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

Samuel Adams Harvest Pumpkin AleSamuel Adams Harvest Pumpkin Ale

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Ratings: 1828
Reviews: 567
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 15.71%

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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:
Brought back in 2010

(Beer added by: Kegatron on 11-10-2008)
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Photo of xoxirishrose


3.4/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2013 02:08:38 | More by xoxirishrose
Photo of Damian


4.23/5  rDev +20.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2013 20:16:26 | More by Damian
Photo of Boggdogg


4.06/5  rDev +16%
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!

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2013 04:12:16 | More by Boggdogg
Photo of scaliasux


3.23/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2013 03:45:05 | More by scaliasux
Photo of Brouwerij78

New York

4/5  rDev +14.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2013 21:25:54 | More by Brouwerij78
Photo of alphagnome


3.05/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2013 01:39:59 | More by alphagnome
Photo of woodychandler


5/5  rDev +42.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2013 17:57:52 | More by woodychandler
Photo of MajorTim

New York

3.53/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2013 22:41:23 | More by MajorTim
Photo of hdf561


3/5  rDev -14.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2013 00:40:13 | More by hdf561
Photo of metter98

New York

3.46/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2013 00:05:41 | More by metter98
Photo of mattcrill


2.91/5  rDev -16.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2013 19:52:08 | More by mattcrill
Photo of ThisWangsChung


2.9/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Re-review, because I said so. 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a beautiful clear copper color. The cream-shaded head is nice - but not as nice as the body - at a bit over one fingers high, but isn't the best retaining.

S: Well, it's a pumpkin ale, so of course it's loaded with cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice. The spicing is heavy, but thankfully it's backed by a canvas of sweet caramel, toffee, and brown sugar.

T: Starts with some cinnamon and nutmeg flavors. This sort of descends into a generic finish laden with caramel and toffee. Only flashes of gourd character appear. There isn't much depth, or even much flavor for that matter.

M: Way, way, way too heavy on the palate given how mild it is. I say that a lot, and this is a prime example of that pratfall. It's not even that creamy, either. With medium carbonation, it feels nice enough on the tongue but clashes hard with the flavors presented.

O: It's okay I guess, but it's also boring and hard to drink - two qualities which NEVER go together. Put in the large pile of bland, not-very-good pumpkin ales while I stick with Schlafly Pumpkin Ale, kthx. At least it's better than I initially thought it to be ('course, I initially thought it to be horrid instead of just boring back then).

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2013 21:37:35 | More by ThisWangsChung
Photo of StaveHooks


2.56/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

12oz bottle
Best before January 2014

A - Crystal clear, dark amber color. A small tan head vanishes before you look at it a 2nd time.

S - Sweet pumpkin, allspice, nutmeg, light cinnamon, undercooked pumpkin bread, creamy. The yeast sets in and bands with the malt, which is becoming sweeter by the second, and starts overtaking the fresh pumpkin and spice I noticed on 1st pour.

T - Creamy pumpkin filling up front with weird berry fruit esters flaring around. There's a cranberry sweetness (without any tartness). It's pretty sweet and becoming thin as it sets. Generic sweet malt emerges pushing the pumpkin and spices back. There's no hops to speak of except a notion of very faint herbal bitterness. Finishes with a thin syrupy malt sweetness.

M - Thin wet body but the carbonation helps lift it up a bit at first but drops off about mid glass creating a thin syrupy sweet body with a lackluster finish.

This started off good but quickly transformed into a generic sweet liquid. The carbonation was ample at the start which faded, as did the spices and pumpkin, which ultimately lead to a thin sweet malt bomb. I expected more from Sam Adams. If you drink this beer make sure it is ice cold! Don't let this sucker warm up.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2013 03:25:44 | More by StaveHooks
Photo of superspak


3.68/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into signature pint glass, best before 2/2014. Pours fairly crystal clear ruby copper color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of pumpkin, cinnamon, clove, caramel, toast, nutmeg, gingerbread, brown sugar, light chocolate, herbal, and toasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of malt, pumpkin, and spice notes; with solid strength. Taste of pumpkin, caramel, brown sugar, toast, cinnamon, nutmeg, gingerbread, light clove, light chocolate, herbal, and toasted earthiness. Lingering notes of pumpkin, caramel, brown sugar, cinnamon, toast, nutmeg, gingerbread, light clove, light chocolate, and toasted earthiness on the finish for a short bit. Nice balance of malt, pumpkin, and spice flavors; with decent robustness and no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth and moderately crisp mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a nice pumpkin ale. Good all around balance of malt, pumpkin, and spice flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2013 04:53:57 | More by superspak
Photo of dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear dark copper to amber in color with light amounts of gentle visible carbonation along the edges of the glass and some reddish amber highlights. The beer has a finger tall dark beige head that reduces to a large patch of thick film surrounded by some very thin film covering the majority of the remainder of the surface and a medium thick ring at the edges. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of pumpkin pie spices (nutmeg and cinnamon) over lighter aromas of pumpkin and toasted malts.

T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of toasted malts with some caramel sweetness and moderate amounts of brown sugar + pumpkin flavors. There are some moderate flavors of pumpkin pie spices - specifically nutmeg and cinnamon.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly creamy with some hints of dryness in the finish from the spices.

O: This is a pretty average Pumpkin Ale - nothing overly interesting and nothing really stands out about this one. Easy enough to drink and the alcohol is well hidden. It feels like everything is done rather conservatively.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2013 01:47:41 | More by dbrauneis
Photo of TheMarkE


3.29/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Deep amber with a quickly disappearing head and decent lacing.

Smell: Pumpkin pie.

Taste: Pumpkin pie with plenty of nutmeg and cinnamon.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, creamy, spicy aftertaste.

The Verdict: It’s ok. Pumpkin pie lovers should like it, but I prefer a more subtle pumpkin flavor in my ales. All depends on your individual tastes.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2013 21:29:03 | More by TheMarkE
Photo of BB1313


2.95/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a hazy amber with a fluffy white head that fades quickly and leaves nice retention and decent lacing. The aromas are full of caramel malts along with usual spices such and cinnamon and ginger. There's some nutmeg in the mix as well. The flavors aren't too bold and seem very malty. I want to say watered down, but I wouldn't go that far. The spices are there, but seem quite faint. Flavors aren't too exciting. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is light, but smooth; active carbonation.

This is a pretty standard pumpkin ale. Not bad, but nothing special. Kind of boring.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2013 19:31:49 | More by BB1313
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3.1/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I always feel that Sam Adams is rather over rated. This pretty much fits that bill. It was a decent beer, and I don't dislike it. However, I had two the pumpkin beers that were much much better. So if you're not feeling adventurous but want a light pumpkin flavor, drink this. The color is a fantastic dark hue though, but I really prefer to rely more on the taste.

Serving type: on-tap

09-24-2013 02:55:07 | More by Clanceykid
Photo of marcobrau


3.24/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

First pumpkin beer of the season and it has that traditional pumpkin pie smell and flavor. A little bit of actual squash flavor is there, because, well...they actually put some pumpkin in the beer. Not overly spiced like some pumpkin beers that I've tried in the past. I could say it's too vegetal tasting, but it's pumpkin beer and authentic pumpkin beer made with real pumpkins is going to have that flavor. I'm not a big fan of the style, but it seems like sacrilege not to have at least one pumpkin beer when in the fall.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2013 01:58:39 | More by marcobrau
Photo of Botulizard


4.44/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass at home.

A: A rich brown-red color. There's a thin, cream-colored head of about half an inch dissipates quickly. Leaves a good amount of lacing on the sides of the glass.

S: Sweet pumpkin pie!

T: Pumpkin pie and the associated spices- cinnamon, nutmeg, etc. Spices come through mainly on the finish along with slight alcohol.

M: Hearty and full. Medium-low carbonation.

O: What a delicious, satisfying and robust brew! I enjoyed every sip!

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2013 00:24:06 | More by Botulizard
Photo of Utica_Brew_Review

New York

4.58/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Moderate to dark amber color with mild head and mild carbonation. Heavy ginger and pumpkin pie smell right out of that oven. This is beer? Can't tell from the smell. Tastes a bit like ginger beer infused with pumpkin. Heavy ginger, cinnamon flavor. Great pumpkin flavor and spice complexity in addition to a great beer element as well. Great pumpkin beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2013 02:41:40 | More by Utica_Brew_Review
Photo of Chrisbaggz


3.95/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: beautiful golden red. S: bready malts and pumpkin pie. Lots of cinnamon and nutmeg here. T: smooth, creamy Marzen upfront, finishes with a moist pumpkin pie flavor. M: a bit syrupy, like a good Marzen should. A very smooth and drinkable feel. Not much booze to speak of. O: What a great brew! Not sure who all the haters of this beer are, but I think it's a great Marzen style beer with some delicious notes of pumpkin with all the right spices to make a great and very drinkable pumpkin ale.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2013 03:35:15 | More by Chrisbaggz
Photo of Scotchboy


3.25/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle to Sam Adams Perfect Pint.

A: Dark golden with hints of mahogany...absolutely no head or lace as it fizzled quickly away...not a good start.

S: Pumpkin and generic spices...some toasted grains, bready malt...hint of vanilla, sweetness.

T: Underlying pumpkin character throughout, authentic enough. Slight citrus character in some spice undertones...allspice maybe? Touch of vanilla character again, sweetness.

MF: Medium bodied, but thinner than I expected.

O: Not great. Kinda one-note.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2013 20:41:34 | More by Scotchboy
Photo of keithmurray

New York

3.65/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - mahogany colored body with tan head

Smell - caramel, nutmeg, cinnamon

Taste - caramel, cinnamon, nutmeg

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, medium carbonation, flavors linger for a little bit

Overall - decent beer worth trying, not quite as good as some other pumpkin flavored ales out there

Price Point - $1.67/12 oz single

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2013 16:57:26 | More by keithmurray
Photo of Murrhey


2.61/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12oz standard pressure-cap bottle into a mason jar. Reviewed live.

A- Two-finger khaki head that recedes immediately. Ruby-walnut body.

S- Sickly-sweet pumpkin and blackstrap molasses. Just seems too powerful and sweet. Not a fan of this aroma.

T- Kind of grassy hops lead the charge. Roasty-malts and pumpkin. Not bad, but not good.

M- Heavier feel, roasty sort of dryness at the finish.

O- Not much to say about this beer. Not good.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2013 23:42:16 | More by Murrhey
Samuel Adams Harvest Pumpkin Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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