In this beer blog, we are going to get into a seasonal ale from Upland Brewery. It is their Harvest Pale Ale. If you read my earlier beer blog on their Dragonfly IPA, you know the history of this up and coming from Indiana. If you have not, please, read that beer blog post about their flagship ale. Let us get into the beer.
It has a clear copper color with a semi white head on this Fall Seasonal. The smell is piney to slight citrus notes. The taste of this hoppy pale ale has a slight malty notes with a piney to slight citrus notes. The aftertaste is a heavy bitterness from the hops. It is pretty drinkable beer.
Here is a description from their website (www.uplandbeer.com):
An American Pale Ale by design, but an even more vibrant rendition by loading up our hopback with freshly harvested Citra hops. Expect huge wafts of tropical fruit notes, balanced by a moderate bitterness and light tasted malt character. A showcase for one of our four favorite ingredients and a delight for all the hopheads.
ABV: 5.5 | IBUs: 62 | SG: 14 | SRM: 13
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Closing, this seasonal ale gives the craft beer drinker something else. Normally for the fall, the craft beer drinker will have to reach for the countless list of Oktoberfest, Pumpkin ales, or start looking at porters and/or stout. Upland Brewery and a few more craft breweries are looking at this as opportunity to give their drinkers something a little different. This brew is something different. It is a west coast pale ale. It is hopped up and it is very good. They did a nice job on this brew. It is well balance from the malty backbone to the hops. I will have to say they were not shy on making the hops shine through this beer. I wish this beer was available all year-long but it would loss that special shine that it has right now. I recommend you hunting this beer down. Go get some! Drink it! Enjoy it! Metal it! \m/
Bill DJ Weiser