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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%

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

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Photo of WinthrHOPHEAD89


3.9/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Irish Style pint

A - Pours a 3 and a 1/2 finger light orange pillowy head, with lots of big bubbles. Head slowly shrinks down to a 1 finger head that lasts untl the very end, and leaves some impressive lacing. This beer pours a rich dark orange color (actually more on the reddish side). Medium effervensence, with bubbles clinging to the side of the glass within the first few minutes of pouring.

S - In comparison to the taste, the smell is rather mild, but still very aromatic. Smell defitely has some pumpkin, but not a "squashy" kind of smell, more of a canned pumpkin smell. Lots of nutmeg and cinnamon there too. There appears to be that typical "Sam Adams caramel smell" as well. But all in all, the smell is very good.

T - The taste of this beer doesn't really hit you right away, but rather more so after the finish. The flavor is very smooth, and not too overpowering. This beer is definitely a step up from a lot of the "pumpkin spiced" beers that are floating around; such as the Pumpkinhead Ale or Jack's Pumpkin Spice. You can tell they definitely tried with this one, as with most Sam Adams brews. The taste of pumpkin is definitely noticeable and present, but its not as "authentic" as i'd like it to be. It tastes a bit artificial and confectionary, but still very very tasty.

M - The mouthfeel is fairly soft and chewy. The medium body and medium effervesence, along with the sticky compositon of this beer make for a very pleasing mouthfeel.

D - The drinkability of this beer is a little less than most pumpkin beers, for most of the pumpkin spiced ales tend to be on the watery side, but still very very drinkable. Since only 2 of these beers only come in the variety pack, I cant see anyone drinking more than 2. But I could definitely session this beer, and would by a 6 pack if they made it.

Final Thoughts: Definitely one of the better largy produced pumpkin beers on the market, and props to Sam Adams for continuing to expand their line-up!!

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2010 23:58:12 | More by WinthrHOPHEAD89
Photo of Tee76


3.73/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep amber color with a decent creamy tan head that disappears quickly. Leaves little to no lacing

S: Like pumpkin pie, cinnamon and nutmeg are at the forefront.

T: Sweet and slightly spicy, it's basically pumpkin pie in a glass, yet the pumpkin flavor isn't over done..it's light and well balanced.

M: Good amount of carbonation, full bodied and very smooth

D: I'm a big fan of "pumpkin beers" and this beer was damn good, nice representation of the style, however my go to "pumpkin beer" is still Michigan Brewing's "Screamin Pumpkin Spiced Ale" it just has more character and flavor than the Sam's.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2011 06:23:09 | More by Tee76
Photo of HeavyMetalBrew


3/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Good head, amber color, clear.

S: Spices. Cinnamon and nutmeg seem to dominate them. Some sweet malt smells. The smells aren't as strong as I'd like, but they're still there.

T: Vanilla. Nutmeg. Cinnamon. Malty sweetness. A toasty slightly bitter finish. It seems too much is focused on the sweetness without enough spices to balance it out.

M: Very syrupy. Not a whole lot of carbonation.

Overall: I purchased the variety pack, and this was one of the beers in it. There seems very little focus on spices or actual pumpkin (though pumpkin adds little flavor anyway, and it's the spices that add the flavor). In my opinion it's simply far too sweet and thick, though it still makes up for an average beer.

Worth trying, though there are far superior pumpkin beers on the market.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2011 23:36:29 | More by HeavyMetalBrew
Photo of Chris_Cali_2o9

3.35/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Sam Adams cup

A- Reddish copper, 1 1/2" off white head

S- Spicey ginger bread, herbal

T- Ginger bread, caramel, raw pumpkin, same old spices

M- Medium body, crisp carbonation

O- Same old, same old... A pumpkin ale is never what i hoped. When i think of a pumpkin ale, i think of creamy pumpkin pie, yet all i ever get is pumpkin water, drenched in the same played out spices, designed to fool us that we, in fact, have a holiday pumpkin ale. This brew isn't bad, it's just generic.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2012 04:13:44 | More by Chris_Cali_2o9
Photo of 828beagle

North Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mahogany color, beige head with some nice lacing. Alluring aroma of a freshly baked pumpkin pie, cinnamon, vanilla, and nutmeg. Outstanding taste of sweet malts and spices, pecans and PUMPKIN. A solid medium-bodied brew with good carbonation. I love this time of year when all the fall seasonal brews come out. They tend to be much thicker and have more complex characteristics than most of the watered down summer beers.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2010 22:00:01 | More by 828beagle
Photo of CoalPorter

North Carolina

2.83/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

From the Sam Adams fall mixpack, poured into a pint glass

A - 2 fingers of tan head reduces slowly leaving a nice cap over the top. The color is deep red-orange amber, very clear with small bubbles rising steadily

S - Pumpkin and clove, along with nutmeg, and a slight malt sweetness, doesn't cloy to much.

T - Candied walnuts, pumpkin and clove, up front. Not as sweet as I expected. Sadly it's a bit watery and thin in the middle leading into a very subtle bitter hop finish.

M - light side of medium

O - Not a bad pumpkin offering overall. Nice aroma and initial flavor, but falls apart in the middle to back end and ultimately disappoints.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2011 20:31:36 | More by CoalPorter
Photo of davecavemaster


3.25/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I've found that Sam Adams can be hit or miss when it comes to their seasonal beers. Sometimes, even seasonal beers that I normally enjoy can be sub-par compared to previous years. I had never had their Harvest Pumpkin Ale, so I didn't know what I was going to get...

samuel adams harvest pumpkin ale

The beer pours a nice bubbly, tan head. The foam does not last long, and there is no lacing on the glass at all.

The color of this pumpkin ale is a really nice looking reddish amber.

This is a very spicy pumpkin beer. The nose is full of alot of the common fall spices like clove, nutmeg and allspice. Nice smell, but very little actual pumpkin.

The taste is heavy on the spicy too. Very malty beer, with most of the upfront flavors being the spices. Not as much of the pumpkin taste as I was expecting... The bottle says they use "17 lbs. of real pumpkin per barrel." The beer also has a very dry ending, and a somewhat bitter aftertaste. Not a bad taste by any means, but I've had better.

Another thing that surprised me was how little carbonation this ale has. As mentioned, the head is gone very quickly, and then the rest of the beer borders on being flat.

Overall, this is a good, not great pumpkin beer. Very heavy on spice, and a bit too flat for my liking. One positive is that it is a very easy beer to drink, you can easily put down two or three without tiring of the "novelty" of the seasonal taste.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2012 02:01:09 | More by davecavemaster
Photo of stickynotes


3.03/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a deep amber, a slightly caramel head quickly dissipates into a thin film. Smell is allspice, some pumpkin, sweet malts. Taste is pretty full, allspice, tiny bit of clove, some subtle roasted malt. Not hugely spiced. Pumpkin is throughout and works ok with the minor spicing and sweetness. Mouthfeel is fine, some larger bubbles off the tongue, medium bodied. Overall this delivers as a pumpkin ale but not something I will be purchasing again, nothing really stands out for me.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2011 00:26:48 | More by stickynotes
Photo of sethcroisant


3.23/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- reddish-copper color with a pedestrian head, but the lacing lasts to the very end

S- BIG cinnamon and allspice on the nose. hardly any pumpkin is detected

T- about what you'd expect after smelling it. lots of the same spice is present right away. again, pumpkin is a no-show. lots of toasted malts are there and stay for a while

O- slightly above average, but really doesn't earn the right to be called a pumpkin beer. tastes like a red ale with some spices shoveled in

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2012 03:59:03 | More by sethcroisant
Photo of OverToad


5/5  rDev +42.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

What a wonderful surprise to see this offered this year.

Pours a deep orange color with nice head. Lots of lacing. The taste is fantastic and the best pumpkin beer I've had. Nice spices and I didn't have to look for the pumpkin in this brew.

I really really hope SA makes this in a 6 pack next year, but I do not want them to drop their Oktoberfest either. Oh how I love the fall beers.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2010 15:19:08 | More by OverToad
Photo of madmanjf

New York

4.28/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle Pour from Harvest sample pack, 2010

Poured into Sam Adams perfect pint glass

(A) Pours a clear reddish amber with a thick foaming antique-white head of about two-fingers worth. Retention was high, and a slight ribbon remained through completion.

(S) Very Curious. Malt on nose is mild and bready, no hop aroma. Suggestion of various harvest/autumn scents all blend together into an arom cornucopia. The pumpkin has a roasted smell to it, not raw. It's present, but peppered with other various nose-tinglers that create something unique. It can best be described as a Pumpkin-Banana Muffin fresh from the bakery

(T) Everything is well-balanced without any one flavor overwhelming another. Think of a top-fermented Marzen that came from an artisan bakery. No hop flavor is present, but there is mild bittering which prevents this beer from being sweet.

(M) Good carbonation, medium to medium-heavy body, somewhat chewy like a loaf of pumpkin bread, but not heavy.

(D) Here's where this beer does well. Most pumpkin beers are interesting and you never want a 2nd. This one does not fall under this norm. A second bottle would be more than welcomed.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2010 00:35:55 | More by madmanjf
Photo of rsgcwhite

New Mexico

3.38/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into Sam Adams Glass.

A: On the crimson side of Amber, it poured a magnificent lingering head.

S: Brown Sugar, Cinnamon, misc. Spices; all in all, sort of spicy in an odd 'Old Person's House' way.

T: Malty sweetness gives way to a subtle but lingering spice cabinet. There's a lot of spice, and actually, I can't tell if it's something enjoyable or I feel like I've licked about fifteen autumn-themed Yankee candles. It's certainly more interesting than a lot of beers, and was alright for a fall evening.

M: Somehow both creamy and spicy, at the same time buttery.

Drinkability got better as the beer went on and I stopped trying to think about it. Like Candy Corn at Halloween, enjoy it during it's consumption window - but you'll never desire consuming this in off-seasons.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2010 02:00:03 | More by rsgcwhite
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 mattjv


4.1/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My first beer review, decided I've gotten enough advice from this site that it's time to give some. Poured this straight from the fridge, though it hadn't been in for too long so not as cold as they get.

Poured into a 17oz mug, a little less than 2 fingers of head. Head was slightly off white, mostly dissapeared after not too long but left a thin layer of foam that lingered for most of the glass. Thin streams of tiny bubbles racing to the top. Poured a nice-looking dark amber color, looks very appealing in the glass.

When cold, not much beyond sweet malt seemed to come through. As it warmed the aroma got much stronger. sweet malt aroma with strong notes of pumpkin, cinnamon and nutmeg. A very slight hint of alcohol also came through.

Sweet, bready malt flavor up front. Strong notes of cinnamon and nutmeg come up first towards the back of the palate, followed by a smooth, sweet pumpkin finish. Left behind a nice spicy aftertaste, seemed slightly drying after a while.

somewhat light body, light carbonation that gently prickles on the tongue. Carbonation seemed perfect for the style.

High drink ability, this is definitely a pumpkin beer one could have a couple of in a night. Lighter body than some others I've tried makes it go down very easily and doesn't fill you up right away. Only got two of these in the fall harvest pack but I would definitely pick up a sixer of it. This had the most pronounced pumpkin and spice flavor of any I tried this season. An above average beer with everything one expects from the style present.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2010 06:29:17 | More by mattjv
Photo of Smixam


3.8/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into a Sam glass

A - Nice reddish orange, light white head; if you think "pumpkin beer," this is what it should look like.

S - Spicey and malty, pumpkin smell is pretty light for the style (which is a good thing, too many over-emphasize the pumpkin and it's overwhelming)

T - Pumpkin spice and a fairly light malt, again understated on the pumpkin. Rating a pumpkin beer is always dependent on the reviewer - some like a ton of pumpkin pie flavor, some prefer a more 'true' pumpkin flavor, etc. Put it this way, it's not overwhelming, but you can tell what you're drinking. Solid, but I'm wishing for a little more dark malt and a little more hop.

M - Clean and clear, no metallic tones or anything else to keep you from drinking two or three or ten.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2011 21:24:46 | More by Smixam
Photo of Floyd12


4.03/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- 1 finger of a foamy head that quickly dispated. A ring remained but left little to no lacing on the glass. The beer itself is a dark amber color slightly hazy.

S- Sweet. It has a smell so distinct you can tell it is a pumkin beer before you even taste it. No real hoppy presence but deinately a malty one.

T- PUMPKIN. This is one of the strongest pumpkin tastes I have ever gotten from a beer. It is very sweet malty with a caramel taste as well. For such a strong sweet pumpkin taste I excpect to hate it but it is really good.

M- A little watery. with a slight crisp bite Smooth and creamy with moderate carbonation.

D- A few of these go down real easy. They taste delicious but I feel too many of these and the sweetness would become overbearing. Overall this is a beer I'm gonna have to stock up to last me once they stop selling it.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2011 00:15:16 | More by Floyd12
Photo of Dadoftwogirls


3/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Blah... I had such high expectations. This beer does nothing for me personally. It doesn't have the spice, depth or character that several other Pumpkin offerings (Dogfish Head, Post Road) seem to have. I honestly cannot taste anything that gives me the feeling that pumpkin was even used. I drank three to be sure. I would drink it if it was free but if I'm spending my money... Dogfish would be what I'd buy.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2010 21:09:52 | More by Dadoftwogirls
Photo of Veillantif


3.75/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Came in a variety pack; bottle, colder than it should have been (maybe 5 C) poured into an unchilled stange glass.

A: Label, following the template of almost every SA offering, doesn't offer many clues. On the pour, decent finger of head that goes away fast; not as much retention as in, say, Boston Ale.

S: Whoa: like beer and pumpkins!

T: Meh: gimmicky. The pumpkin flavor isn't integrated too smoothly into the malt or hop ones, but rather sits on top of them, coming ahead and then giving way to them fairly abruptly. Peppery finish, however, makes sense of the whole.

M: Carbonation is fairly robust, which is a relief. Refreshing, somewhat stringent aftertaste, heavy on the nutmeg.

D: I dunno, maybe one pumpkin ale in all the world is plenty, and this one isn't it: it's not so much a pumpkin ale as it is an ale with pumpkin. It saves itself, however, by foregrounding the flavors of pumpkin pie that suit beer (nutmeg, cinnamon) and leaving behind the others (no vanilla). There are two more in my variety pack: I'm drinking one because what the hell, but I'm giving the other to my girlfriend.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2011 03:50:35 | More by Veillantif
Photo of viaingo


3.98/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Type: Pumpkin Ale
Color: Amber
Body: Lightly carbonated.
Head: White thin head that tasted amazing but quickly went away.
Taste: Lots of pumpkin and full of fall flavor. Hint of spices but not overpowering. Definitely brewed to highlight the pumpkins.
Aroma: Pumpkins with a great malty aroma.

This beer was the perfect beer to enjoy UFC 135 with. It reminded me that summer was over and fall was already here. My tip: hurry up and try this beer before it runs out (like Samuel Adams Dunlekweizen). You will be able to find it in your local beer store not your grocery store.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2011 01:58:53 | More by viaingo
Photo of biggsbowler


2.15/5  rDev -38.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Draft - At first, I liked this beer, but after a couple of sips in, I couldn’t drink it anymore. Between the nutmeg and cinnamon, it smelled pretty good. I got some pumpkin in the taste but I felt like the sweetness overpowered it. As it warmed up, it got progressively worse.

Serving type: on-tap

10-07-2011 13:15:34 | More by biggsbowler
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 dkoehler42

New York

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

Sam Adams is known for bold flavors and innovating in the market. While pumpkin beer is hardly an innovation, they certainly make a good competitor. As a craft brewer, I can relate to this by saying it's a smoother version of mine. The pumpkin taste does not hide, nor does the maltiness. It isn't a light beer, nor would I want to drink this as a session beer. The local stores are selling it a bit early in my opinion, but it just means I get it sooner.

The overall beer is definitely worth it, but not more than one or two(even with a meal). Your palate will appreciate you more if you try something else before/after this. Save it for dessert.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2011 08:13:32 | More by dkoehler42
Photo of Brideshead


3.88/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from bottle into Samuel Adams Boston Lager Glass.

Appearance: Of a darker but translucent mahogany/amber color, reminiscent of fall. I only got about a finger-width of head, with lower retention and patchy lacing.

Smell and Taste: With pumpkin and vanilla/cream, followed up by slight hops, the nose is quite nice. The taste is of slightly spiced pumpkin, with just a bit of hops. Vanilla lingers in the aftertaste. This beer doesn't overdo it with any one flavor, and so ends up being a very drinkable beer and distinctly autumnal treat.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2010 18:41:11 | More by Brideshead
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3.78/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Above average pumpkin ale which (to me) is typically of most everything from Sam Adams. Their beers are really, really good, just not great. Exactly how I feel about this pumpkin. Technically, it's splendid. The spices weren't overwhelming and they paired with the pumpkin flavor perfectly. No overwhelming bitterness nor maltiness, well balanced, easily drinkable. I guess I always feel Sam could do just a TINY bit better but still, a very very good pumpkin ale. One I could drink each fall season.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2012 19:09:00 | More by darktower
Photo of ericmunley


3.8/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this from the Dickson City Wegman's in the Sam Adams Harvest Collection Variety 12 Pack.

Poured from a bottle into a Celebrator glass. Sam Adams HPA pours a dark amber with very little head retention.

Smell is attractive, but too faint. The pumpkin and malt is what my nose is primarily picking up.

Taste is surprisingly well rounded. Good pumpkin flavor...not as strong as I would like, but still appetizing. The same malts caught in the nose catches the tongue after the pumpkin flavor subsides.

Mouthfeel might be the best part of this beer. At 5.7% it is surprisingly well rounded and thick.

Asking me about drinkability is probably a poor choice...I can generally drink a lot of everything. With the ABV being moderate, one could easily split a six pack with a buddy on a cool, fall night.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2010 19:46:09 | More by ericmunley
Samuel Adams Harvest Pumpkin Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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