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

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Brought back in 2010

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Photo of jjanega08
3.94/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A= pours a nice deep amber sort of translucent brown color with a nice tan cap on it that is about two fingers high and holds steady retention and some spotty lacing.

S= Not as forward as I like in a pumpkin beer. Sort of just smells like sweet malts and the tiniest amount of pumpkin spices. Like a spiced boston lager. The pumpkin I do pull out of it is all spice and not much actual pumpkin.

T= The taste isn't as big of a dissapointment as the smell is. The taste is actually very nice for a pumpkin beer. Light spice and good pumpkin flavor. There is a nice sweetness to it. The spices let the pumpkin do it's work and the pumpkin lets the spice do it's thing. The finish is nice and bready.

M= Medium body and medium carbonation. I think they played it safe here and just did it to style.

D= I actually like this a lot. If I could buy this in a sixer I would for sure. I don't find many pumpkin beers in MN I like. DFH doesn't distribute here and ST Pumpking is a little too big for me to enjoy regularly. This would be that beer so please make sixers.

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Photo of HalfFull
3.17/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass from a 12 oz. bottle. Shows a clear reddish amber with a thin off white cap which lingers briefly before surrendering to a light film.

Nose is light with spiced malts. Some sweet malts couple with hops after a good agitation.

Flavor and feel are somewhat thin with muddled orange and spice. Pumpkin notes are light and hardly noticeable, appearing only as a muddling upon the background of spice.

Body is moderate and balanced with the carbonation and light sweetness. Body fills as the beer settles and outgasses, finally becoming a bit too rich and hindering the drinkability. Pretty flat in flavor overall.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Got this one in a Sam Adams mixed 12 pack. Poured from a 12 oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A- Pours a dark amber color that had 2 fingers worth of white head that dissipated to a thin layer that stayed the whole time.

S- The malts stick out giving it a faint caramel aroma with a faint pumpkin smell and some spices mainly just nutmeg.

T- Just like the smell the malts have the biggest presence, the pumpkin barely shoes up in the taste, i got to look for it or i miss it. Nutmeg is also detectable but barely. To me this tastes more like a marzen then a pumpkin beer.

M- A little on the thick side and over carbonated.

D- This beer goes down easy beside the mouthfeel, but with the lack of flavor i wouldn't go back for another one.

Overall i thought this was not a good pumpkin beer, I like my pumpkin beers to be bold and taste like pumpkin, this did not. If i didn't know this was a pumpkin ale i would have thought it was a marzen. Not something i will be getting again.
Original score D+

Update 9/29/2011 I got another Samuel Adams autumn mixed 12 pack to try this year and I found this beer not to be as bad as I first thought. It doesn't have the balance of pumpkin to spices that I like but that doesn't make it a D+ beer. I now feel that this beer is average for it's style, still haven't tried a bunch of this style but as it stands now this beer is an average Pumpkin beer.

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Photo of kshankar
4.2/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours copper/reddish, medium sized foam with decent retention.

Aroma: Pumpkin and spices (nutmeg, cinnamon). Very pumpkin pie like. Very good.

Taste: Well done here, I get a mild pumpkin flavor profile, but a medium dose of the spices. Isn't aggressive as some of the other pumpkin ales in terms of the spice (particularly Punkin from Dogfish Head), but this doesn't really detract much.

Mouthfeel is medium. Some coating and spice kick working towards the mouthfeel as well. Carbonation is okay.

Drinkability is high. Wish there were more of it in the variety pack.

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Photo of aubuc1
4.07/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured in to a pint glass.

pours a clear amber brown with a nice light tan head.

Very nice smell of pumkin and spices. Like pumpkin bread. I could eat it.

Taste is a little bolder than I expected. Finishes more like pumpkin pie than bread.

Mouthfeel is a little thin, but this is very drinkable.

A real delight from BBC.

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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 ToasterChef
2.99/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a cellar temperature bottle into a pint glass. The beer is an orange-tinted ruby liquid with a tan head made of small bubbles. The head disappeared quickly such that there is now just a few bubbles where the beer comes in contact with the glass. An occasional bubble rising up from the bottom of the glass, but it doesn't look like much carbonation is in this beer. In the few minutes since I poured the beer, all of the head is gone. It is now just a still liquid.

Pumpkin spice was apparent as soon as I opened the bottle. Now that it is in the glass, I can pick up on pumpkin and cinnamon notes.

The flavor is pretty good. Pumpkin flavors are at the forefront, over a decent malt backbone. A bit of spice is tasted. There is a slight fruit juice sweetness as I swallow. It's something fall-like, such as cranberry or apple.

The beer has a medium body and hardly any carbonation. There is a definite tingle to the beer, buch I'm not sure what is causing it. The sticky coat leaves some of tingling substance on my tongue. If I swish the beer about, it bubbles up a bit, but not too much so.

I'm not really enjoying this beer. The flavor is pleasant enough, but the mouthfeel and appearance aren't of a quality I expect from this brewer. I would skip this one on draft, and if I buy another fall mix pack, there are better beers in it for me to enjoy.

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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 KTCamm
4.27/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle taken from the Harvest Collection, poured into a pint glass.

Pours ruby reddish brown with a layer of white/off-white foam. Laces.

Light pumpkin smell, some spices, definitely nutmeg.

Full bodied rich malty taste that washes into a full blown serving of pumpkin pie. Latest cinammon/nutmeg flavor. Full mouthfeel, subtle carbonation.

Great Pumpkin Ale, excellent taste. Really nicely done.

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Photo of Tilley4
4.23/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the Harvest Sampler pack...

Pours out an inctedibly deep orange-crimson with a towering fluffy head... Very autumn like appearance to this one... High marks for the persistence of the head...

I love the fact that this beer actually smells like pumpkins and not just spices.. It definitely has the spice aspect to it but its not overpowering or anything... More of a malty pumpkin ale if you will..

Man... This one is terrific... It looks as if I like this one a little better than others but I found the flavors here dead on... Some spices but not too much... Some earthy pumpkin flavors but not so much that its bland... Thick and creamy feeling as well..

I really liked this one and personally wish they would make this a seasonal sixer along with the Octoberfest... Very nicely done...

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Photo of ericmunley
3.77/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this from the Dickson City Wegman's in the Sam Adams Harvest Collection Variety 12 Pack.

Poured from a bottle into a Celebrator glass. Sam Adams HPA pours a dark amber with very little head retention.

Smell is attractive, but too faint. The pumpkin and malt is what my nose is primarily picking up.

Taste is surprisingly well rounded. Good pumpkin flavor...not as strong as I would like, but still appetizing. The same malts caught in the nose catches the tongue after the pumpkin flavor subsides.

Mouthfeel might be the best part of this beer. At 5.7% it is surprisingly well rounded and thick.

Asking me about drinkability is probably a poor choice...I can generally drink a lot of everything. With the ABV being moderate, one could easily split a six pack with a buddy on a cool, fall night.

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Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.77/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into a Cavalry Brewing Co. pint glass.

A: Reddish, coppery amber color with good clarity and lazy yet ample carbonation which formed a one and half finger head of frothy, tan foam. Retention is fairly weak, as is the faint lacing left on the glass.

S: Nice aroma of roasted malts, pumpkin and light spicing with the scent of cinnamon stick, ginger and even a little vanilla.

T: Pretty good roasted malt flavor up front which throws the taste of deep-roasted malt husk, a bit of wood smoke and roast pumpkin into the mix. Not overly sweet with a somewhat spicy finish, leaving traces of cinnamon and nutmeg.

M: Balanced, medium-bodied feel with a little creaminess from the head and a slight, spicy pull.

D: I like the fact that it strays away from artificial additives, or at least does a great job of masking that fact. The malt profile is there, which makes the subtle, real pumpkin flavor more enjoyable. Not overly spiced and the 5.7% ABV adds to the warming effect of this new fall seasonal from Sam. Good job.

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

I poured the beer into a pint glass it has 2" white creamy head that stands on top of a nice rich amber color body. I smell a hint of cinnamon and clove. The taste is very nice of pumpkin and spices. It reminds me of a spiced brown ale. The beer has a great mouth feel and i think is a very drinkable fall beer. It flavor and body fits the fall season just perfectly.

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Photo of Zraly
4.14/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a semi-deep amber with a toffee colored head. Nice lacing and head retention. Subtle notes of nuts, squash, and spice in the nose.

Rich, approachable, and expertly balanced, this is a very good pumpkin ale. Sweet malts with a hint of chocolate in the back, along with subtle spices (think nutmeg and cinnamon) linger around the palate. These work wonderfully with the "meatiness" brought about by the pumpkin. Smooth, creamy finish. A hint of nuttiness and fruitiness roams about, and the finish is not at all cloying -- something I find predominates a lot of pumpkin ales.

This is one fine pumpkin ale. It has none of the assaulting (although fun and enriching) qualities that some of the big pumpkin ales carry. Personally, I would buy a six pack of this without hesitation. The most sessionable, approachable pumpkin ale I've ever come across. Sam Adams wins big here.

This would actually make a fine Thanksgiving day beverage. Turkey and the fixins', of course, followed by a piece of pumpkin pie!

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Photo of Liverpool08
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark garnet red. Little white head. Aroma is cinnimon, a little nutmeg and malts. First sip is toasty malt, a little nutmeg, not much real pumpkin. But the flavor is good. More of a spiced Brown Ale. As it warms a little the cinnimon and spices come out more and a little hint of pumpkin too. This is a really nice fall beer. BBC should make this a regular 6-pack offering.

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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 JMastrangelo
3.91/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

12 oz poured into a Sam Adams glass.

Smell had a stronger pumpkin spice smell, reminiscent of Shipyard's Pumpkinhead. Color was a typical darker amber shade, good amount of carbonation.

Tasted fantastic; crisp, refreshing, almost lighter than other pumpkins on the market. Pumpkin spice flavor is at the same time both there and standing off to the side, to let you know it's definitely a pumpkin beer, but it's not something that's going to make you gag on too much sweetness.

I can see this being paired nicely with a spicy bisque, but definitely not a dessert beer like Southern Tier. Also a good alternative to a Hefeweisse or Octoberfest outside on a cool night outside on the deck; it's light enough where you can casually drink it and be pleased without being distracted.

If it came down to a standard 6 pack, it's not going to usurp Shipyard for me. But with the fantastic mix you get in the Harvest Collection, it's a welcome addition that makes the 12 pack a must buy for me whenever I see it available.

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Photo of bum732
3.62/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

S: Pumpkin spices, clove, cinnamon, mace, bready sweetness, malty richness, faint earthy aroma, soft dark fruit tones.

L: Amber brown, decent off-white head, ok lacing, low retention.

T: Pumpkin pie like malt, semi-sweet. Light toastiness, earthy/herbal medium bitterness. Finishes with a touch of hop resin and sweetness.

M: Medium thin mouthfeel, medium carbonation, nice balance.

Good example of a pumpkin beer, mouthfeel was slightly thin making this beer slightly astrigent. Similar to SA Lager with added pumpkin.

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Photo of Jwale73
4.1/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle served in a standard pint. Pours a beautiful translucent copper with a sizzling, half-inch, cream-colored head that quickly dissipates into a thin, soapy skim - no lacing on this one. Nose smells like pumpkin pie - nutmeg and allspice. Taste consistent with nose. Flavor profile is nicely balanced without being too cloying and there's a nice, subtle cleansing hops presence that comes out towards the back to help dissipate the flavors between quaffs. Moutfeel is medium-light with a lively effervescence. An extremely easy drinking example of the style. I have to say that I am not a huge fan of the style per se, but when I crave a Pumpkin Ale I usually go for a big beer (Pumking, Imperial Pumpkin, etc.). Having tried this brew, it has made me rethink my position. A very satisfying and balanced brew without the cloying quality and alcohol punch in the face.

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Photo of Tundruth
3.7/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Light reddish brown color that is somewhat hazy.

S- picking up on some cinnamon, brown sugar, toasted malts, hops, pumpkin, and spices.

T- tastes what I would expect a well brewed pumpkin ale to taste like, strong but not nearly overpower pumpkin flavors that are complimented well by the malts and other ingredients used. Also tasting a little like pumpkin pie spices and squash.

M- heavy and thick as it swooshes through my mouth, but I think that this is good considering the robust fall season this beer represents. like caramel as the flavors linger and slowly fade from the palate.

Drinkability: seems pretty good, I really enjoy the flavors so I wouldn't mind going for another one. two seems like it would probably be the limit though, as this is a bold and full-bodied beer.

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Photo of GilGarp
3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Part of the harvest 12 pack.

12 oz. bottle served cool into a pint glass.

Harvest Pumpkin Ale is a redish-orange amber color with good clarity. The head is short and short-lived. No lace left behind.

Aroma is similar to their Oktoberfest but with a little added pumpkin pie spice.

Flavor is just about right for a pumpkin beer. A nice sweet amber malt base with great pumpkin pie spice and maybe a bit of the real pumpkin itself.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low-plus carbonation.

Overall a very good example of the style. It's not as good as the Dogfish Head version but a lot less expensive.

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Photo of Swill5786
3.92/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours brownish-red with tan head. Nose is full of spices... Nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves, ginger. Spicy hops, too. Muted caramel with pumpkin up front. Light carbonation, crisp, clean mouthfeel. Light hops at the back; aftertaste is a fine breadiness. Very easy on the palate, fantastically drinkable.

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Photo of thatguy3579
3.45/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A beautiful red-orange in color, pours with lots of head and leaves plenty of lacing.

S: Smells sweet and full of spices, mostly cinnamon.

T: Sweet and spiced - like gingerbread. This is balanced by the bite of earthy hops. Overall, the seasonal spices dominate. I find myself wanting less flavoring and more "beer".

M: Creamy average body with medium carbonation.

D: Sweet and spicy, which is enjoyable, but a bit too much for repeated consumption.

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Photo of aasher
3.7/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This one poured a hazelnut brown in color with a off white poofy head. It smelled of cinnamon and nutmeg with some light pumpkin bread aromas. The taste was mildly sweet, almost syrupy sweet, with good notes of cinnamon and nutmeg. The pumpkin is sutble at best but it is pretty tasty. The mouthfeel is relatively light and pretty smooth with medium carbonation. It's decently drinkable but does seem to get sweeter after awhile.

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Photo of Star80
4.45/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a deep copper, almost mahogany color. This is a darker pumpkin ale than I am used to! Smells like rich malts, and some very subtle pumpkin spice in the background. Tastes like some rich pumpkin, and some faint spices in the background. I taste some solid maltiness in there to bolster the brew, and some finishing hops to round it out. This is a really interesting brew from Sam Adams, and very nicely done. Definitely a more balanced Pumpkin Ale than most offerings, and actually this could be setting a standard for me for the style. It tastes like pumpkin, but the spices and the pumpkin flavor do not mask the ale. So far, I have tried two other pumpkin ales, one that was quite spicey,(ichabod) and one that was a delicious but really rich, amped up pumpkin ale, (Punkin'), and this one fits nicely right in the middle. Very tastey, very drinkable, and hits all the marks. Maybe they should introduce this one in it's own 6-pack.

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