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Harvest Ale - Goose Island Beer Co.

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1,010 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,010
Reviews: 400
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 12.3%
Wants: 26
Gots: 28 | 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:
Dark auburn color, citrus hop aroma, caramel flavor, medium body

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-03-2007)
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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

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New York

3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

03-26-2014 02:49:02 | More by Mj46ny
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Mississippi

3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

03-26-2014 01:58:16 | More by BigGold
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Piske41

Illinois

4/5  rDev +7%

03-23-2014 19:39:20 | More by Piske41
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Pegasus

Texas

3.55/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Toned copper with a moderate white head, which retains fairly well; tidemarks adorn the glass walls. The carbonation is fine, vigorous and slow-rising.

Aroma: Cascade or similar hops are out front in the aroma. Lesser toasted malts are present as well. Overall, the aroma seems quite balanced.

Taste: Opens with nicely toasted malts, and a strong, earthy hop presence. A flourish of caramel soon appears to compliment the toasted malts. Throughout the taste, the earthy hops dominate the taste. Earthy and citric hops bring the taste to a close.

As the taste progresses, the hops win out over the sturdy malt backbone.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, full, and pleasant, almost velvety.

Drinkability/notes: A nice presentation, quite atypical of the styles associated with the autumn season, but pleasing, nonetheless.

Presentation: Packaged in a standard twelve-ounce brown glass long-neck bottle with a pry-off crown, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2014 22:52:11 | More by Pegasus
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SharkNado

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +7%

03-16-2014 23:16:53 | More by SharkNado
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Ohio

3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

03-16-2014 22:44:00 | More by KFrank729
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Minnesota

3/5  rDev -19.8%

03-16-2014 12:31:01 | More by TooGood
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JSOBB

United Kingdom (England)

3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

03-14-2014 21:54:06 | More by JSOBB
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Illinois

3/5  rDev -19.8%

03-13-2014 05:42:55 | More by oso
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ms333

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

03-12-2014 01:48:35 | More by ms333
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Zetcha7x

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

03-12-2014 01:47:22 | More by Zetcha7x
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Loco_Joe

New York

4/5  rDev +7%

03-09-2014 20:11:37 | More by Loco_Joe
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Karibourgeois

Texas

3/5  rDev -19.8%

03-08-2014 22:45:34 | More by Karibourgeois
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North Carolina

2.75/5  rDev -26.5%

03-06-2014 17:10:04 | More by EinFesteBurg
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Indiana

3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

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Virginia

3/5  rDev -19.8%

03-03-2014 05:28:58 | More by VeganUndead
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Knoxrb12

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

03-02-2014 21:58:49 | More by Knoxrb12
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dpgoblejr

New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

03-02-2014 03:40:24 | More by dpgoblejr
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JIMTRK16

Illinois

3/5  rDev -19.8%

02-26-2014 20:29:16 | More by JIMTRK16
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nikhilshetty007

Arizona

4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

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RCLOHR267

Indiana

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

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wvsabbath

West Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

02-13-2014 23:00:14 | More by wvsabbath
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TheMirrorOwl

Virginia

3.86/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Poured into a pub glass. Rich copper, moderate head, laces the glass nicely.

Smell: The hops shine out, and combine with the malt scent into an apple-like fruit ester aroma. Some pine and citrus make for an enticing and complex fragrance.

Taste: As with smell, slightly surprised by the hoppiness. Lots of forward fruit, nut and pine, with a well-balanced caramel cereal malt that carries over the bitterness in the apricot finish.

Mouthfeel: Round and thick, carbonation makes it seem slightly grainy, but slides nicely around the mouth. Overall great feel, but I object a little to the carbonation. It's not overbearing, but the initial fizz and ensuing 'fluffing,' though slight, distracts a little from the otherwise nicely rounded smooth mouthfeel. Improves as the beer sits.

Overall: A really nice, well-balanced ale. I've come to appreciate Goose Island for their balance and subtlety (rather than nailing you over the head with expeditious, overpowered concoctions), and this ale doesn't disappoint. Extremely tasty hop-malt balance, and easy to drink; I could knock these back all night.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2014 02:21:22 | More by TheMirrorOwl
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slusk

Virginia

3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: this beer pours a nice clear copper with a decent off white head. Very nice lacing.

S: This brew has a nice Hop forward aroma with a pleasant sweet malt background. The hops are citrusy , piney, almost cascade like but not overpowering. The malt is subdued but present

T: Much as the aroma belies, this has a hop forward balance of pine and citrus with a nice semi dry malt backbone of light caramel. It comes across as a mini IPA if you will but a low fruitiness suits the style. The hops jump up in the beginning but the bitterness on the back end is subdued.

M: A medium light body with a moderate carbonation.

O: This is like an IPA in training. If there was ever a hopheads session beer, this would be it. I like this beer quite a lot for straddling the divide and leaning toward the hoppy end of the ESB/ English pale ale style. Like it a lot.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2014 23:47:15 | More by slusk
Harvest Ale from Goose Island Beer Co.
84 out of 100 based on 1,010 ratings.