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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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1,901 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,901
Reviews: 567
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 15.76%
Wants: 33
Gots: 90 | 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

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Photo of Mora2000


4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 class 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 Southern Tier Pumking, but a step above most of the pumpkin ales that are on the market.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2010 06:41:57 | More by Mora2000
Photo of chickenflea


3.43/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Pours a light brown color with a small beige head that leaves a small ring and a bit of film. Nose is sweet, nutty malts with hints of pumpkin, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Spicy. Palate is smooth and sticky with a nice light carbonation. Flavor is sweet nutty pumpkin up front with a stingy light hop note in the finish. Mild tinniness on the finish. Otherwise a solid beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2010 23:53:06 | More by chickenflea
Photo of Tone


3.9/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, brown color. 1/2 inch head of an off-white color. Decent retention and slight lacing. Smells of sweet malt, spice (nutmeg), slight yeast, hint of pumpkin, and a hint of pale malt. Fits the style of a Pumpkin Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, spice (cinnamon, nutmeg, and all spice), hint of earthy malt, pumpkin, hint of hop, and slight yeast. Overall, very drinkable, great blend, and good aroma.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2010 14:31:16 | More by Tone
Photo of Duhast500

Rhode Island

3.68/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a mug.

The color is a clear reddish gold with two fingers of foamy brownish head and some nice thick lacing.

The smell is a little funky at first. Some bitter earthy hop flavor so far and not a lot of pumpkin to be had.

The taste is pumpkin at last. There is a juicy pumpkin flavor that is accompanied with a nice sweet flavor that is interesting. There is a bitterness that is out there in the background but there is mostly a pumpkin spicy flavor that keeps me coming back at the moment.

This beer has a nice lighter feel to it. There is a nice finish to it and it goes down well. Ii is not the best beer from Boston beer Co. but not a bad one either.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2010 05:45:02 | More by Duhast500
Photo of Chico1985


3.55/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

9/30/11 - I enjoyed this years batch alot more than last years...flavors weren't as muted, pretty easy drinking, still a little bland but overall a good pumpkin ale.

Original review (scores - 2.5/3/3/3.5/3)
Out of the Fall Sampler pack, first pumpkin beer of the year.

Pours a dark amber color, small off-white head quickly dissipates to a ring. Decent amount of bubbles. No lacing.

Pretty tough to pull some scents out of this one. Spices, pumpkin and malt, none of which jump out.

Flavors are not overly sweet pretty but very muted. All the decent flavor seems to rest in the aftertaste, along with pumpkin I get cinnamon, clove, and toasty malts. Pretty bland overall.

Has a good body but a tad too carbonated, a little tinny.

The few pumpkin ales I tried last year I liked, but I found this one pretty boring.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2010 04:04:05 | More by Chico1985
Photo of Kromes


3.9/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: A dark dark brownish red color with a tan colored head.

S: Aroma is not that strong. There is a slight pumpkin smell with some nutmeg and allspice.

T: A really nice caramel malt flavor hits you up front and then a nice sweet pumpkin pie spice rounds out the beer. The finish just might be too sweet.

M: A little on the heavy side, but it feels right for this beer.

D: There are so many bad pumpkin beers out there, this one is a nice change from the others. Not too over the top, but maybe a little bit too sweet.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2010 23:55:41 | More by Kromes
Photo of flanmedic51


3.75/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle from the Fall variety pack with dark orange hue noted. 1" white head that dissipated quickly.

It smells of spice and roasted malt. Clove and cinnamon seems to be more evident. Not really a discernable pumpkin pie smell but I'm not really into drinking pumpkin pie...

Taste is roasted malt and bready. More of an allspice flavor and clove comes through. Moderate carbonation and overall mouthfeel is light. Slight pumpkin flavor. Aftertaste hints of cinnamon and hoppy bitterness, really a nice balance of flavors...which SA is so great at doing with almost all their beers.

Great pumkin ale without too much spicy notes and overall light, easy drinking ale. With an abundance of crappy Pumpkin Ale attempts available around, SA does a fine job with this one and well balanced. Nothing extraordinary but I would definitely buy a 6 pack if it was available.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2010 14:28:30 | More by flanmedic51
Photo of dpodratsky3

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Small head that fades fast, dark amber brown color, slight orange hue, pretty clear, average-ish

S: Slight toasted malt, with a strong dose of brown sugar and a little cinnamon

T: A slightly caramelly malt note, slightly strange tasting in combination with all that spice, the spices aren't super strong, I assume so it doesn't over power (since SA is pretty middle of the road when it comes to intensity of beers), doesn't really taste pumpkin pie like to me, but like I said just a strange combination, hops are ok in the end but taste disconnected

M: Pretty high carbonation, slightly dry, medium to light body

D: Ok, average

Notes: Just an average overall pumpkin beer. I wasn't expecting too much more from SA. It is a good introductory pumpkin beer, but they need to ramp up certain spices to fix the balance.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2010 05:17:20 | More by dpodratsky3
Photo of SpdKilz


4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a dark caramel apple color into my SA Perfect Pint. About two fingers of tan head are achieved, that dissipates relatively fast, leaving little lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell - Spices such as nutmeg, vanilla, cinnamon, and clove are the first to reach my nose. This is followed by toasted malts, brown sugar, and some slight hops.

Taste - Similar to the nose. Pretty damn pumpkin pie like. The spices blend perfectly with the brown sugar/caramel flavors, nothing is over the top, yet there is just enough to let you know the spices are there. Thankfully there is the lack of "fake" flavors and tastes that seem to be prevalent in other SA fruit beer offerings (i.e. Cherry Wheat). Glad this is in the harvest pack, and honestly pretty impressed.

Mouthfeel - Surprisingly creamy for a SA beer. More so than I remember with almost any other beers from them. Extremely appropriate for the season. Medium carbonation - just enough to slightly prickle the tongue.

Drinkability - For a pumpkin beer, relatively so. Granted after one or two of these I'd move on to something else, the fact I'd reach for a second with such a spicy beer tells you something.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2010 01:46:05 | More by SpdKilz
Photo of droomyster


3.95/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, dark copper with one and a half fingers of a fizzy head that quickly peters out. Aromas get points for showing restraint with the spices and letting some of the toastier and brown sugary malts make their presence known. Taste is a bit spicier than the nose suggested, with some molasses notes that I didn't catch from the aroms. Medium full body is nicely carbonated. Gingerbready taste lingers on the finish.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2010 01:00:17 | More by droomyster
Photo of Spider889


4.08/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was a single purchased at The Anderson's Market off Sawmill. Man was I happy I would get to try this beer without having to buy a whole 12 pack!

This beer was actually a surprise for me, it's very good! Possibly the best-smelling pumpkin ale featuring pumpkin pie spices I've tried thus far.

The beer has a nice ruby glow to it with a creamy orange head.

Smells of cinnamon, pumpkin pie - allspice and brown sugar.

Taste is bright and clean, lots of cinnamon and pumpkin flavors, smooth, and sweet.

Mouthfeel is smooth, almost creamy with a medium body.

Drinkability is good. I definitely wouldn't mind a couple of these over a nice large meal.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2010 06:36:40 | More by Spider889
Photo of Stigs


4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, standard pint glass

A - pours with a thin light tan film and bubbles...the beer is pretty hazy, dark amber in color with active bubbling.

S - heavily dosed with cinnamon, nutmeg, and strong caramel malts. harvest spices and some pumpkin meat as it warms.

T - bright and lively pumpkin spices: cinnamon, nutmeg (heavy), ginger, brown sugar. subtle caramel amber malts hold things togather in the middle. finishes with some mildly earthy British hops, and lingering spice.

M - medium bodied with tight lively carbonation. slightly astringent but not completely in a bad way due to all the spice. finishes prickly and dry.

D - good all around, suitable for the style - nothing stands out, but everything well done, kept in check, and the "pumpkin" is definitely present. BBC has a winner (and hopefully a keeper) here.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2010 01:50:35 | More by Stigs
Photo of lordofthewiens


4.03/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very pretty beer. In a pint glass was a beautiful cherry amber color with a tan head.
It smelled like a pumpkin pie: pumpkin and spice.
Tasted like pumpkin pie also, with a little bit of caramel malt.
Very smooth.
Not a big pumpkin beer fancier, but this one was pretty good.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2010 01:26:54 | More by lordofthewiens
Photo of twiggamortis420


3.8/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle pours a clear copper color with a thick cap of dense tan foam. Retention is good and not much lacing.

Nose is sweet caramel with lots of pumpkin pie spicing. Heavy on the clove and cinnamon. Smells pretty good and the nose is fairly big.

High level of sweetness actually seems to be a good thing here, as it offsets some of the dry, bitter spice. Gives it a full body too. Little bit of toast comes in as it warms. Not bad, I think it would be hard to drink more than one or two at a time...but if this were to be offered in a six-pack, I would probably buy one each year. Well done, BBC

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2010 00:21:58 | More by twiggamortis420
Photo of jadpsu


4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours atrue amber with a small light tan head that only has (at best) average retention but better than average side glass lacing.
Aroma: No doubt about it, you get the spicy pumkin along with some sweet malts. But for the pumpkin there is not much else.
Fizzy, with a dry bite (good).
I'm not big on pumpkin (just ok). This one is good still (for me) not a session beer. A little pumpkin as a change of pace is fine but not for a full session.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2010 23:17:00 | More by jadpsu
Photo of EPseja

New Jersey

4.35/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Being a sort of "aficionado" of Pumpkin Ales, the news that Sam Adams was going to be introducing one in their Autumn lineup was awesome news. I approached this review with excitement and great trepidation, having tasted so many other Pumpkin Ales running the gamut from deliciously fantastic to mouth-assaultingly antiseptic. Here's what I found...

Served from a 12oz bottle (exclusive to the Harvest Collection 12-pack at this point) in my SABL glass at between fridge and cellar temperature.

A - Clear, deep brown with a bright orange-amber aura like a late-afternoon Autumn sun. Head is sandy in color, riding a full inch and settling ever so slightly to a creamy, dense meringue (I actually tested it with a fork and was able to sculpt it... heh heh). Lacing comes in full, cohesive sheets and head retention is excellent for this style. I can find no flaws at all in the beer's presentation.

S - Invitingly roasty caramel maltiness and freshly baked dark bread (definitely from the English Hop varieties used) with notes of sour squash and sweet pie spices. Excellent nose -- all spices are well dosed without overpowering the wonderful English breadiness. The scent of this beer makes me salivate instantly. Very tantalizing. I love the way this beer smells.

T - Just like the nose, the taste is a great example of balance. Toasty malt sweetness up front followed closely by a splash of ginger, cinnamon, clove, allspice and nutmeg (roughly in that order of power). The spices rightfully play a supporting role here, as they should. As the beer hits the middle of the tongue, the must-have telltale sign of every Pumpkin Ale that's actually brewed with enough real pumpkins becomes readily apparent -- the awesome squashy tartness that compliments the spices. The finish is a bit sweet and desserty compared to some of its peers, but very satisfying nonetheless.

M - Thankfully, this style nicely benefits from a shade *less* carbonation than others, and Sam Adams decided to follow that route. Lightly tingly on the tongue without being prickly. Expanding slightly to become thick and chewy. Swallow is creamy and throat coating.

D - I am pleased to say that Samuel Adams has finally developed a 12-pack seasonal sampler that contains not one questionable beer, now that their Harvest Pumpkin Ale passed my personal scrutiny. This beer's only shortcomings are largely a matter of personal taste: I find it just a bit too sweet. It could stand for a little bit more in the bittering hop department to keep the finish crisp like the Autumn air. It's got quite a filling mouthfeel and body, which isn't a detriment per se, but it certainly turns it from being an awesome all-day drinker to a two-bottle at a time max. That said, almost every other aspect of this beer is simply fantastic. Kudos and cheers to Samuel Adams for continuing to produce top-quality beers without compromise.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2010 01:34:36 | More by EPseja
Photo of DoubleJ


3.83/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pumpkin beer is not a mainstream thing here in Orange County, so even one from Sam Adams should cure any pumpkin craving I have. On to the beer:

This is an auburn colored beer with bringht orange hues, solid head and retention, and a little lacing. Smelling the beer blind, I would have said pumpkin pie. It's spiced pleasantly with allspice, nutmeg, and clove. There is a little pumpkin aroma acting as the base. It's a thickish beer with a somewhat gummy feel. Taste: take pumpkin pie, a little alcohol, and a little ABC gum. It's pleasant and drinks fine.

Nice to see a big craft brewer release a pumpkin ale, even nicer that it tastes good.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2010 23:55:20 | More by DoubleJ
Photo of Brideshead


3.88/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from bottle into Samuel Adams Boston Lager Glass.

Appearance: Of a darker but translucent mahogany/amber color, reminiscent of fall. I only got about a finger-width of head, with lower retention and patchy lacing.

Smell and Taste: With pumpkin and vanilla/cream, followed up by slight hops, the nose is quite nice. The taste is of slightly spiced pumpkin, with just a bit of hops. Vanilla lingers in the aftertaste. This beer doesn't overdo it with any one flavor, and so ends up being a very drinkable beer and distinctly autumnal treat.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2010 18:41:11 | More by Brideshead
Photo of BigIrishman

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Light mahogany ruby with brown highlights and an off white head with decent retention.

Smell: All spice and nutmeg with slight cinnamon undertones. Sweet bready malt is fairly forward which puts the spices in the background...where they should be on a pumpkin beer.

Taste: Sweet bready malt with nice subtle pumpkin spices (pumpkin/all spice/nutmeg) in the back. A tad roasty/smokiness compliments the beer and it all finishes fairly sweet.

Mouthfeel: Medium to light bodied that leaves the mouth pretty sticky.

Drinkability: I like my pumpkin beers to be fairly mild in terms of spices and fairly forward in terms of malt flavor. This one hit the spot and for under $15 for a 12 pack you really can't trump the value.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2010 15:29:29 | More by BigIrishman
Photo of Gosox8787

New Hampshire

3.65/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle from the Sam Adams fall variety pack poured into a pint glass. Served slightly chilled.

Appearance: Deep amber brown in color. One finger beige head on my pour and good retention. The color is really deep and vibrant for a pumpkin ale.

Aroma: Pumpkin, cinnamon, and nutmeg all nicely balanced. A bit of earthiness in there as well, which is a bit offputting with the sweetness of the other flavors.

Taste: Follows the aroma very closely. Nice balance between the spices give the taste of pumpkin pie. Very solid and standard for the style.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a bot of a dry finish. The carbonation holds up nicely and makes this crisp/

Drinkability: The ABV, sweet flavors, and crisp mouthfeel make this a beer that would be easy to kill a six pack of.

Overall, a really solid and enjoyable example of the style. Nothing is too innovative or complex, but everything is done well. Definitely worth a try and a solid example for someone new to the style.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2010 03:59:30 | More by Gosox8787
Photo of Lauthaha


4.2/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a beer mug. I don't have the special Sam Adams glass yet. ;-) Part of a sampler pack.

Appearance: This beer is somewhere between auburn and mahogany. Active carbonation in there, and pretty translucent given the darker nature of this beer. The head is tan with golden and late sunset orange notes in it. Two finger head upon the pour, which after several minutes dissipates to a solid half-finger. Head is smooth all the way across.

Smell: Almost clove-like nose. Some banana fruitiness and of course, pumpkin. Just a touch of spice to it, nothing highly discernible. Underneath all this is a mellow floral hop arrangement.

Taste: Sweet up front, definitely a banana-bread feeling. Not really tasting a lot of pumpkin, but there's enough there that it's still legit. Towards the end of the sip, some bitterness from the hops, and perhaps some allspice in the mix.

Mouthfeel: As far as I'm concerned, they don't get better than this. Perfect balance of carbonation and body here. Fairly heavy body to it, and the bubbles only add to the experience. Goes down smoothly.

Drinkability: I could easily make this a fall staple, were I not the adventurous type.

All I can say is I hope the rest of this variety-12-pack is as tasty as this one was! Great start here.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2010 03:57:52 | More by Lauthaha
Photo of horshack7


3.9/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A nice two fingers worth of frothy head goodness that upon thinning out leaves behind thick lacing. Underneath that is a dark amber with brown hues around the edges.

Aroma: Pumpkin spice, allspice, with a little bit of cinnamon. Subtle hints of clove and apple are in the background.

Taste: Quite alot of pumpkin spice, cinnamon. The malt side of it all is a sweetness as if eating cinnamon applesauce. The hops simply enjoy themselves and swim around. It's rather full bodied with a smooth mouthfeel with a little bit of crispness.

Notes: This is a hearty beer and I hope it will be brewed every fall. Cheers

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2010 02:37:02 | More by horshack7
Photo of jneiswender


3.23/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of a 12oz bottle into the perfect pint. Served cold.

A-orangish red clear body, tan head (thin)

S-fruit stone, light spice

T-some spice, what stands out here is a pumpkin flavor that is almost juicy, I don't know why but I taste some ice cream as well.

M-medium, not at all dry

D-In a world full of pumpkin ales, this is one that is just a little different. Much more pumpkin flavor and very light on the spice. I suppose that its kind of open for interpretation but I like this ale opposed to a heavily spiced one because its so drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2010 20:01:17 | More by jneiswender
Photo of tone77


3.63/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has an amberish color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of pumpkin pie. Taste is good, pumpkin, nutmeg, other spices, very flavorful. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has good drinkability. Overall this is a good quality brew.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2010 16:29:42 | More by tone77
Photo of BierFan


3.63/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Khaki colored head. Unhazed brown body. Lacing is pretty good.

Smell: Pumpkin pie spices but more tame than others of the same style.

Taste: I prefer pumpkin ales to have more of an emphasis on the pumpkin spices. But this is still pretty good, so I can't rip on it too bad. More bitterness than I was expecting.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2010 03:16:19 | More by BierFan
Samuel Adams Harvest Pumpkin Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
79 out of 100 based on 1,901 ratings.