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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

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Reviews: 641
Hads: 2,585
Avg: 3.58
pDev: 15.64%
Wants: 55
Gots: 507 | FT: 2
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Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) visit their website
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 goblue3509
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.7/5  rDev +3.4%
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

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Photo of sommersb
3.8/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

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Photo of chumba526
3.72/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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Photo of HockeytownBrew
4.33/5  rDev +20.9%
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.

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Photo of Chaney
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

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Photo of ksimons
3.8/5  rDev +6.1%
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!

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Photo of abriggs1
2.8/5  rDev -21.8%
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.

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Photo of BennyL1
3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

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Photo of yesferro
2.62/5  rDev -26.8%
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.

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Photo of greengorilla
3.35/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

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Photo of smibroncos
3.76/5  rDev +5%
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.

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Photo of canucklehead
3.7/5  rDev +3.4%
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

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Photo of ryan1788a5
3.46/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

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Photo of aquaderek
3.87/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

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Photo of WinthrHOPHEAD89
3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
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!!

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Photo of Nerudamann
3.8/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.55/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Photo of jjanega08
3.94/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

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Photo of HalfFull
3.17/5  rDev -11.5%
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.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3/5  rDev -16.2%
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.

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Photo of kshankar
4.2/5  rDev +17.3%
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.

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Photo of aubuc1
4.07/5  rDev +13.7%
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.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

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Photo of ToasterChef
2.99/5  rDev -16.5%
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.

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Samuel Adams Harvest Pumpkin Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
81 out of 100 based on 641 ratings.