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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2,475 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,475
Reviews: 632
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 15.85%
Wants: 52
Gots: 406 | 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:
Beer added by: Kegatron on 11-10-2008

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Photo of yesferro
2.62/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Bought at Tupelo, Walmart, part of the 12pack

Been looking forward to this one, saw the 12pack once and didn't get it, had to wait 2 weeks to see it again. This beer is pretty, love the deep color of it.
Smells rather odd, I don't get the pumpkin here, carmel, malt and some some spices, but no thanksgiving.
Taste was a dissapointment, I get banana flavor, brown sugar and then more banana.

If this didn't say Pumpkin on the bottle I might like this more but so far, I am feeling let down. It's not bad, but also not what I want out of a pumpkin beer.

Photo of greengorilla
3.35/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I poured this from a 12 ounce bottle into a mug. It is a nice copper color with very little head.

The smell is interesting and pretty good. I can pick up some of the pumpkin here.

The taste is okay, but not exactly good. It is hard to describe, but I am not a fan.

The mouthfeel is fine, and is drinkable, but I can't say much more than that for this beer. I would definitely pass on this one and order the Oktoberfest, because it is great.

Photo of smibroncos
3.76/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A. Poured a lightly clouded amber copper, with a short diminishing off white head no lacing visible on the glass.

S. This is the best attribute of the brew, pumpkin, cloves, cinnomon, allspice. Thanksgiving in a bottle.

T. Not as sweet as the nose leads you to believe. Decent malt sweetness, Festive spices, cinnomon, cloves. Taste allot like the smell, duration is medium, bitter aftertaste.

M. Medium bodied, good carbonation.

D. A decent representation of the style, nicely spiced, not overpowered by sweetness.

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

First off , it is great that this comes in a mixed 12 pack of harvest themed beers as some people don't want a lot of pumpkin beers in their fridge. If you like looks of spice and pumpkin flavour this beer may not be what you are looking for as it shows that side of the style but tones it down compared to some examples.

However this is a well made and easy drinking Pumpkin beer that appeals to the drinker who likes the style but prefers not to have the beer feel like dessert

Photo of ryan1788a5
3.46/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.

A: Amber/brown with a thick off white head. Retention is good and leaves behind some patchy lacing.

S: Fresh pumpkin, cinnamon, spices, and some caramel and toffee. The smell is rather muted in all respects though.

T: Subtle cinnamon and spice are the first apparent flavors. Freshly chopped pumpkin and brown sugar then take center stage. Mild hop bitterness and notes of caramel and toffee are just barely perceptible. The finish is rather lackluster and consists of pumpkin, light hop bitterness, and caramel malts.

M: On the heavier side of moderate and silky smooth. Carbonation is low. I enjoyed this aspect of the beer the most.

D: This is a very inoffensive beer and very easy to drink, but nothing special. Did not leave me wanting more.

Notes: I generally don't like a lot of spices in my pumpkin ales, but in this case I actually think the spicing was too subdued. The pumpkin taste seems fresh and genuine; no extracts here. Other than that this beer really didn't impress me at all. I bought the fall harvest pack just because of this beer, and it has left me a little disappointed. It's not a bad beer by any means, but it is a very safe offering. It just isn't ballsy enough. There are better pumpkin ales out there.

Photo of aquaderek
3.87/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured this beer into a pint glass. The appearance is a reddish amber with an offwhite head that dissapates quickly to light lacing around the rim of the glass. The nose is sweet spiciness, nutmeg, cinnamon, and cloves. The taste is upfront sweet spiciness, followed by a well balanced crisp and slightly bitter finish. The mouthfeel is somewhat dry. Kind of a niche taste which causes the beer to loose a point on drinkability. It's a good brew, but would not be a staple in my fridge.

Photo of WinthrHOPHEAD89
3.88/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Irish Style pint

A - Pours a 3 and a 1/2 finger light orange pillowy head, with lots of big bubbles. Head slowly shrinks down to a 1 finger head that lasts untl the very end, and leaves some impressive lacing. This beer pours a rich dark orange color (actually more on the reddish side). Medium effervensence, with bubbles clinging to the side of the glass within the first few minutes of pouring.

S - In comparison to the taste, the smell is rather mild, but still very aromatic. Smell defitely has some pumpkin, but not a "squashy" kind of smell, more of a canned pumpkin smell. Lots of nutmeg and cinnamon there too. There appears to be that typical "Sam Adams caramel smell" as well. But all in all, the smell is very good.

T - The taste of this beer doesn't really hit you right away, but rather more so after the finish. The flavor is very smooth, and not too overpowering. This beer is definitely a step up from a lot of the "pumpkin spiced" beers that are floating around; such as the Pumpkinhead Ale or Jack's Pumpkin Spice. You can tell they definitely tried with this one, as with most Sam Adams brews. The taste of pumpkin is definitely noticeable and present, but its not as "authentic" as i'd like it to be. It tastes a bit artificial and confectionary, but still very very tasty.

M - The mouthfeel is fairly soft and chewy. The medium body and medium effervesence, along with the sticky compositon of this beer make for a very pleasing mouthfeel.

D - The drinkability of this beer is a little less than most pumpkin beers, for most of the pumpkin spiced ales tend to be on the watery side, but still very very drinkable. Since only 2 of these beers only come in the variety pack, I cant see anyone drinking more than 2. But I could definitely session this beer, and would by a 6 pack if they made it.

Final Thoughts: Definitely one of the better largy produced pumpkin beers on the market, and props to Sam Adams for continuing to expand their line-up!!

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

Look - Very deep amber, and clear. Very little head, but good carbonation.

Smell - Sweeter scent of pumpkin, less spicy than some other pumpkin ales. Maybe a hint of caramel to add the sweetened smell, that or it's more of a pumpkin flavor than actual pumpkin.

Taste - As in the smell, this one is less spicy than some other types, and tastes more like pumpkin itself, maybe mixed with a little bit of molasses. Not too much of an aftertaste..and fairly well-balanced in terms of bitterness.

Mouthfeel - more toward the watery side of texture, but well-balanced here too in general.

Drinkability - nice brew, possibly one of the more complex varieties that I have yet to try of theirs...which is not to say that their beers are not complex.. Also doesn't seem as filling, so easier to come back for more.

Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.55/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an amber color with a thin off-white head, leaves no lacing.

Smell is mostly caramel malt with a pumpkin spice, the spice isn't overwhelming and compliments the caramel malt well.

Taste is predominately caramel malt with the aftertaste being mostly of pumpkin, as with the nose, the spice doesn't beat you over the head like some other pumpkin beers, but it's strong enough to know what you're drinking, carbonation is solid and spot on.

Photo of jjanega08
3.94/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A= pours a nice deep amber sort of translucent brown color with a nice tan cap on it that is about two fingers high and holds steady retention and some spotty lacing.

S= Not as forward as I like in a pumpkin beer. Sort of just smells like sweet malts and the tiniest amount of pumpkin spices. Like a spiced boston lager. The pumpkin I do pull out of it is all spice and not much actual pumpkin.

T= The taste isn't as big of a dissapointment as the smell is. The taste is actually very nice for a pumpkin beer. Light spice and good pumpkin flavor. There is a nice sweetness to it. The spices let the pumpkin do it's work and the pumpkin lets the spice do it's thing. The finish is nice and bready.

M= Medium body and medium carbonation. I think they played it safe here and just did it to style.

D= I actually like this a lot. If I could buy this in a sixer I would for sure. I don't find many pumpkin beers in MN I like. DFH doesn't distribute here and ST Pumpking is a little too big for me to enjoy regularly. This would be that beer so please make sixers.

Photo of HalfFull
3.17/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass from a 12 oz. bottle. Shows a clear reddish amber with a thin off white cap which lingers briefly before surrendering to a light film.

Nose is light with spiced malts. Some sweet malts couple with hops after a good agitation.

Flavor and feel are somewhat thin with muddled orange and spice. Pumpkin notes are light and hardly noticeable, appearing only as a muddling upon the background of spice.

Body is moderate and balanced with the carbonation and light sweetness. Body fills as the beer settles and outgasses, finally becoming a bit too rich and hindering the drinkability. Pretty flat in flavor overall.

Photo of StoutHunter
3/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Got this one in a Sam Adams mixed 12 pack. Poured from a 12 oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A- Pours a dark amber color that had 2 fingers worth of white head that dissipated to a thin layer that stayed the whole time.

S- The malts stick out giving it a faint caramel aroma with a faint pumpkin smell and some spices mainly just nutmeg.

T- Just like the smell the malts have the biggest presence, the pumpkin barely shoes up in the taste, i got to look for it or i miss it. Nutmeg is also detectable but barely. To me this tastes more like a marzen then a pumpkin beer.

M- A little on the thick side and over carbonated.

D- This beer goes down easy beside the mouthfeel, but with the lack of flavor i wouldn't go back for another one.

Overall i thought this was not a good pumpkin beer, I like my pumpkin beers to be bold and taste like pumpkin, this did not. If i didn't know this was a pumpkin ale i would have thought it was a marzen. Not something i will be getting again.
Original score D+

Update 9/29/2011 I got another Samuel Adams autumn mixed 12 pack to try this year and I found this beer not to be as bad as I first thought. It doesn't have the balance of pumpkin to spices that I like but that doesn't make it a D+ beer. I now feel that this beer is average for it's style, still haven't tried a bunch of this style but as it stands now this beer is an average Pumpkin beer.

Photo of kshankar
4.2/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours copper/reddish, medium sized foam with decent retention.

Aroma: Pumpkin and spices (nutmeg, cinnamon). Very pumpkin pie like. Very good.

Taste: Well done here, I get a mild pumpkin flavor profile, but a medium dose of the spices. Isn't aggressive as some of the other pumpkin ales in terms of the spice (particularly Punkin from Dogfish Head), but this doesn't really detract much.

Mouthfeel is medium. Some coating and spice kick working towards the mouthfeel as well. Carbonation is okay.

Drinkability is high. Wish there were more of it in the variety pack.

Photo of aubuc1
4.07/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured in to a pint glass.

pours a clear amber brown with a nice light tan head.

Very nice smell of pumkin and spices. Like pumpkin bread. I could eat it.

Taste is a little bolder than I expected. Finishes more like pumpkin pie than bread.

Mouthfeel is a little thin, but this is very drinkable.

A real delight from BBC.

Photo of buschbeer
3.95/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I poured into a pint glass to two fingers of tan head. This beer is reddish orange in color. The aroma is pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, the usual suspects. The taste follows the aroma very nicely. Neither the aroma nor the flavor are overpowering in any way. It just has a solid pumpkin feel to it. The mouthfeel is a little gritty. This is a perfect beer for a cool autumn day and a great way to start my week off.

Photo of ToasterChef
2.99/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a cellar temperature bottle into a pint glass. The beer is an orange-tinted ruby liquid with a tan head made of small bubbles. The head disappeared quickly such that there is now just a few bubbles where the beer comes in contact with the glass. An occasional bubble rising up from the bottom of the glass, but it doesn't look like much carbonation is in this beer. In the few minutes since I poured the beer, all of the head is gone. It is now just a still liquid.

Pumpkin spice was apparent as soon as I opened the bottle. Now that it is in the glass, I can pick up on pumpkin and cinnamon notes.

The flavor is pretty good. Pumpkin flavors are at the forefront, over a decent malt backbone. A bit of spice is tasted. There is a slight fruit juice sweetness as I swallow. It's something fall-like, such as cranberry or apple.

The beer has a medium body and hardly any carbonation. There is a definite tingle to the beer, buch I'm not sure what is causing it. The sticky coat leaves some of tingling substance on my tongue. If I swish the beer about, it bubbles up a bit, but not too much so.

I'm not really enjoying this beer. The flavor is pleasant enough, but the mouthfeel and appearance aren't of a quality I expect from this brewer. I would skip this one on draft, and if I buy another fall mix pack, there are better beers in it for me to enjoy.

Photo of Clydesdale
3.97/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark, clear crimson-amber color. The medium-sized, amber-colored head has a moderately creamy texture. Retention is average, but some stripes of lace do stick pretty nicely to the glass.

S: Crystal malt notes bring to mind caramel and light toffee. Firm pumpkin notes are joined by a modest spice profile that includes nutmeg, cinnamon, and ginger. Hops are lightly leafy, but barely noticeable.

T: A rock-solid malt base, with equal parts pale and caramel malt. Sweet, but not cloying in the least. An authentic, squashy pumpkin character is the focus of this beer. It is complemented nicely by spices: mostly nutmeg, with light ginger and cinnamon notes. A light leafy hop bite provides some balance.

M: Medium-full body. Carbonation is medium. A bit of stickiness mid-sip fades into a surprisingly dry finish.

D: Better than many other pumpkin ales. Accessible and, thankfully, not overly spiced. A welcome fall release from Sam Adams and a pleasant brew on this mild October evening.

Photo of KTCamm
4.27/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle taken from the Harvest Collection, poured into a pint glass.

Pours ruby reddish brown with a layer of white/off-white foam. Laces.

Light pumpkin smell, some spices, definitely nutmeg.

Full bodied rich malty taste that washes into a full blown serving of pumpkin pie. Latest cinammon/nutmeg flavor. Full mouthfeel, subtle carbonation.

Great Pumpkin Ale, excellent taste. Really nicely done.

Photo of Tilley4
4.23/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the Harvest Sampler pack...

Pours out an inctedibly deep orange-crimson with a towering fluffy head... Very autumn like appearance to this one... High marks for the persistence of the head...

I love the fact that this beer actually smells like pumpkins and not just spices.. It definitely has the spice aspect to it but its not overpowering or anything... More of a malty pumpkin ale if you will..

Man... This one is terrific... It looks as if I like this one a little better than others but I found the flavors here dead on... Some spices but not too much... Some earthy pumpkin flavors but not so much that its bland... Thick and creamy feeling as well..

I really liked this one and personally wish they would make this a seasonal sixer along with the Octoberfest... Very nicely done...

Photo of ericmunley
3.77/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this from the Dickson City Wegman's in the Sam Adams Harvest Collection Variety 12 Pack.

Poured from a bottle into a Celebrator glass. Sam Adams HPA pours a dark amber with very little head retention.

Smell is attractive, but too faint. The pumpkin and malt is what my nose is primarily picking up.

Taste is surprisingly well rounded. Good pumpkin flavor...not as strong as I would like, but still appetizing. The same malts caught in the nose catches the tongue after the pumpkin flavor subsides.

Mouthfeel might be the best part of this beer. At 5.7% it is surprisingly well rounded and thick.

Asking me about drinkability is probably a poor choice...I can generally drink a lot of everything. With the ABV being moderate, one could easily split a six pack with a buddy on a cool, fall night.

Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.77/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into a Cavalry Brewing Co. pint glass.

A: Reddish, coppery amber color with good clarity and lazy yet ample carbonation which formed a one and half finger head of frothy, tan foam. Retention is fairly weak, as is the faint lacing left on the glass.

S: Nice aroma of roasted malts, pumpkin and light spicing with the scent of cinnamon stick, ginger and even a little vanilla.

T: Pretty good roasted malt flavor up front which throws the taste of deep-roasted malt husk, a bit of wood smoke and roast pumpkin into the mix. Not overly sweet with a somewhat spicy finish, leaving traces of cinnamon and nutmeg.

M: Balanced, medium-bodied feel with a little creaminess from the head and a slight, spicy pull.

D: I like the fact that it strays away from artificial additives, or at least does a great job of masking that fact. The malt profile is there, which makes the subtle, real pumpkin flavor more enjoyable. Not overly spiced and the 5.7% ABV adds to the warming effect of this new fall seasonal from Sam. Good job.

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

I poured the beer into a pint glass it has 2" white creamy head that stands on top of a nice rich amber color body. I smell a hint of cinnamon and clove. The taste is very nice of pumpkin and spices. It reminds me of a spiced brown ale. The beer has a great mouth feel and i think is a very drinkable fall beer. It flavor and body fits the fall season just perfectly.

Photo of Zraly
4.14/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a semi-deep amber with a toffee colored head. Nice lacing and head retention. Subtle notes of nuts, squash, and spice in the nose.

Rich, approachable, and expertly balanced, this is a very good pumpkin ale. Sweet malts with a hint of chocolate in the back, along with subtle spices (think nutmeg and cinnamon) linger around the palate. These work wonderfully with the "meatiness" brought about by the pumpkin. Smooth, creamy finish. A hint of nuttiness and fruitiness roams about, and the finish is not at all cloying -- something I find predominates a lot of pumpkin ales.

This is one fine pumpkin ale. It has none of the assaulting (although fun and enriching) qualities that some of the big pumpkin ales carry. Personally, I would buy a six pack of this without hesitation. The most sessionable, approachable pumpkin ale I've ever come across. Sam Adams wins big here.

This would actually make a fine Thanksgiving day beverage. Turkey and the fixins', of course, followed by a piece of pumpkin pie!

Photo of Liverpool08
3.68/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark garnet red. Little white head. Aroma is cinnimon, a little nutmeg and malts. First sip is toasty malt, a little nutmeg, not much real pumpkin. But the flavor is good. More of a spiced Brown Ale. As it warms a little the cinnimon and spices come out more and a little hint of pumpkin too. This is a really nice fall beer. BBC should make this a regular 6-pack offering.

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

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle

Appearance: Its body has a very nice deep reddish amber color with very clarity. From the pour it makes a good inch of creamy off white foam. It quickly settles down to thin covering that just hangs on to the last sip with the help of a few quick swirls. At the top of the glass it leaves some cool lace patterns.

Smell: The aroma has mostly cinnamon notes with some other pie spices over rich dark bready and pie crust like malts.

Taste/Palate: There is a pleasant cinnamon and pie spice character with mild bitterness though out. Pumpkin or squash like flavor is very light but it is there and it is supported buy sweet bready and toasty pie crust like malty flavor notes. The finish is fairly quick with mild bitterness and spice.

Notes: I am really loving this beer right now. This one is a stand out in an already solid fall mixed pack.

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