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Harvest From The Hood - Philadelphia Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
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116 Ratings
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Ratings: 116
Reviews: 46
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 19.55%
Wants: 3
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Philadelphia Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Deuane on 11-08-2009

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Ratings: 116 | Reviews: 46
Reviews by Deuane:
Photo of Deuane
3.9/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2010 version from a 22 oz.

A-Bright, clear dark copper, with a medium light tan head. Head retains nicely and slowly reduces to a thin cap and leaves heavy lace.

S-Very herbal, earthy, and spicy upfront with a healthy citrus zing in support. Sweet biscuit malt adds balance to the hefty hop bill.

T-Dank, wet leaf character with a nice dose of fresh crushed orange. Malt bill balances nicely with a dose of sweet biscuit. Finish is dry, dank and spicy.

M-Medium bodied, fairly crisp with nice lingering spicy hop bite.

D-Different with all that dankness, not a fresh, bright harvest brew like I enjoy and this took away from it for me. Good but....wanting more.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to thirdeye11 for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a brownish-amber color with a tan head. The aroma is toffee and dark fruit. This doesn't smell like any wet-hopped beer I have ever tried, but maybe the taste will be different.

The taste is also strange, but good. I get caramel malt and a little pine, but I also get cherries and chocolate. Not sure what is going on here, but I kind of like it.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.14/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Under 5 bucks 22 ounces of fresh hopped goodness from PA, I'm in. Appears a golden copper hue slightly hazed with hop particles, bright white clouds of head floating thick. Intricate thick chunky lacing looks and smells delicious so far, the smell has grapefruit peel, citrus, and tropical fruit notes it's blaring with hops. Earthy from the vine floral hop buds are everywhere in the nose, it's great. Flavor wise a bit unbalanced toward the hops, lacks malt complexity or even a bready quality to balance out the hops, it's 100% hop driven on the palate. Clean bursts of hops with each sip, bitter zest stays with you through each sip leaving a lingering bitterness sometimes this could be off putting but I'm craving hops today, so it's all good in the hood. BTW, there's a ton of yeast sediment in the bottle, leave it in there the beer keeps all the hops without the yeast additions in the glass. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied just due to the raw hop oils alone, never cloying unless your a pansy about hop bitterness. Clean bold bitter finish sticks around between sips, I'm a fan and I'm proud to say I like most of Philly Brewing's creative efforts. Their house yeast strain though seems to have a powdered chalk finish that I don't care for in most of their bottle conditioned offerings, that's a minor complaint here.

Photo of Stigs
3.77/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz pour into a pint glass, on tap at Fat Heads Pittsburgh

A - medium amber, thin head but nice lacing on the way down. a bit darker than your average APA.

S - earthy hops and a big caramel bite. bits of citrus and more dark malts.

T - sudden flash of earthy grassy hops, then a big kick of dark caramel. finishes strong on the malts.

M - quite crisp considering the sweetness. carbonation is spot on. medium to light bodied.

D - a bit of a caramel bomb for an APA, but the hops are there. not my favorite, but a bit of a unique take on what can be a somewhat monotonous style.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.5/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A frothy head of tan rests steadily over a chestnut brown body. Hazy - to be expected with a lot of hops. Good head retention and some nice sheets of lace and tiny galaxies of spotted lace. A creamy surface covering holds throughout the entire glass.

S: Hoppy over a decidedly malty base. Caramelish. It's very English in my perception. The hops are floral, grassy, leafy, citrusy/piney and regularly fruity (or is that just the yeast?). The malt has a dark edge of dried brown sugar to it. Nicely balanced and welcoming.

T: The hops are a little fuller than the nose suggests, but otherwise it remains the same, nicely balanced between malt and hop flavor. A solid bitterness backs it. I enjoy the darker malt character and edge of almost burnt sugar, but I wonder if that masks the "fresh" hop character; or does it actually help to take the kind of rough chlorophyll edge off (as found in some other wet hopped ales). Either way, there is a definite 'brightness' to the hops, and it's similar to a dry-hopped cask or keg.

M: Medium bodied with a dextrinous edge and a median carbonation that leaves it almost creamy once it warms a bit. Smooth.

D: It's smooth and round with the exception of the minor bump-up in hop flavor, and this is an exceptionally drinkable ale. On the other hand, detractors will probably state that the minor bump of hops is not enough for a "wet hopped" ale. I would disagree. It's not in your face, but it's certainly present, and you get more of the hops as you progress through the glass. Nicely done!

Photo of hooliganlife
3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

thanks to callmemickey for this

pours a light copper, crystal clear, with a creamy head. nice retention. little to no lacing.

very fruity on the nose, lots of sweet citrus. probably a 4.25 if i could rate it this. i rounded down.

taste is polar opposite though. very earthy, resin, and pine like. bitterness through out. totally hop forward all the way.

nice moderate carbonation. a medium body.

nice, i like this. could use some more fruity hops in the flavor for complexity. the nose was better than the flavor but that is because i like my IPAs more on the citrus side. but enjoyable all the way.

Photo of Kegatron
3.78/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle into a couple of tulip glasses.

Pours a clear dark ruby, with a finger of light tan colored head. This retains with a nice frothy and almost bubbly look to it, which leaves back some heavy foamy lacing. The aroma is very herbal, earthy, and spicy smelling, which mixes with a good bit of overripe citric fruit and some bready malt character to impart a deep dank tanginess in the nose.

The taste is dry, bitter, and spicy, with a leafy dankness and to it, as well as some juicy fruitiness underneath. Malts balance this somewhat with some sweetness across the back of the profile but the hops are what linger, with a finish that is quite dank and spicy. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a nice crisp creaminess that is slick and easy feeling in spots. Alcohol is held to a minimum, as the flavors here are more than enough to mask things.

This was definitely a Fresh Hop Ale on the other end of the spectrum, with a fresh earthy dankness that some may not find to their liking but I personally didn't mind at all. This was fairly bitter at first but once things warmed up, the balance and overall drinkilbility of this strengthened quite a bit. Not a bad fall offering here at all.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.41/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark coppery in the glass with a frothy 2 finger beige head that was topped off by a soapy bubbly covering. Small speckled lacing remains with a scarce, intermittent effervesce within. Head retention was solid.

S: Aroma strength was light, caramelized grain with fresh pine blended with some licorice. The hoppiness was short lived on the pour and rather light and meh.

T: Boozy upfront, licorice and raisin followed by some dried flowery citrus. Moderate level of bitterness, kept fairly in check but weakened towards the finish. The malt base was quite nice, perhaps more note worthy then the hopping itself of scotchy caramelized grains coming about on the finishing take. The hop preference left much to be desired on the finish, with the malt picking up the slack. Not my ideal crisp pale, a bit darker and heavier malt wise while the bitterness is fresh and wet and rather light in detection.

M: Mouthful was light, oily slick with an exceptionally smooth and silky feel aided by a void of carbonation. Needs some snap. Warming licorice and citrus juice perhaps gives this some redemption after the swallow.

D: Moderate drinkability, definitely not a pale ale session, drinks rather heavy, but good for a bomber. Alcohol feels about in the 6-7% range though not noted on bottle.

Photo of zoso1967
3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a gorgeous ruby hued deep amber color with a nice ecru head that has great staying power. It is very frothy and leaves plenty of messy lace on the sides of the glass.

The aroma is bursting with fresh hop flavor. Earthy, grassy, spicy and slightly minty aromas are wafting into my sniffer. This beer is not just a hop bomb though, and it has a hefty amount of caramel malt in the aroma that give the hops a juicy character.

The flavor is both malty and hoppy at the same time. More fresh earthy, herbal and spicy hops mingle with a slightly toasted and caramelized malt flavor. There is pretty decent amount of bitterness in this brew, but there is also plenty of malt to hold it all up. The more I drink, the more I wish that the malt had a little bit less caramel character to it, and did not take away from the hop flavors quite as much.

The mouthfeel is medium with a very nice smoothness to it. The finish is dominated by the hop oils and leaves lingering hop aftertaste on the tongue.

If you like hops you will find this beer to be very drinkable. Overall this is a very nice fresh hopped beer, and I love that they used all hops grown in NE Philly.

Photo of claspada
3.78/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Aromas of earthy hop bitterness and a bit of citrus comes through to the nose. Smells extremely citrusy but at the same time quite malty as well.

The taste is indeed quite bitter up front with some lighter caramel malt and slight peppery spiciness, some wet grass, big earthy notes, light grapefruit are the flavors most notable. Quite bitter but does not linger and destroy your taste buds which I appreciate.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied. Crisp and prickly at the start, less crisp and a bit dry at the finish.

Overall this is an easy quaffing beer with a nice overall flavor. Easy to consume a bomber bottle in a short session. Look forward to sampling more from this brewery in the future.

Photo of DrDemento456
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Haven't had too many dry hopped ales.

A - Wow way darker than expected. At least an inch of head with a nice pour.

S - Sort of weird smells like a fresh hop ale that has been aged slightly. With a taste of pine and citrus but mostly bitter it seems to be a mixed brew

M - Felt kind of medium and took a half hour to finish the 22oz.

D - Well first off " buns" below me must have had an old bottle since the newer stuff in PA is going for at least 5-7 dollars (paid 6.50 myself) and it really wasn't worth it. To me is seemed like a cop out of labels from Lagunitas pushing their brews in a retro way that just didn't seem hoppy enough. The best beer and I wasn't too impressed. Overall average.

Photo of TheFightfan1
4.21/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-Tap at the Hulmeville. Pours a bronze-amber color with a thick off white heading. Alive and full of lace.Heavy hop aroma with an equal balance of sweet malt.The taste is on another level. Kicks off with a crisp bitter bite,then the smooth caramel malts takeover for the finish with a slghtly nutty even earthy ending.Medium bodied, extremley smooth. Nothing special but nothing wrong either.Just a damn good beer.

Photo of rfgetz
3.83/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours the color of an old tarnished penny with a cap of light soapy head that retains and sticks well. Scent is of fresh earthy and grassy hops, not overly powerful but they dominate... hints of caramel and yeast in the back end. Taste brings a balance between fresh grassy and earthy hops and light caramel sweetness. The hops are not overly bitter or flavorful, but the freshness works. The body is medium, although the oily hops contribute more than the malt... slightly watery. A nice tasting beer which isnt too complex and just lets the fresh hops star.

Photo of woodychandler
4.83/5  rDev +34.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Same visit. Unlike Joe, however, one serving to a customer. They also had a mock-up bottle, so I transcribed the following "information":"Harvest from the Hood - A Wet Hopped Ale Brewed with Select Hops Grown at Greensgrow Farm & Philadelphia Brewing Co. Sextuple Hops Brewed" Har!

Served with a finger of off-white head with low retention which settled into wisps. Color was a BUPGOO amber with NE-quality clarity. Nose was grassy underlain with a caramel sweetness. My mouth had begun to water as I lifted the glass to my lips. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full with an inherent hop oiliness that seemed to coat the inside of my mouth. Once the initial rush of hops sank in, I began to notice minty flavors, some pine and a caramel sweetness to offset the lip-smacking dryness. Oh man, this is the kind of thing to inspire me grow hops in my yard. Finish just left me enraptured, licking my lips, looking at my all-too-rapidly emptying glass, wishing for more. Quick, somebody distract Dean while I make a move for the tap!

Photo of Rifugium
3.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

First had: on tap at the Khyber (back when they were cool and had shows), Philly, PA

Poured a lightly hazy copper color, with a small off-white head that receded rather quickly. Nose of caramel malts and herbal hops. Pretty basic taste, caramel balanced with grassy / herbal hops, a touch of citrus pith. Light-medium body, decent flavor, a fine average drinker overall. Nothing you haven't had before.

Photo of OWSLEY069
3.46/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy orange-ish to yellow color with an off white head. In the aroma, a nice earthy hop presence, yet a touch mellow. In the taste, a very nice earthy dryer hop all the way through. A small dryness and a medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry, fresh hop in the aftertaste. A nice mellow dryer hop, somewhat mellow and decent across the board.

Photo of justintcoons
3.15/5  rDev -12%

2014 Vintage
12 oz bottle poured into a shaker pint.

Appearance
Murky, yeasty, copper-red with a 1/2 finger of off-white head. I can't see any light...this looks bleak.

Nose
Grapefruit, toffee, and molasses.

Big toffee and molasses maltiness. The grapefruit juiciness dries up fast revealing dried pine needle and onion. Perhaps some musky honeydew melon rind and a hint of chocolate as well.

Mouthfeel
Medium-light bodied, smooth, semi-dry, and lightly carbonated.

Overall
Too dark and too malty for a Pale Ale. Makes a mighty smooth Amber ale though.

Photo of TheBigBoy
2.44/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Not a crafty beer by my taste

Photo of Gavage
3.97/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a copper color with a short 1/2" head that breaks apart rather quickly.

Smell: earthy hop bitterness and a bit of citrus comes through to the nose.

Taste: caramel, slight peppery spiciness, some wet grass, big earthy notes, light grapefruit, and a moderate bitterness are the flavors most notable.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Crisp and prickly at the start, less crisp and a bit dry at the finish.

Drinkability: easy quaffing beer and a nice overall flavor. Easy to consume a bomber bottle in a short session.

Photo of John_M
3.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Drafting Room the other day.

The beer pours a mahogany amber color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is fairly attractive, with light sweet malt, some brown sugar and citrus. The flavor profile generally replicates the nose, with sort of dirt flavor as well. It's not bad, just a bit odd. This harvest ale is very much on the dry side (something of a surprise given the nose), with no more than minimal citrus on the palate. However, the beer has an impressively bitter, fairly long finish. This beer comes across as fairly light, though I was surprised to get a bit of alcoholic heat on the finish. Otherwise, I thought drinkabilty was fairly decent in this unusual, interesting to sample beer.

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.12/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Harvest from the Hood, using hops grown in urban Philadelphia.

Pours dark for the style, deep brown with an off white head and lots of lace.
Smell is floral and piney.
Lots of hop flavor, oily, cascade hops very strong presence for a pale ale and that is welcome here. Wet hopped and do I taste some pollution? No, just really strong hops. A good balance of bitterness and a solid malt backbone. Medium bodied and easily consumed. Out of all the beer Ive had from Philadelphia brewing, this one has been the most impressive.

Photo of CanConPhilly
4.32/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: burnt-orange. Quite opaque. As attractive an IPA as I have seen.

S: Dominant pine in the nose. A little but of citrus, but overshadowed by the pine.

T: wonderful. Ultra-bitter throughout. Tasting some caramel in the middle, but it's subtle. Perhaps with age this becomes more balanced, but 1 week off the bottling line it's a total hop bomb.

M: Surprisingly thick. Not a lot of carbonation.

O: Really, really happy with how this year's batch has turned out. A fresh bottle is competitive with any other IPA out there. Based on the other review's below, it sounds like this goes downhill quickly, but I could drink fresh bottles regularly if they were available in other months besides October/November.

Photo of jmdrpi
3.83/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle, no date

clear copper in color, with off-white soapy head. good head retention, a bit of lacing. nice bright hop aroma, grassy, herbal, citrus. nice balance in the taste of some bready malt flavor with some slightly bitter hop flavor in the finish. medium bodied, medium carbonation level.

Photo of mvanaskie13
4.07/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip pint glass, nice tan head, but it disspated quickly. Lightly clinged the glass. Color is a deep amber, slightly opaque.

Smell is earthy, with a roasted malt, caramel sweetness. Light hop citrus and pine notes, but not overpowering. Even a feint hint of alcohol.

Taste is light roasted, caramely malt sweetness with earthy finish and a good bitterness. Notes of citrus, and bread biscuity malt flavors as well.

Mouthfeel is a bitter on the bitter side, hits the tongue strong. Light carbonation help the flavors balance well throuhout.

Drinkability is great, tastes similar to the ipa, with a little more earthy finish.

Photo of micromaniac129
4.12/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours amber in color with a tall pretty dense head. The clarity is slightly hazy and looks nicely carbonated. This beer is very aromatic and fragrant and seems to be in proportion with the style(APA). The hop bouquet seems to have a floral and piney aspect while the malts have a caramel sweetness that balances out the hoppiness. The hop bouquet doesn't carry over very well onto the palette. The taste here is more malt forward with hops having an earthy musk. Medium weight on the palette slick with hop oils and somewhat smooth too. Quite bitter for the style that lingers deep into the aftertaste. A solid offering form the boys down there but that earthy musk taste from the hops is slightly off putting.

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Harvest From The Hood from Philadelphia Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 116 ratings.