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

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81
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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:
2,638
Reviews:
648
Avg:
3.58
pDev:
15.64%
 
 
Wants:
63
Gots:
565
For Trade:
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1/5  rDev -72.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

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3/5  rDev -16.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of acevenom
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Samuel Adams perfect pint glass. Pours clear dark amber with a tall, off-white head that dissipates at a moderate pace. There is a moderate amount of visible tiny bubbles rising in the beer. There are aromas of cinnamon, clove, allspice, and pumpkin. It smells like pumpkin bread. Those pumpkin bread notes are definitely there up front, but they're not very strong. There's the spiciness from the cinnamon, clove, and allspice and the pumpkin flavors complement the malt very well. The body is light to medium with moderate carbonation. The finish is crisp and clean. The drinkability is high. This is a very good beer that serves as a good introduction to this style.

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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of TwelveOunces
3.7/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz poured into a pint glass

A- Very dark clear amber with a one finger off tan head.

S- I get a lot of cinnamon, nutmeg. A little pumpkin, some herbal notes. Spicy.

T- Not a huge flavor up front but the flavor kicks in after a minute. There is a lot of cinnamon and nutmeg here. Very much a holiday beer. A little clove, some spicy herbal notes. Pumpkin is an obvious taste. A smooth and easy drinking pumkin beer.

M- Nice big feel to it. Pretty easy drinking. Smooth and a pleasant aftertaste.

O- A good pumpkin beer, a great first pumpkin beer.

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Photo of theecaleb
3.11/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Serving temp was around 50 degrees, poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: good look to the beer. Perfect fall color of deep amber or copper, light to medium head, quickly faded away. Almost no lacing.

S: Rather boring, no smell of pumpkin or fall like spices.

T:Taste was almost same as smell, pretty boring. Small after taste of spices and pumpkin. Little taste of malt.

M: Light, but almost watered down.

O: I am disappointed by this brew. I always love fall seasonal beer (even though most of them are not great.) I would go for Sam Adams Octoberfest over the Pumpkin Harvest. I would not recommend this beer to a friend.

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Photo of frankiepop
3.36/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I will start with confessing I used to be but am no longer a Sam Adams fan. I used to love Sam. They changed America beer tastes. They caused the revolution for me at least if not the entire USA. I still love Sam's Honey Porter, but SA seems not to ship it to my stores anymore. Now to their Pumpkin beer review.

I like the appearance. Somewhat dark brown with a hue of orange. And I loved the strong clove and cinnamon spicy PUNKIN PIE aroma.

Ok I love Pumpkin beer. Anyway I love the ONLY one that I have tried. That was Blue Moon Pumpkin ale so see my raving review.

But this beer disappoints when you taste it. There's just a lack of flavor here to give it high marks. The after taste was relatively nice mellow creamy with ONLY a hint of pumpkin. Carbonation was a little high though for my liking so mouthfeel will be ummm a generous 3.5.

Overall just 3.0. A little too disappointing. This reflect the overly cautious approach by Sam Adams anymore.

I think this beer would go well with some soft rock...Fleetwood Mac Rumours or some Wilco.

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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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3.7/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a very dark brownish copper body with a thin head head that quickly fades to just a few bubbles that create a ring around the glass.

S: A strong amount of all spice on the nose and a slight bit of grain and pumpkin.

T: This to me is the best part of the beer. There is a nice amount of pumpkin spice and all spice and even a nice pumpkin pie style flavor as it lingers.

M: A lot of crispness on the tip of the tongue and the back of the throat.. and actually kind of burns going down..

O: This is a nice pumpkin beer and always enjoy a glass of this during the fall.

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3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

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4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of GeckoPunk
3.57/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I agree with BarryMFBurton on this one... Copied from him.

I second the fake sweetness is present in this beer, similar to what the Hazel Brown tastes like to me.

Starting basic with pumpkin ales: Sam Adams Harvest. These guys usually set a good benchmark for styles, it seems.

A: A small, fizzy tan head over a translucent body of dark amber; a wonderful color, but a very average head. Retention is very slight, as is lacing.

S: A spiced malt-fest – pumpkin aromas are present, but only under the overwhelming kick of allspice and cinnamon. It resembles the scent of a pumpkin pie candle rather than the actual food, and it’s the first thing you notice; still, it’s pleasant. Medium-strength bready malt on the back, lightly toasted but with a moderate biscuit and grain husk aroma throughout.

T: You can always tell when low-quality additives have been jammed into a beer, and this is one of those times; the allspice, cinnamon, and nutmeg give off more of a fake sugar and aspirin flavor rather than a nice, smooth spiciness. The off-flavors extend into the aftertaste, unfortunately, but with an overhang of sweet malts and toasted pie crust that show up toward the finish. Slight moment of nutty flavors in the aftertaste, finally showing a few signs of pumpkin flavors; however, the aspartame tastes end up leaving this with a lingering effect of Diet Coke.

M: Way too carbonated; when you think of pumpkin flavors, it’s all about smooth sweets and rich earthiness. As such, the fizz shouldn’t be too big a feature here, and it feels out of place.

O: Hard to call this one a pumpkin beer; it’s more of a light, spiced ale meant for the fall season. Seems like it’s only up from here, as far as pumpkin beers are concerned.

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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Cylinsier
3.4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz.

Pours a clear ruby orange color with an orangish yellow head at an inch, dissipates to a film.

Smells of sweet pumpkin, yams, brown sugar, cloves, nutmeg and cinnamon.

Tastes of mild pumpkin and slight bready malt with some brown sugar and nutmeg.

Medium to thin body with soft carbonation on the roof of the mouth.

Looks great, smells great, tastes a little bland. A fairly average pumpkin ale, drinkable and enjoyable, but not very memorable. Would have again, but would prefer a number of other pumpkin ales first. I like their Fat Jack a little better.

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2.5/5  rDev -30.2%

Photo of TheCondor
3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Side poured with standard vigor from the bottle into the pint glass. Part of the Fall seasonal collection.

Appearance - Pours a transparent brown color, like that of oak, with a decent one and a half finger head that slowly recedes into the brew.

Smell - The fact that this was a pumpkin ale could have been detected right here in a blind test. Allspice, brown sugar, nutmeg, and pumpkin pie all coalesce into a tasty smelling brew. Its' a beer that smells like pumpkin pie. What's not to like?

Taste - Same as the nose. The initial hit is malty, but the spices come on strong soon after and stay with you. Again, everything that makes pumpkin pie tasty is in this brew, almost as if you are drinking pumpkin pie. Cinnamon, nutmeg, brown sugar, allspice, clove, etc.

Mouthfeel - Finishes with a bit of the spices, but mostly just a little watery. Medium high carbonation. No hint of bitterness.

Overall - I liked this brew. I know there are much better fall seasonals out there, much better pumpkin ales, etc. But this is a good offering from BBC/SA, and I really like. I would recommend it to all, even those not necessarily in the craft beer scene. Its' a solid fall beer.

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2.85/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Starting basic with pumpkin ales: Sam Adams Harvest. These guys usually set a good benchmark for styles, it seems.

A: A small, fizzy tan head over a translucent body of dark amber; a wonderful color, but a very average head. Retention is very slight, as is lacing.

S: A spiced malt-fest – pumpkin aromas are present, but only under the overwhelming kick of allspice and cinnamon. It resembles the scent of a pumpkin pie candle rather than the actual food, and it’s the first thing you notice; still, it’s pleasant. Medium-strength bready malt on the back, lightly toasted but with a moderate biscuit and grain husk aroma throughout.

T: You can always tell when low-quality additives have been jammed into a beer, and this is one of those times; the allspice, cinnamon, and nutmeg give off more of a fake sugar and aspirin flavor rather than a nice, smooth spiciness. The off-flavors extend into the aftertaste, unfortunately, but with an overhang of sweet malts and toasted pie crust that show up toward the finish. Slight moment of nutty flavors in the aftertaste, finally showing a few signs of pumpkin flavors; however, the aspartame tastes end up leaving this with a lingering effect of Diet Coke.

M: Way too carbonated; when you think of pumpkin flavors, it’s all about smooth sweets and rich earthiness. As such, the fizz shouldn’t be too big a feature here, and it feels out of place.

O: Hard to call this one a pumpkin beer; it’s more of a light, spiced ale meant for the fall season. Seems like it’s only up from here, as far as pumpkin beers are concerned.

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4/5  rDev +11.7%

Samuel Adams Harvest Pumpkin Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
3.58 out of 5 based on 2,638 ratings.
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