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

Samuel Adams Harvest Pumpkin AleSamuel Adams Harvest Pumpkin Ale
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Pumpkin Beer
Ranked #372
Ranked #47,417
3.49 | pDev: 15.76%
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States
Samuel Adams Harvest Pumpkin AleSamuel Adams Harvest Pumpkin Ale
Notes: Brought back in 2010
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chinchill from South Carolina

3.86/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle of "Pumpkin Ale": shortened name but same 5.7% ABV. BB date notched March 2019.
Pours with a good looking dark copper body and a white head.
This is a good version of a pumpkin spice ale, with moderate spicing, a clean malty base and a smooth body.

Oct 18, 2018
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JimboBrews54 from Michigan

4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This goes a long with the October theme, of course this makes a great brew when the leaves are falling. A different variety to the Oktoberfests. This one has variations of sweet and bitter. This one seems to a bit crisper than the others but still has a sweet finish.

Oct 17, 2018
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.05/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a becher pint glass, the appearance was a copper color with a finger's worth of white foamy head that slid off at a moderate pace. Slight lace ran here and there.
The aroma had some pumpkin/butternut squash sweetness running into some ginger and allspice. Light biscuits and honey and a touch of earthiness.
The flavor was moderately sweet through the pumpkin/butternut squash to honey and biscuit arrangement. Slight ginger in the aftertaste and a light dose of white pepper.
The mouthfeel was between light and medium bodied with a decent sessionability about it. Carbonation felt fine. ABV felt appropriate. Not much of a finish, but seemed slightly sweet.
Overall, nothing really special as a pumpkin ale. They brew some better ones and there's better ones on the market.

Sep 24, 2017
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60sFolks from Texas

4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

this is a great beer just tried it for the first time today. I drink a bomber of this Brew

That color is very coppery.

The body is very very light for such a specialty beer.

It has a very good taste but I would not call it pumpkin it is something more like a butternut squash if you want to use something from the Squash Family.

Dec 31, 2016
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Benjolovesbeer from Michigan

1.17/5  rDev -66.5%
look: 1 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Very little pumpkin taste, goldish orange color with a strong Sam Adams taste as is strong in nearly every Sam Adams beer. The only pumpkin beer worse than this is Linenkugel Pumpkin Shandy. Glad I only bought 1 as it was a huge disappointment. It also smelled like stale Sam Adams with hints of pumpkin and cinnamon. I strongly advise not getting this beer.

Nov 09, 2016
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StonewallSipper from Pennsylvania

3.16/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I bought a Sam Adams at the craft store,.... hmmmm,. Color is nice, typical dark pumpkin, aroma is kind of medicinal, taste is light, not very tasty, bland, overall one of the worst pumpkin beers I have ever tasted.

Sep 21, 2016
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mbrando33 from California

3.07/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

Definitely not one of the better Pumpkin ales. I'd say it's one of the worst I've had, right up there with Blue Moon's version, though not quite that bad. There is almost no pumpkin taste at all and very little pumpkin scent. Skip this one and just buy their Octoberfest, which is a must better beer probably sold at the same store.

Aug 13, 2016
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Bierliebhaber3 from Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This ale pours a dark brownish amber color with a medium off white head. The smell like most pumpkin beers is strongly of pumpkin and allspice. This is medium to light bodied. The flavor is a little malty with fairly heavy spice notes and some very significant, but not overwhelming pumpkin flavor. The finish is a little sweet. I am a fan of pumpkin beers, but I think that it is very easy to over or under do the pumpkin flavor (mostly the former). This ale walks the line nicely though I would say it is definitely leaning toward the overdone side. I would even call it one of the better, though definitely not the best, pumpkin beers I’ve ever had. Admittedly I haven’t had many of the higher rated pumpkin beers though. It’s a good addition to the fall variety pack.

Jun 11, 2016
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

2.5/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Doesn't look like that orange pumpkin color, nor does the aroma really smell like pumpkin.

Taste has more coriander and cinammon that pumpkin too. Too much spice rack that isn't stuff used in pumpkin pie. Other than that, nothing tastes off, just misplaced, like where is the pumpkin? You had one job. . .

I guess this is for people who want a pumpkin ale, but want to barely be able to tell there is pumpkin in it.

Feb 06, 2016
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SamAdams1996 from Missouri

2.15/5  rDev -38.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 5 | overall: 1.5

This beer DOES NOT taste like pumpkin do not be fooled it tasted like plain Ale. If you can get this beer down it can give you a decent buzz pretty quick it has 5.10 alcohol in it overall it's good for a buzz. If you like ale then you will like it.

Jan 09, 2016
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Sabtos from Ohio

2.93/5  rDev -16%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I really don't get why people like pumpkin ales so much, but most especially ones like this that are watery light and barely delivering much of any flavor. At least it's not a spice bomb.

Dec 24, 2015
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Lahoi from Kentucky

3.74/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I was very pleasantly surprised by this beer. My expectations weren't very high, but maybe that helpd lead to a great experience. I didn't sense any pumpkin until the finish. But when it did hit it was an almost perfect blend. Nothing too intense, which was a good thing. Lots of spice throughout. A very enjoyable winter beer.

Nov 26, 2015
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ordybill from Georgia

4.31/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. The beer is a nicest clear amber color with a small off-white head. The flavor has a nice minimal pumpkin flavor that is equal to the aroma. An outstanding pumpkin ale.

Nov 07, 2015
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RJLarse from Washington

4.07/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Part of a fall sampler 12 pack. 3 bottles of four different beers. Poured in to a pint glass.

Pours a garnet red color, some chill haze, with a frothy egg shell white head.

Smell is sweet with a faint aroma of pumpkin spices.

Taste is also a sweet spice flavor. Pumpkin is there, but also cloves and allspice.

Mouthfeel is very smooth and creamy, but not cloying.

Overall a very nice pumpkin ale. I wouldn't care to have a lot of it, but it is very good.

Nov 02, 2015
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Nyg from New York

3.3/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Over kill on the spices. Sam's is hit or miss. Some are great this one imo isn't. I don't know how this beer needs a novel like review like some I've read. It's just an ok seasonal beer put out with the rest of the pumpkin season hype.

Oct 31, 2015
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SitkaSteve from Idaho

3.43/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This was poured into a pint glass.
The appearance was a ruddy semi-burnt orange color with some transparency to it. Light carbonation could be seen rising to feed a slim white little head. Moderate lacing was left in the wake of the head and slid right on into the beer.
The smell, well, it was pumpkin, but something about it, seemed not like other pumpkin ales I've had. Sure, the spices (mainly just the ginger, but some allspice) were there, but just something else other than pumpkin, was it sweet potato or squash, oh I don't know for sure, some kind of vegetative sort of something going on that I didn't know.
The taste was pretty much the same, that weird pumpkin-esque to maybe squash or sweet potato thing going on, so the sweetness is there along with the spices to boot in a fair manner.
The mouthfeel was about light bodied with a fair crisp and spicy sessionable feel to it. Carbonation seemed to hit fine.
Overall, so I'm not sure if I liked that vegetative/pumpkin-esque/maybe squash or sweet potato thing, but this isn't bad. For all I know that could have been artificial, well, it its artificial, that's not a bad artificial taste, hell, I think I could have again, but maybe not in large doses.

Oct 31, 2015
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stakem from Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a sam adams perfect pint glass. The brew appears a dark chesnut amber with beautiful clarity and a tan cap that fades leaving spotty lace.

Aroma has dark toffee malt and a slight vegetative pumpkin feel with slight spice like earthy nutmeg. Almost a darker sweetness of molasses is noticed with caramel too.

Taste carries much of the same profile as the nose with a malty sweetness upfront accenting that vegetative pumpkin character and earthy spice like nutmeg and faint cinnamon. The aftertaste is mostly vegetative and a dryness with spices. Its not over the top but its noticeable as a leading trait.

This is medium bodied and modestly carbonated. An enjoyable pumpkin offering where you can actually taste the pumpkin flavor and not just the spices typically associated with it. Nicely executed.

Oct 29, 2015
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Troy-Hawaii from Hawaii

3.75/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Part of a 12 -pack variety. Dark orange color, subtle pumpkin taste, overall a great beer. The pumpkin taste is not overwhelming which makes this beer something that you could drink all year and not think of it as just a fall beer.

Oct 25, 2015
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Libeertarian from Montana

3.8/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Clear, somewhere between hot pink and ruby, quite stunning. Head is sandy. Low to medium retention. Pumpkin and spice aroma, obviously. But kind of tart-smelling. Similar tasting. The pumkin spice goes a long away and melds well with minimal amount of herbal hops. One of the better basic pumpkin ales out there, I'd say. Fuller end of medium with moderate level of fine carbonation. Velvety.

Oct 24, 2015
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VABA from Virginia

3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a hazy dark amber color with a slight head and lacing
A-Aroma has slight pumpkin and spice hints
T-The taste follows the nose with a slight pumpkin and spice flavor
M-A medium bodied decently carbonated beer
O-A decent Pumpkin beer

Sep 24, 2015
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Strat58cat from California

3.71/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Boston Beer Company, the maker of Samuel Adams brand beers, Twisted Tea, Angry Orchard, Angel City and more is completely insane. They are stark raving mad. It's one thing for the local brew pub to come out with a crack-pot brew that the staff liked at the Oktoberfest party. It's quite another thing for a large public corporation to do the exact same thing. Boston Beer Company is crazier than a June bug in January. How do I know? I drank their Harvest Pumpkin Ale.

Harvest Pumpkin Ale is very deeply orange in color in the ambient evening lighting of my house. It's almost brown, but they managed to keep enough red in the mix to generate an appropriately orange tint. This is a dark malty ale, suggesting that it's full of the good stuff and the strong grain flavors that are only found in such dark brews. The head foams up solidly, a tan color, retains, and laces. This beer, with it's lasting head of foam and it's dark orange pumpkin vibe, is pure eye candy.

The aroma of this beer lets you know this is going to be a challenge. The malt is clear and present, blending with grassy hops and a giant helping of pumpkin and pumpkin pie spices. Pure lunacy. It doesn't smell like a beer. It smells like a pumpkin pie.

I don't eat pumpkin pie. Actually, I hate pumpkin pie, but it's the unpleasant texture not the taste. That's a good thing because I got three of these in my Fall Variety Pack and these ales are a beer glass of pumpkin pie. The hops blend with the pumpkin and pumpkin pie spices to create a seamlessly festive holiday pie feel. Now as we get on towards October, this pumpkin ale really brings on that Halloween feeling. It's a heck of a lot better than eating an actual pumpkin pie.

The feel of this ale is extremely substantial. The last thing to realize about this ale is also the first thing: it's way, way, way out there in the wild blue yonder. In a world of white bread and dumbed-down everything, this is a very big ale. Recently I've been reading about the health benefits of beer - which are huge with craft brews incidentally, covering everything from anti-oxidants to folic acid. Is this a great world or what? So then, the nutritional value of this ale must be enough to last a week. It seems like you could eat it with a knife and fork. Sure, one of the Bros says one is enough. It's very filling. After one, you're full.

Never stop being out there on the lunatic fringe, BBC. If your uncle says they like something, and it's a hit at the holiday party, we expect national distribution within months.

Sep 24, 2015
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K-Dog from Michigan

4.21/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Was kind of upset that I had to buy the 12 pack to get this thus year since they released sasion Pumkin in six packs and I'm not a sasion fan. That said I look forward to this every fall. One of my favorite pumpkin beers.

Sep 17, 2015
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rockclimberscott1 from Colorado

3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A reddish orangy pour with a decent head. Smells like pumpkin cinnamon. Taste is slightly sweet and tarty. Pumpkin flavor is there but also cinnamon, nutmeg and clove. A decent feel, balanced carbonation.

All in all not a bad beer but not great. Slightly above average pumpkin ale.

Sep 17, 2015
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Wer34truh from Minnesota

3.88/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Normally I try to avoid pretty much anything labeled as pumpkin, whether it's beer or otherwise. But this beer really worked for me. Particularly because, despite the label, it was unexpectedly hoppy with a relatively subtle pumpkin aftertaste, which I found quite pleasant.

I am a little bit sorry that this is trying to be such a distinct fall beer, since I would love having this on a warm summer day. Great feel, and a subtle, yet distinct flavor.

Sep 12, 2015
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markjanderson86 from New Jersey

2.97/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle from a variety pack, poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Started with a orange colored foam that dissipated quickly. Almost no lacing to be seen. The beer itself has a reddish-brown color. No haze at all.

Nose: Definitely some pumpkin in there. Sweet malts as well. Light autumn spices as well.

Taste: Very light hops on the tip of the tongue, very malty. The pumpkin flavor is lighter here then in some similar beers by competitors, which is a good thing. It's enough to add something different without overwhelming the beer.

Mouthfeel: A fizz on the tip of the tongue, but that might also be from the spices, medium body.

Overall: It's ok. I wouldn't want more than a couple of these a year.

Sep 12, 2015
Samuel Adams Harvest Pumpkin Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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