Hop Harvest - Central Waters Brewing Co.
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3.75/5 rDev +5.9%
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.
11-29-2009 01:27:32 | More by Ek0nomik
3.13/5 rDev -11.6%
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.
11-27-2009 21:03:33 | More by blackearth
4.2/5 rDev +18.6%
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.
11-26-2009 22:48:00 | More by wheatyweiss
4.15/5 rDev +17.2%
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.
11-23-2009 16:41:09 | More by DaPeculierDane
3.8/5 rDev +7.3%
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.
11-23-2009 02:24:50 | More by jera1350
3.2/5 rDev -9.6%
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.
11-22-2009 23:22:08 | More by morimech
3.15/5 rDev -11%
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
11-18-2009 22:45:48 | More by gatornation
3.5/5 rDev -1.1%
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.
11-13-2009 02:47:16 | More by Wisconsin
3.45/5 rDev -2.5%
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.
11-11-2009 09:53:53 | More by cokes
3.33/5 rDev -5.9%
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
11-07-2009 05:31:45 | More by cvaypai
3.48/5 rDev -1.7%
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.
11-04-2009 04:26:36 | More by darklordlager
3.23/5 rDev -8.8%
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.
10-30-2009 23:14:10 | More by WJVII
3.13/5 rDev -11.6%
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!
10-30-2009 00:23:41 | More by madtowndmb1
3.65/5 rDev +3.1%
"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
10-29-2009 18:44:38 | More by dirtylou
4.2/5 rDev +18.6%
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.
10-28-2009 01:51:46 | More by mandoskippy
Hop Harvest from Central Waters Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 90 ratings.