Bull City flexes its muscles
A Review of Harvest Ale 2011 by Bull City Burger and Brewery
Posted on 10/25/2011 by Chops
As a resident of Durham, NC, I feel very fortunate to be surrounded by many fantastic breweries. One brewery that is quickly climbing my regional favorite list is Bull City Burger and Brewery. Located right in the center of downtown Durham, it's the perfect outing for local residents. With a modern atmosphere and a delicious food menu, it's the perfect place for brew fans to start or finish their evenings. My co-founder and I were fortunate enough to stop in recently and taste several of their selections, one of which was the Harvest Ale 2011.

In the glass, this beauty has a semi-hazy burnt sienna color and resembles a nice Flanders Red Ale. It comes with a thick creamy head that sticks around for quite a while. There is a tart fruitiness to the aroma that definitely gets your mouth watering. On the nose, this beer reminds me of a lighter version of a barleywine. There is a thin boozy layer that encompasses everything, so you know you're in for a hefty flavor punch.

The mouthfeel immediately catches your attention with the first sip. It's quite tangy and resides in the middle ground between sour ale and barleywine. Despite its higher ABV and alcohol burn, it's actually a highly drinkable strong ale. The beer has a ghost-like hop profile that appears and vanishes without warning. The flavor is teeming with tart fruit and citrus notes that are not easily verifiable, which keep your taste buds guessing. I was able to pick out some cherries and plums intermixed with grapefruit. There is also a strong malty backbone that keeps everything in line. It's quite an interesting beer to study from a flavor perspective. The finish is somewhat dry and leaves some hop bitterness behind.

Overall, Bull City Burger and Brewery's Harvest Ale 2011 is a fantastic American Strong Ale. I took my time drinking it and I would advise others to do the same. It takes a while to pick out all those flavor notes, so treat your mind to the full experience. Consequently, I can recommend this beer to any seasoned beer drinker, but I would advise novices to work up to it. Harvest Ale packs quite a flavor punch and deserves to be respected. And on that day when you finally feel worthy, you're in for a tasty treat.

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