Harvest Ale | Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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Harvest AleHarvest Ale

Brewed by:
Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by ClockworkOrange on 09-16-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 205 | Ratings: 278
Photo of craigowens
4.72/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

My favorite Weyerbachers are the Quad and the Double Simcoe, but I was surprised to find this is right up there with them. As a big IPA guy and generally not to keen on the harvest beers, I didn't expect too much, but I jumped on it because of the local hops usage. I am not disappointed. Found it to be more IPA and less harvest. Superb smell and mouthfeel. Its got a moderate IPA kind of taste, but a refreshingly light feel to it - leaving me a little less guilty than usual. Hint of citrus, subtle malt, well balanced overall. Completely enjoyed this beer.

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Photo of sjohansen
4.58/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wet hopped with hops grown by Weyerbacher. I felt extremely lucky to stop by the brewery a couple weeks after the release of this Harvest Ale, and still see a handful to pick up.

Pours a medium amber color. Looks opaque and thick. Very difficult to see any carbonation, except close to the top of the glass where the bubbles finally appear. They drift into a fluffy two finger head. Slightly off-white with great stick. Stick throughout the session that would make any beer jealous. Looks every part a hop head's wet hopped dream. (hehe)

Stinks of hops. Wonderful, wonderful hops. Sticky, spicy, earthy hops. There are hints of sweet bread as well that grow as the beer warms.

Taste is bittersweet. The greatest thing about this beer is the balance. There is a definite bite from the hops, but there is a very sweet character as well that keeps it in check. It reminds me of the ying/yang that Bell's and Troegs have brought to some much sought after hoppy brews.

Mouthfeel is oily and sticky. Medium to heavy body, there were definitely a couple sips where I felt like I was chewing on the brew. Low carbonation with a wet finish.

There's some great videos and information about the Weyerbacher hop project (for lack of a better term) online. It's not only great that Dan and Sue took a step to grow hops, but the IPA is fantastic.

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Photo of Dougal
4.53/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a very excellent ipa with slightly softer flavors than a sierra nevada pale ale but similar in taste. a more of a butterscotch aftertaste than other pale ales. the hops are there and flavorful but not overly pungent, it is slightly dry but not overly dry as another reviewer noted. drinkablity is high due to its very balanced flavor and refreshing taste

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Photo of Stunner97
4.5/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Appearance- Very dark and murky brown, nice white head, fades and leaves nice looking lace along the top layer, nice amber red color,

Smell- yeasty and malts and then nice citrus hops are nice in smell, not overwhelming but nice hoppy smell, nice mix of malts and hops

Taste- nice hop flavor, slight yeast and malt, very nice balanced beer with a lingering malt finish, its actually very enjoyable to me inflavor, nice lingering hop finish but not over powering so keeps it very enjoyable

Mouthfeel- creamy and soft but a little light at times for the style

Drinkability- Incredibly drinkable a great session harvest ale, I could drink this all nite because its not over the top hoppy and maintains a beautiful balance of hops and malts, very enjoyable finish,

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Photo of smcolw
4.47/5  rDev +19.8%
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.

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Photo of gosurfobx
4.47/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cracked open and poured into a pint glass. Pours a dark golden color, slightly hazy with a large frothy head. After a few minutes the head settles down to a 2.5 finger size with some nice lacing on the glass. Awesome nose. Smells of grassy hops with some slight citrus. First sip, the hops are at the forefront here. Plesent hop taste without outright bitterness. There is a slight hint of sweetness a first that quickly gives way to the delicate hoppy backbone of the beer. Half way thru the beer the flavor profiles are pretty much the same. I can't quite ID the hops that were used in brewing, guess I need to expand my hop palate. The mouth of the beer is nice and heavy with good carbination. I think this a great beer, very enjoyable. Gonna stock pile some of this next time I go to the store.

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Photo of schoolboy
4.47/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What a totally interesting beer. From Weyerbacher this is not a surprise, but a nice reassurance. One of the things I like about tasting beers is trying unique things, but this one is big reward.

The aroma is like no other. As the label says, fresh. Like a bag of grass clippings. It works.

The taste is fresh and light, considering. Very American IPA, but it's strong yet does not taste very strong. You could try to drink a bunch of these and even enjoy the taste, but eventually it will catch up with you.

Great, unique brew.

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Photo of Risser09
4.47/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a pilsner - fridge - 2009

Appearance: Pours a copper orange and yellow with slow moving carbonation. The head almost spills over the rim of the glass. It is light tan in color, shows great retention, and tentacles of spongy lace remain.

Smell: Flowery, herbal hop aromas of dandelion, lemon and orange. Cut grass is another distinguishable hop aroma. Sweet pale malt underlies all of that.

Taste: Malty at first, with sweetness of caramel and barley. Bitter orange and grapefruit take hold of the flavor with a balanced sweetness for all of that citrus. Excellent.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, plenty of active carbonation and enough sweetness to count it out. Smooth drinking with a bitter and somewhat boozy crescendo.

Drinkability: A great drinker for the harvest season. More breweries need to accomplish the feet of harvesting their own hops. Kudos!

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Photo of dudemuskie
4.33/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into hotel rocks glass (its all I had!).

Appearance- Pours a brilliant, deep orange with a light beige head that quickly fades to a soapy ring. Some light lacing.

Aroma- Spicy and pungent with notes of pine and delicate floral hops front and center. Notes of fresh cut grass and bright lemony citrus. Pale maltiness well beneath the hop wallup with a kiss of burnt sugar.

Flavor- Sticky, slightly spicy hops start and open up into an assertively bitter middle. Very pleasant and delicate floral/fresh herbal notes mingle nicely with a faintly sweet, cracker-like maltiness through the finish. Very light burnt sugar/dark caramel note in aftertaste. Lots o' hops, but not in anyway overwhelming. Quite enjoyable!

Mouthfeel- Slightly pungent stickiness from fresh hops. Refreshing- light to medium bodied, low to moderate CO2. Subtle malt balance with bright hops. Very drinkable!

Overall- Very nice fresh hop ale! Subtle malt lets the hop flavors and aromas shine through, but is just enough to balance everything out. Refreshing and not overwhelmingly resinous or punch you in the mouth hoppy. Very high drinkability makes me wish they sold this in 6ers...

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Photo of timtim
4.32/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

i'm all about the local ingredient thing. we're putting teroir in beer and i like it. weyerbacher gets huge bonus points for the concept here. also love how they only gave it a shelf life of two or three months. typical solid aipa. actually kind of reminds me of how they used to taste in the early 90's. simple. hops (piney and citrusy), but not tons, ride on a fairly bready, mildly toasty malt backbone that carries just a touch of sweetness. good, simple, quality beer raising the bar for craft brewers everywhere. grow hops. brew beer.

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Photo of OStrungT
4.3/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a slightly hazy yellowish golden color, with a slightly yellow tinted white head. The head fades slwoly, leaving a pretty good lacing.

This beer has a nice floral hop aroma. It smells slightly citrusy. There is a slightly sweet, bready malt aroma as well.

This beer tastes muck like it smells. Some floral and citrusy hops mix in with a slight piney flavor. Some bready malt flavor is also present.

This beer is crisp and refreshing. It leaves a floral aftertaste. It is carbonated just right for the style.

This beer would probably make a good session beer. It is low enough in alcohol, and it is mild tasting.

Overall: Thanks to DrJay for this great beer. I really liked this one. A well rounded fresh hopped ale.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.3/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle date is 8/30/11 less than two weeks old. Sweet.

A - A nice amber brown, clear in color with a inch and a half of head that has very sticky lacing indeed.

S - Not too much "in your face" hops but it's there with an orange or citrus type of hop zest. Mostly bready sweet malts.

T - A very smooth offering indeed. I get an aggressive bit of hops which is balanced with a bread like gram cracker malt. Hops are fresh and zesty and linger on the palate seconds after sipping but like I said very balanced with the malts. Tasty.

M - Bitterness does make it more of a medium bodied offering but it drinks very well.

Overall it drinks very well for a "fresh hop" ale and I could see getting it again next time I see it. Hopefully mix and match or case prices will be affordable.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.3/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a dark golden brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of floral hops, caramelized malts and fruity citrus.

T: The taste starts out with a strong burst of piney hops bitterness that is quickly followed by mildly sweet flavors of citrus and caramel. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and brings a very good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, decent kick, very good representation of style, this is a very solid IPA that is worth drinking for a whole evening.

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Photo of regspeir
4.3/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Orange/Copper color, good white head with a lasting lacing. Smell is earthy and Citrus. Taste follows what you would expect. A cool, crisp appealing taste and mouthfeel, cut with sweet floral undertones. Definitely malt with some caramel and a dry, bitter hop after-taste. Good carbonation. VERY fresh taste and a VERY sessionable beer.

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Photo of HopDerek
4.3/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear amber with 2 fingers of frothy eggshell colored head. Good retention yields nice sticky clumps of lacing. Smells of biscuit, fresh cut grass, light caramel, and some citrus fruits. Tastes of grapefruit and crisp peaches up front followed by caramel, biscuit, honey, and lightly toasted grain. Finishes with fresh grass and pine bitterness. Medium to medium light in body with good carbonation. Nice and bitter but balanced with sweetness. Smooth with a dry bitter finish. Very easy to drink with a solid hop presence but not overdoing it. A good harvest ale best enjoyed fresh.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
4.3/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very hazy shade of orange, topped by a billowing three fingers plus of off-white foam.

Bright citrus aromas of orange and grapefruit.

Sweet light malt starts down the center of the tongue. Fruity and big time bitter hops build along the sides and then engulf all solidly before the swallow. Fruity finish with a slightly bitter bite.

Good solid medium mouthfeel. Good drinkability.

A solid addition to the lists of fresh hop beers.

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Photo of TheFightfan1
4.28/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear copper color with a beautiful looking white frothy heading. Soapy lacey rings all down the glass after each sip.

Smell is sweet and malty. Toffee aroma is dominant with a sour dough and somewhat sugary aroma.Very little floral aroma.

Taste has caught me off guard but in a good way. Burnt caramel stands out on the palate first. The rich maltiness stands alone for a little while as the bitter hop taste slowly arrives at the show.

Mouth is medium bodied slightly undercarbonated not as fizzy as one would expect but still a decent palate.

This one did catch me by surprise. To me this is very underrated on BA.

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Photo of glennl
4.28/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle. Lots of bubbling up into a nice thick head that left good lacing as I drank it down. Nice balance, grassy hops with only a hint of citrus. The bitter finish lingers in a good way with definite hints of bread or biscuit as previously noted. Very dinkable. Weyerbacher is less than 5 miles from my house, good to know local hops make such a nice beer!

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Photo of Gavage
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: clear orange in color with a big fluffy 3" head with big bubbles. Moderate lacing develops during the session.

Smell: big floral hop bitterness and orange citrus easily rise from the glass.

Taste: caramel, oranges, ripe apples, and a hearty bitterness makes up a flavorful beer.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Crisp throughout with some dryness late. Aftertaste is long as the flavors linger a while.

Drinkability: goes down quickly and when the glass is empty you'll be looking for another. Worth seeking this out.

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Photo of BARFLYB
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On Tap at Earth Bread and Brewery.

A- Bright bronze with some very light hits of brown coming forth. I would like to say this is golden but it's not, a dark looking IPA here which is just fine by me. A nice head and sudsy lace patterns, score.

S- Picked straight off the farm these fresh wet hops are big in smell. Go local for wet hop beers is what I say. Big earthy hops with some pine and caramel with pale malt. This smells pretty damn good.

T- I was not a fan of this when Dan released it two years ago. I'll chalk it up to the brand new hop farm at Weyerbacher growing and taking shape. Now two years later I can say that it's growing nicely. Big earht taste with a small vegetal thing in the back but nothing like it was two years ago. Grass with caramel and malt richness, well balanced.

M- Approaching medium bodied but not very bitter, hell, this is not bitter at all, but it is tasty. It's full feeling kinda syrupy but insanely smooth. Feels a bit thicker than an average IPA wet or dry hopped. It is a Weyerbacher and their bodies seem to always push a bit higher than most for most styles.

D- 20oz of this went down without a hitch and I contemplated getting more and now that I think about it, I should of. Great stuff. Glad to see Weyerbacher wet hops finally coming into their own.

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Photo of gdfan47
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

really smooth

the hops are on the nose

i have had other beers like this, but i like it

def special and a bit of a head

reminds me a little of troges hopback, but more hops on the nose and on the tounge

goes down very smooth, i will def reach for this again

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Photo of tattooedtolley
4.24/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: deep copper/orange in color, off white head stuck around a while.

Aroma: Big fresh hop aroma, very obvious its a harvest ale. I love this smell.

Taste: Big hop punch with a good amount of bitterness to follow. The malt backbone is there but its not nearly as strong as the color seemed to suggest, which I like, I don't particularly care for a lot of malt in my IPA/pale ale.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium in body, crisp.

Drinkability: Very sessionable I'd say.

Overall, I like it, better than many of the harvest ales I've had. This aroma is pretty stellar.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.23/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In a pint glass the beer was an amber color with a fairly thick ecru head. A nice bit of lacing. The aroma was mostly citrus, but also a bit floral. Taste predominately grapefruit, a little bit of pine. A good malt presence. Well-balanced and very enjoyable. Nice 4 pack.

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Photo of oneeye
4.23/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A fresh hopped beer poured into a pint glass.

A. Pours a honey amber with a sticky foamy head. A thick head with amber highlights. Sticky lace sticking and drying to the glass. Murky but well carbonated.

S. Not an overwhelming aroma but it smells good. The sweet smell of caramel malts and floral hops.

T. Weyerbacher Harvest Ale is one of the best Ales of it's style. A good mixture of citrusy and floral hops. Bitter grapefruit, peach, and orange citrusy hops. Grassy floral hops with a bitter finish. A strong sugary caramel malt backbone. A well balanced beer that tastes really good.

M. The mouthfeel is oily and smooth. Resinous and dry. A full bodied Ale thats a little syrypy.

D. Weyerbacher Harvest Ale tastes really good! I highly recommend this beer. Weyerbacher is a solid brewery. Every beer I try from their brewery is outstanding. This is a beer you could drink all night long.

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Photo of beerphan
4.23/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle -> pint
Harvest 2009 - case stamped: Best By 12/14/2009

Pours a light copper color tinged with orange. A thick bubbling white head sticks around till the end. Rings of thick lace, almost looks likes some fancy waitress lined the glass with sugar. Tiny persistent bubbles stream up the glass. Very nice looking beer from start to finish.

Nose: Pear, pine, earthy and herbal

Smooth creamy mouthfeel, crisp but not summery as it does retain some thickness. Starts sweet, but quickly becomes a hop lovers bomb. Herbal hop flavors, with some pine and pear flavors. Bitterness is stingy and in your face, but not offensive. The herbal hoppy flavors here are what I love about fresh harvest beers. Up there with the best Harvest beers i've had this year.

I like this one so much, its my pick for our case exchange in my beer club. Recommend trying soon, before the fresh hop flavors fade.

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