Autumn Hop Harvest Ale

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Autumn Hop Harvest Ale

Every time I think to myself, “I should write a blog post about the amazing beers I have”, I realize that life does get in the way.  And this is just another one of those times.  I started writing this months ago, and then…life happened and it got let behind.  Well, today, life can take a back seat while I try to spread the word of this delicious beer!  Made by Amsterdam Brewery in Toronto, this is their Autumn Hop, and this is one I really enjoyed.  Seasonal, I believe, but oh my is it crisp.

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It is an American Pale Ale, made using fresh hops instead of dried pellets.  The hops are farmed from up in Collingwood, not too far north of the city.  Details?  It’s 5.6%, and 60 IBU.  This is deceiving, the crispness and rich flavour don’t come out bitter at all.  The aroma is smooth, much subtler than a hoppy IPA.  A few friends thought the malt overwhelmed the hops, but I`m not convinced of this.

Now, I had this pretty soon after bottling, so maybe the flavours would have increased over time.  I will have to nab another bottle to find out.  Crisp, but not too clean.  Hops has a way of making something seem earthy and a little dirty.  Often, I find that a pilsner or a strong, hoppy IPA gets to be a bit much for an evening of steady drinking.  With the Autumn Hop, this might not be the case.  There are definite fruity notes that emerge after pouring and sitting for a few, and I really think this could be something that gets better after a few steady pints as the night goes on.

9 out of 10 here.  It is a seasonal brew though, so get it when you can.

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