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

Samuel Adams Harvest Pumpkin AleSamuel Adams Harvest Pumpkin Ale
BA SCORE
3.47/5
2,642 Ratings
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
Ranking:
#41,213
Reviews:
649
Ratings:
2,642
pDev:
15.85%
Bros Score:
3.13
 
 
Wants:
63
Gots:
571
Trade:
1
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Photo of tjsdomer2
2.92/5  rDev -15.9%
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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Photo of GMB
2.75/5  rDev -20.7%

Photo of shigg85
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of AndrewMichael
3/5  rDev -13.5%

Photo of Megahertz
3.51/5  rDev +1.2%
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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Photo of FreshmanPour77
4.25/5  rDev +22.5%

Photo of Lee45102
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of Bpierso1
4/5  rDev +15.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of Mikecap
4/5  rDev +15.3%

Photo of Kerrie
4.5/5  rDev +29.7%

Photo of Larrydoherty
2.75/5  rDev -20.7%

Photo of dcook11
3/5  rDev -13.5%

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3/5  rDev -13.5%

Photo of sparx1100
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of tfsimpkins
3/5  rDev -13.5%

Photo of Milkysunshine
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of Jwillyb
4.5/5  rDev +29.7%

Photo of jnewberry74
3.92/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sam Adams' Pumpkin Ale is a spicy mouthful of Thanksgiving/harvest flavor, heavy on cinnamon and nutmeg. The beer drinks easy, though, and I didn't find the spices too distracting. Not as subtle as Dogfish Head's Pumpkin Ale, this pumpkin in the Sam Adams Pumpkin Ale verges on intrusive. However, in the end, the taste balances out.

I wouldn't want to drink it all the time, but it's a great beer.

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Photo of M_Burkey
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +22.5%

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2.5/5  rDev -28%

Samuel Adams Harvest Pumpkin Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 3.47 out of 5 with 2,642 ratings
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