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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Photo of MIchelle
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Nice beautiful amber colored beer. Pours with a nice full creamy white head.It has a soft pleasant smell, doesn't really hit you in the face with the pumpkin in the smell which to some might be a plus, i'd prefer a little more pumpkin smell. Upon sipping it's a bit more complex tasting for a beer of this style. It has a nice spiced pumpkin flavor that stays with you. The pumpkin is pretty subtle but this is a full flavored easy drinking beer. I'd buy it again if there weren't so many others to try.

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Photo of zac16125
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a stella artois-esque chalice
Best before: Feb 2015

A: Pours a deep, dark cooper with nice ruby hues when held to light. 2 fingers width of tan head builds and then has good retention. A good amount of lacing clings to the sides of the glass. 4.25

S: Lots of cinnamon, and some other spicy notes; pumpkin and doughy yeast. Honestly smells a lot like pumpkin pie. Very nice. 4.25

T: Not as good as the aroma, not even close. Caramel malts, some bitterness, generic spiciness, and faint pumpkin. 3

M/D: Medium bodied, carbonation on the heavier end but appropriate. Drinkability is fair. 3.5

O: Great aroma, but a big let down in the taste. Ill have the other one that came in the variety pack, but after that I dont see myself having this again in the future. 3.5

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Photo of garymuchow
3.62/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

More spices than pumpkin or malt in the aroma. Heavier of the nutmeg. Softer aroma overall.
Good looking, great dark amber that looks like autumn. Tan head that does settle out rather quickly.
More malt in the taste with a clear caramel flavor, but the spice is there too and pushed towards the front. Pumpkin is too much in the background for me, it is very hard to find.
Moderately light feel with the powdery feel from the herb.
This is fine. Nothing exceptional.

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Photo of Jon_Hendricks
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Appearance: deep amber in color, dense

Overall: tastes like pumpkin, dark malt, cinnamon and brown sugar is also prominent. Good beer has a great autumn feel to it. Perfect for the fall season.

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Photo of IPA4LIFE
3.12/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

A- Deep copper, nearly light brown when it pours. 1 finger khaki colored head with weak retention and very little lacing. Looks beautiful.

S- Typical pumpkin and pumpkin pie spices. Subtle hints of toasted pie crust adds to the perception that you are drinking a liquid pumpkin pie.

T- A little sweet nuttiness. Not overly complex (for the style anyway). Slight hints of pumpkin bread with butter. Mostly pumpkin pie spices.

M- A little too thin for me. The head dropped quickly, and I would have preferred a more full-bodied mouthfeel to support the richness of the flavors.

O- While I’m on “richness of the flavors” I do wish they had been just a bit richer. Everything was decent and well balanced, but it all just had the volume turned down a little more than I would have liked.

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Photo of Lou22
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

Got in the Variety Pack. It's enjoyable nonetheless. Clear orangeish-red pour, more of a spicy nose than pumpkin. Smooth tasting with a hint of pumpkin, but more spice tasting than anything.

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Photo of AC-Mivsek
3/5  rDev -16.2%

Pours a clear orange-ish red. Mild carbonation, small head. Nose is very spicy, hard to detect much pumpkin. Taste follows the nose, packed full of spice, nutmeg, cinnamon. It almost drinks more like a Christmas ale then a pumpkin ale. I enjoy this beer as it is very tasty, but I feel it falls short as a pumpkin ale since the pumpkin is overpowered by the spice.

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Photo of dmgeng
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

I enjoyed this beer the past two years in the SA Fall Sampler pack but after trying Schlafly pumpkin ale I realized how "light" this beer was in comparison.

A - Nice orange color with great clarity. Small white head with very light lacing.

S - Light spices come first : i.e. cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and maybe some slight clove. Second to the spices comes the beer smell with some malt and caramel notes

T - Basically a Boston Lager with some pumpkin spices added. This beer starts with the spices from the nose. A light crisp beer flavor in the middle with the malt/grain tones. There is an ever so slight vegetable pumpkin flavor but is extremely subtle. The finish has the spices like cinnamon and allspice that sit on the palate.

M - Light to medium mouth-feel. Light to moderate carbonation. The body was light and crisp allowing for great drinkability and thirst quenching.

Overall, this is an okay pumpkin beer. It doesn't have the flavor depth or spice palate that most craft pumpkin beers have and isn't a good representative of that flavor but with that being said it is very drinkable and would go great watching the game on a crisp Fall day or to wash the turkey down when you don't want a big beer with your meal. It's worth a try and at only $1.10 a bottle and it's hard to pass up the deal. I will definitely get this pack next year but I'll save my better flavored beer for not dinner time.

Glass- Shaker pint

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Photo of samtrillo
3/5  rDev -16.2%


Smell is lacking on the pumpkin. Some pumpkin spice.

Taste is similar. I'm missing the pumpkin. There is the spice there, but you could convince me this was made with no pumpkin and they just added some pumpkin spice to the brew. Disappointing.

Mouthfeel is medium-lite with crisp full carbonation but more enjoyable than blue moon's offering.

Overall too light on the pumpkin.

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Photo of Kris450
4/5  rDev +11.7%

I really liked this beer. The warmer it got, the more flavors I could really extract out of this beer. Tasted like a nice crisp ale on the front end, but finished with a great sweetness of pumpkin and cloves and cinnamon on the end. I couldn't really pick this up well from the smell, but it was such a great beer and I very much enjoyed it. I could definitely put a few of these down as I'm sitting around a fire and enjoying fall.

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Photo of Randygroves
1/5  rDev -72.1%

OK... Forget about the pumpkin in the name. Beer has sugar do you taste that? No. Pumpkin in itself does not have a strong flavor. Its part of the mash. It gives a smoother flavor like a porter except pumpkin was used. Now that we all have that straight.. It is a very well ( near perfect) beer for the season. More hops and less malt sweetness than the Sam's Oktoberfest version. Maybe I was playing Skyrim too much but I felt like I was there while sipping/drinking out of a tall glass in those old drink inn/ houses. I do enjoy other fest beers but this one really fits the bill or season or whatever you want to call it.

So when you pour that beer into that Viking glass and take a good swallow/taste make sure you hold it high and say" Here is to Randy for pointing me into the direction of my Nord ancestors". You can also thank Sam but he just made the beer that's all...enjoy!

Changing my rating to1 for smell and look alone. Bought two more 6 packs that tasted horrible like soap or straight hops.... Called them and complained. Stay away from batch P24640959625 in black letters on the bottle neck!!!!!!!

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Photo of Pegasus
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear deep amber in color with a large, dense off-white head, which persists quite well. Thin Belgian-type lacing coats the glass walls. The carbonation is slight and slow-rising. (3.75/5.0)

Aroma: Pumpkin pie spices dominates the aroma, with cloves and cinnamon particularly notable. Pumpkin is also prominent, as well as dark malt and a mild grassy hop presence. (4.0/5.0)

Taste: Opens with prominent pumpkin, dark malt, and pumpkin pie spices. As the taste progresses, the pumpkin pie spices really shine, with cinnamon being particularly notable. Brown sugar is also prominent. Throughout the taste, there is an undercurrent of pumpkin. Finishes with lingering pumpkin, pumpkin pie spices, and mild herbal hops. (4.0/5.0)

Mouth feel: Smooth soft and pleasant, with zesty carbonation, (3.75/4.0)

Drinkability/notes: Very nice, one of the nicer pumpkin seasonals, well worth a try. It seems a fitting companion to the Autumn Equinox tonight. (4.0/5.0)

Presentation: Packagedin a twelve-ounce brown glass long-neck bottle, served in a Samuel Adams Boston Lager sensory glass.

In Memoriam: Pumpkin (April 1998 - November 22, 2014) - the best cat ever. We will always miss you

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Photo of jwc215
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Enjoy before January notched on label:

Pours amber with a thin, fading head. Spotted lacing sticks.

The smell is of cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice and a hint of caramel.

The tase is of the pumpkin pie spices with caramelized dough. Slight alcohol warmth goes in the finish.

It has a firm medium body.

It's a spicy, sweet-leaning pumpkin ale.

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Photo of dakotaben
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

A - light copper hue that is fairly transparent with a strong look of carbonation. Finger.5 creamy head that dissapated fairly quickly.

S - Pumpkin. cinnamon

T - Well… I guess what should I expect? pumpkin.

M - medium light body with a moderate carbonation taste

O - light, nice pumpkin beer. I think it fits the style decently, but I am not a huge fan from this brewery that I usually love.

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Photo of PvtSnowball
3.65/5  rDev +2%

A nice amber with moderate head and retention. The smell of pumpkin is prominent. Spice and malt also. The spice is a little more powerful in the flavor.

Smooth and lightly carbonated.

I don't normally care for this style, but this is a good one.

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Photo of gillagorilla
3/5  rDev -16.2%

12 oz. bottle poured into a Burley Oak snifter

A: A dark brown with a tinge of amber. A bit of lacing but not much at all with a quickly receding head.

S: Mostly light malts with a tinge of pumpkin spice, that isn't very distinctive. Quite muddled.

T: Just a bland pumpkin flavor that covers the malts and isn't backed up by spice at all.

M: Crisp carbonation throughout.

O: Definitely towards the bottom of the pile of pumpkin beers.

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Photo of ArchimedesSox
3.85/5  rDev +7.5%

Pours a dark copper color with a small half inch head from a less than aggressive pour that dissipates quickly leaving little to no lacing on a 16oz pub glass.

Smell is malty with some pumpkin, and spices making up the majority of the nose. Smell is sort of weak but you do get some.

Taste is pretty darn good. I get the pumpkin up front that turns into more of a pumpkin pie taste with the spices moving in. The end of the taste allows the pumpkin to move on out for the spices to take over leaving the spicy aftertaste which is very subtle.

Mouthfeel is between a medium to watery feel. Carbonation is pretty decent.

Overall, I really like this. It is unimpressive in a few aspects but I like the taste of it so much that I rate it a bit higher.

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Photo of beergoot
3.3/5  rDev -7.8%

The pour leaves a dark copper colored body with a rather thin, bubbly head ( 3.5). Big nutmeg and allspice aroma; smells like a big holiday cookier (3.75). An interesting spicy/bitter flavor that starts out rather weak yet builds to a satisfying finish; a little watery and harsh (3.2). Medium bodied; smooth mouthfeel (3.25).

Okay overall yet rather disjointed and too brash, flavor-wise. The initial smell is most appealing yet fades way too quickly, even at room temperature. And the finish leaves a sort of metallic twang in the mouth that ultimately distracts from any remaining good points. Not bad but hardly a must-have...

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Photo of crzepilot
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Not much head or carbonation in this pumpkin Ale, Nice deep orange hue, with the aroma sense very nice light spice notes. Spices linger in the aftertaste.

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Photo of DoktorEd
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Poured into an English pub glass, this beer has barely any head retention.

Light carbonation, pretty easy to drink. This one is pretty mild in many respects, a little less bold in flavor than the Boston Lager, very light pumpkin flavoring/aftertaste. Overall not a bad beer, good for sensitive palates and lightweights.

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Photo of twi1609372
4/5  rDev +11.7%

honestly not a bad overall beer. the spices definitely do cancel out most of the pumpkin flavor, whatever pumpkin flavor there is its pretty mild.that said, it is refreshing, quite drinkable and has a good taste overall

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Photo of bwood06
3.55/5  rDev -0.8%

A - Deep amber, clear in color. Tan 2 finger head that dissipates quickly leaving a think lacing behind. 3.5/5

S - Definite pumpkin nose. More of the squash though, not necessarily pumpkin pie. Earthy, sweet and malty. A bit grassy as well as a hint of spice, possibly nutmeg and/or cinnamon. Possibly a bit of diacetyl/butteriness. Really like the complexity of the nose here. 4/5

T - Pumpkin (squash). Hint of cinnamon. Slight bitterness on back end. Slight hint of white bread. Not getting a lot of hops or malt. Pumpkin really overpowers everything. 3.25/5

M - Medium bodied that finishes dry. 3.25/5

O - Very interesting beer that reflects the fall season. Not a huge fan of the massive squash flavor but the smell is amazing. Probably would not buy a 6 pack of this but it was an interesting try. My first pumpkin beer. 3.5/5

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Photo of CHickman
2.05/5  rDev -42.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours clear copper/amber color with a huge 2-3 finger foamy light tan head that had a ton of bubbles in it and faded very slowly, and decent spotty lacing.

Smells like fake pumpkin, allspice, cinnamon, potpourri, herbs and a lot of other spices that just make it confusing and almost obnoxious to inhale. The malt and caramel peek through but and basically non-existent due to the over spicing. It does not smell good.

Taste follows suit with this odd fake pumpkin flavor up front, followed by allspice, cinnamon, potpourri, herbs and a lot of other spices; flavor has nutmeg, pepper and pie crust, but those weak additions are no match for the spices in this brew.

The feel was average and alright, but this was a drain pour for me. I don't care for a lot of spices in my beer and this was overkill.

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Photo of TwoLips
2.75/5  rDev -23.2%

One of these days I'm going to taste a pumpkin beer that satisfies my pumpkin beer craving. Until that day, Sam Adams does a mediocre job here, with that creepy cheap aftertaste and falseness that is all too often present in this style.

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Photo of JLSIV
3.65/5  rDev +2%

Poured beautiful copper red into a Sam Adams glass. Head thinner than usual. I won't go into a long course on Aroma and mouthfeel..etc.

What I really like about this ale is that it was NOT over spiced, and I could actually taste the pumpkin. As a bit of a history buff, I wonder if this isn't the most true to the form/style. After all, the colonists grew and brewed with whatever they had on hand. My bet is an understated ale is probably closer to true. I was also impressed with the clarity and color. Sitting in 90 degree Atlanta, it made me think of the fall in New England. This is a good beer.

I will grab a six of this again. It isn't my all time fav, but the folks up in Boston got this one right.

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