Review: Late Harvest, Red Hook Ale Brewery

Late Harvest
Redhook Ale Brewery — Woodinville, Washington

• Style: Autumn Ale
• Bitterness: 32 IBU
• ABV: 5.9%
• OG: 14.65 P
• Malts: Pale, C60, C70/80, C Vienne, Smoke
• Hops: Willamette, Saaz, Chinook
• Sampled: 12 oz. bottle

Description: “As the fall days grow shorter, beer drinkers naturally start their migration toward more robust, full-bodied brews. Late Harvest is an easy-drinking, yet flavorful brew that features a deep chestnut color and unique, roasted malt aroma and flavor. Late Harvest's rich flavor is the result of using four different malts, yet the robust profile remains balanced and sophisticated, thanks to our two distinctive hop additions..”— Redhook

Random thoughts:  This is the first of my fall seasonal reviews.  It was a cool day, and I thought I'd start with the Redhook.

The tasting:  Color is brownish orange--perhaps I'm under the spell of the fall colored label.  Nice aroma--I can't make it out, but it's not hops.  Body is light-medium.  On the first taste, I'm getting a roasted malt flavor, but not a lot of hops.  Very smooth, with no aftertaste.  Nice flavor--good for fall drinking.  Maybe, it's just good marketing, but it's making me look forward to fall. 

Rating:  3 star.  Good.  I'd drink this again if someone gave it to me.  I like this beer, and would drink it again, but it's not particularly memorable. 

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