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

Samuel Adams Harvest Pumpkin AleSamuel Adams Harvest Pumpkin Ale

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Ratings: 1828
Reviews: 567
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 15.71%

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 Clanceykid


3.1/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I always feel that Sam Adams is rather over rated. This pretty much fits that bill. It was a decent beer, and I don't dislike it. However, I had two the pumpkin beers that were much much better. So if you're not feeling adventurous but want a light pumpkin flavor, drink this. The color is a fantastic dark hue though, but I really prefer to rely more on the taste.

Serving type: on-tap

09-24-2013 02:55:07 | More by Clanceykid
Photo of DavidS88


3.88/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A surprisingly light and refreshing pumpkin ale, Harvest Pumpkin would be a great introduction to pumpkin and spiced ales. I've had this out of 12oz bottles in the Samuel Adams Harvest pack and on draft at a local bar, and both times I loved every sip. It's a light orange-gold color with minimal white head on it, but good lacing as I drank it. The smell was lightly spiced with some sweet cinnamon and other fall spices. The taste was largely the same, which is why I think this would be a great introductory pumpkin ale. Flavors of pumpkin pie and spices come through with a clean, refreshing mouthfeel. A good balance between the two extremes I've found in pumpkin ales that are usually all spices or all vegetable flavors. Overall, I really enjoyed every Harvest Pumpkin I've had. It's a great fall brew that leaves the drinker wanting to dive into more complex beers. Cheers!

Serving type: on-tap

11-29-2012 17:27:57 | More by DavidS88
Photo of Ryanm1


3/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had the pleasure of touring Boston Beer Company around Labor day of 2011 where I tried this on tap. This was a pour from a pitcher that they pass out and the actual facility is the only place that serves this beer on tap. Anyone else who has said they have had it on tap without visiting the brewery is mistaken.

After sipping it I remember recalling that it was not that great. I didn't think there was much flavor to it at all. I thought that Shipyard's Pumpkin put this to shame as I had been drinking a lot of it while in Boston. Nothing stood out about this pumpkin. Simply average.

Serving type: on-tap

01-11-2012 23:21:50 | More by Ryanm1
Photo of Tschnab

New York

4.22/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Free 7oz pour at the brewery after the tour.

A- a nice dark orange almost red color with a small cap of foam and some lace.

S- cinnamon, clove, and obviously pumpkin, along with good amount of bread from the malt.

T- some of the aforementioned pumpkin spices, but mostly pumpkin flesh rather than that aartificial pumpkin flavor found in some other pumpkin beers. Really nice.

O- Maybe because I had it fresh on-tap that explains the discrepancy between my review and some of the more recent ones, but I thought this was a no-fuss, simple but delicious pumpkin ale.

Serving type: on-tap

01-09-2012 15:32:18 | More by Tschnab
Photo of biggsbowler


2.15/5  rDev -38.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Draft - At first, I liked this beer, but after a couple of sips in, I couldn’t drink it anymore. Between the nutmeg and cinnamon, it smelled pretty good. I got some pumpkin in the taste but I felt like the sweetness overpowered it. As it warmed up, it got progressively worse.

Serving type: on-tap

10-07-2011 13:15:34 | More by biggsbowler
Photo of ranger7


3.48/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bomber into a Sam Adams laser-etched glass.
Review from notes: January 18th, 2014.

A: Copper with thin white head. Good retention, some bubbles.

S: Pumpkin. Nutmeg and clove.

T: Sweet pumpkin, minimal spices. Very drinkable.

M: Nice carbonation, thin mouthfeel.

O: Good. I wasn't excited about this beer (it was in a fall sampler), but it wound up being a nice surprise. The best description for this beer is its name, "pumpkin ale". It tastes like an ale injected with pumpkin juice.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2014 03:01:31 | More by ranger7
Photo of Offa


3.49/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Red copper brown, small tan head steadily thins to foamy ring.

Aroma is malty, toasty, hint of slightly caramelised baked pumpkin, spices are only a faint hint.

Taste is toasty, definite light roasted pumpkin, very faint hint of spices, nice toasty finish, slightly sweet up front, drier pumpkin element in finish.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2014 07:05:32 | More by Offa
Photo of beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.51/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Dirty pumpkin pour appears burgundy in the chalice with a light rise of effervesce. Clarity is good, with a pie crust colored head that was small and whispy atop. Lacing is speckled with vast open windows of space.

S: Aroma of cinnamon, toasted pumpkin, light ginger spicing. The spicing is well balanced and lets the natural pumpkin addition scent have an equal and imporant voice.

T: The flavor was toasted pumpkin, cinnamon and nutmeg spicing with just a hint of ginger. Again the natural pumpkin flavor gets a bit more say then most other pie style examples. Sweet toastdeness, munich and a rasiniy caramel sweetness.

M: creamy, pumpkin puree with some toasted edginess feel and a soft carbonation touch.

O: Overall i like how they opted to go the more natural route, where the natural pumpkin and toasted quality gets a better representation then most examples which tries to come off like a richly spiced bomb pumpkin pie. Decent, with a better then average rate of drinkability per style.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2014 01:20:54 | More by beerthulhu
Photo of figgyfigg5218


3.93/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2013 20:26:39 | More by figgyfigg5218
Photo of Gavage

New Jersey

3.93/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2013 18:08:30 | More by Gavage
Photo of jjamadorphd


3.91/5  rDev +11.7%
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...

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2013 21:56:27 | More by jjamadorphd
Photo of TeamMathis

West Virginia

3.4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pretty amber. Loses head quickly.
Smell: Spices.
Taste: Spice, nutmeg. Maybe pumpkin.

This is okay. Probably the most bland of the pumpkin brews I've tried. It looks great. Well, it's just about like the Boston Lager. The smell is certainly inviting with the spices. The taste is simply lackluster. I wouldn't get it again.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2013 00:54:33 | More by TeamMathis
Photo of Jackofallbrews


3.03/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

This is Sam Adams' version of a pumpkin ale, and may actually be the first commercial example of this style that I ever tasted. There is actually a lot of information on the website including a tasting video, tasting notes and good ingredient list. Hopped with EKG and Fuggles, this beer's recipe looks like and English ale base with allspice, nutmeg, ginger, cinnamon and actual pumpkin added.

Aroma: I get ginger, allspice and nutmeg in the aroma--all are distinct and I can pick them out at different times. No hop aromas. Has a light fruitiness--possibly yeast driven. Malt sweetness is present.

Appearance: A reddish coppery hue with excellent clarity. The beer has a thick white head and is quite pretty to look at.

Flavor: Malty up front, but not especially sweet. Has a lighter body than expected but still has some malt going for it. Cinnamon and allspice in the middle, but I don't get as much of the nutmeg that came out in the aroma. Has a dry finish with a somewhat woodsy tang--but not overly astringent.

Lingering notes of ginger after the sip is done.

Overall: A well balanced beer, that has all the necessary ingredients and flavors needed for the style. My only gripe is the light body. This would improve with a bit more malt complexity and mouthfeel. Like many of Sam Adams' beers this is a decent beer, but doesn't take any risks.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2013 20:08:41 | More by Jackofallbrews
Photo of bgillespie

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Hazel, brown, reddish color with a thin off white head.

Smell: A ton of spicy aroma, cinnamon, nutmeg, not a lot of pumpkin though.

Taste: The spices greatly overwhelm any pumpkin flavor, it may come out at the end, but still very little.

Mouthfeel: Carbonated well, medium body.

Overall: Definitely not my favorite fall beer. There is not a ton a pumpkin flavor and it overrun by the spices. I would not go looking for it.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2013 06:14:27 | More by bgillespie
Photo of Captain_Komamura


3.65/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - It is reddish-brown in color; with a decent head that goes away very fast.

Smell - You can definitely smell the pumpkins and the spices in it.

Taste - Like the smell, this beer reminds me of pumpkin pie.

Mouthfeel - It is a full-bodied beer.

Overall - This is a great fall beer, definitely goes well with thanksgiving as well.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2013 03:38:34 | More by Captain_Komamura
Photo of xoxirishrose


3.4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Solid beer. Sam Adams' Harvest Pumpkin Ale has the subtle smell of a classic pumpkin pie, however, the smell is the most pumpkin-y aspect of this fall beer. If you are looking for a harvest style beer then you are in luck. With traditional autumnal spices, such as warming cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg, this beer embraces the classic flavors of the American harvest season. Although you can definitely taste hints of pumpkin flavor, it is, by no means, a pumpkin beer. The pumpkin flavor is subtle, at best, and does not necessarily fit its namesake as a harvest "pumpkin" ale. The beer's mouthfeel is an average experience, combining a medium-high carbonation with a style that is better fitted by lower level of carbonation. One additional positive note is the beer's dark amber coloring that pairs well with the backdrop of the season's falling leaves. Overall, this was a good harvest beer. There was nothing particularly exceptional, but also not much about which to complain. I found this beer to have a high drinkability factor, and would recommend Sam Adams' Harvest Pumpkin Ale to any casual beer drinker in search of a seasonal harvest brew.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2013 02:08:38 | More by xoxirishrose
Photo of Damian


4.23/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Drank from a 12 fl.oz. bottle purchased at Cambridge Wine & Spirits, Cambridge, MA
Enjoy before month notched FEB
Served in a pint glass

The crystal clear, ruby-tinged mahogany liquid was topped by a one-inch tall, light tan, frothy mass. With time, the sudsy, bubbly crown dropped to a lasting ring. Patchy streaks of lacing trickled down the glass.

The aroma was spicy and quite intense. Rich and robust with strong indications of nutmeg, cinnamon and allspice. This reminded me a lot of pumpkin bread, minus the pumpkin flavor. As the beer warmed, potent ginger notes came out as well.

The flavor profile was very similar to the nose. Spice notes dominated. Clove, nutmeg and cinnamon were most apparent. Ginger notes came through strong. The beer was anchored by a robust, bready malt quality. Some caramel-like sweetness was also noticeable.

On the palate, the beer felt smooth and supple. Medium bodied for the style. The liquid contained a soft, moderate effervescence.

Sam Adams's Harvest Pumpkin Ale certainly does not hold back on the spices. If you enjoy lots of pumpkin pie spice notes in your beer, you should definitely give this a try.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2013 20:16:26 | More by Damian
Photo of Boggdogg


4.06/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Samuel Adams Harvest Pumpkin is another great fall flavored beer from The Boston Brewing Company. It's a beautiful brownish red color that goes down smooth with a burst of fall flavors, pumpkin being the star. Very slight taste of hop but sweet pumpkin is the star of this ale. Very much enjoyed drinking 5 or 6 while watching a game of football!

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2013 04:12:16 | More by Boggdogg
Photo of scaliasux


3.23/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - Medium-dark reddish-brown. Clear. Thin white head that quickly dissipates.

Smell - A little caramel malt. Bread, toffee. Not much pumpkin.

Taste - There is some noticeable pumpkin here - kind of a savory roasted pumpkin flavor. Also caramel malt flavors - mostly toffee or caramel and some spice - nutmeg(?). Hops not real distinct, but flavor isn't cloying. A little watery.

Mouthfeel - Light.

Overall - I was anticipating more pumpkin character. Not a bad flavor, but this beer didn't deliver the autumnal feeling the bottle promised.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2013 03:45:05 | More by scaliasux
Photo of Brouwerij78

New York

4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another very solid seasonal brew from our native boy Samuel Adams. Good pumpkin aroma and nice orangey color - really par for the course with most good pumpkin ales. Decently viscous which gives you a good thick mouthful of beer to really get that pumpkin essence. Nice balance of spice with a hint of sweetness that really takes this beer to the 4.0 outstanding level. Not my all time favorite pumpkin (see my reviews on my local Crossroads Brewing Company of Athens NY "Dr. Loomis Pumkin Ale" and of course "Southern Tier Pumpking") but very very good overall. For the price (~$8.99 a sixer at the local "Beer World") probably one of the best in that category if you like Fall pumpkin ales.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2013 21:25:54 | More by Brouwerij78
Photo of alphagnome


3.05/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a deep brownish-bronze color body. While plenty if sediment is detectable, it still appears as though this is an almost transparent beer. Crowned with a thin, bone-white head that reduces itself to nothing in short order and no noticable carbonation.

Practically non-existant... Seriously. Allspice and cinnamon are all I get and they're so faint, it's as if some put a teaspoon of each on a plate and asked me to smell them from across the room.

Considering how vague the aroma was, I didn't have high hopes for anything else. I can happily report that my worries need not apply. Your typical pumpkin pie spices are all here; cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice. Brown sugar provides a nice sweetness up front while there is a nice, piney hop providing some bittering balance.

Pretty light for a pumpkin beer - as is carbonation. Crisp finish.

This isn't a bad beer, however, you may have notice there is no reference to it anywhere above - I didn't detect any. All the other makings for a solid pumpkin beer are here in taste alone. The aroma was a big disappointment, but other than that it's a decent beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2013 01:39:59 | More by alphagnome
Photo of woodychandler


5/5  rDev +42.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I like pumpkin beers, but I dislike that they are released in late-August and gone by October. For that reason, I lay in my pumpkins and await the arrival of October to break them out.

From the bottle: "Early New England colonists were nothing if not resourceful. Lacking traditional malts, they added pumpkin to their brews & the first pumpkin ales were born."; "This modern adaptation uses 4 different malts, and over 17 lbs. of real pumpkin per barrel, for a rich depth of flavor & unmistakable character. Cheers! [undersigned] Jim Koch".

My pour was too much for the glass and I got a little bit of overpour as the result. Allowing it to calm, I got two dense fingers of thick, tawny head with great retention. As it slowly fell, I was left with great lacing. Color was a deep mahogany (!) (SRM = > 27, < 34) with NE-plus quality clarity. They must have filtered the bejeezus out of the beer to get it this bright! I could see into my future and it was my 50th birthday party in Lincoln, NE with Val Midwest for her 21st. Nose smelled like what the Brewdogs boys tried to make in Philly - molasses, cinnamon, spruce tips, pumpkin. This was a revolutionary-era beer if I ever smelled one. The mouthfeel was big, creamy, and full. The taste was beautiful - some malt, some pumpkin, some spice, some caramel. It was like candy, but not in a bad way. Leave it to Brewer Bob and the boys to nail it. I think that I have hit upon a new favorite! Finish was semi-sweet, allowing me to savor the flavors without getting overwhelmed with sweetness, which is where a lot of pumpkin ales leave me high and dry. I now want to do a side-by-side with Pumking, which was my previous # 1.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2013 17:57:52 | More by woodychandler
Photo of MajorTim

New York

3.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours dark amber/copper with about one finger of off-white foam which quickly reduces to a very thin layer of longer lasting foam.

Smell: Sharp pumpkin smell, slightly toasted/malty, hints of other warm spices like clove and nutmeg

Taste: Starts malty/sweet and finishes with a very slight bitterness with a moderate pumpkin throughout. slight hints of nutmeg,clove,caramel.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, moderate to high carbonation.

Overall: A good beer with out being too strongly pumpkin flavored, however the high amount of carbonation didn't really fit in with the style of the beer. Worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2013 22:41:23 | More by MajorTim
Photo of hdf561


3/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had in a bottle in make your own 6 pack

The initial smell was almost overpowering, I could distinctly smell every spice in this beer, to be honest it was a tad overwhelming and made me sneeze.

The taste was much more mild, able to still taste the spices, and pumpkin flavor but not as harsh as the smell.

The mouthfeel was very smooth, with little to no aftertaste.

Overall this was a solid beer, that I would have again just not as good as other offerings.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2013 00:40:13 | More by hdf561
Photo of metter98

New York

3.46/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: The beer is clear dark reddish amber in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high beige colored head that quickly died down, leaving wispy lacing on the surface, a collar around the edge of the glass and some lacing down the sides.
S: Light to moderate aromas of pumpkin pie are present in the nose.
T: The overall taste has a little bit of sweetness and has flavors resembling what you would find in pumpkin pie.
M: It feels just about medium-bodied and a little smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The taste of this beer isn't overly complex, but it has nice flavors of pumpkin pie and isn't overly sweet.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2013 00:05:41 | More by metter98
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Samuel Adams Harvest Pumpkin Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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