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Amsterdam Autumn Hop Harvest Ale | Amsterdam Brewing Company

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Amsterdam Autumn Hop Harvest AleAmsterdam Autumn Hop Harvest Ale

Brewed by:
Amsterdam Brewing Company
Ontario, Canada

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
Wet hop IPA with Local Cascade.

Added by bylerteck on 09-19-2013

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Reviews: 24 | Ratings: 71
Reviews by Digimaika2:
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3.54/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

(3.75) A: Fairly clear copper with a sizeable creamy white head. Good retention and sticky lacing.

(3.5) S: Grains, under ripe orange, butterscotch, honey, and biscuits. A certain musky grass element is present that may partly be the wet hops. Bold aroma that is straightforward albeit enticing.

(3.5) T: Toasted grains, floral, lighter citrus taste, some honey, and biscuits. This tends towards the lighter hopped side with floral and citrus qualities but the toasted grain taste is more dominant. Some bitterness and dryness present.

(3.75) M: Lighter bodied with a moderate carbonation. Fairly clean and crisp with a slight slickness.

(3.5) D: Maybe I was expecting more intense hop flavours for this harvest ale but this was still tasty and easy-to-drink. Not considering it's a harvest ale, this would be a good gateway (dare I say training wheels) craft beer in general.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of bryanzk
4.19/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of joemcgrath27
3.79/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of LanceH
3.71/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of randallpink
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.17/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured an amber color ale with large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of floral and grassy hops is very enjoyable and quite powerful. Taste is also dominated by a huge aroma of powerful grassy, green and floral hops with some citrus notes. Malt backbone is present though hardly plays a huge roles considering the amount of hops in this beer. Body is about average with good carbonation. Solid harvest beers with loads of hops and limited bitterness level.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Fresh bottle poured in to tulip.

A - Medium amber colour, orange around the edges. A thin layer of off-white head formed.

S - Lots of sweet caramel and piney and floral hop aromas. Very fresh and vibrant nose.

T - Moderate bitterness for the style with fresh floral and piney hop flavours and fairly substantial sweet caramel malt backbone.

M - Light to medium body. Sticky and oily. Moderate carbonation.

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Photo of WillAndSarah
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of irishkyle21
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of ssmack
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Clearn honey amber colour with one inch of white head. Steady dispersed carbonation. Beautiful lacing.

Aroma of citrus hops and toffee malt. Mild but subtle. Sharp grapefruit aroma as it warms.

Excellent complex taste. It tastes creamy with toffee and herby grassy hops. Brown sugar sweetness then bam ... piney bitter aftertaste.

Medium feel with good carbonation.

This is a nice flavourful ale. Perfect on an evening at the cabin in the woods in October with leaves on the ground and a nip in the air.

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Photo of Canada_Dan
3.38/5  rDev -10.8%

Photo of patre_tim
4.13/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: Golden with haze, many fine white paraticles, 4 fingers of off white yellow tinge head, no visible carbonation. Nice lacing.

S: Citrus, pine, pineapple Jello, pine, skunk, pee, mustard, malty and complex.

T: Citrus, mustard, pine, fine bitterness on the end. Fruity, pineapple Jello. Bergamot. Very light sweetness.

M: Medium body, resinous, low carbonation.

O: Very good pale ale, feels more like an IPA to me. Complex and bitter and delicious.

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Photo of FondueVoodoo
3.62/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another bottle in a great CanBiff Fall 2013 box from TheSevenDuffs.

A: An exceptionally clear pour with a pale apricot colour with approximately 2 fingers of white head which leaves clumps of lacing clinging to the sides of the glass.

S: Floral notes together with background of vegetativeness, citrus, wet earth and a malt balkbone.

T: Similar to the smell but with more pronounced grassy hop character.

M: Light to moderate body with above average carbonation.

O: A pleasant and easy drinking fresh hopped beer that is well balanced. I wouldn't go out of my way for another but would definitely drink again if one was presented to me.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml Bottle from the Nepean LCBO for $4.95

Appearance - Clear dark gold colour with an average size white coloured head. There is a high amount of carbonation showing and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for around 3-4 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, hops, caramel, grapefruit, grassy earthiness

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, caramel, and grassy hops. There is also some very light grapefruit.

Overall - Reminds me a bit of the Phillips Hop Circle also available at the LCBO. I expected a little bit more from this one, especially since it is fresh. It's an okay beer just not something I'd get excited for every fall.. a little too earthy/grassy for me.

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Photo of RedAleMan
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of liamt07
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of SebD
3.62/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: It has a nice hazy golden/orange color to it. It has a nice thick off-white head that dies down moderately and leaves some nice lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of grainy malts, floral hops, light pine, light citrus and some sweet caramel.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has some grainy malts upfront, some buiscuity/caramelly notes, floral hops, a light piney bitterness and faint citrus.

Mouthfeel: It has a med/high carbonation with a decent overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied by somewhat bland flavors and aromas. They call this a Wet Hop Ale yet the hops are overpowered by the malts. Not quite what I have in mind when I think Wet Hop.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of thehyperduck
3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle picked up at the LCBO; no freshness info. One of several wet-hopped/harvest ales I've picked up in recent weeks - do I detect a new trend percolating through the OCB? Served well-chilled.

Pours a clear, golden amber colour, generating one finger's worth of frothy, off-white head. It steadily seeps away over the next few minutes, eventually culminating in a foamy collar and some loose lacing. The aroma is predictably hop-focused, and quite earthy - lots of pine and citrusy grapefruit, with accents of peach atop a backbone of caramel malts. No complaints so far.

I don't profess to have tried many wet-hopped pale ales, but this is definitely one of the tastier ones I've tried in recent memory. There is plenty of pungent, almost spicy hop goodness - pine sap definitely comes to mind, in addition to lemon, grapefruit and quite a few floral notes. The malts are grainy, with a touch of caramel, but play a clear background role here. The finish is quite dry and pithy, with an oily, astringent aftertaste of pine resin that lingers on the palate. Medium-bodied, maybe a little on the light side, but the oiliness more than makes up for that. Not particularly drinkable for a 5.6% beer because of the bitterness, but still quite tasty - I plan to savour this one rather than rush it.

Final Grade: 3.98, a high B+. Amsterdam's Autumn Hop Harvest Ale is a worthwhile brew that I would recommend to any hophead seeking out a lighter tipple for a cool fall evening. This one is relatively light and drinkable, and even though the hop profile offers nothing especially unique, it's still got a nice punch to it. Possibly a new favourite from this brewery, right up there with Boneshaker and the Spring Bock - I'd definitely pick this one up again, as it narrowly beats out the (still solid) Nickel Brook wet-hopped APA I also picked up during this shopping trip.

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Photo of headstash
4.32/5  rDev +14%

Photo of cfalovo97
3/5  rDev -20.8%

Photo of byronic
3.62/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Rukeli76
4.18/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This, to me, is far and away the best of the local wet hop offerings this year. Lots of beautiful super-fresh Cascade aroma and flavour. This year's switch to 500ml cans at three bucks a pop means I'll be drinking a bunch of these while they last.

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Photo of Derek
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of Jotora
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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