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Hop Harvest - Central Waters Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
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 spycow
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

spycow, Mar 10, 2013
Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +13%
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

mikesgroove, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of emerge077
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.

emerge077, Dec 01, 2009
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.96/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

StonedTrippin, Jan 22, 2013
Photo of MasterSki
3.55/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

MasterSki, Oct 29, 2010
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 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 brandoman63
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

brandoman63, Nov 29, 2011
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 dirtylou
3.65/5  rDev +3.1%
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

dirtylou, Oct 29, 2009
Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4/5  rDev +13%

Hopheadjeffery, Dec 24, 2012
Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.15/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle poured into a Central Waters tulip.
No date or info.

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.

BeerFMAndy, Nov 06, 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 eawolff99
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

eawolff99, Jan 29, 2013
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 cokes
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.

cokes, Nov 11, 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 bpfrush
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

bpfrush, Nov 14, 2011
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 Florida9
3.63/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Florida9, Dec 03, 2012
Photo of jera1350
3.8/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

jera1350, Nov 23, 2009
Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

4DAloveofSTOUT, Oct 13, 2013
Photo of egrace84
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

egrace84, Oct 12, 2013
Photo of zonker17
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

zonker17, May 17, 2013
Photo of seeswo
2/5  rDev -43.5%

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