Spiced Harvest Ale | Fordham Brewing Company

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Spiced Harvest AleSpiced Harvest Ale

Brewed by:
Fordham Brewing Company
Delaware, United States

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.60%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our Newest Fall Seasonal is light Amber in color with a medium body, spiced with Cinnamon, Ginger, Clove & Allspice.

Added by yourefragile on 10-08-2011

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Photo of Marraybay
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look: Light copper-orange: 1/2" of dissipating foam on top.

Nose: Definite spice and along with pumpkin-gourd in the nose.

Taste: Spice and the pumpkin come thru upfront along with a touch of sweetness; Not overwhelmingly so though. Not much bitterness to speak of.

Feel: Pretty non-descript. About what I'd expect for a lighter generic ale.

Overall: Actually not bad: Another that I think does a good job of being a solid ale that wraps some seasonal flavors into, without under or overwhelming the palate.

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Photo of Jason
3.54/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle, sample from the brewery.

Just enough lace to look like a beer, slightly hazed tawny hue. Spiced pie filling & honey in the nose. Palate is a bit more dry compared to what I smelled, spices kick in with more play from the ginger and allspice. Some gourd and toasted malt in the middle but ends up being a bit thin.

More flavor that most of the mainstream pumpkin ales, middle of the pack at best though.

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Photo of VirginiaBeerMan
3.24/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

First sip reminded me of a fall candle. As I continued to drink, it began to taste like cinnamon candy. Interesting spices and not overpowering. Not fabulous, but worth a try.

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Photo of tone77
3.63/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a dark bronze color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of pumpkin, light spices. Taste is pumpkin, spices are present but not overpowering, nutmeg stands out. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a smooth and refreshing beer.

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Photo of Jeffreysan
4.05/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a pretty, hazy golden amber, that it speckled with orange highlights and a quarter of a finger of white head that quickly dissolved into a thin halo of foam that gripped the sides of the glass as well as formed wispy clouds that collected in the center of the top of the beer.

Aroma: Strong aroma of spices: all-spice, cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, brown sugar, caramel, molasses, pumpkins.

Taste: Wow! Very savory pumpkin flavor up front, followed by some slight sweetness and finished by tons of spices like all-spice, cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, brown sugar, caramel, molasses and slight hints of vanilla. All nicely balanced out by a malty backbone and slightly bittering hops. Delicious!

Mouthfeel: Medium, with some good carbonation to tickle the taste buds. With an ABV of 6.6%, there’s no presence of alcohol on the palate.

Overall: Jesus, this is an excellent beer! Tons of pumpkins and spices without being overly sweet, more like savory. Absolutely delicious! I’ll definitely have to add this to my pumpkin ale rotation!

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Photo of hopsolutely
3.56/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Self-described as a "spiced harvest ale", but definitely more spice than harvest and I think the BA classification is accurate! Pours a clear orange colour with limited white head that disappears quickly. Spice-forward aroma of cinnamon, nutmeg, all-spice and others I can't pick out - very aromatic. This continues into the taste, where the caramelized malts support the backdrop for these spices. Very flavourful, with spices more accustomed to deserts than specifically savoury, but has complemented our fall meal of soup & applesauce very well.

Not a beer I could drink for an evening, but glad to have tried it and a nice change of pace.

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Photo of BlueCrabCafeofCrisfieldMD
4.33/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Spiced Harvest Ale is in my opinion one of the great seasonal beers. The color of a pumpkin, with a clove and oak taste, full bodied hops finish. I look forward to carrying it and often run out of it. Refreshing, semi filling. A great 2 bottle dinner pre-requisite every fall.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.97/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Not the prettiest looking ale. Hazelnut brown, hazy with tiny floaties of sediment. Head was a 1/4 inch but pull back to almost nothing. No sticky lace.

S - Very pleasant I love the addition of ginger it makes it smell fresh and crisp. If I were to pick out anything else it would be nutmeg, cinnamon, and some vanilla malt.

T - Very tasty stuff in fact it does taste better than most pumpkin spiced beers I had this year. Zippy fresh ginger, sweet malts, and a constant blended cinnamon/nutmeg combo. Love the addition of honey in small doses it makes for an enjoyable beer.

M - Light to medium. Sweet, spiced, delicious.

Overall recommended and a great pumpkin beer! Hope to see it again in greater quantities next year.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.33/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a slightly hazy dark copper to light brown in color with some light to moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a half finger tall dense off-white head that reduces quickly to a very thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of spices - clove, cinnamon, allspice, and ginger along with some sugary sweetness.

T: Moderate amounts of malts upfront with some sugary sweetness followed by lots of spices - cinnamon, clove, allspice, and ginger. Very little bitterness is present.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly thin.

O: Enjoyable but perhaps not my favorite fall seasonal beer - gotten from a neighbor during Hurricane Sandy while the power was out. I would have another but probably not go out of my way to find it.

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Photo of kenito799
3.62/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.
Hazy light brown brew with nice yellowish head, a bit of lace.
Yummy spicy aroma, clove, cinnamon and allspice. Nice balance of maltiness, not sweet, carries the spicy flavor. No real detectable pumpkin for me, which is fine. A nice diversion if you are like spiced beer...fairly well done and drinkable, smooth mouthfeel.

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Photo of Giggy
3.7/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: cloudy, copper colored with hints of orange around the edges. Off-white head that dissipates quickly but leaves a slight ring to the end.

S: nutmeg, cinnamon, caramel, honey

T: mild pumpkin with pumpkin pie spices... Allspice.

M: finish was smooth and mild. Refreshing good fall beer.

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Photo of jsanford
3.47/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Courtesy of The CPJ!

Pours hazy orange with a thin white head that fades to a very slight haze. Pretty nice pumpkin, cinnamon, and allspice aromas. Fairly authentic, pumpkin-y without smelling like a Yankee Candle. Taste is similar well balanced between the spice and pumpkin, with more cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice. Very drinkable, not too sweet, and the pumpkin is again pretty nice. Medium-thin bodied, with good carbonation. Pretty nice Pumpkin beer, no issues here.

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Photo of eonbluekarma
2.78/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: light honey colored.

Smell: Sweet, apple and some spice (nutmeg/cinnamon).

Taste: slightly apple cider, slightly beer. This is definitely a weak Ale. A hint of cinnamon?, but there is also a slight chemical aftertaste. Where are the hop and malt notes? Yeast notes after drinking 4.

Mouthfeel: Thin and very little carbonation.

Overall: A weak example of a pumpkin spice Ale. Not going to buy again. Try something different.

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Photo of ckollias
3.62/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed a sample of this beer at the What’s up Chesapeake Beer Madness 2012

A: Poured a dark orange-copper hue with a slight fizzy white head.

S: Lots of spices and pumpkin aroma.

T: Spicy pumpkin flavor – with hints of ginger, nutmeg, coriander, all-spice, and pumpkin spice.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: Interesting take on a pumpkin beer – not my favorite but worth a try.

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Photo of grittybrews
3.38/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a cloudy, dark orange with two fingers of eggshell head. Sweet, grainy aroma with caramel and cinnamon.

Moderate carbonation and a lightish mouthfeel. Bread and pumpkin up front followed some sweet honey and cinnamon/clove on the finish.

Nice enough but not much body behind the spice. The flavors started to develop a slightly artificial taste after a while.

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Photo of siege06nd
3.33/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A. Pours a very cloudy light copper color, pale orange around the edges. Thin, quarter-finger ring of eggshell white head that doesn't quite cover the top of the brew. That ring, however, has solid retention. Lacing is also decent.

S. Not very pumpkiny. Some light allspice and cinnamon, but a very Belgian-like grape and apple skin quality. A lot of spices and sugary qualities on the nose, not much in the way of malt.

T. Ginger and allspice and then the clove takes over and provides a very Saison-like vibe, with lots of banana, pear, and apple notes. Not much in the way of malt or roasted pumpkin to keep this true to style, it's mostly just spices and a yeasty quality. Finish is all cinnamon and ginger. Good amount of residual sugar as well. Not bad.

M. A little thin with very little malt backbone. Not a very savory pumpkin ale, but I applaud its restraint with the spices. Still, it comes off like a weak Belgian Pale.

O. Interesting, if not much more than mediocre. Not sure what exactly the goal was here, but the malt and yeast profile make this very Belgian pale-esque. Spicing is certainly there, but it is refined. Lots of residual sugar and sweetness muddy the water somewhat, however...I get apple and grape rather than squash. Not bad, not very good, though, either. I had Wolaver's before this and they have pretty much the exact same flaws, though this is better.

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Photo of mdaschaf
2.91/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a slightly hazy orange/light brown with a small white head on top, not much retention at all, leaving a very thin cap around the edge. Not much lacing either.

S: Up front there is light pumpkin spice, some cinnamon and cloves but beneath that there a slight chemical aroma, it kind of reminds me of the smell of a brand new tennis ball.

T: Again, some faint pumpkin spice upfront, a little pumpkin pie spice, but then the flavor drops off.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation, very dry finish.

O: An average fall beer, probably not something I will seek out again.

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Photo of Momar42
2.93/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into NB globe

A - muddy light brown in color. Virtually no head and little. Arbitration. Not particularly visually appealing.

S - traditional spices and aromas but on the mild edge. There is a chemical nature to the aroma though and detracts from the overall nose. It actually reminds me of the smell at a hair salon...not good.

T - Spices are present more here, but fade towards the middle. The chemical aroa translates to the taste too. This is highly distracting. Not a bad beer without the chemicalness, with it it's just not my thing.

M - medium. Actually finishes pretty clean.

O - a pretty average fall spice beer for the most part. Certainly on the low end of the quality spectrum and the chemical hair salon aroma and taste keep it there firmly. Just can get past that. Even without that however, there are loads better fall/pumpkin ales to choose from.

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Photo of Beer4Baltimore
3.55/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - an orange fall looking color with lots of fizzy bubbles visible. A thin half finger head leaves behind light lacing.
S - spices and more spices. Nutmeg is the big standout among the other typical fall spices.
T - mildly malty sweet with an explosion of spices. It tastes like a ginger bread cookie crossed with a pumpkin pie except that the actual pumpkin is greatly lacking. Not bad for a spicy fall beer, but it is not a pumpkin beer.
M - clean, crisp, well carbonated and light.
D - fairly easy drinking if you like the spices.
I can see having this again when I can get it fresher in the fall.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew poured out as a lightly hazy amber color with a good head on top with a decent retention. The lacing was minimal. The smell of the beer was full of typical autumn spices like Allspice and Clove. The taste of the beer was pretty well balanced between the malts and the spices in there. The mouthfeel of the beer was medium bodied with a decent carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good Pumpkin Spice beer. I could see myself having it again one day.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.85/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought this as part of a mixed 12 pack after visiting the DFH Pub for a great dinner. Pours an orange brown with decent head to it. Smell is quite strong, definite cinnamon and allspice coming through, reminds me of a Thanksgiving pie. Taste is medium bodied, pretty good mouthfeel. Tons of spices in the taste, surprisingly it isn't too overpowered and remains decently balanced. The pumpkin taste isn't too strong at all either, it's actually more of a 'fall spice' beer than a 'pumpkin' beer, which makes it a lot more tolerable. Nothing crazy, but a pretty good fall seasonal with a good amount of taste.

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Photo of DrDeaman
4.08/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap a number of times in October. Very spicey, do not try this if you are opposed to herbs in your beer. Nice amber color, good taste, spicy aftertaste. Good fall seasonal overall. Compeates with various pumpkin beers, and it puts most of them to shame.

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Photo of yourefragile
2.35/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

On tap at Ram's Head Savage. From their website: "Fordham Brewing Company’s, Spiced Harvest Ale is a fall seasonal beer and has a light amber color with a medium body. It’s spiced with cinnamon, ginger, clove and allspice. Fordham’s Spiced Harvest Ale pairs exceptionally well with food like Mac & cheese, chicken pot pie, harvest stew or braised vegetables."

Described by the bartender as a "cider". Oh boy. Pours a clear, light amber with a head of tan bubbles, quickly fading with little carbonation. Aroma is like potpourri, cinnamon, nutmeg, apple, mild pine hops. Body is medium light with fizzy carbonation. Flavor is extremely spicy and mild sweet. Not particularly "beer" like in any sense. Ok, I'm done.

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Spiced Harvest Ale from Fordham Brewing Company
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