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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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1,900 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,900
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 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
Photo of yemenmocha


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

Pours dark amber to chestnut color with generous head that lingers, and then recedes to an enduring slim layer for the rest of the pint. Nose has ripe pumpkin pie aromas. Palate offers a gorgeous melody of pumpkin and dessert spices - what a pleasant surprise. Rather easy drinking and not overwhelming with pumpkin on the finish and aftertaste.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2010 02:15:51 | More by yemenmocha
Photo of jazer


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

a wonderfully colored brew. reminds me of a pumpkin. not really. Still appealing, though. A very nice smell, a little weak. Taste is exceptional and delicious. Does not hold it's head very long and is not very carbonated. Not really what I was expecting. Would still be able to drink a lot of them. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2010 23:09:02 | More by jazer
Photo of RunForYourBeer


4.13/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into my SA Perfect Pint glass.

A: Pours a rich reddish amber color with a nice fluffy off white head.

S: Smells of sweet malts. Spices can be detected a along with some bready malt. Almost smells like a pumpkin pie with the spices.

T: Very malty with minimal hop bitterness. Spices come out in the finish. Aftertaste is full of pumpkin spice.

M: Light to medium with just enough carbonation.

D: Medium. The only thing hurting drinkability here is the pumpkin spice and availability. Its great for a fall beer but wouldn't work well in other seasons.

I'm a big fan of seasonal beers. This beer is a great treat for a fall day.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2010 22:47:07 | More by RunForYourBeer
Photo of plaid75

New York

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

Poured a deep copper hue with a one and a half finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a rindy pumpkin with the accompanying spices.

The taste consisted of sweet pumpkin flesh, caramel and a drying allspice and nutmeg.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style.

Overall an above average pumpkin ale. I'd like to see these in 6 packs next year.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2010 22:27:12 | More by plaid75
Photo of soupyman10

District of Columbia

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

Glad to grab this one in the fall taster pack - had this and the Dunkel, both of which I'd never tried before. Both were worthwhile brews, although I'll say I found this one to be quite a legit Pumpkin beer. Has the deep orange color that you expect with a smallish head on top, a nice odor of cinnamon and ginger in there with some general fruity maltiness. Flavor is likewise, a nicely full tasting spiced brew that balances that cinnamon and ginger with a malt backbone. A nice pumpkin, basically - they should put this one out over the Oktoberfest, if you ask me.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2010 22:02:56 | More by soupyman10
Photo of bsp77


3.93/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Pint.

Appearance: Dark reddish-amber, but very little head and no lacing. Color is nice, but could have used a little more pizzaz.

Smell: Pumpkin, clove, cinnamon, and ginger upfront. Some light caramel and toasted malt underneath.

Taste: While there are pumpkin spice flavors going on, initial impression is of a light toasted and roasted amber ale with a barely sweet caramel backbone. Then the pumpkin and spices (clove, cinnamon and nutmeg especially) rise up and provide balance. Ends with spicy English hops contributing to the actual spices.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, medium body, semi-dry finish.

Drinkability: Very well balanced and drinkable Pumpkin Ale. Extremely good for a non-Imperial.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2010 21:34:55 | More by bsp77
Photo of rwf08


3.68/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark rich mahogany with no head and a light ring of white head. No lacing to be found. The color is very appealing but a good thick head and lacing would really help this beer out.

S: Does Autumn have a smell? If so this is it. Rich pumpkin and spice, cinnamon, clove, meaty pumpkin and some biscuit crust. Very very appealing.

T: Awww...the smell had me so excited and it just went to hell in a hand-basket here. Not much flavor at all. Thin weak pumpkin and spice flavor. Weak weak weak. I am sad now.

M: Good carbonation but just kind of thin. This needs more body.

D: SA should make candles with this recipe and not beer. It isn't bad or the worst I have had, thanks to Buffalo Bill's pumpkin beer. I think they could do better but this isn't awful. Just not great.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2010 05:56:18 | More by rwf08
Photo of BarrelO


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

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Reddish body with a big white head. It fades but leaves some lacing.

S: Caramel and spices.

T: Also caramel and spices with bits of pumpkin. Some notes of unripe fruit. Pretty well balanced.

M: Middle of the road with medium carbonation.

D: My first pumpkin beer. Not too bad. It didn't knock my socks off, but I enjoyed it more than I thought I would considering that I don't really care for pumpkin.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2010 04:20:57 | More by BarrelO
Photo of Proteus93


4.03/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had one of these last night already and when I came to do a review tonight, I saw the rather good score it has already received and can say that I'll just be throwing another positive experience in there.

A: Somewhat bronze in hue, with some orange highlights giving it a bit of glow. Head is modest, and it falls to just a thin sheet in fairly short time.

Quite a well balanced beer in all senses... Spices complement both the pumpkin and malt, and a nice caramel sweetness that plays into it very nicely. Body is fairly creamy, and just about a perfect consistency for the style and the season... a happy medium between the refreshing summer styles and the thick and chewy doppelbocks and stouts of the colder months. I 've mentioned in other reviews of the style that I am of the opinion that many of these beers either come across as simply being pumpkin pie spices or being very squashy without finding a nice balance or allowing it to still have solid roots as a beer. This is not one of those, and a brew that I think will likely be enough to get the variety pack again, though I'd like to see it in 6 packs!

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2010 01:08:32 | More by Proteus93
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly

New York

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

12oz bottle served in a nonic pint glass.

L - clear orange/red color with a beige head that fell fairly fast.
S - nice aroma of spices like cinnamon and nutmeg.
T - the pumpkin and spices are very nicely done without any one being too overpowering.
F - medium bodied with a smooth feel.
D - easy to drink and quite enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2010 20:46:21 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
Photo of claspada

New Jersey

2.63/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a deep ruddy amber with adequate lacing and a nice creamy head which dissipates with time.

Aroma are pretty standard for a pumpkin beer. Pumpkin pie spice, some actual pumpkin present as well which is surprising. I'm impressed so far.

Taste does not follow the nose on this one. This beer is average at best. Some bready maltiness and spice is the beginning. Some nutmeg, clove, and a faint pumpkin flavor. I am bored with this beer 1/3 of the way in. Eh, decent beer but nothing to seek out. I bought the whole Fall Harvest 12 pack for this, I feel stupid. I would just prefer more pumpkin flavor or flavor in general but that is my feelings on most of Sam Adams beers.

Mouthfeel is light to medium body, prickly carbonation. It doesn't have the fullness that I seek in a pumpkin beer.

Overall this is a fairly drinkable beer but boring in the end. Best described as middle of the road, like all Sam Adams beers are in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2010 18:44:52 | More by claspada
Photo of ZimZamZoom

West Virginia

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

Love the shade of red this beer has. Beautiful, and crystal clear to boot. Thin tan head is short lived with no lacing.

Some caramel and roasted malts in the aroma, with a nice pumpkin and spice background. No nonsense aroma that is eminently pleasing to to nose. Taste is much more about the spice...nice fall/holiday feel to the spicing. Nutmeg and cinnamon seem most noticeable to me. Pumpkin still evident along with some nice sweet and burnt caramel. Interesting individual characteristics to this beer, and an interesting overall effect of a mild root beer or birch beer.

Great medium bodied, smooth mouthfeel. No visible bubbles, but highly carbonated, with the tingle and burn adding to the root beer effect.

Great fall beer, glad to see it in the Harvest Collection.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2010 18:06:58 | More by ZimZamZoom
Photo of dogfishandi

New York

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

12oz bottle at fridge temp poured into a nonic glass. best before january notched. stold this lone bottle from a friend because i didnt really want to buy a 12 pack to have only 2 of these beers. this is yet another beer that should definatly be available in 6 packs on its own.

pours a clear reddish/orange, with a little brown. one finger of off white head that faded to a small ring rather quickly. a little lace.

not a huge aroma, but it smells like a pumpkin ale. pumpkin, spices, nutmeg, cinniamin, allspice, with a nice malty aroma in the background.

decent taste, nothing mindblowing. pumpkin pie is there with the same spices as the aroma. some good maltiness towards the finish. a nice melding of flavors going on.

light to medium body. carbonation feels good. very smooth and nothing overbearing on the palate.

very drinkable, this would be a great affordable pumpkin beer to session, but they dont release it in 6ers. because of that, i have to rate the drinkability a little lower.

a solid pumpkin ale.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2010 03:57:30 | More by dogfishandi
Photo of homebrew311


3.8/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into SA sensory glass.

A: pours a deep orange/amber with nice clarity, thin off white head, decent retention and good lacing

S: the aroma provides a subtle spice profile reminiscent of pumpkin pie including all spice, cloves, and a hint of cinnamon. I'm picking up some rich and earthy malts as well.

T: The actual pumpkin character begins to come through on the taste as it has a more vegetable/pumpkin like flavor, the spices meld in nicely. Everything is subtle compared to other in your face pumpkin brews (Read: Pumking). The finish is slightly sweet and is similar to SA Octoberfest.

MF: thin to medium body, smooth texture, medium carbonation

D: this is a well done pumpkin ale and it exceeds the quality of many of the other beers that SA puts in a six pack. I think this could replace coastal wheat and I would be a happy camper.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2010 02:37:33 | More by homebrew311
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