Bateman's Combined Harvest - George Bateman and Son Ltd. / Batemans Brewery

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Ratings: 88
Reviews: 66
rAvg: 3.4
pDev: 13.53%
Wants: 3
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
George Bateman and Son Ltd. / Batemans Brewery visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Pale Ale |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: rastaman on 08-31-2002

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Reviews by flagmantho:
Photo of flagmantho
3.8/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 500mL bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: nice orange hue with a tiny hint of haze and a very light effervescence. Head is a thin finger of frothy ivory foam.

Smell: sweet malt aroma with a lot of caramel character plus a light fruitiness. An interesting blend, though rather mild.

Taste: sweet malt with some caramel character and more of that difficult-to-describe fruitiness from the aroma. I feel that this combination works better in the flavor than the aroma. This is an interesting beer.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a light and somewhat rocky carbonation. Not too bad.

Overall: this beer is growing on me. Its slightly unconventional flavor makes it an interesting and rewarding beer to quaff.

More User Reviews:
Photo of RoyalT
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - This is a clear, kind of shiny orange in color with a reasonable head.

Smell - The soft grain and light hops give this EPA an inviting nose. The barley in particular gives off a wonderful smell.

Taste - The terrific grain balance from the nose came across heavy-handed at the taste unfortunately. The smoothness of the bouquet was more like a ball peen to the head.

Mouthfeel - I know the English like their ales on the lighter side of the spectrum, but this one is just way too thin for the flavors. It has the body of a light American lager, and that coupled with the lack of carbonation, even in a style calling for mild carbonation, disappointed.

Drinkability - This wasn't so bad once you got used to the flavors and lowered your standards a bit but I was expecting better things from this brewer.

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.38/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 500ml bottle with a BB of Aug 2011. Label states that this is a multigrain beer containing barley, wheat, oats and rye.

Poured into a Sam Smith's glass. A clear brownish-amber hue with light carbonation. Topped by a white foamy head that remains for a couple of minutes. Aroma is sweet and fruity, with notes of liquorice, caramel, dried fruit and solvent/alcohol.

The taste has a fruity sweetness without any notable bitter flavour. No particular grain or malt stands out. Notes of dried fruit, caramel/toffee, solvent and a hint of woodiness. Mouthfeel is smooth but leaves the palate quite dry. Sweet, dry aftertaste.

A decent ale, but not outstanding. It would be nice to get more of a feel for what each type of grain brings to the flavour profile. This is also a bit sweet for my taste - I'd prefer a greater addition of hops to boost the bitterness. Worth trying if you encounter it.

Photo of chinchill
3.62/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

Undated 500ml(?) bottle served in a Belgian snifter.

Body is a nice medium orange-brown, but the head is small and rather weak.

Aroma: good aroma similar to a regular brown ale although more complexity from the grain bill comes out after some warming.

Flavor: To my surprise, I believe the multi-grain origin is quite apparent; it suggests multigrain bread, particularly in the aftertaste. Certainly has way more complexity than a typical ESB or brown ale.

Feel; Medium carbonation; near medium body seems too thin; semi-dry finish.

O: a fine ESB well worth trying.

Photo of rastaman
2.66/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Sweetsih and malty, slightly perfumy aroma (i reckon a combination of malt and hops), bittersweet palate, sweet malt at the start and lsight hop bitterness towards the end, not really interesting, just below average it think.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a nonic)

A- This beer pours an aged copper crystal clear body with a bubbly oatmeal head that fades to a creamy film.

S- The apricot hops have a touch of green hops to them but are very mild.

T- The juicy apricot fruity hop flavor is followed by a pale malt that offers just a touch of sweetness before the dry finish.

M- The medium-light mouthfeel had a soft fizz note that help dry out the finish a bit.

O- The juicy fruity hops were very pleasant with a good gentle support from the pale malt.

Photo of brewerburgundy
2.45/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Very pale weak lager yellow. None of a lager's fizz however. On a rough pour rousing a head is nearly impossible. In the glass, a dehydrated pisser's yellow. Lager yellow tinged with orange, very clear. The bottle was the same shape as the photo, but brown with a different label.

Butterscotch, grain. Limp, about the weakest aroma I've encountered.

Some white wine fruit, butterscotch diacetyl, lemon hints, overall light fruitiness and quite weak.

Watery, few bubbles.

Not good enough to ever want another. This was from a discount grocer's with an ever rotating stock and on account of this I couldn't even guess how old it is.

Photo of russpowell
3.03/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours copper with a pinky of cream colored head. Nice sheets of lacing with average head retention

S: Pears & faint grassy hops

T: Orchard fruit, a touch of spicy rye & grassy & woody hops up front. Pear & apricot fruittyness as this warms, some lemon hiding underneath as well. Finishes light, crisp with a touch fruittyness & faint woody hops

MF: Light bodied with soft carbonation, okay balance

Wish I could try this on cask because the bottled version isn't really representing this fine brewery well

Photo of bucklemyshoe
3.75/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500 mL bottle. Mug.

A: Light copper pour with a half-finger of head that is gone in a flash.

S: Tons of bready flavors, a little bit of metallic aroma, and some berry notes.

T: Rye, dry dough, tin, some tangy flavors, and a berry finish.

M: Medium-light body with a little creaminess.

O: This is easy to drink and hearty. It's very good with a meal.

Photo of Bung
3.2/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Orange/golden pour. Limited white head. Grainy, malt and pine aromas with a good amount of citrus. Light/medium body. Malt, grass and a bunch of citrus flavors. Hops show lightly later, but the finish is more fruitiness. Somewhere between a pale and an amber and an ESB. Drinkable enough. Not quite sure what to make of this, not bad, not that great either. Have had better rye pales, this just has too much involved maybe.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.8/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

- Multi-grain beer includes: Barley, Oats, Wheat, & Rye.

A: Copper toned with a good clarity that reveals a strong and rapid micro-bubbly effervesce that fills the glass in a dense state. Frothy head with a buff color and fair rate of retention. The glass sees a spongey broken band for lace.

S: Sweet orange candy, honey and caramel all come through on the open. Freshly squeezed lemon and fruity notes of applesauce are also present. Funny enough the aroma was more sweet and fruity then malt based with hardly any detection from the four malts.

T: For flavor there was buttered caramel, fruity notes of applesauce, mangos, and perhaps some passion fruit. Nice breadiness is detected, along with some fresh lime along with some spicy rye and dry oats. On the swallow was a sweet and juicy fruitiness of apricots and white grapes. Sweet but not overbearlingly so.

M: Light mouthful, easily manipulated with the tongue, exceptionally slick with a light carbonation factor. Fruity juice notes come about late with a twang lacing the tongue on the swallow.

D: I really liked the fruity nature and the light alcohol nature which would make this a good pool-side downer on a hot summer day. Refreshing, fruity and light.

Photo of BeerSox
3.12/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500ml thin-necked dark brown bottle into snifter. The thin neck made it impossible to get a smooth pour. Best by Sept 23, '09.

Crystal clear light honey color with a one finger white head that settles to an almost invisible cap.

Very light malts, with a bit of a syrupy sugary aroma. The hops add a sligtlly bitter, and very perfumy aroma.

The flavor consists of some light, slightly watery grains. The hops add a little bit of leafy bitterness, but not much.

Something about this beer just doesn't make it that drinkable. The flavor is slightly acerbic, and the hops seem to have an odd characteristic.

Photo of jeffjeff1
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My wife picked this up for me from her work I think.

Appearance- slightly amber color, nice sized head, nice lacing

Smell- lots of grains and malt

Taste- grains, slight bit of apple

Mouthfeel- lighter end of medium bodied

Drinkability- Pretty good, I like the lip on the bottle for pouring.

Photo of Traquairlover
3.22/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

500ml bottle poured into a pint glass.

A = Medium gold honey color, almost no head, but what slight amount of foam and bubbles there is forms on about half the surface and is off white but close to white.

S = I get fresh fruits and grains in the nose. Cannot really decide what fruits, but it is kind of a mix, maybe some peaches and apricots, as for grains, it is like an untoasted wheat English muffin, but not quite as pungent.

T = The fruits in the smell make an early appearance in the taste, definite tart apricots, touch of orange marmalade, but also some sweetness that has a light but unpleasant saccharine taste. Mild bitterness lasts throughout into a long finish, although I would expect a drier finish, it has a cloying sticky feeling that it leaves on the tongue that while not sweet, is certainly not dry.

M = Medium light body, good mouthcoating, nice light carbonation tickles the mouth.

D = This does go down easily enough, but it leaves a slight cloying taste that doesn't really make me want to repeat.

Photo of EPortJake
3.11/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - pale golden and clear with a thin frothy head
S - very faint sweet grassy notes
T - caramel, biscuit with a healthy grassy hop farewell
M - light bodied and moderately carbonated
O - a very average pale ale. Nothing offensive but nothing to write home about either

Photo of BlackHaddock
4.3/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

At last I have found it on draught somewhere, it was a guest ale at the excellent 'Eagle' in Boston (the real Boston, in Lincolnshire).

I thought it darker than the bottle variety, but the pub is not well lit, so that may account for that. The flavours and aroma were stronger than the bottle, I enjoyed it so much, I had three pints, the guy behind the bar knew how to pour it too.

A very good beer from one of my favourite breweries.

Photo of eric5bellies
3.13/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Drank from my Bombardier conic glass

A - Pours a Golden Honey colour that is a little hazey.Head is white and reduces to a film quickly but laces the glass.

S - Butterscotch aromas are dominant but stewed fruits are also present.

T - Quite a sweet flavour that is backed up with a bready flavour and some grain.

M - Light to medium body with medium carbonation.

D - Not the best beer offered by this brewery.

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.59/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter.

3.0 A: Fucker gushed on me despite having a reasonable carbonation level. Didn't shake it up at all. Weird. Lightly hazed orange-amber-brown color. Two fingers of frothy off-white head. Retention isn't too great and small touches of lacing are left.

4.0 S: The barley, rye, and oats come through well. The wheat is a bit harder to find. Large mineral component. Spicy earthiness from the rye and supple graininess from the oats. This combination is unique for me and I rather like it. Strong lemongrass and pear fruitiness.

3.5 T: The taste, while still good, isn't as exciting as the nose. The individuals mesh a little too well and are softened. Still earthy and spicy with the mineral component. Pear and ripe apple fruits. Lemongrass herbalness.

3.5 M: Lighter medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Lightly creamy. Not bad here.

3.5 D: Decent brew with a lovely nose. Easy enough to drink.

Photo of Zorro
3.97/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ML brown glass bottle best before 23 Sep 2009.

Clear amber colored beer with no real head formation.

Smell is malty with a good amount of butter aroma, Ringwood Yeast? Aromas of leather, toffee, grass, vanilla and wood. English style hops on herbal scents.

The taste starts out malty and a bit sweet with lots of toffee flavor. Herbal hop, butter is more limited in the taste than the smell. Flavor of leather and tobacco the finish is woody and herbal.

Mouthfeel is good.

Not a bad beer at all. This is definitely one of the sweeter BPAs out there. Personally I like drier Pale Ales. A good gateway beer.

Photo of jwc215
4.22/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours bright orange amber with a bubbly off-white head. Dotted and thin-lined lacing sticks.

The smell is malty - bready with an orange tang. Dried, tart, fruitiness - apricot, peach, orange and lemon - subtle, but complex.

The taste is sweet upfront - grainy with a hint of caramel. It has a bready/minty dryness and a carroway spiciness with a touch of tart and bitter that balance it out nicely. A malt complexity is balanced by a fruity hop touch (Phoenix and Target, according to the label).

It has a smooth, medium body with a lingering finish.

I certainly could drink plenty of this. Complex in a subtle way.

Photo of DaveHS
3.43/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours clear chestnut amber without much head to speak of, just a thin ring of brilliant white bubbles.

S-Pale, sweet malts. An aroma reminiscent of American adjunct lagers. One dimensional.

T/M-Grainy sweetness rolls off the tongue and coats the palate from the first sip. The mouth feel is this beer's greatest attribute. Soft and yielding with delicate effervescent carbonation, it leaves a thin sugary film as it departs down the back of the throat. Understated dry hoppiness hits mid-palate, but never really amounts to anything.

O-Could use a bit more of a hop profile to balance out some of the excessive sweetness. Otherwise, not bad at all.

Photo of EmperorBevis
3.03/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I bought this out of curiosity not expecting much I figured it would be like cheerios fermented.

poured a good looking pale amber pint with a decent white head.

A sourdough taste prevails so not that far off lol

I can't get the hop taste, just off cheerios.

looks good though.

Photo of Monkeyknife
3.73/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle a clear gold color with two fingers of creamy white head.

Aroma of rye, malts, butterscotch, and grapes.

Tastes of malts, rye, oats, light citrus hops, and grapes. Finishes clean.

Medium bodied and lightly carbonated.

Very English - very drinkable. I can't remember if I've ever had a multigrain pale ale before.

Photo of GreenCard
3.17/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: golden amber, great clarity, "real ale" froth, some lace

Aroma: (underneath a faceful of skunk-butt) a bit of honey, ethereal malt and grain, slight butteriness

Flavor: fruity/nutty/sweet malt up front, iron, slight tang, rye in the background somewhere, roast-like bitterness, woodsy hop flavor, finishes semisweet with an aftertaste of grain, hop leaves and butterscotch

Mouthfeel: medium body, low carbonation, creamy texture

Other comments: I was drawn to the "multigrain" thing and decided to pick one up despite the fact that it was a clear bottle on a supermarket shelf. Unfortunately, it turned out to be skunky. Therefore, it was hard to get a good sense of the aroma, but I dinged for that anyway (shame on them for using a clear bottle). You can definitely taste the rye and get a sense of the wheat from the slight tanginess. Nice creamy mouthfeel (from the oats, I imagine). It's a shame about the skunk because I have a good feeling about this beer. I'll definitely keep my eyes open for it on cask!

Photo of TMoney2591
3.64/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served in a Devil's Backbone willibecher.

I assume this kind of harvest is to plants what the Remember the Titans-style forced integration was to Southern schools back in the day. Dunno why. Anyway, this stuff pours a clear sunrise amber topped by a finger of off-white foam. The nose comprises sweet grains, sweetgrass, lemongrass, flowers, and a smattering of rye spice. The taste holds notes of generally-sweet biscuit, light rye bread, flowers, grass, and a hint of red apple skin. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fairly smooth feel. Overall, a solid brew. I'm unsure whether all of the grains really express themselves properly, but the combination is still pretty tasty.

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Bateman's Combined Harvest from George Bateman and Son Ltd. / Batemans Brewery
78 out of 100 based on 88 ratings.