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Outdoor Harvest Ale - Ithaca Beer Company

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Outdoor Harvest Ale
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86
very good

48 Ratings
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Ratings: 48
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 12.99%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Ithaca Beer Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.90% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: israel on 09-18-2008)
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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

beerfinder, Dec 03, 2013
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4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Cole's last night.Poured a somewhat hazed lighter copper color with well defined 1/2 finger white head atop.Lightly toasted doughy aromas with faint grassy hops in the nose,the cascades are a little subdued.I loved the fresh malty flavors of the beer,somewhat grainy and dough-like with mild sweetness,the cascades came into play in the finish lending some grassy-pine notes.It tasted as fresh as all get out,although Iam a hophead it was the malt flavors that made me really like this beer.

oberon, Oct 02, 2012
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whatname, Nov 04, 2012
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3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear toasted straw color with a small but dense white head that left a nice ring and some sticky lacing on the glass. The aroma is not super strong; it has a bready characteristic with some light grapefruit hops. Nice aroma just not that strong. The taste has more of a hop presense; there is some grapefruit with a touch of resin. This is paired with a bready malty that has some light fruity notes and honey. The feel is moderate with enough carbonation to give it an edge; finishes bitter. For a "harvest" or "wet" hop ale, this is quite tame. I expected to get a blast of fresh buddy hops but the flavor was subdued which brought out the bitter aspect of the hop, though it is really not that bitter. Much better "harvest" APA's out there.

Gmann, Oct 23, 2010
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3/5  rDev -22.1%

logicalparadox, Nov 20, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

GreesyFizeek, Sep 14, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

fmccormi, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of david18
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is their Wet Hop ale and it was very good.

Good pale color with a very good but not overwhelming hop aroma. Carbonation is very good, a little fizzy, and the flavor and mouthfeel are great. I'm not a huge fan of this brewery but this is one of my favorites.

david18, Oct 01, 2009
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3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

64oz swingtop growler. filled nov 22/09 at consumers in buffalo, sampled nov 25th.

pours crystal clear deep yellow with a huge fluffy off-white head. the head drops very slowly and leaves a thick and intricate pattern of lace as it falls.

aroma is good. light alcohol. whole wheat bread and biscuit. bit of cracker. big hoppy nose. floral and slightly grassy. earthy. light orange, grapefruit, and piney notes in the background. touch of caramel.

taste is nice. a touch of caramel sweetness. bit of honey. grassy and slightly floral hops. earthy. light alcohol. medium-low bitterness level. whole wheat bread. bit of biscuit and cracker.

mouthfeel is good. light bodied. medium carbonation level.

drinkability is great. nice balance. fairly straightforward. tasty and enjoyable. i'd have liked a little more hop presence, even if it's just an APA and not an IPA, but enjoyed it none the less.

grub, Nov 26, 2009
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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

nh2032, Nov 17, 2011
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ROGUE16, Sep 17, 2013
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4.43/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a hazy golden color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is awesome! It has the freshest hop aroma of any beer I've ever had. It's refreshing and well balanced with a solid pale malt aroma. The taste is great! It has a very smooth pale malt flavor that takes a back seat to a very aggressive hop flavor. This is some hop experience. The freshness is outstanding. The mouthfeel is good. It is a medium/full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a damn good drinker. It's not an alcohol bomb. It's just a great APA; a perfect seesion beer for hop heads.

WesWes, Sep 27, 2008
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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Houser, Nov 04, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

JLapadura, Nov 27, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

LukeRfour, Dec 15, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

brez8791, Nov 04, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

timmy2b, Dec 08, 2013
Photo of IronLover
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale yellow in color with just the slightest haze. Poured with a short soapy white foam that quickly disappeared. Light, fresh citrus hop aroma upfront followed by resinous pine hops and a light malt sweetness beneath. Creamy smooth feel with subdued carbonation. Citus hop bite up front with a pine hop bitterness below from beginning to end. Hop character pretty much overwhelms any maltiness. Finishes cleanly with a lingering pine hop aftertaste.

IronLover, Nov 05, 2012
Photo of israel
4.58/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

according to their web-site this is a wet hopped beer.

A - copper in color with some golden hues through out the beer. Nice frothy head that sticks around and laces the sides of the glass nicely.

S - the aroma is heavenly with lots of fresh hop smell, but not overwhelming still some nice balancing going on there. Easy to pick out the cascade hops but they don't seem to have an enormous amount of citrusy punch to them which I like a lot.

T - the taste is so well balanced that its hard to really discern one attribute, but there are definitely hops there which seem to be the main attraction, as it should be, but not mouth puckering. an awesome east coast pale ale that rivals many other top notch beers in the same style,imo.

M - body is medium with a nice touch of carbonation and a really nice resinous after taste that coats the tongue and just begs to be washed away with another quaff.

D - The one thing that bums me out is the fact that this has to be a limited seasonal brew, but it just wouldn't work any other way. I'm need to get back to Ithaca and fill my growler up before its all gone, which probably won't take long.

israel, Sep 18, 2008
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

Freggs, Nov 03, 2012
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3/5  rDev -22.1%

thesarahfuller, Dec 08, 2011
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3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ithaca Outdoor Harvest Ale pours a dark golden color with a finger and a half of white head. Both retention and lacing are fair.

Although backed up by a crisp malt backbone, the aroma is mostly dominated by the hops. Some pine, and tons of grass and earthy aromas from the fresh hops.

The flavor is similar to the aroma, but I find it a little surprising how bitter it is. The malt once again hangs back, adding a bit of balance and sweetness. The hops are in the forefront, bringing lots of earthy and grassy flavors, but also hints of citrus and pine. The bitterness is tongue-lashing, a lot more potent than the edge that most fresh hop beers have. There is also just a touch of heat from alcohol in the finish, which might enhance my impression that the bitterness is pretty harsh.

The mouthfeel is oily and bitter-feeling, which as far as I'm concerned is pretty good.

I had a growler of this last year and liked it enough to get some more this year. I am a sucker for fresh hop beers though. I'd say only go for this one if you're in the mood for fresh hops paired with big bitterness.

Hojaminbag, Oct 29, 2010
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4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got it on tap at Blue Tusk in Syracuse, served in a mug.

A: Body is slightly hazy, light-honey in color. A 1-finger foamy white head settles on top, leaves behind good splotchy lace.

S: Smells like fresh hops: citrusy, with a touch of pine. Nose gets better as it warms (this is the 2nd consecutive beer I've had at Blue Tusk that I believe was served too cold).

T: Fresh, wet hops again - juicy and resiny citrus over a base of light, bready malt. Sweet oranges come to mind at times. Finishes with a touch of spice.

M: Resiny in feel, medium bodied.

D: Excellent if you like this sort of beer -- i.e., a fresh hop ale. I do, so I scored it accordingly.

Kendo, Oct 01, 2010
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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

lovindahops, Mar 29, 2013
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Outdoor Harvest Ale from Ithaca Beer Company
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