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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
88
very good

85 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 85
Reviews: 54
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 12.24%
Wants: 10
Gots: 3 | 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 brentk56
4.43/5  rDev +13%

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

brentk56, Nov 05, 2011
Photo of mikesgroove
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%

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
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%

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 30, 2010
Photo of jlindros
3.45/5  rDev -12%

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.

jlindros, Nov 04, 2010
Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +2%

Rochefort10nh, Nov 22, 2011
Photo of DrunkinYogi
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

DrunkinYogi, Apr 19, 2013
Photo of smcolw
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%

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.

smcolw, Nov 26, 2010
Photo of corby112
2.35/5  rDev -40.1%

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.

corby112, Nov 01, 2009
Photo of jdhilt
3.15/5  rDev -19.6%

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.

jdhilt, Nov 24, 2010
Photo of Wasatch
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%

Thanks goes out to ybnorml for this brew.

22oz. Bomber

Pours a very nice cloudy dark golden orange/amber color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger plus creamy off-white head, with some thick/creamy sticky lacing afterwards. The nose is slightly malty, with some hops, slight chocolate. The taste is malty, sweet, hoppy, bitter, a touch of chocolate/caramel. Medium body, the finish is bitter/dry. Drinkable, this is a very tasty brew, glad I'm having one.

Wasatch, Dec 26, 2009
Photo of smakawhat
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%

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
Photo of GraduatedCashew
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

GraduatedCashew, Sep 23, 2013
Photo of vfgccp
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

vfgccp, Mar 12, 2012
Photo of Durge
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%

A dark tea color with orange highlights. It has a modest white cover with solid lacing served cold in a tulip glass at the South Portland brewpub. I pick up cherry malt biscuit at first sniff, politely sweet and almost soda-like but intriguing with a vague hint of piney hop. The flavor comes on with nothing like the aroma, but it's good. Malty grass hops, a bit tart, bright and clean. In time the hops show some complexity, maybe herbal or pine hints. The malt is steady with some brown bread sweetness, hickory honey, but the hops ultimately shine above all else. A pleasant surprise. It's finely carbonated for a mid-body lively feel and is reasonably drinkable.

Durge, Dec 11, 2009
Photo of puboflyons
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%

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 rfgetz
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%

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
Photo of lordofthewiens
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%

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 VelvetExtract
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%

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.

VelvetExtract, Oct 17, 2012
Photo of jaxon53
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

jaxon53, Jun 25, 2013
Photo of argock
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%

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.

argock, Nov 07, 2009
Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

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 Gambrinus1184
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%

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.

Gambrinus1184, Nov 19, 2010
Photo of brewandbbq
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%

22oz bottle from the fridge.

Pours hazy, dark copper with a beige, tight head of a half inch. A slow retreat revealed plenty of stringy lacework and a solid foam cap.

Aromatics lead off with plump malt, chewy caramel, fresh dew, and some faint, dank hops. Mildly piney with mossy undertones.

Medium bodied with a crisp, chewy mouthfeel.

Doughy malt, cocoa-dusted caramel, and a mild bitterness start the palate. Hints of pine bark and leafy hops try to pull through but the malt base is a bit heavy.

Finishes with lingering malt, chocolate, and a kiss of grassy citrus.

Just a bit of wet-hop character here, and the hopping in general is fairly subdued for a harvest ale. Less maltiness may have helped the hops shine through.

brewandbbq, Oct 20, 2009
Photo of portia99
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%

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.

portia99, Dec 12, 2009
Photo of BEERMILER12
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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!

BEERMILER12, Sep 20, 2011
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Local Harvest Ale from Sebago Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 85 ratings.