Samuel Adams Harvest Pumpkin Ale - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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3.51/5 rDev +0.6%
"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
02-20-2013 03:17:21 | More by Jadjunk
3.65/5 rDev +4.6%
Clear mahogany color with a 1cm light tan head. Short retention and spotty light lacing.
Nice but subtle nose. Subtle pumpkin, allspice, clove and ginger notes.
Again the flavor is very subtle.Earthy pumpkin and the same spices that were in the nose. Flavor decent. Not bursting with flavor by any means. Decent balance.
Mouthfeel light-med. bodies with med-high carbonation.
Overall it's an ok, easily drinkable for the masses pumpkin beer. After having Pumking last week I realize how mild and safe this pumpkin beer is to fit in the larger beer market.
10-29-2011 17:35:17 | More by MrVonzipper
District of Columbia
3.98/5 rDev +14%
A: Pours a dark, clear crimson-amber color. The medium-sized, amber-colored head has a moderately creamy texture. Retention is average, but some stripes of lace do stick pretty nicely to the glass.
S: Crystal malt notes bring to mind caramel and light toffee. Firm pumpkin notes are joined by a modest spice profile that includes nutmeg, cinnamon, and ginger. Hops are lightly leafy, but barely noticeable.
T: A rock-solid malt base, with equal parts pale and caramel malt. Sweet, but not cloying in the least. An authentic, squashy pumpkin character is the focus of this beer. It is complemented nicely by spices: mostly nutmeg, with light ginger and cinnamon notes. A light leafy hop bite provides some balance.
M: Medium-full body. Carbonation is medium. A bit of stickiness mid-sip fades into a surprisingly dry finish.
D: Better than many other pumpkin ales. Accessible and, thankfully, not overly spiced. A welcome fall release from Sam Adams and a pleasant brew on this mild October evening.
10-02-2010 23:15:13 | More by Clydesdale
3.5/5 rDev +0.3%
Bottle (notched best by Feb) poured into a nonic pint.
A- 1-finger, dark tan head almost instantly drops to a light film that leaves some decent sticky spots. The body is fairly clean, somewhere between copper and garnet with medium carbonation.
S- Right off the bat, it's sweet and spicy. Very pumpkin pieish. There's something of starchy pumpkin with brown sugar and pie spice (mostly clove, with some nutmeg, and maybe a touch of ginger?). It really does well to showcase the pumpkin and spice qualities while keeping the "beer" intact. A little warmth ups the caramel malts (I expected more spice to come through with warmth).
T- Not as spicy as expected from the aroma at first. Rich malts are supported by pie spice. Malts become really roasty to the point of showing smoked qualities, which might be supported by some of the spices (allspice? mace?). It has a pretty clean finish. Unfortunately, about halfway through the bottle the spice really adds up and overwhelms a bit.
M- Pretty solid. Moderate carbonation. A little thicker viscosity than expected makes a coating sensation. It's almost chalky at points, maybe a by-product of the spice.
D- This one suffers the fateof most pumpkin beers. That is, it's pretty much a one-and-done in any one sitting. That said, it's a beer I'd drink again. Possibly a good fall harvest/Thanksgiving brew.
10-17-2010 23:10:07 | More by GRPunk
4/5 rDev +14.6%
Bought the Harvest collection for this beer, well worth it in my opin.
Reddish amber pour, white head a plenty, laces well.
Aroma of pumpkin pie in a Sam Adams lager glass.
You taste the pumpkin. Brown sugared malts. Spice of cinnamon and nutmeg. nice balance.
The mouth is soft and left like the chew of the pie.
Overall a good harvest drink and the 5.7% abv is a pleasing touch.
10-31-2010 12:38:10 | More by chilidog
3.48/5 rDev -0.3%
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.
11-06-2011 19:48:51 | More by SawDog505
3.8/5 rDev +8.9%
Harvest Pumpkin Ale opens to a sweet, pumpkin pie-like aroma, heavy on spices and squash. Immediately apparent are strong notes of cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and pepper, as well as vanilla and hints of molasses, these blending in with what is obviously a large amount of pure pumpkin (17 lbs. per barrel, according to the neck label). The malts bring a pie crust feel, with toast crust, biscuit, and floury baguette aromas. Together these notes are nice, amounting to a slightly heavily-spiced store-bought pumpkin pie. Additional hints of apricot, orange, and cherry, as well as brown sugar, add further complexity. The aromas are a bit light on the beer side, the beverage dominated by pumpkin and spice, but even those exist in only medium strength. They are, however, very well blended together, and the recipe has obviously been tinkered with for quite a while to achieve a good balance.
On the tongue, the beer opens with a pumpkin and spice blast that is a bit heavier on the spice than it is on the pumpkin. Nutmeg, allspice, cinnamon, clove, and black pepper add a nice bouquet here, with the pumpkin sort of struggling for attention against the spices, but still adding a nice cooked squash note. Touches of molasses and brown sugar mix with the breads, which add biscuit and toast crust, forming a toasted pie crust sensation. Very light apricot fruit esters add additional layers. The pumpkin flavors grow over the course of the mouthful as the initial sugars and spices die off, ending up dominating the aftertaste, which is a bit too much like biting into a chunk of raw pumpkin, and lingers for a long time. Mouthfeel is an oily medium, and carbonation is medium.
Overall, this is a decent pumpkin-flavored ale, and there’s much to like in here, including a nice selection of spices and a bevy of pumpkin flavors. The underlying beer seems to suffer a bit from these additions, lacking distinct characteristics, and the aftertaste is unfortunately lingering and overly raw in pumpkin flesh, leaving a mildly unpleasant flavor on the tongue. But subsequent sips of the beer do much to relieve this aftertaste, and at an easily-drinkable 5.7% ABV, this is a nice lunch beer for sunny fall afternoons.
01-14-2013 18:29:52 | More by jondeelee
3.23/5 rDev -7.4%
Poured out of a 12oz bottle into the perfect pint. Served cold.
A-orangish red clear body, tan head (thin)
S-fruit stone, light spice
T-some spice, what stands out here is a pumpkin flavor that is almost juicy, I don't know why but I taste some ice cream as well.
M-medium, not at all dry
D-In a world full of pumpkin ales, this is one that is just a little different. Much more pumpkin flavor and very light on the spice. I suppose that its kind of open for interpretation but I like this ale opposed to a heavily spiced one because its so drinkable.
09-12-2010 20:01:17 | More by jneiswender
3.65/5 rDev +4.6%
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.
10-19-2011 23:33:15 | More by TheMultiYeast
3.43/5 rDev -1.7%
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.
09-13-2012 00:59:07 | More by Alextricity
3.7/5 rDev +6%
12 oz bottle notched with typical SA enjoy-by date.
Pours a pretty amber color, with a fluffy off-white head. Very clear, and nicely carbonated. Smells decent, a fair amount of pumpkin and a conglomerate of spices that belong with it. Taste begins with a lot of pumpkin and picks up some bitterness towards the finish. I get the typical medley of cinnamon and nutmeg. Feel is carbonated and sharp. Maybe it's the spices, but I'd prefer the feel to be a little smoother. Drinks decently. Definitely an above average offering of a pumpkin ale, imo.
12-07-2010 05:19:48 | More by sixerofelixir
3.25/5 rDev -6.9%
Transparent reddish amber in body topped by off-white head that stays and leaves lacing. Spice overload, nutmeg, mild clove, gingerbread, caramel in the nose. Gingerbread, pumpkin spice focusing on cinnamon, nutmeg, a rush of sweetness towards the finish. Light in body with medium carbonation. A sweet-toothed fall seasonal that represents the style well but way too sweet.
08-28-2010 22:05:42 | More by JRed
4/5 rDev +14.6%
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.
09-30-2010 00:30:50 | More by chefhatt
Samuel Adams Harvest Pumpkin Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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