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Muskoka Harvest Ale - Muskoka Brewery

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88
very good

120 Ratings
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Ratings: 120
Reviews: 59
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 10.86%
Wants: 3
Gots: 8 | 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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4.43/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

fostachild, Nov 17, 2011
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4.4/5  rDev +11.1%

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Photo of bryehn
4.4/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

bryehn, Sep 10, 2011
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4.35/5  rDev +9.8%
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!

randallpink, Jan 02, 2014
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4.35/5  rDev +9.8%
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: 4.35, 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.

thehyperduck, Nov 08, 2012
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4.35/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

dreamchaser, Sep 12, 2013
Photo of uno99
4.33/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

uno99, Oct 23, 2010
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4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

papat444, Sep 24, 2012
Photo of ZorPrime
4.28/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

ZorPrime, Oct 23, 2010
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4.28/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

korguy123, Oct 07, 2010
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Muskoka Harvest Ale from Muskoka Brewery
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