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

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Ratings: 2,475
Reviews: 632
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 15.85%
Wants: 52
Gots: 404 | 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 rsgcwhite
3.35/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into Sam Adams Glass.

A: On the crimson side of Amber, it poured a magnificent lingering head.

S: Brown Sugar, Cinnamon, misc. Spices; all in all, sort of spicy in an odd 'Old Person's House' way.

T: Malty sweetness gives way to a subtle but lingering spice cabinet. There's a lot of spice, and actually, I can't tell if it's something enjoyable or I feel like I've licked about fifteen autumn-themed Yankee candles. It's certainly more interesting than a lot of beers, and was alright for a fall evening.

M: Somehow both creamy and spicy, at the same time buttery.

Drinkability got better as the beer went on and I stopped trying to think about it. Like Candy Corn at Halloween, enjoy it during it's consumption window - but you'll never desire consuming this in off-seasons.

Photo of david131
2.81/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- A clear, deep orange liquid with some red highlights. There are numerous streams of carbonation making their way to the surface and a thin light brown head.

S- Cinnamon, nutmeg, and stewed tomatoes. That is about all I can get here.

T- Same as the aroma. A little sweet and light on the spices. Kind of macro-y at the same time.

M- Rather creamy and smooth. At least something is going right with this beer.

D- Not one of the better pumpkin ales out there... in fact one of the worst I have tried. Not terrible, but not worth trying.

Photo of OWSLEY069
3.15/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clean orange-ish to copper color with a tan head. In the aroma, earthy and gourd like fruitiness. In the taste, cinnamon and vanilla, a light maltiness. A spice like bite and a light bodied mouthfeel, with a dry, spicy aftertaste. Big spice, yet not too overwhelming.

Photo of wvu9787
4.1/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First off I would like to say I wish that they made this beer in 6/12-Packs. Right now this is only avalible in the Sam Adams fall harvest collection mix 12 pack and you only get 2 of each style, this is by far the best one in the bunch. The mix pack was bought at a local Giant Eagle for 13.99 +tax. Beer poured into a 16oz pint glass and the AVB. is at 5.7%.

Apperence- poures a hazy dark orange, nice 2 finger off white/tan head.

Smell- nutmeg, allspice, cinnamon, all your basic pumpkin ale spice smells, however I dont really smell the pumpkin.

Taste- Sweets, Roasted malts is the leading taste, again like the smell: nutmeg, allspice, cinnamon, and little pumpkin in the taste, no clove to be found and I love that about the beer.

Mouthfeel- Nice carbonation, not too much not too little. A little creamy but nothing like you would get in say a chocolate beer.

Drinkabilty- Very drinkable, out of all the Sam Adam beers I have had this is by far my favorite, then again pumpkin ales are my favorite style, I could drink this all night, once again I wish this was in 6/12 packs.

Overall I think this beer is great, I do like Sam
Adam beers for the most part,but this is one of their best. I will say this, if your looking to try a pumpkin ale for the first time then this may be your best bet, not only because of the mild pumpkin/pumpkin pie spice flavores but because its a darn good beer and Sam Adams is around everywhere.

Photo of BeefyMee
4.03/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Color is a fantastic deep burnt orange. Good head and lacing.

S: Whoa, huge spice factor. Nutmeg and clove dominate. There's a a little pumpkin in there too but mostly spicey. This can be bad with pumpkin beers, but they pull it off here. There's also a little grainy malt in the background.

T: Pumpkin pie spice is still at the forefront in the flavor department, but the sweetness of the malt is also very noticeable. There even seems to be a trace of alcohol and a little hop twang in the finish. For a pumpkin beer that chose the spice route, there is a good deal of balance, which is nice to see.

M: Nice and creamy but a little too much bubbly zest.

D: I thought the strong flavors might become grating after a while, but I was ready for more by the end of the glass. Two or three is probably the max though.

Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.18/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Well, the Sam Adams marketing team sure knows how to get people to buy a 12 pack of easy to find beer: put two beers only available in mixed 12's in the same box. This beer, along with a dunkleweizen and also Feziwig (available at Christmas) are all available in mix 12 packs only. I guess they sucked me in this time.

This one pours into a Sam Adams pint glass an orange amber color with ruby highlights. Topped with a slightly hued, somewhat tan head. Average lacing with less than spectacular retention.

Aroma is lacking any real pumpkin essence and is basically a slightly spiced amber ale. Notes of cloves with the main scent being typical biscuit and caramel malts.

Flavor profile has a little more pumpkin essence but still falls well short of any real substance. The flavor exhibits a bit more cinnamon with toasted grains and caramel.

This one is strictly right down the middle and lies just short of mediocrity. I guess this one is okay for pumpkin beers, certainly not offensive, but definitely not one of the top 15 out there. Unless you really dig all of the beers in this mixer, this one doesnt warrant a special purchase.

Photo of taigor
2.76/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass.

A - Poured amber reddish slightly hazy color with small head that quickly dissipated leaving almost no lacing around the glass.

S - Pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg and other spices.

T - Malts upfront, however pumpkin and cinnamon taste almost non-existent which was a big let down from smell.

M - Medium bodied with average carbonation

D - Somewhat average but I would definitely need more flavor to drink this beer again in the future.

Photo of erosier
3.53/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L: Pours a nice copper orange color with a medium sized and medium bodied white colored head that fades somewhat slowly and laces the glass a bit as it fades.
S: Big whiffs of nutmeg, allspice, cinnamon, and a hint of clove come out of this over nice roasted malt flavors. There is a pumpkin flavor all the way through this one.
T: Tastes of sweet roasted malts, then some pumpkin, and then all the spices synonymous with pumpkin ales - nutmeg, allspice, some cinnamon, and a hint of clove at the end.
M: OK mouthfeel, medium bodied, perfect amount of carbonation.
D: Pretty drinkable, the flavors are all there, maybe some more pumpkin would be nice.

Photo of alleykatking
3.8/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle.

A- Pours a deep brownish amber color. Half finger tan head shows light retention and dies rather quickly. No real lacing at all.

S- After letting this one warm up I get a lot of spices. Nutmeg, cinnamon, and allspice in this one. I get a little pumpkin but this is more spice forward. No real malts or hops in this beer but I don't seem to mind it.

T- Spices and more spices in the front of this. Nutmeg and allspice seem to be the most front forward. There is a light malt base in the backing but this gets killed off by the spicing. There is a light pumpkin flavor to this in the middle but like everything else the spicing masks it all.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. The spices dominate the palate and long into the aftertaste. Clean tasting but spice forward and not really balanced. Light drying on the palate from the alcohol.

D- This beer was good. Not my favorite pumpkin ale but don't get me wrong I wouldn't mind this as its own 6 pack. Nice pumpkin ale Sam Adams!

Photo of GRPunk
3.52/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle (notched best by Feb) poured into a nonic pint.

A- 1-finger, dark tan head almost instantly drops to a light film that leaves some decent sticky spots. The body is fairly clean, somewhere between copper and garnet with medium carbonation.

S- Right off the bat, it's sweet and spicy. Very pumpkin pieish. There's something of starchy pumpkin with brown sugar and pie spice (mostly clove, with some nutmeg, and maybe a touch of ginger?). It really does well to showcase the pumpkin and spice qualities while keeping the "beer" intact. A little warmth ups the caramel malts (I expected more spice to come through with warmth).

T- Not as spicy as expected from the aroma at first. Rich malts are supported by pie spice. Malts become really roasty to the point of showing smoked qualities, which might be supported by some of the spices (allspice? mace?). It has a pretty clean finish. Unfortunately, about halfway through the bottle the spice really adds up and overwhelms a bit.

M- Pretty solid. Moderate carbonation. A little thicker viscosity than expected makes a coating sensation. It's almost chalky at points, maybe a by-product of the spice.

D- This one suffers the fateof most pumpkin beers. That is, it's pretty much a one-and-done in any one sitting. That said, it's a beer I'd drink again. Possibly a good fall harvest/Thanksgiving brew.

Photo of Kooz
2.66/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a Sam Adams pint glass. Beautiful beer. Brownish-red, not orange like many pumpkin ales. Not much head, no lacing. I think this is atypical for a Sam beer, but it is what it is.

Smells faintly of pumpkin. Not much, but a bit. It's, eh, okay.

Tastes alright, not very good though. A little too spicy. Not much pumpkin.

Very good mouthfeel. Foamy and creamy. Nice!

I wouldn't drink this if other things are available, although it isn't the worst pumpkin I've had.

Photo of argock
3.56/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a clear pint glass. Best by notched on the side of the label. Purchased as part of SA Harvest Sampler 12-pack for $13.99 at Harris Teeter (Charlottesville, VA).

A: Pleasing rust-amber hue with creamy 1-2 finger vanilla ice cream colored head with good retention and nice lacing.

S: Spices are mild, almost too mild for the style, with a crisp herbal hoppiness and plenty of caramel, toffee maltiness

T: I'm not a big fan of pumpkin ales, but this one is about as good as any I've tried as the spice and pumpkin flavor is an accent to the substantial maltiness rather than the overwhelming steamroller they are in most pumpkin beers. No extract-like flavors, just smooth maltiness with caramel, light roast, and biscuit character and a soft spicing rather than the blunt object the spices usually are in this style. Hops are a small player and mainly add herbal qualities.

M: The maltload is pretty liberal with a medium body and a soft smoothness in feel helped along by the light carbonation. Aftertaste is light pie spice and mostly caramel maltiness.

D: Easily the best pumpkin beer I have had to date with malt allowed to maintain the lead with support from spice and pumpkin rather than the other way around. This one is more like a beer spiked with pumpkin instead of a pumpkin pie with a dash of beer.

Photo of bamadog
3.93/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a Sam Adams Harvest Variety Pack, mostly to get a hold of this one -- I'm a sucker for pumpkin ales and since I'm running out of ones in my immediate distribution area, I'll take anything new. Review is from notes taken on 10/16/2010 and poured from the bottle to a pint glass.

Appearance: Pour is a beautiful deep coppery color and it starts with a one finger light tan head with decent retention; head fades relatively slowly to an uneven, but full skim on the surface; body is fairly dark, has very good clarity and shows moderately strong carbonation bubbling throughout; only one lonely patch of lacing is left behind.

Smell: A little weaker than what I typically like, but it's not too bad -- it has more of a lager-ish grainy scent to it that is complimented by some warm pumpkin and pumpkin pie spices (mostly nutmeg, followed by a bit of cinnamon); there's a bit of a sweet, cola-like sweetness lingering that is kind of interesting as well.

Taste: It's actually pretty good - I kind of wish this was available in six-packs on its own based upon the taste; unlike the smell, I feel that the pumpkin pie flavor is more up front -- smooth pumpkin goodness complimented by a big ol' dash of nutmeg and cinnamon; it has a firm, but not overpowering, hop bitterness that provides just a bit of bite and balance behind the blast of pumpkin pie flavors; a fair toffee/caramel malty backing rounds out the beer in the back.

Mouthfeel: Body is medium/light and has pretty damn near perfect carbonation for the body and style -- nice and crisp, but ultimately far from sharp (really just provides the right amount of action on the palate); a moist and sticky coating is left on the roof of the mouth that becomes a little cottony dry.

Drinkability: Yeah, I could really drink this beer all day during the nice, temperate and cool fall; moderate ABV, a body that's not going to weigh you down and a nice set of flavors are really fitting for the style. I have to say, I'm fairly impressed -- not that Sam Adams isn't typically solid (IMHO), but this one really kind of exceeded my expectations. While it may not compete with a Double Frog Hollow or Pumking with a year of age on it, it is really super solid.

Photo of morebeergood
3.85/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a SA Harvest twelve pack to try the Dunkel and the Pumpkin. Poured into a stemmed glass. Dark orange color, nearing a shade of burnt rust. Fairly large white head. A nice looking beer to start. Smell had a lot of spice notes to it. Taste was appealing, with flavors of cinnamon, nutmeg and pumpkin really standing out. Mouthfeel was appropriate for a pumpkin ale - smooth but with a bit of heartiness. Drinkability was good, as this beer had a bit of body to it, and had an enticing flavor that made you want to take the next sip. As this is Sam Adams' first commercial venture into the seasonal and finicky world of pumpkin ales, I was skeptical at first. But I will have to admit, SA released a satisfying brew with this one. I would buy this in six packs if it became available in the future.

Photo of bourbonbock
4/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this one in a fall variety pack. Poured it into a chilled pint glass.

A. Dark reddish brown body with tan head that reduced to a cap within about one minute.

S. Pumpkin pie spices, cinnamon and nutmeg, with a roasted malt body.

T. Sweet malty body with the typical Sam Adams yeast flavor. Very good depth with some hints of spices.

M. Light and slightly over carbonated.

D. Overall this is a very good brew and would pick up a six pack if I saw it in the store.

Photo of fank2788
3.88/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served in a pint glass
Pours a bright, clear reddish brown with an off white head that leaves a good bit of lace on the way down. The smell is typical pumpkin pie spices namely the nutmeg, cinnamon and allspice. The taste matches the smell. Upfront you get the typical pumpkin pie spice flavors. This is backed by a solid caramel malt base with little if any evident hop bitterness or flavor/aroma. This beer is crisp and relatively dry the finish leaves a lingering pie spiciness. I'm glad that it isn't overly sweet and is well attenuated I prefer a pumpkin beer to be dry as opposed to sweet. Overall I'm quite pleased with this beer. I feel that the Boston Beer Company did a good job on this tricky style. I was skeptical that they would take the easy way out and put out a mediocre pumpkin beer but in the end I was pleasantly surprised.

Photo of goblue3509
3.53/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep amber color with a nice thick three to four finger head which is off white and holds good retention. There is a little lacing down the glass. The aroma is of a caramel malt backbone with cinnamon and nutmeg present along with a nice pumpkin spice smell. Well rounded but not as rich as others in the class. The taste is of a sweet caramel malt backbone with a little toastiness to it, there is a flavor of clove and cinnamon over the top with a good, but not great pumpkin flavor. Again for the class it is a nice flavor but not as rich and bold as other class leaders. The mouthfeel is moderately carbonated. Overall it is a drinkable beer, there is nothing to dislike, however, for the class there are much worse options. There are also better options with a bigger and bolder taste.

Photo of DrDemento456
3.7/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured dark amber sort of like the Oktoberfest, with the same creamy white head.

S - Slight caramel with mild cinnamon and nutmeg. Not sure if I can smell any real pumpkin.

T - It was OK. Not too spicy and it seems they did sort of base the Oktoberfest from this since it's sweet and has a nice caramel sweetness base but the spices are really subdued and kind of bland. About halfway down the glass they are so moderate that you can't even taste them anymore.

M - Medium to light. Drinkable.

D - Well I have 3 more and I read some of the reviews to let it warm up a bit to taste more spices or pumpkin but as I figure it in a 30 dollar case it wasn't a bad pumpkin beer for 1.25. Heck Shipyards was 3x worse and I paid a solid 2.50 to try it's badness again just to review it here. Solid brew

Photo of sommersb
3.8/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Working my way through the Sam Adams harvest pack...this was from a bottle with a best by date of February 2011.

Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint, had a dark copper color with medium carbonation. Head was tan, 2 fingers worth with a good amount of lacing at the beginning. Smelled of pumpkin and pumpkin pie spices with a little sweetness to it - nice aroma. The taste has a moderate amount of spices and pumpkin flavor. The pumpkin pie taste is there but not very strong. I could feel some alcohol in this; was warm with a fair amount of carbonation.

It felt like the spices came out more as this beer warmed; finished very nicely.

Photo of chumba526
3.72/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appears a dark red color. With a small slightly tan head.

Smells of cinnamon and other pumpkin pie spices, brown sugar and earthy pumpkin.

It tastes much like the smell. There is a noticeable taste of pumpkin spice but it is not overwhelming. There is a slight taste of brown sugar and a nice pumpkin flavor.

The carbonation is moderate high.

The drinkability is about average for they style. I could drink more than one but probably not more than two.

Overall a nice ale by Sam Adams. I was pleasantly surprised by the natural pumpkin taste in the beer.

Photo of HockeytownBrew
4.33/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep amber color is instantly noticed as this brew is poured. A great, long lasting head. Minimal lacing left behind.

S: Pumpkin and roasted malt. Nice scents of cinnamon and spices as well.

T: Very well rounded. Non-overwhelming pumpkin, cinnamon, spices, and a bit of cloves make for a very impressive mix. Nicely balanced with a bit of a malty finish.

M: Light to medium mouthfeel with just the right amount of carbonation.

D: Very nice. Wish this was available more often.

A very impressive brew from Samuel Adams, although I've come to expect impressive brews from the fine Boston Beer Company.

Photo of Chaney
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I've always thought that given Sam Adams taste profile, they would probably be a prime candidate to produce a nice pumpkin ale. After years of dreaming, it's now here!

A: Poured a dark, cloudy, almost peppery orange, with ruby highlights, with about a fingers worth of head that lingered substantially throughout the session. Mucho carbonation!

S: Deep, dark smell of cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves. A little bit of the actually gourd is buried in there as well.

T: A bit on the thin side, but not bad. In my opinion, a little more sweetness might have brought out the spices a bit more. I can actually taste a bit of Sam Adams "Scotch Ale" buried underneath the sea of spices, which I wish were more pronounced.

M: Acceptable, but once again, I could have used a little more "candy sugar" taste. The ABV is non-existent, but I usually feel that way on most pumpkin ales.

D: Last year I would have probably given this better marks, however, because I live in an area that gets most of the great pumpkin ales (Pumking, Schlafly, Punkin', Hoppin' Frog, etc.), this one is standard pumpkin fare compared to the heavyweights.

Photo of ksimons
3.8/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-a clear dark red amber with a thin layer of white head that quickly disappears and leaves a ring of lace

S-smell is very nice, cinnamon, pumpkin, malts

T-for me the malts made the biggest impression, then there was a bit of spicy cinnamon, and hint of pumpkin at the end

M-medium carbonation, medium body, creamy mouthfeel

D-I was pleasantly surprised, this is better than other pumpkin beers out there, I just wish the pumpkin flavor came out a bit more. I wish there were more than two in the mix pack!

Photo of abriggs1
2.8/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Overall a fairly well balanced pumpkin ale. Nothing special, pretty average. One thing I like about this one is that it doesn't just taste like pumpkin pie. Too many pumpkin beers overdo the nutmeg and other spices so that it overpowers the pumpkin flavor. There's a bit of harshness on the end that might be some tannins from the vegetable. I've had some pumpkin beers that were better, but I've also had some that were much worse.

Photo of BennyL1
3.85/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into SA Perfect Pint glass.

A - Pours a very nice deep amber color and leaves spotty lacing on the glass.

S - I was very impressed with the smell of this beer. Strong scent of the pumpkin and all of the spices used.

T - The pumpkin flavor really came through with the first sip, not a synthetic pumpkin taste either. Followed by cinnamon and allspice with a nice malt finish.

M - Very smooth throughout. Probably my favorite part of the beer. It feels great on the palate, very good balance between heavy and light.

D - Overall a very drinkable pumpkin brew. The only issue is it only comes in the harvest pack so you only get two at a time.

Samuel Adams Harvest Pumpkin Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
79 out of 100 based on 2,475 ratings.