Harvest Ale
Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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IPA - American
3.76 | pDev: 12.5%
Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
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OKCNittany from Oklahoma

3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Taken from several years old notes.

A: 1/4" off white head that fell to light lacing. Clear copper body.

S: Toasted bread, caramel, and bitter hops.

T: Big bitter hop bite, toasty & pale malts with a hint of caramel all wilt under an onslaught of bitter hops. Not much other character to the hops though.

M: Medium-light body, fairly aggressive carbonation. Bitter, lasting finish.

O: Hugely bitter, which normally I like, but here, there's just not enough else happening. Just ok.

Dec 07, 2013
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Thickfreakness from New York

3.13/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- Brilliant clear fall harvest orange hue. Nice white head that fades rather quickly and leaves a ton of spider-web lacing all over the glass.

S- Fruity citrus and pine! More sweet maltiness than I would expect from an IPA. Picking up the yeasty notes underneath the grapefruit, orange peel and wet hay.

T- Very bitter! Lots of tropical citrus and piney hop punch. Nice underlying hints of sweet malts. Caramel, licorice, bitter tangerine peel, lemons, and pine sap.

M- Very bitter on the tongue. It almost strips away everything else. Very little maltiness lies underneath. Not very well balanced.

O- Worth trying once, but I probably wouldn't seek this one out again. The citrus doesn't pop enough, and the malts don't carry thru very well.

Mar 09, 2012
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devinoconnor from New Jersey

3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another nice brew from Weyerbacher and a great take on a harvest ale with this IPA.

Pours an an amber brown color with a nice foamy head from the bottle. Smell is sweet... caramel mixed with hops and little malt.

Taste is really sweet and hoppy. The wet hops dominate, with sugar and orange.

Nice IPA. Worth a try.

Feb 05, 2012
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jsprain1 from Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Orange-copper with a thin off-white head that lasts decently well.
S- The aroma is citrus hop, but it's kinda muddled. Orange and some pine.
T- The malt is more assertive than the aroma indicated. Fairl sweet cookie like flavor with an orange juice like flavor as well
M- Medium body with assertive carbonation. There is a funny texture in the finish though.
O- Eh, it's an ok fresh hop beer but I wasn't wowed by it. I'll probably pass in the future.

Feb 04, 2012
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Smakawhat from Maryland

3.62/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass. No bottling date or expiry date mentioned.

Holy friggin suds batman! GUSHING head forming off the pour, I am talking ridiculous here. So as I wait for this head to settle down which seems to be occuring, I witness and off white head, LARGE, foamy, lots of retention, a bit overkilled sitting on what looks like a cloudy orange amber body. For an IPA not impressed with this, but if you are willing to wait, everything eventually settles.

Nose has a mushy hop fruit character. Not a distinct fruit angle, but citrus, also a little faint baby asprin. It's still smells fairly alright though, and does feel like a solid IPA is perhaps coming.

Taste is, relatively solid. A muted hop presence, and balanced malt action. Not particularly aggressive, but I like this muted sweetness which isn't cloying. Mouthfeel hits all the right notes without any stickiness. Mild malt backbone. I am comfortable, but also not really, intrigued if I could use that word.

Overall, with so many IPAs out there which are fantastic, this is a hard style to really break out and just go off the charts. This is a solid brew and enjoyable but with so many better IPAs out there it's forgettable. Weyerbacher still makes many some other beers that I do enjoy. This I'll probably pass on.

Feb 03, 2012
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rlee1390 from Indiana

3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Clear amber orange, two finger head that leaves behind lacing.

S-Earthy hops. Mainly just hops. But good smelling hops.

T-Earthy, ends with bitterness, some burnt tones.

M-Medium bodied, little carbonation, thick and resinous.

O-A little late in the season, but I figured it was the tail end of still good. Would gladly try again next year fresh.

Dec 09, 2011
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qthompso from Oregon

3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a Spiegelau tulip.

Nice copper appearance with thin off-white head that dissipated pretty quickly leaving just a little bit of lacing.

Up front there is a lot more spice and malt than I would've expected for a fresh hop ale. I do realize that this isn't the freshest bottle around at this point but I would've expected a little more punch in the aroma. Citrus is trying to get through.

Much like the nose, this doesn't strike me as an IPA, especially not what I associate with fresh hopped ales. There is a pretty noticeable bitterness but I don't pick up on much of the citrus or resin that I would expect.

Mouthfeel is pretty thick and dry. The carbonation is decent and the bitterness certainly lingers on the tongue for a while.

Overall definitely not one of my favorite harvest ales. Not a bad beer by any means but I was hoping for a more pronounced hop presence (or at least a little more subdued malt bill). The hop lend some bitterness but not enough flavor for me.

Nov 24, 2011
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Yoshiplace from Ohio

4.15/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light, slightly coppery color with a nice head. Minimal lacing here.

Smells very fresh and floral. Reminds me of Ithaca's Flower Power.

Tastes balanced and smooth; it's refreshing for a beer that is focused mostly on the hops.

Mouthfeel is fairly crisp with good carbonation, becoming a little thick as the beer warms up.

Overall, this is a relatively light, very tasty beer that's not as bold as your typical IPA. Probably great on tap.

Nov 20, 2011
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UnderPressure from South Carolina

3.26/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Nice copper color. Tan one finger head. 1/4 inch lingers.

Hop aroma is pretty weak. I expected way more in the aroma department. I'm actually getting a lot more malt than hops in the nose.

A nice, well rounded flavor. A little piney and floral. Nice bitterness. A nice fresh green (in a good way) aftertaste.

Thick mouthfeel. Maybe a little too thick. There's a slightly dry finish which adds a light crispness. But the body is a little too heavy for this style.

I'm a sucker for seasonals, harvest ales, etc. Some are great, some fall short. This one was somewhere in the middle.

Nov 19, 2011
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tone77 from Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a bronze color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is dominated by hops. Taste is big on hops, significant bitterness throughout, some notes of citrus. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a pretty good beer.

Nov 05, 2011
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MONKandTUCK from Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

There's some hate on here for this one. I don't wanna contend with anyone else's review, but this beer is definitely worth a try. It's a little too big and rugged to be a Pale Ale, but it doesn't really contend with the more experienced (read: spoiled) beer drinker's conception of an IPA.

A - I pours a clear, rich copper. It carries good head-retention. The clarity and head-retention set this one apart!

A - At first I get a gush of Cascades mixed with something else, then the aroma subsides. For many the aroma is probably too pedestrian to begin with. Again, everyone's owed their opinion, but Weyerbacher used only the home-grown harvest. I can't dock this beer points for being limited in its varietals. However, I do miss the aroma later on. It should be far more present... especially in a low ABV beer.

T - The hops come through better here. Beyond the Cascade blend of citrus and pine, there a lot of herbal notes. I get the sensation of Simcoe, or even some Chinook and N. Brewer. It's not offensive, but it lets you know it's there.

The malt character is rich. There's a touch of caramel to round things out, which I'm thankful for since the spicy bittering finish is very pronounced... with a low ABV IPA it has to be, or else it's just wimpy.

M - This beer drank fuller than it actually is, and the malt held up to the hops. The finish was sufficiently dry.

O - This is a very drinkable IPA. I like the approachability mingled with edgeyness. I wish it were a bit more floral and the hop varietals more interesting. It's nothing to track-down, but if you come across it, don't pass it up... in fact, go ahead and grab a couple!

Nov 05, 2011
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Arithmeticus from Maryland

4.11/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured chilled in flared glass

A: 2-finger head; medium carbonation; clear copper color; great lacing
S: very malty aroma; no hops detected
T: what's missing in the nose is made up in the tongue; very nice freshly hopped flavor; classic IPA but not too bitter

This IPA goes down very smoothly

Nov 02, 2011
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rajendra82 from Georgia

4.12/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The burnt orange colored body was clear, and the head was one to two finger thick. The aroma was very hoppy, with grassy and herbal tones typical of fresh cones. The taste was less bitter than the aroma suggested, and had a tangy sweetness which reminded me somewhat of Smarties candy (US version). The finish was earthy and herbal, and the body medium thick. This was a very refreshing beer for me.

Nov 02, 2011
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Immortale25 from North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Corona Extra pint glass. No letters or numbers on the bottle or label to indicate a freshness/bottled-on date.

A- Pours a medium amber color with an 1/8 inch head that lessens to a surface mostly covered with foam. Not too much lacing.

S- A good amount of hoppiness but not very dank like you would expect a "fresh hop" beer to be.

T- The taste comes through a bit more solid. Good bitterness brought on by earthy hops that, yes, do taste fresh. Doesn't linger very long though, which isn't a problem necessarily. Slight metallic taste upfront but the hops do a good job of slighting it when it gets to be too much. A decent malt backbone is present bringing balance to the brew.

M- Medium carbonation goes well with the prickly feel of the hops. The spiciness of the hops brings a slight burn along with the alcohol.

O- I've had better beers claiming to have fresh homegrown hops but this ain't bad.

Nov 02, 2011
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Keffa from Ohio

3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Live review.

12oz bottle given to me by schwaeh and poured into my Duvel tulip. Thanks Steve, I owe you one... Well, a couple.

Bottle date of... something or another, something or another, 2011. Terrible place to put bottle dating, Weyerbacher.

A: Pours a nice orange-ish amber color, nice 2 finger, off-white head settles into a thin cap, leaves some spotty lacing that sticks around and doesn't want to let go. More lacing after every sip. Not bad.

S: Odd. What is it I'm smelling? A hop, I'd think, but one I'm not familiar with yet. Spicy, earthiness up front, with a small whiff of orange citrus and slight caramel sweetness. Nice overall aroma, but damn, it's just... odd.

T: Okay, this is better. Starts off a spicy, bitter hop, then slightly piney, grassy and floral, then switches to a subdued sweetness and slightly toasted note, and then goes back to a citric, bitter hop. Alcohol? Where? 6.2%? Hmm... Could have fooled me. Finishes slightly oily, slightly bitter, and very cleanly.

M: Oily, decent body, and nice carbonation doesn't get in the way. Sticks around the palate well.

O: Damn, surprisingly good. I think this is only my... 3rd beer from Weyerbacher, I think, and it's a damn good one. I'd gladly buy this one again. I would have passed straight over it since I haven't had anything from them that wowed me before this, but this one has me rethinking that. Good job from Weyerbacher.

Oct 25, 2011
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zeledonia from Washington

2.27/5  rDev -39.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This might be my last wet hop beer of the fall, unless I happen to grab a few more cans of Surly Wet. No bottle date, sadly.

Smell: this is an IPA? Really? I was so skeptical I actually went and checked the Weyerbacher website. I pick up almost no hops at all in the smell. There's a soapy smell, bready malts, and some caramel malts that bring a bit of brown sugar. And way back there, hiding behind everything else, is a hint of grassy hops.

Taste is bland bland bland. Some pale grainy malt. An unpleasant chalky bitterness comes in half-way through. That's about the only sign of the hops here, though. It tastes like an English Bitter, maybe. But very low bitterness, and no other sign of hops at all. WTF?

Mouthfeel is okay, I suppose. Medium-light body, fairly thin, none of the IPA stickiness I look for. Moderate carbonation. Finish is watery.

I'm still confused. What is this beer? I guess I shouldn't be too surprised - Weyerbacher beers are often malt bombs (see Blithering Idiot). But this is supposed to be a freaking wet hop IPA? Where did you hide the hops? Cause I sure can't find them in this beer. Disappointing. If I'm reviewing to style, this is the worst IPA I've had. The only thing saving it from a lower rating is that it doesn't actually taste bad (just not good).

Oct 24, 2011
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nrbw23 from Ohio

3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a slighty hazy amber color with a white head. Head becomes a thin layer on top of the brew and leaves some very spotty lacing.

S- Smells of a nice fresh hop scent. Mainly a tropical fruit smell to it. A nice amount of malts here too.

T- Taste is pretty solid. A nice amount of hop bitterness. A touch of sweetness from the malts, but mainly its all hops.

M- Medium in body and lighter side of medium in carbonation.

O- I like this one. Its pretty solid and its easy to drink.

Oct 22, 2011
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Rhettroactive from Pennsylvania

2.31/5  rDev -38.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

From 12oz bottle to Bruges hybrid glass on 9/28/11
*From notes

A: Clean and dark sappy amber. A two finger head is the product of a good pour. Mediocre lacing and retention.

S: Olde timey hops and bread. Really bready, in fact.

T: A bit of pumpernickel and bitter hops. No juiciness or tropical notes here. The breadiness is present all over the palate too. Really? We're calling this a "Harvest IPA?"

M: Meh, it's ok. It's not that it feels improper, it just feels ok at best.

O: Weyerbacher's Harvest Ale is more then the biggest fresh harvest disappointment I've come across, it's disappointing in just about every facet. What's the purpose of this beer if not to show off the harvest's best, juicy hops? Either the brewery got screwed, or they're screwing the consumer. I'd pass if I were you.

Oct 17, 2011
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BirdsandHops from Oregon

2.9/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a clear, copper-orange with two fingers of off-white head that recedes into a thin layer with good lacing.

S: Sweet citrus notes of orange and pineapple at first followed by some grapefruit notes as well. Grassy hop aromas bring up the earthy finish.

T: Grapefruit up front followed by a strong kick of piny hop flavors. There are some grassy notes in there as well, giving it an overall earthy flavor. The finish has a fairly strong bitterness as well as some metallic flavors.

M: Medium body and carbonation, this beer is a bit oily feeling with the strong bitterness.

O: This beer looks and smells good, but lets down on the flavor. The strong bitterness and metallic aftertaste are not appealing.

Oct 16, 2011
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Viciousknishs from Virginia

3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- pours a rich deep amber color. Fluffy pillow of creamy looking off white sits atop the brew. Killer head retention.

S- biscuity slight toasted pale malt aromas create a great foundation. Floral, woody and orange citrus hop aromas sing with a fresh hop organic character. Some spiciness on the finish.

T- dry pale malt flavor with the slightest hint of sweetness. Balanced floral zesty hop flavors with an orange peel citrus note mingle in the middle with a nice crisp hop bitterness. Finishes with some spiciness and leafy hop flavor that continues into the aftertaste.

MF- even slick mouthfeel with a light medium body and bubbly average carbonation.

D- very drinkable.

Overall a solid very refreshing fresh hop ale!

Oct 14, 2011
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bierbrauer from Wisconsin

3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled date 09/06/11, best before date 12/06/11, on neck.

A: Poured into a tulip glass. Clear, amber with 3/4" off-white head that leaves evenly dispersed lacing.

S: Pleasant sweet grass, with pine hops.

T: Fresh & piney, with muted fruit overtones. Sweetness, followed by a fair amount of lingering bitterness.

M: Medium-bodied & smooth, with moderate carbonation.

O: Aroma and flavors seem tightly centered, without a wide range of complexity. A good, fresh, balanced ale that is a pleasure to drink.

Oct 10, 2011
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TappaKeggaBrew from Virginia

3.62/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Amber brown, with 1-1/2 fingers of head with good retention.

S: Fresh-baked bread is the first thing that comes to mind. There's a hint of malt and hops in the background, no discernible spices.

T: A little malty, but bitter hops is the dominating flavor. Actually, it's not a good balance.

M: Crisp, good carbonation, and refreshing.

O: The overpowering hops isn't well balanced, so this is not a winner for me. Still, not bad, and I finished it easily.

Oct 09, 2011
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Rifugium from North Dakota

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: sample at Weyerbacher, Easton, PA; full glass on tap at Leaf, Easton, PA

Poured a clear copper-orange, with a small cap of white head that didn't linger too long, but left a bit of soapy lacing. Aroma of pale malts, nutty, with a crisp hoppiness coming through. Though the sample at the brewery was a bit more subdued, the taste, was quite hoppy and fresh, leafy and citrusy, with bitter twangs, laid on a solid caramel base, with a touch of spice. Medium-bodied, crisp and clean, and quite drinkable, but perhaps a bit misleading: for a beer called "Harvest Ale," you'd expect more of a märzen or even a brown ale, instead of a hoppy ale. Still good though.

Oct 09, 2011
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ShemRahBoo from New Jersey

3.76/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured with an ample head. Color is a nice copper red color and crystal clear. Darker then most IPAs. Head has good retention and sufficient lacing as i sip the beer. The aroma reminded me of orange HI-C (juiceboxes from younger days) right away. Very fresh orange citrus aromas. Tangerine scents as well. Hidden in the aroma is a little nut and grain. Nice flavorful hop blast with smooth lingering bitterness. The malt plays a role and balances this fine. I'd put this in that APA/IPA realm, not that that's a bad thing. A lot of citrus up front and more pine then the nose would suggest. Very fresh wet hop flavor, but certainly not over the top. Nice maltiness and a touch of sweetness end with a nice touch. I thought the taste was great overall, but the hops are a little too restrained. Good carbonation and creamy smooth. Overall, this is a solid beer and I'm glad I picked it up (priced well too at 7.99 a 4-pack). I wouldn't expect an IPA, or atleast a typical one. This is a well balanced fresh wet hop ale, with more malt presence then a typical IPA. This suits the fall quite well actually.

Oct 07, 2011
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57md from Pennsylvania

3.71/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured light orange with well over a finger of head. The smell is spectacular - fresh citrus, pine nuts and hops. Considering the over-the-top good nose, I expected the taste to be similar. Unfortunately, both hop and malt flavors were a bit muted in this offering. In fact, I was surprised to see it classified as an IPA both here and at the brewer's website - my guess upon tasting it was that it was a solid West Coast style APA.

Either way, this was a decent offering, but I tend to expect Weyerbacher beers to error on the side of excess rather than on the (small-c) conservative side. Most hop-heads will prefer their Double Simcoe without a doubt.

Oct 02, 2011
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