606. Harvest Ale

606. Harvest Ale

I really felt like a beer after getting home from lab at 10:30 tonight. I played Excite Truck on Wii for about half an hour then I opened this one up. It came in the same mixed six-pack that Phin & Matts Extraordinary Ale came in. I let it warm to around 40ยบ F and served it in my NERAX pint glass.

Beer Stats:
Brewery: Southern Tier Brewing Company
Alcohol: 5.20%
Serving: Bottle, 12 oz.
Style: American Pale Ale, BJCP Style Guide

Appearance (4.0): This looks very similar to Phin and Matt's Extraordinary Ale. It pours a lightly hazy golden-copper that's perhaps a shade lighter. The off-white head is thick and frothy and fades to a sudsy layer leaving patches of lace on the side of the glass.

Smell (3.5): The aroma is much stronger than Phin and Matt's. There are light citrus and fruit aromas along with a sweet maltiness that hit the nose before the hop aroma that is resiny and grassy.

Taste (4.0): Sweet malts upfront that become toasty with a lingering residual sweetness that lasts through to the finish. A strong hop bitterness appears in the finish, it's citrusy and grassy with a little bit of resiny character. The aftertaste is a nice lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel (3.5): Light to medium-bodied with moderate carbonation and a slick oiliness.

Drinkability (4.0): Tasty, hoppy and well-balanced.

Overall (3.85): I was disappointed with Phin and Matt's Extraordinary Ale, but this is a good APA. It's nice and hoppy without too much sweetness.

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