Review: Muskoka Harvest Ale

Review: Muskoka Harvest Ale by Cody La Bière
I find that Muskoka Brewing's beer to be some of the best beer in all of Canada thanks to trying their Hefe-Weissbier and Double Chocolate Stout last year. However, their beer quickly disappeared from Manitoba beer shelves and never returned.. until now. 

The other day I noticed their Harvest Ale in stock. I've heard only good reviews about the beer, so I had to try it. The clerk at the MLCC even recommended it, saying it had a nice rich taste and quite a unique beer. The last time an MLCC employee recommendd a beer to me, they recommended Bud Light Lime, so I take their comments lightly (for the most part). Either way, I'm looking forward to trying the beer.

Appearance: The beer comes in a nice 750mL bottle with a swing top if you decide to drink the beer later. The label has a drawing of an old hay binder from bck in the pre-automated era of farming.

The beer poured a nice rich amber-dark caramel colour, with a bit of a beige/slightly yellow head that disappears slowly. This looks like it will be a good beer.

Aroma: A very rich hoppy aroma, wow.. I may love this. Has a bit of a citrus aroma, like any IPA, but also a hint of pumpkin.. this truly is an autumn-styled beer.

Taste: Very hoppy, but not that bitter. Has a nice sweet taste that is a bit reminiscent of the citrus of India Pale Ales, but there's also a bit of pumpkin taste. I'm enjoying this nice mouthfeel.

Overall thoughts: I already wrote up a piece on this, but it disappeared. It's a nice rich taste, reminiscent of autumn with the hint of pumpkin. It's a bit pricey at $8.90 for a 750mL, but I'm glad I got it. It has an ABV of 6.4%, and may be one of the strongest tasting American Pale Ales I've had yet. Do I recommend this? If you see it in store or at your favourite bar of course!


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