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Harbor Ale - Greenport Harbor Brewing Company

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Harbor AleHarbor Ale

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24 Reviews
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Reviews: 24
Hads: 78
Avg: 3.58
pDev: 17.32%
Wants: 1
Gots: 15 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Greenport Harbor Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: plaid75 on 08-27-2009

An American-style pale ale brewed with 30% wheat malt and a blend of Warrior, Glacier, and Cascade hops. Light in color, smooth on the palate, with citrus and tropical hop notes.
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Reviews: 24 | Hads: 78
Reviews by rodney45:
Photo of rodney45
2.81/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Had this on tap Press 195 in Bayside NY

A: Light amber. Creamy quickly dissipating off white head.

S: Small amounts of citrus, and floral hop notes. A little off point and underwhelming for a APA.

T: First notes are apricot, light peach, and candy caramel. Secondary flavors are crystal malt, and a peppery hop bitterness.

M: Light body, medium carbonation. Slightly bitter and watery.

O: This is an off beer for a brewery that ive come to love recently. Its bitterness wasnt backed up or balanced. It could have used more attention into the mouthfeel and malt departments. Wouldnt really have this again, or recommend.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of illpass78
3.78/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pint on draft aboard the Cross-Sound Ferry from New London, Conn. to Orient Point, L.I.

Appearance: Pours a clear amber/copper with a one-finger eggshell head. Minimal lacing. Pretty well carbonated.

Aroma: A little grass, a tiny hint of caramel, some grain. A little citrus, too.

Taste: Nice complexity for an APA. Follows the nose, with some added pine and lemon. A little herbaceous. Tasty and accessible, but far from boring.

Mouthfeel: Nice medium depth. An all-seasons beer.

Overall: Appealing pale ale from the North Fork. Easy and approachable while having the complexity to satisfy the craft crowd.

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Photo of Mark_in_Brklyn
4.1/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of csmartin6
2.75/5  rDev -23.2%

Photo of OldmanPHX
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of acurtis
3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Sammy
3.32/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Americo’s bottle. Malty aromas. Tasted decent bitterness. Light orange with lace. Drinkable but rather fair for the style.

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Photo of socon67
3.38/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Golden color, clear and with visible carbonation.

S - Hoppy, and a slight floral aroma.

T - Fresh, crisp pale ale. Some bitterness at the end, but a flavorful taste.

M - Refreshing, clean taste, and easily a beer you can have a few of.

O - Not the most exciting style, but the local folks have a beer that a casual beer drinker would enjoy.

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Photo of Gmann
3.15/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a crystal clear pale copper color with a smallish wispy white head that settled into a light ring. The aroma is basically non-existent, perhaps some light grain husk. The taste is of light toasted grain, a touch of buttery cracker and some grassy bitter hops. It has a lightly fruity taste as well. A very average APA at best. Very light with a dry bitter hop profile, not what I am looking for in an APA. The feel is light but not watery, fairly soft carbonation, finishes with a grassy bitterness. A very light APA, not much body and could use some more hoppy flavor opposed to hoppy bitterness. A bit disappointed in this brew.

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Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of mdillon86
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of Greywulfken
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Deep golden body under a few fingers of off-white foam. Just short of clear. Effervescing bubbles. Woodsy and earthy with some chew - bitter hops brought mild pine and more wood, some high points of citric pit, some underlying dankness. Medium-weight and soft - carbonation muted - nice rounded bitterness on the tongue. Leaves a little aftertaste that calls for another sip. A real nice local IPA.

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Photo of metter98
3.38/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high dense off white head that gradually died down and left a bit of lacing on the surface and a thin ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of floral and citrusy hops and grainy malts in the nose.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and has a slight amount of bitterness towards the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is easy to drink and has some refreshing properties.

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Photo of pknyc
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of beoirific
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at the brewery.

Poured a light copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell feature a round, soft malt with a subtle floral hop.

The taste was very well balanced with a moerate doughy malt and a bright flowery hop.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style with good carbonation.

Overall a very tasty and easily quaffable ale.

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Photo of drews240
3.79/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of erha2
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of david18
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Below is a review I wrote of the draft version:

I had a sixteen ounce draft of this at the Amsterdam Ale House on Manhattan's Upper West Side. i'm still a bit ambivilent about this brewer. I like some of their beers but others I don't like. This one fell short for me. It was just a little uninteresting. I would almost call it a blonde ale rather than a pale.

Color was a deep copper, clear with a good amount of carbonation...perhaps too much.

Aroma was slightly malty and not nearly hoppy enough for an American Pale. Overall not bad, just not present enough.

The flavor was like the aroma. Not enough hop presence and not much of anything else to hole my attention.

This is not a beer I would recommend.


The cask was a little better and I think this brewery has improved overall. I'll try the draft version again and amend that review if I feel differently.

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Photo of cbalbrecht
3.64/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of CHickman
3.66/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy gold color with a small white head that faded fast and left minimal lacing. Smells of caramel, fresh cut grass, floral hops, light lemon zest and grains or some wet bread. Pretty light hop presence in the nose, but pretty well balanced for an APA. Tastes like it smells with caramel, tea leaf, herbs, fresh cut grass, floral hops, lemon, toasted grains, sweet bread like French toast and mild spices. The hop spices have a little bite and mix well with the grains for a well balanced brew. Mouthfeel is light, crisp and refreshing, average carbonation, a medium body and a malty sweetness that shows the light spices off and finished slightly bitter. Nice beer overall, it got better with each sip and is a session option.

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Photo of Japple
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of Srkolodn
3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dbrauneis
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a crystal clear deep copper to amber in color with some moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a three finger tall dense foamy off-white head that very slowly reduces to a thick film covering the majority of the surface of the beer and a very thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of sweet caramel and grainy malts along with some lighter amounts of citrus and pine/resin hops. There is a very subtle hint of floral hops as well.

T: The taste is very similar to the smell for this beer with a pretty solid sweet caramel malt body and just a touch of graininess. There is also a decent amount of hop flavors from the citrus and pine/resin hops. Light amounts of bitterness in the finish.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Crisp.

O: Refreshing - I was drinking this outside around a pool in the middle of a warm summer afternoon. Easy to drink and sessionable. I enjoyed it as did most others at this party - appealing to beer geeks and average joes.

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Photo of AdamPenna
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

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Harbor Ale from Greenport Harbor Brewing Company
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