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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

Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States | website

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.70%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brought back in 2010

Added by Kegatron on 11-10-2008

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Photo of Jeffreysan
3.81/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a very pretty light brown/deep golden amber color with a full finger of off-white/orange head that dissolved into a thin lacing of foam that completely covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Very malty, like freshly baked pumpernickel bread, accompanied by notes of spices such of nutmeg, cinnamon, pumpkin, brown sugar, and all-spice. I also get a few faint notes of hops.

Taste: Great! Very malty backbone, accompanied beautifully by some excellently balanced spices of cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, brown sugar and clove. There is no hops bitterness to speak of, which I overall prefer.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and with very little carbonation. With an ABV of 5.7%, there is no presence of alcohol on the palate.

Overall: I really, really enjoyed this pumpkin beer. I really like the great balance between the malt, the sweet and the spice. Solid, solid pumpkin beer. I’ll get a bottle or two next Autumn.

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Photo of NickTinyRace
4.06/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This beer makes you want to sit back on a cool fall night by the fire place while over looking a beautiful fall landscape. The pumpkin spices fly from the beer straight to your nose. The beer has a strong cinnamon and ginger. Its almost like a gingerbread cookie with a hint of pumpkin to balance it out.

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Photo of brewqueno
2.68/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

Disappointing considering Sam Adams is advertised as being quality craft beer.... Not what I expect for a pumpkin ale. It's lacking in flavor and seems watered down.

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Photo of JohnnyI
3.66/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours with a small cream-colored head that settled quickly in to a thin layer with little lacing. There is nice clarity to the amber liquid. The scent of pumpkin pie spices leap from the glass, making me long for whipped cream and a buttery crust. Small hints of cherry cordial. The flavor is spice-forward and a little unbalanced. Tangy, bold coriander citrus with abundant cinnamon, ginger and allspice. The amber malts and vague pumpkin flavor struggle to keep up. The mouthfeel is medium-thin with a pithy, prickly carbonation. The finish consists of burnt caramel and gingersnaps. Outside of the scent, there is little pumpkin to be found here. It's a gingerbread house in a bottle. Despite the overriding spice themes, this is surprisingly easy to drink. It is somehow cleaner than many of the other comparable offerings, which seems like a a contradiction. Quite enjoyable.

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Photo of scootny
3.74/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A deep clear amber ale with a solid head that hangs out for quite a while. Not much lacing though but there are spots and streaks. Slow gentle carbonation rising in my Becker style glass.

Notes of caramel, pie spice. A hit of pumpkin meat , brown sugar and faint sweet alcohol. A toasted bready undercurrent and a bit of yeast fruitiness.

Taste is one of the better balanced takes in pie spice style of this ale. A sweet malty front quickly flows into a pie and spice swallow. Mild hop bitterness. Body has light caramel and mild pumpkin meat.

Feel is well carbonated and nicely weighted. A bit tingly but pleasantly so.

Good solid brew that went well with my Thanksgiving leftovers and seasonal foods.

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Photo of Foyle
3.4/5  rDev -5%

Poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass

Appearance:a 1" off white head falls quickly with no lacing remaining. Color is a mostly clear reddish amber. Plenty of streaming carbonation.

Aroma: spice is the dominate aroma, a bit of pine also.

Mouthfeel: between light and medium, frothy, with a somewhat dry finish.

Flavor: pumpkin and spice (cinnamon) are the dominate flavors. A bready malt backbone and some tangy hops for balance.

Overall: fruit/spiced beers are not my personal choice of brew, but this is definitely one of the better ones I have had.

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Photo of RyanK252
3.66/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass

A: Pours deep copper amber with a frothy light tan head that fades.

S: Mulling spice, cinnamon and nutmeg stand out, a touch of pumpkin, and some caramel malt sweetness.

T: Big time spice, nutmeg and a little sweet cinnamon, some roasted malt, a little toffee sweetness, a bit nutty, maybe a bit of pumpkin in there (though not as much as others pulled out), with an interesting spiciness on the finish that lingers.

M: Medium body, quite smooth, with moderate carbonation to keep it from getting too thick.

O: A bit too over spiced for me, but not terrible.

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Photo of neenerzig
4.1/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this with my Thanksgiving dinner at my family's house. Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass, this beer pours a clear, medium amber/copper color with some bright hues when held up to the light. White, fizzy looking head with big bubbles that was about 2/3 of an inch thick when first poured. Head dissipated fairly quickly to a thin ring lining the inside of the glass along with some spots of surface foam, but barely any lacing. The head/carbonation/bubbles when I first poured the beer reminded me a lot of what you typically get when you pour a can of soda pop into a glass. Not really what you want/expect from a beer. Aromas of some slightly toasted caramel malts and pumpkin. There's also a hint of yeasty funkiness, but I suppose that could also being the pumpkin smell being accented due to the fact that this beer uses real actual pumpkin and not, or at least not solely, pumpkin spice for the pumpkin flavor. Not much more here aroma wise, but what's here is solid. Has a good, , slightly toasted, caramel malty sweetness upfront followed by some slightly sour, funky pumpkin awesomeness. Rounded out with a light touch of hops. Pretty simple flavor profile structure, but it hits the nail right on the head! Has a crisp, slightly prickly, yet smooth and frothy, medium bodied mouthfeel with surprisingly mild to moderate carbonation. Easy to drink in all the right and good days a well crafted beer should be!


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Photo of mchegash
3.22/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance - 3.25/5
Pours a dark red-brown, with about one finger of head which dissipates down quickly. Can see an average amount of carbonation rising at an average rate.

Smell - 3/5
Strong aroma of nutmeg, cinnamon, and pumpkin.

Taste - 3.25/5
Nutmeg, allspice, pumpkin, sweet earthy malts, a slight fruitiness. Tastes a little watery

Mouthfeel - 3.5/5
In between light and medium bodied, fairly smooth and moderately crisp. The carbonation is moderate intensity.

Overall - 3.25/5
Overall an average brew. Nothing special stands out.

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Photo of EvoRich
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look: Pours a deep copper color, with a red tinge. About a two finger head at first which fades quickly.

Smell: Pumpkin and spices. Sweet sugar and whipped cream.

Taste: Wow, I'm surprised. A lot of pumpkin flavor with a malty and wheaty finish. Much sweeter than I expected.

Feel: Very drinkable. Medium bodied with medium carbonation

Overall: Pretty impressed. I've had this beer many times before. But that was before I considered beer a "hobby". After having so many well regarding pumpkin ales, I wasn't expecting this to be able to compete, but I think it does.

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Photo of humuloner22
3/5  rDev -16.2%

Its Sam Adams, its not outstanding, but it is decent. I am on the downside of "fall" beers at this point. Its very similar to the rest of them. Its got some pumpkin flavor and aroma, but its got a bit more in the way of spice. Not as strong as some it acts like it wants to be two things at once and never really hits that mark. Some beers are super spicy others are more pumpkin in flavor, this particular one is not really either. Maybe that is what some people like, to me its just middle of the road. Which is pretty much the Sam Adams niche.

Aroma: Pumpkin spice caramel notes.

Taste: Kind of light on flavor profile, some pumpkin flavors and spices.

Overall: Decent, worth getting in the mixed 12 pack, but I wouldn't buy a whole six pack of just this.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Perhaps being beaten into submission by anything pumpkin this time each year, the one-ups-man game floods the palate with sweeter, boozier and spicier flavors that continually overwhelm the palate. But the Boston brewers strike an even-keel balance between what's pie and ale.

Brilliantly bronze with brassy highlights, the beer shows crystal clarity while pushing forth a creamy ecru head with enough staying power to release a straight-forward spicy sweetness. While its early taste is toasty, toffee and of brown sugar, its spicier balance come alive across the middle.

Those supportive malt sweetnesses lay the foundation from which a medley of cinnamon, nutmeg and mild clove bounce. Its beautiful spicy sweet culmination layers upon the palate like both pumpkin pie, graham cracker and hearty amber ale. Short of praline, a pecan crusted taste wraps the sweetness and spice before the beer tilts toward finish.

Savory and quite succulent, the beer sides with spice, dryness and toast although sweetness lingers with a simmering quality. Its warmth is aided by pie spices that shore up the beer in dessert-like fashion.

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Photo of Spify
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Pretty decent Pumpkin beer. Pumpkin flavor is present but gets a little more overpowered by other flavors than i would like but still more present than other pumpkin beers i have had.

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Photo of Genuine
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Poured from the bottle a beautiful clear medium to dark amber. The off white head sat on top and stayed for the majority of the pint.

Wonderful aroma of cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger come through. Not overpowering.

Flavor lived up to the aroma with a bit more of a spice kick to remind you that it is a Pumpkin Ale.

Carbonation helped bring some bitterness to the party to even out the sweet pumpkin and malts.

Overall a solid pumpkin ale. I didn't like last years but this year's has grown on me. I would buy it again.

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Photo of HoppyBastard
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Shaker pint glass, "best by" date January 2014.

APPEARANCE: pours a clear dark amber color with one-finger tan head that dissipated quickly leaving a ring of small bubbles, there is very little lacing present, medium carbonation.

SMELL: caramel, pumpkin and spice, subtle and not overpowering.

TASTE: the taste follows the nose, caramel and sweet initially, then you get the pumpkin and spice profile.

PALATE: medium body and carbonation.

OVERALL: this is a good beer, it tastes like pumpkin pie and that is never a bad thing, the smell and taste were not overpowering. This is not my favorite style but I enjoy it during the season.

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Photo of gbarbee
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Appearance: Amber
Smell: Slight pumpkin spices
Taste: Slight pumpkin flavor
Mouthfeel: Light
Drinkability: A decent beer but would only drink again if offered.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of WhiteHillsStore
3.62/5  rDev +1.1%

Pours a dark orange with a white head that trails the glass. The smell was full of pumpkin pie spices. The taste had pumpkin the beginning but became overpowered, specifically by the amount of cinnamon and nutmeg. Not a bad profile, but just a little one note.

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Photo of REGreenBTRB
4.06/5  rDev +13.4%

A: 4.25 - It pours a very nice dark amber color with about a half finger of head.

S: 3.75 - It smells like one of my fall favorites: pumpkin pie. The pumpkin pie spices are very present. Nutmeg, cinnamon, a little brown sugar. It's a little weak on the nose, but it certainly smells like pumpkin pie.

T: 4.25 - Very nice! I'm actually a little surprised. The pumpkin is unquestionably there. The pumpkin pie flavor isn't as strong as it was on the nose, but at the back end you can pick up on the various spices.

M: 4 - This has quite a thick mouthfeel to it. It's chewy. Full bodied. Not the most drinkable.

O: 4.06 - You know, this wasn't bad at all. With a pumpkin beer I'm not expecting something to blow me away; I just desire a "cozy" fall vibe with it and this one certainly does that. I feel like I'm sitting under a bright orange and red tree at sunset in the fall surrounded by leaves with this beer. Well done Samuel Adams! Well done. I would drink this again.

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Photo of KLHBB
3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Rich brown mahogany color, smells of brown sugar. I can never taste "pumpkin", I taste pumpkin pie spice - cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg and more brown sugar. Sweet in a grown-up way. The mouthfeel is light and carbonated, overall this is excellent and one of the reasons I go after the fall variety pack.

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Photo of mpg611
5/5  rDev +39.7%

Poured into a Sam Adams glass, which is wider at the top and narrower at the bottom.

Beautiful amber color with a good head that doesn't last long.

Aroma is more pumpkin pie spices than pumpkin.

Taste is pumpkin, pumpkin pie spices, roasted malt. Of the pumpkin pie spices, hints of cinnamon and brown sugar are definitely there. Everything is well balanced.

A bit dry, but refreshing and no sacrifice to quality.

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Photo of MIchelle
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Nice beautiful amber colored beer. Pours with a nice full creamy white head.It has a soft pleasant smell, doesn't really hit you in the face with the pumpkin in the smell which to some might be a plus, i'd prefer a little more pumpkin smell. Upon sipping it's a bit more complex tasting for a beer of this style. It has a nice spiced pumpkin flavor that stays with you. The pumpkin is pretty subtle but this is a full flavored easy drinking beer. I'd buy it again if there weren't so many others to try.

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Photo of zac16125
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a stella artois-esque chalice
Best before: Feb 2015

A: Pours a deep, dark cooper with nice ruby hues when held to light. 2 fingers width of tan head builds and then has good retention. A good amount of lacing clings to the sides of the glass. 4.25

S: Lots of cinnamon, and some other spicy notes; pumpkin and doughy yeast. Honestly smells a lot like pumpkin pie. Very nice. 4.25

T: Not as good as the aroma, not even close. Caramel malts, some bitterness, generic spiciness, and faint pumpkin. 3

M/D: Medium bodied, carbonation on the heavier end but appropriate. Drinkability is fair. 3.5

O: Great aroma, but a big let down in the taste. Ill have the other one that came in the variety pack, but after that I dont see myself having this again in the future. 3.5

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Photo of garymuchow
3.62/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

More spices than pumpkin or malt in the aroma. Heavier of the nutmeg. Softer aroma overall.
Good looking, great dark amber that looks like autumn. Tan head that does settle out rather quickly.
More malt in the taste with a clear caramel flavor, but the spice is there too and pushed towards the front. Pumpkin is too much in the background for me, it is very hard to find.
Moderately light feel with the powdery feel from the herb.
This is fine. Nothing exceptional.

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Photo of Jon_Hendricks
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Appearance: deep amber in color, dense

Overall: tastes like pumpkin, dark malt, cinnamon and brown sugar is also prominent. Good beer has a great autumn feel to it. Perfect for the fall season.

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Photo of IPA4LIFE
3.12/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

A- Deep copper, nearly light brown when it pours. 1 finger khaki colored head with weak retention and very little lacing. Looks beautiful.

S- Typical pumpkin and pumpkin pie spices. Subtle hints of toasted pie crust adds to the perception that you are drinking a liquid pumpkin pie.

T- A little sweet nuttiness. Not overly complex (for the style anyway). Slight hints of pumpkin bread with butter. Mostly pumpkin pie spices.

M- A little too thin for me. The head dropped quickly, and I would have preferred a more full-bodied mouthfeel to support the richness of the flavors.

O- While I’m on “richness of the flavors” I do wish they had been just a bit richer. Everything was decent and well balanced, but it all just had the volume turned down a little more than I would have liked.

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