Harvest Ale - Southern Tier Brewing Company
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Reviews by pmcadamis:
4.44/5 rDev +15%
Editing this one (1-17-2013... no date on the bottle): Trying it again tonight after several years.... saw I gave it a fairly low rating and was shocked. I'm really enjoying this one the second time around.
A - Still not much of a head, but there is a bit of nice lace on the glass. The color is almost identical to the color of the label on the bottle. Cloudy and yeasty.
S - Sharp hop notes jump out of the glass, followed by a spritz of citrus and a crisp cracker or crusty bread note. Round "Belgian-esque" yeast aromas. Musky.
T - Yeasty, bready, and quite hoppy. This one hides its ABV extremely well. I would never have guessed that this was above 6%. Big time biscuity with floral British style hops (although thoroughly American in the level of hoppage. Tasty.
M - Medium-full. Extremely balanced with a big hoppy finish that is not overly bitter, but leaves just enough malt in the mix to balance this brew perfectly.
I had to go back and change everything about this review. I don't know why I didn't like this one the first time around. Bad bottle? Bad timing? Bad food pairing? Who knows. I LOVED this beer tonight, and I really enjoy ESB's in general as a food/session beer. This is a winner for sure.
09-29-2009 17:13:34 | More by pmcadamis
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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.
07-04-2011 03:16:56 | More by ChainGangGuy
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.
10-14-2004 23:58:11 | More by oberon
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.
10-23-2012 23:52:14 | More by MadScientist
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.
10-01-2008 02:34:24 | More by orbitalr0x
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.
10-15-2008 22:52:28 | More by generallee
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.
10-22-2006 20:52:26 | More by Doomcifer
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.
10-12-2009 22:44:30 | More by Billolick
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
10-15-2010 14:47:30 | More by Homebrew35
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.
09-10-2009 13:26:05 | More by tigg924
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!
08-29-2012 23:36:30 | More by JohnnyBarman
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.
06-11-2004 01:07:40 | More by OldFrothingSlosh
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.
09-18-2011 00:13:17 | More by bsp77
4.18/5 rDev +8.3%
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.
11-15-2006 03:06:00 | More by jcdiflorio
Harvest Ale from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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