Samuel Adams Harvest Pumpkin Ale - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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4/5 rDev +14.6%
Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint.
Well, I'm still not a pumpkin beer fan, but you're really not going to do much better than this one. It's a nice stunning red-orange color, and smells strongly of pumpkin pie. The taste is very nice, it's got more pumpkin and less spices to it than the average pumpkin ale, which goes a long way towards making it actually good. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both solid. I'm still not a pumpkin guy, and wouldn't have picked this up if it weren't in the mix pack, but this is really about as good as far as I'm concerned. Pumpkin beer fans might think otherwise, though.
11-14-2011 02:10:04 | More by shand
3.63/5 rDev +4%
[Best served in a Lager glass]
The pour was a clear dark amber with a reddish hue and had an average sized (1-2 finger) creamy off white head which produced some good lacing.
The aroma was moderately strong of a toasted bread malt and a sweet doughy yeast with notes of brown sugar, allspice, nutmeg and pumpkin.
The taste was a nice malty sweet with a nice note of brown sugar and allspice from the onset and finished about the same with a hint of nutmeg and a nice dose of pumpkin at the end. The flavor lingered for a descent amount of time allowing for the spices to settle nicely on the taste buds.
Mouthfeel was just a tad under medium in body and quite creamy yet a little dry in texture with a nice forceful carbonation.
Overall a flavorful Pumpkin Ale with just the right amount of spices blended together for a nice tasty experience.
11-12-2011 18:05:19 | More by KajII
2.5/5 rDev -28.4%
Didn't have the orangeness you'd want in a pumpkin ale. Also lacked the aroma of pumpkin, which is mild, but still, a little more cinammon would bring it out.
Taste, still the same problem, not so much pumpkin to it. Coriander seems to be the most prevalent thing, and I doubt its even in the beer. Weird unidentifiable spice presence, its not the cinnamon. Maybe its ginger. Pumpkin is not supposed to be this bitter.
Its easy enough to drink and all, but I wouldn't go out of my way for this one, unless you're a huge pumpkin freak, but if that's the case, you'll probably be even less impressed with this as you'd probably had many of the better ones.
11-08-2011 22:38:25 | More by Beerandraiderfan
3.73/5 rDev +6.9%
Poured chilled in straight-edged glass
A: dark copper color; small head disappears quickly;
S: strong gusts of pumpkin and spice; smells sweet
T: robust pumpkin ale; low on spicing; moderately hopped; very flavorful, but it doesn't linger long; as far as this style goes, I like it, esp. that it is not as rash-flavored as, say, DFH
Overall, a good autumn brew
11-08-2011 22:13:59 | More by Arithmeticus
4.2/5 rDev +20.3%
Appearance- brown to deep amber copper in color, white head quickly fades to a thin lacing, low amount of carbonation
Smell- Has that very typical pumpkin ale smell, nutmeg cinnamon malt and spice
Taste- surprisingly nice flavor profile after somewhat average nose, very malty and sweet up front with mid palate starting to enter in some of the spices, the finish has modest faint spice to it but mostly a malt dominated beer, almost the flavor of Oktoberfest with faint spice finish,
Mouthfeel- medium bodied with light carbonation goes down quite smoothly
drinkability/overall- this to me is definitely one of the most drinkable pumpkin beers of the year, I wouldn't necessarily compare it to some of the real big imperial pumpkin beers but this towers over those in drink ability, i would have to say overall this was probably the most session able pumpkin i had this year because it didn't knock you unconscious with spice, good
11-08-2011 05:13:08 | More by Stunner97
4/5 rDev +14.6%
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass, best by Feb 12 date on the back. This pours a nice brownish color with a large foamy tan head with good retention. The smells are of pumpkin, spice, and malts. The feel is medium with good carbonation. The taste is sweet and pretty good, I get the pumpkin and spice flavors followed by a nice slightly bitter finish, overall this is a good beer which I'll get again.
11-08-2011 04:02:33 | More by DavidST
3.18/5 rDev -8.9%
A: Dark copper color, 1 finger head dissipates quickly, leaving very thin foam rim.
S: All spice is heavy, some pumpkin.
T: Some pumpkin, its a little watery, pretty plain compared to some other pumpkin ales.
M: Light body, good drinkability.
O: I'm not impressed will not be trying this pumpkin ale again.
11-06-2011 22:34:56 | More by JMWEB2
3.48/5 rDev -0.3%
Poured into a 13 oz tulip. Pours a bright reddish orange, with a one inch of off white head that drops to a little film quickly. Smell pumpkin, nutmeg, cinnamon, and some carmel. Taste is all of that, a nice amount of pumpkin. Nice body, not very heavy. More carbonation would help. I am not a huge fan of the style, this is a solid pumpkin.
11-06-2011 19:48:51 | More by SawDog505
2.6/5 rDev -25.5%
Looks like a I'd expect a pumpkin ale to look at first - coppery red-gold color. But, on closer examination, it's surprisingly transparent for a dark-colored beer, and it fizzes like a soda.
Smells kind of like pumpkin pie. Taste is overbitter, a little bit astringent, with obvious pumpkin notes. Mouthfeel is quite thin, to match the high transparency.
I can't think of any good reason to buy or drink this beer.
11-05-2011 04:23:21 | More by MadTown1000
3.93/5 rDev +12.6%
Brown in color with red highlights, tan head of about an inch dissipating to lacing on beer and glass. Smell was definitely malty with alcohol, followed by pumpkin. I didn't detect any spices here in the smell. However, taste was of pumpkin and spice, generous of malt, with only a bit of bitterness in the aftertaste. Mouth feel was syrupy with generous tingle of carbonation.
Overall, i really liked this beer. My only complaint is that it could use more pumpkin flavor with more assertive spices.
11-03-2011 00:41:47 | More by littlelorib
3.65/5 rDev +4.6%
Clear mahogany color with a 1cm light tan head. Short retention and spotty light lacing.
Nice but subtle nose. Subtle pumpkin, allspice, clove and ginger notes.
Again the flavor is very subtle.Earthy pumpkin and the same spices that were in the nose. Flavor decent. Not bursting with flavor by any means. Decent balance.
Mouthfeel light-med. bodies with med-high carbonation.
Overall it's an ok, easily drinkable for the masses pumpkin beer. After having Pumking last week I realize how mild and safe this pumpkin beer is to fit in the larger beer market.
10-29-2011 17:35:17 | More by MrVonzipper
3.63/5 rDev +4%
A- Body is a nearly transparent reddish pumpkin hue. Pours with a 2 finger or so haed that quickly fades to a thin collar.
S- Nose is good and what you would expect for a pumpkin ale. A good balance of pumpkin and pumpkin spice. Not much else going on-but it is a pumpkin ale.
T- Taste is very similar to the smell- but it is much milder. Initially just pumpkin comes through. The spices come through more for the finish to balance with the pumkin. A mild note of each lingers on.
M-Medium to high carbonation and a medium weight, somewhat thin yet somewhat sticky body.
O- Overall this is a decent pumpkin ale. A good balance of pumpkin and spice-and a good representation of the style. Its just somewhat lacking the kick I'm looking for to categorize it as a "good" pumpkin ale. As with most Sam Adams brews-a good concept of what the style is-but its pretty basic.
10-29-2011 01:42:03 | More by PittBeerGirl
2.68/5 rDev -23.2%
I'm not a huge fan of anything pumpkin, and all in all, this was pretty 'ok'. The pumpkin flavor was pretty subdued but it was for sure noticeable throughout the beer. It was light and a little crisp but didn't have a lot of depth. It could've used an upgrade in the pumpkin aspect of the beer.
10-29-2011 01:18:47 | More by Kranders
3.9/5 rDev +11.7%
I like pumpkin beers, in general, but I am always disappointed by them. This one is well above average - it has a great appearance, good taste (more spice than pumpkin), and it's drinkable.
It is not exceptional - the aroma is weak as is the head. I certainly would drink it again, but there are better. I would like to try their double.
10-28-2011 23:43:43 | More by schoolboy
Samuel Adams Harvest Pumpkin Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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