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Harvest Ale - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Harvest AleHarvest Ale

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BA SCORE
87
very good

1,262 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,262
Reviews: 548
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 12.14%
Wants: 36
Gots: 62 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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bsm80x

New York

4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

09-25-2013 20:30:22 | More by bsm80x
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GinDC

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

11-08-2012 03:46:30 | More by GinDC
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RussBeercier

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

11-17-2013 14:51:55 | More by RussBeercier
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lilsmizzul1225

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

01-14-2013 20:55:05 | More by lilsmizzul1225
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nathanjohnson

Vermont

4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

09-02-2012 20:45:36 | More by nathanjohnson
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jaywes754

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

09-23-2013 02:26:12 | More by jaywes754
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kkosmoski

New York

4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Served at 50F into a Dogfish off-centered pint glass. A very clear light golden color in the glass with an airy white head of about two fingers after a vigorous pour. Foam clings to the side of the glass as it settles down. Smell is of sweet taffey, light toast, and pungeant earthy hops with some citrus mixed in. Flavors start of with a pithy, citrus bitterness along with some sweetness - maybe candied orange peel, and remain on the sweet side until the finish. It ends with a subdued grapefruit bitterness coupled with a very delicate grainy touch. Mouthfeel is quite full and sticky with a relaxed carbonation. Drinkability is very good with a great balance between malt and hops and a moderate abv. A very nice fall brew from Southern Tier that displays very fresh ingredients from the recent harvest.

09-14-2008 22:33:04 | More by kkosmoski
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Hanzo

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

03-03-2012 22:22:23 | More by Hanzo
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AndyAvalanche

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Awesome, simply awesome. This beer really kept me guessing the whole way through and I was pleasantly surprised. I picked up a six pack at Glenville Beverage when we were visiting my in-laws in NY. I checked the import section and grabbed a couple of German Imports that I didn't recognize seeing anywhere in MA. At the register my wife saw the little shelf with about 8 or so seasonal beers with Southern Tier's Harvest right in the middle. She was much more curious than I was I told her it was listed as an ESB on BA and the clerk at the register said it's really good "it's like a hoppy ESB" according to him, so we gave it a shot and boy were we happy we did.

Poured this one into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass. Comes out a very pale yellow gold color with a slight haze to it. I was actually really dissapointed on first glance till I took a 2nd look at it. There was a really thick frothy head to it with lots of different sized bubbles, almost a creamy frothy look. A good chunk of the froth goes away about a fourth of the way through the drink and a ring stays on the edges with a skim of froth across the surface. You get a little bit of lacing that sticks in small patches all over the glass. You can also see in the haze what looks like citrus zest floating around all over. The smell is great. Hops dominate the smell here. Primarily citrus hops smell, dry hopped, much like the famous "hazed and infused" by Boulder. The taste is also phenomenal. Still pleasantly hoppy with again primary citrus hops. Likely some pine hops but I'm thinking mostly citrus dry hops. The malts are clearly present, but the taste is dominated by the hops. The mouthfeel is a bit lighter than I expected, it strikes me more like an IPA than an ESB, it has some bitter bite to it from the hops, but all in all pretty darn good. This one extremely drinkable beer, willing to go with flawless for drinkablity. Very little to pick on about this beer, maybe it could have been a little maltier and heavier but overall it's a pretty well thought out brew. This could easily be a year round beer. I like Southern Tier going hoppy for their fall seasonal, good idea on their part.

11-02-2009 04:12:26 | More by AndyAvalanche
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Ladyfortuna

New York

4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

12-12-2013 05:28:56 | More by Ladyfortuna
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brealbg

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

08-30-2012 12:56:42 | More by brealbg
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zapahoppa

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

11-04-2012 02:06:31 | More by zapahoppa
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rjmclaw

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

07-18-2012 21:41:05 | More by rjmclaw
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bigbeerfan

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

09-02-2012 02:13:58 | More by bigbeerfan
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Ecxeeder616

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

08-24-2013 14:36:23 | More by Ecxeeder616
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IronLover

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Copper in color with an amber hue. Poured with excellent clarity and a strong white head that reduced to a thick white cap. Sweet biscuity malt and grapefruit hop aromas. Smooth buttery feel with healthy carbonation. Nice balance of light toasted malt and grapefruit/orange hop flavors with a grapfruit hop finish. wnet down smooth and quickly. Southern Tier never disappoints. IF you didn;t tell me this was an ESB I would have classified it as an APA. Either way, this quickly became one of my favorites.

10-10-2010 18:23:43 | More by IronLover
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NoahSYGG

New York

4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

This is an excellent beer. It is super citrusy hoppy. It is slightly cloudy. It has a great hop aroma. It has a nice 2 finger head with nice lacing. It is nice and sweet to balance the hoppy overtones. This is a wonderful beer for any hop head. It focuses on my favorite aspect of the hop,flavor and aroma. If you come across this beer, pick it up.

09-17-2009 20:35:10 | More by NoahSYGG
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Freggs

New York

4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

11-29-2012 00:43:08 | More by Freggs
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HopGrazer

New York

4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

07-28-2014 14:35:39 | More by HopGrazer
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dprophet

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

01-22-2012 00:56:06 | More by dprophet
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BeerImmediately

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

What a pleasant surprise! My first experience with Southern Tier is a great one...

Poured a 12 oz bottle into a nonic style glass. Had a slightly hazy, pale yellow color, with a solid two-finger head.

Wow, what a terrific aroma - I'm not that keen on picking up intricate scents in beer, but this one hits you with a wonderfully sweet orange smell, and some cinnamon as well.

The taste then surprised me a little - sweet, juicy grapefruit with just a touch of ripe pineapple, and balanced nicely with a hint of malt.

Mouthfeel was very nice as well, with tight carbonation.

Excellent drinkability - just sharp enough to make this beer refreshing AND fulfilling at the same time. Could easily work through a few of these in a night.

11-08-2007 00:32:21 | More by BeerImmediately
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Peg2009

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

12-31-2012 01:58:26 | More by Peg2009
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Tbone

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

In short, one of the best Harvest Ales around.

A light and crisp body that goes down easy, but with a very nice citrusy hop character and lingering bitterness.
I don't get all of the lower ratings (B-) for this beer, but then very few beers that are under 6% have above B+ ratings here.

The beer pours a slightly hazy bright yellow with a nice white head that leaves notable hop lacing. It smells mostly of grapefruity hops that make your mouth water. Taste is more of the same, but with an enjoyable lingering bitterness. The English hops in a beer this hoppy make for an less common experience.

I normally prefer a heavier mouthfeel, but this light mouthfeel suits me just fine. Drinkability is as good as it gets. I've had 2 six packs and a few bar pints of this in the past month, which is probably more of any single beer in a month period than any other beer over the past 10 years.

10-11-2009 19:44:54 | More by Tbone
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GennyCreamAle

New York

4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

09-12-2012 21:47:38 | More by GennyCreamAle
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ShadyJay

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

03-04-2012 00:07:09 | More by ShadyJay
Harvest Ale from Southern Tier Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,262 ratings.