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Hop Harvest - Central Waters Brewing Co.

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81
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90 Ratings
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Ratings: 90
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 12.99%
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

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-26-2009)
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Photo of seeswo
2/5  rDev -43.5%

seeswo, Feb 02, 2012
Photo of Bighuge
2.58/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pale golden. Hazed body. Thin off white head leaves sparse amounts of lace. Aroma is grainy sweet wort like and malty. Wow. Can't believe there's nothing there in regards to hops. Very little to do with hops on the buds either. This is really disappointing coming from a brewery I respect. Easily, the worst beer I've had from Central Waters over the years. Hops are nearly negligible on the palate. Maybe some earthiness. Maybe some ghostly spice. But really nothing that stands out. Very slight bitterness. Body and mouthfeel are fine. But this is an anomaly. Nothing about this beer says Wet Hop. It's not a bad beer, but it is the most nondescript wet hop beer I've ever had. That said, I've had a lot of success with Central Waters in the past and will continue to try their new beers and purchase staples of theirs that I love.

Bighuge, Dec 09, 2009
Photo of maximum12
2.6/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Picked up a bomber of this in Hudson. Always excited to try something new from Central Waters, an underrated brewery that makes some fantastic stuff.

Pours appropriately light. Immediately there's a funky smell coming from it. Let it swirl & settle a bit. OK. Still smells off. Like a hefe gone bad, grassy, a tiny bit musty. Hops? Not here.

Hop Harvest...it must have been a light one this year. If you're going to call a beer hop harvest, please wave some hops at it! Extremely bready, bare minimum of malt sweetness tickling the tongue, musty, earthy. Not digging this at all.

I'm coming to the reluctant conclusion that Central Waters strong suit is every beer that isn't light in color. They brew some kick-butt stuff, but their pales & IPAs have left me cold, or worse. This has either faded with record rapidity or it's just not very good.

maximum12, Dec 04, 2009
Photo of drpimento
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.

drpimento, Nov 22, 2010
Photo of kevman914
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.

kevman914, Jan 21, 2010
Photo of Gotti311
2.75/5  rDev -22.3%

Gotti311, Dec 04, 2013
Photo of jreindl
2.75/5  rDev -22.3%

jreindl, Apr 20, 2013
Photo of ystazi
3/5  rDev -15.3%

ystazi, Sep 04, 2012
Photo of green_plastic
3/5  rDev -15.3%

green_plastic, Jun 19, 2014
Photo of jawneyt
3/5  rDev -15.3%

jawneyt, Jun 28, 2012
Photo of hu5om
3/5  rDev -15.3%

hu5om, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of beerwolf77
3.05/5  rDev -13.8%
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.

beerwolf77, Jan 19, 2010
Photo of Huhzubendah
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.

Huhzubendah, Nov 27, 2012
Photo of ZAP
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.

ZAP, Dec 11, 2010
Photo of blackearth
3.13/5  rDev -11.6%
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.

blackearth, Nov 27, 2009
Photo of madtowndmb1
3.13/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I just tried this beer as I try all new C.W. beers. This one wasn't for me.

Poured a light yellow straw color with almost no head. The smell was not present at all. Taste was much better than the smell indicated but still wasn't my favorite. Good drinking beer for someone getting into wet hopped ale's but I was hopeing for a bigger beer.

Still LOVE the brewery!

madtowndmb1, Oct 30, 2009
Photo of gatornation
3.15/5  rDev -11%
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

gatornation, Nov 18, 2009
Photo of Andrew61923
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.

Andrew61923, Nov 14, 2012
Photo of morimech
3.2/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

morimech, Nov 22, 2009
Photo of WJVII
3.23/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a 22Oz of this fresh from the brewery last weekend (42 mile round trip bike ride from Point).

Pours a light wheat color with a decent white head that settled into a very thin cap. There is a lot of bubbly carbonation rising from the bottom. The aroma is a little weak. There is a citrus presence, and a mild floral nose but very subtle. The taste is nice and calm, no big POP that I would look for in a good pale ale. Balance is there with the malt finish. This is a decent brew, but for the price of the bottle I could get a sixer of something a little better.

WJVII, Oct 30, 2009
Photo of WastingFreetime
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!

WastingFreetime, Nov 17, 2012
Photo of Mora2000
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.

Mora2000, Feb 06, 2010
Photo of Strix
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%
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?

Strix, Jan 07, 2010
Photo of thebigredone
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

thebigredone, Nov 14, 2012
Photo of BYOFB
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

BYOFB, Dec 02, 2012
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Hop Harvest from Central Waters Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 90 ratings.