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Amsterdam Autumn Hop Harvest Ale - Amsterdam Brewing Company

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85
very good

51 Ratings
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Ratings: 51
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 9.28%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | 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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2.75/5  rDev -27.1%

boszormeny, Oct 22, 2014
Photo of BeerWatcher
3/5  rDev -20.4%

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.

BeerWatcher, Oct 13, 2014
Photo of jmkoscie
3/5  rDev -20.4%

jmkoscie, Oct 03, 2013
Photo of Bf_89
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

Bf_89, Sep 21, 2013
Photo of Molson2000
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

Molson2000, Feb 03, 2014
Photo of bigox420
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

bigox420, Oct 25, 2014
Photo of kelvarnsen
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

kelvarnsen, Oct 13, 2014
Photo of Canada_Dan
3.38/5  rDev -10.3%

Canada_Dan, Oct 21, 2014
Photo of DenisKolkin
3.46/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

DenisKolkin, Feb 06, 2014
Photo of Cramshawbar
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Cramshawbar, Sep 24, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

fostachild, Oct 15, 2014
Photo of Digimaika2
3.54/5  rDev -6.1%
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 SebD
3.6/5  rDev -4.5%
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

SebD, Oct 21, 2014
Photo of FondueVoodoo
3.63/5  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.

FondueVoodoo, Dec 09, 2013
Photo of spinrsx
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

spinrsx, Sep 21, 2013
Photo of wordemupg
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
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
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3.72/5  rDev -1.3%

mjacquard, Oct 21, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Sammy, Oct 02, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

liamt07, Oct 01, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

KeKeKumba, Nov 02, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

nullbort, Oct 19, 2014
Photo of hopsolutely
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
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...

hopsolutely, Sep 21, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Hypersomnia, Sep 24, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

yancot, Dec 01, 2013
Photo of biegaman
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
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
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Amsterdam Autumn Hop Harvest Ale from Amsterdam Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 51 ratings.