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Schlafly Hop Harvest Ale - The Schlafly Tap Room

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Schlafly Hop Harvest Ale
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BA SCORE
87
very good

40 Ratings
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Ratings: 40
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 11.76%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
The Schlafly Tap Room visit their website
Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: maxpower on 12-31-2002)
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Photo of MOShepp
4.68/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

My first trip to the brewery. They were cleaning out the mash tun and the whole place smelled great. Had this on tap, small head, clear golden copper with some lacing.

Aroma was nice with cascade hops, fruity and floral.

Taste was a surprise. I was expecting a bitter hop bomb, but it was a smooth hoppy beer exploding with grapefruit. Drenched with hop oils that left a smooth light bitterness through a long aftertaste. It's all about fresh hops.

Very smooth and very drinkable. They new how to use these hops to there fullest. A great tribute to a fresh hop beer.

MOShepp, Oct 31, 2009
Photo of MJR
4.6/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Reviewed from a growler.

Pours a glowing amber with heavy yeast and hop sediment. It's medium, sticky tan head holds well and leaves a lot of lacing. The aroma is extremely fresh and fragrant with tons of just-picked Cascade hops over a thick and sweet foundation of caramelly, bready malt. That Cascade freshness carries over into the flavor, with lots of grapefruit and pine. Strong backbone of toasted bread, and caramel malt. The body is medium-thick, with a touch of dryness on the finish. This already tasty brew got better and better towards the end of the growler as all the sediment that had settled out added more body, smoothness, and hop flavor. A remarkably solid harvest ale.

MJR, Sep 21, 2003
Photo of tavernjef
4.6/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Recieved through 'Growler it Forward' - Clear Growler with a small handle just big enough for a pinky, gotta hold on tight to pour this one. Has a nice brownish copper glowing color with a large ivory puffed head of soft styrofoam that sits like a king on a thrown, simmering down slowly to a nice haze on top and tons of lace in thin sticky sheets and spots. Smell is quite fresh and warm, full of flower hop cones right off the vine lending solid fresh pine with floral greenness and some light grapefruit; toasty caramel malt backing is just right, letting the hops take charge as they should with this lovely fresh-hop IPA. Taste is smooth and wonderfully hopped, warm, soothing, fresh, invigorating, nice calm pineyness thats very easy to handle, bitterness is mellow and fresh with light lingering notes of floral qualities, lighter grapefruit and more pineyness. Malt backing keeps a well balanced palate with a nice toastyness thats bread doughy sweet adding oomff to the hoppy pine, a nice mix. Feel is lightly creamy and has a solid medium body with a super fine easy mellow piney finish that becomes drying and has a lasting fresh piney lingering in the back of the mouth and throat. Incredibly drinkable, super smooth and calm, warm and soothing, goes down with ease as you continue to want more. A good quality to have in any IPA thats as tasty as this.

Big thanks to MJR for sending this out and to Stegmakk for starting the Gr.I.F.!

tavernjef, Sep 27, 2003
Photo of feloniousmonk
4.6/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pale orange, closer to apricot in color, with a big, blooming head, thick and luscious...inviting aromatics, even from the table...time to pull in for a closer inspection...ah, that's nice! Fresh, glorious hoppitude! Bare, bright citrus and tropical fruits, lemon, pineapple, banana, even, grapefruit, some floral feel and a touch grassy and herbal, as well. This is the stuff!
But, to taste...ooo! Big citric bite up front, a bit of bitterness, a taste of tart, then all mellows and is smooth and lovely! ...rinse, repeat...very resfreshing, satisfying, delcious! Each swallow urges another, each encounter on the tongue urges admiration! This is damned tasty!
(just noticed I've been over-doing it on the exclamation points...sorry, I'll try to reign it in a bit...)
There's a palpability to the mouthfeel, juicy, fruity sensation that just won't quit. If you're no friend of flavor, stay away from this one, you won't like it. Leave it for the rest of us who do like our beers to taste like something, and in this case, something terrifically good...!

big thanks to MJR for this growler!

feloniousmonk, Oct 28, 2004
Photo of 1fastz28
4.53/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

looks really good again reporting from the taproom once again

smell is fantastic a wonderful boquet of hops and lemon

taste is awesome surprisingly smooth and easy to drink, very good match with my fish and chips

mouthfeel is nice and warm

drinkability is good aswell

1fastz28, Oct 24, 2008
Photo of MacStinson
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

MacStinson, Nov 15, 2013
Photo of zeff80
4.4/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a clear, orange color with gold highlights. It had a one-finger, off-white head of thick foam. It had nice retention and left some lace.

S - It smelled of citrus and tons of grapefruit with mild pine. It smelled of sweet caramel, too.

T - Great grapefruit flavor with orange and other tropical fruit flavors. Very nice burnt toast maltiness. Just enough hop bitterness to balance it all out.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied beer with a dry finish.

D - This is a really good IPA. I'm glad my friend scored me a growler of this.

zeff80, Oct 01, 2010
Photo of AlCaponeJunior
4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

tan in color with a slight haze, nice head and nice lacing for a cask serving. I'm already in anticipation!

The smell and taste are oh so hoppy, great job on this one. There's a nice earthy, pungent component and a good subtle wood flavor.

Body is medium and so smooth from the cask, this stuff is superbly drinkable and tasty as hell. If you're at the taproom this is a must-try selection.

AlCaponeJunior, Nov 05, 2011
Photo of Cresant
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Received a 20 oz. tulip pint. This offering was part of the Lupulin Land Harvest Hopcoming at the New Albanian Brewing Co. The body was a brilliant cantaloupe orange color with a modest head. Some sticky lace remained.

Smell was muffled by the smoky surroundings. Floral. Pine. Citrus.

Taste was Wow. Ruby red grapefruit. Pineapple. Sweet, but not cloying. Hops oil but moderate bitterness. Interesting. I would drink this regularly if I could. Website says the hops used are Cascade.

Mouthfeel was smooth. Medium bodied with mild/medium carbonation. Solid all around.

Cresant, Oct 23, 2008
Photo of csmalley
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

csmalley, Dec 21, 2013
Photo of TwelveOunces
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

TwelveOunces, Nov 17, 2013
Photo of AtLagerHeads
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very fine IPA rendition in the over-hopped American style. Lovely appearance with a strongly hazed orange-hued beauty with a big head and heavy lacing. Truly a great looking beer. The nose follows with tons on citrus hops in evidence. The flavor is just great, hoppy to be sure, you'll never miss that, but, boy, does this brew do a great job of punctuating the malt base with lovely and balanced hopping claiming that it is "dry-hopped ...with freshly picked Cascade hops flown in overnight from Hop Union in Yakima, Washington."

Whatever the hopping method what we have here is a fine brew with great flavor, nice feel, and good drinkability. I'll have another, please.

AtLagerHeads, Sep 17, 2003
Photo of davet100
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

davet100, Dec 31, 2013
Photo of maxpower
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy orange-copper in color, nice and big off white head that leaves a sticky lacing in the glass, citrus-piney fresh cascade hoppy aroma. Loaded hop flavor with with just enough malt to balance this hop monster out, medium to full bodied with a full and sticky mouthfeel, good stuff.

maxpower, Oct 01, 2003
Photo of climax
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It came slightly chilled with a perfectly even cap of foam, it looked the part. Head retention was excellent and the copper hue sunk leaving notches of lace all the way down.

As far as IPA's go, it was subtle, but the flavors were there and the balance of sweet and bitter was solid. Fleeting hints of late season spiciness accompanied a slightly citrusy and floral hop profile were appreciated.

Despite the thick and creamy feel, the beer just went down like water on a hot day. The carbonation added nothing more than a fuzz around the edges, nothing could distract from the smoothness.

The drinkability is fantastic, you may not get the edge of an IPA, but the bitterness is there.

climax, Oct 17, 2011
Photo of brewerburgundy
4/5  rDev +2.3%

brewerburgundy, Feb 13, 2014
Photo of anhigdon
4/5  rDev +2.3%

anhigdon, Nov 15, 2013
Photo of jmvecchio1
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours out a light golden hue with medium to high carbonation that leaves some light lacing around to top. The beer is very aromatic and has a fresh and fruity (almost peach like) ester to it. It’s very much an American IPA by style and is a real pleasure to smell (thanks to that wet hopping). The taste is light with a slight hop bittering finish. Given the amazing aroma, we thought this beer would have a more powerful flavor profile, but it’s rather light tasting. Overall, the beer is very refreshing to drink and is easily sessionable for an IPA drinker.

jmvecchio1, Jul 16, 2011
Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Taking full advantage of the recent harvest season, Schlafly doesn't wait on the hops to be prepped for long-term storage. They get them fresh-plucked from the field and enshrine them in all their fresh glory in their Hop Harvest Ale!

Pouring a deep golden and light amber hue, the beer carries the signature dry-hopped haze and floats a creamy blanket of foam. Strongly withstanding, the beer continues to impress with breaking rings of lace.

Its bright aromas captivate the nose with its bright citrusy tone. Grapefruit and orange are obvious. But a deeper sniff reveals more tropical and earthy tones- mangoes, apricots, pineapples all bleed into a grassy, herbal and chivy note. All of that dances on a floor of light caramel and light bread crust.

To taste, its sweeter influences take hold early. its medium malty sweetness is lightly of honey, caramel and toasted bread. As the hoppy flavor force a balance in the middle, it does so with acidic fruit noted of pink grapefruit, freshly zested oranges, the pulp of tropical fruits and its juicy grassiness. Trailing with fading sweetness and ripening bitterness, the beer finishes with that grassy-turn-piney taste that cripsens up its finish nicely.

Medium on the palate, the beer's early malt sweetness and grain starchiness is short lived as the beer favors hop dryness thereafter. It goes from sweet support to crisp dryness in a hurry as its closure goes fruity, then grassy, then with deep pine resins.

Without being the most hop-forward IPA/Pale Ale, it really gives the beer enthusiast something to celebrate that typical IPAs can't give. it had that special grassy (chlorophyll) flavor that assists the fruit and earth without distraction.

BEERchitect, Nov 24, 2013
Photo of IpeeA
4/5  rDev +2.3%

IpeeA, Dec 11, 2013
Photo of redfox405
4/5  rDev +2.3%

redfox405, Dec 29, 2013
Photo of target88
4/5  rDev +2.3%

target88, Dec 10, 2013
Photo of hooliganlife
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pour is light orange and copper with a light haze. fluffy head and great lacing. nice retention.

light hops and light malts, slight hop bitterness. needs something more

light fresh hop oil flavors. very earthy with a slight citrus bitterness. malts are a bit too dominant and very noticeable at the finish.

nice light carbonation and a light body

this is a good harvest ale and maybe my favorite beer from schlafly in general, at least it rivals their best.

hooliganlife, Oct 11, 2009
Photo of barczar
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a brilliant deep golden with a frothy cream head that lingers.

Muted citrus, resin, fresh cut grass, and onion form the aroma. Pine and catty hops add complexity.

Caramel malt, with a hint of sweetness, forms the subtle backbone, supporting minty, oniony, catty hops, with a lightly bitter, resiny finish. Grapefruit pith underlies the body. There's a bit of lemon present.

Body is on the light side, with moderate carbonation and a crisp finish. The alcohol is well hidden.

Onion overwhelms the aroma, but a well constructed beer. Not overly bitter, which works for me. Decent complexity.

barczar, Nov 25, 2013
Photo of Moses_Malone
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Moses_Malone, Nov 22, 2013
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Schlafly Hop Harvest Ale from The Schlafly Tap Room
87 out of 100 based on 40 ratings.