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

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81
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2,637 Ratings
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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
Ratings:
2,637
Reviews:
648
Avg:
3.58
pDev:
15.64%
 
 
Wants:
63
Gots:
561
For Trade:
1
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2.75/5  rDev -23.2%

Photo of Vixie
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice clear orange/red color with a bit over an inch of a tan head that doesn't stay around too long.

The smell does remind me a bit of pumpkin pie. I can smell spices like nutmeg and ginger, and a hint of pumpkin.

The pumpkin pie spices do tend to dominate here. I think there is nutmeg and allspice present, maybe a little ginger, and a bit of pumpkin in the finish.

Not bad going down, although a bit highly carbonated.

I am not a big fan of the taste of pumpkin, so the fact that it wasn't the dominate flavor here was a plus for me. This is a nice beer for fall, the spice blend is fitting for this time of year. One of the better pumpkin beers I have had.

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Photo of SerialTicker
3.42/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours sounding like a highly carbonated pop with a nice orange colored head that quickly dissipates. No lacing.

Smell: Faint roasted malts and spice... maybe some of that pumpkin that's supposedly in this beer. It's really rather subtle. Not too shabby.

Taste/Feel: Thankfully, this is a pretty tasty beer. You definitely get a lot of malt on that first sip, as well as some spice, including cinnamon. The pumpkin is there, but it seems to be in the background. The one thing that irks me a bit is that the after taste coupled with the feel of the beer leaves seemingly an artificial taste on my tongue. What I REALLY don't care for much is the feel... it seems a bit too watery.

Overall, a fairly disappointing beer from the Harvest Collection. It tastes pretty good, but the feel, look, and smell are lacking, leaving this as yet another average Sam Adams beer, in my opinion. Still wouldn't mind throwing back a few for Fall.

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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of TechTriumph
3.15/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From notes on 09/06/12:
Best by: January 2013; Poured in a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.

A - About an inch of tan carbonated head that doesn't stick around long; Deep, dark amber in color with the slightest red hue; Clear appearance; Certainly no lacing, since there's no remaining trace of head to be seen

S - Aroma is a bit muted overall; Spices are there - cinnamon, nutmeg - which overshadow the slight pumpkin presence; Underlying wet grains

T - Heavily spiced, but not overpowering, with just a small amount of pumpkin pie struggling to come through; Some sticky sweetness does tag along with the spices; Also a bit phenolic with just a bit of alcohol presence; Spices and sweetness do linger a bit - not bad, but seems a bit off and artificial

M - Moderate carbonation or a bit more; Between light and medium bodied; Seems too thin and is on the watery side

O - I remember enjoying this beer many times several years back, but now I'm just not really into it. Like many others have said, there seems to be too much spice and not enough pumpkin - and the spices that are there seem off and a bit artificial. There's quite a few Sam Adams beers that I enjoy going back to, but this one won't make that list and needs quite a bit of tweaking in my opinion.

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Photo of zberger
2.75/5  rDev -23.2%

Photo of Razr86
3/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of StaindProject86
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of SineWaveFL
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of ixodus
3.3/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a deep reddish brown in color with a small off-white head and spotty lacing.

S: Pumpkin puree, nutmeg, vanilla, mild plastic phenols.

T: Sweet malt upfront, mild pumpkin, cinnamon, and plastic.

M: Medium bodied, mild carbonation, semi-dry finish

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Photo of jski
4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

Photo of mckenziac
3.41/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Samuel Adams Boston Lager glass. Taken from a Sam Adams's "Harvest Collection" seasonal variety pack.

Appearance: Pours a translucent, deep, dark brown color with reddish hues. Has a small, fizzy head that dissipates quickly down to next to nothing.

Smell: Smells strongly of pumpkin and pumpkin pie spices (ginger, cinnamon, etc.). Cinnamon and spices tend to dominate. Smells quite nice actually.

Taste: Starts out with some nice hoppy bitterness with a strong malty backbone. Finishes spicy with the same maltiness. Finishes with strong pumpkin and spice notes. Not bad.

Mouthfeel: Well-carbonated but a little lacking in body.

Overall: A fairly standard, if slightly better than average, pumpkin ale. A decent fall seasonal and a great member of Sam Adams's lineup.

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Photo of HumphreyLee
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.18/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours clear copper with a patient head. Leaves weaker lacing. Head can just barely be labeled 'off-white'.

S-Fake pumpkin and spice. Nutmeg, cinnamon and other Autumn spices. A slice of dark bread. Pumpkin is kinda artificial. Maybe too spiced?

T-Don't love how the pumpkin comes out on the palate. There is also too much spice for me. Autumn spice with little remorse. Bread with butter. Mild yeast.

M-Medium bodied. A bit creamy. Sturdy carbonation. Drinkable.

O/D-Not my favorite Pump. Hard to really deliver with this style. I also really need to be in the mood for this style. Won't be grabbing a seder of this any Autumn in the near future.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.36/5  rDev -6.1%
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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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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4/5  rDev +11.7%

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2.5/5  rDev -30.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Theheroguy
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of MN_Beerticker
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of dubmax
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Samuel Adams Harvest Pumpkin Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
3.58 out of 5 based on 2,637 ratings.
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