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

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2,022 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 2,022
Reviews: 575
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 15.76%
Wants: 40
Gots: 145 | 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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.69/5  rDev +5.7%

Understated pumpkiness and carbonation from a few weeks past expiration date. Extra in trade, because I had missed its more limited distribution. Yellow orange bodied. Very drinkable, a but saison like, and even appealing to sip by the ladies. Pumpkin at the end, its really the spices that was its appeal. Easy mouthfeel.

04-15-2013 03:50:58 | More by Sammy
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.65/5  rDev +4.6%

Best before 2/2013.

Pours a clear dark copper with a foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots and streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, pumpkin, and a variety of pumpkin pie spices. Taste is much the same with a slight sweetness and a mild spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is easy to drink but I think it smells better than it tastes.

10-13-2012 06:38:51 | More by UCLABrewN84
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djrn2

New Jersey

2.5/5  rDev -28.4%

09-28-2012 02:47:40 | More by djrn2
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Thorpe429

Illinois

2.75/5  rDev -21.2%

01-16-2013 18:05:25 | More by Thorpe429
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nmann08

District of Columbia

3/5  rDev -14%

11-28-2013 01:11:34 | More by nmann08
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metter98

New York

3.46/5  rDev -0.9%

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.

10-08-2013 00:05:41 | More by metter98
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zestar

California

3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

05-20-2014 08:45:05 | More by zestar
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev +11.2%

Bottle: Poured a red amber color ale with a large foamy head with OK retention and light lacing. Aroma consists of light pumpkin and cinnamon notes with a sweet caramel malt base. Taste is a mix between some sweet caramel notes with some pumpkin notes and quite subtler notes of cinnamon. Body is about average with nice creamy touch and good carbonation. Better then I had expected with good level of drinkability and really smooth aftertaste.

10-12-2012 17:26:55 | More by Phyl21ca
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.58/5  rDev +2.6%

reviewed from notes, this was one of the few sam adams i had yet to try and i managed to knock them out over the course of a weekend. poured into a pint glass.

nice reddish orange pour has a decent amount of haze to it that comes forward with a white head that reaches about two inches into the air. settling down it mellows out nicely and cleanly. aroma is pumpkin spice, cinnamon, and nutmeg molded onto a nice light and grainy base. carried over into the flavor it is nothing crazt at all, just a solid spiced ale with hints of bready malts and light grains picking up the slack. smooth, clean finish with little aftertaste.

overall a very solid ale, not the best of the style, but consistent and not something i would turn away from.

02-19-2011 05:20:24 | More by mikesgroove
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womencantsail

California

3.68/5  rDev +5.4%

A dark amber color with an off-white head. Heavy on the spices, mostly nutmeg and all spice with a bit of cinnamon. Toasted malt and bread aromas with a light sweetness of toffee. The flavor has a nice subtle vanilla note along with the spices. A little bit of gingerbread character to it as well. Not much actual pumpkin to it, but a pretty decent beer anyway.

02-20-2012 05:23:01 | More by womencantsail
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kjkinsey

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

09-22-2012 22:07:31 | More by kjkinsey
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Texasfan549

Texas

4/5  rDev +14.6%

09-25-2012 15:37:21 | More by Texasfan549
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

2.5/5  rDev -28.4%

09-18-2013 03:40:21 | More by ygtbsm94
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spycow

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

01-18-2013 05:07:42 | More by spycow
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kylehay2004

Florida

3.33/5  rDev -4.6%

This one struck me off the bat with the perfect amber color. Better head and lacing and its a 5. The aroma has a lot of pumpkin which is more like fresh pumpkin as oppose to pumpkin flavoring which is usually sweeter. Medium body and high carbonation. The flavor starts with caramel malts and some pumpkin but it quickly sours to a fresh pumpkin flavor without out much sweetness or spice. About what I expected. Not having this one again.

09-09-2012 23:59:09 | More by kylehay2004
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.98/5  rDev +14%

Part of the Samuel Adams Harvest Collection Pack - $14.99 at the nearby Publix grocery store in Canton, Georgia. Enjoy Before: Jan 2012.

Appearance: Pours a clear, deep amber-hued body with a finger's worth of ivory foam, though it's rather short-lived.

Smell: Sweetish, bready malt notes paired with a scent of pumpkin and encompassed by a blend of cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and ginger.

Taste: Bready, toasty malts with sweet hints of dark brown sugar. Has a good amount of squashy pumpkin flavor as well as the expected pumpkin pie spice blend (without becoming heavy-handed and overbearing) and, of course, the SA proprietary house yeast. Faint, faint touch from the herbal English hops, with a very low bitterness, allowed the spices to do their thing. Small bit of heat from the cinnamon and ginger. A bit of stickiness on the drying, gently spicy finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Overall: I thought it was a very solid, well-constructed pumpkin ale; a nice addition to the Autumn mix.

09-15-2011 19:16:34 | More by ChainGangGuy
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jaydoc

Kansas

3/5  rDev -14%

08-31-2013 05:09:03 | More by jaydoc
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev +6.9%

A bottle of this was given to me from a friend. He wasn't sure if I had tried it before and I hadn't so it worked out really well. This beer pours out as an brownish amber color with an off white head the is a bit fizzy. The smell of this beer reminded me a little bit of the Octoberfest, I suppose that makes sence. The only difference on the nose was the addition of a little pumpkin aroma. The taste was full of autumn spices and the lingering pumpkin flavor in the aftertaste. The overall on this beer is that it's pretty good but a little tricky to get your hands on. I feel the Octoberfest in far superior to this brew and it's more accessable.

05-24-2011 21:00:57 | More by Knapp85
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oberon

North Carolina

3.73/5  rDev +6.9%

Poured into a standard pint a rich deep rich copper/bronze with a thinner slight off white head atop,aromas are not overspiced wich is a very good thing,toasty with a little cardamom and mace,faint cinnamon in there as well.A lighter mouthfeel detracts from the flavors and richness of the beer in my opinion.Flavors have a real pumpkin flair to them,again the spice is held in check well,and its quite warm and toasty.A solid pumpkin ale,bump up the body on this and it would be great.

09-09-2011 22:09:57 | More by oberon
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.95/5  rDev +13.2%

Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.

What better way to celebrate the lovely, cooler weather than with a new (to me, anyway) pumpkin beer? This one pours a clear dark tawny-russet topped by a finger of copper-tinged tan foam. The nose comprises toffee, nutmeg, cinnamon, light cocoa, mandarin orange syrup, and a touch of dark wheat. The taste holds notes of lightly toasted caramel, mandarin orange syrup, brown sugar, cinnamon, light clove, light toasted pumpkin seeds, and a good amount of wheat. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a slightly watery feel. Overall, a very solid pumpkin beer, one that doesn't overdo the spice and goes down easily.

09-07-2011 03:43:20 | More by TMoney2591
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zeff80

Missouri

3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

A - Poured out a dark, reddish, amber color with a small, white head of foam. It was short-lived and left very little sudsy lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of pumpkin, cinnamon and nutmeg. It really smelled like a good pumpkin ale.

T - The taste doesn't match the aroma. It is good but nutmeg-heavy. The pumpkin and cinnamon flavor are a little muted.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light to medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

D - This is a nice pumpkin ale. There are betters out there. And there are worse out there, too. It works for the price.

10-26-2010 22:18:17 | More by zeff80
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +14%

Pumpkin beers are an odd lot. Most are just spiced ales, although some do use the actual fruit in the mash. Regardless, many of them seem way overdone, while others barely taste or smell of "pumpkin" at all. In fact, what we're really talking about here are pumpkin pie spices: cinnamon, ginger, allspice, and nutmeg. That said, what I want out of a pumpkin beer is a beer that smells fairly strongly of those spices, and offers a bit of their flavors, but which is also it's own beer underneath. I don't care if it's golden and light (might be an interesting change), or toasty and caramelish (as most are).

Samuel Adams Harvest Pumpkin Ale is of the deep-copper colored, caramelish and toasty variety. Fortunately they've kept it in check and it's not overly malty (and filling). The spices are bright in the nose, and a little bit softer in the flavor. The cinnamon is clear, the allspice is present, and the ginger and nutmeg can be found here and there. They work well with the malt, and provide a bit of balance (the bitterness level is clearly dialed back a touch to compensate for them). It's well-balanced, and highly drinkable.

As far as pumpkin beers go, I could easily enjoy two of these in a row, and possibly a third before I became 'over-spiced' myself. Nicely done!

08-23-2011 13:59:48 | More by NeroFiddled
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SocalKicks

California

3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

09-01-2013 19:24:03 | More by SocalKicks
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.53/5  rDev +1.1%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light reddish brown color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains a lot of spices, along with pumpkin, caramelized malts and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of caramel, pumpkin and spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger). Then some breadiness comes in from a hearty malt character along with a mild hops presence to create a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, mild kick, very good representation of style, this is a nice beer to drink for a long time if you're in the mood for the style.

02-27-2011 04:57:52 | More by TheManiacalOne
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nickfl

Florida

3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

09-21-2013 03:59:10 | More by nickfl
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Samuel Adams Harvest Pumpkin Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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