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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Ratings: 1,095 |  Reviews: 403
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3.59/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle date two weeks ago, poured into pint glass. Nice solid off white head, really pleasant amber color. Aroma is certainly malt forward, bready with some sweetness, but also a nice, subdued hope character, not too much for the style. Taste is all about he malt, with a nice level of caramel sweetness.

A ver nicely balanced mild, wonderful British malt character with a nice splash of American hops. As a prior reviewer says, would go great with a meal.

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3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

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2.5/5  rDev -33%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of beagle75
3.45/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a nonic glass.

A: Clear, medium amber color with over one finger of off-white foam head. Moderate lacing remains on the glass.

S: Bread is abundant, with complementary yeast that promotes this beer's English-inspired side with evident esters.

T: Begins barely off-dry, with early mixed/cherry fruit and heavy caramel. Sweeter flavors tickle the palate into the middle, with mild acidity after the transition. Malt become generic-toasty, struggling to stand out after the caramel-shock beginning. Bitterness arrives late, not excessive for the style but able to stand up to other flavors.

M: Medium viscosity, slightly sticky and acidic on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: This beer is a bold hybrid American amber ale that manages to cultivate some traditional English qualities. Appropriately malt-focused, it is unapologetic in the way it does not try to subdue or conceal the full force of its flavor qualities. While repetitive by itself, this beer would be good company for a savory meal.

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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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