Harvest Ale
Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

Harvest AleHarvest Ale
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American IPA
3.76 | pDev: 12.5%
Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
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Harvest AleHarvest Ale
Reviews: 205 | Ratings: 278
Photo of jlandis
3.04/5  rDev -19.1%
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 Kendo
3.45/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from the 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Body is honey-amber color with a small white head the disappears quickly to leave a thin film on top. No lace.

S: Weird nose for what I thought was a fresh hop harvest ale - I get mainly sweetish malt scents and a bit of a minerally/metallic smell.

T: Minerally bitterness over sweet malt (in that way it very much follows the nose). Some piney, herbal green hops create a lingering bitterness.

M: Thinnish and slightly over-carbonated.

D: OK. I wouldn't buy this one again.

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Photo of argock
3.55/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a Duvel tulip. 083110 marked on bottle neck. Purchased as a 4-pack at Beer Run (Charlottesville, VA) for $8.39.

A: Amber-ruby hue with 2-finer off-white, frothy head that falls away relatively quickly but leaves a healthy crust of lace.

S: Resinous, earthy hop aromas play off of the rounded caramel and pale malt sweetness. A light citrus-pine note also sneaks in.

T: Resinous and earthy in the nose are echoed in the flavor with touches of orange and evergreen. Caramel and light biscuit malts provide a staunch malt backbone.

M: Medium bodied without being heavy with a nice coating quality.

D: A good ale from Weyerbacher although this was probably a much better bitter brew a month ago. Still this one treads the line between APA and IPA with earthy lusciousness. Not worth the price though.

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Photo of gatornation
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a hazy sunset amber color with a 1.5 finger head nice lacing..smell is spice .malt.hops and bread..taste is much the same its a malty fresh hop with a nice hop profile citrus with a big malt finish a baked bread taste..mouth feel is medium with moderate carbonation,,its drinkable but not near a great fresh hop

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Photo of Phelps
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours a lovely, hazed creamsicle orange, the same hue as that on the label. Perched atop the brew is a one-finger head of bubbly foam that escapes quickly, becoming a thin yet sticky ring that leaves jagged horizontal streaks of lace.

S: super biscuity, with notes of fresh-baked bread and saltines along with a tinge of sour cereal grain. It's nicely tempered by some subtle, earthy hops. A little apple, a bit of lemon peel. Harvesty!

T: buttered English muffins, rose petal, soil. These hops are so fresh and earthy I feel like I'm eating handful of grass -- in a good way. Oddly, some cinnamon and honey seem to sneak in as well. Starts lightly sweet but finishes crisp, with lingering flavors of honey-coated cinnamon biscuits. Very interesting.

M: medium, fuzzy carb. The beer fizzes up only slightly as it moves about the mouth. Light in body and a bit thin, but appropriate with the delicate flavors.

D: I was surprised to find the brewery categorized this one as an IPA; I might call it a hoppy amber. Regardless, it had some decent, surprising flavors.

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Photo of Seanibus
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear with a gorgeous white head, fluffy and sticky. The aroma is surprisingly wheaty, with an earthy, herbal hop note. The flavor is mildly malty with a herbal, earthy hop spice amd that same wheaty bite, which is unexpected. There is some tasty, biscuity malt and a sharp hop note on the tip of the tongue. The mouthfeel is surprisingly smooth and velvety.

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Photo of bsp77
3.23/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Cloudy amber-orange with decent white head and slight lacing.

Smell: Semi-sweet orange, light malts and an overall spiciness.

Taste: Citrusy and spicy hops with a strange malt backbone that reminds of a Vienna Lager. Really not too much here other than a bitter finish, with the aforementioned citrus and spice, and maybe some pine as well.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, fairly light body, dry finish.

Drinkability: Just seems like a substandard IPA. I still like it (because I like IPAs) but not worth returning to.

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Photo of russwbeck
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

S: Smell is no where near as hoppy as I expected. Malts dominate with some fruitiness coming through as well.

T: I have to say the taste confuses me a bit. I feel like this is an Oktoberfest Marzen, not an IPA. Very bready and malty on the taste. Very good tasting, just not at all what I expected.

MF: Nice carbonation holds this medium bodied drink together. Tangy on the palate.

D: Very high. Really enjoyed this one.

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Photo of musicforairports
3.22/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled 31 August, drinking on 7 November.

Pours dark amber. Head forms big, dies quickly, but laces like crazy.

Smells a bit metallic and a bit like apple cider. Faint herbal hop smell.

Taste pretty much follows the nose, but with some herbal hops. Definitely some pale malts and some fruityness, but I don't really get any citrus or pine hop flavors here, just a thick, sweet fruit-like herbal flavor. A slightly bitter finish that leaves a vegetable-like taste on the tongue (I don't mean this in a bad way for a wet hop ale). I would imagine its much hoppier when fresh.

Mouthfeel is a bit creamy, thicker than I expected.

It's drinkable for sure, and I trust it's probably much better fresh. But, realistically, I'm only a state away from Pennsylvania and this is the first time I've seen it in my area, so I thought it was worth shelling out $9 for a 4-pack. Don't think I will again though. I like it more as I drink it, though, so it's clearly quite drinkable.

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Photo of SuperNova777
3.76/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Notes from 11/02/10
Thanx to alleykatking for this one

A:Pours a see thru orange with amber hues to it, solid fingers worth of head that falls
fairly quickly. Nice sticky lacing left down the glass

S:Smell is somewhat dull but with a few highlights of grassy and citrus hops. Slight
malt backbone as well

T:Pretty good, way better then the nose detects. Pale malts hit the tongue first to make way for Citrus hop attack that leaves a nice bite on the backend, oily resin is left

M:The body is pretty solid with ample carbonation, palate is left dry from the hops
scraping them up

D:A pretty solid harvest all around, the smell really throws you off but that taste
really comes thru with a slight balance but then makes way for a nice hop bite
that lingers on. Pretty good all together.

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Photo of cbutova
3.41/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Amber-orange with a small off-white cap. Head retention is decent and a nice pillow and ring stay behind. A ton of lace on the glass.

S- Not the strongest aroma but I get mostly fruit above a light caramel malt backbone. Slightly nutty, honey as well. Not too much in the way of hops.

T- Kind of reminds me of a Marzen more than an IPA. Buttery caramel malt with dark fruit overtones, slight citrus. Nutty malt as well. Some floral hops.

MF- Moderate oily body with some creaminess to it. The carbonation is right down the middle and does the job matching the flavor. Slightly bitter finish.

DB- A confusing beer. Most of the Harvest Ales I have had were just IPAs with a different name. This one reminds me more of an Amber or a Marzen with a slightly hoppy edge to it.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.21/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

From 10/26/10 notes. Had on tap at the Brickskeller during its Wet Hop event with Tomme Arthur.

a - Pours a dark amber color with two inches of fluffy white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of bready malts, yeast, and grain.

t - Tastes of bready malts, yeast, and wheat/grain.

m - Medium body and very low carbonation, very smooth body.

d - An average IPA t hat is heavy on the bready malts. Probably wouldn't look to try again.

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Photo of silentjay
3.24/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a barely hazy reddish copper brew with a huge off-white fluffy head that sticks around forever and leaves chunks on the glass.

floral and leafy hops and some grainy malts in a rather weak aroma.

some floral hops, and plenty bitter hops, but a bunch of light caramel malts with some biscuit and cereal grains. Not quite what I was expecting nor hoping for.

almost medium bodied with some slight resin that sticks behind on the tongue with a very bitter aftertaste.

drinks ok. wish there was more hop flavor rather than just bitter hops and malts. Thats what I expect and look for in a fresh harvested brew. This one isn't gross but is lacking a bit.

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Photo of chaz410
3.59/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pretty hazy yellow with slight amber hint and a thin white head.
smells pretty reisiny and lots of grassy hops. Some corn/maize sweetness and musky wheat mixed with subtle hop notes.
Taste similar to smell but is more hoppy and bitter. Some definite veggie like hops and some grassy character. Much smoother and clean than the smell suggest. some citrusy finish.

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Photo of Daniellobo
2.52/5  rDev -33%
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 Soonami
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Weyerbacher Harvest Ale is a nice fall seasonal made with fresh hops from their own hop farm. This beer is a typical looking IPA, a vibrant amber, but with just a little white foam that leaves a blotchy lace on the glass. The beer has just a little citrus, tangerine aroma that is recapitulated in the taste. The beer is astringent, but in a good way from the fresh grassy hops. There is a bit of sweetness from the caramel malt that helps balance the hops. The malt also provides a crackery graininess that is pleasant, that must be the pale malt and wheat. Good, not great beer, but really easy drinking.

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Photo of allergictomacros
3.82/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - OK foam over amber liquid.

S - Nose is pungently floral-sweet, with rich fruitiness, light toast and caramel, a herbal backdrop.

T - Sharp, resiny bitterness is surprisingly shortlived. Tasting some caramel, apple, piney hops and general maltiness. Nice balance.

M - Decently hefty body, but not too much. Middle-of-the road mouthfeel.

D - Pretty drinkable and tasty. It could be in my head but the hops seem to hit and fade faster than the usual IPA.

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Photo of MrIncognito
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured from a 12oz bottle. Slightly hazy burnt amber body with a nice 2-finger sticky white head. Good retention and great lacing. Average amount of carbonation coming up the glass.

S - Not as hoppy as I expected but more malty. Semi-sweet honey aroma with caramel malts and a hoppy whiff.

T&M - Definitely tastes like an IPA but it's much more malt forward than most. Caramel malt with a piney hop presence that has a nice bite. Crisp carbonation without becoming dry. Slight sweetness but does not drown out the malt and hops.

D - A found this to be a great and interesting IPA. Not as hoppy as expected but that didn't really bother me because I really enjoyed the flavos.

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Photo of dirtylou
3.21/5  rDev -14.6%
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 TheFightfan1
4.28/5  rDev +13.8%
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 BrewCrew2010
3.36/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear amber body with orange highlights crowned with a decent frothy off white head. Visible carbonation and sticky lacing.

S: A very closed nose. Faint bready malts and light earthy hops.

T: Not a complex or remarkably unique flavor as hoping. Although very well balance between the sweet bready malts and fresh citrus hops on the back of the tongue, it's a very soft flavor. Earthy and resinous pine hop notes as well with a much needed slight bitterness. Should not have expected much from the taste since the nose was closed, but the taste is lacking the "umph" that a IPA needs. Would have loved the hops to be more pronounced.

M: Slick on the palate with a crisp finish. Light body with loads of carbonation.

D: A good beer, but nothing impressive about it. For someone who wants to transition to more hoppy beers, I would recommend this one. Due to the soft flavors it is easy to drink, but the price would definitely prevent me from buying this again.

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Photo of celeriac
3.04/5  rDev -19.1%
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 bminor7
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from Hoosick. Consumed on 10/21/2010.

Reddish amber color, a head which sticks around just long enough. Not very foamy.

Light hoppiness, sweet, breadiness...but not too much of them.

Decent flavor, somewhat sessionable, but not overly impressive on the taste front. Malts and hops are not making a strong appearance.

Light MF, with a bit of a saccharine bitterness at the end.

Drinkable, for sure. Thirst quenching on a cool autumn afternoon.

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Photo of BARFLYB
4.25/5  rDev +13%
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 ktrillionaire
2.88/5  rDev -23.4%
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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