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

Samuel Adams Harvest Pumpkin AleSamuel Adams Harvest Pumpkin Ale
BA SCORE
34.8%
Liked This Beer
3.47 w/ 2,640 ratings
Samuel Adams Harvest Pumpkin AleSamuel Adams Harvest Pumpkin Ale
BEER INFO

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

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#40,798
Reviews:
648
Ratings:
2,640
Liked:
920
Avg:
3.47/5
pDev:
15.85%
Alströms:
3.13
 
 
Wants:
63
Gots:
568
Trade:
1
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Ratings: 2,640 |  Reviews: 648
Photo of Sammy
3.69/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Understated pumpkiness and carbonation from a few weeks past expiration date. Extra in trade, because I had missed its more limited distribution. Yellow orange bodied. Very drinkable, a but saison like, and even appealing to sip by the ladies. Pumpkin at the end, its really the spices that was its appeal. Easy mouthfeel.

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Photo of acurtis
3/5  rDev -13.5%

Photo of kylehay2004
3.36/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one struck me off the bat with the perfect amber color. Better head and lacing and its a 5. The aroma has a lot of pumpkin which is more like fresh pumpkin as oppose to pumpkin flavoring which is usually sweeter. Medium body and high carbonation. The flavor starts with caramel malts and some pumpkin but it quickly sours to a fresh pumpkin flavor without out much sweetness or spice. About what I expected. Not having this one again.

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Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev +15.3%

Photo of jaydoc
3/5  rDev -13.5%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.67/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Best before 2/2013.

Pours a clear dark copper with a foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots and streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, pumpkin, and a variety of pumpkin pie spices. Taste is much the same with a slight sweetness and a mild spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is easy to drink but I think it smells better than it tastes.

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Photo of spycow
3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.51/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours the mest beautiful red/orange sunset haze uve ever seen. fluffy tan head and a big autumn aromatic palate. i smell pumpkin pie filling, clove, and cinnamon, maybe even cardomom, flavor is a bit too spiced for a pumpkin ale in my opinion, but has a nice seasonal respectability. the mouthfeel is medium, but it feels weird in the stomach, maybe a combination of the big malts and spice, but i wouldnt drink a six pack of this. solid beer again from sam, but dont creaming myself over it. if it tasted as good as it looked in the glass, thatd be another story...

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Photo of kjkinsey
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of djrn2
2.5/5  rDev -28%

Photo of Knapp85
3.7/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A bottle of this was given to me from a friend. He wasn't sure if I had tried it before and I hadn't so it worked out really well. This beer pours out as an brownish amber color with an off white head the is a bit fizzy. The smell of this beer reminded me a little bit of the Octoberfest, I suppose that makes sence. The only difference on the nose was the addition of a little pumpkin aroma. The taste was full of autumn spices and the lingering pumpkin flavor in the aftertaste. The overall on this beer is that it's pretty good but a little tricky to get your hands on. I feel the Octoberfest in far superior to this brew and it's more accessable.

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3/5  rDev -13.5%

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.13/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorite breweries finally comes out with a pumpkin ale after all of these years, excited to try this one. Pours a beautiful orange/red color.. definitely gets a high appearance score for its 'fall look'. Smell is of some cinnamon/nutmeg/other fall spices, great aroma. Medium bodied, great mouthfeel. Get some more of those pumpkin spice tastes, not overpowering at all though which is good. A nicely balanced beer, very tasty and doesn't exude pumpkins like a lot of the other seasonals. I liked this one a lot, highly recommended.

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Photo of metter98
3.47/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: The beer is clear dark reddish amber in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high beige colored head that quickly died down, leaving wispy lacing on the surface, a collar around the edge of the glass and some lacing down the sides.
S: Light to moderate aromas of pumpkin pie are present in the nose.
T: The overall taste has a little bit of sweetness and has flavors resembling what you would find in pumpkin pie.
M: It feels just about medium-bodied and a little smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The taste of this beer isn't overly complex, but it has nice flavors of pumpkin pie and isn't overly sweet.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev +15.3%

Perhaps being beaten into submission by anything pumpkin this time each year, the one-ups-man game floods the palate with sweeter, boozier and spicier flavors that continually overwhelm the palate. But the Boston brewers strike an even-keel balance between what's pie and ale.

Brilliantly bronze with brassy highlights, the beer shows crystal clarity while pushing forth a creamy ecru head with enough staying power to release a straight-forward spicy sweetness. While its early taste is toasty, toffee and of brown sugar, its spicier balance come alive across the middle.

Those supportive malt sweetnesses lay the foundation from which a medley of cinnamon, nutmeg and mild clove bounce. Its beautiful spicy sweet culmination layers upon the palate like both pumpkin pie, graham cracker and hearty amber ale. Short of praline, a pecan crusted taste wraps the sweetness and spice before the beer tilts toward finish.

Savory and quite succulent, the beer sides with spice, dryness and toast although sweetness lingers with a simmering quality. Its warmth is aided by pie spices that shore up the beer in dessert-like fashion.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.91/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

33cl brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a generic hefeweissbier glass in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live.

Served cold.

A: Pours a three finger head of wonderful cream, great thickness, and good retention. Colour is a textbook semitransparent amber.

Sm: Pumpkin and spice. (Shocker). Aroma is moderate in strength.

No yeast, hops, or alcohol is detectable.

T: Light pumpkin, lots of spice - allspice, nutmeg. The foundation is generic malted barley. A lot is left to be desired. Very simply built, but certainly balanced. Caramel. Pumpkin gourd. Brown sugar. Hints of maple. I do like it.

Average depth, duration, and intensity of flavour for the style. No hop character, yeast character, or alcohol comes through.

Mf: Smooth and wet. A touch too thick. It does complement the flavours of the body in a general sense, but certainly doesn't feel custom-tailored to them. Nice presence on the palate. Good body.

Dr: Drinkable, but forgettable. I won't be pursuing this in the future. Average ABV and average quality. If you're going to brew a pumpkin ale, you need to really commit to the pumpkin. I do like the spicing and I think it complements what relatively little pumpkin there is. A decent pumpkin beer from Sam Adams, but by no means a fantastic one.

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Photo of dmorgan310
2.5/5  rDev -28%

Photo of oline73
3.48/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a finger of white head that goes away quickly.

Smell: Sweet and malty with some pumpkin and a lot of spice. Reminds me of pumpkin pie.

Taste: Similar to the smell. Some pumpkin but the spice is the focal pint. The cinnamon and nutmeg compliment the malt sweetness well. There is a bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with smooth carbonation and a finish that is a bit chalky.

Overall: The flavor is good, perhaps a bit too mild. Nothing real special, but it's a decent pumpkin ale.

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Photo of SocalKicks
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of zeff80
3.77/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a dark, reddish, amber color with a small, white head of foam. It was short-lived and left very little sudsy lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of pumpkin, cinnamon and nutmeg. It really smelled like a good pumpkin ale.

T - The taste doesn't match the aroma. It is good but nutmeg-heavy. The pumpkin and cinnamon flavor are a little muted.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light to medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

D - This is a nice pumpkin ale. There are betters out there. And there are worse out there, too. It works for the price.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.87/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a red amber color ale with a large foamy head with OK retention and light lacing. Aroma consists of light pumpkin and cinnamon notes with a sweet caramel malt base. Taste is a mix between some sweet caramel notes with some pumpkin notes and quite subtler notes of cinnamon. Body is about average with nice creamy touch and good carbonation. Better then I had expected with good level of drinkability and really smooth aftertaste.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Medium light tan head settles into a decent lacing above a clear deep reddish colored beer.

Light aroma of pumpkin spices, cinnamon and nutmeg, really had to swirl the beer to release enough aroma to discern what exactly it consists of, but in doing that this beer releases a pretty good scent.

A pretty good pumpkin taste without going over board like a lot of harvest/pumpkin beers tend to do. Has the pumpkin spices, nutmeg, cinnamon, etc. without trying to drowned you in it.

A light dry aftertaste with a bit of pumpkin spices on this medium bodied affair.

If you're not big on the whole got to have a pumpkin beer in the fall thing you might want to try this one, it's not overbearing and doesn't bring any bad tastes along with it.

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Photo of zestar
3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into signature pint glass, best before 2/2014. Pours fairly crystal clear ruby copper color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of pumpkin, cinnamon, clove, caramel, toast, nutmeg, gingerbread, brown sugar, light chocolate, herbal, and toasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of malt, pumpkin, and spice notes; with solid strength. Taste of pumpkin, caramel, brown sugar, toast, cinnamon, nutmeg, gingerbread, light clove, light chocolate, herbal, and toasted earthiness. Lingering notes of pumpkin, caramel, brown sugar, cinnamon, toast, nutmeg, gingerbread, light clove, light chocolate, and toasted earthiness on the finish for a short bit. Nice balance of malt, pumpkin, and spice flavors; with decent robustness and no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth and moderately crisp mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a nice pumpkin ale. Good all around balance of malt, pumpkin, and spice flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Samuel Adams Harvest Pumpkin Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 34.8% out of 100 with 2,640 ratings
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