bu11zeye (12367) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - NOV 8, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
McGarnigle (593) - Rochester, New York, USA - NOV 6, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
yesyouam (1016) - Fairport, New York, USA - OCT 30, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
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?
DrBayern (1139) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - OCT 29, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
legion242 (2343) - Richardson, Texas, USA - OCT 27, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Though I am not a hophead, I appreciated the thought and care that went into this one.
BeerBelcher (972) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 26, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
madcow75 (426) - Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 25, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
tomthompson89 (1964) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 25, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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
efrumtheidiot (190) - Colorado, USA - OCT 24, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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!
DrHomolka (761) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 23, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.