Harvest Ale | 16 Mile Brewing Company

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Harvest AleHarvest Ale

Brewed by:
16 Mile Brewing Company
Delaware, United States

Style: English Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.10%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
Demonstrates the robust flavors of chocolate and coffee. Muddy brown coloring and mild bittering provide a rich, smooth flavor profile; a proper reward after the harvest is over. Rich in agricultural history, the harvest is a critical part of life in Sussex County, Delaware, that spans the entire year. This beer celebrates those who feed their communities.

Added by gwguest on 02-13-2011

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Ratings: 42 |  Reviews: 17
Reviews by mdcrouser:
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3.92/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

As a preface, I was on business and given a 2/3 full growler by a colleague, as we didn't have time to make it to the brewery for lunch. It then rode around in my car and on an airplanefor two days before getting back to the fridge. Therefore, I cannot speak to its freshness.

More orange than brown, it rings of an Oktoberfest. Little head, but some of it may have been lost in transit.

Sweetly malted, almost like a big bottle of maple syrup.

Malted and nutty, it echoes tobacco, brown sugar, and a hint of smokiness. Uniquely tasty - more flavor than most brown ales I've had. Actually harkens more to the 'Fests of the season than it does any brown. Very little hint of any alcohol.

Seems to retain carbonation in the mouth that I thought might have been missing upon the pour.

Actually a pretty good beer, especially given its travel conditions. Great for the fall.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Jason
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

LOOK: Sufficient sticky tan lacing, dark brown with garnet highlights

SMELL: Dried grass, toasted grain, slightly biscuity, faintness of figs, nutty, herbal, chicory, carob, woody, yeasty

TASTE: Subtle smoothness, creamy maltiness, moderate sized body, toasty, chestnuts, faint chocolate, modest bitterness, light coffee, leafy hops, mild spiciness, yeasty semi-dry finish

You've got to let this baby warm up a bit, like with nearly every beer it reaches a peak. Right to spec for the style aside from it being bigger than the more modern English Brown Ales ... not letting that get in the way. Very nice!

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Photo of Runofthemiller
4/5  rDev +8.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

Photo of mdaschaf
3.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes.

A: Pours a brownish color with ruby highlghts, small off-white head on top. Moderate retention and lacing.

S: Lots of caramel, coffee, and some nuts. Overall it has a nice toasty aroma.

T: Similar to the aroma, very toasty and nutty. Some caramel and very light bitterness. Definitely on the maltier side.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

O: A pretty solid brown ale. Hope that 16 Mile puts this one into their regular line up sooner than later.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark chocolate coloring in a chalice with a creamy, pale yellowish-khaki tinted head of modest proportion. Quick paced effervesce races up along the vessel walls while the head retains for several minutes leaving a thin, snake skin band of lace.

S: Mid-range level of chocolate-coffee roast, warm roasted nuts with lightly dry toffee-caramel sweetness.

T: Flavor was creamy with some oats and wheat, chocolate and dry toffee-caramel nuttiness. Some spiciness of cardamon, cola and a smooth roasty chocolate-coffee taste that finishes out with light creamer notes.

M: Good rate of carbonation, mid-body fullness with a creamy soft feel.

O: Overall decent rate of drinkability, spicy cola, roasty-chocolate flavor with a soft wheat palate. Cleanly brewed, sweet, almost like an after dinner dessert/coffee treat.

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Photo of Fadefury
2.4/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A: I received this beer with absolutely no head. Probably due to the bartender, so I won't count that against it. Light dark brownish color, with slight hue

S: Roasted coffee and a slight nutty smell

T: Falls in line with the smell. Roasted nutty taste

M: Mild body, with too high of carbonation for me

O: A rather boring beer in my opinion. It's not something I'd get again.

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Photo of jsanford
2.86/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Cheers to THE CPJ!

Pours a dark brown with a fluffy ivory head that settles to a nice cap. Mild aromas of caramel malt, brown sugar, and baked bread. Typical Brown Ale, but not unpleasant. More caramel and baked bread, with mild floral hops. Nicely drinkable, but nothing new. Mouthfeel is smooth, with a medium body and decent carbonation. Ehh...not bad. Wouldn't pick it up again.

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Photo of metter98
3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is clear but very dark garnet red in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin off white head that quickly died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of dark and nutty malts are present in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell but seems to be a little more complex with notes of chocolate malts and hints of coffee. Although no bitterness is detectable, there are enough underlying hops to prevent any sweetness from becoming perceptible.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: Drinking this beer is a breeze given its light-bodied nature and low alcohol content. I would have no problem drinking an entire 6-pack of this in one sitting.

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Photo of kkmiller76
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of dsshuck
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of Hearneator
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of BeerCon5
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of atone315
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of gwguest
4.42/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a capped, brown 750ml bottle into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint. No indication of year or best by date. There is a blank white area on the label which looks like it might normally hold that info, but I wonder if the trading source got this from someone at the brewery. No matter.

Pours a deep, rich brown with very nice ruby highlights. A loose tan foam puts up a decent effort, but ultimately can't muster more than a ring around the edge of the surface.

Aroma is very clean with nearly perfect toasty notes without tipping over into stout roast territory. Very impressive. Earthy hops blend very well with the roast to give a quite harmonious aroma.

Flavor is a fantastic blend of the same earthy flavors, but with a touch more bready balance. The hop aroma, flavors and bitterness are nearly perfectly balanced with the malty backbone.

Mouthfeel is a touch lighter and more carbonated than what expect, but it doesn't detract from the overall experience significantly. Finish is dry and toasty leaving me ready for more.

Drinkability is also very high. There is no indication of abv on this bottle, but it doesn't seem to be very high. I'd have to guess in the 5.5 range. This is really quaffable brew that I enjoy more and more as I drink it.

Overall, this is my first experience with 16 Mile, but I am impressed. For many BAs who are stuck in the imperial double every world, this may not impress. However, for those who have a taste for quality of even humble styles, this is a real treat.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.79/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

First had: on tap at 16 Mile

Names can be deceiving... I expected a marzen or some kind of lager here, but instead I got a rather tasty brown ale. I'm not a huge fan of the style, but this one was surprisingly good.

Deep, dark brown pour, with a nice off-white head that retained well and left some lacing on the glass. Aroma of caramel malts, slightly roasty, toasted bread, nutty, slight spiciness. Rich malty taste, caramel, coffee, unsweetened chocolate, nice leafy / herbal hop profile bringing in a balance and leaving a pleasantly dry finish. Medium body, very nice mouthfeel for the style. Most likely the best brew I sampled at 16 Mile.

Not sure how this beer translates in a bottle, but on tap, I definitely recommend it!

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Photo of bigeyedfish89
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

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3/5  rDev -18.9%

Photo of RocketFrogDavid
4.95/5  rDev +33.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wow, if you like full bodies, high flavor drinkable beers and aren't in the mood for hops, this is the beer. Dark brown pour, not quite black. Creamy dark head. Smells a little nutty but not too much. Taste is fantastic, it's chewey yet easily drinkable. This is easily my go to Fall Beer, I just with they made more of it. I've had it in the bottle, growler, and draft serving. Bottles are hand bottled on site in champagne bottles, not much to the bottle but that's kind of nice. I hope they brew this again in the fall.

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Photo of stakem
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a standard pint glass. The brew appears a dark brown with a finger of dark tan head. When held to the light, it shows lighter brown clarity around the edges and ruby hints through the body.

The aroma is rich with cocoa and toffee sweetness. Some burnt sugar quality mixes with a fresh scent of sweet grain and just a mild touch of alcohol and fruity to floral and hebal hops.

The taste includes somw fruity alcohol esters that blend with a note of fruity to floral hops. The malt is less chocolate-like than the aroma leads on and more focused on toffee/caramel. Overall it is well blended amd enjoyable just with a bit too much focus on residual sugar.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. A pleasant take on the style with a nice balance of flavor and easy drinking smooth feel. The alcohol is well integrated. My only gripe is the residual sweetness seems a bit much and is the only thing keeping me back from throwing a couple down back to back.

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Photo of mscott1975
3/5  rDev -18.9%

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