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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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Ratings: 1,914
Reviews: 567
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 15.76%
Wants: 34
Gots: 94 | 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 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
Photo of BeerPhan86

New York

3.8/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Always excited to try a new pumpkin ale. There is not a bad beer in the Sam Adams Harvest Variety Pack. No brainer

A - Clear reddish brown with a two finger foamy light brown/orange head. Head dissipates quickly but the lacing is sticky.

S - Pumpkin, nutmeg, clove, hints of vanilla. The usual gang. Definitely does not smell like a Sam beer.

T - Toasted malt and brown sugar, followed by spices and a slight squashy flavor. A bit more tame than the usual pumpkin ale but very well balanced and not overly sweet.

M - Medium body, but a bit overcarbonated to me.

D - I find Pumpkin Ales in general hard to session. However, this makes the perfect sipping beer on a cool fall night.

Pretty impressed by this one. Mixes aspects I like about harvest ales with your standard pumpkin ale flavors. Well done!

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2010 01:58:15 | More by BeerPhan86
Photo of riversider76

New York

3.83/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice amber orange with a thin white head. Excellent retention and lots of laceing. Aroma is of spices,and pumpkin. Nice but on the weak side. Body is light and creamy. Taste is of nutmeg,cinnamon and pumpkin. Spicey with a nice smooth finish. Very nice.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2010 00:47:27 | More by riversider76
Photo of jonvan04


3.28/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I bought the new sampler pack just to try this beer out. Poured into a brandy snifter, it was amber with a decent amount of head. The aroma was pumpkin with not much else, couldn't detect much of the "spice" going along with the pumpkin. The taste was mostly pumpkin, but it tasted like it was made with canned pumpkin.I love most Sam Adams brews, but found myself underwhelmed by this one.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2010 02:02:26 | More by jonvan04
Photo of oriolesfan4


4.13/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorite breweries finally comes out with a pumpkin ale after all of these years, excited to try this one. Pours a beautiful orange/red color.. definitely gets a high appearance score for its 'fall look'. Smell is of some cinnamon/nutmeg/other fall spices, great aroma. Medium bodied, great mouthfeel. Get some more of those pumpkin spice tastes, not overpowering at all though which is good. A nicely balanced beer, very tasty and doesn't exude pumpkins like a lot of the other seasonals. I liked this one a lot, highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2010 01:51:49 | More by oriolesfan4
Photo of MrDanno96


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

A: Pours deep brown/mahogany with ab out a finger of head and some foamy lace. Below average head retention I would say.

S: Good mix of pumpkin and spice - not as sweet smelling as some other pumpkin ales, but still good.

T: Some lightly toasted malt blends well with the pumpkin. Subtle hints of cinnamon, brown sugar, and clove in the finish.

M: Medium bodied with a lot of carbonation bite - perhaps just a touch too much.

D: A very approachable and drinkable pumpkin ale. I am one of those that really enjoy the sweet pumpkin beers, but I can definitely appreciate this one too. Not sure if I would buy six packs of it because of other pumpkin beers I like more, but I definitely don't mind getting it in the mix pack.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2010 00:26:27 | More by MrDanno96
Photo of jbertsch


4.26/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a sam adams perfect pint glass. Dark mahogony in color with a good-sized frothy head.

Doesn't smell as sweet as I thought it would. Smells like real pumpkin, not pumpkin sweetener.
The taste confirms the smell - the pumpkin is not super sweet, and there's a substantial malt backbone I really like. Tastes raw and laid back. enjoyable.

Mouthfeel is fairly solid, and smoother than I expected. This is one pumpkin beer I could drink lots of and not get sick of. Glad sams brought this one back.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2010 23:53:56 | More by jbertsch
Photo of Rayek


3.6/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Orange amber with a fizzy cream head and nice clarity. Head retention is rather poor and little lace is left behind.

S: Nutmeg, allspice, brown sugar and pumpkin stand out in roughly equal measure.

T: The nutmeg and allspice form the bulk of the flavor. The pumpkin and brown sugar come along too. Finishes with a lingering allspice flavor.

M: The medium-light body is a bit too fizzy.

D: A nice take on a style that's not one of my favorites. I'm glad I picked it up.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2010 23:27:35 | More by Rayek
Photo of KeefD


3.73/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Style #96. Only 7 more to go to! I must preface this by saying that I don't particularly care for pumpkin beers, but going to give this an honest review. Pours a rather dark amber color bordering on reddish brown with a two finger khaki colored head and some decent lacing. Aroma is definitely more spicy than I imagined it would be. Definitely picking up on some nutmeg, brown sugar, and light pumpkin. It's very reminiscent of Anchor Christmas Ale. Taste is actually pretty decent, and not over the top pumpkin. From the aroma I thought this was going to be overly spiced, but it's actually very balanced between the nutmeg, pumpkin, and possibly even cinnamon? I also detect a certain citrusy quality on the back end that could possibly be described as bitter orange peel. Not much in the way of hops on this since the spices are the true star. Mouthfeel is medium-full, which I like because most pumpkin beers seem thin and overly pumpkiny. Honestly, I have to say that I like this beer. You can tell this has a very tasty base beer, and again I like that it's not over the top with the pumpkin, although I think the spicing can be taken down a notch. Maybe I actually do like this style.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2010 23:22:50 | More by KeefD
Photo of Sleestak


3.4/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Another one from Sam Adams fall mixer. Never new this one existed so let's give it a try. Deep orangy amber with a generous head that leaves decent lacing all the way down. Not picking up much on the smell at all which surprised me a bit. Sweet with some pumkin pie spices but deffinately not overpowering. It's not bad overall, might go great with a meal but not something I would seek out on it's own again.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2010 20:48:46 | More by Sleestak
Photo of earthboundagain


3.13/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked up this years SA Harvest Sampler Pack, which has a fine selection of SA brews. You only get two of each beer and in this case it is both a good and bad thing, while the harvest pumpkin is not the worst pumpkin beer I have had it is certainly still trying to figure out if it is a chump or a champ. They say the use real pumpkin but it does not shine through in the flavor and it taste more like an Oktoberfest with pumpkin pie spices added. If the real pumpkin was the star then this brew would be a much higher score.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2010 15:44:19 | More by earthboundagain
Photo of AdamBear


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

Though I was upset that I had to buy an entire 12-pack to try this beer, its nice to be able to get some other Sam Adams reviews in along the way. Although its a shame if you love this beer, you need to buy 36 beers to get a six-pack of it.

A-dark reddish amber, thin white head, a real treat to see!

S-pumpkin strong upfront with autumn spices in the background, it builds anticipation!

T-anticipation from the smell is let down, the pumpkin is less apparent with the taste more focused on spices. the pumpkin comes in more with the after taste, but that doesn't last long. there's also a decent bitterness that trails.

M-medium carbonation, almost heavy. with a creamy but weak finish

D-initial spices taste stays but beer becomes more bitter through experience, possible to have a few, but not too much more while still enjoying the beer. still, probably one of the better pumpkin ales out there that have a low ABV.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2010 04:28:42 | More by AdamBear
Photo of Axic10

New Jersey

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

Poured from 12oz bottle into the Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark amber with a finger of off white head that settles to a half finger for the rest of the drink.

Smell: Pumpkin pie spices, nutmeg, cinnamon, nice malt character.

Taste: Wow, I'm very impressed with the taste on this. It's like Pumking Light, definitely can taste the pumpkin pie in this, cinnamon, nutmeg, all spice. Decent finish.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with an overall decent mouthfeel.

Drinkability: I really wish they sold this in a six pack and not the variety pack. This is a very good pumpkin beer by Sam Adams that is going to be drank again by me.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2010 02:51:41 | More by Axic10
Samuel Adams Harvest Pumpkin Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
79 out of 100 based on 1,914 ratings.