in a pint glass. Beer is orange to dark amber with a mild haze, thin haloed head of small bubbles and low carbonation. Some lacing, looks OK.

Aroma is pumpkin-y and lightly spiced. Kind of like caramel in the nose.

Beer is medium and body, the spices are primarily cinnamon and carries through to the back of the mouth, creeping forward with the swallow as almost an aftertaste. Beer is mildly sweet in the forward and candied in the middle although its not pronounced. The finish is mildly dry. Drinkability is fine. Overall its a decent pumpkin beer.

drabmuh, Nov 16, 2010
Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.85/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a flute glass.

Appearance: A clear amber that is very clear, hear maybe 1/3" with a slightly off-white head with a light light orange tint to it.

Smell: Has a hardcore smell of nutmeg and pumpkin, almost like an imperial and honestly when it comes to it; it is!

taste: Little sweet it has a slight downside to it, it feels a little like soda. I know using that word in comparison to beer is an insult but this one has one of those feels you tend to forget it is beer.

Mouth: Sharp texture that feels a little bit of extra bubbly.

Overall:Not a bad brew at all, It is extremely tasty and well crafted. I honestly prefer imperial pumpkin over any regular pumpkin ale but this one is just borderline. Considering price and how easy to find it might end up on the top when it comes to pumpkins. Salud!

BlurryVisi0n, Oct 06, 2012
Photo of Hoagie1973
3.85/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep amber color with a nice fluffy off-white head. Good retention with some strings of lacing.
Malty nose with hints of Fall spices, especially ginger.
Definite pumpkin sweetness blended with a good malt base. Pretty well balanced. Nutmeg, cinnamon, and ginger can all be tasted, but are not overdone and don't linger too much in the aftertaste.
Medium body.
Pretty drinkable for what it is; a good fall weather beer. I wasn't expecting to be able to do more than one, but I think I could do a few of these without a problem.

Hoagie1973, Sep 09, 2011
Photo of KJay1408
3.85/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from the bottle into a glass, a beautiful dark red-orange body with a nice off white head that turns into a nice bit of lacing for the rest of the beer.

S: Pumpkin/Squash-esc aroma, along with a bit of malt and cinnamon, and general spicy smell. As the beer warms and airs out the spice and pumpkin smell fade and the malt come out strong.

T: Slightly sweet upfront, with a nice dose of malt and pumpkin quickly follow which transitions into a bit of ginger and other spices notes with a nice "herby" finish. Much like the "Smell" as the beer warms the pumpkin becomes less dominant and the sweet malt flavors take over to lead into a spice and "herby" finish.

M: I'm going to say medium in the body category

O: I should say that I am a fan of malt heavy beers, and while I do enjoy a good IPA, I really like the Irish Reds and Scottish Ales. This is a malty beer with a good herbal/spice finish, it's a solid beer, maybe not the world's best pumpkin ale but it's pretty damn good. No I wouldn't trade SA's Octoberfest for it... but it would make a nice seasonal compliment to the Octoberfest

KJay1408, Aug 29, 2011
Photo of BeerWithMike
3.85/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Sampled tonight on 8/12/14.. Chilled down to 36 degrees in my beer cooler. Poured into a handled glass stein with a jack o' lantern on it. Yeah I know, Halloween is still two and a half months away but it's all good. Made for a nice picture on my "It's 5:00 Somewhere' album on Face Book. :)

Pours a pretty orange-brown in color with almost a 1-finger off-white head. Left some lacing when sipped. The aroma was very pleasant of pumpkin, grain and spice. The taste would be the same and very easy to drink. Good carbonation for this type of brew. No harsh or bitter aftertaste. aftertaste. Overall I liked it. Bring on autumn!

BeerWithMike, Aug 13, 2014
Photo of divineaudio
3.85/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

pint glass. best by feb 2011.

a - pours a nice, deep copper color and forms a pinky of head that was gone in the time it took me to type this sentence. leaves a few legs of lacing behind.

s - pretty much nailed the pumpkin pie smell.

t - lots of carmel malt with notes of pumpkin and spice. a bit of dark fruitiness followed by enough bitterness to balance the malt.

m - lighter side of medium with too much carbonation. slightly sticky.

o - a solid beer and fits the style. goes down easy, could see myself drinking a few no problem. one of the better fall seasonals i have had this year.

divineaudio, Sep 27, 2011
Photo of morebeergood
3.85/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a SA Harvest twelve pack to try the Dunkel and the Pumpkin. Poured into a stemmed glass. Dark orange color, nearing a shade of burnt rust. Fairly large white head. A nice looking beer to start. Smell had a lot of spice notes to it. Taste was appealing, with flavors of cinnamon, nutmeg and pumpkin really standing out. Mouthfeel was appropriate for a pumpkin ale - smooth but with a bit of heartiness. Drinkability was good, as this beer had a bit of body to it, and had an enticing flavor that made you want to take the next sip. As this is Sam Adams' first commercial venture into the seasonal and finicky world of pumpkin ales, I was skeptical at first. But I will have to admit, SA released a satisfying brew with this one. I would buy this in six packs if it became available in the future.

morebeergood, Oct 16, 2010
Photo of kkazemi
3.84/5  rDev +10.3%

kkazemi, Monday at 12:47 AM
Photo of Northtexan
3.84/5  rDev +10.3%

Northtexan, Sep 02, 2014
Photo of BennyL1
3.83/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into SA Perfect Pint glass.

A - Pours a very nice deep amber color and leaves spotty lacing on the glass.

S - I was very impressed with the smell of this beer. Strong scent of the pumpkin and all of the spices used.

T - The pumpkin flavor really came through with the first sip, not a synthetic pumpkin taste either. Followed by cinnamon and allspice with a nice malt finish.

M - Very smooth throughout. Probably my favorite part of the beer. It feels great on the palate, very good balance between heavy and light.

D - Overall a very drinkable pumpkin brew. The only issue is it only comes in the harvest pack so you only get two at a time.

BennyL1, Oct 11, 2010
Photo of alleykatking
3.83/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle.

A- Pours a deep brownish amber color. Half finger tan head shows light retention and dies rather quickly. No real lacing at all.

S- After letting this one warm up I get a lot of spices. Nutmeg, cinnamon, and allspice in this one. I get a little pumpkin but this is more spice forward. No real malts or hops in this beer but I don't seem to mind it.

T- Spices and more spices in the front of this. Nutmeg and allspice seem to be the most front forward. There is a light malt base in the backing but this gets killed off by the spicing. There is a light pumpkin flavor to this in the middle but like everything else the spicing masks it all.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. The spices dominate the palate and long into the aftertaste. Clean tasting but spice forward and not really balanced. Light drying on the palate from the alcohol.

D- This beer was good. Not my favorite pumpkin ale but don't get me wrong I wouldn't mind this as its own 6 pack. Nice pumpkin ale Sam Adams!

alleykatking, Oct 19, 2010
Photo of HoustonTX
3.83/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up the 2011 Harvest Collection 12 pack, which contains the Pumpkin Ale as the highlight and their newly bottled Rauchebier.

First beer of the night, and with the temperatures lingering at or above 100 degrees, it definitely does not feel like Fall yet.

This beer has your typical rustic amber body, highlights of orange and ruby with strong carbonation along with a fluffy white half inch head.

Aroma is very aromatic, fresh baked pumpkin with spices. Cinnamon, all spice, cloves, nutmeg. Rich with sweetness. Caramel and earthy malt base.

Taste is huge for the ABV, very reminiscent of Dogfish Heads Pumpkin Ale. Very much like the nose, with a stronger malt presence. Spices are strong but lead to a slick mouthfeel. Strong yet delicious.

Harvest Pumpkin Ale has some surprisingly good characteristics. It's a much bigger beer than it really is. The flavors are highly present and very assertive. You can drink one of these and thoroughly enjoy it and then move onto something more sessionable.

HoustonTX, Aug 06, 2011
Photo of Domingo
3.83/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I went into this expecting a pretty typical pumpkin ale...and while this one doesn't divert from the path too much, it does a good job with the right characteristics.
The beer's a burn orange color with a slightly off white head. Carbonation isn't too heavy, but it does stick around much longer than most other pumpkin brews. I'd say it's also a few shades darker than most, too.
The nose is filled with cinnamon, anise, allspice, and vanilla. Par for the style, although with a hint of roasted malts.
Up front I got an initial note of sweet toasty malts, which was a welcome surprise. The spices (allspice being the leader) come up in the middle and finish instead of taking over everything. The sweetness features the pretty distinct Sam Adams malt flavor...but it does a great job of melding with the cinnamon, allspice, and nutmeg notes. No one flavor dominates. They're apparently using roasted pumpkin within the beer, which if I had to guess is contributing to the toasty character. It's more of a deep amber or mild brown ale body.
Unlike many other pumpkin beers, I don't think a 2nd one of these would be out of the question.
On a cool day I found this to be a pretty nice treat and I was surprised at the lack of overbearing spice.
Even though it's only a bit less strong, this reminds me a bit of a more drinkable DFH Punkin Ale. I think it might be the darker malts.

Domingo, Sep 23, 2010
Photo of korguy123
3.83/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2012 bottle into tumbler.

A- Crystal clear hazelnut brown pour with a finger width, light tan head. Lacing is minimal.

S- Dynamite spices! Perfect amounts of cinnamon, nutmeg, brown sugar and vanilla. Minimal pumpkin, but very aromatic.

T- Pumpkin up front, cinnamon, nutmeg, brown sugar, vanilla and a touch of pie crust in the finish. Slightly nutty.

M- Light bodied, good carbonation.

korguy123, Oct 06, 2012
Photo of DoubleJ
3.83/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pumpkin beer is not a mainstream thing here in Orange County, so even one from Sam Adams should cure any pumpkin craving I have. On to the beer:

This is an auburn colored beer with bringht orange hues, solid head and retention, and a little lacing. Smelling the beer blind, I would have said pumpkin pie. It's spiced pleasantly with allspice, nutmeg, and clove. There is a little pumpkin aroma acting as the base. It's a thickish beer with a somewhat gummy feel. Taste: take pumpkin pie, a little alcohol, and a little ABC gum. It's pleasant and drinks fine.

Nice to see a big craft brewer release a pumpkin ale, even nicer that it tastes good.

DoubleJ, Sep 14, 2010
Photo of riversider76
3.83/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice amber orange with a thin white head. Excellent retention and lots of laceing. Aroma is of spices,and pumpkin. Nice but on the weak side. Body is light and creamy. Taste is of nutmeg,cinnamon and pumpkin. Spicey with a nice smooth finish. Very nice.

riversider76, Sep 11, 2010
Photo of JustinAniello
3.83/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A - A leather brown with a finger wide head that dissipates quickly. Very light lacing around the edge.

S - Nice nutmeg and clove smells, with a light scent of toasted malts.

T - Light spice flavor that grows heavier after swallowing. A very light pumpkin flavor in the end.

M - Light body, though a lot of carbonation.

O - This has great smell and taste, almost like mulled wine. However, the carbonation really takes the flavor out of it while it's in your mouth. If this had a bit more pumpkin and less fizz, it would go from good to excellent, I bet it would be even better on tap.

JustinAniello, Oct 06, 2011
Photo of BryanCarey
3.83/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Samuel Adams Harvest Pumpkin pours to a reddish/copper hue and it produces a nice, attractive head of foam that holds its own for a while, then gradually subsides and leaves a small amount of lace. The nose on this beer is interesting, featuring spices, caramel, and some nut aromas.

Samuel Adams Harvest Pumpkin has plenty of dessert- like flavors and the most noticeable are the spices and pumpkin. Nutmeg, cinnamon, and ginger are obvious, but there are some other flavors lurking, such as toasted malt, a touch of brown sugar, and some vanilla.

Tasting this beer truly is like eating dessert and as I evaluated the flavor, I kept thinking of pumpkin pies, spicy cake, and the different desserts with which this beer could easily be paired. I also kept thinking about how much I appreciate the more balanced flavor profile that still manages to taste like beer in spite of the spices. I can think of several different pumpkin beers and other seasonal products that take the spiciness way too far- to the point where they no longer seem like beer. With Samuel Adams Harvest Pumpkin, it is easy to tell that this beer has some malt character and even though the spices dominate, there is still enough malt character to balance out the flavor.

Another good quality with this beer is the fact that the flavor is more natural overall. Some pumpkin beers rely on artificial extracts to achieve their flavor, but this one uses real pumpkin and it is evident in the taste. With all things considered, the beer easily rates above average and it is one of the better pumpkin brews available.

BryanCarey, Aug 08, 2012
Photo of Bitterbill
3.83/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Best before January 2011.

A clear reddish copper colour with a 1 finger head of foam and some good lacing.

The smell has some nice fresh pumpkin pie like notes with some light spicing. It smells promising.

The taste doesn't disappoint as it follows the smell. Nice pumpkin and a toasted malt flavour with a hint of spice.

The mouthfeel is a bit weird; kind of a harshness on the tongue.

Good drinkability for a Pumpkin Ale...

Bitterbill, Aug 26, 2010
Photo of dsmcva00
3.83/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass because it was the closest one. Pours a rich reddish brown with fluffy head that disappears rather quickly leaving behind a nice lacey ring. Smell is of pumpkin meat and spice. Mouthfeel is rather thick, wet, and refreshing. It felt chewy. Cinnamon bread notes and a plum finish make this a sweet dessert beer. Very malty with little hop presence. It hit the spot and left me satisfied. It is nothing like other pumpkin ales I have had (with Dogfish still holding the number one slot in that specific endeavor). Definitely worth a try if you like pumpkin ales.

dsmcva00, Sep 29, 2012
Photo of Nerudamann
3.83/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Look - Very deep amber, and clear. Very little head, but good carbonation.

Smell - Sweeter scent of pumpkin, less spicy than some other pumpkin ales. Maybe a hint of caramel to add the sweetened smell, that or it's more of a pumpkin flavor than actual pumpkin.

Taste - As in the smell, this one is less spicy than some other types, and tastes more like pumpkin itself, maybe mixed with a little bit of molasses. Not too much of an aftertaste..and fairly well-balanced in terms of bitterness.

Mouthfeel - more toward the watery side of texture, but well-balanced here too in general.

Drinkability - nice brew, possibly one of the more complex varieties that I have yet to try of theirs...which is not to say that their beers are not complex.. Also doesn't seem as filling, so easier to come back for more.

Nerudamann, Oct 06, 2010
Photo of jondeelee
3.8/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

jondeelee, Jan 14, 2013
Photo of dogfishandi
3.8/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

dogfishandi, Sep 05, 2010
Photo of nicholas2121
3.8/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Samuel Adams Harvest Pumpkin Ale Brewed by Boston Beer Company ( Samuel Adams) with an ABV of 0f 5.7% This brew pours out a light brown color with a small white head. The smell is rich with sweetness and grains. There is nothing overpowering about this brew so far. The taste is smooth like pumpkin pie you get the pumpkin and nutmeg taste. There is a lot going on in this brew. There is nothing overpowering in this brew. This brew has a nice balance to it. The mouthfeel is nice and clean with a smooth aftertaste. Overall I'm giving this brew a 4 out 5. I would get this brew again.

nicholas2121, Aug 01, 2014
Photo of twiggamortis420
3.8/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle pours a clear copper color with a thick cap of dense tan foam. Retention is good and not much lacing.

Nose is sweet caramel with lots of pumpkin pie spicing. Heavy on the clove and cinnamon. Smells pretty good and the nose is fairly big.

High level of sweetness actually seems to be a good thing here, as it offsets some of the dry, bitter spice. Gives it a full body too. Little bit of toast comes in as it warms. Not bad, I think it would be hard to drink more than one or two at a time...but if this were to be offered in a six-pack, I would probably buy one each year. Well done, BBC

twiggamortis420, Sep 15, 2010
Samuel Adams Harvest Pumpkin Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
79 out of 100 based on 2,131 ratings.