Harvest Dance - Boulevard Brewing Co.
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Reviews by jondeelee:
3.96/5 rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Harvest Dance opens to a sweet, fruity nose ripe with cherry, berry, orange, apricot, pineapple, and melon fruit esters, the pineapple and melon being especially noticeable here, lending the beer an immediate sweet-tart note. Huge dollops of brown sugar, confectioner’s sugar, and caramel add further layers of sweetness, mixing with the fruit esters to form a bubble gum overtone. Pink grapefruit, lemon, and light pine from the hops add further tart sweetness, as well as a touch of bitterness to help balance things out. All of this rests atop a biscuit and wheat bread that, though faint, does help bring some earthiness. As a whole, the nose is quite potent, and very interesting in its tropical citrusy overtones, though the bubble gum note does somewhat spoil this. Still, there are enough fruit esters in here for two to three bottles of almost anything else, bringing a promise of syrupy goodness.
On the tongue, the beer opens with a quick shot of fruit that copies that noted in the nose: cherry, berry, orange, and apricot fruits mix with surprisingly strong pineapples and melons. The sweet pink grapefruit from the hops, as well as the lemons, add further sugars and tartness. Brown sugar, pepper, and light hints of apple cider vinegar add bits of contrast, as does the biscuit and wheat bread base. In subsequent sips, where some of the initial nuance of the beer is lost, the fruits can come across somewhat like a soda, but are still very nice. The aftertaste is a long lasting continuation of the main mouthful, heavily emphasizing tropical citrus notes. Mouthfeel is a very dry medium, and carbonation is medium to medium-high.
Overall, this is good beer, though I suspect that the pineapple and melon notes might drive some off. Luckily the bubble gum aromas did not translate to the tongue, which would have been disastrous. The beer may be a bit dry, but the massive fruit esters make it seem like apple cider champagne, and the result is so interesting that it’s worth a try.
Serving type: bottle
07-28-2013 01:14:06 | More by jondeelee
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3.18/5 rDev -21.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
A near gusher from the corked bottle. Finally settles down to a hazy amber in the Gulpener tulip with endlessly streaming bubbles. Distracting fizzy mouthfeel. Quite sticky with sugar. A whiff of Band Aids.
At first couple of sips I thought there was something bacterial going on, but it seems to be the massive carbonation and the wheaty esters. Fruity and grapey. It makes me think of alcoholic Thompson Seedless grapes with some Belgian yeast invited to the party. Sharp and aromatic with a hoppy burn, finally, in the back of the throat.
I would hope for a more refined sipping brew for a Wheat Wine, but this is certainly an experience. From the 750 ml bottle purchased at Special Brews in Lynnwood, Washington.
Serving type: bottle
04-16-2014 06:31:12 | More by mactrail
3.94/5 rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured into a Funky Buddha Brewery snifter. Back label says Best By 6-2013. Didn't even think to check the date when I bought it.
A- Pours a medium amber color with a full inch of off-white head that retains very well before slowly dropping to a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a full sheet of surface foam.
S- Yeasty, spicy aroma with lots of fruity phenols. Little hints of butterscotch and other candy-like smells.
T- Tangy and sweet wheat with a noticeable alcohol taste. Still, pretty smooth and drinkable but the promising aroma has lead to a not-so-exciting flavor. More candy notes like in the smell but the booze takes away from their character.
M- Medium-high carbonation makes for a spritzy quality which I always like but the alcohol bite slightly stings the back of the throat. The body leans toward the lighter side.
O- I think I'm starting to dislike wheat wines more than I have in the past. It seems like it's a style you really have to nail to be enjoyable yet I haven't had enough examples frequently enough to know what needs to be achieved. Guess I'll just have to keep trying different ones out.
Serving type: bottle
01-04-2014 03:54:43 | More by Immortale25
Harvest Dance from Boulevard Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 583 ratings.