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:
#17,038
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
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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

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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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of IronLover
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
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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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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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3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
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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3/5  rDev -21.5%

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5/5  rDev +30.9%

Photo of rab53
4/5  rDev +4.7%

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3/5  rDev -21.5%

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3/5  rDev -21.5%

Photo of touchmeimsac
5/5  rDev +30.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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 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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4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
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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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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3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
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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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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Outdoor Harvest Ale from Ithaca Beer Company
Beer rating: 62.7% out of 100 with 59 ratings
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