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Amsterdam Autumn Hop Harvest Ale - Amsterdam Brewing Company

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Amsterdam Autumn Hop Harvest AleAmsterdam Autumn Hop Harvest Ale

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BA SCORE
86
very good

34 Ratings
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Ratings: 34
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 7.83%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Amsterdam Brewing Company visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
Wet hop IPA with Local Cascade.

(Beer added by: tbeckett on 09-19-2013)
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Photo of patre_tim
4.14/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: Golden with haze, many fine white paraticles, 4 fingers of off white yellow tinge head, no visible carbonation. Nice lacing.

S: Citrus, pine, pineapple Jello, pine, skunk, pee, mustard, malty and complex.

T: Citrus, mustard, pine, fine bitterness on the end. Fruity, pineapple Jello. Bergamot. Very light sweetness.

M: Medium body, resinous, low carbonation.

O: Very good pale ale, feels more like an IPA to me. Complex and bitter and delicious.

patre_tim, Jun 06, 2014
Photo of DenisKolkin
3.46/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle served well chilled into a pint glass. Received as a birthday gift.

Appearance - Pale golden color with yellow and orange hues thrown in for good measure. Crystal clear and 1.5 fingers of white head with good retention. Head is particularly foamy.

Smell - Hops, namely citrus (lemon and orange) also with some pine and spruce aromas.

Taste - Quite bitter and predominately pine and spruce flavors. Slight earthy sweetness then the bitterness kicks in again for round two. The hops flavor linger on the tongue for what seems like an eternity, and this is hops hops and more hops. Because of the high bitterness and nonstop hops, this wasn't a favorite.

Mouthfeel - Medium-light bodied with moderate-high carbonation. Very dry aftertaste and finish that can at least be partly attributed to the hops.

Overall - A good beer, but this is too hoppy for my tastes in an APA. If this was an IPA, then I might think of it more favorably. Would have preferred a more balanced (read malty) ale.

DenisKolkin, Feb 06, 2014
Photo of Molson2000
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

Molson2000, Feb 03, 2014
Photo of FondueVoodoo
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another bottle in a great CanBiff Fall 2013 box from TheSevenDuffs.

A: An exceptionally clear pour with a pale apricot colour with approximately 2 fingers of white head which leaves clumps of lacing clinging to the sides of the glass.

S: Floral notes together with background of vegetativeness, citrus, wet earth and a malt balkbone.

T: Similar to the smell but with more pronounced grassy hop character.

M: Light to moderate body with above average carbonation.

O: A pleasant and easy drinking fresh hopped beer that is well balanced. I wouldn't go out of my way for another but would definitely drink again if one was presented to me.

FondueVoodoo, Dec 09, 2013
Photo of randallpink
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

randallpink, Dec 08, 2013
Photo of yancot
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

yancot, Dec 01, 2013
Photo of peensteen
4/5  rDev +4.4%

peensteen, Nov 27, 2013
Photo of irishkyle21
4/5  rDev +4.4%

irishkyle21, Nov 08, 2013
Photo of TerryW
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Clear bright yellow gold under a moderate soapy looking white head, gives a bit of fine lace.

Great nose. Pine, resin, peachy fruit, slightly sweet, but nice and woodsy. Very appetizing to smell.

Bitter grapefruit hops up front, sweet malt up the middle and a nice lingering gentle bitterness to finish. Resiny mouth feel, nice presence on the palate.

A very nice drinking beer for a number of reasons. Hangs together really nice, provides a lot of different things to enjoy. Worth a try.

TerryW, Nov 05, 2013
Photo of AugustusRex
4/5  rDev +4.4%

AugustusRex, Nov 04, 2013
Photo of Derek
4.25/5  rDev +11%

Derek, Nov 03, 2013
Photo of KeKeKumba
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

KeKeKumba, Nov 02, 2013
Photo of Digimaika2
3.54/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

(3.75) A: Fairly clear copper with a sizeable creamy white head. Good retention and sticky lacing.

(3.5) S: Grains, under ripe orange, butterscotch, honey, and biscuits. A certain musky grass element is present that may partly be the wet hops. Bold aroma that is straightforward albeit enticing.

(3.5) T: Toasted grains, floral, lighter citrus taste, some honey, and biscuits. This tends towards the lighter hopped side with floral and citrus qualities but the toasted grain taste is more dominant. Some bitterness and dryness present.

(3.75) M: Lighter bodied with a moderate carbonation. Fairly clean and crisp with a slight slickness.

(3.5) D: Maybe I was expecting more intense hop flavours for this harvest ale but this was still tasty and easy-to-drink. Not considering it's a harvest ale, this would be a good gateway (dare I say training wheels) craft beer in general.

Digimaika2, Oct 26, 2013
Photo of kevinlater
4/5  rDev +4.4%

kevinlater, Oct 25, 2013
Photo of Phyl21ca
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured an amber color ale with large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of floral and grassy hops is very enjoyable and quite powerful. Taste is also dominated by a huge aroma of powerful grassy, green and floral hops with some citrus notes. Malt backbone is present though hardly plays a huge roles considering the amount of hops in this beer. Body is about average with good carbonation. Solid harvest beers with loads of hops and limited bitterness level.

Phyl21ca, Oct 17, 2013
Photo of thehyperduck
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle picked up at the LCBO; no freshness info. One of several wet-hopped/harvest ales I've picked up in recent weeks - do I detect a new trend percolating through the OCB? Served well-chilled.

Pours a clear, golden amber colour, generating one finger's worth of frothy, off-white head. It steadily seeps away over the next few minutes, eventually culminating in a foamy collar and some loose lacing. The aroma is predictably hop-focused, and quite earthy - lots of pine and citrusy grapefruit, with accents of peach atop a backbone of caramel malts. No complaints so far.

I don't profess to have tried many wet-hopped pale ales, but this is definitely one of the tastier ones I've tried in recent memory. There is plenty of pungent, almost spicy hop goodness - pine sap definitely comes to mind, in addition to lemon, grapefruit and quite a few floral notes. The malts are grainy, with a touch of caramel, but play a clear background role here. The finish is quite dry and pithy, with an oily, astringent aftertaste of pine resin that lingers on the palate. Medium-bodied, maybe a little on the light side, but the oiliness more than makes up for that. Not particularly drinkable for a 5.6% beer because of the bitterness, but still quite tasty - I plan to savour this one rather than rush it.

Final Grade: 3.98, a high B+. Amsterdam's Autumn Hop Harvest Ale is a worthwhile brew that I would recommend to any hophead seeking out a lighter tipple for a cool fall evening. This one is relatively light and drinkable, and even though the hop profile offers nothing especially unique, it's still got a nice punch to it. Possibly a new favourite from this brewery, right up there with Boneshaker and the Spring Bock - I'd definitely pick this one up again, as it narrowly beats out the (still solid) Nickel Brook wet-hopped APA I also picked up during this shopping trip.

thehyperduck, Oct 16, 2013
Photo of wordemupg
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle poured into tulip 10/10/13, thanks liamt07 for the bottle

A clear golden yellow with a few small bubbles feeding a short lived finger of foam that leaves some random lace as it falls to a thin film

S canned peaches, faint green onion, sweet orange and plenty of caramel

T vegatal notes, citrus and faint spruce, some lemon peel but not all that all much rind if that makes any sense

M lighter side of medium, almost creamy but it flattens out quickly, lime and caramel on the finish

O I liked it but there's room for improvement, green onion seems out of place but there's a good amount floral and citric wet hops

perhaps I've had some awesome wet hops as of late, I liked this one but its missing some hop overkill that I long for in the style

wordemupg, Oct 12, 2013
Photo of biegaman
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

It would be counter-intuitive to use much dark malt in a wet-hop ale less mute the hop notes intended to be showcased. Amsterdam seems to have steered clear of this; Autumn Hop Harvest is a pale enough golden colour to practically turn neon yellow into the light. They've used enough malt, mind you, to secure a fair amount of head.

"Wet-hopping" is a fantastic technique. This aroma has enough oily resins to be featured in a Neutrogena Clean & Clear commercial and has such an earthiness that I feel as though I'm outdoors even from the comforts of my basement. It has the crude, leafy, almost spicy pungency as cabbage. Put another way: it's stinky.

The flavour yields 'forest-y' notes of pine, grass, leaves and dry tree bark as well as soapy afterthoughts of overripe peach and lemon rind. The hops are distinctly tasted, the little green cones in and of themselves, independent of the biscuity maltiness (which, for its part, contributes the dubiously tasteful flavour of stale wafers).

The mouthfeel is about as oily as a teenage fry-cook. These resins have a crisp bitterness that is raw and crude, ultra-earthy and super pungent. The finish has a tangy texture that comprises both spicy and citrusy elements of the hops. Again, there's no complaints on the hop front, but I find the malt bill a bit cardboard-y. It gives this fresh beer a kind of 'staleness'.

Hop producers pelletize and freeze-dry hops to try to preserve their resinous oils and alpha-acids, but as anyone who's tried frozen bagged spinach versus a fresh, locally-grown bunch of leaves can attest: fresh is always best. Amsterdam's Autumn Hop Harvest reminds us of this fact. It's not the best wet-hopped ale I've tried, but it makes great use of the harvest.

biegaman, Oct 04, 2013
Photo of jmkoscie
3/5  rDev -21.7%

jmkoscie, Oct 03, 2013
Photo of KrisDLSmith
4/5  rDev +4.4%

KrisDLSmith, Oct 02, 2013
Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Sammy, Oct 02, 2013
Photo of liamt07
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

liamt07, Oct 01, 2013
Photo of Mr_Hoptimistic
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Mr_Hoptimistic, Sep 30, 2013
Photo of WillAndSarah
4.25/5  rDev +11%

WillAndSarah, Sep 29, 2013
Photo of RedAleMan
4/5  rDev +4.4%

RedAleMan, Sep 29, 2013
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Amsterdam Autumn Hop Harvest Ale from Amsterdam Brewing Company
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