KATY VS. SASHA: Muskoka Harvest Ale from Muskoka Brewery

Harvest Ale by Muskoka Brewery
Katy and Sasha are the contributors for Ottawa Beer Events! They
have distinctly different palates and in this segment they go
head-to-head tasting Muskoka Harvest Ale by Muskoka Brewery.


Muskoka Harvest Ale pours a dark amber colour with a fluffy off-white head that seems to cling to the glass.  After the cork has been popped (or pried off in my case) aromas of floral hops become very noticeable; in the glass that floral hop note intensifies and brings with it aromas of grapefruit, fresh cut grass and malty caramel.

Those taste follows the aroma with a solid caramel background with layers of hop flavours  (floral, fresh cut grass, citrus) adding bitterness, contrasting the sweet.  It finishes with a slight dryness and earthy spice bitterness.

At 7% ABV and a big 750ml bottle Muskoka Harvest Ale is for sharing – celebrating the changing seasons and the bounty of the harvest.

4 out of 5 bottle caps


Muskoka Harvest Ale poured a very nice golden brown with a thick light brown head.  The aroma from the hops hits you right away with just a hint of  toastiness from the malt.

The hops are definitely the star in this beer, offering the bitterness on first taste, with a marriage of grassy and citrus flavors.  For me, who doesn't usually enjoy the bitterness in a beer, the honey-like sweetness on the end is a welcome taste.

The bitterness from the hops does stick around, however overall a very enjoyable beer, to enjoy a crisp fall day.                                                                                                           

4 out of 5 bottle caps


Muskoka Harvest Ale is available for a limited time at LCBO and The Beer Store locations throughout Ontario, and will retail for $8.95 per 750 ml corked-and-caged bottle.

Muskoka Brewery

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