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

Added by NClifestyle on 08-25-2005

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Photo of Slatetank
3.52/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I picked this up at Wegmans in the mixed six cooler, enjoyed from a willybecker chilled.

A deeply hazed amber/copper with a head that comes and goes, tiny bead ring with no lace but head revives when swirled. The aroma is sweet and caramel with dry herbal tinges and some mild bready notes with light fruit esters. The feel is good with nice malty body and moderately high carbonation giving the impression of dryness with slight spice and hint of alcohol with mild bitterness.

The taste is light with caramel presence and slight bready malt with a hint of pepper from the hops that accents the flavor, but taste verges more toward dark bread as it nears the middle with less caramel sweetness when it opens up a little. There is a mild dried fruit tinge near the finish with semi dry taste lingering. Overall this was a decent amber, not a bad beer, just nothing to really set it apart. It is drinkable for what it is but in the end it is just a little better than ordinary in the realm of ambers.

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Photo of hippityhops85
3.22/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Review from notes.

Poured into a pint glass. Pours a burnt amber/brown with ruby highlights.

Slight, mild hop aroma on the nose. Touches of apples and cinnamon as well.

The taste was less hoppy than expected. Slight lingering bitterness on the end palate.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with good carbonation and good retention.

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Photo of coachdonovan
2.98/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I'm digging the bottle shape. This one was bottled on Sept 8; I'm not sure how that qualifies as a "late" harvest.

Pours a true amber, slight haze, absolutely no head to speak of. Surprised to see a harvest ale categorized as an amber instead of APA or IPA, but the aroma confirms that style choice. Put simply, this smells of nearly nothing. If I really concentrate I can pick out a little spice, ala a pumpkin beer.

I wasn't expecting much flavor based on the look and smell, but the taste brings a bit more to the table. However, it certainly doesn't taste like any harvest ale I've had, as the strong hop notes are noticeably absent. It's a little sticky with a roasty/toasty profile. Carbonation helps to break things up as does a little zing of bitterness at the end. I also pick up on some more of those spices from the nose.

This isn't awful, but isn't what I was expecting. I can't say I'll buy it again.

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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 IPhantom
3.41/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours light copper to the amber side, with a matchstick-thick persistent pure white head. Fair amount of peaky lacing. Smell is almost pure malt with a metallic tinge. Taste has an almost rye-like note, well-balanced but I could do with some more punch all over the palette. Mouthfeel is pleasant enough but ultimately follows suit with the taste. Cool for a change, especially with the new bottle shape, but there are many better fall seasonals.

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Photo of BurpingtonDC
3.03/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - A reddish carmel color with a minimal, quickly fading head.

S - Smelled a little florid and malty. Little bit of clove and hop scent.

T - Meh. The Late Harvest designation made me think I might be in for something special, but Meh, not impressed. It was about avarge. Nothing real special.

M - Mouthfeel was okay, moderately carbonated, not very flavorful on the tongue.

O -Overall I was not impressed. Tasted like a thousand others. Maybe I should try this again another time to be fair, but I really didn't see anything to write home about.

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Photo of htomsirveaux
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle tried 2 Oct 2010. Served in the 0.5 L Adambrau becker. Born on date 7/23/10.

Medium sized light brown/orangey head. Medium carbonation. Clear dark copper color. Lightly sweet malty aroma. Starts carmely sweet, then turns earthy bitter. Stays this way through the finish and aftertaste. Maybe a touch of cinnamon in the aftertaste as well. Medium body, mild ethanol.

Not bad but nothing compelling here either.

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Photo of BigCheese
3.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on Aug 16th, pretty fresh. BTW I love Red HOoks new bottle designs, cool look.

A: Bright Clear Copper, quite clear. Minimal head, no real lacing.

S: Some hints of maple, pretty weak smelling, malty.

T: Darker flavor, toffee, slightly smokey, burnt bread. Flavor is minmal though, a bit underwhelming. A very tiny bit of bitterness to cleanse the pallete and finish the beer. Dont drink it to cold or it will mask flavor.

M: Light, has a BMC feel to it. Highly drinkable. Leaves palatte feeling dry.

O: Improves as it warms. Flavor profile actually perfectly fits "late autumn" A great november beer. Would go well with gravy and harvest/thanksgiving food. The quality of the actual beer isnt great for a craft, but I really like the flavor profile. Worth trying once for sure. Redhook doesnt have a great rep but I actually like their brews.

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Photo of snaotheus
3.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass

Pours a nice amber with only a little head. Not cloudy, looks like a fair amount of continuing carbonation. Smell is mild, a little boring, but not bad. Slightly lagery.

Taste is not bad, malty and surprisingly bitter (but doesn't seem hoppy). Has a bit of the lagery tang to it. Not bad as an amber style.

Mouthfeel is light and dry. Overall, not bad. Not my favorite style of beer, but wouldn't shy away from it. Actually quite a bit better than I was expecting.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.08/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer poured out as a reddish colored ale with a little bit of orange highlights in it. The head on the beer is a white color and not overly thick. The smell of the beer has some notes of autumn but nothing much over the top. The taste is also a bit on the weak side. There was just a little bit of autumn spices in there. This beer is decent, and drinkable for sure. I just don't think I'd buy it again.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out a very nice and somewhat hazy pale orange with a nice deep color to it. Lots of carbonation on this one was evident from the very start. Huge chains of bubbles just cascading from the bottom of the glass up towards the top, continually reinforcing the foam layer on top. There were a nice three fingers or so high layer of white foam that formed on the top almost immediately upon the pour, which was very nice to see. This settled after a few moments, but not before depositing copious amounts of side glass lace. Now, for an amber ale, I have to say this looked more like an IPA, which would suit me just fine.

The aroma was loaded down with rich hop notes. Lots of floral tones here coming off almost immediately, which again was very good to see. Rich orange and tangerine, were interlaced with a good amount of malted grain that gave it a little more depth in the overall scheme of things. Very nice blend of aromas, but still leaning heavily on the hops here for support. The flavor was spot on for an IPA, so I am not sure why it is called an amber. To be honest, I liked this one a good bit more then the IPA, as it had a nice balance to it. Some hints of cereal grains and a touch of what almost tasted like corn was floating around, but by far the most predominant flavors were that of the citrus hops. Light flavors of orange were quite sweet and light, not bending your taste buds, but definitely showing their strength here. Lots of complexity here, especially for an amber, and honestly one the easiest drinking ales I have had in quite some time. The feel was light with lots of carbonation and a very nice dry bitter finish. I have to admit I am impressed. As it warmed some light, caramel notes started poking through and this is probably where the amber ale was coming into play here.

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Photo of nosurrender23
3/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Our group rated it a C.

"Shows promise (NEED MORE) --- Below average fall ale."

The beer pours with a carbonated iced tea appearance with about a half finger of head (kind of like a baby boy) that may remind one of autumn splendor such as driving down US Route 30 in PA on a Fall Tuesday (the beer is a marvel to view).

However, the smell is very impotent and lacking in "bang."

In the mouth, the beer has a light carbonated feel like sipping a fizzy bubble bath, but is smooth with a little bite, and has a mild spiciness that kind of reminds one of the taste of leaves and nutmegs mixed in a blender.

Drinking wise, the beer is a real treat that has the potential to go all night... yet, the buyer wishes they would have sampled the beer before buying an entire case.

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Photo of CuriousMonk
3.75/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into dimpled glass. Poured hazy orangish w/ a lasting cream colored head. Grainy malt aroma right off the bat. Bready and caramel malt follow like a line of chicks following mother hen. Some light herbal hop aromas. Also a hint of roasty malt. Balance is overall good with a dry, short lived herbal hop flavored aftertaste. Malt character is a bit weaker than in the aroma, but toasty, lightly nutty, and a bit of caramel. Lighter medium body, higher medium carbonation, smooth m/f. Overall not a bad beer! Nice complexities for a mass produced micro.

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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 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 bushbeer75
3.53/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle with an embossed label dated 7/01/10

Redhook Late Harvest Autumn Ale poured a deep copper/orange amber color producing a nice almost 2-finger off white mountainous head that held well and left behind nice lacing -a nice looking beer.

The aroma is of mild caramel malt and light fruity hops. Like the nose, the taste is balanced at the beginning, however, as you continue the ale shifts to the hoppy side - but not too bitter. Mouth feel is crisp and to the smooth side. The ale has medium carbonation.

Late Harvest Autumn Ale is decent ale that fits the fall season - worth a try.

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Photo of uustal
2.99/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours copper with a bit of an orange hue. Off-white one-finger head with average lacing and retention. Not much of an aroma. Some malt, maybe a little caramel, but really hard to notice. Hints of toffee, caramel and nutty flavor. Nothing too strong. Crisp hops finish off this weaker tasting beer. The flavor is fine, just not enough.

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Photo of krausenman
3.8/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-The beer pours a clear copper color that is capped with a off white head that quickly dissapears.

S-The beer has a spicy aroma that has some vegetal notes in the background. There is a slight nut biscut aroma in the background.

T-You taste a malty sweetness initially that transitions into a moderately bitter flavor that leaves as you swallow. The bitterness is plesant and well balanced.

M-The beer has a lighter body that is accented by a lighter carbonation.

D-With the beer's light body, good aroma and pleasant taste this is a very drinkable beer.

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Photo of greenmonstah
3.31/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass

a - pours a lovely light brown with half a finger of white head that dissipates rapidly. Carbonation is very apparent and the bubbles last for ages.

s - Smell is mostly malt. Very light nose.

t - Sweet malt and bread, simple but tasty.

m - Great carbonation and a light to medium body.

d - Easy to drink and enjoyable, but not above average.

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Photo of Nerudamann
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look - Murky amber with about 2 fingers of head which dissipates kind of slowly. Moderate carbonation.

Smell - Malty with a sharp hoppy kick to it. Maybe some spices. I'm not picking up on any fruity smells.

Taste - Like the smell, mostly malty but with a hoppy bite to it. There's a hint of something sweet, maybe a touch of caramel. Also a "smoky" taste to it, but not very strong. Fairly well-balanced in texture, not too watery or creamy. A bit of a bitter aftertaste that isn't too long-lasting.

Drinkability - A fairly modest yet intriguing beer. Easy to drink and not too filling.

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Photo of SpdKilz
3.13/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Single picked up from Total Wine.

Appearance - Pours into my SA Perfect Pint with a copper penny color, about a finger of quickly dissipating head that leaves minimal lacing.

Smell - As odd as it sounds, metallic "hops", malt, odd caramel/toffee. That's about it.

Taste - Soapy? Honestly, just an odd flavor. Caramel, toffee, just a hint of hops, malts, and that damn metallic taste again. What the heck?

Mouthfeel - Medium to light bodied. Decent carbonation.

Drinkability - Ehh. A chore to finish. Glad I got a single. Just uninspiring and I can't get that damn metallic taste out of my mouth. Bleh.

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Photo of eclaycamp
3.34/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle. Picked this one up because it was on sale and I was in the mood for an autumn seasonal. Poured into a basic tumbler glass. The first thing I notice with this beer is the clarity, as it's crystal clear. Nice, full, 2 inch head that's well constructed. Aroma is best described as subdued. Less polite, you could say that it just doesn't seem like there is anything there. Faint malts, maybe, if you stretch for it. Happily it tastes better than it smells, with a crisp malt bite and some nice sweetness in the finish. Flavor is pretty good, actually. It hits you with a rush of brown sugar up front, followed by dried apricots and peaches in the finish. This one doesn't have a lot of aspiprations. It's meant to be an easy drinking autumn seasonal, and in that regard it's quite successful.

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Photo of streetcommander
2.96/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Sourced from variety pack.

Just had the redhook IPA, Blonde, and ESB from variety pack. This one is terrible compared to those. Maybe terrible is not the appropriate word...outclassed in it's category is probably more fitting.

Tastes of sweetness and laundry detergent. I'll quit while I'm ahead. Difficult to rate honestly -I appreciate the hoppier more balanced offerings from redhook.

Drinkable, but not really marketable on it's own. With out the variety pack, it would nor sell. Every variety pack has at least one along for the ride.

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Photo of liamt07
3.15/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle picked up by my girlfirend in a recent trip down to North Carolina. Into a pint glass.

Pours a clear orange body, with a finger or so of weak white head falling to nothing; no retention (the slightest collar might be observed) with no lace to mention either. Aroma is of faint cirtus hops, light caramel sweetness and a faint graininess. Somewhat weak and underwhelming. Taste is somewhat similar, light citrus and uncomlex, but I'm also getting some metallic notes as well. Turn off. Body is relatively light, with medium-high carbonation. Reasonable drinkability, if not completely rewarding.

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Photo of mwagner1018
3.6/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a nice copper hue, with a solid frothy 1 finger of head that sticks around nicely. Nice layered lacing down the glass, drank from a tulip.

S- Nutty, toasty, caramel, toffee notes on the nose.

T- Bready and malty, caramel, with a light crisp drying hoppy finish, balances out the malty sweetness up front.

M- Medium carbonation, delivers nicely, medium body that has a solid creamy texture on the tongue.

D- Perfect for the fall season, well balanced.

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