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

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1,999 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,999
Reviews: 572
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 15.76%
Wants: 39
Gots: 135 | FT: 1
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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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afdempse

Maryland

3.63/5  rDev +4%

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.

08-20-2011 03:33:46 | More by afdempse
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dkoehler42

New York

3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

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.

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

Texas

3.83/5  rDev +9.7%

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.

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

New York

2.8/5  rDev -19.8%

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.

PUMPKIN STILL ROCKS BUT THERE ARE BETTER ONES

07-03-2011 02:08:27 | More by Mypintishalffull
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev +6.9%

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.

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

Rhode Island

3.53/5  rDev +1.1%

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.

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

South Carolina

3.58/5  rDev +2.6%

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.

02-19-2011 05:20:24 | More by mikesgroove
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bushbeer75

Michigan

3.53/5  rDev +1.1%

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.

02-12-2011 21:14:36 | More by bushbeer75
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SickGnar

Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev +11.2%

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.

02-01-2011 12:52:29 | More by SickGnar
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WoodBrew

Illinois

3.35/5  rDev -4%

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!

01-19-2011 02:42:55 | More by WoodBrew
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dacrza1

New Jersey

3.85/5  rDev +10.3%

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...

01-10-2011 02:57:18 | More by dacrza1
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bishopdc0

Maine

3.05/5  rDev -12.6%

Beer pours dark amber in color with an initial thick head. The head dissipates but still covers the whole of the beer. It is still dense bubbles. The color is nice.

The aroma is sweet to start, it has a spiciness that isnt over the top. The mix of pumpkin and malt works well unlike many pumpkin beer that are just spices.

Carbonation is upfront and builds to fill the mouth. The malt is sweet with a taste of nutmeg and cinnamon in the midst of it all pumpkin makes a presents.

01-04-2011 23:04:57 | More by bishopdc0
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Jason

Massachusetts

3.1/5  rDev -11.2%

12oz brown bottle with a freshness date.

Heady beginning, amber hued brown color is near crystal clear. Hint of pumpkin meat though the spicing rides higher along with some maltiness in the nose. Very smooth with a feigned fullish body. Spice comes at the palate in an aggressive manner, maltiness struggles to poke through and some alcoholic esters and caramel finally make it through in the spicy-sweet finish.

Way too much spice for my liking, these holiday spiced beers need to be subtle especially if you want any trace pumpkin to come through. Not bad but one bottle is more than enough.

01-03-2011 01:16:51 | More by Jason
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civilizedpsycho

Michigan

3.1/5  rDev -11.2%

Poured bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark amber color that is semi-transparent. Has a nice, light colored head but very little lacing.

Smell: There is certainly some pumpkin aroma, but it's actually pretty bland. It doesn't have the really strong pumpkin aroma typical of the style.

Taste: Again, it has some pumpkin flavor, but not enough for me. It almost seems like it has been a little watered down or something.

Mouthfeel: It actually had a pretty fair body.

Drinkability: It's okay. It's something I could drink again and be alright with it, but I'm not going to run out and buy a whole bunch of them.

12-27-2010 15:52:10 | More by civilizedpsycho
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Murchmac

California

3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

just going straight from the notes a couple months old at this point.

white head, brown reddish body

more malt than pumpkin, candied

little sweet like extract not bad not great

this is a beer with some pumpkin.

Still glad Sam Adams is brewing different kinds of beers even if they are at times a bit weak.

12-23-2010 05:39:23 | More by Murchmac
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rlshep

Ohio

3.73/5  rDev +6.9%

Aroma is freshly cut raw pumpkin. Some spice but can't make out specifically what it is.

Pours small off-white head. Dissipates quickly. Some lacing. Deep mahogony color. High clarity.

More of the pumpkin with a good dose of nutmeg followed by allspice. Low bitterness.Bready malt character. Some fruitiness.

Medium-low mouthfeel. Medium carbonation. Alcohol not noticeable.

Everything balanced on this beer, but balanced to the low side. It shouldn't offend too many palates.

12-23-2010 02:42:41 | More by rlshep
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BeerMasterD

Connecticut

3.9/5  rDev +11.7%

Appearance- Pours a clear orange color with 2 fingers of thick offwhite fluff, receeding to a light top layer and leaving some sticky broken lace.
Smell- Aromas are simply pumpkin pie. Roasty, nutmeg.
Taste- Same as the smell would indicate, with the addition of bready pie crust malt and what seems like some anise.
Mouthfeel and Drinkability- A medium feel and carbonation, smooth and very drinkable.
Overall an enjoyable pumpkin ale.

12-21-2010 19:57:37 | More by BeerMasterD
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FeDUBBELFIST

Pennsylvania

3.08/5  rDev -11.7%

Bottle to tulip.

A: Pours with a light brown foamy cap of 1 1/2 fingers, falling at a moderate pace. The body is crimson tinted amber and sports the classic brilliant clarity so common in BBC's beers. Even with only average lacing, this beer is a looker.

S: Toasted with sugary malt sweetness favoring caramel at the front of the nose with toffee not far behind. From an aroma standpoint, there is little to speak of in the way of hops.

T: Flavors of toffee, butterscotch, brown sugar, pumpkin and vanilla with light hints of smoke and brandy. Possible notes of butter and honey.

M: Medium-light body. An average amount of carbonation leads to a slick texture which is slightly cloying on the finish.

D: Average drinkability. A future purchase is unlikely.

12-20-2010 14:10:54 | More by FeDUBBELFIST
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SanDiegoBeerLove

California

3.65/5  rDev +4.6%

A - Nice Darker Amber color with about a finger of head. Head disappears quickly on this clear beer.

S - Some Spice, Hops, Caramel, and Minerals.

T - Tastes Pumpkin, Spice, Nutmeg, and Brown Sugar.

M - Nice Carbonation, Medium Body, Some Sweetness, and Average Bitterness.

D - I could drink a couple of these, with a pie of course. A very good Pumpkin beer for the price.

12-14-2010 04:13:44 | More by SanDiegoBeerLove
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AustinBeerLvr

Texas

3.9/5  rDev +11.7%

Poured a 12 ounce bottle into a Samuel Adams Boston Lager glass.

I am normally not a huge fan of pumpkin beers, as I find most of them to be simply overwhelming with pumpkin spice. That being said, this is by far the best Pumpkin Ale I have ever had, as the BBC does a great job of keeping everything in balance, and not letting the pumpkin flavor overwhelm the beer. Don't get me wrong, you still get a good dose of pumpkin, but it's perfectly blended with caramel malts and some spicy hop notes. A great holiday brew, as it just tastes like fall and winter.

12-09-2010 23:49:42 | More by AustinBeerLvr
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sixerofelixir

Ohio

3.7/5  rDev +6%

12 oz bottle notched with typical SA enjoy-by date.

Pours a pretty amber color, with a fluffy off-white head. Very clear, and nicely carbonated. Smells decent, a fair amount of pumpkin and a conglomerate of spices that belong with it. Taste begins with a lot of pumpkin and picks up some bitterness towards the finish. I get the typical medley of cinnamon and nutmeg. Feel is carbonated and sharp. Maybe it's the spices, but I'd prefer the feel to be a little smoother. Drinks decently. Definitely an above average offering of a pumpkin ale, imo.

12-07-2010 05:19:48 | More by sixerofelixir
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beerman207

Kentucky

2.93/5  rDev -16%

A: Nice cloudy, dark orange brown pour in the glass

S: Nothing special here. Hard to pick up anything other than malt

T: Taste is more of a winter warmer than a pumpkin.

M: Easy and smooth

D: Could drink this all day but it's not a great example of a pumpkin brew. Probably good it's not out there much other than in the 12 packs.

11-26-2010 03:52:13 | More by beerman207
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herman77

Minnesota

2.17/5  rDev -37.8%

A: Dark bronze with a light tan head. A tad bit of lacing.

S: Spices. Cinnamon, nutmeg and some pumpkin.

T: Semi sweet bready malt mixed with spices. Cinnamon and nutmeg again. Some pumpkin flavor as well, obviously. Not as bad as New Holland's pumpkin beer, but this is still not my thing.

M: Light body. Feels thin with lots of carbonation.

D: Not my thing at all. Not gonna finish this one.

Second pumpkin beer I've had and I now know I'm not a fan of this style.

11-26-2010 02:21:26 | More by herman77
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kwjd

Ontario (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev +8.3%

My dad purchased this as part of a mixed 12 pack containing 6 different Sam Adams beers. Pours a deep amber colour with off-white head. Nice lacing on the glass. Smells of cinnamon, nutmeg, all-spice and pumpkin, pretty much how you'd expect a pumpkin beer to smell I'd guess. Flavour isn't as sweet as the nose would imply, but that makes this easier to drink than some of the bolder pumpkin beers. Nice carbonation level.

11-24-2010 16:03:09 | More by kwjd
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tigg924

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +14.6%

Poured into a Sam Adams glass

Appearance: one inch head, dark orange-brown in color, clear, high carbonation

Smell: cinnamon, cloves, all-spice-- pumpkin spices

Taste: cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, toasted malt, touch of bittering hops, and toffee

Mouthfeel: sweet a with a touch of bitterness, high carbonation, medium-light bodied

Drinkability: A very good seasonal brew that I would get a six of--if it were an option. Nothing out of the ordinary--just a very well crafted brew.

11-22-2010 16:00:27 | More by tigg924
Samuel Adams Harvest Pumpkin Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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