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Hop Harvest - Central Waters Brewing Co.

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81
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91 Ratings
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Ratings: 91
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 13.03%
Wants: 5
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Central Waters Brewing Co. visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

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

Availability: Fall

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-26-2009

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Ratings: 91 | Reviews: 48
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Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.15/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of blackearth
3.06/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of orbitalr0x
3.88/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

Photo of Mora2000
3.26/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

Photo of cokes
3.41/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of dirtylou
3.65/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"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

Drinkability: good

Photo of morimech
3.21/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Ek0nomik
3.71/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of emerge077
3.51/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.15/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +13.3%
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

Photo of sweethome
3.93/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

Photo of gatornation
3.17/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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

Photo of cvaypai
3.31/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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

Photo of klikger
3.47/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Photo of Wisconsinality
3.38/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

Photo of pweis909
3.58/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Photo of crossovert
3.83/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

Photo of KeefD
3.91/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bright golden orange color with a 1 inch white head that left lovely sheets of lacing down the glass. Aroma is surprisingly more malty-sweet than hoppy, but there is some light pine and grapefruit mixed with some herbal grassiness and some bready malts. Taste is slightly muted, notes of bread and light toast, with a good balance of citric and herbal hops. The flavors don't real "pop" but it is well balanced and doesn't get too bitter or too sweet. Medium body, good carbonation. Not a bad beer by any means and can't really understand the low scores.

Photo of Andrew61923
3.16/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

Photo of johnkale
3.68/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Photo of Wisconsin
3.52/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 ounce bottle into a pint glass

A - A fairly strong pour brings up a thin white head that fades to a ring around the glass within a minute or two. The color is golden and clear in transparency. A decent amount of carbonation is present, racing up to the top. Overall though I am a bit disappointed by the poor head retention.

S - Lots of hops, and earthy notes present in this brew. There is some underlying citrus notes along with some faint malts as well.

T - Strong in the hops, no doubt about it. Even more than I was expecting after a few whiffs. A bitter, grainy alcohol taste also presents itself, making this beer not as pleasant as I would have hoped. Malts, caramel and earthy notes are present as well.

M - Medium bodied with more than enough carbonation. Lots of hops and citrus notes right off the bat accompanied by an alcohol flavor and carbonation. As the beer finishes there is a dry bitterness left behind from the malts and earthy notes.

D - This beer is certainly worth a try if your a fan of Central Waters like I am. However, for the price and the fact that this was supposed to be a special release, I am a bit disappointed. Worth a try, but not something I will be getting again. I couldn't imagine having more than one of these in an evening anyway.

Photo of Strix
3.22/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear golden, weak head.

Smell is grainy, verging on grassy/buttery.

Taste is mild. Subtle grain flavor with a slight slow piney finish. Pleasant enough but comes off strangely lacking in hops.

Mouthfeel on the thin side.

This is nothing like I expected from a wet hop beer. If I come at it thinking this is a tame regular version of a pale ale, it's passable but quite bland. Certainly anything your average homebrewer could come up with. I like the concept, but in the execution perhaps more hops were needed?

Photo of beerwolf77
3.09/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my pint glass the beer is cloudy golden yellow. The thick white head reaches two fingers before settling slowly. A rather substantial lace ring remains coating the rim.

The aroma is mild hops along with plenty of malt. The malt is sweeter and more dominant then I expected. Some citrus fruit can be picked out with deep whiffs but not much.

The flavor is a touch more hoppy then the nose but not exactly what I was looking for in wet hopped ale. The malt sweetness is bordering on cloying. There's oranges and grapefruit but the sweet versions. Not much sour bite.

Medium body with moderate carbonation.

Overall this one sort of missed the mark for me. I love CW and had high hopes for this one. I look forward to trying this fresh at the brewery. Maybe it will change my mind.

Photo of Lemke10
3.68/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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Hop Harvest from Central Waters Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 91 ratings.