Redhook Late Harvest Autumn Ale - Redhook Ale Brewery

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Reviews: 234
Hads: 294
Avg: 3.44
pDev: 13.08%
Wants: 7
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
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New Hampshire, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  5.90% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: NClifestyle on 08-25-2005

As the fall days grow shorter, beer drinkers naturally start their migration toward more robust, full-bodied brews. Late Harvest is an easy-drinking, yet flavorful brew that features a deep chestnut color and unique, roasted malt aroma and flavor. Late Harvest’s rich flavor is the result of using four different malts, yet the robust profile remains balanced and sophisticated, thanks to our two distinctive hop additions.

32 IBU
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Photo of gavinstoub
4.68/5  rDev +36%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Picked it up at Binny's in St. Charles, IL This bottle came from Red Hooks east coast brewery. This beer had a copper haze to it with exceptionally smell has a slight citrusy, floweral scent. This beer makes me want to sit outside and watch the leaves change color or better yet watch Da Bears. This late harvest on the palate is is slightly bitter with a great balance of malt. In one word "balanced". An almost overally drinkable but great flavorful beer. A-

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Photo of ClavisAurea
4.54/5  rDev +32%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

2008 version 12 oz bottle in a pint glass.

Appearance: honey brown with a slight head

Smell: sweet, nutty, malty, molasses

Taste: rich and sweet caramel, very refreshing, malty finish, some hops but no bite, subtle fruit contrast, fresh baked biscuits

This is a wonderful beer for the autumn season. I wish it was a year round brew.

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Photo of Goregazm
4.53/5  rDev +31.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5


Appearance: This beer has a red-orange tone, picture a light cedar color. Medium sized browish head that dissipated quickly with some good lacing.

Smell: Has a sweet, fruity smell with a heavy apple and citrus scent. Almost smells like one of those mixed juices you can buy with a whole bunch of different fruits in them.

Taste: Wonderful sweet taste with just a slight amount of hops. I can taste the fruits predominately, along with a hint of spice and nuts. Has a crisp, refreshing malt taste.

Mouthfeel: Doesn't feel very thick in the mouth, but rather has a nice and smooth texture. Aftertaste is a very nice bittersweet flavor. Nothing too heavy stays on the palate, and it feels just right.

Drinkability: This is a great Autmen Beer to enjoy at absolutely anytime, from enjoying with dinner to sipping while sitting back and watching a football game. This is a great refreshing ale that I wash was available more throughout the year. If your a fan of Autumn Ales or Red Ales like I am, do yourself a favor and enjoy this one for the few months that you can.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.36/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful clear brown-orange with a nice thick head. Aroma is mostly malty, with a hint of spice and a fairly strong, but not alcohol, nip to it. Flavor is rich and zingy; both hops and malt are present, with hints of spices and a whisper of fruit. This ale goes down smooth and crisp but still has an edge to it.

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Photo of electricfields
4.26/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Pours an opaque golden amber - almost orange - color with an off-white head that dissipates quickly. Not a lot of lacing left on the glass.

S: Citrus and sweet fruits. There's a very distinct smell I can't quite put my finger on. Peach or apricot maybe?

T: Light citric hops and sweet peachy malts. Very pleasant. Almost tastes like some kind of classy-ass high end candy.

M: Very little carbonation but balanced enough to make that work. Very creamy, despite being only a medium bodied beer.

D: To be honest, I could see myself easily losing track of how many of these I've had. So I'll have to give it a 5 here. It's so drinkable I could see myself forgetting I'm drinking it, easily, if it weren't for the really nice flavor.

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Photo of far333
4.22/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Light honey colored with an orangey beige foamy head made up of bubbles of many and various sizes. Aroma is rich and strong, bready malts, fruity sweetness, some light spiciness of nutmeg. Flavor is rich and full, with typical Marzen smooth maltiness, a little doughey, a little sweet, some fruit and cinnamon, but also something a little edgey like some essence of autumnal dried leaves. Understated hops, just some lingering bitter in the aftertaste. Smooth mouthfeel, some tingly carbonation. Very drinkable, I've been enjoying this beer this Fall.

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Photo of KTCamm
4.15/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Light copper amber with very little white foam. Minimal lacing. Malty caramel smell. Slightly sweet. Light.

Nice balanced taste, good drinking amber with light hop background. Evenly carbonated in the mouthfeel.

Very drinkable, solid Redhook offering.

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Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.13/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A- Nice white-chocolate colored head that leaves nice lacing. Translucent, copper colored body

S- Smell is yeasty, malty, and mineral-watery

T- Tastes like the smell, but more sweetness comes out along with a slightly off metallic flavor. Mostly yeasty-fruit and earthy-malt

M- Feel is so good. Silky smooth on the tongue

D- Drinks well for the style

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Photo of Wetpaperbag
4.12/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Nice clear copper color, very much like a whiskey or a bourbon. Almost no head with a small bubble sheen over the top.

S- Smells of sweet spices, nutmeg, all spice, pumpkin, and all that makes fall great.

T- Very malty in taste, the spices are subtle, and come though toward the end of the tastes. Sweet tasting. There is a hop taste as well, but it isn't quite as strong as some of this style.

M- Feels good in the mouth, not too thick not too thin.

D- Yes in deed.

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Photo of Frosty80
4.1/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Color: pours golden straw. sits a very clear, dark copper.

Smell: hop aroma dominates slightly with a low-medium presence. malt is caramely and supports nicely.

Taste: somewhat opposite of the aroma. moderate amounts of toasted and caramel malt dominate and supported by low levels of hop flavor. finishes very clean and is slightly dry and bitter

Mouthfeel: low-medium body with medium carbonation. very smooth and crisp

Notes: had little expectations with this beer but WOW! very clean and crisp yet flavorful.

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Photo of horshack7
4.1/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a red copper color with a frothty head.

Smell: Nice caramel notes with sweet malts.

Taste: Caramel notes malt is sweet nice on the palate. Medium to full bodied.

Notes: This one is very drinkable would make a great all season brew. Another good one from Redhook.

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Photo of sinstaineddemon
4.08/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - this Harvest Ale pours a dark coppery orange with a tan head and plenty of swift carbonation, an overall pretty beer

S - a great roasted nutty/malty aroma with an aley hoppy background, very mellow but good

T - wow, what a complex deep roasted nutty flavor, very intense, with a great hoppy background, deep and rich, this is real good

M&D - the depth of the flavor results in a smooth mouthcoat, a high quality ale, one of my favorite from Red Hook

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Photo of Truh
4.07/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Was rushing to beat the frost with this one on 9/1/2006. 16-oz. shaker pour at the Cattaqua Publick House.

Noted as a fall seasonal on their chalkboard. Just a skim of head, almost nothing really, with very little lacing. Nice, fall looking hue - a combination of light red and light brown, with some touches of arange at the edges; fairly clear but a touch of chill haze due to the subarctic temperature it seems to be served at. Touch of roastiness on the nose, but more malt character than anything else; rose hip, allspice, and a touch of nutmeg. Very clean and smotth on the mouth, truly good fall seasonal with the aforementioned scents all mingling on the tongue; the touch of roast was perfect on that fall-like, first day of September.

Will keep my eyes peeled for this one next fall.

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Photo of thespaceman
4.05/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Redhook pint glass:

Appearance: A beautiful, clear medium amber in color, two finger head sits atop alot of bubbles from the carbonation. Head retention is good and the lacing is extra soapy.

Smell: Light fruitiness is the star of the show, I get bits of apples, or pears up front, it leads into a slightly hop-centric overtone with some grapefruit. A bit of sweetness from the malt is prevalent but not as overpowering.

Taste: A very tasty Red Ale, hoppiness comes off first with a nice dose of sweet passionfruit, with a nice offset of small bits of caramel malt. A bit nutty towards the finish, slightly earthy and the hops really explode on the tongue upon first sip of this beer.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, nicely carbonated and sits well on the tongue. A touch of bitterness from the hops is not too much but shows it's face.

Drinkability: I really enjoyed this one, it's a very sessionable Red Ale at 5.9% ABV and really has a great balance all around. The light fruitiness does take over any malt showings in this one, so it's not a true fall O'fest/Marzen but a damn good beer to have around during the cooler months! Well done.

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Photo of Beerbythepool
4.03/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Bottle to pint.

Color is a light amber. Very autumnal look to it. If you had to pick a color for an autumn beer, this would be it.
It may be a trick with the color, but I get hops and pumpkin on the nose or at least a spice in the smell.

1 F head doesn't last very long. little lacing.

Taste is honey, floral, syrup. Strong flavor, but not overpowering. Reminds me of Copperhook, which I like.

As it warms there is a slight tea flavor. It has an Oktoberfest feeling, but not full fledge on the taste. Very drinkable. I am happy with it as an everyday drinker during the fall. I think I will serve it at my Halloween party because of the label and easy drinking style. Should be good for many people. Give it a try.

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Photo of rowew
4.02/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz longneck with the standard redhook embossed bottle and two piece label. ABV and bottled date clearly marked.

Appearance: Clear amber color, average head with decent retention.

Smell: Nutty, sweet - just a hint of smoke and some floral hops.

Taste: Interesting - in the first sip the smoky flavor was a bit overwhelming since I wasn't expecting it. After another few it balanced out nicely - a good combination of malt with that smoke, and just a bit of hops in there to balance things out.

Overall impression: This was better than I expected - plenty of interesting flavors, but still highly drinkable.

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Photo of xav33
4.02/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 2 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Redhook Late Harvest Autumn Ale
12 oz bottle
Recent bottling, uncapped 09/06
Medium pour in a tulip glass

Poured orange, with red tinges, with a slightly off-white fully diminishing 1/4 inch head.

Smelt of light caramel, light spruce, meat broth and mushrooms, and an overall smell of a pile of dead leaves.

Taste was upfront moderately bitter hops and light sweet breadiness, followed by a medium brown sugar sweetness and light dead leaf bitterness on an average length finish. Mouthfeel was light, watery, lively.

Overall, so far the paragon of Autumn ales.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out a very nice and somewhat hazy pale orange with a nice deep color to it. Lots of carbonation on this one was evident from the very start. Huge chains of bubbles just cascading from the bottom of the glass up towards the top, continually reinforcing the foam layer on top. There were a nice three fingers or so high layer of white foam that formed on the top almost immediately upon the pour, which was very nice to see. This settled after a few moments, but not before depositing copious amounts of side glass lace. Now, for an amber ale, I have to say this looked more like an IPA, which would suit me just fine.

The aroma was loaded down with rich hop notes. Lots of floral tones here coming off almost immediately, which again was very good to see. Rich orange and tangerine, were interlaced with a good amount of malted grain that gave it a little more depth in the overall scheme of things. Very nice blend of aromas, but still leaning heavily on the hops here for support. The flavor was spot on for an IPA, so I am not sure why it is called an amber. To be honest, I liked this one a good bit more then the IPA, as it had a nice balance to it. Some hints of cereal grains and a touch of what almost tasted like corn was floating around, but by far the most predominant flavors were that of the citrus hops. Light flavors of orange were quite sweet and light, not bending your taste buds, but definitely showing their strength here. Lots of complexity here, especially for an amber, and honestly one the easiest drinking ales I have had in quite some time. The feel was light with lots of carbonation and a very nice dry bitter finish. I have to admit I am impressed. As it warmed some light, caramel notes started poking through and this is probably where the amber ale was coming into play here.

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Photo of dstc
4/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep copper with a white head and thin lacing.

Aroma of malts and slight fruits.

Full flavor of malts and grains with herbal and fruity undertones. Ends in a slight hop finish.

Medium bodied and smooth in the mouth.

Nice autumn beer, very flavorful.

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Photo of hops4me
4/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a good solid amber ale. If you are looking for the hoppy kind...this is not it. It is malt foward. Smells of malt/ale fruitiness from the caramel malt. Tastes a little toasted and sweet. There is a faint amount of chocolate and roastedness in there as well. A little bit of floral hop shows up in the flavor. This is a solid brew that goes down easy.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
4/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I went on a fall seasonal binge at the package store and picked this puppy up. This is a fall seasonal but not a pumpkin/octoberfest.. so I always find these fun to try. I was pretty impressed by it, smelt and tasted some ginger and had some other fall spices in there. Has good crispness to it and was well balanced. Reminded me a lot of Gritty McDuff's Halloween Ale... pretty solid overall.

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Photo of thekanna
3.98/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Gorgeous translucent copper red with about a finger of nice cream head.

S: Fresh cut autumn foliage and pine aromas interlaced with citrus fruits and apricots.

T: A grassiness and pine-like taste lead headlong into a smoky nuttiness intermeshed with buttery biscuits and faint citrus. This is capped off with a powerful, somewhat smoky hop bitterness.

M: Medium body with decent carbonation.

D: Very nice offering from Redhook, good to kick back with.

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Photo of Reidrover
3.98/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Slightly hazy dark copper ale, lovelly eggshell white head..kinda thick and chunky. Aromas are mainlly slightly toasted malts. The taste again is quite nicely toffee type maltiness, then semi sweet,earthy, a little hop near the end to balace the thing up..and i also get a touch of pleasing smoke at the back of the throat. Good smooth palte. Overall..I have to go against the grain and say this is a rather nice ,satisfying amber for the season

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.98/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Bright, clear copper color. Poured with a one finger light apricot head that dissipated quickly. Light lacing, but would not hold.

S: Cornacopia of spices; pumpkin, nutmeg, allspice.

T: Nice bold malt taste up front followed by subtle spices (versus as they were so prominent in aroma). Also surprised (pleasantly) by a very light bittering hop finish.

M: Medium body. Moderate carbonation. Finishes clean.

D: Very drinkable. Not gonna knock you out with pumpkin if that's what you're looking for. Strikes a very pleasing balance of malt, vegetable and spice.

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Photo of burnstar
3.98/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours reddish gold with a medium/small head that dissipates quickly but leaves nice lacing on the surface and sides. Aroma is light malty sweetness with a touch of herbal hops. Taste is toasted malt with a bit of sweetness. Apple notes? Some spicy hops leave a lingering bitterness. Nicely balanced. Mouthfeel is medium. Smooth. Overall a pretty nice beer and quite drinkable.

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