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RATINGS: 862   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6   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


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
cking (1175) - North Canton, Ohio, USA - NOV 24, 2007
Another good beer from Southern Tier. Fruity, citrus aroma with light grainy malt. Clear, bright, golden-yellow pour with a thick white head and cloudy lacing. Light and fresh on the palate, snappy and crisp with a nice bitter bite. Mellow and easy going, itís a real drinkable beer. Familiar flavor of pine with lemon and orange. Fresh hop taste with a mild malt backbone. Sort of has a dry wheat quality as well.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kseecs16 (1213) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - NOV 23, 2007
Bottle. Poured an orange hued golden with a thin off-white head that laces well. A sweet citrusy hops aroma. Taste is very fresh, herbal hops, not overwhelming and leaves a trace of nice resiny bitterness.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
a10555 (125) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - NOV 21, 2007
Was looking forward to this beer after hearing about it on a Podcast "The Good Beer Show". What a find. Looks like a typical light colored Ale, but it smells wonderful. You can really smell the hops and some citrus tones. Itís light in the mouth, but man does it pack a punch of hoppiness. Wonderful Beer, wish it was fall all the time.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - NOV 15, 2007
Bottle. Body-light golden hue with a one inch foamy white head. Nose-good clean stale hops, cabbage, light cereal. Very nice clean nose. Taste-crisp, light hops (nice to see a beer that doesnít ram hops down your throat), light 7-up, light citrus, medium soft bitterness, almost creamy. Very well done, and well crafted. Quite enjoyable. Would be a great session beer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (12314) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - NOV 8, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 16, 2007 (Bottle) Pours a clear yellow body with a medium fluffy egg-white head and nice lacing. Aroma of pineapple, apricot, toasted oats, orange, caramel, and grapefruit. Flavor of citric/piney hops, biscuit, tea, and caramel with a soft mouthfeel and a bitter finish.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
McGarnigle (585) - Rochester, New York, USA - NOV 6, 2007
Bottle pours slightly cludy golden with pure white head, lots of lacing. Smells citrusy. Medium body, sharp carbonation. This is fairly bitter (grapefruit., mostly), but has a prickliness to it. Itís starnge. Also, thereís some malt underneath. Itís not just one-dimension of grapefruit bitterness. I like it.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
yesyouam (1016) - Fairport, New York, USA - OCT 30, 2007
Harvest Ale is a hazy golden ale with a fluffy white pillow of a head that has great retention and leaves nice lacing. There are small particles near the bottom of the glass. The aroma is fresh and fruity. It yields powerful pine resin, tangerine and grapefruit. There is a slight starchy malt presence in the nose. It is soft and medium bodied in the mouth. There is barely any fizziness and the finish is dry. The bitterness is not as intense as the aroma suggested it would be. Still, the hops are pronounced with the same elements as the aroma. It is juicy and fruity and fresh and bitter. The balance in the flavor is a bit on the treble side, which makes this focus primarily on the bright, lemon peel quality and not on any spice or rumble. Itís simple. This is an excellent session ale! Where did that 6-pack go?

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrBayern (1139) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - OCT 29, 2007
12 oz. bottle. Clear light gold under a medium white head that settles quickly, but leaves a nice sticky lace. Very hop dominated aroma with citrus and spice over a light toffee. Medium body and light carbonation, a bit resinous, and a dry palate. Bitterness rules, but is not excessive, well supported by a light malty base. This isnít at all what I expected, and I was pleasantly surprised. Very drinkable and refreshing.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
legion242 (2336) - Richardson, Texas, USA - OCT 27, 2007
Though I am not a hophead, I appreciated the thought and care that went into this one.

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.


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