Harvest Ale | Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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Harvest AleHarvest Ale
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 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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Photo of justintcoons
3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear golden/amber with 1 finger of creamy head that dissipates moderately slow. Thin, tight lacing trickles down the glass. Moderate carbonation.

N: Navel orange, tangerine, rich caramel, lemon zest, grapefruit and a hint of pine.

T: Pine, lemon zest, grapefruit and candy sugar upfront. Sugary caramel malts follow along with tangerine, navel orange and florals. Finishes with caramel malts, lemon zest, pine and a whole lot of floral notes.

M: Light-medium bodied, smooth, crisp, clean, dry and moderately bitter.

O: A very easy drinking American IPA. The sweet caramel backbone nicely balances out a ton of fresh hops. There's a lot of beautiful floral qualities along with citrus and some pine. Fresh, crisp, clean and bitter. Weyerbacher, it was a pleasure.

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Photo of Jimmys
4.03/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, no bottling date.

A: sort of reddish/amber in color. beautiful bustling frothy slightly off-white head. pretty clear w/ plenty of carbonation that can be seen. nice lacing to boot.

S: a very tropical aroma. citrus, mango, maybe a little bit of kiwi. when swirling the glass it's almost like a little bit of alcohol zip is released. some malt backbone can be detected as between the hops.

T: the freshness of the hops is especially present on the palate. wow. delish. very full flavor. the citrus is balanced with an american piney-ness as well. herby. malt flavor reminds me of waffles.

M: zesty carbonation on a medium body.

D: a refreshing wet-hopped brew from weyerbacher. nice to see a solid wet-hop beer out of PA. keep them coming.

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Photo of IronLover
3.44/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Weathered copper orange in color with perfect clarity. Poured with a thick, frosty foam that left huge sheets of sticky lacings on the glass. The foam reduced to a wispy white cap. Caramel malt and light floral and citrusy aromas. Smooth, oily feel, with assertive carbonation. Dominant pine hop bitterness from beginning to end. The first few sips included hints of malt and citrus hops, but after half a glass the pine hoppiness is all you can taste. Finishes semi-dry with a long lasting pine hop bitter aftertaste.

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Photo of billab914
3.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into my Ithaca glass. It poured a dark amber, copper like color with a thin but sticky white head to it. Pretty good head retention with a little lacing on the glass as I drank it.

The aroma has a zesty, citrusy, juicy, fresh hoppiness to it. I get some biscuity, sweeter maltiness to it with a touch of caramel coming through. I get a little bit of grapefruit to the hops as well as some citrus rind bitterness.

The taste shows more of a brighter, zesty hoppiness to it at first. midway more of the bitterness starts to come out with some notes of grapefruit and citrus rind to it. The malt gives it a nice base with some sweeter, bready, and slight caramel notes to it.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with carbonation being moderate. Overall it was a pretty good beer with some nice fresh hoppiness to it. It had a good malt base to it to support the hops as well. Pretty easy drinking and flavorful beer overall.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle - $2.49 at Total Wine & More in Alpharetta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours out an amber-orange body, good clarity, and with a rather tall, foaming, off-white head. Splattered lacing on the way down.

Smell: Sweetish, bready-scented pale malts with some slight caramelly accents. Has a fresh, crisp hop scent, not overtly effusive, but fresh,

Taste: Pale, toasty malts with a sprinkling of caramelized sugar preclude a pop of soil-strewn lemon rinds and an herbaceous hop quality akin to setting some loose tea leaves on the tongue, but also some earthy hints of fresh lawn clippings (though they become accumulative). Moderate bitterness. Bitterish finish, fairly smooth.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation, though soft.

Overall: It's good, I'm enjoying it, Weyerbacher. There's a nice fresh hop character, so I wouldn't let this one sit around languishing in the fridge.

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Photo of rfgetz
3.87/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a lightly hazed golden amber, moderate cap of white froth with some lacing. Scent is an earthy combination of grapefruity hops, freshly dried and lightly toasted grains with some musty qualities all around. Taste follows suit, the hops are lightly bitter and more pale ale than IPA, the malt backbone is earthy, dried and lightly toasted. Lighter side of medium bodied, a touch high in carbonation. Decent, but nothing stands out, another good hoppy beer from Weyerbacher.

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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 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 tbrown4
3.34/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up this as a single within the last month at the Perfect Pour in Columbia, MD. Completely new to me. I've enjoyed many beers from Weyerbacher and I'm a big fan of the style. No brainer.

Printed on the neck is

I'm assuming that the top is a bottle date and the bottom is a best buy day. So, I'm four months past prime.

A - Bright cloudy copper orange, white head that stays through the tasting, sticky lacing

S - No hop notes, mostly bready sweetness. I'm pretty sure it's underwhelming due to age.

T - Bitter fruity hops up front, cream and tart middle, sour finish with a long aftertaste

M - Feels medium bodied

O - It's my own dumb fault to have bought an old bottle, so I'm not passing too much judgement on this tasting. The mildly malty middle has me thinking that when this is fresh that it's very well balance with a full floral aroma. So, I'll look for this one in September and experience it fresh.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

When I saw Harvest Ale I just assumed that this was going to be like another Octoberfest brew. After opening the bottle found out that I was indeed very wrong on my assumption. The smell of this beer is very hoppy which got my mouth watering. I poured it out and the beer was a nice amber color. The taste was very hoppy too with a really great thirst quenching sweetness to it. i was glad that this turned out to be an IPA and not a Fest beer. I would totally drink this one again.

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Photo of BamaBeerBuff
4.05/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Blood-orange/apricot color with a creamy ecru head. Sticky sheets of lace cling to the glass, and a solid layer of foam sticks around. Not quite as sticky and fabulous as other harvest ales, but good nonetheless.

S: Honey graham cracker with a solid citrus presence. Not as pungent and dank as one would expect, but still very lovely. Quite the interesting malt profile. I'm looking forward to taking a swig.

T&M: Honey-drenched white grapefruit, light herbal and floral notes, giving way to a toasted caramel flavor. Finish brings in dry and subtle floral notes, a tea-like flavor (akin to an English Pale or IPA), and remnants of caramel malt toast. The hops are not very up-front here, which makes me wonder how fresh the bottle is. I can't discern a date on the bottle, but I'm guessing that this was probably bottled in sometime last fall (since hops are harvested around that time). Either way, it still tastes decent. Body is medium to full with an oily, sticky feel. Even if some of the flavor has died down, the unique feel contributed by the fresh hops remains.

D: Quite quaffable and very tasty. Weyerbacher makes good beer, so I'm not exactly surprised.

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Photo of chilly460
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy amber color with a one finger white head. Sticky lacing coats the side of the glass.

S: Medium hop smell, doesn't blow you away but clear grassy hop aroma. Very nice biscuit malts, smells clean and crisp.

T: I like this one, it's like they made a Marzen/IPA mix. Earthy, grassy hops hit immediately then there is a crisp biscuity malt profile. Not as "sweet" as some DIPAs with big malt profiles, this is milder.

MF: Nice carbonation holds with medium body as expected.

D: Very easy drinking. Really enjoyed this one.

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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 CuriousMonk
3.33/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From fall brew tasting notes (2010): Pours a glinty dark copper with a slight off-white bubbly head that sticks around a bit. Earthy aroma with some spiciness and a brief hint of spruce. Flavor has enticing subtle bitterness with some very faint citrus undertones, but more dominated by some sweet, tangy spiciness. Very chewy and delectable. Mild carbonation and medium body. Not a bad hoppy beer for the season if desirable.

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Photo of zoolzoo
3.46/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours hazy, golden. Good lacing, excellent head retention. White frothy cap remains.

S: "Wet" hops, earthy. Hop profile is a bit a dull. Pale malt shines through. Nothing exciting but clean. Smells like a good beer.

T: Hops are grassy and herbal, but a bit brighter than the nose. The hop profile is pretty much over taken by malt mid sip. Moderate bitterness. Finishes clean...

M: A little thin, carbonation is right on though.

D: Drinkability is good. Great balance of simple flavors.

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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 IHC
3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had in 12oz bottle which I poured into a sam adams glass.

Appearance- Copper in color, with nice head that fades after pouring but some remains throughout the drink.

Smell- I dont think this one has a really good strong aroma like others of the style I've had. it's not very noticeable.

Taste- Good average IPA, again nothing made me go wow! but it was a pleasant IPA, Citrusy notes, blend well with a nice finish of malt.

Mouthfeel- The hops immediately hit your palate like they should and it has a smooth sweet malty finish that is just enough.

Drinkability- Definitly a drinkable beer.

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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 haazer
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A- Pours a copper penny color. Thick bubbly head formed almost as that of a stout would in my pint glass. Decent carbonation at first, then settles down as the beer sits. Leaves a good bit of lacing on the sides of my glass.

S- Great sugary, floral, and fruity aroma's. Honey, citrus notes, and flowers. Can also detect a malty background. I sniff this beer for quite some time before drinking.

T- This IPA may have the maltiest taste in the style that I've tried thus far. Hops are present with a grassy flavor, but have mellowed. Same can be said with the citrus flavor. Had this fresh on tap at the brewery and both those flavors were more present. None the less, a good tasting IPA in my opinion.

M- Slightly dry, crisp and bitter. The bittering may have been lost some.

D- Good IPA. Taste great fresh or a few months past. Best aspect for me was the aroma. Smelled this one for awhile. If I'm at Weyerbacher next fall, I'll add more bottle weight of this to my mixed case.

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Photo of GoldHorde
4.14/5  rDev +11%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was expecting more of an Octoberfest ale taste (per the name "Harvest Ale"); instead I got a surprising IPA hop kick. It does say brewed with fresh hops - still seems too bright for a "harvest" ale - BUT what the heck, I'm a hop-head and my favorite style is American Double IPA so I give a big 'bottoms up' on this one.

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Photo of PBoegel
3.31/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2010 Batch poured into a Sierra Tulip Pint.

Golden straw body with a cloud white puffy head, some decent lacing.

Smell, straw, hay, touches of mint, basil, and some citrus. Some berries, and earthiness.

Blend of herbs, citrus and caramel. Nothing spectacular, good balance, but no hop punch that I expect from a Harvest ale. Dry in the finish.

A touch over carbonated with a light body and dry middle to end.

Drinkable, no flaws, but hops are not as sensory popping.

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Photo of chefhatt
4.03/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this beer into a pint glass, the head was nice white color and frothy, on top of a nice copper color body. The smell is very nice of fresh hops. The taste is not as strong of hops, i was expecting a more bitter hop taste but it is really well balanced, the hops and a little bit of the malts . Very nice and smooth and is very drinkable.

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Photo of thain709
3.56/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured a light copper body with a slight haze...a rocky, two finger, white head formed and stayed for the entire beer...very nice lacing

S - The nose was very fresh and green...I picked up a little bit of biscuit malt and some fresh, earthy hops

T - The flavors are very earthy, grainy, and fresh...the grainy flavor is up front with the biscuit malt...a sweetness creeps in from the caramel malt...the finish is very earthy and green from the fresh hops

M - Medium bodied...not very bitter or sweet...I wanted more bitterness at the end

D - This was an okay fresh harvest ale for me...the hops were very green and earthy tasting where as I prefer a bitter, citrus hop...but all in all a decent offering from our friends at Weyerbacher

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Photo of Chaney
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a mildly cloudy, bright pumpkin orange, with about a two finger head, minimal lacing, and nice bubbly carbonation.

S: Not particular bitter on the nose and had a yeasty quality, however, after searching and few moments, some of the bitter, fresh hop elements started to shine through.

T: This wasn't exactly my idea of a harvest brew. It tasted much more like a pale ale, and didn't have that bright, tangy quality that I commonly associated with the former. Not as earthy as I was expecting, but still not bad.

M: I have to admit though: this was smooth as hell, and the sugar content was kept in check.... actually.... I could have probably used more sweet and tart flair!

D: Weyerbacher has always been hit or miss with me, and this one was servicable and much better than the Double Simcoe. Still, I'll grab a Founders Harvest or FFF Broo Doo over this any day.

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