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RATINGS: 743   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.31/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 171   ABV: 5.7%
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A perennial favorite at our Brewery Halloween party, this reddish amber ale is perfect for fall. Real pumpkin adds a full body and sweetness, while deep roasted malts lend a toasty finish to this subtly spiced brew.

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3.7
berrya785 (441) - Kansas, USA - AUG 9, 2012
12 oz bottle from assorted 12 pack. Pours a clear orange/copper color with a nice white head. Aroma is pumpkin, nutmeg, and cinnamon. Taste is not quite as nice as the smell but still very good. Flavor is sweet with pumpkins and spice. Very good.

3.5
davey101 (751) - Connecticut, USA - AUG 7, 2012
12 oz bottle into a SA perfect pint. About as fresh as it gets...man this is out early. A - Clear and dark brown body with a two finger high light tan head. Decent amount of lacing. S - Typical pumpkin pie aroma. Cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, light pumpkin and a touch of caramel malt. T - Follows the nose. Great spice with a touch of real pumpkin. Lingering malt sweetness. Mouth feel is medium with decent carbonation, works well with the spice. O - A very solid pumpkin ale. Can’t beat punkin or pumpking, but its one of my favorite sold in the six pack format. Tasty stuff for sure.

3.5
rayOfBeer (680) - El Cerrito, California, USA - AUG 6, 2012
Bottle: amber pour with big head. Aroma is of pumpkin pie with allspice, cinnamon, and pumpkin with some malty toast. Flavor is sweet with malt and caramel, pumpkins and pie spices, along with toasted bread. Good flavor, big malt feel, a bit too sweet but I’ll drink more.

3.7
Huhzubendah (3775) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 2, 2012
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. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 11-01-2010

2.8
Enniskillen (2061) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JUL 28, 2012
Aroma is pumpkin concentrate, spice. Thin white head, light Brown. Taste is light pumpkin, spice, watery.

4
BeckaBenge (2) - Ohio, USA - JUL 9, 2012 does not count
Fall harvest beers are usually my favorite. This one was an excellent pumpkin. Most are too sweet

3.7
jimmie65 (330) - Texas, USA - JUN 14, 2012
Amber pour with a off-white head. Aroma is pumpkin and spice. Medium sweetness (not overpowering) and light bitterness, with pumpkin and spices. The pumpkin could have been overbearing but isn’t.

3
shalloWMeans (169) - Independence, Kentucky, USA - APR 24, 2012
Frothy white head that quickly dissipates into nothing. Darker brownish, bronze color. Like autumn leaves. Heh. Aromas not bad- a nice hint of allspice with a citrussy, woodsy, oaky note. Medium-bodied with a nice caramelly malt flavor. Not much in the way of pumpkin in the taste though. Maybe a slight peppery note in the finish. By no means a great example of the style, but still rather thirst-quenching and quaffable on an autumn’s eve.

2
edgallow (4640) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 15, 2012
12 oz bottle pours amber with a white head. Aroma is malt and spices. Taste is heavy spice and the malt. I think it had too much spice. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.5
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAR 1, 2012
Appearance: deep and dense cherry and mahogany woods. Khaki head is thick, lingering long with a smooth creamy appearance. Lace from first quaff to last.
Nose: massive amounts of dense and pungent spice surrounded by cooked pumpkin. Allspice, nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger along the sides. Brown sugar and cinnamon melt together in ooey gooey caramelized goodness.
Palate: intense middle and finish, light in the front. Chewy with pie crust followed by spices and pumpkin essence. Chocolate powder in the finish. Caramel apple skins on top of the tongue. Pumpkin joins chocolate in the finish while also lingering on the breath. A pervasive presence of the seasons – fall leaves gold red brown and yellow, rakes, and bonfires. Grows denser and richer as it warms – dried plums and prunes join the fray. Borders on overwhelming with richness and intensity of flavors. Carrot juice.
Final Thoughts: for Samuel Adams this was one massive beer with zero indication of the typical house yeast. Big, bold, chewy, and definitely ripe for the season. I craved multiple holiday treats while supping the Harvest Pumpkin Ale, top of the list being pie – apple, pumpkin, and berry.


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