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Samuel Adams Harvest Pumpkin Ale - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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2,099 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,099
Reviews: 585
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 15.76%
Wants: 40
Gots: 176 | 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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Photo of Star80
4.45/5  rDev +27.5%

Pours out a deep copper, almost mahogany color. This is a darker pumpkin ale than I am used to! Smells like rich malts, and some very subtle pumpkin spice in the background. Tastes like some rich pumpkin, and some faint spices in the background. I taste some solid maltiness in there to bolster the brew, and some finishing hops to round it out. This is a really interesting brew from Sam Adams, and very nicely done. Definitely a more balanced Pumpkin Ale than most offerings, and actually this could be setting a standard for me for the style. It tastes like pumpkin, but the spices and the pumpkin flavor do not mask the ale. So far, I have tried two other pumpkin ales, one that was quite spicey,(ichabod) and one that was a delicious but really rich, amped up pumpkin ale, (Punkin'), and this one fits nicely right in the middle. Very tastey, very drinkable, and hits all the marks. Maybe they should introduce this one in it's own 6-pack.

Star80, Sep 26, 2010
Photo of aepb1
4.03/5  rDev +15.5%

A- Light reddish brown with a small white head and a bit of lacing

S- Spicy pumpkin pie! Malts, subtle but, overpowering

T- Bready pumpkin pie crust. Subtle pumpkin. Really smooth. I really get a harvest/fall feel from this taste.

M- Smooth medium bodied, creamy with great carbonation for the style

D- Of if this were on tap in Florida this time of year, I might actually think there was a fall season here...

aepb1, Sep 26, 2010
Photo of vette2006c5r
4.45/5  rDev +27.5%

Pumpkin ale poured a dark amer color with a nice head. It smells like pumkin and has a strong malty smell. The taste is heavy, very malty and very strong pumpkin flavors. Easy to drink. Overall very enjoayble wis it came in a six pck. I would deffently get it again.

vette2006c5r, Sep 26, 2010
Photo of russpowell
3.63/5  rDev +4%

Pours an effervescent copper with 2 fingers of tan head. Very good head retnetion & above average lacing

S: Cinnamon & brown sugar

T: Pumpkin pie spice, slight squashyness, dryness, some caramel up front. More of the same as this warms, some herbal & woody hops lurking in the background as well. Finishes dry with pumpkin pie spicyness & slight metallic edge

MF: Medium bodied, carbonation starts off sharp, but turns creamy once warm

Nice drinkability here, not a great pumpkins beer but better than most...

russpowell, Sep 26, 2010
Photo of TommyW
3.78/5  rDev +8.3%

A- Golden, amber body with a bubbly, off-white head.

S- Notes of pumpkin spice and pumpkin with some hints of caramel.

T- Follows the nose pretty well, pumpkin and pumpkin spice sitting atop a malty body. Lingering sweetness to the beer though; could maybe use a little more hops.

M- Medium body with a medium feel.

D- Not a bad pumpkin ale, but there are better ones out there.

TommyW, Sep 25, 2010
Photo of thespaceman
4.18/5  rDev +19.8%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint (apart of SA's Harvest Fall 12 pack)

Appearance: Deep reddish/amber color, nice head slowly rises and dissapates. Excellent head retention all around and the lacing sticks nicely to the inside of my glass.

Smell: Beautiful aromas of spice here, lots of nutmeg, brown sugar, clove and allspice, perfectly aligned, not overpowering to the nostrils. Very authentic for a beer that sits alone in a variety pack.

Taste: Pumpkin pie like goodness, almost like eating a fresh pumpkin pie in liquid form! Beautiful array of spices make up this beer, as in the aroma, the allspice and brown sugar really mend together nicely to put out a more authentic pumpkin beer then alot on the shelves that are overloaded with spice. Very reserved yet full of flavor. Finish consists of a touch of malt spice and a small kick of diacetyl that is not a bad thing, it actually smooths out the spiciness perfectly.

Mouthfeel: Nice on the tongue, stands firm and has a perfect amount of carbonation. Not too thick and not too light.

Drinkability: Pumpkin beers are tough, they are either right on the money or a mess of spices, but SA did it right with this beer, the spiciness is here yet very well balanced to the malt, and it's melded to the point where it taste authentic. I'm pissed you only get 2 in a variety pack and would love to see this released in 6 packs every fall with Octoberfest. An excellent interpretation of the pumpkin style and needs it's own space on the 6 pack shelves immediatley!

thespaceman, Sep 25, 2010
Photo of Doomcifer
3.95/5  rDev +13.2%

Pours a clear amber/copper color with a nice head. Little retention. Smells of bready malts, pumpkin and spice...faint spicy hop aroma. Taste follows the aroma..Pumpkin, grains, nutmeg/allspice finish, spicy noble hops. Nice body, not overly carbonated, crisp finish. This is one of the better pumpkin beers that I have tried. Not usually a huge fan but this is good stuff. I wouldnt call any pumpkin ales very drinkable but this ranks up there.

Doomcifer, Sep 24, 2010
Photo of lou50rp
3.9/5  rDev +11.7%

Had an amber reddish color with an off white head.
Smell was predominatelt pumpkin with a touch of malt. Inviting aroma.
Taste was of pumpkin with a bready taste at the end. Not a lot of spice, just pumpkin and its sweetness.
Medium mouthfeel.
A good brew. definitely drinkable, but in limited quantities due to the sweetness.

lou50rp, Sep 24, 2010
Photo of jeffjeff1
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

I picked this up at work in the Harvest Collection.

Appearance- reddish color, thin head

Smell- malt, some pumpkin

Taste- pumpkin, good

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Drinkability- It was pretty good. I liked it. I would definitely like to have it again.

jeffjeff1, Sep 24, 2010
Photo of Stinkypuss
4.03/5  rDev +15.5%

12 oz bottle, included in the fall sampler pack.

Appearance: A clear copper in color, solid inch of foam and decent retention.

Smell: Bready malts are there initially, later giving way to a nice bouquet of pumpkin pie spice.

Taste: Malty, good spice kick. Pumpkin flavor melds together with roasted and caramel malts. Just a kiss of bittering hop. A well crafted pumpkin ale.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, good level of carbonation.

Drinkability: A fine example of this uniquely American style. I quite enjoyed this.

Stinkypuss, Sep 23, 2010
Photo of Domingo
3.83/5  rDev +9.7%

I went into this expecting a pretty typical pumpkin ale...and while this one doesn't divert from the path too much, it does a good job with the right characteristics.
The beer's a burn orange color with a slightly off white head. Carbonation isn't too heavy, but it does stick around much longer than most other pumpkin brews. I'd say it's also a few shades darker than most, too.
The nose is filled with cinnamon, anise, allspice, and vanilla. Par for the style, although with a hint of roasted malts.
Up front I got an initial note of sweet toasty malts, which was a welcome surprise. The spices (allspice being the leader) come up in the middle and finish instead of taking over everything. The sweetness features the pretty distinct Sam Adams malt flavor...but it does a great job of melding with the cinnamon, allspice, and nutmeg notes. No one flavor dominates. They're apparently using roasted pumpkin within the beer, which if I had to guess is contributing to the toasty character. It's more of a deep amber or mild brown ale body.
Unlike many other pumpkin beers, I don't think a 2nd one of these would be out of the question.
On a cool day I found this to be a pretty nice treat and I was surprised at the lack of overbearing spice.
Even though it's only a bit less strong, this reminds me a bit of a more drinkable DFH Punkin Ale. I think it might be the darker malts.

Domingo, Sep 23, 2010
Photo of Shaw
3.55/5  rDev +1.7%

Part of the fall variety pack, which I pretty much purchased to try this beer.

A lovely amber in color with a big tan head that reduces to a thick, sticky layer in my glass.

Light aroma of spice and pumpkin.

Taste is rich with notes of spice and pumpkin. Samuel Adams uses a fairly light touch with the spices, making this a much better pumpkin ale than some.

Solid body with a decent fullness from the pumpkin.

Overall this is one of the better pumpkin ales that's not high in alcohol.

Shaw, Sep 23, 2010
Photo of mntlover
4.15/5  rDev +18.9%

Pours a clear more copper then orange in color decent sized light tan head but no real lace left behind, just splotches.

Aroma is malty with pumpkin notes good dose of nutmeg and touches of spicy cinnamon. Pretty nice aroma well balanced through out nothing jumping out in front like some pumpkins that all all spice.

Taste is malty sweet light caramel notes that move to some pumpkin and hints of earthy notes. Finish is spice nutmeg that lingers and spicy cinnamon that brings up the rear. Very well balanced in the flavor also. Would be buying more of this if i could get a sixer of it.

Mouthfeel is nice medium and smooth through out with touch of bubbles that play with the spice in the finish, very nice.

Drinkability is great ok Jim release this in sixer's and i will be adding it to my seasonal purchases. Must say this is one of the better pumpkin ales i have had.

mntlover, Sep 22, 2010
Photo of wheatyweiss
3.15/5  rDev -9.7%

Poured from a twelve ounce bottle into a nonic.

Pours a deep straw to amber with a small head that recedes immediately to nothing. No cloud.

Aroma is vegetal and all spice, clove and anise. Cinnamon creeps in and leaves a sweet fake pumpkin aroma.

Flavor is nutmeg and vanilla. Pumpkin pie spices like all spice and clove dominate, anise briefly shows and then recedes to a vegetal, slightly mealy flavor as in a pulpy fruit. Nutmeg overpowers the finish as well as the slight, almost non existent hop flavor.

Mouthfeel is medium and slick, not bad. The carbonation is perfect and lends well to the style.

I've had much better and this one was a little thin on the flavor. It was all spice and little mash.

wheatyweiss, Sep 22, 2010
Photo of Brewingbanjos
3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

Nice mouthfeel and rich orange appearance. The smell and taste are slightly hinted with typical spiced notes of nutmeg and cinnamon. It comes off as a nice mild flavored pumpkin ale for those who want a hint of autumn without getting blasted by it. It is awfully close to their Oktoberfest.

Brewingbanjos, Sep 21, 2010
Photo of SamuelJackson45
4.15/5  rDev +18.9%

A- A bright dark orange look.

S- Pumpkin and spices. Smell like pumpkin pie in a bottle.

T- Can taste the pumpkin and spices. Very tasty.

M- Very smooth and creamy filling like pie.

D- Got a chance to try this beer. Very good. This pumpkin sure will compete with the best pumpkin beers out right now with no problem.

Cheers...

SamuelJackson45, Sep 20, 2010
Photo of ThePorterSorter
3.8/5  rDev +8.9%

Appearance:
This poured an unexpected ruby red. There was decent head formation with fairly generic bottle carbonation. At first glimpse I was not sure if I was drinking a watery Robitussin, however, I will give chances because thats what a good advocate would do.
Lacing is fairly minimal and the head did disappear withing 1 minute.

Smell:
I haven't smelled a mass produced beer in awhile. I'm sorry, but there are distinctive craft aromas I typically look for and this beer doesn't have any of them. Agitating the beer (by gently swirling in my Duvel tulip) produces a very subtle fruit flavor along with head re-formation. I normally don't have to try so hard to get a whiff of something, anything, a new beer has to offer.

Taste:
Malty with a hoppy bitterness, and possibly a faint floral/spice blend. There is a roasted malt taste that seems to linger, but I was looking for a more roasted chestnut (or any seasonal flavor) flavor for a beer being hailed as a "pumpkin ale." It's still a good beer nonetheless, I can't say it is completely devoid of all complexities.

Mouthfeel:
This beer is light and bitter. Between the dark roastiness and hoppy bitterness, the beer needs to be a tad warmer than standard cool-fridge temperatures. Letting the beer warm seems to make simple improvements in how my mouth is responding to the ale. It's a better-than-average start to what is evolving into a long Fall beer holiday and I'm just happy the variety packs finally aren't full of Cherry Wheats and Hefeweizens.

Drinkability:
The beer is easy to put down. There is some bitter, some malty, and some subtle complexity. For the price, I may have gone with the long trail survival pack instead (at a savings of $1!!).
I've found that the warmer temperatures are better at bringing out the spice and would advise you let temperatures rise as well.

ThePorterSorter, Sep 20, 2010
Photo of jsanford
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Poured into my Charleston Brewvival tasting glass (the rest went to the girlfriend)

A - Dark orange-red with a creamy 1-finger head.

S - Pumpkin and pumpkin spices (cinnamon, clove, ginger) dominate with a sweet malt profile.

T - Subdued pumpkin and spices with more sweet malt and a bit of earthy bitterness toward the end.

M - Medium bodied with moderate prickly carbonation.

D - Pretty drinkable, like most SA brews.

Not as pumpkin-y as I would like, but still a solid addition to the fall lineup, I'd like to see this in 6-packs.

jsanford, Sep 20, 2010
Photo of Zorro
3.63/5  rDev +4%

A clear brown colored beer with a small tan colored head.

Smells a little sweet with brown sugar and pumpkin pie spice. Pumpkin scent is pretty detectable here. Pretty much this smells like watered down pumpkin pie.

Starts out neutral and not sweet like I expected. Very mildly sweet with a good shot of bitterness at the end. Spice is very much subtle here; this is pretty much a brown ale with pumpkin pie nuances. Really a brown ale more than a pumpkin beer.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Drinkability is OK. An OK beer but not one I would want put in bombers so I could get more of it. Two in the Harvest pack is enough.

Zorro, Sep 19, 2010
Photo of chrisgn
3.68/5  rDev +5.4%

A- Dark orange/red think creamy head

S- light spice notes cinnamon and nutmeg.

T- Not overly spiced. It is like a Sam October fest with a little spice mixed in.

M- Full bodied not enough carbonation though.

D- Due to the fact this is not overly spiced it makes a nice session pumpkin beer.

Notes: not available on it's own. Only available currently in the harvest mix pack which is a nice mix for the fall season.

chrisgn, Sep 19, 2010
Photo of GeneralZod
2.83/5  rDev -18.9%

APPEARANCE
Nice dark red color. Plenty of head.

SMELL
Roasted smell. Not much spice like other brand of pumpkin ales

TASTE
Not so good. As found from lack of smell. Tremendous lack of flavor.

MOUTHFEEL
Full and coarse. Nicely carbonated.

DRINKABILITY
Could be good for everyonce in a while, but there are much better brands of pumpkin ales

GeneralZod, Sep 19, 2010
Photo of WesWes
4/5  rDev +14.6%

The beer pours a beautiful amber color with a thick frothy off-white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a dry, crystal malt and pumpkin scent with subtle hints of cinnamon and nutmeg. The taste is good as well. It has a pretty straight up pumpkin flavor along with an adequate amount of pale and crystal malts. It goes down easy with a bone dry finish and faint hints of spice. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good drinking pumpkin beer. It focuses on the pumpkin character instead of the spices; another solid seasonal from Samuel Adams.

WesWes, Sep 19, 2010
Photo of IPAkindaguy
3.95/5  rDev +13.2%

Bought the Harvest Collection pack just for these 2 bottles. I wasnt disappointed. Very full bodied beer with a great autumn feel to it. Strong with cinnamon, nutmeg and all spice flavors in the back of your mouth with a crisp refreshing taste. Mouthfeel wasnt to dominating with these flavors and had a smooth feel to it. Drinkability is very good only if would comei in a 6 pack and i dont get 2 bottles per 12.

IPAkindaguy, Sep 18, 2010
Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +14.6%

I was really excited to try this one since I look forward to the release of pumpkin beers each fall.

The beer pours a orangish-brown color with a white head. The aroma is class pumpkin ale, with lots of pumpkin and nutmeg notes. The flavor is more of the same. I get a ton of pumpkin, along with the classic pumpkin pie spices of cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice. I also get some caramel malt. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Not quite as good as Southern Tier Pumking, but a step above most of the pumpkin ales that are on the market.

Mora2000, Sep 18, 2010
Photo of chickenflea
3.43/5  rDev -1.7%

Bottle. Pours a light brown color with a small beige head that leaves a small ring and a bit of film. Nose is sweet, nutty malts with hints of pumpkin, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Spicy. Palate is smooth and sticky with a nice light carbonation. Flavor is sweet nutty pumpkin up front with a stingy light hop note in the finish. Mild tinniness on the finish. Otherwise a solid beer.

chickenflea, Sep 17, 2010
Samuel Adams Harvest Pumpkin Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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