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

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Ratings: 1,913
Reviews: 567
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 15.76%
Wants: 34
Gots: 94 | 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

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4.13/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, burnt red color with a medium, off-white head that hangs around for a bit. Scent is very spicy with some nutmeg and malt roasted malt aromas. Taste is like pumpkin pie in your mouth! This is the most pumpkin pie-like pumpkin beer I've ever had. It's pretty tasty. Nice flavors of pumpkin pie with cinnamon and nutmeg. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a spicy finish. Drinkability is fairly high. Overall, this beer kinda makes me start appreciating pumpkin beers. Good example.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2011 07:29:45 | More by DovaliHops
Photo of adam42381


3.93/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Spiegelau tulip. Best before February 2012 notched on label.

Appearance: Pours a deep reddish-brown color with ruby highlights and a 1-2 finger frothy light tan head.

Smell: Nutmeg and cinnamon are dominant here with a touch of malt in the background. Smells a lot like a pumpkin pie.

Taste: Pumpkin pie flavor up front followed by sweet malt in the middle before ending with more spices, a light amount of hops and a touch of black pepper at the finish. Aftertaste is fairly dry with spices mixed in.

Mouthfeel: Light-to-medium-bodied with a very high amount of prickly carbonation.

Drinkability: Good drinkability. You could knock back a few of these on a cold fall evening. This being a hot August day in Southwest Florida, I'm stopping at just one, but I won't hold that against the beer.

Overall: Good beer overall. I could see myself reaching for this time after time during the fall if I lived in a colder climate. Definitely worth a shot.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2011 21:38:12 | More by adam42381
Photo of KJay1408


3.85/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from the bottle into a glass, a beautiful dark red-orange body with a nice off white head that turns into a nice bit of lacing for the rest of the beer.

S: Pumpkin/Squash-esc aroma, along with a bit of malt and cinnamon, and general spicy smell. As the beer warms and airs out the spice and pumpkin smell fade and the malt come out strong.

T: Slightly sweet upfront, with a nice dose of malt and pumpkin quickly follow which transitions into a bit of ginger and other spices notes with a nice "herby" finish. Much like the "Smell" as the beer warms the pumpkin becomes less dominant and the sweet malt flavors take over to lead into a spice and "herby" finish.

M: I'm going to say medium in the body category

O: I should say that I am a fan of malt heavy beers, and while I do enjoy a good IPA, I really like the Irish Reds and Scottish Ales. This is a malty beer with a good herbal/spice finish, it's a solid beer, maybe not the world's best pumpkin ale but it's pretty damn good. No I wouldn't trade SA's Octoberfest for it... but it would make a nice seasonal compliment to the Octoberfest

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2011 23:56:26 | More by KJay1408
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3.3/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Amber brown in color with a cream colored frothy head that leaves some minimal lacing.

S - Pumpkin, Spices, Roasted Malt.

T - Same as the nose.

M - Medium bodied.

O - A good beer, not great, nothing special, but at the same time I could drink a few of these.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2011 21:31:50 | More by clint1019
Photo of Jesse13713


3.05/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked up the harvest sampler pack to be able to try this and the bonfire rauchbier; not to mention the delicious Oktoberfest.

Appearence - one finger of head when poured into a maudite tulip glass. A deep red beer with slight orange pour. A slght natural brown tone as well.

Smell - Pumpkin and spice right away. Slight nutmeg. Full of squash and spice notes. A large hint of pumpkin pie in some attempts.

Taste - the first thing I notice is the carbonation and smoked malts. Sweet and slightly spice. The aftertaste reminds me of the pepper taste in Rogue Chipotle ale, though severely lower than that. Very, very Smokey. Not as much pumpkin or squash as the nose suggested.

Mouth feel and overall - Smokey and medium-bodied. Peppery and dry. Would be perfect to enjoy by a campfire.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2011 02:21:58 | More by Jesse13713
Photo of JMad


3.65/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I drank this from a pint glass...

Pours a dark, reddish amber color with a thin off-white head that quickly dissipated. The smell is dominated by pumpkin pie and nutmeg, there is a slight metallic aroma and a hint of ginger. It tastes of nutmeg and ginger with a hint of pumpkin pie and roasted malt and a bready aftertaste. The beer is smooth with a medium body and a dry finish. This is a nice beer, I thought the aroma was nice but the taste was a little overpowered ginger.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2011 22:02:55 | More by JMad
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New York

4.53/5  rDev +29.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle freshness dated january 2011

First off you notice the aroma the moment you open the bottle, it smells just like your grandmother's pumpkin pie!

It is garnet red/orange in color, heads beautifully!

The taste is great, a perfect blend of malt spice and pumpkin, ginger seems the predominant spice note.

Do not wait for Halloween to try this one!

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2011 14:48:47 | More by CaptJackHarkness
Photo of mattkoon

South Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +36.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

let me start by saying that I love pumpkin ales. This pumpkin from sam adams is fantastic. The color is a rich brown orange. The smell is packed with ginget and pumpkin spices. The taste is of brown sugar, ginger, cinnamon and molasses. I think the marriage of pumpkin pie and beer is a no brainer... And this harvest pumpkin from sam adams is no joke. I got this in a variety pack but I would love to find it on it's own- a great beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2011 02:06:15 | More by mattkoon
Photo of OhYesILoveBeer


3.98/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

SA's Harvest Pumpkin Ale 2011. Had this last year, loved it, and bought 6 Harvest packs and saved the pumpkins and the Dunkel's... Not too sure why SA dropped the Dunkel, I think it would make a great standard to them.

Pours a dark brown with a 1" bone white head, that settles down to a thin lace across the top of the brew. Smells of the typical pumpkin pie spice, along with a good squash note.

Tastes just like last years, very subtle, nothing over the top. A damn good pumpkin ale that is worth seeking out. When I mean everything is subtle i mean EVERYTHING. Nothing is overdone in this pumpkin ale, and is a great representation of the original style.

Mouthfeel is somewhat thick, with a pleasant coating feel.

Overall, I loved it last year, and I love it this year. Don't get me wrong, its no Pumpking, but this is a damn fine pumpkin ale that could hold its own any day among all the others. I would rate this as my 4th favorite pumpkin ale to date. I'm not sure why the bros rated it so low, but don't take their opinion, make your own!

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2011 22:26:23 | More by OhYesILoveBeer
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North Carolina

4.18/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber with 1/4" of bubbly head that quickly fades to nothing. Smells of pumpkin spice and subtle caramel malt. This beer tastes like grandma's pumpkin pie; sweet pumpkin, nutmeg, and spices. Smooth, crisp, and medium bodied, very drinkable.

Like dessert in bottle. A sessionable beer that's perfect for the holidays (even though it comes out in August).

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2011 23:14:12 | More by tdm168
Photo of mocktm


3.23/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From the fall variety pack, pumpkin beers seem to be coming out earlier and earlier. Not entirely appropriate for warmer August weather, but what the hell.

Roasted chest nut brown in appearance with a faint off-white head. Looks warm and comforting, but also has some lousy retention and zero lacing...

Aromas are mostly that of the spice cabinet: some cinnamon, allspice, clove and nutmeg with the faintest hints of pumpkin. Some malt presence as well, but the spices seem to dominate.

The taste is disappointing, a bit watery with obvious spice notes and mild pumpkin to counteract the malts. They were probably trying to be more subtle with the flavoring, but I'm really underwhelmed as the pumpkin in this is almost absent.

Medium bodied, but the overkill on the spice really hurts this beers drinkability. I wouldn't want more than one in a sitting.

Pumpkin beers seem all the rage with breweries now a days, but this is not one of the better examples. Less spice and more pumpkin is needed here. For the very definition of what this style can do, check out Southern Tier Pumking,

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2011 19:57:01 | More by mocktm
Photo of NeroFiddled


3.98/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pumpkin beers are an odd lot. Most are just spiced ales, although some do use the actual fruit in the mash. Regardless, many of them seem way overdone, while others barely taste or smell of "pumpkin" at all. In fact, what we're really talking about here are pumpkin pie spices: cinnamon, ginger, allspice, and nutmeg. That said, what I want out of a pumpkin beer is a beer that smells fairly strongly of those spices, and offers a bit of their flavors, but which is also it's own beer underneath. I don't care if it's golden and light (might be an interesting change), or toasty and caramelish (as most are).

Samuel Adams Harvest Pumpkin Ale is of the deep-copper colored, caramelish and toasty variety. Fortunately they've kept it in check and it's not overly malty (and filling). The spices are bright in the nose, and a little bit softer in the flavor. The cinnamon is clear, the allspice is present, and the ginger and nutmeg can be found here and there. They work well with the malt, and provide a bit of balance (the bitterness level is clearly dialed back a touch to compensate for them). It's well-balanced, and highly drinkable.

As far as pumpkin beers go, I could easily enjoy two of these in a row, and possibly a third before I became 'over-spiced' myself. Nicely done!

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2011 13:59:48 | More by NeroFiddled
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3.53/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass. More SA festing I guess!

Light caramel head that is really soapy and small. Goes away fairly quickly without much retention. Body color is clear dark amber and very red. No lacing to speak of here while drinking. Head is very weak looking.

Big sweet pumpkin, nutmeg, brown sugar and squash. Well hey pumpkin is a squash but you get the drift. Very big nutmeg sweetness on this.

Taste is sort of lacking. Afterfinish comes of nutmeg and some dry clove with a hint of sweetness on the palate. Mid palate doesn't bring much malt body. A bit wet and exceptional brown spicy hot on the swallow.

Overall in all fairness I am not a fan of pumpkin beers, this one though seems more brown hot spiced forward and I enjoy that more. I could drink this one more easily than other pumpkin beers that is for sure.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2011 03:19:01 | More by smakawhat
Photo of Winter


3.2/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Brownish-garnet in color with a khaki head. Aroma consists of sweet caramel malt, vanilla, and toasted biscuit. Mouthfeel is medium in body. The taste has and odd flavor profile. It feigns on having a sweet maltiness to it, but then the pumpkin and hops eliminate that somehow. The middle is dominated by a hearty malt and pumpkin body. Hop bitterness follows. the spicing isn't the typical "pumpkin pie" flavors, but there is clove and nutmeg.

This is kind of an average pumpkin beer in my opinion. I think a little more pumpkin spicing and a little less hoppiness would make this truly shine as a fall seasonal.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2011 03:25:25 | More by Winter
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3.63/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz pour into a pint glass.

Head seems to last a bit after the pour, eventually fading away to a ring. Nice dark copper color and crystal clear.

Aromas of spice (cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, etc.) and slight pumpkin meatiness.

Flavor is spice, spice and more spice with some pumpkin character and malt sweetness at the end. Some bready character pokes through towards the end but gets dominated by the remains of the spice. Body is full-ish and seems to finish cleanly but there is a lasting blanket of unnatural sweetness that seems to cling as the flavor fades into a mix of pumpkin pie and barley in the breath.

I appreciate a good pumpkin beer, but this one seems overly spiced for my tastes. A decent showing and not so spicy that it's not drinkable, although I can't see myself having more than one in a sitting.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2011 03:33:46 | More by afdempse
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New York

3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sam Adams is known for bold flavors and innovating in the market. While pumpkin beer is hardly an innovation, they certainly make a good competitor. As a craft brewer, I can relate to this by saying it's a smoother version of mine. The pumpkin taste does not hide, nor does the maltiness. It isn't a light beer, nor would I want to drink this as a session beer. The local stores are selling it a bit early in my opinion, but it just means I get it sooner.

The overall beer is definitely worth it, but not more than one or two(even with a meal). Your palate will appreciate you more if you try something else before/after this. Save it for dessert.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2011 08:13:32 | More by dkoehler42
Photo of HoustonTX


3.83/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up the 2011 Harvest Collection 12 pack, which contains the Pumpkin Ale as the highlight and their newly bottled Rauchebier.

First beer of the night, and with the temperatures lingering at or above 100 degrees, it definitely does not feel like Fall yet.

This beer has your typical rustic amber body, highlights of orange and ruby with strong carbonation along with a fluffy white half inch head.

Aroma is very aromatic, fresh baked pumpkin with spices. Cinnamon, all spice, cloves, nutmeg. Rich with sweetness. Caramel and earthy malt base.

Taste is huge for the ABV, very reminiscent of Dogfish Heads Pumpkin Ale. Very much like the nose, with a stronger malt presence. Spices are strong but lead to a slick mouthfeel. Strong yet delicious.

Harvest Pumpkin Ale has some surprisingly good characteristics. It's a much bigger beer than it really is. The flavors are highly present and very assertive. You can drink one of these and thoroughly enjoy it and then move onto something more sessionable.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2011 04:18:05 | More by HoustonTX
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New York

2.8/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Here we go another pumpkin ale my favorite style. Poured with promise. Hope faded with the head. Aroma was too sweet. Loved the beginning of the the taste but end was way too sweet. Sugar all over the place. Tasted like pie mix. Oh no is this a bad pumpkin beer? No not bad just average or maybe below average.


Serving type: bottle

07-03-2011 02:08:27 | More by Mypintishalffull
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3.73/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A bottle of this was given to me from a friend. He wasn't sure if I had tried it before and I hadn't so it worked out really well. This beer pours out as an brownish amber color with an off white head the is a bit fizzy. The smell of this beer reminded me a little bit of the Octoberfest, I suppose that makes sence. The only difference on the nose was the addition of a little pumpkin aroma. The taste was full of autumn spices and the lingering pumpkin flavor in the aftertaste. The overall on this beer is that it's pretty good but a little tricky to get your hands on. I feel the Octoberfest in far superior to this brew and it's more accessable.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2011 21:00:57 | More by Knapp85
Photo of TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.53/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light reddish brown color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains a lot of spices, along with pumpkin, caramelized malts and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of caramel, pumpkin and spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger). Then some breadiness comes in from a hearty malt character along with a mild hops presence to create a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, mild kick, very good representation of style, this is a nice beer to drink for a long time if you're in the mood for the style.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2011 04:57:52 | More by TheManiacalOne
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South Carolina

3.58/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

reviewed from notes, this was one of the few sam adams i had yet to try and i managed to knock them out over the course of a weekend. poured into a pint glass.

nice reddish orange pour has a decent amount of haze to it that comes forward with a white head that reaches about two inches into the air. settling down it mellows out nicely and cleanly. aroma is pumpkin spice, cinnamon, and nutmeg molded onto a nice light and grainy base. carried over into the flavor it is nothing crazt at all, just a solid spiced ale with hints of bready malts and light grains picking up the slack. smooth, clean finish with little aftertaste.

overall a very solid ale, not the best of the style, but consistent and not something i would turn away from.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2011 05:20:24 | More by mikesgroove
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3.53/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz brown bottle with label notched enjoy before Jan. - consumed on 12/18/10

Sam Adams Harvest Pumpkin Ale poured a dark reddish amber color producing a nice 2-finger tan head that had good head retention and better than average lacing. The nose is roasted malt and light spices. Taste is of subtle pumpkin pie spices [nut meg seems to dominate], deep roasted and smoked malt. The spice flavor starts out very light and builds a little as you consume it. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp with a dry spicy finish.

Harvest Pumpkin Ale is a nice Pumpkin Ale; however, if you are looking for a stronger pumpkin flavor Michigan Brewing Screaming Pumpkin Spiced Ale would be worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2011 21:14:36 | More by bushbeer75
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3.88/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Coppery brown and very red/dark orange when held to light. Very clear with a few lazy rising bubbles. Small light tan head falls fast and leaves just okay lacing.

S: Toasty malt with some malty sweetness, spices of the cinnamon & nutmet & "pie" spice variety, and some almost faint pumpkin. It is all there, and it does smell nice, but it is rather faint & clean.

T: A great spice level and balance. Pleasantly noticeable pumpkin. And an almost O-fest level of toasty & robust malts to back up the seasonal features with some rich melanoidans and a soft roasty sweetness. Nice. Spice is mostly nutmeg and cinnamon with faint hints of darker stuff (cloves, mace, allspice), actually fades away to let the pumpkin linger on into the finish along with the malts as a some grassy & woody hops poke thought.

M: A bit over medium on body and a bit under on CO2 makes for smooth drinking. Lightly slick with some faint sweetness in finish. Works really well for the style and this beer.

D: I like it. Spice is spot on ( not to strong ), it has a decent pumpkin aspect, and a good solid beer back it all up. A seasonal, but not a novelty. Rich, toasty, and roasty malts do a good job of matching the pumpkin and spice while letting both shine. Nicely rounded and balanced - very drinakable version of style.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2011 12:52:29 | More by SickGnar
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3.35/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pumpkin beer...why not! Best way to describe this beer would be to say...a lite/sugar free pumpkin roll! The malt and spice help to offset a sweetness that can get to sweet...if you know what I mean. I expected more from the aroma and maybe it will come as the beer warms. As far as taste....it's tasty...can't lie. I mean seriously pumpkin beer? It's decent. I could drink maybe two per sitting after that I would need to hang myself by my tongue....in other words...not a session beer for me. But if one is looking for a unique taste....this is a beer for her or him!

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2011 02:42:55 | More by WoodBrew
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New Jersey

3.85/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Situation: Halloween Eve watching Penn State-Michigan; still no defense for us, RichRod! Glassware: Yuengling pint... Appearance: Dark chestnut body (darker than expected with the typically stubborn Sam Adams off-white head... Aroma: pumpkin spice leaps forth; some other underlying hops and spices are present as well... Palate: medium-bodied, lightly oily in texture; inoffensive in its profile; a flourish early, flat late... Taste: more than a bit malty, although the pumpkin spice may have something to do with that; enjoyable softened by the malt profile... Overall: I have little interest in vegetable-infused eer, but for a holiday, I will admit that the beer as the maltiness to substitute for an Octoberfest and stand out a bit in its uniqueness...a second bottle tonights reveals a bit more drinkability and pleasure...

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2011 02:57:18 | More by dacrza1
Samuel Adams Harvest Pumpkin Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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