Harvest Gold Pale Ale | Barley Days Brewery

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Harvest Gold Pale AleHarvest Gold Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Barley Days Brewery
Ontario, Canada

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Lush and rich, this ale, with its English hops and pale malt, is reminiscent of fresh-cut hay and autumn fields. Brewed in Prince Edward County using only malted barley, hops, yeast and water.

Added by pootz on 07-06-2007

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Ratings: 28 |  Reviews: 15
Reviews by Molson2000:
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4.5/5  rDev +37.2%

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Photo of beerhunter13
3.75/5  rDev +14.3%

Photo of Sammy
3.47/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

New formulation with Saaz, Golding, Fuggles, and Hallentrau. Medium mouthfeel. Bolder hop taste than their Summer Light.A bit more colour, marginally. This is the one being distributed across the province. A normal, though understated pale hop presence by brewmaster Doug.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
1.5/5  rDev -54.3%

Photo of Mr_Rocca
3.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of liamt07
3.38/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Volo, grabbed a pint of this.

Pours a solid copper, with a thin head. Moderate retention and not as much lacing. Filtered body. Nose has mild grain and caramel notes, hints to some butter. Mild earthiness too. Taste has a pure graham cracker/shreddies/Animal Cracker thing going for it in terms of a bready qualities, that's almost pure 'cracker' or 'cookie'-like in nature. More grain notes, mild citrus and orange hops begin to appear with warmth. Mouthfeel is light, mild lingering bitterness. Good clean feel and not a bad beer overall.

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Photo of uno99
3.6/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle from the brewery into a Stella glass

A: Looks like a pale ale alright. thin head rests mostly on the rim. minimal lacing. (3.5)

S: Citrusy hops. Little bit of orange zest, coconut, almond (3.5)

T: quite a lot of malt, especially mid sip. Maybe its just the label talking to me but it does taste rather harvesty...perhaps a little too much lingering sweetness. (4.0)

M: A little sticky and med. bodied. (3.5)

D: I think the stickiness kills the drink-ability for me, otherwise fairly sessionable. (3.0)

A pretty good beer from Barley Days, even if the numbers don't quite add up!

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Photo of Brody1714
3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of DrinkingDrake
3.12/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Got one of these from a friend of a friend.
Poured out an amber color with a minimal amount of head. The nose is fruity and sweet malt (almost rye). The malt aroma is different however. I'm assuming they are using Canadian 2-row? The taste is a lot of sweet, yet bitter malts. I'm not picking up any hops. The finish is crisp and almost sour. Overall a different malt sweetness than I have experienced but not pleasing.

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3/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of soju6
3.13/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a nice golden color with a creamy head that fades to lacing.

S: Sort of a fruit and spice aroma.

T: Starts with malt and then fruit flavor. decent bitter finish.

F: Light body, quite smooth.

D: Decent beer, not what I expected for a pale ale. Decent entry level pale ale.

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Photo of Derek
3.83/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Golden-bronze with a white head, not a lot of retention, but it leaves some great lace.

S: A really different, but interesting, aroma. Buttery diacetyl upfront with a little sulphur makes me think lager... but then some banana, candied pineapple, marmalade, vanilla & spice come in & I think Belgian Wit. There's some nice toffee & hints of breadyness from the malt. A very eclectic mix, which surprisingly works.

T: There's an awful lot of vanilla flavour here. They should really throw in some wheat & make this a wheat beer. Some good spicing, toasted malt, burnt toffee, candied fruit, marmalade, solid bitterness. It's interesting, but it's way off of the style.

M: Light to moderate body is fairly smooth, with a very dry finish.

D: Quite drinkable.

Thanks for the bottle Bobsy!

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Photo of nullbort
3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of pootz
3/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

( Formerly Red Coat Ale)

Bottle (no date code)

Poured a clear gold with a nice frothy 2 finger sticky cap...great lacing and retention.

Nose is simple..grainy sweetness with light fruity ( apple) tones

Medium-light body fluid mouth feel, pleasant 2 dimensional charcter

Up front modest malts and light hopping allow the subtle fruity esters to be detected...fast clean finish..lightly sweet with mild apple tastes.

An inoffensive solid all malt mild pale..nothing wrong with it nothing really exceptional either.

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Photo of ThatWineGuy
2.88/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A pale straw colour and very clear. The head disappeared quickly leaving a few large bubbles in the wispy centre of the glass. Unimpressive carbonation. The smell was of nothing in particular at first but I thought I detected a hint of fresh pear after it warmed a bit. Some evidence of hops in the mouth but mild at best. I tasted lemon lime with some bitterness in the mouth. Unfortunately, this was compromised by a hint of sour in a finish that was sorely lacking. In my opinion, this is a few cuts above the Ontario macros but not by a heckuva lot.

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Photo of kwjd
3.11/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had this on tap at C'est What. Pours a golden yellow colour with thin white head and som nice rings of lacing. Smells of bready malts and very mild hops. Minimal bitterness, but a pleasant enough sweet flavour. Medium bodied carbonation. A nice beer, but not one ontario's better offerings.

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Photo of biegaman
3.13/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The mornings are cool already, pumpkins and gourds are spotted at fruit stands, and today is the last official Sunday of the summer. Through no choice of our own, the harvest days of the fall have graced us again. The "Barley Days Harvest Gold Pale Ale" seemed only appropriate for this lovely, mid-September afternoon.

The appearance is only suiting for the name: it has a crisp golden colour with slight auburn tinge (a shade often observed in the turning foliage of fall). The head has been reduced to a filmy level, like that of skin found on a cooled pudding or soup. A slightly blurred clarity.

Its scent has a surprising (and overwhelming) yeasty kick, boasting a boat load of esters that include clove, banana, and pear. There's a strong marmalade note too. It has a light 'farmhouse' character that, while tame and void of funk, resembles something similar to a Saison, lower alcohol Belgian blonde, or Kristalweizen. Judging purely by smell I'd guess it as one of those styles.

The texture has a coarse graininess and feels saturated in sugary and sticky fruits. The yeast is still influential, contributing to a dry mouthfeel. It parts with little aftertaste, little notion even to its ever being present. Apart from the yeast little flavour or sensation remains; it's low bitterness and light-bodied. Quenching on some level certainly.

As far as flavour goes I think pomegranate and apricot might actually be closest. Pear and apple both also come to mind. I wouldn't reject any notions of darker fruits, raisin and dates perhaps, that are faint but impressionable. The yeast has contributed far more to the flavour than the malts (which are seemingly absent).

Harvest Gold is a somewhat peculiar pale ale. I found it to blur a number of lines, bordering a number of styles at times (including especially Belgian blonde and German kristal weizen), despite drinking like a mild, English style pale ale. It's light bodied, quenching, easy on the palate but with a number of suggested flavours. It has a ways to go before ever becoming one of my favourites (assuming I ever revisit) but I did enjoy it.

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Photo of shamus
3.5/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this is not a good beer. It tastes very macro. It tastes like a Keith's. it tastes like a Keith's on tap. That's why I like it. it has that skunky water stream of life quality to it. Nonetheless it's not a great beer, just a good beverage. recommended for drowning sorrows since 2007.

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Photo of hunterjames
3.5/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bylerteck
2.83/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Pours a mildly hazy orange colour. Bright with moderate carbonation coming up. A film of soapy white head. A small spattering of thin lace with a small film of retention.

S - Soapy wet hops, lemon candy, something seems off.

T - Sweet malt with those soapy sorta hops and maybe an orange note? Earthy and minerally hops. I could also describe it as soapy and dusty.

M - Nice carbonation with a light-ish body and that odd soapy finish.

O/D - Nothing I would reach for again. Website's description speaks of fresh cut hay, which I can see in the beer, but definately not as something I would brag about. A fairly poor interpretation of the style, yet drinkable.

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Photo of Electros
3.74/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CaptDavyJones
3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of KrisDLSmith
3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of MeisterBurger
2.59/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I picked up a six pack from the brewery three weeks ago, more out of obligation and guilt than any real desire. It didn't help that the Summer Light ale is hopped with saaz and I hate saaz, and also because my first BA review was for the Wind and Sail Dark Ale and I gave it a D+. So the Harvest Pale Ale it was. It just seems rude to do a tasting and leave empty-handed.

I wish I was rude.

This looks like a pretty average pale ale, yellow-amber with some nice bright white, spotty lacing.

The nose has a touch of cooked corn about it, and grains and sulphur. Bready. Pale malt. Some earthy, herbal fuggle hops. I don't love it.

The taste is oddly chalky and bitter, buttery diacetyl, somewhat of that same cooked corn vegetal that is in the aroma, grainy, grain-like and grain-esque, with a hugely herbal/floral middle along with a weak pale, toasted malt. This almost has more of a German than and English taste going on that I can't quite peg. Dammit. Lingering bitter finish. Blah.

Drinkabilty. Yeah. Sure. I guess. If it was free or the fate of the world rested upon it. But really this is another middle of the road beer from a middle of the road brewery. It'll probably do all right with the locals and the tourists in Prince Edward County who don't know any better, but anyone looking for a topnotch beer need look elsewhere.

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Photo of bobsy
3.71/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a six-pack to give Barley Days another tryFrom my reading I understand this beer has been reformulated, and I encourage everyone to give it a go.

The pour is excellent - it has a very bright golden body with a creamy white head that leaves lots of lace on the way down. The aroma is of light apple, and there's lots of that in the flavour, along with peach and spice. In fact, it has a very similar taste to Blanche de Chambly, but with a pale malt base instead of a wheat one. The body and carbonation seem about right for what's going on here, and its definitely the sort of beer that you would enjoy sessioning over an evening (the ABV is under 5%).

Really pleasant surprise, and combined with the sugar shack and the summer ale, Barley Days is really impressing me. What concerns me though, is whether the beer is intended to taste like this or whether something funky is going on. Its certainly not got the standard flavour profile of an English pale, and I've had beers from these guys that have been pretty messed up. Take my initial recommendation, but proceed with caution - my beers were tasting pretty good, but that's no guarantee yours will be in the same state.

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Harvest Gold Pale Ale from Barley Days Brewery
Beer rating: 3.28 out of 5 with 28 ratings