Harvest Ale | Goose Island Beer Co.

Harvest AleHarvest Ale
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Harvest AleHarvest Ale

Brewed by:
Goose Island Beer Co.
Illinois, United States

Style: Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.70%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
Dark auburn color, citrus hop aroma, caramel flavor, medium body

Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-03-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of McCranky
4.68/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

such a great and refreshing beer...it has the perfect amount of bitterness. this one is a drinker...it goes down easy and it's satisfying to the very last drop! i had always been weary of goose island but lately they've been changing my mind. from their awesome brewpub on clybourn, to their chef collaboration series [featured at the brewpub] they keep on bringing me back. thank you GI!

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Photo of gavinstoub
4.67/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

great head retention that holds to keep carbonation in. Copper color very nice. Smell floral scent cascade dry hopping. Taste: Nearly tastes like autumn if that makes sense? WHich is what I look for in a seasonal. Don't taste as much hop bitterness as I smell I taste more malt tones. Most drinkable ESB i have tasted. Great session beer for the College Football season.

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Photo of Applesauce1
4.65/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I picked this up at the Pit Stop in Nelsonville, OH, a few weeks ago.

Let's give it a whirl.

I was expecting an Oktoberfest style (which isn't one of my favorites, but i like trying new beers). Anyhow...

Appearance: amber-copper with a 3/4" head on the pour, nice and hazy also
Smell: hops (some citrus and pine)
Taste: yea, this is the stuff. one of the best tasting beers i can remember having....citrus, pine, some caramel and pale malt...all in good harmony
Mouthfeel: medium body
Drinkability: i would like to do three of these in a night....but i only bought one, so i'll need to go buy more for the weekend

A great beer!

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4.63/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

also reviewed this beer under "haevest ale" a typo? it says on that one that it's an american red ale and this one says its a bitter. i say it's a little of both. how about a new style: american red bitter.

drove through the bier depot on a hunt for oktoberfest and was surprised to see a newly stocked selection of goose island brews. i've had em all except this one and, being an autumn ale, it fulfilled my desire for a seasonal beer. not to mention all goose island products are $5.99 a 6 pack here and that's a great price for great beer.

A- says to pour into a willi glass but i don't seem to have one so i used the squat imperial pilsener with a mug handle that i use for all goose island brews. it poured out this nice nutty amber brown but when i held it up to the light it transformed in a blaze to a brilliant crystal clear reddish copper way more vibrant than any red ale i've ever had. even with a hard pour i only got 1in of beige soapy head with good retention finally settling to a thin disk surrounded by a broken ring like this: ((O)) lace clung to the glass like the spots on a clouded leopard.

S- the package gives little clue to what's inside so i didn't know what to expect though i assumed that it would be a typical malty seasonal autumn beer. already thrown off by the color, when i smelled this thing my ears perked up and my mouth watered. it smelled like an IPA. immediate earthy grapefruit, apricot, and guava mingled with woodsy pine and herbal citrus. give it a swirl and you catch a faint hint of alcohol along with some bready malt and yeasty notes.

T- right away i got a resinous pine sap grapefruit high quality reefer and mineral water that transitioned beautifully to a toasty burnt wood citrus mint all the while keeping those floral herbal hops on the back of the palate. these tastes slowly fade to a grainy caramelized malty crackery pita bread with those piney hops still bouncing around on the side of the tongue. aftertaste is unoffensive and pleasant like a piece of wheat toast smeared with hop jelly. i don't know what kind of hops are used here, but in my opinion they are supreme.

MF- not oily, not resinous, not even silky. i can only compare it to "heavy water" or maybe fruit punch mixed with champagne or club soda. it is light but not too light. crisp and refreshing yet extremely flavorful. the carbonation level are such that they induce a few burps, but those burps taste so damn good it's like a whole new level of flavor. weird, i know.

D- perfectly balanced with great hop flavor that isn't overwhelming. totally a session beer. pair it with goose island honkers ale and switch on and off between the two with their relatively low ABV you can have a great night with great beer without getting too hammered.

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4.6/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Bought as part of a case fromm Beers of the World on 11/7/13.

Appearance: pretty copper with a pale khaki/ offwhite head. A magnificent shroud lacing.

Aroma: pleasing, fruity, malty.

Mouthfeel: structured, bouyant, silky.

taste: a faint whisper of grapefruit on top of a thick breadiness with a return of grapefruit pith and rind.

overall; fantastic, tasty, well built, awesome. This is as good a beer as I have ever had.

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Photo of marcpal
4.6/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz poured into a Weyerbacher pint glass.

A: Auburn pour with a one inch head that faded very fast. Made up for with strong sticky lacing.

S: A bitter nose with some mild fruity hops. Somewhat malty but dominated most by the sent of apricot. Appetizing and as got warmer, maltiness developed more of a presence.

T: Hops make more of an appearance here but not anything bordering on overbearing for the style. Fruits of apricot I would guess and some honey flavorints. The malts give it some breadiness and is a nice tasting ESB. The hops in the finish really make this one hell of a beer.

M: Modest hops felt in the mouth with some carbonation. Smooth downer.

D: Does the job, and would make a great session beer and sure would be great on tap if we could get out here. I really wish more ESBs were like this one. Thanks jtrockchalk for the trade.

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4.59/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The first thing I noticed when pouring this brew into a pint glass was the wonderful nose on it. Wow! What a fantastic hop aroma!

Poured a very nice 1" head that left nice lacing for the entire beer.

As I lifted the glass to my mouth, the large hop aroma hit my nose again and I expected a beer as bitter as an Imperial IPA. However, I was pleasantly surprised with the malty, bready flavor that stood up nicely to the strong hop presence. The bitterness did slightly overpower the malt flavor, but did not dominate.

This beer was a little hoppy for the ESB style, but it was a true pleasure to drink nonetheless. This harvest ale has a light to medium mouthfeel and is very drinkable.

I am going to run to the store and try to get another 6-pack of this before it is gone and then I will look forward to autumn 2009 when I can get this beer again.

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4.57/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a deep, somewhat hazy copper-bronze color. A medium-tall, lightly tan head bubbles up with a very dense, creamy and frothy texture. Retention is very good, and lacing is excellent.

S: Vibrantly toasty maltiness, with pleasing notes of caramel sweetness. Bright, simple cascade-esque hoppiness provides clean, appealing notes of grapefruit rind and citrus pith. Some lightly fruity esters are also present to add complexity.

T: A firm dose of toasted malt up front. Caramel is more present than the nose suggested, adding a pleasant dose of seasonal sweetness. Hop bitterness is moderate and adds a significant crispness along with a juicy grapefruit flavor. Some lightly fruity yeastiness lurks in the background throughout.

M: Fairly full-bodied, but kept quite perky and crisp thanks to a nicely-executed carbonation level.

D: I'm a huge fan of this fall seasonal from Goose Island. Works extremely well as a sessionable fall brew. Simple and straightforward, but in a good way. Simultaneously hoppy and toasty, resulting in excellent balance. A thoroughly enjoyable ale.

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4.55/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sunday Sunday....Da da da da, I dont know...if you can sig the song you will know whee I am coming from. Spring cleaning includes the beer fridge!! And YEAH BABY got some GI Harvest Ale left from teh fall...one of my favorites! It is cloudy amber with nice white head with perfect lacing. The smell is malty with a lil hop! The taste is awesome I love the balance between the malt and hops. Mouthfeel is nice! SESSION....been there done that! This beer is GOOOD!

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.55/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz bottle, bottled 08/30/10, served in a standard pint glass.

L - slightly hazed, orange/amber color with a bone white head that leaves a ton of lacing.

S - citrus hop with a touch of malty sweetness in the background.

T - good bitterness throughout that leaves bitterness on the tongue and sweetness on the lips.

F - medium bodied with a light fizziness of carbonation.

D - ETD (easy to drink) is this ESB!

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Photo of Brew33
4.53/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of the seasonal beers I can't wait for. This is Goose's best beer in my eyes. It's bright, hoppy, and highly drinkable.

It has a solid, sweet malt character and the depth of flavor is wonderful. This is a damn near perfect beer. It is very well balanced and has a distinct malt sweetness, I'd love to see the ingredient list of this beer. I could drink these babies all night long.

I am again very impressed with this offering. I had it at Goose Island Wrigleyville last year on draft and I hope to get back there again to enjoy it. It is almost as good in bottles as it is on draft. Excellent brew!

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Harvest Ale from Goose Island Beer Co.
Beer rating: 59.5% out of 100 with 1,095 ratings
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