Redhook Late Harvest Autumn Ale | Redhook Ale Brewery

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Redhook Late Harvest Autumn AleRedhook Late Harvest Autumn Ale

Brewed by:
Redhook Ale Brewery
New Hampshire, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.90%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
As the fall days grow shorter, beer drinkers naturally start their migration toward more robust, full-bodied brews. Late Harvest is an easy-drinking, yet flavorful brew that features a deep chestnut color and unique, roasted malt aroma and flavor. Late Harvest’s rich flavor is the result of using four different malts, yet the robust profile remains balanced and sophisticated, thanks to our two distinctive hop additions.

32 IBU

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Reviews: 234 | Ratings: 294
Photo of NJpadreFan
2.01/5  rDev -41.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Red Hook- Late Harvest

Brewed on 07/11/07

Apearance- Clear reddish orange with a huge frothy heavy lacing head.
Smell- Sweet caramel malt, pumpkin, grainy bread.
Taste- Metallic aspirin flavor! Bitter, but not a nice hoppy bitter but a battery acid bitter.
Mouthfeel- Again, metallic bitter from beginning to end. Whoa, this can't be right?!

Overall- This is brand new at my local liquor store, and its clearly stamped 07/11/07 on the label. This tasted horrible I gotta dump it. I'll look for it on tap and try it. Otherwise avoid bottle form!!!

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Photo of drpimento
2.2/5  rDev -36%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

I don't know what happened here. Poured with a nice, medium sized, foamy, frothy, cream colored head that lasts and some lace. Color is a clear red amber. Aroma is dirty feet. Flavor is malt, bitter citrus, yeast, and something sharp I cant place. Body is decent and so is carbonation. Finish is like flavor with a little alcohol.

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Photo of scarletfire79
2.3/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

when poured, this beer looked awesome. unfortunatly that's where it ended. the smell is almost missing except for a funky vomit kind of thing going on. real bad. the taste is better but not much. the smoothness of this beer is it's saving grace. i guess this could be put down easily. not that great.

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Photo of dustylong
2.43/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I kind of like how the last guy put it...I saw a Redhook beer I hadn't tried yet and got it hoping it would be better than their other beer, but it wasn't. Not that it's a horrible beer or anything, but it's just not that impressive. Pours a light amber color with almost no head, and a little bit of lacing (poured from a bottle into a mug). Does not have a very strong smell to it, which kind of disappointed me. The taste isn't that impressive either. The taste was very bitter, and hoppy, with a slight malt aftertaste, not very fruity. Has a moderate feel in the mouth with a slight amount of carbonation. A decent beer, but nothing that great.

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Photo of daledeee
2.45/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I drank this on the recommendation of the waitress. It then came in a frosted mug. It was down hill from there.

This beer was a very orange color with little head. I gave it a break because of the frosted mug. Nose was not much.

Taste was not good. Overly malty and sour. The aftertaste was enough to make me tell the waitress that I didn't want this beer but I drank it anyway.

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Photo of Miketwolf21
2.51/5  rDev -27%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

My pour gave way to creamy but somewhat short head and a beautiful amber color. The aromas are very malty with a slight kick of hops. The head quickly dissipates and what is left is a pretty bland beer. There are hints of hazelnuts in the taste. There is a moderate hoppy bite to it that comes across as unpleasant. Somewhat dry, watery, and overly carbonated. Combine that with a fairly apparent booze note, and we are looking at a beer that should be accompanied by food. Letting it breathe and warm up actually does benefit the experience by mellowing out the mouth feel. It's just an unbalanced beer that I would expect from a much less expensive beer. Don't really bother pouring it into a glass, you aren't missing any aromas. The Fat Tire is a much better Amber Ale.

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Photo of MrOH
2.6/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Nice, warm, orange copper with minimal white head. Not much lace.

Caramel malt and some citrus.

Caramel malt and some citrus, mostly orange. Light bitterness.

Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

A pretty meh beer. I could drink a few, but there are much better options. I will say that I am digging these new bottles Redhook is using, but not enough to buy mediocre craft.

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Photo of Jredner
2.61/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Syrup-like caramel malt aroma. Light amber with a decent sized tan head. Caramel malt int he fore with the faintest hint of a little spice and a mild mustiness. Mouthfeel is pretty nice for an amber ale, but this has an almost moldy, mustiness in the aftertaste that I find unpalatable.

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Photo of Vancer
2.61/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This came in a sample pack from Red Hook. I should have know it was AB related. Just a mass market bland brew – damn they can dumb down a frosty.

Best part was the pour – clear amber, frothy ivory head, some ring lacing. Very weak notes of cinnamon & pine in the aroma.

The quaff? Wow, lackluster and boring. A huge void between a tasty Oktoberfest and this. Drinks like a freakin Mic Amber – carbonated soda beer.

Not looking forward to the rest of the sample pack.

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Photo of lpayette
2.67/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle. bottled 9/6/06. Opened 1/21/07. Previously reviewed about 1 year ago, and decided to delete that review.

Appearance- Pours a dirty amber with a small head that manages to leave some lacing.

Smell- Fairly malty (amber) with a nearly balancing hop character. Smells a bit like a moist bread like a zuccini bread or something similar.

Taste- Nothing really inspiring but it does have decent malt backbone and a fair amount of hop bitterness for balance. Quite grainy. Too grainy for me.

Mouthfeel- Good on carbonation. A light-medium body.

Drinkability- I really hate to say it, but this just tastes like a beefed-up macro to me. Mediocore at best.

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Photo of brentk56
2.68/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a modest head that declines to a ringlet and fails to leave much lace

Smell: Grainy aroma with a dishwater aspect

Taste: Starts with a rather sugary flavor that quickly becomes grainy and slightly medicinal; after the swallow, the flavors fade and provide a watery finish

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Insipid bordering on unpleasant

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Photo of barleywinefiend
2.68/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Poured a copper color with good carbonation and a small white head

S: Hops, caramel and grains

T: Caramelwith a very offputting hop bitterness on the end. Not fun to drink.

M: Medium bodied, well carbonated

D: Pass on this one because its not that tasty

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Photo of Frozensoul327
2.7/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Burnt reddish brown. Small head of foam. Lower carbonation.

S: Slight nutty character, with light roasted malts. Hint of rotting husk.

T: Fair. Uneventful flavors of buttery malts and roasted grains. Not bad, but far from exceptional.

M: Dense mouthfeel. No carbonation on the palate. Slightly slick.

D: Don't think i'll be back soon, as there are better examples of the style to be had.

Notes: This one just left me wanting more depth and more diverse flavors. Not a bad beer, but just not my bag.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
2.7/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

First Redhook product I'd had in a long time, but it was a freebie, so I decided to give it a try. Not great, not terrible. I think this brand has declined quite a bit from a while ago, not that they were ever the tops.

Pours a medium amber with almost no head or lacing.

Smell is balanced malt and hops with perhaps some rye in there. There is also a faintly waxy smell present.

Taste is fairly undefined. A little spicy and rough near the end, and slightly harsh. Full bodied, but unbalanced.

Mouthfeel is highly carbonated and a little sharp, but with good body.

Not greatly drinkable. No real interesting flavors or balance, and a little hard to swallow.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.71/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

($1.49 at Total Wine in Kennesaw, GA)

Appearance: Pours a clear, dark amber body with a thin, off-white head.

Smell: Fairly faint aroma of toasted grains with a bit of caramel and spice. Hint of apple.

Taste: Thin nutty malt flavor with the taste of crushed up saltines. Light sweetness. Spicy hop flavor. Slight metallic taste on the spicy, tart finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Certainly not one I'd repeat. Really falls short of other beers of the season.

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Photo of beertunes
2.73/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into 10oz glass. An accidently vigorous pour gave over an inch of light tan head that had good retention and left a medium amount of lacing. The beer itself was a pleasing copper color, very clear with no cloudiness.

The aroma was typically malty sweet without a hop presence. The flavor followed the aroma, although there was a slight hop tang on the finish.

The body was a little thinner than I like in a harvest ale and drinkability suffered because of this. Overall, an average version of the style, not a great beer but one you could drink if selections were limited.

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Photo of PatrickJR
2.74/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Clear amber, and with a hard pour I got an easy 4 fingers of off white head. Retention is decent and a thick cap remains. Abundant lacing. Very nice looking.

S - At first I get the classic toasty malt aroma with hints of vanilla, but behind that there is a strange, dusty, metallic component. I'm not sure what this is, but it's strange and unfamiliar. Papery almost.

T - Not a lot going on here. Vague vanilla flavor and then the weird musty flavor from the nose kicks in. Literally, it tastes like dust, or flour, or cornmeal, etc. Strange and unpleasant; dropped this brew a whole point. Perhaps some sort of hop flavor that I'm not understanding?

M - Great medium body, but almost zero carbonation. Very flat tasting, on the verge of unpleasant.

D - On some levels, this is an easy drinking beer. Not too intense and not too highly carbonated. However, that bizarre taste of cardboard/paper/dust is really putting me off. Mouthfeel helps drinkability, but hurts the taste. A strange and disappointing beer.

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Photo of AlexJ
2.76/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pretty dark chectnut brown with a frothy tan head that settles into a lasting ring.

Mild beer aromas of lightly caramel and toasty grain with a tough of spicey, herbal hops.

Flavor is some buttery caramel and nutty grain with a bitter, almost astringent dry finish. Very bland and kinda hard to finish the whole pint.

Body is pretty light, with a well carbonated, watery, macroish mouthfeel. Pass.

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Photo of jcdiflorio
2.81/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz. brown bottle,bottled on 07/25/07. served in a nonic glass
Hazy coppery color with a 1" off-white head with a tan tint,leaving some webby lacing at the top of the glass turning spotty the rest of the way down. Slight amount of carbination a couple of bubbles stringing with some staggering around.

Aromas on the faint side,grassy with some fruityness peach/apricot with some light hints of malt in the background.

Tart tastes at the start,grainular,peach skin,grassy,with a slight metallic edge.. Tangy with some juicy bitterness,smooth and clean leaves a dry feel on the palate. Had a really different taste,than what I would have expected.

Slightly rough with a grainy edge,medium edge with some creamyness. Wasn't a bad beer.just didn't do anything for me. Not a beer i would buy again.

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Photo of jsh420
2.81/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

bottled 9/23/09

pours clear copper with a 1+ finger head that left spotted lacing

smell - what smell very watery carmel malts and some fruity hops

taste is ok - much like the smell the beer is very thin - fruity hops and sweet carmel malts

mouthfeel is light medium - not much carbonation - very boring

drinkability is ok - this beer came in a mix 12pack - i would never buy a sixer of this

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
2.81/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Took a tour of the Redhook Brewery about a month ago and saw that they were out of this. A few weeks later, I was in a Wal-Mart in Harper's Ferry, West Virginia and picked this up when I saw it on the shelf. I liked the ESB and other beers that I sampled in portsmouth, and I wanted to give this a crack.

Unfortunately, this isn't really an Octoberfest. The color of the beer is similar to that of the bottle - a somewhat deep orange but not as dark as others that I've had. The taste isn't that special...copper, some malt, no traces of wood and of course, the bitter aftertaste. The first thing I thought when I had this is "it's finish is very similar to the ESB" and I still think it now. It would be a great ale, but as a fall beer, it doesn't stand out to other great Ocotberfests that I've had (Flying Fish or Saranac). Worth a taste to get the feel down, but it doesn't linger on the tongue or ask for another bottle of it to be opened.

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Photo of BigPlay1824
2.82/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: pours a light amber color that is entirely clear, little head, little lacing

S: deep malt notes, possibly a slight caramel scent

T: malty and slight woddy finnish

D/M: deep notes with less than appealing flavor hurts drinkability, slight carbonation tingle

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Photo of csmiley
2.82/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Poured with a copper color and about half inch of head.

S - Sweet malt at first. Then a smell of bread. Nuts come into play as well.

T - The sweet malt and nuts come through in the taste followed by alcohol. Aftertaste is almost metallic.

M - This beer is kind of sweet which makes it a medium bodied offering. The balance of malt and alcohol are acceptable. Carbonation was good for this style.

D - This was a decent brew by Red Hook but the odd aftertaste just made the beer fall short in my opinion.

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Photo of SirSaranac
2.85/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This came with the rest of the Redhooks in a variety 12 pack.... An autumn brew in mid winter... I'm game!

A- 1/2 finger head... brew is dull copper in color... Med carbonation... poor lacing

S- Yeast... light malt.... faint pumpkin. Ehhh

T- Decent mix of malt & hop... pumpkin? light spice. The malt and hop are present, just very weak like any other redhooks I've tried.

M-Light/light-med body... nothing special

D- Not a BAD fall brew... Just not a good one. I'd select it before I drank their winterhook

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
2.86/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Coppery and clear with a nice head that dissipates into a thin layer, pretty decent thin lacing.

Very malty with light hops and a pronounced grainy smell. Slight bit of light fruits.

Tastes like a malt factory with light, indistinct fruits and not too much hops. Grainy flavors. A typical red, but very average for the style.

Seemed kind of watery and slick to me. Light body.

Drinks below average. For a fall seasonal, it didn't match up with some of the other selections available in my area.

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Redhook Late Harvest Autumn Ale from Redhook Ale Brewery
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