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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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Reviews: 634
Hads: 2,548
Avg: 3.58
pDev: 31.01%
Wants: 56
Gots: 468 | 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 alkemy
3.98/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Kind of a copper/mahogany color with a pretty fluffy off-white head after an aggressive pour. The pumpkin is a bit subdued in the nose, but there is a lot of spiciness. The pumpkin is much more apparent on the tongue. This tastes just like pumpkin pie. Lots of nutmeg and allspice along with just enough sweetness to mimic that pie flavor. I'm not usually a fan of pumpkin beers, but this is really good. Drinkability is at a high level as well.

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Photo of BigIrishman
3.99/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Light mahogany ruby with brown highlights and an off white head with decent retention.

Smell: All spice and nutmeg with slight cinnamon undertones. Sweet bready malt is fairly forward which puts the spices in the background...where they should be on a pumpkin beer.

Taste: Sweet bready malt with nice subtle pumpkin spices (pumpkin/all spice/nutmeg) in the back. A tad roasty/smokiness compliments the beer and it all finishes fairly sweet.

Mouthfeel: Medium to light bodied that leaves the mouth pretty sticky.

Drinkability: I like my pumpkin beers to be fairly mild in terms of spices and fairly forward in terms of malt flavor. This one hit the spot and for under $15 for a 12 pack you really can't trump the value.

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Photo of twi1609372
4/5  rDev +11.7%

honestly not a bad overall beer. the spices definitely do cancel out most of the pumpkin flavor, whatever pumpkin flavor there is its pretty mild.that said, it is refreshing, quite drinkable and has a good taste overall

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

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle

Appearance: Its body has a very nice deep reddish amber color with very clarity. From the pour it makes a good inch of creamy off white foam. It quickly settles down to thin covering that just hangs on to the last sip with the help of a few quick swirls. At the top of the glass it leaves some cool lace patterns.

Smell: The aroma has mostly cinnamon notes with some other pie spices over rich dark bready and pie crust like malts.

Taste/Palate: There is a pleasant cinnamon and pie spice character with mild bitterness though out. Pumpkin or squash like flavor is very light but it is there and it is supported buy sweet bready and toasty pie crust like malty flavor notes. The finish is fairly quick with mild bitterness and spice.

Notes: I am really loving this beer right now. This one is a stand out in an already solid fall mixed pack.

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Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Sam Adams glass

Appearance: one inch head, dark orange-brown in color, clear, high carbonation

Smell: cinnamon, cloves, all-spice-- pumpkin spices

Taste: cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, toasted malt, touch of bittering hops, and toffee

Mouthfeel: sweet a with a touch of bitterness, high carbonation, medium-light bodied

Drinkability: A very good seasonal brew that I would get a six of--if it were an option. Nothing out of the ordinary--just a very well crafted brew.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was really excited to try this one since I look forward to the release of pumpkin beers each fall.

The beer pours a orangish-brown color with a white head. The aroma is class pumpkin ale, with lots of pumpkin and nutmeg notes. The flavor is more of the same. I get a ton of pumpkin, along with the classic pumpkin pie spices of cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice. I also get some caramel malt. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Not quite as good as Southern Tier Pumking, but a step above most of the pumpkin ales that are on the market.

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

Two fingers of light brown head develop and sit nicely on top of a clearish orange brew, holding together well and dropping some good, patchy lacing as the beer drops down the glass.
I can't help wondering if the recipe has been changed at all, because this beer isn't overly spiced and it's not lacking flavor. Instead, it's one of the most balanced pumpkin ales out there, mingling a moderate spicing, sweetness, and pumpkin flesh along with malts. What results is a tasty beer with depth, pretty much exactly what I'm looking for. As far as the spicing, I get cinnamon, nutmeg, and an overall profile similar to gingerbread with a lighter spiciness to it. It follows through with toast and some light creamy sweetness akin to caramel and/or vanilla.
The smoothness rolls through this beer in a creamy medium body. It's lightly crisp underneath, and carbonation is at a low to moderate level.
Again, I can't help wondering from previous reviews if this recipe has been tweaked for 2012.

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

12oz bottle, standard pint glass

A - pours with a thin light tan film and bubbles...the beer is pretty hazy, dark amber in color with active bubbling.

S - heavily dosed with cinnamon, nutmeg, and strong caramel malts. harvest spices and some pumpkin meat as it warms.

T - bright and lively pumpkin spices: cinnamon, nutmeg (heavy), ginger, brown sugar. subtle caramel amber malts hold things togather in the middle. finishes with some mildly earthy British hops, and lingering spice.

M - medium bodied with tight lively carbonation. slightly astringent but not completely in a bad way due to all the spice. finishes prickly and dry.

D - good all around, suitable for the style - nothing stands out, but everything well done, kept in check, and the "pumpkin" is definitely present. BBC has a winner (and hopefully a keeper) here.

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

Appearance - Pours a dark caramel apple color into my SA Perfect Pint. About two fingers of tan head are achieved, that dissipates relatively fast, leaving little lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell - Spices such as nutmeg, vanilla, cinnamon, and clove are the first to reach my nose. This is followed by toasted malts, brown sugar, and some slight hops.

Taste - Similar to the nose. Pretty damn pumpkin pie like. The spices blend perfectly with the brown sugar/caramel flavors, nothing is over the top, yet there is just enough to let you know the spices are there. Thankfully there is the lack of "fake" flavors and tastes that seem to be prevalent in other SA fruit beer offerings (i.e. Cherry Wheat). Glad this is in the harvest pack, and honestly pretty impressed.

Mouthfeel - Surprisingly creamy for a SA beer. More so than I remember with almost any other beers from them. Extremely appropriate for the season. Medium carbonation - just enough to slightly prickle the tongue.

Drinkability - For a pumpkin beer, relatively so. Granted after one or two of these I'd move on to something else, the fact I'd reach for a second with such a spicy beer tells you something.

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

Got this one in a fall variety pack. Poured it into a chilled pint glass.

A. Dark reddish brown body with tan head that reduced to a cap within about one minute.

S. Pumpkin pie spices, cinnamon and nutmeg, with a roasted malt body.

T. Sweet malty body with the typical Sam Adams yeast flavor. Very good depth with some hints of spices.

M. Light and slightly over carbonated.

D. Overall this is a very good brew and would pick up a six pack if I saw it in the store.

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Photo of Axic10
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into the Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark amber with a finger of off white head that settles to a half finger for the rest of the drink.

Smell: Pumpkin pie spices, nutmeg, cinnamon, nice malt character.

Taste: Wow, I'm very impressed with the taste on this. It's like Pumking Light, definitely can taste the pumpkin pie in this, cinnamon, nutmeg, all spice. Decent finish.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with an overall decent mouthfeel.

Drinkability: I really wish they sold this in a six pack and not the variety pack. This is a very good pumpkin beer by Sam Adams that is going to be drank again by me.

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Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep copper hue with a one and a half finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a rindy pumpkin with the accompanying spices.

The taste consisted of sweet pumpkin flesh, caramel and a drying allspice and nutmeg.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style.

Overall an above average pumpkin ale. I'd like to see these in 6 packs next year.

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

Appearance: Clear deep amber in color with a large, dense off-white head, which persists quite well. Thin Belgian-type lacing coats the glass walls. The carbonation is slight and slow-rising. (3.75/5.0)

Aroma: Pumpkin pie spices dominates the aroma, with cloves and cinnamon particularly notable. Pumpkin is also prominent, as well as dark malt and a mild grassy hop presence. (4.0/5.0)

Taste: Opens with prominent pumpkin, dark malt, and pumpkin pie spices. As the taste progresses, the pumpkin pie spices really shine, with cinnamon being particularly notable. Brown sugar is also prominent. Throughout the taste, there is an undercurrent of pumpkin. Finishes with lingering pumpkin, pumpkin pie spices, and mild herbal hops. (4.0/5.0)

Mouth feel: Smooth soft and pleasant, with zesty carbonation, (3.75/4.0)

Drinkability/notes: Very nice, one of the nicer pumpkin seasonals, well worth a try. It seems a fitting companion to the Autumn Equinox tonight. (4.0/5.0)

Presentation: Packagedin a twelve-ounce brown glass long-neck bottle, served in a Samuel Adams Boston Lager sensory glass.

In Memoriam: Pumpkin (April 1998 - November 22, 2014) - the best cat ever. We will always miss you

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

Well, I'm still not a pumpkin beer fan, but you're really not going to do much better than this one. It's a nice stunning red-orange color, and smells strongly of pumpkin pie. The taste is very nice, it's got more pumpkin and less spices to it than the average pumpkin ale, which goes a long way towards making it actually good. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both solid. I'm still not a pumpkin guy, and wouldn't have picked this up if it weren't in the mix pack, but this is really about as good as far as I'm concerned. Pumpkin beer fans might think otherwise, though.

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Photo of Genuine
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Poured from the bottle a beautiful clear medium to dark amber. The off white head sat on top and stayed for the majority of the pint.

Wonderful aroma of cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger come through. Not overpowering.

Flavor lived up to the aroma with a bit more of a spice kick to remind you that it is a Pumpkin Ale.

Carbonation helped bring some bitterness to the party to even out the sweet pumpkin and malts.

Overall a solid pumpkin ale. I didn't like last years but this year's has grown on me. I would buy it again.

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Photo of Kris450
4/5  rDev +11.7%

I really liked this beer. The warmer it got, the more flavors I could really extract out of this beer. Tasted like a nice crisp ale on the front end, but finished with a great sweetness of pumpkin and cloves and cinnamon on the end. I couldn't really pick this up well from the smell, but it was such a great beer and I very much enjoyed it. I could definitely put a few of these down as I'm sitting around a fire and enjoying fall.

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Photo of mikeg67
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Pours clear amber with an off-white head and some lacing. Aroma is of toasted malt, caramel, spices and pumpkin. Medium, oily, slightly crisp body. Toasted malt, caramel, cinnamon, nutmeg, herbal hops and pumpkin nicely balanced on the palate. It was my first pumpkin beer and I enjoyed it.

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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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Photo of crzepilot
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Not much head or carbonation in this pumpkin Ale, Nice deep orange hue, with the aroma sense very nice light spice notes. Spices linger in the aftertaste.

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

Love the shade of red this beer has. Beautiful, and crystal clear to boot. Thin tan head is short lived with no lacing.

Some caramel and roasted malts in the aroma, with a nice pumpkin and spice background. No nonsense aroma that is eminently pleasing to to nose. Taste is much more about the spice...nice fall/holiday feel to the spicing. Nutmeg and cinnamon seem most noticeable to me. Pumpkin still evident along with some nice sweet and burnt caramel. Interesting individual characteristics to this beer, and an interesting overall effect of a mild root beer or birch beer.

Great medium bodied, smooth mouthfeel. No visible bubbles, but highly carbonated, with the tingle and burn adding to the root beer effect.

Great fall beer, glad to see it in the Harvest Collection.

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass, best by Feb 12 date on the back. This pours a nice brownish color with a large foamy tan head with good retention. The smells are of pumpkin, spice, and malts. The feel is medium with good carbonation. The taste is sweet and pretty good, I get the pumpkin and spice flavors followed by a nice slightly bitter finish, overall this is a good beer which I'll get again.

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

Ruby, almost cherry color; very small head that dissipates rapidly; minimal lacing. Vivid nose of pumpkin spices.

Turns out to be quite tasty; well balanced between the spices and some earthy/gourdy pumpkin flavor; vaguely buttery. The buttery taste is noticed on the finish.

Lively carbonation. Drinkable, actually very good example that delivers pretty highly on the pumpkin flavor. This feels almost like a lighter version of Weyerbacher Imperial Pumkin with more carbonation.

This one is heavy on the spices so beware if that's not your thing!

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Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Perhaps being beaten into submission by anything pumpkin this time each year, the one-ups-man game floods the palate with sweeter, boozier and spicier flavors that continually overwhelm the palate. But the Boston brewers strike an even-keel balance between what's pie and ale.

Brilliantly bronze with brassy highlights, the beer shows crystal clarity while pushing forth a creamy ecru head with enough staying power to release a straight-forward spicy sweetness. While its early taste is toasty, toffee and of brown sugar, its spicier balance come alive across the middle.

Those supportive malt sweetnesses lay the foundation from which a medley of cinnamon, nutmeg and mild clove bounce. Its beautiful spicy sweet culmination layers upon the palate like both pumpkin pie, graham cracker and hearty amber ale. Short of praline, a pecan crusted taste wraps the sweetness and spice before the beer tilts toward finish.

Savory and quite succulent, the beer sides with spice, dryness and toast although sweetness lingers with a simmering quality. Its warmth is aided by pie spices that shore up the beer in dessert-like fashion.

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

The harvest beers seem to come earlier every year. However, I'm a lover of pumpkin beers, when they're well made, and couldn't wait to give this one a try. It's a chestnut brown color, capped with an off-white head. Good clarity. The aroma is pumpkin pie and malt. It smells like autumn. Modest hop scent and a little toasted character...sizable spice component in the smell. The taste is semi-dry, which is probably necessary to keep the beer balanced. Spice, pumpkin, malt, and a low-level sweetness in the flavor. The pie spices are not overdone, which is a good thing in my opinion. Full in body. Better than most in this style.

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

The beer pours a beautiful amber color with a thick frothy off-white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a dry, crystal malt and pumpkin scent with subtle hints of cinnamon and nutmeg. The taste is good as well. It has a pretty straight up pumpkin flavor along with an adequate amount of pale and crystal malts. It goes down easy with a bone dry finish and faint hints of spice. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good drinking pumpkin beer. It focuses on the pumpkin character instead of the spices; another solid seasonal from Samuel Adams.

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