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

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Reviews: 621
Hads: 2,479
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 13.26%
Wants: 52
Gots: 416 | 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 kojevergas
2.91/5  rDev -19.6%
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.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
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. (655 characters)

Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
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. (1,303 characters)

Photo of jwc215
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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. (342 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
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. (1,120 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 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 ShanePB
3.67/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fresh 2011 batch, poured into a standard pint glass.

A: Clear dark copper body with some orange hues in the light. A tight, small white head dissipates quickly and leaves absolutely no retention or lacing of any kind. Dismal, bland and boring for the style, oh well.

S: Cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg and hints of freshly baked pumpkin flesh. Faint caramel malts and dough come through towards the end. While I do get some nice flavors off the aroma, as a whole it is very, very muted.

T: Baked warm pumpkin flesh, really nice in displaying an actual pumpkin flavor in the beer. Cinnamon, nutmeg and a bit of bready dough and crust in the linger. Not surprisingly, it's extremely easy drinking and really flavorful once the initial chill wore off and allowed the flavors to come through.

M: Nice and bubbly, easy drinking, medium to light bodied, not bad at all for the style. Nothing is dry or off in the finish or linger, just really solid and well done.

This is one of the few Pumpkin Ales that actually manage to get a very good pumpkin flavor in the beer without overloading on the spices. True, they are present but I think the actual pumpkin "meat" is displayed rather nicely. (1,184 characters)

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

A: The beer is transparent and dark orange. The glass is entirely full of bubbles. The head is two inches thick and leaves a thick sheet of lacing on the glass.

S: Pumpkins, cinnamon, nutmeg, malt. The aroma is well done. I don't detect any artificial additives that so often make this style not enjoyable.

T: The best pumpkin ale I have had this year. Spices enhance the beer without being overbearing. The beer is nice and malty with a good balance among the various flavors.

M: Medium body with alcohol content hidden well. Nice lingering aftertaste that ties the whole flavor profile together.

D: A solid beer and certainly one of the better examples of the style. Unfortunately, the beer is only sold as part of the Samuel Adams Harvest Collection 12 pack. (766 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 tdm168
4.14/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber with 1/4" of bubbly head that quickly fades to nothing. Smells of pumpkin spice and subtle caramel malt. This beer tastes like grandma's pumpkin pie; sweet pumpkin, nutmeg, and spices. Smooth, crisp, and medium bodied, very drinkable.

Like dessert in bottle. A sessionable beer that's perfect for the holidays (even though it comes out in August). (367 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 Halcyondays
4.07/5  rDev +12.4%
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. (631 characters)

Photo of Billolick
3.67/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle. Enjoy before date notched onto the side of the label.

Pour is mahogany, near clear and shimmering under a moderate medium tan head. Head slowly departs, leaving a thicker collar and moderate slippery blobs of lace.

This is a thick and viscous brew. Smooth and richly flowing over the tongue.

On the nose this one smells just like a slice of pumpkin pie, sweet, bready and softly spiced.

The sniff carries over to the palate, more soft/subtle pumpkin pie/holiday spicing. Pumpkin flavor is moderate, not overpowering, but quite enjoyable.

Decent take on the style, moderately flavorful, moderate sweetness. not cloying. Viscosity make this more of a sipper/night capper kind of fall/winter offering. (721 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
3.54/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass. More SA festing I guess!

Light caramel head that is really soapy and small. Goes away fairly quickly without much retention. Body color is clear dark amber and very red. No lacing to speak of here while drinking. Head is very weak looking.

Big sweet pumpkin, nutmeg, brown sugar and squash. Well hey pumpkin is a squash but you get the drift. Very big nutmeg sweetness on this.

Taste is sort of lacking. Afterfinish comes of nutmeg and some dry clove with a hint of sweetness on the palate. Mid palate doesn't bring much malt body. A bit wet and exceptional brown spicy hot on the swallow.

Overall in all fairness I am not a fan of pumpkin beers, this one though seems more brown hot spiced forward and I enjoy that more. I could drink this one more easily than other pumpkin beers that is for sure. (851 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.04/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, included in the fall sampler pack.

Appearance: A clear copper in color, solid inch of foam and decent retention.

Smell: Bready malts are there initially, later giving way to a nice bouquet of pumpkin pie spice.

Taste: Malty, good spice kick. Pumpkin flavor melds together with roasted and caramel malts. Just a kiss of bittering hop. A well crafted pumpkin ale.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, good level of carbonation.

Drinkability: A fine example of this uniquely American style. I quite enjoyed this. (517 characters)

Photo of DoubleJ
3.82/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pumpkin beer is not a mainstream thing here in Orange County, so even one from Sam Adams should cure any pumpkin craving I have. On to the beer:

This is an auburn colored beer with bringht orange hues, solid head and retention, and a little lacing. Smelling the beer blind, I would have said pumpkin pie. It's spiced pleasantly with allspice, nutmeg, and clove. There is a little pumpkin aroma acting as the base. It's a thickish beer with a somewhat gummy feel. Taste: take pumpkin pie, a little alcohol, and a little ABC gum. It's pleasant and drinks fine.

Nice to see a big craft brewer release a pumpkin ale, even nicer that it tastes good. (647 characters)

Photo of corby112
3.59/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark ruby red color with golden copper edges and a one finger off-white head that quickly settles into a thin ring. Minimal spots of lacing left behind.

Sweet pumpkin pie aroma with lots of autumnal spices and sweet malt notes. Smells like desert with hints of pumpkin puree, rye, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and clove.

Full bodied with a blast of crisp, zesty spice up front that lingers over the sweeter notes into a slightly dry finish. Hints of pepper, cinnamon, clove, nutmeg and ginger followed by a prominent pumpkin presence as well as some caramel and rye. The spiciness slightly overpowers the pumpkin flavor but it's still pretty flavorful and easy to drink. (677 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 GarthDanielson
3.16/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass, the beer pours with a healthy, small bubbled, chunky, light tan head atop a vibrant, bright, dark auburn coloring with only a slight hazing. The nose is a very light semisweetness of pumpkin, with a light blend of cinnamon and nutmeg spicing. Aromas are much lighter than most pumpkin brews. Flavor is a rich malt sweetness, with some pumpkin bread characteristics at the tail-end of the palate. The spicing is very light and faint on the palate, but deepens with the aftertaste, and does a good job balancing overall. The aftertaste is light and balanced, as I said before, but not overly remarkable. The finish is quick and a bit on the limp side. It just quietly exits the palate without a lot of fanfare. This one had a decent start, but comes up lame down the stretch. (813 characters)

Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep copper hue with a one and a half finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a rindy pumpkin with the accompanying spices.

The taste consisted of sweet pumpkin flesh, caramel and a drying allspice and nutmeg.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style.

Overall an above average pumpkin ale. I'd like to see these in 6 packs next year. (387 characters)

Photo of WoodBrew
3.29/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pumpkin beer...why not! Best way to describe this beer would be to say...a lite/sugar free pumpkin roll! The malt and spice help to offset a sweetness that can get to sweet...if you know what I mean. I expected more from the aroma and maybe it will come as the beer warms. As far as's tasty...can't lie. I mean seriously pumpkin beer? It's decent. I could drink maybe two per sitting after that I would need to hang myself by my other words...not a session beer for me. But if one is looking for a unique taste....this is a beer for her or him! (569 characters)

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Not retired anymore... Part of the Autumn 12pack. Poured into my Old Guardian Goblet. Thin white head atop a deep amber brew.

Nose is more mild than I was expecting in the spice rack.. some descent cinnamon and mild clove.. mace? A bit toasty.

Flavor is spicy and pretty nice all around for a style that I normally don't appreciate..

Meh... okay for what it is.... but I will leave this one for the peeps who like pie spiced brews.

3.5/3.5/3.5/3.5/3 (454 characters)

Photo of aasher
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This one poured a hazelnut brown in color with a off white poofy head. It smelled of cinnamon and nutmeg with some light pumpkin bread aromas. The taste was mildly sweet, almost syrupy sweet, with good notes of cinnamon and nutmeg. The pumpkin is sutble at best but it is pretty tasty. The mouthfeel is relatively light and pretty smooth with medium carbonation. It's decently drinkable but does seem to get sweeter after awhile. (429 characters)

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

Ruby, almost cherry color; very small head that dissipates rapidly; minimal lacing. Vivid nose of pumpkin spices.

Turns out to be quite tasty; well balanced between the spices and some earthy/gourdy pumpkin flavor; vaguely buttery. The buttery taste is noticed on the finish.

Lively carbonation. Drinkable, actually very good example that delivers pretty highly on the pumpkin flavor. This feels almost like a lighter version of Weyerbacher Imperial Pumkin with more carbonation.

This one is heavy on the spices so beware if that's not your thing! (551 characters)

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