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 Beer

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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3.81/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I picked this up at Giant Beer Garden & Eatery in Linglestown. Enjoyed chilled from the bottle in a spiegelgau glass.

THe color is dark copper with translucent clarity with thin tan cap with average bead. The lace clings well. The smell is full of spice with some pumpkin elemnts with light allspice and gentle cinnamon notes with a nutmeg-like citrus woody ester and mild caramel with light vegetal aroma. The feel is good with some moderately spiced and warmth of cinnamon with creamy body and slight sweetness with a semi-dry finish with moderate amount of carbonation and lightly tangy tinge lingers.

The taste is good with mild malt fullness supporting an allspice-like pepper and cinnamon flavor up front with more caramel malt flavors in the middle and light vegetal taste with subtle yeast and tangy nutmeg-like spice toward the back end. The overall take is this is substantially spiced and mostly malty but not overboard in either sense -a pretty decent pumpkin ale, but not the best there is.

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look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Featured in the Harvest Collection 12-pack, this pumpkin ale boasts 17 pounds of pumpkin per barrel per the labeling but the flavors just don't add up here. Spices are a bit overwhelming and pumpkin flavor is a bit underwhelming, although things are more balanced in the smell than taste. There are also flavors of caramel and hops, but the nutmeg/cinnamon/brown sugar (I can't put my finger on all of the spices) unfortunately present the backbone of this underachieving pumpkin ale. A decent beer, but it's not Sam Adams quality.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a perfect pint.

A: Medium-dark brown. Pours a one finger, foamy head. Settles slowly. No real lacing.

S: Pumpkin, nutmeg, and cinnamon.

T: Earthy malt grains, with a slight hint of pumpkin, but more prominently the fall spice that goes along with it. Like pumpkin pie... without the pumpkin.

M: Surprisingly light body, gritty feel and a little shallow. A bit of pungent aftertaste.

D: Consume session style.

Atmosphere is decent. Fair head, but no real lacing. Nose pumpkin pie. Earthy and gritty, fall spices and little of the namesake pumpkin. A bit pungent in the end. Overall, this is an okay quaff.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Sam Adams glass

A: Dark amber, a clear appearance, moderate carbonation, about a finger and a half head.

S: The smell of pumpkin was intense on this one, some caramel, malts, a and a tiny hint of hops. I read that Sam Adams added more pumpkin on this years pumpkin ales and it shows. You can really tell. I would've liked it better if it had more of a pumpkin pie smell like Pumking or Dogfish Head's Pumpkin beer. This just smells like cooked pumpkin.

T: Definitely cooked pumpkin. This taste dominates pretty much all other flavors. You do get some caramel, malts, and hops.

MF: Clean finish, smooth, no bitter aftertaste.

O: The beer is much more robust than last years version of Pumpkin Harvest. It says on the bottle that they add 17 pounds of pumpkin per barrel and you sure get that flavor. To be honest, I would have liked it better if it was more of a pumpkin pie flavor rather than just pumpkin. Not a bad pumpkin ale but I do like other pumpkin ales better.

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Samuel Adams Harvest Pumpkin Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 3.47 out of 5 with 2,651 ratings