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 Beerbythepool
4.03/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Bottle to pint.

Color is a light amber. Very autumnal look to it. If you had to pick a color for an autumn beer, this would be it.
It may be a trick with the color, but I get hops and pumpkin on the nose or at least a spice in the smell.

1 F head doesn't last very long. little lacing.

Taste is honey, floral, syrup. Strong flavor, but not overpowering. Reminds me of Copperhook, which I like.

As it warms there is a slight tea flavor. It has an Oktoberfest feeling, but not full fledge on the taste. Very drinkable. I am happy with it as an everyday drinker during the fall. I think I will serve it at my Halloween party because of the label and easy drinking style. Should be good for many people. Give it a try.

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

Pours a clear red with a sizable off-white head. Alfalfa-like and lightly orangish hops on the nose, along with toasted malt aromas. Taste is very malty, very delicious. Sweet and toasty malts up front give way to a hop-backing on the mid palate before a long, sweet finish reminiscent of buttermilk pancakes. Medium body is very smooth, becoming almost creamy as you swish it. Towards the end the bottle, the sweetness gets to be a bit tedious - additional bitterness would increase its drinkability. Overall, I like this beer.

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

Clear copper color with a small creamy head. Clean toasty malt and sweet grain aroma with a bit of fruity hops. Very subdued. Sweet malt and fruit upfront in the flavor...leafy bitter hops, some spiciness. Honeyed and dry with very little aftertaste. A little bread and caramel too; interesting but a little too sterile for my tastes. A slight creaminess along with the dry finish keeps it drinkable. A pretty average beer all around that really doesn't even remind me of fall all that much...

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Photo of morimech
3.31/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled Aug 13 '09.

Pours attractive enough with a clear amber color and a nice forming head. Just a little spotty lacing is left on the glass. But it lacks much charactor in the aroma and taste departments. A little malt and a little hops describes this beer. A touch of toasted malts and some grassy and citrus hops is about the only highlights. Not bad tasting but not much reason to drink it either. The body is on the lighter side of medium with a nice texture. Feels a little overcarbonated but not distracting. Easy drinking and sessionable but utterly forgettable.

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Photo of electricfields
4.26/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Pours an opaque golden amber - almost orange - color with an off-white head that dissipates quickly. Not a lot of lacing left on the glass.

S: Citrus and sweet fruits. There's a very distinct smell I can't quite put my finger on. Peach or apricot maybe?

T: Light citric hops and sweet peachy malts. Very pleasant. Almost tastes like some kind of classy-ass high end candy.

M: Very little carbonation but balanced enough to make that work. Very creamy, despite being only a medium bodied beer.

D: To be honest, I could see myself easily losing track of how many of these I've had. So I'll have to give it a 5 here. It's so drinkable I could see myself forgetting I'm drinking it, easily, if it weren't for the really nice flavor.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.08/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle

A- Pours a clear copper color with an off-white head.

S- The aroma is largely centered around the malt that is slightly toasted.

T- The taste like the aroma is nice and malty with hints of caramel and a touch of hops in the finish. 

M- The mouhfeel is between light and medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, not a bad beer but nothing I would purchase again.

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Photo of Traquairlover
3.32/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12-oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A = Clear orange liquid forms a very small bone white head that disappears almost immediately leaving only a ring of bubbling around the edge of the glass.

S = Some decent aromatics with light pine notes, some fresh baked white bread, but ll in all, it is a little subdued.

T = This really kind of falls flat, the promised hops in the smell never really show up in the taste, there is a creamy texture and taste but they seem slightly out of place with the scents.

M = Medium bodied, good creamy texture, good mouthcoating.

D = This is a pretty easy beer to pound away, but I think it would get boring too quickly.

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Photo of katan
3.83/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into a pint

A - Pours a copper color, strong head formation. Off white, dirty white in color. Very well retained. Lots of bubbling from strong carbonation. Seems very clear, filtered.

S - Light sweet malt is most apparent - no roasting or biscuit notes. A very light yeast note complements the malt.

T - Starts off with a light malt sweetness, only just the lightest hints of caramel malts - toffee etc. Mid-stream only grows more sweet, malty, extremely light american hop taste. Finishes with an even more malty hit of caramel sweetness. Aftertaste is a smooth cloying sweetness.

M - Thick - creamy - full bodied. Carbonation is light, indicating this beer is well buffeted with sugars. Some sugar cling on the tongue.

D - Deceivingly drinkable. Sweetness is a nice decoy from the abv. Smooth and not overwhelming.

Is this meant to be an Oktoberfest? Either way, I like where this beer is headed- the land of fall malts to help us survive the less than joyous turn to cold.

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Photo of thekanna
3.98/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Gorgeous translucent copper red with about a finger of nice cream head.

S: Fresh cut autumn foliage and pine aromas interlaced with citrus fruits and apricots.

T: A grassiness and pine-like taste lead headlong into a smoky nuttiness intermeshed with buttery biscuits and faint citrus. This is capped off with a powerful, somewhat smoky hop bitterness.

M: Medium body with decent carbonation.

D: Very nice offering from Redhook, good to kick back with.

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Photo of wspscott
3.48/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle in pint glass

A: Dark gold/orangish color with thin white head that leaves lots of lace.
S: A muted nose, no hint of hops, a slight hint of bread, a hint of metal (not unpleasant, but there).
T: Some malty sweetness, a little citrus, the hops seem to be mostly on the bittering side, a little yeast fruitiness.
M: Highly carbonated, medium attenuation,
D: Makes me think of an octoberfest, goes down very easy, a little "richer" for the fall vs a pale ale. I would like a little more aroma/flavor hops, but this is a nice beer as it is.

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

A 12 ounce bottle poured into a standard shaker glass. This ale appears a hazed copper color with about a finger of quickly fading off white foam. Mild bready, malt filled nose. Tastes of sweet caramel malt, biscuits, and grassy hops. Just about medium bodied and amply carbonated for it's style. I wouldn't knock down any doors to try this one again, but it was drinkable.

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

Nice beer, it played nice. Pretty decent taste. When I poured it into the glass from the bottle it was orange and amber. I guess those are close to the same, but not really when you are describing a beer... So it was orange and amber with a cloud and a constant ringer. Once again, decent, something I could drink a couple of. OR few. Late Harvest smells malty, kind of spicy until you swirl it, then the hops come through with the malt and spice. Nice. I is a good beer. Good balance of the standard ingredients with a bit more of something for the Harvest. Mouthfeel wasn't over the top, probably just about right for this ale. Smooth and not that clean as it offers several tastes. Again, I could drink a few in one sitting.

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

Out of a standard brown bottle this beer was a copper/amber color with a one-finger head of khaki foam. The retention was good and the lacing good too. The aroma was of caramel malt, toasted malt and some piney hops. The flavor profile was also very malt heavy, rich roasted malt, then caramel malt followed by the hops that added a bitter, crisp finish. Slightly acidic with some light citrus rind notes. The mouthfeel was smooth, the body medium and the carbonation the same.

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

Pours a clear, light amber color. 1/2 inch, white head, with decent lacing and decent retention. Smells mainly of sweet malt and a hint of hops. Fits the style of an American Amber / Red Ale. Smooth and crisp with a low carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malts up front. There is a decent kick of hops that quickly dissipates into the sweet malt once again. Overall, not too bad, but the sweetness level is too high for my taste.

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Photo of Proteus93
3.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Just the slightest bit of haze in the amber pour, topped with a frothy white head. Laces quite nicely.

S: Bready, yet also lightly toasted maltiness. Even a hint of nuttiness in there, almost.

T: Certainly leaning more towards the malts on this one - though there is a modest hoppiness for flavour. Nice and toasted maltiness, certainly "appropriate" for the Autumn season, doing well with the others that come out for the season.

M: A fizzly and tingly carbonation, but not too intense. Rather nice feeling, with a medium body that's even a little chewy

D: Though it's not incredibly high in alcohol, I do detect it a little more than I typically would for the style... that alone would likely slow down my own drinking, but it's a solid beer otherwise.

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

One of the sample 12 pack. A clear amber pour with a thin white head.Aroma of toasated caramel,warm bread,and faint spice like maybe nutmeg.Flavor is sort of a smooth nutty roasted caramel,rye bread,and very faint pimpkin, a small spicy hop finish.Feels pretty good in the mouth. Drinkable,glad I have a couple more.

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Photo of hoplover82
3.83/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A good ale for this time of year. I was suprised.

It pours an amber color with an off white medium head that stays a while.

The aroma is of sweet and toasty malts with a little hint of spicy hops in the back.

The flavor has a nice spicy hop character that jumps up and bites you in a good way. The Saaz give it a very spicy flavor on the palate.

It has a warming affect. Medium bodied. Smooth.

Pretty drinkable.

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Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.13/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A- Nice white-chocolate colored head that leaves nice lacing. Translucent, copper colored body

S- Smell is yeasty, malty, and mineral-watery

T- Tastes like the smell, but more sweetness comes out along with a slightly off metallic flavor. Mostly yeasty-fruit and earthy-malt

M- Feel is so good. Silky smooth on the tongue

D- Drinks well for the style

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Photo of Overlord
3.28/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a red burnished orange. Large white foam head. Smelled faintly of earthy hops.

Taste is ... interesting. Not what I expected in an amber at all. Earthy, almost bitingly metallic hops, no real malt, a strange astringent bitterness.

Really not my cup of tea. Nicely carbonated, decent mouthfeel, just not what I was looking for

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Photo of HopEnthusiast
3.53/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This poured a clear, dark copper with a bit of white head. It smelled like caramel and barley malts with light copper hops. It tasted like earthy barley malt mixed with roasted toffee and a bit of copper hops. It was slightly thick with a bit of carbonation, and had a bittersweet aftertaste. Overall this didn't have a super clean or bold flavor, but it still didn't taste bad.

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Photo of mralphabet
3.26/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz Bottle Poured in to Pint Glass

A: Reddish-orange color. A little less than a finger head that dissipated pretty quickly, but had very nice lacing.

S: I'm getting a steely crispness, malt, spices and a hint of pumpkin.

T: Overloaded with Spices, Nutmeg, All Spice with a little steelness.... There is a light bitter hoppy taste that fads quickly to a nice finish....

M: Not to thick or to thin but rather has a nice and smooth texture. Aftertaste is a little grassy but not unpleasant.

D: Very Autumn like beer... To me it is more complex than more Red Ales I've had... Nice brew on a cool evening by the fire place...

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Redhook Late Harvest Autumn Ale from Redhook Ale Brewery
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