Local Harvest Ale - Sebago Brewing Company

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Local Harvest AleLocal Harvest Ale

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88
very good

101 Ratings
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world-class

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Ratings: 101
Reviews: 56
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.99%
Wants: 11
Gots: 9 | 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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Photo of corby112
2.35/5  rDev -40.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark coppery ruby/amber color with dark golden amber hues when held to a light source and a 1.5 finger frothy off-white head with good retention, slowly fading into a lasting cap that leaves chunks of soapy lacing.

Aroma is a lot maltier than I expected with some toasty caramel, biscuit and chocolate malts. Slight earthy citrus hops with hints of pine. Kind of weak for a Harvest Ale. The malt profile is just too strong and completely kills the hop aroma.

Earthy dry piny hops with some subtle notes but the pleasantness of this flavor is instantly killed by way too strong of a malt backbone. Hell, it's not even a backbone at this point because it is the dominant flavor. Roasted chocolate and caramel malt with hints of biscuit, hazelnut and toffee. The hops that are present aren't very floral and don't taste very fresh at all. Not a good representation of the style.

Photo of layapandora
2.5/5  rDev -36.2%

Photo of ChrisL24481
2.75/5  rDev -29.8%

Photo of jeffthecheff
2.98/5  rDev -24%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark amber/brown color with a light tan head. Retention and lacing are both very good.

The first thing that stood out in the nose is a strange bubblegum/cotton candy aroma. Some lavender and soap aromas also find their way into this beer. Hops are present, but not as much as I'd like.

Flavor has a little bit of soapiness again, with a bit of a minerally, dirty penny note as well. Bitterness is moderate, resulting in an overall dull hop flavor with just a touch of citrus. Mouthfeel has a round maltiness, but it's a little lifeless overall.

Photo of Bendurgin
3.13/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Put this in a pint glass. The pour reveals a deep orange color with a slightly off white head that is very smooth. The aroma is very sweet. Lots of rich orange flavor in the nose, it actually reminds me of an orange loli-pop. The smell is good, but a bit sweet, it however has a nice bitter hop aroma that finishes it nicely. The taste is a little disappointing, it's not bad by any means but I suppose I had high hopes for this one for some reason. It's rather malty with a candied orange undertone and only the slightest bit of hop flavor that gives a slightly bitter finish. Not bad by any means, but I guess not what I had hoped for. This beer is a little heavier than anticipated, the body is kind of heavy and I guess I would like a bit more carbonation. Not a bad beer, I'll finish the four pack I grabbed and I'll enjoy it.

Photo of jdhilt
3.15/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a two finger cream head that fades slowly, leaving a good lace. Cloudy light amber color. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Light hops and caramel nose. Flavor is mild caramel and hops, dry, lingering bitter aftertaste. $2.75 for a 12oz bottle from Bert's Better Beers Hooksett, NH.

Photo of erosier
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%
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.

Photo of ericj551
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of joepais
3.28/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a standard pint glass produced a finger worth of white head that settled to a thick lace. The body of the brew was a nice amber color.

Aromas of sweet malts caramel and hops filled my head. I had this fresh on tap at the NH brewer's fest and it was a ton hoppier. The flavor is a tad sweet for an IPA but you still get some good hop flavor. Again drink this now it going down hill from a month ago. It had a medium feel in my mouth with good carbonation.

The bottle went down fine but I won't buy another till next year

Photo of SnowGoon99
3.3/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Serving type: bottle into a Stella Atrois glass

Pours a dark amber color. Very hazy due to the high hopping rate no doubt. But also is bottle conditioned which i find extremely unappealing in a lower alcohol beer. I find it's more appropriate in barleywines or strong Belgians. Very little head forms and quickly dissipates, also probably due to dry hopping. Aroma was very good. A collaboration of American hops. The grassy, earthiness sticks out but it complemented by a hint of fruity hops and caramel from the malt.

Taste was overly bitter. I like IPAs but this wasn't balanced at all. Leaned way too much to the bitter side. Especially since they're trying to sell this as an APA instead of an IPA. Doesn't fit the style at all and should be sold as an IPA. But then it may have too much caramel sweetness for that style. It was definitely a sipper. Did have a nice body but more than likely due to the alcohol rate and the crystal specialty malts. Not especially drinkable.

Overall would've made a nice IPA if they cut down on the crystal malts or an APA or American Amber if they cut down on the alcohol and bitterness. They ended up with kind of an in between beer that sort of didn't work.

Photo of Etan
3.4/5  rDev -13.3%

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.

Photo of PicoPapa
3.4/5  rDev -13.3%
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.

Photo of jlindros
3.45/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A fluffy 1/2 finger head rises up and fades semi quickly over super hazy darker orange-red copper color, with plenty of yeast floating around hazing up the joint.

Nose brings a yeasty aroma at first, quite a bit of yeast actually. Under that is some light malts, some spicy floral hops, a hint of a fruit like an apricot or similar fruit, and just a general overall bitter like aroma.

Taste luckily has very little of the yeast. It's still there, but nothing like the nose brought. The taste brings a nice hoppy bitterness at first, some spicy and little earthy bitter hops. Some light malty flavors under that. The bitterness builds too as it goes. However, the yeast also grows with it and is starting to get a little dominant. Finishes with a pretty good dryness, and some slightly astringent bitterness, as the hops really dominate the finish. A nice spicy hop character, with a mostly clean finish. The yeast doesn't come through on the finish, and the hops really overpower anything else that would be there.

Mouth is medium to lighter bodied with good carbonation.

Drinkability would be better without that nagging nasty yeast all over this beer. It has a nice dry finish, hops hit quite a bit but don't over do it, and no real sticky finish, pretty clean... all except that stupid yeast. What's with that guys? DId you use the wrong yeast? Did you forget to let it finish attenuating before bottling? This would be a really nice beer if it wasn't for that yeast destroying it. If I find it again, or on tap, I'll give it another shot.

Photo of ScaryEd
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of vfgccp
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of GraduatedCashew
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of number1bum
3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Finished my last of this 4 pack last night. This was a very strange fresh hop ale. Strangest I've ever had. I would call it a sort of ESB with fresh hops; not very pale ale like at all. Poured a dark amber, almost reddish color, kept decent head.

Smell had a floral aroma with a very odd fruitiness. Almost like a candied fruit sort of aroma but not overly sweet. More like passion fruit and berries maybe. Not sure how best to describe it, it was just odd. Had a big caramel malt component to go with it.

Taste was like the smell, with the odd fruitiness and a good deal of caramel malt. I still don't know how to describe the fruitiness, but overall this beer just seems very English inspired to me, like an ESB, with a slightly buttery flavor even. Did have a sort of subtlety to it that is typical of fresh hop beers. Very modest bitterness.

Mouthfeel was a creamy medium body, a bit on the sweet side.

As I've said a few times this was a strange beer. Not bad by any means, just weird. I'll stick with the bitter or ESB comparison because that's as close as I can come to figuring this one out.

Photo of HaightAshbury
3.56/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of portia99
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a Portsmouth goblet.

A - Pours a dark amber, hazy and for the most part opaque. A finger of cream colored head forms on top...lasts a short time and settles to a thin, even layer on the surface and a thick collar.

S - Some fruity and grassy hops, some yeast and some sweet and caramel malt aromas. Pretty balanced overall, no one aroma stands out above the others.

T - Full and malty. Average amount of bitterness, would probably be on the harsh side if it was stronger in the flavor profile, but it sits in the background. Lots of fruity and yeasty flavors in here.

M - Medium bodied, carbonation is smooth and a touch on the light side, but enough to give a nice prickly sensation. Beer is slick and a touch oily on the tongue.

D - Pretty smooth and easy drinking. Not overly bitter, and pretty well balanced. Very sessionable. Feels like I could have a number of these back to back, but I'm not impressed enough to want more than one. Not bad, and it is enjoyable, but I'd choose something else for my next beer, given a choice.

Photo of illpass78
3.59/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into a Libby craft glass.

Appearance: Pours a fairly deep amber color with a one-and-a-half finger cream head.

Aroma: Smells of malt and biscuit, and some floral, grassy hops.

Taste: Pretty hoppy for a standard pale ale. Otherwise a pretty familiar, malt-forward ale.

Mouthfeel: Average depth. Good for all seasons.

Overall: I love the concept of this beer, which is all local ingredients. The beer itself is a decent, traditional pale ale, with maybe a tiny bit of bonus hop bite.

Photo of MrHurmateeowish
3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber purchased at Whole Foods in Portland, Maine. Pours a murky dark amber-red body with under an inch of short-lived head. Very weak aroma (surprising for a fresh-hopped beer IMO) with just hints of citrussy hops and caramel malt. Tastes herbal and citrussy, with a pleasant caramel/chocolate sweetness toward the finish. Really balanced for an IPA, much more malt-forward than I'd expect, even from an English style one. Medium bodied with low carbonation. A good beer it is, an American IPA it is not. Malt and hops are almost equal and compliment each other, and are pleasant at every taste. Not a bad beer, but not what I'm used to from a fresh-hopped beer.

Photo of argock
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at Bukowski's Tavern (Boston, MA) for $6.50 for 12oz. tulip.

A: Pleasant orange-amber with thin cap of off-white head and a few incomplete lace rings.

S: Hoppy with orange and grapefruit tones being strongest but also some light grassy and pine notes. The malts are pale/crystal without much depth.

T: Orange, grapefruit, and pine come on strongest with and a light spiciness. The malt sweetness is dull and one-dimensional frankly.

M: Because the malting is inadequate the feel is similarly light and underwhelming. The aftertaste is pleasantly hoppy with little bitterness but a lot of citrus and spice.

D: I'm glad I tried it but it was one and done for me because of the lack of body and depth.

Photo of beer2day
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours muddy dark orange. Very rich and earthy looking. 1/2 finger of thick, substantial quarter holding head. Very nice retention and lacing.

Nose is herbal orange. Biscuit and yeast also pretty strong.

Thick, creamy feel right up front. Very tangy finish. Not bitter so much, but metallic. Insane malt presence for a PA. Very thick all the way through the glass. A bit of brown ale presence without the sweetness. Not sure I'd call this an APA, but I'm not sure what else to call it either.

Interesting enough to be worth a shot. Not something I'd want more than one of, though.

Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at Mikro in Hamden, Conn.

A: Medium-dark, copper amber body with a two-finger head of creamy tan foam which left some decent lacing and showed good retention.

S: Floral, herbal and pungent hop aroma mixed with toasted grain and caramel.

T: Sweet and medium-roasted caramel and toffee malt flavors up front with a growing, grassy, herbal bitterness towards the middle. Finishes dry, peppery and bitter with a bit of skunky flavor.

M: Medium-full bodied and pretty smooth and creamy, albeit with a slight grainy touch in the finish.

D: I suppose I was spoiled when I had this brew on cask at the 2010 Brass City Brew Fest and was a little disappointed with this more homogenized offering. Not a bad, slightly higher ABV APA, but I'd tread richer waters if given the option.

Photo of smakawhat
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

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Local Harvest Ale from Sebago Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 101 ratings.