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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
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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3/5  rDev -18.9%

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3/5  rDev -18.9%

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3/5  rDev -18.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

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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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of corby112
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark chestnut brown color with faint mahogany edges and a frothy, one finger off-white head that slowly settles into a lasting ring.  Streaks of soapy lacing left behind.

Toasted dark malt aroma with subtle roasted coffee, caramel, toffee and cocoa.  There's a faint grassy hop presence but the nose is dominated by subtle roast and caramel malt sweetness.

On the lighter end of medium bodies with a flavor profile that's very similar to the aroma.  There is a very delicate, crisp hop bite up front but the dominant flavors here is slightly roasted sweet malt.  Hints of caramel, toffee and nut countered by autumnal spice and toasted bread.  Not very complex but pleasant enough and easy to drink.

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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

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

Photo of dheacck11
3.55/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pour is a dark muddy, murky brown. Scant light tan head, with lingering lace.

Nose is pretty malty, lots of sugary sweetness too. Brown sugar, caramel, and a slight sticky hop.

Taste pretty sweet up front. Flavors of chocolate, brown sugar, molassess and a slightly roasty malt. Follows with a very mild hop, but finishes with a bitter coffee bite.

Body is medium thin. A little watery.

Interesting beer. Flavors are interesting, but not sure they really blend nicely into one another. Mouth feel especially is a bit lacking, really could use a little more beef. Would not be a bad session ale on a crisp fall evening, but there are better versions out there.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at Gary's in Wayne last weekend. I had never heard of 16 Mile before and thought this would be a slightly different take on what is normally an easygoing style. This was just bit more aggressive than a typical English Brown Ale in terms of alcohol and hops but it was nothing earth-shattering either of those departments. Less sticky and more like a dessert beer than what the category would imply, I enjoyed this and thought it was a good brew to keep warm with during the recent cold nights!

The pour to this was dark brown with a bit of garnet around the edges. The head was present but faded quickly and there wasn't much of any carbonation to be seen. Lots of coffee and bitter chocolate in the nose and even more in the taste, with the mouthfeel having quite a bit of toffee to help bring the hops out. It's not a strong burn but this seemed like a light espresso in terms of taste and body, as this was quite thin. A hint of pumpernickel could be found in the back without too much of dough of thickness in the aftertaste.

To be sure, the booze is here but it took a while for it to kick in. There wasn't any caramel or sugary sweetness here like in so many other Brown Ales and for a slightly more aggressive take on the style, this fit the bill nicely. Subtly enjoyable, this fits the season nicely now that the Octoberfests and Marzens are off the shelf. Worth a go for fans of smooth, dark ales.

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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 atone315
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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 Act25
3.79/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is my fave of 16 mile a great local brewer of brown ales, every pub in mid-atlantic should carry them.

A: Bottle poured into Leffe chalice, results in fast fade head with not much lacing.... but... it's a beautiful clear mahogany brown. Loveliest color on a brown beer that I've seen.

S: Caramel, spice, cinnamon - almost cola like. and dried grass, woody, barnyard, hay, autumn.

T: More of the aromas, with creamy maltiness, moderate body, toasty, chestnuts, chocolate, very interesting and original - best brown ale yet? Finishes with nice bitter, no sweet residue despite the many sweet spectrum flavors: fig, coffee, cake.

F: Nice feel, more body that most brown ales, good weight, low carbonation, nice finish. Great with food - in this case sausage white bean garlic cassolet dressed up with fresh chard, tomatoes, fennel seed from garden.

Best from 16 mile.

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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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Harvest Ale from 16 Mile Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.7 out of 5 with 42 ratings
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