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

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2,193 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,193
Reviews: 594
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 15.52%
Wants: 45
Gots: 211 | 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 Suds
4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The harvest beers seem to come earlier every year. However, I'm a lover of pumpkin beers, when they're well made, and couldn't wait to give this one a try. It's a chestnut brown color, capped with an off-white head. Good clarity. The aroma is pumpkin pie and malt. It smells like autumn. Modest hop scent and a little toasted character...sizable spice component in the smell. The taste is semi-dry, which is probably necessary to keep the beer balanced. Spice, pumpkin, malt, and a low-level sweetness in the flavor. The pie spices are not overdone, which is a good thing in my opinion. Full in body. Better than most in this style.

Suds, Aug 12, 2012
Photo of gbrill
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

gbrill, Aug 12, 2012
Photo of DarrellK
4/5  rDev +14.9%

DarrellK, Aug 11, 2012
Photo of enelson
4/5  rDev +14.9%

enelson, Aug 11, 2012
Photo of mzeld
4/5  rDev +14.9%

mzeld, Aug 11, 2012
Photo of wells9uk
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

wells9uk, Aug 11, 2012
Photo of GennyCreamAle
4/5  rDev +14.9%

GennyCreamAle, Aug 10, 2012
Photo of leagr
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

leagr, Aug 10, 2012
Photo of ShiftBeer
3.63/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5


Not an overly pumpkin-y pumpkin. In many ways it is more similar to a dry amber ale with a touch of roasted malt than anything.

Straightforward, fresh spice nose. Malt flavors lead the way on the palate with the pumpkin spices sprucing things up. The roasted malt flavors sink in on the long finish, they are a bit overly assertive. Gentle, welcome soft hop bitterness and floral flavors on the finish.

Good, but not great. Worth trying, but not the decadent pumpkin pie experience some fans of the style might be seeking. To its credit, it is more of a beer with pumpkin spice accents than liquid pumpkin pie that happens to resemble beer.

ShiftBeer, Aug 09, 2012
Photo of rypkr
4.25/5  rDev +22.1%

rypkr, Aug 09, 2012
Photo of Brenden
4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Two fingers of light brown head develop and sit nicely on top of a clearish orange brew, holding together well and dropping some good, patchy lacing as the beer drops down the glass.
I can't help wondering if the recipe has been changed at all, because this beer isn't overly spiced and it's not lacking flavor. Instead, it's one of the most balanced pumpkin ales out there, mingling a moderate spicing, sweetness, and pumpkin flesh along with malts. What results is a tasty beer with depth, pretty much exactly what I'm looking for. As far as the spicing, I get cinnamon, nutmeg, and an overall profile similar to gingerbread with a lighter spiciness to it. It follows through with toast and some light creamy sweetness akin to caramel and/or vanilla.
The smoothness rolls through this beer in a creamy medium body. It's lightly crisp underneath, and carbonation is at a low to moderate level.
Again, I can't help wondering from previous reviews if this recipe has been tweaked for 2012.

Brenden, Aug 09, 2012
Photo of HopDevilfan
3.4/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Decent pumpkin ale. Not outstanding. Has a good smell. Taste is bland to me at least. Could be better. There are better pumpkin beers on the market. This offering is so so. Smells good but the taste is bland. I was expecting more. Would not buy it unless the beer was in a variety pack.

HopDevilfan, Aug 08, 2012
Photo of BryanCarey
3.83/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Samuel Adams Harvest Pumpkin pours to a reddish/copper hue and it produces a nice, attractive head of foam that holds its own for a while, then gradually subsides and leaves a small amount of lace. The nose on this beer is interesting, featuring spices, caramel, and some nut aromas.

Samuel Adams Harvest Pumpkin has plenty of dessert- like flavors and the most noticeable are the spices and pumpkin. Nutmeg, cinnamon, and ginger are obvious, but there are some other flavors lurking, such as toasted malt, a touch of brown sugar, and some vanilla.

Tasting this beer truly is like eating dessert and as I evaluated the flavor, I kept thinking of pumpkin pies, spicy cake, and the different desserts with which this beer could easily be paired. I also kept thinking about how much I appreciate the more balanced flavor profile that still manages to taste like beer in spite of the spices. I can think of several different pumpkin beers and other seasonal products that take the spiciness way too far- to the point where they no longer seem like beer. With Samuel Adams Harvest Pumpkin, it is easy to tell that this beer has some malt character and even though the spices dominate, there is still enough malt character to balance out the flavor.

Another good quality with this beer is the fact that the flavor is more natural overall. Some pumpkin beers rely on artificial extracts to achieve their flavor, but this one uses real pumpkin and it is evident in the taste. With all things considered, the beer easily rates above average and it is one of the better pumpkin brews available.

BryanCarey, Aug 08, 2012
Photo of TempeBeerMan
3.68/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a nonic pint.

A - Pours a deep auburn with a two-finger head of off-white sea foam. Superior lacing of tiny, compact bubbles.

S - Strong aroma of nutmeg, cinnamon, pumpkin, and gingerbread. Smells like a pumpkin spice latte from Starbucks.

T - Taste follows the nose, with spices forward. Pumpkin does not come to the forefront here, but merely provides a base for the spice blend. Nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice, and gingerbread. If you dig hard, you find the base beer underneath is kind of a generic sweet malt amber. Tasty overall though.

M - Thin bodied to the point of almost being watery. Loses a few points here. A little less carbonated than most SA beers. Finishes "wet".

O - Again, more of a "spiced beer" than a "pumpkin beer". Kind of a weird beer to evaluate. While I really enjoyed the Autumn spices, I think the beer could benefit from a little more pumpkin kick to go with it.

TempeBeerMan, Aug 08, 2012
Photo of optimator705
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

optimator705, Aug 08, 2012
Photo of davey101
3.53/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a SA perfect pint. About as fresh as it gets...man this is out early.

A - Clear and dark brown body with a two finger high light tan head. Decent amount of lacing.

S - Typical pumpkin pie aroma. Cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, light pumpkin and a touch of caramel malt.

T - Follows the nose. Great spice with a touch of real pumpkin. Lingering malt sweetness. Mouth feel is medium with decent carbonation, works well with the spice.

O - A very solid pumpkin ale. Can't beat punkin or pumpking, but its one of my favorite sold in the six pack format. Tasty stuff for sure.

davey101, Aug 08, 2012
Photo of dmorgan310
2.5/5  rDev -28.2%

dmorgan310, Aug 08, 2012
Photo of SlaughteredWolf
2.75/5  rDev -21%

SlaughteredWolf, Aug 07, 2012
Photo of Brubaker
2.25/5  rDev -35.3%

Brubaker, Aug 06, 2012
Photo of mattparsons
4/5  rDev +14.9%

mattparsons, Aug 05, 2012
Photo of Tpitty23
4/5  rDev +14.9%

Tpitty23, Aug 05, 2012
Photo of Bubbalito
4.5/5  rDev +29.3%

Bubbalito, Aug 05, 2012
Photo of blubaja
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

blubaja, Aug 03, 2012
Photo of sinstaineddemon
3.03/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - dark crimson, with moderate steady carbonation with a thin white head that rings the glass after aminute

S - autumn spices, nutmeg, cinnamon, clove, these really should be called pumpkin pie spice beers. roasted malts sneak a peek through

T - pumpkin pie in a glass, not bad fall favorite flavors. there all there, present and accounted for. cinnamon, nutmeg, clove

M&D - acdcurate flavors, could be one of a number of quality pumpkin beers, Where's a beer with actual pumpkin fruit flavor

sinstaineddemon, Aug 03, 2012
Photo of BlackBearForge
3.63/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep amber in color, glowing maroon when back lit with a creamy light tan head that fades to a thin cover leaving some think fingers of lacing that slide down the glass.

The aroma has light pumpkin and a stronger than first whiff suggested smell of pumpkin pie spices.

There is a good helping of cooked gourd in the flavor and as with the aroma the spices are stronger than on the first sip. Spice flavors include cinnamon, ginger and cloves A mellow brown ale seems to be the base for this beer with a nice freshly toasted bread background.

The mouthfeel is on the heavier end of medium, actually a touch chewy, smooth and improves upon warming even just a bit. Initially the beer seemed a bit flat but warming seems to allow the mild carbonation to take it's place.

I either like pumpkin beers, like Smuttynose Pumpkin or dislike them, like Post Road (imperials are a different matter!). I like this beer, it is smooth and satisfying, has pumpkin flavor but isn't too overpowering with the spices. Definitely one I would want to drink again.

BlackBearForge, Aug 03, 2012
Samuel Adams Harvest Pumpkin Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
79 out of 100 based on 2,193 ratings.