Outdoor Harvest Ale | Ithaca Beer Company

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Brewed by:
Ithaca Beer Company
New York, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.90%

Availability: Fall

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Reviews: 21 | Ratings: 59
Photo of oberon
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
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 +14.4%
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 WesWes
4.42/5  rDev +11.9%
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 corby112
3.83/5  rDev -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 cbutova
3.64/5  rDev -7.8%
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 -8.9%
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 david18
4/5  rDev +1.3%
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 +2.8%
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 Kendo
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
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 -2.5%
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 -0.5%
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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Photo of oglmcdgl
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the blue dog tavern.

A- comes my way with a good two fingers of bright white semi dense head that settles rather quickly to a small cap and some nice rings of lace. Slightly hazy golden yellow in color and a sweet glow.

S- crisp citrus and piney hops with a light honey and floral touch. Hints of spice.

T- clean fresh hops coming off with some citrus fruits and a bit of pine sap. Hints of spicy herbals and sweet malts with some honey and light colored bread. Nice clean hoppy linger.

M- on the lesser side medium in body and a big bright carb that tingles the tongue. Semi dry finish.

D- this is one quafable brew here light enough to have a few but full on flavor. This would be able to give miller 6:09:55 PM a run for its money with some of their customers.

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Photo of aerozeppl
3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Couple tugs off a growler.

A: Light golden color with a finger of white head.

S: The nose was piney with sticky fresh hops. It just had a touch of citrus. This one was more earthy and grassy than a huge hop bomb. The malt was crisp and cut through.

T: The taste followed right in line with the nose. The hops really came through nicely but again it was more earthy and piney. A touch of citrus. Finished a little on the bitter side.

M: Fairly light in body. Well carbonated.

D: This was good but it is not something that I would seek out. That being said I would never turn this down fresh either.

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Photo of SLeffler27
3.77/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A one-inch, rocky, white head floats over a clear, golden wheat beer with chill haze, leaving sparse lacing.

The hops deliver pine resin aromas. Also to be found are dried hay, coriander, and orange.

This one has a bitter bite up front with grains in the background. There is some citrus, primarily lemon. Apricot and green tea can be found in a lingering finish that has a sharp bite.

This Harvest Ale is dry with a medium body and modest carbonation. Astringency and alcohol are about as expected.

While perhaps a bit sharp, this is still a fine drinking beer from a Roosterfish pint glass. I am not sure what makes this a “harvest” beer, but it suited me well after work on a cool day.

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Photo of jjayjaye
4.42/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Draft only proposition. This one is drying up around town. Pours an ever so slightly hazy pale golden color with a couple of fingers stiff white head that fades to impressive amounts of Belgian lacing top to bottom...makes up for the light character of the color. The smell has a distinct lemon citrus grassy aroma. The lemon resin is mirrored in the taste. The oily resin nature of the hops lingers nicely and enhances the substance. The mouth feel is medium-light bodied and adequately carbonated. One heck of an easy drinker. Hoppier than your daddy's APA...has an IPA thing to it. At 5.9% ABV, it's very session-able. Good job Team Ithaca!!

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Photo of IronLover
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale yellow in color with just the slightest haze. Poured with a short soapy white foam that quickly disappeared. Light, fresh citrus hop aroma upfront followed by resinous pine hops and a light malt sweetness beneath. Creamy smooth feel with subdued carbonation. Citus hop bite up front with a pine hop bitterness below from beginning to end. Hop character pretty much overwhelms any maltiness. Finishes cleanly with a lingering pine hop aftertaste.

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Photo of BeerTruth
4.47/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a wet hop ale using freshly picked cascade hops from Pederson Farms in Seneca Castle, NY

64 oz. growler poured into a nonic a few times.

Pours a semi-hazy golden orange with a one finger off-white head that dies down to a thin layer of various sized bubbles that lasts. Spotty lacing clings to the glass here and there. Smell is very clean and fresh with a sweet citrus hop aroma. Caramel malts and a bready aroma balance out the nose quite nicely. Taste begins with a floral sweetness and an underlying grapefruit zest. Midway the bready malts emerge with a hint of toasted grains. Aftertaste has a Clementine orange sweetness that lingers and leaves the mouth slightly dry, this one is lip smacking good. Smooth and creamy medium body with a steady carbonation. Such a clean and refreshing brew, just how this type of ale should be. So glad I picked up a growler of this. Any BA's in the Ithaca area really need to get a growler of this because it won't last long. I know Tim @ Empire has a wet hop ale brewing as we speak. So glad to see CNY brewers experiment with this type of beer.

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Photo of Kadonny
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from tap at TJs in Paoli. Rare beer, glad I got a chance to try it.

A: A medium golden orange color with some slight haze to it. A two finger white fluffy head recedes back into the glass leaving some lacing.

S: Fruity, floral and some malt sweetness. Not overly aromatic.

T: Great fresh taste. Loads of fresh fruit with lemon, orange, pear and some grassy hops. A nice velvety biscuity malt is tasted but never breaks through the fresh hop flavor. Very resiny and slightly bitter finish leaves a great taste on the finish the ends very cleanly.

M: Light to medium, a bit prickly and bitter but it leaves a wonderful clean finish.

D: High, great drinking fresh APA.

Overall a very good fresh hop from Ithaca that is very easy drinking and very enjoyable. Hoppy for an APA but balanced to make it very enjoyable. Nice beer, glad I got to try it. I could easily keg this at home and enjoy every glass of it.

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Photo of gory4d
3.7/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear pale orange with a huge white head that flattens to a dense cap, leaving lacing down the glass. The smell is grass, lemon peel, some grain. The taste is citrus up front, grain, some faint toffee notes, a long bitter finish; there are some rather soapy notes that diminish as it warms. It's highly carbonated, medium body. A little off balance and a little too bitter to drink with ease, but still a pretty nice beer.

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Photo of almychristopher
3.45/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this beer pours a cloudy golden color with a nice white head that recedes to a thin layer of lace that sticks around for quite a while. the aroma comes across as grassy, with a bit of floral hoppiness and some sweet malt. the taste doesn't show too much the malt profile is a bit lacking even for a pale ale, and the hops only come through at the end with a bit of a citrus bitterness. the thin body and good co2 make it an easy drink.

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Photo of israel
4.57/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

according to their web-site this is a wet hopped beer.

A - copper in color with some golden hues through out the beer. Nice frothy head that sticks around and laces the sides of the glass nicely.

S - the aroma is heavenly with lots of fresh hop smell, but not overwhelming still some nice balancing going on there. Easy to pick out the cascade hops but they don't seem to have an enormous amount of citrusy punch to them which I like a lot.

T - the taste is so well balanced that its hard to really discern one attribute, but there are definitely hops there which seem to be the main attraction, as it should be, but not mouth puckering. an awesome east coast pale ale that rivals many other top notch beers in the same style,imo.

M - body is medium with a nice touch of carbonation and a really nice resinous after taste that coats the tongue and just begs to be washed away with another quaff.

D - The one thing that bums me out is the fact that this has to be a limited seasonal brew, but it just wouldn't work any other way. I'm need to get back to Ithaca and fill my growler up before its all gone, which probably won't take long.

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Outdoor Harvest Ale from Ithaca Beer Company
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