Sunday, 21 July 2013

Yellowbelly Harvest Pale Ale

The Harvest Pale Ale was the Yellowbelly Brewery and Public House's seasonal offering during my honeymoon. The Yellowbelly was out of its regular pale ale when we were there, but this one, brewed using Newfoundland hops, more than made up for it. According to our server, this stuff clocks in somewhere between 5.9 and 6% alcohol.

Sorry 'bout the photo.  It was dark.

A clear copper ale with a thinning head of off-white and moderate carbonation, Harvest Pale Ale has a pleasant hop aroma that tends toward evergreen. It's a robustly bitter pale ale with an IBU count that must be approaching India Pale Ale levels. This is a well constructed brew with more than just hops. Harvest has a lovely flavour with some nice caramel notes. The aftertaste is hoppy, dry, and brief. A fine brew, and kudos to Yellowbelly for using local hops.

Rating: 8.5 out of 10.

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