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RATINGS: 6   MEAN: 3.87/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.3   SEASONAL: Autumn   ABV: -
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September is harvest time in the Yakima Valley where the bulk of America’s hops are grown. We had freshly-harvested Cascade hops air freighted to us to add a special finish to this special harvest beer. We complemented the cascade ?lwet hop?L flowers in the hop back with Northern Brewer pellets in the kettle and Chinook flowers in the dry-hop for a complex hop profile. Pale Ale malt and a variety of caramel malts lay a rich malt foundation and give this ale its deep red color too. Now, as we reach October and the harvest nears completion, we have this to remember it by. O.G. ?I 16.4/1066. Hops - 50 IBUs


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Indra (2619) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - OCT 2, 2010
Draft at the brewpub. Malt bill has been significantly tweaked from the last time this stuff was around, which was about 5 years ago. Incredibly fresh, floral hop aroma, practically leaps from the glass, and showing lighter background notes of citrus, tropical fruit, pine and very faint sweetness. Clear medium golden in color with a pillowy head. Flavor is very hop-forward, with plenty of juicy, leafy hops at every turn, along with a generous, cleansing bitterness that intensifies towards the finish, but leaving plenty enough of a gently sugary, sweet malt presence to avoid this being an unbalanced hop bomb in any way. Incredibly smooth on the palate and easy to drink, body is medium. Very tasty Harvest Ale indeed. If only I’d been able to bring home a growler...

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
henry3r (586) - Wichita, Kansas, USA - OCT 30, 2005
The tap poured a clear dark amber beverage with a creamy off-white head that was mostly diminishing but left good lacing on the glass. The aroma had a light malt character. This was accompanied by a moderate flowery hopiness with notes of grapefruit in the background. It had a medium-full body with a creamy texture and soft carbonation. The flavor started off moderately sweet. As it matured, the flavor took on a light bitterness and the sweetness faded. The finish was long and had a light alcohol texture.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
csbosox (1223) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - OCT 22, 2005
2005 edition. O.G. 16.85/1066. Hops-90IBU’s. The hops are Chinook this year. pours dark red with a hazy, beige head. Aroma is fresh hops; perfumy, spicy, citrusy, just beautiful. The malt background is there, but it is light. The flavor of this beer is all from the hops. The bitterness level is moderate, maybe a touch more, but not much more.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ray1975 (251) - Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, USA - OCT 15, 2005
Draft.. Poured a orangish brown color with a medium white head. Aroma was very piney with a good sweet malty addition. Flavor was very piney and resinous without the heavy hop bitterness and just enough malty sweetness to make it a very balanced IPA.. Probably one of the best IPA’s I have ever had.

4.2
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerhandy (195) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - OCT 3, 2005
Draft Rich Copper hue with a nice off white biege with subtle greenish tinge colored head.Intense PNW hops aroma the chinook and cascades are both present and pleasant not the cattiness I was expecting.Caramel coated hops with a slight metallic taste or hop astringency coats the tongue but doesnt have the sharp bitterness of west coast hop bombs.Drinkable session brew get it while its on( october )

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
TAR (2495) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - OCT 25, 2004
Draft: Pale gold. Sticky, broken whisp of head. Strong buttered malt husks in the aroma with only a dash of pine, caramel, and lemon oil. Creamy texture with a dense body. Vague minty hop flavor is immediately enveloped by fluffy malt husks. While the diactyl works to richen the pale, lighlty toasted malt base, the hops, unfortunately, become secondary. Quite prominent house character. Completely devoid of pine and substantial bitterness. Touch of tingly acidity. Ends with a staunch cookie malt presence overlaying the subdued hoppiness and mineral touches. Solid, but not quite the standout I was hoping for. Nor is it nearly bitter or bright enough.


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