Muskoka Harvest Ale - Muskoka Brewery

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Muskoka Harvest AleMuskoka Harvest Ale

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BA SCORE
88
very good

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Ratings: 136
Reviews: 62
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 10.69%
Wants: 5
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
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Ontario, Canada

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

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Viggo on 10-14-2009

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.
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Photo of fostachild
4.43/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

enjoy before 16 jan 12.

perfect clear amber colour. lots off foamy light beige head - leaves behind a nice even lacing for the remainder of the beer.

floral hoppy smell. citrus, grass, malt, fruit. all very subtle but you didn't have to dig - really nice.

nice hoppy taste, citrusy/fruity, caramel, malty backbone. very well balanced, incredible drinkability.

overall i was very impressed with this - everything just seemed to blend really well. don't know if it would qualify as an english pale ale (seemed to have more IPA characteristics) but i enjoyed every sip and would highly recommend giving it a try.

Photo of bryehn
4.39/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2011 release with rebranded label.

Pours a copper colour with amber highlights around the edges of the glass, especially when held up to the light and has the appearance of wavy lines on a hot road. A moderate tan coloured head burns off quickly, leaving a bit of lace and a thin collar. It's quite attractive, but I wish there was more retention.

Aroma is dry in nature. Smells of fresh grains and grasses, caramel malts, baker's chocolate and has a peppery spiciness to it. A sweet, honeydew-like fruity note and a hint of alcohol appear as it warms.

Tastes like dark or toasted malts, a dark fruit like rasin or date and highlighted with a note that reminds me of a buttered bran muffin. Very crisp and bitter finish with a hint of grapefruit. Little trace of alcohol in the taste, but has a definite warming effect.

Medium-bodied with a smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Slightly yeasty pop on the tongue with a dry tasting, but slightly oily aftertaste with a peppery bite. It's quite easy to drink, but also very filling and satisfying.

This beer is fantastic and suits my taste to a tee. It's essentially a hopped-up ESB that I could drink during not only fall, but winter and spring as well. Robust in both aroma and taste, but very mellow and easygoing.

Photo of randallpink
4.34/5  rDev +10.4%
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 dreamchaser
4.34/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A slightly cloudy dark amber colour with a foamy cream-coloured head. Aroma of malt, spice and pine. Sweet and malty, with notes of pine hops, orange peel and a mild spiceyness. Highly carbonated and medium-bodied. Complexity and balanced mainly toward malts but still finishes with a nice dry hoppyness.

Photo of papat444
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

***2012 Vintage***

Thanks to jrenihan for this one.

Poured from a 750ml. bottle (ABV 7%) and shared a little with my wife.

Appearance: A slightly opaque bright copper body with some great head that kind of creates a moat around a mound of foam in the middle. Side of the glass is slathered with lacing.

Smell: Sweet, sticky hops, bit of grass but mostly a nice, long, juicy aroma reminding me of mango & orange.

Taste: This leans to the resiny, mildly sweet hops. A touch of spice in the finish with some pine rounds things off.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and smooth, like drinking a pint in a pub. Low on bitterness but enough to make things interesting.

Overall: Wonderful ale. Straddles the line between a pale ale & a bitter. Balanced perfectly and one i wished they made year round.

Photo of thehyperduck
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle from the LCBO; listed at 7.0% (2012 edition). This is one I've been looking forward to for months, and fortune seems to be on my side as it was quite easy to find this year. One of the two Muskoka seasonals I have yet to try (or review).

Pours a beautiful, transparent amber-orange colour, with nearly two fingers of billowy, puffy off-white head seated atop the liquid. It's resilient stuff, hanging around for more than a few minutes before finally wilting into a bumpy, foamy cap on the surface - and as an added courtesy, it leaves behind a delicate web of lacing on the sides of the glass. Definitely a very fine-looking pint of beer, and the aroma is nearly equally impressive - plenty of orange, grapefruit and caramel; very floral, very fruity, and very enticing to boot.

Very tasty stuff; the hops are quite prominent, but the malts remain a fixed presence, particularly at the start of the sip. Their sweet caramel and vaguely nutty notes, though, are soon overtaken by pink grapefruit, lemon citrus and floral, slightly piney hop flavours. Finishes with floral hops and earthiness lingering into the aftertaste. Medium-bodied, with a slick mouthfeel and mild carbonation, making one very smooth-drinking ale. The abv is nowhere to be seen - this is absurdly drinkable stuff, and the large bottle is appropriate for gradual consumption over a crisp fall evening.

Final Grade: 4.33, an outstanding A grade. I anticipated that this would be pretty good, but probably not worth the nearly $9.00 pricetag. Still, this is easily one of the best American-style pale ales I've ever tried. If you are looking for a sturdier, relatively balanced ale with some hop bite to it then Muskoka Harvest Ale is a perfect choice for the coming autumn and winter months. Very impressed with this stuff; like all of their seasonals the big bottle is pricy but potentially worth it, especially if you plan to share with friends.

[Update Oct. 3 2013]

I've shared two bottles of the 2013 vintage over the last few weeks, and it is just as superb as last year's. I know that they started putting their Summer Weiss in six-packs recently, and I hope that a similar treatment is on the way for this one in the near future.

Photo of uno99
4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 bottle from the LCBO. I really dig the presentation on this one. 750ml bottle, with concave bottom, and a swing cap, plus a beautiful clear label. very nice.

By the way - I think more brewers should use swing tops for their larger bottles. It's really great to be able to pop the cap closed again in between pours to conserve the carbonation.

A: Let this amber colored ale flow quickly into your glass and you'll be rewarded with a huge glowing white head. retention is great, and lacing sheets very well but doesn't stick around very long. (4.0)

S: Wow - very fresh and citrusy scent. Some complexities as well. Caramel, cotton candy, orange zest, pear, sultana raisin are just some of the notes I pick up. (4.5)

T: Very well hopped. A hop bomb by Canadian standards. Delicious and Juicy. Still rather balanced. Malt is sweet and sticky, and then the hops wallop you in the kisser.

M: medium bodied, not sticky at all, carbonation is a little heavy handed, but I don't mind that in a large bottle like this.

D: This is a great one to have around for the fall. Not a beer to quaff en masse, but not quite a sipper either... A nice relaxing brew for a Fall Friday afternoon.

Photo of ZorPrime
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
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 korguy123
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml into DFH Signature Glass
Best before date of January 31st, 2011

Part of the LCBO Fall Release.

A- Slightly hazy, dark rich amber pour. Two finger light tan head with a heavy stream of carbonation rising from the bottom. Lacing is wonderful and magical stickyness!

S- Floral hops, sweet malt backing. Fresh citrus presence of grapefruit and lemon. Subtle strawberries. Very well balanced.

T- Fresh hop bitterness, laid back citrus. Sweet malts and a hiding biscuit aftertaste. Again, very well balanced.

M- Creamy and smooth, with a quick juicy feel at first and a short dry finish. Medium bodied with sticky sweet left on the lips.

D- Very drinkable, finished the whole bottle myself. Never got tired of this one. Will have to go and get another 1 or 2 for later.

Photo of kjyost
4.26/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Undated 750 mL bottle, poured into a Duvel snifter at ~6C. Bottle received in trade, I think from TheSevenDuffs. Thanks!

A: Copper, clear, nice white head comes up, but then disappears rather quickly to a slight, unlacing ring.
S: What a stellar nose! Bready and biscuity malts, fruity esters and underneath all that? Citrusy hops... A little bit of everything and none of them so strong that it drives away the others.
T: A nice bitter bite along with a malt sweetness battle it out. Much more bitter than I was expecting (thinking this would be something like an Oktoberfest), but I am happy with it. Light hop flavours.
M: Carbonated to an appropriate level (medium to medium-strong and not biting).
O: A surprising beer. Nice and hoppy, well worth having at least once.

Photo of waterbuffalo
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Complex beer with a little hop. Very nice. I would def buy again.

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

On cask at C'est What's 2010 Fall Festival of Craft Brewers. Pours a copper brown colour with thin head. Nice blast of fresh citrus hops in the nose. Flavour has a nice bitterness with some caramel sweetness. I would call this more of an American Pale Ale than an English Pale Ale.

Edit: a couple days later I bought a bottle of this and upgrading my rating from B+ to A-. Too expensive to buy a lot of this though.

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
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 FondueVoodoo
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2012 edition - 7% ABV
A: Deep orange-umber, fully clear and boosted a full 2 fingers of off white head.

S: Hoppy up front with sweet candy, followed with field notes of fresh cut pumpkin and wet leaves.

T: Some mild bitters up front somewhat like an ESB, followed with deep caramel and toffee. Some enticing musk flavours that are reminiscent of fall and harvest. This beer is like the sophisticated uncle of a pumpkin ale.

M: Medium bodied with just a few pricks of carbonation that hint at pepper spice. The thick coating leaves a sweet and bitter finish, begging for another sip.

O: As mentioned this brew feels like a sophisticated uncle of pumpkin ale, there is a strong suggestion to harvest flavours and thicker mouth feel thats warm and inviting. This is a great fall brew - looking forward to another bottle, if I'm lucky.

Photo of wordemupg
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml pop-top bottle poured into tulip 17/9/11

A clear amber with lots of tiny bubbles and very tiny suspended particles, nice three finger light tan head retains very well leaving several thick rings

S loads of herbal/leafy hops with some melon and citrus with even a little chewing gum

T no gum but other then that I taste what I smell with a little nutty caramel and the earthy notes come out even more

M thick for the color and the perfect amount of carbonation, leaves a slick almost slimy coating in your mouth but its not a bad thing

O 4.25 would have been used once or twice if it were an option for smell or taste so the 4.5 drops here too make up for it. very easy too drink and a pretty well rounded brew

I could drink another big bottle of this with no problem at all, I like the earthy hops in this one and I'm a little surprised it doesn't have a higher rating BA. give this one a go this fall

Photo of slitherySOB
4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750mL flip top bottle. The colour is a hazy copper, with a bit of autumn gold. Sadly, their is very little head to speak of. Perhaps a half to 3/8 finger worth. Smells. Delicious. A definite biscuit aroma. Some floral and citrus aftertones. Tastes just as it smells, with a heavy taste of biscuits and caramel. Grapefruit lingers on the tongue. Mouthfeel is full and creamy. Low carbonation. Overall, a pleasant pale ale.

Photo of Digimaika2
4.07/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

(4.0) A: Clear copper coloured with a decently sized frothy beige head. Long lasting retention and good lacing.

(4.5) S: Pine, tart citrus elements, crisp apple, earthy peat, buttered bread, and toffee. What a great mix of aromas with a defined hop-like character and earthy qualities that contribute to the complexity.

(4.0) T: Similar to aroma with fresh grasses, spices, lemons, grapefruit, and a slight burnt wood taste all coming through. Complimented nicely with a robust and rich bread-like malt taste. Solid bitterness throughout with a mildly dry finish. Very good.

(3.5) M: Medium bodied with a moderate carbonation. Slight syrup like stickyness with a mildly viscous body.

(4.0) D: Very tasty with a great hop profile and fresh earthy qualities. I still prefer this on-tap if given the choice, but nonetheless, a very good harvest ale and something to look forward to in the Fall season.

Photo of mick303
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750 ml corked bottle that took quite a bit of work to decork. Excellent head retention and lacing over a burnished caramel colored ale.

A- earthy dry hop notes, caramel malt, some rustic malty sweetness, baking spice, some drier citrus notes. Robust and complex.

T- some rich malt notes, dextrinous and rich English malts, more dry lemon and grapefruit and also earthy spice. Hops really play a nice role with a thorough earthy character. Dry caramel, mango, drying hay and apple, full and rich fruity character that compliments the malt character. Smooth bitterness throughout growing toward the finish.

M- quite robust and also a well balanced harvest ale, quite an assertive hop bitterness over the malts, very drinkable with a warming satisfying character.

All around this is a highly satisfying and balanced treat. Rich earthy and ripe fruity hops compliment a well balanced caramel malt character that remains really tasty. Good complexity.

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

2012 edition - 750mL, 7%

Appearance - Pours a dark amber with two fingers of bubbly foamy head.

Smell - Citrus/tropical fruits, caramalts, strong piney hops.

Taste - Piney earthy hops along with citrus, tropical and dark fruits. Nice caramel/caramalt flavour. Grassy bitter finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with light to medium carbonation.

Overall - A unique EPA by Muskoka. The aromas almost suggest a dry-hopped American IPA. Well-executed brew that makes it to the top of my Muskoka favourites list, right next to Mad Tom IPA.

Photo of mintjellie
4.01/5  rDev +2%
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 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 IronDjinn
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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

Appearance: It has a nice orange/copper/amber colour to it. It has a nice off-white head that dies down moderatly and has some lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitly give out hints of earthy and floral hops with some grainy and caramely malts and some citrusy notes.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a very nice sweet malt flavor with caramel notes. The floral hops give it a nice lingering bitterness with some citrusy and grapefuite notes.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good flavours and aromas. Another great beer from Muskoka.

Photo of Franck
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Very malted at nose. Tofee ans treacle.
In mouth, it's sweet, round, dense. Sugars give their place to hops who give a great bitter taste with aromas of cantaloupe and grapefruit.
Long bitterness

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Muskoka Harvest Ale from Muskoka Brewery
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