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Redhook Late Harvest Autumn Ale - Redhook Ale Brewery

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Redhook Late Harvest Autumn AleRedhook Late Harvest Autumn Ale

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285 Ratings

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Ratings: 285
Reviews: 234
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 13.37%
Wants: 7
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Redhook Ale Brewery visit their website
United States

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

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
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

(Beer added by: purplehops on 03-03-2006)
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Photo of BEERchitect


3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

And the owl is supposed to make it all ok. Actually pretty good, especially compared to most other Redhook brews. A good blend of toasted malt and light grain. A medium auburn / brown color with good clarity. A waining head retention with moderate lacing. Smells lightly bready with light caramel malts and a hearty grain character. Tastes similarly with light hop flavors and bittering. Medium on the palate with a watering finish. Pretty easy to drink. Plesant, but nothing to get too excited over.

09-12-2006 12:44:04 | More by BEERchitect
Photo of Magpie14


3.4/5  rDev -1.2%

Apperance: fairly nice color...deep reddish copper. Poured smoothly with nice head. Was fairly nice to look at!

Smell: a light malty aroma but not as big as what I was hoping for...but still very pleasant

Taste: not as balanced and sophisticated as stated on the bottle but very drinkable. I guess I was expecting more of a oktoberfest beer with it's fall release. Overall a light toasty, malty brew.

Mouthfeel: very drinkable, medium body and smoothness

Don't buy with the idea of an oktoberfest type beer. Seems this beer could be served year round, but it did conjure up some tastes of the fall

09-11-2006 16:03:52 | More by Magpie14
Photo of Pegasus


3.18/5  rDev -7.6%

Appearance: Clear deep copper color with a small, persistent white head, scattered patchy lacing, and very slight carbonation.

Aroma: Mild bread aroma, with slight yeast notes and understated hops.

Taste: Opens with a fairly strong medicinal hop note, beneath this there is a mild toasted presence. Late in the taste, a sharply bitter metallic note appears. This lingers on well past the end of the taste.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, and fairly full, with no carbonation noted.

Drinkability/notes: A pleasant and drinkable beer, although I expected something more like an Oktoberfest.

Presentation: Packaged in a twelve ounce brown glass bottle with a pop off crown, served in a standard pint tap glass.

09-11-2006 03:19:59 | More by Pegasus
Photo of Phatz


3.38/5  rDev -1.7%

Appearance: Pours an attractive rusty golden color with a small head and perfect clarity through the body. Minimal lacing.

Smell: It is a reserved aroma for a beer that claims to be an Autumn Harvest beer. I expect bigger flavors of the season even though it is an APA. That said it is a pleasant, small, aroma of toasty malts a hint of nuts and butterscotch diacetyl, fruity esters, and gentle hops.

Taste: The taste does follow the nose. It is rather simple and well blended. The sweet caramel malts are neutralized by a dry bitter attribute but the hop flavor seems smaller than the bitterness, making this beer neither a big sweet or big hop beer. The finish is dry and a bit astringent with a nip of diacetyl at the swallow. It has a few pleasant flavors of nuts and toffee but overall it is a malty amber APA that is simple and quaffable.

Mouthfeel: Light body beer that is laden with bitter and dry characteristic that are mediocre in the mouth.

Drinkability: This is certainly an easy drinker and a simple session beer for the season. To me it is nothing special other than it is easily accessible and a seasonal beer so it seems to fit a fall themed barbeque.

Hope this is helpful.

09-10-2006 06:31:06 | More by Phatz
Photo of xav33


4.03/5  rDev +17.2%

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.

09-08-2006 04:56:30 | More by xav33
Photo of Dogbrick


3.4/5  rDev -1.2%

Sample at AleFest Dayton: This beer is a slightly hazy dark amber/orange color with a compact off-white head and minimal lacing. The aroma is malty with a hint of hops. Medium-bodied and dry with malt and caramel flavors, plus some hops in the background. The finish is both malty and fruity. Pretty straightforward.

09-07-2006 20:47:36 | More by Dogbrick
Photo of tweeder263


3.85/5  rDev +11.9%

Pours out a copper colored brew not too much of a head.Has a mildly hoppy smell to it. Taste ,,wow pretty hoppy taste i wasnt expecting. Slight malt shows through but the hops dominate the taste,,and i like it very smooth.Mouthfeel is pretty standard nothing outstanding but not terrible. all in all a pretty damn good brew

09-05-2006 00:55:09 | More by tweeder263
Photo of NEhophead


3.23/5  rDev -6.1%

12 oz brown bottle.
Bottled on 07.19.06.

Thin, light copper in color. Quarter-inch, off-white head that quickly fades to a broken, whispy sheet. A few traces of patchy lacing, but not much.

Lightly burnt, floral hops with a touch of sweetness. An odd odor of fruity esters: heavy, white grape skins, apple, and orange.

Bright, fruity esters: white grape, apple; cider-like in flavor. Lemony hop flavors that seem a bit watery and solvent-like. The malt character is lightly roasted with a hint of licorice and dried nuts.

A light medium in body; filmy, perfume-like astringency.

Par for the course for a Redhook offering. Aroma and flavor are lacking. Don't let the name fool you, this is more suitable for a spring release.

09-02-2006 02:21:51 | More by NEhophead
Photo of dustylong


2.45/5  rDev -28.8%

I kind of like how the last guy put it...I saw a Redhook beer I hadn't tried yet and got it hoping it would be better than their other beer, but it wasn't. Not that it's a horrible beer or anything, but it's just not that impressive. Pours a light amber color with almost no head, and a little bit of lacing (poured from a bottle into a mug). Does not have a very strong smell to it, which kind of disappointed me. The taste isn't that impressive either. The taste was very bitter, and hoppy, with a slight malt aftertaste, not very fruity. Has a moderate feel in the mouth with a slight amount of carbonation. A decent beer, but nothing that great.

08-31-2006 01:52:42 | More by dustylong
Photo of sinstaineddemon


4.13/5  rDev +20.1%

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

08-30-2006 22:35:12 | More by sinstaineddemon
Photo of zymurgy4all

New York

3.88/5  rDev +12.8%

This beer's aroma was a pleasant honey/maple smell, very fitting for the Fall. The mouthfeel was Red Hook's usual, however I like how well balanced this beer is. Normally I don't think of Red Hook beers as session beers, but this one is a great session beer for a Fall BBQ. It has a slight maple smokey flavor, but no flavor in the beer overpowers it, making it pleasent to drink.

08-30-2006 16:48:51 | More by zymurgy4all
Photo of lordofthewiens


3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

Redhook's autumn seasonal. I think it used to go by another name. It was served in a pint glass, amber color with a good, thick head. It had a nice caramel/toffee aroma. Ditto for the taste, with some faint hops bitterness. A fairly good beer. Should have opted for two of these instead of trying Redline Ale.

08-29-2006 12:04:04 | More by lordofthewiens
Photo of Billolick

New York

3.8/5  rDev +10.5%

12 ounce bottle, this one is called "Late Harvest Autumn Ale", this bottle came in a "greatest hits" themed sampler box. "Bottled" dating of "08-09-06" (yeah fresh beer!) stamped onto the label . This one pours clear auburn amber, with a darkish tan head, leaving some spotty lacing. Maple syrup malty nose. This is a malt based amber ale. Medium in bodied and fairly flavorful and enjoyable. Notes of smoky, caramel/honey. Smooth and malty brew, decent sessioner, with BBQ or smoky foods or would work as a sweet marinating fluid.

08-28-2006 00:01:47 | More by Billolick
Photo of dherling

New Jersey

3.45/5  rDev +0.3%

Wow, this is exciting, the first review of a new beer. Luckily, I made my notes at Andy's where I had the beer tonight, so my comments won't be swayed by my 'pole position.' The beer pours golden brown, with a thick creamy white head. the nose is very sweet, almost candy-like, but you don't get that as much on the first taste. The first taste has more hops in it, with some grapefruit as well. The sweetness is there, but complimented, and almost overpowered by the bitterness of the hops. This feels super creamy int he mouth, no two ways about it. Effervescence is there, but it's almost like a real cream style ale in a sense. The creamyness continues through to the finish, with a long bitter, hops influenced aftertaste, slightly viscous. Overall, a very enjoyable offering from the folks at Redhook. I would get this again.

08-18-2006 04:20:54 | More by dherling
Photo of acrawf6


3.68/5  rDev +7%

Pours out a very clear reddish amber with a small head that dropped quickly.

Smell. A nice bouquet of florals and citrus hops with a bit of caramel and biscuit as well. I am enjoying the aroma a good bit.

Taste. It becomes just a little bland. I mean, the hops are still there, but not like in the aroma. A bit of lemon citrus hoppiness as well as a piney taste. Malts play a big factor, giving it a bit of a biscuit taste. During a few sips, i get a bit of a salty characteristic as well. Aftertaste has a bit more of the hops, i get a bit of a light cascade-like hoppiness taste, but i dont know if they use that in this beer.

Mouthfeel is ok. Carbonation is a touch light. but i tend to like the balance here. Mouthfeel is medium to full with a bit of a slickness to it.

Overall, it is ok. I wrote i think a good bit of positive remarks on this beer, but to me it is a bit uneventful. It has the characteristics of a nice red ale, but i find it is missing something. But i still think it is good enough to try again and again.

08-08-2006 19:29:08 | More by acrawf6
Photo of maristfan

New York

3.13/5  rDev -9%

I'm not a huge fan of Red Hook, but this beer held it's own out of the bottle. Beautiful orange color when poured then an unremarkable taste/mouthfeel when sipped. It's drinkable but I would pass up on this for a different amber seasonal if there was a choice. I always worry about the freshness of a bottle with shipping habits these days, so it could be a much better beer on tap, just good luck finding that anywhere.

05-17-2006 21:17:10 | More by maristfan
Photo of Jredner


2.58/5  rDev -25%

Syrup-like caramel malt aroma. Light amber with a decent sized tan head. Caramel malt int he fore with the faintest hint of a little spice and a mild mustiness. Mouthfeel is pretty nice for an amber ale, but this has an almost moldy, mustiness in the aftertaste that I find unpalatable.

03-01-2006 07:20:53 | More by Jredner
Photo of bahumutx


3.68/5  rDev +7%

Served from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a amber color with a small head.

Smell: Malt and biscuit aromas.

Taste: Starts with a biscuit and slightly sweet malt taste. There is a slight citrusy hop presence but not much. Also hints of caramel and a slight spice are present. Overall, a sweet beer but the sweetness is not overpowering.

Mouthfeel: Medium Mouthfeel with the right amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: Very drinkable. I could have a few of these in a sitting.

A good fall offering. It is classified as an amber ale and I have had better in this style but this is not bad at all.

12-24-2005 22:40:59 | More by bahumutx
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2.93/5  rDev -14.8%

Bottle date 7/19/05
This six pack sat in my fridge for a while. There is nothing really wrong with this beer except that it is unexciting. It looks good with a nice creamy head. Solid copper color with slight malt sweetness in the nose. That malt is noticeable in the taste, but it is very straightforward, with no hop flavor at all. You can drink this beer down without really thinking about it. Its just there. I will pass this one up next year

12-09-2005 01:51:10 | More by banjaxed
Photo of JerzDevl2000

New Jersey

2.83/5  rDev -17.7%

Took a tour of the Redhook Brewery about a month ago and saw that they were out of this. A few weeks later, I was in a Wal-Mart in Harper's Ferry, West Virginia and picked this up when I saw it on the shelf. I liked the ESB and other beers that I sampled in portsmouth, and I wanted to give this a crack.

Unfortunately, this isn't really an Octoberfest. The color of the beer is similar to that of the bottle - a somewhat deep orange but not as dark as others that I've had. The taste isn't that special...copper, some malt, no traces of wood and of course, the bitter aftertaste. The first thing I thought when I had this is "it's finish is very similar to the ESB" and I still think it now. It would be a great ale, but as a fall beer, it doesn't stand out to other great Ocotberfests that I've had (Flying Fish or Saranac). Worth a taste to get the feel down, but it doesn't linger on the tongue or ask for another bottle of it to be opened.

11-06-2005 07:14:23 | More by JerzDevl2000
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3.18/5  rDev -7.6%

Clear, coppery/amber-y color, big, puffy head. An attractive enough ale.

Malty, nutty nose. But, barely...overall, hollow, everything played very lightly, if at all...

Taste is coppery, malty, soft and fresh on the palate. Light body, slight finish...good mouthfeel.
But too bland for my tastes, though I can feel what they're searching for here: a session ale, that's deeper and darker than spring or summer seasonal ales.

Not bad at all, but nothing to get excited about.

10-07-2005 01:09:52 | More by feloniousmonk
Photo of TastyTaste


3.13/5  rDev -9%

Served on-tap at old chicago, too cold for my liking. Rusty orange colored, head is pretty good, 3/4". Smell is bready malt, carmel, and also some light hoppiness. Taste is smooth, although underwhelming. I was thinking this was an Oktoberfest based on the menu listing, but I guess it is an Amber Ale. Mouthfeel was also pretty smooth. Very indescript, but what do you expect coming from Redhook?

10-01-2005 20:30:30 | More by TastyTaste
Photo of Bierguy5


3.53/5  rDev +2.6%

Hazy copper color, with orange highlights. Thick light tan head. Good retention, some patches of lace on the sides of the glass. Bready aroma, not much hops. A bit fruity. Some caramel flavor, pretty good malt character. A good bit of bitterness to back it up. SLightly astringent. Medium body. Nothing too exciting here, but still decent.

10-01-2005 13:13:47 | More by Bierguy5
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3.85/5  rDev +11.9%

12 oz bottle. Pours out a clear chestnut brown with a small head that doesn't seem to last. Smell is lacking a bit. Some malt and fruit coming through but pretty light.

The taste is actually a suprise. The malt kind of takes a back seat and the fruit and flowers come through more. A bit nutty in the end. I would almost dare to say this beer leans towards a winter beer. The spicy, fruity hints are what lead me to say that.

A solid beer from Redhook but nothing that I HAVE to have. I am actually looking forward to their winter brew. Last years was great.

10-01-2005 01:27:51 | More by CharlesRiver
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3.43/5  rDev -0.3%

Bottle Inspection: 12 oz. Brown twisty with a bottled on date of 0719 05 (sampled 0929 05) and “Saccharomyces Cerevisiae” written in small black letters. Mmmm... ale yeast.

Aroma (3.5): Smells like a brown ale, sweet with a sourdough bread note.

Appearance (4): Clear amber-orange glass with a sandy tan cover that left sheets of lace.

Flavor (3.5): Fairly balanced with the edge toward sweet. A bit of corn with some kind of pumpkin pie spice lightly present. Not pumpkin, the spice that goes with it though.

Mouthfeel (3): Medium to strong carbonation, a bit fizzy in texture, medium body.

Overall Impression (3.5): Enjoyable, pleasant, but not exactly a celebration. It’s a bit too carbonated and a bit too mild to be the harbinger of autumn. Still, an enjoyable ale, worth a try.

Thanks to Pegasus for the sample.

11-12-2006 Re-reviewed
Bottle Inspection: Cool owl (new label), but no useful information beyond a bottled on date in raised dots, but the raised dots tore the label, and all I can make out is a 0 _ _ 2 0 6

Aroma (3): Light earthy hop and a mild tea note. Smells like a English Pale Ale.

Appearance (3.5): Clear orange amber body manages to hold a thin collar and give drops of lace.

Flavor (3): Nice balance, some mild caramel notes and grassy hop. Unfortunately, there is a harsh metallic taste running through it.

Mouthfeel (4): Soft texture, low carbonation, medium light body.

Overall Impression (3): A good beer with a serious flaw. A shame as I really like where they were going. The metallic note is just jarring though.

09-30-2005 03:59:10 | More by HardTarget
Redhook Late Harvest Autumn Ale from Redhook Ale Brewery
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