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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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 Ezone024
3.18/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a red color with a golden hue. nice bubbles, thin head that holds semi smoky malt and mostly metallic notes.

the taste has some roasted malt character with metallic flavor of german lagers...the hop profile lack complexity in that it tastes like and amber ale that never finishes.

the mouthfeels warm has big bodied taste but goes down rather easy.

try it if u must but i'm not going to crazy about it.

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

Appearance: Copper and very transparent. The head is an off-white, full, one-finger head, with some decent lacing

Smell: Citrus hops, with a roasted caramel malt. There are some fruits present probably apple.

Taste: A sweet bready malt, bit piney, tart to watery finish.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body, slightly tackey, with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: Pretty smooth except for a bit of a bite at the end. Easily a session beer. It does have an autumn feel.

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

A: huge light tan head, brownish read color. lookin' good!

S: A bit of a weak nose... Bitter, pine and citrus hop smells up front with some sweet roasted malts in the background.

T: Light roasted malts up front with some bitter/herbal hop taste for a finish. Both the smell and taste of this beer are good, yet it seems they hold back a little. Very mild.

M: Medium light body, silky character. Not to much carbonation present on the tongue.

D: Good session beer, if not a little heavy on the alcohol. Nothing really special about this beer. But I enjoyed it and was pleasantly surprised by its mellow character.

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Photo of Rayek
3.68/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Perfect Pint glass.

A: Hazy amber, with mild carbonation. A dense cream head starts strong and has OK retention. Leaves good lace.

S: Caramel sweetness, plus a fair amount of lemon and grapefruit.

T: A sweetbread flavor starts things out. Bitterness is moderate and has a nice citrus and pepper complexity.

M: The medium body is oily, slightly dry and has a nice level of carbonation.

D: This is a nice easy drinking beer. Nothing special, but pretty good nonetheless.

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Photo of jhammel01
3.4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber hue, very clear. Keeps a foamy white head that dissipates into white lacing.

Spicey hops on the nose, some caramel esters

Spicey hops again in the taste, earthy, grainy finish. Very malty and well balanced. Moderate carbonation, good for the style.

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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 GratefulBeerGuy
3.78/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A hard pour reveals a amber-orange color, bright and lively with a decent all-white, shimmering top, quick dissipation but with plenty of foamy goodness left all-around.

The aroma has malty, fruity sweetness upfront and some gentle, earthy hops underneath. Pretty simple.

This is a malty beast, sweet candy, caramel and sweet fruits dominate, balanced with very subtle sour-earthy hops with a long, slick sweet 'n sour malt finish. The feel is very crispy, big bite with some underlying heat then transmutes into a slick, malty finish.

Some good complexity here, big malt, maybe not enough hop ooomph though...perhaps a bit earthier with some smoky malts for Autumn.

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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 flagmantho
3.63/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: rich orange hue with a clear body and two fingers of creamy ivory foam. While not exactly amber in color, I think it looks rather good.

Smell: light aroma with a little biscuity malt and a little kiss of earthy and citrusy hops. Definitely mild, but I do like the composition.

Taste: sweet malt; slightly bready, slightly biscuity. Hops tend toward bitterness rather than flavor, but what flavor there is tends toward earthiness with a touch of citrus, much like the aroma. This isn't a stand-out beer, but its flavor is very autumnal and I think it's relatively well-executed.

Mouthfeel: medium, medium-light body with an OK level of carbonation. It works alright for me, but it's not super interesting.

Drinkability: as I said before, this is a nicely autumnal brew clearly executed with care; this is a beer I respect. It may not be my favorite beer in the world, but I could gladly quaff a few of these while watching the leaves change color outside the pub. Good stuff.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.45/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle - 2010 batch. It pours a chestnut-copper mix with a thin beige head and a little lacing. There are malts in the aroma but they are overpowered by a kind of peachy, pear-like fruitiness which I found to be unusual for an autumn ale. The body is of decent enough texture with a sharp, bitter bite on the back of the throat in the taste. Malts and fruits are muted. It was alright.

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Photo of philbertk
3.29/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Red Hook Ale Brewery, Inc.--Late Harvest Autumn Ale--2008 12 oz. Bottle. 5.90% ABV--32 IBU's. (4.15 / 5.0) Dense rich mild lace head. Clear thin bright rich amber color. Mild hop malt caramel toffee hint front. Crisp mild tangy crusty toasted caramel mild sweet cloying body. Balanced hop spice lingering malt cisp clean satisfying end. Malty Marzen Ale. Sampled 8/5/2008. 6-Pack $6.99.

Red Hook Ale Brewery, Inc.--Late Harvest Autumn Ale--2010 12 oz. Bottle. 5.90% ABV. 32 IBU's. (3.5 / 5.0) Amber Ale--Fest. Lacy off white foamy light head. Clear thin bright rich fall amber color. Mild floral malt hop front. Mild sweet toasted caramel malt smooth black cherry dough hint body. Clean mild hop smooth lingering toasted malt end. Evokes Fall with Color & Flavor. A touch Bland? Sampled 7/30/2010. 6-Pack $8.49.

Red Hook Ale Brewery, Inc.--Late Harvest Autumn Ale--2009 12 oz. Bottle. 5.90% ABV--32 IBU's. (4.2 / 5.0) Amber Ale--Fest. Rich lacy dense off white head. Fizzy clear thin bright dark amber color. Toasted bread mild hop malty front. Crisp toasted caramel smooth mild sweet zesty malty mild fruit bread crust Fest Ale body. Crisp mild hop spice cloying toasted end. Satisfying. Sampled 8/5/2009. 6-Pack $6.99.

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Photo of pmcadamis
3.92/5  rDev +14%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - This one pours a deep bronze that looks a little tangerine in the light. The head is more of a collar, but some tiny bubbles in the lace look nice.

S - Malty and bready notes are the main idea here, and some sandy mineral aspects are there too. A little hop scent shows up and adds a bit of autumn leaf flair.

T - This is much more hoppy than it smells! This is an earthy flavored amber that tastes very much like the season it represents. Tangy fruit adds vibrant notes on top of the base of whole wheat bread and hearty bagel flavors: mango and tangerine with a small hint of kiwi. This balance of earthy malt and higher fruit splashes is really well done.

M - Medium bodied, firm, and hearty. This is crisply carbonated and really fresh.

D - Definitely a session beer for the colder months. I really like RedHooks ESB and IPA, and this is another well-rounded and well-made beer that could become a staple in my fridge during the months it's available. Refreshing and balanced, with a nod towards the hop-heads out there... this is a really good brew!

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Photo of americanaqualung
2.95/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a clear red amber color. Very thin head.

S - A crisp fruitiness (citrus?) on the smell, a little malt.

T - Sweet malts with a slight hop bitterness and light carmel flavor. Overall kind of light flavor though, not over powering.

M - Light carbonation, drinks smoothly.

D - This beer is definately drinkable, but maybe not more than one or two due to sweetness. Would like a slightly more strength to the flavor.

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Photo of Frosty80
4.1/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Color: pours golden straw. sits a very clear, dark copper.

Smell: hop aroma dominates slightly with a low-medium presence. malt is caramely and supports nicely.

Taste: somewhat opposite of the aroma. moderate amounts of toasted and caramel malt dominate and supported by low levels of hop flavor. finishes very clean and is slightly dry and bitter

Mouthfeel: low-medium body with medium carbonation. very smooth and crisp

Notes: had little expectations with this beer but WOW! very clean and crisp yet flavorful.

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Photo of Soozy
3.78/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Light copper in color with a very thin and very white head.

Very citrus in smell. Really out of place. There's some malt in the smell, but there's an overpowering orange smell. Kinda weird.

Tastes great, has a slight orange taste to it too, but well mixed with caramel and biscuit malt. Smooth with a slightly creamy mouthfeel. A very good seasonal beer.

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Photo of KTCamm
4.15/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Light copper amber with very little white foam. Minimal lacing. Malty caramel smell. Slightly sweet. Light.

Nice balanced taste, good drinking amber with light hop background. Evenly carbonated in the mouthfeel.

Very drinkable, solid Redhook offering.

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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 Dave412
3.69/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A. Solid orange color, smaller but slow fading head.
S. Bold, fruits, nectar, almost caramel.
T. Sweetness, smooth, long lingering finish. There is some bitterness on the back, but looked for more. Almost slightly unbalanced, but had a good taste overall.
D. Quite drinkable, although a little on the sweet side.

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Photo of Kelp
3.46/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a slight amber color to the brew. a finger and a half of head on the glass that dissipates at a decent pace. Smells faintly of grapefruit. The taste is simple hops and malt. Feels a nicely carbonated with a hint of creaminess on the end. I could have a few of these in a row but not too many simple red ale, that i can enjoy on occasion.

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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 yemenmocha
3.09/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Pours golden colour with a suggestion of amber. Beautiful white head is thick, rocky, and leaves plenty of lace. Appearance is clearly the best feature of this ale. Nose is tepid with some faint caramel and light hops. This beer is incredibly watery and light on the palate. There's a sweet fruity flavor (apricot?), light malt, and light bitterness. Easy to drink, but only because it is so watery.

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Photo of TheQuietMan22
3.27/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Poured a copper, almost amber red, color. Two fingers of thick foam developed and dissipated to a spotted lacing with ring around the edge.

Smell: The aroma is much like that of a pale or amber ale. Invigorating grapefruit upfront, which makes way for smooth caramel malts. As it warms a honey scent comes into play.

Taste: Well, it's Redhook, so there's an immediate hop presence. On that note, it tastes much more like a pale ale. Prominent grapefruit upfront, followed by caramel and the smooth honey.

Drinkability: Late Harvest is a decent brew. Not sure if it would go well with tailgating, or late nights in the combine (not that I condone drinking and harvesting), but it's drinkable.

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Photo of thespaceman
4.05/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Redhook pint glass:

Appearance: A beautiful, clear medium amber in color, two finger head sits atop alot of bubbles from the carbonation. Head retention is good and the lacing is extra soapy.

Smell: Light fruitiness is the star of the show, I get bits of apples, or pears up front, it leads into a slightly hop-centric overtone with some grapefruit. A bit of sweetness from the malt is prevalent but not as overpowering.

Taste: A very tasty Red Ale, hoppiness comes off first with a nice dose of sweet passionfruit, with a nice offset of small bits of caramel malt. A bit nutty towards the finish, slightly earthy and the hops really explode on the tongue upon first sip of this beer.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, nicely carbonated and sits well on the tongue. A touch of bitterness from the hops is not too much but shows it's face.

Drinkability: I really enjoyed this one, it's a very sessionable Red Ale at 5.9% ABV and really has a great balance all around. The light fruitiness does take over any malt showings in this one, so it's not a true fall O'fest/Marzen but a damn good beer to have around during the cooler months! Well done.

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Redhook Late Harvest Autumn Ale from Redhook Ale Brewery
3.44 out of 5 based on 294 ratings.
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