Hop Harvest | Central Waters Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Central Waters Brewing Co.
Wisconsin, United States | website

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-26-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Reviews:
48
Ratings:
91
Avg:
3.52
pDev:
13.07%
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
2
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Reviews: 48 | Ratings: 91
Photo of orbitalr0x
3.88/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First off, really cool that this is brewed with all Wisconsin barley and hops!

Pours into my glass a sunrise yellow/orange with a creamy white head and good clarity throughout. Aromas start with a crisp, slightly toasted grain along with some earthy, herbal hops. Fruity with a touch of pine as well.

First sip brings a smooth, semi-sweet crisp grain malt body upfront that cavorts with fruity notes and a nice kick of herbal, earthy hop tones. Pine swirls along with a well balanced bitterness on the way down. Solid.

Mouthfeel is smooth and easy drinking. Good carbonation makes this a thirst quencher. Overall, a solid, well balanced brew that uses all local ingredients. Cheers to Cental Waters and their push for sustainability, I wish them only continued success.

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Photo of Wisconsinality
3.38/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bomber into imperial pint.

A- A light golden straw color that has a little haze to it. A decent pour yields about a finger's worth of heady that is pillowy and leaves a nice little cap on the beer. Minimal lacing is left behind.

S- Faint hops and almost a sugary sweetness. Really nothing much else to speak of.

T- The hops are a bit more pronounced than in the nose but not by much. The malt doesn't lend that much in way of flavor and there is a little bit of a grass note in there as well.

M- Medium bodied with light carbonation. No real bitterness but the beer almost has a grainy feel to it.

D- I am guessing that this beer isn't very high but still I wouldn't have more than a bomber of this stuff. Seems kind of stale and really, nothing about it stands out to me. I would try one of CW's other better offerings.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.26/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Cavie for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours straw colored with a white head. The aroma is grassy with some corn and caramel. The flavor is corn husk and caramel malt. Not too much hop character, especially for a fresh hop beer. Medium mouthfeel and low carbonation.

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Photo of drizzam
3.71/5  rDev +5.4%
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 kevman914
2.62/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bland ale. Enticing color, fairly crisp finish, but the flavor is just not there. Not bad, but not at all recommended.

Caveat: One of the recent reviewers mentioned a two-finger head. My bottle might be stale (despite my purchasing it within 120 mi of the brewery) because my pour had virtually no head whatsoever.

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Photo of beerwolf77
3.09/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my pint glass the beer is cloudy golden yellow. The thick white head reaches two fingers before settling slowly. A rather substantial lace ring remains coating the rim.

The aroma is mild hops along with plenty of malt. The malt is sweeter and more dominant then I expected. Some citrus fruit can be picked out with deep whiffs but not much.

The flavor is a touch more hoppy then the nose but not exactly what I was looking for in wet hopped ale. The malt sweetness is bordering on cloying. There's oranges and grapefruit but the sweet versions. Not much sour bite.

Medium body with moderate carbonation.

Overall this one sort of missed the mark for me. I love CW and had high hopes for this one. I look forward to trying this fresh at the brewery. Maybe it will change my mind.

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Photo of Strix
3.22/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear golden, weak head.

Smell is grainy, verging on grassy/buttery.

Taste is mild. Subtle grain flavor with a slight slow piney finish. Pleasant enough but comes off strangely lacking in hops.

Mouthfeel on the thin side.

This is nothing like I expected from a wet hop beer. If I come at it thinking this is a tame regular version of a pale ale, it's passable but quite bland. Certainly anything your average homebrewer could come up with. I like the concept, but in the execution perhaps more hops were needed?

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Photo of Bighuge
2.56/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pale golden. Hazed body. Thin off white head leaves sparse amounts of lace. Aroma is grainy sweet wort like and malty. Wow. Can't believe there's nothing there in regards to hops. Very little to do with hops on the buds either. This is really disappointing coming from a brewery I respect. Easily, the worst beer I've had from Central Waters over the years. Hops are nearly negligible on the palate. Maybe some earthiness. Maybe some ghostly spice. But really nothing that stands out. Very slight bitterness. Body and mouthfeel are fine. But this is an anomaly. Nothing about this beer says Wet Hop. It's not a bad beer, but it is the most nondescript wet hop beer I've ever had. That said, I've had a lot of success with Central Waters in the past and will continue to try their new beers and purchase staples of theirs that I love.

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Photo of nsmartell
3.29/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I enjoyed this beer from the comfort of my own living room. From the 22oz bomber bottle to a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep yellow color with a thick slightly off-white head that sticks around for awhile and is even more pronounced on the second pour.

Smell: Not as hoppy as I was anticipating, but the grassy hops still dominated. A hint of malt comes through as well.

Taste: As expected the grassy hops dominates with a little malt trying to balance things out. I don't think it works that great though.

Mouthfeel: Silky smooth and medium-bodied. Nice carbonation.

Drinkability: Pretty drinkable brew but just lacking a little something in the taste department. Would try again though.

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Photo of maximum12
2.61/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Picked up a bomber of this in Hudson. Always excited to try something new from Central Waters, an underrated brewery that makes some fantastic stuff.

Pours appropriately light. Immediately there's a funky smell coming from it. Let it swirl & settle a bit. OK. Still smells off. Like a hefe gone bad, grassy, a tiny bit musty. Hops? Not here.

Hop Harvest...it must have been a light one this year. If you're going to call a beer hop harvest, please wave some hops at it! Extremely bready, bare minimum of malt sweetness tickling the tongue, musty, earthy. Not digging this at all.

I'm coming to the reluctant conclusion that Central Waters strong suit is every beer that isn't light in color. They brew some kick-butt stuff, but their pales & IPAs have left me cold, or worse. This has either faded with record rapidity or it's just not very good.

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Photo of KeefD
3.91/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bright golden orange color with a 1 inch white head that left lovely sheets of lacing down the glass. Aroma is surprisingly more malty-sweet than hoppy, but there is some light pine and grapefruit mixed with some herbal grassiness and some bready malts. Taste is slightly muted, notes of bread and light toast, with a good balance of citric and herbal hops. The flavors don't real "pop" but it is well balanced and doesn't get too bitter or too sweet. Medium body, good carbonation. Not a bad beer by any means and can't really understand the low scores.

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Photo of emerge077
3.51/5  rDev -0.3%
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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Photo of botham
4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bomber poured into an oversized wine glass. pours a rich golden color with two fingers of slowly settling head that has great retention and leaves moderate lacings.

aroma is of light grain and a hearty citrus hop presence that has a bit of spice mixed in after some swirling.

taste is more of the same with a nice, soft hop character that is assertive but not bitter at all. an odd characteristic for a hoppy beer, but it works quite well.

mouthfeel is medium bodied with a semi-dry texture and a clean finish of little residual.

drinkability is solid. a soft and easy going pale with a pleasant hop quality. all in all a solid beer that is drinkable and flavorful. cheers!

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Photo of Ek0nomik
3.71/5  rDev +5.4%
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 blackearth
3.06/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at Ray's Liquors in Wauwatosa, WI. Pours a light straw body with a thick puffy white head. Aroma is surprisingly faint. I can really only pick up a hint of sweet malt; disappointing. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation. Flavor is sticky sweet with a smooth, more subtle bitterness. Overall, not really bitter at all. This doesn't have the big hop flavor and aroma I would expect from a fresh hop ale, but passable as a decent APA.

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Photo of wheatyweiss
4.15/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a perfect.

Pours a light straw with no discernable cloud. Nice fluffy head settles to a sticky cap.

Aroma is of light husky grain, bready and slightly dusty. Middle comes with fruity hops with slightly floral notes. Finishes sweetly fruity and floral. Aroma doesn't grab me by the nose, but it is very apparent.

Flavor opens with husky grain, slightly tannic and a little acidic. Like the nose, the middle yeilds to fruity and floral hops with a nice amount of bitterness. Malt finishes the show, crackery and with slight hints of cream and toffee. Excellent.

Mouthfeel is creamy and light at the same time. Very full mouthfeel with a middle to light body. The carbonation is lush and soft. Very nice.

This is a very drinkable, very tasty beer. An outstanding example of an APA. Recommend.

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.15/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pale gold, almost dried hay body with sticky and lasting khaki head. An odd one to review...as a wet hopped beer, I expected my nostrils to be pounded a little bit more by alpha acids but on the other hand, I appreciated the mellowness and sessionability of this largely subdued wet hopped brew... Aroma is about ¾ grassy hops with just touches of lemon and about ¼ toasty and caramel malts. The flavor is a nice balance of roasty/toasty malt, caramel, toasted nuts, and grassy/floral hop notes. Somewhat resinous. Very nice, but again not what I would have expected in a wet hopped beet. Bitterness is strong but not over the top. Body is smooth and light. Drinkability is superb. Ultimately, this beer compares to something like a really fresh bottle of Ale Asylum's Hopolicious more than it does to the typical wet hopped brew. But...I don't mind. This is a very well done beer, it's balanced with plenty to offer and no downside and at its price point I will be drinking a rather lot of it this month.

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Photo of jera1350
3.76/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours into a nonic a golden yellow color with massive off-white colored suds. Leaves lots of sticky lace around the glass.

Faint scents of lager like malt, hops and fruity candy.

Pretty big on malt here followed by a crisp and biting hop profile. Nice balance. The hops are pretty piney throughout and into the aftertaste. Some light grapefruit as well. Tastes like there is some candi sugar in this as well. Nice tasting APA.

Smooth, about medium bodied. Feels like a pretty beefy APA. Maybe a little light on the carbonation.

I could easily session this beer. It's a really nice take on an APA. The ingredients are all apparently from WI. I like the idea of local ingredients in a semi-local beer. Nicely priced for a solid, easy to drink beer. I would buy this again.

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Photo of morimech
3.21/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer reminded me of a tamer version of Founder's Harvest Ale. The two beers look identical with a pale golden color and one inch of white head that had good retention before settling to a thick cap. Just a little spotty lacing is left on the glass. Hop Harvest however has a very weak aroma. Just a faint hint of pine hops and sweet malt. Underwhelming. The flavor is more balanced than the Founder's offering only because the hops are much more toned down allowing some sweetness from the malt to come through. The hops give notes of pine and grass. There is a little soapiness that creaps in. Bitterness is moderate. The body is on the lighter side but has enough to carry the flavor. Carbonation is well matched. As I wrote earlier, seems the brewer was attempting to make a Founder's Harvest Ale clone. I did not particullarly care much for that beer either. This is a touch more balanced but does not show of the hops as well.

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Photo of gatornation
3.17/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

poured from a 22oz bomber..it has a light gold color with very little head and minimal lacing really sub par in this area ..the smell is pine and grapefruit some malt and hops ..the taste is really just average for one of my top WI breweries the hops the malt the balance is just not here for a special release series.will not buy this one again and really did not feel like finishing the bomber so many other fresh hop offerings this fall ..this one comes up short

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Photo of Wisconsin
3.52/5  rDev 0%
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 cokes
3.41/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Foggy toasted straw colored with a short rise of sticky and lacy beige froth.
For a wet-hopped beer, the nose is extremely closed. The malt comes through a bit with a toasty, semi-caramelized graininess. Hops are grassy, weak, and translucent..at best. A bit of quinine-esque, minerally bitterness comes out as it warms.
The malt rolls through the mouth with a healthy toastiness, and a subserviant caramel sweetness. A mixed bag of dry-roasted nuts is tossed in as well. Hops are louder in the mouth than they were in the nose, but still suffer from a washed-out sense of indistinctness. Here, they are generally grassy, with a discernable piney resinous quality, and some loose floral traits. Overall, it lacks the punch and clarity one associates with a fresh hop ale. Bitterness creeps up on the tail end-- evidenced by some minerally astringency-- but lacks the accompanying flavor.
The medium body is given rise with a steady, small-beaded CO2. There's a taut muscularity here, and it pushes itself down the neck.
As a Pale Ale, it's very solid (aside from the flatlined nose) and absolutely drinkable. But as a special release it seems all too commonplace.

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Photo of cvaypai
3.31/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 22oz to snifter.

Appearance - Deep orange, poured with a 1 finger white foamy head. Head recedes rather quickly and leaves a slight lacing on the side of the glass.

Smell - Just a bit of alcohol and hops, not much. Maybe a hint of hops and grass. After a ton of sniffing a little bit of sweet malts.

Taste - Very grassy alcoholic taste to it. A bit of sweet malts on the end but most of the taste comes from very grassy and a little bit of citrusy hops. The sweet malt dominates on the end.

Mouthfeel - Very carbonated, almost too much so. Seems a bit too heavy for it's style. Good but not matching up with an APA.

Drinkability - A bomber is plenty enough for me, not much more of this beer, I would not reach for another bomber if I had one

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Photo of darklordlager
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours an clear light tan/orange colour, with a head that recedes within a few minutes of the pour. Lots of irregular sized bubbles, staring at me...

Smell is reminiscent of 2-row malt mashing if you were to throw a bunch of hops in. Kind of skunky flowery smell infiltrating the nostrils.

Taste is of inviting pale malt intermingling with bright flowery hops. Twangy light "crisp light lager" flavour. Lingering leafy hop bitterness...

Mouthfeel--light, crisp, cleansing the palette with each sip.

Drinkability-- Pretty easy going, I was expecting a bit more from this one though.

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Photo of WJVII
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a 22Oz of this fresh from the brewery last weekend (42 mile round trip bike ride from Point).

Pours a light wheat color with a decent white head that settled into a very thin cap. There is a lot of bubbly carbonation rising from the bottom. The aroma is a little weak. There is a citrus presence, and a mild floral nose but very subtle. The taste is nice and calm, no big POP that I would look for in a good pale ale. Balance is there with the malt finish. This is a decent brew, but for the price of the bottle I could get a sixer of something a little better.

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