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Redhook Late Harvest Autumn AleRedhook Late Harvest Autumn Ale

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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 Sammy
3.33/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

half asleep, i thought this was another American pale wheat, even after pouring with a moderate colour and white head. instead got a malt play with some hops. A little roast in there, a bit watery, drinkable and not bad for a beverage. A tad citrus if you look for it.

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Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

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 nmann08
3/5  rDev -12.8%

Photo of oriolesfan4
4/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I went on a fall seasonal binge at the package store and picked this puppy up. This is a fall seasonal but not a pumpkin/octoberfest.. so I always find these fun to try. I was pretty impressed by it, smelt and tasted some ginger and had some other fall spices in there. Has good crispness to it and was well balanced. Reminded me a lot of Gritty McDuff's Halloween Ale... pretty solid overall.

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

And the owl is supposed to make it all ok. Actually pretty good, especially compared to most other Redhook brews. A good blend of toasted malt and light grain. A medium auburn / brown color with good clarity. A waining head retention with moderate lacing. Smells lightly bready with light caramel malts and a hearty grain character. Tastes similarly with light hop flavors and bittering. Medium on the palate with a watering finish. Pretty easy to drink. Plesant, but nothing to get too excited over.

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Photo of zeff80
3.7/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a cloudy, auburn color with a a bubbly, foamy, white, one-finger head. It left little lace.

S - It smelled slightly nutty and earthy with a roasty nose.

T - It tasted grassy and of biscuity sweet malt. Good caramel flavors, too.

M - It was crisp, sharp and fairly smooth. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a pretty good amber ale. It doesn't have a big hop feel like some do, but it was pretty good.

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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 LXIXME
3.75/5  rDev +9%

Photo of mothman
3.65/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a Sam Adams Sensory glass. No freshness date noted.

Pours a nice head with decent lacing. Smell is of light fruits and a hint of hops. Taste is similiar. Definately taste some hint of apples here. If you let it linger enough, you can taste the alcohol.

Mouthfeel is very smooth and the carbonation is pretty decent, keeping a short layer of head the entire time.

Definately a good fall beer. I would recommend this.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.67/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

For some reason I can't seem to get close to this beer.

It's got a decent appearance with a deep-cooper/orange body and a thin but creamy white head; although the retention and lacing could be a bit better.

And the nose is OK with some nice toasty malts, but there's a bit of a mineralish edge that I find off-putting. A smear of leafy and grassy hops are there too. And there's a sweetness that combines with the yeasty fruitiness that seems kind of odd. But again, there's nothing really wrong with it, I'm just not fond of it. It's almost like a pumpkin beer without the spice. Or is there spice? I feel like there's something there that's just not coming through clearly, something I can't put my finger on. Perhaps it is lightly spiced...? That would explain the 'mineralish' side and the odd sweetness, kind of like cinnamon. Hmmm. I don't know, it's probably just from a combination of a good deal of crystal malt and hops. Regardless, I know it's not for me.

It's smooth in the mouth with a medium body and moderate carbonation. Pretty nice.

The flavor expresses a distinctly caramelish, somewhat mineral-like malty side with grassy and spicy hops to balance it, and a bold bitterness to anchor it. It's toasty, and there's almost a roasty edge to it... it has a kind of a rough, burnt cusp. Hmmm. Odd. It's almost like dark malt acidity, but it's not quite there. And that lingers stickily in the finish along with some grassy and mildly spicy hops and a solid bitterness. Acrid. No real spice though, so I must be picking something else up.

Odd beer. I've had quite a few of them, I think it was six in all, from the variety case, but I just can't get used to it. So I'm not sure how to score this because maybe it's just me. On the other hand, I won't buy it again, and I've never even wanted to finish one, so at least I can score it hedonistically on drinkability. Otherwise it's pretty well-balanced except for the weird edge, and it's clean and well-brewed. It dos kind of remind me of burning leaves on a crisp cool night though, so maybe the "Late Harvest Autumn" tag is appropriate. Try it. Maybe it can put you under its spell.

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

Pours a nice fluffy 1 finger head that fades at a medium pace. The beer is crystal clear with a copper orange with reddish hue color.

The nose is... ummm... there. Hmm, some light malts, a light extract malt aroma, light crystal malts, and the slightest hint of herbal hops. Very light and almost non-existant nose.

Taste is a little better, some light crystal and pale malts, light syrupy malt extract too. Some light herbal hops with a touch of bitterness. It finishes with some light lingering pale hops, a little bit of the herbal hops, and some light syrupy extract taste.

The mouth is medium to lighter bodied with decent carbonation.

At least it has a decent drinkability, it's pretty light, very light on all flavors, almost watery, and low abv, also light hops and a dry finish.

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Photo of zestar
3/5  rDev -12.8%

Photo of oberon
3.59/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks for NCLifestyle for pointing out this beer,poured a nice deep copper with a slightly off white head,pretty average in the aroma department though a hint of caramel and toasted malt but its faint.This is a straight on amber ale no frills some caramel and kilned malt a slight butteriness and vanilla pod in the finish not overly complex.Is it robust like the six pack says not really but its quaffable and has some decent flavor,not bad.In some ways it reminds me a little of Anderson Valley Summer Solstice in appearance and a vanilla-like finish.

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

On-tap at Twin River in Lincoln, RI on 10/13/07.

A: The beer is a light amber color with a medium off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of fruit, caramelized malt and some spice with a little hops.

T: The taste is malty and a little sweet, with flavors of caramel, citrus, apples and spice. There’s a mild and complementary hops presence that provides a little bit of balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, I could drink a few of these and it’s a decent beer overall. However, the only thing that would make me select this beer would be a lack of selection wherever I might be.

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

Nice two-finger starting head. The liquid is nearly clear (with a light haze). The color is copper amber. Good ring lace on the glass.

Earthy and hoppy aroma.

Light caramel flavor with a bit of the said earthiness. Surprisingly low hop bite. The aftertaste is mostly malt, but it isn't sweet. Neutral body with lower level of carbonation.

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

Another Goebel's pick up, pours amber with 2 fingers of cream colored head. Good head retention & lacing

S: Bready & slight lemon hops

T: Slight biscuitty malt, flinty dryness & citrussy hops up front. Dryness, herbal & peppery hops, caramel & toffee plus a bit of grainyness as this warms. Finishes dry with slight grapefruit hop signature & toffee, almost pulled a 4.0

MF: Medium bodied, with similar carbonation, good balance

Drinks alright, a fair take on the style

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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 BuckeyeNation
3.88/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ripe kumquat with honey colored edges. Backlighting enlivens the beer and brings a faint coral hue into play. The toasted tan head is a looker with its rumpled, characterful surface and its penchant for laying down thick sheets of lace. This is one of the better looking Redhook beers for sure.

The nose is balanced, but then most amber/red ales are. It's mildly caramel malty with a musky, fruity hoppiness that shows off the Northern Brewer hops at the expense of the Saaz. I'd like to see a little more power and a little more personality though.

Late Harvest Autumn is an enjoyable enough ale. Like the nose, it's balanced on the palate. On second mouthful... and third... I've changed my mind, it favors the hoppy side of things without losing track of its malt bill (Crystal, Smoked Munich, Caramel, Roasted). Too bad I can't appreciate the smokiness, since it would have added an additional dollop of flavor interest.

I'm solidly on the fence about the flavor profile. I'm enjoying the fact that the brewery has seen fit to add a considerable amount of ingredients, it's just that that extra little *something* isn't present that would make me think of it as really good beer. I recognize that I'm probably nitpicking since this is clearly a solid version, but I'm just not feelin' it. Note: it won me over by the final few ounces and clearly deserves the higher score.

Firm caramel holds the line (reasonably well) against earthy, spicy, even grapefruity hops. Northern Brewer still have a 2:1 advantage over Saaz. The finish is long and semi-resinous and becomes even more so with warming. There's no hesitation whatsoever on drinkability. The body/mouthfeel is solid as well; again, thanks to the generous amount of malt and hops.

Other than Winterhook Winter Ale, Late Harvest Autumn Ale is my favorite Redhook beer to date. It's a good, quaffable version of the style that the brewery should consider releasing year-round. After a name change of course.

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Photo of Jason
3.72/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz brown bottle with a bottled date of 090606 ... quite fresh.

A- Thin but sticky lace comes from a modest head, clarity is fine showing off a bright copper color.

S- Crisp toasty malt, hints of bread crust and smoke. Slight hop and fruitiness in the nose as well.

T&M- Very smooth in a semi-creamy medium body. Clean toasted grain, herbal spicy citric hop bitterness and flavor balances well but does not get in the way. Ghost like smoke clings to a mild fruitiness and slightly rough grainy finish. Semi-dry.

D- A decent fall seasonal with some character, certainly worth a try and I am glad I did give this one a try.

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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 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 rab53
3/5  rDev -12.8%

Photo of Billolick
3.78/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle, this one is called "Late Harvest Autumn Ale", this bottle came in a "greatest hits" themed sampler box. "Bottled" dating of "08-09-06" (yeah fresh beer!) stamped onto the label . This one pours clear auburn amber, with a darkish tan head, leaving some spotty lacing. Maple syrup malty nose. This is a malt based amber ale. Medium in bodied and fairly flavorful and enjoyable. Notes of smoky, caramel/honey. Smooth and malty brew, decent sessioner, with BBQ or smoky foods or would work as a sweet marinating fluid.

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Photo of InspectorBob
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

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Redhook Late Harvest Autumn Ale from Redhook Ale Brewery
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