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 BeerLovinWoman87
3.78/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. One finger head with nice lacing. Dark Amber color. The smell is very nice, spices with a hint of pumpkin. The taste is very good. Spicy, with hints of malt and pumpkin. The feel is very smooth. I got this beer as part of a multipack and would love to have it again.

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Photo of TopherBreski
3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

First of all, I hate pumpkin everything; this came in a boxed set with two originals I've never had and their awesome Marzen. Very good orange/dark color. Smell is sweet of pumpkin and malts; very good. The taste isn't bad but too bizarre for me; after taste is of pumpkin. I love the malts in this, though so I'll give it a decent score.

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Photo of AngusMcLaurin1001
2.87/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

I thought it was too heavy on the allspice and nutmeg flavor and after taste. Not enough on the pumpkin favor and a little watered down. Aroma is nice and the look is visually appealing. Overall, I would probably not choose it over other choices of like beers.

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Photo of JacobusFavier23
2.93/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

L-Pours a dark amber-ish beer with a solid and thick foamy head.
S-I can smell the pumpkin spice, faint but pleasant aromas of spices. Very nice.
T-Boozy/malty but nice taste. The spices are very subtle and mix well with a pumpkin taste that's similar to the spice taste.
F-Thiner than expected, lightly carbonated. This beer is very easy to drink.
O-Again this beer is super easy to drink. But to be honest, the flavors aren't relevant enough to give this beer a higher rating. It seems like it needs just a tad bit more flavor. With that being said, its worth a try.

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Photo of BigDaddyWarbuxx
3.59/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A nice little bit of sweetness to it. I was hoping for a stronger flavor, but unfortunately this one's relatively mild. I only get a little bit of pumpkin in the aroma, but it doesn't really show up in the flavor.

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Photo of Caj1
3.57/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I thought I had reviewed this beer already, but there hasn't been much said about this beer that I can really add to.

A: Copper/brown with very slight amount of loose, tan head that leaves minimal lacing. It's clear and has light-moderate carbonation.

S: Spices at the front of the nose for sure, smells like cinnamon and cloves, maybe some nutmeg. What you'd find in a pumpkin pie, really. Some caramel from the malt and some earth from the pumpkin but minimal hops.

T: Very sweet and spicy, but the spices don't overpower the pumpkin flavor (has an earthy squash taste.) Malt is where the sweetness comes from and it has a nice toasty caramel taste on the swallow. Bitterness and hops are at a minimum here, but they are not really necessary.

F: Nice burn from the cinnamon and carbonation, and it has a very light texture and body for the type of beer it is. Refreshing without making you feel boozed up after a couple like some other fall ales can do.

Honestly, you know what you're getting if you drink this, and it's not bad. I will reach for it if I want a spicy beer that doesn't offend, but it also doesn't do much to challenge. Still a great perennial entry in the catalogue and one I will continue to enjoy... once in a while, that is.

To good health and good beer.

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Photo of Safa1
3.31/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This tastes like a cola with pumpkin flavors. Seems different than last year. Like a cold pumpkin spice latte without the coffee or milk. Odd. One and done almost drain pour due to sweetness.

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Photo of jzlyo
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Has the clove and cinnamon, as well as pumpkin flavor to it, not overly on the vegetables. Has more actual pumpkin flavor to it than others in the style and a little sweeter, pretty good.

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Photo of RonaldWilsonReagan
4.1/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanksgiving dinner in a glass. Earthy, full bodied, delicious. Taste sticks around a little too long, but is there ever such thing as too much Thanksgiving greatness? Football, turkey, pumpkin pie (and/or pumpkin beer), pass the whipped cream!

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Photo of Trombone69
2.61/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

Not terrible. I am not a big fan of the Pumpkin Beer Style. A little too much pumpkin spice. I'd prefer something a little more subtle. I think next year I'll steer clear of the pumpkin beers.

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Photo of Jeffreysan
3.81/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a very pretty light brown/deep golden amber color with a full finger of off-white/orange head that dissolved into a thin lacing of foam that completely covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Very malty, like freshly baked pumpernickel bread, accompanied by notes of spices such of nutmeg, cinnamon, pumpkin, brown sugar, and all-spice. I also get a few faint notes of hops.

Taste: Great! Very malty backbone, accompanied beautifully by some excellently balanced spices of cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, brown sugar and clove. There is no hops bitterness to speak of, which I overall prefer.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and with very little carbonation. With an ABV of 5.7%, there is no presence of alcohol on the palate.

Overall: I really, really enjoyed this pumpkin beer. I really like the great balance between the malt, the sweet and the spice. Solid, solid pumpkin beer. I’ll get a bottle or two next Autumn.

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Photo of NickTinyRace
4.06/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This beer makes you want to sit back on a cool fall night by the fire place while over looking a beautiful fall landscape. The pumpkin spices fly from the beer straight to your nose. The beer has a strong cinnamon and ginger. Its almost like a gingerbread cookie with a hint of pumpkin to balance it out.

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Photo of brewqueno
2.68/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

Disappointing considering Sam Adams is advertised as being quality craft beer.... Not what I expect for a pumpkin ale. It's lacking in flavor and seems watered down.

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Photo of JohnnyI
3.66/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours with a small cream-colored head that settled quickly in to a thin layer with little lacing. There is nice clarity to the amber liquid. The scent of pumpkin pie spices leap from the glass, making me long for whipped cream and a buttery crust. Small hints of cherry cordial. The flavor is spice-forward and a little unbalanced. Tangy, bold coriander citrus with abundant cinnamon, ginger and allspice. The amber malts and vague pumpkin flavor struggle to keep up. The mouthfeel is medium-thin with a pithy, prickly carbonation. The finish consists of burnt caramel and gingersnaps. Outside of the scent, there is little pumpkin to be found here. It's a gingerbread house in a bottle. Despite the overriding spice themes, this is surprisingly easy to drink. It is somehow cleaner than many of the other comparable offerings, which seems like a a contradiction. Quite enjoyable.

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Photo of scootny
3.74/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A deep clear amber ale with a solid head that hangs out for quite a while. Not much lacing though but there are spots and streaks. Slow gentle carbonation rising in my Becker style glass.

Notes of caramel, pie spice. A hit of pumpkin meat , brown sugar and faint sweet alcohol. A toasted bready undercurrent and a bit of yeast fruitiness.

Taste is one of the better balanced takes in pie spice style of this ale. A sweet malty front quickly flows into a pie and spice swallow. Mild hop bitterness. Body has light caramel and mild pumpkin meat.

Feel is well carbonated and nicely weighted. A bit tingly but pleasantly so.

Good solid brew that went well with my Thanksgiving leftovers and seasonal foods.

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Photo of Foyle
3.4/5  rDev -5%

Poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass

Appearance:a 1" off white head falls quickly with no lacing remaining. Color is a mostly clear reddish amber. Plenty of streaming carbonation.

Aroma: spice is the dominate aroma, a bit of pine also.

Mouthfeel: between light and medium, frothy, with a somewhat dry finish.

Flavor: pumpkin and spice (cinnamon) are the dominate flavors. A bready malt backbone and some tangy hops for balance.

Overall: fruit/spiced beers are not my personal choice of brew, but this is definitely one of the better ones I have had.

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Photo of RyanK252
3.66/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass

A: Pours deep copper amber with a frothy light tan head that fades.

S: Mulling spice, cinnamon and nutmeg stand out, a touch of pumpkin, and some caramel malt sweetness.

T: Big time spice, nutmeg and a little sweet cinnamon, some roasted malt, a little toffee sweetness, a bit nutty, maybe a bit of pumpkin in there (though not as much as others pulled out), with an interesting spiciness on the finish that lingers.

M: Medium body, quite smooth, with moderate carbonation to keep it from getting too thick.

O: A bit too over spiced for me, but not terrible.

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Photo of neenerzig
4.1/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this with my Thanksgiving dinner at my family's house. Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass, this beer pours a clear, medium amber/copper color with some bright hues when held up to the light. White, fizzy looking head with big bubbles that was about 2/3 of an inch thick when first poured. Head dissipated fairly quickly to a thin ring lining the inside of the glass along with some spots of surface foam, but barely any lacing. The head/carbonation/bubbles when I first poured the beer reminded me a lot of what you typically get when you pour a can of soda pop into a glass. Not really what you want/expect from a beer. Aromas of some slightly toasted caramel malts and pumpkin. There's also a hint of yeasty funkiness, but I suppose that could also being the pumpkin smell being accented due to the fact that this beer uses real actual pumpkin and not, or at least not solely, pumpkin spice for the pumpkin flavor. Not much more here aroma wise, but what's here is solid. Has a good, , slightly toasted, caramel malty sweetness upfront followed by some slightly sour, funky pumpkin awesomeness. Rounded out with a light touch of hops. Pretty simple flavor profile structure, but it hits the nail right on the head! Has a crisp, slightly prickly, yet smooth and frothy, medium bodied mouthfeel with surprisingly mild to moderate carbonation. Easy to drink in all the right and good days a well crafted beer should be!


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Photo of mchegash
3.22/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance - 3.25/5
Pours a dark red-brown, with about one finger of head which dissipates down quickly. Can see an average amount of carbonation rising at an average rate.

Smell - 3/5
Strong aroma of nutmeg, cinnamon, and pumpkin.

Taste - 3.25/5
Nutmeg, allspice, pumpkin, sweet earthy malts, a slight fruitiness. Tastes a little watery

Mouthfeel - 3.5/5
In between light and medium bodied, fairly smooth and moderately crisp. The carbonation is moderate intensity.

Overall - 3.25/5
Overall an average brew. Nothing special stands out.

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Photo of EvoRich
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look: Pours a deep copper color, with a red tinge. About a two finger head at first which fades quickly.

Smell: Pumpkin and spices. Sweet sugar and whipped cream.

Taste: Wow, I'm surprised. A lot of pumpkin flavor with a malty and wheaty finish. Much sweeter than I expected.

Feel: Very drinkable. Medium bodied with medium carbonation

Overall: Pretty impressed. I've had this beer many times before. But that was before I considered beer a "hobby". After having so many well regarding pumpkin ales, I wasn't expecting this to be able to compete, but I think it does.

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Photo of humuloner22
3/5  rDev -16.2%

Its Sam Adams, its not outstanding, but it is decent. I am on the downside of "fall" beers at this point. Its very similar to the rest of them. Its got some pumpkin flavor and aroma, but its got a bit more in the way of spice. Not as strong as some it acts like it wants to be two things at once and never really hits that mark. Some beers are super spicy others are more pumpkin in flavor, this particular one is not really either. Maybe that is what some people like, to me its just middle of the road. Which is pretty much the Sam Adams niche.

Aroma: Pumpkin spice caramel notes.

Taste: Kind of light on flavor profile, some pumpkin flavors and spices.

Overall: Decent, worth getting in the mixed 12 pack, but I wouldn't buy a whole six pack of just this.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Perhaps being beaten into submission by anything pumpkin this time each year, the one-ups-man game floods the palate with sweeter, boozier and spicier flavors that continually overwhelm the palate. But the Boston brewers strike an even-keel balance between what's pie and ale.

Brilliantly bronze with brassy highlights, the beer shows crystal clarity while pushing forth a creamy ecru head with enough staying power to release a straight-forward spicy sweetness. While its early taste is toasty, toffee and of brown sugar, its spicier balance come alive across the middle.

Those supportive malt sweetnesses lay the foundation from which a medley of cinnamon, nutmeg and mild clove bounce. Its beautiful spicy sweet culmination layers upon the palate like both pumpkin pie, graham cracker and hearty amber ale. Short of praline, a pecan crusted taste wraps the sweetness and spice before the beer tilts toward finish.

Savory and quite succulent, the beer sides with spice, dryness and toast although sweetness lingers with a simmering quality. Its warmth is aided by pie spices that shore up the beer in dessert-like fashion.

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Photo of Spify
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Pretty decent Pumpkin beer. Pumpkin flavor is present but gets a little more overpowered by other flavors than i would like but still more present than other pumpkin beers i have had.

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Photo of Genuine
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Poured from the bottle a beautiful clear medium to dark amber. The off white head sat on top and stayed for the majority of the pint.

Wonderful aroma of cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger come through. Not overpowering.

Flavor lived up to the aroma with a bit more of a spice kick to remind you that it is a Pumpkin Ale.

Carbonation helped bring some bitterness to the party to even out the sweet pumpkin and malts.

Overall a solid pumpkin ale. I didn't like last years but this year's has grown on me. I would buy it again.

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Photo of HoppyBastard
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Shaker pint glass, "best by" date January 2014.

APPEARANCE: pours a clear dark amber color with one-finger tan head that dissipated quickly leaving a ring of small bubbles, there is very little lacing present, medium carbonation.

SMELL: caramel, pumpkin and spice, subtle and not overpowering.

TASTE: the taste follows the nose, caramel and sweet initially, then you get the pumpkin and spice profile.

PALATE: medium body and carbonation.

OVERALL: this is a good beer, it tastes like pumpkin pie and that is never a bad thing, the smell and taste were not overpowering. This is not my favorite style but I enjoy it during the season.

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