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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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1,909 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,909
Reviews: 567
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 15.76%
Wants: 34
Gots: 94 | 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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3.93/5  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
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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
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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
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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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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
Samuel Adams Harvest Pumpkin Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
79 out of 100 based on 1,909 ratings.