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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

91 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 91
Reviews: 55
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 12.21%
Wants: 12
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:
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 rfgetz
3.85/5  rDev -2%
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.

rfgetz, Oct 10, 2011
Photo of grahambo
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

grahambo, Oct 03, 2011
Photo of BEERMILER12
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
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!

BEERMILER12, Sep 20, 2011
Photo of andrewinski1
3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

andrewinski1, Sep 13, 2011
Photo of mikesgroove
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

mikesgroove, Jul 18, 2011
Photo of Thads324
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Thads324, Feb 21, 2011
Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
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.

BeerAdvocate, Jan 03, 2011
Photo of FrankLloydMike
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

FrankLloydMike, Dec 31, 2010
Photo of smakawhat
3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

smakawhat, Dec 27, 2010
Photo of smcolw
3.85/5  rDev -2%
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.

smcolw, Nov 26, 2010
Photo of jdhilt
3.15/5  rDev -19.8%
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.

jdhilt, Nov 24, 2010
Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

Gambrinus1184, Nov 19, 2010
Photo of beer2day
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

beer2day, Nov 09, 2010
Photo of jlindros
3.45/5  rDev -12.2%
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.

jlindros, Nov 04, 2010
Photo of ToasterChef
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

ToasterChef, Nov 01, 2010
Photo of number1bum
3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

number1bum, Oct 31, 2010
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

TheManiacalOne, Oct 31, 2010
Photo of SnowGoon99
3.3/5  rDev -16%
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.

SnowGoon99, Oct 27, 2010
Photo of CliffBrake
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
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!

CliffBrake, Oct 24, 2010
Photo of jeffthecheff
2.98/5  rDev -24.2%
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.

jeffthecheff, Oct 23, 2010
Photo of JAXSON
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a 12ox bottle, pour is clear red/amber with a small head. Nose is some pine, way more malt than I anticipated which gives it a weird, sweet earthy nose. Big pine sap flavor, interesting. Finish is fairly bitter and long. Gotta dock this points for that weird earthy malt in the nose, but it's a decent harvest ale.

JAXSON, Oct 13, 2010
Photo of Homebrew35
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
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

Homebrew35, Oct 07, 2010
Photo of erosier
3.25/5  rDev -17.3%
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.

erosier, Oct 04, 2010
Photo of DurtyUI
4.38/5  rDev +11.5%
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!

DurtyUI, Oct 03, 2010
Photo of Bendurgin
3.13/5  rDev -20.4%
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.

Bendurgin, Sep 28, 2010
Local Harvest Ale from Sebago Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 91 ratings.