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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

Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States | website

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.70%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brought back in 2010

Added by Kegatron on 11-10-2008

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Photo of nicksta
3.7/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A deep red and ruby body sits below thin tan lacing. It fades into a nice hazel-brown and fades again into gold. The split of colors is a nice sight. The smell is delicious. Cinnamon-sugar and nutmeg, sweet, fresh pumpkin and pie-crust malts highlight the smell. It's light but sticks in your nose. The taste isn't terrible. Pumpkin-filling malts and a hint of nutmeg. A little sour. The mouthfeel is good - smooth on the tongue - and the drinkability is better. Drinks well at a range of temperatures.

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Photo of Kris450
4/5  rDev +11.7%

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.

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Photo of Lahoi
3.74/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I was very pleasantly surprised by this beer. My expectations weren't very high, but maybe that helpd lead to a great experience. I didn't sense any pumpkin until the finish. But when it did hit it was an almost perfect blend. Nothing too intense, which was a good thing. Lots of spice throughout. A very enjoyable winter beer.

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Photo of hdf561
3/5  rDev -16.2%
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.

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Photo of Justin23060
2.48/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I guess I should start this review by saying I don't really care for Pumpkin beers. That being said this is a somewhat more tolerable offering. Color is a nice dark amber with a cola like head that disappeared just as with cola. Smell is like a spiced cookie but with this distracting smell like the smell of salt when you prepare a warm salt water gargle. Taste is that usual spicy after shave that dominates the style. I do appreciate the dryness in the finish which helps to keep the spiciness from getting out of hand. I probably won't seek it out again, but again I don't seek out this style by any brewer.

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Photo of Rukasu
3.4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

After an abysmal experience with Southern Tier's Pumpking last night, decided to give this a try as part of the Fall Sampler Pack.

Pours an orange/brown with a yellowish tinted white head that disappears fairly quickly.

Smell is faintly spicy. Cinnamon mostly with faint cloves. Not at all offensive or overpowering like most pumpkin beers.

Taste is similarly faintly spicy, with the addition of brown sugar sweetness and an astringent quality likely from the spices. It's not until the aftertaste when you can actually taste a subtle earthy squash quality which is really pleasant. Wish all pumpkin beers had this.

Overall, one of my favorite pumpkin beers. I really appreciate that they tone down the spices and let the subtle taste of pumpkin stand out.

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Photo of twi1609372
4/5  rDev +11.7%

honestly not a bad overall beer. the spices definitely do cancel out most of the pumpkin flavor, whatever pumpkin flavor there is its pretty mild.that said, it is refreshing, quite drinkable and has a good taste overall

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Photo of KELPAK
3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pleased to see that Sam Adams decided to release in six packs.

Refreshing pumpkin taste without any of the added spices that usually make up a pumkin ale or lager. The beer stays true to its form and is genuinly enjoyable. It seemed to do better than most pumpkins on the shelves but that is in part due to its name brand.

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Photo of setexascustoms
3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle into a SA Perfect Pint

A- Beautiful clear reddish orange. Half inch of creamy light tan head that fades quickly, but the lacing has a lot of stick.

S- I know everyone says this, but I do get the pumpkin pie, although on the spicy side dominated by cinnamon.

T- The taste changes thing up to me, now dominated by nutmeg. The pumpkin doesn't really come in 'til near the finish. A little sweet with a slight smokiness, I like it.

M- Good medium body, prickly carbonation which I could do with a little less of.

O- I love this beer. If you've read my other reviews, all four of them ;) you know my experiences are limited. Again, this is the only pumpkin ale I've had. I do look forward to trying more, but I don't really miss the pumpkin like a lot of you do. On the other hand I'm not a huge fan of pumpkin pie. Still, this screams Fall to me and I love it, and look forward to trying more.

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Photo of NHGrafx
3.2/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a red amber color with 1 finger head and no lace.

Smell is spicy with cloves and nutmeg with roasted malts and pumpkin, there is also light cinnamony sweetness to it as well.

Taste is decent, like liquid pumpkin pie with malts. There is also a hint of what tastes like spiced chai tea. I was expecting more pumpkin taste considering the bottle claims they use 17lbs per barrel. Overall it is not bad, drinkability is pretty good as well.

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Photo of afdempse
3.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz pour into a pint glass.

Head seems to last a bit after the pour, eventually fading away to a ring. Nice dark copper color and crystal clear.

Aromas of spice (cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, etc.) and slight pumpkin meatiness.

Flavor is spice, spice and more spice with some pumpkin character and malt sweetness at the end. Some bready character pokes through towards the end but gets dominated by the remains of the spice. Body is full-ish and seems to finish cleanly but there is a lasting blanket of unnatural sweetness that seems to cling as the flavor fades into a mix of pumpkin pie and barley in the breath.

I appreciate a good pumpkin beer, but this one seems overly spiced for my tastes. A decent showing and not so spicy that it's not drinkable, although I can't see myself having more than one in a sitting.

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Photo of Lordquackingstic
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a goblet.

A: Dark ruby red with a finger of white head. Lacing isn't too sticky and there's a medium amount of noticeable carbonation.

S: Cinnamon, allspice, cloves, nutmeg; all the normal pumpkin pie spices. A little nutty and a tad sweet.

T: Malty gourd meat blended together with pumpkin pie spices. Not overly spiced, but a tad too sweet for my liking.

M: Just a tad on the thin side, but I'm okay with that considering how hard it sometimes can be to finish a pumpkin ale. Carbonation is medium. Leaves a sweet taste on the palette.

O: I've been avoiding SA for some time now, but in all honesty they put out some decently drinkable stuff. I was expecting this to be a mess, but it's actually kind of enjoyable. I can't see myself drinking more than one at a time, but it still has a decent flavor and aroma profile.

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Photo of whiplash3825
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From 2010 Sam Adams Harvest Collection 12-pack.

Moderate pour yields a dark copper/ mahogany brew with a short-lived two-finger head.

Maybe the slightest hint of pumpkin on the nose, but mainly spices (cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg... maybe some allspice), along with a solid malt backbone.

Taste is about the same; primarily spices along with just a hint a pumpkin-y sweetness.

Mouthfeel seems just a touch thin for an autumn ale, with a very dry finish.

I couldn't drink more than a couple of these in a row, but I'm not going to blame that on the beer as much as my own taste preferences. I don't like pumpkin, or many of the spices it's typically flavored with. Knowing that, it wasn't as bad as I expected it to be. Still nothing I'll be searching out in the future!

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Photo of abriggs1
2.8/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Overall a fairly well balanced pumpkin ale. Nothing special, pretty average. One thing I like about this one is that it doesn't just taste like pumpkin pie. Too many pumpkin beers overdo the nutmeg and other spices so that it overpowers the pumpkin flavor. There's a bit of harshness on the end that might be some tannins from the vegetable. I've had some pumpkin beers that were better, but I've also had some that were much worse.

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Photo of airforbes1
3.69/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I'm tackling a horizontal tasting of four pumpkin ales tonight. First up, Samuel Adams.

This beer is by far the darkest of the four. It almost looks like a brown ale. No head. There's a lot of cinnamon on the nose. It reminds me of apple cider (the non-alcoholic variety).

For me, the taste follows the nose. It tastes like apple cider to me as it has a strong cinnamon presence. There's an undercurrent of pumpkin puree, but it's the cinnamon that stands out. As a cinnamon fan, I'm OK with this.

As the beer warms, I'm finding it to be too sweet at first and and too hot on the finish. I expect some of that in pumpkin ales, but I'm finding the sweetness and the hotness to be a bit strong.

That said, I still like this beer and would consider buying it in a six-pack (if that was an option), especially at Samuel Adams' price point.

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Photo of bgillespie
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%
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.

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Photo of likethetaste
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this with the SA seasonal pack. I was really curious about this one and I must say I was pleasantly surprised. Has a nice Mahogany brown color with little head.

The taste is good. Spicy pumpkin flavor this not too sweet at all. Not strong flavors but well balanced. I would have not trouble drinking a couple of these every once in a while in the autumn.

Just a nice easy to get Autumn sipper!

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Photo of bgjohnston
3.36/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear dark brown with plenty of carbonation, although the head dies down very quickly. You can definitely pick up on the pumpkin spices, but the pumpkin itself is more elusive. It comes through better with a sip, but I would probably like this beer better with more real pumpkin flavor. Still, this is a nice tasting beer, although not as good as their Octoberfest for the seasonal style.

I liked it just fine, but would prefer one of their Octoberfest lagers if I had my choice in the cooler.

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Photo of Jon_Hendricks
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Appearance: deep amber in color, dense

Overall: tastes like pumpkin, dark malt, cinnamon and brown sugar is also prominent. Good beer has a great autumn feel to it. Perfect for the fall season.

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Photo of rlshep
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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Photo of doopydoogle
3.37/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

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Photo of CKav
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

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.

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Photo of MadTown1000
2.64/5  rDev -26.3%
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.

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Photo of brown2cu
3.74/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

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Photo of clint1019
3.33/5  rDev -7%
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.

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