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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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2,137 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,137
Reviews: 589
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 15.8%
Wants: 44
Gots: 191 | 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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3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

frosted33, Sep 12, 2012
Photo of Ankur
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

Ankur, Sep 12, 2012
Photo of BigTrubble
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

BigTrubble, Sep 12, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Simko1209, Sep 12, 2012
Photo of TechTriumph
3.13/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From notes on 09/06/12:
Best by: January 2013; Poured in a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.

A - About an inch of tan carbonated head that doesn't stick around long; Deep, dark amber in color with the slightest red hue; Clear appearance; Certainly no lacing, since there's no remaining trace of head to be seen

S - Aroma is a bit muted overall; Spices are there - cinnamon, nutmeg - which overshadow the slight pumpkin presence; Underlying wet grains

T - Heavily spiced, but not overpowering, with just a small amount of pumpkin pie struggling to come through; Some sticky sweetness does tag along with the spices; Also a bit phenolic with just a bit of alcohol presence; Spices and sweetness do linger a bit - not bad, but seems a bit off and artificial

M - Moderate carbonation or a bit more; Between light and medium bodied; Seems too thin and is on the watery side

O - I remember enjoying this beer many times several years back, but now I'm just not really into it. Like many others have said, there seems to be too much spice and not enough pumpkin - and the spices that are there seem off and a bit artificial. There's quite a few Sam Adams beers that I enjoy going back to, but this one won't make that list and needs quite a bit of tweaking in my opinion.

TechTriumph, Sep 11, 2012
Photo of zberger
2.75/5  rDev -21%

zberger, Sep 11, 2012
Photo of Razr86
3/5  rDev -13.8%

Razr86, Sep 11, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

StaindProject86, Sep 11, 2012
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4/5  rDev +14.9%

SineWaveFL, Sep 11, 2012
Photo of ixodus
3.28/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a deep reddish brown in color with a small off-white head and spotty lacing.

S: Pumpkin puree, nutmeg, vanilla, mild plastic phenols.

T: Sweet malt upfront, mild pumpkin, cinnamon, and plastic.

M: Medium bodied, mild carbonation, semi-dry finish

ixodus, Sep 10, 2012
Photo of jski
4.25/5  rDev +22.1%

jski, Sep 10, 2012
Photo of mckenziac
3.4/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Samuel Adams Boston Lager glass. Taken from a Sam Adams's "Harvest Collection" seasonal variety pack.

Appearance: Pours a translucent, deep, dark brown color with reddish hues. Has a small, fizzy head that dissipates quickly down to next to nothing.

Smell: Smells strongly of pumpkin and pumpkin pie spices (ginger, cinnamon, etc.). Cinnamon and spices tend to dominate. Smells quite nice actually.

Taste: Starts out with some nice hoppy bitterness with a strong malty backbone. Finishes spicy with the same maltiness. Finishes with strong pumpkin and spice notes. Not bad.

Mouthfeel: Well-carbonated but a little lacking in body.

Overall: A fairly standard, if slightly better than average, pumpkin ale. A decent fall seasonal and a great member of Sam Adams's lineup.

mckenziac, Sep 10, 2012
Photo of HumphreyLee
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

HumphreyLee, Sep 10, 2012
Photo of VelvetExtract
3.18/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours clear copper with a patient head. Leaves weaker lacing. Head can just barely be labeled 'off-white'.

S-Fake pumpkin and spice. Nutmeg, cinnamon and other Autumn spices. A slice of dark bread. Pumpkin is kinda artificial. Maybe too spiced?

T-Don't love how the pumpkin comes out on the palate. There is also too much spice for me. Autumn spice with little remorse. Bread with butter. Mild yeast.

M-Medium bodied. A bit creamy. Sturdy carbonation. Drinkable.

O/D-Not my favorite Pump. Hard to really deliver with this style. I also really need to be in the mood for this style. Won't be grabbing a seder of this any Autumn in the near future.

VelvetExtract, Sep 10, 2012
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3.33/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one struck me off the bat with the perfect amber color. Better head and lacing and its a 5. The aroma has a lot of pumpkin which is more like fresh pumpkin as oppose to pumpkin flavoring which is usually sweeter. Medium body and high carbonation. The flavor starts with caramel malts and some pumpkin but it quickly sours to a fresh pumpkin flavor without out much sweetness or spice. About what I expected. Not having this one again.

kylehay2004, Sep 10, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

speracado, Sep 09, 2012
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4/5  rDev +14.9%

redfox405, Sep 09, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -28.2%

soupieman, Sep 09, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

tectactoe, Sep 09, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

Theheroguy, Sep 09, 2012
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4/5  rDev +14.9%

MN_Beerticker, Sep 09, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

dubmax, Sep 09, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +22.1%

bgibson85, Sep 09, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Boilerfood, Sep 08, 2012
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3/5  rDev -13.8%

MacDonaldT84, Sep 08, 2012
Samuel Adams Harvest Pumpkin Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
79 out of 100 based on 2,137 ratings.