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Harvest Ale - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
84
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277 Ratings
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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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: ClockworkOrange on 09-16-2008)
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Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Sammy, Oct 24, 2008
Photo of djrn2
3/5  rDev -19.6%

djrn2, Dec 21, 2011
Photo of Thorpe429
3.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an orange copper with an off white head. Smell is a bit of fresh hops with some caramel malt in the background. Not the typical "in your face" hop aroma that normally comes from this style. Taste is in a similar vein, with the hops even more muted compared with the malt base. Mouthfeel is somewhat light; not too much bitterness. Drinkability is good. Would be a nice, sessionable beer but for the relatively high ABV for a beer of that type.

Thorpe429, Sep 18, 2010
Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +7.2%

nmann08, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

acurtis, Dec 26, 2011
Photo of brentk56
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy amber color with a rocky, three-finger head that leaves a few dots and dashes on the sides of the pint glass

Smell: Malt forward, with a nutty, graham cracker character and some pithy hops as well

Taste: Opens with a graham cracker malt flavor that is joined, mid-palate, by the pithy, leafy hops; after the swallow, the bitter hops continue to complement the malty flavors but this is more in the balanced category than a hop bomb

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Though I should have consumed this one fresh, it is still very quaffable

brentk56, Apr 11, 2010
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Out-of-focus apricot with bright tangerine borders. A fairly standard pour produced a thick chunk of buff colored foam that has quite a bit of character as it shrinks. Abstract patterns of sea foam lace look good as well... and are impressively extensive in the end.

The aroma has almost certainly lost some of its fresh hop mojo in the 3+ months since the release. This is still an enjoyable sniffer that features musky-citrusy Cascade hops and a generous amount of toasted bread-like maltiness.

Harvest Ale still has a lot going for it and is still worth a purchase for any craft beer lover looking to get an alpha acid fix. What I presume was a sunshine bright, lupulin-drenched hoppiness initially has faded to some extent, but there's still lots of flavor and plenty of biting bitterness.

The malt bill includes pale, Munich, crystal and wheat. The end result (toasted, caramel-like and slightly nutty) makes a fine canvas for the sharper, more well-defined brushstrokes of the hops. The grapefruit citrusiness of Cascade is front and center, as is that dank, ganja-like quality that that hop is known for.

Despite being a few barley kernals short of the style average, the mouthfeel is all kinds of enjoyable. It's supremely smooth, is lightly creamy, and makes drinking quickly as easy as falling off a log. The bubbles are both soft and energetic, which is a great combination.

There is no doubt in my mind that Harvest Ale would have earned the next highest flavor score back in September. There's still a great deal here for hopheads to love, but I would suggest drinking any bottles in your possession before too much longer. Weyerbacher continues to impress.

BuckeyeNation, Dec 30, 2009
Photo of mikesgroove
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks for the awesome extra. This twelve ounce bottle was put in the fridge right away and enjoyed while eating dinner this evening. Served cold, right out of the fridge and poured into a pint glass. This one was consumed on 11/07/2008.

The pour was nice, a very solid looking orange amber color coming forward with a good amount of clarity to it. Straightforward with a nice carbonation level throughout the glass which came up to form a nice two inch head of white foam that only slowly receeded into a small film of white lace.

The aroma was a touch light, really needing to warm up considerably before you could really pick out the nice notes that were layered in throughout the profile. Juicy hops, with a sweet, candy orange like smell to it. Very fresh and this carried over very much into the flavor. A deep, resin like hop taste that rolled across the tongue with a smooth, medium body that clung to every last taste bud on its way down. Ultra low key in the middle, with a slight biscuit like malt that only briefly showed before a snap of citrus hops took it back down for the finish. A long, dry finish really zapped the taste buds and left me craving another sip.

Overall a very solid harvest ale here. Not the biggest and most pungent, but this one was defintley a keeper. I will look for this one again next year for sure.

mikesgroove, Nov 08, 2008
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle - $2.49 at Total Wine & More in Alpharetta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours out an amber-orange body, good clarity, and with a rather tall, foaming, off-white head. Splattered lacing on the way down.

Smell: Sweetish, bready-scented pale malts with some slight caramelly accents. Has a fresh, crisp hop scent, not overtly effusive, but fresh,

Taste: Pale, toasty malts with a sprinkling of caramelized sugar preclude a pop of soil-strewn lemon rinds and an herbaceous hop quality akin to setting some loose tea leaves on the tongue, but also some earthy hints of fresh lawn clippings (though they become accumulative). Moderate bitterness. Bitterish finish, fairly smooth.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation, though soft.

Overall: It's good, I'm enjoying it, Weyerbacher. There's a nice fresh hop character, so I wouldn't let this one sit around languishing in the fridge.

ChainGangGuy, Sep 21, 2011
Photo of Knapp85
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

When I saw Harvest Ale I just assumed that this was going to be like another Octoberfest brew. After opening the bottle found out that I was indeed very wrong on my assumption. The smell of this beer is very hoppy which got my mouth watering. I poured it out and the beer was a nice amber color. The taste was very hoppy too with a really great thirst quenching sweetness to it. i was glad that this turned out to be an IPA and not a Fest beer. I would totally drink this one again.

Knapp85, Apr 14, 2011
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.

oberon, Oct 10, 2009
Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.33/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a dark golden brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of floral hops, caramelized malts and fruity citrus.

T: The taste starts out with a strong burst of piney hops bitterness that is quickly followed by mildly sweet flavors of citrus and caramel. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and brings a very good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, decent kick, very good representation of style, this is a very solid IPA that is worth drinking for a whole evening.

TheManiacalOne, Jul 08, 2010
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.13/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

WVbeergeek, Oct 10, 2009
Photo of Kegatron
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Kegatron, Nov 14, 2008
Photo of Slatetank
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I picked this up at Quick Six on Mt Rose Ave, poured from the 12oz chilled into a willybecker.

A - A translparent copper w/ 3 fingers of cream w/ a rocky top, tiny beading and good lace stickage

S - A fruity scented ester w/ a slightly piney edge. Mild sweet notes of crystal malt odors w/ slightlly vegetal/herbal hop scents

M - A spicy, crisp and slightly acidic textured dry feel w/ moderately high effervescence and slightly astringent finish

T - the taste is green, almost grassy w/ a light green apple and peppery tinge w/ astringent flavor and a lemon peel-like bitter flavor. The taste seems to give a pretty high pucker-factor w/ very gentle caramel malt that is noted as hinted at in the nose w/ a mild taste of alcohol and mild pine accent . The taste has more citrus zest come forward w/ bitter grassy notes as it warms w a zesty finish

D - A very bitter pale ale w/ very fresh hop taste, but generally an average drinkability overall in the style for my taste as it just misses the mark for me

Slatetank, Nov 28, 2009
Photo of Rifugium
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: sample at Weyerbacher, Easton, PA; full glass on tap at Leaf, Easton, PA

Poured a clear copper-orange, with a small cap of white head that didn't linger too long, but left a bit of soapy lacing. Aroma of pale malts, nutty, with a crisp hoppiness coming through. Though the sample at the brewery was a bit more subdued, the taste, was quite hoppy and fresh, leafy and citrusy, with bitter twangs, laid on a solid caramel base, with a touch of spice. Medium-bodied, crisp and clean, and quite drinkable, but perhaps a bit misleading: for a beer called "Harvest Ale," you'd expect more of a märzen or even a brown ale, instead of a hoppy ale. Still good though.

Rifugium, Oct 09, 2011
Photo of WesWes
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a nice dark gold/amber color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a solid malt scent of pale and Carapils malts along with a fresh hop bouquet. It's a mild hop nose, but pleasant nonetheless. The taste is good as well. It has a smooth, pale malt flavor with just a hair of Carapils for body. The hops are really tastey. I love fresh hopped beers. They're never overly hoppy, but the freshness is well recieved. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good drinker. Kudos to the folks of Weyerbacher for the freshly grown hops. They taste delicious.

WesWes, Dec 04, 2009
Photo of mdfb79
3.2/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

From 10/26/10 notes. Had on tap at the Brickskeller during its Wet Hop event with Tomme Arthur.

a - Pours a dark amber color with two inches of fluffy white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of bready malts, yeast, and grain.

t - Tastes of bready malts, yeast, and wheat/grain.

m - Medium body and very low carbonation, very smooth body.

d - An average IPA t hat is heavy on the bready malts. Probably wouldn't look to try again.

mdfb79, Nov 01, 2010
Photo of jwc215
4.13/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours copper with a rich off-white head. Lacing sticks.

The smell is of spicy, leafy, citric/grapefruit and touch of pine with some caramel malty aroma.

The taste is bitter upfront - grapefruit, pine and tea-like spiciness with a caramel sweetness tying the hops together.

The body is medium with mild carbonation.

A very easy drinker - hoppy but balanced. Very smooth! Nice!

jwc215, Oct 06, 2009
Photo of Rochefort10nh
3/5  rDev -19.6%

Rochefort10nh, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of smcolw
4.47/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The head starts two-finger thick. Slightly hazy, dark amber color. Very delicate Belgian-style lace left on the glass

An excellent blend of pale and crystal malts with a notable floral hop bouquet--very inviting.

Nice malt start which is quickly covered with a biting hop bitterness, like a true IPA. The aftertaste is different in that it starts with a crystal malt (British Bitter flavor) sweetness at the swallow. The remainder of the aftertaste is sharp, bittering hop. Very complex. Great body--similar to whole milk with an average level of carbonation. This is a special beer--I'm placing it in my top IPA's.

smcolw, Nov 28, 2009
Photo of Gavage
4.22/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: clear orange in color with a big fluffy 3" head with big bubbles. Moderate lacing develops during the session.

Smell: big floral hop bitterness and orange citrus easily rise from the glass.

Taste: caramel, oranges, ripe apples, and a hearty bitterness makes up a flavorful beer.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Crisp throughout with some dryness late. Aftertaste is long as the flavors linger a while.

Drinkability: goes down quickly and when the glass is empty you'll be looking for another. Worth seeking this out.

Gavage, Nov 07, 2009
Photo of corby112
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear dark golden amber/light copper color with golden orange hues when held to a light source and a two finger frothy off-white head. Good retention, slowly fading into a lasting cap/ring that leaves a good bit of chunky lacing in it's wake.

Earthy skunky hops dominate the aroma with a bit of citrus and pine along with a sweet caramel malt presence. Since this is a harvest ale and the hops are really fresh I was expecting this to smell much more floral and hoppy with resinous oil notes but it is a bit mild.

Bitter piney hops up front with sweet citrus notes, mostly grapefruit, and some sticky dry pine flavor. Sweet caramel malt backbone with some biscuit and graham cracker which kind of takes away from the pleasantness of the hops up front leading into a dry finish. This one might be too well-balanced for it's own good although it is still pretty hoppy. I just wish the malt profile was toned down a bit.

corby112, Sep 25, 2009
Photo of yourefragile
3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a nonic.

A: Light orange, golden color with a soapy two finger thick head with nice retention with sticky webs and streaks of lacing. Not that much in the way of active carbonation.
S: Pungent, fresh wet hop aroma. Very earthy and grassy with hints of malt and bread. Not quite as strong as expected, nice but not great.
T: A very balanced IPA, not quite as hoppy as expected from a harvest IPA. Hops are very slick with strong earthy, grassy flavors. Strong malt/biscuit backbone that balances the hops. Medium body with fairly strong carbonation and finish is dry as hops linger on the tongue. A nice beer, but not the best harvest IPA.

yourefragile, Dec 05, 2008
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.

akorsak, Jan 09, 2010
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Harvest Ale from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 277 ratings.