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

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

User Reviews & Ratings
Reviews: 205 | Ratings: 278
Photo of BeerSox
3.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into pint glass.

Slightly hazy amber hue with a slight orange tint. A two finger orange head with solid retention leaves a solid wall of lacing on the glass.

Very grassy and herbal hops that have just a bit of lemony citrus. Somewhat of a sweet overall aroma. The malts are well hidden in the background, adding a little bread to the aroma.

Plenty of tea-like hops, very herbal, with only a touch of citrus. Full bodied. Biscuity malts in the background.

Not a bad fresh-hop harvest ale, but not as good as compared to some of the others I've tried. Perhaps this is one for those who don't like the ultra-citrus hops.

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Photo of drperm
3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, tasted on 11 October 2009

A: Looks like a nice American IPA: glowy dark-orange with lots of ascending bubbles and a nice frothy white top.

S: Nicely aromatic, still firmly in the American IPA camp. Warm tones of fresh green hops, rich malt, a little pear and apple.

T: Very good! The hop expression comes to the fore. It's juicy, and bitter, but quite smooth. Lemony, grassy, and TONS of hop taste.

M: Sharp and snappy, leaving a bitter note behind for quite a while.

D: This is nice, but nothing extraordinary. I can imagine drinking this outdoors, on a warm sunny autumn afternoon with a good artisan pizza, or Thai or Vietnamese cuisine.

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Photo of Casey10
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was a nice beer that I was able to pick up today and this is the review for it.

A - Darker golden color with little over 1 finger head stays for some time in the glass.

S - grassy, light can faintly pick up the hops smell.

T - Again with the grassy taste (not bad) light smooth taste maybe a light touch of honey.

M - sparkly not to tangy feeling slight aftertaste. not bad.

D - Rated above average as this could easily be had again and again not bad at all.

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Photo of oberon
4.15/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Man I love the hop harvest ales,the more the better in my opinion.Poured into a nonic a brilliant auburn color with a 1/2 inch white head that left broken lace as it settled into a creamy mass.Aromas of "green" hop wich mean citric,grassy,and herbal,to go along with a caramel spice,a nice mix.Full velvety mouthfill,it coats the mouth well,a nice mix of citric and herbal up front and a hefty caramel/biscuit finish.I really like this brew,yeah sure its not balls to the wall hops but their presence is felt,its just a complete brew.Nice job.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.15/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a beautiful copper amber body with a billowing creamy khaki head, crystal clear body with a large biscuit like textured body that has a dimpled cloud which billows above the rims of the glass. Fine speckled lacing is left behind on the sides of the glass with occasional big chunks of head clinging on the imperial pint glass.

Nose is blasting with hop grassiness and a bit of fresh vegetable garden like goodness, floral and citrus tones blend well. Sweet blasts of caramel and biscuit malt paired with sharp alpha acids to bring out herbal and bright citrus and floral layers of hops. Fresh squeezed hop juice anybody?

Flavor is nice upfront with a sharp alpha acid bitterness, resinous fresh hop profile. Bitterness really hits the palate as it warms a bit, but so does massive hop flavor and a balancing dose of malt sweetness. Those citrus and floral tones are met with grassy herbal and a bit of earthy hop flavor as well, really strong bitter finish is pretty unrelenting.

Mouthfeel is a bit slick with resins/oils from the hops, I'm guessing this is even more so with fresh hopped brews. Carbonation levels tickle a bit much at times but doesn't over step any boundaries. Overall a nice medium bodied slightly slick fresh hopped IPA.

Drinkability is excellent especially if you love hops like most of the crowd hangin' out around here. Could it things better, of course. As their hop fields mature this brew will tune itself out and they will play with those carbonation issues and malt balance until this brew stands with the best of the best in terms of Fresh Hopped beers on the market. It's good stuff, but I will continue to track the progress with each years fall release.

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Photo of Morey
3.94/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This update is for the 2010 batch.

Poured copper in color with nice clarity. Nice foamy white head that hangs around nicely and leaves lacing all over the glass.

Smell is definitely on the mild side again this year. Mostly malts in the nose with some grassy aromas in there as well.

The taste is malt heavy for sure, but the fresh hop taste is definitely there.

Medium mouthfeel with a lower carbonation than last year (which is an improvement). It allows you to enjoy and notice the fresh hops more.

I could easily drink this one as a session.

Morey's Bottom Line: Probably still a B+ beer this year with improvements in the mouthfeel and drinkability categories due to a toned down carbonation. This beer is mis-categorized as an Ipa.

2009 Review follows....

I love the look of this beer. Nice clear copper color with lots of bubbles rushing up towards a fluffy white head that has a TON of sticky lace!

Surprisingly, the aroma is quite tame. Nice fresh grassy hop smell, but it fades rather quickly.

Taste is unique. Aggressive carbonation mixed with fresh grassy hops with a nice malt presence to back it all up.

Mouthfeel is medium with a carbonated bite.

I could definitely drink these for the night, as far as the drinkability goes.

Morey's Bottom Line: A nice change of pace from other hoppy beers. I'm a sucker for almost anything with Harvest in the title. My only criticism is the carbonation. I'd like to taste more of the fresh hop flavor, but the carbonation gets in the way a bit.

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Photo of jdoncbus
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into Sam Adams turbulator glass. Pours a very strong amber color (unusually dark for an AIPA) along with a slow forming, tan head. Head relaxes while bonding nicely to the glass. Carbonation is very active.

Initial whiffs expose dark fruit, piney hops, and an almost dark belgian ale aroma with the presence of pungent sugars. Notes of orange and grapefruit introduce themselves with a faint bread smell.

First taste brings forth toasted barley followed by some apricot and a firm dose of piney hops. The pine lingers on the palate for quite some time which offers a little lemonmint, banana bread, and more pine.

The first sip is creamy with a little crispness. The rest of the ride decides to remove any moisture from your mouth and is far more dry then your typical AIPA.

A uniquie AIPA to say the least with the sugar and roasted malt on the front. I loved the strong hops with all of the pine but could have used a little more citrus in the action. Many hopheads or West Coasters may not enjoy the malt but I feel it goes along well with the Autmun, harvest theme. Overall, I found it rather unbalanced and somewhat confusing but still enjoyed it. It was only $7.99 a 4-pack which was nice as well.

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Photo of Mistofminn
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to beandip (Adam) for a couple bottles of this! Cheers!

Poured into a pint glass. Pours a surprisingly dark amber color, not something I was expecting from a fresh hop ale such as this. Has a nice one finger light tan head that has decent retention and leaves some spotty lacing.

Nose is surprisingly malty, definitely not what I was expecting. I get a nice earthy bitterness but a much more substancial sweet malt smell than I was expecting.

The taste is pretty good. I get earthy and resiny hops that balance nicely with a strong malt backbone. Just an overall well balanced beer.

Mouthfeel is light to medium with an appropriate carbonation. Bitter aftertaste is nice. Drinkability is great, I could session this all day long.

Overall, another solid beer from Weyerbacher. A very solid brewery by all accounts. Thanks Adam for the chance to try this! Cheers!

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Photo of biegaman
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

All those fresh, green hops didn't manage to contribute any of their colour - the beer remains a crispy golden brown and is sparkling clean without any remnants of leaf or cone in sight. The head is somewhat dissipated although much of what was lost seems to have been squandered on the sides of the glass. That's a fair enough trade.

Identifying which variety (or varieties) of hops were harvested is not all that easy doing just from smelling it - it probably should be though. In fact, identifying any trace of hops is actually a bit of challenge. Repetitive stirring conjures up some signs of life - bitter, earthy, lightly minty resins - that point to something(s) of British stock.

Turns out it's Cascade and some Nugget. Wow, could have fooled me (it did). That's not the only thing I was wrong about: now that the beer has come closer to room temperature it turns out the hoppiness is considerably lively after all. It has little of the expected citrus or pine attributes but it's gratifyingly spicy, floral and earthy.

These qualities leave us with a flavour that is considerably raw, bitter and plant-like; it carries some likeness to uncooked vegetables (the leafy earthiness and bitterness lead me to assume this would pair great with cabbage). The malts remain fairly inconsequential although the taste of caramel smeared toasted bread crust is pleasing.

I'd be lying if I said this was the best crafted harvest ale I'd ever had but the hopping is aggressive enough to impart a little extra pungency, a dash more zest and a more gritty and assertive bitterness. The carbonation is well adjusted to scrub away those extra alpha acids and, truthfully, I don't see any way this could be any more refreshing.

If I buy this again it won't be by the bottle it will be by the case (which, if I buy it in Pennsylvania, I'll have no choice in doing anyhow). Drinking one has left me feeling refreshed and smacking my lips in delight. At the same time, however, it's left me dreaming of more. Here's hoping for a good harvest next season so we can expect more of this!

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Photo of hosehead83
3.94/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass
Clear, copper/amber in color, with a big foamy head
Aroma-Lots of fresh, wet hops
Taste-Big onrush of earthy hops and some mineral notes-This beer seems to be more of an English-style IPA as there are very little citrus or piney notes and more of the earthy mineralness and subtle flavors of an English brew. Not bad, however, just not quite what I was expecting

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Photo of jwc215
4.13/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours copper with a rich off-white head. Lacing sticks.

The smell is of spicy, leafy, citric/grapefruit and touch of pine with some caramel malty aroma.

The taste is bitter upfront - grapefruit, pine and tea-like spiciness with a caramel sweetness tying the hops together.

The body is medium with mild carbonation.

A very easy drinker - hoppy but balanced. Very smooth! Nice!

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Photo of ToddT
4.18/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Slightly hazy copper color topped with a large beige head. Head is long lasting and leaves lots of cathedral lace on the glass.

S- Sweet grapefruit, pine, and caramel malt. Aroma is mild.

T- Bittersweet grapefruit from start to finish. The caramel malt notes appear about midway through and disappear before the finish. Finish is semidry, relatively clean, and slightly bitter from the hops.

M- Medium in body with good carbonation. Slightly viscous in the mouth but without an oily aftertaste.

D- Very drinkable and at 6.2% ABV you can session this one.

Solid beer, could be a little more interesting in the flavor profile, but well done and balanced.

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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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Photo of wyattshotmaker
3.59/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

eh,this really isn't an ipa.more of an american pale ale if you ask me.

deep amber color with a great persistent head, nice lacing.

nose has some subtle medicinal/herbal hop notes,slightly floral,bit of caramel malt in the backround.

initial mild herbal/medicinal hop flavors balanced by caramel malt.very clean bitterness in the finish. nothing crazy, but not bad by any means.

medium bodied,somewhat low carbonation.really well balanced.easy drinking.

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Photo of BigMike
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden orange amber color with a beautiful thick head.

Lots of maltiness on the smell with a bunch of herbal hops.

Pretty mild bitterness. I thought the freshness of the hops would be more present. This has a more malty flavor then hoppy. A bit of caramel and a touch of sweetness. Pretty well balanced.

Decent mouthfeel. Nice amount of carbonation. Smooth and clean and fresh.

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Photo of mikey711
3.66/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a four pack today and enjoying my second bottle of it currently.

A: Copper color with a very nice two finger thick head that had those really small bubbles tightly packed together. The lacing is very good and plenty of carbonation flows up from the bottom of the glass.

S: Quite malty with earthy and herbal hops. The caramel and toffee sweetness is way more present than the hops.

T: Mildly bitter with plenty of earth notes and sweetness. Good balance of flavors, nothing too intense in any sense.

M: Some creaminess, not real harshness, and a lingering bitter note.

D: Very good in terms of a session beer. I easily went through two and probably will have one more before the night is through

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Photo of Symptomu
3.69/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer is a beautiful amber color with just enough head and some minimal lacing. Slightly floral hoppy aroma, very straight forward. Slightly bubbly mouth feel and a prevailing bitter hops flavour with perhaps the slightest hint of bland melon, like unripe canteloupe. Very Easy drinking and very smooth.

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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 FtownThrowDown
3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a fresh four pack on my weekly beer run.

Pours a clear dark gold in color. There's a very nice inch of head that forms and stays for most of the duration.
Smell is very floral hops. Not much going on in the nose other than the subtle floral hops.
Taste is more of the fresh hops. Again very floral and with a decent amount of bite.
Very easy drinking. Almost way too easy. Drank the entire four pack once I got home. Very sessionable and enjoyable.

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Photo of corby112
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear dark golden amber/light copper color with golden orange hues when held to a light source and a two finger frothy off-white head. Good retention, slowly fading into a lasting cap/ring that leaves a good bit of chunky lacing in it's wake.

Earthy skunky hops dominate the aroma with a bit of citrus and pine along with a sweet caramel malt presence. Since this is a harvest ale and the hops are really fresh I was expecting this to smell much more floral and hoppy with resinous oil notes but it is a bit mild.

Bitter piney hops up front with sweet citrus notes, mostly grapefruit, and some sticky dry pine flavor. Sweet caramel malt backbone with some biscuit and graham cracker which kind of takes away from the pleasantness of the hops up front leading into a dry finish. This one might be too well-balanced for it's own good although it is still pretty hoppy. I just wish the malt profile was toned down a bit.

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

12oz bottle, very fresh

Pours an expected copper color, good clarity and a strong slightly sticky off white head. A load of fresh hop in the nose with a calm underlying malt sweetness. Bitter and sharp with an odd but intriguing melon fruit note, some orange peel and peach amongst the grassy/herbal and slightly spicy, bitter hops, dry with a long lasting fresh hop after taste. This beer is what it is, its a super fresh East Coast IPA, and a damn good one at that.

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

A - Pours a slightly orangish copper color with 1/4 inch of foam that left some decent lacing

S - aroma is of strong earthy wet hops, very nice indeed

T - nice earthy grassy hop flavor with a good malty background

M/D - It wasn't my favorite at first, but after trying it again, I'm liking it more and more. There is a nice hop flavor with just a bit of bite. I definitely recommend it.

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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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Harvest Ale from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.73 out of 5 with 278 ratings