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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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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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 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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Photo of celeriac
3.04/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours beautifully, crystal clear copper with a lovely, dense creamy off-white head. Sticky lacing all along the sides of the pint glass.

The smell is rather offputting, seeming sickly sweet and full of caramel, and maybe a touch of light roast coffee, with the hop aroma barely perceptible. The disappointment continues into the taste, which is toffee-sweet and a bit cloying. A bit of rich malt for sure, but very subtle hop flavor lost in the malt. Mouthfeel is probably the highlight - nice body, perfect carbonation, and a surprisingly dry and bitter finish somewhat salvages drinkability.

Honestly, I don't get these wet-hopped beers that aren't hop-forward. What is the point? Not a terrible beer, but not that good either and just not at all what I want from a wet-hopped IPA.

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Photo of jlandis
3.04/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear deep copper in color with 1 finger densely packed white head. The nose is surprisingly sweet for a fresh hop harvest ale. There is this out of place adjunct lager feel that I'm not really impressed with. The flavor has a grainy sweetness with some pine hops and very subtle bitterness. The mouthfeel is creamy and low on carbonation.

Overall I'm not impressed with this beer at all. Actually it's quite a let down coming off of drinking a Founder's harvest ale. I'm not sure what they were thinking, but this doesn't taste anything like a fresh hop beer. It tastes like a generic pale ale. Sorry Weyerbacher, but this is a let down in terms of fresh hop harvest beer.

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Photo of PatronWizard
3.06/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From ancient notes.

Pours a really nice amber orange. Head came up all big and bubbly like, then faded away. Second pour looked a little better with spotty lacing.

Malty change of pace takes center stage. Hops seem subdued. Makes me wonder about the freshness of this particular bottle. Dates please.

Taste is not exactly my favorite of flavors. Malts are crisp and up front. Hops are hiding too much. Tobacco-esque leafy flavor. Warm oranges and apple stems. Meh.

Overall: Fair enough brew I guess, but I wouldn't hunt it down.

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Photo of Thickfreakness
3.13/5  rDev -16.1%
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.

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Photo of krisandajt
3.13/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Another beer courtesy of mymrnngjckt. You, sir, are a gentleman, a scholar, and a god amongst men.

Appearance: This beer pours a cloudy, light amber orangey color with a good half inch worth of thick bubbly head. Retention isn't bad, but there is some nice rings of soapy lacing.

Smell: A bit of spicy bitterness mixed in with plenty of malt. Smell is leaning a bit on the sweet side which is not what I expected from an IPA.

Taste: Not really picking up much hoppy goodness. This beer has an interesting kind of spicy bitterness that is very subdued. The hops are fighting a losing battle with the malt.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation, nice medium body. Pretty much what an IPA should be.

Drinkability: Definitely not hoppy enough to be classified as an IPA. I would say this beer would classify more as a pale ale as it has some hops to it, but not really enough to break free from the malt. That being said, this isn't a bad beer, but certainly not what I would reach for if I needed a good hop fix.

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Photo of yesyouam
3.13/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Weyerbacher Harvest Ale is a pretty clear, light amber ale with a healthy, dense, cream colored head that has outstanding retention and lacing. It has the aroma of grass and grain. It kind of smells like a farm or a barn. It has a medium-light body that's a little watery and the finish is a little chalky. There is a grassy bitterness and a metallic flavor. It tastes like a home brew. There's plenty of bitterness, but there's not really any hop flavor or aroma. Well, at least it's bitter.

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Photo of domtronzero
3.16/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Clear golden copper color with a big fluffy average-lasting whitish head. Little lacing.

S - Bready malts, slight sweetness. Lite citrusy and piny hops. Moderately low aroma is a little lacking.

F/M - Along the same lines as the aroma: Moderately low bready malts with a moderate hop presence of citrusy and piny hops. Moderate bitterness. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Dry finish, with a lite lingering malty aftertaste.

D - Good drinkability, but overall this is just a plain-ol' pale ale beer. Quite one-dimensional with nothing spectacular going on.

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Photo of JDV
3.2/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle in trade from Hopdog. Thanks! Pours a semi hazy orange color with a light beige head. Smell is musty, dusty and almost stale, despite being extremely fresh. Surprisingly not fresh or vibrantly hoppy in the nose, and there is a slight bit of alcohol. Taste is dusty, and very lightly alcoholic. Very earthy hop flavor and not like any other fresh hop beer I've had. Drinkable, but not a stand out of the style at all.

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Photo of bishopdc0
3.21/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden with a small amount of amber with a big head

The aroma is pale malt some citrus notes enter but is very lite

The taste starts citrus with a small amount of carbonation on the tongue. The carbonation builds and then dissipates. The taste turns grainy, pale maltyness and turns dry in the top of the tongue. The dryness lingers

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Photo of dirtylou
3.21/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, grabbed a 4-pack from jenny street on impulse as i also had grabbed a 4-pack of Founders Harvest Ale

appearance: aggressively poured into an imperial pint - dark copper-amber body, big foamy white cap with good lacing.

smell: Somebody stole the hops out of my hop harevest ale! Caramel, toasted nuts, earthy malts

taste: Tragically under-hopped. If i didn't know this was very fresh, i would assume this was a year old. Caramel, light earthy hops, toasted nuts and grain. Not what i was looking for in a "fresh hop" harvest ale

mouthfeel: oily medium body

drinkability: good

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Photo of escapegoat
3.21/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle from a 4 pack bough at Bullocks in Marietta, GA.

Pour provided an amber beer with a thick head that stuck around.

Smell was interesting mix of caramel malt and English and/or Noble hops. Definitely floral on the nose.

Taste was a mixed bag of a delicious malt backbone, but, IMO, a confused mix of hops. Very flavorful, but overcomplicated.

I really wanted to enjoy this beer, but never could get into it. I enjoy most of the Weyerbacher standards, especially Heresy, so I was a bit disappointed.

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