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Harvest Pale - Castle Rock Brewery

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Ratings: 31
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 16.48%
Wants: 3
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Bitter |  3.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: GreenCard on 06-21-2005

English Golden Ale
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Ratings: 31 | Reviews: 19
Reviews by Zimbo:
Photo of Zimbo
4.03/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fine hoppy nose and golden to the eye with some fine gently beading that is constant and persistent. Leaves some super lacing.
Quenching ,clean, balanced and quenching firm hop attack. Supple backbone, not too taut, and just gets better with every sip. Beautiful. Love it.
ABV is 4.3% which is more than the cask version but still an example of what can be achieved without double the alcohol. Hope everyone is listening. Tastes more potent than that too.
Looking at the other reviews it is obvious that this is not getting the loving (as Champion beer of Britain) it deserves.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Squelch
2.1/5  rDev -41.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Appearance: Hazy, no head. Not appetizing

Smell: nothing. nothing at all

Taste: astringent. no hops, no malt. uninteresting

Mouthfeel: medium light bodied. best part of this beer.

Drinkability: not going to try again. This isn't on the same caliber as some of the other more popular british bitters.

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Three hand-pulled pints for Sunday lunch on 18 Nov 2012 @ The Wrekin Inn, Wellington, Shropshire. Completely different drink to the bottled version: this is miles better.

Pours the pale golden colour you'd expect with a good head that stays.

Great blend of flavours give the beer a slightly maltier feel than hoppy, although there is a dry bitter finish from the hops that takes over two thirds of the way through each gulp.

Very, very easy to drink (hence my three pints) and leaning towards sweet; it suits my taste buds nicely. Good body depth and I can now understand how it got to win its various awards.

Photo of rarbring
3.62/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer is light gold/straw colored, a white small head that leaves good lacing.

The smell is sweet and citric. Toffee, lime, grape-fruit and some grass.

The taste has very low sweetness, some biscuit, is very fruity, fresh apples, grape-fruit.

Medium high carbonation, a small body, nice dry finish.

A nice, and unexpected citric and fruity bitter. At Oliwer Twist.

Photo of GreenCard
3.7/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tasted at The Vat and Fiddle Freehouse (adjoining the brewery itself)...

Appearance: light gold, great clarity, fine-beaded creamy cap (like a nitro-served beer), big-time lace all the way to the bottom of the empty glass

Aroma: fruity, piney, grapefruity, floral, light maltiness, very fresh/potent bouquet

Flavor: dryish malt base, slight acidity, lime peels, leafy soapy bitterness, finishes dry with a long-lingering bitterness at the back and sides of the tongue

Mouthfeel: light body, crisp but soft texture, low-to-no carbonation, a bit astringent

Other comments: This was exactly what I was in the mood for at the time I tried it (a crisp, bitter, thirst-quencher), so I may have scored it higher than I would have normally. Ce la vie!

Photo of ongravity
4.75/5  rDev +32.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Served on gravity from the cellar of the Palmerston Arms Peterborough Cambs

Pale gold open head that did lace the glass

Fruited syrup with a touch of citrus

Best flavour I have had from this something extra in the malts really outstanding

Better than average but the cellar man got everything out of this pint

Good English bitter 3.8% abv great session beer

Photo of bark
3.97/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The liquid is clear; the colour is very pale gold. The finger thick head is white.

The smell is light. Notes of roses, white bread and a hint of yeast.

The taste is first light. Hints of roses and flowers. Fresh and light bitter hoppy flavours that reminds me of orange candy. The aftertaste is light with some bitterness and brewers yeast. Malt candy in the finish.

Light carbonation, small fresh bubbles.

A highly drinkable beer with a fine balance.

Photo of ToasterChef
4.87/5  rDev +36%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Reviewed from my notes. Served on cask at the NERAX @ Novare event. Of the 32 beers, meads and ciders served at the event, I had 17, and this was my favorite. I can easily understand how this took home the top prize at GBBF 2010.

It is a clear straw colored liquid with a big white bubbly head. It looks great in my 10oz mini-Imperial pint.

The nose is made up of grassy bitter hops. There is a sweetness as well that has notes of honey. It smells great, near perfect.

The flavor has clean malts and a yummy bitterness that isn't overpowering. This is definitely not an American west coast pale ale! It tastes exactly how I wanted a true English bitter to taste. It was a refreshing and welcome change from most of the pales we get here and a great contrast to the cask'd Oskar Blues Dale's Pale I had the night before.

The body is light and carbonation is low. There is some coating with a bit of stickiness. The mouthfeel is the least impressive aspect of this beer, but is still above average.

I think this beer is oh so drinkable. I could sit next to this cask and order this one ale all night. I made a point to get another glass of this before the festival ended. This is an exceptional beer that is worth seeking out. I hope to come across it again some day.

Photo of cypressbob
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On cask locally

Pours with a yellowy body, small but dense creamy head, good retention

Smell, slightly musty, little bit of a hop aroma but very slight, some tea like aromas.

Taste, very dry flavour, some grapefruity hops but its not that hops that I have the problem with, its the overly lasting dryness with very little flavour. Some malt noticable too

A pretty average pale ale, poor mouthfeel lets this beer down

Photo of StJamesGate
3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Shined gold with plenty of fizz and a loose lagery head that webs crazily. Husky grain nose with spicy, orange rind hops, plus a bit of must.
Sharp cut hay malts with a touch of melon and harsh lemon seed hops.
Honey-herb cough drop finish and astonishingly long bitter linger. Light, crisp, dry.

Lagery crispiness and hop bite combine for a profoundly dry, almost harsh ale, almost like no crystal was used. Fruit salad comes out as it warms while getting rounder and sweeter, but still unbalanced. A lean, bitter blonde.

Photo of Hoppsbabo
3.83/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Straw coloured body. Lots of bubbles rising up the glass. Decent white head.
S: Saaz like hops, and almost a bit plasticy. Nice though.
T: Hmm, has a lager like assertiveness. Interesting grapey bubblegum in the finish. And some banana too, could that be the wheat? Nice hoppy earth as well. Dry as a bone. Way too bitter.
O: Not great but I'm sure it shines on cask.

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.09/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The first beer I had at the Atlanta Cask Ale Tasting- an event I appreciate very much for the care they take in preparing and serving the casks. A healthy pour on this one, so I settled into a nook to enjoy and take notes. Pours a very pale golden with a light bubbly head, fairly typical. Nice clarity in the pour. Very pleasant nutty and grainy aromas while not being overbearing- this beer's best feature. The taste picks up bit of that nuttiness, but loses some of the grain and finishes with a moderately pronounced herbal bitterness. More on the subtle side overall, but with a somewhat surprising bitterness for the overall body- but not unpleasant at all. A very nice session brew that I would happily quaff at my local.

Photo of Brabander
3.18/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I got this beer from Jeremy (BlackHaddock) when we met on the Essen Christmasbeerfestival in Belgium. Thanks for this beer man!

Poured in my Struise glass the beer looks good and promising. A big nice broken white head and a golden yellow fluid with decent carbonation.

The smell gives a small hint of what to expect. Dry and bitter hopped beer, a bit too much for me. Overall decent but not spectacular.

Photo of Wobbly
4.28/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Very good, traditional English bitter. A real treat.

Photo of gtn80
3.9/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served at Novare Res's Caskfest.

Aroma is very floral hops.

The front end mouthfeel of this beer is really thin. Part of that might be my lack of exposure to the lower carb levels of cask beer.

The flavor up front is pretty thin as well, but the backend is delicious, nice bready malts and some hop bitterness.

This is a tremendous session beer.

Photo of Malt_Man
2.63/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.5

Served cool from 500ml bottle into pint mug.

L) Crystal clear, lager-type medium amber. A few bubbles coming up. Thin white bubbly film.

S) Hmmm - rubbery. Not appetising. Hints of honey as it warms up.

T) Well, the taste follows the smell, rubbery hops and bitterness, with hints of honey on the finish.

F) Cool and smooth, muted carbonation. No faults here.

O) I can't recommend this one when nearly every other ale on the supermarket shelf simply tastes better.

Photo of flyingpig
3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bright orange to golden amber colour with a nice, two fingers tall head that is bubbly and leaves some lacing on the side of the glass as well. This one looks quite lively.

Sweet but quite light on the nose, there is some nice gentle hops and a touch of floral notes to go with some grass and a little citrus too. Not a whole lot going on really but nothing off-putting or offensive either.

Sweet medium strength bitterness shinning through, there is some floral flavours and some grassy hops too along with some bread and malts towards the end. Again nothing overly complex but quite nicely done and enjoyable too.

Smooth, medium bodied and wet to begin with, it has medium to high carbonation with a very slightly dry in the finish.

Light tasting beer with a good balance and very good drinkability, one of the nicest things about the beer is the palate and how easy it was to finish. It's a good beer and one I'd have again.

Photo of wl0307
3.08/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Purchased at the Waitrose supermarket, this 4.3%abv., filtered bottle version comes in a slim brown glass bottle, BB 17/05/2012, served cool in a straight imperial pint glass.

A: pours a pale golden hue with very light carbonation and a fluffy off-white head that retreats gradually and leaves dirty lacing behind.
S: lightly buttery, grassy, burned sugar-cane-ish sweet malty, with a touch of boiled root vegetable in the background; a swirl would bring out a bit more citric hop fruitiness but nothing substantial here. Very different from the cask version and it obviously carries some negative influence lent by pasteurisation process, I believe.
T: lightly fizzy, the foretaste is fruity, rather spicy bitter against a very thin malty backbone, turning increasingly dry as the sweeter edge of maltiness sets in, resulting in an interesting aftertaste that scores both in grassy+citric bitterness and in lightly caramely-buttery maltiness, somewhat contrasting really.
M&D: the carbonation remains moderate and not too much, yet the mouthfeel overall is not smooth and this feeling is reinforced by the somewhat clashing flavour between the extremely dry-bitter edge and boiled-yum like malty edge. This lightly-flavoured, light-bodied bottled version simply cannot compare with the original cask version, I’m afraid.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.45/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Dispensed a light yellow body, essentially clear, with a white, sudsy head.

Smell: Sweet-scented golden barley, faintly floral, and a very low fruitiness giving a hint of a thin white wine.

Taste: Gently malted barley, only ever lightly sweet. Mild hint of fruit. Calm, restrained hop character giving light tastes of citrus, florals, and moist lawn. Subtly bitter. The herbal quality ramps up approaching and beyond the dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Lightly carbonated.

Overall: There's a lightness in all its qualities, though it's easily drinkable providing for decent refreshment.

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Harvest Pale from Castle Rock Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 31 ratings.