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Harvest Ale - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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86
very good

1,538 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,538
Reviews: 574
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 12.24%
Wants: 50
Gots: 164 | FT: 1
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:
Beer added by: John on 10-19-2003

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Ratings: 1,538 | Reviews: 574
Photo of Tobyrando
4.49/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Photo of konigstiger
4.16/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nicely balanced and very drinkable, I'll have to remember this one.

Photo of PaulSlazinger
3.46/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Jeffreysan
3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle, 2013 edition, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a very pretty, golden amber color with a half of a finger of white head that quickly dissolved into a thin lacing of foam that covered almost the entire top of the beer.

Aroma: Very hoppy. Some notes of malt and freshly baked bread, but the predominate aroma is hops which makes sense as the label says that this beer is brewed with four (4) varieties of hops.

Taste: Like the aroma, the beer tastes predominately of hops, even to the point of being overpoweringly hoppy. There is quite a bit of caramel-like sweetness to try to keep the hops in check, but for my palate, it falls a little short. There’s also hardly any malt flavor to this beer, which makes me not a fan.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with some good carbonation to tickle the taste buds. With an ABV of 6.7%, there is no alcohol on the palate.

Overall: I’m not too much of a fan of this beer. I’m not a hop head, far from it in fact, and for me this beer is too far in the hops side of the scale for me to enjoy. Hop heads should love it however.


12 oz bottle, 2014 edition, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a very pretty, golden amber color with a half of a finger of white head that quickly dissolved into a thin lacing of foam that covered almost the entire top of the beer.

Aroma: Very hoppy. Some notes of malt and freshly baked bread, but the predominate aroma is hops which makes sense as the label says that this beer is brewed with four (4) varieties of hops.

Taste: Like the aroma, the beer tastes predominately of hops, but there is quite a bit of caramel-like sweetness to try to keep the hops in check. Assisting the hops is a good amount of bready, toasted malt which imparts flavors of whole wheat crackers and toasted 7-grain bread.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with some good carbonation to tickle the taste buds. With an ABV of 6.7%, there is no alcohol on the palate.

Overall: Wow! What a difference a year makes! Either Southern Tier has changed the recipe for this beer and amped up the malt presence while dialing down the hops, which I doubt, or my palate has really grown over the past year to be much more tolerant of hops, as I found this year’s edition to be really, really tasty!

Photo of 716gibbs
4.8/5  rDev +25%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

bitter and hoppy with a clean and dry finish. Very enjoyable

Photo of mbratt93
3.33/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Hohnbaum
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mchegash
3.26/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Appearance - 3.8/5
A quite clear amber color. NO carbonation is to be seen rising up in this beer...ok, well there are a few bubbles, but very little. Two fingers of head upon initial pour, and the head retention is decent, and there is some nice lacing.

Smell - 3.25/5
Pine-citrus hops. Not really what I was expecting with this beer.

Taste - 3.3/5
A sweet and creamy pine-citrus hop flavor. Maybe a tiny hint of malts. Overall, the taste is okay, but it basically tastes like a standard quality IPA.

Mouthfeel - 3/5
Medium-bodied, creamy, light carbonation.

Overall - 3.25/5
I picked up this beer because I saw in some random Internet article that this was one of "10 beers you need to have this fall". Well, that article was totally wrong. There is nothing special about this beer. It tastes just like a standard IPA, even though I don't think it's classified as such. I was disappointed by this beer.

Photo of Inglum515
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of misternebbie
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JNForsyth
3.69/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Atom_Bomb
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%

Photo of rjvanston
3.8/5  rDev -1%

Photo of aasher
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of BMESSER88
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of ninaturner
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Taybeh
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%

A: bright pumpkin orange, 1 1/2 finger puffy white head
S: citrus (grapefruit, lemon, tart pineapple) and some caramel malt
T: like the nose, the caramel/toffee malt tones are there throughout, but this is pretty hoppy for the style; also some mineral/earthy notes on the edges and at the very end, and I can't figure out whether I like them or not.
M: pretty dry and bitter; a lot more lively and crisp than the typical round and mellow tones of most ESBs.
Overall: kind of an oddball, but enjoyable quaff taken on its own.

Photo of Mitchellffc
2.8/5  rDev -27.1%

Photo of SLOTHLIFE
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of Jeff_Winger
4.04/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of Jrcassiday
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of hinemk76
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of redearth329
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Draft in a pint glass.

Dim bar, hard to see, but head is really sticky and rings the glass permanently. Clear amber color.

Smells of grapefruit and some light herbal hops.

Solid malt backbone with a sort of oat-y note mid-palate. Lots of hop bitterness. Sort of like a hoppy Yuengling lager....

Medium to full-bodied. Light carbonation. Long finish.

Another solid offering from S.T., but nothing spectacular.

Photo of nathanmiller
3/5  rDev -21.9%

Photo of dannymo24
4/5  rDev +4.2%

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Harvest Ale from Southern Tier Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 1,538 ratings.