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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4.25/5  rDev +22.5%

Photo of mckenziac
3.41/5  rDev -1.7%
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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3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.18/5  rDev -8.4%
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 -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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3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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4/5  rDev +15.3%

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2.5/5  rDev -28%

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3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

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4/5  rDev +15.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +22.5%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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3/5  rDev -13.5%

Photo of JEdmund
3.55/5  rDev +2.3%
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 +8.1%

Photo of TheBrewo
3.78/5  rDev +8.9%
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 -28%

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3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +22.5%

Photo of CuseItUp
4.89/5  rDev +40.9%
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 +8.1%

Photo of Apellonious
3.88/5  rDev +11.8%
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 -64%

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Samuel Adams Harvest Pumpkin Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 3.47 out of 5 with 2,649 ratings