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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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2,450 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,450
Reviews: 627
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 15.85%
Wants: 49
Gots: 361 | 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:
Beer added by: Kegatron on 11-10-2008

Brought back in 2010
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3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

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3/5  rDev -13.5%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of Chris_Cali_2o9
3.33/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Sam Adams cup

A- Reddish copper, 1 1/2" off white head

S- Spicey ginger bread, herbal

T- Ginger bread, caramel, raw pumpkin, same old spices

M- Medium body, crisp carbonation

O- Same old, same old... A pumpkin ale is never what i hoped. When i think of a pumpkin ale, i think of creamy pumpkin pie, yet all i ever get is pumpkin water, drenched in the same played out spices, designed to fool us that we, in fact, have a holiday pumpkin ale. This brew isn't bad, it's just generic.

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3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +29.7%

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2.75/5  rDev -20.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +22.5%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of zeledonia
2.82/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Best before February (2013 I assume). Tasted 25 October 2012, reviewed from notes. Getting a little burned out on pumpkin ales, and this is the last one in my fridge.

Pours a deep, very reddish brown. Clear despite the dark color. One finer of cream-colored orange-tinged head, relaxes quickly to a thin cap, leaving little lacing.

Smell is rich and pumpkiny. Lightly sweet, but starchy and full as well. Spices are faint in the smell.

Hmm. Taste doesn't come through with as much pumpkin as I'd like. Relatively thin, moderately bitter, some squash, a bit of spice on the back-end. Just bland. I might call this a dull brown ale if I hadn't read the label. Doesn't taste bad, but doesn't taste good either.

Mouthfeel is fine, medium body, mouthfilling, decent carbonation.

Taste is a real downer. Kinda bitter, kinda bland, and just really not what I was looking for. Odd, since I actually really liked the smell.

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3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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3.53/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a brilliant deep amber color with a solid beige one inch head that dissipates somewhat quickly.

Deep caramel malt dominated the aroma, sweet and toasty bread following, with a bit of pumpkin and nutmeg at the finish. There's a ginger note present.

Flavor reveals deeply caramelized and toasted malt, nutty and toffee like with a hint of char at the finish. It's fairly sweet, with pumpkin surfacing late, along with a cola-like spice mix of ginger and nutmeg. There's a fruitiness that is offputting.

Body and carbonation are both moderate, and there's a but of a bite at the finish.

Overall, more malt-centric than pumpkin. Better than the overly spiced versions of the style, but pretty subtle for a pumpkin beer. Good malt character.

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3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

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3/5  rDev -13.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

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2.94/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Deep copper body with some hints of an earthy brown. Slighty beige head is thin, yet hangs around fairly well. No lacing.

S - I would have probably guessed this was a Boston Lager if I didn't know what it was. A nice bready malt comes through, but no spices or pumpkin presence that I can decipher. Maybe a little cinnamon if I can really envision it.

T - Pumpkin is coming through a lot more in the taste, but this is a pretty bland beer overall. Some dry spices come through like nutmeg and cinnamon, but again you have to dig deep for them.

M - A little heavy on the carbonation for me.

O - A very approachable beer that sacrifices flavor for broad appeal. About what I expected, I suppose. Regardless, it's something I could drink again but would not seek out.

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3.21/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, Harvest Pumpkin Ale is a red-amber color with a thick, cream-colored, pillowy head. The nose is a mixture of sweet amber malts and spices - cinnamon, cloves and all-spice. The taste follows suit with the spices coming to the forefront and the beer being well balanced, even to the point of slightly bitter on the finish - as opposed to most pumpkin ales that seem to lean more to the sweeter side of the spectrum. Mouthfeel is light in body with a minimally active carbonation and slightly dry finish. Overall, this is not a bad pumpkin ale; that being said there are many better ones out there too.

Samuel Adams Harvest Pumpkin Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
79 out of 100 based on 2,450 ratings.