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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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1,992 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,992
Reviews: 571
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 15.76%
Wants: 39
Gots: 132 | 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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4.1/5  rDev +17.5%

My first beer review, decided I've gotten enough advice from this site that it's time to give some. Poured this straight from the fridge, though it hadn't been in for too long so not as cold as they get.

Poured into a 17oz mug, a little less than 2 fingers of head. Head was slightly off white, mostly dissapeared after not too long but left a thin layer of foam that lingered for most of the glass. Thin streams of tiny bubbles racing to the top. Poured a nice-looking dark amber color, looks very appealing in the glass.

When cold, not much beyond sweet malt seemed to come through. As it warmed the aroma got much stronger. sweet malt aroma with strong notes of pumpkin, cinnamon and nutmeg. A very slight hint of alcohol also came through.

Sweet, bready malt flavor up front. Strong notes of cinnamon and nutmeg come up first towards the back of the palate, followed by a smooth, sweet pumpkin finish. Left behind a nice spicy aftertaste, seemed slightly drying after a while.

somewhat light body, light carbonation that gently prickles on the tongue. Carbonation seemed perfect for the style.

High drink ability, this is definitely a pumpkin beer one could have a couple of in a night. Lighter body than some others I've tried makes it go down very easily and doesn't fill you up right away. Only got two of these in the fall harvest pack but I would definitely pick up a sixer of it. This had the most pronounced pumpkin and spice flavor of any I tried this season. An above average beer with everything one expects from the style present.

11-10-2010 06:29:17 | More by mattjv
Photo of mavbrew


3.8/5  rDev +8.9%

A: Reddish amber in color with a finger thick off-white head that quickly dissipates in a matter of seconds to a think layer of head.

S: Smells just like you would expect, not a strong pumpkin scent but it is present. Some spices are also prominent, that of cinnamon is the most apparent in the nose.

T: The taste is much like the smell, slight pumpkin taste with the spices jumping out at you. Both nutmeg and cinnamon are the main flavors in this beer with a bit of maltiness in the finish.

M: Medium bodied with very little carbonation.

D: As a big fan of pumpkin ales, I like to try any that I happen to come across. Typically I don't usually buy Sam Adams (mainly because it is so readily available and I've had most of them and I like to try a new beer every time I drink) but this is my first go around with this particular pumpkin ale. Overall, not the best pumpkin but definitely not the worst. A good pumpkin ale to say the least.

11-07-2010 21:41:05 | More by mavbrew
Photo of letsgopens


3.88/5  rDev +11.2%

So SA finally takes a stab at this seasonal favorite; certainly better late than never. This one shows a soapy, tan head that recedes very quickly and within a matter of moments has disappeared almost completely. Not much in the way of lace. A crystal clear, rusty amber body with a small amount of rising carbonation.

Plenty of pumpkin pie spice in the nose with crystal malts and buttery caramel. A hint of cooked pumpkin and faint, floral hops.

Sweet toasted malt up front with more cinnamon, nutmeg and clove. A certain amount of pleasant creaminess that brings to mind canned pumpkin puree as it mingles with the spice notes. A slick, sweet finish that lingers with hints of warm cinnamon, clove and vanilla.

Slick and somewhat mellow carbonation makes for a creamy, appetizing mouthfeel. Just a hint of dryness peeks through in the end along with faint warmth and dusty spice.

11-04-2010 00:34:31 | More by letsgopens
Photo of Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4.03/5  rDev +15.5%

A: The beer is transparent and dark orange. The glass is entirely full of bubbles. The head is two inches thick and leaves a thick sheet of lacing on the glass.

S: Pumpkins, cinnamon, nutmeg, malt. The aroma is well done. I don't detect any artificial additives that so often make this style not enjoyable.

T: The best pumpkin ale I have had this year. Spices enhance the beer without being overbearing. The beer is nice and malty with a good balance among the various flavors.

M: Medium body with alcohol content hidden well. Nice lingering aftertaste that ties the whole flavor profile together.

D: A solid beer and certainly one of the better examples of the style. Unfortunately, the beer is only sold as part of the Samuel Adams Harvest Collection 12 pack.

11-01-2010 20:10:21 | More by Huhzubendah
Photo of DesMoinesMike


3.03/5  rDev -13.2%

This one I didn't find overly impressive. It starts off with an attractive dark copper hue and and a bunch of light tan foam swirling in my perfect pour glass. The aroma is nicely malted, and after that it gets kinda weird. The flavor starts off with caramel and pumpkin that's a bit sweet. After sitting for a few seconds it develops a mild sourness that lingers and distracts from the initial impact. Overall I don't think the beer is that good because of the aftertaste. This one sure looks better than it tastes. Sorry guys, this one just doesn't work for me.

10-31-2010 22:39:22 | More by DesMoinesMike
Photo of chilidog


4/5  rDev +14.6%

Bought the Harvest collection for this beer, well worth it in my opin.

Reddish amber pour, white head a plenty, laces well.

Aroma of pumpkin pie in a Sam Adams lager glass.

You taste the pumpkin. Brown sugared malts. Spice of cinnamon and nutmeg. nice balance.

The mouth is soft and left like the chew of the pie.

Overall a good harvest drink and the 5.7% abv is a pleasing touch.

10-31-2010 12:38:10 | More by chilidog
Photo of Morey


4.03/5  rDev +15.5%

Pours a beautiful deep mahogany color when held up to the light. Good clarity. Nice cream colored head with moderate head retention.

Smells of pumpkin and spices. Very clean. Nice.

Smooth with a nice balance between the pumpkin and spices. Not too much spice as to where it lingers on the palate like other pumpkin ales I've had.

Medium slightly chewy mouthfeel with moderate carbonation.

One of the more drinkable pumpkin ales that I've had.

Morey's Bottom Line: A pleasant surprise. A great example of the style in my opinion. This and the Boston Lager are the two best beers in the fall 12 pack from Sam Adams with the Octoberfest getting an honorable mention.

10-29-2010 00:31:37 | More by Morey
Photo of diabecktic


4.03/5  rDev +15.5%

A hard pour yields an dark liquid topped with ~1 finger of foamy, light tan head. When held up to the light, the color resembles something of a ruby-red grapefruit, but it otherwise looks dark brown with a hint of orange. Head retention and lacing are pretty good.

There isn't anything too complex here. I can detect a pumpkin malt that is complimented by a cinnamon-sugar smell and a hint of nutmeg. The aroma is both sweet and spicy (mainly the latter).

I find that there is considerably more depth in the taste than in the nose. All elements are there, but they're stronger. Toasted pumpkin is clearly the foundation upon which the sweet notes of cinnamon-sugar are based. Spices become more apparent as the beer warms, but the sweetness remains the same.

The sweet malt adds a bit of density to the beer, though it's not too "syrupy." The spices leave a pleasant sensation on the tongue and the sweetness keeps me interested in sipping further.

You wouldn't figure that this beer features ~5.70% ABV, as it's quite well-hidden. The flavor definitely improves as the beer warms, so this one gets high marks. Consuming a 6 pack in a single setting might be a bit ambitious, but this would make a great session beer for a cold autumn evening.

This is a pretty good pumpkin ale. I found it to be quite a bit sweeter than some other ones which I've had, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. I would have preferred a bit more spice, but the sweetness is quite well-done because the pumpkin helps balance it out as the beer warms. Sam Adams rarely disappoints, and this is no exception. I would definitely have this beer again even though it's not the BEST pumpkin ale that I've had.

10-28-2010 03:33:19 | More by diabecktic
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3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

A - Poured out a dark, reddish, amber color with a small, white head of foam. It was short-lived and left very little sudsy lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of pumpkin, cinnamon and nutmeg. It really smelled like a good pumpkin ale.

T - The taste doesn't match the aroma. It is good but nutmeg-heavy. The pumpkin and cinnamon flavor are a little muted.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light to medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

D - This is a nice pumpkin ale. There are betters out there. And there are worse out there, too. It works for the price.

10-26-2010 22:18:17 | More by zeff80
Photo of Dadoftwogirls


3/5  rDev -14%

Blah... I had such high expectations. This beer does nothing for me personally. It doesn't have the spice, depth or character that several other Pumpkin offerings (Dogfish Head, Post Road) seem to have. I honestly cannot taste anything that gives me the feeling that pumpkin was even used. I drank three to be sure. I would drink it if it was free but if I'm spending my money... Dogfish would be what I'd buy.

10-26-2010 21:09:52 | More by Dadoftwogirls
Photo of rsgcwhite

New Mexico

3.38/5  rDev -3.2%

Poured into Sam Adams Glass.

A: On the crimson side of Amber, it poured a magnificent lingering head.

S: Brown Sugar, Cinnamon, misc. Spices; all in all, sort of spicy in an odd 'Old Person's House' way.

T: Malty sweetness gives way to a subtle but lingering spice cabinet. There's a lot of spice, and actually, I can't tell if it's something enjoyable or I feel like I've licked about fifteen autumn-themed Yankee candles. It's certainly more interesting than a lot of beers, and was alright for a fall evening.

M: Somehow both creamy and spicy, at the same time buttery.

Drinkability got better as the beer went on and I stopped trying to think about it. Like Candy Corn at Halloween, enjoy it during it's consumption window - but you'll never desire consuming this in off-seasons.

10-26-2010 02:00:03 | More by rsgcwhite
Photo of david131


2.8/5  rDev -19.8%

A- A clear, deep orange liquid with some red highlights. There are numerous streams of carbonation making their way to the surface and a thin light brown head.

S- Cinnamon, nutmeg, and stewed tomatoes. That is about all I can get here.

T- Same as the aroma. A little sweet and light on the spices. Kind of macro-y at the same time.

M- Rather creamy and smooth. At least something is going right with this beer.

D- Not one of the better pumpkin ales out there... in fact one of the worst I have tried. Not terrible, but not worth trying.

10-25-2010 02:34:04 | More by david131
Photo of OWSLEY069


3.13/5  rDev -10.3%

Pours a clean orange-ish to copper color with a tan head. In the aroma, earthy and gourd like fruitiness. In the taste, cinnamon and vanilla, a light maltiness. A spice like bite and a light bodied mouthfeel, with a dry, spicy aftertaste. Big spice, yet not too overwhelming.

10-23-2010 15:17:42 | More by OWSLEY069
Photo of wvu9787

West Virginia

4.1/5  rDev +17.5%

First off I would like to say I wish that they made this beer in 6/12-Packs. Right now this is only avalible in the Sam Adams fall harvest collection mix 12 pack and you only get 2 of each style, this is by far the best one in the bunch. The mix pack was bought at a local Giant Eagle for 13.99 +tax. Beer poured into a 16oz pint glass and the AVB. is at 5.7%.

Apperence- poures a hazy dark orange, nice 2 finger off white/tan head.

Smell- nutmeg, allspice, cinnamon, all your basic pumpkin ale spice smells, however I dont really smell the pumpkin.

Taste- Sweets, Roasted malts is the leading taste, again like the smell: nutmeg, allspice, cinnamon, and little pumpkin in the taste, no clove to be found and I love that about the beer.

Mouthfeel- Nice carbonation, not too much not too little. A little creamy but nothing like you would get in say a chocolate beer.

Drinkabilty- Very drinkable, out of all the Sam Adam beers I have had this is by far my favorite, then again pumpkin ales are my favorite style, I could drink this all night, once again I wish this was in 6/12 packs.

Overall I think this beer is great, I do like Sam
Adam beers for the most part,but this is one of their best. I will say this, if your looking to try a pumpkin ale for the first time then this may be your best bet, not only because of the mild pumpkin/pumpkin pie spice flavores but because its a darn good beer and Sam Adams is around everywhere.

10-23-2010 10:13:00 | More by wvu9787
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4.03/5  rDev +15.5%

A: Color is a fantastic deep burnt orange. Good head and lacing.

S: Whoa, huge spice factor. Nutmeg and clove dominate. There's a a little pumpkin in there too but mostly spicey. This can be bad with pumpkin beers, but they pull it off here. There's also a little grainy malt in the background.

T: Pumpkin pie spice is still at the forefront in the flavor department, but the sweetness of the malt is also very noticeable. There even seems to be a trace of alcohol and a little hop twang in the finish. For a pumpkin beer that chose the spice route, there is a good deal of balance, which is nice to see.

M: Nice and creamy but a little too much bubbly zest.

D: I thought the strong flavors might become grating after a while, but I was ready for more by the end of the glass. Two or three is probably the max though.

10-23-2010 00:11:18 | More by BeefyMee
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3.18/5  rDev -8.9%

Well, the Sam Adams marketing team sure knows how to get people to buy a 12 pack of easy to find beer: put two beers only available in mixed 12's in the same box. This beer, along with a dunkleweizen and also Feziwig (available at Christmas) are all available in mix 12 packs only. I guess they sucked me in this time.

This one pours into a Sam Adams pint glass an orange amber color with ruby highlights. Topped with a slightly hued, somewhat tan head. Average lacing with less than spectacular retention.

Aroma is lacking any real pumpkin essence and is basically a slightly spiced amber ale. Notes of cloves with the main scent being typical biscuit and caramel malts.

Flavor profile has a little more pumpkin essence but still falls well short of any real substance. The flavor exhibits a bit more cinnamon with toasted grains and caramel.

This one is strictly right down the middle and lies just short of mediocrity. I guess this one is okay for pumpkin beers, certainly not offensive, but definitely not one of the top 15 out there. Unless you really dig all of the beers in this mixer, this one doesnt warrant a special purchase.

10-22-2010 21:37:18 | More by SaCkErZ9
Photo of taigor

New York

2.73/5  rDev -21.8%

Poured from bottle into pint glass.

A - Poured amber reddish slightly hazy color with small head that quickly dissipated leaving almost no lacing around the glass.

S - Pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg and other spices.

T - Malts upfront, however pumpkin and cinnamon taste almost non-existent which was a big let down from smell.

M - Medium bodied with average carbonation

D - Somewhat average but I would definitely need more flavor to drink this beer again in the future.

10-21-2010 20:20:58 | More by taigor
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3.53/5  rDev +1.1%

L: Pours a nice copper orange color with a medium sized and medium bodied white colored head that fades somewhat slowly and laces the glass a bit as it fades.
S: Big whiffs of nutmeg, allspice, cinnamon, and a hint of clove come out of this over nice roasted malt flavors. There is a pumpkin flavor all the way through this one.
T: Tastes of sweet roasted malts, then some pumpkin, and then all the spices synonymous with pumpkin ales - nutmeg, allspice, some cinnamon, and a hint of clove at the end.
M: OK mouthfeel, medium bodied, perfect amount of carbonation.
D: Pretty drinkable, the flavors are all there, maybe some more pumpkin would be nice.

10-20-2010 10:39:07 | More by erosier
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3.83/5  rDev +9.7%

Poured from 12oz bottle.

A- Pours a deep brownish amber color. Half finger tan head shows light retention and dies rather quickly. No real lacing at all.

S- After letting this one warm up I get a lot of spices. Nutmeg, cinnamon, and allspice in this one. I get a little pumpkin but this is more spice forward. No real malts or hops in this beer but I don't seem to mind it.

T- Spices and more spices in the front of this. Nutmeg and allspice seem to be the most front forward. There is a light malt base in the backing but this gets killed off by the spicing. There is a light pumpkin flavor to this in the middle but like everything else the spicing masks it all.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. The spices dominate the palate and long into the aftertaste. Clean tasting but spice forward and not really balanced. Light drying on the palate from the alcohol.

D- This beer was good. Not my favorite pumpkin ale but don't get me wrong I wouldn't mind this as its own 6 pack. Nice pumpkin ale Sam Adams!

10-19-2010 01:50:22 | More by alleykatking
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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Bottle (notched best by Feb) poured into a nonic pint.

A- 1-finger, dark tan head almost instantly drops to a light film that leaves some decent sticky spots. The body is fairly clean, somewhere between copper and garnet with medium carbonation.

S- Right off the bat, it's sweet and spicy. Very pumpkin pieish. There's something of starchy pumpkin with brown sugar and pie spice (mostly clove, with some nutmeg, and maybe a touch of ginger?). It really does well to showcase the pumpkin and spice qualities while keeping the "beer" intact. A little warmth ups the caramel malts (I expected more spice to come through with warmth).

T- Not as spicy as expected from the aroma at first. Rich malts are supported by pie spice. Malts become really roasty to the point of showing smoked qualities, which might be supported by some of the spices (allspice? mace?). It has a pretty clean finish. Unfortunately, about halfway through the bottle the spice really adds up and overwhelms a bit.

M- Pretty solid. Moderate carbonation. A little thicker viscosity than expected makes a coating sensation. It's almost chalky at points, maybe a by-product of the spice.

D- This one suffers the fateof most pumpkin beers. That is, it's pretty much a one-and-done in any one sitting. That said, it's a beer I'd drink again. Possibly a good fall harvest/Thanksgiving brew.

10-17-2010 23:10:07 | More by GRPunk
Photo of Kooz

New York

2.6/5  rDev -25.5%

Poured into a Sam Adams pint glass. Beautiful beer. Brownish-red, not orange like many pumpkin ales. Not much head, no lacing. I think this is atypical for a Sam beer, but it is what it is.

Smells faintly of pumpkin. Not much, but a bit. It's, eh, okay.

Tastes alright, not very good though. A little too spicy. Not much pumpkin.

Very good mouthfeel. Foamy and creamy. Nice!

I wouldn't drink this if other things are available, although it isn't the worst pumpkin I've had.

10-17-2010 00:16:06 | More by Kooz
Photo of argock


3.58/5  rDev +2.6%

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a clear pint glass. Best by notched on the side of the label. Purchased as part of SA Harvest Sampler 12-pack for $13.99 at Harris Teeter (Charlottesville, VA).

A: Pleasing rust-amber hue with creamy 1-2 finger vanilla ice cream colored head with good retention and nice lacing.

S: Spices are mild, almost too mild for the style, with a crisp herbal hoppiness and plenty of caramel, toffee maltiness

T: I'm not a big fan of pumpkin ales, but this one is about as good as any I've tried as the spice and pumpkin flavor is an accent to the substantial maltiness rather than the overwhelming steamroller they are in most pumpkin beers. No extract-like flavors, just smooth maltiness with caramel, light roast, and biscuit character and a soft spicing rather than the blunt object the spices usually are in this style. Hops are a small player and mainly add herbal qualities.

M: The maltload is pretty liberal with a medium body and a soft smoothness in feel helped along by the light carbonation. Aftertaste is light pie spice and mostly caramel maltiness.

D: Easily the best pumpkin beer I have had to date with malt allowed to maintain the lead with support from spice and pumpkin rather than the other way around. This one is more like a beer spiked with pumpkin instead of a pumpkin pie with a dash of beer.

10-17-2010 00:05:50 | More by argock
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3.95/5  rDev +13.2%

Picked up a Sam Adams Harvest Variety Pack, mostly to get a hold of this one -- I'm a sucker for pumpkin ales and since I'm running out of ones in my immediate distribution area, I'll take anything new. Review is from notes taken on 10/16/2010 and poured from the bottle to a pint glass.

Appearance: Pour is a beautiful deep coppery color and it starts with a one finger light tan head with decent retention; head fades relatively slowly to an uneven, but full skim on the surface; body is fairly dark, has very good clarity and shows moderately strong carbonation bubbling throughout; only one lonely patch of lacing is left behind.

Smell: A little weaker than what I typically like, but it's not too bad -- it has more of a lager-ish grainy scent to it that is complimented by some warm pumpkin and pumpkin pie spices (mostly nutmeg, followed by a bit of cinnamon); there's a bit of a sweet, cola-like sweetness lingering that is kind of interesting as well.

Taste: It's actually pretty good - I kind of wish this was available in six-packs on its own based upon the taste; unlike the smell, I feel that the pumpkin pie flavor is more up front -- smooth pumpkin goodness complimented by a big ol' dash of nutmeg and cinnamon; it has a firm, but not overpowering, hop bitterness that provides just a bit of bite and balance behind the blast of pumpkin pie flavors; a fair toffee/caramel malty backing rounds out the beer in the back.

Mouthfeel: Body is medium/light and has pretty damn near perfect carbonation for the body and style -- nice and crisp, but ultimately far from sharp (really just provides the right amount of action on the palate); a moist and sticky coating is left on the roof of the mouth that becomes a little cottony dry.

Drinkability: Yeah, I could really drink this beer all day during the nice, temperate and cool fall; moderate ABV, a body that's not going to weigh you down and a nice set of flavors are really fitting for the style. I have to say, I'm fairly impressed -- not that Sam Adams isn't typically solid (IMHO), but this one really kind of exceeded my expectations. While it may not compete with a Double Frog Hollow or Pumking with a year of age on it, it is really super solid.

10-16-2010 19:48:56 | More by bamadog
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3.85/5  rDev +10.3%

Picked up a SA Harvest twelve pack to try the Dunkel and the Pumpkin. Poured into a stemmed glass. Dark orange color, nearing a shade of burnt rust. Fairly large white head. A nice looking beer to start. Smell had a lot of spice notes to it. Taste was appealing, with flavors of cinnamon, nutmeg and pumpkin really standing out. Mouthfeel was appropriate for a pumpkin ale - smooth but with a bit of heartiness. Drinkability was good, as this beer had a bit of body to it, and had an enticing flavor that made you want to take the next sip. As this is Sam Adams' first commercial venture into the seasonal and finicky world of pumpkin ales, I was skeptical at first. But I will have to admit, SA released a satisfying brew with this one. I would buy this in six packs if it became available in the future.

10-16-2010 04:31:08 | More by morebeergood
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New York

4/5  rDev +14.6%

Got this one in a fall variety pack. Poured it into a chilled pint glass.

A. Dark reddish brown body with tan head that reduced to a cap within about one minute.

S. Pumpkin pie spices, cinnamon and nutmeg, with a roasted malt body.

T. Sweet malty body with the typical Sam Adams yeast flavor. Very good depth with some hints of spices.

M. Light and slightly over carbonated.

D. Overall this is a very good brew and would pick up a six pack if I saw it in the store.

10-16-2010 02:07:54 | More by bourbonbock
Samuel Adams Harvest Pumpkin Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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