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Best Harvest Ale?

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by Lionhawk, Sep 6, 2013.

  1. Lionhawk

    Lionhawk Savant (470) Iowa Nov 14, 2012 Verified

    What are everyone's opinions on the best "Harvest" Ale that will make its way out shortly? How many of these will be readily available? I have noticed numerous breweries posting pictures of all the fresh hops and i am really looking forward to trying a few of these.
  2. MikeCactusGordon

    MikeCactusGordon Advocate (665) Ohio Feb 20, 2011 Verified

    I'd been drinking craft beer for years before I ever tried one and my first harvest ales was a game-changer for me.

    I would say they go fast and you have to usually stalk your beer shop around the release dates, but it's usually worth it.

    The best I've had (always looking to try more!): 3F's Broo Doo, Founder's Harvest and Surly Wet. SN Northern Harvest is pretty decent (the Southern was terrible in the spring IMO). There are others, but in the mid-west that's what I seek out.

    Being in Iowa, you should be able to get your hands on a bunch of Colorado beers I would think. Others would have better info then me. Better question is how does Kirk Ferentz still have a job??
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  3. GeorgiaKiwi

    GeorgiaKiwi Aficionado (230) Georgia Dec 7, 2007 Verified

    Of the ones we can get in GA, Founders Harvest without a doubt.
  4. Hokenfloken

    Hokenfloken Savant (255) Michigan Jun 6, 2009

    I typically prefer harvest ales that have a light base malt bill, slight bitterness and tons of hop aroma and flavor. For that reason, Founders Harvest Ale is hands-down my favorite. Surly Wet is a close second. I often find other harvest ales to be a bit disappointing, especially ones that use crystal malts or are aggressively bitter.
  5. RichD

    RichD Champion (905) Rhode Island Mar 18, 2012 Verified

    It's gotta be Founders. Easily one of the best fall seasonal beers.
  6. pimpinmidget

    pimpinmidget Advocate (535) North Carolina Mar 20, 2012 Verified

    another vote for Founders Harvest!!
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  7. Who cares what the best one is? As long as it's not New Holland Hopivore, I'm drinking it!
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  8. dbol

    dbol Savant (270) California Aug 19, 2007

    JW Lees?
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  9. HopTime Harvest Ale wasn't all too shabby yesterday...
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  10. willbm3

    willbm3 Savant (380) Massachusetts Feb 19, 2010

    You're clearly not talking about this, but Southern Tier Harvest is awesome
  11. I'll cast my vote for Ipswich Harvest Ale.


    Johnny P
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  12. denver10

    denver10 Poobah (1,020) Colorado Nov 17, 2010

    Big fan of Deschutes's Hop Trip.

    Great Divide's Wet Hop is also one of the random GD beers I do quite enjoy.

    Been only taproom only, but since i live in Fort Collins I get access to it, but Odell's Whopper is great.
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  13. MSandahl23

    MSandahl23 Advocate (555) Indiana Mar 29, 2012

    Yeah Founder's for sure, but Broo Doo is up there as well....just wish it was in 4 or 6 packs instead....
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  14. MA08

    MA08 Savant (300) Massachusetts Nov 13, 2008

    I second. This beer has not got the appropriate cred it deserves.
  15. powpig2002

    powpig2002 Savant (400) Florida Jan 26, 2012

    another vote for founders. hope we see it in fl.
  16. All votes are null except Founders Harvest
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  17. DamianX13

    DamianX13 Aficionado (195) Texas Sep 18, 2012

    Hop Trip. Can't wait for this years to come out.
  18. utopiajane

    utopiajane Poobah (1,005) New York Jun 11, 2013 Verified

    ST Harvest for me too. :)
  19. Genuine

    Genuine Advocate (525) Connecticut May 7, 2009 Verified

    Southern Tier Harvest is undeniably awesome. I can't wait to try Founders Harvest and Goose Island's Harvest Ale.
  20. Ri0

    Ri0 Poobah (1,120) Wisconsin Jul 1, 2012 Verified

    I want a wet hopped imperial stout.
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  21. JuniperJesus

    JuniperJesus Savant (440) Illinois Feb 26, 2011

    Two Brother's Heavy Handed is the highlight of the hop harvest for me. They brew up different batches using different hop varieties, labeled accordingly. For those who take beer seriously, this IPA showcases the different roles different hops play.
  22. Long Trail's Harvest isnt that good. It said it contains maple syrup but I barely tasted it.
  23. Not sure if you meant their regular Harvest ale (which is nice enough) or their 5 Mile Hop harvest... I think the latter is terrific and a sleeper of an awesome beer. That and the Founders Harvest are the 2 that came to mind when I read the OP.
  24. Tschnab

    Tschnab Savant (420) New York Aug 21, 2010

    Sixpoint Autumnation
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  25. DOTU

    DOTU Savant (440) California Feb 11, 2011 Verified

    Almanac Cascade is very nice. Chinook was more bitter and less balanced but still tasty.
  26. Greywulfken

    Greywulfken Poobah (1,110) New York Aug 25, 2010 Verified

    Do the SN Northern and Southern Hemisphere Harvest Ales count? 'Cuz I liked both of those...

    But Founders is still my #1...
  27. Founders. Not only the best Harvest Ale, but one of the best beers on the planet.
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  28. GreesyFizeek

    GreesyFizeek Champion (840) New York Mar 6, 2013 Verified

    Forgive my ignorance, but what exactly is the definition of a "harvest ale?" I've always been slightly confused on it.
  29. GreesyFizeek

    GreesyFizeek Champion (840) New York Mar 6, 2013 Verified

    However, I did enjoy the two pints I got of ST Harvest the other week, great beer.
  30. BlueRogue

    BlueRogue Advocate (635) Maine May 1, 2011

    Founders is my favorite. Locally I really like Sebago Local Harvest. Tomorrow I'm going to the brewery to help pick hops for this year's release. I'm really looking forward to it.
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  31. Kadonny

    Kadonny Advocate (705) Pennsylvania Sep 5, 2007 Verified

    No question, Founders Harvest. A good second is Port High Tide.
  32. grumpy

    grumpy Savant (425) Missouri May 24, 2005

    Great minds reside in Missouri....
  33. Kadoony - Good call on those two. Founder's is definitely my favorite and Port High Tide is second. looking forward to both of them!
  34. Rimbimhoot

    Rimbimhoot Advocate (540) Illinois Sep 26, 2012 Verified

    I can't wait for Founders Harvest Ale! Last year was my first time trying it. Sooooo tasty
  35. gatornation

    gatornation Poobah (1,170) Minnesota Apr 18, 2007 Verified

    Surly Wet
    Founders Harvest
    FFF Broo Doo
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  36. mweso2000

    mweso2000 Savant (395) Georgia Apr 10, 2010 Verified

    Love Great Divide Wet Hop! One of my top beers when fresh.
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  37. 19etz55

    19etz55 Savant (430) New Jersey Aug 12, 2007

    Sierra Nevada.
  38. tkelley

    tkelley Savant (285) Massachusetts Sep 23, 2010

    I don't if it is the best, but it is pretty good. I think it was my first BA review ever.
  39. DrStiffington

    DrStiffington Champion (850) New Jersey Oct 27, 2010 Verified

    I was thinking of this until I read the OP's actual post.
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  40. DrStiffington

    DrStiffington Champion (850) New Jersey Oct 27, 2010 Verified

    It took me a quick search, but Sebego Local Harvest was good, although I can only get it when I'm up in Maine.