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Harvest Ale - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Reviews: 570
Hads: 1,576
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 10.18%
Wants: 53
Gots: 191 | FT: 0
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Southern Tier Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB) |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Fall

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Beer added by: John on 10-19-2003

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Reviews: 570 | Hads: 1,576
Photo of mfnmbvp
3.45/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, bottled on date reads 07/31/2012. Poured into a Boulevard tulip glass.

A - Pours a coppery orange color with a fair amount of bubbles and a nice one finger of white foam head. Some nice lacing on the glass on the way down.

S - Smells like what I'd imagine a hopped up spiced pumpkin beer might smell like. Some pine hops. Dry malts. Vague fresh cinnamon. Some gourd. Some other kind of spice which I'm not sure about.

T - Nice hop bitterness in the foreground, with a dry malty finish. Green apples. Maybe some pear. Nicely balanced, but I was hoping for a little bit stronger of a hop bite. With 4 hops and 2 malts (as the bottle says) I still feel this beer is more forward on the malts.

M - Mouth feel is good, the beer is very dry though which isn't my favorite. Not resinous, but still sticky and bitter tasting hops lingering around.

Overall, a decent beer from Southern Tier. They usually don't disappoint, and this was above what I was expecting for sure. Got this 6 pack from my local beer store for $2.99 also, so I don't really see how you could go wrong with that deal.

Southern Tier Harvest Ale ---3.5/5 (1,138 characters)

Photo of DrinkMoreBigBeers
3.45/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out and got a half finger head that died down rather fast. There seems to be nice amount of carbonation streaming off of the bottom of this clear beer. It is a nice looking golden amber color. Looks light and refreshing.

S - Nice amount of hops up front and in your face on this one. I get a grassy earthy type character on this one with along with a nice pine scent. Nice and pleasant smelling.

T - This is a nice hoped up beer that is easy drinking just like the smell. I get the same grassy earth flavor along with that pine flavor on the taste as the nose. It follows suit well.

M - This is a light bodied dry drinking beer. Reel nice and easy to drink. Definitely easy to put away.

O - This is a nice hoppy beer that is pleasant but it does not go out the way to impress me. It is definitely worth a try but will not be one I seek out again. (865 characters)

Photo of taigor
3.45/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into small glass.

A - Poured clear amber color with thin head that quickly dissipated leaving very light lacing around the glass.

S - Slight scents of malts, citrus and hops but not much there.

T - Starts off with bready malts followed by citrus fruitness with a very hoppy bitter finish.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

O - Good ESB that is crisp, refreshing and malty. (393 characters)

Photo of BigMike
3.47/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Golden orange color. Crystal clear with a puffy white head. Looks beautiful. Reminds me of fall.

S: Very citrusy. Lots of orange and grapefruit. Pineapple and mango. Some caramel sweetness.

T: Bigtime let down from the nose. The citrus that's there is very light. The malts take over on the tongue. Bready and sweet. Caramel and light toasted malts.

M: Light bodied and under carbonated. It's close to bring flat but not quite.

Overall: From the appearance and aroma I expected good things. The taste and mouthfeel were a let down. I would drink again if offered but wouldn't go out of my way to find it. (615 characters)

Photo of OldYoda
3.48/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a light clear gold into a standard pint with minimal head and lacing. Looks like a summer pilsner sitting in the glass.

Smell is some citrus hops and a sweet whiff of malt. I don't get much else out of this.

Taste pretty much follows the smell - some citrus hops and a bit of maltly sweetness.

Mouthfeel is too thin for my taste - I expected more from an ESB. This seems much more like a summer seasonal than a fall beer.

Drinkability is excellent. Sessioning this would be fine.

Not a bad beer - just not what I expected it to be. I'd like a little more out of my beer on a chilly fall evening. (608 characters)

Photo of aepb1
3.49/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Translucent light brown with a small white head that dissipates quickly

S- Some citrusy hops right off then some malty sweetness

T- Citrus hops here, some malts in the middle and finishes with some earthy floral hop bite

M- light bodied and on the higher side of carbonation

D- Nothing outstanding here but a good beer (325 characters)

Photo of hoppymcgee
3.49/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this at Mugs Alehouse in Williamsburg, Brooklyn in September 2009.

A: Golden amber color with no head. Not sticky.

S: Grapefruit and butternut squash believe it or not.

T: Orangey at the front, burnt popcorn/sharp cheese/bitter finish. Malty undertones.

M: Dry with very light carbonation.

D: The best feature of this beer with only a slightly bready aspect.

Overall, I've had better from Southern Tier. Maybe I had a bad batch (or the guys at Mugs use dish soap to clean their glasses!) or maybe ESB is just not their thing. (537 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
3.49/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Deep bronze and quite clear body, with a simple one finger off white head that is slightly creamy capping the top.

Nose is light toast, some faint grainy quality, but not much else for an ESB. Rather closed and muted.

First palate is quite warm with a mild caramel sense. Pine like hop bitter finish, and not nearly enough sensing caramel warmth. Moderate carbonation, with a large prickly feeling almost seltzery that's a little jarring. Lingering American sensing hop bitterness that stays put but doesn't seem true to style.

Overall it doesn't really remind me of a bitter, but it's still an ok brew for drinking. (668 characters)

Photo of Rootdog316
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly orange-ish gold with a medium sized, sudsy head (that dies back fairly quickly.) Aromas are fairly crisp... pine and citrus, but they are kind of subdued. While those hops dominate the nose and would make you think you were headed down the IPA path, flavor is more consistent with an English ESB... kind of a sweet honey and bread malt body with a bitter hops to hold it in check... it stays nice and crisp throughout and is pleasant enough. (458 characters)

Photo of socon67
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Orange pour with a fizzy white foam. Minimal retention and slight lacing. Clear with visible carbonation.

S - Scents of grains, earthy spices, and a minor hop profile. Has a smell of oak and cashews.

T - First sip was a little tart of citrus. Flavors ranged from fresh malt to a slightly bitter finsih. Quite a robust ESB.

M - Felt a bit heavy, and after one of these I was ready to move on. Minimal carbonation, and a lingering malt flavor.

O - Decent, and an interesting fall seasonal. But I would take Pumking over this anytime. This is a decent pub beer on a cool autumn night. (590 characters)

Photo of Tone
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, copper color. One inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and slight lacing. Smells of yeast, sweet malt, slight earthy malt, hops, and a hint of spice. Fits the style of an Extra Special / Strong Bitter. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of floral hops, sweet malt, slight earthy malt, slight yeast, and a hint of spice. Overall, decent aroma, body, and blend. (424 characters)

Photo of BeerBuckeye
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a "harvest" amber-orange, with a light one finger head that dissipates rather quickly

S - Very earthy smell, some piney hops, resin, a bit of a caramel backbone, some biscuit.

T - Very malty and bitter taste. It's like a bitter malt. A bit of pined hops, almost has the taste of perhaps a crouton with just a little bit of a sweet finish

M - Decent amount of carbonation, it's rather crisp, goes down really smooth.

Overall - I thought it was a decent beer. There was nothing remarkable about it, but it felt like it was right on the verge of being a very good beer. But quite quaffable and refreshing (616 characters)

Photo of Viggo
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden, small off white head forms, goes pretty quick but leaves some lacing on the glass. Smell is apples and pears, some pine, spices, alcohol, little bit of caramel. Taste is sweet, almost cidery, caramel and pine, some funk, strange. Mouthfeel is light bodied with low carbonation, has a little bit of warmth to it. Very odd, wasn't quite sure what to think. Thanks for sharing biegaman! (405 characters)

Photo of redearth329
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

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. (416 characters)

Photo of JWU
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle poured into my trusty mug.

A- a light copper. Certainly lighter that most ESB's. a little fluffy white head, dissipates kinda quick, no lacing down the glass.

S- Piney Hops. The smell is very close to Old Man Winter Ale from S.T. I certainly hope it's not as hop dominant as that one.

T- well crap, it's like Old Man Winter. Hops punch hard up front, the ESB malt billing (Biscuit, a bit of caramel, tea) try to fight through, but do so half-heartedly. Resiny, piney hops are bitter on the back end and you get a bit of the bitter part of the ESB.

M- actually not as dry as I thought it would be, but it's quite thin for an ESB.

O- another "tweener" beer from Southern Tier. I much prefer when they stay true to style (their IPA's, Stouts) than hop up an existing style. Good, but not great. (810 characters)

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.51/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Southern Tier Harvest has a thin, off-white head, a clear, bubbly, copper appearance, and a bit of lacing left behind on the glass. The aroma is of citrus (pineapple?), white bread, and sweetness, and the taste is of grapefruit, hop bitterness, citrus rind, white bread crust, and some sweetness. Mouthfeel is light, watery, and a little slick, and Southern Tier Harvest finishes mostly dry, sweet, refreshing, and drinkable. Overall, this really does not fit the E.S.B. style, that I can see, but it is still tasty. It’s worth checking out.

RJT (549 characters)

Photo of brystmar
3.51/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: light gold with tons of frothy head. Massive carbonation bubbles up from the bottom. Generous amounts of lace adorn the sides of my glass.

S: hops up front, malt, citrus & tropical fruits too.

T: from the name & wheat pics on the bottle I expected this to be a wit, so I was obv surprised when it showed itself to be somewhere between a pilsner an an IPA. Hops up front again as this beer is bitter start to finish. I typically don't enjoy very bitter beers but this is quite pleasant.

M: smooth, light, & oily with lots of carbonation.

D: easy drinking, could throw back a few of these. (627 characters)

Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a copper color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of mild hops, some malts. Taste is well balanced hops and malts, some bitterness, a touch of caramel. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a very drinkable, and solid beer. (266 characters)

Photo of ckollias
3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a pub glass.

A: Pours a light golden clear hue with a white 1-finger head that quickly dissipates into a wispy lace leaving a nice trial all the way down the glass.

S: Nice hoppy aroma with a solid malt background.

T: Hoppy flavor with hints of citrus fruits. Decent malt background.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: Good ale – nothing special but very drinkable. (411 characters)

Photo of FosterJM
3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

937th Review on BA
Bottle to Pint
12 oz

Bottled 7/28/11
Thanks to @mjtiernan for this one

App- Pours the color of chestnut and amber. A one finger fast receding off white head fell with good lace and cling to a bit of a petri dish head of bubbles.

Smell- A good combination of aromatics but a little small compared to Three Floyds and Fullers. Nice notes of malt, caramel, earthiness, oranges and white pepper.

Taste- More skewed to a malty IPA for me. Still not sold on this style. If you say bitter make it bitter. Well this was tasty with good lush citrus some caramel soft muted malts and a bit of wheat flavor.

Mouth- Medium bodied and medium carbonation. Residual malts with damp orange and a touch of caramel sweet.

Drink- Tasty, but not wowing! I like this in 12oz format. Easy drinking and flavorful. 6.7% is well hidden making a potent beer but smooth none the less. (882 characters)

Photo of jera1350
3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at The Happy Gnome.

Pours a coppery color with a trace of foam around the top. A bit of lacing clings to the pint glass.

A blend of earthy hops with malt and some spice notes.

There is a pretty balanced attack here of hops and malt. The problem is, they seem to fight each other a bit and don't have much cohesiveness. The hops are quite earthy and a bit spicy. The malt adds a sweetness to balance. Not bad, but doesn't mesh real well for me.

Medium bodied with a little harshness from the carbonation, but not too much.

Overall, I think this is a decent beer, but one that I don't need to revisit. The flavor just didn't do a whole lot for me, but it wasn't bad by any means. (689 characters)

Photo of LeftyBWS
3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. brown bottle into a Sam Adams pint glass.
A: Golden yellowy-orange colored brew that pours with a huge bubbly white head (1.5 inches or so) and lots of fast-rising carbonation.
S: Citrusy hops (mostly lemon, hint of orange), dry wheat and grain, and some piney hops.
T: Mild hops throughout, mostly pine and a tingle of orange zest, plus some soft wheatiness. Pleasant, but kinda bland. This one must be "subtle."
M: Nice and soft and satisfying, but missing a strong nippy hop bite that I usually like in bitters.
D: Pretty good, one of the easier-to-drink bitters out there. (597 characters)

Photo of BrownAleMale
3.54/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a Horny Goat pint glass

Appearance- A hazy yellowish red color with a half finger of white head that dissipates to a thin surface layer. A decent amount of carbonation streaming from the bottom to the top.

Smell- A huge wheat malt backbone with that sour Souther Tier hops smell.

Taste- A smoked wheat/corn flavor hits the front of the tounge followed by the tart(grapefruit/pine) dry hop finish. The smokey flavor lingers.

Mouthfeel- Medium mouthfeel with a good amount of carbonation that makes it a pretty drinkable mouthfeel.

Overall- The cloying smoke flavor is not for me, but it is an average to above average beer depending on how much you like some smoke in your beer. (706 characters)

Photo of bum732
3.55/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

S: Bready maltiness, with prominent citrus hoppiness. Some grassiness.

L: Clear burnt orange, creamy white head that dissipates.

T: Deep bready maltiness with lots of herbal hoppiness. Fairly sweet toasty malt follows the medium bitterness. Finishes quite malty with a touch of earthy hoppiness. Semi-dry.

M: Medium full body, medium carbonation.

Not bad, missing that depth in ESB's and a bit too hoppy, but not bad. (421 characters)

Photo of ReelBigwigFish
3.55/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into pint glass from bottle

A: Clear light amber color, 2 finger off white head fell rather quickly. Frothy ring sticking around edges of glass.

S: Smells like a blend of north american hops and german hops, with slight hints of biscuity malts. Piney, grassy, herbal, not to mention an almost patchouli'esque funk.

T: Piney hops up front blending with a good amount of bready malt and some grassy hops. Finishes slightly dry with a lingering taste of north american hops.

M: Light-medium body, good amount of bite, and just a bit high on the carbonation. Very drinkable.

O: Not bad, very unique for sure. I could drink this again, just nothing TOO special. (669 characters)

Harvest Ale from Southern Tier Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 570 ratings.