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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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1,884 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,884
Reviews: 567
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 15.71%
Wants: 32
Gots: 83 | 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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3.5/5  rDev 0%

08-19-2012 13:31:38 | More by videofrog
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2/5  rDev -42.9%

10-18-2012 14:27:29 | More by Kyrojack
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4/5  rDev +14.3%

12-01-2011 16:55:09 | More by nanobrew
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New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +14.3%

08-05-2012 02:09:15 | More by mattparsons
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New Hampshire

3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

08-24-2013 04:11:56 | More by ScaryEd
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New York

3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

06-27-2013 05:05:12 | More by pjkelley82
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3.5/5  rDev 0%

08-18-2012 01:05:58 | More by Bockerdoppel91
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4/5  rDev +14.3%

11-30-2011 17:36:34 | More by JustinMatthew
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4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured the beer into a pint glass it has 2" white creamy head that stands on top of a nice rich amber color body. I smell a hint of cinnamon and clove. The taste is very nice of pumpkin and spices. It reminds me of a spiced brown ale. The beer has a great mouth feel and i think is a very drinkable fall beer. It flavor and body fits the fall season just perfectly.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2010 00:30:50 | More by chefhatt
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3.5/5  rDev 0%

10-08-2013 17:42:00 | More by ToddHolder
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3.95/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Samuel Adams pint glass at fridge-cellar temperature.

L – Amber-brown color with a 1-finger bubbly tan head that dissipates rapidly. A cap of bubbly foam stays on the beer surface for a little while. No lacing. Clear with lots of bubbles.

S – Pumpkin, cinnamon, a little bit of nutmeg, and caramel malt. Smells like a good pumpkin ale.

T – Sweet all the way through with grainy and caramel malt, pumpkin, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Not as many spices as a lot of pumpkin ales, but there’s a good amount of pumpkin and malt.

F – Medium-bodied with lots of carbonation, a mouth-coating but crisp feel, and a sweet, slightly spicy, and slightly dry finish. Grainy malt sweetness and cinnamon spice lingers for a little while.

O – This is a pretty nice pumpkin beer. It’s maybe not as flavorful as some other offerings that I’ve had due to the lower amount of pumpkin pie spices but it certainly retains a lot of the malt characteristics of the base beer. It’s pretty tasty overall and very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2012 03:25:44 | More by BlackBelt5112203
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3.5/5  rDev 0%

09-08-2012 22:01:58 | More by Boilerfood
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3.51/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

"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 pumpkin per barrel, for a rich depth of flavor & unmistakable character. Cheers!" Harvest Pumpkin Ale is brewed in the style of a Pumpkin Ale. Available as part of the Harvest Collection Twelve Pack as well as a limited release in 6 packs. Date on bottle is ticked mid-January 2013.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a pint glass. Served north of 48º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a thick copper creamy head of a creamy frothy consistency and slightly above average retention. Body color is a deep red-orange, mostly translucent with trace sediment and spritely carbonation. It's a bit darker than most pumpkin beers. No lingering lacing. There's nothing too exciting about this aspect, but I've seen worse. 3.25

(Smell) Common for the style, the aroma is led by a spice blend; nutmeg and cloves are most dominant, with cinnamon and pumpkin taking a back seat. The pumpkin is slightly raw, not terribly understated in the aroma, but certainly overshadowed by the spice characters. Mildly dry from the spices, but some trace bready malt sweetness keeps this from falling sharply out-of-balance. Despite some mild caramel husk tones, there is a non-intrusive malt profile. Hop profile is mild, slightly herbal and spicy. The spice aroma is nearly at the maximum for my personal tolerance, but the aroma would be so much more accessible with a slightly sweeter and pumpkin-led aroma. 3.5

(Taste) Pumpkin and spice are better balanced in the flavor, although the pumpkin is still shallow in comparison. Malt profile is full on characters, both good and off notes. Slightly thin malt profile, could use a bit more sweet malt character. Some mild acidity and grain alcohol is the only complication from an otherwise clean finish. The bready and toasted roasted malt conclusion is a somewhat unique finish for this style. Pretty short on the pumpkin character and a notch on the malt sweetness, although some rough-edged huskiness is a welcome variation to the style. Mild dry finish- the spices are kept in check with this one but still play a major role in defining the overall flavor impression. 3.5

(Mouthfeel) Mild carbonation level, with a mild smoothness. Medium body for Pumpkin ales, medium body overall. Alcohol presence is medium for the style, a bit accelerated by the grain alcohol notes. Mild dry finish from spices and malt grain astringencies. A pleasant carbonation profile give this a slight upper-hand. 3.75

(Overall) As compared to other pumpkin options, Samuel Adams' Harvest Pumpkin Ale is on the mark for body and carbonation, short on pumpkin character and high on spice character dryness and rugged grain notes. Despite its huskiness, the drinkability remains high. It's tough to say I'd recommend this, as I prefer a cleaner and more pumpkin-forward sweet beer, and this beer, while shallow on those aspects, meets my expectations halfway. It's a tough style to master, so this is worthy of a try while you're looking for "the one". 3.5

Boston Beer Company's
Samuel Adams Harvest Pumpkin Ale

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2013 03:17:21 | More by Jadjunk
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3.85/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into one of those gimmicky Sam Adams perfect pint glasses. Went into this with somewhat low expectations, thinking this would be like the dreaded Shipyard Pumpkinhead.

a: pours a deep copper color, clear with a thick two finger head. Shrinks in size but sticks to the glass for quite some time.

s: big spicy, malty nose. notes of cinnamon, nutmeg, anise. Typical pumpkin spice nose but isn't overbearing thanks to the rich, sweet maltiness.

t: aforementioned pumpkin spice kind of seems too much at first, but it finishes very nicely with a huge amount of caramal, biscuity malts. Sweet aftertaste too.

m&d: somewhat slick mouthfeel; pretty drinkable, for a pumpkin ale.

Worth picking up. The fall variety pack is pretty solid this year. Dunkelweizen, black ale, octoberfest. All of those are good in my book (the others aint bad either). I wouldn't mind seeing this every autumn, and its something I look forward to returning later on.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2010 02:46:44 | More by tzieser
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3.43/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours sounding like a highly carbonated pop with a nice orange colored head that quickly dissipates. No lacing.

Smell: Faint roasted malts and spice... maybe some of that pumpkin that's supposedly in this beer. It's really rather subtle. Not too shabby.

Taste/Feel: Thankfully, this is a pretty tasty beer. You definitely get a lot of malt on that first sip, as well as some spice, including cinnamon. The pumpkin is there, but it seems to be in the background. The one thing that irks me a bit is that the after taste coupled with the feel of the beer leaves seemingly an artificial taste on my tongue. What I REALLY don't care for much is the feel... it seems a bit too watery.

Overall, a fairly disappointing beer from the Harvest Collection. It tastes pretty good, but the feel, look, and smell are lacking, leaving this as yet another average Sam Adams beer, in my opinion. Still wouldn't mind throwing back a few for Fall.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2012 00:59:07 | More by Alextricity
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3.5/5  rDev 0%

09-23-2013 22:54:46 | More by aorloski
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2.25/5  rDev -35.7%

11-28-2012 02:20:29 | More by wyatt13
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4.25/5  rDev +21.4%

09-02-2012 01:41:57 | More by Beer21
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3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

10-17-2012 21:40:12 | More by ilikebeer03
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3/5  rDev -14.3%

12-27-2013 18:04:45 | More by Kaveman
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4.13/5  rDev +18%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Into a pint.

A - A amber/ruby hue with a thin ivory head. Poor retention and lacing.

S - Pumpkin puree, big spices, nutmeg and caramel malts. Nice and sweet.

T - Toasted bready malts carry this beer. Sweetness from flavor observed in the nose are all in attendance. A nice blend of the sweet puree alongside the seasonal warm spices. Gentle spicy finish.

M - A thin medium body with moderate carbonation.

O - Way better than I anticipated. I must say if this beer was a bit closer to the syrupy end this would be one of my favorite pumpkin brews! That aside, this beer is a great showing.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2012 03:29:20 | More by mscudder
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New Hampshire

3.48/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a 13 oz tulip. Pours a bright reddish orange, with a one inch of off white head that drops to a little film quickly. Smell pumpkin, nutmeg, cinnamon, and some carmel. Taste is all of that, a nice amount of pumpkin. Nice body, not very heavy. More carbonation would help. I am not a huge fan of the style, this is a solid pumpkin.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2011 19:48:51 | More by SawDog505
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3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

just going straight from the notes a couple months old at this point.

white head, brown reddish body

more malt than pumpkin, candied

little sweet like extract not bad not great

this is a beer with some pumpkin.

Still glad Sam Adams is brewing different kinds of beers even if they are at times a bit weak.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2010 05:39:23 | More by Murchmac
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West Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +21.4%

08-27-2013 23:18:54 | More by MarvinSnyder
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3.65/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear dark amber with minimal white head.

Smells like roasted malt, with a doughy sweetness.

Roasted malt sweetness comes through in taste as well but an abundance of fall spices. Nutmeg, coriander and a touch of cinnamon make this a perfect beer for a brisk fall day. What separates this from other pumpkin ales is the earthy squash flavor that presents itself as it warms. Not much bitterness to speak of.

Pleasantly carbonated and smooth. Could drink several of these.

Overall this is a good fall beer and a tasty pumpkin ale.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2011 23:33:15 | More by TheMultiYeast
Samuel Adams Harvest Pumpkin Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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