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 Brewingbanjos
3.26/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice mouthfeel and rich orange appearance. The smell and taste are slightly hinted with typical spiced notes of nutmeg and cinnamon. It comes off as a nice mild flavored pumpkin ale for those who want a hint of autumn without getting blasted by it. It is awfully close to their Oktoberfest. (290 characters)

Photo of SamuelJackson45
4.12/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- A bright dark orange look.

S- Pumpkin and spices. Smell like pumpkin pie in a bottle.

T- Can taste the pumpkin and spices. Very tasty.

M- Very smooth and creamy filling like pie.

D- Got a chance to try this beer. Very good. This pumpkin sure will compete with the best pumpkin beers out right now with no problem.

Cheers... (331 characters)

Photo of ThePorterSorter
3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This poured an unexpected ruby red. There was decent head formation with fairly generic bottle carbonation. At first glimpse I was not sure if I was drinking a watery Robitussin, however, I will give chances because thats what a good advocate would do.
Lacing is fairly minimal and the head did disappear withing 1 minute.

I haven't smelled a mass produced beer in awhile. I'm sorry, but there are distinctive craft aromas I typically look for and this beer doesn't have any of them. Agitating the beer (by gently swirling in my Duvel tulip) produces a very subtle fruit flavor along with head re-formation. I normally don't have to try so hard to get a whiff of something, anything, a new beer has to offer.

Malty with a hoppy bitterness, and possibly a faint floral/spice blend. There is a roasted malt taste that seems to linger, but I was looking for a more roasted chestnut (or any seasonal flavor) flavor for a beer being hailed as a "pumpkin ale." It's still a good beer nonetheless, I can't say it is completely devoid of all complexities.

This beer is light and bitter. Between the dark roastiness and hoppy bitterness, the beer needs to be a tad warmer than standard cool-fridge temperatures. Letting the beer warm seems to make simple improvements in how my mouth is responding to the ale. It's a better-than-average start to what is evolving into a long Fall beer holiday and I'm just happy the variety packs finally aren't full of Cherry Wheats and Hefeweizens.

The beer is easy to put down. There is some bitter, some malty, and some subtle complexity. For the price, I may have gone with the long trail survival pack instead (at a savings of $1!!).
I've found that the warmer temperatures are better at bringing out the spice and would advise you let temperatures rise as well. (1,850 characters)

Photo of jsanford
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my Charleston Brewvival tasting glass (the rest went to the girlfriend)

A - Dark orange-red with a creamy 1-finger head.

S - Pumpkin and pumpkin spices (cinnamon, clove, ginger) dominate with a sweet malt profile.

T - Subdued pumpkin and spices with more sweet malt and a bit of earthy bitterness toward the end.

M - Medium bodied with moderate prickly carbonation.

D - Pretty drinkable, like most SA brews.

Not as pumpkin-y as I would like, but still a solid addition to the fall lineup, I'd like to see this in 6-packs. (540 characters)

Photo of Zorro
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A clear brown colored beer with a small tan colored head.

Smells a little sweet with brown sugar and pumpkin pie spice. Pumpkin scent is pretty detectable here. Pretty much this smells like watered down pumpkin pie.

Starts out neutral and not sweet like I expected. Very mildly sweet with a good shot of bitterness at the end. Spice is very much subtle here; this is pretty much a brown ale with pumpkin pie nuances. Really a brown ale more than a pumpkin beer.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Drinkability is OK. An OK beer but not one I would want put in bombers so I could get more of it. Two in the Harvest pack is enough. (615 characters)

Photo of chrisgn
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Dark orange/red think creamy head

S- light spice notes cinnamon and nutmeg.

T- Not overly spiced. It is like a Sam October fest with a little spice mixed in.

M- Full bodied not enough carbonation though.

D- Due to the fact this is not overly spiced it makes a nice session pumpkin beer.

Notes: not available on it's own. Only available currently in the harvest mix pack which is a nice mix for the fall season. (419 characters)

Photo of GeneralZod
2.86/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nice dark red color. Plenty of head.

Roasted smell. Not much spice like other brand of pumpkin ales

Not so good. As found from lack of smell. Tremendous lack of flavor.

Full and coarse. Nicely carbonated.

Could be good for everyonce in a while, but there are much better brands of pumpkin ales (343 characters)

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

The beer pours a beautiful amber color with a thick frothy off-white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a dry, crystal malt and pumpkin scent with subtle hints of cinnamon and nutmeg. The taste is good as well. It has a pretty straight up pumpkin flavor along with an adequate amount of pale and crystal malts. It goes down easy with a bone dry finish and faint hints of spice. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good drinking pumpkin beer. It focuses on the pumpkin character instead of the spices; another solid seasonal from Samuel Adams. (618 characters)

Photo of IPAkindaguy
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought the Harvest Collection pack just for these 2 bottles. I wasnt disappointed. Very full bodied beer with a great autumn feel to it. Strong with cinnamon, nutmeg and all spice flavors in the back of your mouth with a crisp refreshing taste. Mouthfeel wasnt to dominating with these flavors and had a smooth feel to it. Drinkability is very good only if would comei in a 6 pack and i dont get 2 bottles per 12. (413 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was really excited to try this one since I look forward to the release of pumpkin beers each fall.

The beer pours a orangish-brown color with a white head. The aroma is class pumpkin ale, with lots of pumpkin and nutmeg notes. The flavor is more of the same. I get a ton of pumpkin, along with the classic pumpkin pie spices of cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice. I also get some caramel malt. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Not quite as good as Southern Tier Pumking, but a step above most of the pumpkin ales that are on the market. (544 characters)

Photo of chickenflea
3.4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Pours a light brown color with a small beige head that leaves a small ring and a bit of film. Nose is sweet, nutty malts with hints of pumpkin, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Spicy. Palate is smooth and sticky with a nice light carbonation. Flavor is sweet nutty pumpkin up front with a stingy light hop note in the finish. Mild tinniness on the finish. Otherwise a solid beer. (376 characters)

Photo of Tone
3.89/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, brown color. 1/2 inch head of an off-white color. Decent retention and slight lacing. Smells of sweet malt, spice (nutmeg), slight yeast, hint of pumpkin, and a hint of pale malt. Fits the style of a Pumpkin Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, spice (cinnamon, nutmeg, and all spice), hint of earthy malt, pumpkin, hint of hop, and slight yeast. Overall, very drinkable, great blend, and good aroma. (471 characters)

Photo of Duhast500
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a mug.

The color is a clear reddish gold with two fingers of foamy brownish head and some nice thick lacing.

The smell is a little funky at first. Some bitter earthy hop flavor so far and not a lot of pumpkin to be had.

The taste is pumpkin at last. There is a juicy pumpkin flavor that is accompanied with a nice sweet flavor that is interesting. There is a bitterness that is out there in the background but there is mostly a pumpkin spicy flavor that keeps me coming back at the moment.

This beer has a nice lighter feel to it. There is a nice finish to it and it goes down well. Ii is not the best beer from Boston beer Co. but not a bad one either. (689 characters)

Photo of Chico1985
3.54/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

9/30/11 - I enjoyed this years batch alot more than last years...flavors weren't as muted, pretty easy drinking, still a little bland but overall a good pumpkin ale.

Original review (scores - 2.5/3/3/3.5/3)
Out of the Fall Sampler pack, first pumpkin beer of the year.

Pours a dark amber color, small off-white head quickly dissipates to a ring. Decent amount of bubbles. No lacing.

Pretty tough to pull some scents out of this one. Spices, pumpkin and malt, none of which jump out.

Flavors are not overly sweet pretty but very muted. All the decent flavor seems to rest in the aftertaste, along with pumpkin I get cinnamon, clove, and toasty malts. Pretty bland overall.

Has a good body but a tad too carbonated, a little tinny.

The few pumpkin ales I tried last year I liked, but I found this one pretty boring. (819 characters)

Photo of Kromes
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: A dark dark brownish red color with a tan colored head.

S: Aroma is not that strong. There is a slight pumpkin smell with some nutmeg and allspice.

T: A really nice caramel malt flavor hits you up front and then a nice sweet pumpkin pie spice rounds out the beer. The finish just might be too sweet.

M: A little on the heavy side, but it feels right for this beer.

D: There are so many bad pumpkin beers out there, this one is a nice change from the others. Not too over the top, but maybe a little bit too sweet. (520 characters)

Photo of flanmedic51
3.72/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle from the Fall variety pack with dark orange hue noted. 1" white head that dissipated quickly.

It smells of spice and roasted malt. Clove and cinnamon seems to be more evident. Not really a discernable pumpkin pie smell but I'm not really into drinking pumpkin pie...

Taste is roasted malt and bready. More of an allspice flavor and clove comes through. Moderate carbonation and overall mouthfeel is light. Slight pumpkin flavor. Aftertaste hints of cinnamon and hoppy bitterness, really a nice balance of flavors...which SA is so great at doing with almost all their beers.

Great pumkin ale without too much spicy notes and overall light, easy drinking ale. With an abundance of crappy Pumpkin Ale attempts available around, SA does a fine job with this one and well balanced. Nothing extraordinary but I would definitely buy a 6 pack if it was available. (878 characters)

Photo of dpodratsky3
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Small head that fades fast, dark amber brown color, slight orange hue, pretty clear, average-ish

S: Slight toasted malt, with a strong dose of brown sugar and a little cinnamon

T: A slightly caramelly malt note, slightly strange tasting in combination with all that spice, the spices aren't super strong, I assume so it doesn't over power (since SA is pretty middle of the road when it comes to intensity of beers), doesn't really taste pumpkin pie like to me, but like I said just a strange combination, hops are ok in the end but taste disconnected

M: Pretty high carbonation, slightly dry, medium to light body

D: Ok, average

Notes: Just an average overall pumpkin beer. I wasn't expecting too much more from SA. It is a good introductory pumpkin beer, but they need to ramp up certain spices to fix the balance. (861 characters)

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

Appearance - Pours a dark caramel apple color into my SA Perfect Pint. About two fingers of tan head are achieved, that dissipates relatively fast, leaving little lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell - Spices such as nutmeg, vanilla, cinnamon, and clove are the first to reach my nose. This is followed by toasted malts, brown sugar, and some slight hops.

Taste - Similar to the nose. Pretty damn pumpkin pie like. The spices blend perfectly with the brown sugar/caramel flavors, nothing is over the top, yet there is just enough to let you know the spices are there. Thankfully there is the lack of "fake" flavors and tastes that seem to be prevalent in other SA fruit beer offerings (i.e. Cherry Wheat). Glad this is in the harvest pack, and honestly pretty impressed.

Mouthfeel - Surprisingly creamy for a SA beer. More so than I remember with almost any other beers from them. Extremely appropriate for the season. Medium carbonation - just enough to slightly prickle the tongue.

Drinkability - For a pumpkin beer, relatively so. Granted after one or two of these I'd move on to something else, the fact I'd reach for a second with such a spicy beer tells you something. (1,181 characters)

Photo of droomyster
3.94/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, dark copper with one and a half fingers of a fizzy head that quickly peters out. Aromas get points for showing restraint with the spices and letting some of the toastier and brown sugary malts make their presence known. Taste is a bit spicier than the nose suggested, with some molasses notes that I didn't catch from the aroms. Medium full body is nicely carbonated. Gingerbready taste lingers on the finish. (424 characters)

Photo of Spider889
4.1/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was a single purchased at The Anderson's Market off Sawmill. Man was I happy I would get to try this beer without having to buy a whole 12 pack!

This beer was actually a surprise for me, it's very good! Possibly the best-smelling pumpkin ale featuring pumpkin pie spices I've tried thus far.

The beer has a nice ruby glow to it with a creamy orange head.

Smells of cinnamon, pumpkin pie - allspice and brown sugar.

Taste is bright and clean, lots of cinnamon and pumpkin flavors, smooth, and sweet.

Mouthfeel is smooth, almost creamy with a medium body.

Drinkability is good. I definitely wouldn't mind a couple of these over a nice large meal. (655 characters)

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

12oz bottle, standard pint glass

A - pours with a thin light tan film and bubbles...the beer is pretty hazy, dark amber in color with active bubbling.

S - heavily dosed with cinnamon, nutmeg, and strong caramel malts. harvest spices and some pumpkin meat as it warms.

T - bright and lively pumpkin spices: cinnamon, nutmeg (heavy), ginger, brown sugar. subtle caramel amber malts hold things togather in the middle. finishes with some mildly earthy British hops, and lingering spice.

M - medium bodied with tight lively carbonation. slightly astringent but not completely in a bad way due to all the spice. finishes prickly and dry.

D - good all around, suitable for the style - nothing stands out, but everything well done, kept in check, and the "pumpkin" is definitely present. BBC has a winner (and hopefully a keeper) here. (834 characters)

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.03/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very pretty beer. In a pint glass was a beautiful cherry amber color with a tan head.
It smelled like a pumpkin pie: pumpkin and spice.
Tasted like pumpkin pie also, with a little bit of caramel malt.
Very smooth.
Not a big pumpkin beer fancier, but this one was pretty good. (275 characters)

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle pours a clear copper color with a thick cap of dense tan foam. Retention is good and not much lacing.

Nose is sweet caramel with lots of pumpkin pie spicing. Heavy on the clove and cinnamon. Smells pretty good and the nose is fairly big.

High level of sweetness actually seems to be a good thing here, as it offsets some of the dry, bitter spice. Gives it a full body too. Little bit of toast comes in as it warms. Not bad, I think it would be hard to drink more than one or two at a time...but if this were to be offered in a six-pack, I would probably buy one each year. Well done, BBC (602 characters)

Photo of jadpsu
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours atrue amber with a small light tan head that only has (at best) average retention but better than average side glass lacing.
Aroma: No doubt about it, you get the spicy pumkin along with some sweet malts. But for the pumpkin there is not much else.
Fizzy, with a dry bite (good).
I'm not big on pumpkin (just ok). This one is good still (for me) not a session beer. A little pumpkin as a change of pace is fine but not for a full session. (444 characters)

Photo of EPseja
4.4/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Being a sort of "aficionado" of Pumpkin Ales, the news that Sam Adams was going to be introducing one in their Autumn lineup was awesome news. I approached this review with excitement and great trepidation, having tasted so many other Pumpkin Ales running the gamut from deliciously fantastic to mouth-assaultingly antiseptic. Here's what I found...

Served from a 12oz bottle (exclusive to the Harvest Collection 12-pack at this point) in my SABL glass at between fridge and cellar temperature.

A - Clear, deep brown with a bright orange-amber aura like a late-afternoon Autumn sun. Head is sandy in color, riding a full inch and settling ever so slightly to a creamy, dense meringue (I actually tested it with a fork and was able to sculpt it... heh heh). Lacing comes in full, cohesive sheets and head retention is excellent for this style. I can find no flaws at all in the beer's presentation.

S - Invitingly roasty caramel maltiness and freshly baked dark bread (definitely from the English Hop varieties used) with notes of sour squash and sweet pie spices. Excellent nose -- all spices are well dosed without overpowering the wonderful English breadiness. The scent of this beer makes me salivate instantly. Very tantalizing. I love the way this beer smells.

T - Just like the nose, the taste is a great example of balance. Toasty malt sweetness up front followed closely by a splash of ginger, cinnamon, clove, allspice and nutmeg (roughly in that order of power). The spices rightfully play a supporting role here, as they should. As the beer hits the middle of the tongue, the must-have telltale sign of every Pumpkin Ale that's actually brewed with enough real pumpkins becomes readily apparent -- the awesome squashy tartness that compliments the spices. The finish is a bit sweet and desserty compared to some of its peers, but very satisfying nonetheless.

M - Thankfully, this style nicely benefits from a shade *less* carbonation than others, and Sam Adams decided to follow that route. Lightly tingly on the tongue without being prickly. Expanding slightly to become thick and chewy. Swallow is creamy and throat coating.

D - I am pleased to say that Samuel Adams has finally developed a 12-pack seasonal sampler that contains not one questionable beer, now that their Harvest Pumpkin Ale passed my personal scrutiny. This beer's only shortcomings are largely a matter of personal taste: I find it just a bit too sweet. It could stand for a little bit more in the bittering hop department to keep the finish crisp like the Autumn air. It's got quite a filling mouthfeel and body, which isn't a detriment per se, but it certainly turns it from being an awesome all-day drinker to a two-bottle at a time max. That said, almost every other aspect of this beer is simply fantastic. Kudos and cheers to Samuel Adams for continuing to produce top-quality beers without compromise. (2,898 characters)

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