Samuel Adams Harvest Pumpkin Ale - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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3.63/5 rDev +4%
Appearance: Beautiful semi-translucent dark brown. No haziness to speak of. Had a fizzy light brown head but that faded quickly.
Aroma: The all the spice of a pumpkin pie without the pumpkin. Decently malty. Not expecting much bitterness based off of the smell.
Taste: Those spices from the nose explode on your tongue, especially cinnamon. There is a darkness in the flavor that is hard to place, but I think it's a smokey flavor in the background. Not sure what's causing that flavor profile but it's not necessarily unwelcome. No hops to speak of but the spices give off a flavorful bitterness that echoes around your palette long after drinking. I wish the head would have stuck around because what little of it I had sort of played the role of a pie crust in the flavor. There are some great things happening in this beer, unfortunately they aren't well balanced and it's more like the different flavors are all jumbled up instead of working together.
Mouthfeel: Super effervescent. A little on the watery side. Would have liked a more medium bodied beer for this style.
Final Thoughts: Like a lot of Samuel Adams beers, their Harvest Pumpkin Ale looks great and smells pretty good but comes up a little short in the actual drinking of it. If they toned down the spices a bit and upped the O.G. then this one might be a real winner, but for now it's just an above average beer that would pair well with a cool autumn night around a campfire.
08-17-2012 04:23:04 | More by JamesMN
3.38/5 rDev -3.2%
A- Brilliantly dark amber. Kind of a thin head that went away quickly.
S- The smell is not much for pumpkins and more for spices, cloves, alcohol on the nose.
T- Not very sweet. I had the Saranac version of this beer and it was much sweeter. The first flavor is the sweetness of the pumpkin and then followed by the spiciness of the pie spice and peculiarly enough back to a sweet flavor.
M- Ummm, very light for a pumpkin ale although the finish leaves a cotton mouth feel.
Overall I always look forward to drinking my pumpkin ales in the Fall and there is nothing wrong with this one... you could kind of call it a dry pumpkin ale since it isn't very sweet.
08-17-2012 02:55:00 | More by Danno48
3.4/5 rDev -2.6%
Mostly clear, reddish brown color. Head is thick and offwhite. Good retention, little to no lace.
Pleasant smell, in that you can pick up both pumpkin and the usual pumpkin spices. Most beers seem to be one or the other, this seems to have both the meat and the spice. Decent enough malty backbone.
No pumpkin flavor, it's all spice. Some maltiness comes through in the taste, but this beer is all spice, likely too much, and it keeps on well into the swallow.
It's just too spicy. Nothing else comes through. It's smooth for a second, then the spice cracks you upside the head. Almost sweet, but again, the spice overrides it.
Overall it's ok. I can deal with spicy beer, I'd just like more sweetness to balance but this was lacking balance altogether.
08-17-2012 02:13:09 | More by RickS95
3.78/5 rDev +8.3%
A: This beer pours a very dark amber color, has lots fizz type bubbles like a soda has. Very thin head that has a slight tan color. No lacing.
S: Very strong pumpkin spice aroma with some small hints of cinnamon and sweet malts.
T: Lots of pumpkin flavor with some sweet malts up front. The taste follows through with some cinnamon, nutmeg, and some spice.
M: Mouth is sweet and somewhat creamy. I wouldnt say the body is full enough to give this a pumpkin pie feel.
O: I think August is too early for this beer to be released as I'm sure I will enjoy this beer once fall officially comes. Overall, good seasonal beer, lots of flavor and spice. I could drink a six pack of this for sure!
08-17-2012 01:48:51 | More by SouljaSaia17
4.3/5 rDev +23.2%
Bottle poured into pint glass.
Appearance: Dark amber/brown with minimal head and decent lacing, decent bubbling from carbonation.
Smell: Pumpkin pie all the way. Spices and pumpkin are up front with a little hop and malt presence:
Taste: Pumpkin and spices, nutmeg and cinnamon. Slight malt and hop flavors to keep this one from being overly sweet.
Mouthfeel: Heavily carbonated up front with a smooth finish.
Overall: Each year I have this I like it more. I am not sure if the brew is changing or my tastes are changing as the years go by.
08-16-2012 22:27:23 | More by Josiah2729
3.95/5 rDev +13.2%
Enjoyed from a bottle, poured into pint glass.
A: Clear amber reddish-brown color, with one finger slightly off white head and decent lacing.
S: Pretty solid- there's a good amount of pumpkin and light spices; sweet. Hop profile not too noticeable but about what you may be expecting from a pumpkin beer.
T: Huge pumpkin flavor maybe owing to the freshness, great balance between sweetness and spiciness due presumably to the spices and pumpkins' natural kinship with them. Cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, and ginger all seem to show up. Not noticing too much other malt or hops- just a light toasted flavor and lingering bitterness due to hops- but not sure that's the goal of a pumpkin beer anyhow. On the finish, I get much more pumpkin than I do in some more expensive brews. I notice that some of the more negative reviews have critiqued an absence of pumpkin, but for my money the pumpkin flavors in the beer of both my review bottle and those from my harvest 12 pack were stronger than those of the spices.
M: Mid body with medium to lively carbonation. Smooth and lightly creamy; lends itself to a lingering pumpkin aftertaste.
O: Solid offering from Sam Adams; while the best pumpkin beers on the market (pumking and punkin, perhaps, at least in the Midwest) are quite expensive, I can see myself picking this one up a few times throughout the season when I'm feeling a pumpkin beer. Already grabbed a sixer after tasting it in the harvest 12 pack. Pretty drinkable, I had no problem going through two of these in a night alongside various other beers.
08-13-2012 06:59:50 | More by AwYeh
Samuel Adams Harvest Pumpkin Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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