Hop Knife Harvest Ale
Tröegs Brewing Company

Hop Knife Harvest AleHop Knife Harvest Ale
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Style:
American IPA
Ranked #395
ABV:
6.2%
Score:
91
Ranked #4,380
Avg:
4.06 | pDev: 8.87%
Reviews:
212
Ratings:
1,448
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Tröegs Brewing Company
 
Pennsylvania, United States
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Hop Knife Harvest AleHop Knife Harvest Ale
Notes: 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.
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Tripel_Threat from Michigan

4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Very nice IPA! Served on tap in a shaker pint. Coppery in color with and off white head, bear clear. Nice aromas of citrus: grapefruit and mandarin orange, some crackery malt. Big juicy citrus flavors with a nice bitter kick against bready malt.

Oct 07, 2019
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paging12 from Virginia

3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a tumbler from a can. Rich amber in color. White head, thick at first dissipating. Always present. A lot of resin, pine needles, forest. Overall, good IPA, very straightforward, true to the style.

Sep 28, 2019
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BierRunner from Ohio

4.44/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Certainly a harvest ale, but well hopped so none of that cloyingly sweet mealtimes. Good carbonation and a light copper color. Very refreshing beer. Tastes like Fall.

Aug 29, 2019
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bigbellysailor from Maryland

4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased a six pack of this delicious brew in Hershey PA near the brewery.

Pint glass pours a clear golden yellow with a one finger white foam cap that settles to a ring

Aroma of citrus hops

Taste of citrus, pine

Very Nice hop bite

Good tasty beer

Aug 19, 2019
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npolachek from New York

3.74/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Full of hops and has a good bitterness like a NE IPA. Also some more tropical fruit smells and pineyness. Decent beer for those in Pennsylvania that like hops.

Aug 19, 2019
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good_to_sea from Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look: Clear, deep amber with a tall, creamy, tan head.
Smell: Tropical fruit, bubblegum, and sweet mango with some pine and onion hop aromas.
Taste: Less sweet and a bit milder than expected. Grapefruit rind. Hints of fruit sweetness, but mostly a generic, dry hop bitterness/astringency. A bit more malt sweetness as it warms up.
Feel: Light and crisp with seltzery dryness.
Overall: Dry, dank, and bitter. This is a nice change of pace from super sweet/juicy IPAs.

Aug 17, 2019
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mikeg67 from New Jersey

4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Pours orange with tall, long lasting, fluffy white head. Aroma is of citrusy hops, bready malt and tropical fruit. Body is full and crisp. Herbal hops dominate the palate with bready malt and tropical fruit in the background. Finish is long and very hoppy. Nice brew.

Jan 11, 2019
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WoodBrew from Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I got a bottle of this off the single shelf from a Kroger just down the road from south metro ice. It poured a clear golden with white head that is leaving some lace. The scent had pine and floral notes. The taste had bitter pine at the front and end of the drink.....with subtle fruit sweetness in between. The mouthfeel was lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall its a decent beer.

Dec 08, 2018
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twage04 from North Carolina

4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark copper, light orange with medium carbonation. Lots of hops on the nose and the body is much the same with just enough body/malt to keep up with the hops. Hop profile is a bit all over the place but the beer is still enjoyable.

Nov 25, 2018
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lastmango from Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured a dark amber with a one finger frothy off-white head that dissipated a bit but generally stayed. Moderate lacing was present. Aroma was floral and honeydew melon with a hint of pine. Tastes of grapefruit, malt and honey. Moderate carbonation and body. Nicely balanced and crisp.

Oct 27, 2018
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Samlover55 from New York

3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into Nonic Pint
Bb 11/27/18
Pours a bright clear copper with white head
Aroma is tangerines, cantaloupe, floral, honey malt
Honey malt, tangerines, subtle pine finish
Feel is medium bodied, crisp, nice hop bite
Overall a little malt forward, but a nice crisp fruity and floral IPA

Oct 12, 2018
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egrandfield from Massachusetts

2.92/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Fine except for the taste. Really disappointed. Taste didn't pass the Miller Lite test ("would you rather have a Miller Lite or this beer" is the question). Bitter but not in a hoppy way. Tasted like there was more alcohol in it than there actually was. A hard pass from me. First from this brewery (I was excited), but now I will likely not try Tröegs again for a bit.

Oct 10, 2018
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Vetbidder from Pennsylvania

4.09/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light amber color and see through look to this beer with a thick off white head from tap. Citric and spicy nose with maybe a hint of vanilla. Similar flavor with some earthy hops and some depth of malt and a citrus bitterness. A bit different that your run of the mill IPA and worth a try. Fair amount of carbonation to boot. Good beer.

Sep 27, 2018
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rudiecantfail from Pennsylvania

4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Sep 20, 2018
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hopphead31415 from Virginia

4.36/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Sep 12, 2018
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cyclonece09 from Wisconsin

3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

Sep 06, 2018
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Peej1818 from Pennsylvania

3.55/5  rDev -12.6%
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.

Aug 27, 2018
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VABA from Virginia

4.07/5  rDev +0.2%
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

Aug 12, 2018
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AmeriCanadian from Tennessee

3.77/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

Apr 27, 2018
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Victoria0003 from West Virginia

4.82/5  rDev +18.7%
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.

Jan 18, 2018
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was poured into a becher pint glass. The appearance was a golden burnt yellow color with a quickly dissipating finger’s worth of white foamy head. Solid sticky lace. The aroma starts with citrus hoppy oils and tropical fruity sweetness. Super underscore of malts. The flavor brings the hoppy bitter oils to cross the tropical sticky fruitiness to blend nicely together and slide into the aftertaste and right on into the finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a nice sessionable hop slick feel to it. The oiliness from the hops really impart a nice wet feel to it. Overall, now that’s a really nice fresh wet hopped AIPA.

Nov 03, 2017
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WunderLlama from Massachusetts

4.16/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at The Pizza Grille

Pint glass pours a clear golden yellow with a one finger white foam cap that settles to a ring

Aroma of citrus hops

Taste of citrus, pine

Nice hop bite

Good beer

Nov 02, 2017
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BeerAndGasMasks from Virginia

4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the bottle, it pours a clear amber with a modest head, soon diminishing to a ring. Citrus and pine in the nose! The mouth gets a lightly bitter malt taste. Yum!

Oct 28, 2017
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mntlover from Tennessee

3.94/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light copper/orange with a small white head with some lace down the glass.

Aroma is light malts with citrus hops light orange, pine hints.

Taste is fairly nice crisp malts citrus notes orange with pine notes mingled in for a good bitter kick.

Mouthfeel is lighter medium with nice crisp carbonation.

Overall a good IPA nose could be a touch stronger nice flavor though, crisp and easy drinking. Would have again given the chance.

Oct 03, 2017
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Ltdsaint from North Carolina

4.21/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Copper color body with a thin creamy head. Smells of floral citrus and orange. Taste is crisp and balanced with pine, oak, a hint of pepper and vanilla. Great brew!

Sep 12, 2017
Hop Knife Harvest Ale from Tröegs Brewing Company
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