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Muskoka Harvest Ale - Muskoka Brewery

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88
very good

107 Ratings
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Ratings: 107
Reviews: 58
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 10.94%
Wants: 3
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Muskoka Brewery visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
Muskoka Harvest Ale was our brewery’s pioneering venture into our limited run series of beers. Now in its fourth year, our Harvest Ale marks the end of the growing season and the process of gathering mature crops from the fields.

Dry hopped and brewed using a selection of premium local ingredients, this ale has a rich malt backbone and a subtle grassy character reminiscent of the freshly cut harvest. It’s our way of celebrating another prosperous growing season. And we’re proud to share it with you.

(Beer added by: Viggo on 10-14-2009)
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Tarks

Manitoba (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -17.3%

09-23-2012 15:37:36 | More by Tarks
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cam477

Newfoundland (Canada)

4/5  rDev +1.8%

09-21-2013 02:12:32 | More by cam477
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smlanglo

Ontario (Canada)

2.25/5  rDev -42.7%

02-03-2014 00:17:36 | More by smlanglo
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JohnnyBarman

Ontario (Canada)

3.6/5  rDev -8.4%

I'm a sucker for seasonal ales, so when I saw this one on tap I had to go for it. On tap at the University of Waterloo Grad House.

A - A terrific looking beer. Lingering, thick white head (about an inch) that leaves terrific lacing. Deep amber-red, a fine fall coloured draught. Good start!

S - Nothing to write home about. Hops and spices, perhaps a bit of nutmeg. Hard to detect.

T - For the first few sips the bitterness dominates, but after a third of the pint the sweetness takes over. Both hoppy and fruity, perhaps apple and a bit of current.

D - A decent ale, fairly drinkable as a session. However, as a previous poster mentioned, not particularly special. I'm not convinced there's much here to immediately identify it as a "harvest" ale, rather than simply a pale. Still, a fine offering from one of my favorite Ontario brewers.

10-20-2009 22:25:10 | More by JohnnyBarman
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Swedes21

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +1.8%

12-13-2011 21:16:02 | More by Swedes21
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chickenm

British Columbia (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

11-20-2011 02:47:48 | More by chickenm
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev 0%

750ml flip-top bottle, apparently a slice of all things craft beer in On-tar-i-ari-o, and a bit of a strange and unquestionably new find on discerning Alberta liquor store shelves. The label imagery is very reminiscent of the Henry Ford Museum displays that I toured just last week in Motor City.

This beer pours a clear dark copper hue, with one fat finger of tight foamy ecru head, which leaves a sagging ring of lace around the glass as it settles. It smells of sweet caramel biscuit malt, a bit of citrus, and perky grassy, earthy hops. The taste is biscuity, bready malt, some faltering citrus tartness, and herbal, grassy hops. The carbonation is averagely agreeable, the body medium-light in weight, and generally smooth. It finishes crisp and bready, a slight undertow of hallow booze tug perceptible amongst the lingering, and bitter, noble and new-world hops.

A mishmash of ESB and well-bred EPA qualities - leave it to the colonies to screw with that (or get it right - opinions may vary). Anyways, the welcome, gratuitous over-hopping creates aspirations that push this beyond the normal pale ale (oh yeah, I went there), and thus gives a fitting example of the (thankfully) evolving Upper Canada beer scene. Dude.

10-04-2011 23:55:13 | More by biboergosum
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mintjellie

Ontario (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev +2.5%

Medium copper in colour. Head is dense and well-retained, leaving rings of lace that stick to the walls of the glass. Smells of freshly baked bread with a floral and subtle tropical hop aromas. Toasted malt and sweet caramel give way to peachy and grassy hop flavours. Would liked have had a bit more hop flavour two or three months ago, but it still packs a nice bite now. Medium-bodied with low carbonation; smooth, slick mouthfeel. In character, this really seems to fall somewhere in between English and American style pale ales. Regardless of what it is, this is some tasty beer. I'll make sure to buy a lot more of next years release.

01-01-2011 05:17:32 | More by mintjellie
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.83/5  rDev -2.5%

Volo Cask Days 2009. A good bitterness from cascade hops, this is more of an American pale, with bold taste, a good bitterness, though not very balanced. Reddish with a soapy head. Easy drinking, average mouthfeel. Fresh hop taste to it. Neutral aroma.
Had this on tap a year later at C'est What and it worked fine, nice bitterness.

11-01-2009 14:27:58 | More by Sammy
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joemcgrath27

Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev +1.8%

A - mildly hazy copper amber, respectable fluffly head retained very nicely with random clumps of lacing
S - a mix of grassy and orange citrus aromas, light toffee in the background
T - gentle orange citrus up front, then fresh grass, biscuity and earthy flavours round it out, all flavours are subtle but the sum is greater than the parts in this case
M - medium to light body and medium carbonation, juicy and slightly bitter
O - this is a solidly built ale where the individual flavours are gentle but the combo makes for a nice full flavour that goes down very easy, this would be something I would drink regularly were it available

10-12-2011 03:52:40 | More by joemcgrath27
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rzarector

Ontario (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev +2.5%

Pours a golden-amber colour with an off-white head that stays present until the last sip. Beautiful lacing here also. A sweet, piney smell makes up the aroma. Definitely some fruit flavours here as orange comes to mind, as well as some sweet malt. Overall a very solid pale ale and maybe best I've had from Ontario.

10-14-2012 23:48:12 | More by rzarector
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heebes

Ontario (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev -5.1%

Picked up as part of the LCBO's fall seasonal.
750 ml bottle, best before Jan 31, 2011

Pours a deep clear amber, thick foamy head forms with nice lacing.
The nose is that of a familiar citrus hop beer, grapefruit, sweet sweet fruit. Some pine aromas linger.
A very inviting subtle taste! So smooth on the palette, tastes of the malts comes through, hop aftertaste lingers slightly but not bitter. Tastes very natural. Lighty and creamy mouthfeel is appreciated in such a harvest forward ale.
Overall, I am very impressed with this given its an English Pale and also that it's from Muskoka. Havent been impressed by any of their offerings but this is a step above the usual. A lovely large bottle and swing top design make this a great single serving session. I'm already planning grabbing another to hold onto.

10-15-2010 21:58:54 | More by heebes
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randallpink

Ontario (Canada)

4.35/5  rDev +10.7%

served from bottle into pint glass - 2013 vintage

A - slightly hazy copper/auburn, two fingers tan head that has great retention and slowly turns into a nice rocky covering to the beer, leaves amazing amount of lacing on the glass with amazing rings all the way down, passes medium amount of light

S - heavy on the caramel malts, toffee, biscuits. earthy and piny, grassy hops off the pour which make way to some more orchard fruit type of smells as it warms, citrus, pineapple, mango

T/M - malts, bread, caramel, toast, brown sugar,fruity hops, very sweet when it hits then tongue then the bitterness quickly takes over and dominates, herbal and piny hops linger in the mouth, medium mouthfeel, lowish carbonation, creamy, sticky, slightly astringent (as the hops take over from the sweetness of the malts), spicy bitterness, slightly dry finish

o - a wonderfully crafted beer! i've had quite a few of these over the past couple months and since this was my last bottle i decided to give it a review. all i can say is i can't wait til next year to get some more! so much happening in the complexity of this beer but doesn't seem crowded. flavours seemed to be popping up with each sip. would recommend and buy again!

01-02-2014 04:49:45 | More by randallpink
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jsnoek

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

09-16-2012 00:33:42 | More by jsnoek
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eat

Quebec (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev -5.1%

A cloudy amber body is covered by a chunky cover of light-beige head. Decent lacing and retention.

Nice light caramel malt with floral hops, slightly soapy, a little citrus rind. Quite nice actually. Smells fresh.

This stuff is pretty different, I can't say I've had another ale much like this one. Very "Ontario" but in the best way possible. Lots of minerals along with a good dose of earthy hops. Bitterness is on the high side for an Ontario brew (I'd guess 40 IBU) and leaves a slight drying along with a citrus-pith aftertaste. For the level of bitterness, I'd like some stronger malt character. The malt here is quite English in character, almost like what you'd find in an ESB. The extra alcohol is hidden fairly well, with what does come through making a positive contribution to the whole.

The carbonation is a bit too lively for my taste, which is actually surprising given the first bottle I picked up at the LCBO leaked out the swing-top before I got to the cash. I was expecting it to be under-carbonated. Medium-light body. The feel doesn't stand out as excellent nor detract from the beer.

Overall, this is an enjoyable, characteristically-Ontarian brew. It kind of reminds me of an English-style equivalent to Creemore's Kellerbier. At the going price I don't know if I'd pick up another bottle but I would definitely be interested in finding this one on tap somewhere. Seems like it would probably be wicked on cask as well.

02-09-2011 05:22:08 | More by eat
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DaveBar

Ontario (Canada)

3.45/5  rDev -12.2%

Purchased at the LCBO for $7.10 for a 750ml bottle. Served at 8deg C in a water glass.

A- Opened well. 3" of head then to a film. Nice dark golden brown color.

S- Very good. Peat and moss. Yeast. Caramel.

T- Bit of a let down. Not that good. Not impressed.

O- Ok but not great

Food Pairing

This ok ale matched with potato salad and hot sausage and rice with egg stir fry

Enjoy!

03-29-2014 21:25:51 | More by DaveBar
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

4.22/5  rDev +7.4%

Bottle: Poured a deep amber color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some light lacing. Aroma of fresh green Cascade hops with nice citrus and light resin notes is very well balanced. Taste is also a nice mix between some floral green hops notes with light citrus and resin notes back by a solid malt backbone with semi-dry caramel notes. Body is full with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Another well balanced beer by an Ontario brewer who keep surprising me.

10-24-2011 19:27:09 | More by Phyl21ca
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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev -10.2%

Poured in to pint glass.

A - light amber colour, slightly transluscent, one finger of thick, bubbly white head.

S - A mix of crisp earthy bitter hops and some grainy malts that have a slight sweetness.

T - A standard pale ale palate. Some partly sweet cereal grain and buscuity malts and a nice crisp hop bitterness that is present throughout and lingers in the finish. Not much flavour comes through from the hops.

M/D - Light body, average carbonation. A solid EPA.

10-10-2010 14:25:37 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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Gregory777

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

11-10-2013 22:02:43 | More by Gregory777
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ZorPrime

Quebec (Canada)

4.28/5  rDev +8.9%

Beer sent to me by liamt07. Cheers Liam! Tasted on a Saturday afternoon watching some old Star Trek!

Beer is copper/amber color, quite clear too. A good head forms up but disappear quickly. However it sticks well to the glass. Quite a good looking beer. Very inviting.

The aroma is intense and wasn't expected. Good 'tho. Well balanced aroma. Some grapefruits. Fruity with some grassiness. The latter is not strong, but very subtle.

The taste is fruity, and with some intensity. Some caramel/toffee in the taste too. More grassiness in the taste than in the aroma. Very good taste. First sip is metallic in the end, however this disappear as quickly as the second sip.

Medium body, well carbonated. Just good for me and a pale ale. Must be awesome on-tap. An excellent Pale Ale for the Autumn. I drank this 750ml bottle in less than an hour. It is that good. Well done Muskoka and thanks very much to fellow BA liamt07 for sending me this one.

10-23-2010 18:36:52 | More by ZorPrime
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WillAndSarah

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

09-21-2013 22:05:48 | More by WillAndSarah
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irishkyle21

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +1.8%

01-16-2012 16:35:03 | More by irishkyle21
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evlu1441

Alberta (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev 0%

Picked this up because it was new, and I liked the bottle.

It pours a medium to light reddish-amber, with a thin creamy head. Lots of carbonation rising up to the top.

The aroma is creamy and slightly hoppy, with some distinctive earthy aspects.

The flavour is lightly malty and rather intensely hoppy right off the bat. Some vanilla and spicy noted develop, and the hops meld nicely with the malt flavours and create a balance across the tongue. It's a bit too intensely carbonated for my tastes, but still a nice beer.

Overall, this is worth checking out. It's a good beer, though a bit overpriced in this reviewer's opinion.

09-30-2011 07:21:20 | More by evlu1441
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IronDjinn

Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev +1.8%

From a 750 ml brown bottle, flip-top cap. Pours out a hazed deep copper hue, chunky off-white head that settles to a thick cap.

Dry toasty malt on the nose, mild caramel, sweet pink grapefruit and tangerine.

Sweet orange and grapefruit notes up front in the flavour, dry toasty grains and dry spicy hops in the middle, clean leafy, grassy hop finish.

Medium-bodied mouthfeel, full creamy smooth texture, low carbonation.

Solid Pale Ale, seems more American from the present hop bill than an English style, most likely listed wrong.

12-04-2011 21:36:24 | More by IronDjinn
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StephenRich

Ontario (Canada)

3.23/5  rDev -17.8%

The Muskoka Cottage Brewery, located in Bracebridge Ontario (pure cottage country) has a slogan that states "The taste of cottage country". Not only is that their motto, but it is also the idea behind their newest seasonal beer, the Harvest Ale. This could actually be the first of its kind from Ontario; all the malts and hops used in this brew were grown here in Ontario. I love the idea. This is the second year that Muskoka has released the Harvest, and this version comes in a very handsome 750ml swing cap bottle.

It is now floating through LCBO locations and will be available while supplies last at select pubs and restaurants. Muskoka has designed a richly hoppy and bitter pale ale at 6.4%. Right now it is probably the biggest, and most bitter pale ale offering available from Ontario in LCBO locations. It offers up different flavors than that of the typical American Style Pale ale, which I expect Muskoka would like to say is uniquely Canadian. I'm not sure what Ontario's hop farms are like, but I do hope that this inspired more brewers to create seasonal beers sourced locally - everyone benefits.

As mentioned, when you pull the Harvest out of your fridge you will have a 750ml bottle ready to enjoy with friends. This is actually what I would like to see most of all out of the Ontario Brewers - more unique packaging! The 750ml bottles are beautiful, and it really brings your beer up to a new level of aesthetic design and perception. Don't get me wrong, its what inside that counts, but packaging can help those who previously didn't look to craft beer to give it a shot.

I opened the Harvest cool around 8C (45F) and poured it slowly into a snifter. The pour was very smooth, falling out of the bottle with a heavy oily texture. It build up richly in the bottom of the glass showing creamy and silky lines and a gentle rumbling of dense foam. What I created was an glowing amber red beer with huge rays of bronze and sunshine beaming though it. It was transparent with a golden brown shimmer at every glance. The condensation on the outside of the glass fogged my view, but every wipe away revealed rich colors in depth and maturity. A creamy, and long-standing 2 inch head built up on the beer with a off-white, cream color fading to very light khaki. It peaked just above the glass with a dense cap and great retention. Ok, very well done so far Muskoka. This beer was a sight for sore eyes.

Those nose is richly bitter with a pungent mix of bitter and floral hops, light brisk notes of citrus, and a fresh earthy field like aroma. Waves of dark malts bring brown sugar and marmalade in and show reasonable depth, but lack complexity. Overall the nose is dry and bitter, slightly one sided, but seemingly very crisp and refreshing.

My first sip was mostly head, which had a great deal of rich flavors in it mimicking the nose. The next brought a lushly silky wave of beer with it and also a robustly bitter wave of hops. This showed a big and rich bitter sensation, but a relatively narrow flavor. It was potent and full, but only has subtle notes of citrus, soft floral flavors, and a round earthy bite.

Malts come in right down the center and briefly show pale malt sweetness, but quickly made into a more caramelized feeling. Lightly burnt brown sugar and biscuits round off my tongue and full my cheeks in a robust flushing of browned malts. This again was a bit more one sided than I would have liked to see. The balance between hop bitterness and malt sweetness was there, but I didn't love the hop flavors, not was I enamored by the malt.

The finish is crisp and very quenching bringing out the power of the hops in a dry, longstanding breath. Overall the beer is clean and slightly warming, with great construction and a unique take on a Canadian Pale Ale. It brings bitterness that we haven't seen before, but it is too one sided for me. I would have enjoyed more hop flavor compared to the hop bitterness, and a bigger range of malt sensation to bring juicy richness to my palate. Nonetheless, a great 2nd edition, and I will be excited to see what happens next year.

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10-01-2010 15:13:35 | More by StephenRich
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Muskoka Harvest Ale from Muskoka Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 107 ratings.