Harvest Ale | Goose Island Beer Co.

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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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1/5  rDev -73.8%

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1.75/5  rDev -54.2%

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1.75/5  rDev -54.2%

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2/5  rDev -47.6%

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2/5  rDev -47.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Got a 12pack and it took like 6 months for it to go away in my beer fridge, used a couple bottles for cooking. Just totally underwhelming. Malty, but zero hop character, totally out of balance. This beer bored me to death. By far the weakest Goose Island brew I've had. Harvest ale? I was expecting a nice Oktoberfest with this kind of name and this just did not deliver.

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2/5  rDev -47.6%

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2/5  rDev -47.6%

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2.25/5  rDev -41.1%

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2.25/5  rDev -41.1%

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2.25/5  rDev -41.1%

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2.3/5  rDev -39.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear copper hue with a sticky off white head. Pungent nose. Strong nose of grapefruit. Some raisin bread touches of dark fruit and caramel, little bit of toasted grain.

Slightly soapy at first. Sour citric fruit on the tip of the tongue. Touch of banana strangely. Cinnamon raised bread with touches of caramel, some toasted grain. Very balanced and smooth but the flavors dont all meld together, layers of strangeness that aren't offensive but just dont seem to work. Full body, interesting but i just feel the flavors aren't melding properly.

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2.36/5  rDev -38.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

appearance: caramel color, not much/any head, foggy, thin lacing

smell: light, hoppy/cascade-y

taste: not super flavorful, taste the hops, very strong

mouthfeel: semi-dry, harsh

overall: nice color, not very bold flavor or scent

reviewed by beth

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2.5/5  rDev -34.6%

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2.5/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Date Dec. 14, 2012
Type/Style Harvest Ale
Package 12 oz Bottle
Location Home
ABV 5.6%

Aroma: Lemon Zest, Orange, Wheat

Appearance: Amber

Body/ Texture: Medium Body, Good Mouthfeel

Aftertaste: Fruit flavors, bitter, caramel, some banana, some sweetness when warm

Overall: 2.5/5 I was very unimpressed, maybe I just had an old bottle but the beer was very bitter and was not well balanced.

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2.5/5  rDev -34.6%

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2.5/5  rDev -34.6%

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2.5/5  rDev -34.6%

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2.5/5  rDev -34.6%

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2.63/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured a nice amber color and looked quite promising. Initial aroma is very hoppy and makes you say "Whoah!". Lots of citrus in the aroma as well.

Just could not get past the overwhelming grapefruit taste. Hops were there, but the grapefruit was simply too overwhelming for me. Would drink again only if I had too.

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2.75/5  rDev -28%

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2.75/5  rDev -28%

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Harvest Ale from Goose Island Beer Co.
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