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

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82
good

621 Reviews
THE BROS
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Reviews: 621
Hads: 2,482
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 13.26%
Wants: 52
Gots: 417 | FT: 1
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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 Sammy
3.69/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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. (322 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.67/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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. (522 characters)

Photo of kylehay2004
3.36/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (439 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.47/5  rDev -4.1%
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. (697 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.51/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours the mest beautiful red/orange sunset haze uve ever seen. fluffy tan head and a big autumn aromatic palate. i smell pumpkin pie filling, clove, and cinnamon, maybe even cardomom, flavor is a bit too spiced for a pumpkin ale in my opinion, but has a nice seasonal respectability. the mouthfeel is medium, but it feels weird in the stomach, maybe a combination of the big malts and spice, but i wouldnt drink a six pack of this. solid beer again from sam, but dont creaming myself over it. if it tasted as good as it looked in the glass, thatd be another story... (566 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev +10.5%

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. (1,127 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (650 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.87/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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. (444 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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. (739 characters)

Photo of zeff80
3.77/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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. (562 characters)

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

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. (486 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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. (361 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.97/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (1,018 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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. (690 characters)

Photo of oline73
3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a finger of white head that goes away quickly.

Smell: Sweet and malty with some pumpkin and a lot of spice. Reminds me of pumpkin pie.

Taste: Similar to the smell. Some pumpkin but the spice is the focal pint. The cinnamon and nutmeg compliment the malt sweetness well. There is a bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with smooth carbonation and a finish that is a bit chalky.

Overall: The flavor is good, perhaps a bit too mild. Nothing real special, but it's a decent pumpkin ale. (591 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.97/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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! (1,285 characters)

Photo of Kegatron
2.7/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a crystal clear copper, with a finger of light mocha head. This settles down into a thin foaminess, that leaves back a light cascade of fizzy lacing. After a while, this gets pretty dead looking overall. The aroma is spicy and sticky in the nose, with a LOT of sweetness present here but some green character does eventually start to emerge. The spice here gets to be just as strong as the sweetness after a bit.

The taste is similar, with a LOT of sweetness from caramel malts and other doughy sugars. There are some green flavors present here but it seems to only rely pretty minimally on any pumpkin flavor, with a green citric bitterness seeming to bring the bulk of it to the table. Pumpkin spices are overdone here as well, really sticking with some strength in the finish, along with lingering dry greenness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a firm creaminess up front that then gives way to more of a flatter heft underneath, which really helps accentuate all of that sweetness.

This just isn’t how I like my Pumpkin beers to be done, with a boatload of syrupy sweetness and spice covering up a lot of what should really make this beer (the pumpkin) and even giving the overall profile a bit of a medicinal feel. I won’t be trying this one again. (1,305 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (807 characters)

Photo of jlindros
3.77/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a decent fluffy 1 finger head that fades semi slowly over mostly clear bright reddish maroon color, but of lacing, bright red color is a bit weird.

Nose brings pumpkin, light spices, some reddish toasty crystal malts, light bready notes and touch of pumpkin pie filling.

Taste starts rich, nice malty flavor with more red malts and bit of crystal, light caramel, some pumpkin comes out with some of the fresh pumpkin and some pie, but very light in the pumpkin area. A light dry bready malt finish with some more lingering light pumpkin pie finish, but not a ton of spices either.

mouth is med bodied, good carb.

Overall not bad, nice malts, light on the spices, pumpkin has fresh flavor and not a ton of canned or artificial flavors, nice dry bready finish. (768 characters)

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.13/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorite breweries finally comes out with a pumpkin ale after all of these years, excited to try this one. Pours a beautiful orange/red color.. definitely gets a high appearance score for its 'fall look'. Smell is of some cinnamon/nutmeg/other fall spices, great aroma. Medium bodied, great mouthfeel. Get some more of those pumpkin spice tastes, not overpowering at all though which is good. A nicely balanced beer, very tasty and doesn't exude pumpkins like a lot of the other seasonals. I liked this one a lot, highly recommended. (543 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
3.81/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I picked this up at Giant Beer Garden & Eatery in Linglestown. Enjoyed chilled from the bottle in a spiegelgau glass.

THe color is dark copper with translucent clarity with thin tan cap with average bead. The lace clings well. The smell is full of spice with some pumpkin elemnts with light allspice and gentle cinnamon notes with a nutmeg-like citrus woody ester and mild caramel with light vegetal aroma. The feel is good with some moderately spiced and warmth of cinnamon with creamy body and slight sweetness with a semi-dry finish with moderate amount of carbonation and lightly tangy tinge lingers.

The taste is good with mild malt fullness supporting an allspice-like pepper and cinnamon flavor up front with more caramel malt flavors in the middle and light vegetal taste with subtle yeast and tangy nutmeg-like spice toward the back end. The overall take is this is substantially spiced and mostly malty but not overboard in either sense -a pretty decent pumpkin ale, but not the best there is. (1,009 characters)

Photo of LXIXME
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Medium light tan head settles into a decent lacing above a clear deep reddish colored beer.

Light aroma of pumpkin spices, cinnamon and nutmeg, really had to swirl the beer to release enough aroma to discern what exactly it consists of, but in doing that this beer releases a pretty good scent.

A pretty good pumpkin taste without going over board like a lot of harvest/pumpkin beers tend to do. Has the pumpkin spices, nutmeg, cinnamon, etc. without trying to drowned you in it.

A light dry aftertaste with a bit of pumpkin spices on this medium bodied affair.

If you're not big on the whole got to have a pumpkin beer in the fall thing you might want to try this one, it's not overbearing and doesn't bring any bad tastes along with it. (742 characters)

Photo of Jason
3.13/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz brown bottle with a freshness date.

Heady beginning, amber hued brown color is near crystal clear. Hint of pumpkin meat though the spicing rides higher along with some maltiness in the nose. Very smooth with a feigned fullish body. Spice comes at the palate in an aggressive manner, maltiness struggles to poke through and some alcoholic esters and caramel finally make it through in the spicy-sweet finish.

Way too much spice for my liking, these holiday spiced beers need to be subtle especially if you want any trace pumpkin to come through. Not bad but one bottle is more than enough. (595 characters)

Photo of russpowell
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an effervescent copper with 2 fingers of tan head. Very good head retnetion & above average lacing

S: Cinnamon & brown sugar

T: Pumpkin pie spice, slight squashyness, dryness, some caramel up front. More of the same as this warms, some herbal & woody hops lurking in the background as well. Finishes dry with pumpkin pie spicyness & slight metallic edge

MF: Medium bodied, carbonation starts off sharp, but turns creamy once warm

Nice drinkability here, not a great pumpkins beer but better than most... (514 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
2.91/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

33cl brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a generic hefeweissbier glass in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live.

Served cold.

A: Pours a three finger head of wonderful cream, great thickness, and good retention. Colour is a textbook semitransparent amber.

Sm: Pumpkin and spice. (Shocker). Aroma is moderate in strength.

No yeast, hops, or alcohol is detectable.

T: Light pumpkin, lots of spice - allspice, nutmeg. The foundation is generic malted barley. A lot is left to be desired. Very simply built, but certainly balanced. Caramel. Pumpkin gourd. Brown sugar. Hints of maple. I do like it.

Average depth, duration, and intensity of flavour for the style. No hop character, yeast character, or alcohol comes through.

Mf: Smooth and wet. A touch too thick. It does complement the flavours of the body in a general sense, but certainly doesn't feel custom-tailored to them. Nice presence on the palate. Good body.

Dr: Drinkable, but forgettable. I won't be pursuing this in the future. Average ABV and average quality. If you're going to brew a pumpkin ale, you need to really commit to the pumpkin. I do like the spicing and I think it complements what relatively little pumpkin there is. A decent pumpkin beer from Sam Adams, but by no means a fantastic one.

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