Harvest Pale Ale - Bridge Road Brewers

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Harvest Pale AleHarvest Pale Ale

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85
very good

17 Ratings
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Ratings: 17
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 5.73%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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Australia

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  4.60% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: brendan13 on 04-22-2009)
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Reviews by Kroehny_Loves_Hops:
Photo of Kroehny_Loves_Hops
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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Photo of MrKennedy
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle, thanks to spicelab, into a Mikkeller wine glass.

A hazy sort of old gold colour. It has a vibrant milky white head of foam on top that laces well and maintains its height well too.

Smells of mango puree with some pineapple and a kind of husky pine and even pine cones. Quite interesting and quite good.

Taste has a little bit of pine sap to go with the pine and hint of mango. Not as good as you expect from the smell, but still decent.

Lighter body and just a touch of wateriness to it, however it is just 4.4% for this 2013 edition. Decent hop bitterness maintained throughout. Very sessionable.

The best i can recall this beer tasting. Enjoyed it more the 2nd time around as well. A good fresh hop hit and enjoyable to drink.

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours amber with a large head.
Nose shows ridiculously fresh hops... like that green, just picked flowers and fresh mown grass smell. Lots of resin, very sweet, very spicy. Amazing. Plenty of cookie dough malt to back it up as well.
Loads more cookie dough as a flavour, along with a fair bit of bready malt before transitioning to a hint of grainy-ness. some nutty notes in there as well, pecans or something.
Lively carbonation is a bit excessive, but the body is quite smooth.

Photo of spicelab
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Light orange, bright and clear, with a healthy, very white head that falls to a raised ring with flecks of lace.

Liberal doses of fruit-punch-esque juicy hops. Ripe melons, kiwi fruit, apricot and passionfruit. Mmmm fresh hops.

Similar flavours, with a relatively light malt backbone meaning the bitterness hits early.

Medium, moderately oily mouthfeel thanks to the wet hops. Somewhat prickly carbonation leads to a slightly metallic bitter finish, but still pretty nice.

Delicious and well executed wet hop ale. Most flavoursome sub-5% beer I've had in a long time. Impressed.

Photo of Macca
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This pours a dark honey colour with a few centimetres of fluffy white head. Cloudy.

Big tart hit on the nose. Freshly cut grapefruit. Picking up some pepper. Love it.

Lots of apple and orange on the palate. A little bit short but very tasty.

The bitterness keeps kicking longer than the flavour. Quite fizzy.

I could go a few of these I reckon. Kicking myself that I only bought one. The new hop variety being used is a winner I think.

Photo of juju7
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

What is it with Bridge Road and gushers? Died down eventually but it is annoying. A decent beer overall. Plenty of upfront citrussy hop flavour on the palate if not as much on the nose. A little more peppery and spicy than expected but not unpleasant. Balance is nice but body a touch thin and one-dimensional though it's not bad ata ll. I can see the potential; wish I could've tried it on tap.

Photo of mulder1010
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

330 ML bottle poured into a tulip--- Thanks to Triple5 for the beer.

A-- Poured a cloudy honey yellow color, with a fluffy bright white head that settled to a one finger in height. Pretty obvious lively carbonation and a bit of lacing on the sides of the glass. Good head retention to the beer.

S-- Sweet and spicy hops with a Belgian like biscuit malt smell. Has a fresh cut grass smell to this. Smells a lot like a NZ Sav Blanc. Grass smell becomes larger as it warms up.

T-- Spicy hops first and the biscuit malt does kick in. Very lively carbonation again in this. A lot of grassy tones to this with, some lemon as well.

M-- Lots of carbonation, already said that though. Very crisp and fresh tasting. Lot of lemon and fresh cut grass to this. Hop flavor is fairly reserved and does not hammer away at you like others in this style do. More of an acidic taste and feel. Just a bit of a pine feel at the very end, not big though.

D-- Reminds me of a lot of the wines coming from NZ these days. Heavy grassy tones and this carries it well. Needs a bigger grapefruit presence though as the lemon does become enough after a bit. Malt character is quite interesting and a good touch. Drinkable at under 5% but one or 2 is enough and the lemon and grass feel is a bit much at times.

Photo of laituegonflable
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at the Local Taphouse ANZAC Spectapular.

Pours a cloudy opaque pale gold, lots of haze in the body. Head is not bad, but sinks quite quickly, leaving a very thin crown. Lace is nice and sticky, white web trails snaking down the glass. Very nice-looking beer.

Nose is extremely tasty, a tangy and fruity affair. Lots of fresh apple, passionfruit and orange sherbet notes. A slight spicy note comes through late like some mild pepper, but mostly sweet. Delicious citric characters, smells fresh and tasty, I love it.

Taste is very sweet at first, lots of fresh fruit, with apples, pineapple and orange zest coming through nicely. The bitterness comes through early, slightly cloying, but mostly earthy-resiny with a hint of bread yeast and citrus rind. Finish is a bit disappointing, kind of falls flat with a slight rubbery flavour just lingering on the back. Other than that the palate is a fairly pleasant journey from sweet-tangy to fresh-bitter, just a shame about the very back.

A bit of sizzle on the feel, but mostly quite fluid, not thin but swills nicely, quite good.

Yeah, a refreshing drop and well-handled. This was my first wet-hop beer so not much to compare it to, but I like what I've seen so far.

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle of the 2012 edition, purchased from Slowbeer.

Pours a very clear, very light golden hue, with a fluid body and a firm, persisten head of white bubbles. Some streaky, sudsy lace and stacks of carbonation round this one out. Looks good.

Nose is deeply hoppy, with a broad green stroke of slightly resinous hop character, mingled with some muted tropical fruits and a suggestion of dust. There's a sweetness to it almost like a big Belgian ale as well: it has a buoyant roundness. Quite pleasant.

Taste is very, very light, almost painfully so. Clear and clean, no doubt, but without much body, heft of robustness of flavour. In its favour, it stays well balanced, with the hops lending everything in ephemeral fragrance, and not sticking around with any sense of resinous bitterness. It makes it very drinkable and light, even when if feels rather empty.

It's a nice, sessionable brew: one which would be welcome at other times of the year besides harvest time. I had (a different version) some years ago on-tap, and even though this uses a different hop variety, it strikes a remarkably similar picture to me.

Photo of tbeckett
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tap at Beer Deluxe. From notes.

A - Poured hazy light golden. Mild carbonation, one finger of soapy white head. Great sticky sheets of lace, film of retention.

S - Soapy, pinesol, grass.

T - Soapy, pinesol, minty, citrus, grass, lemon.

M - Strong carbonation, medium body, mild bitterness.

O/D - A very 'fresh' flavoured pale ale. Lot's of Summer potential but not suitable for Fall/Winter like the release. Good stuff either way and easy drinking.

Photo of ADZA
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a see through very pale straw hue with nice carbonation that leaves behind a two finger frothy head and heaps of lacing,the smell is mainly lemon zest and grassy herbal hops,it has a light bodied well carbonated mouthfeel and has tastes of lemon zest,bitter oranges,a touch of light toffee and finished off with a grassy herbal hoppy slight bitterness and overall theres nothing wrong with it and be great for a session drop but theres just nothing really exciting about it either.

Photo of heygeebee
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2012 Vintage - no freshness date.

Pours a pale straw, One finger head recedes. Lacing good.

Strong aromas of lemons, hint of orange. Grassy hops.

Taste is dry and hop driven but not overbearing. Lemons on palate.

Mouthfeel crisp and well carbonated - almost like a hefe.

Can taste the freshness, but maybe a tad one-dimensional with the hop-forward nature. Well made for ABV. I don't usually go for this style but most enjoyable.

Photo of Stew41
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A great companion to the more intense but far less sessionable Bling IPA. This beer shows fantastic balance and the green nettle hops are a real highlight on both the nose and in the mouth. This hop input is quite subtle but matches the structure very well. Lachlan is right in saying that the palate power is a bit light but this didn’t detract from the sheer drinkability. A true session beer if I ever saw one.

Photo of brendan13
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Slightly hazy golden colour, 2cm of dense white head that falls away quite slowly leaving nice thick lacing down the glass.
S - Nice fresh tropical fruity aroma mainly comprised of passionfruit, peach and mango. A note of sweet maltiness.
T - Very fruity hoppiness in the taste as well. But this is balanced by some caramel & slight biscuit maltiness. There is also a vauge buttery diacetyl touch.
M - Lower side of medium bodied with a moderate carbonation.
D - Flavourful, well balanced and highly sessionable at 4.6%. Get it while you can!

Photo of danieelol
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to spicelab for the bottle.

Pours a nice yellow. Good head/lacing.

Smell is big, candied NZ hops. Nice and pungent.

Taste is a nice leafy hoppiness.

Strong and bordering on harsh bitterness as there's not a lot of body behind it. Has a nice lingering leafiness.

Mouthfeel is nicely poised between sweet/bitter, leaning towards dry, then a dry finish.

Readily sessionable and lovely Australian beer which can stand on its own two feet.

Photo of dgilks
4.43/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Translucent golden pour with a nice foamy bright white head. Large head with decent retention and okay lacing.

Big, sweet tropical fruit aromas with passionfruit and mango. Also some orange and grapefruit. Some malt overtones are also present but are not significant.

Flavours are similar to the aromas with big tropical fruit hops, bitterness isn't particularly high with the focus truly on hop aroma and flavour. The malt backbone backs up the hops to provide a great beer.

A nice below average body with a crisp carbonation provides a mouthfeel that fits this beer well.

Plenty of flavour and interest for a 4.6% beer. Very drinkable.

Photo of LittleCreature
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - 4.0
Pours two fingers of fluffy white head over a very hazy body that is golden in colour. Excellent head retention, a little lacing.

Smell - 4.5
Lovely hop driven aroma of mandarin, passionfruit, lychee and cab sauv.

Taste - 3.5
Small honeyish malt backbone, mostly hop derived flavours of grapefruit, tart mandarin, lychee and cab sauv. Substantial bitterness and in my opinion, not quite enough malt character or sweetness for balance. Finishes bone dry with a lingering hoppy taste.

Mouthfeel - 3.5
Light to medium body, lightly carbonated.

Overall - 3.5
An enjoyable beer that I would not want more than one of. To me this is crying out for a little crystal malt to balance the hops.

Harvest Pale Ale from Bridge Road Brewers
85 out of 100 based on 17 ratings.