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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

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Brought back in 2010

Added by Kegatron on 11-10-2008

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Photo of sloejams
4.22/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I love love love subtle pumpkin beers. Here in Southern California, we get none. NONE. Ever. Well, now we get DFH Punkin Ale - but now that they use pumpkin extract isn't just not the same. I do still enjoy it, but it's a shell of its former self.

Per their website, SA uses real pumpkins in their ale. It provides a more natural, more subtle flavor and aroma. The nutmeg, cinnamon are there too, but just enough to get you thinking autumn in New England - something I miss all of the time.

The SA Harvest pack was nice last year, but replacing the dreadful Cherry Wheat with the Harvest Pumpkin Ale was the best move they could have done.

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Photo of Jsnyd05
3.66/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a Lukas Liquor pint.

A: Deep amber color w/ 1 finger foam head that dissipates fairly quickly

S: Not a whole lot going on; faint spice

T&M: Moderate carbonation; slight nuttiness with a hint of pumpkin, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Slightly more spice as it warms. Fairly light with nothing too overpowering.

Overall not a bad brew. Reminds me of fall, with its color and slight pumpkin taste. Because of its balance and subtlety this is actually one of the better pumpkin brews that I have tried. It doesn't try to do too much and for some that may be a turn off. It's a fairly light beer that doesn't go too far, I would definitely drink this again.

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Photo of GregSVT
4.22/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle from the Harvest Collection 12pack

A: Pours a dark amber with a good light tan head that slowly fades to a small layer leaving a good amount of lacing on the glass.

S: The nose is full of pumpkin pie spices like nutmeg and cinnamon and pumpkin.

T: The taste is full of the spices from the nose and loads of pumpkin with a sweet caramel malt flavor. Damn tasty pumpkin ale.

M: The feel is creamy and medium bodied.

D: This is really good and I hope they release it in 6pack form soon.

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Photo of Augustiner719
3.87/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

Beer #4 from the mix pack.

Pours a really nice orange brown color with a pillowy off white head. The retention is minimal but the head recedes to a white cap throughout the session. The aroma is deep roasted pumpkin, nutmeg and cloves. Has a nice brown sugar and cinnamon component that is very nice. The taste is very attractive and promotes all the aromatics into the flavor profile with the addition od candied Ginger. This gives it a rich spiciness that also lightens up the beer. Mouthfeel is off for me because it's over carbonated and not super smooth like most pumpkin beers are. Drinkability is high again on this brew because it's very tasty. Abv according to the website is 5.7% and it's not totally hidden, but integrated well into the beer. Overall it's a very pumpkin beer.

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Photo of ZeroSignal
3.89/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle

A - Pours a red amber with with about a half inch tan head; retention settles to a thin layer quickly, nice lacing

S - Nose is heavy with pumpkin pie spice; cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger. Roasted malts and pumpkin rind.

T&M - Medium bodied; thick feeling but smooth. Flavors from the nose follow through, but I'm personally having trouble getting any pumpkin flavor through the spice. The clove flavor is predominant, and resonates in the finish. There is a light malty sweetness that helps balance the spices.

D - A good amount of flavor for a beer under 6%; those who enjoy a spicy character to their pumpkin beers would dig this.

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Photo of whiplash3825
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From 2010 Sam Adams Harvest Collection 12-pack.

Moderate pour yields a dark copper/ mahogany brew with a short-lived two-finger head.

Maybe the slightest hint of pumpkin on the nose, but mainly spices (cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg... maybe some allspice), along with a solid malt backbone.

Taste is about the same; primarily spices along with just a hint a pumpkin-y sweetness.

Mouthfeel seems just a touch thin for an autumn ale, with a very dry finish.

I couldn't drink more than a couple of these in a row, but I'm not going to blame that on the beer as much as my own taste preferences. I don't like pumpkin, or many of the spices it's typically flavored with. Knowing that, it wasn't as bad as I expected it to be. Still nothing I'll be searching out in the future!

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Photo of 828beagle
4.32/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mahogany color, beige head with some nice lacing. Alluring aroma of a freshly baked pumpkin pie, cinnamon, vanilla, and nutmeg. Outstanding taste of sweet malts and spices, pecans and PUMPKIN. A solid medium-bodied brew with good carbonation. I love this time of year when all the fall seasonal brews come out. They tend to be much thicker and have more complex characteristics than most of the watered down summer beers.

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Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4.33/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle purchased as part of this year's Fall mix-pack. Pours a deep crystal-clear dark copper with nearly an inch of off-white head that dissipates rather quickly. Pumpkin pie spice shares the aroma equally with caramel and bready malt and a hint of pumpkin. Tastes like pumpkin pie spice with caramel and toasty malt notes to balance and just a hint of pumpkin. On the fuller side of medium-bodied with ample but not overwhelming carbonation. Extremely drinkable. As far as Pumpkin ales go, this one is a bit ahead of the middle of the pack. It's not a spice-bomb, it's not overly slick or vegetal. This one is smooth and balanced - not in your face with the flavor, nor is it simplistic or subdued. Very good. Glad to see this in the new fall pack!

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Photo of PintOHops
4/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glass - Official Sam Adams Glass

A - Orange coppery color with visible moderate Co2. It produced a 2-finger head and stuck around decently before falling to a thin ring. It left just a small splash while holding a nice thin ring atop my beer.

S - Off the bat it reminds me a little of there Octoberfest, lots of dense bready, caramel in the aroma. I get a bit of spices like soft cinnamon & pumpkin with muted notes of ginger bread cookies.

T - Very bready with lots of caramel upfront. It unfolds into subtle spicing consisting of clove, ginger, and a touch of pumpkin that you can easily miss. There's a bit of butter cookie in there as well and a nice rounded bitterness on the finish.

M - Moderate to high crispness with a smooth medium body.

D - Another quaff-able offering from Sam Adams. This one is subtly spiced and not overly sweet which is very nice to me. I could sit down with 2-3 pints of this one, just a very well balanced Pumpkin Ale. I might buy this one in the future sometime, worth a try. Cheers!

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Photo of JosiahS
4/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

glass: Samuel Adams Signature Glass

a: Nice burnt orange color or dark copper. 2-finger tan head produced from a semi-aggressive pour into the sam adams glass. Minimal, splashy lacing adds to the appearance.

s: Light pumpkin smell with a spicy overtone of nutmeg and ginger. Caramel malt is also there but much more in the background. No hops to speak of.

t: Classic sam adams rounded flavor. It really works in this beer though. I get a nice caramel malt base with a lightly sweetened pumpkin pie flavor. Ginger, clove and nutmeg all present, it finishes with lingering spice.

m: Smooth and semi-rich(medium) mouthfeel. Just enough carbonation, about low-medium i would say.

d: This reminds me of the start of winter. Halloween, Thanksgiving and on to Christmas. Very well-balanced as SA beers often are. Pretty drinkable.

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Photo of Brad007
3.38/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

First pumpkin ale of the season for me.

Pours a nice garnet color with a thick, frothy head into my glass. Presentation gets an "A".

Aroma is chock full of spices with only a hint of actual pumpkin. At least it doesn't overwhelm there.

Taste is light with a hint of spice (I'm thinking nutmeg?) along with just a slight amount of pumpkin. Kind of bland actually.

Mouthfeel is full of slight pumpkin and spice notes. Underwhelming.

Sure, it is still quite drinkable but otherwise, I don't see why they bothered to make a pumpkin ale. You probably know by now that there are much better examples available. Only try if you're really curious.

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Photo of pdgreen
4.28/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Great coppery colour with a tan head

S- Great all spice, nutmag and cinnomen flavours complent the pumpkin pie smell

T- Blance of the spices with a great pumpkin tatse

M- Plays with your taste buds and has an overall great pumpkin flavour

D- Great Flavour and smell. Over all one of the best pumpkin ales I have ever had.

Serving type- bottle

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Photo of bigfnjoe
4.02/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a perfect pint.

A- pours a really nice dark shade of amber with a one finger light tan head that sticks around for a decent bit of time. Laces nicely

S- smells exactly like pumpkin pie. Nutmeg and cinnamon and pumpkin. This is great.

T- its very...muted. Much more laid back than the Weyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin I had a couple nights ago. Mild tastes of cinnamon and nutmeg with a bit of a pumpkin bite to finish. Very subtle

M- seems a little overcarbonated. Body is fine, though. Nothing exciting.

D- really good fall beer....unfortunately, I'm drinking it in August. Shame these are only in the brewmaster's packs and aren't sold in sixers of their own...nice complement to the Octoberfest

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Photo of pzrhsau
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Very reddish amber color yet still clear. Small laced head that really doesnt stick very long.
S: The spices are most apparent in this beer. All spice, nutmeg and cinnamon to name a few. Some notes of malt and pumpkin but the harvest spices are most dominant.
T: Its very sweet and has a great pumpkin flavor. Crisp with a sharp spiciness.
Drinkability/Mouthfeel: It has a tingly carbonation and is very crisp and very drinkable for this style.

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Photo of JamesS
4.32/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice orange-copper color with a bit of nice head, but no lacing to speak of. Nice scent, a slight sweet maltiness with the barest hint of spice, and with a wonderful gourd-like sweetness. Very nice taste, a nice malty beer with a bit of spice to make up for low hops, but a very nice pumpkin flavor that's not overstated and not cloying like some can be; this is not a pumpkin pie pumpkin ale, thank goodness, but a wonderful ale with pumpkin attributes. Goes down very nicely and will make a great fall beer if they'd release it in six packs or cases, instead of two per fall specialty pack.

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Photo of Tballz420
4.27/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Brown colored body, slight chill haze. Small tan head, pretty good amount of lace. Scent is pumkiny with brown sugar and maybe cinnamon. Taste is very good, one of the better pumkins ive had over the years. Lots of different spice, cinnamon, brown sugar, well-blended pumpkin. Thin to medium mouth, fairly wet. A pleasure to find in their fall sampler, but i would buy a six of this at least once a year if they sold it

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Photo of Gehrig
3.88/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rich amber-brown body with an off-white foamy head; decent retention and lacing.

Mild pumpkin aroma with some cinnamon and a dash of ginger to complement roasted caramel malt that outweighs the pumpkin to a considerable degree. I'd like to smell the pumpkin much more, but it has a nice breadth of aromas.

Good taste, with the pumpkin peeking through more than the nose indicated initially. It blends well with the caramel, with a touch of dark chocolate combining with the spices mentioned above as well. Good balance; a nice blend of sweet and tart.

Good, creamy, effervescent mouthfeel for a fine malty brew, and easy to gulp. I certainly wouldn't put it in the category of ST's Pumpking, easily the best pumpkin brew I've ever had (in no small part because of the greater prominence of the main ingredient), but it's well worth a try, and is a really good addition to the Harvest Collection.

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Photo of BevMoAndrew
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The Sam Adam's Pumpkin Ale pours a clear copper in the glass with a creamy, slightly tan froth. On the nose are aromas of a light grainy maltiness, roasted nuts, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, brown sugar, & pumpkin. All of the aromas are very subtle, but very balanced. On the palate are flavors of cinnamon, nutmeg, & pumpkin - definitely an emphasis of spices. The beer has a slight malty sweetness, but finishes dry. It has a medium minus body, creamy texture, long finish. I would like to have a little more pumpkin, but overall, this is a pretty good beer with good balance. Recommended
ABV-Not Indicated, but I'm guessing it's 6% abv

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Photo of klewis
3.52/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours light brown with a small bubbly head.

S: Spice - predominantly all spice. Rather subtle for a pumpkin beer.

T: Naturally, spice comprises most of the taste with a hint of actual pumpkin. Mildly sweet with a lingering cinnamon taste.

M: Light-medium bodied with an aggressive carbonation that feels prickly on the tongue.

D: Nothing special, but, not being a big fan of the style, I find this beer's saving grace to be its subtlety - it doesn't slap you in the face with spices like some others. It probably won't satisfy those who are eagerly awaiting autumn for the arrival of pumpkin beers, but it's a decent offering nonetheless.

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Photo of samie85
3.28/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a deep ruby color with a tow finger light brown sugar head.

S-Aromas of vanilla, nutmeg, pumpkin, and some slightly roasted notes.

T- A little caramelly with a a dry nutmeg taste, some vanilla, and possibly a hint of pumpkin. Subtract the pumpkin and it reminds me a lot of their Holiday Porter.

M-It's on the low side of medium bodied with ample, prickly carbonation.

D-Pretty easy drinking but it's not quite different enough from the Holiday Porter in the spice department for me to repurchase this one. This is my first pumpkin beer, so I'm eager to try others to compare with.

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Photo of therica
4/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A= burnt orange, modest head, some consistent rimming and lacing.

S= nice, definite pumpkin pie with nutmeg and clove notes, stronger as it sits for a little while. Like Grandma's holiday pumpkin pie.

T= not too sweet, nice, slightly dry, rich malts, pumpkin, spices, modest bitterness.

M= rich, with pumpkin and spices and bitters and dryness.

D= excellent, a great choice for a more dry pumpkin ale. The constant pumpkin flavor might get tiring after a few, otherwise very drinkable.

I'm not a huge pumpkin ale fan but this one is a definite choice for those fans, and especially those who prefer a slightly dry pumpkin over a sweeter one.

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Photo of OverToad
5/5  rDev +44.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

What a wonderful surprise to see this offered this year.

Pours a deep orange color with nice head. Lots of lacing. The taste is fantastic and the best pumpkin beer I've had. Nice spices and I didn't have to look for the pumpkin in this brew.

I really really hope SA makes this in a 6 pack next year, but I do not want them to drop their Oktoberfest either. Oh how I love the fall beers.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.4/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Not retired anymore... Part of the Autumn 12pack. Poured into my Old Guardian Goblet. Thin white head atop a deep amber brew.

Nose is more mild than I was expecting in the spice rack.. some descent cinnamon and mild clove.. mace? A bit toasty.

Flavor is spicy and pretty nice all around for a style that I normally don't appreciate..

Meh... okay for what it is.... but I will leave this one for the peeps who like pie spiced brews.


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