Best Harvest Ale?

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  1. Lionhawk

    Lionhawk Disciple (319) Nov 14, 2012 Iowa
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    What are everyone's opinions on the best "Harvest" Ale that will make its way out shortly? How many of these will be readily available? I have noticed numerous breweries posting pictures of all the fresh hops and i am really looking forward to trying a few of these.
  2. BT_Bobandy

    BT_Bobandy Defender (646) Feb 20, 2011 Ohio
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    I'd been drinking craft beer for years before I ever tried one and my first harvest ales was a game-changer for me.

    I would say they go fast and you have to usually stalk your beer shop around the release dates, but it's usually worth it.

    The best I've had (always looking to try more!): 3F's Broo Doo, Founder's Harvest and Surly Wet. SN Northern Harvest is pretty decent (the Southern was terrible in the spring IMO). There are others, but in the mid-west that's what I seek out.

    Being in Iowa, you should be able to get your hands on a bunch of Colorado beers I would think. Others would have better info then me. Better question is how does Kirk Ferentz still have a job??
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  3. GeorgiaKiwi

    GeorgiaKiwi Initiate (155) Dec 7, 2007 Georgia
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    Of the ones we can get in GA, Founders Harvest without a doubt.
  4. Hokenfloken

    Hokenfloken Aspirant (219) Jun 6, 2009 Michigan
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    I typically prefer harvest ales that have a light base malt bill, slight bitterness and tons of hop aroma and flavor. For that reason, Founders Harvest Ale is hands-down my favorite. Surly Wet is a close second. I often find other harvest ales to be a bit disappointing, especially ones that use crystal malts or are aggressively bitter.
  5. RichD

    RichD Champion (819) Mar 18, 2012 Rhode Island
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    It's gotta be Founders. Easily one of the best fall seasonal beers.
  6. pimpinmidget

    pimpinmidget Aspirant (299) Mar 20, 2012 North Carolina
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    another vote for Founders Harvest!!
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  7. offthelevel_bytheplumb

    offthelevel_bytheplumb Devotee (454) Aug 19, 2013 Illinois

    Who cares what the best one is? As long as it's not New Holland Hopivore, I'm drinking it!
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  8. dbol

    dbol Initiate (0) Aug 19, 2007 California
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    JW Lees?
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  9. RBassSFHOPit2ME

    RBassSFHOPit2ME Meyvn (1,126) Mar 1, 2009 California

    HopTime Harvest Ale wasn't all too shabby yesterday...
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  10. willbm3

    willbm3 Initiate (0) Feb 19, 2010 Massachusetts

    You're clearly not talking about this, but Southern Tier Harvest is awesome
  11. JohnnyP

    JohnnyP Initiate (178) Nov 19, 2000 Massachusetts

    I'll cast my vote for Ipswich Harvest Ale.


    Johnny P
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  12. denver10

    denver10 Poo-Bah (2,348) Nov 17, 2010 New Mexico

    Big fan of Deschutes's Hop Trip.

    Great Divide's Wet Hop is also one of the random GD beers I do quite enjoy.

    Been only taproom only, but since i live in Fort Collins I get access to it, but Odell's Whopper is great.
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  13. MSandahl23

    MSandahl23 Initiate (0) Mar 29, 2012 Indiana

    Yeah Founder's for sure, but Broo Doo is up there as well....just wish it was in 4 or 6 packs instead....
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  14. MA08

    MA08 Disciple (353) Nov 13, 2008 Massachusetts

    I second. This beer has not got the appropriate cred it deserves.
  15. powpig2002

    powpig2002 Initiate (0) Jan 26, 2012 Florida

    another vote for founders. hope we see it in fl.
  16. MortalKombat14

    MortalKombat14 Initiate (0) Oct 2, 2012 Michigan

    All votes are null except Founders Harvest
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  17. DamianX13

    DamianX13 Initiate (167) Sep 18, 2012 Texas
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    Hop Trip. Can't wait for this years to come out.
  18. utopiajane

    utopiajane Poo-Bah (2,477) Jun 11, 2013 New York

    ST Harvest for me too. :slight_smile:
  19. Genuine

    Genuine Devotee (456) May 7, 2009 Connecticut

    Southern Tier Harvest is undeniably awesome. I can't wait to try Founders Harvest and Goose Island's Harvest Ale.
  20. Ri0

    Ri0 Poo-Bah (2,591) Jul 1, 2012 Wisconsin
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    I want a wet hopped imperial stout.
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  21. JuniperJesus

    JuniperJesus Aspirant (270) Feb 26, 2011 Illinois

    Two Brother's Heavy Handed is the highlight of the hop harvest for me. They brew up different batches using different hop varieties, labeled accordingly. For those who take beer seriously, this IPA showcases the different roles different hops play.
  22. DarkDragon999

    DarkDragon999 Aspirant (285) Feb 13, 2013 Rhode Island

    Long Trail's Harvest isnt that good. It said it contains maple syrup but I barely tasted it.
  23. jbertsch

    jbertsch Meyvn (1,125) Dec 14, 2008 Massachusetts

    Not sure if you meant their regular Harvest ale (which is nice enough) or their 5 Mile Hop harvest... I think the latter is terrific and a sleeper of an awesome beer. That and the Founders Harvest are the 2 that came to mind when I read the OP.
  24. Tschnab

    Tschnab Defender (640) Aug 21, 2010 New York

    Sixpoint Autumnation
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  25. DOTU

    DOTU Aspirant (232) Feb 11, 2011 California

    Almanac Cascade is very nice. Chinook was more bitter and less balanced but still tasty.
  26. Greywulfken

    Greywulfken Poo-Bah (3,799) Aug 25, 2010 New York
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    Do the SN Northern and Southern Hemisphere Harvest Ales count? 'Cuz I liked both of those...

    But Founders is still my #1...
  27. MeBeerGood

    MeBeerGood Initiate (30) Jan 27, 2010 Massachusetts

    Founders. Not only the best Harvest Ale, but one of the best beers on the planet.
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  28. GreesyFizeek

    GreesyFizeek Poo-Bah (5,454) Mar 6, 2013 New York
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    Forgive my ignorance, but what exactly is the definition of a "harvest ale?" I've always been slightly confused on it.
  29. GreesyFizeek

    GreesyFizeek Poo-Bah (5,454) Mar 6, 2013 New York
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    However, I did enjoy the two pints I got of ST Harvest the other week, great beer.
  30. BlueRogue

    BlueRogue Disciple (342) May 1, 2011 Maine

    Founders is my favorite. Locally I really like Sebago Local Harvest. Tomorrow I'm going to the brewery to help pick hops for this year's release. I'm really looking forward to it.
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  31. Kadonny

    Kadonny Meyvn (1,260) Sep 5, 2007 Pennsylvania
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    No question, Founders Harvest. A good second is Port High Tide.
  32. grumpy

    grumpy Disciple (371) May 24, 2005 Missouri

    Great minds reside in Missouri....
  33. PerdidoKeyBum

    PerdidoKeyBum Aspirant (225) Jan 18, 2011 Georgia

    Kadoony - Good call on those two. Founder's is definitely my favorite and Port High Tide is second. looking forward to both of them!
  34. Rimbimhoot

    Rimbimhoot Crusader (787) Sep 26, 2012 Illinois
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    I can't wait for Founders Harvest Ale! Last year was my first time trying it. Sooooo tasty
  35. gatornation

    gatornation Poo-Bah (3,804) Apr 18, 2007 Minnesota
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    Surly Wet
    Founders Harvest
    FFF Broo Doo
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  36. mweso2000

    mweso2000 Disciple (389) Apr 10, 2010 Georgia
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    Love Great Divide Wet Hop! One of my top beers when fresh.
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  37. 19etz55

    19etz55 Disciple (326) Aug 12, 2007 New Jersey

    Sierra Nevada.
  38. tkelley

    tkelley Initiate (0) Sep 23, 2010 Massachusetts

    I don't if it is the best, but it is pretty good. I think it was my first BA review ever.
  39. DrStiffington

    DrStiffington Meyvn (1,083) Oct 27, 2010 New Jersey
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    I was thinking of this until I read the OP's actual post.
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  40. DrStiffington

    DrStiffington Meyvn (1,083) Oct 27, 2010 New Jersey
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    It took me a quick search, but Sebego Local Harvest was good, although I can only get it when I'm up in Maine.
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