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RATINGS: 884   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 192   ABV: 6.4%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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 flavor… 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 ‘round.

2011 vintage: 6.7% abv

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3.4
TheOrange (479) - Kent, Ohio, USA - SEP 21, 2008
The pour is rich golden yellow, with a thin sudsy white head. The aroma is strong hops and some citrus. The Hop flavor is stronger than the aroma leads you to believe, But the malt balances wuite well. body is fuller than most esbs. Flavor lingers with a touch slow on the finish. Pretty good beer.

2.8
yankeefan21 (135) - New York, USA - SEP 21, 2008
UPDATED: SEP 10, 2010 Bottle. Pours a clear bright amber with a frothy white head and laceing that sticks to the sides of the glass as you drink. Crisp hoppy nose with hints of pine and citrus. Flavor is slightly bitter but fairly balanced. It’s very light on the tongue with a bit of a watery wet hops finish. Mouth is left feeling damp but thirsty. This was a decent beer but not one that deserves to be in the 90th percentile [currently 91]. The aroma and appearance are not particularly noteworthy and the flavor is comparable to a slightly hoppier [and lighter] version of Sam Adams [decent - not great]. The aftertaste is a little soapy, which was disheartening. I’d give this a chance if I ever saw it on tap but there are way too many good beers out there for me to go out of my way to find this again.

3.8
Drake (14033) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 20, 2008
12 oz. bottle from Wine Warehouse in Charlottesville. Golden color with a medium head. Very big hops in the aroma, resin and pine, with a caramel backbone. Spicy and resiny hop taste with caramel in the background. Sticky, full bodied. Very nice. It’s a hop bomb bitter... I like!

3.9
blipp (9501) - La Mesa, California, USA - SEP 19, 2008
Bottle. Pours clear gold with a white head. Wonderful fresh hoppy aroma, with floral, citric and peachy notes. The body is smooth and the flavor is very well balanced, with more floral hops and peach. Very nice.

3.3
heynik1885 (56) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - SEP 18, 2008
nice golden color, with big fluffy white head, lots of lacing on glass. lots of hop smell and grain some malt, lots of bitter and hop taste, pretty nice beer

3.5
Vas19 (313) - Maryland, USA - SEP 18, 2008
Pours golden with a white head. Tons of hops on the aroma, mostly pine, and a touch of malt. Lots more hops on the flavor, bitter but under control, malt is good for balance. Not my favorite style but still a solid beer.

3.8
adrian910ss (2588) - Doylestown, PA, USA - SEP 17, 2008
Pours a clear yellow gold with a medium white head. Aroma of bitter piney hops with a floral tone touch. Taste is bitter hoppy with hints of light pine and grapefruit.

3.3
kmeves (1098) - Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 14, 2008
Pours a very clear light copper color with a small white head. Aroma is medium sweet, light grapefruit and malty. Flavor is grapefruit, light caramel, light spice and bready. Medium dry finish. Light-medium body, light sticky texture.

3.8
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - SEP 13, 2008
Say, this is good. Wasn’t sure what to expect; thought it might be an Oktoberfest style. Instead lovely fresh hops on the nose, and nice and toasty malt. Slightly nutty flavor of toasted pumpkin seeds. Good malt balance. Really tasty.

1.8
cheap (5958) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 13, 2008
ST, expecting an over the top experience. Lid pop yeilds hop candy pine aroma. Looks ubiquitous pale yellow but is sparkling nicely. Rude hop taste bud bitter mowing palate. Premium bitter? More like an IPA. Soapy oily with lots of biting personality. Lingering bitter nearly terrible slippery mouth coating medicinal finish. Most likely would not purchase again. Burping volatile hoppy gasses. Quite difficult one time 12 oz bottle.


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