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Harvest Ale - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Harvest AleHarvest Ale

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1,355 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,355
Reviews: 557
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 12.44%
Wants: 42
Gots: 93 | 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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1/5  rDev -74.1%

darrenb42, Aug 15, 2014
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1/5  rDev -74.1%

BGsWo22, Mar 20, 2013
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1/5  rDev -74.1%

jpp16180, Sep 26, 2012
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1/5  rDev -74.1%

Jschoenr, Sep 10, 2014
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1/5  rDev -74.1%

Beerlover, Oct 05, 2013
Photo of Mastodactyl
1.02/5  rDev -73.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

A- The beer first begins with a one finger head that within 5 minutes disappears completely leaving amazing lacing. The beer has a clear light orange body with a good amount of carbonation bubbles. This is not good.

S- You first smell the pine hops, then the bitter, then the smooth malts. Again, a little too much.

T- There is some hop, but mostly bitterness. Not exactly drinkable.

M- Watery, some carbonation.

D- Couldn't really drink this beer all season, if all day for that matter. Maybe I had a bad bottle. Hopefully Pumking is better.

Serving type: bottle

Mastodactyl, Sep 01, 2010
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1.5/5  rDev -61.1%

Bluesman2383, Saturday at 07:55 AM
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1.5/5  rDev -61.1%

Soomars, Oct 15, 2012
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1.72/5  rDev -55.4%

jmsimo33, Sep 04, 2014
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2/5  rDev -48.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

poured way to light it was a pale yellow color like a pils with a small white head it all dissipated and left just a flat yellow liquid in the glass ..not impressed the smell was faint in all areas faint hops and malt no real aroma here just plain..the taste was more of the same not a strong or bitter brew not hoppy or malty pretty much tasted like a budwieser ..just awful..do not recommend this one at all

gatornation, Nov 04, 2009
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2/5  rDev -48.2%

Angryzen, Nov 02, 2012
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2/5  rDev -48.2%

spoonhawk, Sep 29, 2013
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2/5  rDev -48.2%

cardinals22, Sep 14, 2014
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2/5  rDev -48.2%

HumphreyLee, Dec 14, 2011
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2/5  rDev -48.2%

outdoor7or24, Jun 18, 2012
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2/5  rDev -48.2%

Kerrie, Aug 28, 2012
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2/5  rDev -48.2%

skaboom420, Sep 21, 2012
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2.25/5  rDev -41.7%

phishbone23, Jan 23, 2013
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2.35/5  rDev -39.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a light golden color, with only a small ring of lacing and a small off-white head worth mentioning.
Aromas are lacking indeed; a faint amount of fresh hops with a hint of light, breaded malt. Left me flat and not expecting much for the taste
Flavor consists of a lightly toasted malt and a light floral hop with a fairly bitter finish. Followed the nose as I feared; quite a let down as I expect greatness from ST, maybe too high of expectations on my part. There is also a bit of tangy in the mouth. Smooth but forgettable.
As mentioned several times above, very light in its characteristics. Certainly more could have been done with this recipe. An unfortunately average offering from an otherwise excellent brewery.

claspada, Sep 12, 2010
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2.45/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A - pale straw yellow, with more than a finger of frothy pure white head held aloft by several streams of carbonation

S - a light and airy aroma that at first hits me as citrine, however a deeper whiff puts it more accurately at spiced malts, not quite as sharp as coriander, but perhaps nutmeg/ginger/clove, or other autumn-esque spices and these rest atop the sweet, wheaty, malty profile

T - the palate is far hoppier than i had expected plus a non-hop spicy bitterness that neither compliments the hops or succeds well on its own. unfortunately this bitterness drowns out any flavors that would be there

M&D - drinkable a bit colder than i tried it at, just too non-hoppy bitter for me, i love southern tier stuff, to me this is just a miss, not bad flavors, just to bitter for me, esp for a harvest ale

sinstaineddemon, Oct 03, 2007
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2.5/5  rDev -35.2%

sansho, Oct 09, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -35.2%

tmars13, Oct 18, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -35.2%

jophish17, Dec 24, 2011
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2.5/5  rDev -35.2%

jbierling, Oct 20, 2012
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2.55/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer is brewed in the ESB (Extra Strong Bitter) style and it seems to be a bit out of place when conceptually thinking about what a harvest ale should be. To me, a harvest ale should be more about a roasted and filling while almost warming style of a beer, not an ESB on the very pale side that really does little to stand apart from the fray of other ESBs on the market.

With an ABV of 5.2%, Harvest Ale maintains a moderate amount of alcohol but the taste is certainly deceiving as the bitter aspect of the beer seems to be misguided almost as an abundant alcohol flavoring more than anything else.

Harvest Ale pours a very bright yellow straw color and is remarkably over carbonated. The carbonation gives way to a light yet bountiful white head that tends to dissipate much more than it laces the glass.

Once poured, there is little in the way of a noticeable nose to the beer. Faint hints of citrus can be detected off in the background but again there is a feel that something is off with this beer. There is a mild hop background once again to the beer, but nothing that is overly impressive.

The taste of Harvest Ale is tolerable, but again seems to be misplaced. The citrus is noted in the taste more than it is in the aroma and there is a bitter and hoppy component to the beer that seems to be working more in contrast to one another than in unison. Also present is a strange sweetness to the Harvest Ale that once again seems to not fit into the right mix of what the beer perhaps should have been.

Once again, for a Harvest Ale this beer seems to be just too light. There is a very smooth and flowing mouth feel to the beer that holds true throughout. The high level of carbonation upon the pour carries its way throughout the offering and perhaps if the carbonation was toned down a bit this beer would have been a bit better of a story to tell.

Bounty628, Oct 15, 2008
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Harvest Ale from Southern Tier Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,355 ratings.