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

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Reviews: 620
Hads: 2,477
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 13.26%
Wants: 52
Gots: 414 | 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 udfan07
5/5  rDev +38.1%
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. (254 characters)

Photo of nicholas2121
3.76/5  rDev +3.9%
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. (585 characters)

Photo of blackcompg
3.37/5  rDev -6.9%
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. (1,074 characters)

Photo of ranger7
3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
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. (505 characters)

Photo of Offa
3.49/5  rDev -3.6%
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. (316 characters)

Photo of beerthulhu
3.51/5  rDev -3%
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. (1,005 characters)

Photo of figgyfigg5218
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
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. (252 characters)

Photo of Gavage
3.91/5  rDev +8%
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. (436 characters)

Photo of jjamadorphd
3.92/5  rDev +8.3%
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... (667 characters)

Photo of TeamMathis
3.42/5  rDev -5.5%
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. (336 characters)

Photo of Jackofallbrews
3.04/5  rDev -16%
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. (1,358 characters)

Photo of bgillespie
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Hazel, brown, reddish color with a thin off white head.

Smell: A ton of spicy aroma, cinnamon, nutmeg, not a lot of pumpkin though.

Taste: The spices greatly overwhelm any pumpkin flavor, it may come out at the end, but still very little.

Mouthfeel: Carbonated well, medium body.

Overall: Definitely not my favorite fall beer. There is not a ton a pumpkin flavor and it overrun by the spices. I would not go looking for it. (467 characters)

Photo of Captain_Komamura
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - It is reddish-brown in color; with a decent head that goes away very fast.

Smell - You can definitely smell the pumpkins and the spices in it.

Taste - Like the smell, this beer reminds me of pumpkin pie.

Mouthfeel - It is a full-bodied beer.

Overall - This is a great fall beer, definitely goes well with thanksgiving as well. (343 characters)

Photo of xoxirishrose
3.43/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Solid beer. Sam Adams' Harvest Pumpkin Ale has the subtle smell of a classic pumpkin pie, however, the smell is the most pumpkin-y aspect of this fall beer. If you are looking for a harvest style beer then you are in luck. With traditional autumnal spices, such as warming cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg, this beer embraces the classic flavors of the American harvest season. Although you can definitely taste hints of pumpkin flavor, it is, by no means, a pumpkin beer. The pumpkin flavor is subtle, at best, and does not necessarily fit its namesake as a harvest "pumpkin" ale. The beer's mouthfeel is an average experience, combining a medium-high carbonation with a style that is better fitted by lower level of carbonation. One additional positive note is the beer's dark amber coloring that pairs well with the backdrop of the season's falling leaves. Overall, this was a good harvest beer. There was nothing particularly exceptional, but also not much about which to complain. I found this beer to have a high drinkability factor, and would recommend Sam Adams' Harvest Pumpkin Ale to any casual beer drinker in search of a seasonal harvest brew. (1,151 characters)

Photo of Damian
4.23/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Drank from a 12 fl.oz. bottle purchased at Cambridge Wine & Spirits, Cambridge, MA
Enjoy before month notched FEB
Served in a pint glass

The crystal clear, ruby-tinged mahogany liquid was topped by a one-inch tall, light tan, frothy mass. With time, the sudsy, bubbly crown dropped to a lasting ring. Patchy streaks of lacing trickled down the glass.

The aroma was spicy and quite intense. Rich and robust with strong indications of nutmeg, cinnamon and allspice. This reminded me a lot of pumpkin bread, minus the pumpkin flavor. As the beer warmed, potent ginger notes came out as well.

The flavor profile was very similar to the nose. Spice notes dominated. Clove, nutmeg and cinnamon were most apparent. Ginger notes came through strong. The beer was anchored by a robust, bready malt quality. Some caramel-like sweetness was also noticeable.

On the palate, the beer felt smooth and supple. Medium bodied for the style. The liquid contained a soft, moderate effervescence.

Sam Adams's Harvest Pumpkin Ale certainly does not hold back on the spices. If you enjoy lots of pumpkin pie spice notes in your beer, you should definitely give this a try. (1,155 characters)

Photo of Boggdogg
4.04/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Samuel Adams Harvest Pumpkin is another great fall flavored beer from The Boston Brewing Company. It's a beautiful brownish red color that goes down smooth with a burst of fall flavors, pumpkin being the star. Very slight taste of hop but sweet pumpkin is the star of this ale. Very much enjoyed drinking 5 or 6 while watching a game of football! (346 characters)

Photo of scaliasux
3.2/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - Medium-dark reddish-brown. Clear. Thin white head that quickly dissipates.

Smell - A little caramel malt. Bread, toffee. Not much pumpkin.

Taste - There is some noticeable pumpkin here - kind of a savory roasted pumpkin flavor. Also caramel malt flavors - mostly toffee or caramel and some spice - nutmeg(?). Hops not real distinct, but flavor isn't cloying. A little watery.

Mouthfeel - Light.

Overall - I was anticipating more pumpkin character. Not a bad flavor, but this beer didn't deliver the autumnal feeling the bottle promised. (553 characters)

Photo of Brouwerij78
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another very solid seasonal brew from our native boy Samuel Adams. Good pumpkin aroma and nice orangey color - really par for the course with most good pumpkin ales. Decently viscous which gives you a good thick mouthful of beer to really get that pumpkin essence. Nice balance of spice with a hint of sweetness that really takes this beer to the 4.0 outstanding level. Not my all time favorite pumpkin (see my reviews on my local Crossroads Brewing Company of Athens NY "Dr. Loomis Pumkin Ale" and of course "Southern Tier Pumpking") but very very good overall. For the price (~$8.99 a sixer at the local "Beer World") probably one of the best in that category if you like Fall pumpkin ales. (692 characters)

Photo of alphagnome
2.97/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a deep brownish-bronze color body. While plenty if sediment is detectable, it still appears as though this is an almost transparent beer. Crowned with a thin, bone-white head that reduces itself to nothing in short order and no noticable carbonation.

Practically non-existant... Seriously. Allspice and cinnamon are all I get and they're so faint, it's as if some put a teaspoon of each on a plate and asked me to smell them from across the room.

Considering how vague the aroma was, I didn't have high hopes for anything else. I can happily report that my worries need not apply. Your typical pumpkin pie spices are all here; cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice. Brown sugar provides a nice sweetness up front while there is a nice, piney hop providing some bittering balance.

Pretty light for a pumpkin beer - as is carbonation. Crisp finish.

This isn't a bad beer, however, you may have notice there is no reference to it anywhere above - I didn't detect any. All the other makings for a solid pumpkin beer are here in taste alone. The aroma was a big disappointment, but other than that it's a decent beer. (1,162 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
5/5  rDev +38.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I like pumpkin beers, but I dislike that they are released in late-August and gone by October. For that reason, I lay in my pumpkins and await the arrival of October to break them out.

From the bottle: "Early New England colonists were nothing if not resourceful. Lacking traditional malts, they added pumpkin to their brews & the first pumpkin ales were born."; "This modern adaptation uses 4 different malts, and over 17 lbs. of real pumpkin per barrel, for a rich depth of flavor & unmistakable character. Cheers! [undersigned] Jim Koch".

My pour was too much for the glass and I got a little bit of overpour as the result. Allowing it to calm, I got two dense fingers of thick, tawny head with great retention. As it slowly fell, I was left with great lacing. Color was a deep mahogany (!) (SRM = > 27, < 34) with NE-plus quality clarity. They must have filtered the bejeezus out of the beer to get it this bright! I could see into my future and it was my 50th birthday party in Lincoln, NE with Val Midwest for her 21st. Nose smelled like what the Brewdogs boys tried to make in Philly - molasses, cinnamon, spruce tips, pumpkin. This was a revolutionary-era beer if I ever smelled one. The mouthfeel was big, creamy, and full. The taste was beautiful - some malt, some pumpkin, some spice, some caramel. It was like candy, but not in a bad way. Leave it to Brewer Bob and the boys to nail it. I think that I have hit upon a new favorite! Finish was semi-sweet, allowing me to savor the flavors without getting overwhelmed with sweetness, which is where a lot of pumpkin ales leave me high and dry. I now want to do a side-by-side with Pumking, which was my previous # 1. (1,686 characters)

Photo of MajorTim
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours dark amber/copper with about one finger of off-white foam which quickly reduces to a very thin layer of longer lasting foam.

Smell: Sharp pumpkin smell, slightly toasted/malty, hints of other warm spices like clove and nutmeg

Taste: Starts malty/sweet and finishes with a very slight bitterness with a moderate pumpkin throughout. slight hints of nutmeg,clove,caramel.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, moderate to high carbonation.

Overall: A good beer with out being too strongly pumpkin flavored, however the high amount of carbonation didn't really fit in with the style of the beer. Worth a try. (614 characters)

Photo of mitch3114
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Served from bottle, poured into tumbler

A- the rich, soapy head rose to about 3/8" and then quickly faded, disappearing almost as fast as it took to rise. The body is a deep orange, copper hue, like a penny that has aged a few years through circulation.

S- Subtle, warm pumpkin pie spices. Where many pumpkin beers overwhelm the senses with their over the top use of spices, this brew seems to have the perfect amount. A hint of vanilla, malt and a dash of bready pie crust

T- Great, crisp, bold flavor profile. A bit malty, bready, pumpkin. Again, the spices (allspice, nutmeg, cinnamon, etc.) are all there but are not overwhelming. Finishes with a hint of hops

M- for a maltier style beer, this brew is very clean, crisp and refreshing after each sip. A bit of a creamy texture. Medium bodied. The carbonation is just right.

O- Sam Adams created a great tasting, well balanced pumpkin beer that's refreshing and didn't go overkill on the spices. I think that's great since I don't want to smell liquid potpourri in my glass nor drink a spice rack. Another great selection to enjoy for the autumn season from Boston, as the temperatures start to drop and the colors of the leaves start to change. It's pumpkin season! (1,225 characters)

Photo of hdf561
3/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had in a bottle in make your own 6 pack

The initial smell was almost overpowering, I could distinctly smell every spice in this beer, to be honest it was a tad overwhelming and made me sneeze.

The taste was much more mild, able to still taste the spices, and pumpkin flavor but not as harsh as the smell.

The mouthfeel was very smooth, with little to no aftertaste.

Overall this was a solid beer, that I would have again just not as good as other offerings. (464 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.47/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: The beer is clear dark reddish amber in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high beige colored head that quickly died down, leaving wispy lacing on the surface, a collar around the edge of the glass and some lacing down the sides.
S: Light to moderate aromas of pumpkin pie are present in the nose.
T: The overall taste has a little bit of sweetness and has flavors resembling what you would find in pumpkin pie.
M: It feels just about medium-bodied and a little smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The taste of this beer isn't overly complex, but it has nice flavors of pumpkin pie and isn't overly sweet. (697 characters)

Photo of mattcrill
2.93/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Aroma: Light spice notes up front. Reminds me of cinnamon and nutmeg. Possible clove aromatics as the beer warms.

Appearance: Ruby red with a low off white head.

Flavor: More nutmeg, clove, and cinnamon. Earthy background hops provide some bitterness. Balance is to the malt which is doughy and present among all the spices. Finish is clean and dry.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with high carbonation. No astringency, creaminess, or warmth.

Overall impression: A spicy, easy drinking brown ale. The spices seem kind of disjointed and nothing jumps out at me and says "pumpkin" but maybe that's ok. Appropriate for the season. (626 characters)

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