Harvest Ale | 16 Mile Brewing Company

Harvest AleHarvest Ale
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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
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4/5  rDev +8.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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3/5  rDev -18.9%

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 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 Gambrinus1184
4.42/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap at On the Rocks in Lewes Beach, Del.

A: Poured a deep, ruddy brown color with a two-finger head of creamy tan foam. Carbonation looked ample around the reddish-toned edges of the brew.

S: Nice, sweet coffee and cocoa nib aroma in the nose. Blends with some earthy malts and a slight, herbal hop tinge.

T: Smooth, roasted mellow malt flavor with lots of baked bread and chocolate on the plate. The finish nears a bittersweet coffee flavor blended with mild, spicy hops and a slightly nutty roasted aftertaste.

M: Slightly creamy with a balanced mouthfeel in the finish.

O: A nice, bold English brown ale with a subdued hand of American hops. The English malts are the showcase here, with a slightly jacked 6.1% ABV that only adds to the mellow, sweet warmth of the brew. I really enjoyed it and would certainly get it on-tap again.

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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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4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

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 RyanBeer13
4/5  rDev +8.1%

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

Reviewed from notes: had this with Thanksgiving Dinner.

appearance: brown with orangish hue and a 2 finger off white head

smell: roast, caramel, nuts, malts

taste: roasted malts, caramel,

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

overall: this is by far the best beer they have produced. only problem is they only bottle a limited # of this beer. here's to brewing this beer again.


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Photo of dhartogs
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 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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Harvest Ale from 16 Mile Brewing Company
Beer rating: 52.4% out of 100 with 42 ratings
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