Harvester Experiment (IPA) | Ground Breaker Brewing

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Harvester Experiment (IPA)Harvester Experiment (IPA)
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Harvester Experiment (IPA)Harvester Experiment (IPA)

Brewed by:
Ground Breaker Brewing
Oregon, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by John_M on 07-31-2012

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Ratings: 24 |  Reviews: 9
Reviews by scootpolute:
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3/5  rDev -11.8%

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Photo of biboergosum
3.79/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

650ml bottle, one of the few GF IPAs that I have yet to come across. Made with the same chestnut/GF oats/tapioca concoction as its sister brews, but now with some sexy new-age hops.

This beer pours a murky, medium golden amber hue, with two fingers of puffy, weakly foamy, and bubbly dirty white head, which leaves a bit of sudsy island group lace around the glass as it slowly ebbs away.

It smells of bitter, dank pine and leafy hops, a bit of overripe grapefruit and orange pith, a nutty sweetness, gritty vanilla pudding, and a strange warm spiciness, that I'm pretty sure is the sorghum. The taste is sweet, well I gotta say it - Neapolitan ice cream - vanilla, mild dark fruit, and a chocolate-flecked nuttiness, with a splash of west coast IPA on it, as the pine resin, acrid citrus, and bitter leafiness seem somewhat disjointed from the whole. A smidge of alcohol astringency worms its way in as things warm up.

The carbonation is quite average, manifesting as a tight-assed frothiness, the body just on the lee side of medium weight, and a tad too prickly (yup, the hops) to be deemed outright smooth. It finishes off-dry, the nutty and vanilla essences still prominent, amongst a still heady, and musty pine, leafy, and floral hoppiness.

Well, I've certainly had proper IPAs with much less interesting and/or enthusiastic malt bills as this one does. The hops strive to be the star here, and they surely have the spunk to go far, babe, but with GF brews, I have to pay more attention to the sweetness counterpoint, because of its stereotypically inherent weakness. So, survey says: everything's fine, people, Harvester hits another standing triple with their deft combination of malt-adjacent ingredients, and gets to keep their West Coast IPA cred, or whatever, for the aforementioned hops.

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Photo of chickenm
3.24/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of HoppySeb
3/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of Hopmodium
3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of mfnmbvp
3.85/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present. A friend brought this back from a recent trip to Portland, Oregon. This bottle simply identifies this beer as Harvester Brewing IPA. My first beer from this brewery, split the bottle with my cousin.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter glass.

A - Pours a nice bright golden orange colored body, with less than one finger of bone white froth for a head. Looks pretty okay, but borderline ordinary appearance.

S - Smell is also kind of tame. Grainy rice presence, some alcohol fumes, tropical citric hops, & a hint of vegetal spice rack notes, presumably from the sorgham.

T - Taste is of bitter vegetal / flroal / piney hops from the Cascade hops used here. Cloves. Tart citrus. Some grain / wheat. Tastes very pure and natural, and mad props for going gluten free.

M - Feel is lightly tart, crisp, & citric. Finishes dry and bitter in the same vain as a lot of IPA's.

Overall, a nice full-bodied, and full-flavored IPA, suitable for both our gluten intolerant friends and standard IPA lovers alike. Highly recommended drinking if it is available to you.

Harvester Brewing IPA ---4/5.

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Photo of velosuds
4.03/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 22 oz. bomber into a clear pint glass. No bottle dating. Unfortunate, since GF beers have questionable shelf life. Paid $5.99 at LifeSource Natural Foods in Salem, Oregon.

A - This looks like real beer, which is a significant GF brewing accomplishment. So many GF brews (hard to call them beer) look more like soda pop. This pours a translucent, golden yellow with a one finger bone white head with decent retention and some lacing.

S - Remarkably like real beer. Citrussy and piney NW hops (Cascade and Willamette most notable) are prominent aromas. There is a slight "nutty" element I suspect is from the chestnuts. Very close to style as a PNW IPA.

T - As a GF beer I would rate this 4.5 since this is the best tasting GF beer produced domestically I have had, and is closest to style of all Harverster beers I have tried (all but the raspberry). It tastes very much like "real" beer, which is not easy given Sorghum syrup is the primary fermentable. The cane sugar no doubt helps eliminate the residual cider like taste common to many GF ales. At 60 IBUs (according to brewery's website), the taste is much more bitter with a residual nuttiness that is from the chestnuts. The chestnut bitterness is slightly astringent, but the hops dominate.

F - The use of cane sugar in the wort tends toward a drier ale, which is necessary when Sorghum is the primary fermentable. Carbonation is very adequate, and this is the first of Harvester beers I note using tapioca maltodextrin. This seems to help the body compared to their other beers. I am planning to add maltodextrin to my next GF homebrew.

O - This is the best GF beer produced domestically (better than their pale and dark ales). Anyone with a GF intolerance or allergy should give this real ale a try. It is better than many beers in this style that are brewed with barley.

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Photo of John_M
4.42/5  rDev +30%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fringefest 2012. Encountering beers like this during FF is what this festival is all about (IMHO).

As I mentioned to the two brewery reps at FF, I've always felt a bit sorry and sympathetic for consumers who are forced to consume only gluten free beers. Until I sampled this beer...

The beer pours a a slightly hazy gold color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is exotic (shocking, I know), with a wonderful array of dry citrus, chestnut, honey, clove and light skunky weed. The flavor profile replicates the nose in this excellent IPA, and I appreciate the spice, bitterness and dry finish in this excellent beer. The beer is medium bodied, crisp and refreshing, and is so, so easy to enjoy. Just delicious... I have no problem with gluten, but regardless... I'd order this beer again in a heartbeat.

Picked up a bottle for my buddy at work, even though space in the suitcase is limited. The brewers indicated that they use ground chestnuts in place of the usual mash, and noted that the substitute works very well. Based on what I tasted at FF, I would concur. Excellent beer...

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Photo of Chris-MOC9
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of mactrail
3.33/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Color is very pale but it has a little head and everything beery. Flavor is rather sweet and peculiar, but the Horizon, Crystal, and Santiam hops do their job, and it's rather aromatic. Thin, astringent, herbal flavors. It tastes of celery and yams with lemon.

This really should be in a caegory of gluten-free or non-traditional ingredients. It makes a good facsimile of beer, but it's still strange. I can't see the slightest reason to drink a brew like this unless you are on a non-gluten diet. So people in that situation would want to know what are the more well-liked GF brews.

In any case, this stuff is quite drinkable, and it sucks so much less than most of these non-barley concoctions, Harvester should get a medal. How do you make an affordable beer when one of your main ingredients is chestnuts? From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Special Brews in Lynnwood, Washington.

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Photo of harrymel
1.95/5  rDev -42.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2

Bottled: unk

Golden and has etched surface of fine whites. Smelled nice and hoppy in the bottle, but as soon as it hit the glass an overbearing plastic smell, some body odor hops and a little rice. Taste is sharp, kinda chemical, plastic, some soyonnaise, not good. Medium bodied with tight, slightly hi carb and a dry finish. Hopefully this is just old, because if it's like this fresh, this ain't my cup of tea.

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3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of BourbonBetty
4.03/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice golden color with a fluffy head. Retention isn't ok, not great, but leaves a little lacing. A great accomplishment for a gf beer.

Hop aroma is typical of a good west coast style IPA, piney and fruity. Slight oxidation. We've been spoiled by some lushly aromatic IPAs of late and this one isn't quite in that league but it isn't far behind either. Bet it's better super fresh. Like previous reviewer, it's a shame they don't date their bottles.

Again, nice hop character, not the best, but nice. What sells it is the nutty chestnut flavor. Typically I imagine a gf IPA struggles without a deep, malty backbone to stand up to all that resinous hoppiness. Here the chestnuts are unexpected but they really work to keep the flavors full and balanced.

Mouthfeel isn't too thin like some gf brews, nicely carbonated, tongue feels happily coated.

For GF it's darn good. It is one of the first to gf beers stand up on it's own in the arena of regular beers and while it certainly won't win any prizes against all that is out there, it can run competently in the middle of the pack.

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3.52/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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2/5  rDev -41.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of CoryR
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

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4/5  rDev +17.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +39.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of Bookseeb
3/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance is light orange amber in color supporting a healthy head leaving fair lace. Smell has a medicinal aroma with light hops in the back. Taste has the sweetness of the base ingredients balanced with the hops. Mouthfeel is light medium with good carbonation. Considering that it's GF and my first, I have nothing to relate it to, but it's not to bad.

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Photo of lancecenter
3.01/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - crystal clear golden color, head dissipates quickly. No lacing.

S - What am I smelling here? Not much. The hop smell is kinda subdued.

T/M - This is not bad for a regular pale ale. A little bit of citrusy hops. Still a bit of that cider/sorghum taste that's common for the style.

O - One of the better gluten-free beers, but most definitely not hoppy enough to be called an IPA.

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3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

Harvester Experiment (IPA) from Ground Breaker Brewing
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