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

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Samuel Adams Harvest Pumpkin AleSamuel Adams Harvest Pumpkin Ale

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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 ericmunley
3.77/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this from the Dickson City Wegman's in the Sam Adams Harvest Collection Variety 12 Pack.

Poured from a bottle into a Celebrator glass. Sam Adams HPA pours a dark amber with very little head retention.

Smell is attractive, but too faint. The pumpkin and malt is what my nose is primarily picking up.

Taste is surprisingly well rounded. Good pumpkin flavor...not as strong as I would like, but still appetizing. The same malts caught in the nose catches the tongue after the pumpkin flavor subsides.

Mouthfeel might be the best part of this beer. At 5.7% it is surprisingly well rounded and thick.

Asking me about drinkability is probably a poor choice...I can generally drink a lot of everything. With the ABV being moderate, one could easily split a six pack with a buddy on a cool, fall night.

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Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.77/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into a Cavalry Brewing Co. pint glass.

A: Reddish, coppery amber color with good clarity and lazy yet ample carbonation which formed a one and half finger head of frothy, tan foam. Retention is fairly weak, as is the faint lacing left on the glass.

S: Nice aroma of roasted malts, pumpkin and light spicing with the scent of cinnamon stick, ginger and even a little vanilla.

T: Pretty good roasted malt flavor up front which throws the taste of deep-roasted malt husk, a bit of wood smoke and roast pumpkin into the mix. Not overly sweet with a somewhat spicy finish, leaving traces of cinnamon and nutmeg.

M: Balanced, medium-bodied feel with a little creaminess from the head and a slight, spicy pull.

D: I like the fact that it strays away from artificial additives, or at least does a great job of masking that fact. The malt profile is there, which makes the subtle, real pumpkin flavor more enjoyable. Not overly spiced and the 5.7% ABV adds to the warming effect of this new fall seasonal from Sam. Good job.

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

I poured the beer into a pint glass it has 2" white creamy head that stands on top of a nice rich amber color body. I smell a hint of cinnamon and clove. The taste is very nice of pumpkin and spices. It reminds me of a spiced brown ale. The beer has a great mouth feel and i think is a very drinkable fall beer. It flavor and body fits the fall season just perfectly.

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Photo of Zraly
4.14/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a semi-deep amber with a toffee colored head. Nice lacing and head retention. Subtle notes of nuts, squash, and spice in the nose.

Rich, approachable, and expertly balanced, this is a very good pumpkin ale. Sweet malts with a hint of chocolate in the back, along with subtle spices (think nutmeg and cinnamon) linger around the palate. These work wonderfully with the "meatiness" brought about by the pumpkin. Smooth, creamy finish. A hint of nuttiness and fruitiness roams about, and the finish is not at all cloying -- something I find predominates a lot of pumpkin ales.

This is one fine pumpkin ale. It has none of the assaulting (although fun and enriching) qualities that some of the big pumpkin ales carry. Personally, I would buy a six pack of this without hesitation. The most sessionable, approachable pumpkin ale I've ever come across. Sam Adams wins big here.

This would actually make a fine Thanksgiving day beverage. Turkey and the fixins', of course, followed by a piece of pumpkin pie!

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Photo of Liverpool08
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark garnet red. Little white head. Aroma is cinnimon, a little nutmeg and malts. First sip is toasty malt, a little nutmeg, not much real pumpkin. But the flavor is good. More of a spiced Brown Ale. As it warms a little the cinnimon and spices come out more and a little hint of pumpkin too. This is a really nice fall beer. BBC should make this a regular 6-pack offering.

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

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle

Appearance: Its body has a very nice deep reddish amber color with very clarity. From the pour it makes a good inch of creamy off white foam. It quickly settles down to thin covering that just hangs on to the last sip with the help of a few quick swirls. At the top of the glass it leaves some cool lace patterns.

Smell: The aroma has mostly cinnamon notes with some other pie spices over rich dark bready and pie crust like malts.

Taste/Palate: There is a pleasant cinnamon and pie spice character with mild bitterness though out. Pumpkin or squash like flavor is very light but it is there and it is supported buy sweet bready and toasty pie crust like malty flavor notes. The finish is fairly quick with mild bitterness and spice.

Notes: I am really loving this beer right now. This one is a stand out in an already solid fall mixed pack.

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Photo of JMastrangelo
3.91/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

12 oz poured into a Sam Adams glass.

Smell had a stronger pumpkin spice smell, reminiscent of Shipyard's Pumpkinhead. Color was a typical darker amber shade, good amount of carbonation.

Tasted fantastic; crisp, refreshing, almost lighter than other pumpkins on the market. Pumpkin spice flavor is at the same time both there and standing off to the side, to let you know it's definitely a pumpkin beer, but it's not something that's going to make you gag on too much sweetness.

I can see this being paired nicely with a spicy bisque, but definitely not a dessert beer like Southern Tier. Also a good alternative to a Hefeweisse or Octoberfest outside on a cool night outside on the deck; it's light enough where you can casually drink it and be pleased without being distracted.

If it came down to a standard 6 pack, it's not going to usurp Shipyard for me. But with the fantastic mix you get in the Harvest Collection, it's a welcome addition that makes the 12 pack a must buy for me whenever I see it available.

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Photo of bum732
3.62/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

S: Pumpkin spices, clove, cinnamon, mace, bready sweetness, malty richness, faint earthy aroma, soft dark fruit tones.

L: Amber brown, decent off-white head, ok lacing, low retention.

T: Pumpkin pie like malt, semi-sweet. Light toastiness, earthy/herbal medium bitterness. Finishes with a touch of hop resin and sweetness.

M: Medium thin mouthfeel, medium carbonation, nice balance.

Good example of a pumpkin beer, mouthfeel was slightly thin making this beer slightly astrigent. Similar to SA Lager with added pumpkin.

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Photo of Jwale73
4.1/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle served in a standard pint. Pours a beautiful translucent copper with a sizzling, half-inch, cream-colored head that quickly dissipates into a thin, soapy skim - no lacing on this one. Nose smells like pumpkin pie - nutmeg and allspice. Taste consistent with nose. Flavor profile is nicely balanced without being too cloying and there's a nice, subtle cleansing hops presence that comes out towards the back to help dissipate the flavors between quaffs. Moutfeel is medium-light with a lively effervescence. An extremely easy drinking example of the style. I have to say that I am not a huge fan of the style per se, but when I crave a Pumpkin Ale I usually go for a big beer (Pumking, Imperial Pumpkin, etc.). Having tried this brew, it has made me rethink my position. A very satisfying and balanced brew without the cloying quality and alcohol punch in the face.

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Photo of Tundruth
3.7/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Light reddish brown color that is somewhat hazy.

S- picking up on some cinnamon, brown sugar, toasted malts, hops, pumpkin, and spices.

T- tastes what I would expect a well brewed pumpkin ale to taste like, strong but not nearly overpower pumpkin flavors that are complimented well by the malts and other ingredients used. Also tasting a little like pumpkin pie spices and squash.

M- heavy and thick as it swooshes through my mouth, but I think that this is good considering the robust fall season this beer represents. like caramel as the flavors linger and slowly fade from the palate.

Drinkability: seems pretty good, I really enjoy the flavors so I wouldn't mind going for another one. two seems like it would probably be the limit though, as this is a bold and full-bodied beer.

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Photo of GilGarp
3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Part of the harvest 12 pack.

12 oz. bottle served cool into a pint glass.

Harvest Pumpkin Ale is a redish-orange amber color with good clarity. The head is short and short-lived. No lace left behind.

Aroma is similar to their Oktoberfest but with a little added pumpkin pie spice.

Flavor is just about right for a pumpkin beer. A nice sweet amber malt base with great pumpkin pie spice and maybe a bit of the real pumpkin itself.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low-plus carbonation.

Overall a very good example of the style. It's not as good as the Dogfish Head version but a lot less expensive.

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Photo of Swill5786
3.92/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours brownish-red with tan head. Nose is full of spices... Nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves, ginger. Spicy hops, too. Muted caramel with pumpkin up front. Light carbonation, crisp, clean mouthfeel. Light hops at the back; aftertaste is a fine breadiness. Very easy on the palate, fantastically drinkable.

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Photo of thatguy3579
3.45/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A beautiful red-orange in color, pours with lots of head and leaves plenty of lacing.

S: Smells sweet and full of spices, mostly cinnamon.

T: Sweet and spiced - like gingerbread. This is balanced by the bite of earthy hops. Overall, the seasonal spices dominate. I find myself wanting less flavoring and more "beer".

M: Creamy average body with medium carbonation.

D: Sweet and spicy, which is enjoyable, but a bit too much for repeated consumption.

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

This one poured a hazelnut brown in color with a off white poofy head. It smelled of cinnamon and nutmeg with some light pumpkin bread aromas. The taste was mildly sweet, almost syrupy sweet, with good notes of cinnamon and nutmeg. The pumpkin is sutble at best but it is pretty tasty. The mouthfeel is relatively light and pretty smooth with medium carbonation. It's decently drinkable but does seem to get sweeter after awhile.

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Photo of Star80
4.45/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a deep copper, almost mahogany color. This is a darker pumpkin ale than I am used to! Smells like rich malts, and some very subtle pumpkin spice in the background. Tastes like some rich pumpkin, and some faint spices in the background. I taste some solid maltiness in there to bolster the brew, and some finishing hops to round it out. This is a really interesting brew from Sam Adams, and very nicely done. Definitely a more balanced Pumpkin Ale than most offerings, and actually this could be setting a standard for me for the style. It tastes like pumpkin, but the spices and the pumpkin flavor do not mask the ale. So far, I have tried two other pumpkin ales, one that was quite spicey,(ichabod) and one that was a delicious but really rich, amped up pumpkin ale, (Punkin'), and this one fits nicely right in the middle. Very tastey, very drinkable, and hits all the marks. Maybe they should introduce this one in it's own 6-pack.

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Photo of aepb1
4.02/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Light reddish brown with a small white head and a bit of lacing

S- Spicy pumpkin pie! Malts, subtle but, overpowering

T- Bready pumpkin pie crust. Subtle pumpkin. Really smooth. I really get a harvest/fall feel from this taste.

M- Smooth medium bodied, creamy with great carbonation for the style

D- Of if this were on tap in Florida this time of year, I might actually think there was a fall season here...

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Photo of vette2006c5r
4.47/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pumpkin ale poured a dark amer color with a nice head. It smells like pumkin and has a strong malty smell. The taste is heavy, very malty and very strong pumpkin flavors. Easy to drink. Overall very enjoayble wis it came in a six pck. I would deffently get it again.

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Photo of russpowell
3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an effervescent copper with 2 fingers of tan head. Very good head retnetion & above average lacing

S: Cinnamon & brown sugar

T: Pumpkin pie spice, slight squashyness, dryness, some caramel up front. More of the same as this warms, some herbal & woody hops lurking in the background as well. Finishes dry with pumpkin pie spicyness & slight metallic edge

MF: Medium bodied, carbonation starts off sharp, but turns creamy once warm

Nice drinkability here, not a great pumpkins beer but better than most...

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Photo of TommyW
3.8/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Golden, amber body with a bubbly, off-white head.

S- Notes of pumpkin spice and pumpkin with some hints of caramel.

T- Follows the nose pretty well, pumpkin and pumpkin spice sitting atop a malty body. Lingering sweetness to the beer though; could maybe use a little more hops.

M- Medium body with a medium feel.

D- Not a bad pumpkin ale, but there are better ones out there.

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Photo of thespaceman
4.15/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint (apart of SA's Harvest Fall 12 pack)

Appearance: Deep reddish/amber color, nice head slowly rises and dissapates. Excellent head retention all around and the lacing sticks nicely to the inside of my glass.

Smell: Beautiful aromas of spice here, lots of nutmeg, brown sugar, clove and allspice, perfectly aligned, not overpowering to the nostrils. Very authentic for a beer that sits alone in a variety pack.

Taste: Pumpkin pie like goodness, almost like eating a fresh pumpkin pie in liquid form! Beautiful array of spices make up this beer, as in the aroma, the allspice and brown sugar really mend together nicely to put out a more authentic pumpkin beer then alot on the shelves that are overloaded with spice. Very reserved yet full of flavor. Finish consists of a touch of malt spice and a small kick of diacetyl that is not a bad thing, it actually smooths out the spiciness perfectly.

Mouthfeel: Nice on the tongue, stands firm and has a perfect amount of carbonation. Not too thick and not too light.

Drinkability: Pumpkin beers are tough, they are either right on the money or a mess of spices, but SA did it right with this beer, the spiciness is here yet very well balanced to the malt, and it's melded to the point where it taste authentic. I'm pissed you only get 2 in a variety pack and would love to see this released in 6 packs every fall with Octoberfest. An excellent interpretation of the pumpkin style and needs it's own space on the 6 pack shelves immediatley!

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Photo of Doomcifer
3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear amber/copper color with a nice head. Little retention. Smells of bready malts, pumpkin and spice...faint spicy hop aroma. Taste follows the aroma..Pumpkin, grains, nutmeg/allspice finish, spicy noble hops. Nice body, not overly carbonated, crisp finish. This is one of the better pumpkin beers that I have tried. Not usually a huge fan but this is good stuff. I wouldnt call any pumpkin ales very drinkable but this ranks up there.

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Photo of lou50rp
3.9/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had an amber reddish color with an off white head.
Smell was predominatelt pumpkin with a touch of malt. Inviting aroma.
Taste was of pumpkin with a bready taste at the end. Not a lot of spice, just pumpkin and its sweetness.
Medium mouthfeel.
A good brew. definitely drinkable, but in limited quantities due to the sweetness.

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Photo of jeffjeff1
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked this up at work in the Harvest Collection.

Appearance- reddish color, thin head

Smell- malt, some pumpkin

Taste- pumpkin, good

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Drinkability- It was pretty good. I liked it. I would definitely like to have it again.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.04/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, included in the fall sampler pack.

Appearance: A clear copper in color, solid inch of foam and decent retention.

Smell: Bready malts are there initially, later giving way to a nice bouquet of pumpkin pie spice.

Taste: Malty, good spice kick. Pumpkin flavor melds together with roasted and caramel malts. Just a kiss of bittering hop. A well crafted pumpkin ale.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, good level of carbonation.

Drinkability: A fine example of this uniquely American style. I quite enjoyed this.

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Photo of Domingo
3.79/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I went into this expecting a pretty typical pumpkin ale...and while this one doesn't divert from the path too much, it does a good job with the right characteristics.
The beer's a burn orange color with a slightly off white head. Carbonation isn't too heavy, but it does stick around much longer than most other pumpkin brews. I'd say it's also a few shades darker than most, too.
The nose is filled with cinnamon, anise, allspice, and vanilla. Par for the style, although with a hint of roasted malts.
Up front I got an initial note of sweet toasty malts, which was a welcome surprise. The spices (allspice being the leader) come up in the middle and finish instead of taking over everything. The sweetness features the pretty distinct Sam Adams malt flavor...but it does a great job of melding with the cinnamon, allspice, and nutmeg notes. No one flavor dominates. They're apparently using roasted pumpkin within the beer, which if I had to guess is contributing to the toasty character. It's more of a deep amber or mild brown ale body.
Unlike many other pumpkin beers, I don't think a 2nd one of these would be out of the question.
On a cool day I found this to be a pretty nice treat and I was surprised at the lack of overbearing spice.
Even though it's only a bit less strong, this reminds me a bit of a more drinkable DFH Punkin Ale. I think it might be the darker malts.

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