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

Served from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a amber color with a small head.

Smell: Malt and biscuit aromas.

Taste: Starts with a biscuit and slightly sweet malt taste. There is a slight citrusy hop presence but not much. Also hints of caramel and a slight spice are present. Overall, a sweet beer but the sweetness is not overpowering.

Mouthfeel: Medium Mouthfeel with the right amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: Very drinkable. I could have a few of these in a sitting.

A good fall offering. It is classified as an amber ale and I have had better in this style but this is not bad at all.

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Photo of banjaxed
2.97/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle date 7/19/05
This six pack sat in my fridge for a while. There is nothing really wrong with this beer except that it is unexciting. It looks good with a nice creamy head. Solid copper color with slight malt sweetness in the nose. That malt is noticeable in the taste, but it is very straightforward, with no hop flavor at all. You can drink this beer down without really thinking about it. Its just there. I will pass this one up next year

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

Clear, coppery/amber-y color, big, puffy head. An attractive enough ale.

Malty, nutty nose. But, barely...overall, hollow, everything played very lightly, if at all...

Taste is coppery, malty, soft and fresh on the palate. Light body, slight finish...good mouthfeel.
But too bland for my tastes, though I can feel what they're searching for here: a session ale, that's deeper and darker than spring or summer seasonal ales.

Not bad at all, but nothing to get excited about.

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

Served on-tap at old chicago, too cold for my liking. Rusty orange colored, head is pretty good, 3/4". Smell is bready malt, carmel, and also some light hoppiness. Taste is smooth, although underwhelming. I was thinking this was an Oktoberfest based on the menu listing, but I guess it is an Amber Ale. Mouthfeel was also pretty smooth. Very indescript, but what do you expect coming from Redhook?

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Photo of Bierguy5
3.53/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy copper color, with orange highlights. Thick light tan head. Good retention, some patches of lace on the sides of the glass. Bready aroma, not much hops. A bit fruity. Some caramel flavor, pretty good malt character. A good bit of bitterness to back it up. SLightly astringent. Medium body. Nothing too exciting here, but still decent.

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Photo of CharlesRiver
3.83/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Pours out a clear chestnut brown with a small head that doesn't seem to last. Smell is lacking a bit. Some malt and fruit coming through but pretty light.

The taste is actually a suprise. The malt kind of takes a back seat and the fruit and flowers come through more. A bit nutty in the end. I would almost dare to say this beer leans towards a winter beer. The spicy, fruity hints are what lead me to say that.

A solid beer from Redhook but nothing that I HAVE to have. I am actually looking forward to their winter brew. Last years was great.

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

Bottle Inspection: 12 oz. Brown twisty with a bottled on date of 0719 05 (sampled 0929 05) and “Saccharomyces Cerevisiae” written in small black letters. Mmmm... ale yeast.

Aroma (3.5): Smells like a brown ale, sweet with a sourdough bread note.

Appearance (4): Clear amber-orange glass with a sandy tan cover that left sheets of lace.

Flavor (3.5): Fairly balanced with the edge toward sweet. A bit of corn with some kind of pumpkin pie spice lightly present. Not pumpkin, the spice that goes with it though.

Mouthfeel (3): Medium to strong carbonation, a bit fizzy in texture, medium body.

Overall Impression (3.5): Enjoyable, pleasant, but not exactly a celebration. It’s a bit too carbonated and a bit too mild to be the harbinger of autumn. Still, an enjoyable ale, worth a try.

Thanks to Pegasus for the sample.

11-12-2006 Re-reviewed
Bottle Inspection: Cool owl (new label), but no useful information beyond a bottled on date in raised dots, but the raised dots tore the label, and all I can make out is a 0 _ _ 2 0 6

Aroma (3): Light earthy hop and a mild tea note. Smells like a English Pale Ale.

Appearance (3.5): Clear orange amber body manages to hold a thin collar and give drops of lace.

Flavor (3): Nice balance, some mild caramel notes and grassy hop. Unfortunately, there is a harsh metallic taste running through it.

Mouthfeel (4): Soft texture, low carbonation, medium light body.

Overall Impression (3): A good beer with a serious flaw. A shame as I really like where they were going. The metallic note is just jarring though.

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

Tasted on-tap 09/27/05 at Mighty Mike's in Sterling, VA.

Golden-copper color with a low beige head. Light malt aroma with light malt spiciness. All malt flavors and no hop character to speak of. Medium-light bodied.

Nothing extraordinary here. A beer to try but not one I'd stick with or buy a sixer of.

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

I was at the store trying to decide what to get and saw this brew sitting on the shelf. I thought to myself, "self, you should try something new"

This brew pours a nice orangis gold with a nice head on it.
Once the beer warms up a little, the malts come out and play but are balanced nicely by a little bitterness from the malts. Also, there is a very good mouthfeel once the beer starts to warm a little. This is a beer that I will look for in the future... Not something that I would drink on a regular basis but would definitley have again.

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Photo of UDbeernut
3.66/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: nice dark amber with a little carbonation. I was slightly disapointed by the small amount of head

Smell: a hint of yeast and hops

Taste: Very good. hops and malt are noticalbe but not overbearing

Mouthfeel and drinkability: smooth.... defiantly a session beer

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Photo of far333
4.22/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Light honey colored with an orangey beige foamy head made up of bubbles of many and various sizes. Aroma is rich and strong, bready malts, fruity sweetness, some light spiciness of nutmeg. Flavor is rich and full, with typical Marzen smooth maltiness, a little doughey, a little sweet, some fruit and cinnamon, but also something a little edgey like some essence of autumnal dried leaves. Understated hops, just some lingering bitter in the aftertaste. Smooth mouthfeel, some tingly carbonation. Very drinkable, I've been enjoying this beer this Fall.

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Photo of oelergud
3.97/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful amber with a light tan head, dissipates fast to a thin float that give a little lace. High carbonation.
Smell is of sweet spiced caramel, some hop notes mingled with brown sugar.
Taste is sweet caramel-like maltsthat and pumpkin that are quickly overcome by the surprisingly harsh hop profile that ends in a dry finish that moves into the aftertaste of faint apple, floral and pleasantly hoppy sensation. Very well balanced brew.
Full mouthfeel, great coating and textured going down.
Excellent drinkability in this well crafted fall brew.


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Photo of horshack7
4.1/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a red copper color with a frothty head.

Smell: Nice caramel notes with sweet malts.

Taste: Caramel notes malt is sweet nice on the palate. Medium to full bodied.

Notes: This one is very drinkable would make a great all season brew. Another good one from Redhook.

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

A new one from Redhook. Clear copper color with a decent tan head that lies flat at 1/2 an inch in height. Fairly sticky lace, especially on the near side of the pint glass. Malty aroma, cinnamon bread, a bit of fruit and hop tickle. Mouthfeel is about medium, carbonation is average. Lots of malt to start, toasty with sweet tones that get a little tea-like when combined with an orangey hop oil bittering at the close. Actually a fairly sturdy brew in many aspects with a bite at the end. A few elements seem a bit papery and cardboard-like. Still, not a bad brew overall.

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

Nice little brew here...much like all the redhook beers...subtle but tasty..

Nice amber color....nose is sweet caramel malts...body is medium...taste begins sweet with a nice caramel flavor...subtle but evident...hopping is secondary but there are some soft herbal notes...not a BIG beer is body or taste but a good one....very nice caramel touch without going over the top....the hops lend a nice touch as well.

I have come to appreciate the redhook line for what it offers...subtle but tasty beers that don't blow you away but are almost always enjoyable...I could find a place for a six-pack each fall for this beer.

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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 NClifestyle
3.72/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Stopped by the Harris Teeter today, strolled down the beer row, and a new, nice looking 6-pack from Red Hook jumped out at me. Autumn Ale (although the box says Autumn Robust Ale), in a lovely burnt orange color with yellow highlights.
The bottle reads "saccharomyces cerevisiae" (latin for autumn ale?) near the bottom, and above that says "Homage To The Autumnal Equinox" on the label. 12 oz bottle with born on date of 7/27/05.
Poured into a pint glass, you get a bright amber color with a thick off-white head of large bubbles. A thin layer remains with the beer until the end, and moderate, at least sporadic, lace can be found.
The first noticable smell is sweet malt, maybe caramel or sugar cane, followed by a spicy citrus hint, maybe even a floral aroma. Not a bad smelling brew, just not overwhelming.
You taste a touch of caramel on the front of your tongue, which is lost to a nice hop rush on the sides of the mouth. I find a sharp tang, not wholly unpleasant, in the back of my mouth.
The beer has some carbonation, but not a ton, and feels moderately smooth but a bit thin in the mouth.
Very easy to drink, but, as the name suggests, would seem more at home on the porch in late september, early october, than in the dog days of summer (in N.C.). The aftertaste gets a bit strong for my likes near the end as the beer warms, but it's not that bad. Still, a pretty good beer.

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