Late Harvest Autumn Ale

Late Harvest Autumn AleIt’s September, kids are back in school, and the cooler weather we’ve been having here lately all seem to be angling toward "Fall", so this evening I opened up the bottle of Late Harvest Autumn Ale I received from Redhook (press release).

This is definitely hearty enough to be an "Autumn Ale", and comes in at 5.9% alcohol.

Appearance: Amber-orange in color with a light tan head that looks nice.

Smell: Richly malty with caramel and a hint buttery, I think. Reminds me of an Oktoberfest, but that’s not surprising since that’s on my mind…

Taste: My nose didn’t lie—it’s rich and malty with roasted malt notes (no burnt/astringent) and a warming essence. Hops are earthy and spicy and a nice, underpowering complement to the malt backbone.

Mouthfeel: Nice, full-feeling—a chewy medium-bodied feel. A warming sensation in the aftertaste, and finishes clean.

Overall: I like it; it’s my favorite of the Redhooks. It definitely fits the bill for a Fall beer, with an Oktoberfest vibe going on. In fact, it reminds me of Widmer Okto, which I really like as well.

On BeerAdvocate, it scores an overall grade of B-. On RateBeer, it scores 3.04 out of 5 and is in their 46th percentile.