Hop Harvest - Central Waters Brewing Co.
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3.65/5 rDev +3.1%
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.
10-24-2011 05:57:12 | More by Lemke10
3.1/5 rDev -12.4%
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.
12-11-2010 06:20:33 | More by ZAP
2.6/5 rDev -26.6%
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.
11-22-2010 00:28:01 | More by drpimento
3.45/5 rDev -2.5%
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.
11-06-2010 14:19:53 | More by klikger
3.55/5 rDev +0.3%
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.
10-29-2010 16:28:42 | More by MasterSki
3.68/5 rDev +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...
10-21-2010 22:29:19 | More by hawks10
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
3.58/5 rDev +1.1%
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.
10-09-2010 16:38:05 | More by pweis909
3.7/5 rDev +4.5%
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.
09-26-2010 15:22:21 | More by cdkrenz
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
3.4/5 rDev -4%
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.
02-25-2010 02:33:36 | More by Wisconsinality
3.25/5 rDev -8.2%
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.
02-06-2010 00:04:53 | More by Mora2000
3.75/5 rDev +5.9%
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.
02-03-2010 21:15:51 | More by drizzam
2.6/5 rDev -26.6%
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.
01-21-2010 04:31:45 | More by kevman914
3.05/5 rDev -13.8%
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.
01-19-2010 03:06:19 | More by beerwolf77
3.25/5 rDev -8.2%
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?
01-07-2010 04:16:32 | More by Strix
2.58/5 rDev -27.1%
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.
12-09-2009 06:31:31 | More by Bighuge
3.28/5 rDev -7.3%
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.
12-05-2009 05:24:22 | More by nsmartell
2.6/5 rDev -26.6%
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.
12-04-2009 01:21:40 | More by maximum12
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
3.53/5 rDev -0.3%
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.
12-01-2009 01:23:10 | More by emerge077
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
Hop Harvest from Central Waters Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 90 ratings.