Muskoka Harvest Ale | Muskoka Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Muskoka Brewery
Ontario, Canada
muskokabrewery.com

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
Muskoka Harvest Ale was our brewery’s pioneering venture into our limited run series of beers. Now in its fourth year, our Harvest Ale marks the end of the growing season and the process of gathering mature crops from the fields.

Dry hopped and brewed using a selection of premium local ingredients, this ale has a rich malt backbone and a subtle grassy character reminiscent of the freshly cut harvest. It’s our way of celebrating another prosperous growing season. And we’re proud to share it with you.

Added by Viggo on 10-14-2009

BEER STATS
Ratings:
164
Reviews:
69
Avg:
3.93
pDev:
10.43%
 
 
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5/5  rDev +27.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +20.9%

Photo of BlairDoucette
4.69/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Serving type: 341ml bottle. Enjoy before DEC 04.

Appearance: not bad lacing, a nice looking amber almond colour. with an orange tint.

Smell: Pine and grassy smelling, with a hint of grapefruit tainted hops. Glorious hints of brown sugar and caramel.

Taste: Nice and sweet upfront with a very rich whole hearted caramel back bone, really good mouth feel. hops piney and grassy on the finish. medium to full body.

Overall: its an interesting beer with a very upfront taste. For someone perhaps that prefers lighter more crisp beers with less of a heavy finish on the hops (bitter), I wouldnt recommend this beer. The malt is very nice and well balanced. Price wise I'd like to mention atleast where I purchased this it was alittle pricey but I really like the idea of ''handcrafted with no preservatives''. It's a strong beer at 7.0 percent, & if you can take a nice strong ale with alot of character then i do recommend this and thank you for reading.

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4.58/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

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4.45/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of fostachild
4.43/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

enjoy before 16 jan 12.

perfect clear amber colour. lots off foamy light beige head - leaves behind a nice even lacing for the remainder of the beer.

floral hoppy smell. citrus, grass, malt, fruit. all very subtle but you didn't have to dig - really nice.

nice hoppy taste, citrusy/fruity, caramel, malty backbone. very well balanced, incredible drinkability.

overall i was very impressed with this - everything just seemed to blend really well. don't know if it would qualify as an english pale ale (seemed to have more IPA characteristics) but i enjoyed every sip and would highly recommend giving it a try.

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4.4/5  rDev +12%

Photo of bryehn
4.39/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2011 release with rebranded label.

Pours a copper colour with amber highlights around the edges of the glass, especially when held up to the light and has the appearance of wavy lines on a hot road. A moderate tan coloured head burns off quickly, leaving a bit of lace and a thin collar. It's quite attractive, but I wish there was more retention.

Aroma is dry in nature. Smells of fresh grains and grasses, caramel malts, baker's chocolate and has a peppery spiciness to it. A sweet, honeydew-like fruity note and a hint of alcohol appear as it warms.

Tastes like dark or toasted malts, a dark fruit like rasin or date and highlighted with a note that reminds me of a buttered bran muffin. Very crisp and bitter finish with a hint of grapefruit. Little trace of alcohol in the taste, but has a definite warming effect.

Medium-bodied with a smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Slightly yeasty pop on the tongue with a dry tasting, but slightly oily aftertaste with a peppery bite. It's quite easy to drink, but also very filling and satisfying.

This beer is fantastic and suits my taste to a tee. It's essentially a hopped-up ESB that I could drink during not only fall, but winter and spring as well. Robust in both aroma and taste, but very mellow and easygoing.

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4.37/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: An almond brown with red notes that boasts quite a lot of sandy sediment in the body. An solid finger and a half of head that produced substantial lacing and moderate retention does a solid job of showcasing the beer.

Smell: There is a mixed bag of hops ranging from piney, earthy, flowery, citrusy and herbal (no grassy ones though) that stands atop a caramel malt backdrop with touches of orange peel, various spices and pumpkin in the far back. Warming tends to limit the spicier notes and bring out the hops more. Solid stuff here, only it might have just a bit too much hop presence.

Taste: Rich caramel malt that quickly bows to a fruitier orange, lemon, spice and floral notes with a touch of butternut squash oddly enough that then gives way to a mixed bag of floral, citrus hops that accent the dominate piney hop and resin taste. Good stuff, but a slight reign in on the hops I'd like to see.

Mouthfeel: The aftertaste is mixed, but the piney resin taste holds dominance which is a bit of a letdown. The transitioning is a little fast, but the carbonation helps out the entire beer and the aftertaste doesn't build upon itself which is a bonus.

Drinkability: On the heavier end of medium bodied, so I wouldn't want to put this back all night, but it walks the line between dry and refreshing very well. Easy to drink, with certainly enough the keep it interesting. Really the perfect fall drinker.

Final Thoughts: I may still lament the departure of the Muskoka Spring Oddity, but it's good to be reminded of why I still hold Muskoka as the best brewery in Ontario. This is an all around great beer that is perfect for a cool late fall fishing trip at the cottage. Two thumbs up on this one.

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4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of randallpink
4.34/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

served from bottle into pint glass - 2013 vintage

A - slightly hazy copper/auburn, two fingers tan head that has great retention and slowly turns into a nice rocky covering to the beer, leaves amazing amount of lacing on the glass with amazing rings all the way down, passes medium amount of light

S - heavy on the caramel malts, toffee, biscuits. earthy and piny, grassy hops off the pour which make way to some more orchard fruit type of smells as it warms, citrus, pineapple, mango

T/M - malts, bread, caramel, toast, brown sugar,fruity hops, very sweet when it hits then tongue then the bitterness quickly takes over and dominates, herbal and piny hops linger in the mouth, medium mouthfeel, lowish carbonation, creamy, sticky, slightly astringent (as the hops take over from the sweetness of the malts), spicy bitterness, slightly dry finish

o - a wonderfully crafted beer! i've had quite a few of these over the past couple months and since this was my last bottle i decided to give it a review. all i can say is i can't wait til next year to get some more! so much happening in the complexity of this beer but doesn't seem crowded. flavours seemed to be popping up with each sip. would recommend and buy again!

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4.34/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep red body with a fair amount of soapy, off-white head. The aroma is fairly floral with citrus rind and caramel around the edge. The taste hits the palate with a fairly neutral malt sweetness at the front of the tongue, with piney hops and bitterness encompassing the ends with citrus and toasty malt on the finish. For 7%, it still feels very smooth, though the carbonation is a bit overpowering here. Overall it's yet another great offering from Muskoka! These guys do not disappoint!

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Photo of dreamchaser
4.34/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A slightly cloudy dark amber colour with a foamy cream-coloured head. Aroma of malt, spice and pine. Sweet and malty, with notes of pine hops, orange peel and a mild spiceyness. Highly carbonated and medium-bodied. Complexity and balanced mainly toward malts but still finishes with a nice dry hoppyness.

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Photo of papat444
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

***2012 Vintage***

Thanks to jrenihan for this one.

Poured from a 750ml. bottle (ABV 7%) and shared a little with my wife.

Appearance: A slightly opaque bright copper body with some great head that kind of creates a moat around a mound of foam in the middle. Side of the glass is slathered with lacing.

Smell: Sweet, sticky hops, bit of grass but mostly a nice, long, juicy aroma reminding me of mango & orange.

Taste: This leans to the resiny, mildly sweet hops. A touch of spice in the finish with some pine rounds things off.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and smooth, like drinking a pint in a pub. Low on bitterness but enough to make things interesting.

Overall: Wonderful ale. Straddles the line between a pale ale & a bitter. Balanced perfectly and one i wished they made year round.

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Photo of thehyperduck
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle from the LCBO; listed at 7.0% (2012 edition). This is one I've been looking forward to for months, and fortune seems to be on my side as it was quite easy to find this year. One of the two Muskoka seasonals I have yet to try (or review).

Pours a beautiful, transparent amber-orange colour, with nearly two fingers of billowy, puffy off-white head seated atop the liquid. It's resilient stuff, hanging around for more than a few minutes before finally wilting into a bumpy, foamy cap on the surface - and as an added courtesy, it leaves behind a delicate web of lacing on the sides of the glass. Definitely a very fine-looking pint of beer, and the aroma is nearly equally impressive - plenty of orange, grapefruit and caramel; very floral, very fruity, and very enticing to boot.

Very tasty stuff; the hops are quite prominent, but the malts remain a fixed presence, particularly at the start of the sip. Their sweet caramel and vaguely nutty notes, though, are soon overtaken by pink grapefruit, lemon citrus and floral, slightly piney hop flavours. Finishes with floral hops and earthiness lingering into the aftertaste. Medium-bodied, with a slick mouthfeel and mild carbonation, making one very smooth-drinking ale. The abv is nowhere to be seen - this is absurdly drinkable stuff, and the large bottle is appropriate for gradual consumption over a crisp fall evening.

Final Grade: 4.33, an outstanding A grade. I anticipated that this would be pretty good, but probably not worth the nearly $9.00 pricetag. Still, this is easily one of the best American-style pale ales I've ever tried. If you are looking for a sturdier, relatively balanced ale with some hop bite to it then Muskoka Harvest Ale is a perfect choice for the coming autumn and winter months. Very impressed with this stuff; like all of their seasonals the big bottle is pricy but potentially worth it, especially if you plan to share with friends.

[Update Oct. 3 2013]

I've shared two bottles of the 2013 vintage over the last few weeks, and it is just as superb as last year's. I know that they started putting their Summer Weiss in six-packs recently, and I hope that a similar treatment is on the way for this one in the near future.

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