The Harbinger | Neil House Brewery & Homebrew Supply

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3.24 w/ 5 ratings

Brewed by:
Neil House Brewery & Homebrew Supply
Ohio, United States

Style: Rye Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by Ryan011235 on 11-08-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 5 |  Reviews: 4
Reviews by DoctorDog:
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2.88/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Presentation: 1 pint 6 oz bottle into a snifter.

A- Cloudy, deep copper/brown. Pours with ~3 fingers of light tan head, which fades very slowly into a solid cap.

S- Grapefruit hop notes at the forefront. Spicy notes, and some caramel sweetness follow.

T- Spicy, herbal hoppiness pack an unusual, somewhat bracing bitterness that coats the mouth. Bready/biscuity sweet malt notes. A fair amount of alcohol burn at first, but seems to be quickly blocked by the bitter coating.

M- Moderate carbonation. Medium-full feel.

O- Meh. The big ABV% isn't slowing me down, but that's more a by-product of the somewhat unusual flavors coating my mouth.

Future outlook: This wasn't terrible, but it certainly wasn't least it was a relatively cheap failure ($3.99). Repeat purchase not probable.

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Photo of Ryan011235
2.58/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a Duvel tulip on 11/7/11

Dirty brown color that settles up darker. Dense, muddy amber in the glass. Nearly two finger head; it's slow to drop. A few swooping trails of lace around the glass.

Aromas of earth, dirt, rye spice, bread, nuts, husk, leaves, caramel, un-popped popcorn kernels and overtones of butter. Vapid and dry. Not good, but I was expecting worse. At least the booze is hidden. Some fruit tones as it warms.

Standard-fare Neil House solvency and aspirin astringency make merry right out of the gate. Surprisingly enough, the aspirin factor is less brazen than in several of their beers (to that end, I have no idea where they're getting the 200 IBUs mentioned on the bottle). Reasonably proportioned rye notes - more spicy than bready. Breadier as it warms and a little yeasty.

The feel is about the midway point between full and medium; fluffy body. Carbonation is on the lower side and doesn't interfere with the beer at all. The astringency carries the finish and is mixed with typical Neil House unpleasantries. A bit warming, but it doesn't seem like 10% abv.

I knew better. This was so new at Giant Eagle that the UPC wasn't even in the system. I had to walk back with a cashier to show her the price. I could have aborted the mission. But I didn't. I will give Neil House credit for not totally bombing this one; it's certainly better than the Rye IPA.

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Photo of ksp1978
2.75/5  rDev -15.1%

Photo of sholland119
3.27/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Whoa, is that heavily carbonated! Small gentle pour overflowed the glass. Once it settles, the pour is a hazy, almost murky amber copper with a pillowy off white head and nice sticky lacing.

S-Nicely grainy, caramel sweetness is maybe a bit too syrupy but still pleasant.

T-Very big and malty with decent rye presence. Like a lot of big beers of this type, the malt is a bit overbearing for my palate. Too much caramel malt throws it out of balance. More hops, more rye would be nice.

M-A bit heavy due to all the malt. Carbonation eventually settles down.

O-Not very drinkable. Pleasant for a few ounces but I will struggle to finish my half of the bomber.


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Photo of guitaristshad
4.72/5  rDev +45.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had this at a special tasting from Superior Beverage's Craft and Import Expo. The brew master had stepped away, so I didn't have an opportunity to discuss with him. The description on the checklist we had claims it is "a 200ibu beast backed by dry, spicy character of rye". That is a semi-accurate description. I didn't catch the rye as much. Picture Red Rye P.A. from Founders, but much more hoppy. One of the best Rye IPAs I've had

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The Harbinger from Neil House Brewery & Homebrew Supply
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