Upland Harvest Ale

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  1. Beric

    Beric Initiate (0) Jun 1, 2013 Massachusetts

    Can we just sing it's praises for a moment? I think that Upland is sometimes unfairly criticized for it's brews, simply because it's "boring" ones are the most sold. Sure, Upland Wheat Ale and Dragonfly IPA are not great (even poor, if you ask me), but let's not unfairly penalize the whole brewery because of those two beers.

    Upland Harvest is different. It is really an exquisite beer. Upland Harvest is easily one of the best beers of the year to me, and I can't believe it's only rated an 86 here. I mean, to each it's own, but that beer is a sweet nectar of piney hops. Damn incredible APA if you ask me. Best Upland beer that is actually obtainable (unlike the sours).
  2. robboyd

    robboyd Initiate (0) Aug 7, 2011 Indiana

    I completely agree. It's a fantastic brew and is highly underrated IMO.
  3. aasher

    aasher Initiate (0) Jan 27, 2010 Indiana

    It's a Citra hopped pale that gets very little attention. I'm sure if they named dropped Citra it would get more looks.

    Nuthugger is pretty solid as well.
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  4. robwestcott

    robwestcott Initiate (0) Nov 3, 2008 Indiana

    +1 to nuthugger. And shame on me for not yet buying a 6er of the harvest.
  5. Beric

    Beric Initiate (0) Jun 1, 2013 Massachusetts

    Nuthugger has some great bottle art.
  6. eyeenjoybeer

    eyeenjoybeer Initiate (0) Feb 18, 2011 Seychelles

    I had harvest on tap at Upland and it tasted pretty bad compared to what was in the bottle. Consistency is one of the key problems I have with Upland. I never understood going to the brewery, ordering a dragonfly that was coming out of tanks mere feet away from me, and it tasting like very faded hops. Bottles are all over the place as well.
  7. Beric

    Beric Initiate (0) Jun 1, 2013 Massachusetts

    Interesting. I had Harvest on tap yesterday right from the production brewery on the west side of Bloomington and it was sublime. I bought a sixer so we'll see how it compares coming out of bottles compared to on-tap.

    I think that the problem you mentioned with Dragonfly is not so much batch inconsistency, but just that Dragonfly is a consistently bad beer. Dragonfly and Upland Wheat Ale are probably the two worst Upland beers I've tried and I wouldn't drop a penny on either of them.
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  8. eyeenjoybeer

    eyeenjoybeer Initiate (0) Feb 18, 2011 Seychelles

    I say batch inconsistency. I have had D-fly taste fine at the brewery (11th St) and out of the bottle. That is just not always the case, though. I should see how Harvest is at the westside facility for comparison. Anyone want to meet me over there for research purposes just let me know.
  9. robwestcott

    robwestcott Initiate (0) Nov 3, 2008 Indiana

    that's actually a pretty cool idea. would they let us bring in bottles to side by side ? i'm guessing not.

    like - "yeah, hi, we're here to research batch inconsistency as well as inconsistency between your taps and bottles. you cool with that ? we'd like to set up right over there."

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  10. Beric

    Beric Initiate (0) Jun 1, 2013 Massachusetts

    Yeah I can't imagine them saying that'd be cool. I can say though that the Harvest ale there yesterday was great.

    I'm having a bottle tonight and I'll report back to you guys. There's no bottling date but the beer was just released earlier this month, so it can't be more than 5 weeks old at the oldest.

    But if you guys have never been to the production brewery I'd go there. I did a tour and they're willing to get beery with you- rather than the whole boring old "beer is hops and malt and water and yeast, cool?" tour we ended up talking specific hop varieties, and the relationships between SG and ABV, and other more brew-science stuff compared to other tours I've been on hosted by the big guys (Budweiser and Heineken).

    Best part though- it's a free tour and they give you free samples of whatever's on tap when it's over. :grinning:
  11. ravot

    ravot Initiate (0) Mar 20, 2012 Illinois

    picked up my sours yesterday afternoon. harvest ale, first time having it, was indeed really good.
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  12. Beric

    Beric Initiate (0) Jun 1, 2013 Massachusetts

    The verdict is in- the bottled Harvest Ale I picked up at the production brewery is just as good as on tap. What an incredible beer- amazing hop profile of big, green, piney hops on a great malt backbone. Good carbonation too. No off flavors.

    Damn is this good.
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  13. Naptown25rs

    Naptown25rs Initiate (0) Apr 11, 2009 Indiana

    I drank one on draft earlier this evening to wash down some wings, and as much as I'd like to, I can't knock it... It's a very solid beer.

    I'll spare you all the $250 buy-in jokes...
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  14. Gunslinger711

    Gunslinger711 Initiate (0) Apr 16, 2010 Indiana

    Had a growler of Harvest Ale last weekend and killed it between three people, thumbs up. Picked up my sours this weekend and had some solid Dragonfly on tap but I agree sometimes it's spotty but I'll chalk half of that up to unclean taps or bottles left out too long.
  15. AMG55

    AMG55 Initiate (0) Sep 10, 2013 Indiana

    I traded for some last week with a local guy I know. Never really cared for Dragonfly IPA, I thought their Double Dragonfly IIPA is a better offering.

    This harvest ale from them is very underrated. It's really, really good. Citra is one of my favorite hops and this is a very well done IPA.

    I will definitely have to compare it to Founder's Harvest Ale when I get that too.
  16. fredmugs

    fredmugs Initiate (0) Aug 11, 2012 Indiana

    I had it at the main brewery as well and although it was surprisingly good for Upland I wouldn't seek it out again. Especially when there's Founders, Broo Doo, and Northern Hemisphere available. Concur on Nuthugger.
  17. AstronautMikeDexter

    AstronautMikeDexter Initiate (0) Feb 14, 2013 Indiana

    I love citra hops, but I found this one very underwhelming.

    I'll give it another shot though. I was underwhelmed by Fat Head's Headhunter the first time I tried it and have since found the gross error of my initial reaction.
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  18. robboyd

    robboyd Initiate (0) Aug 7, 2011 Indiana

    I'm going to go ahead and say it. Fresh Headhunter is as good as Heady Topper and Pliny. I'm also glad it doesn't get the hype because I'd like to continue being able find it with no problems. I too however was not sold on my first try, maybe due to bottle age, which was unknown.

    I'll also say that Upland Harvest, in my opinion, has been my favorite fresh hopped beer the last two years running, including BrooDoo, Founders Harvest, and anything from the west coast that makes it to Indiana.
  19. myersk27

    myersk27 Initiate (0) Oct 21, 2011 Indiana

    I'm with you. Head Hunter is phenomenal. Just wish we could get more fresh shipments of it. All I am seeing is the august batch still...
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  20. Gunslinger711

    Gunslinger711 Initiate (0) Apr 16, 2010 Indiana

    Drank Headhunter all throughout my beer-cation in Ohio and was not disappointed.
  21. DAllspaw

    DAllspaw Initiate (0) Nov 7, 2009 Indiana

    I agree, had a couple pints at Twenty Tap and thoroughly enjoyed, one of the better fresh hops I've had.
  22. weirdbeer

    weirdbeer Initiate (0) Dec 9, 2007 Indiana

    Perhaps it was timing. I had the Upland Harvest following a Dirtwolf and was underwhelmed. Perhaps my expectations were too high. Given other citra hop based beers, and the fact that this is fresh hops, I thought the hop aromas, taste, etc should have been more hop forward.
  23. dagmer

    dagmer Initiate (0) Feb 27, 2012 Illinois

    i tried this beer last weekend and thought it was great. It was on sale for 7.99 too...can't beat that.
  24. robboyd

    robboyd Initiate (0) Aug 7, 2011 Indiana

    Yes, timing. I think what went wrong was drinking it after dirt wolf. Comparing a world class (IMO) IIPA to a world class (IMO) APA, in that order, is never going to do justice to the APA. One could drink a zombie dust after a dirt wolf and wonder what went wrong with ZD.

    On this note, I had a Dirt Wolf at twenty tap last night and that beer, like the others mentioned in this thread, is absolutely superb.
  25. NSaad23

    NSaad23 Initiate (0) Dec 13, 2011 Michigan

    Any idea when this will be released for 2014? I'll be in Bloomington next week and would be great to find this around town.
  26. Beric

    Beric Initiate (0) Jun 1, 2013 Massachusetts

    Based on their twitter, it looks like it's already out and available, but that they stuck it in 4pks this year rather than 6pks like last year.
  27. fredmugs

    fredmugs Initiate (0) Aug 11, 2012 Indiana

    I want to say I saw it at the 3rd Street Sahara Mart but I'm not 100% sure of that. One of the things that sucks about Indiana is when Upland bottles a beer the distributors send it to Indy and other areas before it gets on a shelf in Bloomington. I still don't think Teddy Bear Kisses is available here yet although it's been out for 2 weeks or more.
  28. Beric

    Beric Initiate (0) Jun 1, 2013 Massachusetts

    Gotta love Indiana distribution.

    Three Floyds all goes to Chicago first, Upland all goes to Indy first. Pain in the ass.

    If you want to snag bottles of things though, I'd just drive over to the production brewery on the west side of town. They'll fill a growler of just about everything they have on tap (which is normally everything) and they also have a big beer fridge there full of bottles of their regular stuff and the limited releases.
  29. mtskier

    mtskier Initiate (0) Feb 23, 2013 Illinois

    Uplands Harvest ale is really tasty. That and Teddybear Kisses are the two highlights outside of their sour program IMO
  30. Beric

    Beric Initiate (0) Jun 1, 2013 Massachusetts

    Yeah I really think that the Harvest Ale is the best beer they make, by far. I had it fresh last year within weeks of its being brewed at the production brewery in Bloomington and it was sublime. One of the best APAs I've had.

    Others seem to have a much different opinion of the beer (which is totally cool), but I think most of us can agree that at least within the scope of Upland, it's one of their best.

    Teddy Bear Kisses is also marvelous.
  31. robwestcott

    robwestcott Initiate (0) Nov 3, 2008 Indiana

    best = Coastbuster
    TBK = good
    bbl TBK = great
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  32. Ri0

    Ri0 Initiate (0) Jul 1, 2012 Wisconsin

    Coast Buster is goddamn amazing! Already downed 8 bottles in a week.
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  33. robwestcott

    robwestcott Initiate (0) Nov 3, 2008 Indiana

    ^ this.

    its the best upland beer, and its not even close. top 5 (dare i say it) dipa.
  34. Ri0

    Ri0 Initiate (0) Jul 1, 2012 Wisconsin

    Is it a seasonal or one off? It reminds me of Toppling Goiath IPAs.
  35. robwestcott

    robwestcott Initiate (0) Nov 3, 2008 Indiana

    it's not a one-off. I think it was originally intended as a one off several months ago - but it became clear very quickly that the response was much too positive not to brew it again. there's been (I think) two more batches. it's a no-brainer that this beer should replace double dragonfly, which, uhm, shall we say isn't nearly as good.
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  36. Ri0

    Ri0 Initiate (0) Jul 1, 2012 Wisconsin

    That is exciting. It also reminded me of LakeFront Breweries first ever IIPA this spring, which was a one off. I was disappointing that I would not have it again and then ran into Coast Buster and could not believe the similarity. This is a top IIPA that I can find in WI and I prefer it over New Glarus Scream, so I hope it has a semi regular brewing cycle.
  37. roger617

    roger617 Initiate (0) Jun 1, 2013 Indiana

    I'm starting to see it across town. I've made it through 1-4 pack so far, will probably get another! I also agree with what everyone else saying about Coastbuster - easily Uplands best offering and it's readily available now.

    From what I've heard, it's going to be part of their everyday line up. I don't consider it better than Heady, and I've never had Scream, but it's certainly good enough to be a 'go to' when I don't feel like trading for one of the 'top' DIPAs. Furthermore, it's good enough that I haven't felt the need to trade to get a great DIPA since it's bottle release.
  38. robboyd

    robboyd Initiate (0) Aug 7, 2011 Indiana

    I'll still claim that Upland Harvest is their best 12oz offering. I really enjoy Coast Buster as well but for the style, there are many better DIPAs out there. I can't think of a wet hop/harvest beer that's better than Upland's. That said, I really dislike the 4 pack for $10 instead of the six pack for $10-$12 last year. Still worth it, but that's a lot of inflation for a year.
  39. Beric

    Beric Initiate (0) Jun 1, 2013 Massachusetts

    I never got around to trying Coastbuster when I was still a student down there. I'd be anxious to get my hand on a bottle though.
  40. Ri0

    Ri0 Initiate (0) Jul 1, 2012 Wisconsin

    Could someone give me an idea of the bottling date of Coastbuster? Bottles are notched enjoy by Nov, but is that by the end of beginning of the month? I drank my last bottle and it is starting to go down hill; noticed the hops had a slight onion flavor. I have no real idea how fresh this was in the beginning of October. Was it bottled in the beginning of September or earlier? Trying to get an idea of its shelf life.
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