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Best Harvest Ale?

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by Lionhawk, Sep 6, 2013.

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  1. Pgarand

    Pgarand Initiate (121) Jan 8, 2009 New Hampshire

    Although I'd give 1st place to Founders, Ipswich Harvest Ale, especially on cask, was quite exceptional.
     
  2. jesskidden

    jesskidden Meyvn (1,277) Aug 10, 2005 New Jersey
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    There is none. Some brewers put out a seasonal beer in celebration of the this time of year that they'll call a "Harvest" ale/beer. There is no one particular style - some will resemble Octoberfests, some will be fresh/wet hop beers (which seems to be the OP's interest and discussed in another thread), probably there's another "pumpkin" concoction thrown in by some brewer using the term, etc.
     
  3. zid

    zid Champion (836) Feb 15, 2010 New York
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    ...and some beers that use the term are ESBs, such as Goose Island's and those pints of Southern Tier you (GreesyFizeek) enjoyed.
     
  4. utopiajane

    utopiajane Poo-Bah (2,384) Jun 11, 2013 New York

    I just tried southern tier yesterday. I loved it. Flavorful and full, rich but not heavy. I love southern tier for the most part.
     
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  5. SFACRKnight

    SFACRKnight Meyvn (1,045) Jan 20, 2012 Colorado
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    In addition to hop trip, chasin freshies from deschutes is great. Ii am also partial to hoperation ivy from ska brewing.
     
  6. deadonhisfeet

    deadonhisfeet Poo-Bah (1,500) Apr 23, 2011 Kentucky

    Another vote for Founders Harvest Ale
    Another vote for FFF Broo Doo
    Another vote for SN's Harvest Ale (either of them).
     
  7. Cotton_27

    Cotton_27 Devotee (499) Feb 22, 2013 Michigan
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    Shorts Kind Ale is my favorite
     
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  8. TorsHammer

    TorsHammer Initiate (0) Aug 1, 2012 Minnesota

    Surly Wet is the best that I've had.
     
  9. SpunkyHopslammer

    SpunkyHopslammer Initiate (62) Jan 18, 2011 Illinois

    Blast away at me but last years Founders Harvest Ale blew 3F Broo Doo away. The previous year I thought BrooDoo was much better than Harvest Ale.
     
  10. BorisKarloff

    BorisKarloff Aspirant (200) Apr 29, 2013 Ohio
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    J.W. Lees

    Wait, what?
     
  11. sirsteve42

    sirsteve42 Defender (666) Jan 15, 2009 New York
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    Just curious out of all the harvest ales coming out this time of year; what is your favorite?
    Cheers everyone
     
  12. 1Sundown2C

    1Sundown2C Devotee (422) Jan 13, 2012 New York
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    Founders Harvest was a sweet way to pass the time during Hurricane Sandy
     
  13. racer2k

    racer2k Devotee (412) May 21, 2004 Massachusetts

    Is Founders Harvest Ale out yet?
     
  14. Brandon8807

    Brandon8807 Initiate (0) Aug 10, 2013 Illinois
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    Not til sometime in October.
     
  15. BulletsOverHamburgers

    BulletsOverHamburgers Initiate (0) Jul 9, 2013 Virginia

    I like Ommegang Scythe and Sickle, Founders and Schlafly Harvest Ale.
     
  16. stephenjmoore

    stephenjmoore Poo-Bah (1,750) Feb 17, 2011 Maryland
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    I'm really liking Troegs Scratch 111 (HopCyclone Harvest Ale) right now.
     
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  17. FATC1TY

    FATC1TY Moderator (1,229) Feb 12, 2012 Georgia
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    I"ll go with Founders Harvest, and then atleast locally to me, Terrapins "So Fresh and So Green Green". It's a single fresh hop ale they do every year with a different hop each year. Last year was Citra, and it was awesome.
     
  18. rather

    rather Aspirant (260) May 31, 2013 California

    only had sn northern, southern and estate harvest so those.
     
  19. FishAndBeer

    FishAndBeer Initiate (0) Mar 11, 2011 Wisconsin
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    Founders and FFF are amazing. However, I had southern tiers yesterday that I got out of a pick 6 and I've gotta say, its truly awesome! Probably easier to find and I recommend everyone trying it!
     
  20. SFACRKnight

    SFACRKnight Meyvn (1,045) Jan 20, 2012 Colorado
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    After having this years Hoperation Ivy last night I need to emphasize how great this beer is this year. Nice malt backbone with a ton of fruity hops in the aroma and flavor department. Way better than previous batches, I could drink this one all day.
     
  21. JGLittle

    JGLittle Disciple (328) Mar 24, 2012 Massachusetts

    Had Founders last year and it was great. Hoping to get my hands on some Surly Wet this year.

    I will have to seek out Southern Tier, seems to be worth finding...
     
  22. ivorycannon

    ivorycannon Devotee (486) Feb 21, 2013 Indiana

    Broo Doo hands down! One of my all time favorite beers.
     
  23. WilderPegasus

    WilderPegasus Initiate (0) Dec 16, 2012 Ontario (Canada)

    It's the first of the style that I've tried but I'm really liking Beyond the Pale's Drink Me Now wet hopped harvest ale.
     
  24. Dan269605

    Dan269605 Initiate (0) Jul 10, 2013 Connecticut

    I just had Scythe and Sickle and greatly enjoyed it.
     
  25. foxyaardvark27

    foxyaardvark27 Disciple (304) Aug 25, 2012 Washington

    Deschutes Hop Trip is my pick. Incredible stuff.
     
  26. mrcraft

    mrcraft Meyvn (1,389) Dec 15, 2012 California
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    I had a fresh Founders Harvest Ale couple days ago. It's a bit more bitter than I imagined it would be, but I still thought it was a very nice beer. ​
     
  27. DWheeler379

    DWheeler379 Aspirant (272) Jun 15, 2012 Colorado

    Had Great Divide's Fresh Hop (not Wet Hop) - delicious. Great grassy nose and flavor and very smooth.
     
  28. cavedave

    cavedave Poo-Bah (2,228) Mar 12, 2009 New York
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    I would bet my last dollar if folks in this thread could taste Fremont Cowiche Canyon Organic Fresh Hop that most of the replies in this thread would be for it, and not the choices made.

    Simply the finest I have tried, and, were it more widely distributed, likely would be voted one of the top, if not the top, Pale Ale in the country.
     
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