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Jersey Harvest Ale | Hunterdon Brewing Company

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Jersey Harvest AleJersey Harvest Ale

Brewed by:
Hunterdon Brewing Company
New Jersey, United States

Style: English Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by stirgy on 11-20-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 15 |  Reviews: 15
Reviews by Ego:
Photo of Ego
3.48/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

light amber hue, white head with larger bubbles forms an O ring (have you seen her O face?) good carbonation action 2 inches under the head keeping it alive

not much, slight hoppiness, mild ESBish happening

taste etc:
again a subdued british type bitter without much bite. the body is very thin and the carbonation is just enough to make it float on the pallette, pleasant without being overbearing in any category, some malt sweetness peaks through. it drinks clean and consistent.

a nice little ale that would be great at a standard american place like say TGI Fridays or something. not enough character to challange strong or spicy foods but mellow enough to be rather enjoyable as a BBQ/get together beer. I wouldnt go out of my way to find it but that doesnt mean it is "bad" perse.

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Photo of beerluvr
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured with a fine-bubbled off white head that settled atop of light reddish-amber liquid. The nose was surprisingly fruity and full of toasty maltiness. The taste was bittersweet with a firm malty base showing hints of flowery hoppiness enhanced by a superbly gentle carbonation in the glass. Finished up clean with dry hop notes..an excellent session ale, surpassed my expectations by far.

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Photo of Ieatlambfries
3.33/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Looked nice. Clean dark amber. Poured with a thickish white head. Smell was good as well, hoppy and grainy. The taste was also grains and hops. Not much malt and not very complex. But not bad, just not overly exciting. Pretty indicative of something made by river horse. Mouthfeel was good, medium body. Drinkability was decent as well. I drank a few, went down easy. A decent beer.

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Photo of Gavage
2.77/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a bronze color with no head. The aroma was of slight malts and not very exciting. The taste was way too sweet, as only a hint of roasted malt and bitterness was detected after several swallows. Thin bodied and very flat on the mouthfeel, and the sweetness disappears almost immediately from the tongue. This needs some work.

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Photo of IrishRedRock
4.12/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Jersey Ale...the "replacement" for Jersey Harvest Ale...is this a fall seasonal? It seems to have the typical characteristics of one. Coppery in color, with wee tiny bubbles cascading to the top of the brew, lacking in any sort of head. Smoky malt flavor in the nose, reminiscent of the smell of October. Mild hops can be detected as well.

Flavors of malt and grain are strong. This is a very earthy brew to me. Good name for the beer then I suppose. Well balanced, and not as carbonated as the bubbles would make you think it is. It's actually rather creamy. Not as good as my beloved Jersey Shore Gold, but I certainly am glad I got a sixer of this...pretty good stuff.

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Photo of WesWes
3.95/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice amber color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a toasted malt scent that boasts of pale, crystal, and bisquit malts along with roasted barley. It is sweet and earthy. The taste is good. It has a light, but quite complex malt flavor. It goes down with ease and finishes sweet and slightly musty. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a medium bodied beer with a little too much carbonation. This beer would kick ass if it had some more body and less carbonation. It drinks well regardless.

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Photo of stirgy
3.8/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is the new, year-round version of their previously seasonal - harvest ale, complete with new orange label. From a bottle this beer poured a clean and clear orange amber color with a small wisp of a head. Sour grains dominate the aroma along with pleasantly bitter citrus. The taste is dry and bittersweet, with a hop spiciness (almost peppery) coming through. Medium to light bodied, this beer has some character and decent qualities. With a high drinkability, a clean and spicy finish, this is an enjoyable beer that I would recommend.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
3.15/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Label Lingo and bottle babble: Triple orange labeled bottle. Neck label: HUNTERDON BREWING CO. Est. 1996. Back label: US Gov warning. Body label: A sketched colonial farmer working in a field.

Pours a dim orange amber hued offering into a pint with a ½’ head cap quickly scattering down to a thin slick of an off white slick.

Basic sweet sugar malts and honey tea hops balance. Some toasted hints as well.

First Swigs: Malty cocoa front first is pronounced followed by some residual hops balance, but malts further forward. Some slight ESB bitterness. A tiny bit of citrous orange kiss to the mild spice and lollipop candy finish.

Soft fizzy carbonation that doesn’t do any harm to the overall average brew. A bit buttery feel and somewhat cloying towards half way.

Last Swigs: Sweet smooth non-descript hard candy. No detectable adjuncts, at least. This is a local brew contracted by Riverhorse in North, NJ for HUNTERDON BREWING CO. Est 1996. Two kinds of beer: Thinking and drinking. This is drinking beer. Rather forgettable wanna be Geary's Pale.

Beer is good. Happy local beering.

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Photo of ism
3.77/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Label promises a good quanitity of hops, with illustrations of the flower depicted alongstide a farmer. Attractive, drawing me to buy the bottle, as well as my love for everything Jersey.

Coppery amber body, cloudy, with a small beige head and extremely light lacing. Aroma is strong, with hops pronounced (Cascade?). Light-bodied, well-balanced with a slight citrus hop profile, blending into an easygoing palate. Carbonation is quite subdued. Not exciting, but a quality brew. C'mon, Jersey's got more character than this.

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Photo of Higravity
2.93/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A shrugger here but not without some redeeming qualities.

A standard copper ale with a little head. Smells of crystal malt and weak C-hops. The taste is instantly forgetable and weak. There is no definition in this beer as the malt is there but not to any effect and the hops are lazy and weak. A pale ale with not fine notes and a watery body make this a shugger.

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Photo of Citadel82
3.82/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is more complex and better tasting than I remembered it to be when I last had it as Jersey Harvest Ale. I will keep this stocked for guests.

Pours a rich deep copper with minimal short lived head but adequate carbonation. Some lacing evident.

Aroma is biscuits and malts, mostly sweet.

Taste is balanced with notes of sweet malt, some cocoa a tough of tobacco and a short lived astringent hop finish.

Mouthfeel is a little watery but overall not bad.

This is a beer that is hearty enough to take the bite out of a chilly spring evening. Thank you Mike Short and the team aat Hunterdon.

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Photo of Greenlabel
3.41/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This product is helped by some very attractive packaging which caught my eye among many products in the cooler. Unfortunately, I don't think the product itself is as outstanding as the label. Although the label doesn't say that the product is anything but "Ale", I very quickly concluded upon tasting it that it was an Octoberfest-type or Harvest Ale but had been told that it was not a seasonal product. I detected very little aroma and was quite surprised to see how dark its coloring was in the glass. Not a lot of foam to offset the darkness. Didn't detect much in the way of hops - more of a sweet, marzen type flavor. Not a bad product and might be quite a good session beer. I was just hoping for a bit more balance and excitement in the taste.

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Photo of SEOhioSipper
3.32/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a deep red with little to no head--what was there didn't last long

Had a slightly sweet malty aroma-but that was about it-nothing outstanding

Slightly sweet start with a light hop finish--nothing truly outstanding in the taste

Had a light to medium body with very little carbonation

Drinkablity is alright, wouldn't drive out of my way to get it.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
3.22/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

High clarity copper body with fine carbonation, topped by foamy, rapidly descending head. Aroma dominated by caramel sweetness, detected immediately after popping the bottle cap. Taste has a bit of the chocolate note that I find with the best Octoberfests, but only a bit. There is also a bit of hops present. unfortunately, there are bits in the taste, but nothing that amounts to a lot of something. This beer has potential, but really needs its formula built-up. Not a bad brown ale / pseudo-Marzen, but not up to the level of many of the seasonal beers of autumn.

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Photo of ElGuapo
3.33/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A brownish copper pour with a nice topping of foam. Nice roasty aroma at the start gives way to a bit of grains and just a bit of hops.

It is nice and smooth with a medium body. Some sweet malts to start you off as well as a nice balance of bready grains. The roasty flavors really give this one a little character. The flavor is good, but it is a bit toned down. It is a great drinker, and you could definitely sit down with a few.

I do not know if this is the replacement for Jersey Harvest Ale. It tastes a aweful lot like River Horse Dark Harvest Ale. Although that is my favorite selection from River Horse, it does not say much because they have some very mild flavored brews. Please bring Jersey back to Hunterdon.

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Jersey Harvest Ale from Hunterdon Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.48 out of 5 with 15 ratings
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