Harbor Ale | Greenport Harbor Brewing Company

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Harbor AleHarbor Ale

Brewed by:
Greenport Harbor Brewing Company
New York, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
An American-style pale ale brewed with 30% wheat malt and a blend of Warrior, Glacier, and Cascade hops. Light in color, smooth on the palate, with citrus and tropical hop notes.

Added by plaid75 on 08-27-2009

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Reviews: 25 | Ratings: 89
Photo of Gajo74
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours an at first slightly cloudy straw golden color that later clears up. An aggressive pour yielded a big thumbnail and a half length bubbly head that disapates into a creamy lace that retains well.
My favorite aspect of this brew is the sweet fruity aroma; hints of strawberry jam and citrus, caramel, honey and some floral and pine qualities.
The taste is also sweet but balanced by a slight lemony quality. The hops are mild, herbal and a bit piny. The feel is medium to light. The carbonation is soft but provides a light crispness. Very easy to drink.
I like this one. It is simple and not too complex but rather tasty.

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Photo of EMH73
3.52/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought it because I lite to support the Long Island breweries. Unfortunately just an average APA. Slightly bitters hops but not overwhelming, citrus notes. Would not turn one down but would not go out of my way to buy again.

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Photo of breardon1776
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Just average. head dissspirsed quickly and no lacing. not a bad beer but nothing special. malty and yeasty. not getting a lot of other flavors. i would drink again if someone gave me a glass but i'd rather order something else. from LI so i wanted this to b great but hopefully i'll find another brew i like.

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Photo of Greywulfken
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Deep golden body under a few fingers of off-white foam. Just short of clear. Effervescing bubbles. Woodsy and earthy with some chew - bitter hops brought mild pine and more wood, some high points of citric pit, some underlying dankness. Medium-weight and soft - carbonation muted - nice rounded bitterness on the tongue. Leaves a little aftertaste that calls for another sip. A real nice local IPA.

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Photo of Strakosch
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great beer - everything I want in a go-to, session beer. It's hoppy but not too much, and there's some real flavor in here that isn't overshadowed by a ridiculous amount of hops. Some nice lemon and maltiness. Lemon almost like a shandy, but definitely not to that level.

I don't usually review beer, but I figured I would give this one a thumbs up. Props to Greenport.

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Photo of Stignacious
3.42/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Not enough hops to fit as an APA for me. Thin, watery body, really nothing to speak of with regard to smell ot lacing. Overall very bland, but still drinkable. Could be worse

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.02/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at Fairway in Nyack last week, having never had this before and also knowing that I wouldn't be able to find it in my neck of the woods. I was surprised how low some of the reviews were on here, given how much I enjoyed it and how true to form it was. Those looking for a West Coast hop bomb will be disappointed but this was more balanced than most other APA's that I've had and much, more nuanced that I anticipated. No doubt that that was a great trait for this beer to have!

Nice pour to this as the golden hue was easily surpassed by the massive head and deep rings of lacing that bled down into the next. Nice grassy and floral aroma that was reinforced by orange pith and lemon zest in the taste. The malt leaned towards a slight caramel tone and there was some herbal tea that kicked in later on, giving this an intriguing spicy undertone. Balanced, full, and easygoing, this grew on me quick and went down so easily and smoothly, all while having everything mesh well together in spite of the apparent clash between some of the flavors.

While not a true session beer, this could fall under the category of one since it was so light on the alcohol that it wasn't even detectable. It was there when all was said and done but with a nice array of hops and enough malt to counteract them, who would even notice? Much like SNPA, this is an APA that is almost impossible to dislike while setting the standard that other examples blow past in order to out-slug each other in the bitterness department. An underrated beer that deserves to be available year-round and more ratings on here!

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Photo of illpass78
3.78/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pint on draft aboard the Cross-Sound Ferry from New London, Conn. to Orient Point, L.I.

Appearance: Pours a clear amber/copper with a one-finger eggshell head. Minimal lacing. Pretty well carbonated.

Aroma: A little grass, a tiny hint of caramel, some grain. A little citrus, too.

Taste: Nice complexity for an APA. Follows the nose, with some added pine and lemon. A little herbaceous. Tasty and accessible, but far from boring.

Mouthfeel: Nice medium depth. An all-seasons beer.

Overall: Appealing pale ale from the North Fork. Easy and approachable while having the complexity to satisfy the craft crowd.

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Photo of CHickman
3.66/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy gold color with a small white head that faded fast and left minimal lacing. Smells of caramel, fresh cut grass, floral hops, light lemon zest and grains or some wet bread. Pretty light hop presence in the nose, but pretty well balanced for an APA. Tastes like it smells with caramel, tea leaf, herbs, fresh cut grass, floral hops, lemon, toasted grains, sweet bread like French toast and mild spices. The hop spices have a little bite and mix well with the grains for a well balanced brew. Mouthfeel is light, crisp and refreshing, average carbonation, a medium body and a malty sweetness that shows the light spices off and finished slightly bitter. Nice beer overall, it got better with each sip and is a session option.

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Photo of Tank880
3.51/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A very tasty american pale ale. Too light in color but a great taste. Citrus a bit, nice hop flavor. Feels an drinks like a beer. Good level alcohol content without the overbearing amount you find in some pints. This could be your all day good grillin beer. Recommended by this guy for sure.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a crystal clear deep copper to amber in color with some moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a three finger tall dense foamy off-white head that very slowly reduces to a thick film covering the majority of the surface of the beer and a very thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of sweet caramel and grainy malts along with some lighter amounts of citrus and pine/resin hops. There is a very subtle hint of floral hops as well.

T: The taste is very similar to the smell for this beer with a pretty solid sweet caramel malt body and just a touch of graininess. There is also a decent amount of hop flavors from the citrus and pine/resin hops. Light amounts of bitterness in the finish.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Crisp.

O: Refreshing - I was drinking this outside around a pool in the middle of a warm summer afternoon. Easy to drink and sessionable. I enjoyed it as did most others at this party - appealing to beer geeks and average joes.

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Photo of cosmicevan
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

swung by the brewery after a day at the vineyards to sample the local offerings. got about a half if a pint sample. brew was a nice golden color with a crisp earthy vibe. malt dominant but good summer brew. nothing earth shattering but a solid pale sle.

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Photo of david18
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Below is a review I wrote of the draft version:

I had a sixteen ounce draft of this at the Amsterdam Ale House on Manhattan's Upper West Side. i'm still a bit ambivilent about this brewer. I like some of their beers but others I don't like. This one fell short for me. It was just a little uninteresting. I would almost call it a blonde ale rather than a pale.

Color was a deep copper, clear with a good amount of carbonation...perhaps too much.

Aroma was slightly malty and not nearly hoppy enough for an American Pale. Overall not bad, just not present enough.

The flavor was like the aroma. Not enough hop presence and not much of anything else to hole my attention.

This is not a beer I would recommend.


The cask was a little better and I think this brewery has improved overall. I'll try the draft version again and amend that review if I feel differently.

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Photo of tobelerone
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A decent summery session ale, pours nearly clear amber, with a slowly settling, fluffy white head and nice lacing. Aroma is somewhat sweet and grainy, with a noticeable wheat note and a bit of citrusy hops. Pretty straightforward so far.

Taste follows nose pretty closely. A bit of bitter, orange-citrus hoppiness, cereal grains, wheat, sweet and bready malt, all fairly well balanced without one element overshadowing another. Finishes dry.

Medium-light bodied with crisp carbonation and a clean, refreshing feel overall. Not super interesting or exciting, just a standard flagship-type session beer. In this general category I preferred Greenport’s Summer Ale a bit, but this one ain’t bad.

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Photo of rodney45
2.81/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Had this on tap Press 195 in Bayside NY

A: Light amber. Creamy quickly dissipating off white head.

S: Small amounts of citrus, and floral hop notes. A little off point and underwhelming for a APA.

T: First notes are apricot, light peach, and candy caramel. Secondary flavors are crystal malt, and a peppery hop bitterness.

M: Light body, medium carbonation. Slightly bitter and watery.

O: This is an off beer for a brewery that ive come to love recently. Its bitterness wasnt backed up or balanced. It could have used more attention into the mouthfeel and malt departments. Wouldnt really have this again, or recommend.

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Photo of socon67
3.38/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Golden color, clear and with visible carbonation.

S - Hoppy, and a slight floral aroma.

T - Fresh, crisp pale ale. Some bitterness at the end, but a flavorful taste.

M - Refreshing, clean taste, and easily a beer you can have a few of.

O - Not the most exciting style, but the local folks have a beer that a casual beer drinker would enjoy.

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Photo of afksports
4.35/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Homer alert.

Drinkable American pale ale. What more do you want? Around 30-40 IBU's (my guess), this is a balanced bitter and biscuity pale ale that's well-rounded as much as it is plain. Boring? Maybe. But boring is ok. Think about it. Tuesdays are boring, but Tuesdays can be fucking cool.

Live your life for Friday and Saturday and you miss Tuesday. Tuesday is this beer. Just another day of the week. But.. Drinkable, flavored well, balanced well, breads, hops, even some hop juice, low alcohol, easy drinking, clean finish.

Yup, I'm a homer, but keep me in the harbor so I can drink this one.

Cheers, GHBC, see ya tomorrow.

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Photo of BrewMaester
3.67/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light golden color with ample head, with a very clear body. Mild nose consisting of fresh malt / hops. Refreshing taste malt blended with hops and grass. A bit mild with a bitter finish. Moderate mouthfeel, crisp and refreshing, the best quality of this particular beer. A decent drink, don’t search for it but if its put in front of you, try it.

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Photo of metter98
3.38/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high dense off white head that gradually died down and left a bit of lacing on the surface and a thin ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of floral and citrusy hops and grainy malts in the nose.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and has a slight amount of bitterness towards the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is easy to drink and has some refreshing properties.

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Photo of travelfrog
3.98/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I tried this pale ale on tap, served in a standard American pint glass, at a New York City watering hole.

Appearance was clean and crisp. Light amber color, fairly clear, with a good head.

Smell was not very strong, but clean and fresh.

Taste was quite good. Nice balance of malt and hops. Perhaps bit on the watery side for some. A neutral to slightly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel was also good -- substantial, but thirst-quenching

The brew was very drinkable. No reason not to just keep on enjoying this very creditable pale ale.

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Photo of SkunkWorks
3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at the Catch in Port Jefferson, NY.

Look: clear copper with a white head that doesn't last for very long but some lacing.

Smell: very subdued. There's not much here except some quiet malt and a little floral hop character.

Taste: nothing really jumps out with this except some flowery hop tastes. Its nicely balanced out by some maltiness.

Feel: light in body.

Drink: I think the brewer intended for this one to be liked by a broad audience and I think this is reflected in the drinkability. Very easy to drink.

Overall, its ok. I think this beer was intended for a broad audience so I think that's why its lacking some qualities that BAs seem to look for. Regardless, very easy drinking and enjoyable beer even if its not exceptional.

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Photo of albern
3.38/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The ABV for this beer is 5.3% according to the brewer. The beer's low point is its aroma. There is a slightly grassy nose, but nothing at all assertive. Luckily the taste is better. The beer pours a fairly golden color, clear, a bit of carbonation. There is a smallish head. The beer uses pale, wheat, and Vienna malts with Amarillo hops. The taste is pretty average, nothing that I would seek out. There is a slightly leafy bittering bite in the finish and a rather so-so malt mid section to this beer. It really isn't their best, but it's inoffensive enough.

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Photo of Gmann
3.15/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a crystal clear pale copper color with a smallish wispy white head that settled into a light ring. The aroma is basically non-existent, perhaps some light grain husk. The taste is of light toasted grain, a touch of buttery cracker and some grassy bitter hops. It has a lightly fruity taste as well. A very average APA at best. Very light with a dry bitter hop profile, not what I am looking for in an APA. The feel is light but not watery, fairly soft carbonation, finishes with a grassy bitterness. A very light APA, not much body and could use some more hoppy flavor opposed to hoppy bitterness. A bit disappointed in this brew.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.48/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 8/25/09. On tap at The Chowder Pot Pub in Greenport, NY. Pours a clear deep yellow with a thick white head. Aroma of floral hops and sweet caramel malt. Flavor of sweet malt, light fruits, and some bitterness in the finish. Flavor is a touch bland. Nice palate, full-bodied, and quite drinkable. Nothing too complex, but definitely a nice beer to just relax with.

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Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at the brewery.

Poured a light copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell feature a round, soft malt with a subtle floral hop.

The taste was very well balanced with a moerate doughy malt and a bright flowery hop.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style with good carbonation.

Overall a very tasty and easily quaffable ale.

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Harbor Ale from Greenport Harbor Brewing Company
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