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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85
very good

53 Ratings
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Ratings: 53
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 9.57%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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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 Sammy
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.18/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

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.

Photo of liamt07
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of Derek
4.25/5  rDev +13%

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.

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

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.

Photo of tbeckett
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Photo of Canada_Dan
3.38/5  rDev -10.1%

Photo of jrenihan
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Photo of Molson2000
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of DaPan
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of peensteen
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of cfalovo97
3/5  rDev -20.2%

Photo of patre_tim
4.14/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

Photo of SebD
3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
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

Photo of TerryW
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

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...

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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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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Amsterdam Autumn Hop Harvest Ale from Amsterdam Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 53 ratings.