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Harvest Time Pumpkin Ale | Big Boss Brewing

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Harvest Time Pumpkin AleHarvest Time Pumpkin Ale
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3.74/5
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209 Ratings
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
Ranking:
#23,694
Reviews:
75
Ratings:
209
pDev:
13.64%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
12
Gots:
26
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 209 |  Reviews: 75
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3.92/5  rDev +4.8%

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4/5  rDev +7%

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3.8/5  rDev +1.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

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4/5  rDev +7%

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3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

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4.21/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle -> Wine Glass
A: Hazy dark amber / iced tea-colored, 1/2" slightly off white head, stumpy lacing.
S: Apple cider, cinnamon, pumpkin, brandy.
T: Cinnamon, apple, pumpkin, over-ripe fruit, sweet potato, clove, baked bread crust, malty undertones.
M: Good CO2, medium-full bodied with a lingering baked goods flavor.
O Delicious concoction of multiple spices and fruits. I've enjoyed this beer over the past two years around this time - awaiting its release in Sept this year. It really stands out for me because it is complex and has a wicked over-ripe fruit / banana flavor which I find interesting and enjoyable. This beer reminds me of baked pies - especially apple and pumpkin. Good times.

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3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

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2.99/5  rDev -20.1%
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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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

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3/5  rDev -19.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.87/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a crystal clear, dark, caramel coloring with a ton of carbonation action and no head. Aromas of pumpkin, sweet potato, cinnamon, nutmeg, brown sugar, and baked bread characteristics. Smells delicious! Flavors are smooth and richly sweet, with a baked bread feel throughout. Pumpkin, hints of vanilla, and roasted notes, with a dash of cinnamon and nutmeg. Solid, balanced, and drinkable. Smooth, light bodied, delivering through to a pumpkin pie aftertaste. The finish is slightly effervesced, but ultimately crisp and clean, with a slightly sweet and spiced linger. Light enough to drink in numbers.

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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.47/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle.

Pours with a copper colored body topped by a durable off-white head.

Aroma: an over-spiced pumpkin ale?

Flavor: the spicing is neither subtle nor over-powering, although the spices are stronger than I'd prefer and linger on in the aftertaste.

Medium body and lively, medium-high carbonation.

Overall: recommended for fans of spiced pumpkin ales.

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3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a crystal clear medium burnt orange in color with some light amounts of gentle visible carbonation along the surface of the beer and some amber highlights. The beer has a half finger tall foamy light beige head that quickly reduces to a medium sized patch of very thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of pumpkin pie spices (nutmeg and clove) with some more subtle aromas of pumpkin and sweet toasted malts.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavor of toasted malts with some light amounts of grainy sweetness. That is followed by light flavors of pumpkin and moderate flavors of pumpkin pie spices (nutmeg dominates with lighter amounts of clove) in the finish.

M: Medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation.

O: Easy enough to drink but I would appreciate a better blend of spices that is not so nutmeg centric. The alcohol is well hidden and you can actually taste the pumpkin.

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3/5  rDev -19.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Harvest Time Pumpkin Ale from Big Boss Brewing
Beer rating: 3.74 out of 5 with 209 ratings
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