Local Harvest Ale - Sebago Brewing Company

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very good

101 Ratings
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Ratings: 101
Reviews: 56
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.99%
Wants: 11
Gots: 9 | FT: 1
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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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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
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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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
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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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

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4.43/5  rDev +13%
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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4.43/5  rDev +13%
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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4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
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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4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
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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4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
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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4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
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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4.28/5  rDev +9.2%
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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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
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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Local Harvest Ale from Sebago Brewing Company
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