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Local Harvest Ale | Sebago Brewing Company

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Local Harvest AleLocal Harvest Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Sebago Brewing Company
United States | website

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.10%

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

Added by corby112 on 11-01-2009

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Reviews: 56 | Ratings: 105
Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
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.

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Photo of Cavanaghty
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
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.

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Photo of redleaves
4.43/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Lacy top not too big. Standard cloudy color, but not standard on the nose. Citrus and butterscotch? Very nice. Much hoppier than I expected, really bitter, an a good bitter. Slightly floral and decent malty back. A little watery which actually makes it easier to drink more than one. Drys up on the palate just in time. Very goodi will drink it again if I see it.

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Photo of DurtyUI
4.42/5  rDev +14.2%
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!

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Photo of brentk56
4.42/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with the kind of head that fresh hops will inspire; splashy lacing drips down the side of the pint glass

Smell: Candied citrus, floral in tone

Taste: Biscuity malt mixed with ruby red grapefruit, up front, and it just stays that way through to the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Awfully close to an IPA, this is an APA just like I like it - refreshing and well-balanced, with nice hoppy tones and not too much malt

Thanks, Bendurgin, for the opportunity

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.37/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

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Photo of bishopdc0
4.32/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

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Photo of twelvsies
4.32/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

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Photo of Boppar
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Sebago.

Served in an over-sized wine glass

A: Reddish brown with 1.5 fingers of foamy white head with good retention and solid lacing.

S: Earthy hops, moss, pine needles, sweet malts.

T: It opens with pine needles and sweet malts, with a mid-palate transition to a more balanced, leathery dryness and a bitter finish.

M: Heavy, slick, sticky.

O: This is a little meatier and better-rounded than most APAs. It is a great style example and well worth a try.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a hazy orange/copper color with a finger and a half worth of head. Sticks around for a bit and leaves some good lacing

S: Nice and hoppy, some citrus, grass, and maybe even light pine. Some malt in the background, but the hops are dominant

T: Same as the smell, the hops really shine. Definitely on the hoppy side for an APA, but I'm not complaining at all. Hops are earthy and grassy, with a bit of citrus and pine. Malt and alcohol round off the hops nicely

M: Medium bodied with light-moderate carbonation. Nice and slick from the hops

O: This is a very nice and refreshing APA, especially for the fall season. I'd say it's very close to an IPA, if not an IPA. I must say that either way, I love a good pale ale that comes out right after harvest (this and Sierra Nevada's are the two best that I can think of off the top of my head). Very good beer from Sebago!

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Photo of puboflyons
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

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Photo of FrankLloydMike
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I first had this at the New Hampshire Brew Fest in Portsmouth in early October. It was delicious with a crisp, fresh, floral hop aroma and taste. I recently stumbled upon it in a four-pack at Bert's, and while it's probably a bit old now and lacks the freshness I remember, it's still very enjoyable.

A: Big, sticky head makes a brief appearance before settling down into a think sticky lacing. Darker than I remember; an almost brown, deep amber color with a warm glow when held up to the light. Probably due to its age at this point, it is rife with floaters that I don't mind, but diminish the visual appeal a bit.

S: Aroma is faint; I remember a very pleasant floral hoppy aroma from the brew fest, but today I'm getting a distant, slightly muddled malt with boozy undertones. Alright, but not as good as I remember.

T: Taste, again, is quite different than the fresh one I remember, but still very good. The luscious hop flavor has faded, and the beer now carries a nice, slightly fruity sweetness with just a touch of almost herbal hop bitterness to balance things nearly perfectly. The alcohol warmth is more present than I had anticipated, but there's none of the sometimes unpleasant taste that often accompanies that. I'd love to try this again fresh, but in the meantime it's quite good even though it's aged more than is ideal.

M: Full-bodied, very nice, a bit sticky and sharp.

D: This is an infinitely drinkable beer: so well-balanced now, and so floral and delightful when fresh; either way, I'd gladly have a second.

This is a great beer from a very solid and sometimes under-appreciated brewery, and I love the concept of using Maine ingredients. Thus, I understand why it's seasonal, but I wish it wasn't. It's good accidentally aged (though I imagine there's an unforgiving limit to that), but excellent fresh. I'll definitely be looking to pick this up again a bit earlier in the season next year, and hopefully I'll see it on tap somewhere then as ell.

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Photo of BeerKangaroo
4.14/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brought this to Michigan to share with the relatives (it made a good travel as it impressed them).

We all had it in pint glasses:

A: brown/orange colored body with a one finger white foamy head that takes a good minute before slowly dieing. Some nice speckled spider-web lacing leads gently into the body. Some light carbonation is seen rising.

S: sweet with some light hops entering in with a bit of pine and citrus.

T: sweet, once again, but the hops are fairly strong with a mild citrus taste.

M: light to medium with nothing harsh on the tongue, sessionable.

O: this was one I had years ago when I first moved to Maine. I loved it then, and I still love it. No doubt that I would have this again. This is a Sebago must have. And the Michigan relatives loved it too!

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Photo of Homebrew35
4.12/5  rDev +6.5%
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

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Photo of CliffBrake
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark amber color, slightly cloudy. Medium head and retention. Nice piney/resiny hop flavors well balanced with malt sweetness. Good bitterness. Not terribly complex, but a nice hoppy brew.

The bottles and 4 pack carrier give no hint to the name - is this a "wet hopped" beer or just locally grown hops, dried and brewed conventionally? Anyway, Sebago should get some credit for promoting local hop production!

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Photo of IPARyan
4.07/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a nice rust color with a proper one inch head when poured properly. The head is quick to go away but not completely. Nice lacing but that goes away as you work down.

S - The aroma is welcoming for any IPA drinker because it has a pleasant hop smell.

M - It feels a bit thin but it is very drinkable...which is great upside when you want have more than just one.

T - The hops are prominent on first taste but there's not much lingering aftertaste.

Overall, definitely worth it. A must try for Sebago drinkers. I'll definitely be having a few more. Tis the season!

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Photo of Casey10
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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Photo of lou50rp
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Bright copper color with little carbonation
Mild, sweet malty smell
Touch of citrus taste, sweetness and strong hoppy finish
Mouthfeel is medium
Overall not a bad brew, best thing about is its use of local ingredients. Will enjoy the four-pack, but probably not buy again

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Photo of bierbrauer
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased at Whole Foods in Portland, ME. 12 oz. bottle ($8.99/4), poured into red wine glass. Didn't see the bottle date. Reviewed from notes taken 11/12/11.

A: Cloudy, light copper color; 3/4" foam that drops slowly, with sparse lacing.

S: Subtle citrus, pine.

T: Fresh, malty and grassy, w/citrus; mild pine bitterness.

M: Light carbonation, medium body, neutral finish; slight warming; dry but fresh finish.

O: A pleasure to try an East Coast harvest. Close to some of this year's fresh-hop IPAs.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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Photo of wenkalman
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a tulip glass.

Appearance - Unfiltered amber color with a creamy off white, kind of caremel colored head. Poured two finger widths of head with good lacing.

Smell - Earthy pine and lemongrass aroma, little citrus but just a little carmel malt notes come through.

Taste - Well balanced. I taste the carmel malt but little of the chocolate malt that the bottle propoganda claims. Good hop back end with mild bitterness.

Mouthfeal - Thicker then expected with good carbonation.

Drinkability - very easy drinking. Makes a good fall beer. Found it to be refreshing but the alcohol will sneak up on you.

Would recommend if you come across it, you try it.

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Photo of ToasterChef
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a cellar temperature bottle into a pint glass. The beer is darker than I expected it to be, a dark tarnished gold color. There is a sizable off-white head of small bubbles. The liquid is translucent. I don't recall other bottles I've had of this beer having sediment at the bottom, so I poured nearly the entire bottle before I saw yeast swirling around my glass. I stopped pouring, but I still can see many globs of yeast floating about. I would have preferred them to remain in the bottle.

This is a hop-centric beer, and therefore has a hoppy aroma. It has a woodsy scent. The flavor is more straight-forward bitterness than woodsy, with prominent hop oils apparent throughout each sip. Graham cracker maltiness provides a good base. Coating and carbonation are at typical levels for the style. The coat contains a slight sweetness and some bitter oils.

This is a very easy drinking Sebago offering. I went through
half the four pack last night without thinking about it. I know this s a limited seasonal release, but I'd love to see it as a 6 pack. I guess I'll have to buy some more before it's gone for another year.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a hazy dark copper color. Head is mostly white with a tan undertone. Head is small and creamy. It slowly dies off to a thin plate of froth. The head leaves consistent lacing sheets.

S-Smell is not very intense and mostly balanced. It an attractive nose. Caramel malt and solid-enough notes of grassy and floral hops. The hop presence is solid enough to hold my interest.

T-The flavor is better. Hops outmuscle the malt (only slightly). Hoppy, lingering flavors of grass, flower petals and pine with lighter citrus and even some soapy notes are all detectable. The malt is sweet and doughy. Maybe a hint of toffee? The flavors match up well.

M-Medium bodied with buzzing carbonation. Feels a bit creamy. Bitterness is medium-high and lasts for a while.

O/D-My favorite Sebago offering. I enjoyed the balance and the surprising hoppiness that arrives during first sip. A pretty tasty Harvest Pale. Also, although I had it on-tap, I love the bottle art too.

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Photo of grahambo
3.96/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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Local Harvest Ale from Sebago Brewing Company
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