Outdoor Harvest Ale | Ithaca Beer Company

BA SCORE
62.7%
Liked This Beer
3.82 w/ 59 ratings
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Ithaca Beer Company
New York, United States
ithacabeer.com

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.90%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by israel on 09-18-2008

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#17,012
Reviews:
21
Ratings:
59
Liked:
37
Avg:
3.82/5
pDev:
12.57%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
0
Gots:
2
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 59 |  Reviews: 21
Photo of oberon
4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Cole's last night.Poured a somewhat hazed lighter copper color with well defined 1/2 finger white head atop.Lightly toasted doughy aromas with faint grassy hops in the nose,the cascades are a little subdued.I loved the fresh malty flavors of the beer,somewhat grainy and dough-like with mild sweetness,the cascades came into play in the finish lending some grassy-pine notes.It tasted as fresh as all get out,although Iam a hophead it was the malt flavors that made me really like this beer.

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Photo of smcolw
4.52/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy pale gold color with a bit of a greenish hue. Rich lasting head. Leaves a blanket of lace.

Fresh hop pellet aroma. Like really fresh -- reminds me of grinding a hop flower.

Excellent pale malt start to the taste with a very pleasant fruity hop touch in the swallow. The aftertaste is balanced and delicious. A really great representation of what I expect from a superb APA. Rich body with ample carbonation. This is a reach for another type of beer.

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Photo of orangesol
3.74/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of PA-Michigander
3/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of rab53
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of IPAchris
3.33/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of WesWes
4.42/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a hazy golden color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is awesome! It has the freshest hop aroma of any beer I've ever had. It's refreshing and well balanced with a solid pale malt aroma. The taste is great! It has a very smooth pale malt flavor that takes a back seat to a very aggressive hop flavor. This is some hop experience. The freshness is outstanding. The mouthfeel is good. It is a medium/full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a damn good drinker. It's not an alcohol bomb. It's just a great APA; a perfect seesion beer for hop heads.

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Photo of BillRoth
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of epyon396
3.84/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of corby112
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Draft at The Pour House in Westmont, NJ.

Pours a slightly hazy golden straw color with a one finger frothy white head that slowly settles into a lasting ring.  Streaks of soapy lace let behind.

Floral hop aroma with subtle earthy pine needle countered by sweet citrus and pale malt.  Hints of grass, grapefruit and lemon peel along with bready yeast notes.  Some light fruit and biscuit as well.

Medium bodied with a crisp hop bite up frot that lingers over the citrus fruit and pale malt backbone into a dry finish. Spicy, resinous hop bitterness with pine needle and grassy flavors counters by lemon peel, pineapple and grapefruit.  Decent malt backbone adding balance without taking away from the hops.  Hints of caramel, bread, biscuit, toffee and light fruit.  Well balanced, flavorful and very easy to drink.

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Photo of whatname
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of TheBeerdedCharmer
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of cbutova
3.64/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Lower Depths Boston.

A- Draft pour to a hexagonal tumbler with a very pale yellow body and a slight haziness. Thick and creamy head is over a finger with good retention dropping large sheets of lacing.

S- Fairly tame nose with hops taking a slight central position in the aroma. Those hops are citrus, earthy, floral and herbal grassy in nature. Cracker, bready and slight grainy sweetness.

T- Orange, grapefruit, floral, spicy, earthy and dank herbal hops up front gaining some clout compared to the nose. Balance is provided by a cushion of pale grains and yeast. The latter two donate biscuit, cracker, bread and pale fruit esters.

MF- Body of medium thickness coming down on the taste buds with a creamy and silky consistency. Moderate carbonation and extra smooth. Grassy light bitter finish.

Hop focused with citrus and floral notes up front balanced by pale malts and slight yeasty tones. Very easy drinker and all around pleasant with a small gripe about a white grape ester opening up later on.

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Photo of Gmann
3.6/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear toasted straw color with a small but dense white head that left a nice ring and some sticky lacing on the glass. The aroma is not super strong; it has a bready characteristic with some light grapefruit hops. Nice aroma just not that strong. The taste has more of a hop presense; there is some grapefruit with a touch of resin. This is paired with a bready malty that has some light fruity notes and honey. The feel is moderate with enough carbonation to give it an edge; finishes bitter. For a "harvest" or "wet" hop ale, this is quite tame. I expected to get a blast of fresh buddy hops but the flavor was subdued which brought out the bitter aspect of the hop, though it is really not that bitter. Much better "harvest" APA's out there.

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Photo of ROGUE16
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

Photo of tommyguz
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

Photo of SonictheBeerhog
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of siege06nd
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

Photo of david18
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is their Wet Hop ale and it was very good.

Good pale color with a very good but not overwhelming hop aroma. Carbonation is very good, a little fizzy, and the flavor and mouthfeel are great. I'm not a huge fan of this brewery but this is one of my favorites.

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Photo of koopa
4.06/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Growler purchased at DeCicco's in Ardsley NY.

Appearance: Pours a transparent oily wheat to pale golden with a 2 finger crown that displays decent retention and good lace.

Smell: Dank hops, wheat, and biscuit malt in harmony but the hops are not as pungent as the sample I had in Newburgh a while ago.

Taste: Same as the nose with a decent amount of bite. I'd give it a 4.2 if I could so I'm rounding down a bit.

Mouthfeel: Thin side of medium bodied with good carbonation.

Drinkability: Very good.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.05/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of Kendo
4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got it on tap at Blue Tusk in Syracuse, served in a mug.

A: Body is slightly hazy, light-honey in color. A 1-finger foamy white head settles on top, leaves behind good splotchy lace.

S: Smells like fresh hops: citrusy, with a touch of pine. Nose gets better as it warms (this is the 2nd consecutive beer I've had at Blue Tusk that I believe was served too cold).

T: Fresh, wet hops again - juicy and resiny citrus over a base of light, bready malt. Sweet oranges come to mind at times. Finishes with a touch of spice.

M: Resiny in feel, medium bodied.

D: Excellent if you like this sort of beer -- i.e., a fresh hop ale. I do, so I scored it accordingly.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ithaca Outdoor Harvest Ale pours a dark golden color with a finger and a half of white head. Both retention and lacing are fair.

Although backed up by a crisp malt backbone, the aroma is mostly dominated by the hops. Some pine, and tons of grass and earthy aromas from the fresh hops.

The flavor is similar to the aroma, but I find it a little surprising how bitter it is. The malt once again hangs back, adding a bit of balance and sweetness. The hops are in the forefront, bringing lots of earthy and grassy flavors, but also hints of citrus and pine. The bitterness is tongue-lashing, a lot more potent than the edge that most fresh hop beers have. There is also just a touch of heat from alcohol in the finish, which might enhance my impression that the bitterness is pretty harsh.

The mouthfeel is oily and bitter-feeling, which as far as I'm concerned is pretty good.

I had a growler of this last year and liked it enough to get some more this year. I am a sucker for fresh hop beers though. I'd say only go for this one if you're in the mood for fresh hops paired with big bitterness.

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Photo of grub
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

64oz swingtop growler. filled nov 22/09 at consumers in buffalo, sampled nov 25th.

pours crystal clear deep yellow with a huge fluffy off-white head. the head drops very slowly and leaves a thick and intricate pattern of lace as it falls.

aroma is good. light alcohol. whole wheat bread and biscuit. bit of cracker. big hoppy nose. floral and slightly grassy. earthy. light orange, grapefruit, and piney notes in the background. touch of caramel.

taste is nice. a touch of caramel sweetness. bit of honey. grassy and slightly floral hops. earthy. light alcohol. medium-low bitterness level. whole wheat bread. bit of biscuit and cracker.

mouthfeel is good. light bodied. medium carbonation level.

drinkability is great. nice balance. fairly straightforward. tasty and enjoyable. i'd have liked a little more hop presence, even if it's just an APA and not an IPA, but enjoyed it none the less.

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Outdoor Harvest Ale from Ithaca Beer Company
Beer rating: 62.7% out of 100 with 59 ratings
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