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

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2,187 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,187
Reviews: 594
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 15.52%
Wants: 45
Gots: 211 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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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3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

sparx1100, Sep 03, 2012
Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.85/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a flute glass.

Appearance: A clear amber that is very clear, hear maybe 1/3" with a slightly off-white head with a light light orange tint to it.

Smell: Has a hardcore smell of nutmeg and pumpkin, almost like an imperial and honestly when it comes to it; it is!

taste: Little sweet it has a slight downside to it, it feels a little like soda. I know using that word in comparison to beer is an insult but this one has one of those feels you tend to forget it is beer.

Mouth: Sharp texture that feels a little bit of extra bubbly.

Overall:Not a bad brew at all, It is extremely tasty and well crafted. I honestly prefer imperial pumpkin over any regular pumpkin ale but this one is just borderline. Considering price and how easy to find it might end up on the top when it comes to pumpkins. Salud!

BlurryVisi0n, Oct 06, 2012
Photo of Wobbly
2.5/5  rDev -28.2%

Wobbly, Aug 29, 2014
2.75/5  rDev -21%

THEOPTIMATOR88, May 30, 2012
Photo of brandonld23
3/5  rDev -13.8%

brandonld23, Nov 03, 2013
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3/5  rDev -13.8%

Rempo, Nov 20, 2011
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4/5  rDev +14.9%

Celtics76, Mar 18, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +22.1%

Beer21, Sep 02, 2012
Photo of Dirtinabottle
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Dirtinabottle, Sep 26, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Zetcha7x, Mar 12, 2014
Photo of scottwurst
3/5  rDev -13.8%

scottwurst, Oct 11, 2013
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4/5  rDev +14.9%

bernat1971, Sep 15, 2013
Photo of ironchefmiyagi13
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

ironchefmiyagi13, Jan 23, 2013
Photo of jk3
2.75/5  rDev -21%

jk3, Oct 18, 2012
Photo of Jadjunk
3.51/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

"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 pumpkin per barrel, for a rich depth of flavor & unmistakable character. Cheers!" Harvest Pumpkin Ale is brewed in the style of a Pumpkin Ale. Available as part of the Harvest Collection Twelve Pack as well as a limited release in 6 packs. Date on bottle is ticked mid-January 2013.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a pint glass. Served north of 48º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a thick copper creamy head of a creamy frothy consistency and slightly above average retention. Body color is a deep red-orange, mostly translucent with trace sediment and spritely carbonation. It's a bit darker than most pumpkin beers. No lingering lacing. There's nothing too exciting about this aspect, but I've seen worse. 3.25

(Smell) Common for the style, the aroma is led by a spice blend; nutmeg and cloves are most dominant, with cinnamon and pumpkin taking a back seat. The pumpkin is slightly raw, not terribly understated in the aroma, but certainly overshadowed by the spice characters. Mildly dry from the spices, but some trace bready malt sweetness keeps this from falling sharply out-of-balance. Despite some mild caramel husk tones, there is a non-intrusive malt profile. Hop profile is mild, slightly herbal and spicy. The spice aroma is nearly at the maximum for my personal tolerance, but the aroma would be so much more accessible with a slightly sweeter and pumpkin-led aroma. 3.5

(Taste) Pumpkin and spice are better balanced in the flavor, although the pumpkin is still shallow in comparison. Malt profile is full on characters, both good and off notes. Slightly thin malt profile, could use a bit more sweet malt character. Some mild acidity and grain alcohol is the only complication from an otherwise clean finish. The bready and toasted roasted malt conclusion is a somewhat unique finish for this style. Pretty short on the pumpkin character and a notch on the malt sweetness, although some rough-edged huskiness is a welcome variation to the style. Mild dry finish- the spices are kept in check with this one but still play a major role in defining the overall flavor impression. 3.5

(Mouthfeel) Mild carbonation level, with a mild smoothness. Medium body for Pumpkin ales, medium body overall. Alcohol presence is medium for the style, a bit accelerated by the grain alcohol notes. Mild dry finish from spices and malt grain astringencies. A pleasant carbonation profile give this a slight upper-hand. 3.75

(Overall) As compared to other pumpkin options, Samuel Adams' Harvest Pumpkin Ale is on the mark for body and carbonation, short on pumpkin character and high on spice character dryness and rugged grain notes. Despite its huskiness, the drinkability remains high. It's tough to say I'd recommend this, as I prefer a cleaner and more pumpkin-forward sweet beer, and this beer, while shallow on those aspects, meets my expectations halfway. It's a tough style to master, so this is worthy of a try while you're looking for "the one". 3.5

Boston Beer Company's
Samuel Adams Harvest Pumpkin Ale

Jadjunk, Feb 20, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

ilikebeer03, Oct 17, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

JakeDebus, Oct 25, 2012
Photo of becktone
3.69/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Eye: Pours with a nice head that quickly somewhat fades to a thin sheet over the beer...leaves some lace hanging around. Color is a nice crystal clear copper/deep orange. Overall this is a pretty good looking beer.

Nose: Big on the spices this one. Cinnamon, allspice and nutmeg make up the bouquet of this beer. It smells like a pumpkin ale should, not too overpowering with the spices and quite nice. I've had better but this one is a good one, just there in the middle between the best and the worst. Aroma could be a little less on the spice and a bit smoother but this is still good, especially at the price.

Tongue: Easy drinking beer. Spices hit upfront and then mellow out and come back to linger a bit in the finish. Finish is dry. Malt sweetness supports the spices and rounds it out nicely. Other pumpkin ales are balanced better-Schlafly, Smuttynose- but this one works well. It is a bit to "rough around the edges" to be comparable to those two, but it is still a very nice beer. It could be smoother overall as far as the flavor profile goes and the way that everything works together, but it still is a nice pumpkin ale. Body is medium with carbonation that is lower that I'd have expected but it is right for this beer. I really have no complaints about this one. It is on for the style and I can't say that I'd refuse or not recommend this to someone.

Drinkability: This is one I'd drink again. It is not as good as some of the others that you can find-Schlafly esp.- but for what it is I'm definitely happy with this beer. It is definitely worth a try. The price is right on it and the availability is great too. Usually not a big Sam Adams guy, but this one works for me.

becktone, Aug 27, 2013
Photo of klewis
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours light brown with a small bubbly head.

S: Spice - predominantly all spice. Rather subtle for a pumpkin beer.

T: Naturally, spice comprises most of the taste with a hint of actual pumpkin. Mildly sweet with a lingering cinnamon taste.

M: Light-medium bodied with an aggressive carbonation that feels prickly on the tongue.

D: Nothing special, but, not being a big fan of the style, I find this beer's saving grace to be its subtlety - it doesn't slap you in the face with spices like some others. It probably won't satisfy those who are eagerly awaiting autumn for the arrival of pumpkin beers, but it's a decent offering nonetheless.

klewis, Aug 15, 2010
Photo of ToasterChef
3.03/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a cellar temperature bottle into a pint glass. The beer is an orange-tinted ruby liquid with a tan head made of small bubbles. The head disappeared quickly such that there is now just a few bubbles where the beer comes in contact with the glass. An occasional bubble rising up from the bottom of the glass, but it doesn't look like much carbonation is in this beer. In the few minutes since I poured the beer, all of the head is gone. It is now just a still liquid.

Pumpkin spice was apparent as soon as I opened the bottle. Now that it is in the glass, I can pick up on pumpkin and cinnamon notes.

The flavor is pretty good. Pumpkin flavors are at the forefront, over a decent malt backbone. A bit of spice is tasted. There is a slight fruit juice sweetness as I swallow. It's something fall-like, such as cranberry or apple.

The beer has a medium body and hardly any carbonation. There is a definite tingle to the beer, buch I'm not sure what is causing it. The sticky coat leaves some of tingling substance on my tongue. If I swish the beer about, it bubbles up a bit, but not too much so.

I'm not really enjoying this beer. The flavor is pleasant enough, but the mouthfeel and appearance aren't of a quality I expect from this brewer. I would skip this one on draft, and if I buy another fall mix pack, there are better beers in it for me to enjoy.

ToasterChef, Oct 03, 2010
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3/5  rDev -13.8%

user785335, Dec 08, 2013
Photo of SawDog505
3.48/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a 13 oz tulip. Pours a bright reddish orange, with a one inch of off white head that drops to a little film quickly. Smell pumpkin, nutmeg, cinnamon, and some carmel. Taste is all of that, a nice amount of pumpkin. Nice body, not very heavy. More carbonation would help. I am not a huge fan of the style, this is a solid pumpkin.

SawDog505, Nov 06, 2011
Photo of Arithmeticus
3.73/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured chilled in straight-edged glass

A: dark copper color; small head disappears quickly;
S: strong gusts of pumpkin and spice; smells sweet
T: robust pumpkin ale; low on spicing; moderately hopped; very flavorful, but it doesn't linger long; as far as this style goes, I like it, esp. that it is not as rash-flavored as, say, DFH

Overall, a good autumn brew

Arithmeticus, Nov 08, 2011
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3.53/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - This beer pours a dark red mahogany color. It has a nice 2-finger light tan head on it. The head has decent retention, and it leaves behind some specs of lace on the glass.

S - The smell has a nice bit of holiday spice to it. I am getting some cinnamon, nutmeg, and pumpkin. There is also some caramel malt and a decent hop presence as well.

T - The taste starts off with some bready and caramel malt. Then there is some spice that comes into play, mostly cinnamon and nutmeg. There isn't much actual pumpkin presence at all. Also, I am getting a very mild hop flavor. The finish is pretty clean, and just leaves a little bit of lingering spices on the tongue.

M - This has a medium body and good carbonation. It goes down easy, and it has a nice smooth feel to it. There is some sweetness from the malt, and some tingling from the spices.

O - This has good drinkability. I wouldn't mind a few pints of this on a breezy autumn night. Overall, I thought this was a pretty solid, and easy going pumpkin ale. I think it's worth a try, and I would drink it again.

JizackFH, Sep 14, 2011
Photo of Nerudamann
3.83/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Look - Very deep amber, and clear. Very little head, but good carbonation.

Smell - Sweeter scent of pumpkin, less spicy than some other pumpkin ales. Maybe a hint of caramel to add the sweetened smell, that or it's more of a pumpkin flavor than actual pumpkin.

Taste - As in the smell, this one is less spicy than some other types, and tastes more like pumpkin itself, maybe mixed with a little bit of molasses. Not too much of an aftertaste..and fairly well-balanced in terms of bitterness.

Mouthfeel - more toward the watery side of texture, but well-balanced here too in general.

Drinkability - nice brew, possibly one of the more complex varieties that I have yet to try of theirs...which is not to say that their beers are not complex.. Also doesn't seem as filling, so easier to come back for more.

Nerudamann, Oct 06, 2010
Samuel Adams Harvest Pumpkin Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
79 out of 100 based on 2,187 ratings.