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

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Reviews: 634
Hads: 2,549
Avg: 3.58
pDev: 31.01%
Wants: 55
Gots: 470 | FT: 1
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Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  5.70% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Kegatron on 11-10-2008

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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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Photo of Lou22
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

Got in the Variety Pack. It's enjoyable nonetheless. Clear orangeish-red pour, more of a spicy nose than pumpkin. Smooth tasting with a hint of pumpkin, but more spice tasting than anything.

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Photo of AC-Mivsek
3/5  rDev -16.2%

Pours a clear orange-ish red. Mild carbonation, small head. Nose is very spicy, hard to detect much pumpkin. Taste follows the nose, packed full of spice, nutmeg, cinnamon. It almost drinks more like a Christmas ale then a pumpkin ale. I enjoy this beer as it is very tasty, but I feel it falls short as a pumpkin ale since the pumpkin is overpowered by the spice.

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Photo of dmgeng
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

I enjoyed this beer the past two years in the SA Fall Sampler pack but after trying Schlafly pumpkin ale I realized how "light" this beer was in comparison.

A - Nice orange color with great clarity. Small white head with very light lacing.

S - Light spices come first : i.e. cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and maybe some slight clove. Second to the spices comes the beer smell with some malt and caramel notes

T - Basically a Boston Lager with some pumpkin spices added. This beer starts with the spices from the nose. A light crisp beer flavor in the middle with the malt/grain tones. There is an ever so slight vegetable pumpkin flavor but is extremely subtle. The finish has the spices like cinnamon and allspice that sit on the palate.

M - Light to medium mouth-feel. Light to moderate carbonation. The body was light and crisp allowing for great drinkability and thirst quenching.

Overall, this is an okay pumpkin beer. It doesn't have the flavor depth or spice palate that most craft pumpkin beers have and isn't a good representative of that flavor but with that being said it is very drinkable and would go great watching the game on a crisp Fall day or to wash the turkey down when you don't want a big beer with your meal. It's worth a try and at only $1.10 a bottle and it's hard to pass up the deal. I will definitely get this pack next year but I'll save my better flavored beer for not dinner time.

Glass- Shaker pint

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Photo of samtrillo
3/5  rDev -16.2%


Smell is lacking on the pumpkin. Some pumpkin spice.

Taste is similar. I'm missing the pumpkin. There is the spice there, but you could convince me this was made with no pumpkin and they just added some pumpkin spice to the brew. Disappointing.

Mouthfeel is medium-lite with crisp full carbonation but more enjoyable than blue moon's offering.

Overall too light on the pumpkin.

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Photo of Kris450
4/5  rDev +11.7%

I really liked this beer. The warmer it got, the more flavors I could really extract out of this beer. Tasted like a nice crisp ale on the front end, but finished with a great sweetness of pumpkin and cloves and cinnamon on the end. I couldn't really pick this up well from the smell, but it was such a great beer and I very much enjoyed it. I could definitely put a few of these down as I'm sitting around a fire and enjoying fall.

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Photo of Randygroves
1/5  rDev -72.1%

OK... Forget about the pumpkin in the name. Beer has sugar do you taste that? No. Pumpkin in itself does not have a strong flavor. Its part of the mash. It gives a smoother flavor like a porter except pumpkin was used. Now that we all have that straight.. It is a very well ( near perfect) beer for the season. More hops and less malt sweetness than the Sam's Oktoberfest version. Maybe I was playing Skyrim too much but I felt like I was there while sipping/drinking out of a tall glass in those old drink inn/ houses. I do enjoy other fest beers but this one really fits the bill or season or whatever you want to call it.

So when you pour that beer into that Viking glass and take a good swallow/taste make sure you hold it high and say" Here is to Randy for pointing me into the direction of my Nord ancestors". You can also thank Sam but he just made the beer that's all...enjoy!

Changing my rating to1 for smell and look alone. Bought two more 6 packs that tasted horrible like soap or straight hops.... Called them and complained. Stay away from batch P24640959625 in black letters on the bottle neck!!!!!!!

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

Appearance: Clear deep amber in color with a large, dense off-white head, which persists quite well. Thin Belgian-type lacing coats the glass walls. The carbonation is slight and slow-rising. (3.75/5.0)

Aroma: Pumpkin pie spices dominates the aroma, with cloves and cinnamon particularly notable. Pumpkin is also prominent, as well as dark malt and a mild grassy hop presence. (4.0/5.0)

Taste: Opens with prominent pumpkin, dark malt, and pumpkin pie spices. As the taste progresses, the pumpkin pie spices really shine, with cinnamon being particularly notable. Brown sugar is also prominent. Throughout the taste, there is an undercurrent of pumpkin. Finishes with lingering pumpkin, pumpkin pie spices, and mild herbal hops. (4.0/5.0)

Mouth feel: Smooth soft and pleasant, with zesty carbonation, (3.75/4.0)

Drinkability/notes: Very nice, one of the nicer pumpkin seasonals, well worth a try. It seems a fitting companion to the Autumn Equinox tonight. (4.0/5.0)

Presentation: Packagedin a twelve-ounce brown glass long-neck bottle, served in a Samuel Adams Boston Lager sensory glass.

In Memoriam: Pumpkin (April 1998 - November 22, 2014) - the best cat ever. We will always miss you

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Photo of jwc215
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Enjoy before January notched on label:

Pours amber with a thin, fading head. Spotted lacing sticks.

The smell is of cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice and a hint of caramel.

The tase is of the pumpkin pie spices with caramelized dough. Slight alcohol warmth goes in the finish.

It has a firm medium body.

It's a spicy, sweet-leaning pumpkin ale.

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Photo of dakotaben
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

A - light copper hue that is fairly transparent with a strong look of carbonation. Finger.5 creamy head that dissapated fairly quickly.

S - Pumpkin. cinnamon

T - Well… I guess what should I expect? pumpkin.

M - medium light body with a moderate carbonation taste

O - light, nice pumpkin beer. I think it fits the style decently, but I am not a huge fan from this brewery that I usually love.

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Photo of PvtSnowball
3.65/5  rDev +2%

A nice amber with moderate head and retention. The smell of pumpkin is prominent. Spice and malt also. The spice is a little more powerful in the flavor.

Smooth and lightly carbonated.

I don't normally care for this style, but this is a good one.

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