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Harvest Ale - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,460
Reviews: 563
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 12.21%
Wants: 45
Gots: 126 | 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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3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

ChainGangGuy, Jul 04, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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2.16/5  rDev -43.9%

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3.81/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: 4.0 - Slightly hazy reddish amber with medium-height, dense head.
S: 4.0 - Intense piney hoppiness. Sure this is an ESB and not a DIPA?
T: 3.75 - Bracingly bitter flavor with a load of grassy, piny hops, concluding in a very dry finish. I was hoping for malt to put in at least a slight appearance. Really, this is totally a double IPA.
M: 3.75 - Soft creamy texture, medium carbonation
O: 3.75 - Decent hoppy beer. Not what I was looking for from the description.

allengarvin, Friday at 08:32 PM
Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.44/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a wine glass.

Appearance: Pours a copper color with some chill haze. The head is around a finger high, with an eggshell shade. It has a very foamy texture that leaves behind a nice ring of lacing on the glass, though the retention isn't impressive. (3.25)

Smell: Hoppier than the average ESB, and thank cripes for that. Gentle notes of grapefruit, pine, and flowers helps balance out the caramel-and-toffee laden malts decent. But even better (or worse, because I don't like ESBs - must...be...objective...), it still retains its ESB-ness. This smells like a mediocre IPA - and that means it smells like a solid ESB. (3.25)

Taste: The flavor profile is even hoppier than the aroma suggested. It starts off biting the palate with grapefruit and apricot - and immediately, I have a nitpick. The hoppiness is too acidic and biting, coming off slightly dishsoapy. On the otherhand, it finishes with a subtle upsurge of caramel malt, and even an estery touch. I'm even picking up some tobacco flavor on occasion. The whole time I'm sipping it, I'm glad its imbalanced favoring the hops, rather than the other way around (a problem that plagues a quite a few ESBs). Cut out the slight detergent flavor, and I'd score it even higher. (3.5)

Mouthfeel: Very crisp for the style, and - despite the prevalent malt backbone - dry too. It's bigger than many in the style, and yet more drinkable as well. Though it should be said, carbonation is above average. I don't really care, however. (3.5)

Overall: There are quite a few IPAs on the market that come off like weak amber/ESB ales - this one is the opposite. ST could have called this a fall IPA and I wouldn't be too hard on it. I'd gladly drink it again, and I don't even like ESBs. (3.5)

3.44/5: Why aren't more ESBs this hoppy?

ThisWangsChung, Wednesday at 09:01 PM
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Harvest Ale from Southern Tier Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,460 ratings.