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Harvest Dance - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

583 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 583
Reviews: 262
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 10.62%


Brewed by:
Boulevard Brewing Co. visit their website
Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
Wheatwine |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
John Barleycorn is memorialized in English folk tradition as the personification of the barley plant, sacrificed at harvest time and then reborn as beer or ale. Our Harvest Dance Wheat Wine is a celebration of John’s Midwestern cousin, wheat. Beginning with a large portion of wheat malt, we add an equally generous helping of Hallertau and Citra hops and age the ale on both French and American oak. The result is a big, warming burst of tropical fruit flavors, highlighted by subtle wine-like notes, and rounding slowly to a long, dry, oaky finish.

23 IBU

(Beer added by: bort11 on 10-30-2009)
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.5/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Tieman for sharing this one at his tasting.

Batch 1-2011. Best by 6-2012.

Pours a slightly hazy orange with a foamy orange-white head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, wheat, citrus fruit, and wood. Taste is much the same with a mild hop bitterness with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is fairly tasty but strong.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2012 08:52:21 | More by UCLABrewN84
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 1-2009. Harvest orange with butter rum borders and near riotous bubbles that are racing up to a massive crown of pale cork colored foam. The head is decently creamy and is doing a respectable job sticking to the upper reaches of the chalice. In the end, the crown is Alps-like rocky and chunks of suds are sticking all over the damn place.

The aroma is primarily citrusy (Citra hops) and minimally herbal-earthy (Hallertau hops). The grains don't make much of an olfactory impact. Then again, alcohol doesn't either. Warming opens things up in fine fashion, allowing the hops to shine even more brightly.

Harvest Dance Wheat Wine Style Ale has quite a bit in common with a DIPA. The brewers must have added a ton of hops (especially Citra) because hop flavor and bitterness are still going strong after more than one year in the bottle. Alcohol is masked very well too, especially since there are no strong flavors from the malt to cover it up.

Specifics include rock candy, white grapefruit and lemon zest, clover honey, and several staves worth of toasted oak. This is pretty simple big beer, but the flavors fit together beautifully. It also helps that the finish strongly favors dry and crisp over sticky and sweet, which is unusual for barleywines and wheatwines. Good design decision.

Each subsequent pour results in a controlled explosion of foam that threatens to overflow the glass. It also requires several minutes of waiting for things to settle down enough for another sip to be possible. Warming emboldens the beer, but doesn't otherwise change it. In some ways, I'm reminded of one of my favorite single malts (Talisker 10). Both are peppery and fiery, yet still mellow and impressively drinkable.

The mouthfeel is surprisingly light for the style and the ABV... and it works. Wheatwines should have a lighter touch than barleywines, after all. The carbonation isn't as ferocious as feared. Actually, it's well done once several minutes have passed since the last pour.

Even though the final score won't necessarily reflect it, Harvest Dance is one of the best wheatwines that I've had so far. The taste score *just* missed the next highest number. It might be the alcohol talking, but what the hell, 4.5 it is. I'm not sure if Boulevard has plans to release this Smokestack Series beer yearly, but it would be great if they did.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2010 12:52:20 | More by BuckeyeNation
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womencantsail

California

3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy orange color with a white head. Sweet bready malt on the nose with a touch of banana. A light citrus quality, a hint of vanilla, floral hops, and a touch of yeast. There is a light alcohol heat to the palate, but otherwise the booze is fairly well hidden. Primarily a sweet, malty beer dominated by caramel and wheat bread with a nice toast note. A hint of banana along with citrus peel, floral hops, and a touch of bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2012 21:32:52 | More by womencantsail
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Just an incredibly impressive head, with plenty of lace behind; oh yeah, the liguid is a cloudy amber color

Smell: Hop forward, with the Citra hops loudly proclaiming their presence; bready, underneath, bringing a hint of banana, mango and clove

Taste: The Citra hops bully themselves forward, on the front end, but the Wheatwine flavors don't take long to emerge, bringing whole wheat bread, banana, cinnamon, brown sugar and pineapple, by mid-palate; spicy, after the swallow, with pepper and clove elements joining; the finish is a nice blend of all the elements, leaving a lot of oak in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: I just wasn't expecting this unusual take on the Wheatwine style; the hops really make the difference and the wheat elements are nicely balanced

Thanks, SalukiAlum, for the opportunity

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2012 22:29:45 | More by brentk56
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I can't get enough of these Smokestacks beers from Boulevard.

Harvest Dance beging with solid amber hue with golden highlights hovering on the edges. A large, froathy, persistant cotton-white head lasts the session, then some. Lots of lacing left behind. A moderate haze lingers but not as opaque as I had expected. Color also seems a bit darker (barley) than anticipated.

A bready, malty aroma seems half of barley, half of wheat and with the medium aroma of fresh tropical fruits, soft spices, and sweeter alcohols lingering in the nose.

Sweet breads, short breads, and angle food cake make for an appetizing base beer. Pineapples, lemons, oranges, appricots, and mangos begin to describe the complex fruity esters but still show restraint, not to dominate the malts. Orange peel, clove, corriander, and white pepper round out the smooth spicy notes; taking on a Witbier-like soft spiciness. Much more bitter as the beer fades into the throat, giving as much of a distraction as balance. Alcohols show some solventy notes as the malt presence fades and the esters rise.

Full and rich throughout, with the hop bitterness and alcohol trying to dry the beer in the finish. But the beer finishes more bitey than dry- I wish this were not the case.

Another good Smokestacks Series beer. Though I'll gladly try this one again, it's not the pick of the liter.

Thanks BlueOkie!

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2010 04:10:16 | More by BEERchitect
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.85/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of welosiped. Served in a tulip.

Pours a hazy golden-yellow color with a good white head and a bit of lacing as it goes down. The nose is pretty nice with a bit of hops in the finish, preceded by a bit of sweetness, citrus, and some mild spice. The flavor has a bit of light pale malt and white with a touch of hops and some mild fruit. Body is medium with a dry finish. Wow, a wheatwine that's actually pleasurable rather than just being somewhat I can palate. What a novel concept. Thanks, Boulevard.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2011 11:40:29 | More by Thorpe429
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metter98

New York

3.96/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is hazy pale yellow in color. It poured with a finger high off white head that died down, consistently leaving a thin head covering the surface and some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of bananas from the yeast are present in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste has flavors of bananas, wheat and yeast along with hints of sweet malts and oak.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little dry on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer seemed to taste more like a triple compared to a wheatwine and wasn't nearly as drinkable compared to other beers in the style.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2013 01:17:26 | More by metter98
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Gently, quietly slips out a clear, light orange-toned body with a large, foamy, off-white head.

Smell: A weighty scent of malted wheat with some sugary, honeyed, tangy traces. Little varied accents of spices, some pepper, coriander - even a curious hint of cinnamon. For me, there was a big ole whiff of fresh lemon in the nose.

Taste: Sweet hunks of toffee candy folded into a lightly tangy taste of malted wheat. While there's a big sweetness in the beginning, it soon dries out. Light vanilla and floral character. Fruity, citrusy boost of lemon curd, as well as some spiciness, with the hops, alcohol, yeast, wheat, and oak aging all contributing. Hint of soft hay. Moderately bitter, and, from sip to sip, it remains fairly so until the bitterish, drying finish closing out with a bit more fruit and wheat.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation. For all its fullness, there's still some crispness to it.

Drinkability: A joy to pour down the ole gullet. Go on, friends, and embrace a heavy-handed dose of wheat. I sure as hell did.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2010 20:27:03 | More by ChainGangGuy
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oberon

North Carolina

4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Best by 10/10.Poured into a snifter a clear orange infused glden with a huge blooming white head that sticks like glue as it settles into a frothy mass.Aromas are a mix of citrus,caramel/vanilla,and faint leather.Big chewey feel and not overcarbonated like I was thinking it might be in the mouth.Big caramel and honey sweet notes upfront with some of the leathery component coming thru as well,the finish is sharp and leafy with a big citric jolt as well.Complex to the hilt,with a good combination of sweetish deep maltiness and herbal,citric hop.The alcohol does play a part as the beer warms,but the hops really play a big role in this wheatwine.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2010 21:51:20 | More by oberon
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TMoney2591

Illinois

4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

Big thanks to JJFoodie for this bad boy!

Pours a mostly `clear, somewhat hazed, orange amber topped by lots o' thick, cream-colored froth, which leaves some thick lacing behind as it dies away. The nose is packed with sweet wheat (how's that for a season finale twist), along with lesser amounts of sweetgrass, butter, and sugary caramel. This caramel returns with quite a vengeance in the taste, along with all that wheat, some floral hoppiness, toffee, and a mixed bag of miscellaneous spice rack staples. The overall taste is a combination of light and buttery sweetness and a relatively weak piney bitterness. It's all good. The body is a firm medium, with moderate carbonation and a partially dry finish. A very solid and tasty wheatwine, if I do say so myself. And I do.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2010 02:42:16 | More by TMoney2591
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Boulevard Harvest Dance Wheat Wine

Enormous head on this ...beautiful, really...creamy cap, rocky, pillowy, tapioca craters...nice. hazed, golden orange, bright yellow at the bottom. Looks promising. Leaving lace. Lovely.

Aroma: gorgeous! Peach fuzz and lemon meringue, nicely spiced ...orange and apricot. Love it.

Taste: smooth and sexy. Same fruit flavors detected in the nose comeback, matched with the smooth texture of the wheat malt. Damnably delicious. Mmm.
So good, can I find any way to improve this...who am I to suggest there's anything better? 9.1%, but much more easier-going than other strong wheat wines I've had lately. Starts tropical fruit, gets dry, and now the alcohol gets a bit of a burn. But still really cool down the tongue. And yeah, there's some oaky-ness, ...one of my favorite beers in quite a long time, highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2010 09:19:26 | More by feloniousmonk
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Acquired from brewerburgundy courtesy of BA Secret Santa 2011 so a big “Thank You” goes out to him. Poured from a 750ml bottle into a snifter glass. Batch #2-2011, best by date of 06-2012.

A: The beer is a deep orange/gold color, with a very large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains a lot of citrus and floral hops along with some, wheat and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out with a strong but not over-powering burst of hops bitterness that is followed by some citrus and caramel sweetness. Then some breadiness comes in from wheat and a hearty malt character creating a good balance. There’s a touch of an alcohol sting. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

O: Tasty, goes down dangerously easily, not too filling, strong kick, good representation of style, this is a very solid beer worth drinking for a long time.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2012 02:21:32 | More by TheManiacalOne
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emerge077

Illinois

4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Shared this over the weekend with a few BA's. Sadly my notes went through the wash, but i've salvaged enough for a coherent review...

It poured with a ton of foam, even the smallest trickle from the bottle resulted in a big glass of bubbles. As it settled it left a soufflé crown of rocky foam on top, with flecks of lace at it's edges. Retention was perfect, and the body was an attractive sunset orange.

Appley aroma, yeasty with some mild phenolic spice when swirled. Muddled nutmeg or cinnamon seemed to emerge later as it warmed.

Flavors were similar, apples and spice with a supple feel and a dry bitter finish. I'm guessing the wheat is responsible for the mellow smoothness. For all the crazy foam it had, it didn't feel super carbonated. Overall it was pleasant, light and easy drinking, especially for 9.1%. Would buy this again, seems like it would be a nice Autumn seasonal.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2010 00:37:46 | More by emerge077
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russpowell

Oklahoma

4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Opened with a resounding pop! Pours a very effervescent with 4+ fingers of fluffy sand colored head. Great head retention & good lacing

S: Apple peels & blossoms, just a hint of banana bread

T: Apple peels, treacle, cakeyness & some figs up front. Boozey warmth, honey malt, dryness, some Calvados character here as well as this warms up, along with peach, apricot & pears in more muted tones, plus lemony hops smacking the edge of your tongue. Finishes bready, dry with much orchard & tropical fruittyness, lemony hops, bitterness & a touch of honey, sooo close to pulling a 5.0

MF: Medium bodied, slick with low, but noticeable carbonation. Becomes chewier & warmer as this warms up

Drinks fairly easy for the style & ABV, great offering from Boulevard, one of the better takes on this style I've had.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2009 04:53:47 | More by russpowell
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drabmuh

Maryland

3.85/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by Thorpe during the Bears game yesterday, #1 wheatwine and this totally deserves it, since it's the first wheatwine I'd drink more of.

Beer is yellow and hazy with a soft white head of small bubbles that leaves lacing on the glass.

Aroma is a little bready and bright, not hot though, a big yeast character but it's not banana or cloves as with some wheatbeers, mildly sweet overall decent.

Beer is medium bodied and a little heavy on the lead off and the finish is oddly dry and bitter. The mid palate is yeast / wheat goodness. This beer is quite drinkable, not as sweet as other wheatwines and not as harsh as some. If it weren't for the dry / bitter finish I would really recommend this beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2011 03:17:06 | More by drabmuh
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Mora2000

Texas

4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my first ever wheatwine so I am not sure how it compares to the style, but I really enjoyed the beer.

Pours orange-brown with a huge, dark white head. The aroma is strongly wheaty, with a lot of alcohol as well. You get some citrus and grassy hops, more than expected. The flavor is wheat with the same earthy and citrus hops that were in the nose. You also get some Belgian yeast. This beer is very carbonated and has a medium mouthfeel. A sipper that changes both flavor and aroma as it warms.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2009 20:53:07 | More by Mora2000
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zeff80

Missouri

4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a cloudy/hazy golden orange color with a huge, four-finger, khaki, bubbly head of foam. It left behind soapy trails of lace.

S - It smelled of wheat and yeast. There were some fruity notes, too.

T - This is a spicy brew with a tropical fruit tartness. It had some sweet wheat flavors with a touch of yeast kick.

M - It was crisp and very sharp with a warm alcohol presence. A medium-bodied brew.

D - This is a very good wheatwine. I is delicious and surprisingly easy drinking.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2009 04:02:25 | More by zeff80
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jlindros

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big fizzy over carbonated head fades semi quickly with spotted lacing, semi clear semi hazy nectar orange color slight golden rosy hue.

Nose not what I expected, some Belgian golden malts and sweetness, earthy slight saison like farmhouse, light booze and esters, grassy light spicy like hops that bring some light lemony and grassy, lemongrass, and a bit of wheat.

Taste starts fluffy and effervescent, some bitter spicy grassy hops kick in right away, with fair bitterness. Then big malts, golden Belgian malt flavors, some wheat flavor as well, a decent warning and tingly booze, plenty of esters with fruity flavors, and light phenols with the booze. A light grassy flavor again from the hops and light farmhouse like saison flavors as well from the yeast, hint of lemony and touch bubblegum. A grainy earthy yeast flavor also comes through. Finish is dry, effervescent, lingering bitterness and grassy earthy spicy hops, light esters booze and touch phenols, light citrus all lingering.

Mouth is med bodied, quite a kick of warming and tingly booze, and tons of carb.

Overall pretty good, but nothing like I was expecting which I thought it was a wheatwine but it's more like Belgian golden strong and saison combined. But decent flavors, complex and all merge well, although maybe a bit too much booze and carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2012 13:43:07 | More by jlindros
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured out as a nice looking golden color with a thin white head on top. The smell of the beer was a little boozy somw grain on the nose also. The taste of the beer seemed a little spicy actually which I was surprised about. The flavors of sweet grains and wheat are blended with a semi spicy finish and a hoppy bitterness. The mouthfeel of the beer was smooth but it gave off a good amount of boozy heat. Carbonation was minimal. Overall it wasn't a bad beer but I think I've had better.

Serving type: on-tap

02-06-2012 05:31:43 | More by Knapp85
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jwc215

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to hwwty4 for this!

750 ml cage-corked bottle, best by 10/10, poured into a wide-mouth glass, as recommended.

Pours hazed orange amber with a huge, foamy white head that descends leaving some vanishing patchy lacing.

The smell is of big citrus, tropical fruits with some coconut and cinnamon.

The taste is of a flash of sweetness turning to citric bitterness. Sweetness comes and goes. Booze mixes in, but not in raw or masking way. Oak gives vanilla with some coconut and vanilla. There's a wheat tang. Finishes fruity and dry.

It has an effervescent, crisp, medium-to-full body.

A slow, boozy, enjoyable, complex, unique sipper!

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2009 15:12:06 | More by jwc215
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mactrail

California

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
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mdfb79

New York

3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Have had this bottle since February, finally cracked it tonight. Batch 2010-1, best by date of 07/11 on the bottle. Poured from a 750ml bottle into my DFH snifter.

a - - Pours a hazy burnt orange-brown color with two fingers of fluffy white head and moderate carbonation evident. Head lasts for several minutes and leaves light lacing on the glass.

s - Smells of tropical fruits, citrus hop, wheat, fruity malts, bready malts, oak, some grapes, and wine. Pretty nice and fruity; I like it quite a bit.

t - Tastes of same tropical fruits, fruity malts, citrus hops, grapefruit, alcohol, bready malts, wheat, some oak, and some light wine. Alcohol is more prevelant here, but just as fruity as the nose.

m - Medium body and moderate to high carbonation, with some heat from the alcohol in the body. A little too hot and a little too much carbonation, but otherwise nice.

o - Overall a pretty nice barleywine. Lots of fruits and while there is some alcohol in the taste, it gets better as it warms up. A little less heat and carbonation and this could be even better. Would certainly have it again.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2012 02:40:07 | More by mdfb79
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a snifter) batch 2010-1

A- This beer pours a slightly hazy deep orange body with a strong pop of the cork. There is a matrix of microbubbles that glide up to the surface. The head is a bubbly antique white that last and last eventually fading to a thin film and sticking to the glass in thick sheets after each sip.

S- There is a touch of phenolic clove with some softer estery hints of banana and a club soda note in the finish. As the beer opens up the esters turn more tropical fruity with some perfumed juicy fruit gum qualities and a yeasty citra hops character.

T- The soft fruity notes have hints of pear with a soft bitter green hop flavor to the dry finish. There are some apricot and juicy fruit gum notes along with a bright lemon and green citra hops finishing with a carbonic acid note.

M- The medium-light mouthfeel is followed by a tight scrubbing fizz and no alcohol heat until it warms a bit and then it is just a gentle alcohol warming.

O- The nice fruity esters and bright juicy hops are really supported by the dry crisp finish. The fizz and citra finish is a great combination and the alcohol is really well hidden. Without a label I would have called this an IPA or Imp IPA not a wheatwine. But no matter what you label it, it was tasty.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2011 21:30:24 | More by rhoadsrage
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Jason

Massachusetts

3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml brown bottle, corked and caged.

The head does not lack at all, towering actually and rising above the rim. Slightly hazed pale orange amber glow when put to the light. Delicate perfumey aroma of raw honey, tropical fruit, wild flowers (lavender?) and a peppery alcohol. Smoothness is its middle name and with a body like that it runs pretty deep. Very bready with a thick malty start, dry though. A peppery flavor and fruitiness battle it out in the middle as the alcohol turns on the heat a bit. Yeast malt cake in the dry finish.

Of the maltier Wheatwines, a sipper for sure. I'd love to see what this beer tastes like in a year or more. Lovely now.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2010 01:06:50 | More by Jason
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corby112

Pennsylvania

2.45/5  rDev -39.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear dark copper color with golden orange edges and a massive 2.5 finger frothy off-white head that takes forever to settle into a lasting cap/ring. Chunks of soapy lacing left behind.

Earthy aroma with a floral/piny hop character along with sweet, leathery malt and booze in the nose. Perfume-like with a surprisingly strong resinous, oily hop character. I'm not picking up much wheat character just paler malts than would be found n a barleywine.

Medium bodied and slightly oxidized with tight carbonation up front and a prominent dry, earthy hop presence. Pretty bitter with lots of earthy pine and only faint citrus sweetness. Lots of heat and boozy sweetness with sweet malt notes underneath. Hints of caramel, toffee and dark fruit. Not as earthy, leathery as expected with a but more wheat character than the aroma suggests. Faint spice with some bready yeast and orange peel. The bitterness from the hops give this beer a bit of complexity but overall it's too boozy and a bit of a mess.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2011 07:38:14 | More by corby112
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Harvest Dance from Boulevard Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 583 ratings.