muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - DEC 3, 2006
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught sample at the Blue Tusk in Syracuse, NY, early October 2006. Pours a pale, bubbly yellow with just a trace of lasting head....massive hoppy-fruity, acidic nose, pungent with drying/rotting apricots and fresh barnyard scents, dry citrus.....on the tongue at first itís quite dry also, a little dull and lifeless briefly but a nice light sweetness develops in the clean mouthfeel and huge bitterness shows up towards the finish....moderate to high carbonation, a bit boring at finish but on the whole this works.
zach8270 (3037) - Henrietta, New York, USA - DEC 1, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(bottle - 12 oz) Dark gold in color with a thin white head. Aroma is lightly hopped with some citrus, pine, and resin. Flavor has a good amount of floral and bitter hops at the beginning, a pine and citrus flavor in the middle and a very dry and bitter finish. Itís been a while since Iíve had the regular Harvest Ale, but whatís the change? Still good though.
Prostman (1077) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 18, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This was a nice beer but was thin bodied for a pale ale. Interesting though in that it packed all of the hop flavor of bigger beers. Well worth a try.
Earlier Rating: 10/19/2006 Total Score: 3.7
Very nice beer. Poured a golden orange color with a thin white head. Looks are deceiving with this one, as the taste is far from plain. A very good beer.
JAF737300 (1291) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 13, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is a great beer for fall. I really enjoyed tatsing this and likened it to when I first had a real micro brew. You will be happy!
HogTownHarry (5905) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - OCT 26, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle (12oz). 2006 version: twist-off, a raised "06 near the base of the bottle, neck-label. Pale clear gold, small white head. Aroma of alcohol, citrus/spruce hops, a resiny tangy malt, almost a hint of turpentine. Taste of herbal/grassy hops with a strong background of pine & resin, very restrained, tangy lemony malt, alcohol, everything restrained, much alcohol bitterness in the finish. Watery body, astringent, slick, alcoholic mouthfeel, very silky yet the linger is almost teeth-squeakingly crisp. Very good, I think the alcohol would mellow and some woody character might come into it on aging.
Earlier Rating: 11/5/2005 Total Score: 3.9
Bottle (12oz). Rich, oily-looking gold with a thin white head. Aroma of rich, oily-resiny-grapefruit hops, yeast, some roast malt - very appealing. Taste follows nose, but is very muted - lighltly oaky, almost like a malty harvest ale, only alcohol-light. I find no flaws and itís quite complex as it warms, average body and a nice oily mouthfeel. This oneís eminently drinkable.
decaturstevo (4413) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - OCT 26, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A gift from a traveling friend. When I poured this I was expecting a pumpkin beer. A nice slightly redgold pour. When this beer arrived I thought it was a pumpkin beer. I was pleasantly surprised to catch an aroma of citrus almost lemon with a nice touch of hops. A big hops flavor dominates but it has a citrusy whang with a tad of malt. Very hoppy for the style but very very nice.
pineypower (2305) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - OCT 25, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, thanks to a buddy. Pours out a nice clear light copper color with a small white head. Floral hops on the nose. Nice mouthfeel with a good complex taste. Very good balance, grassy/floral hop taste with some caramel and slight nut flavors with a bit of a hop kick on the finish. Very solid beer.
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - OCT 25, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A very nice surprise, big hop nose with a bit of sweet graininess like wheat extract. Taste is full of delicious hops and leaves a bit of bitterness on the tongue. A very nice brew indeed.
GregClow (2795) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 23, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle - courtesy of HogTownHarry. Clear, pale golden with a small white head - lighter looking than I expected, but OK. Really interesting hop aroma - itís orangey, but more like orange candy than actual oranges. Quite nice, really. Flavour is quite bitter at first, with lots of citrus and pine, but there are some sweet malts in there as well that start to come through as it warms. A bit of grassiness as well. Good stuff - thanks for the bottle, Harry!
Ron (2182) - Rochester, New York, USA - OCT 22, 2006
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
One bottle from trade with JB. Poured a small white head. Hop aroma. Flavor of hops overpowered everything else for me. Bitter ending.