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Hop Harvest - Central Waters Brewing Co.

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81
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88 Ratings
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Ratings: 88
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 12.99%


Brewed by:
Central Waters Brewing Co. visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

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

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-26-2009)
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Bighuge

Minnesota

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2009 06:31:31 | More by Bighuge
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maximum12

Minnesota

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2009 01:21:40 | More by maximum12
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kevman914

New Jersey

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2010 04:31:45 | More by kevman914
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drpimento

Wisconsin

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2010 00:28:01 | More by drpimento
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beerwolf77

Wisconsin

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2010 03:06:19 | More by beerwolf77
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2012 02:43:34 | More by Huhzubendah
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ZAP

Minnesota

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2010 06:20:33 | More by ZAP
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madtowndmb1

Wisconsin

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!

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2009 00:23:41 | More by madtowndmb1
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blackearth

Minnesota

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2009 21:03:33 | More by blackearth
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gatornation

Minnesota

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

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2009 22:45:48 | More by gatornation
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Andrew61923

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2012 02:00:58 | More by Andrew61923
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morimech

Minnesota

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2009 23:22:08 | More by morimech
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WJVII

Wisconsin

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2009 23:14:10 | More by WJVII
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WastingFreetime

Wisconsin

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!

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2012 02:20:29 | More by WastingFreetime
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Strix

Wisconsin

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?

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2010 04:16:32 | More by Strix
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Mora2000

Texas

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2010 00:04:53 | More by Mora2000
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nsmartell

Wisconsin

3.28/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I enjoyed this beer from the comfort of my own living room. From the 22oz bomber bottle to a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep yellow color with a thick slightly off-white head that sticks around for awhile and is even more pronounced on the second pour.

Smell: Not as hoppy as I was anticipating, but the grassy hops still dominated. A hint of malt comes through as well.

Taste: As expected the grassy hops dominates with a little malt trying to balance things out. I don't think it works that great though.

Mouthfeel: Silky smooth and medium-bodied. Nice carbonation.

Drinkability: Pretty drinkable brew but just lacking a little something in the taste department. Would try again though.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2009 05:24:22 | More by nsmartell
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cvaypai

Wisconsin

3.33/5  rDev -5.9%
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

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2009 05:31:45 | More by cvaypai
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Wisconsinality

Wisconsin

3.4/5  rDev -4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2010 02:33:36 | More by Wisconsinality
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cokes

Wisconsin

3.45/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2009 09:53:53 | More by cokes
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klikger

Wisconsin

3.45/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2010 14:19:53 | More by klikger
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darklordlager

Wisconsin

3.48/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours an clear light tan/orange colour, with a head that recedes within a few minutes of the pour. Lots of irregular sized bubbles, staring at me...

Smell is reminiscent of 2-row malt mashing if you were to throw a bunch of hops in. Kind of skunky flowery smell infiltrating the nostrils.

Taste is of inviting pale malt intermingling with bright flowery hops. Twangy light "crisp light lager" flavour. Lingering leafy hop bitterness...

Mouthfeel--light, crisp, cleansing the palette with each sip.

Drinkability-- Pretty easy going, I was expecting a bit more from this one though.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2009 04:26:36 | More by darklordlager
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Wisconsin

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2009 02:47:16 | More by Wisconsin
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emerge077

Illinois

3.53/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2009 01:23:10 | More by emerge077
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RoamingGnome

Wisconsin

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...

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2012 04:33:17 | More by RoamingGnome
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Hop Harvest from Central Waters Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 88 ratings.