Harvest Ale - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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Harvest AleHarvest Ale

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Ratings: 277
Reviews: 205
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 12.87%
Wants: 3
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Weyerbacher Brewing Co. visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: ClockworkOrange on 09-16-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews by porterwoobie:
Photo of porterwoobie
4.2/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, poured into a standard pint glass.

A: copper color, hazy with hop matter, 2 finer off-white long lasting head, good lacing

S: moderate citrus hop aroma with a hint of malt sweetness.

T: not too bitter, has a good orange/citrusy flavor. good balance with the the caramel sweetness. has a moderate bitter finish.

MF: medium bodied, medium carbonation.

Drinkability: pretty solid offering. well done.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.15/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Man I love the hop harvest ales,the more the better in my opinion.Poured into a nonic a brilliant auburn color with a 1/2 inch white head that left broken lace as it settled into a creamy mass.Aromas of "green" hop wich mean citric,grassy,and herbal,to go along with a caramel spice,a nice mix.Full velvety mouthfill,it coats the mouth well,a nice mix of citric and herbal up front and a hefty caramel/biscuit finish.I really like this brew,yeah sure its not balls to the wall hops but their presence is felt,its just a complete brew.Nice job.

Photo of orbitalr0x
3.69/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle. Very cool that this is brewed with hops that were also grown on Weyerbacher's own hop farm! Pours into the glass a wonderfully deep red/orange color with good clarity and a inch of creamy, bubbly head that leaves sticky patches of lacing down the side of the glass. Aromas start out with sweet malts with some caramel and a bit of spice. Floral, earthy, citrus green hops follow but are not as pronounced as I thought they might be. A bit of a toasty/bready quality as well.

First sip brings caramel malts upfront with notes of biscuit and a bit of toasted bread. The hops fall in line pretty quickly with big floral flavors upfront along with hints of citrus, spiciness and earthy resins. Nice and green, they bring in a rush of bitterness the follows all the way down that lingers on after each sip.

Mouthfeel is smooth, creamy and a bit slick with a solid medium body. Goes down easily overall. There's a good mix between the sweetness and bitterness, with bitterness winning out in the end. In the end I was hoping for the hop flavor to be more pronounced in the flavor though. Thanks to afterexile for the trade and the opportunity to drink this fresh hop brew!

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.23/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In a pint glass the beer was an amber color with a fairly thick ecru head. A nice bit of lacing. The aroma was mostly citrus, but also a bit floral. Taste predominately grapefruit, a little bit of pine. A good malt presence. Well-balanced and very enjoyable. Nice 4 pack.

Photo of bishopdc0
3.21/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden with a small amount of amber with a big head

The aroma is pale malt some citrus notes enter but is very lite

The taste starts citrus with a small amount of carbonation on the tongue. The carbonation builds and then dissipates. The taste turns grainy, pale maltyness and turns dry in the top of the tongue. The dryness lingers

Photo of merlin48
4.03/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle pours a clear amber body with a tall almond hued head that hangs around for awhile. Enormous sticky lacing.

Aroma is citrusy and grassy hops, with an assertive toasty caramel malt underpinning.

Medium body and carbonation is accented by an earthy and oily hops presence.

Taste has an earthy and leafy hop bitterness. Caramel malt sweetness struggles to balance, but loses. Earthy and leafy hop bitterness lasts into the finish and aftertaste.

A solid American IPA, certainly one of the more bitter ones.

Photo of bsp77
3.23/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Cloudy amber-orange with decent white head and slight lacing.

Smell: Semi-sweet orange, light malts and an overall spiciness.

Taste: Citrusy and spicy hops with a strange malt backbone that reminds of a Vienna Lager. Really not too much here other than a bitter finish, with the aforementioned citrus and spice, and maybe some pine as well.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, fairly light body, dry finish.

Drinkability: Just seems like a substandard IPA. I still like it (because I like IPAs) but not worth returning to.

Photo of Soonami
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Weyerbacher Harvest Ale is a nice fall seasonal made with fresh hops from their own hop farm. This beer is a typical looking IPA, a vibrant amber, but with just a little white foam that leaves a blotchy lace on the glass. The beer has just a little citrus, tangerine aroma that is recapitulated in the taste. The beer is astringent, but in a good way from the fresh grassy hops. There is a bit of sweetness from the caramel malt that helps balance the hops. The malt also provides a crackery graininess that is pleasant, that must be the pale malt and wheat. Good, not great beer, but really easy drinking.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.15/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a beautiful copper amber body with a billowing creamy khaki head, crystal clear body with a large biscuit like textured body that has a dimpled cloud which billows above the rims of the glass. Fine speckled lacing is left behind on the sides of the glass with occasional big chunks of head clinging on the imperial pint glass.

Nose is blasting with hop grassiness and a bit of fresh vegetable garden like goodness, floral and citrus tones blend well. Sweet blasts of caramel and biscuit malt paired with sharp alpha acids to bring out herbal and bright citrus and floral layers of hops. Fresh squeezed hop juice anybody?

Flavor is nice upfront with a sharp alpha acid bitterness, resinous fresh hop profile. Bitterness really hits the palate as it warms a bit, but so does massive hop flavor and a balancing dose of malt sweetness. Those citrus and floral tones are met with grassy herbal and a bit of earthy hop flavor as well, really strong bitter finish is pretty unrelenting.

Mouthfeel is a bit slick with resins/oils from the hops, I'm guessing this is even more so with fresh hopped brews. Carbonation levels tickle a bit much at times but doesn't over step any boundaries. Overall a nice medium bodied slightly slick fresh hopped IPA.

Drinkability is excellent especially if you love hops like most of the crowd hangin' out around here. Could it things better, of course. As their hop fields mature this brew will tune itself out and they will play with those carbonation issues and malt balance until this brew stands with the best of the best in terms of Fresh Hopped beers on the market. It's good stuff, but I will continue to track the progress with each years fall release.

Photo of OStrungT
4.3/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a slightly hazy yellowish golden color, with a slightly yellow tinted white head. The head fades slwoly, leaving a pretty good lacing.

This beer has a nice floral hop aroma. It smells slightly citrusy. There is a slightly sweet, bready malt aroma as well.

This beer tastes muck like it smells. Some floral and citrusy hops mix in with a slight piney flavor. Some bready malt flavor is also present.

This beer is crisp and refreshing. It leaves a floral aftertaste. It is carbonated just right for the style.

This beer would probably make a good session beer. It is low enough in alcohol, and it is mild tasting.

Overall: Thanks to DrJay for this great beer. I really liked this one. A well rounded fresh hopped ale.

Photo of Brenden
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The color is a deep orange. The head pours out and sits at one finger, thick and tight, for a little while. Some sticky lacing is left partway down the glass.
The smell is nice: earthy, raw hops prominent, backed by a malt and, consequently, just a touch of caramel.
Raw hops hit the palate first, as expected, giving way to an aggressive caramel-like sweetness. There's a seemingly displaced tang that comes alongside the caramel, though. Oddly, the taste that gives way in the finish I can best describe as smoky, which I like, alongside some leafy hops flavor.
The feel is moderately smooth and almost gives way to a slickness, with just a light supportive crispness. The body is medium and carbonation is light.

Photo of racer2k
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured bottle(s) into a 20oz. glass

A: Dark orange color with a two finger cake batter colored head and moderate carbonation on the pour. Very nice lacing is developing around the rim of my glass.

S: Fresh grassy hop smell with some rich malty flavors and a hint of fruity sweetness as well. You have to love that fresh hop smell. Not overpowered by the hop aroma but they are fresh!

T: A nice wet hop ale indeed. This starts with a moderately bitter fresh hop taste on the front end with a moderate malty dry finish. Lots of earthy, grassy and lemony overtones of flavor in this beer. this beer does not bring a high powered bitter hop flavor but more of a subtle balanced fresh hop taste.

M: Moderate carbonation, and a dry bitter back end to the swallow. Nice fruity hop presence.

D: Nice fresh hop beer that can be offered as a nice session drinking beer for the fall months. I like it!

Photo of cokes
2.39/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Slightly hazed golden bronze with a moderate off-white head that fades fairly quickly but leaves a good amount of lacing.
Honey and white bread are the primary players in the nose. Some mint extract oily bitterness and wet pine bark come in late. That "wet pine bark" is very close to "wet paper bag".
Doughy as it hits the mouth. It's regular white bread at first, then toasted white bread, and it seems a bit stale. Some sub-fruity traits materialize in the middle, apples and pears mostly, but are stopped short by an overbearing notion of soggy newspaper (with ink). Hops bring a brown leaf, mint oil, and lemon rind bitterness, but the associated flavor is low.
Medium-light bodied, decent, lasting carbonation. It's build isn't it's problem.
This is assuredly fresh (or at least as fresh as it gets here) having just arrived. The oxidized papery notes are a concern, but honestly, this whole thing is a mess.
I'm largely a fan of Weyerbacher, but this is embarrassingly amateurish.

Photo of Sammy
3.77/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A hitchiker, I think from Hopdog. Very pleasant citrus hop, very drinkable. Regular lightyellow with creamy head, a tad lacey. Fresh hoppy aroma. Good underated carbonation, average mouthfeel. This could become a favourite.An orange, honey aftertaste.

Photo of dirtylou
3.21/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, grabbed a 4-pack from jenny street on impulse as i also had grabbed a 4-pack of Founders Harvest Ale

appearance: aggressively poured into an imperial pint - dark copper-amber body, big foamy white cap with good lacing.

smell: Somebody stole the hops out of my hop harevest ale! Caramel, toasted nuts, earthy malts

taste: Tragically under-hopped. If i didn't know this was very fresh, i would assume this was a year old. Caramel, light earthy hops, toasted nuts and grain. Not what i was looking for in a "fresh hop" harvest ale

mouthfeel: oily medium body

drinkability: good

Photo of mikey711
3.66/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a four pack today and enjoying my second bottle of it currently.

A: Copper color with a very nice two finger thick head that had those really small bubbles tightly packed together. The lacing is very good and plenty of carbonation flows up from the bottom of the glass.

S: Quite malty with earthy and herbal hops. The caramel and toffee sweetness is way more present than the hops.

T: Mildly bitter with plenty of earth notes and sweetness. Good balance of flavors, nothing too intense in any sense.

M: Some creaminess, not real harshness, and a lingering bitter note.

D: Very good in terms of a session beer. I easily went through two and probably will have one more before the night is through

Photo of nickd717
3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from Chevy Chase in DC.

Pours a mostly clear amber color with a creamy, medium-sized white head and decent lacing.

Aroma is caramel, grain, black tea, and mild floral hops. Hops really don't jump out compared to what I expected.

Flavor is pleasant but really not too hoppy. Black tea and caramel malt dominate, along with some grain and floral/citrus hops. For something called a Harvest Ale, which I assume refers to a hop harvest, it's not as hop-forward as I would like.

Medium body with a mildly resinous mouthfeel and average carbonation. Decent drinkability.

Photo of silver0rlead
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy amber, with a thick beige head that retains well and leaves nice lacing. The aroma has massive floral, minty and piney hops notes, along with caramel and biscuit, fruity esters, orange marmalade, and some alcohol...not what I was expecting but intriguing all the same. The flavor is also hop forward with notes of pine, menthol and flora, along with some caramel and biscuit, fruity esters, wintergreen, alcohol and some metallic notes. The mouthfeel is slick and drinkability is decent. An interesting and unique wet hop ale, much more floral and minty rather than citrusy.

Photo of Kegatron
3.81/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Thanks to HopDerek for grabbing me a bottle of this.

Pours a clear, coppery amber with 2+ fingers of poofy off-white head. Solid 1/2 finger of retention that flares up nicely, leaving a huge, sticky latticework of lacing behind. The aroma is earthy and floral smelling hops with some light pine and citrus mixed in, as well as some underlying malt sweetness.

The taste is a fresh tasting earthy and grassy mix of hop bitterness (with a touch of pine to it) that is well balanced by a smack of citrus and a silky undercurrent of caramel sweetness. The hoppy finish is dry, bitter, and lingering. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with an extremely creamy carbonation that combines with some oily slickness to move effortlessly across the palette.

Decent Harvest Ale here with a hop profile that is more earthy and a little less aggressive than some others but the body of this was extremely well done and helped contribute to some very nice drinkibility. I wish that this had been a little easier to find as I would have liked to have grabbed some more bottles of this.

Photo of strictly4DK
3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured 12 oz bottle into Weyerbacher tulip glass

A - burnt orange/copper, 1 inch thick white head from a fairly volatile pour, little retention, small amount of sticky lacing

S - Sweet caramel malt comes out first, almost pilsen-like, scent of pine

T - Akin to the scent, taste dominated by caramel pilsen malt and piny hopes. Fairly straightforward taste profile.

M - Light/medium body, fair carbonation, piny hops stay sticky on the tongue and palate.

D - At a measly ABV of 6.2% for a Weyerbacher beer, this is a tasty sessionable beer for what it is. However, based upon other harvest ales and the other Weyerbacher hop-forward products, I was disappointed by the simplicity of the hop-profile and that the pine notes lacked the freshness I expected.

Photo of tone77
3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a bronze color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is dominated by hops. Taste is big on hops, significant bitterness throughout, some notes of citrus. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a pretty good beer.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.92/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured a deep orange with amber hues with a bright clarity. The capping was frothy, cream colored and well lasting (4-5 min.) all the while leaving a slight speckled and spotty lacing. Visible carbonation was light.

S: The hops shine through bright here with a wet and juicy nature filled with freshly squeezed citrus and hints of tropical fruitiness (dried passion fruit). A good sense of caramelized grains comes through as well with a sweet and dry nature rounded out by a touch of lemon-grass.

T: The flavor had a smooth caramelized grain sweetness with fresh wet dripping citrus tones and pine. In the middle of the palate lied a fruitiness of apples, pears, and fresh lemons. The hopping which started out fresh, wet and juicy proceeds to a light dry bitterness of flowers and passion fruit (dried citrus) rounding things out. A light touch of alcohol warming and dried warm caramel malt is detected on the finish.

M: a good fullness, creamy smooth caramel presence with a light lemon citrus coating the tongue. The carbonation provides a soft tingle.

D: easy enough to handle as a session. Hoppy enough to keep the hop heads thirsty for more and easy enough for the non-hop fan to enjoy as well. A good caramelized malting provides sweetness as well balance to a six pack worthy beer.

Photo of akorsak
3.43/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A 12 oz bottle picked up at Al's of Hampden.

A: The harvest ale is a murky, cloudy copper color, still translucent but trying hard not to be. The ale has a rampant head, threatening to overflow out of my glass. As it is, the ale leaves a cobweb of lace around the mouth.

S: The hop aroma stands out, with a fresh vegetal hop smell adding a leafy presence. Caramel malts hang around too.

T: The leafiness of the hops is gone, replaced by a citrusy body. The hops seem bigger at time, fuller with a flavor that lacks the unique twist that fresh hops provide. Caramel and pale malts, toasted bread, are a good fit with the hops. The IPA packs a nice hoppy punch but it never seems like a freshly hopped one.

M: The mouthfeel is hop-centric, improving slightly over time. Generally, though, it is smooth with a soft finish that takes the edge off of the thick hops.

D: I don't really get this harvest ale, too bad because I like most other Weyerbacher brews.

Photo of UnderPressure
3.26/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Nice copper color. Tan one finger head. 1/4 inch lingers.

Hop aroma is pretty weak. I expected way more in the aroma department. I'm actually getting a lot more malt than hops in the nose.

A nice, well rounded flavor. A little piney and floral. Nice bitterness. A nice fresh green (in a good way) aftertaste.

Thick mouthfeel. Maybe a little too thick. There's a slightly dry finish which adds a light crispness. But the body is a little too heavy for this style.

I'm a sucker for seasonals, harvest ales, etc. Some are great, some fall short. This one was somewhere in the middle.

Photo of philbe311
4.15/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Big slightly tan head sits atop an orangish copper body... Lighter on the bottom and darker on the top... Translucent with highly refractive qualities.... Great head retention for an IPA... Solid lacing... Tempting carbonation that stirs after ever agitation and then quickly settles again...

S - Beautiful hop scent... Citrus and floral characteristics dominate... If this is what fresh hops smell like, they smell damn good... Mild undertones of malt and bread...

T - Extremely well blended mix of hops and malts... Citrus... Grains... Biscuit... Hints of caramel... Quite tasty...

M - Light... Delicate... Smooth... Crisp... Refreshing... Slightly oily... Love it... Slight carbonation on the tongue... Great texture...

D - Awesome brew... Looks good... Smells good... Tastes Good... Feels Good... Not much else to say, but that this is a solid beer all the way around... If this is what fresh hopped beer is all about, I need to get me some more...

2009 Update - The 2009 version is still very good, but a slight letdown... Where the beer really seems to let down is in terms of mouthfeel where we went from dreamy and lush to bitter and dry... Still an excellent beer, but not as epic as I had remembered... I have scaled back some of my ratings as a result...

2010 Update - Still a solid offering, but I find myself tweaking the smell and drinkability ratings down a half-nothc... Sessionable and super refreshing, but not quite what it was its first year...

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Harvest Ale from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
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