Harvest Ale | Mt. Carmel Brewing Company

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Harvest AleHarvest Ale

Brewed by:
Mt. Carmel Brewing Company
Ohio, United States

Style: Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Fall

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Reviews: 14 | Ratings: 41
Photo of BEERchitect
3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A tasty, toasty, hoppy, and caramelly Harvest-style ale with fresh and vibrant character on both fronts of malt and hops.

Pouring a deep golden, medium copper hue, the beer builds a medium off-white foam that seemed to last the session with minimal lace. Mild haze rounds out the fairly appealing beer to the eye.

Big on sweetness, the nose gives a strong caramel scent that hedges on richer toffee notes with moderate bread crust, lightly toasty grains, and a softer herbal, tea-like scent. Fairly typical aroma for an American-made ESB type of beer- somewhat one-dimensional in the caramel malt department and timid on hop character.

But the flavors come together in a much better way than do the aromas. Where the flavor of caramel, nuts, toffee, bread/bread crust, light toast, and freshly kilned grains are all represented in medium fashion, the sweetness associated with these flavors are mild and allow for a much more drinkable session. Balanced with earthy, spicy, and floral hops, the beer turns smoothly bitter in finish to accompany the dry malt flavor. Still very simplistic in design, but the beer remains very enjoyable.

Medium bodied, the beer's early carbonated creaminess waivers and allows for the malty-dry finish to take hold just as the hop bitterness and dryness sets in at finish. Mildly minerally allows for a slightly savory taste, but creates a bit harshness late.

Overall a fresh and bright flavor spread. As ESBs go, the beer doesn't have the complexity or depth that authentic English versions do. But the portrayal of fresh malt and hops are evident and on proper display.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Damn fall release so that make this beer well over 5+ months old.
A - Well that explains the lack of head just a mild sticky lace ring. Beer color is a deep orange amber color with some carbonation bubbles.
S - Smell has some citrus hop and a slight herbal tea. Hope it doesn't taste too skunky.
T - Actually it's quite good. Starts with a bit of citrus hops in reminiscent of DIPA's then it sort of fades to your typical herbal tea splash of ESB's. Maybe it's the caramel/toffee malts that does it. I could image fresh the hops being much stronger.
M - Best part of this beer is how well the ABV is hidden. Drinks like a 5-6% ESB.
Overall I enjoyed this beer but didn't love it. I may have it again fresh and change my score but I really like how well the hops and herbal tea flavors meshed in this brew.

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Photo of Brenden
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

An ESB is an interesting style take for a harvest ale. I've generally liked what I've had from this brewery since bottles started popping up in Toledo.

A thinnish off-white head displays moderate retention atop a deep gold-amber brew. The head actually lasts for a fairly long time, though small, but little lacing is left behind.
Grainy in the undertones, the aroma primarily showcases caramel malts, preffering sweetness over the leafy/herbal hops notes that come out underneath. Breadiness comes out strongly as well, and the caramel sweetness eases into a richer toffee-like sweetness. Overall this is a pretty good nose, but graininess is a little distracting and a better hops balance would do it some good.
A bit more complexity can be pulled out of the flavor. The sweetness seems to be mellowed, and what comes out aside from a better balance of the leafy and earthy hops is a bit of spiciness, toast, and a touch of nuttiness. The herbal character does well to remind me of the style and this beer fits well within it.
The mouthfeel is interesting. While it's a medium-bodied brew, it seems to thin out as it goes. A bit of a mineral feel distracts. There's an initial smoothness that also drops out abruptly, and the carbonation seems to drop out as well. It somehow retains its medium body while seeming lighter.

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Photo of BB1313
2.95/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

2012 vintage. 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a transparent burnt orange with a minor haze. There's a lack of head and lacing; with alcohol legs and decent retention. The aromas have a faint fruitiness and is dominated by caramel malts and toffee. It's slightly floral, but not too vibrant. The flavors are full of caramel and toffee and seem very grainy. There's a touch of grapefruit that lingers, giving it a subtle bitterness. The flavors are fine, but a little boring and one dimensional. Very earthy. Finishes dry. The mouthfeel is on the lighter side of full-bodied. The carbonation is active, slightly prickly, giving this beer energy. The alcohol goes unnoticed and isn't present.

This is a well crafted beer, it's just not too exciting. I was trying really hard to get into this one. It lacks the depth I've come to expect with alot of Mt. Carmel's beers. It can still hit the spot outside on an autumn night though.

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Photo of rangerred
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a slightly hazy dark copper with a one finger off-white head. Pretty good head retention and nice lacing clinging to the sides of the glass.

Aroma is very floral with some citrus. a little bit of light caramel as well and some toast. Quite nice.

Flavor has light floral and citrus hop flavor up front transitioning to caramel, toffee, and a little toasted malt. Some nice earth flavors in there really help bring out an autumn character in this beer. Bitterness is moderate and the beer finishes slightly sticky with no alcohol detectable whatsoever.

Overall, a really nice fall beer that I would never guess was 8%. Drinkability is not very high due to the abv but definitely a beer to seek out.

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Photo of projectflam86
2.82/5  rDev -23%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle.

A- Pours a murky light brown color with a thin white head that leaves some lace.

S- The nose is mostly caramel with some light hop aromas.

T- Some caramel malt and toffee upfront with a bit of hop bitterness in the finish. A slightly vegetal flavor is present throughout and it is slightly off putting.

M- Medium/light bodied with low carbonation.

O- Wonder if its just this bottle, but the cooked vegetable flavor that I'm picking up keeps me from enjoying this one as much as I had hoped.

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Photo of brew3crew
3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A. It looks like fall in my glass.

S. Caramel, citrus hops, and maltiness. Nice combo of maltiness and hop combo

T. bitterness with a bit of sweetness that doesn't quite balance it out. Goes bitter malty bitter in the taste

M. Medium bodied and smooth

o. Good beer. love what this brewery has to offer

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Photo of Natural510
3.77/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, no dating.

Pours a darker, cloudy amber with nice presentation of a creamy, off-white head.
Wonderfully hoppy scent with a citric, floral edge. Notes of toffee and orange in the aroma.
Nicely balanced flavor between the hops & malt, although it washes out a bit toward the end. The body is on the thin side, which I suppose is appropriate for an ESB which may be used for cask pour.

Taste doesn't quite live up to the aroma, but overall a nice, easy-drinking harvest ale. A bit more hops may liven things up next year.

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Photo of patpbr
3.77/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- dark caramel color, with little head not much carbonation rising
S- Citrus
T- bitter and malty
M- Bitter upfront and smooth somewhat creamy finish
O- party source in Newport KY had noted this was a popular beer. I picked a single bottle interested in there other offerings now.

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Photo of BeerAndBourbon
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A. Pours a beautiful red/orange tinged brown with a one finger creamy head that dissipates to a small film. It looks like autumn in a glass.

S. Caramel, citrus hops, and dirt- I'm not really sure where the dirt smell is coming from.

T. Fairly robust bitterness with a bit of sweetness that doesn't quite balance it out. The citrus flavors come through with grapefruit being the most apparent.

M. Medium bodied with a medium level of creamy carbonation.

D. An fairly enjoyable brew, but the dirt in the nose takes away from the charm. Even so, this is one of the more enjoyable fall seasonals I've had.

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Photo of rembrant
3.92/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

looks Amber,very little head,a bit hazy and films the glass with viscosity and hop oils.

Aroma Not that aromatic for a Harvest Ale. Caramel and some grapefruit. A bit of fresh resin in the nose could have raised this a notch higher

Flavor An interesting malt side that's got a bit of toffee,a bit of biscuit. The hops mostly lean to the citrus side without being a straight grapefruit. A rather balanced ESB rather that a hop heavy IPA,hes some subtle complexities but stays rather moderate.

Mouthfeel Quite good,the malt side does bring above average body and mutes the hop's bitterness while letting good flavor and tanginess come through. Aftertaste is nice but brief. I feared the carbonation might be weak,but it's about right.
This would be a good beer with foods that are not too bold flavored or a good "Gateway" beer for your Macro drinking buddies. It has "craft" but no big display or drama.

Drinkable? Very drinkable,Not a hop bomb,Mt Carmel went with the more balanced ESB style and got a beer that's very accessable and drinkable. It somewhat displays the hop harvest,and personally,I'd have taken that a step further. Their aim though was a solid,quaffable brew .

I spoke to a young man last week who worked at Mt Carmel and he was pretty pleased with this,which was just being released. It's good beer.

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Photo of ltjska04
3.47/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into my Perfect Pint Glass, this beer starts with two fingers of off-white head settling into a thin cap atop the dark amber body. The first smell is dry leaves; appropriate for a harvest ale. Grassy and earthy hops follow up and stick around. Eventually some sweet malt comes through as well. The taste is caramelly malt and a hint of oxidation. The bitterness lingers on the back of the tongue but doesn't take center stage. The mouthfeel is on the thin side and the finish is a little off and doesn't really beg for another drink. Overall this is a very earthy beer with some weird flavors in the finish; not one of Mt. Carmel's best.

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Photo of Knilas
4.2/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From the bottle: Pours a gorgeous Amber color with a fine 1.5" head. Aromas of Apple cider, dark fruits and some spice. Taste is similar, adding in some malt and median bitterness. A decent mid-range brew. Worth the coin.

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Photo of Jameskorte
4.47/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass. 1" of head, not very noticeable lacing.

smell - smelled delicious. maybe its that first weekend of true fall with college football on vibe going on, but the smell was right on.

mouthfeel - perfect. medium, not too heavy.

taste - didn't have any preconceived notion of this beer before tasting, wife (born in cinci) brought it home from Kroger - the hoppy taste is right up my alley. big fan.

I will definitely pick this beer up again if I come across it locally (being in Cincinnati, this is likely).

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Harvest Ale from Mt. Carmel Brewing Company
3.66 out of 5 based on 41 ratings.
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