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Brewed by Muskoka Brewery
Style: American Pale Ale
Bracebridge, Canada

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RATINGS: 181   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 65   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Muskoka Harvest Ale was our breweryís pioneering venture into seasonal beers. Now in itís fourth year, our Harvest Ale symbolizes the end of the growing season and the process of gathering mature crops from the fields Dry hopped and brewed using the finest ingredients we can find, this ale has a subtle grassy character reminiscent of the freshly cut harvest. Itís our way of celebrating another prosperous growing season. And weíre proud to share it with you.


4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Randy4Beer (370) - - APR 19, 2014
UPDATED: SEP 26, 2014 A 750ml bottle of the 2013 vintage bought in October an cellared for 6 months. Pours a dark burnt orange. Fairly thick off-white head. Moderate lacing left behind as drunk. On the nose there are some definite grassy notes, some earthiness, and a hop presence, in the form of citrus emerging as it warms up. On the palate, earthy hops, balanced by a nice malt presence and a hint of caramel. Hints of citrus on the swallow. Overall, this is quite a complex beer, with an awful lot going on. Very hard to pigeon hole from a style perspective, and it seems to refuse categorization. Hard to ask for more from a beer drinking experience, and I will buy a couple of bottles of this, each Fall they produce it. UPDATE FOR THE 2014 VINTAGE - I Found this to be lighter, grassier, and far less complex than the 2013 version. I would give this yearís an 8 out of 10, whereas I gave the superior 2013 9 out of 10. Word of mouth is that this is the best year ever for their Harvest Ale but I would have to disagree with those sentiments.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
olio (7958) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAR 22, 2014
75 cl bottle @ Timo A.
Pours dark copper color, small head. Resinous hops on the nose, caramel malts, hay, toffee, pine needles and some sweet fruits. Sweet fruits and caramel, malts, nuts and resin. More like an American Strong Ale.
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3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
laiti (7643) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAR 22, 2014
75 cl bottle vintage 2013 @ Timo A
Aroma is heavy and sweet with fruity notes and hints of hay. Flavour is sweetish with resiny notes, fruity hops and caramel. Heavy stuff, closer to an American strong ale than APA. And rather typical one.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tiong (5116) - Espoo, FINLAND - MAR 22, 2014
750ml bottle @ Timo A. Thanks!

Pours dark amber orange with a thick white head. Aroma of bready malts, caramely malts, sweet syrup, grassy hoppiness and grapefruit. Taste is malty, bready and hoppy with hints of rye, syrup, spices and syrup. Finish is smooth, malty and stingy with some grassy notes, rye, spices and syrup. A bit unbalanced and stuffy, doesnít feel very fresh.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lagerboy (1581) - British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 15, 2014
750 ml corked and caged bottle. Opaque medium copper, off-white foam mostly lasts. Quite grassy, herbal hop aroma. Grassy citrus hop taste, lightly bitter evergreen, mild spice, yeasty and floral, mild unsweet malt. Average carbonation, medium bodied, more aggressively hopped. Finishes clean and dry. NFL (Not For Lagerboys)

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Idiosynkrasie (5027) - Bielefeld, GERMANY - MAR 6, 2014
750ml bottle [2013 vintage]. Hazy, reddish, darkest copper colour with average to huge, frothy, fairly lasting, moderately lacing, off-white head. Citrusy fruity, hoppy aroma, notes of blood orange, orange, orange zest, a sweaty, resinous touch, caramel malty basis with bitter almond touch and hints of toffee. Taste is bitter hoppy, dry and minimally tart, hints of grapefruit and blood orange, a touch of hay, cautious malty basis with a touch of toffee. Minimally rough and dirty - really nice.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bergenbrewing (24) - Ontario, CANADA - FEB 7, 2014
This seasonal pale ale is pretty enjoyable. Nice large bottle so it can be shared with friends. Nice hoppy aroma and flavor and not overly bitter.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
teddybeer (2810) - Madrid, SPAIN - JAN 26, 2014
Dark coppery colour with a frothy light beige head, good lasting and nice lacing. Aroma has notes od light toasted malts, moderate caramelish, floral and light resins hops, some dark fruits and yeast. Flavor is slightly sweet at the beginning, notes of yeast and slightly ripe fruit, floral and moderate bittery notes in the aftertaste.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
randallpink (13) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 21, 2014
served from bottle into pint glass - 2013 vintage A - slightly hazy copper/auburn, two fingers tan head that has great retention and slowly turns into a nice rocky covering to the beer, leaves amazing amount of lacing on the glass with amazing rings all the way down, passes medium amount of light S - heavy on the caramel malts, toffee, biscuits. earthy and piny, grassy hops off the pour which make way to some more orchard fruit type of smells as it warms, citrus, pineapple, mango T/M - malts, bread, caramel, toast, brown sugar,fruity hops, very sweet when it hits then tongue then the bitterness quickly takes over and dominates, herbal and piny hops linger in the mouth, medium mouthfeel, lowish carbonation, creamy, sticky, slightly astringent (as the hops take over from the sweetness of the malts), spicy bitterness, slightly dry finish o - a wonderfully crafted beer! iíve had quite a few of these over the past couple months and since this was my last bottle i decided to give it a review. all i can say is i canít wait til next year to get some more! so much happening in the complexity of this beer but doesnít seem crowded. flavours seemed to be popping up with each sip. would recommend and buy again! Serving type: bottle

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
dfearnley (1303) - Alberta, CANADA - JAN 16, 2014
Bottle to pint glass Some tropical fruit, orange, and grapefruit, spices, and some caramel and brown sugar. Deep amber with a frothy off-white to tan head and some particulates. Grapefruit, brown sugar, grains, and pepper. A nice smooth (to me) hoppiness at the end. A little chalky and astringent, but nice and creamy. To be honest, this shocked me on how good it is. Iíve rated a few Muskoka beers, but tried a bunch more and Iím generally pleased with what Iím having. Mad Tom is a nice beer at any time, so an APA, I thought would be a lot lighter, but this has good hop character but itís got a well balanced sweetness to it too. The only thing that kills it for me is the palate. My bottle is a few months old and the particulates were given a pass, but the chalkiness hinders the experience for me. I do want to imagine that a fresh pour would be looking and tasting better.


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