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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Ratings: 278 |  Reviews: 205
Photo of clickyourfingers
2/5  rDev -46.4%

Photo of zeledonia
2.27/5  rDev -39.1%
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).

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Photo of Rhettroactive
2.31/5  rDev -38.1%
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.

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Photo of cokes
2.39/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Slightly hazed golden bronze with a moderate off-white head that fades fairly quickly but leaves a good amount of lacing.
Honey and white bread are the primary players in the nose. Some mint extract oily bitterness and wet pine bark come in late. That "wet pine bark" is very close to "wet paper bag".
Doughy as it hits the mouth. It's regular white bread at first, then toasted white bread, and it seems a bit stale. Some sub-fruity traits materialize in the middle, apples and pears mostly, but are stopped short by an overbearing notion of soggy newspaper (with ink). Hops bring a brown leaf, mint oil, and lemon rind bitterness, but the associated flavor is low.
Medium-light bodied, decent, lasting carbonation. It's build isn't it's problem.
This is assuredly fresh (or at least as fresh as it gets here) having just arrived. The oxidized papery notes are a concern, but honestly, this whole thing is a mess.
I'm largely a fan of Weyerbacher, but this is embarrassingly amateurish.

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2.5/5  rDev -33%

Photo of PDXHops
2.51/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

On tap in a shaker pint. See-thru amber with a finger of head that reduces to a thin but dense creamy skim. Patches of spiderweb lacing are scattered about.

The delicate aromas of fresh hop beers generally aren't done justice by the crappy shaker pint, and this is no exception. Pleasant mix of light bready malt and gentle citrus.

Flavors are a mixed bag. The mildly sweet malt stays out of the way like it should and the bitterness is just fine, but the hop profile is not entirely to my liking. It starts with juicy citrus up front, turns tealike and the finally herbal in the finish, with a hint of something like plastic in there. Goes from "OK" to "huh?" in the span of a swallow.

Overall impression: Can't recommend this one.

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Photo of Daniellobo
2.52/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Either I'm too late, or this is an off batch, or this is simply a rather mediocre brew.

Presentation: 12 oz brown capped bottle. Simple label with an orange background, and an oval green seal illustrated with hops. It's nothing great but it's OK given some of the Weyerbacher designs. Brief two liner notes local and fresh nature of the hops used. Shows bottling and best by date? (083110 113110), and Alc. by Vol. (6.2%). Served in a tulip glass.

A - Pale amber pour with a generous head, fair retention and surface memory with some lacing.

S - A harvest ale can't taste like this, not offensive but it moves between non-existent and the faintest of aleish memories, what happened here?

T - Taste is quite off, with a metallic sense, malty base, and a raw but neither assertive nor particularly intriguing bitter sense. Let alone worth mentioning hops... Freshness of a hop profile? Not even the memory of it. Weird.

M - Medium to medium/light body, medium carbonation, fair sense under an off brew.

D - Difficult to have, there is little incentive with this range of off and non-existent flavors.

Notes: Uff, by far the worst Weyerbacher I've had to date, and they can do pretty spectacular things. Sure enough this was had close to two months after the bottling, albeit bought on the day it hit that local shelf... And it is a harvest ale and all, but, this bad? Uninspiring, and a point or two behind flat. And the same is going on with all the almost undrinkable bottles from this pack.

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Photo of sinstaineddemon
2.53/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A - pumpkin orange in color, with half a finger of tan head and moderate amounts of carbonation

S - hops dominate oif course, this may sound oxymoronic, but the hops have all their qualities and aroma, but not the power, the piney/grapefruit aroma is there and smells great, but they arent a punch in the face,a slightly sweet buttery diacetly note as well

T -decent hop profile up front, but the hops melt into a musty aspirin like bitterness, not at all what i expected

M&D - medium bodied, dry finish, but the bitterness is more medicinal than hoppy, not at all what i expected from Weyerbacher

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Photo of dedrinker
2.62/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Light amber color with an off-white head.

Aroma of diacetyl. I did not detect any hops at all here.

Flavor of diacetyl with the impression of a caramel maltiness. I did not taste any hops here either.

Medium bodied with a slight finish of hop bitterness.

For a wet hop ale this was a total failure. They should have called it a wet malt ale instead.

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Photo of micromaniac129
2.63/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Copper or deep golden with a decent foam head.
Low carbo's slight chill haze.
Aroma is malty and citrusy.
Taste is not very good. Alot of off flavors.
I didn't finish it. I had to pour it out, get it out of it's misery.
I really don't like to go below 3 in the review but this is just one bad beer.
Hopefully it was just the batch.

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Photo of jampics2
2.84/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A 12oz bottle, the store had it in the new releases so I'm assuming it's fresh. Into a pint glass, then most was dumped down the drain. Life is too short to drink beer I don't like.

Looks nice in the glass, then it's all downhill. Orange and hazy with a minimal white head and decent lace. A decent looking APA.

Where are the hops? Seriously, there's a hop on the label, did they stop there? Caramel, bready malt with a touch of perfume. More of an amber than a hoppy harvest APA. Weird.

Doughy, papery bread in the taste as well. This is horrible. It's a malt bomb. No green-ness due to the fresh hops. No citrus or perfume, just an earthy kick. Medium bitterness for an average duration. Just a total miss for me.

Body is medium and creamy due to below average carbonation. An abrupt finish where the sweetness drops off. Maybe next year this beer could be renamed the "hop*s* harvest". I think they only put one in this year. Check Founders Harvest Ale for a very superior take on what fresh hops should add to a beer. This is worse than my very first homebrew :(

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Photo of Deuane
2.86/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

On tap at The Batdorf, Annville, PA

A-Slighty hazy copper with a creamy, medium off white head that left nice lace.

S-For a harvest ale I am a bit disappointed--hints of sweet malt and earthy hops....Meh.

T-Sweet bready malt upfront with just a touch of floral/grassy hops. With using their own hops this may be due to the plants immaturity being able to produce yet. More malty than anything.

M-Medium-light bodied and rather bland.

D-I hope with another year under thier belt the Weyerbacher hops produce more alpha-acids for next years batch. This one left me unimpressed and disappointed. There wasn't any one thing bad with this but expecting a harvest ale with grassy/herbal goodness galore well...A bland beer that left me scrambling for a Stone IPA.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
2.88/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Golden-copper with a smattering of white froth. Looks like the beer they served on 'Cheers'.

S - Based on the smell, this is like high-end frat-house chugging brew.

T - It tastes like fantastic swill. What I mean to say is that it tastes like a great take on Yuengling or something. The idea that this is a fresh hop IPA is a bit hard-to-swallow, so to speak. It does not taste anything like an IPA, or any hop-centric style for that matter, it is more in the lager-y or marzen range. I feel like I should be drinking this out of a pitcher at a sports bar.

M - Again, like a better BMC.

D - I doubt I will go for this again, though it seems a phenomenal lawn mower brew.

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Photo of n2185
2.9/5  rDev -22.3%
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.

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Photo of iguenard
2.98/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Its been a while since I've sat down and reviewed beer formally. Bare with me.

Appearance: This beer pours a cloudy orange, remeniscent of apricot, with a beige, burnt cream colored head that rises nicely, yet falls very quickly with little to no lacing. Carbonation bubbles stream from the tulip glass bottom but do little to regenerate the foam on this one.

Smell: I served mine at 5'C, so its bouquet is rather limited, but bears notes of dried fruit, apricots, and tangerines. Light aromas of biscuit malt gives it a nice and firm malt backbone.

Taste: First to hit the palate is a fresh orange peel flavour, that slowly evades to leave the biscuit malt promised by its smell. Honest, well rooted and simple, it does little to promote the fresh locally grown hops it was brewed with. They take a backseat to the spice, and earthy malt that make up most of its flavour profile.

Mouthfeel: Cool, rather heavy and leaves a slick, acidic coat over the top of the tongue.

Overall: I feel I may have drunk this beyond its peak as its delicate hop aromas have all but evaporated. Still its a good quencher on this sunday afternoon, with enough residual sweetness to clear away a light lunch. Honest and earthy.

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Photo of tugg407
3/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of IdrinkGas
3/5  rDev -19.6%

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3/5  rDev -19.6%

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3/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of cpanossian
3/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a nice copper color with a modest head. Strong red licorice candy aroma that is similar to other Weyerbacher beers, like Merry Monk. As a matter of fact, if I tried both Merry Monk and this Harvest Ale in a blind taste test I might not be able to tell them apart. Other than the use of estate hops I'm not sure what the appeal is here. It's just an ok beer.

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3/5  rDev -19.6%

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3/5  rDev -19.6%

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3/5  rDev -19.6%

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3/5  rDev -19.6%

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3/5  rDev -19.6%

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