Tröegs Hop Knife Harvest Ale - Tröegs Brewing Company

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Ratings: 864
Reviews: 100
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 8.85%
Wants: 30
Gots: 187 | FT: 0
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Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: orangesol on 07-05-2014

Hop Knife Harvest Ale recognizes the tradition of hand-harvesting hops at their peak. Our HopCyclone process creates a spiral of hop dispersal during fermentation, releasing a bounty of citrus, resin & tropical aromas. #3 of 4 in our Hop Cycle seasonal series.
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Reviews by DIM:
Photo of DIM
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%

This was a bright, shiny golden color, served with a small fizzy cap.

Nice hop nose! Fresh, juicy, floral, and herbal, all come to mind. Light caramel balance. This tasted incredibly fresh to me. The hops were tingly and had a wide range of subtle flavors. Mild, juicy not bitter citrus and floral notes for sure. Are tropical herbs a thing? Tingly and full flavored without being pungent or overbearing. Not much malt balance, which made this light and dangerously drinkable. I had no doubt this would be excellent. Nicely done Troegs.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%

Great to see that Troegs has finally made it to NC.I poured one and a half bottles into an imperial nonic,a clear bass color with a lacey thinner white head atop.Nice hop complexity in the nose with some fresh cut grass,pine resin,and tropical fruits over top of a nutty and mildly sweet caramel/biscuit base.The hop complexity also transitions over to the flavors,herbal and grassy with some light sweet onion,and tropical fruits,the malts have complexity to boot,nutty and somewhat sweet caramel with a shot of alcohol in the finish.Damn this is what harvest ales strive to be,another big winner here from Troegs!

Photo of far333
3.79/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Clear apricot colored with a wispy white head that disappears quickly. Inviting aroma of tangerines and subtle pine. Bright flavors of citrusy hops, lots of tangerine, orange, and grapefruit rind, more flavorful than bitter, though a subtle bitterness offsets the honey malt flavors. Slightly slick mouthfeel, but a damn good beer.

Photo of philbe311
3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Not anymore than a finger's worth of crisp audibly fizzy off white colored head... Minimal at best retention gives way to a full veil of lacing and modest collar... The color is a warm inviting slightly vibrant amber... There are some assertive golden undertones when back lit... A moderate bit of quick paced carbonation rises randomly throughout...

S - A glorious hop nose to start... Bursting at the seams with a mix of juicy citrus and resiny goodness... A bit more sweet citrus than pungent resins... Quite intoxicating... A light malt base in the form of caramel and cracker lies way beneath the surface... The outstanding aroma probably has a bit to do with the fact that this was bottled just over a week ago... I'm curious to see how this one holds up after a couple of weeks in the fridge...

T - Light tropical fruit and citrus to start... A rich graham cracker malty goodness surfaces next... Bread crust... Next comes a mix of piney and earthy hops... The bitterness intensifies a bit on the finish in the form of earthy pungency...

M -A touch of juiciness to start... Sturdy and medium bodied... Assertive carbonation... Starts to turn a bit chalky midway through and the chalkiness continues to intensify before it finishes with a slight touch of dryness... A light astringency on the finish...

D - World class aroma... Pedestrian in all other facets... While this is a nice addition to the Troegs seasonal line-up, it will always remind me of what it replaced and I would much prefer that Dead Reckoning still occupied this spot in the rotation...

Photo of stakem
2.75/5  rDev -32.4%

Thanks wishuwerebeer for sharing this 12oz bottle with me. Poured into a snifter, the brew appears a crystal clear copper color with a big off-white bubbly head. Some spotty lace hangs on the wall of the glass.

The nose is pungent with wonderful fresh and juicy grapefruit juice-like hop character. Very hop forward and delicious smelling of fresh hops with floral and grassy quality.

The taste however is like dirty cantaloupe mixed with vegetables, grass and buttery diacetyl. How in the hell can something smell this wonderful and taste like licking a garbage can?

This is a light bodied brew with a moderate amount of carbonation. I am very glad I got to try this without wasting any money on it. If offered this beer again, id certainly enjoy smelling it but ill be damned if id drink it. Yuck.

Photo of brentk56
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear amber verging on copper; the moderately-sized head leaves a few shards behind

Smell: Tropical fruit, resins and pine; really bright

Taste: A touch of the biscuit and then the hops take over, bringing tropical fruit (pineapple and guava) and pine flavors; resinous tones build, after the swallow, and the hops verge on but never become overly bitter

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: I know the label claims citrus but I am getting more in the way of pine; in any event, this is a very tasty harvest IPA with just the right amount of malt balance for my palate

Photo of A_bit_of_the_Sacrament
3.96/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

For my very first review I wanted to review something special. Since Hop Knife has only been available in my market for less than 24 hours I thought it would be nice to be one of the first to review it.
I cracked open the bottle and poured it vigorously in to a chilled Troegs pint glass. Despite my aggressive pour, the beer yielded only a quarter inch of head which quickly disappeared with the first sip. The nose on this beer has all the hoppy characteristics of an American IPA and the floral notes shine. The front side was as citrusy as I expected but was backed up with good malt balance at the finish.
As someone who has shied away from IPA until recently I didn't expect to be floored by this one. However, I was pleasantly surprised an thoroughly enjoyed it. Hop Knife is definitely worth a try, although I suspect those who are true IPA junkies will find it a bit lack luster.

Photo of Tucquan
4.11/5  rDev +1%

Had this on 2014-08-14 in Columbia, PA from a bottle and again on 2014-09-06 on-tap at the brewery.

A - Clear golden-orange with a 1-finger off-white head that fades quickly and leaves moderate lace.

S - Lush dollop of various hops with an emphasis on pine, citrus, moderate dank and floral. Some malt sweetness is evident too. Nice!

T - Hop forward, vegetal hob bud flavor followed by orange citrus flesh, pine, biscuit, herbal/medicinal and a long-lingering orange zest bitterness.

M - Light-medium body and medium-high carbonation. Prickly, resinous and crisp.

O - A tasty brew with all the popular, well-done flavors one would expect from a harvest ale. Emphasizes the citrus and hop flavors more than the malt; nothing like a Sierra Nevada Northern Hemisphere, which relies on a big malt/caramel bill to balance the fresh hops.

Photo of doremite
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Found this to be pretty malty and sweet for the style but perhaps will be more favored by those who enjoy maltier IPAs.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Appears a pale copper with a slightly off white head, fine even speckled lacing coats the sides of my glass, what a great looking beer.

Aroma has dank oily upfront hops, like opening up a bag of hop pellets. Pungent grapefruit and tropical fruits (mango/pineapple combo) with a mellow malt profile biscuit with some perceived sweetness. What a great smelling beer in here.

Flavor upfront bitterness, pine cone notes, citrus fruit on the palate more juicy mango even pear fruit notes…cuts with precision not a machete but a great chef’s knife perhaps. Each sip has enough malt and hop balance to be truly drinkable a bit of resinous pine bitterness lingers with some earthy hop character quite a delight.

Mouthfeel, slightly resinous hop oils doing it right with a smooth flowing level of carbonation with a medium body overall. Goes down great, keep ‘em coming. I did have a case of this, don’t worry folks I shared with friends.

Overall, really well made seasonal harvest ale with new hopping devices described on the label and videos on their website. Home run for the Trogner bros know brewing out of Hershey PA.

Photo of hagbergl
3.5/5  rDev -14%

Appearance: copper and clear with a towering tightly bubbled head of white foam. Pretty typical for an IPA.

Smell: lots of pink grapefruit, pine, hop resin, sweet pale malts and a nice supporting crackery note. Very fresh smelling.

Taste: Wet hops are a bit more subdued in their bitterness, and this is evident in the flavor of this beer. Hop knife has a nice bit of dimension to it, with the hops giving a couple different looks–at first, you get a sharp stab of grapefruit hop bitterness that is dry and quite astringent, but mid mouth the flavor becomes more spicy and earthy with an orange peel and pine-like flavor. While not very intense, still solid.

Mouthfeel: one of the strongest suits of this beer, it sports a vigorous, spritely carbonation and exceptional dryness from beginning to end. This is a very quenching beer thanks to its mouthfeel.

Troegs' Hop Knife is a good, above-average IPA that drinks easily and nicely showcases the various dimensions of fresh hops well. The beer has a mouthfeel that's really on-point, too. However, Hop Knife doesn't really stand out in a VERY crowded American IPA field. But with its reasonable price point (despite being a seasonal), I'd say it's well worth trying out.

Photo of Natureboy
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

The cask pour on this is mildly carbonated, so the head was minimal. The color was a deep gold, about 13 SRM. Medium-bodied mouthfeel, with a clean pale maltiness. Not much caramel or other malt character. Hop aroma is delightful, resiny and floral, with a perfectly balanced bitterness. This is not the hop bomb the name would suggest. Even out of the cask, this is a refreshing, light pale with an excellent hop profile.

Photo of Brenden
4/5  rDev -1.7%

[Appearance: 4.0] This one is a brilliantly shining and even luminous clear medium orange. The head is tinted slightly yellow and rests at just under one finger's height. Its retention is good, and it takes some time to fall while it dispatches pretty good lace.
[Aroma: 4.25] There's a big, rich bouquet of hops on the nose, very inviting. It's got all kinds of raw but clean bitterness with lots of pine and citrus, some zest, a hint of pith but less woody, and just enough malty sweetness to keep it even while the hops punch the nose.
[Flavor: 4.0] The punch of hops translates to the tongue, just not as powerfully. It still rolls some nice bitterness out with a hint more tropical fruits and just a slight quality of brine in the end.
[Mouthfeel: 4.0] The medium body carries the weight of the hops while the crispness brings some consistent bite to the tongue while smoothness is secondary but not lost. Some drier bitterness lingers in the finish.

Photo of RichardMNixon
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Big citrus and floral aroma. Taste is citrusy hops with papaya in front. Very little malt character, this is all about the hops. Bright and bubbly in the mouthfeel. Very solid beer.

Photo of SomethingClever
4.39/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.75

12oz bottle nonic pint
A: nice light amber color pure clarity this beer is see through like nothing not much of a head at all what was disappeared quickly.

S: This beer smells like a piney resinous hop bomb

T: an absolute rush of obey resinous hops and immediately gone no linger no nothing half through the swallow taste is just flat gone

M: nice feel semi coating clingy hop taste but the beer finishes very watery like someone took an amazing beer and added a cup of aster

O: For finishing watery as all get out this beer is still pretty damn good just a nice hoppy beer I get no citrus as the notes suggest but it's got it going on I'd drink this bad boy any day

Photo of PBRmeasap1980
4/5  rDev -1.7%

5 oz pour at Top Hops NYC

Pine, pine, pine. I get tons of aromatic and flavorful pine. I an not picking up much else on my pallet. Very good, but the wow factor was huge at the beginning and began to fade.

Photo of Grugalug
4.06/5  rDev -0.2%

Poured into a pint glass.

A- Pours a golden, slightly amber hue with about a finger of white and foamy head. The head doesn't last terribly long, and as it dissipates it leaves a bit of lacing behind. It is fairly clear and has a fair amount of bubbles streaming to the surface. So far so good. (3.7)

S- Big grapefruit right off the bat, even a grapefruit juice quality to it. Subtle notes of pine and mint are here as well, as is a slight floral quality. Doesn't quite smell like a hop bomb, but is certainly not underwhelming. A really nice amount of big aromas without being overpowering. (4.1)

T- That grapefruit quality is definitely the dominate flavor, but not to the degree it was in the aroma. More piney and minty qualities here, and a really nice and readily detectable maltiness too. Has a very nice hop bite at the end, but again definitely not a hop bomb nor a beer that underwhelms. It's just really nicely balanced and is ridiculously easy to drink, especially given the ABV. (4.15)

M- This is what I imagine an American IPA to be like: finishes dry but doesn't disappear instantly, leaving the flavors to linger on the palette for a bit. Perfect amount of carbonation as well. (4.25)

O- I sincerely wish this wasn't a seasonal offering. This would probably be my go-to IPA if it was available year round. Not overpowering but nonetheless big on flavor and aroma, this is an offering that should not be missed. Get it while it's still available. (4.06)

Photo of hophugger
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Another great brew by Troegs. Beautiful clear amber color. Aroma hits the nose with just the right amount of piney resin and floral hops. Taste has great notes of bitter hops and citrus and a great finishing taste that lingers pleasurably. Overall a nice blend of hop bitterness and floral that balances well !!!!!!!

Photo of Gmann
3.8/5  rDev -6.6%

Pours a clear golden honey color with a small tight white head that settles into a light cap. Not much lacing on the glass. 3.5

The aroma is of citrus hops, mainly orange with some grapefruit. Noticeable pineapple scent as well. Nice juicy overall aroma. 4

The taste is of a bready malt, slightly toasted. Some caramel notes. Lots of pineapple flavor, almost like pineapple juice. Some pepper and grapefruit and a little bit of pine in the finish. Good depth of hop flavor, however it doesn't taste as fresh as a harvest ale should. 3.75

The feel is moderate with prickly carbonation. Sweet and bitter on the palate, good balance. Slight bitterness in the finish. Drinks well. 4

A well balanced IPA. The hop aroma and flavor are nice, just wished it tasted a bit fresher. Well worth a purchase though. 3.8

Photo of KTCamm
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Served on tap at Morris Tap and Grill. Light malty, good hop. Look forward to grabbing a bottle and taking more notes.

Photo of Mongrel
3.85/5  rDev -5.4%

This one is tough to categorize, as it certainly doesn't feel like your traditional harvest ale. And it's not quite an IPA in my book. Maybe more like a slightly jacked up American pale ale (in this case, not an IPA).

Anyway, it pours a copper color akin to a pale ale, and retains some of that earthy caramel flavor we've come to know from beers like Sierra Nevada pale ale. The hops are amped up a tone in terms of juiciness, but remain relatively soft on the palate. Though a nice resiny film does coat your tongue. A touch of coppery bitterness. Floral, slightly tropical hops both on the nose and the palate, with some pine on the finish.

Overall, a nice, big, fresh take on an American pale ale. Not for those seeking out a traditional harvest ale.

Photo of puboflyons
4/5  rDev -1.7%

From the 12 fl. oz bottle. Sampled on November 30, 2014.

It looks like it should with its copper-amber pour and big white head. Great clarity. Nothing unique here.

Decent aroma of floral or piney hops but nothing I have not sniffed before.

Generally medium body.

The floral hops notes really dig into the palate and remind me it is an IPA., But what do I see that is different about it compared to other IPA's. Very little. Textbook. Very nice. But nothing unique here.

Photo of mikeburd1128
3.8/5  rDev -6.6%

I just dk about this one, guys and gals. Solid beer. I just don't think it's deserving of the 4+ rating on here. Nose on it is incredible. Great hop complexity. Tropical fruit, pine, onion, grass - it's all there. But those flavors seem to disappear once you actually start drinking. Maybe some orange, some pine. And this kind of stale finish. Finishes really clean though. Not sure if that's a plus. Not exactly what I'm looking for in a "harvest" ale. Mouthfeel is lacking as well.

TL;DR - amazing nose, but goes way downhill from there... And a harvest? What harvest was there in July when this was brewed. Certainly no hop harvest.

Photo of Dodo2step
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

P- Troegs Brewery

A- clear orange color with a one finger frothy head. nice lacing on pint as well.

S- grapefruit hops dominate the nose with pine following.

F- grapefruit and pine in the mouth as well.

M- hoppy and refreshing. light bodied as well

O- another good brew from troegs and this is a top 3 beer for me from troegs. love it.

Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.86/5  rDev -5.2%

Bottle purchased at Nathaniel Square Corner Store.

Pours out a golden amber brown, with an oily looking head, and a very small amount of lacing.

Smells very grassy and piney, with a good amount of grapefruit as well.

The taste is similar. This is unfortunately not as as the Harvest Scratch beer they did last year, but it's still tasty. Doesn't taste much like a harvest IPA, just a regular mid strength IPA, with overtones of grapefruit, grass, perfume, and grapefruit and orange fruity hop flavors. Not much malt to speak of.

This one has a fairly light and airy body, with a high amount of carbonation, with a a bit of a carbonation bite.

Slightly disappointed in this, I know Troegs can do better, but I've still gotta admit it tastes pretty good.

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Tröegs Hop Knife Harvest Ale from Tröegs Brewing Company
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