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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
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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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wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

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

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2011 20:46:32 | More by wordemupg
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jrenihan

Ontario (Canada)

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

2011 edition.

Amber colour, almost two finger-widths of slightly off-white head. Head is thick and has pretty good retention. Some lacing.

Nose consists of biscuity caramel malt and fragrant, floral hops with some light, sweet fruit.

Taste is quite malty. Biscuit and caramel. Fairly sweet. Has a slightly fruity flavour to it. Finishes with some bitterness. Has a bit of an earthy flavour, which I often find to be the case with English pale ales/IPAs. Pretty good.

A little high on the carbonation for me. Medium bodied.

Pretty tasty beer. Don't think I will need more than the one this year, but have certainly enjoyed the one.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2011 00:17:27 | More by jrenihan
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tbeckett

Ontario (Canada)

3.55/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From notes.

A - Poured amber with strong carbonation and a one finger beige head. Bright. No lace and a film of retention.

S - Light oranges, earth, some toffee.

T - Earthy, fresh bread, caramel, toffee, and dark fruit. Seems like a hoppier version of an EPA.

M - Good carbonation, mild to full body, and a sweetish kinda finish.

O/D - Not bad. I guess it seems - like a few other people have pointed out - like a hopped up ESB or something of the sort. For $9 I won't be buying it again, but worth a shot once.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2011 19:19:57 | More by tbeckett
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peensteen

Ontario (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deep amber colour, one finger off white head, some lace left behind. Smell is sweet and biscuity, malty, floral hops, pine, slight subtle citrus, dry hops. Taste is of sweet malt, long bitterness, dry hop, caramel notes in the finish, pine/citrus aftertaste, light unpleasant metallic qualities. Medium-prickly carbonation, medium full body, lightly syrupy. Not bad but not as good as last year (at least thats how I remember it anyway)still decent but a bit of a let down.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2011 12:03:55 | More by peensteen
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bryehn

Ontario (Canada)

4.4/5  rDev +12%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2011 16:39:13 | More by bryehn
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TerryW

Ontario (Canada)

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

Reddish copper under a good sized head. Looks appetizing. Also smells appetizing with a pretty big nose - sweet caramel malt, flowery hops nicely balanced, fruitiness. Very nice way to start a beer.

My bottle is a bit older, so it appears that the hops have given way to the malt. Still a decent enough brew. Nice mouth presence, evenhanded malt and a nice bitterness from the hops. Overall quite tasty and easy drinking.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2011 23:21:44 | More by TerryW
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eat

Quebec (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Ontario (Canada)

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

An excellent Harvest Ale, although the hops have faded more than I expected since first trying this beer on draught in September.

Current bottle from the brewery in October, so should be as good as it gets. From an external perspective, a fantastic swing cap 750 mL bottle that is ideal for sharing and definitely gives the beer the same gravitas as wine i.e. has made an ideal gift at pretty much any party I've been to in the last 3 months!

Delightful colour, beautiful autumn aroma (spices, malts & hops) followed by a very complex yet balanced full taste profile. This bottle is definitely sweeter than ones I remember from 2010, but still drinks very well and I am already looking forward to 2011. Well done, Muskoka!

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2011 22:15:20 | More by hopsolutely
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mintjellie

Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Ontario (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The 750ml champagne style swing-top bottle looks fantastic. Great packaging! I thought this beer would look even nicer in my snifter.

Pours a murky bog water orange with two fingers of fluffy cream coloured head that holds well. Sticky sheets of lace coat the glass.

The nose is juicy, full, and fresh. Tropical fruit such as pineapple and unripe mango are welcomed but seem unusual for an EPA. I'm not going to complain though! Toasty caramel malts and a yeasty bread like character comprise the malt profile. Great balance and very inviting.

The hop profile leans more towards being floral and raw but the tropical fruit characteristics are still there. Floral and a bit earthy in the finish, which lingers and imparts a subtle bitterness that invites you to take another sip. The hops are the star of the show but toasted malts do come in midway through with caramel around the edges. I was originally going to give this a 3.5, but the beer grew on me and I was better able to appreciate its complexities as it warmed. I think that justifies the 750ml size.

The mouthfeel is clean but a bit wet throughout. A bit of bulking up and/or creaminess would do. But the feel is in the English style; smooth with an unobtrusive amount of carbonation, allowing the flavours to shine. The slightly higher ABV is well disguised.

Overall, this one's a great offering from Muskoka and a great one from Ontario in general. Fresh, complex, flavourful, with the hop kick I like. Asides from the mouthfeel which seemed to be a bit lacking, I don't have any real complaints. Kudos to Muskoka for such a solid offering. I hope I see this again next year!

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2010 02:07:06 | More by ludachris
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ZorPrime

Quebec (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2010 18:36:52 | More by ZorPrime
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uno99

Ontario (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2010 03:15:07 | More by uno99
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allergictomacros

Ontario (Canada)

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

A - Clear copper with a thick, foamy head.

S - Nice hoppiness in the nose with a good dose of toasty malt.

T - Lots of almost-grapefruit hoppiness. Some light caramel, some pine. Tastes very "fresh" and "juicy".

M - Medium body with a bit of slickness.

D - I guess I don't have a whole lot of specifics on this one, but it sure is tasty.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2010 02:38:40 | More by allergictomacros
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pootz

Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2010 01:26:51 | More by pootz
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mrnobody

Ontario (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml swingtop bottle poured into a Wellington Brewery pint glass. Pours a cloudy amber with a thin beige head, no lacing. Smells of fresh grassy hops. Really pleasantly surprised by the strength of the aroma. Tastes of malt, grass and some grapefruit. This is medium bodied with fairly low carbonation. I found this to be quite quaffable and am looking forward to their winter offering, a chocolate cranberry stout!

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2010 01:17:44 | More by mrnobody
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heebes

Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2010 21:58:54 | More by heebes
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case4816

Ontario (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Orange Brown in colour, like cooked sugar; also fairly opaque. Very nice thick creamy head that dissipated slowly to a thin coating on the top.

S- Much hoppier than I had imagined it would be. Hops are very fresh smelling, very piney and earthy. Also a nice amount of light malts on the nose. There is almost another smell in the back; "empty", almost like water from the tap, so a tad metallic

T- Way more hop flavour than anticipated as well. Hops are very fresh, and very bitter which is nice. The malt flavour also comes through with a nice light flavour; also a bit of yeast flavour. The "empty" smell comes through how I thought it would. Quite metallic, very much like tap water.

D- Very nice Seasonal from Muskoka. Didn't really like the metallic flavour, but that might just be this bottle. I will probably pick up another bottle before they're gone.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2010 02:04:16 | More by case4816
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Ralphus

Ontario (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This bottle is a great example of packaging done right. If I didn't know better I'd say they took a cue from Beau's. Regardless, well done Muskoka. Great looking bottle.

It pours a beautiful cloudy reddish amber colour with a soapy head. It dissapates quickly leaving behind some lacing, settling to a ring of foam around the glass. Great colour on this one.

The smell initially was a fairly muted biscuity, grassiness. However after allowing it to warm lots of berry fruitiness is coming through. Any talk of cascade hops that others are mentioning is lacking with my bottle.

The taste is a mild mix of sweet malts, fruitiness and slightly grassy bitter hops. There's some oxidation present in the background.. like a touch of wet cardboard however. Balance is good.

Mouthfeel I think is where this beer starts to fall down. It's a bit thin and watery. My first thought when tasting it was, this is good - but there's something missing and I think it's in the mouthfeel. The carbonation just doesn't seem full enough.

Drinkability is decent. I wouldn't say I'm gulping it down but it's pleasantly drinkable.

With all that said, Muksoka - keep up the good work. This is a great move and here's hoping there's more success to come!

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2010 01:37:58 | More by Ralphus
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StarshipPoopers

Ontario (Canada)

3.2/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750mL swingtop. The bottle is pretty quality, it's nice that they include a good way to reseal the bottle if you don't want it all at once.

A - Nice appearance. A rich, dark amber with about a finger of white head. The retention is pretty minimal, the head quickly fades into a patch of film in the centre and a ring. It started out with great lacing but that too didn't last long. The appearance is definitely the best attribute of the beer.

S - It's hard to get a smell off of this. There are sweet malts that show through rather muted floral hops. I'm not sure where people are getting all of the individual flavours from, it smells pretty uniform.

T - Average. If one were to only drink Ontario beer then this would be considered good, but given the wide range of options available I can't help but be less than impressed. There is a hop aspect to the taste, but it is subdued and is by no means overpowering. The hops provide a subtle edge that follows through into the aftertaste as a slight bitterness in the throat. However The malts are present, as well as some subdued spices. Again, hard to put a finger on what they are exactly. Very light citrus and some grassy tones.

M - Average. Nothing special, nothing bad. Pretty light on the tongue, carbonation seems pretty average.

D - The lack of any real pull toward either the malts or the hops means that it is easy on the palate and the relative smoothness and mediumish carbonation makes it go down easy. However the lack of any real discernible taste reduces the drinkability.

Not a bad beer, but nothing really noteworthy. It is nice that it's an all-Ontario beer though, and I would say that it's worth trying once. But not something I really see myself going back to. One glass was enough, and I still have half of the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2010 22:55:27 | More by StarshipPoopers
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liamt07

Ontario (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml swing-top into a couple of pint glasses, split with my girlfriend's father after Thanksgiving dinner this past weekend. BBD is stickered overtop the swingtop, reading January 31, 2011.

Poured a clear golden red, with a fluffy and billowing two fingers of offwhite/cream coloured head. Sticky lace and solid, creamy retention. Nose is of grassy and floral hops, sweet toffee and citrus (orange and mango). Taste is a dry and bitter hop attack, less citrus here with more bitterness. More of the aroma in the grassiness, and finishes a touch metallic. Toffee/sweet malt is somewhat evident as well. Mouthfeel is somewhat sticky, with a medium-light body and a touch watery; medium-high carbonation. Good drinkability, ABV is disguised.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2010 23:47:35 | More by liamt07
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pnkHoody

British Columbia (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Fresh off a flight to Sudbury I headed for my favourite (read: the only) place to get a good beer in town: the Laughing Buddha. It's got a weird patio, the paving stones are on a ludicrous 30 degree slope and my table is threatening to fall over. I have sat my 750ml ("standard bottle" they call this size) of Muskoka Harvest on the heater (off) next to me, as it is the only stable structure in this place.

The beer pours a pretty rich orange gold with a dense, almost luminous yellow head that quickly settled to a half inch of scum. It smells somewhere between an IPA and a pilsner: decent amount of orange-rind hops but also a clean lageresque tang. The immediate taste is very promising, with a lot of rich yeasty bread. Orange juice is there too. Sweetness subsides to a baking-soda fresh bitterness. This doesn't linger, but it begs for another sip. Very drinkable and decent.

This beer was not on the menu. It's worth asking these guys for off-the-menu stuff as they make an effort to get a lot of things in. Great little beer oasis, this place, and dang fine pizza-pie to boot. I'd be surprised if I didn't sup another few of these before the week is out. Hell, I might have another tonight. Gotta find some comfort as a depressing two weeks away from my family stretches out in front of me.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2010 22:30:29 | More by pnkHoody
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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Ontario (Canada)

3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice looking 750ml swingtop, pours a crystal clear caramel brown with a couple fingers of rocky head which leaves some sticky lacing. Good looking beer.

Slightly tropical hop profile in the nose, almost a touch like cream soda. Caramel malt, touch of orange, mild and not all that inspiring.

Real interesting ale that serves as a pleasant drinker. Mineral dry malt, almost a touch of brown ale mixed with alt, cocoa and earth, caramel. Served with a nice side of earthy hops, a touch of lemon rind, a hint of tropical fruits. A bit on the sweet side. Nicely balanced, nothing too adventurous in the hops but a nice malt base makes this more than the average pale ale. Creamy mouthfeel with a nice bitter pinch at the end. Certainly no hopped up American pale but a well balanced English ale.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2010 02:09:24 | More by ritzkiss
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korguy123

Ontario (Canada)

4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2010 03:09:13 | More by korguy123
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MrHall

Ontario (Canada)

3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2010 ed.

poured into a pint glass.

I tried this at C'est what during the fall fest, and didn't think much of it (in fact, I'm realizing that tastings like the ones at c'est what and even the beloved cask days, are pretty bad places to get a good handle on beer. Unless I get to spit and dump - anyone else with me?)

The bottle is beautiful. I LOVE that Bordeaux look of a 750ml beer bottle! And the flip top makes all the difference. And, like a previous reviewer, the bottled version made a much bigger impact taste wise.

While everything else is pretty decent, the appearance is the best part of this beer. A wonder dark gold that verges on amber with a nice fluffy head.

Aroma was a bit of a let down compared to the appearance, but I am suffering from allergies right now.

Taste was good but surprising. Based on what I've read here, and even from what Muskoka writes, (i.e. dry hopped, cascade, etc) I expected it to taste like an APA, but it's pretty clearly English in style. While there is some nice hoppy bitterness, the maltiness I think wins out.

In fact, the first beer I thought of when I tasted it, was Mill St. Barley Wine. Obviously, it isn't a barley wine at all, but the fruity honey notes made it reminiscent of an old English ale. In fact, I think if next year, Muskoka upped the abv to 7%+ I think it would be all the better.

I'm definitely going to have this on my table on thanksgiving.

The last thing I'll say about it, is that it almost seems to be a nice marriage of an English and American IPA, which is really cool.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2010 23:29:16 | More by MrHall
Muskoka Harvest Ale from Muskoka Brewery
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