Muskoka Harvest Ale
Reviewed by Brady White on September 15, 2014 in Autumn Guide
- Brewery: Muskoka Brewery
- Origin: Bracebridge, ON, CA
- Rated On: September 15, 2014
- Best Before: January 17, 2015
- ABV: 7.0%
- Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature
- Style: American Pale Ale
- Rating: GREAT !!
This 750ml caged and corked bottle pours a clear, dark reddish copper amber hue, with two fat fingers of puffy, tightly foamy, and bubbly ecru head, which leaves a sagging ring of dried suds lace around the glass as it lazily settles.
It smells of semi-sweet caramel malt, biscuity toffee, a bit of oily citrus, a muddled tropical fruitiness, and perky grassy, leafy, and piney hops. The taste is more biscuity, bready caramel malt, thin toffee pudding, a mild orange and grapefruit citrus tartness, and still prominent herbal, piney, and grassy hops. No real sign of the 14-proof alcohol as of yet. The carbonation is average in its frothy bearing, and yet quite agreeably so, the body a staunch middleweight, and generally smooth, with a suggestion of nascent creaminess as things warm up a tad. It finishes somewhat crisp and certainly bready, a slight undertow of a hallowed booze tug perceptible amongst the lingering, and pleasantly bitter noble and new-world hops alike.
A harvest ale that comes off as a mishmash of ESB and well-bred APA qualities – leave it to the colonies to play around with that (or get it right – your mileage may vary). Anyways, the welcome and gratuitous additional hopping creates aspirations that push this beyond the normal pale ale (oh yeah, they went there), and gives a fitting example of a continually evolving Upper Canada beer scene.