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

2011 Batch with an expiration date of Feb 2012. Sampled on September 8, 2011. This beer is handsome and inviting on the eye with its dark amber-copper color and softly floating head above some wild, ongoing carbonation bubbles. The pumpkin and spices announce themselves in a lower key on the nose. They are there but not overdone. The body is on the full side. Clove, pepper, and sweet malts rule the day in the flavor followed by a moderately bitter finish. This lands high on my list of pumpkin ales but not the highest. Still, quite good.

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Photo of Zorro
3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A clear brown colored beer with a small tan colored head.

Smells a little sweet with brown sugar and pumpkin pie spice. Pumpkin scent is pretty detectable here. Pretty much this smells like watered down pumpkin pie.

Starts out neutral and not sweet like I expected. Very mildly sweet with a good shot of bitterness at the end. Spice is very much subtle here; this is pretty much a brown ale with pumpkin pie nuances. Really a brown ale more than a pumpkin beer.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Drinkability is OK. An OK beer but not one I would want put in bombers so I could get more of it. Two in the Harvest pack is enough.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.07/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a dark amber orange, with a frothy medium white head, some good lace.

S: Great fall nose. Pumpkin flesh, pumpkin cream, allspice and nutmeg. Shades of BA Autumn Maple if not as intense.

T: Has a real nice true pumpkin flavour to start out with. The cinnamon and clove type spices really dominate here more than in the nose, though the spiced cream plays a part.

M: Light/medium-bodied. Pretty smooth, creamy flavour, a tad thin at the end.

D: A darn good pumpkin beer, this is currently best in the Southland at least in early September. It's like Old Fezziwig, a shame they don't sell this in 6-packs.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.23/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a brownish hue, reddish tint, with some moderate head and lace on top of a spicy aroma with subtle sweet malt notes, not much in pumpkin. Taste is the same as the spices are dominant and I just really can't get a handle on the pumpkin; medium-bodied and does pass easy and smooth with some sweetness but not enough. This is an ok offering but not the best pumpkin beer out there by any means.

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Photo of rudzud
3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up from Julio's. Wante to try this for a couple years now...

A - Poured into my Duvel tulip a rich, crystal clear deep copper almost hazelnut with a nice one finger creamy head that faded slowly to leave minimal side lacing and nice haloing.

S - Sweet malts, light pumpkin spice notes, and even some nice pumpkin.

T - More of the same. Some sweet malts typical pumpkin pie spices. A little bit of roasted veg (pumpkin) rounds things out.

M - Nice mouthfeel. Good carbonation for this style though it does feel slightly thin.

O - Overall I enjoyed this sam adam's offering. I'd rather drink this than a shipyard.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.72/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle from CJ's Potsdam NY for 2$

Appearance - Clear brownish red colour with an average size fizzy/frothy beige coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation and there is some decent lacing. The head lasted for around 4 minutes.

Smell - Malts, pumpkin, all spice

Taste & Mouth - There is an above average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, caramel, and pumpkins. There is also a bit of a cola flavour and some all spice. It ends with a slightly spicy aftertaste.

Overall - It doesn't taste as good as it smells, but it also remains fairly drinkable by not being too in your face. I could actually drink a few of these back to back.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.83/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Best before January 2011.

A clear reddish copper colour with a 1 finger head of foam and some good lacing.

The smell has some nice fresh pumpkin pie like notes with some light spicing. It smells promising.

The taste doesn't disappoint as it follows the smell. Nice pumpkin and a toasted malt flavour with a hint of spice.

The mouthfeel is a bit weird; kind of a harshness on the tongue.

Good drinkability for a Pumpkin Ale...

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.51/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Dirty pumpkin pour appears burgundy in the chalice with a light rise of effervesce. Clarity is good, with a pie crust colored head that was small and whispy atop. Lacing is speckled with vast open windows of space.

S: Aroma of cinnamon, toasted pumpkin, light ginger spicing. The spicing is well balanced and lets the natural pumpkin addition scent have an equal and imporant voice.

T: The flavor was toasted pumpkin, cinnamon and nutmeg spicing with just a hint of ginger. Again the natural pumpkin flavor gets a bit more say then most other pie style examples. Sweet toastdeness, munich and a rasiniy caramel sweetness.

M: creamy, pumpkin puree with some toasted edginess feel and a soft carbonation touch.

O: Overall i like how they opted to go the more natural route, where the natural pumpkin and toasted quality gets a better representation then most examples which tries to come off like a richly spiced bomb pumpkin pie. Decent, with a better then average rate of drinkability per style.

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Photo of corby112
3.59/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark ruby red color with golden copper edges and a one finger off-white head that quickly settles into a thin ring. Minimal spots of lacing left behind.

Sweet pumpkin pie aroma with lots of autumnal spices and sweet malt notes. Smells like desert with hints of pumpkin puree, rye, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and clove.

Full bodied with a blast of crisp, zesty spice up front that lingers over the sweeter notes into a slightly dry finish. Hints of pepper, cinnamon, clove, nutmeg and ginger followed by a prominent pumpkin presence as well as some caramel and rye. The spiciness slightly overpowers the pumpkin flavor but it's still pretty flavorful and easy to drink.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
2.5/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Doesn't look like that orange pumpkin color, nor does the aroma really smell like pumpkin.

Taste has more coriander and cinammon that pumpkin too. Too much spice rack that isn't stuff used in pumpkin pie. Other than that, nothing tastes off, just misplaced, like where is the pumpkin? You had one job. . .

I guess this is for people who want a pumpkin ale, but want to barely be able to tell there is pumpkin in it.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.18/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours clear copper with a patient head. Leaves weaker lacing. Head can just barely be labeled 'off-white'.

S-Fake pumpkin and spice. Nutmeg, cinnamon and other Autumn spices. A slice of dark bread. Pumpkin is kinda artificial. Maybe too spiced?

T-Don't love how the pumpkin comes out on the palate. There is also too much spice for me. Autumn spice with little remorse. Bread with butter. Mild yeast.

M-Medium bodied. A bit creamy. Sturdy carbonation. Drinkable.

O/D-Not my favorite Pump. Hard to really deliver with this style. I also really need to be in the mood for this style. Won't be grabbing a seder of this any Autumn in the near future.

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Photo of barczar
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a brilliant deep amber color with a solid beige one inch head that dissipates somewhat quickly.

Deep caramel malt dominated the aroma, sweet and toasty bread following, with a bit of pumpkin and nutmeg at the finish. There's a ginger note present.

Flavor reveals deeply caramelized and toasted malt, nutty and toffee like with a hint of char at the finish. It's fairly sweet, with pumpkin surfacing late, along with a cola-like spice mix of ginger and nutmeg. There's a fruitiness that is offputting.

Body and carbonation are both moderate, and there's a but of a bite at the finish.

Overall, more malt-centric than pumpkin. Better than the overly spiced versions of the style, but pretty subtle for a pumpkin beer. Good malt character.

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Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Sam Adams glass

Appearance: one inch head, dark orange-brown in color, clear, high carbonation

Smell: cinnamon, cloves, all-spice-- pumpkin spices

Taste: cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, toasted malt, touch of bittering hops, and toffee

Mouthfeel: sweet a with a touch of bitterness, high carbonation, medium-light bodied

Drinkability: A very good seasonal brew that I would get a six of--if it were an option. Nothing out of the ordinary--just a very well crafted brew.

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

Pours a dark copper tinted brown, minimal cap of off-white head. Scent brings balance between pumpkin pie spices and toffee-like malt sweetness. Taste brings a firm dose of allspice, clove, cinnamon, moderate toffee and bready malts, muted pumpkin taste compared to other aspects of taste, small grassy and herbal hop presence. Medium bodied, slightly creamy. Solid pumpkin ale, heavy on the malt bill and spice, muting pumpkin qualities.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.7/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured dark amber sort of like the Oktoberfest, with the same creamy white head.

S - Slight caramel with mild cinnamon and nutmeg. Not sure if I can smell any real pumpkin.

T - It was OK. Not too spicy and it seems they did sort of base the Oktoberfest from this since it's sweet and has a nice caramel sweetness base but the spices are really subdued and kind of bland. About halfway down the glass they are so moderate that you can't even taste them anymore.

M - Medium to light. Drinkable.

D - Well I have 3 more and I read some of the reviews to let it warm up a bit to taste more spices or pumpkin but as I figure it in a 30 dollar case it wasn't a bad pumpkin beer for 1.25. Heck Shipyards was 3x worse and I paid a solid 2.50 to try it's badness again just to review it here. Solid brew

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Photo of ColForbinBC
2.41/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint

A deep red amber body sits beneath a two finger light khaki cap. The cap falls quickly, leaving no lace behind.

Weird nose. Cough syrup, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove. No pumpkin to be found. Toasted caramel and sticky toffee are dominant.

The cough syrup component up front is reall off putting. Basic pumpkin spice through the middle with some lingering nutmeg and sticky caramel/toffee. After a while, I start to get some fleshy pumpkin, but maybe I am forcing myself to think its there

Medium body with very low carbonation. Some warming creeps in.

This is a pretty mediocre pumpkin beer. I couldn't really move past the cough syrup component and the general lack of pumpkin is disappointing.

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Photo of DrJay
3.67/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Clear, dark copper, more reddish than orange, with a short beige cap that settled to a collar within a couple of minutes. Lots of caramel and spices in the aroma, mostly nutmeg but with some cinnamon and ginger as well, slightly toasty. Slightly vegetable quality up front in the flavour, moderate bitterness that appeared towards the finish, sweet and spicy in the middle, a little bready. More of the nutmeg and ginger with slight cinnamon that was apparent in the nose. Slightly slick in the finish, nice texture overall, medium to light bodied with moderate carbonation. A decent pumpkin ale, nothing out of the ordinary but pretty easy drinking.

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Photo of Brad007
3.38/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

First pumpkin ale of the season for me.

Pours a nice garnet color with a thick, frothy head into my glass. Presentation gets an "A".

Aroma is chock full of spices with only a hint of actual pumpkin. At least it doesn't overwhelm there.

Taste is light with a hint of spice (I'm thinking nutmeg?) along with just a slight amount of pumpkin. Kind of bland actually.

Mouthfeel is full of slight pumpkin and spice notes. Underwhelming.

Sure, it is still quite drinkable but otherwise, I don't see why they bothered to make a pumpkin ale. You probably know by now that there are much better examples available. Only try if you're really curious.

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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 cbutova
3.67/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Brown sugar hue into a pint glass. Small tan head dissipates rather quickly. No lace from a small ring on the beer.

S- Not the strongest aroma but a decent amount of cinnamon, nutmeg, brown sugar and dark fruit.

T- Pumpkin dessert. The usual suspects with a forward spice presence but not overbearing. Cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin, brown sugar and dark fruit.

MF- Highly carbonated silky light body. Slight residual bitterness.

Drinkable with a pretty good flavor. I would say a tad too much spice for the body and size of the beer.

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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 StJamesGate
3.18/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bright ruby with an orange-tinged double cream yellow head.
Caramelized brown sugar and pumpkin pie spice on the nose.
Caramel, spice and earthy root veg thing then some noble spice but generally just dies.
Apple crumble finish and dry fruit skin linger.
Light, greasy, crisp, thin.

Too light and thin for an ale, with no finish, nothing doing but the vague pumkiness. A spiced ale for lager drinkers. Disappointment.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.5/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Didn't have the orangeness you'd want in a pumpkin ale. Also lacked the aroma of pumpkin, which is mild, but still, a little more cinammon would bring it out.

Taste, still the same problem, not so much pumpkin to it. Coriander seems to be the most prevalent thing, and I doubt its even in the beer. Weird unidentifiable spice presence, its not the cinnamon. Maybe its ginger. Pumpkin is not supposed to be this bitter.

Its easy enough to drink and all, but I wouldn't go out of my way for this one, unless you're a huge pumpkin freak, but if that's the case, you'll probably be even less impressed with this as you'd probably had many of the better ones.

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Photo of barnzy78
2.93/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a brownish-ruby color, with some particulates suspended with a thin beige head that leaves no lacing on the glass. Aromas are weak but spicy - cinnamon & nutmeg, malty grain. Tastes are cinnamon,clove, nutmeg, overseasoned pumpkin pie (seems to be too much clove), cinnamon bun, brown sugar, caramel. Finishing tastes are better than the initial tastes. Nice medium body with ample carbonation. Overall, this one just didn't do it for me, but I'm not crazy over the pumpkin spice beers to begin with.

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

The harvest beers seem to come earlier every year. However, I'm a lover of pumpkin beers, when they're well made, and couldn't wait to give this one a try. It's a chestnut brown color, capped with an off-white head. Good clarity. The aroma is pumpkin pie and malt. It smells like autumn. Modest hop scent and a little toasted character...sizable spice component in the smell. The taste is semi-dry, which is probably necessary to keep the beer balanced. Spice, pumpkin, malt, and a low-level sweetness in the flavor. The pie spices are not overdone, which is a good thing in my opinion. Full in body. Better than most in this style.

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