Demeter's Harvest | Half Pints Brewing Company

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Demeter's HarvestDemeter's Harvest

Brewed by:
Half Pints Brewing Company
Manitoba, Canada

Style: Wheatwine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by marty21 on 12-04-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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2.5/5  rDev -39.2%

Photo of CurtisD
3.29/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Overly sweet, but maybe just not my cup of tea.

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Photo of Jeffo
3.6/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle of this stuff from kjost a while back. Thanks again for that awesome swap a couple years back. We should do it again sometime.

From a bomber into a snifter
IBU: 75

APPEARANCE: Pours a small, medium looking, off-white head with decent retention. Head fades quickly to a faint wisp. Hazy burnt orange in color with lower levels of carbonation evident. A splotchy wisp remains but leaves no real lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Decent hop nose on this one, with caramel and toffee notes as well. Some light citrus aromas and spicy aromas as well. Bold enough.

TASTE: Caramel and toffee up front, with a touch of wheat and citrus hops at the swallow. Sweet aftertaste of toffee, some candy notes, spicy alcohol and a hint of hop and grapefruit bitterness lingering on the palate.

PALATE: Medium-full body with medium levels of carbonation evident. Very creamy on the palate, goes down smooth with a bit of a burn and finishes mouth-coating. Really nice feel here.

OVERALL: Good stuff! This brewery has put out some real beauties for sure. I do think this one was probably a little more impressive fresh, as the hop profile would have been more assertive, but as it is now, it is a very enjoyable and interesting brew. If you get the chance, definitely take a crack at this one. Thanks again kjost. Cheers!

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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.83/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.85/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Shared this bottle with a buddy, decanted into a tulip glass. A medium golden amber brew with a peach-like reddish cast and a moderate amount of off-white foam, one can detect the sweet tropical character of this brew even during the pour. Aroma is a veritable fruit bowl, tons of boozy canned peaches, papaya, mango, overripe pears, candied mandarins and grapefruit, all floating on top of a sweet honey and toffee backbone. Some pungent piney hop elements are apparent as well. Smells like an extra-sweet DIPA, really. Palate largely follows suit, with more peach and tropical fruit sweetness, honey, sweet and sour ginger sauce, lemon-lime juice, and pine resin that builds and builds. The resinous peppery C-hop character really gathers steam but never quite overcomes the honey sweetness. Fusel alcohols detectable but not super aggressive. Sweet citrus and tropical beginning, sweet honey middle, and sweet yet also dry resinous finish, a yin and yang fusion. Thick and syrupy, smooth, and pungently medicinal. If I have one complaint its that the honey is perhaps too assertive, yet the expert hopping does nullify some of the sweetness and the overall impression is that of a complex and assertive wheatwine-DIPA hybrid that warms you up nicely on a shitty snowy Calgary evening in March.

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Photo of EnemyWithin
3.85/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dementer’s Harvest on Feb 24, 2012 into duvel glass

Appearance: 3.5
Golden orange clear body with ½ inch thinnish white head. Head quickly fades to thin rim around glass

Smell: 3.5
Mainly moderate aroma of hops- grapefruit, citrus very ipa like. Also get a touch bready sweetness from the malt, and a note faint florals.

Taste: 4
Initially along the lines of a DIPA with a strong malt presence- get a citrus hops profile with a nice crystal, caramel malt note. But quickly midway through, you get a notable sweetness that is easily identify coming from the honey. This adds an interest twist to overall flavour profile, making for a weighty contrast of sweet to balance out the moderate bitterness of the hops. This takes the beer from an average IPA/DIPA style in my mind to something more interesting, approach barelywine territory (or in this case, wheatwine). The 11% alcohol content is extremely well-hidden, not very detectable at all.

Mouthfeel: 4
Moderate thickness. Initially an astringent feel from the hops, but then the honey aspect wash over the mouth and give a prominent burst of sweetness. Finishes with a slight bitterness.

Overall: 4
A very interesting, and enjoyable beer. The extra element of honey is distinct and overall, adds a positive aspect to the beer; it offers an interest malt-like element, and goes well with the aim to create a high alcohol, high flavour beverage. At first, I worried that this sweetness was too coying, but as I drank more I found the beer, in fact, very easy to drink, and that this sweet was extremely well-contrasted by the moderate hops aspects. Overall, I actually really enjoyed this beer, and without the honey/sweetness, it would be somewhat boring and one dimensional. With the high alcohol content, one would think this a sipper (which it can enjoyably be), but it is also easy to finish a bottle on one’s own.

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Photo of Sammy
3.88/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 edition, hops have faded to a braggot like sweetness, with oats mouthfeel. Smooth and sweet from the honey. Boozy, orange, edges of a head. Big wheat, it all disappears into the honey. Lace sheet. Even too sweet for me whatever you call the style.
Thanks for sharing, Liam.

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3.93/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a stemmed tapered wine glass.

A nice deep orange apricot body, looks slightly unfiltered with nice ruby grapefruit like hues of red. Head is fleeting with a thin off white to tan collar, always leaves a nice collar while drinking with some soapy large, but mostly thin bubbles.

Soft chewy nose of malt, and good fruit. Mix of tropical papaya, and hop herbal spice qualities. A bit musty as well, with almost must like grape qualities and some slight dank earth.

Palate comes with a very thick sugary syrup body, but with some control. Huge resin like coating and viscous oily finish. Lots of brown sugar and honey sweetness and tropical juice matching qualities. Chewy wheat body depth seems to be a little downplayed but the backbone is there supporting the flavors. Hop lingering bitterness on the finish match the tropical nose, with pineapple and a spicy herbal quality as well.

Overall this almost comes out like a braggot or a mead, but it's still pretty solid but has a good amount of sweetness. A nice seasonal sipper from these guys.

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of eat
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear golden-amber body with a good finger of off-white head. Head fades to a ring but lacing is nice.

Lots of grapefruit and pine resin on the nose, with wheaty malt, toasty biscuit, alcohol, flowery honey and caramel. Nice.

Hops up front are good but are quickly overshadowed by a somewhat cloying presence of honey which seems to coat the mouth. Pine and mixed citrus again but just dominated by this floral sweetness. Big hit of alcohol warms nicely but is also a little too much. Bitterness is listed at 75 IBU and tastes as indicated.

The body follows the flavour in being slightly syrupy. Moderate to low carbonation.

I'd be really curious to try aging a bottle of this. With the alcohol and hops smoothed out and the sweetness more integrated I can image an interesting, liqueur-like result. Okay as is but I wouldn't open another bottle fresh.

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of biboergosum
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

650ml bottle. An ode to Demeter, the Greek goddess of the harvest, and otherwise blessed by the addition of Centennial and Columbus hops.

This beer pours a clear, medium orange-amber hue, with two fat fingers of solid, foamy, and sort of bubbly off-white head, which leaves some bonsai tree line lace around the glass as it quietly seeps away.

It smells pretty damned fruity - pineapple and starfruit - with some orange cream and soft, grainy wheatiness wafting about, and a very subtle hint of warming alcohol. The taste is initially a big swat to the head of sugary wheat malt sweetness, southern Alberta field honey (sorry Manitoba), tempered only somewhat by soft orange and white grapefruit citrus notes. Slowly, a more balanced grainy, yet still wheat-oriented, honeyed caramel malt backbone emerges, with the citrus still hovering, and a gentle boozy warmth underlying all.

Amongst all that sugar and laid-back hops, very little in the way of the bubbly asserts itself, resulting in a body with a static middleweight, all rather smooth, with a surprisingly lack of cloyingness. It finishes sweet, but hardly off-the-charts, as the hops, while not exactly sticking out, stay the course, and go a long way in making this otherwise sickly behemoth scarily approachable.

A tasty wheatwine, one which grew on me in stages, especially after the sweetness event horizon. Amazing alcohol integration, given that barely a warming registers throughout, and while the label's suggestion of a pairing with salad rolls and spicy peanut sauce sounds killer, the sweetness of this offering is just peachy with my homemade, spicy-ass Kung Pao. Extreme can be fun, kids!

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4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to wordemupg for this one.

Poured from a 650ml. bottle and split with my wife.

Appearance: A gorgeous bright orange body that is slightly hazy with a creamy 2-3 finger head that leaves some traces.

Smell: Yeast a bit, white grapes, musty and malty, some wheat, citurs.

Taste: Sharp herbs, quite sweet, candy, buckwheat and some honey.

Mouthfeel: Strong upfront but whispers a bit on the way out. Very drinkable.

Overall: Bust out your sweet tooth 'cause you're gonna need it! That said, this is a solid ale and worth seeking out.

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Photo of bylerteck
4.16/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Girlfriend brought me this in the Spring. Assuming it's the 2012 version. From notes.

A - Hazy copper pour with good carbonation and a one finger white head that left no lace and a film of retention all the way through. Expected for the high ABV.

S - Dark fruit, really nice sugar element that wasn't too strong, port.

T - Sugary to start off. Nice fruit, grapes, candied orange. Seemed really sweet. Lot's of dark fruit, port, toffee. Complex for sure.

M - Nice carbonation, full body, dry and slightly sweet to finish.

O/D - Initially this was too sweet. Not cloying, but just too sweet. It grew on me though and mellowed out. Opened up well to be a nice and complex sipper full of great flavours. ABV was well masked. Nicely done.

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4.19/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Undated bottle purchased at the brewery. Poured at ~5C into a tulip and allowed to warm.

A: Clear copper with a surprisingly small white head that drops to a ring that leaves virtually no lacing.
S: Some hoppy grapefruit comes through on top. Some orange notes through later along with a caramel-like sweetness.
T/M: The taste changes nicely as it warms. It starts out a little dry with some earthy tones and a bit of alcoholic warmth. Light honey, floral and orange notes come out, but as the beer gets warmer the honey seems to take over with a beer that is quickly cloying. When it gets quite warm apple juice dominates. You don't get any of the wheat flavours of mouthfeel either...
O: A nice beer with no obvious flaws, but a little too cloying for my tastes. Nice development on the palate and nose. A definite sipper that I expect will benefit from age, taking off the alcohol and a bit of the bitter edge when colder.

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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