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Harvest Ale - Goose Island Beer Co.

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Harvest AleHarvest Ale

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Ratings: 1,080
Reviews: 404
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 12.06%
Wants: 26
Gots: 53 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Goose Island Beer Co. visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB) |  5.70% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-03-2007

Dark auburn color, citrus hop aroma, caramel flavor, medium body
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Ratings: 1,080 | Reviews: 404
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3.94/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear copper color with a solid head that fades slowly with nice lacing.

S: Aroma is a mixture of malt and citrus, with some caramel sweetness.

T: Taste is a nice mix of malt with a bit of citrus, some caramel sweetness and a bit of fruit in the background. Nice bitterness and a very dry finish.

F: Moderate body, crisp, smooth, clean and refreshing. Nicely balanced.

o: This is a very enjoyable beer that goes down easy. Worth checking out.

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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Deep amber orange body color. Fairly clear with some good rising carbonation. Off white head, only about two fingers tall with little staying power.

Nose is fairly pedestrian but delivers the basics. Slight caramel and light brown sugar with a hint of toasty quality. Clean. A little bit of fruity ester but small.

Taste follows the nose but with a very light flavor. Borderline pilsner feeling crisp, but with light toasty malts and faint fruity quality. Slight banana but very burried. Watery toffee and herbal hop finish compliment nicely on the swallow.

Overall fine for what it is and it is a very light tasting esb which makes for easy drinking.

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3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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3.59/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle date two weeks ago, poured into pint glass. Nice solid off white head, really pleasant amber color. Aroma is certainly malt forward, bready with some sweetness, but also a nice, subdued hope character, not too much for the style. Taste is all about he malt, with a nice level of caramel sweetness.

A ver nicely balanced mild, wonderful British malt character with a nice splash of American hops. As a prior reviewer says, would go great with a meal.

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3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

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3.45/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a nonic glass.

A: Clear, medium amber color with over one finger of off-white foam head. Moderate lacing remains on the glass.

S: Bread is abundant, with complementary yeast that promotes this beer's English-inspired side with evident esters.

T: Begins barely off-dry, with early mixed/cherry fruit and heavy caramel. Sweeter flavors tickle the palate into the middle, with mild acidity after the transition. Malt become generic-toasty, struggling to stand out after the caramel-shock beginning. Bitterness arrives late, not excessive for the style but able to stand up to other flavors.

M: Medium viscosity, slightly sticky and acidic on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: This beer is a bold hybrid American amber ale that manages to cultivate some traditional English qualities. Appropriately malt-focused, it is unapologetic in the way it does not try to subdue or conceal the full force of its flavor qualities. While repetitive by itself, this beer would be good company for a savory meal.

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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

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Harvest Ale from Goose Island Beer Co.
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