1. Don't miss our 7th annual American Craft Beer Fest featuring 640+ beers from 140+ brewers this May 30 & 31 in Boston, MA! Buy your tickets now!
  2. BeerAdvocate on your phone?! True story. Try the beta now.

Upland Harvest Ale - Upland Brewing Company

Upland Harvest AleUpland Harvest Ale

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
86
very good

83 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

(view ratings)
Ratings: 83
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 8.09%


Brewed by:
Upland Brewing Company visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
Upland's Harvest Ale is an American Pale Ale by design, but an ever more vibrant rendition by loading up our hopbback with freshly harvested Citra hops. Expect huge wafts of tropical fruit notes, balanced by a moderate bitterness and lightly toasted malt character.

(Beer added by: aasher on 10-13-2012)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Reviewers | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Upland Harvest Ale Alström Bros
Ratings: 83 | Reviews: 19 | Show All Ratings:
Photo of Jason
Jason

Massachusetts

3.89/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

A beautiful looking brew, clarity and retention are superb. Big hop bomb of a nose with hints of citrus rind, spruce, tobacco, and fresh grass. Super fine crispness, bold fresh hop flavor with a hint of cattiness. Hint of alcohol ... Clean and grainy with a never ending hop flavor. Ample bitterness let the palate know Upland was serious about hopping here.

One I'd love to run into every year to come.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2014 03:35:23 | More by Jason
Photo of falloutsnow
falloutsnow

Illinois

3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From: On tap at the Indianapolis taphouse
Glass: Standard US pint glass
Review from notes

An above average fresh hop ale, if the aromatics were a bit improved, this would be quite good. As it is, if this were locally available, I'd pick up a seasonal 6-pack.

Arrives with a 1cm tall head of off-white foam, small bubbles, frothy appearance. Retention is about average, the foam lasting one minute. Fades to a thin ring around the perimeter of the glass with a small, wispy island atop the center of the body. Lacing is present, good, bt not great, some lines and dots clinging to the sides of the glass. Body is a golden orange, of medium darkness, with light bringing out orange0yellow hues. Carbonation is visible in transparent body, though sparse and lazy.

Aroma is slightly phenolic, plastic-like, not as much hop aroma as expected, what exists is mostl like grapefruit that has gone slightly sour, with a dash of white pepper. Not sure if this is the brewer's intent or the tap lines.
Flavor is pleasant tropical fruit (guava, light passion fruit) with grapefruit and tangerine on top of a notable, lightly pale, biscuit, and caramel malt base. Front of palate picks up bright grapefruit, guava, and passion fruit with a pleasant malt backbone that seems to feature pale and caramel malts. Mid palate of guava, light passion fruit, grapefruit and tangerine atop a modest caramel and slightly biscuit-like base. Back of palate finds medium bitterness, guava, grapefruit, and traces of malt. Aftertaste of medium intensity bitteness with grapefruit, white pepper, and guava; malt presence is very subdued.
Beer is medium to medium-light in body, with carbonation of medium intensity, leading to a slightly fizzy mouthfeel (1/5), foamy (3/5), and smooth *1/5), the result being a pleasantly full mouthfeel. Closes dryly, with light stickiness on palate and lips.

Serving type: on-tap

01-06-2014 06:22:50 | More by falloutsnow
Photo of Hop_Nuggett
Hop_Nuggett

Indiana

3.94/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nice citra flavor in this Harverst Ale. Normally drink Dragon Fly but this is a nice change to another hopped up beer from Upland. This brew has a nice hops aroma and pours to a nice copper color. Nice solid hops flavor and a smooth draw with the right level of carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2014 00:09:57 | More by Hop_Nuggett
Photo of secondtooth
secondtooth

Indiana

4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clean, clear amber with pleasantly prodigious head of white suds. Attractive lattice lace, too.

Nose is a lovely tropical mango, pineapple, and citrus hops mix. Very appealing.

Taste is smooth and delicious, with more of the snappy tropical fruit and citrus hops notes. A wonderful pale ale and one that I hope manages to remain available more readily. I will be drinking more of these.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2014 17:50:29 | More by secondtooth
Photo of Ri0
Ri0

Wisconsin

4.04/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

poured 22oz bottle into snifter

A - Color is of a golden orange autumn leaf. A two finger white head with a steady pour and very nice lacing all over the glass.

S - Fresh, green hops with a bitter and light tropical aroma. Nice sweet malt character to enhance the aroma.

T - A honey and sugar sweetness that moves into a very green hopped middle. Mostly fresh floral hops, with some light tropical and bitter notes. An someone else noted, I'm surprised this beer is only 35 IBU, it seems more like 60-70.

M - Light feel and easy drinking with a bitter finish.

O - This is a nice wet hop beer that is quite balanced. The overall score seems about right, but some of the very low scores are surprising. I'll have to get more than one bottle next fall.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2013 19:50:38 | More by Ri0
Photo of Beric
Beric

Indiana

4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

RE-REVIEW

1st Review:
Serving: On tap at the Upland Production Brewery
Served: 26 October 2013
Rating: 4.35
A: 4 S: 4.25 T: 4.5 M: 4.25 O: 4.25

2nd Review:
Serving: On tap at the Upland 11th Street Brewpub
Served: 29 November 2013

Appearance: Crystal clear amber color with a nice white head. Great lacing.

Smell: Less pronounced hop nose than a month ago. Some sweet malts starting to come through the hops.

Taste: Still magnificently refreshing. Not as hoppy as it was a month ago, so the time between brewing and now really has diminished those notes. Still great piney hop notes, but with a much more present malt backbone than before. Tastes like a hoppier SNPA and lacks the bitterness of most IPAs. Still finishes semi-dry.

Mouthfeel: This mellowed out too, with a less lively carbonation than before. Still refreshing, but in a less lively way and in a more mature way.

Overall: Still an incredible beer from Upland, but one that emphasizes the need to drink fresh-hopped beer quickly. This one fades fast, though the quality does not take significant hits. I'm keeping the ratings the same as the last time I had this one, based on that original review. This is a world class beer fresh, but it must be consumed fresh for the best experience.

Serving type: on-tap

10-26-2013 21:27:46 | More by Beric
Photo of TMoney2591
TMoney2591

Illinois

3.91/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

So, apparently Upland is distributing here now. Right on. Let's kick things off with their Harvest Ale, shall we? This stuff pours a clear brass-amber topped by over a finger of light cream foam. The nose comprises candi sugar, pineapple syrup, light mandarin orange, mild pine needles, and a sprinkling of sweet flowers. Damn pleasant, if I do say so myself. And I do. The taste focuses on the pine and flowers, but there's plenty of orange peel in here as well. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a nearly creamy feel. Overall, a very enjoyable beer, hoppy without going too far, and exceedingly drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2013 04:39:55 | More by TMoney2591
Photo of roger617
roger617

Indiana

3.64/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap poured into pint glass.

A: 4.0 Pours a light golden color with 1 finger of white head that reduces somewhat slowly and leaves tons of lacing.
S: 3.25 I do not get the wafts of aroma as advertised.
T: 3.75 To advertise the use of Citra hops in Indiana, you're undoubtedly going to be compared to Zombie Dust, as unfair as it is. The flavor profile on this beer is much more malty than I expect, with the hops filling as a compliment.
M: 3.5 Smooth, silky, carbed well.
O: 3.75 This is a good offering from Upland, but I definitely expected more. With the malt taking lead and hops in the back, it leaves plenty to be desired.

Serving type: on-tap

10-11-2013 21:29:12 | More by roger617
Photo of emyers
emyers

Illinois

3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Clear gold with a thick white head. Good head retention and leaves a nice lacing all the way down the glass.

Smell: Grapefruit, freshly cut grass, bready malts and a bit of caramel. Nice, but not nearly as assertive as many wet-hopped ales out there. I'd like a little more hops.

Taste: A nice bite of bittering hops right off the bat. The flavor contribution from the hops is all pine and earth. I'm not really getting any of the grapefruit that was present in the smell. The malt backbone on this provides some nice biscuit and caramel flavors. Once again, I'd really like more hops.

Mouthfeel: Dry, crisp, medium carbonation. Quite nice.

Overall: Honestly my favorite part of this beer is probably the malt backbone. Being a wet-hopped ale though, I was really looking for the hops here, and I feel they could have been showcased a little more. Still a solid beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2012 06:46:10 | More by emyers
Photo of barczar
barczar

Kentucky

3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear apricot copper color with a dense half inch cream head that lingers, eventually leaving sheets of lacing on the glass.

Grapefruit, tangerine, and pineapple open the aroma, with mango, fresh cut grass, and bready malt surfacing later.

Flavor is fairly earthy and resiny hop dominant, with lots of grapefruit pith underlying bready malt. Citrus tang is initially somewhat muted, in favor of bitterness, which is present throughout. Subsequent sips reveal more citrus character, tart orange and lime.

Body is moderate, with fairly high carbonation, followed by significant astringency.

Overall, a very nice beer, but more like an ipa. The aroma offers more hop character than the flavor delivers, and bitterness is a bit overwhelming. Hops are definitely showcased, not malt.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2012 05:39:01 | More by barczar
Photo of rlee1390
rlee1390

Indiana

4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-Amber orange, some carbonation, tries to leave behind some lacing.

S-Earthy hops, some malt, tad bit of citrus hops as well.

T-Earthy/pine hops, caramel and other malts. Decent mild bitterness. Balance is good. As it warms more citrus notes come through.

M-Light to medium bodied, good deal of carbonation along with hop resins.

O-After having Upland's APA and IPA I was worried about this one, but it delivered. Not great but a tasty brew. Man, I love fresh hopped beers.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2012 23:57:40 | More by rlee1390
Photo of jmarsh123
jmarsh123

Indiana

3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my Upland pint glass. Glad to have a local fresh hop ale.

Pours orange/gold with a small white head. Little retention or lacing.

You can definitely tell by the aroma this one has citra. Citrus and the lush tropical fruitness I associate with this hop is present. A bit of pine and a touch of caramel provide balance.

Flavor is a bit surprising. Still some citrus and tropical fruit, but the hop flavor profile is decidedly leaning toward piney and resiny. Some caramel and grainy malts present to provide balance, but this one still taste way more like an IPA than a 35 IBU pale ale. I personally won't complain about that, but just surprised.

Medium to light mouthfeel. Perhaps a touch thin, but given the ABV I wouldn't expect a heavy mouthfeel. Medium carbonation and a lingering resin on the back of the tongue.

Good solid beer from my local establishment and one I'll be glad to drink any day. That said, I've had better fresh hop ale and would've liked to see the tropical fruitiness of the citra hop stand out a bit more in the flavor profile. Please make this one a yearly occurence Upland!

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2012 13:23:20 | More by jmarsh123
Photo of ThePorterSorter
ThePorterSorter

Missouri

4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled recently and shipped to me from Zapy...
The beer pours a rich looking copper with a thin white head that fades quickly. The nose is a tame citrusy/herbal sweetness with less emphasis on cut-throat citra hops and more on balance and drinkability. The taste is a bit harsh at first with far more earthy and resinous bitterness than expected, but initial sweetness is present to help compensate. Raw hop oils dominate my palate with each sip and I marvel at the style while drinking. The mouthfeel is just the right amount of up front sweetness and back end bitterness. I would absolutely recommend letting this beer warm up to cellar temperatures (at least) before drinking. It's saturated and thick, yet refined in that the beer makes its point about the fall hop harvest without slapping you in the face about it. Worth trying and thanks again for sharing.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2012 04:32:05 | More by ThePorterSorter
Photo of fvernon
fvernon

Indiana

3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A fresh bottle poured at around 50 degrees into a Red Hook limited release glass.

This is Upland's second round of the Harvest, and I was definitely looking forward to another fresh batch after last year's. Pours a crystal clear gold with a nice thick white head and solid lacing down the side of the glass. Aromas of honey, floral, and a distinct upland malt bill that comes through on all of their ales - the citra isn't overwhelming but it's there, very much blended in with the malts as opposed to standing out in front.

The taste very much confirms that - it's by far and away my favorite hopped offering from Upland, but as always I'd love more hops. Still, gotta hand it to them for shooting moreso for a balance between malts and hops, and the malt bill offers just enough of a sourdough (in a good way), rye, and biscuit backing for the wildflower honey and light lemony citrus of the hop bill. Very, very drinkable as a slightly spicier and hoppier pale ale offering.

The mouthfeel is light enough to be sessionable, but full-bodied enough to remind you that you're having a solid pale ale, and what is really sticking with me is the hint of spicy clove that is working well with the malts and hops here. I'll have to try this on draft to see if there's much of a difference. Overall, it's a nice local wet-hopped offering that runs about the same price per 6er as one bottle of Broodoo, and while it doesn't touch FFF's offering by way of in-your-face hop quality, it's still good in it's own right. I'm sure I'll enjoy plenty of these this fall.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2012 22:03:56 | More by fvernon
Photo of BarryMFBurton
BarryMFBurton

Indiana

4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Upland’s typical pales and IPAs are just so-so, but they have had some awesome limited releases. Here, hopefully, is another one of those.

Brewed about three weeks before the date of this tasting (assuming “2274” is short for the 274th day of 2012, September 30).

A: Quite a fizzy pour: bubbles clinging everywhere to the inside of the glass under a bubbly offwhite head. Clean, bright, golden body shining in the light. Retention is very thin, but there’s some spiderwebs of lacing around.

S: This nose is hop heaven: dank, gripping pine, juicy cherry, and pineapple puree. I love it. A complex malt presence yields grain husk, cornbread, cake batter, and lofty (not too heavy) caramel aromas: crisp yet sweet. This beer doesn’t necessarily open up as time goes on, but its initial punch is impressive.

T: At first, it’s a mouthful of lemon-wheat, chewy caramel malts, sweet white bread, and vanilla cream, highlighting a wheaty pilsner palate. Surprisingly, that’s actually a main component of this brew – the grain – and it serves to form a solid tannic backbone for the hops to rest on. They don’t need that much of a springboard, though, spilling out from the malts in an oily, resiny, smoothly bitter fashion: full, herbal tastes give each sip a flavor of hops more than the biting bitterness. It goes well with the malt character, flavorful and drinkable. Finishes with a little taste of bread crust and sweet citrus pulp.

M: I could drink this all day. This is very, very sessionable ale has only fleeting carbonation and a thin, refreshing body.

O: Probably the best Upland six-pack I’ve come across. After a few more weeks of age, though, I’m not sure it would hold up – standard fare for a wet-hopped ale – but it’s pretty damn tasty fresh.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2012 23:48:04 | More by BarryMFBurton
Photo of JackStraw
JackStraw


3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass; bottled on 10/5, a little over two weeks ago. I talked to Chris from Upland about this beer this weekend, they get these Citra hops 48 hours after harvest in Washington. Not bad for IN

A - Pours a deep gold, maybe around 8 srm; almost no head to speak of, some visible carbonation; the top looks a bit oily, maybe from the wet hops, mostly clear

S - Definitely fruity, with grapefruit and citrus, some tropical as well, maybe mango, and also some piney notes in there as well. Smells good

T - A little surprising after the nose, a touch of sweetness, but mostly piney and bitter, tastes more dry hopped than wet, to me; I'm surprised this beer is only 35 IBU

M - Feels a little thin, very drinkable, finishing dry with lingering bitterness.

O - This beer has a great smell, but nothing else really stands out. I think this is a solid release from Upland, but I have to admit I'm a little disappointed. After having a fresh draft pint of 3F Broo Doo Harvest last week and a sipping on Founders Harvest this weekend, I would take either of those over this beer, any day.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2012 01:31:28 | More by JackStraw
Photo of DAllspaw
DAllspaw

Indiana

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep golden color, solid white head with good lacing, some large soap like bubbles at first notice, definitely fresh, could perhaps stand for another week or two in the bottle.

Smell is heavy on piney resin but also some bright citrus. I read somewhere the hop is citra, which rings true with my nose.

Very smooth, almost caramel like mouthfeel and nicely bitter as well, a touch of honeylike sweetness. A bit thing though.

Really nice fresh hop, look forward to getting more of this before gone.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2012 00:03:09 | More by DAllspaw
Photo of jkrich
jkrich

Indiana

4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. undated bottle: clear, deep golden to copper with a thin and quickly receding white-head. There is a lot of lacing left on the glass.

The aroma has a very husky, tropical fruit aroma from the fresh citra hops. This strong aromatic aroma maintains itself even after remaining in the pint glass for several minutes. Quite a lot of dry hopping here.

The flavor is surprisingly balanced given the aromatics. The flavor indeed begins with a decidely bittersweet, fruity palate but dissolves into a rounded and refreshing semi-sweet aftertaste.

The ale has a somewhat thin body and could actually use a little more carbonation. The smooth mouthfeel is a balanced mixture of hop bitters and soft malt with a final and faint lingering bitterness on the palate.

This one just arrived at Keg Liquors in Clarksville, IN yesterday, so I know it is very fresh. The aroma is the most impressive aspect of this ale, but the taste is quite satisfying and refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2012 23:22:10 | More by jkrich
Photo of aasher
aasher

Indiana

4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This just came out yesterday. It is a fresh hopped harvest ale using Citra whole hops and only 35 IBUs.

This one pours a light bodied very bright copper in color with a nice, soapy one finger head that sticks to the side of the glass. The nose is bright and very clean with a healthy amount of Citra in the nose. I like it! The flavors are very bright as well. It drinks light and hoppy with mild bitterness. The Citra is welcome. It definitely drinks like it's higher than 35 IBUs. There is moderate malt to round it out but this is definitely a hop forward pale. It drinks very, very light in body which definitely increases sessionability. And this beer is incredibly sessionable. Overall this was a nice surprise. If they could, I'd love to see this available year round.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2012 19:55:42 | More by aasher
Upland Harvest Ale from Upland Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 83 ratings.