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

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2,454 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,454
Reviews: 627
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 15.85%
Wants: 49
Gots: 362 | 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:
Beer added by: Kegatron on 11-10-2008

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4/5  rDev +15.3%

Photo of BigGingDrinker
2.25/5  rDev -35.2%

Photo of scootny
3.74/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A deep clear amber ale with a solid head that hangs out for quite a while. Not much lacing though but there are spots and streaks. Slow gentle carbonation rising in my Becker style glass.

Notes of caramel, pie spice. A hit of pumpkin meat , brown sugar and faint sweet alcohol. A toasted bready undercurrent and a bit of yeast fruitiness.

Taste is one of the better balanced takes in pie spice style of this ale. A sweet malty front quickly flows into a pie and spice swallow. Mild hop bitterness. Body has light caramel and mild pumpkin meat.

Feel is well carbonated and nicely weighted. A bit tingly but pleasantly so.

Good solid brew that went well with my Thanksgiving leftovers and seasonal foods.

Photo of doughanson78
3.92/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Dark amber with decent clarity. One finger light tan head with alright retention and lacing.

S: Nutmeg, cinnamon, and a touch of cloves. Some sweet pumpkin and caramel.

T: Sweet pumpkin and caramel upfront. Nutmeg, cinnamon, and allspice are much more subdued than other pumpkin ales I've had, which isn't a bad thing. Well blended flavors.

M: Light bodied. Medium high carbonation. Smooth.

O: I like this one for the subdued spiciness. Much more of a session Pumpkin ale.

Photo of t8dd
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of KG710
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of u2carew
3.95/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz longneck
A) Pours with a finger thick head then settles quickly. Clear, amber colored body. Minimal lacing on the drink down.
S) Spices - nutmeg, cinnamon. Pumpkin.
T) Spicy pumpkin. Malty notes. Hints of toffee. Molasses. A lingering grainy and spices aftertaste.
M) Medium light body. Dry. Slight metallic feel.
O) A well crafted pumpkin / harvest seasonal brew. I'd definitely drink another.

Photo of JimGlonke
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of dagubna
3.2/5  rDev -7.8%

Photo of DavidHume
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of soupyman10
3.88/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glad to grab this one in the fall taster pack - had this and the Dunkel, both of which I'd never tried before. Both were worthwhile brews, although I'll say I found this one to be quite a legit Pumpkin beer. Has the deep orange color that you expect with a smallish head on top, a nice odor of cinnamon and ginger in there with some general fruity maltiness. Flavor is likewise, a nicely full tasting spiced brew that balances that cinnamon and ginger with a malt backbone. A nice pumpkin, basically - they should put this one out over the Oktoberfest, if you ask me.

2.75/5  rDev -20.7%

Photo of Beer21
4.25/5  rDev +22.5%

Photo of jtierney89
2/5  rDev -42.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Deep brassy amber hue with orange highlights, lightly spiced nose with a touch of pumpkin and what smells like unfermented pale malts.

Medium body which thins out on the finish. Clove and nutmeg, touch of cinnamon and vanilla. No true pumpkin taste but thats probably because its not made with this years pumpkins. Tastes like pumpkin beer light. If youre going for a session pumpkin ale make it a long trail pumpkin or a night owl cause this one falls short for being at the same price point.

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3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of KeefD
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Style #96. Only 7 more to go to! I must preface this by saying that I don't particularly care for pumpkin beers, but going to give this an honest review. Pours a rather dark amber color bordering on reddish brown with a two finger khaki colored head and some decent lacing. Aroma is definitely more spicy than I imagined it would be. Definitely picking up on some nutmeg, brown sugar, and light pumpkin. It's very reminiscent of Anchor Christmas Ale. Taste is actually pretty decent, and not over the top pumpkin. From the aroma I thought this was going to be overly spiced, but it's actually very balanced between the nutmeg, pumpkin, and possibly even cinnamon? I also detect a certain citrusy quality on the back end that could possibly be described as bitter orange peel. Not much in the way of hops on this since the spices are the true star. Mouthfeel is medium-full, which I like because most pumpkin beers seem thin and overly pumpkiny. Honestly, I have to say that I like this beer. You can tell this has a very tasty base beer, and again I like that it's not over the top with the pumpkin, although I think the spicing can be taken down a notch. Maybe I actually do like this style.

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2.75/5  rDev -20.7%

Photo of Jadjunk
3.51/5  rDev +1.2%
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

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4.5/5  rDev +29.7%

Photo of Iamjeff6
3.48/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mvanaskie13
2.83/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass, color is amber, head is tan and pretty dense and thick upfront, bit of lacing.

Smell is pretty neutral, splitting the difference of caramel and malt sweetness with some light spices, mostly allspice, maybe some nutmeg.

Taste is not what i like in a pumpkin, mostly allspice presents with some caramel flavors, light biscuit, maybe some nutmeg.

Overall, not impressed, it needs more sweetness to balance the allspice in my opinion or maybe some wheat or more biscuit.

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3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of BradLikesBrew
4/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark chestnut body with an off white head.

Caramel malt and pupmkin on the nose. Maybe a little vanilla and spice too.

Caramel malt, toffee, muted pumpkin, mild vanilla and muted spices with a soft hop bitterness on the finish. Imagine adding a little pumpkin, some vanilla, and nutmeg to Sam Adams Octoberfest and this is what you might get.

One of the most balanced Pumpkin beers I have ever had which in turn makes it one of my favorite pumpkin beers. Wasn't expecting to like this, a little nervous about it in fact, but it is actually very good.

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3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of ksimons
3.8/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-a clear dark red amber with a thin layer of white head that quickly disappears and leaves a ring of lace

S-smell is very nice, cinnamon, pumpkin, malts

T-for me the malts made the biggest impression, then there was a bit of spicy cinnamon, and hint of pumpkin at the end

M-medium carbonation, medium body, creamy mouthfeel

D-I was pleasantly surprised, this is better than other pumpkin beers out there, I just wish the pumpkin flavor came out a bit more. I wish there were more than two in the mix pack!

Samuel Adams Harvest Pumpkin Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
79 out of 100 based on 2,454 ratings.