Harvest Ale - Southern Tier Brewing Company
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Reviews by Metalmonk:
3.78/5 rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Pours an autumnal rusty-colored leaf, while a slight, off-white head sits above the liquid. Dots and rounded bleeps and bloops of lace splatter the glass.
This is a hopped-up, fresh, clean, breezy aroma that would never be mistaken for an English ESB. Reminds me of Three Floyds' "ESB" (Lord Admiral Nelson) and several non-"ESB" beers by Surly maybe. Just a super-fragrant, fruity, clean (that word again) hop-centric nose. Simple, a bit vinous, and with only the slightest hint of grain, and that also being clean and straightforward. No bigness or heaviness in sight (smell).
Taste is nearly astringent in its bitterness. A nice bitterness, for sure, being a meeting point between citrus peel (lemon, lime), and a super-earthy, not harsh but strained sort of graininess, and the most bitter nut flavor. I like, but unlike all higher gravity Southern Tier bombers, could never fully enjoy a bomber size of THIS, which is why I'm glad it comes in 12 oz. bottles.
Nice smooth yet bubbly, tickling, generously carbonated texture. Between the astringent citrus finish and the feel, it takes me back to that standard of U.S. standards, Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, in the feel department, and in some ways taste, too.
Funny, this one pleases on every level although falls behind just a couple steps where Southern Tier usually excels: taste. Just a little too one-dimensional. And who the hell called this an ESB? Someone at Southern Tier? Really? Do I need to crawl to their website to find out? Nah, I won't bother, but it's not an ESB even though it's bitter. But quite good for what it is, whatever it is. (Somewhere between an American west coast amber and pale ale hybrid? Far away from England, that's for sure.)
Serving type: bottle
12-12-2011 23:43:38 | More by Metalmonk
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United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)
3.39/5 rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
330ml bottle bought online from CraftBeerCo
Poured an orange copper colour with a little haze. Light creamy head poured thick and meringue like then faded slowly to nice firm layer... very sparse carbonation drifts very slowly to surface... very little lacing...
Aroma - Strong biscuity malts, lightly toasted bread, light honey sweetness, some caramel, good juicy fruitiness (apples, apricots and some pears), lots of grassy notes, peppery hops, strong nuttiness, sea salt traces, some leathery traces...
Taste - Spicy / grassy hops to the fore, light toffee sweetness, juicy fruits (oranges, apples, light figs), biscuity maltiness, definite toasty bread, can't really make out any oats, faint metallic notes, light floral / perfume traces, salty...
Feel - Quite sharp and dry... medium bodied... pretty quaffable
Overall - A decent excellent example of an ESB although my bottle wasn't too fresh... would like to try a fresher bottle as this would be a good sessionable ale
Serving type: bottle
03-07-2014 10:01:35 | More by mdagnew
3.99/5 rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
On draft at severna park taphouse from notes
A-Pours a medium caramely amber. Medium frothy creamy off-white head, fairly lasting.
S-Aroma is pleasantly hoppy, nice sweetness; citrus/orange grapefruit, toasty.
T-Tasty and flavorful. Citrus. Piney grapefruity finish.
M-Mouthfeel has a medium body. Balanced sweetness and bitterness. A little oily. A little creamy. Soft. Moderate dry finish.
O-Overall a well-made beer again by Southern Tier
Serving type: on-tap
03-05-2014 22:33:58 | More by reebtaerG
Harvest Ale from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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