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

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Reviews: 620
Hads: 2,477
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 13.26%
Wants: 52
Gots: 414 | 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 rlshep
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aroma is freshly cut raw pumpkin. Some spice but can't make out specifically what it is.

Pours small off-white head. Dissipates quickly. Some lacing. Deep mahogony color. High clarity.

More of the pumpkin with a good dose of nutmeg followed by allspice. Low bitterness.Bready malt character. Some fruitiness.

Medium-low mouthfeel. Medium carbonation. Alcohol not noticeable.

Everything balanced on this beer, but balanced to the low side. It shouldn't offend too many palates. (480 characters)

Photo of doopydoogle
3.37/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark amber with an almost reddish hue. Decent head that quickly dissipated with fat carbonation that left a little lace.

S - Spices, anise, clove, cinnamon, cardamom, slight woody quality. Some malt profile buried beneath the spice.

T - Malt and sweet upfront with a slightly astringent quality. The spices talk beneath the malt but don't provide enough character to add much to the brew. Overall has a pretty sticky, flabby character, followed by a ricey finish backed up with some clove. The pumpkins come out in the finish.

M - Sticky, light carbonation without much depth.

O - Not too good. Flavor profile lacks depth for a style that generally has a good character from the spice. It's kinda like a Sam Light with some spice added. (744 characters)

Photo of CKav
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

A-Frothy head with a dark amber color and some lacing
S- Spicy smell with malt in the background
T- Spices- I taste cinnamon, nutmeg, not overpowering. Partners up well with toasty malt background
M- Smooth, mild carbonation with a medium body
O- Tasty, a decent Pumpkin ale, and I would highly recommend considering the good price. Not the best example of the style but far from the worst. (392 characters)

Photo of bgillespie
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%
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. (467 characters)

Photo of Kris450
4/5  rDev +10.5%

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. (432 characters)

Photo of MadTown1000
2.64/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Looks like a I'd expect a pumpkin ale to look at first - coppery red-gold color. But, on closer examination, it's surprisingly transparent for a dark-colored beer, and it fizzes like a soda.

Smells kind of like pumpkin pie. Taste is overbitter, a little bit astringent, with obvious pumpkin notes. Mouthfeel is quite thin, to match the high transparency.

I can't think of any good reason to buy or drink this beer. (416 characters)

Photo of brown2cu
3.74/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark brown and is topped by a thin sheet of foam that sticks to the outer walls of the glass. One of the more enticing appearances of a pumpkin ale.

S: Heavy on the spice. I can definintly make out cinnamon(sp), nutmeg, and possibly some all spice. My only problem with the nose is that the pumpkin is barely discernable. This could be a winter warmer if I didn't know any better.

T: Again the taste is primarily spices not much on the pumpkin side. There is a slight bitterness present. nothing bad, however, and worth trying; especially if you are not crazy about pumpkin.

M:Lively could be smoother.

O: I like this beer; however, I think that it could be enhanced and made to be a beer I love. (711 characters)

Photo of clint1019
3.33/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Amber brown in color with a cream colored frothy head that leaves some minimal lacing.

S - Pumpkin, Spices, Roasted Malt.

T - Same as the nose.

M - Medium bodied.

O - A good beer, not great, nothing special, but at the same time I could drink a few of these. (266 characters)

Photo of JohnnyI
3.66/5  rDev +1.1%
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. (890 characters)

Photo of Duttonic
3/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From notes 10/17/10.

A- Dark amber/brown, 1 1/2 fingers tan head, medium bubbling.

S- Nutmeg, cinnamon, pumpkin, malt.

T/M- Medium body, rich texture, same taste as smell.

D- Not terrible, but nothing special. Seems generic and run of the mill. I expected more and was let down. (282 characters)

Photo of rmolledo
4.2/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: dark mahogany. Tan head. Nice lacing.
S: caramel sweetness. Toffee. Pumpkin spices.
T: toffee, caramel, light pumpkin spices. Roasted malts.
Mf: moderate body. Not too heavy. Moderate carbonation.
O: great pumpkin ale. Not over powering like most pumpkins ales.
Pretty refreshing. (285 characters)

Photo of Megahertz
3.51/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle best before Feb '13. Poured into a hoffman house chalice.

A - Pour straight down the middle generates a large, reddish tan tightly packed head. Color is deep red to brown, very clear. Medium to low carbonation on inspection.

S - Sweet cinnamon with a deep fruitiness, almost cherry-like. Aroma not as powerful as some of the heavier pumpkin beers, but still present.

T - Creamy caramel with a subtle cracker note fades into a very mild brown sugar and allspice flavor. No hops obvious. Finish is modestly sweet. Some pumpkin-like flavors noticed in the finish (like summer squash).

M - Medium to heavy body with mild carbonation. Excellent mouthfeel.

O - An easy drinking, modest but tasty example of the pumpkin ale style. Not as spiced and aggressive as many of the most popular examples, but a clean brew that is easy to drink. Note that this was consumed at cellar temperature, which greatly increased the mouthfeel and enjoyability of this beer. (968 characters)

Photo of Bills453
4.12/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - nice orange copper color.

Smell - malty, spiced with cinnamon and some other sweet smelling spices.

Taste - leaves a good, sweeter aftertaste. Actually a fairly tasty Pumpkin offering.

Mouthfeel - beer

Overall - I like this beer quite a bit. Especially on a cool autumn night watching my Buckeyes crush fools. (326 characters)

Photo of CoalPorter
2.88/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

From the Sam Adams fall mixpack, poured into a pint glass

A - 2 fingers of tan head reduces slowly leaving a nice cap over the top. The color is deep red-orange amber, very clear with small bubbles rising steadily

S - Pumpkin and clove, along with nutmeg, and a slight malt sweetness, doesn't cloy to much.

T - Candied walnuts, pumpkin and clove, up front. Not as sweet as I expected. Sadly it's a bit watery and thin in the middle leading into a very subtle bitter hop finish.

M - light side of medium

O - Not a bad pumpkin offering overall. Nice aroma and initial flavor, but falls apart in the middle to back end and ultimately disappoints. (648 characters)

Photo of RossCain
4.05/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a fresh 12oz into a pint glass

A: Burnt caramel in hue with a fluffy, creme head. This looks like a beer I would want in my glass on a (still hot) autumn evening.

S: Meaty notes of pumpkin character sprinkled with familiar spices of nutmeg and cinnamon. The aroma has a good throw and presents a welcome scent upon each quaff.

T: Big, hearty notes of pumpkin bread with a dash of nutmeg and cinnamon. The beer has a bold, consistent flavor all the way through and finishes with a touch of sweetness.

M: Rather full bodied with a great velvety character. I enjoyed the smoothness of this brew upon the palette. Full on flavor but gentle on the palate. Compliments to SA for getting this one down right.

O: I rather enjoyed Samuel Adam's seasonal pumpkin offering. Although a rather tried and true style, BBC just got it right with this one in creating a superbly drinkable and well flavored seasonal. (917 characters)

Photo of artdob
4.11/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Highly drinkable. Great fall flavors with pronounced spices typical of pumpkin pie. Slight carbonation, just enough for what this beer needs. Would gladly have this one again. Among the better of the pumpkin ales I've tried over the years. Nice job Boston Beer Co! (264 characters)

Photo of ChimRichels
2.94/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Deep copper body with some hints of an earthy brown. Slighty beige head is thin, yet hangs around fairly well. No lacing.

S - I would have probably guessed this was a Boston Lager if I didn't know what it was. A nice bready malt comes through, but no spices or pumpkin presence that I can decipher. Maybe a little cinnamon if I can really envision it.

T - Pumpkin is coming through a lot more in the taste, but this is a pretty bland beer overall. Some dry spices come through like nutmeg and cinnamon, but again you have to dig deep for them.

M - A little heavy on the carbonation for me.

O - A very approachable beer that sacrifices flavor for broad appeal. About what I expected, I suppose. Regardless, it's something I could drink again but would not seek out. (774 characters)

Photo of littlelorib
3.92/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Brown in color with red highlights, tan head of about an inch dissipating to lacing on beer and glass. Smell was definitely malty with alcohol, followed by pumpkin. I didn't detect any spices here in the smell. However, taste was of pumpkin and spice, generous of malt, with only a bit of bitterness in the aftertaste. Mouth feel was syrupy with generous tingle of carbonation.

Overall, i really liked this beer. My only complaint is that it could use more pumpkin flavor with more assertive spices. (500 characters)

Photo of FuzzyGuy84
3.91/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A - Deep Red/amber color with coffee-colored head. Great, traditional german look.

S - Very yeasty smell, with some pumpkin in the background.

T - Extremely well balanced pumpkin ale. Hits all the notes you'd want - pumpkin pie/fall spices, yeast, mild hop character, complex and subtle.

D - VERY drinkable, not as biting as some pumpkin ales.

Great beer, a very impressive offering from Sam Adams. Catch it! (413 characters)

Photo of Kranders
2.63/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I'm not a huge fan of anything pumpkin, and all in all, this was pretty 'ok'. The pumpkin flavor was pretty subdued but it was for sure noticeable throughout the beer. It was light and a little crisp but didn't have a lot of depth. It could've used an upgrade in the pumpkin aspect of the beer. (294 characters)

Photo of yesferro
2.62/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Bought at Tupelo, Walmart, part of the 12pack

Been looking forward to this one, saw the 12pack once and didn't get it, had to wait 2 weeks to see it again. This beer is pretty, love the deep color of it.
Smells rather odd, I don't get the pumpkin here, carmel, malt and some some spices, but no thanksgiving.
Taste was a dissapointment, I get banana flavor, brown sugar and then more banana.

If this didn't say Pumpkin on the bottle I might like this more but so far, I am feeling let down. It's not bad, but also not what I want out of a pumpkin beer. (555 characters)

Photo of hdf561
3/5  rDev -17.1%
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. (464 characters)

Photo of Jackofallbrews
3.04/5  rDev -16%
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. (1,358 characters)

Photo of HockeytownBrew
4.33/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep amber color is instantly noticed as this brew is poured. A great, long lasting head. Minimal lacing left behind.

S: Pumpkin and roasted malt. Nice scents of cinnamon and spices as well.

T: Very well rounded. Non-overwhelming pumpkin, cinnamon, spices, and a bit of cloves make for a very impressive mix. Nicely balanced with a bit of a malty finish.

M: Light to medium mouthfeel with just the right amount of carbonation.

D: Very nice. Wish this was available more often.

A very impressive brew from Samuel Adams, although I've come to expect impressive brews from the fine Boston Beer Company. (611 characters)

Photo of kshizzle101
4.42/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A - dark reddish-brown with a 2 inch head. Barely any lacing down the glass.

S - pumpkin, spice, nutmeg, malty

T - Very malty, spicy. Get quite a bit of pumpkin taste

M - Very drinkable, not heavy at all

Overall - A very good beer by Sam Adams (normally, I'm not a huge fan). In my opinion, it has just the right amount of pumpkin coming through. I find that most of the pumpkin ales I try are either overbearing or too lite. (476 characters)

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