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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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2,452 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,452
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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4/5  rDev +15.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

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2.75/5  rDev -20.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

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2.75/5  rDev -20.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of AwYeh
3.95/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed from a bottle, poured into pint glass.

A: Clear amber reddish-brown color, with one finger slightly off white head and decent lacing.

S: Pretty solid- there's a good amount of pumpkin and light spices; sweet. Hop profile not too noticeable but about what you may be expecting from a pumpkin beer.

T: Huge pumpkin flavor maybe owing to the freshness, great balance between sweetness and spiciness due presumably to the spices and pumpkins' natural kinship with them. Cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, and ginger all seem to show up. Not noticing too much other malt or hops- just a light toasted flavor and lingering bitterness due to hops- but not sure that's the goal of a pumpkin beer anyhow. On the finish, I get much more pumpkin than I do in some more expensive brews. I notice that some of the more negative reviews have critiqued an absence of pumpkin, but for my money the pumpkin flavors in the beer of both my review bottle and those from my harvest 12 pack were stronger than those of the spices. 

M: Mid body with medium to lively carbonation. Smooth and lightly creamy; lends itself to a lingering pumpkin aftertaste. 

O: Solid offering from Sam Adams; while the best pumpkin beers on the market (pumking and punkin, perhaps, at least in the Midwest) are quite expensive, I can see myself picking this one up a few times throughout the season when I'm feeling a pumpkin beer. Already grabbed a sixer after tasting it in the harvest 12 pack. Pretty drinkable, I had no problem going through two of these in a night alongside various other beers.

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4/5  rDev +15.3%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of Suds
4/5  rDev +15.3%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

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4/5  rDev +15.3%

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4/5  rDev +15.3%

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4/5  rDev +15.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

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3.65/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +22.5%

Photo of Brenden
4/5  rDev +15.3%
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.

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3.38/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Photo of BryanCarey
3.82/5  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.

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3.72/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Samuel Adams Harvest Pumpkin Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
79 out of 100 based on 2,452 ratings.