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

Samuel Adams Harvest Pumpkin AleSamuel Adams Harvest Pumpkin Ale
BA SCORE
34.8%
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3.47 w/ 2,640 ratings
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
Ranking:
#40,834
Reviews:
648
Ratings:
2,640
Liked:
920
Avg:
3.47/5
pDev:
15.85%
Alströms:
3.13
 
 
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63
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Ratings: 2,640 |  Reviews: 648
Photo of Boone757
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of mothman
3.3/5  rDev -4.9%

Typical pumpkin ale. Tons of pumpkin and spices. Nothing out of the ordinary other than a massive spice load which makes it tough to have a lot of.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.97/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pumpkin beers are an odd lot. Most are just spiced ales, although some do use the actual fruit in the mash. Regardless, many of them seem way overdone, while others barely taste or smell of "pumpkin" at all. In fact, what we're really talking about here are pumpkin pie spices: cinnamon, ginger, allspice, and nutmeg. That said, what I want out of a pumpkin beer is a beer that smells fairly strongly of those spices, and offers a bit of their flavors, but which is also it's own beer underneath. I don't care if it's golden and light (might be an interesting change), or toasty and caramelish (as most are).

Samuel Adams Harvest Pumpkin Ale is of the deep-copper colored, caramelish and toasty variety. Fortunately they've kept it in check and it's not overly malty (and filling). The spices are bright in the nose, and a little bit softer in the flavor. The cinnamon is clear, the allspice is present, and the ginger and nutmeg can be found here and there. They work well with the malt, and provide a bit of balance (the bitterness level is clearly dialed back a touch to compensate for them). It's well-balanced, and highly drinkable.

As far as pumpkin beers go, I could easily enjoy two of these in a row, and possibly a third before I became 'over-spiced' myself. Nicely done!

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Photo of jlindros
3.77/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a decent fluffy 1 finger head that fades semi slowly over mostly clear bright reddish maroon color, but of lacing, bright red color is a bit weird.

Nose brings pumpkin, light spices, some reddish toasty crystal malts, light bready notes and touch of pumpkin pie filling.

Taste starts rich, nice malty flavor with more red malts and bit of crystal, light caramel, some pumpkin comes out with some of the fresh pumpkin and some pie, but very light in the pumpkin area. A light dry bready malt finish with some more lingering light pumpkin pie finish, but not a ton of spices either.

mouth is med bodied, good carb.

Overall not bad, nice malts, light on the spices, pumpkin has fresh flavor and not a ton of canned or artificial flavors, nice dry bready finish.

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Photo of oberon
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint a rich deep rich copper/bronze with a thinner slight off white head atop,aromas are not overspiced wich is a very good thing,toasty with a little cardamom and mace,faint cinnamon in there as well.A lighter mouthfeel detracts from the flavors and richness of the beer in my opinion.Flavors have a real pumpkin flair to them,again the spice is held in check well,and its quite warm and toasty.A solid pumpkin ale,bump up the body on this and it would be great.

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Photo of Thorpe429
2.75/5  rDev -20.7%

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

A: Pours a clear dark copper to amber in color with light amounts of gentle visible carbonation along the edges of the glass and some reddish amber highlights. The beer has a finger tall dark beige head that reduces to a large patch of thick film surrounded by some very thin film covering the majority of the remainder of the surface and a medium thick ring at the edges. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of pumpkin pie spices (nutmeg and cinnamon) over lighter aromas of pumpkin and toasted malts.

T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of toasted malts with some caramel sweetness and moderate amounts of brown sugar + pumpkin flavors. There are some moderate flavors of pumpkin pie spices - specifically nutmeg and cinnamon.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly creamy with some hints of dryness in the finish from the spices.

O: This is a pretty average Pumpkin Ale - nothing overly interesting and nothing really stands out about this one. Easy enough to drink and the alcohol is well hidden. It feels like everything is done rather conservatively.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.53/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light reddish brown color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains a lot of spices, along with pumpkin, caramelized malts and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of caramel, pumpkin and spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger). Then some breadiness comes in from a hearty malt character along with a mild hops presence to create a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, mild kick, very good representation of style, this is a nice beer to drink for a long time if you're in the mood for the style.

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Photo of nickfl
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of ygtbsm94
2.5/5  rDev -28%

Photo of Kegatron
2.7/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a crystal clear copper, with a finger of light mocha head. This settles down into a thin foaminess, that leaves back a light cascade of fizzy lacing. After a while, this gets pretty dead looking overall. The aroma is spicy and sticky in the nose, with a LOT of sweetness present here but some green character does eventually start to emerge. The spice here gets to be just as strong as the sweetness after a bit.

The taste is similar, with a LOT of sweetness from caramel malts and other doughy sugars. There are some green flavors present here but it seems to only rely pretty minimally on any pumpkin flavor, with a green citric bitterness seeming to bring the bulk of it to the table. Pumpkin spices are overdone here as well, really sticking with some strength in the finish, along with lingering dry greenness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a firm creaminess up front that then gives way to more of a flatter heft underneath, which really helps accentuate all of that sweetness.

This just isn’t how I like my Pumpkin beers to be done, with a boatload of syrupy sweetness and spice covering up a lot of what should really make this beer (the pumpkin) and even giving the overall profile a bit of a medicinal feel. I won’t be trying this one again.

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Photo of nathanmiller
3/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of vfgccp
3.7/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of XmnwildX12
3/5  rDev -13.5%

Photo of russpowell
3.63/5  rDev +4.6%
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 atrocity
3/5  rDev -13.5%

Photo of PhineasMcClintock
3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.92/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Part of the Samuel Adams Harvest Collection Pack - $14.99 at the nearby Publix grocery store in Canton, Georgia. Enjoy Before: Jan 2012.

Appearance: Pours a clear, deep amber-hued body with a finger's worth of ivory foam, though it's rather short-lived.

Smell: Sweetish, bready malt notes paired with a scent of pumpkin and encompassed by a blend of cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and ginger.

Taste: Bready, toasty malts with sweet hints of dark brown sugar. Has a good amount of squashy pumpkin flavor as well as the expected pumpkin pie spice blend (without becoming heavy-handed and overbearing) and, of course, the SA proprietary house yeast. Faint, faint touch from the herbal English hops, with a very low bitterness, allowed the spices to do their thing. Small bit of heat from the cinnamon and ginger. A bit of stickiness on the drying, gently spicy finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Overall: I thought it was a very solid, well-constructed pumpkin ale; a nice addition to the Autumn mix.

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Photo of Gkruszewski
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of paulish
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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

I like pumpkin beers, but I dislike that they are released in late-August and gone by October. For that reason, I lay in my pumpkins and await the arrival of October to break them out.

From the bottle: "Early New England colonists were nothing if not resourceful. Lacking traditional malts, they added pumpkin to their brews & the first pumpkin ales were born."; "This modern adaptation uses 4 different malts, and over 17 lbs. of real pumpkin per barrel, for a rich depth of flavor & unmistakable character. Cheers! [undersigned] Jim Koch".

My pour was too much for the glass and I got a little bit of overpour as the result. Allowing it to calm, I got two dense fingers of thick, tawny head with great retention. As it slowly fell, I was left with great lacing. Color was a deep mahogany (!) (SRM = > 27, < 34) with NE-plus quality clarity. They must have filtered the bejeezus out of the beer to get it this bright! I could see into my future and it was my 50th birthday party in Lincoln, NE with Val Midwest for her 21st. Nose smelled like what the Brewdogs boys tried to make in Philly - molasses, cinnamon, spruce tips, pumpkin. This was a revolutionary-era beer if I ever smelled one. The mouthfeel was big, creamy, and full. The taste was beautiful - some malt, some pumpkin, some spice, some caramel. It was like candy, but not in a bad way. Leave it to Brewer Bob and the boys to nail it. I think that I have hit upon a new favorite! Finish was semi-sweet, allowing me to savor the flavors without getting overwhelmed with sweetness, which is where a lot of pumpkin ales leave me high and dry. I now want to do a side-by-side with Pumking, which was my previous # 1.

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Photo of Jason
3.13/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz brown bottle with a freshness date.

Heady beginning, amber hued brown color is near crystal clear. Hint of pumpkin meat though the spicing rides higher along with some maltiness in the nose. Very smooth with a feigned fullish body. Spice comes at the palate in an aggressive manner, maltiness struggles to poke through and some alcoholic esters and caramel finally make it through in the spicy-sweet finish.

Way too much spice for my liking, these holiday spiced beers need to be subtle especially if you want any trace pumpkin to come through. Not bad but one bottle is more than enough.

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Photo of ZEB89
3/5  rDev -13.5%

Photo of mikesgroove
3.58/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

reviewed from notes, this was one of the few sam adams i had yet to try and i managed to knock them out over the course of a weekend. poured into a pint glass.

nice reddish orange pour has a decent amount of haze to it that comes forward with a white head that reaches about two inches into the air. settling down it mellows out nicely and cleanly. aroma is pumpkin spice, cinnamon, and nutmeg molded onto a nice light and grainy base. carried over into the flavor it is nothing crazt at all, just a solid spiced ale with hints of bready malts and light grains picking up the slack. smooth, clean finish with little aftertaste.

overall a very solid ale, not the best of the style, but consistent and not something i would turn away from.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.81/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I picked this up at Giant Beer Garden & Eatery in Linglestown. Enjoyed chilled from the bottle in a spiegelgau glass.

THe color is dark copper with translucent clarity with thin tan cap with average bead. The lace clings well. The smell is full of spice with some pumpkin elemnts with light allspice and gentle cinnamon notes with a nutmeg-like citrus woody ester and mild caramel with light vegetal aroma. The feel is good with some moderately spiced and warmth of cinnamon with creamy body and slight sweetness with a semi-dry finish with moderate amount of carbonation and lightly tangy tinge lingers.

The taste is good with mild malt fullness supporting an allspice-like pepper and cinnamon flavor up front with more caramel malt flavors in the middle and light vegetal taste with subtle yeast and tangy nutmeg-like spice toward the back end. The overall take is this is substantially spiced and mostly malty but not overboard in either sense -a pretty decent pumpkin ale, but not the best there is.

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Samuel Adams Harvest Pumpkin Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 34.8% out of 100 with 2,640 ratings
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