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Harvest From The Hood - Philadelphia Brewing Company

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110 Ratings
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Ratings: 110
Reviews: 45
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 19.72%
Wants: 3
Gots: 10 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Deuane on 11-08-2009)
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Photo of hooliganlife
3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
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 noel2977
5/5  rDev +38.9%

Photo of deapokid
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of mdillon86
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of AshleyMiller
3.2/5  rDev -11.1%
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 DoctorB2B
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of victory4me
4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

Photo of micromaniac129
4.1/5  rDev +13.9%
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.

Photo of jzeilinger
3.05/5  rDev -15.3%
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 ColForbinBC
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
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 mvanaskie13
4.08/5  rDev +13.3%
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 Seanibus
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
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 claspada
3.8/5  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 decadance
2.65/5  rDev -26.4%
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 Sideswipe
1.55/5  rDev -56.9%
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 +8.3%
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
3.8/5  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
3.43/5  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%
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 +11.1%
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
3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
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 +11.1%
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 +11.1%
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
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
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
4.15/5  rDev +15.3%
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.

Harvest From The Hood from Philadelphia Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 110 ratings.