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

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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

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Ratings:
2,637
Reviews:
648
Avg:
3.58
pDev:
15.64%
 
 
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Photo of JEdmund
3.55/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Rich garnet color, perfect clarity, good head forms but then it dies down (no lacing left either).

Smells primarily of spices—nutmeg, cinnamon, clove—but also some toasted malt and also something a little sweet.

Flavor is nicely balanced considering the spices. Flavor starts off malty then quickly gives way to the pumpkin and spices. Body is light and crisp; the mouthfeel is excellent. Finish has some nice bitterness, which helps cut off those spices from lingering too long. I don’t really get much actual pumpkin flavor unfortunately, though I suspect it’s just such a mild taste it’s hard to bring forward. Slight brown sugar in the finish.

For me, pumpkin ales are a novelty to enjoy one or two of in the fall and that’s it. Still, Sam Adams’ is one of the more drinkable examples I’ve come across. Not too shabby at all.

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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of TheBrewo
3.78/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

We pour a brew of medium brown and rich ruby red. It holds a two finger head of tight, light brown bubbles that billow from the glass. Lacing is spotty and patterned, following a nice retention. Carbonation is medium, and no real haze or sediment is noted. The nose shows real pumpkin spice, but artificial warming sweetness of caramel and candy corn. Cinnamon sugar and apple cider spice also come in, with light notes of nutmeg, clove, and orange flesh. The malts are tinny, metallic, caramel, pale, and wrought with vanilla. Our first impression is that there is nice pumpkin flavoring to the beer, with warming buttery malts. As we sip, buttered popcorn and pumpkin flesh start things off. Cinnamon, pale and caramel malts, nutmeg, and black pepper all add spice. Coriander, orange, and drying wheatiness give the vibe of a Wit, at least here at the front. The peak hits with corny adjuncts, pumpkin sweetness, general sourness of grain, and cooling vanilla bean. The finish shows more vanilla and spice, with sunflower seed nuttiness and saltiness. The malts soften up here, becoming more pale, and certainly more buttery. There is a final sweetness of graham cracker cookie quality and sugars. The aftertaste breathes of more spice, light metals, basement mustiness, booze, and vanilla wafers. The body is medium, and the carbonation is medium. There is nice slurp and smack to each sip, but the feel thins out quite a bit. There is a light watery coating around the mouth, with eventual drying and puck. The abv is fine, and the beer drinks easily.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was the beautiful coloring, and the even taste throughout. The coloring just screams “autumn”. The colors were deep, and the head was frothy and inviting. The flavoring showed nice pumpkin, with a deep malt background of butter and caramel, without becoming too cheap tasting, as some Sam Adams beers tend to do.

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2.5/5  rDev -30.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

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4.89/5  rDev +36.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance - Dark amber pour, a good solid foam sitting on top after a proper pour. Excellent start.

Aroma - light pumpkin, slightly spice smell. I like it.

Taste - malts and pumpkin and pumpkin spices hit in tandem. Fine unison, these flavors. On the swallow there is a light astringency cutting through the sweet, the malt, and the spice. Aftertaste has a touch of abv and the finish reprises the flavors nicely. Impressive flavor for a beer under 7%. Most pumpkin beers only get this big when the abv ramps up some.

Mouthfeel - very smooth, a bit heavy, but perfect.

Drinkability - YES! I'm glad that this has earned its own six-pack release.

Overall - one of the best Pumpkin beers I had to date. SAM did a great job with this.

Serving type: bottle

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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

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

12 oz out of fall mix pack 12

A - dark ruby color, two finger head that slowly goes down to thin lace.

S - spices, pumpkin, bread, maybe some cascade hops

T - pumpkin. Some hints of other spices (nutmeg and cinnamon), heavy malt, slight hop presence.

M - pretty spot on. Right about average for carbonation and heft.

O - a tasty beverage, great style for mix pack, as several in row would be less enjoyable. But this is recommended for all pumpkin fans.

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1.25/5  rDev -65.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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4.05/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a fresh 12oz into a pint glass

A: Burnt caramel in hue with a fluffy, creme head. This looks like a beer I would want in my glass on a (still hot) autumn evening.

S: Meaty notes of pumpkin character sprinkled with familiar spices of nutmeg and cinnamon. The aroma has a good throw and presents a welcome scent upon each quaff.

T: Big, hearty notes of pumpkin bread with a dash of nutmeg and cinnamon. The beer has a bold, consistent flavor all the way through and finishes with a touch of sweetness.

M: Rather full bodied with a great velvety character. I enjoyed the smoothness of this brew upon the palette. Full on flavor but gentle on the palate. Compliments to SA for getting this one down right.

O: I rather enjoyed Samuel Adam's seasonal pumpkin offering. Although a rather tried and true style, BBC just got it right with this one in creating a superbly drinkable and well flavored seasonal.

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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
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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2.92/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Festive Halloween blood-red. A bit of lacing and foam. I like this solely on the red color.

Smell: Decent fruity pebbles smell. Some bubblegum as well. Some nutmeg and maybe a bit of clove.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Mostly spices, especially nutmeg and some cinnamon. There is a strong and cloyingly bitter aftertaste, almost as if something went bad. I might give this another shot fresh on tap, but I'm not a fan.

Overall Drinkability: Most of Sam's experiments usually show some sort of promise, even if they are not my favorite. This one's not good though. Stick to their Octoberfest.

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3.51/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle best before Feb '13. Poured into a hoffman house chalice.

A - Pour straight down the middle generates a large, reddish tan tightly packed head. Color is deep red to brown, very clear. Medium to low carbonation on inspection.

S - Sweet cinnamon with a deep fruitiness, almost cherry-like. Aroma not as powerful as some of the heavier pumpkin beers, but still present.

T - Creamy caramel with a subtle cracker note fades into a very mild brown sugar and allspice flavor. No hops obvious. Finish is modestly sweet. Some pumpkin-like flavors noticed in the finish (like summer squash).

M - Medium to heavy body with mild carbonation. Excellent mouthfeel.

O - An easy drinking, modest but tasty example of the pumpkin ale style. Not as spiced and aggressive as many of the most popular examples, but a clean brew that is easy to drink. Note that this was consumed at cellar temperature, which greatly increased the mouthfeel and enjoyability of this beer.

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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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