That Fresh Hop Taste, I Think, Yes, Maybe
A Review of Harvest Ale by Weyerbacher
Posted on 4/30/2011 by Chops
                   
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Sometimes you come across a beer that is really difficult to put into words, not because you lack the vocabulary, but more because you lack an appropriate comparison. Weybacher's Harvest Ale is quite a tasty beer, but I'm having a difficult time understanding why. ''Fresh'' is the best word I can come up with. It looks, tastes and feels really, really fresh. It's the difference between sugared up orange juice from concentrate and fresh squeezed right into your glass. That's the taste I'm trying to put into words, but with beer.

The bottle even says ''brewed with fresh hops harvested from our local hops farm.'' I would imagine that has a lot to do with the interesting taste I'm trying to describe, but it raises another question. If Weyerbacher is using ''fresh'' hops, then what are the other breweries using? I know the big beer companies use processed hop pellets that look like hamster food, but I would imagine that microbreweries are a bit more selective. If this is the first time I've ever tasted a brew with straight-from-the-farm hops, I may have just lost a little respect for other breweries.

This beer smells fantastic. Big clean floral smells like you get with springtime bloom. It pours as a beautiful golden orange and almost looks tropical. The mouthfeel is smooth as a whistle and quite pleasant. The unique hops flavor is front loaded, but like I was saying before, it tastes clean and fresh instead of bitter. The bitterness is certainly there along with tart fruit notes up front, but it's not the primary focus as with most hoppy beers. It really is difficult trying to put this taste into words.

Overall, Weybacher's Harvest Ale is a delicious IPA, even though I struggle to explain exactly why. I recommend trying it, especially if you prefer hoppy beers. Just be sure to come back here and tell me what the hell you taste!

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