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

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Samuel Adams Harvest Pumpkin AleSamuel Adams Harvest Pumpkin Ale

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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 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 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 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 alkemy
3.98/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Kind of a copper/mahogany color with a pretty fluffy off-white head after an aggressive pour. The pumpkin is a bit subdued in the nose, but there is a lot of spiciness. The pumpkin is much more apparent on the tongue. This tastes just like pumpkin pie. Lots of nutmeg and allspice along with just enough sweetness to mimic that pie flavor. I'm not usually a fan of pumpkin beers, but this is really good. Drinkability is at a high level as well.

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Photo of BigIrishman
3.99/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Light mahogany ruby with brown highlights and an off white head with decent retention.

Smell: All spice and nutmeg with slight cinnamon undertones. Sweet bready malt is fairly forward which puts the spices in the background...where they should be on a pumpkin beer.

Taste: Sweet bready malt with nice subtle pumpkin spices (pumpkin/all spice/nutmeg) in the back. A tad roasty/smokiness compliments the beer and it all finishes fairly sweet.

Mouthfeel: Medium to light bodied that leaves the mouth pretty sticky.

Drinkability: I like my pumpkin beers to be fairly mild in terms of spices and fairly forward in terms of malt flavor. This one hit the spot and for under $15 for a 12 pack you really can't trump the value.

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Photo of twi1609372
4/5  rDev +11.7%

honestly not a bad overall beer. the spices definitely do cancel out most of the pumpkin flavor, whatever pumpkin flavor there is its pretty mild.that said, it is refreshing, quite drinkable and has a good taste overall

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Photo of generallee
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle

Appearance: Its body has a very nice deep reddish amber color with very clarity. From the pour it makes a good inch of creamy off white foam. It quickly settles down to thin covering that just hangs on to the last sip with the help of a few quick swirls. At the top of the glass it leaves some cool lace patterns.

Smell: The aroma has mostly cinnamon notes with some other pie spices over rich dark bready and pie crust like malts.

Taste/Palate: There is a pleasant cinnamon and pie spice character with mild bitterness though out. Pumpkin or squash like flavor is very light but it is there and it is supported buy sweet bready and toasty pie crust like malty flavor notes. The finish is fairly quick with mild bitterness and spice.

Notes: I am really loving this beer right now. This one is a stand out in an already solid fall mixed pack.

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Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Sam Adams glass

Appearance: one inch head, dark orange-brown in color, clear, high carbonation

Smell: cinnamon, cloves, all-spice-- pumpkin spices

Taste: cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, toasted malt, touch of bittering hops, and toffee

Mouthfeel: sweet a with a touch of bitterness, high carbonation, medium-light bodied

Drinkability: A very good seasonal brew that I would get a six of--if it were an option. Nothing out of the ordinary--just a very well crafted brew.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was really excited to try this one since I look forward to the release of pumpkin beers each fall.

The beer pours a orangish-brown color with a white head. The aroma is class pumpkin ale, with lots of pumpkin and nutmeg notes. The flavor is more of the same. I get a ton of pumpkin, along with the classic pumpkin pie spices of cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice. I also get some caramel malt. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Not quite as good as Southern Tier Pumking, but a step above most of the pumpkin ales that are on the market.

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Photo of Brenden
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Two fingers of light brown head develop and sit nicely on top of a clearish orange brew, holding together well and dropping some good, patchy lacing as the beer drops down the glass.
I can't help wondering if the recipe has been changed at all, because this beer isn't overly spiced and it's not lacking flavor. Instead, it's one of the most balanced pumpkin ales out there, mingling a moderate spicing, sweetness, and pumpkin flesh along with malts. What results is a tasty beer with depth, pretty much exactly what I'm looking for. As far as the spicing, I get cinnamon, nutmeg, and an overall profile similar to gingerbread with a lighter spiciness to it. It follows through with toast and some light creamy sweetness akin to caramel and/or vanilla.
The smoothness rolls through this beer in a creamy medium body. It's lightly crisp underneath, and carbonation is at a low to moderate level.
Again, I can't help wondering from previous reviews if this recipe has been tweaked for 2012.

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Photo of Stigs
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, standard pint glass

A - pours with a thin light tan film and bubbles...the beer is pretty hazy, dark amber in color with active bubbling.

S - heavily dosed with cinnamon, nutmeg, and strong caramel malts. harvest spices and some pumpkin meat as it warms.

T - bright and lively pumpkin spices: cinnamon, nutmeg (heavy), ginger, brown sugar. subtle caramel amber malts hold things togather in the middle. finishes with some mildly earthy British hops, and lingering spice.

M - medium bodied with tight lively carbonation. slightly astringent but not completely in a bad way due to all the spice. finishes prickly and dry.

D - good all around, suitable for the style - nothing stands out, but everything well done, kept in check, and the "pumpkin" is definitely present. BBC has a winner (and hopefully a keeper) here.

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Photo of SpdKilz
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a dark caramel apple color into my SA Perfect Pint. About two fingers of tan head are achieved, that dissipates relatively fast, leaving little lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell - Spices such as nutmeg, vanilla, cinnamon, and clove are the first to reach my nose. This is followed by toasted malts, brown sugar, and some slight hops.

Taste - Similar to the nose. Pretty damn pumpkin pie like. The spices blend perfectly with the brown sugar/caramel flavors, nothing is over the top, yet there is just enough to let you know the spices are there. Thankfully there is the lack of "fake" flavors and tastes that seem to be prevalent in other SA fruit beer offerings (i.e. Cherry Wheat). Glad this is in the harvest pack, and honestly pretty impressed.

Mouthfeel - Surprisingly creamy for a SA beer. More so than I remember with almost any other beers from them. Extremely appropriate for the season. Medium carbonation - just enough to slightly prickle the tongue.

Drinkability - For a pumpkin beer, relatively so. Granted after one or two of these I'd move on to something else, the fact I'd reach for a second with such a spicy beer tells you something.

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Photo of bourbonbock
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this one in a fall variety pack. Poured it into a chilled pint glass.

A. Dark reddish brown body with tan head that reduced to a cap within about one minute.

S. Pumpkin pie spices, cinnamon and nutmeg, with a roasted malt body.

T. Sweet malty body with the typical Sam Adams yeast flavor. Very good depth with some hints of spices.

M. Light and slightly over carbonated.

D. Overall this is a very good brew and would pick up a six pack if I saw it in the store.

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Photo of Axic10
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into the Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark amber with a finger of off white head that settles to a half finger for the rest of the drink.

Smell: Pumpkin pie spices, nutmeg, cinnamon, nice malt character.

Taste: Wow, I'm very impressed with the taste on this. It's like Pumking Light, definitely can taste the pumpkin pie in this, cinnamon, nutmeg, all spice. Decent finish.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with an overall decent mouthfeel.

Drinkability: I really wish they sold this in a six pack and not the variety pack. This is a very good pumpkin beer by Sam Adams that is going to be drank again by me.

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Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep copper hue with a one and a half finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a rindy pumpkin with the accompanying spices.

The taste consisted of sweet pumpkin flesh, caramel and a drying allspice and nutmeg.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style.

Overall an above average pumpkin ale. I'd like to see these in 6 packs next year.

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Photo of Pegasus
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear deep amber in color with a large, dense off-white head, which persists quite well. Thin Belgian-type lacing coats the glass walls. The carbonation is slight and slow-rising. (3.75/5.0)

Aroma: Pumpkin pie spices dominates the aroma, with cloves and cinnamon particularly notable. Pumpkin is also prominent, as well as dark malt and a mild grassy hop presence. (4.0/5.0)

Taste: Opens with prominent pumpkin, dark malt, and pumpkin pie spices. As the taste progresses, the pumpkin pie spices really shine, with cinnamon being particularly notable. Brown sugar is also prominent. Throughout the taste, there is an undercurrent of pumpkin. Finishes with lingering pumpkin, pumpkin pie spices, and mild herbal hops. (4.0/5.0)

Mouth feel: Smooth soft and pleasant, with zesty carbonation, (3.75/4.0)

Drinkability/notes: Very nice, one of the nicer pumpkin seasonals, well worth a try. It seems a fitting companion to the Autumn Equinox tonight. (4.0/5.0)

Presentation: Packagedin a twelve-ounce brown glass long-neck bottle, served in a Samuel Adams Boston Lager sensory glass.

In Memoriam: Pumpkin (April 1998 - November 22, 2014) - the best cat ever. We will always miss you

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Photo of shand
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

Well, I'm still not a pumpkin beer fan, but you're really not going to do much better than this one. It's a nice stunning red-orange color, and smells strongly of pumpkin pie. The taste is very nice, it's got more pumpkin and less spices to it than the average pumpkin ale, which goes a long way towards making it actually good. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both solid. I'm still not a pumpkin guy, and wouldn't have picked this up if it weren't in the mix pack, but this is really about as good as far as I'm concerned. Pumpkin beer fans might think otherwise, though.

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Samuel Adams Harvest Pumpkin Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
3.58 out of 5 based on 2,636 ratings.
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