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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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2,107 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,107
Reviews: 585
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 15.76%
Wants: 41
Gots: 178 | 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

(Beer added by: Kegatron on 11-10-2008)
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3.08/5  rDev -11.7%

Bottle to tulip.

A: Pours with a light brown foamy cap of 1 1/2 fingers, falling at a moderate pace. The body is crimson tinted amber and sports the classic brilliant clarity so common in BBC's beers. Even with only average lacing, this beer is a looker.

S: Toasted with sugary malt sweetness favoring caramel at the front of the nose with toffee not far behind. From an aroma standpoint, there is little to speak of in the way of hops.

T: Flavors of toffee, butterscotch, brown sugar, pumpkin and vanilla with light hints of smoke and brandy. Possible notes of butter and honey.

M: Medium-light body. An average amount of carbonation leads to a slick texture which is slightly cloying on the finish.

D: Average drinkability. A future purchase is unlikely.

FeDUBBELFIST, Dec 20, 2010
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3.65/5  rDev +4.6%

A - Nice Darker Amber color with about a finger of head. Head disappears quickly on this clear beer.

S - Some Spice, Hops, Caramel, and Minerals.

T - Tastes Pumpkin, Spice, Nutmeg, and Brown Sugar.

M - Nice Carbonation, Medium Body, Some Sweetness, and Average Bitterness.

D - I could drink a couple of these, with a pie of course. A very good Pumpkin beer for the price.

SanDiegoBeerLove, Dec 14, 2010
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3.9/5  rDev +11.7%

Poured a 12 ounce bottle into a Samuel Adams Boston Lager glass.

I am normally not a huge fan of pumpkin beers, as I find most of them to be simply overwhelming with pumpkin spice. That being said, this is by far the best Pumpkin Ale I have ever had, as the BBC does a great job of keeping everything in balance, and not letting the pumpkin flavor overwhelm the beer. Don't get me wrong, you still get a good dose of pumpkin, but it's perfectly blended with caramel malts and some spicy hop notes. A great holiday brew, as it just tastes like fall and winter.

AustinBeerLvr, Dec 09, 2010
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3.7/5  rDev +6%

12 oz bottle notched with typical SA enjoy-by date.

Pours a pretty amber color, with a fluffy off-white head. Very clear, and nicely carbonated. Smells decent, a fair amount of pumpkin and a conglomerate of spices that belong with it. Taste begins with a lot of pumpkin and picks up some bitterness towards the finish. I get the typical medley of cinnamon and nutmeg. Feel is carbonated and sharp. Maybe it's the spices, but I'd prefer the feel to be a little smoother. Drinks decently. Definitely an above average offering of a pumpkin ale, imo.

sixerofelixir, Dec 07, 2010
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2.93/5  rDev -16%

A: Nice cloudy, dark orange brown pour in the glass

S: Nothing special here. Hard to pick up anything other than malt

T: Taste is more of a winter warmer than a pumpkin.

M: Easy and smooth

D: Could drink this all day but it's not a great example of a pumpkin brew. Probably good it's not out there much other than in the 12 packs.

beerman207, Nov 26, 2010
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2.17/5  rDev -37.8%

A: Dark bronze with a light tan head. A tad bit of lacing.

S: Spices. Cinnamon, nutmeg and some pumpkin.

T: Semi sweet bready malt mixed with spices. Cinnamon and nutmeg again. Some pumpkin flavor as well, obviously. Not as bad as New Holland's pumpkin beer, but this is still not my thing.

M: Light body. Feels thin with lots of carbonation.

D: Not my thing at all. Not gonna finish this one.

Second pumpkin beer I've had and I now know I'm not a fan of this style.

herman77, Nov 26, 2010
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3.78/5  rDev +8.3%

My dad purchased this as part of a mixed 12 pack containing 6 different Sam Adams beers. Pours a deep amber colour with off-white head. Nice lacing on the glass. Smells of cinnamon, nutmeg, all-spice and pumpkin, pretty much how you'd expect a pumpkin beer to smell I'd guess. Flavour isn't as sweet as the nose would imply, but that makes this easier to drink than some of the bolder pumpkin beers. Nice carbonation level.

kwjd, Nov 24, 2010
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4/5  rDev +14.6%

Poured into a Sam Adams glass

Appearance: one inch head, dark orange-brown in color, clear, high carbonation

Smell: cinnamon, cloves, all-spice-- pumpkin spices

Taste: cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, toasted malt, touch of bittering hops, and toffee

Mouthfeel: sweet a with a touch of bitterness, high carbonation, medium-light bodied

Drinkability: A very good seasonal brew that I would get a six of--if it were an option. Nothing out of the ordinary--just a very well crafted brew.

tigg924, Nov 22, 2010
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3.4/5  rDev -2.6%

Bottle poured into a Goose Island nonic.

A: slightly hazy, light brown body underneath a short, off-white head that settles very quickly into a slim ring with no lacing.

S: Nice smell--very much pumpkin pie spice, but there's actual pumpkin scent, too, or perhaps that's just malt mingled with spice. Not much identifiable hopping, as far as I can tell.

T: ...interesting. The sweetness is subdued, which is good for me, but there's an upfront vegetal taste that I'm not digging. The spice comes through in the middle, with a bit of malt and bitterness later on. This tastes just okay--none of the flavors stand out, or work particularly well together.

M: A bit on the thin side, perhaps, but not bad. Carbonation is probably pretty on target for this style.

D: Pretty drinkable. It's not top-notch by pumpkin standards at all, but it goes down easy and won't turn off your average beer drinker like some of the more out-there styles do. That said, it's also not terribly interesting to drink, either.

wschmit, Nov 19, 2010
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3/5  rDev -14%

From notes 10/17/10.

A- Dark amber/brown, 1 1/2 fingers tan head, medium bubbling.

S- Nutmeg, cinnamon, pumpkin, malt.

T/M- Medium body, rich texture, same taste as smell.

D- Not terrible, but nothing special. Seems generic and run of the mill. I expected more and was let down.

Duttonic, Nov 18, 2010
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3.68/5  rDev +5.4%

This beer pours a deep amber color, with a white frothy head. The smell is of pumpkin spices, with a faint hint of pumpkins. The taste of the beer is sweet, almost caramel like, with pumpkin spices. Not much pumpkin flavor, more so just pumpkin spices. I was hoping for more pumpkin flavor. The mouthfeel is medium. I would consider this a drinkable beer, but again I was hoping for more pumpkin flavor.

arboristfish, Nov 16, 2010
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3.68/5  rDev +5.4%

Boston Beer Company--Samuel Adams--Harvest Pumpkin Ale--Ale Brewed With Pumpkin and Spices--2010 12 oz. Bottle. 5.70% ABV. 20 IBU's? (4.0 / 5.0) No sediment. Big dense lasting half inch lacy orange white head. Clear dark bright rich amber orange color. Malty toasted rich pumpkin nutmeg cinnamon mild ginger all spice hop front. Rich roasty pumpkin caramelsmooth malty spicy mildly creamy sweet body. Earthy crusty rich ginger mild all spice hop clean satisfying end. Strong pumpkin yet smooth malty well made brew. Sampled on 11/15/2010 from Autumn Classics12-Pack purchased for $13.99 at Fred Meyer, Ballard, Seattle.

philbertk, Nov 16, 2010
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3.85/5  rDev +10.3%

I traded Huhzubendah a Boon Oude Kriek Mariage Parfait for a 12 ounce bottle of this, THANKS! Served in a pint glass. Beer is orange to dark amber with a mild haze, thin haloed head of small bubbles and low carbonation. Some lacing, looks OK.

Aroma is pumpkin-y and lightly spiced. Kind of like caramel in the nose.

Beer is medium and body, the spices are primarily cinnamon and carries through to the back of the mouth, creeping forward with the swallow as almost an aftertaste. Beer is mildly sweet in the forward and candied in the middle although its not pronounced. The finish is mildly dry. Drinkability is fine. Overall its a decent pumpkin beer.

drabmuh, Nov 16, 2010
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3.8/5  rDev +8.9%

Brewed with over 11lbs of pumpkin per barrel, Two-row Harrington, Metcalf, and Copeland pale malts, Caramel 60, Special B, and Smoked Malt. Hopped with East Kent Goldings and English Fuggles. Spiced with a blend of cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and allspice.
OG=15P, 5.7% ABV, 199kcal/12oz bottle.

Pours out to a dark amber with garnet highlights, forming a medium sized off-yellow head with OK retention and decent lacing. Carbonation is moderate. The spice are all up front and aggressive in the nose. Lots of spices overshadow hardly anything else. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a nice degree of syrupiness. The cinnamon really stands out over the other spices in the flavor. The pumpkin doesn't stand out discreetly, but it adds a peculiar soapiness and sweetness to the aftertaste. Not picking up on the smoked malt. Bitterness is mild with a pleasant lingering toasty sweetness in the finish.

This is a spice heavy pumpkin ale. I prefer pumpkin ales more subtle than this, where you can actually taste pumpkin and not just spices. One of these is plenty as it is definitely taste bud fatiguing.

Mitchster, Nov 14, 2010
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4.05/5  rDev +16%

12 oz. bottle.

Medium amber body with golden edges. Finger of dense, creamy, light khaki head. Nicely laced edges. Vibrant pumpkin pie nose with a nice wallop of nutmeg, clove, and cinnamon to go along with roasted sweet potatoes, brown sugar, and graham cracker malt. One of the best smelling pumpkin ales I've had.

Lightly toasted malt up front. Pumpkin pie and graham cracker malt sweetness fill in the palate, backed by prominent (but not overdone) notes of nutmeg, clove, cinnamon, and vanilla. Cinnamon toast in the finish, with some light herbal bitterness around the edges. Lingering pumpkin pie sweetness. Moderate to medium body that could use a little creamier mouthfeel. Still, this was a nice surprise out of the SA fall sampler pack.

alexgash, Nov 10, 2010
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4.1/5  rDev +17.5%

My first beer review, decided I've gotten enough advice from this site that it's time to give some. Poured this straight from the fridge, though it hadn't been in for too long so not as cold as they get.

Poured into a 17oz mug, a little less than 2 fingers of head. Head was slightly off white, mostly dissapeared after not too long but left a thin layer of foam that lingered for most of the glass. Thin streams of tiny bubbles racing to the top. Poured a nice-looking dark amber color, looks very appealing in the glass.

When cold, not much beyond sweet malt seemed to come through. As it warmed the aroma got much stronger. sweet malt aroma with strong notes of pumpkin, cinnamon and nutmeg. A very slight hint of alcohol also came through.

Sweet, bready malt flavor up front. Strong notes of cinnamon and nutmeg come up first towards the back of the palate, followed by a smooth, sweet pumpkin finish. Left behind a nice spicy aftertaste, seemed slightly drying after a while.

somewhat light body, light carbonation that gently prickles on the tongue. Carbonation seemed perfect for the style.

High drink ability, this is definitely a pumpkin beer one could have a couple of in a night. Lighter body than some others I've tried makes it go down very easily and doesn't fill you up right away. Only got two of these in the fall harvest pack but I would definitely pick up a sixer of it. This had the most pronounced pumpkin and spice flavor of any I tried this season. An above average beer with everything one expects from the style present.

mattjv, Nov 10, 2010
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3.8/5  rDev +8.9%

A: Reddish amber in color with a finger thick off-white head that quickly dissipates in a matter of seconds to a think layer of head.

S: Smells just like you would expect, not a strong pumpkin scent but it is present. Some spices are also prominent, that of cinnamon is the most apparent in the nose.

T: The taste is much like the smell, slight pumpkin taste with the spices jumping out at you. Both nutmeg and cinnamon are the main flavors in this beer with a bit of maltiness in the finish.

M: Medium bodied with very little carbonation.

D: As a big fan of pumpkin ales, I like to try any that I happen to come across. Typically I don't usually buy Sam Adams (mainly because it is so readily available and I've had most of them and I like to try a new beer every time I drink) but this is my first go around with this particular pumpkin ale. Overall, not the best pumpkin but definitely not the worst. A good pumpkin ale to say the least.

mavbrew, Nov 07, 2010
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3.88/5  rDev +11.2%

So SA finally takes a stab at this seasonal favorite; certainly better late than never. This one shows a soapy, tan head that recedes very quickly and within a matter of moments has disappeared almost completely. Not much in the way of lace. A crystal clear, rusty amber body with a small amount of rising carbonation.

Plenty of pumpkin pie spice in the nose with crystal malts and buttery caramel. A hint of cooked pumpkin and faint, floral hops.

Sweet toasted malt up front with more cinnamon, nutmeg and clove. A certain amount of pleasant creaminess that brings to mind canned pumpkin puree as it mingles with the spice notes. A slick, sweet finish that lingers with hints of warm cinnamon, clove and vanilla.

Slick and somewhat mellow carbonation makes for a creamy, appetizing mouthfeel. Just a hint of dryness peeks through in the end along with faint warmth and dusty spice.

letsgopens, Nov 04, 2010
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4.03/5  rDev +15.5%

A: The beer is transparent and dark orange. The glass is entirely full of bubbles. The head is two inches thick and leaves a thick sheet of lacing on the glass.

S: Pumpkins, cinnamon, nutmeg, malt. The aroma is well done. I don't detect any artificial additives that so often make this style not enjoyable.

T: The best pumpkin ale I have had this year. Spices enhance the beer without being overbearing. The beer is nice and malty with a good balance among the various flavors.

M: Medium body with alcohol content hidden well. Nice lingering aftertaste that ties the whole flavor profile together.

D: A solid beer and certainly one of the better examples of the style. Unfortunately, the beer is only sold as part of the Samuel Adams Harvest Collection 12 pack.

Huhzubendah, Nov 01, 2010
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3.03/5  rDev -13.2%

This one I didn't find overly impressive. It starts off with an attractive dark copper hue and and a bunch of light tan foam swirling in my perfect pour glass. The aroma is nicely malted, and after that it gets kinda weird. The flavor starts off with caramel and pumpkin that's a bit sweet. After sitting for a few seconds it develops a mild sourness that lingers and distracts from the initial impact. Overall I don't think the beer is that good because of the aftertaste. This one sure looks better than it tastes. Sorry guys, this one just doesn't work for me.

DesMoinesMike, Oct 31, 2010
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4/5  rDev +14.6%

Bought the Harvest collection for this beer, well worth it in my opin.

Reddish amber pour, white head a plenty, laces well.

Aroma of pumpkin pie in a Sam Adams lager glass.

You taste the pumpkin. Brown sugared malts. Spice of cinnamon and nutmeg. nice balance.

The mouth is soft and left like the chew of the pie.

Overall a good harvest drink and the 5.7% abv is a pleasing touch.

chilidog, Oct 31, 2010
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4.03/5  rDev +15.5%

Pours a beautiful deep mahogany color when held up to the light. Good clarity. Nice cream colored head with moderate head retention.

Smells of pumpkin and spices. Very clean. Nice.

Smooth with a nice balance between the pumpkin and spices. Not too much spice as to where it lingers on the palate like other pumpkin ales I've had.

Medium slightly chewy mouthfeel with moderate carbonation.

One of the more drinkable pumpkin ales that I've had.

Morey's Bottom Line: A pleasant surprise. A great example of the style in my opinion. This and the Boston Lager are the two best beers in the fall 12 pack from Sam Adams with the Octoberfest getting an honorable mention.

Morey, Oct 29, 2010
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4.03/5  rDev +15.5%

A hard pour yields an dark liquid topped with ~1 finger of foamy, light tan head. When held up to the light, the color resembles something of a ruby-red grapefruit, but it otherwise looks dark brown with a hint of orange. Head retention and lacing are pretty good.

There isn't anything too complex here. I can detect a pumpkin malt that is complimented by a cinnamon-sugar smell and a hint of nutmeg. The aroma is both sweet and spicy (mainly the latter).

I find that there is considerably more depth in the taste than in the nose. All elements are there, but they're stronger. Toasted pumpkin is clearly the foundation upon which the sweet notes of cinnamon-sugar are based. Spices become more apparent as the beer warms, but the sweetness remains the same.

The sweet malt adds a bit of density to the beer, though it's not too "syrupy." The spices leave a pleasant sensation on the tongue and the sweetness keeps me interested in sipping further.

You wouldn't figure that this beer features ~5.70% ABV, as it's quite well-hidden. The flavor definitely improves as the beer warms, so this one gets high marks. Consuming a 6 pack in a single setting might be a bit ambitious, but this would make a great session beer for a cold autumn evening.

This is a pretty good pumpkin ale. I found it to be quite a bit sweeter than some other ones which I've had, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. I would have preferred a bit more spice, but the sweetness is quite well-done because the pumpkin helps balance it out as the beer warms. Sam Adams rarely disappoints, and this is no exception. I would definitely have this beer again even though it's not the BEST pumpkin ale that I've had.

diabecktic, Oct 28, 2010
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3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

A - Poured out a dark, reddish, amber color with a small, white head of foam. It was short-lived and left very little sudsy lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of pumpkin, cinnamon and nutmeg. It really smelled like a good pumpkin ale.

T - The taste doesn't match the aroma. It is good but nutmeg-heavy. The pumpkin and cinnamon flavor are a little muted.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light to medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

D - This is a nice pumpkin ale. There are betters out there. And there are worse out there, too. It works for the price.

zeff80, Oct 26, 2010
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3/5  rDev -14%

Blah... I had such high expectations. This beer does nothing for me personally. It doesn't have the spice, depth or character that several other Pumpkin offerings (Dogfish Head, Post Road) seem to have. I honestly cannot taste anything that gives me the feeling that pumpkin was even used. I drank three to be sure. I would drink it if it was free but if I'm spending my money... Dogfish would be what I'd buy.

Dadoftwogirls, Oct 26, 2010
Samuel Adams Harvest Pumpkin Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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