Hop Knife Harvest Ale | Tröegs Brewing Company

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Hop Knife Harvest AleHop Knife Harvest Ale
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Brewed by:
Tröegs Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States
troegs.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
Hop Knife Harvest Ale recognizes the tradition of hand-harvesting hops at their peak. Our HopCyclone process creates a spiral of hop dispersal during fermentation, releasing a bounty of citrus, resin & tropical aromas. #3 of 4 in our Hop Cycle seasonal series.

Added by orangesol on 07-05-2014

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#5,552
Reviews:
199
Ratings:
1,400
pDev:
8.89%
 
 
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Photo of rudiecantfail
4.17/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass

L---Clear, orange color. Nice off-white head that faded slowly and left excellent lacing.

S---Very hoppy. Very well balanced, there's citrus, pine & malts as well.

T---Not the hop bomb implied by the smell, but still quite hoppy. Well balanced. There's the citrus (grapefruit & orange), malts and pine from the smell.

F---A little weird, it feels both juicy and dry. Is that even a thing? Medium carbonation and medium body. Definitely drinkable.

O---A nice effort from a high quality brewery. I legit don't know what a harvest ale is supposed to be, but I do know what an IPA is supposed to be. This is a fine IPA. I'll look for it again.

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Photo of West_Chester_Ale_Tester
3.79/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of spartacat300
2.39/5  rDev -41%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Photo of XsoldoutX
3.85/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of hopphead31415
4.36/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This 6.2% ABV 87 IBU IPA is perfect for this early autumn/late summer season and here’s what I think of it.

Look-It pours a medium amber copper color with a thick frothy two finger head settling to one finger.

Smell-It smells of tropical fruit and honey suckle and perhaps some orange rind.

Taste-It tastes like a very malt-forward, yet pleasing IPA, and also a bit unique from the usual IPA experience. The timed release of the piney/earthy hops goes really well with the robust malts which puts it on the higher end of medium-bodied or even full-bodied. A cloying stickiness coats the tongue with hop resins and malty sugars reminiscent of honey suckle and brown sugar.

Overall-This is a delicious and satisfying beer which goes down easy due to its low ABV and malt-forward greetings.

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Photo of Unclevince
3.73/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of robebo44
3.85/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cyclonece09
3.93/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Pours orange yellow with a small white head. Smells of citrus and piney hops. Tastes of citrus hops and nice grain backbone. Beer is light bodied and very easy drinking, good carbonation. Overall, a very good beer.

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Photo of Diura
3.45/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Brew_ski
4.17/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Peej1818
3.55/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

App: Nice amber color with a slight golden/honey tinge and clear as can be. Thin, off white head on this half pour disappeared quickly. No bubs. Tulip. Lacing was minimal as I drank.

A: As grassy as can be from the bottle. Glass: Grass and lemon citrus. Big swirl reveals some dank resin, though very subdued. Faint grapefruit. As I drank, nose became more prominent, but mostly for the flavors.

F: Big grass at the onset. Green green green. Pine. Lemon. Blueberry that carries through to the end. Sweet malt--a mix of honey and bread. As it's warming, there's just a touch of spice to it. Orange zest is coming out more. It's floral as well. Green, pine, floral, light citrus and malt sweetness. Blueberry when it was colder but it's since been overshadowed be the flavors mentioned in the previous sentence.

B: Light-medium. Nice and crisp and refreshing. Finishes dry.

O: Solid, but tame. Refreshing and standard. Would happily drink again if offered one, but would not feel the need to seek it out.

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Photo of meatyard
3.97/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of ADKbeerguy
3.74/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of VABA
4.07/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Revisited 9/15/18

A-Pours a very nice clear deep amber color with a slight head and lacing
A-Aroma has resounding harvest hop hints
T-The taste follows the nose with an abundant harvest hop flavor
M-A light bodied well carbonated beer
O-A very nicely balanced harvest ale from Troegs

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Photo of cjohns73
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of skalten
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dafla67
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AmeriCanadian
3.77/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Beautiful orange-copper body with a faint chill haze. Loads of tiny bubbles pouring up the glass throughout the tasting. Bright white, 1-finger head that settles quickly to a soft film that rides nicely all the way down the glass and leaves a slight trail of lacing.

Smell is dominated by dank greenery and resin, plus a unique breadiness. I get a little green onion, override grapefruit, and a hint of berry jam. But this one is all about earth, sap, and soft wheat. Certainly a pleasant combination, but not really unique or particularly bold.

Taste is very much in line with the aroma. Extremely balanced beer with a big dose of resin, dank grassiness, and grapefruit pith matched by a soft and semi-sweet breadiness. Not a ton going on here. I'm guessing the can must be old (unfortunately the "best by" date is smudged, but given that these fresh harvest beers are usually late fall offerings, I'm guessing this bad boy is a good 3 or 4 months past its ideal drinking date), as I would expect a fresh-hopped ale with the potpourri of hops that this one is carrying would be much bigger and brighter. I'm certainly not getting any of the tropical notes advertised on the can. Easy drinking and certainly not bad, but not noteworthy at all.

Feel is medium-light but nice and soft. Finishes very clean and dry.

Not sure I got an ideal representation of this beer. Solid but highly unspectacular.

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Photo of AyatollahGold
3.28/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Curt3
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Victoria0003
4.82/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Would suggest drinking at a slightly warmer temperature than right out of the fridge. Letting it sit out for a few minutes to get some heat really brought out more of the flavor.

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Photo of wilfonzo
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ArkyVaughan
3.84/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of billbeers
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Lovetx
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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Hop Knife Harvest Ale from Tröegs Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.05 out of 5 with 1,400 ratings