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Harvest Ale - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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87
very good

1,335 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,335
Reviews: 554
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 12.44%
Wants: 40
Gots: 87 | FT: 0
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Southern Tier Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB) |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: John on 10-19-2003)
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Reviews by John:
Photo of John
4.33/5  rDev +12.2%

Sampled on tap at MacGregor's 18 Oct 2003. Two Imperial pints on special for $2.25ea. Hell yeah! Another fine offering from Southern Tier. Their fall seasonal is an immediate classic brew in a class all it's own. Clear copper, steady off-white head. A tad lighter than the ST IPA. A brew that begs to be drunk...with an irresistable drinkability. A perfect combination of solid malt and precise hop balance combining Cascade and Styrian Goldings. That combo lends an awesome hop profile thats blends classic oily/piney Goldings with citrus/fruity Cascade. A sought after fall seasonal worth its weight.

John, Oct 19, 2003
More User Reviews:
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%

16 ounce pint - $5.50 at Taco Mac in Canton, Georgia.

Appearance: Handed across the bar a clear, dark copper-gold body (looks like brewed tea), with a thin coating of white suds. Standard laceworks on the way down.

Smell: Pale malts with some soundly bready and biscuit-hinted notes to it and sweetish touch of golden syrup, maybe an infinitesimal bit of light caramel. Modestly spicy, fruity as well.

Taste: Bready, biscuity maltiness given a thin drizzle of treacle for a kiss of sweetness. Earthy, spicy hops with some dried lemon peel. Moderate bitterness. Some late fruitiness with a rebound of sugar for a hint of candied apple. Bittersweet, earthy finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation.

Overall: Harvest Ale is an enjoyable, quaffable brew for early Sunday morning drinking.

ChainGangGuy, Jul 04, 2011
Photo of oberon
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%

Had this at Macgregor's in Canadaigua,poured a deep gold with moderate head that didnt stay around to quickly aromas of pine and some citruisy (mainly lemon) notes as well.Taste up front was very piney and resiny but as I drank more the biscuity malt backbone showed itself more really balancing this one out lightly sweet just enough to tame the hops a little.Seemed a tad thin at first not sure if its just me that picked that up,anyways a very good beer from Southern Tier.

oberon, Oct 14, 2004
Photo of aszatk01
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

aszatk01, Oct 23, 2013
Photo of MadScientist
4.13/5  rDev +7%

A: A light golden color with excellent clarity. The head is long lasting, white and very thin.

S: Pine and citrus hops are in the front at a moderate level with a moderate malt aroma that is somewhat caramel and biscuit. There is a light fruity ester and some grassy notes.

T: Moderately strong hops bitterness and moderate hops flavor which is pineapple and citrus. The mat is supportive but not a strong player with moderately-light malt flavors. The balance is bitter and the finish medium-dry with some hops bitterness lingering into the after taste.

M: A crisp, medium-light bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation.

O: An clearly American take on the ESB while staying fairly true to style. A bit more malt flavor would be needed for the style but I don't care I like it just the way it is.

MadScientist, Oct 23, 2012
Photo of hotglassmama
4/5  rDev +3.6%

hotglassmama, Nov 30, 2011
Photo of tbryan5
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

tbryan5, Oct 15, 2013
Photo of woodchipper
3/5  rDev -22.3%

woodchipper, Oct 12, 2013
Photo of orbitalr0x
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%

Pours into my glass a light golden yellow with a small white head on top. Good clarity overall. Looks like a fall sunset. Aromas start with crisp, slightly toasted grains and caramel. Herbal, somewhat resinous hops are there with a slight citric aroma as well. Mildly fruity.

First sip brings crisp, somewhat toasted caramel grain malt upfront along with a mildly fruity flavor. It moves into herbal, earthy hops that kick in the bitterness midway through. Flows down with a touch of spiciness and a clean, crisp finish that's slightly dry.

Mouthfeel is on the lighter and more drinkable side with a really nice creaminess that goes all the way through each sip. Overall, a refreshing brew with a nice hoppy bite that goes down easy. I could see a six pack of this going very well with a crisp fall evening. Thanks to afterexile for the chance to sample this one.

orbitalr0x, Oct 01, 2008
Photo of pengs68
4/5  rDev +3.6%

pengs68, Feb 11, 2013
Photo of generallee
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a pint glass

Appearance: It has a bright golden color with a slight chill haze and a small creamy white head. It fades to just a very thin covering that still makes some nice lace on the glass.

Smell: The aroma has a hop filled nose with piney/citrus notes and a hint of caramel and toasted grain.

Taste/Mouth feel: Its flavor has a good malty backbone with light toasted notes as well as a mild almost fruity sweetness. This is balanced by good bitterness from the hops which add some piney/citrus notes. In the finish I picked up more of a herbal tea like hop flavor that slowly fades off the tongue. It has a solid medium body with good carbonation and a slightly slick texture.

Notes: I wasn't expecting a ESB for a harvest beer but it was very enjoyable.

generallee, Oct 15, 2008
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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

nstroup, Aug 24, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

SmellsofMahagony, Sep 10, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

bellce0, Nov 19, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Twifiter, Oct 15, 2012
Photo of Doomcifer
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%

Picked this one up at a Southern Tier tasting that I attended last night, courtesy of Mike & Co. over at Nikki's Liquors in N. Providence.

It pours a nice, clear, pale golden color with a great off-white creamy head that tends to linger around, decorating the glass with lacing as the beer dwindles down to nothing. Aroma is of fresh, citrusy, fruity hops...smells VERY clean. Taste is more hops. The flavor, however, is more piney than citrusy/fruity as the smell indicates. Very light malts, but the hops take center stage bigtime, along with a grainy flavor. Very much like an easy drinking IPA. I could easily imagine myself enjoying this beer all weekend out in the hot New England summer weather. Very crisp, nice bite, and ends pretty dry but not too astringent. Drinkable? Abso-frickin-lutely...A fine fine example of an APA.

Southern Tier continues to impress.

Doomcifer, Oct 22, 2006
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

megamass, Mar 02, 2014
Photo of Billolick
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%

Mini growler pour from DeCicco's in Ardsley, NY. Pours glowing golden lighter amber. Clear in the glass under a frothy off white nose that stays around and leaves a thick collar and copious spotted lace. Bright citrus nose, highlighted by notes of oranges. Nice looking and smelling brew. Healthily hopped with citrus infused hops. Flavorful and quite tasty ale, bright hop notes supported and balanced by a more then ample malt under caraige.. More high quality and well worth trying beer from NY states S.T.

Billolick, Oct 12, 2009
Photo of Homebrew35
4.68/5  rDev +21.2%

Pours a three finger fluffy white head and has a georgeous golden rod honey color.
It has a very nice citrus, floral sweet smell.
Tastes initially sweet, citrusy, some lavender floral character, then smoothly transitions to a medium dry slightly coating finish.
Medium carbing, medium bodied.
Drinks well for me, a few could go down very easily.
This one is well balanced for me. Yum

Homebrew35, Oct 15, 2010
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3.6/5  rDev -6.7%

Appearance: 1/4 inch head, gold in color, clear, high carbonation

Smell: hops and citrus

Taste: mild malt start, earth, hops, pine, and tangerine

Mouthfeel:smooth, light body, a mixed semi-sweet start followed by a bitter body that becomes more bitter as you drink it.

Drinkability: I found myself liking this beer more and more after the initial shock of the hops. I do like the hoppiness and the slight fruit taste. I could have two or so but certainly not a six. Very enjoyable for the style.

tigg924, Sep 10, 2009
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

GreenMountainBoy, Sep 09, 2012
Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%

Single bottle from a sixer from Consumer Beverages in Orchard Park, NY.

Poured into a nonic. Light caramel golden, clear, with a sturdy head of foam. Nice lacing, good retention. Solid looking brew.

Nose is grain and resin, a touch of citrus hops, apple peel and some other spices.

Tasty ale - wouldn't have guessed ESB, but there you go. Nice cereal-resin entry, a bit of fruit (again the apple), good woodsiness to it. Granted, I was drinking this while camping, which alters one's perceptions of things.

Lighter body, slightly creamy.

Flavorful pale ale at a pretty reasonable price. Will get again!

JohnnyBarman, Aug 29, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Meyers1023, Today at 11:10 PM
Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%

This spiffy offering poured a cloudy dull copper in color with a tight, off-white, semi-lacing head. Aromas are wonderful. Quite malty and lots of spices are mixed with a resinous, piney hop aroma. Flavors are more of the same. The front is very sweet, middle is loaded with spices (cinnamon, nutmeg), and finishes with a sugary hoppiness that lasts and lasts. Mouthfeel is on the thin side, but it's more than made up for in the drinkability department. A very good fall seasonal that ranks just behind SN's Harvest Ale.

Huge thanks to Shippos for this offering from the Empire State.

OldFrothingSlosh, Jun 11, 2004
Photo of bsp77
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint. Bottled on August 4, 2011.

Appearance: Light orange with moderate head and light lacing.

Smell: Biscuit and tea, citrus and spicy hops.

Taste: Great balance of biscuit, toast, tea, citrus, and floral & spicy hops. Ends somewhat bitter.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, very creamy body with a nice dry finish.

Overall: A very impressive Americanized ESB overall. Definitely one of the better ones around.

bsp77, Sep 18, 2011
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Harvest Ale from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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