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Hop Harvest | Central Waters Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Central Waters Brewing Co.
Wisconsin, United States
centralwaters.com

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-26-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
48
Ratings:
91
pDev:
13.03%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
2
Trade:
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Ratings: 91 |  Reviews: 48
Photo of MooseBoose
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

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Photo of Ek0nomik
3.71/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured In: Tulip Glass

Appearance: Pours a perfectly clear golden hay and straw color. My aggressive pour leads to three fingers of head, but it dissipates quickly. The beer is slightly effervescent; there's a thin stream of bubbles continually making their way to the top of the glass. The lace is better than I was expecting, a few sheets of lace cover one hundred and eighty degrees of the glass.

Smell: The nose is leading me away from the name of the beer. It's called hop harvest, but I'm not getting much hop in the nose. It's mostly pale malt in the nose, with a little bit of earthiness from the hops.

Taste: The palate picks up more hops than the nose did, but I still think their holding back. The palate is mostly pale malt all the way through until the aftertaste comes in which some hop flavors come through. Until the aftertaste the hops seem to mostly be a bittering component. The aftertaste reveals some citrus and earthy notes including pine, grass, and just a dash of grapefruit.

Mouthfeel: The beer sits right at a medium body, with a crisp carbonation. I would have knocked down the carbonation just a tad myself, I think it would have made it a little more enjoyable to drink.

Drinkability: For an occasional offering it's rather forgettable. It's an easy to drink beer, and good as far as APA's are concerned, but I would have liked a higher hopped version of this using even more lovely Wisconsin hops.

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Photo of drizzam
3.71/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to my beer loving friends JDostal and Mike for this bottle!

A - Poured from the brown bomber into a clear pint glass. The body of this brew is a nearly crystal clear yellow/gold color topped with a bright white head. Head retention was decent and left a nice curtain of lacing down the inside of my glass.

S - Kind of a sweet smelling malt body with hints of citric hops in the background. Doesn't smell very hoppy.

T & M - The taste is certainly hoppier than the nose would have suggested. To me, the hops seem both earthy and grassy. The malts that I smelled in the nose are actually on the low end taste wise but help to balance out the hop kick. Light to medium bodied and finishes with a slight hop aftertaste. Carbonation is on the very low end.

D - A pretty decent example of an APA. Seems like this beer has been hit or miss in the reviews, I'm wondering if some people got a bad bottle, because this one was pretty decent to me.

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Photo of johnkale
3.68/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into a Sam Adams pint glass

A - pale amber, half inch of white head dissipates quickly, leaves some decent lacing

S - citrus and mango are predominant, a slight whiff of caramel and spearmint

T - clean, very clean, lemon zest along with more tropical flavors (mangoish), a bit of toasty malt, green apple and piney bitterness on the back end, caramel is more intense as it warms and apricot shows up too, really fun to keep sipping at

M - moderate carbonation, fairly light bodied, a little bit resinous in the finish

O - I like it, very drinkable and well balanced but I get the impression that CW is just trying to show off how restrained it can be using wet hops. I really wasn't expecting the subtlety of the flavors here, it takes a lot of mulling over. I'm sure it will leave a lot of hopheads disappointed and the nose was too subdued for me but still a great beer.

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Photo of Lemke10
3.68/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I bought a 22oz. bottle from Star Liquor Store in Ashland, WI in Spring 2011. for $4.99.

Pours a mostly clear golden yellow color with a fluffy head. Has a mild scent of hops and other grassy scents. Flavor is crisp and mildly hoppy. They don't go overkill with the hops, just enough to give a crisp refreshing taste. Texture is smooth but just a tad too thin for me. The use of Wisconsin grown hops and barley give this APA a different type of taste not easily duplicate with other beers. Finishes crisp with a slight dryness. Something to try once for the Fall season, but that's about it.

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Photo of hawks10
3.68/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz brown bottle poured into my Central Waters pint glass...

Pours a clear golden amber with two fingers of meringue-like white head. Leaves some nice lacing behind...

Rather muted aroma of grain and some earthy hops. Not that bright citrus or piny hop aroma you expect from most other Harvest Ales...Although there is a shortage of hops in the nose, the beer smells crisp and fresh...

Smooth, crisp, grainy with some grassy, earthy bitterness. A touch of sweetness up front cuts into the mild hop presence, there is a slight lingering bitterness...

Light to medium bodied with decent carbonation. Highly drinkable, smooth and crisp. Taste is fresh, clean and simple. There is a slight lingering bitter aftertaste...

Not what I have come to expect from Harvest Ales (especially if looked at next to Broo Doo or Founders Harvest). The beer actually resembles a Pilsner to me more than an APA, what the beer lacks in up front hop presence, it makes up for with simplicity, freshness and is an overall clean and easy drinking beer...

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Photo of cdkrenz
3.67/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pale coper colored body with a decent hea. It leaves a nice subtle lacing as well.

S - I'm not all that conviced that this brew is gonna knock my socks off just by the aroma. While the name, Hop Harvest implies to me this is gonna be a well hopped brew, the scent doesn't reflect that thought. It has a slight aroma of leafy, grassy and floral hops.

T - The flavor here is good. Mainly malt with hints of leafy and grassy hops. The sweet malt flavor supercedes the hops but doesn't kill them.

M - Watery and crisp, just as I would expect from a ripe American Pale Ale.

~ This is a sessionable brew. One I would certainly suggest to friends. It would be nice to see the Central Waters original on tap throughout Wisconsin. But only if Happy Heron can't be.

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Photo of dirtylou
3.65/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"Wisconsin grown barley and hand-picked hops make this beer one of a kind. We take pride in brewing this local product and supporting the farmers that make this possible. When you enjoy a Hop Harvest, rest assured that you are truly making a difference in this great state."

Appearance - poured into hopleaf tulip, rather pale straw-golden body, eggshell froth with minimal lacing

Smell: hops aren't overly aromatic - slightly grassy, a touch of lemongrass, pale malts

Taste - I guess this just isn't what I was expecting...it should be noted that I dig Central Waters but have never found any of their hop-centric beers to be worth of a repeat purchase. At $4.49 a bomber, this one was fairly priced and an immediate purchase. The hops just don't come through for something labeled as "Hop harvest" and "wet hopped". The flavor profile is very balanced (too balanced) and features a brilliant clean malt profile with no real hop profile at all - light lemongrass, faint citrus and no pine. As a hop-centric beer, a major disappointment. As a WI harvest brew, lovely.

Mouthfeel: light-medium body, very clean, very refreshing

Drinkability: good

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Photo of Florida9
3.63/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: light copper color. Ever so slight haze. Forms a moderate bright white head. Very light lacing.

S: light, but bright. Light aroma of caramel malts, followed by bright citrus aroma. Grapefruit, with a little touch of lemon.

T: light toasty malts. Citrus hops,mostly grapefruit. A pleasant flavor, but very light.

M: on the lighter side of medium. Good, sparkly carbonation. Mild, but persistent bitterness comes across stronger than it is on the light body.

O: a nice beer. Very drinkable.

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Photo of pweis909
3.58/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle 22 oz bottle. Appearance is yellow with soft white head that is not very persistent. For a beer that calls attention to its hops, this beer is rather malt forward. The aroma smells of grainy pilsner malt, with only a tickle of hop spicyness. The flavor delivers what the aroma promises. The sweet grainy malt is reminiscent of European lagers than an American pale ale. Don't get me wrong; I love this malt character. The beer just doesn't deliver on the proise converyed by the name "Hop Harvest." The hops carry little aroma, and perhaps more could be used in a bittering capacity, but they do contribute a cattiness that helps cut through the sweetness of the malt. They also may be responsible for delivering a slight astringency to the finish, which cuts through a viscous initial mouth feel.

In all, it is an interesting beer. It comes across to me as a pilsner-like ale with some cattiness from American hops. It would benefit from having more hop aroma and perhaps a bit more bitterness.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.54/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased at Steve's in Madison. Served in a Leinenkugel pint glass.

A - Two fingers of creamy white foam that settles to a thick cap and some solid glass-coating lace. Transparent golden body, lots of visible bubbles rising upwards.

S - Very earthy, zesty, and herbaceous hop notes, some notes of soap, and a hefty sugary crystal malt backbone. Reminds me a little of Sierra Nevada Estate, but a little better and less catty.

T - Taste is more malt-forward with light grain and sugar, with a bit of citrus hop and very light bitterness in the finish. Just kind of boring.

M - Zesty carbonation, but not harsh. Medium-light body, with a sticky and lightly oily finish. Could use more dryness.

D - There's not ABV listed, but I'm guessing this is pretty light. Very easy to finish, but ultimately forgettable.

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Photo of RoamingGnome
3.53/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22oz bottle into CBS snifter. Served chilled...

A) A deeper amber with a little haze. This had 2 fingers of foam, which settled quickly to a thin dusting. Good amount of lacing.

S) Mild aroma of grass, light flower petal, orange peel shavings. Faint sweetness in the background.

T) A very grassy flavor, earthy hops, lots of citrus bite, light malt sweetness attempts to balance this one out.

M) A lighter medium body, with moderate carbonation. The citrus zest lingers on the palate. It's a crisp brew with a slightly dry finish.

O) I was looking forward to trying this one out, and while it wasn't a total disappointment, it was not up to snuff in comparison to several other wet hop brews I've had the pleasure of drinking recently. On the plus side, there's nothing offensive about this beer, and it is pretty easy drinking. It was worth a try...

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Photo of Wisconsin
3.52/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 ounce bottle into a pint glass

A - A fairly strong pour brings up a thin white head that fades to a ring around the glass within a minute or two. The color is golden and clear in transparency. A decent amount of carbonation is present, racing up to the top. Overall though I am a bit disappointed by the poor head retention.

S - Lots of hops, and earthy notes present in this brew. There is some underlying citrus notes along with some faint malts as well.

T - Strong in the hops, no doubt about it. Even more than I was expecting after a few whiffs. A bitter, grainy alcohol taste also presents itself, making this beer not as pleasant as I would have hoped. Malts, caramel and earthy notes are present as well.

M - Medium bodied with more than enough carbonation. Lots of hops and citrus notes right off the bat accompanied by an alcohol flavor and carbonation. As the beer finishes there is a dry bitterness left behind from the malts and earthy notes.

D - This beer is certainly worth a try if your a fan of Central Waters like I am. However, for the price and the fact that this was supposed to be a special release, I am a bit disappointed. Worth a try, but not something I will be getting again. I couldn't imagine having more than one of these in an evening anyway.

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Photo of emerge077
3.51/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Looks nice enough, golden orange in a 22 oz. Spaten glass. Spongy head of medium sized bubbles. As it fades, there is a good amount of sudsy lacing around the edges.

For a wet hopped pale ale, I expected more. The aroma barely held a floral hint even suggesting hops. It was more husky barley than anything else.

The flavor is all earthy hop bitterness, grassy, woody, aspirin, some pale malt behind it. Fairly sessionable, but I feel this has already faded from it's optimum freshness. This seems more of a typical pale ale than anything at this point. Still medium bodied and sessionable, but lacking the fresh hops that may have defined it originally. For being only a month or so old, this beer was a disappointment.

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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Hop Harvest from Central Waters Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.53 out of 5 with 91 ratings
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