For the day that was in it, I decided to give another pumpkin beer a go yesterday. My first of the style was a Shipyard a few weeks back, and it was very poor. This one was more promising.
Sam Adams Harvest Pumpkin Ale pours a nice dark orange with a very short-lived head. The nose is at first a strong sense of dark ale, before a considerable amount of spice takes over. Cinnamon, clove and peel are the main suspects, and they overpower any real smell of pumpkin. That being said, pumpkin doesn't necessarily have a strong smell, does it? The taste is better, with those wheaty, spicy clove characteristics balanced out nicely with fruity sweetness, and the whole thing is rather fully flavoured. The finish has hints of herbal, vegetal coolness, and the overall experience is miles ahead of the Shipyard.
Definitely worth a go.