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Hop Harvest - Central Waters Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 48
Hads: 91
Avg: 3.52
pDev: 13.07%
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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Reviews: 48 | Hads: 91
Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.15/5  rDev +17.9%
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.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.15/5  rDev +17.9%
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.

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Photo of wheatyweiss
4.15/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of mandoskippy
4.14/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +13.6%
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

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Photo of botham
4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

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Photo of facundoCNB
3.98/5  rDev +13.1%
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!

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.96/5  rDev +12.5%
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.

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Photo of sweethome
3.93/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

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Photo of KeefD
3.91/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
3.88/5  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.

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Photo of crossovert
3.83/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

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Photo of jera1350
3.76/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Ek0nomik
3.71/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

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Photo of drizzam
3.71/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

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Photo of johnkale
3.68/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

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Photo of Lemke10
3.68/5  rDev +4.5%
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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Photo of hawks10
3.68/5  rDev +4.5%
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...

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Photo of cdkrenz
3.67/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

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Photo of dirtylou
3.65/5  rDev +3.7%
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

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Photo of Florida9
3.63/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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Photo of pweis909
3.58/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.54/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

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Photo of RoamingGnome
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...

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Photo of Wisconsin
3.52/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Hop Harvest from Central Waters Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 48 ratings.