Monday, November 23, 2009
Weyerbacher, Harvest Ale
Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Pours a dark copper with a rich off white head and a lot of carbonation; lots of tiny bubbles rising up from the bottom of the glass.
Sweet caramel malts and very rich hop aromas on the nose.
Wow, why can’t all American IPAs taste like this? Sweet caramel malts upfront then a wonderful effervescence over the tongue and then a great fresh hop finish. But the hop bitterness is not overpowering, yes it gives you a good bite but not a long lingering bitterness.
The head has diminished to just an island in the middle of the glass, a nice ring around the glass and excellent lacing.
I had this beer at a tasting and the Weyerbacher rep said that the hops were picked on their property and sent to the brew house within hours. There may be more information on their website but I can tell you this is the freshest hop beer I’ve ever had. I just wish more American brewers would grow out of this adolescent hophead phase and brew more beers like this. Sorry for the rant let’s get back to the review.
This is a clean, refreshing beer. I just love the fresh hop taste of this beer and I’m no hophead. I hope this is a trend of fresh harvest hop ales. It more then likely is I just don’t follow hophead trends.
This beer is opening up a little as it warms up. It is much smoother in that the malts are making there presence known. Well this was good till the end and the end was close to room temperature.
So as far as American IPAs go this is on the tops on the list for me. An excellent American IPA, one of only two or three that I would buy again. Kudos to Weyerbacher a solid A for their Harvest Ale, fresh hop IPA