Hop Harvest - Central Waters Brewing Co.
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Reviews by Andrew61923:
3.15/5 rDev -11%
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.
11-14-2012 02:00:58 | More by Andrew61923
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4.15/5 rDev +17.2%
Pale gold, almost dried hay body with sticky and lasting khaki head. An odd one to review...as a wet hopped beer, I expected my nostrils to be pounded a little bit more by alpha acids but on the other hand, I appreciated the mellowness and sessionability of this largely subdued wet hopped brew... Aroma is about ¾ grassy hops with just touches of lemon and about ¼ toasty and caramel malts. The flavor is a nice balance of roasty/toasty malt, caramel, toasted nuts, and grassy/floral hop notes. Somewhat resinous. Very nice, but again not what I would have expected in a wet hopped beet. Bitterness is strong but not over the top. Body is smooth and light. Drinkability is superb. Ultimately, this beer compares to something like a really fresh bottle of Ale Asylum's Hopolicious more than it does to the typical wet hopped brew. But...I don't mind. This is a very well done beer, it's balanced with plenty to offer and no downside and at its price point I will be drinking a rather lot of it this month.
11-23-2009 16:41:09 | More by DaPeculierDane
3.13/5 rDev -11.6%
Purchased at Ray's Liquors in Wauwatosa, WI. Pours a light straw body with a thick puffy white head. Aroma is surprisingly faint. I can really only pick up a hint of sweet malt; disappointing. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation. Flavor is sticky sweet with a smooth, more subtle bitterness. Overall, not really bitter at all. This doesn't have the big hop flavor and aroma I would expect from a fresh hop ale, but passable as a decent APA.
11-27-2009 21:03:33 | More by blackearth
3.9/5 rDev +10.2%
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.
05-05-2010 01:06:01 | More by orbitalr0x
3.25/5 rDev -8.2%
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.
02-06-2010 00:04:53 | More by Mora2000
3.45/5 rDev -2.5%
Foggy toasted straw colored with a short rise of sticky and lacy beige froth.
For a wet-hopped beer, the nose is extremely closed. The malt comes through a bit with a toasty, semi-caramelized graininess. Hops are grassy, weak, and translucent..at best. A bit of quinine-esque, minerally bitterness comes out as it warms.
The malt rolls through the mouth with a healthy toastiness, and a subserviant caramel sweetness. A mixed bag of dry-roasted nuts is tossed in as well. Hops are louder in the mouth than they were in the nose, but still suffer from a washed-out sense of indistinctness. Here, they are generally grassy, with a discernable piney resinous quality, and some loose floral traits. Overall, it lacks the punch and clarity one associates with a fresh hop ale. Bitterness creeps up on the tail end-- evidenced by some minerally astringency-- but lacks the accompanying flavor.
The medium body is given rise with a steady, small-beaded CO2. There's a taut muscularity here, and it pushes itself down the neck.
As a Pale Ale, it's very solid (aside from the flatlined nose) and absolutely drinkable. But as a special release it seems all too commonplace.
11-11-2009 09:53:53 | More by cokes
3.65/5 rDev +3.1%
"Wisconsin grown barley and hand-picked hops make this beer one of a kind. We take pride in brewing this local product and supporting the farmers that make this possible. When you enjoy a Hop Harvest, rest assured that you are truly making a difference in this great state."
Appearance - poured into hopleaf tulip, rather pale straw-golden body, eggshell froth with minimal lacing
Smell: hops aren't overly aromatic - slightly grassy, a touch of lemongrass, pale malts
Taste - I guess this just isn't what I was expecting...it should be noted that I dig Central Waters but have never found any of their hop-centric beers to be worth of a repeat purchase. At $4.49 a bomber, this one was fairly priced and an immediate purchase. The hops just don't come through for something labeled as "Hop harvest" and "wet hopped". The flavor profile is very balanced (too balanced) and features a brilliant clean malt profile with no real hop profile at all - light lemongrass, faint citrus and no pine. As a hop-centric beer, a major disappointment. As a WI harvest brew, lovely.
Mouthfeel: light-medium body, very clean, very refreshing
10-29-2009 18:44:38 | More by dirtylou
3.2/5 rDev -9.6%
This beer reminded me of a tamer version of Founder's Harvest Ale. The two beers look identical with a pale golden color and one inch of white head that had good retention before settling to a thick cap. Just a little spotty lacing is left on the glass. Hop Harvest however has a very weak aroma. Just a faint hint of pine hops and sweet malt. Underwhelming. The flavor is more balanced than the Founder's offering only because the hops are much more toned down allowing some sweetness from the malt to come through. The hops give notes of pine and grass. There is a little soapiness that creaps in. Bitterness is moderate. The body is on the lighter side but has enough to carry the flavor. Carbonation is well matched. As I wrote earlier, seems the brewer was attempting to make a Founder's Harvest Ale clone. I did not particullarly care much for that beer either. This is a touch more balanced but does not show of the hops as well.
11-22-2009 23:22:08 | More by morimech
3.75/5 rDev +5.9%
Poured In: Tulip Glass
Appearance: Pours a perfectly clear golden hay and straw color. My aggressive pour leads to three fingers of head, but it dissipates quickly. The beer is slightly effervescent; there's a thin stream of bubbles continually making their way to the top of the glass. The lace is better than I was expecting, a few sheets of lace cover one hundred and eighty degrees of the glass.
Smell: The nose is leading me away from the name of the beer. It's called hop harvest, but I'm not getting much hop in the nose. It's mostly pale malt in the nose, with a little bit of earthiness from the hops.
Taste: The palate picks up more hops than the nose did, but I still think their holding back. The palate is mostly pale malt all the way through until the aftertaste comes in which some hop flavors come through. Until the aftertaste the hops seem to mostly be a bittering component. The aftertaste reveals some citrus and earthy notes including pine, grass, and just a dash of grapefruit.
Mouthfeel: The beer sits right at a medium body, with a crisp carbonation. I would have knocked down the carbonation just a tad myself, I think it would have made it a little more enjoyable to drink.
Drinkability: For an occasional offering it's rather forgettable. It's an easy to drink beer, and good as far as APA's are concerned, but I would have liked a higher hopped version of this using even more lovely Wisconsin hops.
11-29-2009 01:27:32 | More by Ek0nomik
3.53/5 rDev -0.3%
Looks nice enough, golden orange in a 22 oz. Spaten glass. Spongy head of medium sized bubbles. As it fades, there is a good amount of sudsy lacing around the edges.
For a wet hopped pale ale, I expected more. The aroma barely held a floral hint even suggesting hops. It was more husky barley than anything else.
The flavor is all earthy hop bitterness, grassy, woody, aspirin, some pale malt behind it. Fairly sessionable, but I feel this has already faded from it's optimum freshness. This seems more of a typical pale ale than anything at this point. Still medium bodied and sessionable, but lacking the fresh hops that may have defined it originally. For being only a month or so old, this beer was a disappointment.
12-01-2009 01:23:10 | More by emerge077
4.15/5 rDev +17.2%
22 oz bottle poured into a Central Waters tulip.
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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.
11-06-2012 00:48:08 | More by BeerFMAndy
4/5 rDev +13%
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
12-04-2011 06:08:50 | More by mikesgroove
4/5 rDev +13%
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.
12-12-2012 05:01:47 | More by sweethome
3.15/5 rDev -11%
poured from a 22oz bomber..it has a light gold color with very little head and minimal lacing really sub par in this area ..the smell is pine and grapefruit some malt and hops ..the taste is really just average for one of my top WI breweries the hops the malt the balance is just not here for a special release series.will not buy this one again and really did not feel like finishing the bomber so many other fresh hop offerings this fall ..this one comes up short
11-18-2009 22:45:48 | More by gatornation
3.33/5 rDev -5.9%
Poured from 22oz to snifter.
Appearance - Deep orange, poured with a 1 finger white foamy head. Head recedes rather quickly and leaves a slight lacing on the side of the glass.
Smell - Just a bit of alcohol and hops, not much. Maybe a hint of hops and grass. After a ton of sniffing a little bit of sweet malts.
Taste - Very grassy alcoholic taste to it. A bit of sweet malts on the end but most of the taste comes from very grassy and a little bit of citrusy hops. The sweet malt dominates on the end.
Mouthfeel - Very carbonated, almost too much so. Seems a bit too heavy for it's style. Good but not matching up with an APA.
Drinkability - A bomber is plenty enough for me, not much more of this beer, I would not reach for another bomber if I had one
11-07-2009 05:31:45 | More by cvaypai
Hop Harvest from Central Waters Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 90 ratings.