Posts Tagged With: Harvest Moon

Harvest Moon New Brunswick Brown Ale

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Beer: New Brunswick Brown Ale
Brewery: Harvest Moon Brewery
Style: Brown Ale
ABV: 5.7%

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Serving Style: Bottle
Drinking Establishment: Harvest Moon Brewery, New Brunswick, NJ
Primary Consumer: Kerensa

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OVERALL RATING:

Sight: Dull dark brown body with a dense, yet frothy head.

Smell: Pretty uninteresting, flat roasted malt aroma.

Flavor: Roasted malts, dominant walnut flavor, with a bit of a hop bite at the end.

Feel: Medium body with low carbonation.

Concluding Remark: The New Brunswick Brown Ale is a completely average Brown ale from Harvest Moon. There’s little complexity to this beer; rather, it tastes like its underdone, that it needed to sit for awhile longer in order to cultivate some flavor. If you’re in the New Brunswick area, indulge in their Double Simcoe IPA instead–which is where I sought refuge after finishing this pint.

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Harvest Moon Belgian Witbier

Beer:  Belgian Witbier
Brewery: Harvest Moon Brewery
Style: Witbier
ABV: 5.0%

 Serving Style: Draft
Glassware: Pint glass
Drinking Establishment: Harvest Moon Brewery, New Brunswick, NJ
Primary Consumers: Ally & Kerensa

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OVERALL RATING:

Sight: Cloudy, deep golden/orangey yellow.  Small creamy white head that settles to some froth on top.

Smell: Spices and chicory; also, kinda like a Band-Aid.

Flavor: Bland, especially in light of the overpowering aroma.  Vaguely citrusy, like orange rind.

Feel: Thin but creamy, with low carbonation.

Concluding Remarks: This Witbier was a letdown.  The aroma seemed to promise a powerful, complex flavor, but it barely tasted like a watery orange peel.  It did taste better once we squeezed in the orange garnish, but not enough for our tastes.  Although we love to support local business, really, you might as well get yourself a Blue Moon.

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Harvest Moon Dark Side of the Moon Black IPA

Beer: Dark Side of the Moon
Brewery: Harvest Moon Brewery Cafe
Style: Black IPA
ABV: 8.1%

Serving Style: Draft
Glassware: Pint glass
Drinking Establishment: Harvest Moon Brewery Cafe
Primary Consumer(s): Ally & Kerensa

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OVERALL RATING:



Sight: Opaque pitch black, with 1-centimeter’s worth of creamy tan head.

Smell: An acetone aroma that fades into chocolate, like hot fudge.

Flavor: A slight sweetness is overpowered by a charred bitterness.  Like the aroma, there’s a note of alcohol; but if there’s any chocolate notes, it’s a very, very bitter unsweetened chocolate.  The hops appear in the aftertaste–also very bitter.  Despite the description on the menu, we detect no citrus.

Feel: Thin-to-medium mouthfeel.  Moderate carbonation.

Concluding Remark:  We continue the Harvest Moon double header with their Black IPA.  Aptly named the “Dark Side of the Moon,” it is a fascinating take on the IPA.  The style is complex, like a combination of a Porter and an IPA, but the malts and hops get muddled, i.e. you can’t really enjoy the flavor of the hops or the malts.  Still, it’s an interesting brew, and certainly unlike any of the other IPAs we’ve tried this month.

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Harvest Moon Summit Double IPA

Beer: Summit Double IPA
Brewery: Harvest Moon Brewery Cafe
Style: Double IPA
ABV: 8.5%

Serving Style: Draft
Glassware: Pint glass
Drinking Establishment: Harvest Moon Brewery Cafe, New Brunswick, NJ
Primary Consumer(s): Ally & Kerensa

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OVERALL RATING:



Sight: Rich amber color, with little-to-no head when served, just a thin ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.

Smell: Sweet, citrusy hops.

Flavor: Initially a butterscotch flavor, with small notes of citrus and a salty bready/yeasty taste.  The endnote is earthy and bitter, like bitter salad greens or frisée.

Feel: Thin but not watery, and slick.  Moderate carbonation.

Concluding Remark:  Although it reminds Kerensa of a lesser Troegs Nugget Nectar, Harvest Moon’s Double IPA is still a solid, straightforward rendition.  It’s complex, with lots of flavor, which hide the ABV well.  Harvest Moon rotates their beer menu pretty often, so you might not always find the Double IPA, but if you happen to be in the Brunswick area and spot it on the menu board, give it a try.

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Harvest Moon Maibock Lager

Beer:  Maibock Lager
Brewery: Harvest Moon Brewery
Style: Maibock
ABV: 7.0%

 Serving Style: Draft
Glassware: Pint glass
Drinking Establishment: Harvest Moon Brewery, New Brunswick, NJ
Primary Consumer: Kerensa
Seconary Consumer(s): Kerensa’s family

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OVERALL RATING:

(although the rest of the family wanted to rate it a 4.5)

Sight: Deep, rich amber body with no head. Bright white rim of bubbles surrounds the glass.

Smell: Warm sweet malt scent with a very, very little trace of Noble hops.

Flavor: Oddly enough, it tastes like Fruity Pebbles–sweet from the malts and grains. Dad is impressed with the “nice continuing flavor.” Overall, it’s very balanced, with a slight hop bitterness at end, like a good Maibock should be.

Feel: Thin, but not watery, with moderate carbonation.

Concluding Remarks: Although not quite as good as its German counterpart, I’ll be damned if Harvest Moon’s Maibock doesn’t give the German brewers a run for their money. Brewed with Pilsner, Vienna, and Munich malts, the sweet Vienna malt is most dominant (characterized by a rich, caramel flavor).  While this Maibock would have been more “authentic” tasting if the Munich malts took the spotlight, it’s still pretty great. If you’re in the Central New Jersey area, make a trip to Harvest Moon and try this guy out while it’s still in season!

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Harvest Moon Paddy’s Irish Stout

Beer:  Paddy’s Irish Stout
Brewery: Harvest Moon Brewery
Style: Irish Stout
ABV: 4.5%

Serving Style: Draft
Glassware: Pint glass
Drinking Establishment: Harvest Moon Brewery, New Brunswick, NJ
Primary Consumer: Ally

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OVERALL RATING:

Sight: Dark cola color, with 1 finger beige head that settles to a thin layer of tiny bubbles with a nice ring of head.  Nice lacing, too.

Scent: A pleasant roasted coffee aroma.

Flavor:  Roasted coffee, with a hint of bittersweet chocolate.  A ginger-like aftertaste that is a bit bitter, a bit sour.

Feel:  Thick, creamy mouthfeel with moderate-to-high carbonation

Concluding remarks: For denizens of New Brunswick, NJ, Harvest Moon is a great spot for good food, live-band karaoke, and–whoa!–craft beer.  Yep, as soon as you walk in, you see the kettles and fermentation vessels they use to brew their own beer.  So, you can’t get it much fresher than this.  Their Irish Stout, made from pale ale malts and roasted barley (100 lbs. of flaked barley, to be exact), is a highly enjoyable brew.  Classic Stout flavors of coffee and chocolate, that only taste better as the beer rests and mellows.  Support local small businesses, all you New Brunswickians–check out Paddy’s Irish Stout on your next George St. beer crawl.

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