Harvest Time Pumpkin Ale | Big Boss Brewing

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Harvest Time Pumpkin AleHarvest Time Pumpkin Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Big Boss Brewing
North Carolina, United States
bigbossbrewing.com

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
This is a Subtly Spiced Fall ale Brewed with Real Pumpkin that will evoke memories of holidays and family. It is brewed with our own proprietary blend of spices that will make this one of the best recieved pumpkin ales available.

Added by blackie on 10-05-2007

BEER STATS
Ratings:
208
Reviews:
74
Avg:
3.71
pDev:
13.75%
 
 
Wants:
12
Gots:
25
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 208 |  Reviews: 74
Photo of B_ryceYoung
1.12/5  rDev -69.8%

Photo of velopack
1.96/5  rDev -47.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Extremely strong pumpkin aftertatse, overwhelming, really.

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Photo of fredmugs
2.5/5  rDev -32.6%

Photo of womencantsail
2.56/5  rDev -31%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks for sharing this, Bobby.

A: The beer pours a cloudy brown color with just a small off-white head.

S: It's slightly acidic on the nose before the spices come into play. Plenty of cinnamon and nutmeg, perhaps a hint of vanilla. There are some definite green apple and apple cider notes along with a light bread aroma.

T: Starts off with sweet malt and bread notes. Some good spiciness of nutmeg and cinnamon. There is a mild toasted malt flavor as well as some hints of fruits and a light tartness.

M: Medium bodied with low to medium carbonation.

O: Reminiscent of my failed/infected pumpkin homebrew a couple years ago.

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Photo of TheKingofWichita
2.65/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a deep orange color with a yellowish head with a little lacing. Smells of pumpkin pie, nutmeg, malt, and a little cinnamon. Tastes of pumpkin spice, allspice, nutmeg, malts, and some cinnamon in the background. Mouthfeel is pretty average. Drinkability was as well.

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Photo of ghowehattrick
2.75/5  rDev -25.9%

Photo of hman43
2.84/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Look: It pours light amber with an off white head.

Smell: It has aromas of pumpkin, cinnamon, herbs, some bread, and nutmeg.

Taste: It has a strong pumpkin flavor with herbs, floral elements, cinnamon, nutmeg, and other spices.

Feel: It has a light moderate feel, with a slight bitter sweet kick on the palate and a semi dry finish.

Overall: It's a decent pumpkin ale that has less complexity of flavors and aromas compare to other pumpkin ales.

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Photo of Stoutwhisperer
2.96/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nice local NC effort; however, I can't imagine drinking another one of these. It wasn't bad, but if you want to drink a pumpkin beer, there are better pumpkin beers out in the market. Find those and drink them.

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Photo of seydou
2.99/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured out of a bottle. Almost no head and what was there disappeared. Don't see carbonation. Hazy, tan-reddish.

Smells great, spicy, outdoorsy, not like pumpkin at all. (Sometimes you get that whiff of sweetness).

The smells is just like the front of the mouth taste -- maybe like a packet of instant spices to make a pumpkin pie. It's warm and lingers. This is unusual for a pumpkin beer. I can't describe any of the flavors really well, but it's got a pine-y bite to it, fall like. I honestly can't decide if I like it or not.

Through a bottle, I get tired of the really blatant spice overtones, whatever they are. Not a favorite.

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Photo of gr8zehaman
3/5  rDev -19.1%

Photo of jaswilson2
3/5  rDev -19.1%

Photo of JohnnyK
3/5  rDev -19.1%

Photo of Shandycan
3/5  rDev -19.1%

Photo of yaksurf
3/5  rDev -19.1%

Photo of mattafett
3/5  rDev -19.1%

Photo of Sogama
3/5  rDev -19.1%

Decent pumpkin

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Photo of DuffDaddy
3/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

six pack from Winston-Salem Total Wine. Mild spices, but a good ale.

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Photo of KajII
3.02/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

[Suggested Glassware: Lager Glass]

The pour was a clear medium burnt orange with an average (1-2 finger) white fizzy head that was mostly diminishing, reducing to a light film and small collar with fair spotty lacing.

The aroma was of a light bread malt and a mild doughy yeast with notes of pumpkin, nutmeg, brown sugar, clove and a bit of cinnamon.

The taste was sort of thin with a light brown sugar sweetness and a malty pumpkin flavor early on, then became infused with a mild dose of spices and had a slight astringent taste towards the finish. The flavor was short lived, fading almost immediately after the swallow and leaving nothing behind.

Mouthfeel was light in body and watery in texture with a lively carbonation.

Overall this was like drinking a “Light” Pumpkin Ale, if there is such a thing. It did however possess a decent drinkability and a nice refreshing taste...

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Photo of mbfolk
3.04/5  rDev -18.1%

Photo of oberon
3.08/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottled on August 11th 2010.Poured into a standard pint glass a dull slight hazed copper color with a thinner whine head that did not las for long.Very muted aromas,hints of cardamom,and clove,but they are faint,really faint.Much lighter flavor profile than expected,spices that include cardamom,ginger,and clove make the most presence but again they are really light,the fresh pumpkin flavors trickle in a little as the beer warms.I had higher expectations from the beer,I was left very dissapointed.

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Photo of KalH
3.1/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Received Harvest Time as part of a trade I did not too long ago. I had been interested in trying out as many pumpkin ales as I could get my hands on and this happened to be one of those I wanted to try specifically.

The pour was a murky orange-brown with very little head. Upon smelling the brew, pumpkin spice and nutmeg became very present. I was a little surprised by how quickly the smell dissipated though.
After taking the first sip, I noticed that there was little carbonation to this beer and that it had a thin taste and body to it. Was not as complex as I thought it would be. The taste matched the smell, with the main spice kick it delivered in the front and mid palette. Slight foamy lacing appeared as well.
I will say though that this beer has a nice, clean finish and is certainly drinkable, but its not anything special when it comes to pumpkin ales. I was a little disappointed by it, but overall not a bad beer.

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Photo of GTJayG
3.23/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Damian74
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of Kegatron
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a fairly clear copper (although there are some light suspended solids present), with roughly a finger of eggshell-white head. Rich enough looking flareup on this, which leaves back a cascade of spotty foam. The aroma is even parts fall spices and green pumpkin meat. A touch of sweetness trails off in the back of the nose.

The spices are a little more subtle feeling here in the taste than it was in the aroma, with this time more malt sweetness coming out and holding it's own with the pumpkin flavor. There's a touch of balancing earthy hops here, while lingering spice and grit hang around in the finish for a while. The mouthfeel is lighter bodied, with a gentle creaminess to the carbonation but this mostly has a thin (and in a few spots watery) feel at times.

You know for a Pumpkin Ale, the overall flavor of this wasn't bad at all. It's just unfortunate that the beer gets betrayed by such a weak and disappointing mouthfeel. I'd maybe be willing to check this out again on draft at some point.

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Photo of Renegawam
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

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