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Harvest Ale - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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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 SeanRedd
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A basket of fresh, damp hops. The wet stickiness clings to the roof of the mouth. A light malt base that runs from caramel flan through toffee, finishing toasty sweet. The hops are a floral bouquet romancing the senses. Beautifully balanced. Bread pudding meets bitter resin. A knock out wet hop surprise.

SeanRedd, Dec 16, 2008
Photo of Wasatch
3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to mikereaser for this brew.

Pours a nice hazy golden yellow/orange color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger creamy head, with some nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty with some hops, slight citrus. The taste is sweet, malty, bitter, hoppy, with some citrus. Medium body. Drinkable, a tasty brew.

Wasatch, Dec 14, 2008
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 sjohansen
4.63/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wet hopped with hops grown by Weyerbacher. I felt extremely lucky to stop by the brewery a couple weeks after the release of this Harvest Ale, and still see a handful to pick up.

Pours a medium amber color. Looks opaque and thick. Very difficult to see any carbonation, except close to the top of the glass where the bubbles finally appear. They drift into a fluffy two finger head. Slightly off-white with great stick. Stick throughout the session that would make any beer jealous. Looks every part a hop head's wet hopped dream. (hehe)

Stinks of hops. Wonderful, wonderful hops. Sticky, spicy, earthy hops. There are hints of sweet bread as well that grow as the beer warms.

Taste is bittersweet. The greatest thing about this beer is the balance. There is a definite bite from the hops, but there is a very sweet character as well that keeps it in check. It reminds me of the ying/yang that Bell's and Troegs have brought to some much sought after hoppy brews.

Mouthfeel is oily and sticky. Medium to heavy body, there were definitely a couple sips where I felt like I was chewing on the brew. Low carbonation with a wet finish.

There's some great videos and information about the Weyerbacher hop project (for lack of a better term) online. It's not only great that Dan and Sue took a step to grow hops, but the IPA is fantastic.

sjohansen, Dec 01, 2008
Photo of OWSLEY069
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clean copper/ orange-ish color with a small white head. In the aroma, fresh hops and a small earthiness. In the taste, earthy hops, touch of pine, and a dry maltiness. A small bitter and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry earthy hop aftertaste. Very easy to drink and nice fresh hops.

OWSLEY069, Nov 22, 2008
Photo of Deuane
2.85/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

On tap at The Batdorf, Annville, PA

A-Slighty hazy copper with a creamy, medium off white head that left nice lace.

S-For a harvest ale I am a bit disappointed--hints of sweet malt and earthy hops....Meh.

T-Sweet bready malt upfront with just a touch of floral/grassy hops. With using their own hops this may be due to the plants immaturity being able to produce yet. More malty than anything.

M-Medium-light bodied and rather bland.

D-I hope with another year under thier belt the Weyerbacher hops produce more alpha-acids for next years batch. This one left me unimpressed and disappointed. There wasn't any one thing bad with this but expecting a harvest ale with grassy/herbal goodness galore well...A bland beer that left me scrambling for a Stone IPA.

Deuane, Nov 20, 2008
Photo of JDV
3.23/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle in trade from Hopdog. Thanks! Pours a semi hazy orange color with a light beige head. Smell is musty, dusty and almost stale, despite being extremely fresh. Surprisingly not fresh or vibrantly hoppy in the nose, and there is a slight bit of alcohol. Taste is dusty, and very lightly alcoholic. Very earthy hop flavor and not like any other fresh hop beer I've had. Drinkable, but not a stand out of the style at all.

JDV, Nov 16, 2008
Photo of Douglas88
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle thanks to Daniel. Pours a nice copper color with a medium white head. The aroma is very nice; full of sweet citrus hops, very rich and full, some apricot also. The taste is also quite nice; a full and rich hop flavor, mostly citrus flavors, some bitterness in the finish. A light earthy malt also. Very nice and extremely quaffable.

Douglas88, Nov 15, 2008
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 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 gdfan47
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

really smooth

the hops are on the nose

i have had other beers like this, but i like it

def special and a bit of a head

reminds me a little of troges hopback, but more hops on the nose and on the tounge

goes down very smooth, i will def reach for this again

gdfan47, Nov 05, 2008
Photo of BeerTruth
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another PA brew supplied by number1bum, thanks man.

12 oz. bottle poured into a standard pint glass.

Pours a medium copper hue with a one finger light tan head that sticks around for a while. A fair amount of lacing remains on the sides of the glass. Smell is pretty earthy which seems to be fairly common with most east coast fresh hop ales. Some toasted grains, sweet malts, and a bit of breadiness in the nose as well. Taste begins pretty malty with a sweet caramel and buttery backbone. Bitter grassy hops emerge midway with a strong grainy character. Aftertaste is pretty dry with a mild bread flavor, crystal malts, and a touch of citrus. Slick medium body with a solid bite to it from the strong carbonation. I really enjoy the fresh hop genre of beers but this is probably one of the least impressive that I've had. Still not a bad beer by any means, but it falls short of others I've had this season. The "freshness" just doesn't stand out as much as I'd like for the style. Worth a shot though.

BeerTruth, Oct 26, 2008
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 number1bum
3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Part of NEPA BC split #19.

Pours a slightly hazed amber color with a creamy two fingers of light beige head. Head retains quite well and almost completely coats the glass with stick. Very nice.

Smell has a good amount of caramel malt in it, and is a little buttery, with a bit of a biscuity/toasty note, too. Hops are subtle, slightly fruity, grassy and a bit earthy.

Tastes pretty much like it smells, with a solid malt profile of slightly buttery caramel and toffee, and some biscuity and toasted grain, too. Subtle hop flavor and the buttery note make me think English IPA rather than American. Hops have some fruitiness to them, and are quite spicy actually with an earthy quality, as well. Good dose of hop bitterness finishes it off, and some biscuity grain lingers, too.

Mouthfeel is quite creamy, nice and smooth, medium bodied with ample carbonation. Drying through the finish.

Not a bad IPA. Seems more English than American to me, given the malt profile and the subtle rather than bold hop flavors from the wet hopping.

number1bum, Oct 20, 2008
Photo of magnj
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a - Poured into a Weyerbacher glass it produced a foamy finger and a half head which dissipated quickly leaving pretty nice lacing and a thin layer of foam. Color is amber, bubbles visible, maybe a little thinner looking than others.

s - mild hops, far more mild than sierra nevada for example

t - Tastes like it smells, one of the more mild APA's I've encountered, starts off pretty average but tapers off in the middle and lacks any of the typical bite in the end. But don't get me wrong, I don't dislike the taste...I just don't think an APA is "supposed" to be this mild.

m - light, average carbonation

d - Very drinkable despite lacking the typical hoppy bite, It would go well with just about anything

I like the fact that the hops are grown locally

magnj, Oct 19, 2008
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...

philbe311, Oct 18, 2008
Photo of TubaManJack
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A light IPA that has doesn't relate to the typical IPA. With a light gold color and frothy head its pleasant to look at and the light clean hop note only add to its unique nature. Its not a heavyweight complex beer you would expect but rather a great session beer that is easy going, simple, and true to its label.

TubaManJack, Oct 13, 2008
Photo of DrJay
3.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy orange with a dense, off-white cap, longlasting and about one finger thickness. Chunky lacing. Citrus and fruit in the aroma, light pineapple character, grassy hops, biscuit malt sweetness. Solid bitterness with soft edges of pine and citrus hops, grassy notes and orange zest. Malt sweetness was present, but definitely in the background. Lingering bitterness and hop character with slight alcohol. A little slick on the palate, medium bodied with creamy carbonation, a little bit crisp in the finish. Good balance with plenty of hop flavour, but without the harsh edges you sometimes find in hopbombs.

DrJay, Oct 10, 2008
Photo of HopDerek
4.33/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear amber with 2 fingers of frothy eggshell colored head. Good retention yields nice sticky clumps of lacing. Smells of biscuit, fresh cut grass, light caramel, and some citrus fruits. Tastes of grapefruit and crisp peaches up front followed by caramel, biscuit, honey, and lightly toasted grain. Finishes with fresh grass and pine bitterness. Medium to medium light in body with good carbonation. Nice and bitter but balanced with sweetness. Smooth with a dry bitter finish. Very easy to drink with a solid hop presence but not overdoing it. A good harvest ale best enjoyed fresh.

HopDerek, Oct 03, 2008
Photo of Kadonny
3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from tap at TJs into a nonic pint glass.

A: A nice amber orange color with a wonderful creamy one finger off white head. Great glass lacing.

S: Not a lot of nose on this beer, hints of sweet malt and earthy hops.

T: Sweet bready malt hits the tongue first with some graininess to it and pretty much takes over the beer. A nice mellow hoppieness follows with tastes of floral earthy grassy hops, but they are subdued for sure because of the newly planted hops plants. Finish is sweet malt but a nice bitterness that lingers at the very end. A very balanced taste leaning towards the sweeter malty side.

M: Light to medium, the bitterness lingers, but the overall mouthfeel was not all that full and coating. It was actually a little lighter but good.

D: High. You can easily drink a bunch of these and not get hop fatigue and enjoy them all night.

Overall a solid brew by Weyerbacher. It's very cool that they use the hops from their property, but being the first year the plants produced, you can really taste the lightness of the hops. I expect this beer to get better each year as those hop plants start to mature. I can see a really, really good beer coming in the next few years out of this recipe. I'll look forward to this next year.

Kadonny, Oct 02, 2008
Photo of orbitalr0x
3.73/5  rDev 0%
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!

orbitalr0x, Oct 02, 2008
Photo of oneeye
4.28/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A fresh hopped beer poured into a pint glass.

A. Pours a honey amber with a sticky foamy head. A thick head with amber highlights. Sticky lace sticking and drying to the glass. Murky but well carbonated.

S. Not an overwhelming aroma but it smells good. The sweet smell of caramel malts and floral hops.

T. Weyerbacher Harvest Ale is one of the best Ales of it's style. A good mixture of citrusy and floral hops. Bitter grapefruit, peach, and orange citrusy hops. Grassy floral hops with a bitter finish. A strong sugary caramel malt backbone. A well balanced beer that tastes really good.

M. The mouthfeel is oily and smooth. Resinous and dry. A full bodied Ale thats a little syrypy.

D. Weyerbacher Harvest Ale tastes really good! I highly recommend this beer. Weyerbacher is a solid brewery. Every beer I try from their brewery is outstanding. This is a beer you could drink all night long.

oneeye, Oct 01, 2008
Photo of jackorain
4.03/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Crystal clear, dark tan with an orange tinge. Head is off-white to light tan head.

S-aroam is mild biscuit malt with mild floral, herbal and citrrus hops.

T-Really nice. Biscuit malts up front, followed by a barage of hop flavors. Floral and herbal dominate, with citrus coming in later. On the tail of this hop flavor is a bit of nice caramel flavor. The bitterness comes in last and is not over the top. Tastes like nugget hops in here which I really enjoy, but who am I to say.

M-crisp, light to medium body. A little drying effect makes you want the next sip to quickly follow the previous.

D-up there, unforntunately I only have three.

jackorain, Sep 26, 2008
Photo of hero27
4.2/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle.

Big thanks go out to DrJay for including this as an extra in a BIF.

Pours a cloudy orange with copper tint..seams of lacing streak down the glass..
Aroma of fresh floral hops and bold citrus..some caramel malt seeping in as well..smells delicious.
Pine hoppiness up front ..fruity citrus (grapefruit & orange), with a sweet caramel malt backing...mmm..
Medium-bodied with a slightly oily texture.. hop resin slides around in the mouth well after each sip. Yeah, I could drink more of this.. definitely a solid brew from Weyerbacher.

hero27, Sep 26, 2008
Photo of ffejherb
4.03/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at The Drafting Room in Exton, PA on 9/21/08.

A - Clear light copper/dark amber body with the slightest bit of haze and half a finger of off-white head that quickly diminished into a patchy film and left decent lacing. Very minimal amount of slow-rising carbonation bubbles.

S - Wet hopped aroma with a hefty dose of caramel malt and a bit of breadiness. A citrus hop character emerged as the liquid warmed up a bit. Hop profile is quite fruity overall.

T - Starts off with a spicy hop kick, then melds into quite a tangy malty flavor with plenty of sweet caramel. Flavor is a bit more malt-heavy than I was anticipating. However, this brew still finishes with a bit of wet citrus hop goodness.

M - Medium body with soft carbonation that provides minimal prickle on the palate. Texture is a bit chewy for an IPA. Mild to moderate bitter finish with a fairly short duration.

D - I was expecting more of a wet-hopped character with this one, but it was surprisingly quite malty overall. This is still tasty, although I was hoping for more fresh, dank hops and less of the sweet malt aspect.

ffejherb, Sep 22, 2008
Harvest Ale from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
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