Harvest Ale | Goose Island Beer Co.

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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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Ratings: 1,095 |  Reviews: 403
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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of bennetj17
3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Clear, copper colored brew with a quarter inch thick foam that lasts nicely. Lively carbonation. A good touch of caramel malt sweetness hits the nose with a grassy hop twang as well. Not super intense, but the aroma is rather inviting as it suggests a mild, well balanced beer.

More caramel sweetness in the taste, again balanced nicely by the hops which seem to have a very herbal quality. The finish is fairly bitter, but otherwise doesn't add any other dimension to the overall flavor. The mouthfeel seems a bit thin and perhaps that is why I feel it tastes somewhat watery. The carbonation, however, is quite sharp, but very fine also.

This ale starts out with promise but ultimately falls short. Despite a nice balance of malts and hops, the overall flavor isn't very intriguing and I feel ready to move on to something else before I've even finished the glass.

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of MikeB20
3.4/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

P: 12oz bottle into a perfect pint glass.

A: Dark gold with a two finger creamy light tan head. Solid lacing.

S: Pronounced citrus rind backed up with a little grassy malt. Not much going on with the nose.

T: Fairly light sweet malt flavors with a good amount of hop bitterness. Just a hint of caramel malt but it's quickly overpowered by the citrusy hop flavor. On level with a nice APA in terms of bitterness, I wasn't expecting that in a "harvest ale."

M: Moderately high carbonation that is prickly on your tongue. The beer coats your mouth with a lingering bitterness but I'd say the body is on the lighter side.

O: I'd like some more of a malt backbone in this beer. It's comes off as a too light in malt flavor with a little too much hop bitterness because of it. However it is easy drinking. A good beer, it's just not amazing.

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of Amalak
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A. It has a copper color with a big foamy white head that leaves some solid lacing behind. Semi-opaque with some bubbles visible throughout.

S. A bit of a malty citrus scent.

T/M. It has a bit of a toffee taste, malty. It has a slight bitterness to it. Medium bodied. There's a mild marzen feel to it.

O. It tastes very similar to a regular Goose Island IPA, with just a hint of an burnt autumn taste.

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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.91/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a nice deep amber-copper color with a huge foamy cream colored head. The head has a decent level of retention, slowly fading to leave a nice level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is heaviest of a sweet caramel and a bit of toffee as well as some fruit smells of apple and a decent roasted malt smell. Along with these sweeter and maltier aromas is a moderately strong hop smell of a citrus and floral nature.

Taste – The taste begins with caramel sweetness and a nice roasted malt and biscuit taste. As the flavor advances, the taste sweetens as toffee and apple tastes come to the tongue. Along with these sweeter flavors coming to the tongue, the roasted flavors dwindle, further enhancing the sweeter flavors. While the sweeter is enhanced, it is kept in check/balance by a lightly hoppy taste of a citrus and herbal nature, in the end leaving a very pleasantly balanced bitter-sweet flavor on the tongue.

Mouthfeel –The body of the beer is on the medium side in terms of its thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that was on the average side as well. Both were rather appropriate for the style batching both the sweet and bitter hop flavors nicely.

Overall –Some roast, some sweet and some hop all melding very nicely. A rather enjoyable ESB.

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3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of hopsolutely
3.71/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A solid harvest ale, although not as hop-centric as I would personally choose. Bottle pours a beautiful clear coppered amber colour that near glows. It has a respectable off-white head that lingers for a respectable length of time. Aroma is malt-forward, as suitable for the listed ESB style, although not what I'd hoped for in an American "harvest ale". It has a decent caramelized malt graininess and breadth. The flavour also showcases the malt spectrum with a bittering hop presence that lingers into the finish. Few of the citrus or tropical fruit hop notes for which I'd hoped, but still a decently bitter beer.

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of soju6
3.94/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear copper color with a solid head that fades slowly with nice lacing.

S: Aroma is a mixture of malt and citrus, with some caramel sweetness.

T: Taste is a nice mix of malt with a bit of citrus, some caramel sweetness and a bit of fruit in the background. Nice bitterness and a very dry finish.

F: Moderate body, crisp, smooth, clean and refreshing. Nicely balanced.

o: This is a very enjoyable beer that goes down easy. Worth checking out.

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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of imbibehour
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Deep amber orange body color. Fairly clear with some good rising carbonation. Off white head, only about two fingers tall with little staying power.

Nose is fairly pedestrian but delivers the basics. Slight caramel and light brown sugar with a hint of toasty quality. Clean. A little bit of fruity ester but small.

Taste follows the nose but with a very light flavor. Borderline pilsner feeling crisp, but with light toasty malts and faint fruity quality. Slight banana but very burried. Watery toffee and herbal hop finish compliment nicely on the swallow.

Overall fine for what it is and it is a very light tasting esb which makes for easy drinking.

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3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Harvest Ale from Goose Island Beer Co.
Beer rating: 3.73 out of 5 with 1,095 ratings