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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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 gillagorilla
3/5  rDev -16.2%

12 oz. bottle poured into a Burley Oak snifter

A: A dark brown with a tinge of amber. A bit of lacing but not much at all with a quickly receding head.

S: Mostly light malts with a tinge of pumpkin spice, that isn't very distinctive. Quite muddled.

T: Just a bland pumpkin flavor that covers the malts and isn't backed up by spice at all.

M: Crisp carbonation throughout.

O: Definitely towards the bottom of the pile of pumpkin beers.

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Photo of ArchimedesSox
3.85/5  rDev +7.5%

Pours a dark copper color with a small half inch head from a less than aggressive pour that dissipates quickly leaving little to no lacing on a 16oz pub glass.

Smell is malty with some pumpkin, and spices making up the majority of the nose. Smell is sort of weak but you do get some.

Taste is pretty darn good. I get the pumpkin up front that turns into more of a pumpkin pie taste with the spices moving in. The end of the taste allows the pumpkin to move on out for the spices to take over leaving the spicy aftertaste which is very subtle.

Mouthfeel is between a medium to watery feel. Carbonation is pretty decent.

Overall, I really like this. It is unimpressive in a few aspects but I like the taste of it so much that I rate it a bit higher.

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Photo of beergoot
3.3/5  rDev -7.8%

The pour leaves a dark copper colored body with a rather thin, bubbly head ( 3.5). Big nutmeg and allspice aroma; smells like a big holiday cookier (3.75). An interesting spicy/bitter flavor that starts out rather weak yet builds to a satisfying finish; a little watery and harsh (3.2). Medium bodied; smooth mouthfeel (3.25).

Okay overall yet rather disjointed and too brash, flavor-wise. The initial smell is most appealing yet fades way too quickly, even at room temperature. And the finish leaves a sort of metallic twang in the mouth that ultimately distracts from any remaining good points. Not bad but hardly a must-have...

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Photo of crzepilot
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Not much head or carbonation in this pumpkin Ale, Nice deep orange hue, with the aroma sense very nice light spice notes. Spices linger in the aftertaste.

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Photo of DoktorEd
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Poured into an English pub glass, this beer has barely any head retention.

Light carbonation, pretty easy to drink. This one is pretty mild in many respects, a little less bold in flavor than the Boston Lager, very light pumpkin flavoring/aftertaste. Overall not a bad beer, good for sensitive palates and lightweights.

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Photo of twi1609372
4/5  rDev +11.7%

honestly not a bad overall beer. the spices definitely do cancel out most of the pumpkin flavor, whatever pumpkin flavor there is its pretty mild.that said, it is refreshing, quite drinkable and has a good taste overall

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Photo of bwood06
3.55/5  rDev -0.8%

A - Deep amber, clear in color. Tan 2 finger head that dissipates quickly leaving a think lacing behind. 3.5/5

S - Definite pumpkin nose. More of the squash though, not necessarily pumpkin pie. Earthy, sweet and malty. A bit grassy as well as a hint of spice, possibly nutmeg and/or cinnamon. Possibly a bit of diacetyl/butteriness. Really like the complexity of the nose here. 4/5

T - Pumpkin (squash). Hint of cinnamon. Slight bitterness on back end. Slight hint of white bread. Not getting a lot of hops or malt. Pumpkin really overpowers everything. 3.25/5

M - Medium bodied that finishes dry. 3.25/5

O - Very interesting beer that reflects the fall season. Not a huge fan of the massive squash flavor but the smell is amazing. Probably would not buy a 6 pack of this but it was an interesting try. My first pumpkin beer. 3.5/5

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Photo of CHickman
2.05/5  rDev -42.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours clear copper/amber color with a huge 2-3 finger foamy light tan head that had a ton of bubbles in it and faded very slowly, and decent spotty lacing.

Smells like fake pumpkin, allspice, cinnamon, potpourri, herbs and a lot of other spices that just make it confusing and almost obnoxious to inhale. The malt and caramel peek through but and basically non-existent due to the over spicing. It does not smell good.

Taste follows suit with this odd fake pumpkin flavor up front, followed by allspice, cinnamon, potpourri, herbs and a lot of other spices; flavor has nutmeg, pepper and pie crust, but those weak additions are no match for the spices in this brew.

The feel was average and alright, but this was a drain pour for me. I don't care for a lot of spices in my beer and this was overkill.

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Photo of TwoLips
2.75/5  rDev -23.2%

One of these days I'm going to taste a pumpkin beer that satisfies my pumpkin beer craving. Until that day, Sam Adams does a mediocre job here, with that creepy cheap aftertaste and falseness that is all too often present in this style.

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Photo of JLSIV
3.65/5  rDev +2%

Poured beautiful copper red into a Sam Adams glass. Head thinner than usual. I won't go into a long course on Aroma and mouthfeel..etc.

What I really like about this ale is that it was NOT over spiced, and I could actually taste the pumpkin. As a bit of a history buff, I wonder if this isn't the most true to the form/style. After all, the colonists grew and brewed with whatever they had on hand. My bet is an understated ale is probably closer to true. I was also impressed with the clarity and color. Sitting in 90 degree Atlanta, it made me think of the fall in New England. This is a good beer.

I will grab a six of this again. It isn't my all time fav, but the folks up in Boston got this one right.

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Photo of Lordhelmit
4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

This is my first pumpkin beer of any sort, my first Sam Adams Harvest Collection as well.

This Pumpkin Ale is very easily the best beer of the 2014 Collection. It pours a gorgeous deep orange/amber kind of hazy. Smells like pure pumpkin pie/allspice and hints of cinnamon. Taste is exacrtly the same - pumpkin pie. Just amazing. Shame there were only 2 in the pack, and I'm surprised at the low ratings. If you like pumpkin pie, you'll love this beer.

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Photo of CoverMePorkins
3/5  rDev -16.2%

Not overly spiced like some pumpkin beers, but maybe a little thin. An OK beer but not setting the world on fire either. Good beer for the price and a good transition beer for the bmc crowd.

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Photo of Naugled
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

A decent pumpkin ale that shows some restraint. IMO most pumpkin ales are over spiced, this one is subtly spiced which lets the pumpkin come through.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
3.84/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Sampled tonight on 8/12/14.. Chilled down to 36 degrees in my beer cooler. Poured into a handled glass stein with a jack o' lantern on it. Yeah I know, Halloween is still two and a half months away but it's all good. Made for a nice picture on my "It's 5:00 Somewhere' album on Face Book. :)

Pours a pretty orange-brown in color with almost a 1-finger off-white head. Left some lacing when sipped. The aroma was very pleasant of pumpkin, grain and spice. The taste would be the same and very easy to drink. Good carbonation for this type of brew. No harsh or bitter aftertaste. aftertaste. Overall I liked it. Bring on autumn!

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Photo of udfan07
5/5  rDev +39.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The beer pours in the glass with some nice head and it smells of pumpkin pie. The taste of it is like drinking pumpkin pie in a glass. This is my favorite pumpkin beer and it is such a great representative of the style. I look forward to this every fall.

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Photo of nicholas2121
3.76/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Samuel Adams Harvest Pumpkin Ale Brewed by Boston Beer Company ( Samuel Adams) with an ABV of 0f 5.7% This brew pours out a light brown color with a small white head. The smell is rich with sweetness and grains. There is nothing overpowering about this brew so far. The taste is smooth like pumpkin pie you get the pumpkin and nutmeg taste. There is a lot going on in this brew. There is nothing overpowering in this brew. This brew has a nice balance to it. The mouthfeel is nice and clean with a smooth aftertaste. Overall I'm giving this brew a 4 out 5. I would get this brew again.

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Photo of blackcompg
3.37/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance - Pours a quick 3 fingers of lite tan mocha foam, body is a brilliant translucent amber red, leaves broken webbed lacing inside of the glass. Color of the body is the strong point here, a beautiful fall color.

Smell - Scents of pumpkin spice, lite cinnamon, nutmeg, light crust, and a touch of brown sugar.

Taste - A nice blend of pumpkin spices to begin, a light sweetness of malt and a touch of brown sugar ride underneath, finishes with some light crust and slight minerals as the spices fade just a bit.

Mouthfeel - Lighter side of medium, but enough flavor to just fill the mouth w/out becoming watery. Carb is somewhat smooth and foams across the tongue, has a few light edges that usher in the light crust and mineral aspects in the finish.

Overall - This is a decent pumpkin ale, great price point and availability. There is a familiar malt bill and light yeast that is particular to Sam Adams brews present here, and is somewhat complimentary to the pumpkin spices here. Sure there is better, but I feel this is a decent representative of the style.

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Photo of ranger7
3.48/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bomber into a Sam Adams laser-etched glass.
Review from notes: January 18th, 2014.

A: Copper with thin white head. Good retention, some bubbles.

S: Pumpkin. Nutmeg and clove.

T: Sweet pumpkin, minimal spices. Very drinkable.

M: Nice carbonation, thin mouthfeel.

O: Good. I wasn't excited about this beer (it was in a fall sampler), but it wound up being a nice surprise. The best description for this beer is its name, "pumpkin ale". It tastes like an ale injected with pumpkin juice.

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Photo of Offa
3.49/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Red copper brown, small tan head steadily thins to foamy ring.

Aroma is malty, toasty, hint of slightly caramelised baked pumpkin, spices are only a faint hint.

Taste is toasty, definite light roasted pumpkin, very faint hint of spices, nice toasty finish, slightly sweet up front, drier pumpkin element in finish.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.51/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Dirty pumpkin pour appears burgundy in the chalice with a light rise of effervesce. Clarity is good, with a pie crust colored head that was small and whispy atop. Lacing is speckled with vast open windows of space.

S: Aroma of cinnamon, toasted pumpkin, light ginger spicing. The spicing is well balanced and lets the natural pumpkin addition scent have an equal and imporant voice.

T: The flavor was toasted pumpkin, cinnamon and nutmeg spicing with just a hint of ginger. Again the natural pumpkin flavor gets a bit more say then most other pie style examples. Sweet toastdeness, munich and a rasiniy caramel sweetness.

M: creamy, pumpkin puree with some toasted edginess feel and a soft carbonation touch.

O: Overall i like how they opted to go the more natural route, where the natural pumpkin and toasted quality gets a better representation then most examples which tries to come off like a richly spiced bomb pumpkin pie. Decent, with a better then average rate of drinkability per style.

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Photo of figgyfigg5218
3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love pumpkin beer so this was one i was very excited to try. You can taste the fact that it is brewed with real pumpkin instead of just pumpkin spices added into the beer. You can taste nutmeg very strong with the pumpkin, they go together perfectly.

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Photo of Gavage
3.91/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a lovely mahogany amber color with a 1" head that falls to a spotty surface foam.

Smell: light spicy aroma with this beer.

Taste: toffee, cinnamon, nutmeg, light earthy tones, and a mild bitterness make up an easy drinking pumpkin ale.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Light crispness from start to finish. Short lasting spice filled aftertaste.

Overall: an enjoyable offering that is pleasurable on a cold fall day.

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Photo of jjamadorphd
3.92/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Yet another good offering from the king of the microbrewers (but can you really say they're a microbrewery anymore?) Anyway, love the seasonal offering, Great dark-amber, caramel color a burnt tinge to it that is very appealing to the eyes. Not much of a head or lacing, though. Great smell of pumpkin - not overpowering and mixes well with the malts they use. Mouthfeel is decent - not too big into something that is too carbonated, so I scored it lower there. The taste is outstanding - I love it when I can taste what I smell in the beer - the pumpkin mixes well with the ale flavor of the recipe. Overall, a very good beer and one I will be enjoying again soon...

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Photo of TeamMathis
3.42/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pretty amber. Loses head quickly.
Smell: Spices.
Taste: Spice, nutmeg. Maybe pumpkin.

This is okay. Probably the most bland of the pumpkin brews I've tried. It looks great. Well, it's just about like the Boston Lager. The smell is certainly inviting with the spices. The taste is simply lackluster. I wouldn't get it again.

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Photo of Jackofallbrews
3.04/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

This is Sam Adams' version of a pumpkin ale, and may actually be the first commercial example of this style that I ever tasted. There is actually a lot of information on the website including a tasting video, tasting notes and good ingredient list. Hopped with EKG and Fuggles, this beer's recipe looks like and English ale base with allspice, nutmeg, ginger, cinnamon and actual pumpkin added.

Aroma: I get ginger, allspice and nutmeg in the aroma--all are distinct and I can pick them out at different times. No hop aromas. Has a light fruitiness--possibly yeast driven. Malt sweetness is present.

Appearance: A reddish coppery hue with excellent clarity. The beer has a thick white head and is quite pretty to look at.

Flavor: Malty up front, but not especially sweet. Has a lighter body than expected but still has some malt going for it. Cinnamon and allspice in the middle, but I don't get as much of the nutmeg that came out in the aroma. Has a dry finish with a somewhat woodsy tang--but not overly astringent.

Lingering notes of ginger after the sip is done.

Overall: A well balanced beer, that has all the necessary ingredients and flavors needed for the style. My only gripe is the light body. This would improve with a bit more malt complexity and mouthfeel. Like many of Sam Adams' beers this is a decent beer, but doesn't take any risks.

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