Harvest From The Hood - Philadelphia Brewing Company
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4.5/5 rDev +22.3%
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!
12-01-2010 02:15:15 | More by NeroFiddled
4.11/5 rDev +11.7%
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.
12-08-2013 03:13:01 | More by WVbeergeek
3.8/5 rDev +3.3%
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.
12-08-2010 15:50:30 | More by Kegatron
3.66/5 rDev -0.5%
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.
04-15-2012 08:40:22 | More by Rifugium
4/5 rDev +8.7%
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.
11-18-2010 05:41:44 | More by Mora2000
3.98/5 rDev +8.2%
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.
11-06-2010 21:10:34 | More by Gavage
District of Columbia
4/5 rDev +8.7%
22 oz bottle poured into a nonic.
Pours a surprisingly dark, clear mahogany and ruby amber color with a creamy, beige retentive head and nice lacing. Aroma is malty and citrus hoppy sweet with some mild pine and sugar presence. Flavor is dry, earthy, and piney with a sugary and citrus sweet finish. Medium bodied with a creamy texture and a dry finish. Not your typical wet hopped APA, but very drinkable and enjoyable.
11-29-2010 01:33:03 | More by yourefragile
4.85/5 rDev +31.8%
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!
11-21-2009 17:56:44 | More by woodychandler
3.58/5 rDev -2.7%
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.
10-24-2010 15:04:55 | More by BARFLYB
4.15/5 rDev +12.8%
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.
11-10-2010 07:36:31 | More by Stinkypuss
3.63/5 rDev -1.4%
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.
11-19-2010 15:01:41 | More by John_M
3.43/5 rDev -6.8%
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.
12-03-2010 02:37:14 | More by beerthulhu
4.1/5 rDev +11.4%
on tap at khyber in philly - review from notes
Clear golden amber, fluff of white head dissolves into well retained layer of film, leaving a bit of patchy lacing on the glass.
Very bitter and juicy in the nose. Orange and citrus with some pithy notes. Light bready malt and soft fruit sweetness.
Splash of juicy and expressive hops up front. Tons of citrus and orange followed by grapefruit. Slick malts with bread crust notes along with some light caramel. Finishes with a swift burst of bitter, dry hoppiness with pine.
Medium body, well carbed, sticky, lingering and dry. Surprising treat from a local source, although definitely a "drink now" kind of beer. I suspect that many of the low scores are from bottles that weren't quite fresh enough.
02-08-2012 00:40:43 | More by xnicknj
4/5 rDev +8.7%
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.
11-17-2010 07:48:49 | More by DrDemento456
3.48/5 rDev -5.4%
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.
11-23-2012 17:34:09 | More by OWSLEY069
3.8/5 rDev +3.3%
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.
12-31-2010 03:29:50 | More by claspada
4/5 rDev +8.7%
Review from notes on 6/4/10
A good example of an underrated style. Light amber with a decently retained head. Nice and clear. Richly biscuity and floral with a good helping of citrus and earth. Touch of caramel balances the bittering. Balanced carbonation and a light/moderate body. A good session beer, though 6.5% might be a touch high by most session beer standards ;)
06-15-2010 14:19:45 | More by DmanGTR
Harvest From The Hood from Philadelphia Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 88 ratings.