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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3/5  rDev -13.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of sloejams
4.22/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I love love love subtle pumpkin beers. Here in Southern California, we get none. NONE. Ever. Well, now we get DFH Punkin Ale - but now that they use pumpkin extract isn't just not the same. I do still enjoy it, but it's a shell of its former self.

Per their website, SA uses real pumpkins in their ale. It provides a more natural, more subtle flavor and aroma. The nutmeg, cinnamon are there too, but just enough to get you thinking autumn in New England - something I miss all of the time.

The SA Harvest pack was nice last year, but replacing the dreadful Cherry Wheat with the Harvest Pumpkin Ale was the best move they could have done.

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3/5  rDev -13.5%

Photo of ianjsullivan
3.2/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

ST: 12oz poured into a pint glass. Bottle has a drink by date, but it does not list the ABV.

A: Brown-red with orange tints, the head is half-a-finger-nail long and is off-white. The beer is clear, and there is not a lot of visible carbonation bubbles. It does not leave any lacing.

S: Slight pumpkin pie, nutmeg, allspice, and pie crust.

T: Starts with lots of malt and pumpkin, and quickly moves to sweeter malty notes, nutmeg, and slight cinnamon. The finish has a bit of biscuit and spice.

M: Medium, smooth, and a little wet on the finish.

O: It seems like no time of the year (and I include even winter) brings out the seasonal offerings like fall. Not only are there Marzen and Marzen-like offerings, there is the pumpkin beer. Sam's attempt is similar to many of their offerings: Not terrible, but not amazing. It is light on spice and body, and it has a bit too much sweetness. There is some decent pumpkin at the start, but the earthy, starchy qualities of the pumpkin disappear too quickly.

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4/5  rDev +15.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of whoneeds8
3.46/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass amber red with a one finger white head. Decent lacing down the glass. There really isn't much of a scent that I detect other than a pumpkin spice. The taste actually punches your senses with a pumpkin flavor as soon as it hits your tongue. That is followed by tradition fall spices like nutmeg and cloves. I'm not much of a pumpkin fan, as in anything made with pumpkin. This isn't too terrible if you're like me.

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4/5  rDev +15.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of Brunite
4.08/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer pours a orange-brown ecru head...very Fall-like. Nice head....minimal lacing.

S: Subtle but present. Classic pie spices are there.

T: Balanced. Nice pumpkin flavors that meld well with the allotted spices. There is also a nice caramel malt presence.

M: Creamy. Each swirl creates a head that lends to the creamy smoothness.

O: I like it. The 2nd best I have had of the style. (Pumking rules...but too much ABV for regular consumption. This is a nice beer that provides caramel malt, pumpkin, and spice flavors. Not over the top...but solid, tasty, and drinkable.

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3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of BeerNoobNC
3.49/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Got in the Sam Adams Fall sampler.

I agree with some above that this beer seems to have way too much spice flavor and only a hint of pumpkin. Also, I agree that one bottle is more than enough for this beer.

However, I have had other beers similar to this style, and I feel like this particular version did tone down on that intense spice flavor and make it more drinkable. The beer pours a dark amber color with a small foam head. The smell is not very intense. The taste is a hint of pumpkin with lots of the spices that you would associate with pumpkin or pumpkin pie. I think a more appropriate name for this type of beer would be pumpkin pie.

In all, this version of this style is relatively good. It definitely is a worth a try, as it is a unique flavor that really brings out the mood of Fall (perfect on a crisp Fall day, I guess...). However, i is so sweet that you probably won't want more than one.

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3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of TempeBeerMan
3.72/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a nonic pint.

A - Pours a deep auburn with a two-finger head of off-white sea foam. Superior lacing of tiny, compact bubbles.

S - Strong aroma of nutmeg, cinnamon, pumpkin, and gingerbread. Smells like a pumpkin spice latte from Starbucks.

T - Taste follows the nose, with spices forward. Pumpkin does not come to the forefront here, but merely provides a base for the spice blend. Nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice, and gingerbread. If you dig hard, you find the base beer underneath is kind of a generic sweet malt amber. Tasty overall though.

M - Thin bodied to the point of almost being watery. Loses a few points here. A little less carbonated than most SA beers. Finishes "wet".

O - Again, more of a "spiced beer" than a "pumpkin beer". Kind of a weird beer to evaluate. While I really enjoyed the Autumn spices, I think the beer could benefit from a little more pumpkin kick to go with it.

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3.59/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A nice little bit of sweetness to it. I was hoping for a stronger flavor, but unfortunately this one's relatively mild. I only get a little bit of pumpkin in the aroma, but it doesn't really show up in the flavor.

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Photo of BryanCarey
3.82/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Samuel Adams Harvest Pumpkin pours to a reddish/copper hue and it produces a nice, attractive head of foam that holds its own for a while, then gradually subsides and leaves a small amount of lace. The nose on this beer is interesting, featuring spices, caramel, and some nut aromas.

Samuel Adams Harvest Pumpkin has plenty of dessert- like flavors and the most noticeable are the spices and pumpkin. Nutmeg, cinnamon, and ginger are obvious, but there are some other flavors lurking, such as toasted malt, a touch of brown sugar, and some vanilla.

Tasting this beer truly is like eating dessert and as I evaluated the flavor, I kept thinking of pumpkin pies, spicy cake, and the different desserts with which this beer could easily be paired. I also kept thinking about how much I appreciate the more balanced flavor profile that still manages to taste like beer in spite of the spices. I can think of several different pumpkin beers and other seasonal products that take the spiciness way too far- to the point where they no longer seem like beer. With Samuel Adams Harvest Pumpkin, it is easy to tell that this beer has some malt character and even though the spices dominate, there is still enough malt character to balance out the flavor.

Another good quality with this beer is the fact that the flavor is more natural overall. Some pumpkin beers rely on artificial extracts to achieve their flavor, but this one uses real pumpkin and it is evident in the taste. With all things considered, the beer easily rates above average and it is one of the better pumpkin brews available.

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3/5  rDev -13.5%

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4/5  rDev +15.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +22.5%

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2.96/5  rDev -14.7%

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2.5/5  rDev -28%

Photo of thespaceman
4.15/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint (apart of SA's Harvest Fall 12 pack)

Appearance: Deep reddish/amber color, nice head slowly rises and dissapates. Excellent head retention all around and the lacing sticks nicely to the inside of my glass.

Smell: Beautiful aromas of spice here, lots of nutmeg, brown sugar, clove and allspice, perfectly aligned, not overpowering to the nostrils. Very authentic for a beer that sits alone in a variety pack.

Taste: Pumpkin pie like goodness, almost like eating a fresh pumpkin pie in liquid form! Beautiful array of spices make up this beer, as in the aroma, the allspice and brown sugar really mend together nicely to put out a more authentic pumpkin beer then alot on the shelves that are overloaded with spice. Very reserved yet full of flavor. Finish consists of a touch of malt spice and a small kick of diacetyl that is not a bad thing, it actually smooths out the spiciness perfectly.

Mouthfeel: Nice on the tongue, stands firm and has a perfect amount of carbonation. Not too thick and not too light.

Drinkability: Pumpkin beers are tough, they are either right on the money or a mess of spices, but SA did it right with this beer, the spiciness is here yet very well balanced to the malt, and it's melded to the point where it taste authentic. I'm pissed you only get 2 in a variety pack and would love to see this released in 6 packs every fall with Octoberfest. An excellent interpretation of the pumpkin style and needs it's own space on the 6 pack shelves immediatley!

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3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

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