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 Safa1
3.31/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This tastes like a cola with pumpkin flavors. Seems different than last year. Like a cold pumpkin spice latte without the coffee or milk. Odd. One and done almost drain pour due to sweetness.

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Photo of MrOH
3.31/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Brilliant deep copper, verging on brown. No head to speak of, just a thin bit of foam that dies down. Don't really expect head from a pumpkin ale though. No lace.

Marshmallow, pie spices, roasted squash.

Pie spice, some tang, a little bit of sweet malt and squash. Spice lingers for quite a while.

Medium bodied. Medium-low carbonation. Slick feeling.

An ok pumpkin ale, especially for the ABV, but there are way better out.

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Photo of Nyg
3.3/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

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Photo of beergoot
3.3/5  rDev -7.8%

The pour leaves a dark copper colored body with a rather thin, bubbly head ( 3.5). Big nutmeg and allspice aroma; smells like a big holiday cookier (3.75). An interesting spicy/bitter flavor that starts out rather weak yet builds to a satisfying finish; a little watery and harsh (3.2). Medium bodied; smooth mouthfeel (3.25).

Okay overall yet rather disjointed and too brash, flavor-wise. The initial smell is most appealing yet fades way too quickly, even at room temperature. And the finish leaves a sort of metallic twang in the mouth that ultimately distracts from any remaining good points. Not bad but hardly a must-have...

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Photo of ixodus
3.3/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a deep reddish brown in color with a small off-white head and spotty lacing.

S: Pumpkin puree, nutmeg, vanilla, mild plastic phenols.

T: Sweet malt upfront, mild pumpkin, cinnamon, and plastic.

M: Medium bodied, mild carbonation, semi-dry finish

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.29/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pumpkin beer...why not! Best way to describe this beer would be to say...a lite/sugar free pumpkin roll! The malt and spice help to offset a sweetness that can get to sweet...if you know what I mean. I expected more from the aroma and maybe it will come as the beer warms. As far as's tasty...can't lie. I mean seriously pumpkin beer? It's decent. I could drink maybe two per sitting after that I would need to hang myself by my other words...not a session beer for me. But if one is looking for a unique taste....this is a beer for her or him!

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Photo of TheMarkE
3.29/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Deep amber with a quickly disappearing head and decent lacing.

Smell: Pumpkin pie.

Taste: Pumpkin pie with plenty of nutmeg and cinnamon.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, creamy, spicy aftertaste.

The Verdict: It’s ok. Pumpkin pie lovers should like it, but I prefer a more subtle pumpkin flavor in my ales. All depends on your individual tastes.

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Photo of tkelley
3.28/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into my Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.

A - nice red body. Very clear with a thin tan - white head.

S - lots of spices. Cinnamon, cloves, allspice, nutmeg... and some malts.

T - again with spices. Not too harvesty in my opinion. Again there's a Malthus sweetness and lots of spices as mentioned in the s melly. No lingering bitterness but I think the slight hop presence would be sorely missed. They provide a nice balance that prevents the beer from being way too sweet. Its a nice taste for what it is.

M - above average level of carbonation that also helps offset some sweetness, almost like you see in a hard cider.

A slightly above average pumpkin ale. Probably wont get another twelve pack but I will drink it if its around.

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Photo of samie85
3.28/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a deep ruby color with a tow finger light brown sugar head.

S-Aromas of vanilla, nutmeg, pumpkin, and some slightly roasted notes.

T- A little caramelly with a a dry nutmeg taste, some vanilla, and possibly a hint of pumpkin. Subtract the pumpkin and it reminds me a lot of their Holiday Porter.

M-It's on the low side of medium bodied with ample, prickly carbonation.

D-Pretty easy drinking but it's not quite different enough from the Holiday Porter in the spice department for me to repurchase this one. This is my first pumpkin beer, so I'm eager to try others to compare with.

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Photo of davecavemaster
3.28/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I've found that Sam Adams can be hit or miss when it comes to their seasonal beers. Sometimes, even seasonal beers that I normally enjoy can be sub-par compared to previous years. I had never had their Harvest Pumpkin Ale, so I didn't know what I was going to get...

samuel adams harvest pumpkin ale

The beer pours a nice bubbly, tan head. The foam does not last long, and there is no lacing on the glass at all.

The color of this pumpkin ale is a really nice looking reddish amber.

This is a very spicy pumpkin beer. The nose is full of alot of the common fall spices like clove, nutmeg and allspice. Nice smell, but very little actual pumpkin.

The taste is heavy on the spicy too. Very malty beer, with most of the upfront flavors being the spices. Not as much of the pumpkin taste as I was expecting... The bottle says they use "17 lbs. of real pumpkin per barrel." The beer also has a very dry ending, and a somewhat bitter aftertaste. Not a bad taste by any means, but I've had better.

Another thing that surprised me was how little carbonation this ale has. As mentioned, the head is gone very quickly, and then the rest of the beer borders on being flat.

Overall, this is a good, not great pumpkin beer. Very heavy on spice, and a bit too flat for my liking. One positive is that it is a very easy beer to drink, you can easily put down two or three without tiring of the "novelty" of the seasonal taste.

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Photo of MADhombrewer
3.28/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Dark orange with a tan head. Small bits of lacing. 4/5

Smell- Sweet pumpkin pie right up front. Nutmeg, cinnamon, all spice. All this is a little over powering. 3.5/5

Taste- Lots of spices. Nutmeg, cinnamon, all spice. Small amount of bitterness in the end. This is also a little overpowering. Kind of an acquired taste 3/5

Mouthfeel- Reminiscence of a lager mouthfeel. More on the thin side than anything. 3/5

Overall- I have vowed to drink more pumpkin beers this year, but I don't know how many I will drink if they are very close to this. I like this, but wouldn't have more than one. Maybe when it gets closer to Thanksgiving I would have less of an issue with them. Guess we will see. 3.5/5

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Photo of jonvan04
3.28/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I bought the new sampler pack just to try this beer out. Poured into a brandy snifter, it was amber with a decent amount of head. The aroma was pumpkin with not much else, couldn't detect much of the "spice" going along with the pumpkin. The taste was mostly pumpkin, but it tasted like it was made with canned pumpkin.I love most Sam Adams brews, but found myself underwhelmed by this one.

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Photo of tito42
3.27/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Purchased in the 2011 Harvest Collection sampler. Poured from bottle to an imperial pint. Best by January 2012 notched on label.

A: Deep chestnut with ruby hues. Tan head dissipates quickly and leaves little lacing.

S: Rich aroma of pumpkin flesh, cinnamon, nutmeg, and brown sugar. Smells almost exactly like canned pumpkin pie filling.

T: Very biscuity malt with cinnamon and burnt sugar taking over. Unbalanced. Not enough pumpkin flavor to blend the malt and spice. A bit of a sour aftertaste.

M: Medium-bodied with a dry, sour aftertaste that isn't very pleasing to the tongue. Otherwise a smooth, dexterous brew.

O: Promising sight and smell, but falls short once it hits the lips. I was slightly put off by the sourness I detected in the aftertaste. There are much better pumpkin ales out there for consumption this Halloween.

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Photo of Imsothirsty
3.26/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

1 to 2 fingers of head , red amber in color and no lacing, lots of bubbles.

Nose is... overspiced, nutmeg, cloves, cinnamon, a tiny bit of malt.

Taste... also overspiced, followed by very sweet and slightly pumpkiny flavors.

Body is medium, carbonation is medium to low. Quite smooth with a creamy finish, nice.

If the spice wasnt so overdone and the pumpkin came through more, I would be a lot more interested. Sort of a dissapointment.

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Photo of Brewingbanjos
3.26/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice mouthfeel and rich orange appearance. The smell and taste are slightly hinted with typical spiced notes of nutmeg and cinnamon. It comes off as a nice mild flavored pumpkin ale for those who want a hint of autumn without getting blasted by it. It is awfully close to their Oktoberfest.

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Photo of JRed
3.26/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Transparent reddish amber in body topped by off-white head that stays and leaves lacing. Spice overload, nutmeg, mild clove, gingerbread, caramel in the nose. Gingerbread, pumpkin spice focusing on cinnamon, nutmeg, a rush of sweetness towards the finish. Light in body with medium carbonation. A sweet-toothed fall seasonal that represents the style well but way too sweet.

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Photo of mocktm
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From the fall variety pack, pumpkin beers seem to be coming out earlier and earlier. Not entirely appropriate for warmer August weather, but what the hell.

Roasted chest nut brown in appearance with a faint off-white head. Looks warm and comforting, but also has some lousy retention and zero lacing...

Aromas are mostly that of the spice cabinet: some cinnamon, allspice, clove and nutmeg with the faintest hints of pumpkin. Some malt presence as well, but the spices seem to dominate.

The taste is disappointing, a bit watery with obvious spice notes and mild pumpkin to counteract the malts. They were probably trying to be more subtle with the flavoring, but I'm really underwhelmed as the pumpkin in this is almost absent.

Medium bodied, but the overkill on the spice really hurts this beers drinkability. I wouldn't want more than one in a sitting.

Pumpkin beers seem all the rage with breweries now a days, but this is not one of the better examples. Less spice and more pumpkin is needed here. For the very definition of what this style can do, check out Southern Tier Pumking,

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Photo of bgillespie
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Hazel, brown, reddish color with a thin off white head.

Smell: A ton of spicy aroma, cinnamon, nutmeg, not a lot of pumpkin though.

Taste: The spices greatly overwhelm any pumpkin flavor, it may come out at the end, but still very little.

Mouthfeel: Carbonated well, medium body.

Overall: Definitely not my favorite fall beer. There is not a ton a pumpkin flavor and it overrun by the spices. I would not go looking for it.

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Photo of Lou22
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

Got in the Variety Pack. It's enjoyable nonetheless. Clear orangeish-red pour, more of a spicy nose than pumpkin. Smooth tasting with a hint of pumpkin, but more spice tasting than anything.

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Photo of dakotaben
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

A - light copper hue that is fairly transparent with a strong look of carbonation. Finger.5 creamy head that dissapated fairly quickly.

S - Pumpkin. cinnamon

T - Well… I guess what should I expect? pumpkin.

M - medium light body with a moderate carbonation taste

O - light, nice pumpkin beer. I think it fits the style decently, but I am not a huge fan from this brewery that I usually love.

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Photo of Scotchboy
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle to Sam Adams Perfect Pint.

A: Dark golden with hints of mahogany...absolutely no head or lace as it fizzled quickly away...not a good start.

S: Pumpkin and generic spices...some toasted grains, bready malt...hint of vanilla, sweetness.

T: Underlying pumpkin character throughout, authentic enough. Slight citrus character in some spice undertones...allspice maybe? Touch of vanilla character again, sweetness.

MF: Medium bodied, but thinner than I expected.

O: Not great. Kinda one-note.

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Photo of marcobrau
3.24/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

First pumpkin beer of the season and it has that traditional pumpkin pie smell and flavor. A little bit of actual squash flavor is there, because, well...they actually put some pumpkin in the beer. Not overly spiced like some pumpkin beers that I've tried in the past. I could say it's too vegetal tasting, but it's pumpkin beer and authentic pumpkin beer made with real pumpkins is going to have that flavor. I'm not a big fan of the style, but it seems like sacrilege not to have at least one pumpkin beer when in the fall.

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Photo of sethcroisant
3.23/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- reddish-copper color with a pedestrian head, but the lacing lasts to the very end

S- BIG cinnamon and allspice on the nose. hardly any pumpkin is detected

T- about what you'd expect after smelling it. lots of the same spice is present right away. again, pumpkin is a no-show. lots of toasted malts are there and stay for a while

O- slightly above average, but really doesn't earn the right to be called a pumpkin beer. tastes like a red ale with some spices shoveled in

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Photo of Winter
3.23/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Brownish-garnet in color with a khaki head. Aroma consists of sweet caramel malt, vanilla, and toasted biscuit. Mouthfeel is medium in body. The taste has and odd flavor profile. It feigns on having a sweet maltiness to it, but then the pumpkin and hops eliminate that somehow. The middle is dominated by a hearty malt and pumpkin body. Hop bitterness follows. the spicing isn't the typical "pumpkin pie" flavors, but there is clove and nutmeg.

This is kind of an average pumpkin beer in my opinion. I think a little more pumpkin spicing and a little less hoppiness would make this truly shine as a fall seasonal.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.23/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a brownish hue, reddish tint, with some moderate head and lace on top of a spicy aroma with subtle sweet malt notes, not much in pumpkin. Taste is the same as the spices are dominant and I just really can't get a handle on the pumpkin; medium-bodied and does pass easy and smooth with some sweetness but not enough. This is an ok offering but not the best pumpkin beer out there by any means.

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