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Local Harvest Ale - Sebago Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

91 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 91
Reviews: 55
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 12.21%
Wants: 12
Gots: 8 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Sebago Brewing Company visit their website
United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  6.10% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
Our Fall seasonal Local Harvest Ale is brewed with hops and barley grown in Maine with the clear water of Sebago Lake. Local Harvest Ale is mahogany in color and has an intense bouquet of citrus, pine and lemongrass which comes from hopping this beer four ways: In the mash, in the kettle, steeped and dry hopped. After your first sip you will taste the fresh wet hops and the finish flavor of oily hops on your tongue. You will desire yet another sip. This auburn Autumn classic is balanced with the careful addition of chocolate and caramel malts to create this extremely popular local beer. Please support Maine agriculture and enjoy the harvest!

36 IBU

(Beer added by: corby112 on 11-01-2009)
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Reviews by billybob:
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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

billybob, Nov 12, 2013
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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #34 (Nov 2009):

Hops grown in Maine, used from the mash to the fermenters.

Hazed amber glow with some stellar lacing action going on as rings of lace stick to the glass after every sip. Smells of sangría, passion fruit, tangerines and a hint of taffy. Oily medium body lets the palate know that a heavy hand of hops were used to make this brew. Mild hop coarseness throughout, the bitterness is up there, but the flavor definitely draws the most attention, with lemongrass, cigar tobacco, wildflowers and grapefruit rind. There is a small center of malt base here, and if the taste buds are not completely masked, that base does come forward for a brief moment. Long, hoppy finish.

High marks for bringing hop flavor to new heights, lordy be, this is an amazing beer.

BeerAdvocate, Jan 03, 2011
Photo of lordofthewiens
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at a beer fest, then found a bomber at Tully's. Nice beer. A hazy red/orange with a tan head and a fair amount of lacing. Aroma of citrus, flowers, and malt. Same taste: pine, some grapefruit, and malt. Perhaps a little too much malt, but still a good beer to drink.

lordofthewiens, Nov 01, 2009
Photo of bishopdc0
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this first on draft at the Brewery in Gorham, ME. The beer is brewed with hops grown in Maine, hence the name. This to me is more of an IPA with a nice golden to amber color. It has a nice white head and good lacing. The aroma is very pleasantly hop filled, slight citrus and pine, it starts malty with a slight caramel but finishes with a bitterness that lingers. This beer is excellent for those who like an East Coast IPA. I went on the tour with 15 people mostly home brewers and at least 5 of them stated this was their new favorite beer.

bishopdc0, Jan 24, 2010
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4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice off white 1 finger head, with a medium amber body. Huge citrus and floral smell on the first pour, which is it's best characteristic. Tastes of citrus and Carmel sweetness, which is balanced well for me. Medium high carbonation drinks quite well for the nicely hidden abv. I was pleaantly surprised with this one. Nice job
Sebago

Homebrew35, Oct 07, 2010
Photo of Cavanaghty
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap in a pint glass.

Appearance: Medium brown in color with a beige head of about one finger. Heavy lacing on the glass.

Smell: Rich hop smell, but not overwhelming.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Medium Bodied, not smooth but not too rough. Taste of fresh hops, pine, citrus and nutty notes are subtle.

Overall: Great local brew. Will have this one again.

Cavanaghty, Oct 28, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -30%

ChrisL24481, Oct 21, 2012
Photo of puboflyons
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on November 12, 2011. The pour is a medium to darker amber with a long lasting but thin head. Good lacing left on the bottle. The aroma is vibrant with earthy hops and definitive dose of wild raspberries or black raspberries along with light pale malts. The body is about medium and smooth. The hops tend to be more powerful in the taste as the wild berries take a more subtle back seat. I found it to be a rather enjoyable harvest ale.

puboflyons, Nov 12, 2011
Photo of smakawhat
3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From the bottle pours an off white two finger head. Dark copper/brown, with flakes... there are flake chunks in my APA... uh... not appetizing looking there is this from a muddy river bottom or something??? Very cloudy as well, with some very good soild BIG monster lacing.

Smell is a faint grapefruit and small malts, and a certain sweet orange/tangerine thing going on. Ok this is improving considerably.

Taste is quite good, with a good chew malt and hops, and fruit sweet balance. Nice body and hop finish with a sweet fruit and bitter hop bite. This is actually quite good but it is a really bad looking beer and makes you think the worst is coming but it isn't at least out of the bottle.

smakawhat, Dec 27, 2010
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3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Part of the sebago collection I recieved from my good friend Matt up north. Decided to do the vertical/horizontal/ whatever it is of all of them. Poured into a pint glass,lol.

Poured a brilliant and hazy cloudy pale amber with a huge billowing white sicky frothy head. Great retention and fantastic side glass lace. This was about the best a pale ale could look in my book. Top notch appearence for sure. Smell was somewhat hoppy with a light floral bouquet that was balanced against an earthy grain and a touch of sugar. The taste was just where its at. A deep rich and sweet orange hop just rolled over the tongue, nothing too btter but nicely melded with a cereal grain like back, giving it a very smooth very easy to drink profile.

mikesgroove, Jul 18, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

ScaryEd, Oct 23, 2013
Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.38/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A unique turn of events coming from Maine since all the hops that were used in the beer were grown in Maine. I'm very interested in seeing how the hop growing industry turns out here, I read that they're trying to find a farmer who will grow an acre so they can make bigger batches with locally grown hops.

Had last night at the Portland location while watching the Sox take the first game of the ALCS.

Pours an amber color, good sized head that sticks around for a while and also sticks a good deal to the glass.

Smell is, you guessed it, hoppy. Pretty strong aroma of hops, can't tell that they were grown in Maine, but they do smell quite nice. Even my girlfriend who doesn't like anything about beer thought it smelled nice and pretty like a flower.

Taste is not overwhelmingly hoppy or bitter but has some nice balance with caramel malt, does leave a nice bitter aftertaste though, slight citrus aspect.

Overall, a really good beer coming from Sebago that utilizes locally grown hops, I really hope to see more of this happening in Maine.

deltatauhobbit, Oct 11, 2008
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3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

No freshness date, but I have to figure this was brewed 6-7 months ago, considering it's a fall harvest ale. Relatively hard pour into an imperial pint glass gives it an inch+ head that settles in a few minutes. Color is a true amber that's very cloudy, but not so much that I can't see a few bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass.

Both aroma and taste impart that oily hopness that you should get from a harvest ale, although they don't match up entirely. I didn't expect it from the nose, but the taste has a surprising sweetness to it - the caramel & chocolate malt referenced on the label really comes through. Hops linger a little bit but the finish is clean enough.

That malt adds a very complex to this one. It's odd that I taste those chocolate and caramel flavors right up front, before the hops hit me. I'm not sure the malt makes complete sense, as the combo is pretty unusual. But for some reason I dig it.

coachdonovan, May 07, 2010
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3.25/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

L: Pours a murky copper amber color with a medium short and medium bodied tan colored head that laces the glass nicely on the way down.
S: Smells of sweet roasted malts, hints of caramelized malts underneath a nice big citrusy, earthy, and floral hop aroma that was quite nice and not too bitter smelling.
T: Tastes of sweet roasted malts, caramelized malts, some sweetness mixed with earthy and floral hops for the end of the taste. The hops weren't too bitter making it a little smoother.
M: Smooth, rich, a bit hot feeling, but a nice amount of carbonation. Perhaps a little maturity in the cask would have done this one well.
D: OK drinkability, I felt it needed some more time to mature.

erosier, Oct 04, 2010
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

Rocketman2013, Sep 20, 2014
Photo of Etan
3.4/5  rDev -13.5%

12oz.

A: Pours a murky copper with an off-white head.

S: Bitterish piney hops, british, copper malt, caramel.

T: Leafy, mild molasses, bready, light orange flavor.

M: Medium-bodied with moderate carb.

O: A meh APA that is closer to an English bitter than anything American.

Etan, Oct 13, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

Gfunk, Mar 06, 2014
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4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The reviewer before me stated it was too bad they don't make this in bottles. Well they do now as 150 cases of this is being put into 22 once bottles. I picked up mine today at RSVP in portland.

A - Tan orange color with a small 1 finger head.

S - slight pine and citrus some malts.

T - Good not bad flavorful and crisp.

M - really good light, clean feel.

D - Good would definately have another and we look for this one as well.

Casey10, Oct 15, 2009
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5/5  rDev +27.2%

Lifsabch, Oct 24, 2012
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3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Acquired from svosie, so a big "Thank You" goes out to her. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep golden brown color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains fruity citrus, caramelized malts and a good amount of hops.

T: The taste starts out with an almost candy-like sweetness from flavors of caramel and citrus up front. Then a hearty malt character comes in along with a strong but not over-powering hops presence creating a very good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, not the best APA that I've had but it's a solid beer worth drinking for a while.

TheManiacalOne, Oct 31, 2010
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4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Happy to see the fall harvest beers hitting the shelves. Nice deep orange color and a dense beige foam on top. Crazy hop aroma - super floral, resiny, cirtrus, and something like Pixie Stix or Sweet Tarts. A real candy citrus fruit vibe going on here. Hops up front - floral, not super bitter, but full force. Really floral, fruity, herbal lavender notes, and grape Pez. Definitely a unique hop bouquet here - haven't experienced these flavors in any other beer, that I can recall. Not traditional hop flavors, and might not be everyone's cup of tea, but I'll give it an extra .5 in the flavor department for uniqueness. Creamy caramel malt undertone and chewy, thick palate. Each sip is a little different, making this one fun to drink. Enjoy this fresh, and while it lasts.

twelvsies, Sep 19, 2010
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4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep gold in color with a slightly off white head that certainly sticks around

S: Not much going on here. Nothing offensive either which is why its still average

T: Nice solid malt flavor, very bitter with some grassy flavors that linger

M: Perfect for an APA

O: This is very bitter for a pale ale but also very tasty. It has just enough malt to back up some very interesting hops. This beer has malt and hops all grown in Maine which makes this brew one of a kind.

The Sebago website says the hops are Maine-grown Cascades and they're certainly different. I would recommend this one for sure.

grahambo, Oct 03, 2011
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4.38/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My first experience with this ale was at the Gardiner Swine & Stein fest on tap.

A seriously delicious fall brew, full of cascade hops and sultry fall notes that tingle the tongue and linger.

Pours a fabulous autumnal cloudy amber with a sweet head. This was a great session beer that left me wanton for more!

A serious hop-heads bite with a crisp bite. If you aren't prepared you might not like this APA but I have to say kudo's for Sebago for this local harvest of local cascade hops!! BRAVO!

DurtyUI, Oct 03, 2010
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3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice golden amber with dense cap of white froth, good lacing. Scent is balanced between the fresh cereal grain and light caramel malt backbone and light citrus, pine and floral hops... overall quite earthy. Taste follows suit, very earthy and grainy malt profile and the hops balance those out without really staring in the brew. Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, dry and grainy on the palate. A decent, fresh tasting pale that could have used a little more umph.

rfgetz, Oct 10, 2011
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3.4/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle. Pours a dark brown copper color with little head. Fair amount of lacing. Aromas of spicy hops, malts, earth and sweet grains. Taste is spicy and floral hops. Sweet grains and malts as well. Floral finish with some bitterness. Easy to drink and lightly carbonated. Fair amount of floral and spicy hop flavor to this one. Overall, decent and worth a second look....eventually.

PicoPapa, Feb 03, 2012
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Local Harvest Ale from Sebago Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 91 ratings.