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Muskoka Harvest Ale - Muskoka Brewery

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88
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133 Ratings
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Ratings: 133
Reviews: 61
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 10.94%
Wants: 4
Gots: 9 | 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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Reviews by pootz:
Photo of pootz
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

750ml swing top bottle:

Pours a deep copper ale in the glass...2 finger tight off-white cap, fair retention, moderate lacing.

Aroma is gorgeous...fresh...big malts over earthy leafy hopping, some demure pear and peach fruity tones...light toastiness...light sweetness...very nice.

Big front side...large malts (no caramel or crystal) in good balance with earthy hop bittering..toasty malting mingles with leafy hops in near perfect balance...back side goes clean dry and bitter.

A well made ale done with local ingredients...drinks well, pairs well.

More User Reviews:
Photo of cam477
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of smlanglo
2.25/5  rDev -42.7%

Photo of R_Kole
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.6/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Swedes21
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of chickenm
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of Tarks
3.25/5  rDev -17.3%

Photo of MJ63
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of JonnyBeers
3.25/5  rDev -17.3%

Photo of biboergosum
3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 the Motor City.

This beer pours a clear, dark reddish copper amber hue, with two fat fingers of puffy, tightly foamy, and bubbly ecru head, which leaves a sagging ring of dried suds lace around the glass as it lazily settles.

It smells of semi-sweet caramel malt, biscuity toffee, a bit of oily citrus, a muddled tropical fruitiness, and perky grassy, leafy, and piney hops. The taste is more biscuity, bready caramel malt, thin toffee pudding, a mild orange and grapefruit citrus tartness, and still prominent herbal, piney, and grassy hops. No real sign of the 14-proof alcohol as of yet.

The carbonation is average in its frothy bearing, and yet quite agreeably so, the body a staunch middleweight, and generally smooth, with a suggestion of nascent creaminess as things warm up a tad. It finishes somewhat crisp and certainly bready, a slight undertow of a hallowed booze tug perceptible amongst the lingering, and pleasantly bitter noble and new-world hops alike.

A harvest ale that comes off as a mishmash of ESB and well-bred APA qualities - leave it to the colonies to play around with that (or get it right - your mileage may vary). Anyways, the welcome, gratuitous additional hopping creates aspirations that push this beyond the normal pale ale (oh yeah, they went there), and gives a fitting example of the (thankfully) evolving Upper Canada beer scene. Dude.

Photo of mintjellie
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Sammy
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of joemcgrath27
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of rzarector
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of heebes
3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of randallpink
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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!

Photo of jsnoek
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of eat
3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of DaveBar
3.45/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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!

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Gregory777
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of ZorPrime
4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of WillAndSarah
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

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Muskoka Harvest Ale from Muskoka Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 133 ratings.