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)
Very Good
Harvest AleHarvest Ale
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Reviews by ejimhof:
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ejimhof from Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -20.2%

Sep 07, 2013
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WesWes from New York

4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a nice dark gold/amber color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a solid malt scent of pale and Carapils malts along with a fresh hop bouquet. It's a mild hop nose, but pleasant nonetheless. The taste is good as well. It has a smooth, pale malt flavor with just a hair of Carapils for body. The hops are really tastey. I love fresh hopped beers. They're never overly hoppy, but the freshness is well recieved. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good drinker. Kudos to the folks of Weyerbacher for the freshly grown hops. They taste delicious.

Dec 04, 2009
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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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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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jdl55 from Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Jan 31, 2012
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akorsak from Pennsylvania

3.43/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A 12 oz bottle picked up at Al's of Hampden.

A: The harvest ale is a murky, cloudy copper color, still translucent but trying hard not to be. The ale has a rampant head, threatening to overflow out of my glass. As it is, the ale leaves a cobweb of lace around the mouth.

S: The hop aroma stands out, with a fresh vegetal hop smell adding a leafy presence. Caramel malts hang around too.

T: The leafiness of the hops is gone, replaced by a citrusy body. The hops seem bigger at time, fuller with a flavor that lacks the unique twist that fresh hops provide. Caramel and pale malts, toasted bread, are a good fit with the hops. The IPA packs a nice hoppy punch but it never seems like a freshly hopped one.

M: The mouthfeel is hop-centric, improving slightly over time. Generally, though, it is smooth with a soft finish that takes the edge off of the thick hops.

D: I don't really get this harvest ale, too bad because I like most other Weyerbacher brews.

Jan 09, 2010
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projhex from California

4/5  rDev +6.4%

Nov 15, 2011
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merlin48 from Kentucky

4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle pours a clear amber body with a tall almond hued head that hangs around for awhile. Enormous sticky lacing.

Aroma is citrusy and grassy hops, with an assertive toasty caramel malt underpinning.

Medium body and carbonation is accented by an earthy and oily hops presence.

Taste has an earthy and leafy hop bitterness. Caramel malt sweetness struggles to balance, but loses. Earthy and leafy hop bitterness lasts into the finish and aftertaste.

A solid American IPA, certainly one of the more bitter ones.

Oct 18, 2009
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Hophead717 from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +6.4%

Dec 11, 2011
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BuckeyeNation from Iowa

3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Out-of-focus apricot with bright tangerine borders. A fairly standard pour produced a thick chunk of buff colored foam that has quite a bit of character as it shrinks. Abstract patterns of sea foam lace look good as well... and are impressively extensive in the end.

The aroma has almost certainly lost some of its fresh hop mojo in the 3+ months since the release. This is still an enjoyable sniffer that features musky-citrusy Cascade hops and a generous amount of toasted bread-like maltiness.

Harvest Ale still has a lot going for it and is still worth a purchase for any craft beer lover looking to get an alpha acid fix. What I presume was a sunshine bright, lupulin-drenched hoppiness initially has faded to some extent, but there's still lots of flavor and plenty of biting bitterness.

The malt bill includes pale, Munich, crystal and wheat. The end result (toasted, caramel-like and slightly nutty) makes a fine canvas for the sharper, more well-defined brushstrokes of the hops. The grapefruit citrusiness of Cascade is front and center, as is that dank, ganja-like quality that that hop is known for.

Despite being a few barley kernals short of the style average, the mouthfeel is all kinds of enjoyable. It's supremely smooth, is lightly creamy, and makes drinking quickly as easy as falling off a log. The bubbles are both soft and energetic, which is a great combination.

There is no doubt in my mind that Harvest Ale would have earned the next highest flavor score back in September. There's still a great deal here for hopheads to love, but I would suggest drinking any bottles in your possession before too much longer. Weyerbacher continues to impress.

Dec 30, 2009
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MsRif from Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Dec 24, 2011
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Sammy from Canada (ON)

3.77/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A hitchiker, I think from Hopdog. Very pleasant citrus hop, very drinkable. Regular lightyellow with creamy head, a tad lacey. Fresh hoppy aroma. Good underated carbonation, average mouthfeel. This could become a favourite.An orange, honey aftertaste.

Oct 24, 2008
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discdueler from North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

Mar 17, 2012
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ppoitras from Massachusetts

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

12oz bottle purchased as a single at Julio's, Westboro, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/4" beige head over the slightly cludy orangey amber brew. Head holds on ok, with average lacing. Aroma is citrusy and earthy hops. Taste is sweet upfront, tangerine in the middle, with an earthy hops close and moderate bitterness. Mouthfeel is smooth, and drinkability is pretty good.

Dec 25, 2009
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rwilde from Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Apr 08, 2012
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smcolw from Massachusetts

4.47/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The head starts two-finger thick. Slightly hazy, dark amber color. Very delicate Belgian-style lace left on the glass

An excellent blend of pale and crystal malts with a notable floral hop bouquet--very inviting.

Nice malt start which is quickly covered with a biting hop bitterness, like a true IPA. The aftertaste is different in that it starts with a crystal malt (British Bitter flavor) sweetness at the swallow. The remainder of the aftertaste is sharp, bittering hop. Very complex. Great body--similar to whole milk with an average level of carbonation. This is a special beer--I'm placing it in my top IPA's.

Nov 28, 2009
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UNCCTDawg from North Carolina

5/5  rDev +33%

Nov 30, 2011
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Varkias41 from New Jersey

4/5  rDev +6.4%

Jul 18, 2013
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cmiley123 from Ohio

5/5  rDev +33%

Dec 30, 2011
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ohtheguilt from Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Jan 04, 2012
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brentk56 from North Carolina

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

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy amber color with a rocky, three-finger head that leaves a few dots and dashes on the sides of the pint glass

Smell: Malt forward, with a nutty, graham cracker character and some pithy hops as well

Taste: Opens with a graham cracker malt flavor that is joined, mid-palate, by the pithy, leafy hops; after the swallow, the bitter hops continue to complement the malty flavors but this is more in the balanced category than a hop bomb

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Though I should have consumed this one fresh, it is still very quaffable

Apr 11, 2010
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strykn42 from New Jersey

2.5/5  rDev -33.5%

Jan 25, 2012
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racer2k from Massachusetts

3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured bottle(s) into a 20oz. glass

A: Dark orange color with a two finger cake batter colored head and moderate carbonation on the pour. Very nice lacing is developing around the rim of my glass.

S: Fresh grassy hop smell with some rich malty flavors and a hint of fruity sweetness as well. You have to love that fresh hop smell. Not overpowered by the hop aroma but they are fresh!

T: A nice wet hop ale indeed. This starts with a moderately bitter fresh hop taste on the front end with a moderate malty dry finish. Lots of earthy, grassy and lemony overtones of flavor in this beer. this beer does not bring a high powered bitter hop flavor but more of a subtle balanced fresh hop taste.

M: Moderate carbonation, and a dry bitter back end to the swallow. Nice fruity hop presence.

D: Nice fresh hop beer that can be offered as a nice session drinking beer for the fall months. I like it!

Nov 25, 2009
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4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

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Mar 06, 2012
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DrJay from Texas

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

Hazy orange with a dense, off-white cap, longlasting and about one finger thickness. Chunky lacing. Citrus and fruit in the aroma, light pineapple character, grassy hops, biscuit malt sweetness. Solid bitterness with soft edges of pine and citrus hops, grassy notes and orange zest. Malt sweetness was present, but definitely in the background. Lingering bitterness and hop character with slight alcohol. A little slick on the palate, medium bodied with creamy carbonation, a little bit crisp in the finish. Good balance with plenty of hop flavour, but without the harsh edges you sometimes find in hopbombs.

Oct 10, 2008
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