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Harvester Experiment (IPA) - Harvester Brewing

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19 Ratings
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Ratings: 19
Reviews: 8
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 17.38%
Wants: 2
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Harvester Brewing visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: John_M on 07-31-2012)
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Reviews by scootpolute:
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scootpolute

Texas

3/5  rDev -14.5%

10-05-2012 23:05:49 | More by scootpolute
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staceya2

Washington

4/5  rDev +14%

06-21-2014 01:17:58 | More by staceya2
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

650ml bottle, one of the few GF IPAs that I have yet to come across. Made with the same chestnut/GF oats/tapioca concoction as its sister brews, but now with some sexy new-age hops.

This beer pours a murky, medium golden amber hue, with two fingers of puffy, weakly foamy, and bubbly dirty white head, which leaves a bit of sudsy island group lace around the glass as it slowly ebbs away.

It smells of bitter, dank pine and leafy hops, a bit of overripe grapefruit and orange pith, a nutty sweetness, gritty vanilla pudding, and a strange warm spiciness, that I'm pretty sure is the sorghum. The taste is sweet, well I gotta say it - Neapolitan ice cream - vanilla, mild dark fruit, and a chocolate-flecked nuttiness, with a splash of west coast IPA on it, as the pine resin, acrid citrus, and bitter leafiness seem somewhat disjointed from the whole. A smidge of alcohol astringency worms its way in as things warm up.

The carbonation is quite average, manifesting as a tight-assed frothiness, the body just on the lee side of medium weight, and a tad too prickly (yup, the hops) to be deemed outright smooth. It finishes off-dry, the nutty and vanilla essences still prominent, amongst a still heady, and musty pine, leafy, and floral hoppiness.

Well, I've certainly had proper IPAs with much less interesting and/or enthusiastic malt bills as this one does. The hops strive to be the star here, and they surely have the spunk to go far, babe, but with GF brews, I have to pay more attention to the sweetness counterpoint, because of its stereotypically inherent weakness. So, survey says: everything's fine, people, Harvester hits another standing triple with their deft combination of malt-adjacent ingredients, and gets to keep their West Coast IPA cred, or whatever, for the aforementioned hops.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2014 03:32:03 | More by biboergosum
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schopenhauerale

British Columbia (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

04-14-2014 02:10:40 | More by schopenhauerale
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cburns48

Vermont

3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

11-30-2013 23:32:25 | More by cburns48
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Bookseeb

Washington

3/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance is light orange amber in color supporting a healthy head leaving fair lace. Smell has a medicinal aroma with light hops in the back. Taste has the sweetness of the base ingredients balanced with the hops. Mouthfeel is light medium with good carbonation. Considering that it's GF and my first, I have nothing to relate it to, but it's not to bad.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2013 02:02:41 | More by Bookseeb
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lancecenter

Texas

3.08/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - crystal clear golden color, head dissipates quickly. No lacing.

S - What am I smelling here? Not much. The hop smell is kinda subdued.

T/M - This is not bad for a regular pale ale. A little bit of citrusy hops. Still a bit of that cider/sorghum taste that's common for the style.

O - One of the better gluten-free beers, but most definitely not hoppy enough to be called an IPA.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2013 15:58:00 | More by lancecenter
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mfnmbvp

Illinois

3.88/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present. A friend brought this back from a recent trip to Portland, Oregon. This bottle simply identifies this beer as Harvester Brewing IPA. My first beer from this brewery, split the bottle with my cousin.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter glass.

A - Pours a nice bright golden orange colored body, with less than one finger of bone white froth for a head. Looks pretty okay, but borderline ordinary appearance.

S - Smell is also kind of tame. Grainy rice presence, some alcohol fumes, tropical citric hops, & a hint of vegetal spice rack notes, presumably from the sorgham.

T - Taste is of bitter vegetal / flroal / piney hops from the Cascade hops used here. Cloves. Tart citrus. Some grain / wheat. Tastes very pure and natural, and mad props for going gluten free.

M - Feel is lightly tart, crisp, & citric. Finishes dry and bitter in the same vain as a lot of IPA's.

Overall, a nice full-bodied, and full-flavored IPA, suitable for both our gluten intolerant friends and standard IPA lovers alike. Highly recommended drinking if it is available to you.

Harvester Brewing IPA ---4/5.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2013 02:59:43 | More by mfnmbvp
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jbeervt

Vermont

3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

09-13-2013 02:29:09 | More by jbeervt
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CoryR

Oregon

3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

07-29-2013 02:30:05 | More by CoryR
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Chris-MOC9

Oregon

3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

06-28-2013 22:25:26 | More by Chris-MOC9
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beernads

Florida

3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

06-12-2013 08:12:05 | More by beernads
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Hopmodium

Washington

3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

05-31-2013 02:10:53 | More by Hopmodium
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Sokool

Washington

3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

05-19-2013 07:48:46 | More by Sokool
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BourbonBetty

Maine

4.06/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice golden color with a fluffy head. Retention isn't ok, not great, but leaves a little lacing. A great accomplishment for a gf beer.

Hop aroma is typical of a good west coast style IPA, piney and fruity. Slight oxidation. We've been spoiled by some lushly aromatic IPAs of late and this one isn't quite in that league but it isn't far behind either. Bet it's better super fresh. Like previous reviewer, it's a shame they don't date their bottles.

Again, nice hop character, not the best, but nice. What sells it is the nutty chestnut flavor. Typically I imagine a gf IPA struggles without a deep, malty backbone to stand up to all that resinous hoppiness. Here the chestnuts are unexpected but they really work to keep the flavors full and balanced.

Mouthfeel isn't too thin like some gf brews, nicely carbonated, tongue feels happily coated.

For GF it's darn good. It is one of the first to gf beers stand up on it's own in the arena of regular beers and while it certainly won't win any prizes against all that is out there, it can run competently in the middle of the pack.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2013 00:51:03 | More by BourbonBetty
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harrymel

Washington

1.91/5  rDev -45.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2

Bottled: unk

Golden and has etched surface of fine whites. Smelled nice and hoppy in the bottle, but as soon as it hit the glass an overbearing plastic smell, some body odor hops and a little rice. Taste is sharp, kinda chemical, plastic, some soyonnaise, not good. Medium bodied with tight, slightly hi carb and a dry finish. Hopefully this is just old, because if it's like this fresh, this ain't my cup of tea.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2013 05:34:14 | More by harrymel
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velosuds

Oregon

4.03/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 22 oz. bomber into a clear pint glass. No bottle dating. Unfortunate, since GF beers have questionable shelf life. Paid $5.99 at LifeSource Natural Foods in Salem, Oregon.

A - This looks like real beer, which is a significant GF brewing accomplishment. So many GF brews (hard to call them beer) look more like soda pop. This pours a translucent, golden yellow with a one finger bone white head with decent retention and some lacing.

S - Remarkably like real beer. Citrussy and piney NW hops (Cascade and Willamette most notable) are prominent aromas. There is a slight "nutty" element I suspect is from the chestnuts. Very close to style as a PNW IPA.

T - As a GF beer I would rate this 4.5 since this is the best tasting GF beer produced domestically I have had, and is closest to style of all Harverster beers I have tried (all but the raspberry). It tastes very much like "real" beer, which is not easy given Sorghum syrup is the primary fermentable. The cane sugar no doubt helps eliminate the residual cider like taste common to many GF ales. At 60 IBUs (according to brewery's website), the taste is much more bitter with a residual nuttiness that is from the chestnuts. The chestnut bitterness is slightly astringent, but the hops dominate.

F - The use of cane sugar in the wort tends toward a drier ale, which is necessary when Sorghum is the primary fermentable. Carbonation is very adequate, and this is the first of Harvester beers I note using tapioca maltodextrin. This seems to help the body compared to their other beers. I am planning to add maltodextrin to my next GF homebrew.

O - This is the best GF beer produced domestically (better than their pale and dark ales). Anyone with a GF intolerance or allergy should give this real ale a try. It is better than many beers in this style that are brewed with barley.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2012 23:39:37 | More by velosuds
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sliverX

S. Georgia & S. Sandwich Isls.

4.75/5  rDev +35.3%

08-15-2012 20:37:27 | More by sliverX
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John_M

Oregon

4.43/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fringefest 2012. Encountering beers like this during FF is what this festival is all about (IMHO).

As I mentioned to the two brewery reps at FF, I've always felt a bit sorry and sympathetic for consumers who are forced to consume only gluten free beers. Until I sampled this beer...

The beer pours a a slightly hazy gold color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is exotic (shocking, I know), with a wonderful array of dry citrus, chestnut, honey, clove and light skunky weed. The flavor profile replicates the nose in this excellent IPA, and I appreciate the spice, bitterness and dry finish in this excellent beer. The beer is medium bodied, crisp and refreshing, and is so, so easy to enjoy. Just delicious... I have no problem with gluten, but regardless... I'd order this beer again in a heartbeat.

Picked up a bottle for my buddy at work, even though space in the suitcase is limited. The brewers indicated that they use ground chestnuts in place of the usual mash, and noted that the substitute works very well. Based on what I tasted at FF, I would concur. Excellent beer...

Serving type: on-tap

07-31-2012 20:20:15 | More by John_M
Harvester Experiment (IPA) from Harvester Brewing
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