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

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Samuel Adams Harvest Pumpkin AleSamuel Adams Harvest Pumpkin Ale

Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.70%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brought back in 2010

Added by Kegatron on 11-10-2008

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Photo of WoostaBia
3.98/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.97/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pumpkin beers are an odd lot. Most are just spiced ales, although some do use the actual fruit in the mash. Regardless, many of them seem way overdone, while others barely taste or smell of "pumpkin" at all. In fact, what we're really talking about here are pumpkin pie spices: cinnamon, ginger, allspice, and nutmeg. That said, what I want out of a pumpkin beer is a beer that smells fairly strongly of those spices, and offers a bit of their flavors, but which is also it's own beer underneath. I don't care if it's golden and light (might be an interesting change), or toasty and caramelish (as most are).

Samuel Adams Harvest Pumpkin Ale is of the deep-copper colored, caramelish and toasty variety. Fortunately they've kept it in check and it's not overly malty (and filling). The spices are bright in the nose, and a little bit softer in the flavor. The cinnamon is clear, the allspice is present, and the ginger and nutmeg can be found here and there. They work well with the malt, and provide a bit of balance (the bitterness level is clearly dialed back a touch to compensate for them). It's well-balanced, and highly drinkable.

As far as pumpkin beers go, I could easily enjoy two of these in a row, and possibly a third before I became 'over-spiced' myself. Nicely done!

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Photo of bucklemyshoe
3.97/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Pint glass.

A: Copper-colored; a finger of dirty white head.

S: Enticing fresh pumpkin, cinammon, allspice, and ginger.

T: Tangy and peppery; pumpkin, cloves, and cinammon.

M: Medium-light thickness and a little slick.

O: It's one of the best pumpkin ales around.

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Photo of Clydesdale
3.97/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark, clear crimson-amber color. The medium-sized, amber-colored head has a moderately creamy texture. Retention is average, but some stripes of lace do stick pretty nicely to the glass.

S: Crystal malt notes bring to mind caramel and light toffee. Firm pumpkin notes are joined by a modest spice profile that includes nutmeg, cinnamon, and ginger. Hops are lightly leafy, but barely noticeable.

T: A rock-solid malt base, with equal parts pale and caramel malt. Sweet, but not cloying in the least. An authentic, squashy pumpkin character is the focus of this beer. It is complemented nicely by spices: mostly nutmeg, with light ginger and cinnamon notes. A light leafy hop bite provides some balance.

M: Medium-full body. Carbonation is medium. A bit of stickiness mid-sip fades into a surprisingly dry finish.

D: Better than many other pumpkin ales. Accessible and, thankfully, not overly spiced. A welcome fall release from Sam Adams and a pleasant brew on this mild October evening.

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Photo of viaingo
3.97/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

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Photo of OhYesILoveBeer
3.97/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

SA's Harvest Pumpkin Ale 2011. Had this last year, loved it, and bought 6 Harvest packs and saved the pumpkins and the Dunkel's... Not too sure why SA dropped the Dunkel, I think it would make a great standard to them.

Pours a dark brown with a 1" bone white head, that settles down to a thin lace across the top of the brew. Smells of the typical pumpkin pie spice, along with a good squash note.

Tastes just like last years, very subtle, nothing over the top. A damn good pumpkin ale that is worth seeking out. When I mean everything is subtle i mean EVERYTHING. Nothing is overdone in this pumpkin ale, and is a great representation of the original style.

Mouthfeel is somewhat thick, with a pleasant coating feel.

Overall, I loved it last year, and I love it this year. Don't get me wrong, its no Pumpking, but this is a damn fine pumpkin ale that could hold its own any day among all the others. I would rate this as my 4th favorite pumpkin ale to date. I'm not sure why the bros rated it so low, but don't take their opinion, make your own!

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Photo of raznug
3.97/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: This beer pours a deep amber or a light garnet color and is topped with ½” of white head that dissipates rather quickly.
Smell: The beer smells of pumpkins and pumpkin pie spices.
Taste: This pumpkin ale has a tasty base to it but it is complimented by the spices that really make for a delicious easy drinking brew.
Mouthfeel: This medium bodied brew is easy to drink and has very tasty flavor that is dominated by the spices.

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Photo of auchickie
3.96/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of Beerma
3.96/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

good pumpkin beer. Not the best but would enjoy a 6 easily! Not too strong either!

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Photo of Joe_Grizzly
3.96/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

picked up a 12 pack because I love pumpkin beer

I usually stay away from the Sammy's because a lot of them taste the same to me

the color on this is cool like a dark reddish root beer

has some good lacing and nice carbonation

nice nutmeg cinnamon finish with some wheat-ness

doesn't have a metallic taste like some pumpkin beers do I liked this better then the
smutty nose little thicker and darker

it doesn't over do the spices like some of the pumpkin beers do

I could drink this one all winter/fall

so long shipyard pumpkin head

if you like pumpkin beer or Sam overall get some you won't be dissappointed

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Photo of Myboymi
3.96/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of Doomcifer
3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear amber/copper color with a nice head. Little retention. Smells of bready malts, pumpkin and spice...faint spicy hop aroma. Taste follows the aroma..Pumpkin, grains, nutmeg/allspice finish, spicy noble hops. Nice body, not overly carbonated, crisp finish. This is one of the better pumpkin beers that I have tried. Not usually a huge fan but this is good stuff. I wouldnt call any pumpkin ales very drinkable but this ranks up there.

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Photo of Gmann
3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear, beautiful caramel/copper color with a somewhat dense khaki colored head that settles into a light cap. Very nice pumpkin spice aroma; allspice, nutmeg and cinnamon all present. There is some brown sugar and actual pumpkin scents as well. Not overly spicy, has a solid earthy aroma. Taste is like a pumpkin pie and by that I mean it actually has pumpkin flavor do it to go with the spice. It is not a spicy amber ale. With that said, the flavor is of an earthy pumpkin/gourd flavor with brown sugar & caramel sweetness. The spice profile is not very strong; allspice seems to standout and some nutmeg. The malt has a very light lemony flavor. The beer has a moderate body with soft carbonation which gives it a smooth feel; mostly sweet but finishes with a slight lemon tartness. Good balance. This is a very nice pumpkin ale. Extremely balanced, not too spicy, noticable pumpkin flavor, smooth feel, quite good. Lets hope this one sticks around.

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Photo of u2carew
3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz longneck
A) Pours with a finger thick head then settles quickly. Clear, amber colored body. Minimal lacing on the drink down.
S) Spices - nutmeg, cinnamon. Pumpkin.
T) Spicy pumpkin. Malty notes. Hints of toffee. Molasses. A lingering grainy and spices aftertaste.
M) Medium light body. Dry. Slight metallic feel.
O) A well crafted pumpkin / harvest seasonal brew. I'd definitely drink another.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I poured into a pint glass to two fingers of tan head. This beer is reddish orange in color. The aroma is pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, the usual suspects. The taste follows the aroma very nicely. Neither the aroma nor the flavor are overpowering in any way. It just has a solid pumpkin feel to it. The mouthfeel is a little gritty. This is a perfect beer for a cool autumn day and a great way to start my week off.

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Photo of IPAkindaguy
3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought the Harvest Collection pack just for these 2 bottles. I wasnt disappointed. Very full bodied beer with a great autumn feel to it. Strong with cinnamon, nutmeg and all spice flavors in the back of your mouth with a crisp refreshing taste. Mouthfeel wasnt to dominating with these flavors and had a smooth feel to it. Drinkability is very good only if would comei in a 6 pack and i dont get 2 bottles per 12.

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Photo of KELPAK
3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pleased to see that Sam Adams decided to release in six packs.

Refreshing pumpkin taste without any of the added spices that usually make up a pumkin ale or lager. The beer stays true to its form and is genuinly enjoyable. It seemed to do better than most pumpkins on the shelves but that is in part due to its name brand.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.

What better way to celebrate the lovely, cooler weather than with a new (to me, anyway) pumpkin beer? This one pours a clear dark tawny-russet topped by a finger of copper-tinged tan foam. The nose comprises toffee, nutmeg, cinnamon, light cocoa, mandarin orange syrup, and a touch of dark wheat. The taste holds notes of lightly toasted caramel, mandarin orange syrup, brown sugar, cinnamon, light clove, light toasted pumpkin seeds, and a good amount of wheat. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a slightly watery feel. Overall, a very solid pumpkin beer, one that doesn't overdo the spice and goes down easily.

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Photo of McAfee85
3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jadpsu
3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours atrue amber with a small light tan head that only has (at best) average retention but better than average side glass lacing.
Aroma: No doubt about it, you get the spicy pumkin along with some sweet malts. But for the pumpkin there is not much else.
Fizzy, with a dry bite (good).
I'm not big on pumpkin (just ok). This one is good still (for me) not a session beer. A little pumpkin as a change of pace is fine but not for a full session.

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Photo of setexascustoms
3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle into a SA Perfect Pint

A- Beautiful clear reddish orange. Half inch of creamy light tan head that fades quickly, but the lacing has a lot of stick.

S- I know everyone says this, but I do get the pumpkin pie, although on the spicy side dominated by cinnamon.

T- The taste changes thing up to me, now dominated by nutmeg. The pumpkin doesn't really come in 'til near the finish. A little sweet with a slight smokiness, I like it.

M- Good medium body, prickly carbonation which I could do with a little less of.

O- I love this beer. If you've read my other reviews, all four of them ;) you know my experiences are limited. Again, this is the only pumpkin ale I've had. I do look forward to trying more, but I don't really miss the pumpkin like a lot of you do. On the other hand I'm not a huge fan of pumpkin pie. Still, this screams Fall to me and I love it, and look forward to trying more.

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Photo of VncentLIFE
3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very solid deep amber body with a perfect looking off white head. Honestly, it looks damn near perfect.

The smell is super dry cinnamon with LOADS of earthy powdered nutmeg. Nice spices, with a nice sweet brown sugar. Dry is the theme.

The taste just doesnt live up to anything. Those super dry spices dominate. Kind of feels like Im eating a spoonfull of powdered cinnamon and nutmeg, and theres what seems a toasted and roasted sweet pumpkin flavor that saves it.

Spices dominate the finish with a good kick but not too much. I really like this beer.

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Photo of figgyfigg5218
3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love pumpkin beer so this was one i was very excited to try. You can taste the fact that it is brewed with real pumpkin instead of just pumpkin spices added into the beer. You can taste nutmeg very strong with the pumpkin, they go together perfectly.

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Photo of warpig372
3.94/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Bulldawg96
3.94/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very balanced Pumpkin. One of the best on the market.

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