Samuel Adams 20 Pounds of Pumpkin
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

Samuel Adams 20 Pounds of PumpkinSamuel Adams 20 Pounds of Pumpkin
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Pumpkin Beer
Ranked #252
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3.72 | pDev: 10.48%
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States
Samuel Adams 20 Pounds of PumpkinSamuel Adams 20 Pounds of Pumpkin
Notes: Originally used as a source of fermentable sugars in brewing, today we add pumpkin to our beer, well, because it tastes good. Roasted malts and real pumpkin - about 20 lbs of it per barrel - give this beer body and sweetness, while spices like clove, cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg warm you up on a crisp fall day.
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rapayn01 from Kentucky

3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had a bottle of this in December 2017 at a Christmas Eve party. On a night when I had more than one pumpkin beer, this one was notable for not being overly laden with spice.

May 11, 2019
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Drak-Nib from Nebraska

3.25/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This is another of the pumpkin spice hipster beers that appears seasonally, as you’d expect from the pumpkins illustration and gratuitous use of orange on the label. Hey, it’s scary movie season! When I’m photographing fall colors and watching “Ernest Scared Stupid,” I’m happy to suck down a pumpkin spice beer. This one is pretty good. There’s not as much pumpkin pie taste as others I’ve had, letting the spices show through. The taste is a bit dulled compared to other good spiced beers, but I find myself taking large mouthfuls of it, always a good sign. Or I’m dehydrated. Finish is also good. 2017/09/06

Nov 20, 2018
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Jwale73 from Rhode Island

3.27/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a deep copper/garnet hue with a hazy clarity and no head, just a thin tight white band around the shoulders. Nose expresses hints of canned pumpkin, nutmeg and other holiday spices. Taste consistent with nose; however, dull, watery and lackluster. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body (closer to light) with a mild, even carbonation. Overall, not sure of the age on this one (I suspect it's past its prime) - a little boring and unassuming.

Nov 18, 2018
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DaveMaciolek21 from New Jersey

3.1/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

There was a sweet spot with this beer where it became most flavorful--near 50 degrees. Served more chilled or less, the body is thin, the flavor somewhat weak. Catch lightning in a bottle at 50 degrees, and you've got yourself a tasty seasonal brew.

Mar 10, 2018
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KTCamm from New Jersey

3.62/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

11/17/17...pours a deep reddish brown, bright, with fast fizzy white foam. 1/4 inch layer remains. Pumpkin filled nose, nutmeg cinnamon too. Strong vanilla pumpkin based flavor. Woodsy. Burnt bitters and creamy mouthfeel.

Dec 03, 2017
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lwillitz from Wisconsin

3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12-oz bottle into nonic pub glass

A - transparent body of copper under 2 fingers khaki foam; medium/high visible carbonation

S - pumpkin & pumpkin spice

T - sweet pumpkin & spice

M - thick medium body, moderate carbonation

O - a decent pumpkin ale

Dec 02, 2017
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vette2006c5r from Minnesota

4.02/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

20 pounds of pumpkin pours dark reddish color, with a long lasting and lacing head. Big full pumpkin filled aroma. Flavor is big on pumpkin hints of nutmeg and cinnamon. Good body and feel. Overall, its a very good no frills pumpkin ale.

Nov 13, 2017
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Franziskaner from Missouri

3.43/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Amber to copper colored with a fingernail of beige on top. The aroma is of cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, nutmeg, and perhaps faint ginger. I'm tasting faint pumpkin pie spice, allspice, nutmeg, and cinnamon. The mouth is a bit muddled with all of the spicing, but is otherwise fairly quaffable.

Nov 04, 2017
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YoungMtn52 from New York

3.79/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I like this beer....has a unique sweet flavor and a smooth this as part of a Fall variety pack...will be drinking more of these over the next few weeks

Nov 03, 2017
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Trailboss76 from Virginia

3.51/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

5.7% ABV / 14 IBUs

Minimal head. Ice tea color. I think I actually do pick up a bit of the pumpkin in the aroma. A little sweetness to it. Smooth and pleasant. A fun little beer with a little something different going on.

Oct 26, 2017
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Caveworm from Ohio

4.16/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

20 Pounds Of Pumpkin | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams). Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, the head's three fingers thick and off-white , with solid lacing, and medium-light reddish amber body.

Smells like your standard fare. Nothing is overpowering.

I taste pretty much what you'd expect at this point with pumpkin brews. Cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, etc. It is, again, not too powerful with the flavors. Which is a nice change of pace compared to your average spice bombs out there.

Medium mouthfeel with mild carbonation.

Overall, I'll choose to rate 20 Pounds Of Pumpkin | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) with a 4

Oct 26, 2017
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TBDave from Florida

3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I got two bottles of this in the Sam Adams 2017 Fall Variety Pack. It tasted like a mouthful of Autumn. The pumpkin and spices gave it a real warm feeling. I wouldn’t drink it as an everyday beer. But I’d love to have a couple bottles of this in front of a wood fireplace on a cold night.

Oct 24, 2017
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SoccerSeuss from Virginia

3.08/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from 12 oz bottle into pint glass. Poured a dark amber with eggshell head. Hints of pumpkin spices and malts on the nose. Taste follows aroma with a sweet taste to the finish. Smooth, medium bodied. A decent offering.

Oct 24, 2017
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Samlover55 from New York

3.89/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into "perfect pint" glass
BB 2/2018
L-pours a dark amber with an off-white head, that just sits on the beer for awhile
S- creamy pumpkin pie, nutmeg as well
T- rich creamy pumpkin taste along with some caramel toffee, that goes down with a spicy finish
F- medium bodied, nice and creamy
Overall a solid pumpkin beer that is nicely balanced

Oct 23, 2017
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illpass78 from Maine

3.79/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. in a tankard.

Appearance: Clear amber brown with a one-finger eggshell head that dissipates quickly. Looks marzen-like.

Aroma: Pumpkin pie, spice, clove, grains, brown bread.

Taste: Follows nose. Accent on pumpkins and spice. Slightly sweet but not cloying. Bit of a cinnamon note. Nutmeg. Pumpkin is very there but not overpowering.

Mouthfeel: Pretty easy, smooth, malty beer.

Overall: Nice entry in this much maligned category. If you love pumpkin beers, you'll definitely dig it. If you like having maybe one pumpkin beer a year, this would also be a fine choice.

Oct 22, 2017
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nicholas2121 from Ohio

4.43/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

20 Pounds Of Pumpkin brewed by Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams), with an ABV of 5.70% This pumpkin Ale pours out nice light brown/copper color with a nice off white head. There is some spotty lacing to this brew, it sticks to the side of the glass well. The smell is rich with pumpkin and spices. The smell reminds me of pumpkin pie. So far this is a nice inviting brew. Now for the taste, it is Bold with spices and pumpkin. You pick up on cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and others. There is some nice grains and malts in the taste of this brew, hops are really mild for this brew. 20 Pounds Of Pumpkin, there is a lot to this brew. I like how smooth and spicy this brew is. The body is a solid medium. There is nothing overpowering about this brew, it has a super nice balance to. The mouth feel is Spicy, Pumpkin, Clean, Smooth, and Refreshing. Overall I'm giving 20 Pounds Of Pumpkin a 4.50 out of 5. I would look this brew up again giving the opportunity to. Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams), did a real nice job with this pumpkin Ale.
If you are not a fan of pumpkin Ale or pumpkin pie, this is not a brew for you.

Oct 20, 2017
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jwc215 from Arizona

3.64/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle - part of fall variety pack. Freshness date of March stamped on label:

Pours orange-tinted copper. A thin head lasts leaving some lacing.

The smell is of pumpkin pie accented with ginger, clove, light nutmeg, some cinnamon, soft, pleasant roast.

The taste is of pumpkin, ginger, clove ahead of cinnamon. Sweet, spicy with a slight roast.

A firm malt backbone gives it a fuller, smoother body than typical for style, Easier to drink than normal for style.

Oct 19, 2017
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Matthew_Phoenix from Illinois

4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pretty good. Better than others, but not mind blowing. I prefer their Fat Jack, that ones more difficult to find for me. Still had that natural pumpkin taste and fall feel that I crave. I'd have this one again if I get the chance.

Oct 09, 2017
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neenerzig from Ohio

4.12/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into one of my pint glasses, this beer pours a clear, dark amber/copper color with lots of streams of little bubbles fairly rapidly and continuously rising to the beer's surface. Has an off-white/tan head that's well over an inch thick when first poured that settles about 5 minutes after being poured to a solid 1/4 to 1/3 of an inch thick when first poured with good retention and good lacing. Aromas of toasted, somewhat bready, caramel malts along with cinnamon, nutmeg clove and certainly some pumpkin notes. The taste is pretty much the same, with a fairly sweet, bready, caramel malt taste with the aforementioned spices and a nice pumpkin note. Rounded out with a slight hop presence. Has a crisp, yet smooth and fairly frothy, medium bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Has a clean finish with a nice aftertaste. Pretty good beer all around here.


Oct 09, 2017
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StoutHunter from Michigan

3.59/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a bottle of Samuel Adam's 20 Pounds Of Pumpkin in their newest fall Variety pack. Since It's almost October I think It's time to try my first new Pumpkin beer of the year, so lets see how it goes. 2017 Vintage. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a imperial pint glass.

A- The label looks good, it goes well with the beer and it's a little eye catching. It poured a darker red color that didn't really change when held to the light and it had a little over a half a fingers worth of bubbly and slightly creamy tan head that died down to a thin ring that eventually faded away and it left some spotty lacing behind. This is a nice looking beer, but I wish the head and lacing were better.

S= The aroma starts out with a lower amount of high sweetness with the spices being the first to show up and they impart a typical pumpkin pie spice aroma with some nutmeg and cinnamon showing up and that goes into the pumpkin which is pretty noticeable and it imparts some natural pumpkin like aromas. Up next comes a little more spices and that goes into the malts which impart some caramel, caramel malt, sweet malt and slightly dark fruit like aromas with a little bit of doughy yeast showing up in the background. This beer has a pretty nice aroma, it's what I would expect from the style.

T= The taste seems to be pretty similar to the aroma and it starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness with the spices still being the first to show up and they impart all the same aspects that they did in the aroma, but they are just a little lighter this time and it goes right into the pumpkin which is also just a little lighter, but it imparts all the same nice aspects that it did in the aroma. Up next comes a little bit of doughy yeast and that goes into the malts which impart all the same aspects that they did in the aroma, but not dark fruits and there's a little bit of a bread crust flavor taking it's place and there's just a light slightly watery flavor towards the end. On the finish there's a very light amount of bitterness with just a little more sweetness and it had spicy, malty and pumpkin like aftertaste. This is a nice tasting beer and it's what I've come to expect from this style, but it's just a little rough around the edges.

M- Smooth, fairly crisp, slightly clean, on the light side of being medium bodied with a slightly higher amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is pretty nice and it works well with this beer.

Overall I thought this was a nice beer and it's a solid example of the style, it's pretty standard for the style and it had all the aspects that I look for, but I did think this one had a little bit more of those natural pumpkin flavors than most examples of the style and it never got to be too dominated by the spices. This beer had nice drinkability, I could drink a couple, but I think that would be my limit. What I like the most about this beer is the aroma and the mouthfeel, they are both good and they are the highlights of this beer. What I like the least about this beer is the taste and appearance, they both could use a little work and they made this beer just a little rough around the edges. I might buy this beer on it's own if I was looking for a solid Pumpkin beer and I would recommend it to anyone else looking for the same. All in all I liked this beer, but I didn't love it and I think with just a little more work this could be a pretty good beer, i can tell it has potential. It's not a favorite Sam Adams beer and it's a solid example of the style. Nice job guys, this is a solid Pumpkin Ale, keep it up.

Sep 29, 2017
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JerzDevl2000 from New Jersey

3.44/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up last autumn as part of the Beers of Fall pack. This ended up in the back of my fridge for a few months and I finally got around to it tonight. Sure, the name sounds gimmicky but in the end, this was just a pumpkin and spice bomb that was just a step above that, even if it was too one-dimensional to fully enjoy...

Not a bad pour to this, as the liquid was a deep pumpkin with some mahogany thrown in for good measure. Not a bad head on this with some spotty lacing left behind for good measure. Plenty of pumpkin, vanilla, cinnamon, and allspice in the nose with more of those in the taste for good measure. Somewhat spicy, there was some cream here to smooth things out while adding some sweetness in at the same time. A fair amount of carbonation kept things light while scrubbing the flavors clean between each sip. This almost felt like a fermented gourd, but the spice was toned down a bit too much to give that impression off!

Thankfully, this wasn't a strong beer as the amount of alcohol was relatively mild. Notched in February, this still tasted fresh nearly 4 months after being released. While not the first seasonal of Pumpkin Ale that I'd reach for, one of these would be fine to reach for on a crisp autumn day. It just needs more pumpkin pie and sweetness to get to the next level!

Sep 29, 2017
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puck1225 from Texas

3.77/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

For a pumpkin ale, this is not bad. Aim generally not a fan of pumpkin beer, but I liked this one - not too pumpkiny! Poured a nice head on a clear brown body. Sort of a fruity smell with a cola taste with a bit of pumpkin and nutmeg. Good with tonight's soup.

Sep 27, 2017
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.64/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a becher pint glass.
The appearance was a light mahogany to dark orange sort of color with a quickly fizzing little white foamy head that didn't leave any lace.
The aroma had some sweet pumpkin with a delicate roasty note to it. Then some heavy allspice and ginger. Light cinnamon came in and around the edges to round it all out.
The flavor was moderately sweet with an ample amount of spice trying to come in for a slight balance. Aftertaste was moderately sweet and tried to bring in the spice for an ample balance.
The mouthfeel was somewhat harsh with the spices actually pulling down any sort of possible cloying qualities - yes - nonexistent because of the high level of spices. Carbonation did feel fine in this beer. ABV felt appropriate.
Overall, I didn't mind this one for me since I like spicy beers, but pumpkin ale fans that want more balance between the sweet and the spice, this is one you might want to skip.

Sep 24, 2017
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Troy-Hawaii from Hawaii

3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Part of a variety 12-pack $13.99 Safeway
Previously reviewed and not sure what happened to my review so going by memory
Golden orange color
If you didn't tell me this was pumpkin beer I wouldn't have known.
I guess I associate pumpkin with pumpkin spice, which this beer lacks so I was disappointed. Would not buy again.

Sep 24, 2017
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detgfrsh from Texas

3.81/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle marked best by January. Pours a reddish-brown color with a lacing of bubbles. Smells of bready malt and spices. Fairly light in body, but a little sticky at the end. Tastes of roasted malt and spices with a little bit of pumpkin. Not as much pumpkin as I expected given the name. It's a lot like a Winter Warmer.

Sep 23, 2017
Samuel Adams 20 Pounds of Pumpkin from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 310 ratings