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RATINGS: 1901   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 66   EST. CALORIES: 201   ABV: 6.7%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Each fall, hops reach their peak flavor- bursting with aromatic oils that give ales layers of complex flavor and aroma that can only happen at harvest time. For us, fall comes twice a year- once in each hemisphere. This Harvest Ale features "wet" or un-dried whole-cone hops from Yakima, WA that are plucked from the bine and delivered to our brewery within 24 hours of picking.

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3.1
luvcasks (178) - USA - OCT 7, 2007
11th Anniversary - Harvest Ale Looks like a classic Celebration or Pale Ale from the past with a head similar as well. Not a huge aroma.. smells of pine, floral notes and some toasty maltyness Taste is just a little odd seems mixed up with the toasty malt notes competing with flavors of pine and some citrus. What throws this thing off for me is the tea like astringency. If this is meant to show-case the fresh-hop flavors there is a lot lost in translation... the aroma is not impressive and the astringency is very distracting Sorry... I have to say atleast the 24oz bottled version for 2007 is a big disappointment

3.8
emacgee (4723) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - OCT 7, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 2, 2008 Pours a clean crisp copper with a two finger creamy off white head. The nose is extremely fresh hops, man you can smell those hop buds, sweet, citrusy, resiny. The flavor is strong waxy resiny hops, very fresh hops here too. Citrus peel, very spicy hops, crisp, carbonated mouthfeel, waxy lasting finish. Very enjoyable ipa.

3.8
adrian910ss (2606) - Doylestown, PA, USA - OCT 7, 2007
24 oz bottle. Pours a semi clear ruby orange with a medium beige head. Aroma of faint floral hops, pine and some citrus. Taste is a mellow citrus and pine hoppy delight with slight floral tones and a tea finish. Very nice.

3.9
acearl (510) - The Ham, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 7, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 5, 2010 2007 11th Edition. Labled as Harvest Fresh Hop Ale...Sample on tap led me to purchase 2 x 24oz bottles. Rust hue with light tan creamy lasting head with decent lacing. Smells fresh, not overly fragrent hops, medium hops slightly citrusy. Examplified by use of green/fresh hops...Crisp palate lightly carbonated, hints or caramel for sweetness and roasted nuts, and mildly bitter aftertaste. Very enjoyable, good seasonable...Re-rate ’08, ’09 nice and balanced not overly hoppy, rerate ’10 Same dice, not overly hoppy, nice and smooth

3.1
after4ever (8025) - Mukilteo, Washington, USA - OCT 7, 2007
24-oz. 2007. Pours deep rubied crystal clear dark amber with a towering, thick, surging off-white head. Nose is a shocking disaster based on what I’d expect from this brewer and this beer: sweat and must. I actually said "awwww..." out loud like I was talking to a little kid who was sad. Medium body, pleasantly tingly carb, forward nutty and toasty flavors. Rich resiny creosotey hop carries from the attack through the finish. This is one of those true classic beers that you always grab a pint of, but at this point I have serious reservations about the 07 bottles. Maybe this one didn’t get cold enough before serving? I dunno.

3.8
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - OCT 6, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 11, 2011 On tap at the Brickskeller, rating from memory. Fine looking amber pour, with massive wet hop aroma - much more floral and pungent than the usual SN bitterness (which is also enjoyable). Decent malt profile, and fine balance, but this is all about the sticky goodness.

3.8
Jmichael (640) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - OCT 4, 2007
poured into a tulip. pours a clear orange copper with high frothy white head. sweet smooth hoppy aroma, light smooth front to fresh hoppy middle, to slight bitter finish. good, slightly complex, with a slight bitter lingering aftertaste.

3.4
BelgianBeerGal (4289) - Panama City, Florida, USA - OCT 3, 2007
Bottle from the 11th edition. Very nice IPA, slightly better than their standard and the anniversary ale. My only knock is that it fell a little flat with bitterness at the finish.

3.1
Bradrcr (806) - Renton, Washington, USA - SEP 25, 2007
9/23/07 On draught at the Fremont Oktoberfest, Seattle. Aroma is very good but too low and smells like a faint floral hop and sweet malt blend that I wish was more powerful to really breathe in. Appearance is clear gold with a low white head. Flavor is definitely a different kind of hop character with a resiny citrus character dominating, followed by a grassy/sweet malt note; very well blended. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a medium carb feel. Overall, this was fairly good, but I just expected a better hop aroma for a fresh hop beer, but can’t say I’ve had a lot of these, so maybe that’s just how they are.

3.7
kp (10880) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 31, 2012
Name: Harvest Ale
Date: November 12, 1996
Mode: Draft
Source: Taco Mac, Sandy Springs
Appearance: deep amber, thin head
Aroma: pleasant hop aroma with a touch of underlying malt sweetness
Flavor: heavy sweet malt flavor with lots of hop flavor and smooth underlying bitterness lasting through the finish

Name: Harvest Ale
Date: November 12, 2005
Mode: draft
Source: brick store
Appearance: dark amber, solid off white head leaving lots of wonderful lace
Flavor: nice big bitter hop flavor balanced with tons of sweet carmel malt

Name: Harvest Ale
Date: October 25, 2006
Mode: draft
Source: brick store
Appearance: same great beer
Flavor: good citrus flavor to the hops

Name: Harvest Ale
Date: October 12, 2007
Mode: draft
Source: falling rock
Score: 4.1 to 3.6
Aroma: sweet crystal malt aroma with lots of citrus hops
Flavor: well balanced between the citrus hop flavor and the sweet crystal malt
Overall: as good as ever but the bar keeps getting raised

Name: Harvest Ale
Date: October 20, 2007
Mode: bottle
Source: Bulloch’s
Score: 3.6 to 3.8
Aroma: sweet resony hop aroma blends well with the sweet crystal malt
Flavor: huge fresh hop flavor, just enough sweet malt to deliver the hops, long bitter finish
Overall: the first bottling brings back the magic lost on draft

Name: Harvest Ale
Date: January 25, 2008
Mode: bottle
Source: blind tasting with anniv vs cele vs harvest
Score: 3.6
Appearance: a bit better head
Overall: same aroma as the celebration but a lot lighter, back to the sweeter malt flavor from the celebration and more like the anniversary, touch of toasted malt, earthy and floral hops change it up

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 15/20
Rating: 3.8/5.0
Drinkability: 8/10
Score: *** /4

Name: Harvest Ale
Date: October 14, 2011
Mode: Draft
Source: Taco Mac, Fred
Appearance: clear amber, creamy beige head, drippy lace
Aroma: sweet citrus aroma, crystal malt sweetness
Flavor: sweet caramel malt flavor, lots of citrus, balancing bitterness
Overall: much more citrus than the other harvest ales

Name: Harvest Ale
Date: November 09, 2012
Mode: draft
Source: Brick Store Pub
sweet caramel, fresh hops, biting pithy citrus, long bitter finish,

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 14/20
Rating: 3.5/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: *** /4


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