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
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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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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 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.

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 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 yourefragile
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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 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 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 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 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 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 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

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 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 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 DmanGTR
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 ;)

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 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 DIM
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to my sister and her huband for giving me this bottle. It was part of a six-pack they got in their recent share from Greensgrow, a local CSA. The bottle says this is sextuple hops brewed. Take that Miller light.

a: Clear, somewhat dark coppery color. It poured with a medium sized, clumpy head.

s: Big, fresh, lemony hops with some herbal qualities plus caramel with a little vanilla.

t: Quite bitter, in a big, fresh and wet way. More pine than the aroma would suggest. Hops merge with the caramel and toffee for a strong finish. Tasty hop burps for a long while with this one.

m: Slick, oily body and gentle carbonation. Long lingering bitterness.

d: Cool concept and a very good beer.

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Harvest From The Hood from Philadelphia Brewing Company
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