Thursday, September 22

Beer Review: Oakshire Harvest Ale

“Harvest Ale is brewed in the German Fest Bier tradition with a PNW twist, fermented with our house ale yeast at cooler temperatures (60 deg F). Our Harvest ale is rust colored and begins with a spicy and bready aroma. The hearty, medium bodied malt character balances with the mild bitterness and the German noble hop flavor and aroma (German Hallertau). Hearty, yet crisp on the finish, this beer is certain to sustain as the days get shorter and summer wanes to Fall. Prost!”

ABV: 6.5% / IBU: 55 / O.G.:15.3 deg. Plato

"Autumn – season of color and of transition from light to dark. Rust colored with a noble hop presence, the Harvest Ale is brewed in the Oakshire Tradition – thoughtfully crafted, original and delicious. This beer is a Northwest style fest bier meant to be enjoyed with friends while celebrating a fall garden harvest."

Using the title 'Harvest' would make you think this is a fresh hop ale. Nowhere have I read or found this to be the case. Please correct me if I am wrong. In past releases I read that it could be a wet-hopped beer. But the bottle, nor the official website states that. I grabbed this bomber at Bridgetown Beerhouse for $4.95.

Appearance: (3.5)
- Perfect clear copper penny color. Finger of quickly fizzing white foam leaves a small ring and thin layer on top. Not overly pretty, but proper.

Smell: (3.5)
- Caramel malts, biscuity and bready... rich grainy flare. Vegetable hops.. very grassy and earthy. Makes me think perhaps it is wet hopped. Spicy and very autumn-like.

Taste: (3.0)
- Certainly somewhat sweet and spicy.. with caramel, and gritty grain barley husks. Grassy and super bitter quality as well. Earthy, dirty, and bready. Certainly a grain-rich environment in my mouth right now. Overall the hops seem too vegetable-like.

Mouth Feel: (3.5)
- Chalky dry medium bodied brew. Well carbonated, and super bitteringly dry. Nice chewy touch to it. Spiciness makes the palate water a bit.

Overall: (3.5)
- The beer is certainly bitter. Perhaps a bit too bitter. That's about the only place hops play a huge role in this one is bitterness. Overall the spicy touch to the malt is nice, but the vegetative hops kind of kill this one for me.

B- / 3.28

( Rating Scale)

Not trying to slam the beer, but its bitterness just took away the nicer malt and spice backing for me! Cheers!

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