Muskoka Harvest Ale | Muskoka Brewery

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Muskoka Harvest AleMuskoka Harvest Ale

Brewed by:
Muskoka Brewery
Ontario, Canada

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

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Photo of Cycle69
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Pmicdee
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look - Darkish golden colour.
Smell - Nothing unexpected.
Taste - Delicious, hoppy, alcoholy.
Feel - Like all Muskoka beers, quality.
Overall - A great autumn brew.

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Photo of shigg85
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jfreeze
4.04/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of shaneyjj
4.45/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of PorterPro125
4.16/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving Type: 341 mL Bottle

A- Pours a clear, Deep Orange colour topped with substantial off-white head that stuck around for a good while. Decent amount of lacing.

S- Floral hops, Citrus (mainly grapefruit) and a good dose of caramely malt.

T- Resiny pine and grapefruit hops, caramel and bready malt.

M- Easy drinking medium body with moderate carbonation.

O- Excellent Harvest Ale with plenty of hoppy goodness to go around. A great beer to enjoy while the Autumn rolls on.

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Photo of Electros
4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kevinlater
4.23/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

355ml bottle into snifter. "enjoy before 04 dec 2015". consumed sep 23 2015

a: pours a deep, transparent orange, going towards ruby. nice tan head

s: grassy, floral, and piney with a heavy chewy, sweet caramel presence. ripe orange and grapefruit lie underneath. a very delightful aroma

t: rich malt - deep brown sugar flavours and chewy, freshly baked spicy rye bread. bitter floral and piney notes. the citrusy hop characteristics are present in the mid-palate -- pleasant and delicious, and less of an afterthought than in the nose. the finish is bitter but has lingering bread and caramel malt notes

m: medium, almost medium-plus mouthfeel, with medium-minus carbonation. creamy, oily, sticky, and chewy with a appropriately dry finish

o: very impressed by this beer. it's pretty malt-forward but still leaves enough space for the hops to shine. a real treat

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Photo of Boozecamel
3.71/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Nyrangersgrrl
3.58/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of j0hnc2468
3.57/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TheHammer
4.37/5  rDev +10.9%
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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Photo of headlessparrot
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TheRiot
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Ivanhoes_Backpack
3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of waterbuffalo
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Complex beer with a little hop. Very nice. I would def buy again.

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of mick303
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750 ml corked bottle that took quite a bit of work to decork. Excellent head retention and lacing over a burnished caramel colored ale.

A- earthy dry hop notes, caramel malt, some rustic malty sweetness, baking spice, some drier citrus notes. Robust and complex.

T- some rich malt notes, dextrinous and rich English malts, more dry lemon and grapefruit and also earthy spice. Hops really play a nice role with a thorough earthy character. Dry caramel, mango, drying hay and apple, full and rich fruity character that compliments the malt character. Smooth bitterness throughout growing toward the finish.

M- quite robust and also a well balanced harvest ale, quite an assertive hop bitterness over the malts, very drinkable with a warming satisfying character.

All around this is a highly satisfying and balanced treat. Rich earthy and ripe fruity hops compliment a well balanced caramel malt character that remains really tasty. Good complexity.

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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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4.2/5  rDev +6.6%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of JonnyBeers
3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

Photo of tom10101
3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

Muskoka Harvest Ale from Muskoka Brewery
Beer rating: 3.94 out of 5 with 173 ratings