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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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irishkyle21

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +1.8%

01-16-2012 16:35:03 | More by irishkyle21
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

2.5/5  rDev -36.4%

01-11-2012 07:10:48 | More by ygtbsm94
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nmann08

District of Columbia

3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

01-08-2012 22:30:51 | More by nmann08
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kjyost

Manitoba (Canada)

4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2011 23:55:41 | More by kjyost
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andrenaline

Ontario (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another gem from joemcgrath27... Thanks bud!

A - Pours a slightly hazy copper colour with a reddish hue, finger of head with decent retention and some sporadic sheeting lacing.

S - Leafy citrus hops, slightly musty, hint of cotton candy and some caramel on the finish.

T - The fruity citrus hop notes dominate, leafy and earthy. A unique bitterness lingers on the palette and the caramel and toffee notes come through on the finish.

M - Medium bodied, though could come across a tad thin, goes down smooth and finishes nice and wet.

O - A tasty ale that boasts loads of flavour, and certainly captures the essence of the style. I'll be going out of my way to procure more if this next fall once it hits the shelves at the LCBO.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2011 14:57:30 | More by andrenaline
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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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slitherySOB

Ontario (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2011 17:37:41 | More by slitherySOB
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schopenhauerale

British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev +1.8%

12-06-2011 18:03:49 | More by schopenhauerale
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IronDjinn

Alberta (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Ontario (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

12-04-2011 19:33:33 | More by RedAleMan
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bigox420

Ontario (Canada)

5/5  rDev +27.2%

11-28-2011 07:02:50 | More by bigox420
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G33kyCanuck

Ontario (Canada)

5/5  rDev +27.2%

11-23-2011 06:01:06 | More by G33kyCanuck
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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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Molson2000

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

11-18-2011 21:35:55 | More by Molson2000
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fostachild

Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2011 22:13:17 | More by fostachild
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SebD

Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2011 19:44:51 | More by SebD
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spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Draft

Appearance - The beer pours a hazy copper colour with a an average size frothy beige coloured head. I can't see much carbonation due to the darkness of the beer and there is some very nice lacing on the sides of the glass. The head lasted for over 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, hops, caramel

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts mixed with caramel and some rye. There is also a bit of a citrus flavour and a good amount of hops. It ends with a malty/caramel aftertaste with some lingering hop bitterness.

Drink - I remember this as being a bit better last year, but it's still a very good brew. I can taste a bit of their Mad Tom in this beer for sure. I was happy to try it fresh on tap. Worth seeking out.

Serving type: on-tap

10-31-2011 16:53:13 | More by spinrsx
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2011 19:27:09 | More by Phyl21ca
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3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Dark copper topped by a solid cm of dense, long-lasting foam.

Smell - citrus hops aromas with a touch of grassiness, grain and caramel.

Taste and Mouthfeel - Gently carbonated and smooth in texture. Very balanced flavours of sweet, toffee-like caramel malt and subtly bitter, citric hops.

This is a very good interpretation of the British-type pale ale in a North American style.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2011 23:13:07 | More by
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EnemyWithin

Ontario (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: 4
Brown amber orange with half an inch of slightly brown yellow white head. Nice looking beer. Good lacing.

Smell: 4
Floral citrus hop aromas, with toffee brown sugar malt notes as well. Also a touch of grassy/grain. Citrus characteristics of the hops fades with time.

Taste: 3.5
Definitely a hops presence to the taste. Initially a slight grainy sweetness that opens up into a more noticeable presence of the hops. Mix of mildly piney, grassy, and caramel flavors. Finishes with the lingering bitterness at end. It smells more complex than it tastes.

Mouthfeel: 3.5
On the thin side, but not too drastic. Reasonable balance between sweetness of malt with astringency of hop. Mild to moderate carbonation, with a nice slight creaminess to it. Average if not above average.

Overall: 3.5
Very safe ale. Nothing overly aggressive or unique. There is a noticeable hops presence, but not a hop bomb by any means. Not a big beer, not a bold beer. A little hard to know what style exactly to compare/rate it against. I do find that is a bit underwhelming in what it offers in the taste profile. That being said, it’s not bad by any means; I think there’s a nice contrast of malt and hops and it’s a reasonable well constructed brew. Could benefit in being bolder in malt profile and alcohol content.

An accessible beer and good offering above and beyond a typical macro beer. Something a lot of people could like. Not a must have, but okay to try.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2011 00:59:25 | More by EnemyWithin
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joemcgrath27

Alberta (Canada)

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

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2011 03:52:40 | More by joemcgrath27
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marty21

Manitoba (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear copper orange with two fingers worth of foamy off white head. Settles to a thin cap and left a good amount of thick lacing.

S: Good hoppy aroma up front with some caramel malt in the background. A very inviting aroma.

T: Good amount of hops with caramel malt and earthy tastes. Has a bitter finish that lingers for a bit.

M: Light to medium carbonation with a lighter body.

O: This was only my second time trying a beer from Muskoka. The other being their Double Chocolate Cranberry Stout. But I’ve enjoyed them both. I wouldn’t say this is the best pale ale out there but it’s pretty tasty.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2011 19:05:33 | More by marty21
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

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 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.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2011 23:55:13 | More by biboergosum
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evlu1441

Alberta (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Ontario (Canada)

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

The glass looks almost like a blend of cheetah-print and cheap red lipstick (a sure disservice to a beer that is far more attractive than whatever kind of image that description might conjure). By all accounts, this deep but clear and shimmering beer is highly aesthetic and pours with a head nearly as tall as the neck on its swing-top bottle is long. Lacing is thorough.

The brewery tries real hard to sell the dry-hopping, but I’m not buying it entirely. Don't be mistaken, the beer is perceptibly well hopped and exudes a bitter, grassy, resinous hoppy bouquet. But there's enough malt in there to drown hop cones of any size and, as the colour suggests, more than just the hop harvest was meant to be showcased.

Indeed, malt plays no small role in this production. Lots of toasty, rich caramelly grain comes through in the taste, finishing with a hint of sherry. (That aftertaste, by the way, like Pavarotti on a treadmill, is fat and goes absolutely nowhere.) Of course, hops are up in that too; rank pineapple, bitter herbals and pine serum are noted as well.

Muskoka Harvest Ale 2010 and 2011 vintages don't compare identically, but the differences are negligible and the enjoyment and quality are the same. This is a well balanced recipe, providing both sweet malt and bitter hop, both in generous portions that are, well, well proportioned. It is, in other words, a very enjoyable 750ml to work your way through.

The beer has plenty of 'green' hoppiness that results in just the right number of IBUs. Likewise with the amount of toast: enough to instill a firm, nutty sweetness but not so much as to go overboard with it. And, again, likewise with the alcohol: 6 and some odd percent is reasonable, but enough to add a bit of an exclamation mark to the whole thing.

I hope to see this offering on the shelves every autumn as it's quickly become part of my fall-time drinking rituals. Like the Autumn Wind, this is a beer that "is a pirate, blustering in from sea. With a rollicking song he sweeps along, swaggering boisterously...big and bold, the trees all shake and quiver and quake as he robs them of their gold. He'll knock you 'round and upside down and laugh when he's conquered and won."

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2011 04:40:08 | More by biegaman
Muskoka Harvest Ale from Muskoka Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 107 ratings.