Willimantic Harvest Ale | Willimantic Brewing Co.

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Willimantic Brewing Co.
Connecticut, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Fall

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Added by mikeys01 on 11-24-2003

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 8 |  Reviews: 6
Reviews by sulldaddy:
Photo of sulldaddy
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I recently had this with dinner on a trip to the Brewpub.
The beer came to me in a pint glass with just a hint of tan head on the surface. The color was reddish orange and the aroma was dominated by malt sweetness.
On the first sip the carbonation is low as a cask ale should be and the body is medium with some viscosity to the brew. The flavor is dominated by malt and hints of caramel and toffee are present. None of these flavors are excessively heavy and overall the flavor is relatively mild.
The finish is relatively clean with only a faint malt sweetness remaining in my mouth. Very easy to drink and I would order again but I was there to try other house brews as well.
Enjoy this one while you can I believe the cask offerings at the pub change frequently.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

German-style refillable growler filled at the brewpub.

First imperial pint pours with a 1/2" tan head, over the clear dark amber brew. The head falls promptly to a small layer of bubbles, with sticky coating lace. Aroma is dusty grain husks, in a good way. Taste starts where the nose left off, malty upfront, a twinge of citrus in the middle, and balancing bitter close. Mouthfeel is medium and smooth, with excellent drinkability. Excellent fall brew.

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Photo of mikeys01
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had the Willibrew Harvest Ale on cask tonight at the brewpub. My harvest arrived at our table the perfect temperature, not too cold, not too warm. Color is an orangey red, with a decent light tan head that fades gradually while drinking. Low carbonation as expected for a cask ale, medium to almost light body. Aroma is of sweet malt and autumn fruit, pears and apples that have fallen from the tree. Taste is rather sweet and caramel malty with notes of molasses, and a decent fruit tartness evident toward the finish. Remarkably smooth and easy to drink.

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Photo of Duesler
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served as part of a flight at Willibrew. Being in cask was a nice addition.

A: Poured a darker amber color, like a strong iced tea. No head or lace, probably because of the cask pour. Sat like a glass of brandy.

S: Smells sweet and like fall fruits; apples, berries, a little bit of spice.

T: Taste is sticky sweet malts and a little bit of cinnamon. There is a grainy taste with some muted, dark fruity hops to balance. Not too shabby.

M: Mouthfeel is thin-medium bodied and forms a clear coat on the inside of my mouth.

D: Although not overly impressive, it's a good fall amber ale that I'd get again if I wanted something simple and seasonal that wouldn't kick my ass.

Overall, another nice addition to the intimidating Willibrew stable of brews. As with all their stuff, catch it if you can.

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Photo of koopa
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Received a growler of this in an in person trade with richdude thanks!

Appearance: Pours dark amber to almost a dark iced tea color with a 1.5 finger light brown to dirty butter crown that shows some retention and lace.

Smell: Cinnamon, caramel malt, dark fruits

Taste: A nice mixture of fruity malt esters, some cinnamon and a nutmeg type spice note.

Mouithfeel: Crisp but way too thin for me.

Drinkabilty: Quite sessionable.

Nothing I'd seek out again but a nice Autumn session beer. I want to drink this on the front porch while watching leaves fall of trees and blow in the breeze!

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Photo of HopDerek
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark amber with caramel colored hues. Thin white head has good retention and leaves some lacing. Smells of caramel, molasses, nuts, malt, cinnamon, and citrus. Tastes of citrus briefly up front, then caramel, bread, molasses, cinnamon, nuts, and dark fruit with a slight coffee touch in the finish along with some floral hops. Medium in body with good carbonation. Malty and nutty, smooth and creamy with a mildly bitter finish. Good stuff, but not what I was expecting from a "harvest ale".

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Photo of jfcaa193
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Willimantic Harvest Ale from Willimantic Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.89 out of 5 with 8 ratings