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Hop Harvest - Central Waters Brewing Co.

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88 Ratings
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Ratings: 88
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 12.99%


Brewed by:
Central Waters Brewing Co. visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  ABV ?

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-26-2009)
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.96/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

despite what the folks here say, this beer is wonderful. label must have changed this year, and maybe with it the recipe, because the critiques i read here do not seem at all valid to me. maybe i just got a really fresh one, i dont know, but i liked it a lot. pours clear golden color with a lacey and sticky white head with perfect retention. the smell is fresh hops, floral and oily, very little bitterness presents itelf. malt bill is light, pale and crystal malts, barely a crutch for the hops to lean on. flavor lines up with the nose, hoppy all the way through, but more it a light grassy to fruity way, rather than bitter at all. clean and bright in the finish, sessionable forever. this may be a little light for some american pale drinkers, but i found its fresh pep and light malt complex just right for a sunday afternoon of football. light light body, but big on flavor. strong but not overkill on the carbonation, and overall an impressive introduction to central waters brewing for me. wish i had more than one of these.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2013 21:11:08 | More by StonedTrippin
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facundoCNB

New Jersey

3.98/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a beautiful clean amber pour with 2 fingers of sticky off white head which caused great lacing. smells of pine, soap, caramel, grapefruit, peaches. a bitter piney hop flavor up front, changing into a floral hoppy taste, more piney bitterness follows and a sweet malty flavor/bitterness lingers in the back. medium body, creamy mouthfeel, nicely carbonated.

a very nice wet hopped ale. very piny, and bitter yet sweet and tasty! not bad by any means!

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2012 01:32:25 | More by facundoCNB
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sweethome

Illinois

4/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Central Waters is using fresh hops from Wsiconsin and the Midwest Hops and Barley Co-op. Glad to see that.

The pour is light amber to golden. Thick head has staying power. Provided some nice lace.

Nose is bit understated for style - grassy, a bit of carmel malt.

Entry is fairly full and builds out nicely. Flavor of carmel malts, floral, perfumey hops, grass. Snappy bitterness, but balanced beer. Biscuit flavor midmouth. I like the flavor profile of the hops. It is not a northwest "C" hop blast, but a unique Wisconsin indiginous flavor. Spicy and floral.

We need more of this type of beer! It is local and fresh. It brings local flavor to the market, delivered well. Nice effort.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2012 05:01:47 | More by sweethome
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RoamingGnome

Wisconsin

3.53/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22oz bottle into CBS snifter. Served chilled...

A) A deeper amber with a little haze. This had 2 fingers of foam, which settled quickly to a thin dusting. Good amount of lacing.

S) Mild aroma of grass, light flower petal, orange peel shavings. Faint sweetness in the background.

T) A very grassy flavor, earthy hops, lots of citrus bite, light malt sweetness attempts to balance this one out.

M) A lighter medium body, with moderate carbonation. The citrus zest lingers on the palate. It's a crisp brew with a slightly dry finish.

O) I was looking forward to trying this one out, and while it wasn't a total disappointment, it was not up to snuff in comparison to several other wet hop brews I've had the pleasure of drinking recently. On the plus side, there's nothing offensive about this beer, and it is pretty easy drinking. It was worth a try...

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2012 04:33:17 | More by RoamingGnome
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Florida9

Illinois

3.63/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: light copper color. Ever so slight haze. Forms a moderate bright white head. Very light lacing.

S: light, but bright. Light aroma of caramel malts, followed by bright citrus aroma. Grapefruit, with a little touch of lemon.

T: light toasty malts. Citrus hops,mostly grapefruit. A pleasant flavor, but very light.

M: on the lighter side of medium. Good, sparkly carbonation. Mild, but persistent bitterness comes across stronger than it is on the light body.

O: a nice beer. Very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2012 03:16:09 | More by Florida9
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

3.05/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 oz. bottle shared by nuplastikk. Thanks Greg!

The beer is mostly clear, with only a slight haziness, appearing orange to maber hued with a small white head. The aroma offers some tangy citrus, namely grapefruit amd orange. Lightly floral with an odd bitterness in the finish. Flavors don't work in tandem with one another. Light to medium in body. Overal, this was just eh...not a repeat for me.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2012 02:43:34 | More by Huhzubendah
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WastingFreetime

Wisconsin

3.23/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a hazy golden-amber color with two fingers of soapy head on top with remarkable stability for about three minutes and some very pretty patterns of lace left behind on the inside of the glass. Lighter body and crisp, sharp carbonation, perhaps a tad spritzy.

Smells and tastes of fresh, green, leafy hops with mostly herbal and grassy qualities, but not very much in terms of resinous or citric hopping, which makes the spectrum feel slightly unfinished overall. The malt backbone is a pretty standard pale / cracker combo. I would have preferred somewhat more complexity than this. It's a really good looker in the glass, though!

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2012 02:20:29 | More by WastingFreetime
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Andrew61923

California

3.15/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from bomber into Duvel tulip. Two separate pours, one out of fridge and one after sitting out for about a half hour. No real difference between the two in my eyes and palette.

A: Dark orange with a small white halo of head. Decent amount of particles in the pour. Not offputting, but nothing extraordinary here either.

S: For a wet hop, where are the hops? Trying really hard to find it, but I'm smelling a lot of earth and malt. No citrus, no pine. Disappointing based on expectations.

T: Same as smell. This may be a solid pale ale, but I'm picking up really nothing from the hops. I really had hoped for more, but it's certainly not a bad beer by any means.

M: May be the most solid part of the beer. Very easy drinking and palatable. If this wasn't in bomber form, I could see putting a number of these back without thinking twice about it.

O: I need to stop going into new beers with high expectations. No other way of putting it...I'm let down with this one.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2012 02:00:58 | More by Andrew61923
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johnkale

Wisconsin

3.73/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into a Sam Adams pint glass

A - pale amber, half inch of white head dissipates quickly, leaves some decent lacing

S - citrus and mango are predominant, a slight whiff of caramel and spearmint

T - clean, very clean, lemon zest along with more tropical flavors (mangoish), a bit of toasty malt, green apple and piney bitterness on the back end, caramel is more intense as it warms and apricot shows up too, really fun to keep sipping at

M - moderate carbonation, fairly light bodied, a little bit resinous in the finish

O - I like it, very drinkable and well balanced but I get the impression that CW is just trying to show off how restrained it can be using wet hops. I really wasn't expecting the subtlety of the flavors here, it takes a lot of mulling over. I'm sure it will leave a lot of hopheads disappointed and the nose was too subdued for me but still a great beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2012 05:44:22 | More by johnkale
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

4.15/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle poured into a Central Waters tulip.
No date or info.

A - Hazed through and through, light trickles into the beer shining it's deep golden orange color. A modest ivory head caps the beer briefly before retiring to a sudsy ring of foam with tiny fingers of lace creeping up the glass.

S - Central Waters' Hop Harvest has a juicy hop nose with ripe mango and pineapple, light notes of green apple, and a smooth trace of lemon citrus on the back end. Stiff caramel malt and grainy pale base build a sturdy foundation for the hoppy aroma.

T - The ripe mango and pineapple exotic fruitiness follows through to the flavor with a touch of resin and woodsy pine appearing along the finish. The beer's great balance can be attributed to the underlying sweet malty caramel and grainy pale flavors.

M - This Wisconsin wet-hop brew is quite smooth and medium-light bodied, evenly distributing balance with moderate bitterness and crisp carbonation finish for a complete wet-hop experience without additions of "green" impurities.

O - It's always exciting when Wisconsin brewers release beers brewed with Wisconsin ingredients. It gives me a sense of pride to drink such wonderful brews, and Central Waters' Hop Harvest is no different. This hop-forward-yet-balanced pale ale showcases some of the west-coast style hop characteristics while maintaining a beer that can be easily drank all the way through.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2012 00:48:08 | More by BeerFMAndy
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

amber liquid quickly overcame the glass and made a huge head of white foam that quickly came down the sides of the glass. rich lacing covering everything in sight without an issue,

the aroma was classic nw pale with a deep resin filled hop profile that filled the air. deep piney hops and hints of biscuit filled malts are all over the place here, really just leaving a tremdously big profile in its wake. incredible feel as it was nearly full bodied but with huge carbonation. nice bite of hops up front melts into a smooth and even malt profile and a sublimly dry finish

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2011 06:08:50 | More by mikesgroove
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Lemke10

Wisconsin

3.65/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I bought a 22oz. bottle from Star Liquor Store in Ashland, WI in Spring 2011. for $4.99.

Pours a mostly clear golden yellow color with a fluffy head. Has a mild scent of hops and other grassy scents. Flavor is crisp and mildly hoppy. They don't go overkill with the hops, just enough to give a crisp refreshing taste. Texture is smooth but just a tad too thin for me. The use of Wisconsin grown hops and barley give this APA a different type of taste not easily duplicate with other beers. Finishes crisp with a slight dryness. Something to try once for the Fall season, but that's about it.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2011 05:57:12 | More by Lemke10
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ZAP

Minnesota

3.1/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not what I was expecting I guess. More of a fruity, almost english style pale ale. The fresh hops are not real assertive and the maltiness of this beer carries the action.

With that said this is a nice drinker...really a unique maltiness with some sugar cookie and a little toffee as well....impression is a little earthy but also has some fruity notes from the hops (sweet apples, and ripe pears) along with some floral notes on the nose..

Body is light side of medium. Light golden color...decent enough but not a hop bursting creation.

I could drink this again but could also live without it.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2010 06:20:33 | More by ZAP
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drpimento

Wisconsin

2.6/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Not a bad beer but not something that lives up to its promise. Poured with a nice, white, foamy, frothy medium sized head that lasts for a while and some lace. Color is a clear amber. Nose is malt, beer, cereal. Flavor is similar with the hops nothing more than noticable. Body is decent and so is carbonation. Finish is like flavor but diminishes from little to flat generic.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2010 00:28:01 | More by drpimento
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klikger

Wisconsin

3.45/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bomber served in a standard pint glass

A - Light & sparkling, quality lacing which makes up for the lack of head

S - Honey, lemon, floral hops

T - Lager yeast and fresh grains --> loads of honey and caramel --> floral hops and more malt on the finish

M - Light to medium-bodied; gets syrupy

D - Too sweet & not enough hops to make me come back for more

This is a solid beer, but I expect more from a fresh hop ale, especially from Central Waters. Worth trying, but not writing home about.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2010 14:19:53 | More by klikger
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MasterSki

Illinois

3.55/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased at Steve's in Madison. Served in a Leinenkugel pint glass.

A - Two fingers of creamy white foam that settles to a thick cap and some solid glass-coating lace. Transparent golden body, lots of visible bubbles rising upwards.

S - Very earthy, zesty, and herbaceous hop notes, some notes of soap, and a hefty sugary crystal malt backbone. Reminds me a little of Sierra Nevada Estate, but a little better and less catty.

T - Taste is more malt-forward with light grain and sugar, with a bit of citrus hop and very light bitterness in the finish. Just kind of boring.

M - Zesty carbonation, but not harsh. Medium-light body, with a sticky and lightly oily finish. Could use more dryness.

D - There's not ABV listed, but I'm guessing this is pretty light. Very easy to finish, but ultimately forgettable.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2010 16:28:42 | More by MasterSki
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hawks10

Illinois

3.68/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz brown bottle poured into my Central Waters pint glass...

Pours a clear golden amber with two fingers of meringue-like white head. Leaves some nice lacing behind...

Rather muted aroma of grain and some earthy hops. Not that bright citrus or piny hop aroma you expect from most other Harvest Ales...Although there is a shortage of hops in the nose, the beer smells crisp and fresh...

Smooth, crisp, grainy with some grassy, earthy bitterness. A touch of sweetness up front cuts into the mild hop presence, there is a slight lingering bitterness...

Light to medium bodied with decent carbonation. Highly drinkable, smooth and crisp. Taste is fresh, clean and simple. There is a slight lingering bitter aftertaste...

Not what I have come to expect from Harvest Ales (especially if looked at next to Broo Doo or Founders Harvest). The beer actually resembles a Pilsner to me more than an APA, what the beer lacks in up front hop presence, it makes up for with simplicity, freshness and is an overall clean and easy drinking beer...

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2010 22:29:19 | More by hawks10
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crossovert

Illinois

3.83/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

650ml bomber.

It pours a nice clear gold with a bright white head.

The nose is subtle, mild and grassy.

The flavor is malty with a hint of citrusy and grassy hops.

The mouthfeel is smooth and it goes down easy.

It is a basic, basic beer, a good session beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2010 05:22:18 | More by crossovert
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pweis909

Wisconsin

3.58/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle 22 oz bottle. Appearance is yellow with soft white head that is not very persistent. For a beer that calls attention to its hops, this beer is rather malt forward. The aroma smells of grainy pilsner malt, with only a tickle of hop spicyness. The flavor delivers what the aroma promises. The sweet grainy malt is reminiscent of European lagers than an American pale ale. Don't get me wrong; I love this malt character. The beer just doesn't deliver on the proise converyed by the name "Hop Harvest." The hops carry little aroma, and perhaps more could be used in a bittering capacity, but they do contribute a cattiness that helps cut through the sweetness of the malt. They also may be responsible for delivering a slight astringency to the finish, which cuts through a viscous initial mouth feel.

In all, it is an interesting beer. It comes across to me as a pilsner-like ale with some cattiness from American hops. It would benefit from having more hop aroma and perhaps a bit more bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2010 16:38:05 | More by pweis909
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cdkrenz

Wisconsin

3.7/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pale coper colored body with a decent hea. It leaves a nice subtle lacing as well.

S - I'm not all that conviced that this brew is gonna knock my socks off just by the aroma. While the name, Hop Harvest implies to me this is gonna be a well hopped brew, the scent doesn't reflect that thought. It has a slight aroma of leafy, grassy and floral hops.

T - The flavor here is good. Mainly malt with hints of leafy and grassy hops. The sweet malt flavor supercedes the hops but doesn't kill them.

M - Watery and crisp, just as I would expect from a ripe American Pale Ale.

~ This is a sessionable brew. One I would certainly suggest to friends. It would be nice to see the Central Waters original on tap throughout Wisconsin. But only if Happy Heron can't be.

Serving type: on-tap

09-26-2010 15:22:21 | More by cdkrenz
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orbitalr0x

Illinois

3.9/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First off, really cool that this is brewed with all Wisconsin barley and hops!

Pours into my glass a sunrise yellow/orange with a creamy white head and good clarity throughout. Aromas start with a crisp, slightly toasted grain along with some earthy, herbal hops. Fruity with a touch of pine as well.

First sip brings a smooth, semi-sweet crisp grain malt body upfront that cavorts with fruity notes and a nice kick of herbal, earthy hop tones. Pine swirls along with a well balanced bitterness on the way down. Solid.

Mouthfeel is smooth and easy drinking. Good carbonation makes this a thirst quencher. Overall, a solid, well balanced brew that uses all local ingredients. Cheers to Cental Waters and their push for sustainability, I wish them only continued success.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2010 01:06:01 | More by orbitalr0x
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Wisconsinality

Wisconsin

3.4/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bomber into imperial pint.

A- A light golden straw color that has a little haze to it. A decent pour yields about a finger's worth of heady that is pillowy and leaves a nice little cap on the beer. Minimal lacing is left behind.

S- Faint hops and almost a sugary sweetness. Really nothing much else to speak of.

T- The hops are a bit more pronounced than in the nose but not by much. The malt doesn't lend that much in way of flavor and there is a little bit of a grass note in there as well.

M- Medium bodied with light carbonation. No real bitterness but the beer almost has a grainy feel to it.

D- I am guessing that this beer isn't very high but still I wouldn't have more than a bomber of this stuff. Seems kind of stale and really, nothing about it stands out to me. I would try one of CW's other better offerings.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2010 02:33:36 | More by Wisconsinality
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Mora2000

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Cavie for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours straw colored with a white head. The aroma is grassy with some corn and caramel. The flavor is corn husk and caramel malt. Not too much hop character, especially for a fresh hop beer. Medium mouthfeel and low carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2010 00:04:53 | More by Mora2000
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drizzam

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to my beer loving friends JDostal and Mike for this bottle!

A - Poured from the brown bomber into a clear pint glass. The body of this brew is a nearly crystal clear yellow/gold color topped with a bright white head. Head retention was decent and left a nice curtain of lacing down the inside of my glass.

S - Kind of a sweet smelling malt body with hints of citric hops in the background. Doesn't smell very hoppy.

T & M - The taste is certainly hoppier than the nose would have suggested. To me, the hops seem both earthy and grassy. The malts that I smelled in the nose are actually on the low end taste wise but help to balance out the hop kick. Light to medium bodied and finishes with a slight hop aftertaste. Carbonation is on the very low end.

D - A pretty decent example of an APA. Seems like this beer has been hit or miss in the reviews, I'm wondering if some people got a bad bottle, because this one was pretty decent to me.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2010 21:15:51 | More by drizzam
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kevman914

New Jersey

2.6/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bland ale. Enticing color, fairly crisp finish, but the flavor is just not there. Not bad, but not at all recommended.

Caveat: One of the recent reviewers mentioned a two-finger head. My bottle might be stale (despite my purchasing it within 120 mi of the brewery) because my pour had virtually no head whatsoever.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2010 04:31:45 | More by kevman914
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Hop Harvest from Central Waters Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 88 ratings.