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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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22 Reviews
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Reviews: 22
Hads: 63
Avg: 3.76
pDev: 15.69%
Wants: 0
Gots: 5 | 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:
Beer added by: tbeckett on 09-19-2013

Wet hop IPA with Local Cascade.
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Reviews: 22 | Hads: 63
Photo of andrenaline
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Musty cedar hop notes and burnt caramel on the nose. Surprisingly bitter citrus rind hop flavours with a buttery caramel malt backbone, hints of toasted grains and sour citrus flavours that linger. Very dry on the finish. A pleasant surprise, loads of hops, intensely bitter and fresh hop profile. Me likey!

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Photo of mick303
3.81/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from the LCBO, poured a clear light golden colour with good retention and lacing. Aroma is leafy and tropical with grapefruit, lemon, some pleasant florals. Pleasing taste with a biscuity malt backbone and nice fruity hop character, a bet cerealy with fruit loop character, grapefruit juice, and some orange, a bit pithy and ending a touch bitter. Good but not overly inspiring, a nice tasty session pale though with decent balance and flavour.

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Photo of ssmack
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Clearn honey amber colour with one inch of white head. Steady dispersed carbonation. Beautiful lacing.

Aroma of citrus hops and toffee malt. Mild but subtle. Sharp grapefruit aroma as it warms.

Excellent complex taste. It tastes creamy with toffee and herby grassy hops. Brown sugar sweetness then bam ... piney bitter aftertaste.

Medium feel with good carbonation.

This is a nice flavourful ale. Perfect on an evening at the cabin in the woods in October with leaves on the ground and a nip in the air.

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Photo of Jeffo
3.12/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Got this one at the LCBO back in October.

From a 50cl bottle into a snifter

APPEARANCE: Pours a three finger, medium-loose, fluffy white head with great retention. Perfectly clear amber orange in color with medium levels of carbonation evident. Head slowly fades to a foamy cap leaving some foamy lacing on the glass. A foamy wisp remains until the end leaving lots of lacing. Nice color and body, but the head is a touch too loose and foamy.

SMELL: Caramel, honeydew melon, pineapple and some nice grapefruit notes as well. Pretty pleasant.

TASTE: Caramel and melon sweetness up front, with some nice floral hops at the swallow. Medium and lingering finish of bitter floral hops, caramel and some sweet honeydew melon notes as well. Very flora and a rather bitter finish.

PALATE: Medium body and medium levels of carbonation. Lighter on the palate, creamy, goes down fine and finishes dry. Light and crisp for sure.

OVERALL: A decent beer, but nothing more. The flavor was very floral and bitter compared to the nose, and the bitterness did become a bit of a chore as the glass emptied. Lacks a bit of complexity, really. Okay, but not worth a revisit.

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Photo of SebD
3.62/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: It has a nice hazy golden/orange color to it. It has a nice thick off-white head that dies down moderately and leaves some nice lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of grainy malts, floral hops, light pine, light citrus and some sweet caramel.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has some grainy malts upfront, some buiscuity/caramelly notes, floral hops, a light piney bitterness and faint citrus.

Mouthfeel: It has a med/high carbonation with a decent overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied by somewhat bland flavors and aromas. They call this a Wet Hop Ale yet the hops are overpowered by the malts. Not quite what I have in mind when I think Wet Hop.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of BeerWatcher
3/5  rDev -20.2%

I remember loving this beer in 2013. This review is of the 2014 batch of this annual seasonal. Pours a shiny polished copper, with a medium white head. Tiny bubble carbonation. Aromas are off. There is some pine, some biscuity malts, some dirty earthiness, boiled leafiness, and something else that I can’t quite place but find mildly offensive. Tastes are of pine, spruce, wet cereal, and a hint of caramel backbone on the back end. Overall this 2014 vintage is a pale shadow of the 2013. Quite disappointing.

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Photo of kevinlater
3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle into nonic pint, 5.6% abv. "J2514" at the top of the neck, which i assume means that it was bottled on september 25, 2014 if "i" is skipped. enjoyed on october 7, 2014

a: transparent golden yellow, two fingers of off-white head. boring, but it's no big deal of course

s: mango, orange, grapefruit, a bit spicy. some pine and floral scents. faint lemon and peach. very nice aroma but it's a bit subdued

t: mango, lemon, grapefruit, peach, and orange up front with strong grassy notes. not quite a fruit explosion i'd say, but a well-blended mix of those flavours. a low-to-moderate piney bitterness enters mid-palate, with a delicious bready/crackery malt backbone. mild touches of floral notes here and there

m: light-to-medium mouthfeel, moderate carbonation

o: a solid wet hop ale that i look forward to every year

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Photo of patre_tim
4.13/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

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Photo of DenisKolkin
3.49/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

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Photo of FondueVoodoo
3.62/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

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Photo of TerryW
3.96/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

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Photo of Digimaika2
3.54/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.17/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

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Photo of thehyperduck
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
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

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Photo of biegaman
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of IdeaSpeeder
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving Type - 500ml bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance - Clear, golden, verging on a copper in coulor. 2 Fingers of foam white head with heavy lacing left along the glass.

Smell - Standard APA stuffs. Pine and citrus mostly. It's also quite earthy, with hints of caramel malts

Taste - Follows the nose with plenty of piney and ctirus bits. Towards the finish I'm getting large amounts of caramel malts. Bitterness is decent. not overpowering but it's certainly there.

Mouthfeel - Medium carbonation, medium body, smooth, slick finish.

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Photo of jrenihan
3.84/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Beer pours clear golden. Small white head. Fades steadily.

The nose contains nice fruity scents, a mix of tropical and citrus. A touch of pine. A bit of malty caramel.

Taste is similar to the nose, but not quite as enjoyable. The same light fruits come through, mainly on the tropical side but with citrus as well. Also a grassy flavour, and a bit of pine. There is a notable oily flavour, more than just a feel. Malt base is present, caramel. Moderately bitter.

Medium bodied, moderate to strong carbonation level. Oily.

Overall, pretty good.

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Photo of hopsolutely
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Bryden's during "Toronto BeerWeek". Very nice wet hopped ale. Pint is a slightly hazy golden amber with a minimal white head that has excellent retention. Grassy aroma with tropical fruit notes and a respectable malt back-bone. The taste starts with pleasantly grainy notes before transitioning to the hop-focused body and finish. Citrus and tropical fruit hop elements with a pleasantly dry ending. Has a decent bitterness with grassy "wet hop" underpinnings. "Best of the West" indeed...

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Fresh bottle poured in to tulip.

A - Medium amber colour, orange around the edges. A thin layer of off-white head formed.

S - Lots of sweet caramel and piney and floral hop aromas. Very fresh and vibrant nose.

T - Moderate bitterness for the style with fresh floral and piney hop flavours and fairly substantial sweet caramel malt backbone.

M - Light to medium body. Sticky and oily. Moderate carbonation.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml Bottle from the Nepean LCBO for $4.95

Appearance - Clear dark gold colour with an average size white coloured head. There is a high amount of carbonation showing and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for around 3-4 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, hops, caramel, grapefruit, grassy earthiness

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, caramel, and grassy hops. There is also some very light grapefruit.

Overall - Reminds me a bit of the Phillips Hop Circle also available at the LCBO. I expected a little bit more from this one, especially since it is fresh. It's an okay beer just not something I'd get excited for every fall.. a little too earthy/grassy for me.

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Photo of tbeckett
3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes.

A - Golden and bright pour that was very effervescent. Fluffy two finger big thick pillowy white head. Great lace and a mega finger and a half of retention. Nice lookin' beer.

S - Very floral. Peaches, orange. A bit mild.

T - Nice fruity hop punch. Peachy, oranges, floral.

M - Good medium to strong carbonation and a nice snappy bitterness. Medium body.

O/D - Nice stuff. Quite drinkable and a nice hop flavour. Easy drinking.

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Amsterdam Autumn Hop Harvest Ale from Amsterdam Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 22 ratings.