Hop Harvest - Central Waters Brewing Co.
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4.2/5 rDev +18.6%
Poured from a bomber into a perfect.
Pours a light straw with no discernable cloud. Nice fluffy head settles to a sticky cap.
Aroma is of light husky grain, bready and slightly dusty. Middle comes with fruity hops with slightly floral notes. Finishes sweetly fruity and floral. Aroma doesn't grab me by the nose, but it is very apparent.
Flavor opens with husky grain, slightly tannic and a little acidic. Like the nose, the middle yeilds to fruity and floral hops with a nice amount of bitterness. Malt finishes the show, crackery and with slight hints of cream and toffee. Excellent.
Mouthfeel is creamy and light at the same time. Very full mouthfeel with a middle to light body. The carbonation is lush and soft. Very nice.
This is a very drinkable, very tasty beer. An outstanding example of an APA. Recommend.
11-26-2009 22:48:00 | More by wheatyweiss
4.2/5 rDev +18.6%
I am resubmitting this review as I think my original review was deleted. The bummer here is I am trying to do this from memory rather than doing it on the spot as the original was.
A: Very nice appearance. Pours with a solid 2cm head that sticks around. Nice deep orange color with good carbonation.
S: This was surprising, but to my nose, I really didn't take smell as one of the big features of this beer. It wasn't bad, it just didn't catch me and assert itself
T: This beer tasted great. It had all the hops you would expect from a wet hop beer (being the main feature) but also had a smokiness or savoriness that I can't pinpoint. I loved it. I have some saved and I am hoping it may age well and provide a touch of sweet for that perfect 5.0 rating. I know most pale ales don't store, but this provided quite the buzz so I am thinking the alcohol and hops may make this age ok... I'll see.
M: Great mouth feel. Clean and the carbonation really made the good flavors sparkle.
D: I could drink this over and over again. A great beer.
10-28-2009 01:51:46 | More by mandoskippy
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
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
4/5 rDev +13%
bomber poured into an oversized wine glass. pours a rich golden color with two fingers of slowly settling head that has great retention and leaves moderate lacings.
aroma is of light grain and a hearty citrus hop presence that has a bit of spice mixed in after some swirling.
taste is more of the same with a nice, soft hop character that is assertive but not bitter at all. an odd characteristic for a hoppy beer, but it works quite well.
mouthfeel is medium bodied with a semi-dry texture and a clean finish of little residual.
drinkability is solid. a soft and easy going pale with a pleasant hop quality. all in all a solid beer that is drinkable and flavorful. cheers!
11-30-2009 02:28:02 | More by botham
3.98/5 rDev +12.4%
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!
12-21-2012 01:32:25 | More by facundoCNB
3.96/5 rDev +11.9%
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.
01-22-2013 21:11:08 | More by StonedTrippin
3.93/5 rDev +11%
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.
12-01-2009 23:26:38 | More by KeefD
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
3.83/5 rDev +8.2%
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.
10-20-2010 05:22:18 | More by crossovert
3.8/5 rDev +7.3%
Pours into a nonic a golden yellow color with massive off-white colored suds. Leaves lots of sticky lace around the glass.
Faint scents of lager like malt, hops and fruity candy.
Pretty big on malt here followed by a crisp and biting hop profile. Nice balance. The hops are pretty piney throughout and into the aftertaste. Some light grapefruit as well. Tastes like there is some candi sugar in this as well. Nice tasting APA.
Smooth, about medium bodied. Feels like a pretty beefy APA. Maybe a little light on the carbonation.
I could easily session this beer. It's a really nice take on an APA. The ingredients are all apparently from WI. I like the idea of local ingredients in a semi-local beer. Nicely priced for a solid, easy to drink beer. I would buy this again.
11-23-2009 02:24:50 | More by jera1350
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
Hop Harvest from Central Waters Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 90 ratings.