Harvest From The Hood - Philadelphia Brewing Company

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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

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Beer added by: Deuane on 11-08-2009

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Ratings: 116 | Reviews: 46
Photo of Sideswipe
1.6/5  rDev -55.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bomber into a pint glass. Dark mahogany color looks more like a brown ale than anything else. Not a color I'd associate with anything billed as a "Pale". Hard pour results in a half finger of head which disappears immediately. Smell is almost non existent. Very faint malts, not much else. First sip, wow, bitter, but without any citrus qualities at all. Just plain bitter. No malt balance. Finish is an unpleasant, lingering bitterness. Reminds me of chewing an aspirin tablet. Feel is thin, watery and carbonated. Drinkability? Nope. Maybe this is an old bottle. Won't be revisiting this one. Drainpour.

Photo of BWED
1.79/5  rDev -50%
look: 3.75 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

12 oz. bottle poured into craft tumbler.

A- Dark chestnut, very hazy, with some sediment. Head is off white, dense and one finger, with decent retention.

S- The aroma is off. I get that band aid, medicine-like smell, along with some caramel malt. Slight fruity notes.

T- Again, off flavor, with a bit of malt sweetness and citrus pith.

M- Medium body. Some bitterness, and carbonation is light.

O- I sure hope something is wrong with this batch. Off flavors, and a lack of hop flavor.

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 decadance
2.67/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - This is watery brown, not the color of a pale ale, I had to give a vigorous poor to illicit any head. Not a good effort.

S - Faint citrus hops. Breadlike malts. And Spices? Weird.

T - Bleh. Nothing much beyond bitter. Back end is some malt, but it is thin.

M - Watery and thin. Bud Light mouth feel.

D - Sure, you could have more, but why would you want to?

Photo of jzeilinger
3.06/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours a dark, ruby amber color with a massive, foamy, and one fingered creamy head.

S - Piney hops and caramel malt, no more, no less. Pretty mundane.

T - Caramel and earthy malts, piney hops, and balanced with a fairly clean finish.

M - Medium light body with a big watery finish.

O - A watered down English style IPA, meh.

Photo of inlimbo77
3.08/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz bottle
Purchased Oct. 2012
Stella Artois chalice

A: Pours a dirty yellowish brown like color. One finger of bright white soapy bubbled head. I really had to pour it aggressively to get that. But there seems to be carbonation, because I am seeing tight tiny bubbles coming up from the bottom. Leaves some lacing sheeting.

S: I was surprised that this had a pretty faint nose for a wet hop ale. Getting some floral notes. Some weak pine hints. Also, bready malts behind it all.

T: On the tip of the tongue, you get a burst of pine bitterness. Weird soapy like flavors. Not getting bright citrus or pine or other fruits that I was expecting. Just really blah IPA flavors, actually like it's been sitting around for a little bit? Homebrew like quality to this one actually.

M: It's a medium bodied IPA. The malts add to that.

Photo of AshleyMiller
3.14/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

thanks to G311 for this urban IPA. poured into my stone snifter, as always.

a - clear yellow-orange with about a finger width head that dissipates quickly, leaving no lacing.

a - strong hops while the head is still around, but as it fades i'm left with wet dog and dirty gym socks. must be the philly hops? as it warms i pick up a lot of pine.

t - i alternate between a really nice IPA bitter sip and just plain bitterness. not a lot of complexity in this one. plenty of pine and a solid hop backbone.

m - medium bodied and some carbonation.

o - the smell is kinda throwing me off on this one. i love the idea of urban gardening and love that they grew the hops all within the city limits. great attempt but slightly off the mark. not bad drinking, glad to have tried it.

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 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 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 Seanibus
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A good beer but not really what I had excepted for some reason.

Pours a dark, almost sherry-like brown with a medium, tight head. The aroma earthy and dark, with lots of malt in there with the hops. The flavor is even more earthy, like a rich bed of decaying leaves, with a high lime-like bitterness on the back end. The effect is herby and musky, with a suggestion of rosemary and sage, and a resiny burn down the throat. The mouthfeel is tick and velvety

Photo of buns
3.52/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle from D's six pax and dogz in Pitt. PA $3.50 very good value. Over all just an average pale ale with a fresh hop aftertaste. Very easy drinking. Sweet and malty without being overpowering. Pours dark red /amber with hardly any head. Not much lacing. Would have again next year.

Photo of BARFLYB
3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

20oz on tap @ earth.

Harvest From The Hood (love the name) comes to me looking bronze with some dark golden highlights. Has somewhat of a glow to itself. On top a cream colored white head that is quite condensed, thick looking and a minimal stick left behind. Smell is mainly earthy but moreso than other wet hop brews i've had recently. Grass, slight hop bitterness, plenty of caramel coming from the malts. Taste is a mixture of malt sweetness mixed in with earthy hops with grass. Somewhat of a spicy twang in the middle followed by a light malt rush afterwards. All in all, another wet hopped brew. Feel is silky and sweet with a medium feel and a light carb on the tounge although the appearence would lead one to believe that this is much highly carbed up. Not a drink i'll be coming back to, to many wet hopped beers out there that are superior. That's not to say that HFTH won't blossom in a year or two when the hop farm in NE Philly grows up a bit. A good stab at the style for a 1st time.

Photo of Jimmys
3.59/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bomber into Flying Dog chalice. bottle dating is hard to read. looks like a best before sometime in January 2013 if i had to guess.

A: pretty hazy brew. a bright orange on the first pour, but the second half of the bottle looks a lot paler cause of all the yeasty sediment. head is slightly off-white and frothy. not very big. retention is good as is the thick coat of lacing.

S: a little bit of nail polish remover. fruit salad. melons and cantaloupe. definitely more on the fruity american hop side than earthy or piney.

T: the bitterness is there, but not biting. fruity and piney. a little bit of cardboard. a little bit of graham cracker.

M: soft carbonation. medium bodied. works well.

D: not exceptional but not terrible. definitely some flaws in there, however overall i find it a drinkable fresh-hop brew. however appearance is definitely a negative, way too much yeast floating around in this thing.

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 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 ColForbinBC
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a pint

Pours a copper color with a one finger beige cap that fell quickly. Dots of lace and a thin collar left behind.

A very herbal, minty, earthy aroma with a touch of grapefruit and caramel on the back end. There is a sturdy bread-like malt characteristic as well.

The flavor profile mimics the nose. A strong bready base with earthy, herbal hops over top and a grapefruit bitterness in the finish. Dry and a touch on the spicy side while the bitterness lingers.

Smooth, medium bodied brew that was easily quaffable. Little to no alcohol was noticeable.

Overall, this is a dank, musty fresh hop ale. Earthiness and spice prevail rather than pine and citrus. The bitter kick in the finish and dry finish was the real winner here. This really mellowed out as the beer warmed.

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 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 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 IronLover
3.82/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Golden yellow with an amber hue and a light haze. Poured with a huge, fluffy, white foam with nice retention. The foam reduced to a healthy, soapy cap that left random sticky lacings on the glass. Pine hop aromas overtop herbal and citrus hop notes with a honey-like sweetness beneath. Slick, oily feel with pleasantly soft carbonation around the edges. Pine hop and herbal hop flavors are dominant but not overwhelming. Light malt sweetness carries the hop flavors with a touch of citrus hop flavor at the end. Finishes with an earthy, bitter pine hoppiness. An easy drinking local seasonal.

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 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 weltywm
3.84/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on Oct. 2, 2014. Can't get much fresher than that. Poured into a snifer.

Look: Really really dark amber, almost brown, with about a finger of pale foam.

Smell: Malt and hops, but there is a strange off aroma, almost sour or medicinal.

Taste: A lot of biscuity malt up front. Balanced out by hops - mostly orange peel and citrus - but not as hoppy as I would expect.

Feel: Nice medium body, decent carbonation, and very smooth.

Overall: A decent brew, but I had high expectations for such a fresh beer, and it didn't quite live up to them. Still, a nice offering and not too expensive, so I'd probably drink it again.

Photo of sholland119
3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours an unexpectedly dark caramel tinged amber. Plenty of frothy off white head leaves some nice lacing.

S-Very earthy hops and a very deep maltiness.

T-Nicely rich roasted malt with tons of earthy hop bitterness. Interesting take on a fresh hop ale.

M-Medium bodied, a bit tongue coating and rich.

D-Pleasant. Reminiscent of Hop Devil with a different hop profile.

HV

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