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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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2,457 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,457
Reviews: 627
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 15.85%
Wants: 50
Gots: 377 | 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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Ratings: 2,457 | Reviews: 627
Photo of rypkr
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.

Photo of HopDevilfan
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.

Photo of TempeBeerMan
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.

Photo of optimator705
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of davey101
3.53/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Photo of dmorgan310
2.5/5  rDev -28%

Photo of SlaughteredWolf
2.75/5  rDev -20.7%

Photo of Brubaker
2.25/5  rDev -35.2%

Photo of mattparsons
4/5  rDev +15.3%

Photo of Tpitty23
4/5  rDev +15.3%

Photo of Bubbalito
4.5/5  rDev +29.7%

Photo of blubaja
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of sinstaineddemon
3.03/5  rDev -12.7%
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

Photo of BlackBearForge
3.63/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Photo of TheSixthRing
2.83/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - Pours a deep ruby amber with a finger thick head, below average retention, and a resulting lace that's thin but consistent and somewhat sticky.

Smell - Heavy aroma of spice; almost medicinal or soda like. Cinnamon and nutmeg. Very little pumpkin in the nose.

Taste - Starts with a touch of smoke and light pumpkin flavors; a bit of cinnamon and nutmeg spice comes through about midtaste, before finishing with what I can only describe as an aspartame like flavor coinciding with all the other character. Too little pumpkin, too much strange spice flavoring.

Mouthfeel - Light with light tingle from the carbonation.

Overall - Bleh! It feels like I'm drinking a flat diet pumpkin soda, and a bad one at that. I've had pumpkin ales before; this is a bad example for the style. All the pumpkins in the world won't make the flavor come through if you overkill it with spices.

Photo of AMson
3/5  rDev -13.5%

Photo of kobeer
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of JayKay412
4/5  rDev +15.3%

Photo of shade13
3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of GiantMidget
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of MilkManX
4/5  rDev +15.3%

Photo of ChrisL24481
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of ssjkyle
4.5/5  rDev +29.7%

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