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

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2,385 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,385
Reviews: 616
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 15.8%
Wants: 47
Gots: 292 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  5.70% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Brought back in 2010

(Beer added by: Kegatron on 11-10-2008)
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3.56/5  rDev +2.3%

BTEMP0805, Oct 30, 2014
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4/5  rDev +14.9%

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.

BEERchitect, Oct 30, 2014
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4/5  rDev +14.9%

Mihalich, Oct 30, 2014
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3.08/5  rDev -11.5%

DuffMan23, Oct 30, 2014
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4.2/5  rDev +20.7%

Ryno2020, Oct 30, 2014
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4/5  rDev +14.9%

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.

Spify, Oct 29, 2014
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3.52/5  rDev +1.1%

cvillarrealb, Oct 29, 2014
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4/5  rDev +14.9%

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.

Genuine, Oct 29, 2014
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2/5  rDev -42.5%

Rudes, Oct 28, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

mre0683, Oct 28, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

iamjonriley, Oct 27, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

BeerCon5, Oct 27, 2014
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4/5  rDev +14.9%

jsisko01, Oct 26, 2014
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3/5  rDev -13.8%

LoveStout, Oct 26, 2014
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3/5  rDev -13.8%

acurtis, Oct 26, 2014
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2.56/5  rDev -26.4%

Matt_Batta, Oct 26, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

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.

HoppyBastard, Oct 26, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Shafaegalo, Oct 26, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

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

gbarbee, Oct 26, 2014
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3.62/5  rDev +4%

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.

WhiteHillsStore, Oct 26, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Igormatos, Oct 25, 2014
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3.88/5  rDev +11.5%

Kevtar, Oct 25, 2014
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3.4/5  rDev -2.3%

FaradayUncaged, Oct 25, 2014
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3.48/5  rDev 0%

trcoster, Oct 25, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

EricVincentt, Oct 24, 2014
Samuel Adams Harvest Pumpkin Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
80 out of 100 based on 2,385 ratings.