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Local Harvest Ale - Sebago Brewing Company

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Local Harvest AleLocal Harvest Ale

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BA SCORE
86
very good

56 Reviews
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Reviews: 56
Hads: 101
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 10.68%
Wants: 9
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:
Beer added by: corby112 on 11-01-2009

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
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Reviews: 56 | Hads: 101
Photo of illpass78
3.59/5  rDev -6.5%
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. (507 characters)

Photo of Etan
3.4/5  rDev -11.5%

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. (278 characters)

Photo of lou50rp
4/5  rDev +4.2%

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 (271 characters)

Photo of Omnium
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Bottle > Sensory Pils

A - Cloudy amber color with a finger of off white head, but has some nice lacing.
S - You definitely get the fresh hop aroma, nice citrus grassy pine hop scents. Also you get a caramel malt base.
T - Grapefruit, lemon candy, caramel and bready malts, some earthy tones on the end. Finishes with some dry bitterness.
M - A tad bit too dry.
O - So far its the only thing I had from Sebago that I enjoyed. (428 characters)

Photo of Cavanaghty
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%
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. (357 characters)

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
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. (966 characters)

Photo of IPARyan
4.07/5  rDev +6%
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! (577 characters)

Photo of BeerKangaroo
4.14/5  rDev +7.8%
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! (775 characters)

Photo of gdrydenc
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a great burnt orange with 1 finger of while head.

S - Smells sweet, with hints of hops character of pine and maybe a bit of citrus.

T - Very sweet. Granted, this beer has been around for a couple months, but the hop character has faded a good amount.

M - Good carbonation, good amount of head on the pour.

Overall, I love the idea of this beer. As a native Mainer, this is an awesome idea. However, this is not a great implementation of the idea. I wish that this beer was remarkable, but unfortunately it is forgettable. (535 characters)

Photo of PicoPapa
3.38/5  rDev -12%
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. (387 characters)

Photo of bierbrauer
4/5  rDev +4.2%
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. (507 characters)

Photo of puboflyons
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
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. (470 characters)

Photo of Boppar
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
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. (471 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4.42/5  rDev +15.1%
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 (530 characters)

Photo of redleaves
4.43/5  rDev +15.4%
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. (363 characters)

Photo of rfgetz
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
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. (474 characters)

Photo of grahambo
3.96/5  rDev +3.1%
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. (601 characters)

Photo of BEERMILER12
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
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! (878 characters)

Photo of andrewinski1
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my Maine Beer co Pint glass. The color is hazy caramel with slight amber hues. There is a quarter inch thick looking white head with nice retention.

The aroma is a nice dose of fresh bread followed by a hint of hoppyness, but it isn't much so I'm having a hard time pinpointing what kind.

The taste is nice crisp and dry. The malt flavor is mild and there is a hefty dose of slightly citrusy hops in the finish.

This is light drinking with above average carbonation.

This is tasty when it's nice and fresh, it might not stack up to the better regularly available pale ales out there but I like having it from time to time. (638 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
3.88/5  rDev +1%
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. (736 characters)

Photo of Thads324
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle

A: pours a dark gold, amber almost with a shade of red. Head swells after the pour then dissipates quickly to nothing except a ring of froth on the edges.

S : An almost tangy hop smell with a solid backbone of biscuit and a dollop of chocolate malt. Although musty, the hops and malt seem to blend well, as if this beer seems like it will taste just like the smell

T : Much hoppier than the smell. It starts with a bitter hop on the front of the tongue, quickly followed by a sweet honey malt flavor. There is a pause in the flavor before the delicious aftermath of hop takes over again, this time softer and longer. The final hop blends nicely with the finishing hop flavor to round out the beer

M : the mouthfeel is full and smooth, with a lingering hop bite on the tip of the tongue.

D : I can drink this puppy all day. an excellent blend of basic malt flavor and hops, yet still easy to drink (if you like hops)

Overall a great beer, although i think it is a bit hoppy for an american pale. Seems more like a mild ipa, but still worth a try. (1,067 characters)

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%
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. (812 characters)

Photo of FrankLloydMike
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
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. (1,979 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
3.66/5  rDev -4.7%
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. (696 characters)

Photo of smcolw
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very nice rocky head that is two fingers thick. Very cloudy. Dark amber color. Spotty, but sticky, lace on the glass after each sip.

Great balance of malt and hop, although the smell is quite mild. Light sweetness.

This is a bitter APA, but the malt starts the taste. I like the fruitiness of the beer. It has a subtle sweetness that is subdued by the hop bitterness. The body is solid with a higher than expected. For a beer that emphasizes the hop (at least by the picture on the bottle), this has a nice malty presence. I like the balance of this beer. (557 characters)

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Local Harvest Ale from Sebago Brewing Company
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