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RATINGS: 1492   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74   SEASONAL: Spring   IBU: 67   EST. CALORIES: 201   ABV: 6.7%
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This ale marks our journey to the only place on the planet where fresh hops are harvested in our spring, the Southern Hemisphere. Our task was daunting-we needed to get the hops picked, dried, flown halfway across the world and into our brew kettle in a little over a week’s time. The result is a North-by-South fusion of fresh New Zealand hops blended with the finest North American malts. Its robust hop character presents an intriguing floral-citrus aroma leading to layers of fresh-hop spiciness. Enjoy!


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rlgk (12025) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - SEP 22, 2009
Stockholm Beer & Whisky Festival 2009. Golden color, offwhite head. Spicy aroma, some bread, some nice balanced hops, citrus. Grassy flavor, fruity, citric, fruity and yet a bit dry.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
chrisv10 (11906) - DENMARK - JUN 25, 2012
Bottle, 2011. Hazy amber with small tan head. Aroma is malt, caramel, hops, citrus and grapefruit. Flavour is malt, caramel, hops, fruit, grapefruit, pine, citrus and bitter.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bhensonb (11904) - Woodland, California, USA - JUN 19, 2008
24 oz. bottle. Brilliant copper color with a significant off-white head. Floral/fruity hop aroma over a lightly roasted caramel. Near medium body with creamy carbonation. Flavor is smacking good fruity/citrus hop over a bready malty flavor. Seems quite well balanced. Finishes reasonably bitter. Drinks smoothly and easily. Killer ale.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (11856) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 31, 2008
(draft) Clear amber body topped by an off-white head that leaves nice lacing. Aroma is medium sweet, floral/grapefruit, light caramel. Taste is medium sweet, grapefruit/lemon, light pine. Light-medium body, some resin, light acidity.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Koelschtrinker (11736) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - MAY 7, 2011
Weicher, aber schon gut gehopfter Antrunk. Im Mittelteil steigt die Hopfigkeit noch etwas und befindet sich dann auf mittlerem Niveau. Weiterhin weich, wenig getreidig, erst spät ziemlich bitter, der Hopfen zeigt sich hier deutlicher, neben dem aromatischen Hopfen ist allerdings auch eine gewisse Wässrigkeit vorhanden. 9/9/10/8/9

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (11463) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 17, 2008
Bottle 24 oz. from River’s Bend. Poured a deep amber with a large off-white head that lasted and produced good lacing. Good earthy hoppy aroma. Medium body with a slick texture. Moderate to heavy balanced hoppy flavor with a moderate smooth bitter finish of moderate duration. Good drinkable brew.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Christian (11421) - Odense, DENMARK - AUG 9, 2009
UPDATED: OCT 5, 2009 Bottle at The Rake. Amber with a small white head. Fruity aroma with especially black currant and peach. Sweet and fruity flavour with a nice, hop bitter finish.

Same numbers, same notes on cask at GBBF.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jcwattsrugger (11315) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUN 8, 2008
22oz bottle–pours a big foamy light tan head that laces and copper color. Aroma is sweet citrus-lemon/pine/grapefruit hops, some medium malt-cardboard. Taste is medium malt-cardboard/caramel then pine/grapefruit/herbal hops. Mid to aftertaste some alcohol. Then half way through some aspirin/tannins come out.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Theydon_Bois (11073) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - AUG 10, 2012
Tap at the Euston Tap - 01/08/12. Pours to a mid cloudy amber with a decent creamy looking head. Slightly floral hops on the nose and a pinch of spice - cinnamony. Well rounded taste - not too bitter, citrus - grapefruit and orange then a little mellower at the end - think biscuity/malts. Medium bodied - smooth and dry finish. Decent enough - plenty of better examples out there though!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAY 25, 2008
UPDATED: DEC 31, 2012
Name: Harvest Ale
Date: May 10, 2008
Mode: Bottle
Source: Tasting, Cellar Party
Appearance: clear amber, fine beige head, lots of drippy lace
Aroma: sweet crystal malt aroma with lots of earthy and floral hops
Flavor: rich crystal malt flavor, lots of earthy hops add lots of balance to keep it mostly dry, nice crystal sweetness sneaks out to add a second wave of flavor, light lasting bitterness

Name: Harvest Ale
Date: May 17, 2008
Mode: draft
Source: barley’s asheville
Aroma: aroma follows the bottle pretty well with some additional citrus hops
Flavor: crystal sweetness shows up in the flavor first thing along with a touch of caramel, citrus hop flavor up front with the earthy hops following behind, the sweetness lingers along with the balancing hops
Overall: better on draft with the added balancing sweetness

Name: Harvest Ale
Date: July 17, 2008
Mode: draft
Source: summits
picking up a lot more sweetness in the flavor along with with a touch of caramel, still good balancing bitterness but the hops are fading,

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 15/20
Rating: 3.6/5.0
Drinkability: 9/10
Score: *** /4


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