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Hopulus Localus Harvest Ale - Naked Dove Brewing Company

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Reviews: 6
Hads: 25
Avg: 3.94
pDev: 19.29%
Wants: 0
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
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New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

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Beer added by: fmccormi on 10-01-2011

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Reviews: 6 | Hads: 25
Photo of TheBrewo
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This beer was served on tap at ButaPub in Rochester, New York. It arrived in an Abandon Brewing Co. pint glass showing off a deep, burning red autumn leaf coloring. It sported a one finger head of thick, chunky, and bubbling khaki colored foam that retained nicely. This left fat but wet globs of lacing dripping down the sides of the glass. A chill haze obscured clarity, but no sediment was noted. Carbonation appeared to be moderate. The aroma, especially when cold, was very malt forward, giving off notes of roasted amber, red, and caramel grain, bright green grassy and earthen hoppiness, light spiciness of black pepper and nutmeg, roasty chestnuts and pecan meatiness, coiny metallics, warmed apple cider fruitiness, blunted lemon zest, brown sugar, shaved plums, wet ale yeast, wet clay, wet oak leafs, cherry wine, and sticky cinnamon roll sweetness. The flavor passed through with a danker sweatiness to the earthy, grassy, lightly piney, and floral hops that were present in the nose, blending in for a hearty mix with toasted amber and red grain, more roasty caramel malts, green acorns, red grape skins, light plastic and Band-Aid phenols, softly sweet ethanol, buttered white bread, vinous sage stem, sappy green grassiness, apricot and red apple fruitiness, slate, salty and bready yeastiness, and rosewater. The body was solidly medium, and the carbonation was medium but tight and high on the palate. Each sip gave thicker slurp and smack, with airy enough creaminess and frothiness to top of the mustache. The mouth was left on the warmer side, without much prickle, puck, or dryness. More of a savory, wet finish. The abv was appropriate, and the beer drank well.

Overall, this was an interesting brew from a familiar local brewer. For the style, this sat far off to the darkest end of the spectrum. Judging by color alone we weren’t initially sure who ordered the black ale and who ordered the amber ale at our table. Just beautiful coloring. Once you get into it, however, there is no mistake. The hops were surely pungent, attacking the senses from whatever angle they could. They weren’t the be-all and end-all of the beer though, as they played more of an accessory, complementary roll to the deeply roasty and sweeter malt bill. That said, the hops didn’t seem the freshest we’ve ever encountered, but for whatever reason, given the change of weather, they seemed seasonally appropriate. It was like they were fresh off the farm, but still had that undeniable musky farm quality about them. Looking at Naked Dove’s pedigree as a whole, this one fits perfectly in their family of creations. It held that characteristic fuller body, snappy yeast, and home-cooked feel that we’ve come to expect and admire from them.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

a wet hop ipa, amber in color, but an ipa through and through. cool to see the smaller guys doing wet hops too, was very impressed by this. hazy amber color, reddish and bright, with just patchy tan lace after the initial inch of head settles. smells like dank sticky fresh west coast ipa, so much hops packed into this, and their freshness is evident. the beer is almost thick as a result of all the hop oil, this is something I would make as a homebrewer (because I love hops, duh!). the amber malt gives it plenty of body and a little bit of sweetness to try to balance the bitter that these hops end with, but it doesn't quite quell the intensity of the hops, perfect. well carbonated and massive on the body, almost too much to be real drinkable, but the freshness and flavor are exceptional, and I like the sticky smack of the feel. it brings a heavier punch that 6% abv usually does too. excellent example of local hop forward brewing. still never had a wet hop I didn't love. impressive lineup from naked dove too, good stuff.

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Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at Beef and Brew, Geneva, NY.

Poured a murky amber hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a light caramel malt and grassy hop.

The taste consisted of a robust caramel malt with a balancing piney hop.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style.

Overall a nice hop forward IPA.

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Photo of oberon
4.02/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Local Finger Lake hops used,40 IBU's.Pours into a standard pint glass a rich full amber with a billowing light beige head that leaves multiple rings of broken lace as it settles into a frothy mass.Aromas are a mix of nutty malts,light caramel sweetness,and earthy hops.Flavors are crisp and toasted with just enough doughy sweetness the hops linger in the finish giving off an earthy and mild bitterness.A solid beer,it's not a hop bomb but is fresh tasting and bosts nice subtle hop complexities.

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Photo of Redrover
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was able to have a couple of these at Halseys in Geneva, NY. This is nice little restraint with a solid beer list.

Served in a standard pint, the beer is chill hazed bronze with a stick beige head.

Made with local hops guessing a C type as there is some pine in the nose.

Beer achieves a nice balance. It is slightly piney and lots of caramel malts. It is fresh with a bit of an earthy & floral finish.

The mouth could use a little heft, but I had no problem downing two and would have had more if I didn’t have to drive.

I can recommend both the beer and the restaurant!

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Photo of fmccormi
3.57/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap, into a standard pint at J. Ryan’s in Syracuse, NY

Appearance (3.5): One-finger head, fading to a thin film. Body is a clear, reddish amber, surprisingly deep hue, actually. Just a bit of thin lacing.

Smell (4.0): Mainly floral, some citrus in the mix. Malt smells toasted, but nothing roasty here. Modest, but good malt notes.

Taste (3.5): Floral and grassy hops come out first, and they mix evenly with the toasted malts, as opposed to feeling like they’re layered or come in waves. Classic bitterness. The malt body is not very sweet, but it supports the hop profile well enough. Good, bitter finish. Yeast is pretty neutral; no alcohol presence.

Mouthfeel (3.0): Prickly carb, fades relatively quickly. Light, slightly dry finish. Good, not great.

Overall (3.5): Decent. Could use less toastiness in the malt body, but that’s just me. I’d like to see more hop action in this, because I love wet / fresh hop beers—I personally think the toasted notes detract from the potential of the wet hops. Still, this was tasty and I’m glad to see more local, upstate breweries AND the use of fresh hops!

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Hopulus Localus Harvest Ale from Naked Dove Brewing Company
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