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

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Ratings: 2,450
Reviews: 627
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 15.85%
Wants: 49
Gots: 361 | 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

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Kegatron on 11-10-2008

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.97/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pumpkin beers are an odd lot. Most are just spiced ales, although some do use the actual fruit in the mash. Regardless, many of them seem way overdone, while others barely taste or smell of "pumpkin" at all. In fact, what we're really talking about here are pumpkin pie spices: cinnamon, ginger, allspice, and nutmeg. That said, what I want out of a pumpkin beer is a beer that smells fairly strongly of those spices, and offers a bit of their flavors, but which is also it's own beer underneath. I don't care if it's golden and light (might be an interesting change), or toasty and caramelish (as most are).

Samuel Adams Harvest Pumpkin Ale is of the deep-copper colored, caramelish and toasty variety. Fortunately they've kept it in check and it's not overly malty (and filling). The spices are bright in the nose, and a little bit softer in the flavor. The cinnamon is clear, the allspice is present, and the ginger and nutmeg can be found here and there. They work well with the malt, and provide a bit of balance (the bitterness level is clearly dialed back a touch to compensate for them). It's well-balanced, and highly drinkable.

As far as pumpkin beers go, I could easily enjoy two of these in a row, and possibly a third before I became 'over-spiced' myself. Nicely done!

Photo of nickfl
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.53/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light reddish brown color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains a lot of spices, along with pumpkin, caramelized malts and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of caramel, pumpkin and spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger). Then some breadiness comes in from a hearty malt character along with a mild hops presence to create a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, mild kick, very good representation of style, this is a nice beer to drink for a long time if you're in the mood for the style.

Photo of Jason
3.13/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz brown bottle with a freshness date.

Heady beginning, amber hued brown color is near crystal clear. Hint of pumpkin meat though the spicing rides higher along with some maltiness in the nose. Very smooth with a feigned fullish body. Spice comes at the palate in an aggressive manner, maltiness struggles to poke through and some alcoholic esters and caramel finally make it through in the spicy-sweet finish.

Way too much spice for my liking, these holiday spiced beers need to be subtle especially if you want any trace pumpkin to come through. Not bad but one bottle is more than enough.

Photo of Kegatron
2.7/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a crystal clear copper, with a finger of light mocha head. This settles down into a thin foaminess, that leaves back a light cascade of fizzy lacing. After a while, this gets pretty dead looking overall. The aroma is spicy and sticky in the nose, with a LOT of sweetness present here but some green character does eventually start to emerge. The spice here gets to be just as strong as the sweetness after a bit.

The taste is similar, with a LOT of sweetness from caramel malts and other doughy sugars. There are some green flavors present here but it seems to only rely pretty minimally on any pumpkin flavor, with a green citric bitterness seeming to bring the bulk of it to the table. Pumpkin spices are overdone here as well, really sticking with some strength in the finish, along with lingering dry greenness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a firm creaminess up front that then gives way to more of a flatter heft underneath, which really helps accentuate all of that sweetness.

This just isn’t how I like my Pumpkin beers to be done, with a boatload of syrupy sweetness and spice covering up a lot of what should really make this beer (the pumpkin) and even giving the overall profile a bit of a medicinal feel. I won’t be trying this one again.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Look this isn't as bad as some versions but it's still a pumpkin ale, it actually has that pumpkin pie finish to it. Between the malts and the spices added in, this also says brewed with pumpkin. Darker than most versions a dark mahogany almost brown ale appearance with tight bubbled moccha tan head. Fine lacing spreads nicely between sips on the sides of my chalice. Nose has some serious pumpkin pie action kicking, between nutmeg and cinnamon with all spice and canned pumpkin candy sweetness. Pretty good especially considering the mouthfeel which was a bit harsh with spice bitterness in the back of the throat carbonation works and medium to light bodied flows decently enough. Drinkability overall is rather good for this style of beer, especially considering I'd never thought of Sam Adams as a pumpkin ale type of brewer.

Photo of jlindros
3.77/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a decent fluffy 1 finger head that fades semi slowly over mostly clear bright reddish maroon color, but of lacing, bright red color is a bit weird.

Nose brings pumpkin, light spices, some reddish toasty crystal malts, light bready notes and touch of pumpkin pie filling.

Taste starts rich, nice malty flavor with more red malts and bit of crystal, light caramel, some pumpkin comes out with some of the fresh pumpkin and some pie, but very light in the pumpkin area. A light dry bready malt finish with some more lingering light pumpkin pie finish, but not a ton of spices either.

mouth is med bodied, good carb.

Overall not bad, nice malts, light on the spices, pumpkin has fresh flavor and not a ton of canned or artificial flavors, nice dry bready finish.

Photo of XmnwildX12
3/5  rDev -13.5%

Photo of Slatetank
3.81/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I picked this up at Giant Beer Garden & Eatery in Linglestown. Enjoyed chilled from the bottle in a spiegelgau glass.

THe color is dark copper with translucent clarity with thin tan cap with average bead. The lace clings well. The smell is full of spice with some pumpkin elemnts with light allspice and gentle cinnamon notes with a nutmeg-like citrus woody ester and mild caramel with light vegetal aroma. The feel is good with some moderately spiced and warmth of cinnamon with creamy body and slight sweetness with a semi-dry finish with moderate amount of carbonation and lightly tangy tinge lingers.

The taste is good with mild malt fullness supporting an allspice-like pepper and cinnamon flavor up front with more caramel malt flavors in the middle and light vegetal taste with subtle yeast and tangy nutmeg-like spice toward the back end. The overall take is this is substantially spiced and mostly malty but not overboard in either sense -a pretty decent pumpkin ale, but not the best there is.

Photo of oline73
3.48/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a finger of white head that goes away quickly.

Smell: Sweet and malty with some pumpkin and a lot of spice. Reminds me of pumpkin pie.

Taste: Similar to the smell. Some pumpkin but the spice is the focal pint. The cinnamon and nutmeg compliment the malt sweetness well. There is a bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with smooth carbonation and a finish that is a bit chalky.

Overall: The flavor is good, perhaps a bit too mild. Nothing real special, but it's a decent pumpkin ale.

Photo of russpowell
3.63/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an effervescent copper with 2 fingers of tan head. Very good head retnetion & above average lacing

S: Cinnamon & brown sugar

T: Pumpkin pie spice, slight squashyness, dryness, some caramel up front. More of the same as this warms, some herbal & woody hops lurking in the background as well. Finishes dry with pumpkin pie spicyness & slight metallic edge

MF: Medium bodied, carbonation starts off sharp, but turns creamy once warm

Nice drinkability here, not a great pumpkins beer but better than most...

Photo of DrunkinYogi
3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of drabmuh
3.85/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I traded Huhzubendah a Boon Oude Kriek Mariage Parfait for a 12 ounce bottle of this, THANKS! Served in a pint glass. Beer is orange to dark amber with a mild haze, thin haloed head of small bubbles and low carbonation. Some lacing, looks OK.

Aroma is pumpkin-y and lightly spiced. Kind of like caramel in the nose.

Beer is medium and body, the spices are primarily cinnamon and carries through to the back of the mouth, creeping forward with the swallow as almost an aftertaste. Beer is mildly sweet in the forward and candied in the middle although its not pronounced. The finish is mildly dry. Drinkability is fine. Overall its a decent pumpkin beer.

Photo of beernads
2/5  rDev -42.4%

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.13/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorite breweries finally comes out with a pumpkin ale after all of these years, excited to try this one. Pours a beautiful orange/red color.. definitely gets a high appearance score for its 'fall look'. Smell is of some cinnamon/nutmeg/other fall spices, great aroma. Medium bodied, great mouthfeel. Get some more of those pumpkin spice tastes, not overpowering at all though which is good. A nicely balanced beer, very tasty and doesn't exude pumpkins like a lot of the other seasonals. I liked this one a lot, highly recommended.

Photo of jwc215
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Enjoy before January notched on label:

Pours amber with a thin, fading head. Spotted lacing sticks.

The smell is of cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice and a hint of caramel.

The tase is of the pumpkin pie spices with caramelized dough. Slight alcohol warmth goes in the finish.

It has a firm medium body.

It's a spicy, sweet-leaning pumpkin ale.

Photo of kojevergas
2.91/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

33cl brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a generic hefeweissbier glass in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live.

Served cold.

A: Pours a three finger head of wonderful cream, great thickness, and good retention. Colour is a textbook semitransparent amber.

Sm: Pumpkin and spice. (Shocker). Aroma is moderate in strength.

No yeast, hops, or alcohol is detectable.

T: Light pumpkin, lots of spice - allspice, nutmeg. The foundation is generic malted barley. A lot is left to be desired. Very simply built, but certainly balanced. Caramel. Pumpkin gourd. Brown sugar. Hints of maple. I do like it.

Average depth, duration, and intensity of flavour for the style. No hop character, yeast character, or alcohol comes through.

Mf: Smooth and wet. A touch too thick. It does complement the flavours of the body in a general sense, but certainly doesn't feel custom-tailored to them. Nice presence on the palate. Good body.

Dr: Drinkable, but forgettable. I won't be pursuing this in the future. Average ABV and average quality. If you're going to brew a pumpkin ale, you need to really commit to the pumpkin. I do like the spicing and I think it complements what relatively little pumpkin there is. A decent pumpkin beer from Sam Adams, but by no means a fantastic one.


Photo of WesWes
4/5  rDev +15.3%
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.

Photo of InspectorBob
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +15.3%
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.

Photo of wrightst
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of Gavage
3.91/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

Photo of Halcyondays
4.07/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a dark amber orange, with a frothy medium white head, some good lace.

S: Great fall nose. Pumpkin flesh, pumpkin cream, allspice and nutmeg. Shades of BA Autumn Maple if not as intense.

T: Has a real nice true pumpkin flavour to start out with. The cinnamon and clove type spices really dominate here more than in the nose, though the spiced cream plays a part.

M: Light/medium-bodied. Pretty smooth, creamy flavour, a tad thin at the end.

D: A darn good pumpkin beer, this is currently best in the Southland at least in early September. It's like Old Fezziwig, a shame they don't sell this in 6-packs.

Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

Samuel Adams Harvest Pumpkin Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
79 out of 100 based on 2,450 ratings.