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

A dark amber color with an off-white head. Heavy on the spices, mostly nutmeg and all spice with a bit of cinnamon. Toasted malt and bread aromas with a light sweetness of toffee. The flavor has a nice subtle vanilla note along with the spices. A little bit of gingerbread character to it as well. Not much actual pumpkin to it, but a pretty decent beer anyway.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.

What better way to celebrate the lovely, cooler weather than with a new (to me, anyway) pumpkin beer? This one pours a clear dark tawny-russet topped by a finger of copper-tinged tan foam. The nose comprises toffee, nutmeg, cinnamon, light cocoa, mandarin orange syrup, and a touch of dark wheat. The taste holds notes of lightly toasted caramel, mandarin orange syrup, brown sugar, cinnamon, light clove, light toasted pumpkin seeds, and a good amount of wheat. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a slightly watery feel. Overall, a very solid pumpkin beer, one that doesn't overdo the spice and goes down easily.

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Photo of woodychandler
5/5  rDev +39.7%
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 Huhzubendah
4.03/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is transparent and dark orange. The glass is entirely full of bubbles. The head is two inches thick and leaves a thick sheet of lacing on the glass.

S: Pumpkins, cinnamon, nutmeg, malt. The aroma is well done. I don't detect any artificial additives that so often make this style not enjoyable.

T: The best pumpkin ale I have had this year. Spices enhance the beer without being overbearing. The beer is nice and malty with a good balance among the various flavors.

M: Medium body with alcohol content hidden well. Nice lingering aftertaste that ties the whole flavor profile together.

D: A solid beer and certainly one of the better examples of the style. Unfortunately, the beer is only sold as part of the Samuel Adams Harvest Collection 12 pack.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Look this isn't as bad as some versions but it's still a pumpkin ale, it actually has that pumpkin pie finish to it. Between the malts and the spices added in, this also says brewed with pumpkin. Darker than most versions a dark mahogany almost brown ale appearance with tight bubbled moccha tan head. Fine lacing spreads nicely between sips on the sides of my chalice. Nose has some serious pumpkin pie action kicking, between nutmeg and cinnamon with all spice and canned pumpkin candy sweetness. Pretty good especially considering the mouthfeel which was a bit harsh with spice bitterness in the back of the throat carbonation works and medium to light bodied flows decently enough. Drinkability overall is rather good for this style of beer, especially considering I'd never thought of Sam Adams as a pumpkin ale type of brewer.

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Photo of stakem
3.78/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a sam adams perfect pint glass. The brew appears a dark chesnut amber with beautiful clarity and a tan cap that fades leaving spotty lace.

Aroma has dark toffee malt and a slight vegetative pumpkin feel with slight spice like earthy nutmeg. Almost a darker sweetness of molasses is noticed with caramel too.

Taste carries much of the same profile as the nose with a malty sweetness upfront accenting that vegetative pumpkin character and earthy spice like nutmeg and faint cinnamon. The aftertaste is mostly vegetative and a dryness with spices. Its not over the top but its noticeable as a leading trait.

This is medium bodied and modestly carbonated. An enjoyable pumpkin offering where you can actually taste the pumpkin flavor and not just the spices typically associated with it. Nicely executed.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.29/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pumpkin beer...why not! Best way to describe this beer would be to say...a lite/sugar free pumpkin roll! The malt and spice help to offset a sweetness that can get to sweet...if you know what I mean. I expected more from the aroma and maybe it will come as the beer warms. As far as's tasty...can't lie. I mean seriously pumpkin beer? It's decent. I could drink maybe two per sitting after that I would need to hang myself by my other words...not a session beer for me. But if one is looking for a unique taste....this is a beer for her or him!

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Photo of tdm168
4.14/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber with 1/4" of bubbly head that quickly fades to nothing. Smells of pumpkin spice and subtle caramel malt. This beer tastes like grandma's pumpkin pie; sweet pumpkin, nutmeg, and spices. Smooth, crisp, and medium bodied, very drinkable.

Like dessert in bottle. A sessionable beer that's perfect for the holidays (even though it comes out in August).

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Photo of smakawhat
3.54/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass. More SA festing I guess!

Light caramel head that is really soapy and small. Goes away fairly quickly without much retention. Body color is clear dark amber and very red. No lacing to speak of here while drinking. Head is very weak looking.

Big sweet pumpkin, nutmeg, brown sugar and squash. Well hey pumpkin is a squash but you get the drift. Very big nutmeg sweetness on this.

Taste is sort of lacking. Afterfinish comes of nutmeg and some dry clove with a hint of sweetness on the palate. Mid palate doesn't bring much malt body. A bit wet and exceptional brown spicy hot on the swallow.

Overall in all fairness I am not a fan of pumpkin beers, this one though seems more brown hot spiced forward and I enjoy that more. I could drink this one more easily than other pumpkin beers that is for sure.

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Photo of Billolick
3.67/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle. Enjoy before date notched onto the side of the label.

Pour is mahogany, near clear and shimmering under a moderate medium tan head. Head slowly departs, leaving a thicker collar and moderate slippery blobs of lace.

This is a thick and viscous brew. Smooth and richly flowing over the tongue.

On the nose this one smells just like a slice of pumpkin pie, sweet, bready and softly spiced.

The sniff carries over to the palate, more soft/subtle pumpkin pie/holiday spicing. Pumpkin flavor is moderate, not overpowering, but quite enjoyable.

Decent take on the style, moderately flavorful, moderate sweetness. not cloying. Viscosity make this more of a sipper/night capper kind of fall/winter offering.

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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 GarthDanielson
3.16/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass, the beer pours with a healthy, small bubbled, chunky, light tan head atop a vibrant, bright, dark auburn coloring with only a slight hazing. The nose is a very light semisweetness of pumpkin, with a light blend of cinnamon and nutmeg spicing. Aromas are much lighter than most pumpkin brews. Flavor is a rich malt sweetness, with some pumpkin bread characteristics at the tail-end of the palate. The spicing is very light and faint on the palate, but deepens with the aftertaste, and does a good job balancing overall. The aftertaste is light and balanced, as I said before, but not overly remarkable. The finish is quick and a bit on the limp side. It just quietly exits the palate without a lot of fanfare. This one had a decent start, but comes up lame down the stretch.

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Photo of Tone
3.89/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, brown color. 1/2 inch head of an off-white color. Decent retention and slight lacing. Smells of sweet malt, spice (nutmeg), slight yeast, hint of pumpkin, and a hint of pale malt. Fits the style of a Pumpkin Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, spice (cinnamon, nutmeg, and all spice), hint of earthy malt, pumpkin, hint of hop, and slight yeast. Overall, very drinkable, great blend, and good aroma.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I traded Huhzubendah a Boon Oude Kriek Mariage Parfait for a 12 ounce bottle of this, THANKS! Served in a pint glass. Beer is orange to dark amber with a mild haze, thin haloed head of small bubbles and low carbonation. Some lacing, looks OK.

Aroma is pumpkin-y and lightly spiced. Kind of like caramel in the nose.

Beer is medium and body, the spices are primarily cinnamon and carries through to the back of the mouth, creeping forward with the swallow as almost an aftertaste. Beer is mildly sweet in the forward and candied in the middle although its not pronounced. The finish is mildly dry. Drinkability is fine. Overall its a decent pumpkin beer.

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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 ShanePB
3.67/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fresh 2011 batch, poured into a standard pint glass.

A: Clear dark copper body with some orange hues in the light. A tight, small white head dissipates quickly and leaves absolutely no retention or lacing of any kind. Dismal, bland and boring for the style, oh well.

S: Cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg and hints of freshly baked pumpkin flesh. Faint caramel malts and dough come through towards the end. While I do get some nice flavors off the aroma, as a whole it is very, very muted.

T: Baked warm pumpkin flesh, really nice in displaying an actual pumpkin flavor in the beer. Cinnamon, nutmeg and a bit of bready dough and crust in the linger. Not surprisingly, it's extremely easy drinking and really flavorful once the initial chill wore off and allowed the flavors to come through.

M: Nice and bubbly, easy drinking, medium to light bodied, not bad at all for the style. Nothing is dry or off in the finish or linger, just really solid and well done.

This is one of the few Pumpkin Ales that actually manage to get a very good pumpkin flavor in the beer without overloading on the spices. True, they are present but I think the actual pumpkin "meat" is displayed rather nicely.

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Photo of Gavage
3.91/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a lovely mahogany amber color with a 1" head that falls to a spotty surface foam.

Smell: light spicy aroma with this beer.

Taste: toffee, cinnamon, nutmeg, light earthy tones, and a mild bitterness make up an easy drinking pumpkin ale.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Light crispness from start to finish. Short lasting spice filled aftertaste.

Overall: an enjoyable offering that is pleasurable on a cold fall day.

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Photo of tone77
3.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has an amberish color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of pumpkin pie. Taste is good, pumpkin, nutmeg, other spices, very flavorful. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has good drinkability. Overall this is a good quality brew.

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

The beer pours a beautiful amber color with a thick frothy off-white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a dry, crystal malt and pumpkin scent with subtle hints of cinnamon and nutmeg. The taste is good as well. It has a pretty straight up pumpkin flavor along with an adequate amount of pale and crystal malts. It goes down easy with a bone dry finish and faint hints of spice. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good drinking pumpkin beer. It focuses on the pumpkin character instead of the spices; another solid seasonal from Samuel Adams.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.82/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pumpkin beer is not a mainstream thing here in Orange County, so even one from Sam Adams should cure any pumpkin craving I have. On to the beer:

This is an auburn colored beer with bringht orange hues, solid head and retention, and a little lacing. Smelling the beer blind, I would have said pumpkin pie. It's spiced pleasantly with allspice, nutmeg, and clove. There is a little pumpkin aroma acting as the base. It's a thickish beer with a somewhat gummy feel. Taste: take pumpkin pie, a little alcohol, and a little ABC gum. It's pleasant and drinks fine.

Nice to see a big craft brewer release a pumpkin ale, even nicer that it tastes good.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was really excited to try this one since I look forward to the release of pumpkin beers each fall.

The beer pours a orangish-brown color with a white head. The aroma is class pumpkin ale, with lots of pumpkin and nutmeg notes. The flavor is more of the same. I get a ton of pumpkin, along with the classic pumpkin pie spices of cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice. I also get some caramel malt. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Not quite as good as Southern Tier Pumking, but a step above most of the pumpkin ales that are on the market.

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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 plaid75
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep copper hue with a one and a half finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a rindy pumpkin with the accompanying spices.

The taste consisted of sweet pumpkin flesh, caramel and a drying allspice and nutmeg.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style.

Overall an above average pumpkin ale. I'd like to see these in 6 packs next year.

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

Ruby, almost cherry color; very small head that dissipates rapidly; minimal lacing. Vivid nose of pumpkin spices.

Turns out to be quite tasty; well balanced between the spices and some earthy/gourdy pumpkin flavor; vaguely buttery. The buttery taste is noticed on the finish.

Lively carbonation. Drinkable, actually very good example that delivers pretty highly on the pumpkin flavor. This feels almost like a lighter version of Weyerbacher Imperial Pumkin with more carbonation.

This one is heavy on the spices so beware if that's not your thing!

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.4/5  rDev -5%
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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