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Harvest Pale | Castle Rock Brewery

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Harvest PaleHarvest Pale

Brewed by:
Castle Rock Brewery
England, United Kingdom

Style: English Bitter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 3.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
English Golden Ale

Added by GreenCard on 06-21-2005

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Ratings: 33 |  Reviews: 19
Photo of pcbnumber1
3.2/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of pin
3/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Hoppsbabo
3.83/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Straw coloured body. Lots of bubbles rising up the glass. Decent white head.
S: Saaz like hops, and almost a bit plasticy. Nice though.
T: Hmm, has a lager like assertiveness. Interesting grapey bubblegum in the finish. And some banana too, could that be the wheat? Nice hoppy earth as well. Dry as a bone. Way too bitter.
O: Not great but I'm sure it shines on cask.

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Photo of Malt_Man
2.63/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.5

Served cool from 500ml bottle into pint mug.

L) Crystal clear, lager-type medium amber. A few bubbles coming up. Thin white bubbly film.

S) Hmmm - rubbery. Not appetising. Hints of honey as it warms up.

T) Well, the taste follows the smell, rubbery hops and bitterness, with hints of honey on the finish.

F) Cool and smooth, muted carbonation. No faults here.

O) I can't recommend this one when nearly every other ale on the supermarket shelf simply tastes better.

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Photo of Wobbly
4.28/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Very good, traditional English bitter. A real treat.

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Photo of vinicole
3.1/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of speedvagen
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of charlatan
2.88/5  rDev -18.9%

Photo of atrocity
2.75/5  rDev -22.5%

Photo of Mr_Pink_152
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of EmperorBevis
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled and bottle conditioned
Pours an amber body with very little white head. Slightly malty aroma. Round hoppy and malty flavor. Clean and classic. Medium bodied. Refreshing.

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Photo of LeeSkilton
3/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of Johnq1964
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of Hanglow
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.85/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Three hand-pulled pints for Sunday lunch on 18 Nov 2012 @ The Wrekin Inn, Wellington, Shropshire. Completely different drink to the bottled version: this is miles better.

Pours the pale golden colour you'd expect with a good head that stays.

Great blend of flavours give the beer a slightly maltier feel than hoppy, although there is a dry bitter finish from the hops that takes over two thirds of the way through each gulp.

Very, very easy to drink (hence my three pints) and leaning towards sweet; it suits my taste buds nicely. Good body depth and I can now understand how it got to win its various awards.

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Photo of flyingpig
3.58/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bright orange to golden amber colour with a nice, two fingers tall head that is bubbly and leaves some lacing on the side of the glass as well. This one looks quite lively.

Sweet but quite light on the nose, there is some nice gentle hops and a touch of floral notes to go with some grass and a little citrus too. Not a whole lot going on really but nothing off-putting or offensive either.

Sweet medium strength bitterness shinning through, there is some floral flavours and some grassy hops too along with some bread and malts towards the end. Again nothing overly complex but quite nicely done and enjoyable too.

Smooth, medium bodied and wet to begin with, it has medium to high carbonation with a very slightly dry in the finish.

Light tasting beer with a good balance and very good drinkability, one of the nicest things about the beer is the palate and how easy it was to finish. It's a good beer and one I'd have again.

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Photo of TrevorWGrover
4.5/5  rDev +26.8%

Photo of StJamesGate
3.58/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Shined gold with plenty of fizz and a loose lagery head that webs crazily. Husky grain nose with spicy, orange rind hops, plus a bit of must.
Sharp cut hay malts with a touch of melon and harsh lemon seed hops.
Honey-herb cough drop finish and astonishingly long bitter linger. Light, crisp, dry.

Lagery crispiness and hop bite combine for a profoundly dry, almost harsh ale, almost like no crystal was used. Fruit salad comes out as it warms while getting rounder and sweeter, but still unbalanced. A lean, bitter blonde.

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Photo of Richie71
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of JRaburn
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.45/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Dispensed a light yellow body, essentially clear, with a white, sudsy head.

Smell: Sweet-scented golden barley, faintly floral, and a very low fruitiness giving a hint of a thin white wine.

Taste: Gently malted barley, only ever lightly sweet. Mild hint of fruit. Calm, restrained hop character giving light tastes of citrus, florals, and moist lawn. Subtly bitter. The herbal quality ramps up approaching and beyond the dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Lightly carbonated.

Overall: There's a lightness in all its qualities, though it's easily drinkable providing for decent refreshment.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.09/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The first beer I had at the Atlanta Cask Ale Tasting- an event I appreciate very much for the care they take in preparing and serving the casks. A healthy pour on this one, so I settled into a nook to enjoy and take notes. Pours a very pale golden with a light bubbly head, fairly typical. Nice clarity in the pour. Very pleasant nutty and grainy aromas while not being overbearing- this beer's best feature. The taste picks up bit of that nuttiness, but loses some of the grain and finishes with a moderately pronounced herbal bitterness. More on the subtle side overall, but with a somewhat surprising bitterness for the overall body- but not unpleasant at all. A very nice session brew that I would happily quaff at my local.

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Photo of wl0307
3.08/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Purchased at the Waitrose supermarket, this 4.3%abv., filtered bottle version comes in a slim brown glass bottle, BB 17/05/2012, served cool in a straight imperial pint glass.

A: pours a pale golden hue with very light carbonation and a fluffy off-white head that retreats gradually and leaves dirty lacing behind.
S: lightly buttery, grassy, burned sugar-cane-ish sweet malty, with a touch of boiled root vegetable in the background; a swirl would bring out a bit more citric hop fruitiness but nothing substantial here. Very different from the cask version and it obviously carries some negative influence lent by pasteurisation process, I believe.
T: lightly fizzy, the foretaste is fruity, rather spicy bitter against a very thin malty backbone, turning increasingly dry as the sweeter edge of maltiness sets in, resulting in an interesting aftertaste that scores both in grassy+citric bitterness and in lightly caramely-buttery maltiness, somewhat contrasting really.
M&D: the carbonation remains moderate and not too much, yet the mouthfeel overall is not smooth and this feeling is reinforced by the somewhat clashing flavour between the extremely dry-bitter edge and boiled-yum like malty edge. This lightly-flavoured, light-bodied bottled version simply cannot compare with the original cask version, I’m afraid.

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Photo of Squelch
2.1/5  rDev -40.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Appearance: Hazy, no head. Not appetizing

Smell: nothing. nothing at all

Taste: astringent. no hops, no malt. uninteresting

Mouthfeel: medium light bodied. best part of this beer.

Drinkability: not going to try again. This isn't on the same caliber as some of the other more popular british bitters.

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Photo of Brabander
3.18/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I got this beer from Jeremy (BlackHaddock) when we met on the Essen Christmasbeerfestival in Belgium. Thanks for this beer man!

Poured in my Struise glass the beer looks good and promising. A big nice broken white head and a golden yellow fluid with decent carbonation.

The smell gives a small hint of what to expect. Dry and bitter hopped beer, a bit too much for me. Overall decent but not spectacular.

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Harvest Pale from Castle Rock Brewery
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