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RATINGS: 853   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 192   ABV: 6.4%
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Harvest Ale is our celebration of the changing weather and the sowing of hops and barley that will be used in our upcoming brews. We usher in the fall with a classic English style Extra Special Bitter of the highest order. Deep ruby in color with an even deeper hop flavorÖ in fact, we throw fresh English hops into every brewing vessel, then dry hop after fermentation to impart a zesty kick. This beer has real hop character that mingles with fresh malted barley for an experience that will make you wish it were fall year Ďround.

2011 vintage: 6.7% abv


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerBelcher (972) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 26, 2007
This beer is a bit different than a good number of APAs Iíve had. It isnít a total thick, syrup-y hop-bomb (and I love those...) and it also isnít light and insipid. And it suprised me...itís appearance led me to believe it would be light and flavorless, and it was hoppy and very light and drinkable. This beer is a light gold color, totally clear, and brilliant. It looks like a blonde ale from a large brewer might look like, and looks more than a little like a Budweiser or MGD. Even the head is industrial looking - it is composed of uniformly sized bubbles of a medium size (think the head on a glass of Sprite). It is a bit fizzy and has limited staying power. "Uh-oh," I thought. "I donít think Iím going to like this." The beerís smell started to change my mind. Lightly sweet and substantially hoppy with a lot of pineapple and citrus notes. Flavor was a very light hoppy fruitiness backed with some malt. It had very pleasant APA flavor and middle-of-the-road intensity. Mouthfeel was exceedingly light and this beer was immensely drinkable. This beer was proof to me that brewers can make something as light as a mainstream lager but still very flavorful. Definitely recommended. Highly "unique," but not in a challenging way.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
madcow75 (426) - Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 25, 2007
Bottle. Pours clear, light gold with a very thin white head. Godd hoppy aroma for an APA, a little citrus, pine and resin. Flavoris nice and hoppy as well, lots of pine, not much of a malt presence. Great hoppiness, reminds me of a lighter Alpha King. Finishes a little watery, some bitterness. Good beer, I like.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tomthompson89 (1926) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 25, 2007
golden color, some decent foam nice hop nose nothing crazy but definatly there some good bread malts citrus with a decent malt backbone good mouth feel nice beer.At Joes

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
efrumtheidiot (190) - Colorado, USA - OCT 24, 2007
pours a light amber ith a white head. flowery hoppy aroma with notes of fruit. taste is great, very well balanced with hops, pine, malt, and light fruits. medium bodied with a smooth mouthfeel. gentle bitter aftertaste, refreshing. YUM!

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrHomolka (761) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 23, 2007
12oz. Pours pale yellow with a small, bubbly white head. Standard looking beer. Aroma is freshly hopped with a strong biscuity malt background. Hops are grassy and thick. Strong malt in the background too with the biscuity smell with some vanilla too. Nice aroma and fairly unique. Aroma is smooth, slightly grainy, lots of malt character with a smooth, semi-bitter hop flavor. Easy to drink and pretty refreshing. Nothing earth shattering but a very good example of the style.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
clingman71 (297) - Centerville, Ohio, USA - OCT 19, 2007
Bottle. Very pale straw color with a thick white head and excellent lacing. Begins with a slight malt aroma that leads to hop aroma. Starts with a short initial malt sweetness that gets hoppy and bitter quickly. This is an enjoyable blend of malt and hops, very flavorful. It has a solid dry finish that lingers with hoppiness.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tjthresh (1867) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - OCT 19, 2007
12 ounce bottle form kmweaver
Pour light hazed yellow tiwh a lasting sticky white head.
Fantastic aroma. Pineapple, peach, apricot, toast, and nuts
Balanced flavor with lightly sweet malt and peachy hop flavor. Easy going bitterness.
Palate is light and refreshing. Crisp finish.
I understand the whole fall harvest deal, but Iíd love to have this beer all summer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
joshwilfong (1200) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - OCT 15, 2007
light golden appearance with slight carbonation. nose is somewhat but not overwelmingly hoppy. flavor has only a slight malt initial character with a strong hop finish, almost has an fruity orange finish to it. the beer is solid, but nothing extraordinary and the high rating here surprises me.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
IrishBoy (3926) - Bakersfield, California, USA - OCT 14, 2007
12 oz bottle from Odeed; Thanks Jake; nose of citrus and light piney hops; clear yellow-gold with a medium white head; flavor of grapefruit and piney bitterness. Pretty good APA!

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mcbackus (758) - Merritt Island, Florida, USA - OCT 13, 2007
bottle from rudolf: pours a golden hazy hue with nothing more than a thin white line for a head. aroma of grapefruit and malts with just a touch of toastyness. not much else going on but very enjoyable. flavour is a bitter grapefruit hop with some malt. flavour resembles aroma. avery enjoyable drinking beer with a good bitterness.


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