Heavy Seas - Hop Harvest Ale - Heavy Seas Beer
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3.46/5 rDev -8%
"Our special Hop Haarvest ale is designed to showcase the special flavors derived from our locally grown, Maryland "wet" hops. The 2011 version is a 5% Alc./Vol. porter in style. We hope you enjoy the unique profile that comes from freshly harvested hops!" Brewed in the style of an American Porter with wet hops added. A one-off brew, available in 22 oz. bottles and on limited draft.
Poured from a 22 oz. bottle to a Heavy Seas pint glass. Served above 51º Fahrenheit.
(Appearance) A fairly aggressive pour yields a creamy, frothed mocha cream head over a deep brown cola body with pale ruby highlights. Carbonation is plentiful and eccentric. Retention is average, lacing is light and curtained. 4
(Smell) The malt profile consists of some medium toasted caramel grain, a pinch of moderate roasted malt and a touch of semi-sweet chocolate. Wet hops provide an earthy, herbaceous and slightly peppery aroma for a profoundly strong hop profile. The aroma is suggestive of a beer that belongs closer to a Black IPA or even an export stout rather than a porter based on hop aromas. Potency is medium/high. 3.75
(Taste) A light, simple malt profile of some bready caramel malt, a dash of clean roasted malt and some dry chocolate malt, all of which build a fairly thin body with little to no sweetness to behold. The hops are better on display, with a series of peppery and herbal notes and a mild bitterness. The porter body is fairly underwhelming and the hops not as well preserved as in the aroma, both combine for a favorable, but not memorable flavor. 3.25
(Mouthfeel) Texture is slick, thin, mildly resinous. Carbonation creates a mild creaminess and frothiness for a fluffier texture and fuller mouthfeel. Body is mild/medium for the style and shy of medium overall. Balance is slightly bitter over sweet with neither making any significant lead as both are fairly mild, the flavor underwhelming. Alcohol presence is very low. 3.5
(Overall) Despite stretching the boundaries of what we think of in an American Porter, Hop Haarvest manages to stay a fairly simple beer with not enough of a malt profile to base any number of hops on, let alone freshly harvested hops. The hops are also very mild with not much potent flavor nor assertive bitterness. The flavor in general is underwhelming even if the flavors aren't a negative, there's nothing memorable to savor in this beer. 3.5
Heavy Seas Beer's
Hop Haarvest Ale 2011
04-19-2014 03:21:33 | More by Jadjunk
3.2/5 rDev -14.9%
20oz bomber poured into a pint glass.
Very, very dark mahogany brown with a really good sized head.
A good dark malty base but the hops are what win out in the aroma. Earthy, with hints of coffee and roasted malt.
A bit watery and astringent but the dark malts are more prominent than in the aroma. Good balance between the hops and malt.
The overall flavor isn't that memorable but this is a good drinking beer.
05-22-2012 23:06:49 | More by SuperSpy
3.58/5 rDev -4.8%
22 oz bottle into a couple of pint glasses.
Pours a dark clear ruby, with a couple fingers of light mocha colored head. This settles down into roughly a ½ finger of creamy froth, leaving back sticky patchy lacing that dots the sides of the glass. The aroma smells earthy, danky, and citric, with an underlying mix of smoky roast and sweet malt that is coming off like a combo of coca and caramel.
The taste has an earthy and green citric twang to it, made stronger by the sweetness of the malt. A herbal feel also rides throughout, mostly sticking to the acridness of that underlying roast and spreading out across the back of the profile. The finish is dry, with pith that sticks to the tongue with some strength. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a mellow crispness to the carbonation that keeps this feeling pretty easy overall in the mouth.
Not bad. I liked how the earthy and herbal feel from those fresh hops worked with the slightly burnt and acrid tones of the roast. This fell a bit between an American Porter and a less full take on a Black IPA for me but there is no doubt that this was a drinkable beer that packs a good bit into its 5% body.
02-01-2012 13:33:43 | More by Kegatron
4.13/5 rDev +9.8%
22 oz bomber.
Pours a darkish brown. Light will shine through at the edges. Light tan head sticks around for a while and laces the glass. Smell is slightly earthy and slightly grassy, sweet all the while. Taste is a good dose of caramel at first, followed by the floral, fresh hops, and twists into a slightly bitter roasted malt - cocoa and light coffee. Finishes with some herbal hop bitterness too. Nice and complex taste. Feel is porter-thin, but balanced well with some caramel overtones, making it complex for the feel too. I thought this was a fine beer, one I want to purchase again. The taste goes waaay beyond what a 5% brew normally produces.
11-26-2011 05:38:04 | More by sixerofelixir
Heavy Seas - Hop Harvest Ale from Heavy Seas Beer
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