Tröegs Hop Knife Harvest Ale | Tröegs Brewing Company

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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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184
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1,336
Avg:
4.05
pDev:
8.89%
 
 
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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.51/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass from the bottle.

Appearance: Transparent light amber with medium bubbles on the body and off-white head rising maybe half a finger's length. Drops to nada with zero lacing.

Smell: Smells like nada, maybe lighter malt.

Taste: Sweet citrus, grapefruit and floral fee is actually thirst quenching. It's bitter of course but super smooth.

Mouth: Medium carbonation but definitely full bodied. After-taste sticks pretty well coming off a bit chewy.

Overall: Descent beer and honestly money well spent. Should satisfy most connoisseurs and future ones. Always in a glass...Salud!

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Photo of AtrumAnimus
4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Thie one pours a nice umber color with a tinge of cloudiness to it. The head settles slowly leaving a complex bit of lacing down the glass.

The nose is peppery and earthy with hints of mint, vanilla, camphor, grapefruit and lemon peel.

The taste is a wonderful experience with a somewhat fruity malt bed that is dominated by the complex blend of 6 different fresh picked hops. There is a lot of complexity here and a nice sharp bitterness with some elderflower, apples, pine, wet grass and bread.

The mouthfeel is just right for the style. allowing the rich flavors to coat the palate.

Overall an exceptionally drinakaple hopped experience. I highly recommend it.

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

12 oz bottle poured in the "perfect IPA glass". L: Medium golden, and clear, with white head. S: Prominent hop aroma of pine and resin. T: High hop flavor, a hint of citrus, more pine and resin. Lighter malt backbone, which I prefer, and nice bitter finish. F: Medium-light body. O: Fresh hoppy and bitter. Great American IPA that I'd drink again!

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Photo of ocelot2500
4.24/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear, burnt orange color with a tight, white head that leaves little bits of lacing.

Smells of bright hops with notes of citrus mostly.

Tastes of the bright hops layered over a solid malt base. Hops lead off with grapefruit and floral notes mostly along with a bit of tropical fruit and pine. Fairly bitter. Malts come in next with caramel and a bit of nuttiness. Finishes with a bit of lingering hops.

Mouthfeel is medium with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is a nicely done fresh hop IPA.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.99/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a neat ipa here, perfect for fall. a little richer in color than many, orange to copper, with a good head on it and fine clarity. the nose is awesome, heavy zesty citrus fruit with sweet tangerine and bitter grapefruit coming to mind pretty readily. really vibrant fresh hop profile, very sturdy in the flavor, surprisingly his is way less malty than it looks like it should be. i expected one of those over balanced beers where the grain is so big you cant really appreciate the hops, but this isnt like that at all, must just be a pinch of a deeper crystal malt for color, thats about it, not a ton of flavor from it, although there is a nice bit of round soft body thats a nice contrast to the somewhat sharp citrus hops. grapefruit in the flavor for sure, fresh sticky resin and sap, concentrated, and you can feel that oily wet hop quality in here absolutely. west coast. bitterness is only moderate, and the carbonation is really high, so this remains one of the more drinkable beers in this category. beautiful expression of the hop harvest, troegs does hops as well as anyone, and this is another great example of that. awesome beer, i wish they sent some out to colorado!

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

-spiegelau ipa glass. Freshest by 112/16. consumed 10.08.16.

A: Bright carrot orange when back-lighted, has a moderate rise of macro-carbonation bubbles. Thick frothy cream head is light beige in color and sits atop with a nice longtivity. Nice sheet coating lace that smothers the vessel.

S: Wet lemon hops, juicy, slightly tart tropical fruit, stone fruit, and a hint of wet onion grass. Finishes with some dank, sour citrus of good strength and average duration.

T: Flavor was tart orange peel, sour citrus and some sour lemon. Tart tropical fruit, grapefruit with a light peppery flair and some pungent flowery hops from the columbus. Some juicy tart hops, some grassiness with a nice level of bitterness and flavor balance. Good malt depth, malty toastiness, lingering flowery bitterness coats the tongue.

M: Lighter side of medium weight on the tongue, light caramel malt, cream, soft and light carbonation texture.

O: Overall juicy tart citrus and tropical hops is balanced by a nice dryness of toasted malt and lingering bitterness on the finale.

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Photo of kemoarps
3.97/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Freshest by 11/26/16
Beautiful crisp rich amber winking towards copper with a legit two fingers of silky off white foam that seems to grow from the center out.

Nose is an interesting slinky earth and perfume. Resinous pine and some caramel.

Flavour is primarily earthy piney hops and resin with a fragrant not quite sweet taste that's more of that perfume/incense thing from the nose. Finish comes in abrasive and unflinchingly blunt in its piney bitterness.

Great appreciation to @TongoRad for sending this along in NBS BIF #4 MWK box. Thanks Michael!

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Photo of ctylinebeer
4.31/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into an IPA glass. Seasonal six-pack released in September. No bottle on date.

L - amber in color, very lustrous. Sticky lacing around the top of the glass, bubbles clinging to the glass. Foam dome is quite frothy. Looks very nice!

S - juicy tropical hops. I want to say Simcoe and Amarillo, although they may not be of the juicy type. Notes are grapefruit, pine needles, fresh grass. Very nice aroma when agitated and with the right glass

T - hops not as strong as the aroma. Juicy and grassy. Pine just on the back end of the mouth. Tiny note of pale malt, but mostly dominated by fresh cut hops. This cannot be replicated with pellets or dried flower hops.

F - pretty low alcohol for an IPA. Watery mouth feel. Orange juice type texture with a big hop stain. Easy drinking, not heavy enough for being a sipper

O - classic example of a harvest ale. I love the grassy fresh cut taste from the hops. This one is extra special being made in the farm country of Pennsylvania. Cheers!

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Photo of Gavage
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: pours an orange color with a 1" head that slowly falls. Some lace develops.

Smell: citrus and earthy hops rise from the glass.

Taste: caramel, grapefruit, orange, pineapple, some earthy bitterness, and a hint of pine.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Crisp throughout with a light dry finish.

Overall: a really refreshing IPA that is wonderfully balanced.

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Photo of Oopssorryy
4.21/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours thinly, but a rich deep golden color, with amber highlights. It started off with a small white head, but this quickly disappeared into a ring around the rim. Small bubbles can be seen quickly rising up through the clear brew. Lacing is minimal, spotty at best. Not too surprising giving the poor retention of head I've seen thus far.

Strong citrus dominates the nose, a grapefruit quality is strongly noted, along with a bit of earthyness lurking in the background. The flavors follow the nose to perfection. Starts startlingly sweet, with grapefruit flavors leading the way, waging a blitz across the tastebuds. There is a bit of a piney resin taste hiding in behind this strong citrus flavor, adding a bit of complexity you don't notice at first. The finish sees the citrus take a back seat as some more earthy flavors take over, and the bitter bite from the hops makes its presence felt and known. It finishes bitter and dry with just the slightest note of citrus lingering around, coating the tongue.

The mouth feel is pretty light, making for an extremely easy drinking beer. Carbonation is tightly controlled, and complements the bitterness well. A nice beer, one of the better IPAs I've had.

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Photo of mschrei
4.42/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a whiskey sipper glass, but it was a Chicago Cubs whiskey sipper glass and we just clinched a playoff bid, so forgive me. A clear golden brown with adequate lacing and very little carb after a while. Nice hoppy and malty nose. Very hoppy presence on the taste, malt mildly in background. Not bitter or fruity in any way, but well balanced. Fresh is the best word for how it felt. Damn glad I got gifted one of these, would gladly try it again.

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Photo of BSiegs
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Reddish orange in color, excellent clarity. One finger of white head with good retention. Very nice, classic hop nose. Pine, citrus, resin. Slightly spicy, bready, some malty sweetness. On taste, the pine and resin lead the charge. Some malt character, toast. Medium light body, moderate carbonation. Smooth and a moderately bitter finish. Very nice IPA.

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Photo of Beers-es
4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From a growler, pours a very clear coppery orange. Two fingers of off-white foam leave a bit of lacing. Smell is fresh and hoppy--orange and grapefruit, plus some tropical notes, and plenty of fresh, resinous pine needles. Spicy herbals notes as well. Taste is the same, with a moderate bitterness in the finish. Feel is perfect for this ABV. This is a really great harvest IPA. Seems underrated to me.

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Photo of happy4hoppybeer
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Clear amber with thin white head. Lovely aromas of citrus, piney hops, some pineapple. I’m getting a mouthful of hops,tropical fruits. Light to medium body. A delicious west-coast style iPA.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.59/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tröegs Hop Knife Harvest Ale has a thin, white head, a clear, bubbly, amber appearance, and fairly heavy lacing left on the glass. The aroma is of pine resin hop oils, some apricot (?), and mellow malt. Taste is of those elements, with pronounced and impressive oily hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and Hop Knife finishes bitter and on the dry side.

RTJ

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Photo of PicoPapa
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. Pours a translucent ruby orange with a thin layer of head. Lots of lacing. The aroma is sweet grapefruit, tangerine with some light pine. The taste is more piney and resinous than expected. Bready malts along with some grapefruit. Piney and grapefruit peel at the finish. Tastes boozier than expected. Oily mouthfeel. Fairly drinkable with a good amount of bitterness. Great Harvest Ale I'm going to pick up more of.

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Photo of dsa7783
4.21/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Cloverleaf Tavern. Pours a copper, golden hue with minimal frothing. Nose and flavor are definitely hop-laden with strong hints of grapefruit and nectarine. Refreshing and easily drinkable. Recommended...

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Photo of dacrza1
4.11/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

DATE: August 18, 2016... OCCASION: Toasting the last night of Camp--six years of solid summers with the boys... GLASSWARE: Barley Creek pint... medium amber body, crystal clear, with a soft yet lively effervescence... a creamy, slightly, nearly two-finger off-white head that creates a cloud-like horizon... strong, alluring pine and resin with the grapefruit, stone fruit and spiciness expected of an IPA.... full-bodied, with a crunchy bite at the teeth... smooth, almost creamy through the mouth... the finish is slightly sweet, with lasting impact of resin... among the flavors include resin, pine, spicy notes of pepper and paprika, powerful citrus--orange peel, grapefruit, and mango--and a reasonable amount of caramel malts that balance the beer with sensibility... overall, another Troegs victory, with a pile of hops sitting pretty under only 6.2% ABV... drinkable, rewarding and robust...

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Photo of Act25
4.14/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This fresh, wet-hopped seasonal is crazy good. Stands up and exceeds in pleasure a Stone "enjoy by 9-5-16". I'll take 6-7% ABV over 9 in an IPA any day. Save my > ABVs for stouts.

A: Into a snifter, the beer is a bright perfectly clear, amber-gold color with a short white head that fades slowly and leaves abundant lace and a collar on the glass.

S: The aroma bursts with floral and grassy hops, fruity citrus and caramelized malts.

T: Upfront the taste starts with a strong floral hop bitterness, continues into mild, caramel sweetness - a kind of marmalade - and then the long piney, grassy, tingly finish is hoppy.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and dry. Feels like the weight of an IIPA.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, great body

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Photo of teromous
3.84/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

In tiny white print against a light green background next to the "Alc/Vol 6.2% | IBU 87" I can see "FRESHEST BY 112516 160720-302 06:57"

Appearance: From the get-go this is a very good looking beer. It instantly pours a wonderful dark copper body with a creamy white head. Perfect clarity. The dark copper body looks absolutely fantastic. This is the kind of beer you just want to take a photo of. It leaves some good lines of lacing on the glass and although the head is short it retains well.

Aroma: I am getting a nice mango aroma which is evenly matched by this lightly alcohol-laced malt aroma. It is not quite a caramel aroma but just malty. There is also a pine resin aroma. The overall aroma is very nice but not the freshest smelling.

Taste: It feels like that malt and pine resin hop flavor push the forefront of flavor and it is immediately grassy tasting. The overall flavor of the beer is grassy with a pine undertone. It doesn't have any amazing off-the-wall flavors but it is nice.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is pretty awesome. It has a good strong bitterness but it maintains a body that is on the lighter side of medium. No texture to the beer which gives it a very clean presentation on the palate and a nice crisp finish.

Overall: I liked the beer. It is not a beer I would recommend to everyone but if you like a light pine reson flavor with an abundance of grass then this beer is for you. That grassy character does give this a nice Indian summer feel and while I don't see myself buying it all of the time it has a character that I could see evoking a sense of nostalgia. I would buy it again.

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Photo of BFCarr
3.93/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Has an almost smoky, earthy flavor. Pours dark amber with white head that lasts. Aroma is sort of sweet/hops. Feel is decent, less than an DIPA but more than a IPA. Troegs does good work, this is among them.

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Photo of Mineo
3/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This year's batch is unbelievably malty for something that claims to be so hop-forward. The hops lend a bitterness and not much else; this is dominated by malt -- not "citrus, resin & tropical aromas" by any means. Bummer.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

(12 oz bottle poured into a tall, sort of diamond-shaped pilsner glass... best by 112516)

L: near crystal-clear liquid, deep golden amber... tall, semi-tight, sudsy tuft of foam forms - slimy stickiness... the foam has a lot of rockiness to its contour, thick chunky lace... looks great

S: lightly-charred pineapple, pine, lemon and orange zest... slight hint of alcohol, vaguely cayenne spice... a little woody in the back... overall, great intensity, vibrant... vague bubblegum coming back out through nostrils

T: surprising semi-dark toasty malt up front, followed by a somewhat rich ribbon of tropical hop resins spiraling back across the palate... decidedly dry finish and aftertaste, with a grassy bitter hum... dried citrus peel lingers... the hefty malt base gives this nice balance - almost drinks like a heavily-hopped, extra-bitter maibock

F: with the resins and dextrins, near medium-bodied, not quite but almost there... the follow-through is lightly slick, but drops off, bit of a warm flare as liquid airs out... a bit beefier than an IPA maybe should be, but the balance is tipped well (heavy fore, light aft)

O: not bad at all... can't immediately point to a truly similar beer, but this ain't crazy unique... the bold bitterness, silt-y resins, and pumped up malt is what defines it - excellent balance, stone boldness, and moreish... I could definitely see getting another sixer

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Photo of droomyster
3.86/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a copper body with a big head of beautiful white foam that stays aloft for what seems like forever. Enticing aromas of English-biscuit-like malts with interesting hop notes reminiscent of oranges and pineapple. This is an older bottle so I can't properly comment on all of its flavor traits beyond that it begins malty and ends hoppy, except to say that it ends on a nicely dry note of bitter salad greens and pine tar. Medium bodied, overall quite enjoyable and would pair well with any kind of food but dessert.

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Photo of TequilaTom
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours an attractive medium gold/orange with a 1/2" quickly dissipating off-white head. Laces nicely. Smells of spicy, earthy, piney, and citrus hops with very light caramel malt. Tastes hop forward and bitter to the end. Wrll carbonated and medium mouthfeel. A nice ipa to sit back and contemplate on. Could go for a 6 pack of these, and will probably do so soon. A nice offering from Troegs. Worth seeking out.

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