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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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2,106 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,106
Reviews: 585
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 15.76%
Wants: 41
Gots: 177 | 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

(Beer added by: Kegatron on 11-10-2008)
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Photo of rlee1390
3.53/5  rDev +1.1%

A-Dark orange, almost a light brown with decent carbonation.

S-Spices, pumpkin and nutmeg.

T-Mostly cinnamon but it isn't too overwhelming.

M-It was a little flat and lighter in body than most of the other beers

O-Exactly what you'd expect from Sam Adams, a decent drinkable pumpkin ale that someone just starting out can try.

rlee1390, Sep 29, 2011
Photo of emmasdad
3.03/5  rDev -13.2%

Another one from the mixed 12. Poured a nice dark red color, with a bit of creamy white head. Pretty standard all around, both on the nose and on the palate. Some pumpkin spice, sweet malt, a little caramel and an easy drinking medium body. Not bad but not much more.

emmasdad, Sep 29, 2011
Photo of blknikon
2.33/5  rDev -33.2%

I got this off a recommendation and unfortunately it seems I was overall let down.

Appearance - A very amber look with a decent one-finger head that was slightly off white.

Smell - Although I do not have the best nose in the world, I only got minor traces of fall spices and very slight hint of pumpkin. This usually is not the case with the better pumpkin ales I've tried and worried me a little from the beginning.

Taste - A distant taste of pumpkin followed by a characterless taste of malt. Hints of spice but nothing terribly notable. Ends on a similar hardly present pumpkin flavor note.

Mouthfeel - The beer was more medium to a med-light body with a fair amount of carbonation. Not much of a lingering taste but in this case I didn't mind. Somewhat smooth at points (more than likely from the malts used) but there were moments where it became difficult to continue knowing I had other beer to try.

Overall - A poor representation of what I've come to know as the standard for this beer style, and somewhat of a let down given the great pumpkin ales brewed by the neighboring breweries. My only thoughts were that I was glad it wasn't my first pumpkin ale.

blknikon, Sep 28, 2011
Photo of SolipsismalCat
3.48/5  rDev -0.3%

Poured into a pint glass. Reviewed alongside Blue Point Pumpkin Ale.

A: Clear deep amber with two-finger, off-white, fizzy head that lasted a minute or two. Not much lacing.

S: Fruity caramel malt, pumpkin, and cinnamon.

T: Moderate sweetness and light bitterness. Caramel malt, a bit of pumpkin flavor, and lots of spice.

M: Light to medium bodied with soft carbonation. Kind of watery.

O: The head was disappointing. Smelled good, but not much pumpkin in the taste. Mouthfeel was also a bit disappointing.

SolipsismalCat, Sep 28, 2011
Photo of beergod1
4.1/5  rDev +17.5%

I was really excited to try this one since I look forward to the release of pumpkin beers each fall. The beer pours a orangish-brown color with a white head. The aroma is classic pumpkin ale, with lots of pumpkin and nutmeg notes. The flavor is more of the same. I get a ton of pumpkin, along with the classic pumpkin pie spices of cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice. I also get some caramel malt. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Not quite as good as Weyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin or ST Pumpking, but a step above most of the pumpkin ales that are on the market. I'm liking this Autumn Pack so far from SA.

beergod1, Sep 28, 2011
Photo of LeoEnergy
3.85/5  rDev +10.3%

This one was a surprise because I wasn't expecting much spice or pumpkin to really come through.

A- It had a dark copper orange body with some spotty lacing served in my Sam Adams Pint glass.

S- Several spices, malt, pumpkin, and sweet- honey came through.

T- The taste was nothing spectacular but had a nice hint of sweetness and malt. The spices and pumpkin were evident to me.

M- This beer had a great mouth feel, it felt full and nutritious. I could almost chew on- Like the Kentucky chew with bourbon.

I could definitely could have a 6 of these mostly because the ABV was low and I enjoyed the spices.

LeoEnergy, Sep 27, 2011
Photo of BeerVikingSailor
3.53/5  rDev +1.1%

New bottle from new six pack; the sixer's are new this year, was only offered in the 12 pack Fall Harvest pack last season, nice to see it offered this way now....

Poured into GLBC pint glass, nice foamy head and some lacing, which faded pretty fast...

A: Pretty nice typical Pumpkin ale color, orangish brown, nice

S: Decent, not too overpowering in any way, get some cinnamon and other pumpkin spices, and caramel malt smells, pleasant

T: Ok, nothing crazy, just a solid pumpkin ale

MF: pretty good, could drink a few of these easily, not too heavy or sweet, very drinkable

O: Solid, basic Pumpkin Ale from SA; a good daily drinking beer for fall....I wish I could grab the new SA Imperial PA I have heard about coming out on draft...

Good drinking Pumpkin for the masses....enjoy after raking leaves!

BeerVikingSailor, Sep 27, 2011
Photo of Lemke10
4.1/5  rDev +17.5%

I bought a Sam Adams Harvest Collection 12-pack at Woodman's in Janesville, WI for $12.99 in Fall 2011.

Pours a medium dark brown with only a thin layer of carbonation on top. Scent of pumpkin and spices are very evident. Very flavorful and full of spice. Drinks rather smooth that goes well with the fall weather. Has all the great spices that are in pumpkin pie including cinnamon and nutmeg. Quite delicious and gets me in the fall mood. The only downside is that I can only find this beer in the Fall Sam Adams Sampler Pack.

Lemke10, Sep 27, 2011
Photo of divineaudio
3.85/5  rDev +10.3%

pint glass. best by feb 2011.

a - pours a nice, deep copper color and forms a pinky of head that was gone in the time it took me to type this sentence. leaves a few legs of lacing behind.

s - pretty much nailed the pumpkin pie smell.

t - lots of carmel malt with notes of pumpkin and spice. a bit of dark fruitiness followed by enough bitterness to balance the malt.

m - lighter side of medium with too much carbonation. slightly sticky.

o - a solid beer and fits the style. goes down easy, could see myself drinking a few no problem. one of the better fall seasonals i have had this year.

divineaudio, Sep 27, 2011
Photo of oline73
3.48/5  rDev -0.3%

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a finger of white head that goes away quickly.

Smell: Sweet and malty with some pumpkin and a lot of spice. Reminds me of pumpkin pie.

Taste: Similar to the smell. Some pumpkin but the spice is the focal pint. The cinnamon and nutmeg compliment the malt sweetness well. There is a bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with smooth carbonation and a finish that is a bit chalky.

Overall: The flavor is good, perhaps a bit too mild. Nothing real special, but it's a decent pumpkin ale.

oline73, Sep 27, 2011
Photo of TheBear11D
3.53/5  rDev +1.1%

Pours a mostly clear dark amber with a thick tan brown bubbly head that disappeared in the blink of an eye.

The aroma is carried nicely by pumpkin with nutmeg and on a second smell the whole beer almost smells like a gingerbread cookie.

The flavor is fairly mild with nutmeg and pumpkin standing out. The beer is somewhat sweet and carries a bit of the spice into the aftertaste.

Has a medium body with very mild carbonation.

Overall this is a decent pumpkin ale, but I would like a little more going on.

TheBear11D, Sep 27, 2011
Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
3.73/5  rDev +6.9%

Pours out a rich amber with a small rosy head, no lace.

The smell is pumpkin and clove heavy, bit of cinnamon. The other spices give it a metallic hint. No real malt or hop presence in the smell.

Dark fruit, spices and a bit of pumpkin make up the taste. The spices aren't as medicinal as the smell. Touch of earthy hops near the finish. Not bad. A bit thin in the mouth.

Glad the pack only came with two. It isn't bad, but there are far better pumpkin beers out there.

OBeerMeGreatOne, Sep 26, 2011
Photo of thain709
3.58/5  rDev +2.6%

A - Poured a clear, and watery looking, copper color...the head, wait, what head?...formed little bubbles as I poured but disappeared before I even put the empty bottle down...not much lacing to speak of

S - This was my favorite part of the beer because it had the classic pumpkin pie aromas...cinammon, nutmeg, and other spices filled the nose with sweeter hints of caramel and more mellow notes of pie crust

T - The flavors start off the same as the nose...the classic pumpkin pie spices are rolling around on the palate...they aren't heavy handed which make them pleasant...the middle of the beer brings in the sweet caramel which takes some of the edge off of the spices...a doughy presence also mellows things out...the finish, and this becomes more pronounced as the beer warms, actually brings forth fleshy pumpkin...with the pumpkin coming forward it really adds that vegetable flavor and kind of disappoints me in the finish

M - Medium bodied...smooth, adequete carbonation level...starts sweet and finishes with fleshy pumpkin

O - For me this beer went through a lot of stages...the pour was terrible, the aroma provided what I want in a pumpkin beer, the flavors started nice then finished not so nice...this was just another average pumpkin beer for me

thain709, Sep 26, 2011
Photo of ShanePB
3.73/5  rDev +6.9%

Fresh 2011 batch, poured into a standard pint glass.

A: Clear dark copper body with some orange hues in the light. A tight, small white head dissipates quickly and leaves absolutely no retention or lacing of any kind. Dismal, bland and boring for the style, oh well.

S: Cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg and hints of freshly baked pumpkin flesh. Faint caramel malts and dough come through towards the end. While I do get some nice flavors off the aroma, as a whole it is very, very muted.

T: Baked warm pumpkin flesh, really nice in displaying an actual pumpkin flavor in the beer. Cinnamon, nutmeg and a bit of bready dough and crust in the linger. Not surprisingly, it's extremely easy drinking and really flavorful once the initial chill wore off and allowed the flavors to come through.

M: Nice and bubbly, easy drinking, medium to light bodied, not bad at all for the style. Nothing is dry or off in the finish or linger, just really solid and well done.

This is one of the few Pumpkin Ales that actually manage to get a very good pumpkin flavor in the beer without overloading on the spices. True, they are present but I think the actual pumpkin "meat" is displayed rather nicely.

ShanePB, Sep 26, 2011
Photo of Schmidts
3.8/5  rDev +8.9%

From the bottle pours rusty tan with small creamy tan/white head. Smells of caramel,spices,candy. Tastes like pumpkin pie with smooth spices, caramel, and not overly sweet or spicey. Nice touch of hops and creamy.
The mouth feel is refreshing and creamy.
I give this one an overall of 4.0 not bad for their first try at Puumpkin Ale and very drinkable, not the best one I have had but very nice.

Schmidts, Sep 25, 2011
Photo of stickynotes
3.03/5  rDev -13.2%

Pours a deep amber, a slightly caramel head quickly dissipates into a thin film. Smell is allspice, some pumpkin, sweet malts. Taste is pretty full, allspice, tiny bit of clove, some subtle roasted malt. Not hugely spiced. Pumpkin is throughout and works ok with the minor spicing and sweetness. Mouthfeel is fine, some larger bubbles off the tongue, medium bodied. Overall this delivers as a pumpkin ale but not something I will be purchasing again, nothing really stands out for me.

stickynotes, Sep 25, 2011
Photo of CJfromPhilly
3.53/5  rDev +1.1%

Pours from the 12 oz. bottle a reddish brown color with a 1/2 finger off-white head that vanished almost as soon as I was finished pouring. The carbonation is very light, I can practically count the bubbles on one hand. Aroma is of spice and a light caramel note. 1st sip brings a note of spice (cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice) with a slight hint of caramel and a rich background of pumpkin. This is the closest to the "pumpkin pie in a glass" cliche that I have ever come across. The mouthfeel is medium bodied. Overall, an Ok beer, but not something I would seek out again.

CJfromPhilly, Sep 24, 2011
Photo of wedge
3.6/5  rDev +3.2%

Pours a clear, russet color with a creamy tan head. Pleasantly spiced pumpkin pie aroma along with caramel malt and subtle pumpkin. Mellow flavor all around. Spices show up in the aftertaste...cinnamon, ginger, clove...smooth and easy going. Sweet-ish caramel and a touch of bread, but not a tremendous amount of pumpkin. Smooth and drying in the finish. Certainly not bad at all. I could drink several of these and be perfectly happy.

wedge, Sep 24, 2011
Photo of albertjr21
3.03/5  rDev -13.2%

Fall 2011 has arrived! Into a pint glass this pours a very clear ruby red highlighted amber color under a light tan colored head. Aroma is mild with a note of pumpkin spice and perhaps a hint of cinnamon. A hefty grainy toasted malt body comes through in the mouthfeel and finishes with a somewhat peppery spiced detail. Not much sweetness seems to come through in the flavor to me and I am led to believe that this is more in the style of a traditional pumpkin ale as opposed to the BIG and eclectic Fall brews of American craft beer today. I'm curious to try this with one food...

albertjr21, Sep 24, 2011
Photo of cbutova
3.7/5  rDev +6%

A- Brown sugar hue into a pint glass. Small tan head dissipates rather quickly. No lace from a small ring on the beer.

S- Not the strongest aroma but a decent amount of cinnamon, nutmeg, brown sugar and dark fruit.

T- Pumpkin dessert. The usual suspects with a forward spice presence but not overbearing. Cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin, brown sugar and dark fruit.

MF- Highly carbonated silky light body. Slight residual bitterness.

Drinkable with a pretty good flavor. I would say a tad too much spice for the body and size of the beer.

cbutova, Sep 24, 2011
Photo of Flounder57
3.55/5  rDev +1.7%

12 oz beer was poured into a pibt glass

Appearance: The beer poured a very thin head that has reduced to nothing. The color of the beer is a ruby red/mohogany shade. There are signs of carboantion and the clarity is somewhat visible due to the dark shade

Smell: Smells delicious. Pumpkn spice, pumkpin, brown sugar, cinnamon, all spice, clove, and sweet malts.

Taste: All the same as smell, the taste lingers off very quickly. Nice balance of sweet malts too.

Mouthfeel: smooth, a decent amount of carbonation, watery and thin, and light bodies. Spices are starting to annoy me.

Overall: I will have to say that is not the best pumpkin beer I have tried, but a reasonable one at best. Wouldn't mind trying it out on draft if possible. I would try it again if it were offered to me.

Flounder57, Sep 23, 2011
Photo of steinlifter
4.38/5  rDev +25.5%

Poured a clear amber...big foamy 1 inch head, that reduced to a 1/4 inch collar.
nose was of sweet pumpkin spice.
Taste is very satisfying, creamy full mouthfeel, nice pumpkin flavor,but not overwhelming, some roasted malts round this out nicely, DFH pumpkin ale is my fave, but I would put this one as my runner up, very well done...good stuff! :)

steinlifter, Sep 22, 2011
Photo of DannyDan
3.85/5  rDev +10.3%

Pours out a dark red amber with a thin tan head that leaves little retention and not much lacing. The smell is pumpkin and spices. The taste starts with some spices followed by some hops and pumpkin. The sweet caramel malt is consistent through out and gives it a nice balanced taste. The mouthfeel is sticky, but easy to drink and overall a very good tasting beer that gives Sam Adams another winner.

DannyDan, Sep 22, 2011
Photo of MadCat
4.2/5  rDev +20.3%

Appearance: A beautiful reddish brown color, with a short tan head, leaves little lacing

Smell: Spices, pumpkin, and caramely malts

Taste: This really should be know as the pumpkin pie beer, because it tastes like you're drinking pumpkin pie. There is a generous amount of pumpkin pie spices and pumpkin, balanced out with some good caramely malts and some hops. It tastes much better than it sounds. I've had one pumpkin beer before, and it was nasty. This, however, is amazing. Sam Adams hit a home run with this one, in my book anyways. This alone is worth the purchase of the Fall 12 pack (though I like most of what that 12 pack contains).

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body, with good carbonation. Gives you some of that thickness that pumpkin demands, but doesn't go overboard, as the beer isn't too rich.

Overall: Love it. With good brews like this, it makes me wonder how Sam Adams puts out some terribly mediocre stuff. But I guess with the kind of selection they offer, I'm not going to like everything.

MadCat, Sep 22, 2011
Photo of Fulky
3.8/5  rDev +8.9%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a 16 oz taste activator glass.

Pours a deep amber red with practically no head even when poured hard to try and force one. Very little lacing if any.

Smells sweet of caramel and pumpkin spice. Nothing else too noticeable.

Taste is overwhelmingly creamy, sweet pumpkin pie. A reflection of roasted malt to finish.

Good amount of carbination, but not too dry or crisp. A fair medium, not too thick not too light.

Overall a pretty tasty beer but not one that I would like to have more than one or two of. I was anticipating this out of all of the beers in the Harvest Collection, but unfortunately it's not my favorite. I would recommend giving it a sampling though.

Fulky, Sep 22, 2011
Samuel Adams Harvest Pumpkin Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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