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

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Reviews: 634
Hads: 2,547
Avg: 3.58
pDev: 31.01%
Wants: 56
Gots: 467 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  5.70% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Kegatron on 11-10-2008

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Photo of Strat58cat
3.71/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Boston Beer Company, the maker of Samuel Adams brand beers, Twisted Tea, Angry Orchard, Angel City and more is completely insane. They are stark raving mad. It's one thing for the local brew pub to come out with a crack-pot brew that the staff liked at the Oktoberfest party. It's quite another thing for a large public corporation to do the exact same thing. Boston Beer Company is crazier than a June bug in January. How do I know? I drank their Harvest Pumpkin Ale.

Harvest Pumpkin Ale is very deeply orange in color in the ambient evening lighting of my house. It's almost brown, but they managed to keep enough red in the mix to generate an appropriately orange tint. This is a dark malty ale, suggesting that it's full of the good stuff and the strong grain flavors that are only found in such dark brews. The head foams up solidly, a tan color, retains, and laces. This beer, with it's lasting head of foam and it's dark orange pumpkin vibe, is pure eye candy.

The aroma of this beer lets you know this is going to be a challenge. The malt is clear and present, blending with grassy hops and a giant helping of pumpkin and pumpkin pie spices. Pure lunacy. It doesn't smell like a beer. It smells like a pumpkin pie.

I don't eat pumpkin pie. Actually, I hate pumpkin pie, but it's the unpleasant texture not the taste. That's a good thing because I got three of these in my Fall Variety Pack and these ales are a beer glass of pumpkin pie. The hops blend with the pumpkin and pumpkin pie spices to create a seamlessly festive holiday pie feel. Now as we get on towards October, this pumpkin ale really brings on that Halloween feeling. It's a heck of a lot better than eating an actual pumpkin pie.

The feel of this ale is extremely substantial. The last thing to realize about this ale is also the first thing: it's way, way, way out there in the wild blue yonder. In a world of white bread and dumbed-down everything, this is a very big ale. Recently I've been reading about the health benefits of beer - which are huge with craft brews incidentally, covering everything from anti-oxidants to folic acid. Is this a great world or what? So then, the nutritional value of this ale must be enough to last a week. It seems like you could eat it with a knife and fork. Sure, one of the Bros says one is enough. It's very filling. After one, you're full.

Never stop being out there on the lunatic fringe, BBC. If your uncle says they like something, and it's a hit at the holiday party, we expect national distribution within months.

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Photo of K-Dog
4.21/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Was kind of upset that I had to buy the 12 pack to get this thus year since they released sasion Pumkin in six packs and I'm not a sasion fan. That said I look forward to this every fall. One of my favorite pumpkin beers.

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Photo of rockclimberscott1
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A reddish orangy pour with a decent head. Smells like pumpkin cinnamon. Taste is slightly sweet and tarty. Pumpkin flavor is there but also cinnamon, nutmeg and clove. A decent feel, balanced carbonation.

All in all not a bad beer but not great. Slightly above average pumpkin ale.

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Photo of Wer34truh
3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Normally I try to avoid pretty much anything labeled as pumpkin, whether it's beer or otherwise. But this beer really worked for me. Particularly because, despite the label, it was unexpectedly hoppy with a relatively subtle pumpkin aftertaste, which I found quite pleasant.

I am a little bit sorry that this is trying to be such a distinct fall beer, since I would love having this on a warm summer day. Great feel, and a subtle, yet distinct flavor.

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Photo of markjanderson86
2.97/5  rDev -17%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle from a variety pack, poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Started with a orange colored foam that dissipated quickly. Almost no lacing to be seen. The beer itself has a reddish-brown color. No haze at all.

Nose: Definitely some pumpkin in there. Sweet malts as well. Light autumn spices as well.

Taste: Very light hops on the tip of the tongue, very malty. The pumpkin flavor is lighter here then in some similar beers by competitors, which is a good thing. It's enough to add something different without overwhelming the beer.

Mouthfeel: A fizz on the tip of the tongue, but that might also be from the spices, medium body.

Overall: It's ok. I wouldn't want more than a couple of these a year.

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Photo of BeerLovinWoman87
3.78/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. One finger head with nice lacing. Dark Amber color. The smell is very nice, spices with a hint of pumpkin. The taste is very good. Spicy, with hints of malt and pumpkin. The feel is very smooth. I got this beer as part of a multipack and would love to have it again.

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Photo of TopherBreski
3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

First of all, I hate pumpkin everything; this came in a boxed set with two originals I've never had and their awesome Marzen. Very good orange/dark color. Smell is sweet of pumpkin and malts; very good. The taste isn't bad but too bizarre for me; after taste is of pumpkin. I love the malts in this, though so I'll give it a decent score.

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Photo of AngusMcLaurin1001
2.87/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

I thought it was too heavy on the allspice and nutmeg flavor and after taste. Not enough on the pumpkin favor and a little watered down. Aroma is nice and the look is visually appealing. Overall, I would probably not choose it over other choices of like beers.

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Photo of JacobusFavier23
3.42/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

L-Pours a dark amber-ish beer with a solid and thick foamy head.
S-I can smell the pumpkin spice, faint but pleasant aromas of spices. Very nice.
T-Boozy/malty but nice taste. The spices are very subtle and mix well with a pumpkin taste that's similar to the spice taste.
F-Thiner than expected, lightly carbonated. This beer is very easy to drink.
O-Again this beer is super easy to drink. But to be honest, the flavors aren't relevant enough to give this beer a higher rating. It seems like it needs just a tad bit more flavor. With that being said, its worth a try.

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Photo of BigDaddyWarbuxx
3.59/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A nice little bit of sweetness to it. I was hoping for a stronger flavor, but unfortunately this one's relatively mild. I only get a little bit of pumpkin in the aroma, but it doesn't really show up in the flavor.

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Photo of Caj1
3.57/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I thought I had reviewed this beer already, but there hasn't been much said about this beer that I can really add to.

A: Copper/brown with very slight amount of loose, tan head that leaves minimal lacing. It's clear and has light-moderate carbonation.

S: Spices at the front of the nose for sure, smells like cinnamon and cloves, maybe some nutmeg. What you'd find in a pumpkin pie, really. Some caramel from the malt and some earth from the pumpkin but minimal hops.

T: Very sweet and spicy, but the spices don't overpower the pumpkin flavor (has an earthy squash taste.) Malt is where the sweetness comes from and it has a nice toasty caramel taste on the swallow. Bitterness and hops are at a minimum here, but they are not really necessary.

F: Nice burn from the cinnamon and carbonation, and it has a very light texture and body for the type of beer it is. Refreshing without making you feel boozed up after a couple like some other fall ales can do.

Honestly, you know what you're getting if you drink this, and it's not bad. I will reach for it if I want a spicy beer that doesn't offend, but it also doesn't do much to challenge. Still a great perennial entry in the catalogue and one I will continue to enjoy... once in a while, that is.

To good health and good beer.

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Photo of Safa1
3.31/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This tastes like a cola with pumpkin flavors. Seems different than last year. Like a cold pumpkin spice latte without the coffee or milk. Odd. One and done almost drain pour due to sweetness.

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Photo of jzlyo
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Has the clove and cinnamon, as well as pumpkin flavor to it, not overly on the vegetables. Has more actual pumpkin flavor to it than others in the style and a little sweeter, pretty good.

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Photo of RonaldWilsonReagan
4.1/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanksgiving dinner in a glass. Earthy, full bodied, delicious. Taste sticks around a little too long, but is there ever such thing as too much Thanksgiving greatness? Football, turkey, pumpkin pie (and/or pumpkin beer), pass the whipped cream!

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Photo of Trombone69
2.61/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

Not terrible. I am not a big fan of the Pumpkin Beer Style. A little too much pumpkin spice. I'd prefer something a little more subtle. I think next year I'll steer clear of the pumpkin beers.

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Photo of Jeffreysan
3.81/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a very pretty light brown/deep golden amber color with a full finger of off-white/orange head that dissolved into a thin lacing of foam that completely covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Very malty, like freshly baked pumpernickel bread, accompanied by notes of spices such of nutmeg, cinnamon, pumpkin, brown sugar, and all-spice. I also get a few faint notes of hops.

Taste: Great! Very malty backbone, accompanied beautifully by some excellently balanced spices of cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, brown sugar and clove. There is no hops bitterness to speak of, which I overall prefer.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and with very little carbonation. With an ABV of 5.7%, there is no presence of alcohol on the palate.

Overall: I really, really enjoyed this pumpkin beer. I really like the great balance between the malt, the sweet and the spice. Solid, solid pumpkin beer. I’ll get a bottle or two next Autumn.

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Photo of NickTinyRace
4.06/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This beer makes you want to sit back on a cool fall night by the fire place while over looking a beautiful fall landscape. The pumpkin spices fly from the beer straight to your nose. The beer has a strong cinnamon and ginger. Its almost like a gingerbread cookie with a hint of pumpkin to balance it out.

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Photo of brewqueno
2.68/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

Disappointing considering Sam Adams is advertised as being quality craft beer.... Not what I expect for a pumpkin ale. It's lacking in flavor and seems watered down.

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Photo of JohnnyI
3.66/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours with a small cream-colored head that settled quickly in to a thin layer with little lacing. There is nice clarity to the amber liquid. The scent of pumpkin pie spices leap from the glass, making me long for whipped cream and a buttery crust. Small hints of cherry cordial. The flavor is spice-forward and a little unbalanced. Tangy, bold coriander citrus with abundant cinnamon, ginger and allspice. The amber malts and vague pumpkin flavor struggle to keep up. The mouthfeel is medium-thin with a pithy, prickly carbonation. The finish consists of burnt caramel and gingersnaps. Outside of the scent, there is little pumpkin to be found here. It's a gingerbread house in a bottle. Despite the overriding spice themes, this is surprisingly easy to drink. It is somehow cleaner than many of the other comparable offerings, which seems like a a contradiction. Quite enjoyable.

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Photo of scootny
3.74/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A deep clear amber ale with a solid head that hangs out for quite a while. Not much lacing though but there are spots and streaks. Slow gentle carbonation rising in my Becker style glass.

Notes of caramel, pie spice. A hit of pumpkin meat , brown sugar and faint sweet alcohol. A toasted bready undercurrent and a bit of yeast fruitiness.

Taste is one of the better balanced takes in pie spice style of this ale. A sweet malty front quickly flows into a pie and spice swallow. Mild hop bitterness. Body has light caramel and mild pumpkin meat.

Feel is well carbonated and nicely weighted. A bit tingly but pleasantly so.

Good solid brew that went well with my Thanksgiving leftovers and seasonal foods.

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Photo of Foyle
3.4/5  rDev -5%

Poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass

Appearance:a 1" off white head falls quickly with no lacing remaining. Color is a mostly clear reddish amber. Plenty of streaming carbonation.

Aroma: spice is the dominate aroma, a bit of pine also.

Mouthfeel: between light and medium, frothy, with a somewhat dry finish.

Flavor: pumpkin and spice (cinnamon) are the dominate flavors. A bready malt backbone and some tangy hops for balance.

Overall: fruit/spiced beers are not my personal choice of brew, but this is definitely one of the better ones I have had.

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Photo of RyanK252
3.66/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass

A: Pours deep copper amber with a frothy light tan head that fades.

S: Mulling spice, cinnamon and nutmeg stand out, a touch of pumpkin, and some caramel malt sweetness.

T: Big time spice, nutmeg and a little sweet cinnamon, some roasted malt, a little toffee sweetness, a bit nutty, maybe a bit of pumpkin in there (though not as much as others pulled out), with an interesting spiciness on the finish that lingers.

M: Medium body, quite smooth, with moderate carbonation to keep it from getting too thick.

O: A bit too over spiced for me, but not terrible.

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Photo of neenerzig
4.1/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this with my Thanksgiving dinner at my family's house. Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass, this beer pours a clear, medium amber/copper color with some bright hues when held up to the light. White, fizzy looking head with big bubbles that was about 2/3 of an inch thick when first poured. Head dissipated fairly quickly to a thin ring lining the inside of the glass along with some spots of surface foam, but barely any lacing. The head/carbonation/bubbles when I first poured the beer reminded me a lot of what you typically get when you pour a can of soda pop into a glass. Not really what you want/expect from a beer. Aromas of some slightly toasted caramel malts and pumpkin. There's also a hint of yeasty funkiness, but I suppose that could also being the pumpkin smell being accented due to the fact that this beer uses real actual pumpkin and not, or at least not solely, pumpkin spice for the pumpkin flavor. Not much more here aroma wise, but what's here is solid. Has a good, , slightly toasted, caramel malty sweetness upfront followed by some slightly sour, funky pumpkin awesomeness. Rounded out with a light touch of hops. Pretty simple flavor profile structure, but it hits the nail right on the head! Has a crisp, slightly prickly, yet smooth and frothy, medium bodied mouthfeel with surprisingly mild to moderate carbonation. Easy to drink in all the right and good days a well crafted beer should be!


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Photo of mchegash
3.3/5  rDev -7.8%

Appearance - 3.25/5
Pours a dark red-brown, with about one finger of head which dissipates down quickly. Can see an average amount of carbonation rising at an average rate.

Smell - 3/5
Strong aroma of nutmeg, cinnamon, and pumpkin.

Taste - 3.25/5
Nutmeg, allspice, pumpkin, sweet earthy malts, a slight fruitiness. Tastes a little watery

Mouthfeel - 3.5/5
In between light and medium bodied, fairly smooth and moderately crisp. The carbonation is moderate intensity.

Overall - 3.25/5
Overall an average brew. Nothing special stands out.

Weighting: Appearance 15%, Smell 15%, Taste 35%, Mouthfeel 15%, Overall 20%

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Photo of EvoRich
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look: Pours a deep copper color, with a red tinge. About a two finger head at first which fades quickly.

Smell: Pumpkin and spices. Sweet sugar and whipped cream.

Taste: Wow, I'm surprised. A lot of pumpkin flavor with a malty and wheaty finish. Much sweeter than I expected.

Feel: Very drinkable. Medium bodied with medium carbonation

Overall: Pretty impressed. I've had this beer many times before. But that was before I considered beer a "hobby". After having so many well regarding pumpkin ales, I wasn't expecting this to be able to compete, but I think it does.

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