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

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BA SCORE
80
good

2,425 Ratings
THE BROS
72
okay

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Ratings: 2,425
Reviews: 622
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 15.8%
Wants: 47
Gots: 305 | 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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Photo of jondeelee
3.8/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

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2/5  rDev -42.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +29.3%

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3.68/5  rDev +5.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

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2.75/5  rDev -21%

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4.5/5  rDev +29.3%

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3/5  rDev -13.8%

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4/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of dbossman
3.6/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep reddish copper with a thin but steady head; okay lacing

S: Lots of spice--allspice, nutmeg, pepper with of course pumpkin, but not-overpowering; there is a toasty bready undertone but mostly pumpkin and spices

T: Quite spicy up front but those spices fade nicely into a bready malty finish; of course the pumpkin is at the core here but those spices (nutmeg, allspice in particular) take the forefront early

F: A touch thin--especially on the back end but decent overall mouthfeel

O: This is a decently spicy but easy-drinking pumpkin beer

Photo of facundoCNB
3.05/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

a nice amber pour, a finger of head which quickly diminished. smells of pumpkin pie spices.. bread crust. the flavor is honestly a bit bitter and tea like for a pumpkin ale.. which is a relief. tired of the sweet pumpkin pie spice flavor on these beers. also, this is probably due to letting this sit for a few months.medium body, nicely carbonated, slightly creamy.

not a bad pumpkin ale.. almost a blend of an amber and pumpkin spices..

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4/5  rDev +14.9%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

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4/5  rDev +14.9%

Samuel Adams Harvest Pumpkin Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
80 out of 100 based on 2,425 ratings.