Hazelnut Harvest
Rustic Road Brewing Company

Write a Review
Beer Geek Stats: | Print Shelf Talker
Style:
American Amber / Red Ale
Ranked #261
ABV:
5.7%
Score:
84
Ranked #23,705
Avg:
3.88 | pDev: 7.73%
Reviews:
2
Ratings:
15
From:
Rustic Road Brewing Company
 
Wisconsin, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  0
Gots
  2
SCORE
84
Good
Notes:
Reviews: 2 | Ratings: 15
Reviews by BYOFB:
Photo of BYOFB
3.77/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

More User Reviews:
Photo of brandoman63
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of LXIXME
3.81/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of teamwiggum
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of MidwestBA
4.5/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BlackBeerPirate
3.61/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Taste: crisp, sweet, hazelnut, smooth, creamy mouth-feel. Caramel and Hazelnut nose.
Dark amber, clear with a big foamy head and sticky refined lace. Medium body. Kind of a dessert ale after a meal.

 198 characters

Photo of McHenry
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of jimmy13
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of Carb-Overlord
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of Big_Dave
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of Nurt20
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of AuntBea
4.49/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Minuteman
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Beginner2
3.42/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The key to hazelnut flavoring is to not let it start as artificial. Hazelnut Harvest smacks me in the nose as artificial and that only gets half-moderated in the mouth... so much so that it is hard to appreciate the craft that went into blending the malts.

I also think it is best to call this an American Brown. Amber-reds are often pretty. Browns are not particularly pretty (and this is not.) American reds are usually hoppy and Browns focus on the malt.
Rogue's hazelnut rendition would be a good model to adjust Rustic Road's recipe.

I like what Rustic Road is doing, helping give a new life to a reduced downtown. They are a young brewer (a 4th anniversary brew is on the menu) and have a limited kitchen. They are making a go of it and I hope to try some more of their offerings, but not Hazelnut Harvest again... until they work on making the flavoring less artificial.

 880 characters

Photo of lrend13
4.09/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazelnut Harvest from Rustic Road Brewing Company
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 15 ratings