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Red Hill Hop Harvest AleRed Hill Hop Harvest Ale
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Red Hill Hop Harvest AleRed Hill Hop Harvest Ale

Brewed by:
Red Hill Brewery

Style: Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Winter

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Added by jarmby1711 on 06-20-2006

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Ratings: 20 |  Reviews: 15
Reviews by admiral:
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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Photo of jbowers56
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a relatively clear copper/red colour, with active carbonation visible. The head retains well, and seems to leave a good bit of lacing. Lets get stuck in!

Nice presence from the Goldings hops, lending a subtle citrus hint along with the typical leafy, earthy and floral notes you expect from it. The malt bill is well stated too in the nose - the caramel comes through very nicely to balance and compliment the hops. Really good.

Yum. Caramel malts are certainly at the forefront, as is a sort biscuity flavour. The hops give off flavours of marmalade and leaves. A very enjoyable beer, not rocking my world, but certainly what I was after.

I would have no issue drinking these back to back for as long as it took for the 6% abv to catch up to me. The kind of beer I would choose often when available.

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Photo of Vanz
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.6/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pour quite a dark amber/earthy copper, with a big, long-lasting head.
Aroma contain lots of fruity hops (classic citrus notes with some tropical hints) and a fair bit of resin and pine. Lots of clean sweet malt underneath and a hint of diacetyl brings you back to English territory.
Flavours are a mix of sweet caramel malt, earthy and spicy hops and a mild hoppy bitterness that lingers all around the mouth.
Slightly too much carbonation.
Great aroma, but there's some off-putting characteristic in the lingering bitterness that detracts from the overall experience.

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Photo of spicelab
3.91/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2012 version. Can I start by saying that it's great to see a Harvest Ale that is not a Pale Ale/IPA? Anyways..

Ruby amber with a good strong, fine-bubbled just off-white head. Gradually recedes leaving a gravity-defying lace curtain.

Fresh minty-piney hops melding with a robust nutty, biscuity, toffee malt backbone. Noticeable doughy yeast presence too. Straightforward and enticing.

Flavours follow, but are even chunkier and seamlessly integrated than the nose suggested. Kind of merges into a single broad flavour, which is not at all meant as a criticism.

Body is on the lighter side of medium, but strengthened by jazzy carbonation which feeds into a moderate mid-palate bitterness that is quite persistent.

Beefy and solid. The malt and hops come together like lock and key. Serious balls for 6%

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Photo of Macca
3.43/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Woah! Beer had been resting in the fridge for a week and had not been roughed up on the way to "the lab" but as soon as it was opened it was out of the bottle and all over the place. Thankfully I was able to save most of it.

So it pours a clear dark amber colour with the aforementioned "vigorous" head.

Aromas of toasted malts and a bit of caramel. Some resin and an almost sweet mint touch.

Toasty maltiness dominates the palate. Not as hoppy as I thought it may be, which is a good thing in my books. A better balance.

Medium bodied.

Not overwhelmed with this one.

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Photo of juju7
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark red with a light fluffy head that has just the slightest hint of a pink hue to it...or is that just because of the lighting in this room? The very first whiff I got was of boiled lollies but that blew off to reveal some fine biscuity, doughy malt characters. Love a beer that reveals itself in layers. A definite aroma of fresh hops with some grassiness there atop a body of firm bitterness and good length. A tidy, well-made beer with character unique enough to make it quite memorable. Didn't even realise it was 6%, nice.

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Photo of mulder1010
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

330 ML bottle poured into a tulip--- Thanks to Triple5 for the beer!!

A-- Poured a deep reddish copper color, with a one finger light brown head. Good head retention when swirling the beer. A little bit of thick lacing on the sides of the glass.

S-- Candied apple! Yum! Very fresh lively smell to this. Hops are soft and there is a good amount of malt to this but it is balanced well in the smell. Does get earthy as it warms and smells like fall leaves that have fallen off the tree

T-- Crisp, like and apple would be and juicy. Good amount of carmel with it as well. Hops kick in right after a few swirls in the mouth. Very nicely done.

M-- A lot more flavors come into play at this point. Get pine, citrus, and a bit of burnt toffee. Good amount of acid to this and a large pine hop kick in the end. Very long lasting ending flavor to this. Sweetness is well hidden by this point. Medium carbonation and a little bit creamy. Much more earthy as it warms up

D-- Well made beer. ABV is well hidden and is quite complex. One or 2 in a sitting is enough for me but this is something that is worth getting again and seriously worth seeking out if you are a hophead.

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Photo of spycow
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of koolk
4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy burnt light caramel in colour with a strong white head that has great retention - maybe a little to big.

Strong spicy hop notes and some soft fruit hops dominate the nose. Some mild malty aromas as well.

Hoppy palate - deep mixture of floral and fruit hop flavours and some spice mix with a rich strong warming malt flavour. Spot on bitterness blends well with some subtle sweet candy flavours.

Creamy texture and great balance round out this beer perfectly.

Another winner from Red Hill, again with textbook balance and their every present creamy full palate. Top drop.

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Photo of vancurly
4.23/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ordered a carton from the brewery... I was very impressed by the phone call follow-ups to update me on it's dispatch.

a: hazy burnt orange, almost bronze. Pale, beige froth head.... heavy and persistant.... holds throughout....

s: toffee apple.. granny smith....candy & fruit. As it warms, notes of herb & spice... juniper

f: hop heaven.... bitter digestive herbs... brambly, spicy. Touch of stonefruit in the froth...pawpaw or kiwi... Aftertaste of floral perfume.

m: long bitterness, but a medium body upfront. Slight dustiness.

o: classy beer.... one of the best English bitter ales brewed in Australia....along with Wig & Pen and Five Islands.

Not sure that "English Bitter" is the best category.... for mine these are have been ironically more notable for hop fragrance than bitterness. ESB would be more appropriate.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.21/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep reddish burnished mahogany colour, quite clear with a billowing, overenthusiastic head of off white bubbles. Rocky as anything, and almost overflowing the glass from a conservative pour. Some good lacing though when it settles a bit. Looks very damn tasty indeed.

Lots of gritty noble hop aromas on the nose. Fair bit of pepper, some scale-touched citrus, grass and freshly turned earth. Quite piercing, very refreshing, almost nothing of the new world to it. With the beers I've been drinking lately that's a surprisingly pleasant treat.

Very pleasant and robust bitterness on the palate, not harsh with grapefruit or grassiness like the equivalent level of hopping with and American hop would do. Stays crisp, lightly metallic, sharp but clean. Very little clinging body to it, and that's very pleasant in this style of beer. Very true to style, in my opinion, crisp and drinkable and tasty.

An extremely drinkable brew with buckets of character to boot. Once again, Red Hill shows me they can brew a subtle and classic style exceptionally well.

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Photo of dansmcd
3.46/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of heygeebee
4.17/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No BB - from Warners.

Pours a half finger head - dies quickly to film. Body is copper.

Aromas - strong - of earthy English-style hops. Malts, toffees.

Taste is a well balanced assault. English hops jump at you, which is unusal for stlye, but quite pronounced. A hint of APA style citrus in the background. Dry malt backbone. Hint of toffee at outset startes to kick as warms and a toffee-bomb by end. Great! All of the above sound a contradiction but the whole works well.

Mouthfeel lighty carbed and light/medium bodied.

Very unusual, but good, beer.

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Photo of Stew41
3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Seems a bit off game on this tasting. Massive head as per the 2007 and the fresh, powerful ale notes come through well aroma-wise, but the palate seems under-powered compared to previous tastings. As always the hop cut is really attractive but a surprising lack of drive throught the palate.

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Photo of jarmby1711
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my first chance to try a Red Hill beer and I was reasonably happy with it.
It is a limited release and is an alternative to the JS Hop Thief ,
It is quite dark tan and cloudy It has a discernible bead through the haze and the head is sudsy tan/grey in colour.
The promised hops are evident but are understated They are fruity flower like aromatic and smooth.
It is a little bit low key to be really impressive ,but this probably makes it an excellent session beer.
All beer should be as at least as good as this.

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Photo of brendan13
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the 2007 Hop Harvest Ale.

Pours a hazy amber colour into my pint glass. Half inch of head that persists.
Mild toasty maltiness upon first smell with some citrus fruit coming through with a bit of a swirl.
The toasty, biscuity taste that I'm loving of late comes through with a nice balanced fruity hop flavour. I also get an ever so slight mint tinge.
Medium body & moderate carbonation. Goes down pretty well.
A nice beer that I would drink a couple pints of if I didn't have to drive anywhere. A 6 pack might be a bit too much though.

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Photo of danieelol
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a burnished copper with good head/lacing.

Smell is rockmelon-esque hops in front of an English toffee-malt character. Lots of rockmelon, and also some honeydew. Has some definite chocolatiness, verging on roast (coffee).

Taste is rockmelon crossed with the chocolate and toffee. Dry, bitter, hoppy finish and a waxy coffee.

Mouthfeel is about medium. Nicely balanced astringency.

Very nice and unique beer. I'm impressed.

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Photo of GraduatedCashew
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of dgilks
3.6/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy copper with a huge, billowing, pale tan head. Great head retention and nice lacing.

Sweet, tropical fruit aromas. Light pine and hints of toast and biscuit.

Well balanced. Starts with a good bitter hit followed quickly by a balancing malt backbone. Solid caramel sweetness is augmented by fruity notes. Good tropical hops along with some grassy notes.

A light to medium body is paired with vibrant carbonation. Not bad but the carbonation levels should probably be lower in a bitter.

This is a tasty, balanced beer which is worth drinking. On the whole, good, not great.

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Red Hill Hop Harvest Ale from Red Hill Brewery
Beer rating: 3.88 out of 5 with 20 ratings