Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Weyerbacher Harvest Ale 2011

Weyerbacher Harvest Ale
Fresh Hop

Brewed by:
Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Easton, Pennsylvania USA

American IPA

5.40% ABV

Commercial Description:
Brewed with fresh hops harvested from our own local hops farm.

General Pricing:
12 oz bottle: ~$8.00 4 pack, ~$47.00 case

This was a gift from my friend Gonzalo. I’m a big fan of this Easton brewery. I have had beer before and reviewed it back in November 2009. Since this is a fresh hop ale I thought it would be worth doing a 2011 review.

The beer pours a clear amber with copper hues and a fairly rich white to off white head.

The nose is nice with sweet malt aromas along with robust but pleasant complex hop aromas. The hop aromas are mainly floral and earthy.

What a nice first sip. The hops are fresh full of flavor but not overpowering or bitter.

The taste starts with touch of sweetness up front on the tip of the tongue but that only last for a split second. It is immediately followed by a tingle and effervescence over the tongue in the middle of the sip. There is also building hop robustness as you get to the back-end. The back-end is pretty intense with hop flavors that create a hefty hesitation at the top of the swallow. The finish is rich with hop flavors. The hops are robust for sure but mostly earthy and floral without being overwhelming or bitter. There is a lingering hop bite that carries through on the final aftertaste.

All and all this is still a solid Fresh Hop ale. I’m going for an A- on this. That is a little lower than what I gave it a few years ago but I have had a lot more Fresh Hop IPA’s in the last two years.

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