Five High Harvest Ale
Dark Horse Brewing Company

Five High Harvest AleFive High Harvest Ale
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Style:
IPA - American
Ranked #4,745
ABV:
6%
Score:
86
Ranked #29,285
Avg:
3.8 | pDev: 7.37%
Reviews:
5
Ratings:
30
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Dark Horse Brewing Company
 
Michigan, United States
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Rotating/Seasonal
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Gots
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SCORE
86
Very Good
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edward_boumil from New York

3.81/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: burnt orange colored, mild turbidity, nice head retention and some soapy lace
S: mild spicy aroma, that of zesty and herbal hops. Some toasted malts, touches of caramelized sugars.
T: pretty dry overall, not super bitter but definitely has a present hop bite. Malts are more dry, like toast. Hops are very herbal and vegetal, get spicy like that of clover or cut grass.
F: body is on the fuller side, however this is still pretty drinkable. Carbonation level is on the higher side. Very refreshing.
O: nice harvest ale. I’d being willing to bet there are fresh hops in this, if not would definitely fool me. Definitely has a nice livelyness to it and is a pleasure to drink

Oct 15, 2018
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StoutHunter from Michigan

3.74/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I picked up a bottle of Dark Horse's Five High Harvest Ale last week for $2.09 at The Lager Mill. I"m always down to try a new beer from Dark Horse and since it's Harvest Ale season I thought I would give this one a try, so lets see how it goes. 2017 Vintage. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into an IPA glass.

A- The label looks nice, it goes well with the name and it's a little eye catching. It poured a a golden amber color that took on more of a golden hue when held to the light and it had almost two fingers worth of creamy and slightly bubbly off white head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left some nice rings and sheets of lacing behind. This is a good looking beer, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness with the hops being the first to show up and they impart a nice mix of fruity, citrus rinds, light stone fruit, apricot, floral and light green hop like aromas that go into a little bit of noticeable doughy yeast. Up next comes the malts which impart a pale malt, light caramel malt, bread crust, bready and sweet malt aromas with a light nutty and creamy aroma show up towards the end. This beer has a pretty nice aroma, it's just a little unique for the style.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma and slightly lighter and it starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness with the hops still being the first to show up and they impart the same aspects that they did in the aroma with the fruity hops sticking out slightly more than the other hoppy aspects. Up next comes a little bit of doughy yeast which leads into the malts which impart all the same aspects that they did in the aroma and they show up just as much as they did in the aroma. Towards the end there's a slightly nutty flavor and on the finish there's a lighter amont of medium bitterness with a hoppy, malty and slightly nutty aftertaste. This is a pretty nice tasting beer, all the flavors work well together and the balance is good.

M- Smooth, a little clean, not to crisp, medium bodied with a lower amount carbonation. The mouthfeel is nice, but I wish it had more carbonation.

Overall I thought this was a pretty nice beer and it's a nice example of the style, it was little unique for a harvest ale and I thought all the aspects worked well together. This beer had nice drinkability, I could drink one or two, but the lack of carbonation would start to ware on me. What I like the most about this beer is the appearance and well the different flavors and aromas worked with each other. What I like the least about this beer is the carbonation, it needs more. I would buy this beer again if they make in next year and I would recommend it to anyone looking for a Harvest Ale that's a little unique. All in all I liked this beer, but I think It was just a little rough around the edges and it could use just a little cleaning up. It's not a favorite Dark Horse Beer and it's a nice example of the style. Nice job guys, this is a tasty Harvest Ale and it's a little unique, keep it up.

Oct 16, 2017
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BB1313 from Ohio

3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Collaboration with High Five Hop Farm. Bottled on 9/13/17. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a deep golden with a mild haze; white head that fades leaving nice retention and sticky lacing. The aromas are unique and hard to describe. Hints of sweet orange and cherries. Malts are there. The flavors basically follow the nose. More orange and cherries. Some fresh grass along with some subtle hints of pine. Bread and crackers in the mix. Malts do their thing. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium-bodied with moderate to active carbonation. It's smooth, fluffy and easy to drink.

This is a unique IPA, and I mean that in a good way. Solid hop profile. The craftsmanship is on point. It's clean, crisp and refreshing. It's fun to drink. Enjoyable stuff. Well done. It's probably even better than my "numerical score" might indicate.

Oct 15, 2017
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

4.06/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When fall hits its stride, many craft beer drinkers look to Oktoberfestbier and pumpkin ale. But just because the summer is over doesn't mean that hop heads are left high and dry. Brewers like Dark Horse use autumn's hop harvest season to give these drinkers a newery, fresher and highly authentic IPA. It's harvest ale season!

Five High Harvest Ale leaps right out with a strong hop presence that's just as green, leafy and bright as it is citrusy and tropical in nature. Pale goldenrod and crowned with a rich eggshell lather, the ale leads with a midwestern malty sweet base of caramel, light toffee, biscuit and bread crust.

The balance of malt remains although the bulk of its associate sweetness begins to drift away as the ale crosses the middle palate. The rise of hops bring a fresh and resilient fruit flavor to the tongue. Peach, mango and apricot carry those stone fruit and slight jammy intensity while also having a stewed or slightly bruised character. Trending steadily bitter, more citrus notes of orange peel, pink grapefruit and an herbal finish of lemon leaf ensure a grassy and citronella taste in the beer's waning moments.

As the greener taste and aroma from the freshly picked hops bring a "neon" character to the palate, the medium bodied beer also invites the taste and texture of chlorophyl for a peppery, stemmy and slightly vegetal bite. Bitter and spicy with raw hop tannins, the finish brings a refreshing but balanced taste that chases a long and resinous aftertaste.

Oct 11, 2017
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superspak from Ohio

4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 9/13/2017. Pours crystal clear deep golden amber/light orange color with a 2 finger fairly dense and rocky off white head with awesome retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice dense soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big tangerine, grapefruit, peach, pineapple, apricot, mango, melon, lemon zest, orange peel, light pepper, pine, light caramel, toasted bread, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of citrus/fruity/pine hops and moderate bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big tangerine, grapefruit, peach, pineapple, apricot, mango, melon, lemon zest, orange peel, light pepper, pine, light caramel, toasted bread, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Moderate pine, citrus peel, grassy, spicy bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of tangerine, grapefruit, peach, pineapple, apricot, mango, melon, lemon/orange peel, light pepper, pine, light caramel, toasted bread, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/pine hops and moderate bready malt flavors; with an awesome malt/bitterness balance, and zero astringent hop flavors after the finish. Light-moderate increasing dryness from bitterness. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately bready/grainy/sticky, and slightly resinous/rindy balanced mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 6%. Overall this is an awesome fresh hop IPA! All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/pine hops and moderate bready malt flavors; very smooth and refreshing to drink with the modestly bitter/drying finish. Really great mix of juicy, vibrant, and dank hop complexity; nice balancing malt backbone, with no residual sweetness. A really enjoyable offering.

Sep 30, 2017
Five High Harvest Ale from Dark Horse Brewing Company
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 30 ratings