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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: 1,900
Reviews: 567
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 15.76%
Wants: 33
Gots: 90 | 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

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3.63/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A deep red and ruby body sits below thin tan lacing. It fades into a nice hazel-brown and fades again into gold. The split of colors is a nice sight. The smell is delicious. Cinnamon-sugar and nutmeg, sweet, fresh pumpkin and pie-crust malts highlight the smell. It's light but sticks in your nose. The taste isn't terrible. Pumpkin-filling malts and a hint of nutmeg. A little sour. The mouthfeel is good - smooth on the tongue - and the drinkability is better. Drinks well at a range of temperatures.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2010 02:10:27 | More by nicksta
Photo of TommyBuckeye


3.65/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Picked up the autumn sampler pack the other day and have been saving this one. This has to be one of the best sampler packs ever!

A - Has a dark hazelnut body with off white head. Good head retention

S - Cinnamon, nutmeg and little roasted pumpkin

T - Tast a little like candy corn... the cinnamon and nutmeg come out a little but overall not as complex as I thought it would be

M - A little thin but still nice. Spices througout. Slight carbonation.

D - An ok pumpkin ale. I would try it again but not (in my opinion) one of the best pumpkin ales out there.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2010 01:31:58 | More by TommyBuckeye
Photo of daliandragon

North Carolina

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

Picked up the autumn sampler pack the other day and have been saving this one. First pumpkin of the season, solid as a rock. Pours a burnt orange color with a half finger of head and plenty of the expected cinnamon and nutmeg.

Solid malt base to the taste with spices dancing on the outside. Real nice finish and aftertaste with an emphasis on the biscuit/bread notes. A bit of cloying sweetness or esters in the middle but it irons itself out in a satisfying way. The mouthfeel is nice in that they limit the carbonation and allow the malts to lead.

This is good, but not a truly great pumpkin. I'd personally like more balance and spice in the taste and the pumpkin flavor itself could be upgraded as well. Fundamentally, this just isn't that different from the Oktoberfest. A little understated. I like my pumpkins on steroids.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2010 23:51:50 | More by daliandragon
Photo of Halcyondays


4.05/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a dark amber orange, with a frothy medium white head, some good lace.

S: Great fall nose. Pumpkin flesh, pumpkin cream, allspice and nutmeg. Shades of BA Autumn Maple if not as intense.

T: Has a real nice true pumpkin flavour to start out with. The cinnamon and clove type spices really dominate here more than in the nose, though the spiced cream plays a part.

M: Light/medium-bodied. Pretty smooth, creamy flavour, a tad thin at the end.

D: A darn good pumpkin beer, this is currently best in the Southland at least in early September. It's like Old Fezziwig, a shame they don't sell this in 6-packs.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2010 02:49:17 | More by Halcyondays
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4.58/5  rDev +31.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

From the Harvest pack:

Clear, copper color with deep auburn in the mix. Full tan head dissipates into grainy lacing around the rim.

Pumpkin, clove, Cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, butter, and sweet dough in the nose...very balanced, no one smell overpowers.

The spices are perfectly balanced in the taste. This allows for the sweet malt and buttery pumpkin flavors to come through. Mild bitterness in the finish begs for another sip.

This is one of the most flavorful, yet balanced pumpkin beers that I have had in a while. Kudos to Sam Adams for making a highly drinkable, very tasty pumpkin brew. They really got the spices spot-on. I also prefer the taste and body imparted from real pumpkin.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2010 01:58:21 | More by Estarrio
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3.33/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams Boston Lager glass.

Appearance: Pours a reddish brown color with a thin, white head. The head dissipates quickly and leaves little lacing.

Smell: Smells of pumpkin and spices, mostly cinnamon and ginger. Typical pumpkin beer territory here.

Taste: Slight hoppy bitterness up front. Develops a malty flavor towards the back supported by pumpkin and the same spices found in the smell.

Mouthfeel: A little on the thin and watery side.

Drinkability: Goes down pretty easily and is, overall, a fairly respectable pumpkin beer. Sure, there are better ones out there but, like most of Sam Adams' beers, this is a faithful interpretation of the style that is certainly worth the price you pay for it.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2010 00:26:02 | More by wahhmaster
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3.85/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into one of those gimmicky Sam Adams perfect pint glasses. Went into this with somewhat low expectations, thinking this would be like the dreaded Shipyard Pumpkinhead.

a: pours a deep copper color, clear with a thick two finger head. Shrinks in size but sticks to the glass for quite some time.

s: big spicy, malty nose. notes of cinnamon, nutmeg, anise. Typical pumpkin spice nose but isn't overbearing thanks to the rich, sweet maltiness.

t: aforementioned pumpkin spice kind of seems too much at first, but it finishes very nicely with a huge amount of caramal, biscuity malts. Sweet aftertaste too.

m&d: somewhat slick mouthfeel; pretty drinkable, for a pumpkin ale.

Worth picking up. The fall variety pack is pretty solid this year. Dunkelweizen, black ale, octoberfest. All of those are good in my book (the others aint bad either). I wouldn't mind seeing this every autumn, and its something I look forward to returning later on.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2010 02:46:44 | More by tzieser
Photo of r0nyn

New York

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into my trusty Troegs pint glass.

Coloration is a very reddish-amber translucent hue out of the bottle, with a decent-sized head that leaves some sticky lacing on the inside of the glass. Many lines of fizzy bubbles make their way from the bottom to the top. Smell is... mmm, remarkable! Smells like actual pumpkin pie without being too cloying. Malts are detectable at the end.

Nice pumpkin-y flavor is the order of the day. Not too sweet, but just right, which is impressive since not too many breweries have been able to capture a good balance. Malts show up on the back end along with some spices and cloves. Hops are nonexistent and it finishes with a nice warming aftertaste that's still all pumpkin and just-right sweetness. Mouthfeel is well-done and very smooth. Carbonation is complementary, not obtrusive.

Drinkability is really, really good. I find myself wishing I had another one to down. It's pretty sad that Sam Adams doesn't sell this by the sixer, because I'd definitely pick at least a few up. This is a very, very well done pumpkin ale. Bravo to the Boston Beer Company for crafting such a delectable seasonal brew.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2010 02:32:34 | More by r0nyn
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4.85/5  rDev +39%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An excellent fall beer, and I only like the SA Octoberfest better

Beautiful, clear amber pour with a 2 finger head. One of the best beers to really appreciate the Sam Adams glass as you can really see the swirl of bubble created by the etching in the glass coming up in a "tube" throughout the whole beer

Light lacing and the carbonation was spot on

I could smell cloves and pumpkin spice, very nice with not one thing over powering something else.

Medium mouthfeel with with a balanced taste of pumpkin, clove and spice. Leaves a very nice after taste that will last a very long time.

Very good overall seasonal beer, just wish I didn't have to buy it in a 12 pack seasonal box.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2010 01:32:18 | More by JDK
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3.93/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A - Deep Red/amber color with coffee-colored head. Great, traditional german look.

S - Very yeasty smell, with some pumpkin in the background.

T - Extremely well balanced pumpkin ale. Hits all the notes you'd want - pumpkin pie/fall spices, yeast, mild hop character, complex and subtle.

D - VERY drinkable, not as biting as some pumpkin ales.

Great beer, a very impressive offering from Sam Adams. Catch it!

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2010 22:07:00 | More by FuzzyGuy84
Photo of likethetaste


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

Got this with the SA seasonal pack. I was really curious about this one and I must say I was pleasantly surprised. Has a nice Mahogany brown color with little head.

The taste is good. Spicy pumpkin flavor this not too sweet at all. Not strong flavors but well balanced. I would have not trouble drinking a couple of these every once in a while in the autumn.

Just a nice easy to get Autumn sipper!

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2010 21:08:44 | More by likethetaste
Photo of BradLikesBrew


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

Dark chestnut body with an off white head.

Caramel malt and pupmkin on the nose. Maybe a little vanilla and spice too.

Caramel malt, toffee, muted pumpkin, mild vanilla and muted spices with a soft hop bitterness on the finish. Imagine adding a little pumpkin, some vanilla, and nutmeg to Sam Adams Octoberfest and this is what you might get.

One of the most balanced Pumpkin beers I have ever had which in turn makes it one of my favorite pumpkin beers. Wasn't expecting to like this, a little nervous about it in fact, but it is actually very good.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2010 00:56:22 | More by BradLikesBrew
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New York

4.28/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle Pour from Harvest sample pack, 2010

Poured into Sam Adams perfect pint glass

(A) Pours a clear reddish amber with a thick foaming antique-white head of about two-fingers worth. Retention was high, and a slight ribbon remained through completion.

(S) Very Curious. Malt on nose is mild and bready, no hop aroma. Suggestion of various harvest/autumn scents all blend together into an arom cornucopia. The pumpkin has a roasted smell to it, not raw. It's present, but peppered with other various nose-tinglers that create something unique. It can best be described as a Pumpkin-Banana Muffin fresh from the bakery

(T) Everything is well-balanced without any one flavor overwhelming another. Think of a top-fermented Marzen that came from an artisan bakery. No hop flavor is present, but there is mild bittering which prevents this beer from being sweet.

(M) Good carbonation, medium to medium-heavy body, somewhat chewy like a loaf of pumpkin bread, but not heavy.

(D) Here's where this beer does well. Most pumpkin beers are interesting and you never want a 2nd. This one does not fall under this norm. A second bottle would be more than welcomed.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2010 00:35:55 | More by madmanjf
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4.22/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of the better Pumpkin beers I have had. Lacks that big graham cracker pumpkin pie crust flavor from Pumpking...not as full flavored as Weyerbacher Imperial...probably along the lines of Dogfish Head.

A-Burnt orange/amber color...looks clean..

S-Nice natural pumpkin pie aroma...spicing is perfect...complements a natural vegetal pumpkin dimension. really nice.

T-Nice balancing act with the spices and pumpkin...so many of these are overspiced...this is perfectly spiced.

M-High side of medium bodied...feels right..

D-Excellent pumpkin from Sammy...blows most out of the water...

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2010 04:37:00 | More by ZAP
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3.48/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass amber red with a one finger white head. Decent lacing down the glass. There really isn't much of a scent that I detect other than a pumpkin spice. The taste actually punches your senses with a pumpkin flavor as soon as it hits your tongue. That is followed by tradition fall spices like nutmeg and cloves. I'm not much of a pumpkin fan, as in anything made with pumpkin. This isn't too terrible if you're like me.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2010 01:07:36 | More by whoneeds8
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3.7/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep murky amber color with a bit of head that fades to thin wisps on the surface of this guy. Smells delicious with some big nutmeg, cinnamon, and pumpkin notes. A bit of yam in there too? Taste is a bit of a let-down, with an overall toasted pumpkin bread profile. The toasting might be a bit much and the pumpkin, which was readily apparent in the nose, might be a bit subdued. MF is good with moderate heft and moderate carbonation, nothing remarkable either way, though I felt the carbonation to be coarse. I liked drinking this one, and as with most Sam Adams beers, it's sessionable.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2010 05:59:06 | More by LordAdmNelson
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4.3/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This may be my favorite pumpkin beer.
Pours a crystal clear dark reddened gold or a burnished copper, huge well built khaki head.

To me it doesn't taste like pumpkin, it tastes like fall. Like heading to an orchard to pick apples and your Halloween JackOLantern and picking up some apple based baked dessert, like an apple crisp or an apple cider donut.

Tastes like it smells, sweet, fruity, spicy from nutmeg and cinammon. Baked spiced apples. Maybe because pumpkin is neutral or ferments out. Or the spices, fruitiness, maltiness and body are just triggering strong ingrained fall dessert memories.

Full bodied, a very nice pumpkin beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2010 23:40:13 | More by mschofield
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3.78/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

sam adams pumpkin

a 3.5 deep ruddy amber. 1-finger head leaves only a ring. some very transient lace.

s 4 pumpkin pie spice, some actual pumpkin present as well. at first reminds me slightly of post road, but i'm hoping this one is not as spice dominated. seems more balanced. on warming a little the aroma improves significantly, the malts coming together with the spices.

t 3.75 spice forward but not intolerably so. nutmeg, clove, faint pumpkin flavor. the finish is very merciful in that the spices do not accumulate, just a little lingering spice. pretty middle of the road, no big faults though i would prefer more pumpkin flavor.

m 3 light to medium body, prickly carbonation. doesn't have the fullness or lushness that i seek in a pumpkin brew.

d 3.5-4 drinkable in an inoffensive, rather than addictive, way. middle of the road, yes, but amongst pumpkin ales (which often go overboard on spice or are flawed in some other major way) it's far better than middle of the pack. still, i'm not exactly heartbroken that you can't buy this on its own (at least not yet).

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2010 18:43:19 | More by brewmudgeon
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4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Kind of a copper/mahogany color with a pretty fluffy off-white head after an aggressive pour. The pumpkin is a bit subdued in the nose, but there is a lot of spiciness. The pumpkin is much more apparent on the tongue. This tastes just like pumpkin pie. Lots of nutmeg and allspice along with just enough sweetness to mimic that pie flavor. I'm not usually a fan of pumpkin beers, but this is really good. Drinkability is at a high level as well.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2010 23:32:55 | More by alkemy
Photo of JRed

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Transparent reddish amber in body topped by off-white head that stays and leaves lacing. Spice overload, nutmeg, mild clove, gingerbread, caramel in the nose. Gingerbread, pumpkin spice focusing on cinnamon, nutmeg, a rush of sweetness towards the finish. Light in body with medium carbonation. A sweet-toothed fall seasonal that represents the style well but way too sweet.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2010 22:05:42 | More by JRed
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4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep amber-brownish color, clear. Lots of nice carbonation. Foamy head, lacing looks pretty good on the glass.

Spices (Cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg), some hint of pumpkin, sweet bready malts.

Sweet bready malts up front, cinnamon/nutmeg, dash of cloves, along with pumkin in the backend. I could detect some mild bitterness from the hops. Smooth finish with slight dry clean aftertaste. Body is medium, carbonation is pretty good.

It's good.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2010 20:02:02 | More by mjurney
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District of Columbia

3.88/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A nice medium brown to mahogany color. Creamy, off-white head that lasts. Thick, frothy lacing all around. The aroma has adequate pie spice, not much pumpkin. Taste is much better. Good sweetness really brings out the pumpkin flavor, which mixes nicely with the spices. Medium body from the sweetness. Definitely one of the better pumpkin ales I've tried.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2010 18:17:32 | More by goldbot
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New York

3.95/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear, beautiful caramel/copper color with a somewhat dense khaki colored head that settles into a light cap. Very nice pumpkin spice aroma; allspice, nutmeg and cinnamon all present. There is some brown sugar and actual pumpkin scents as well. Not overly spicy, has a solid earthy aroma. Taste is like a pumpkin pie and by that I mean it actually has pumpkin flavor do it to go with the spice. It is not a spicy amber ale. With that said, the flavor is of an earthy pumpkin/gourd flavor with brown sugar & caramel sweetness. The spice profile is not very strong; allspice seems to standout and some nutmeg. The malt has a very light lemony flavor. The beer has a moderate body with soft carbonation which gives it a smooth feel; mostly sweet but finishes with a slight lemon tartness. Good balance. This is a very nice pumpkin ale. Extremely balanced, not too spicy, noticable pumpkin flavor, smooth feel, quite good. Lets hope this one sticks around.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2010 02:04:05 | More by Gmann
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West Virginia

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

Look this isn't as bad as some versions but it's still a pumpkin ale, it actually has that pumpkin pie finish to it. Between the malts and the spices added in, this also says brewed with pumpkin. Darker than most versions a dark mahogany almost brown ale appearance with tight bubbled moccha tan head. Fine lacing spreads nicely between sips on the sides of my chalice. Nose has some serious pumpkin pie action kicking, between nutmeg and cinnamon with all spice and canned pumpkin candy sweetness. Pretty good especially considering the mouthfeel which was a bit harsh with spice bitterness in the back of the throat carbonation works and medium to light bodied flows decently enough. Drinkability overall is rather good for this style of beer, especially considering I'd never thought of Sam Adams as a pumpkin ale type of brewer.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2010 23:51:21 | More by WVbeergeek
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4.25/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Beer 1 from the SA Harvest Collection and my first ever Pumpkin Ale! A little early for it, but what the hell.

A- Pours a dark orange-tinted brown with maybe a finger of quickly dissipating off-white head. Doesn't leave a ton of lacing either.

S- Smells of holiday spices: cinnamon, allspice, cloves, nutmeg. Also notes of pumpkin, and sweet maltiness, almost like a pumpkin pie or spice cookie.

T- Nice spiciness from the aforementioned spices, along with some nice maltiness and a dry, crisp, slightly bitter finish. Very nice.

M- Creamy and smooth with a bit of prickly carbonation.

D- Could have a few of these with a football game no problem, but the rich flavors could be a bit much eventually.

I'm impressed. Not too sweet, sufficiently spicy and malty. Well-balanced beer and very tasty.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2010 02:11:49 | More by geryeb624
Samuel Adams Harvest Pumpkin Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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