Harvest Ale - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,548
Reviews: 578
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 12.24%
Wants: 52
Gots: 170 | 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

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Beer added by: John on 10-19-2003

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.91/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of oberon
4.17/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of MadScientist
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of orbitalr0x
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of generallee
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Doomcifer
4.4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

Photo of BuckeyeSlim
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Hop-forward ale with just enough toasted malt with touches of caramel in the back-end to give it some foundation. Drinks like an IPA.

Photo of Billolick
4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Homebrew35
4.65/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of tigg924
3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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!

Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of bsp77
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of jcdiflorio
4.19/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

served from a 12oz brown bottle twist-off cap into a pint glass.

Clear deep golden color,1" thick head,retentive, lacing the glass.
Hop assertive nose citrus rinds,grassy a bit spicy,the malteness is hidden by the hop aroma, just a sweet caramel aroma present.
Strong hop flavors, very citrusy,grassy, grapefruity.A very sugary carmell taste.Finishes with a sharp citrusy bitterness,followed by a pleasing spicy feel.
The mouthfeel was light to medium a bit cloying, prickley on the tounge, yet a very smooth feel to it also.
Refreshing,mouthwatering,very drinkable,could drink this beer all night.
A session hop lovers beer,hop sensations of an IPA.
Will be looking for this one again.

Photo of Kraken
4.42/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer merchant tossed me this as a freebie, Thanks Brian!

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a 20oz pint glass. Robust pour yields a bright white fluffy head 2 fingers in size. Head has great staying power and leaves a very a nice lace on the glass.

Nose- Wow nose me surprised. I am greeted by a bounty of Grapefruit and citrus hops. Not what I was expecting.

Taste- yum. Very impressive. Mellow carbonation for the size of the head. Bitter almost from the get-go followed by a nice whack of grapefruit and citrus hops, leading into a more pronounced hop astringency. Very minimal malt profile. Long dry finish. Very good.

Mouthfeel- Carbonation adds an initial creaminess to the beer. Slightly oily.

Drinkability- Very high. This packs a ton flavor into a light ridiculously sessionable beer.

Unfortunately this one sample beer I was provided with is the last of it breed at the bottle shop. Seek out, very nice.

Photo of dogfishandi
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle, chilled, poured into ST pint glass. pours a clear golden color, beautiful looking creamy head, with a nice amount of frothy lacing, looks like it was just poured from the tap. great head retention. weak color, nice head.

fruity hops in the forefront, pineapple, citrus, tropical fruits, slight bready, malty undertones. hops definately rule the aroma.

lots of hops in the taste too, more like an ipa than an esb. the tropical fruity hops definately coming on the taste as well. pineapple, orange, citrus, its all there. a little malt coming in to balance things out. has a nice, not over the top bitterness in the finish.

light body, good carb. resiny, sticky mouthfeel from all the hops, creamy almost as well, very nice.

really enjoyed this beer for what it is, which isnt much of an esb, more like a light ipa. very sessionable and easy drinking, nice for watching the bills kick some ass this year.

Photo of MattyG85
4.45/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: Bright and clear amber orange with lots of bubbles. Solid three fingers of white foamy head with good retention and lots of lacing.

Smell: Bready caramel malts with a huge presence of citrus orange marmalade and grapefruit. Also has a solid aroma of floral and piney hops that add some spice to the fruit. Kind of smells like orange juice with hops.

Taste: Biscuit caramel malts with a big taste of orange and hints of grapefruit. The sweet oranges are followed by a big hop presence with lots of pine resin and floral hops. Starts fruity and moderately sweet and finishes pretty bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a moderate carbonation. Very tangy and chewy. Hops prickle the tongue. Finishes bitter and dry.

Overall: A very interesting and tasty brew. Starts like a traditional English Bitter and finishes like an American IPA. It almost is like a Mimosa with a IPA replacing the champagne.

Photo of far333
3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pale straw yellow, very clear with a low beige head that doesn't rise up much and settles out quickly.

Aroma of tangerine hops and honey.

Initial flavor of citrusy hops, subtle corn and honey malt undertones, flavor morphs to piney hops, with a lingering grapefruit flavor. Above average bitterness, but still very flavorful.

Mouthfeel is a little watery upfront, finishes crisp and tingly. Tasty beer, pretty drinkable. Not quite on the style.

Photo of yankeeheel
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear golden amber with a large fluffy eggshell colored head. Smells strongly of hops. Literally busting out of the glass with them. Not suprisingly, it is a hop dominated pale ale, and a darn good one. Just a small hint of pale malt with an immediate assault of (cascade?) hop. Finishes very piney and dry. Moderate in body and high in drinkability.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.6/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wow, another godsend from NY, this beer is just as tasty and possibly more balanced as their IPA. These guys are doing some things right I am by far more impressed with their beers than anything out of the Matt Brewing Co. (Saranac). Appearance: Copper orange body nice white head with evenly disributed lacing, perfect. Aroma: Nice full pine cone and citrus scented hops plentiful hop aroma, with a lucious malt backbone. Taste: Well balanced with an overall excellent snappy hop bite to it, awesome caramel tinged malts very very good. Mouthfeel: Medium bodied smooth carbonation no complaints. Drinkability: A go to for myself hits my beer soul just right, so easy drinking and flavorful at the same time ideal session brew in my eyes.

Photo of chinchill
4.01/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

undated 12 oz bottle served in a pint glass.

No style indicated on the label other than Fall "seasonal", so I was surprised to find the beer is like a strong pale ale or ESB rather than a marzen. Not surprised by the flavor, however, since there is plenty of earthy and spicy hop aroma. There also some citrus in the nose, but the flavor veers more towards the citrus side, and leaves a moderately bitter grapefruit aftertaste.

A nice orange-amber with a lasting off-white head.

O - a bold and flavorful Fall seasonal.

Photo of glid02
4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Leon's Full Service in Atlanta.

Pours a clear light copper color with a one-finger slightly off-white head. The head recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of pale malts with huge amounts of citrus hop aromas. Also present are solid amounts of floral and earthy notes from the hops.

Tastes very similar to how it smells. Light pale malt flavors kick things off and are quickly joined by large amounts of citrus and earthy hop flavors. The hop flavors fade out just a bit midway through the sip allowing the malt flavors to gain more purchase, then carrying through to a moderately bitter finish. The hops have a robust "wet" flavor and there is very little dryness.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with smooth carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass very quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall I was impressed with this beer and this leads me to believe the bottle I had earlier was not all that fresh or the batch variations are quite large. Either way, this is definitely worth a shot if you see it on-tap or in the bottle near the release date, a very nice beer.

Photo of FredTheSeal
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A - Pours with a 1 finger white head. Dissipates to a thin head that lingers with some lacing. Clear copper in color.

S - A suprising amount of citrus and pine hop aroma. Slight caramel/sweet smell behind that mixed with mild alcohol. If I didn't see the label, I would think this was an an American IPA.

T - Citrus and piney hops. I didn't get much past the hops until i was about half way through the glass. Then i started to get a slight sweetness and alcohol after the hops faded. Slightly earthy undertones.

M - medium-high carbonation, light-medium body.

D - I'm definitely a hop head and this has a great hop flavor without being overpowering. With the light body and moderate flavor i could drink a 6 pack easily.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a Nonic)
A- This beer has a clear deep orange body with tiny bubbles popping off at the base and gliding to the surface. There is a bubble beige head that fades after a bit.
S- The green spicy hops blend with a dry toasted malt aroma. There are some citrus qualities to the hops as the beer opens up.
T- The spicy green hops are pungent with a slight bitterness that lingers after each sip. The pale malt has a slight green bean taste to it and is softer than the hops.
M- The medium mouthfeel has a big fizzy scrubbing finish and a soft alcohol heat in the finish.
D- This beer has a big spicy hop flavor that is supported by some interesting pale malt flavors. The green bean flavor is a bit odd. The hops and malt just don't seem to work together but on their own they are not bad.

Photo of chicagobill13
4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This is a beer that has impressed me very much. I pick this up in Chicago burbs.

Color is a golden dull amber look. A slight head that perfect for the fall.

Smell of malty hoppy goodest.

Taste and mouthfeel is a nice hoppy with some carbation. It has a nice malty taste. It is has a very good balance.

This so much beer then one fall beer that is equal in style. Enjoy!

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Harvest Ale from Southern Tier Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 1,548 ratings.