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Local Harvest Ale - Sebago Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

83 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 83
Reviews: 53
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 12.53%
Wants: 9
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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smakawhat

Maryland

3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2010 17:04:16 | More by smakawhat
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smcolw

Massachusetts

3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2010 22:42:39 | More by smcolw
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

3.15/5  rDev -19.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2010 23:42:17 | More by jdhilt
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Gambrinus1184

Connecticut

3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-19-2010 01:10:49 | More by Gambrinus1184
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beer2day

North Carolina

3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2010 01:40:11 | More by beer2day
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jlindros

Massachusetts

3.45/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2010 20:32:56 | More by jlindros
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ToasterChef

Maine

3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2010 22:00:58 | More by ToasterChef
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number1bum

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2010 00:50:58 | More by number1bum
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.95/5  rDev +1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2010 23:25:00 | More by TheManiacalOne
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SnowGoon99

Maine

3.3/5  rDev -15.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2010 02:21:20 | More by SnowGoon99
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CliffBrake

New Hampshire

4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
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!

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2010 20:56:27 | More by CliffBrake
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jeffthecheff

Connecticut

2.98/5  rDev -23.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2010 00:58:24 | More by jeffthecheff
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JAXSON

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2010 23:54:05 | More by JAXSON
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Homebrew35

Connecticut

4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
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

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2010 13:45:16 | More by Homebrew35
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erosier

Connecticut

3.25/5  rDev -16.9%
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.

Serving type: cask
@ Sebago Brewing Company, 29 Elm St, Gorham

10-04-2010 10:25:10 | More by erosier
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DurtyUI

Maine

4.38/5  rDev +12%
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!

Serving type: on-tap
@ Sebago Brewing Company, 29 Elm St, Gorham

10-03-2010 02:42:28 | More by DurtyUI
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Bendurgin

Maine

3.13/5  rDev -19.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle
@ Sebago Brewing Company, 29 Elm St, Gorham

09-28-2010 01:53:16 | More by Bendurgin
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twelvsies

Maine

4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle
@ Sebago Brewing Company, 29 Elm St, Gorham

09-19-2010 20:58:44 | More by twelvsies
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coachdonovan

Rhode Island

3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

No freshness date, but I have to figure this was brewed 6-7 months ago, considering it's a fall harvest ale. Relatively hard pour into an imperial pint glass gives it an inch+ head that settles in a few minutes. Color is a true amber that's very cloudy, but not so much that I can't see a few bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass.

Both aroma and taste impart that oily hopness that you should get from a harvest ale, although they don't match up entirely. I didn't expect it from the nose, but the taste has a surprising sweetness to it - the caramel & chocolate malt referenced on the label really comes through. Hops linger a little bit but the finish is clean enough.

That malt adds a very complex to this one. It's odd that I taste those chocolate and caramel flavors right up front, before the hops hit me. I'm not sure the malt makes complete sense, as the combo is pretty unusual. But for some reason I dig it.

Serving type: bottle
@ Sebago Brewing Company, 29 Elm St, Gorham

05-07-2010 22:43:57 | More by coachdonovan
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berley31

New Brunswick (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Had on-tap at the brewpub in Portland. Poured with a creamy, white, average-sized head that stuck around for a while. Body is a dark amber color with a slight haziness to it; very good lacing left behind.

S: Aroma is actually a little weak; hoppy, with some citrus, but not as much of a blast as I was expecting.

T: The flavor, however, is not weak at all. Nice burst of hops and citrus in the taste, and even though the finish has quite a long duration and a good amount of bitterness, the beer is actually kind of refreshing.

M: Light-bodied with a fairly creamy texture, and average carbonation.

D: I enjoyed this beer... it had a lot of hop power but was still quite drinkable. One of the more enjoyable Sebago brews I've had.

Serving type: on-tap
@ Sebago Brewing Company, 211 Fore St, Portland

02-06-2010 16:46:01 | More by berley31
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bishopdc0

Maine

4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap
@ Sebago Brewing Company, 29 Elm St, Gorham

01-24-2010 19:49:47 | More by bishopdc0
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Wasatch

Utah

3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle
@ Sebago Brewing Company, 29 Elm St, Gorham

12-26-2009 20:51:36 | More by Wasatch
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wenkalman

Massachusetts

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

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a tulip glass.

Appearance - Unfiltered amber color with a creamy off white, kind of caremel colored head. Poured two finger widths of head with good lacing.

Smell - Earthy pine and lemongrass aroma, little citrus but just a little carmel malt notes come through.

Taste - Well balanced. I taste the carmel malt but little of the chocolate malt that the bottle propoganda claims. Good hop back end with mild bitterness.

Mouthfeal - Thicker then expected with good carbonation.

Drinkability - very easy drinking. Makes a good fall beer. Found it to be refreshing but the alcohol will sneak up on you.

Would recommend if you come across it, you try it.

Serving type: bottle
@ Sebago Brewing Company, 29 Elm St, Gorham

12-26-2009 19:54:28 | More by wenkalman
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portia99

Massachusetts

3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle
@ Sebago Brewing Company, 29 Elm St, Gorham

12-12-2009 18:13:38 | More by portia99
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Durge

Connecticut

3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap
@ Sebago Brewing Company, 29 Elm St, Gorham

12-11-2009 06:31:18 | More by Durge
Local Harvest Ale from Sebago Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 83 ratings.