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Redhook Late Harvest Autumn Ale - Redhook Ale Brewery

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Ratings: 293
Reviews: 234
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 13.08%
Wants: 6
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
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Redhook Ale Brewery visit their website
New Hampshire, United States

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

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: purplehops on 03-03-2006

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 Hibernator
3.85/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Late Harvest Autumn Ale
12 oz brown bottle
Bottled - 08/28/06
Served in a 20 oz tulip pint glass

Pours a light brown with a decent head on top that transforms to a thin lace. Nice trails of sticky lace patterns cling to the sides of the pint glass.

Pleasant nose with whiffs of caramel malts coming through the most, but also some fruity and spicy hops as well.

A medium bodied brew that is very malty with a chewy character. The malt backbone provides a juicy caramel taste and multigrain bread flavors. There is a touch of sweet fruit (pear?) and a baby hop snap on the finish. Good drinkability level at 5.7% ABV.

Pretty enjoyable overall. A solid offering from Redhook. I think I got a fresh sample too, which really helps. Welcome Fall!

Photo of Georgiabeer
2.7/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

First Redhook product I'd had in a long time, but it was a freebie, so I decided to give it a try. Not great, not terrible. I think this brand has declined quite a bit from a while ago, not that they were ever the tops.

Pours a medium amber with almost no head or lacing.

Smell is balanced malt and hops with perhaps some rye in there. There is also a faintly waxy smell present.

Taste is fairly undefined. A little spicy and rough near the end, and slightly harsh. Full bodied, but unbalanced.

Mouthfeel is highly carbonated and a little sharp, but with good body.

Not greatly drinkable. No real interesting flavors or balance, and a little hard to swallow.

Photo of scluffman
3.19/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Medium-dark copper color with an off-white, thin head. Very little perceptible aroma. Taste of citrus, roasted malt and a mild, floral hoppy finish with a touch of iced tea flavor to it. A bit on the watery side, but a pleasing level of carbonation giving it a solid drinkability score. Decently dry finish with a bit of a brace to it. Okay session beer.

Photo of Jason
3.72/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz brown bottle with a bottled date of 090606 ... quite fresh.

A- Thin but sticky lace comes from a modest head, clarity is fine showing off a bright copper color.

S- Crisp toasty malt, hints of bread crust and smoke. Slight hop and fruitiness in the nose as well.

T&M- Very smooth in a semi-creamy medium body. Clean toasted grain, herbal spicy citric hop bitterness and flavor balances well but does not get in the way. Ghost like smoke clings to a mild fruitiness and slightly rough grainy finish. Semi-dry.

D- A decent fall seasonal with some character, certainly worth a try and I am glad I did give this one a try.

Photo of allengarvin
3.92/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear brown color, with a small white head. Aroma smells of toasted bread and faint hops. Like the aroma, taste has nice malty melanoidins, moderate bitterness with light grassy flavor, a touch acidic in the mostly-dry finish. Neutral texture with average carbonation.

Nothing unpleasant here, though nothing exceptional either. A good solid amber ale.

Photo of proc
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one showed up in a Redhook variety pack along with the ESB, IPA and Blonde ales. Pours out to a bronze color in the glass with a good sized head. The aroma brings forth malt and bread dough. The taste shows off the malt which, in a strange way, begins rather strong in the mouth, but finishes easy. A nice seasonal offering from Redhook. While Redhook beers don't blow you away tastewise, they are always solid and consistent beers that seem to be easy to session.

Photo of BryanCarey
3.45/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle, this beer is tan/red in color with a generally clear body and an interesting aroma. The nose combines fruit, malted barley, and yeast and it is enticing even if not very pronounced.

This is a good seasonal beer that offers a bready/malty flavor profile and a balance between sweet grains and earthy/bitter hops. Its flavor profile is not as complex as many other seasonals but still interesting enough to warrant an occasional drink.

I enjoy the flavors present in this beer, like the smoky malt and the combination of Eurpoean and North American hops. But this beer is a slight disappointment due to the lack of a full, rich body. I could taste just a touch of wateriness in the finish and while it didn't spoil the experience, it certainly lessened its value.

Redhook Late Autumn Harvest is a good beer that easily beats the majority of the mainstream beers. It isn't as tasty as it could be but it does satisfy generally and the price is right. In other words, it is very much like other Redhook products: Good, but certainly not good enough to set your taste buds on fire or to win any prestigious awards.

Photo of CWiggins
3/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

No head formed when I poured this beer from its bottle into my glass; only a thin bead of foam appeared around the circumference. Very little noticable aroma, but hints of honey, nuts, and fruit do sneak through.

It has a light citrus flavor, balanced with some dark malts. The finish featured a hop bitterness, reminiscent of the IPA style more so that Pale Ale.

Decent beer, if you're not expecting too much.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Magpie14
3.38/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of Pegasus
3.2/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of Phatz
3.36/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

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.

Photo of Dogbrick
3.38/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of tweeder263
3.82/5  rDev +11%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of NEhophead
3.2/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of dustylong
2.43/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

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

Photo of zymurgy4all
3.87/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Billolick
3.78/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of dherling
3.43/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of acrawf6
3.7/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of maristfan
3.13/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Jredner
2.61/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

Redhook Late Harvest Autumn Ale from Redhook Ale Brewery
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