Local Harvest Ale | Sebago Brewing Company

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Local Harvest AleLocal Harvest Ale

Brewed by:
Sebago Brewing Company
United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.10%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our Fall seasonal Local Harvest Ale is brewed with hops and barley grown in Maine with the clear water of Sebago Lake. Local Harvest Ale is mahogany in color and has an intense bouquet of citrus, pine and lemongrass which comes from hopping this beer four ways: In the mash, in the kettle, steeped and dry hopped. After your first sip you will taste the fresh wet hops and the finish flavor of oily hops on your tongue. You will desire yet another sip. This auburn Autumn classic is balanced with the careful addition of chocolate and caramel malts to create this extremely popular local beer. Please support Maine agriculture and enjoy the harvest!

36 IBU

Added by corby112 on 11-01-2009

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Photo of joepais
3.29/5  rDev -15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a standard pint glass produced a finger worth of white head that settled to a thick lace. The body of the brew was a nice amber color.

Aromas of sweet malts caramel and hops filled my head. I had this fresh on tap at the NH brewer's fest and it was a ton hoppier. The flavor is a tad sweet for an IPA but you still get some good hop flavor. Again drink this now it going down hill from a month ago. It had a medium feel in my mouth with good carbonation.

The bottle went down fine but I won't buy another till next year

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at a beer fest, then found a bomber at Tully's. Nice beer. A hazy red/orange with a tan head and a fair amount of lacing. Aroma of citrus, flowers, and malt. Same taste: pine, some grapefruit, and malt. Perhaps a little too much malt, but still a good beer to drink.

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Photo of corby112
2.37/5  rDev -38.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark coppery ruby/amber color with dark golden amber hues when held to a light source and a 1.5 finger frothy off-white head with good retention, slowly fading into a lasting cap that leaves chunks of soapy lacing.

Aroma is a lot maltier than I expected with some toasty caramel, biscuit and chocolate malts. Slight earthy citrus hops with hints of pine. Kind of weak for a Harvest Ale. The malt profile is just too strong and completely kills the hop aroma.

Earthy dry piny hops with some subtle notes but the pleasantness of this flavor is instantly killed by way too strong of a malt backbone. Hell, it's not even a backbone at this point because it is the dominant flavor. Roasted chocolate and caramel malt with hints of biscuit, hazelnut and toffee. The hops that are present aren't very floral and don't taste very fresh at all. Not a good representation of the style.

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Photo of brewandbbq
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle from the fridge.

Pours hazy, dark copper with a beige, tight head of a half inch. A slow retreat revealed plenty of stringy lacework and a solid foam cap.

Aromatics lead off with plump malt, chewy caramel, fresh dew, and some faint, dank hops. Mildly piney with mossy undertones.

Medium bodied with a crisp, chewy mouthfeel.

Doughy malt, cocoa-dusted caramel, and a mild bitterness start the palate. Hints of pine bark and leafy hops try to pull through but the malt base is a bit heavy.

Finishes with lingering malt, chocolate, and a kiss of grassy citrus.

Just a bit of wet-hop character here, and the hopping in general is fairly subdued for a harvest ale. Less maltiness may have helped the hops shine through.

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Photo of Casey10
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The reviewer before me stated it was too bad they don't make this in bottles. Well they do now as 150 cases of this is being put into 22 once bottles. I picked up mine today at RSVP in portland.

A - Tan orange color with a small 1 finger head.

S - slight pine and citrus some malts.

T - Good not bad flavorful and crisp.

M - really good light, clean feel.

D - Good would definately have another and we look for this one as well.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.37/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A unique turn of events coming from Maine since all the hops that were used in the beer were grown in Maine. I'm very interested in seeing how the hop growing industry turns out here, I read that they're trying to find a farmer who will grow an acre so they can make bigger batches with locally grown hops.

Had last night at the Portland location while watching the Sox take the first game of the ALCS.

Pours an amber color, good sized head that sticks around for a while and also sticks a good deal to the glass.

Smell is, you guessed it, hoppy. Pretty strong aroma of hops, can't tell that they were grown in Maine, but they do smell quite nice. Even my girlfriend who doesn't like anything about beer thought it smelled nice and pretty like a flower.

Taste is not overwhelmingly hoppy or bitter but has some nice balance with caramel malt, does leave a nice bitter aftertaste though, slight citrus aspect.

Overall, a really good beer coming from Sebago that utilizes locally grown hops, I really hope to see more of this happening in Maine.

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Local Harvest Ale from Sebago Brewing Company
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