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Elmes' Mild Manor | Harvest Moon Brewery & Cafe

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Brewed by:
Harvest Moon Brewery & Cafe
New Jersey, United States

Style: English Dark Mild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Gavage on 12-28-2005

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Ratings: 19 |  Reviews: 11
Photo of Belittle
3/5  rDev -18.7%

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

Photo of zillo043068
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of RBorsato
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of facundoCNB
3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a clear amber/brown pour with a slight amount of yellow head (nice lacing). has a funk of old grapes to it, nuts, toffee. tastes like a traditional english brown ale, spot on. tastes slightly sour with hints of chocolate, nuts, caramel, and bittering hops. medium bodied with a slight creaminess. this is a solid winter beer. aside from the zythos ipa and their pale ale, this is another go to beer of theirs.

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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of Rifugium
3.3/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at their brewery

It was good... Not too flavorful, but easily drinkable. Much like an amber ale, but smoother. Poured slightly hazy amber with a small whitish head. Mostly caramel malts on the nose, and some nuttiness. This followed through in the taste, with not too much else going on. Light body, a little watery, but not too bad. Fairly drinkable, but not enough flavor for me to have more than a pint, if that.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.3/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pretty clear brown amber with no head (gravity pour). Smooth malty sweet nose. Ooooh. Real nice toasty nutty tone on this one that you can really taste and appreciate. A slight dry bite, but it's good. Smooth feel. Extremely easy to drink. Woo hoo! A cask session ale!

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3.66/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Copper and caramel colored this ale pours with a nice big fluffy head that maintains it size throughout the glass. The head leaves thick rings down the walls of my imperial pint glass.

Smells of caramel and sweet bread malts. Some burnt characteristics and a mild floral hop aroma.

The flavor has three distinct progressions. First there is the bready malt sweet caramel taste. Then it progresses to a more balanced flavor as the hops shine through with their floral and bitter qualities. Finally, the beer finishes with a burnt roasted bitter quality. Very little after taste with a slight lingering mineral quality.

Mouthfeel is light as expected with the style. Drinkability is very high given the style and the growler served me well for a fantasy baseball draft.

The beer while isn't amazing it can be very versatile. Worked well with the English Cheddar I had on hand, but would work wonders with many meals including a burger at Harvest Moon. I'd like to try this one on cask.

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3.8/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was able to get this at Harvest Moon on 2/2/2008. They poured it into an American pint glass. This Harvest Moon brew was a dark reddish amber that had a 1 inch head of white foam. The white head of foam didn't stick around for very long. It manage to leave behind a small white film, white foamy rings along the edges, and a few streaks of white lace. The aroma of this beer smelled burnt with caramel, chocolate, and coffee beans. It wasn't an overwelming burnt aroma, but I still noticed that it was burnt. The taste was mild with toasted malts, a pound of coffee beans, a touch of caramel, a pinch of toasted hops, and then it ended with a strange taste of burnt malts. Where did that come from? The malts in the beginning were not burnt, but somewhere in the middle of the taste, they were burned somehow. For a 5.4% ABV beer, it was a medium bodied beer that had a soft lingering aftertaste of burnt malts, a dab of caramel, and a pinch of toasted hops. After reading it had a 5.4% ABV, I wanted to find if one of their light beers was going to be light in flavor. It wasn't! Even though this beer loved burnt flavors, I still enjoyed it and I could enjoy it agin in the future.

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Photo of marcpal
3.95/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap poured into pint glass at Harvest Moon. This is the fallback session beer on the HM beer list for myself. Always clutch.

A: Amber with a thin lasting foamy head. Nice lacing.

S: Some malts but mostly vanilla and caramel malts.

T: Caramel malts matched nicely by the hop flavors. Impressively well balanced and the sweetness is kept at bay throughout.

M: Nice crispy finish with a nice mouth coating.

D: Perhaps the most drinkable and enjoyable of the HM offerings. Session beer to a tee.

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4.12/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

"magnanimously hopped with English East Kent Goldings and Fuggles leaving a soft floral aroma. Caramel and chocolate malts add to it's malty sweetness and yield it's reddish amber hue."

ruby to brown, moderate head, good lacing down the pint as it went. pretty nice

english hop goodness, the chocolate malt impart an almost smoky component.... I liked the way this beer smelled on a day befitting of london proper (dreary, grey and raining)

taste etc...
malty. with mellow bitterness, the malts are clearly the star here, thick and creamy with a subtle bite from the carbonation, the malts are great and make this so easy to drink. the abv might be on the high end fpr the style but it was OK by me.

it's a mild fer crissake, it accomplishes the task at hand and does it well. tasty stuff.

went well with the Wasabi salad

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3.38/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light copper colour with the head dissolving rather quickly to a nice thin lace that leaves hardly a mark on the glass after each sip.

The aroma is simple and fairly faint overall: there's some sweetness here from the caramel and hints of general maltiness, but that's about it. I picked up almost zero hop notes.

The flavour does expand on the aroma a bit. Caramel is still present but the floral hops that other reviewers have noted finally break through (and quite nicely, at that) here. There's also a very subtle hint of chocolate in the back of each sip and the finish tends to be a bit more rugged than perhaps expected for a light-ish to medium bodied beer.

This was pretty good stuff for the most part and would make for an easy drinking session beer. If the aroma was jacked up a bit this one would be that much nicer.

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2.68/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

In a standard pint, the beer is a clear deep copper, with only the slightest head-ring. Forms slight lacing when the glass is tipped. Smells slightly of citrusy English hops, but malt doesn't smell English. Taste is very mild, just a bit of mildly kilned grain and lemony hops. Mouthfeel is thin, but carbonation is too high. Overall, it's still somewhat smooth, with a nice mild malt/hop character, but I'd like to find some American brewers that take an honest stab at an English style like this or bitters.

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Photo of jwc215
3.72/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had two at lunch (one before eating and one while) at Harvest Moon today.
When it arrived, which was immediately after it was poured, as we were at a table by the bar, it was fairly transparent - browner towards the top and redder towards the bottom with a thin head that held up decently (though not as much as I expected for the style.)
It had a soft, floral smell, mixed with chocolate and caramel.
The taste was more malty at the start - chocolate and caramel. It eventually became hoppy - a bit more than I expected for the style - but, I chalked it up to interpretation.
In the mouth, the malt and hops didn't blend as well as they could have, and both were a bit thinned - but, it did leave a fairly clean feel - certainly not strong enough to interfere with the food. This is a pretty good one to accompany the hamburger I had.
Not a bad brew - it was certainly drinkable because of its overall smoothness, but the malt and hops could have blended a bit better, IMO.

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Photo of Gavage
4.33/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: orange / copper in color with a fluffy 1" head. The head slowly fell to a surface foam.

Smell: this beer a nice floral hop nose with caramel candy in the background.

Taste: caramel, mild fruitiness, and brown sugar run through this brew. Light but noticeable hop bitterness. Light-medium in body. Flavors are well balanced.

Mouthfeel: mildly crisp at the start and finish. The finish was short on the caramel flavor.

Drinkability: Extremely drinkable, a quintessential session beer. You can sit and enjoy these all day long.

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Elmes' Mild Manor from Harvest Moon Brewery & Cafe
Beer rating: 3.69 out of 5 with 19 ratings
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