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Harvest Ale - Southern Tier Brewing Company

Harvest AleHarvest Ale

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BA SCORE
87
very good

1,159 Ratings
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Ratings: 1159
Reviews: 544
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 12.14%


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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a0lbudman

Alabama

4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

APPEARANCE- COPPER WITH GOOD FOAM WITH A OFF WHITE COLOR
SMELL- SMELL OF PUMPKIN, LITTLE GRASSY, AND SOME PINE SMELL
TASTE-HOP TASTE WITH A DRY AFTERTASTE
MOUTHFEEL- HOP FEEL BUT NOT OVERPOWERING
OVERALL- LIKE THIS BEER. THE HOP AFTERTASTE TURN TO A DRY NO TASTE AFTER ABOUT A MINUTE

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2013 03:26:56 | More by a0lbudman
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mikeg67

New Jersey

3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle. Pours clear amber with foamy, white head. Aroma is of caramel malt, citrusy and herbal hops, some fruit and spices. Body is medium and tangy. Fresh herbal hops dominate the palate with bready and caramel malts provide some balance. Finish is long and bitter. Very nice brew.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2013 14:44:08 | More by mikeg67
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DrStiffington

New Jersey

4.06/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Psyched to see this one is out. One of my favorite fall seasonals. Looks the color of autumn. Don't get a huge smell but it could be my dry nostrils. Anyway, I love the taste of this ESB. It's definitely hop forward for an ESB, and that makes it stand out. It's not an IPA, but the hops and light malt flavor really work here. Getting an earthy flavor along with slight citrus hops. I'm loving Southern Tier's six packs lately.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2013 00:44:19 | More by DrStiffington
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Givemebeer

Vermont

4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a snifter while watching some Zoolander.

A: Attractive clear copper color with good lacing. She is a beauty.

S: Mostly piney hops but there is definitely malts thrown back there too.

T: Hop forward but well-balanced by bready earthy malts. Hops bring a piney taste with some citrus - nice. The perfect balance is what makes this beer fantastic.

M: Dry finish with the slightest bitterness lasting. Medium bodied.

O: A spectacular fall seasonal especially when you're tired of oktoberfests and pumpkin beers. This is a necessity every year.

This is true to the ESB style, just a more hop forward representation - as is customary for American beers.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2013 15:43:17 | More by Givemebeer
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utopiajane

New York

3.96/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a true amber. Brilliant clarity with a jillion bubbles dancing int he pour until they finally settle down. Scant head that fell fast to some loose bubbles and a film on top.

Nose is perfect. Citrus spice and hop herbal. There's a little floral, some yeast and a nice spice. Malt is grainy and deep. Touch of caramel and a doughy sweetness.

Taste is fat with flavor. Malt is full and rich but not heavy. Citrus lightens the body and the spice is courteous and gives the palate some interest. The sweetness is light but promising. There's nice hop bitter and a deep earthy dryness that compliment each other perfectly. The sweetness is held back and it seems to want to flourish but the hops and the bread won't let it. Bubbles tickle the back of the throat lightly in the crisp dry finish. The spice tingles int he aftertaste as the citrus stays light and really lets the malt shine. Earthy, round, full malt without heaviness.

Ample, amenable, friendly, tasty, and fat. This is a great ESB that you could sip all day and never tire of the immense flavor. Southern Tier has done a good thing here. You could have a few of these.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2013 16:15:07 | More by utopiajane
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Omnium

Pennsylvania

4.04/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle > Pint Glass

A - Pours a nice amber gold color, big two finger fluffy white head, nice lacing around the glass.
S - Outstandingly fresh aroma, big pine hop aroma a mild dankness as well, some nice earthy undertones, fresh baked bread, a touch of spice, faint pepper.
T - Very clean and crisp refreshing flavor, nice smooth malt up front then some mild bitterness in the middle, very earthy hop tone and blends together on the finish. Love the fresh bright hop flavor here, you get the pine and grassy flavor with some grapefruit in the back.
M - Refreshing through and through, fades a little faster than you want, but you could definitely down a few.
O - A fall seasonal favorite, excellent brew, though its shelf life is extremely short, found that out last year, so if you dont plan on drinking what you have of it fast, stick to a smaller quantity.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2013 23:21:58 | More by Omnium
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CloudStrife

New York

3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. DOB 7/16/13.

A: Pours a clear copper amber with an average white head. Not a lot of visible carbonation. Leaves some lacing on the sides of the glass.

S: Hoppiness is the first thing I notice as it has a nice piney aroma. Earthy quality as well. Malts come through to add a touch of carmel sweetness.

T: Starts off with a nice hop bitterness, then transitions into a medium malt body that is again overtaken by the bitter. Lingers in the aftertaste with hops and sweet malts. The hop is fairly high for the style but just barely overpowers the malts.

M: Somewhat low carbonation, resinous mouthfeel that is a bit sticky upon finish. Warming quality to it.

Overall quite an extreme ESB that lingers in IPA territory. I'm a hophead so thats no issue for me.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2013 00:14:51 | More by CloudStrife
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UnderPressure

South Carolina

3.35/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear, golden copper colored beer. Decent he's retention.

Strong citrusy hop aroma. Very striking and surprising. Some roasted malt aroma.

Very citrusy, Very tea-like flavor. Very different than I thought it would be.

Light to medium bodied mouthfeel with a very dry, bitter finish.

Overall, a very odd beer for me. Not sure really what style to compare it to. There is a lot going on. Very complex beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2013 14:19:56 | More by UnderPressure
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mfnmbvp

Illinois

3.45/5  rDev -10.9%
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

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2013 01:51:22 | More by mfnmbvp
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caulfield

Georgia

4.45/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- golden
Smell-floral hops, a small tiny bit of pine, an earthiness
Taste- A nice blend of hops with malts. There a slight caramel taste.
Mouthfeel- true to style, a nice bite
Overall- A great ESB which will please hopheads, but is balanced an smooth. A well blended beer. I'd pick it up again.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2013 05:21:17 | More by caulfield
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SerialHiker

Illinois

2.95/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Appearance: Golden brown to medium copper, very little action on the inside…light tanned head formed, but quickly dissipated…(2.75/5)

Smell: Floral hops, bitter tones…grassy malts…smells nice, but sort of narrow in aroma…mild pine somewhere in there…(2.75/5)

Taste: Very malty, balanced and easy to drink…cereal, sweet, citrus and grassy flavors…floral hops balance out the malt beginning and actually linger longer than any other flavor…bitter aftertaste that does last…(3.25/5)

Mouthfeel: Bitter…little carbonation explosion in my mouth…kinda feels like a cheaper beer…a very flavored water (if that makes sense)…bitter aftertaste…(2/5)

Overall: This is a beer I would take to a fire on a cool evening and totally enjoy…the malt and hops balance each other very well creating a flavorful beer without being too robust and only for the microbrew lover…a good tasting, commercial beer…(3/5)

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2013 04:13:24 | More by SerialHiker
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ColdWaffles

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured this into a standard pint from a 12 oz bottle. This is a review from notes from a few days back.

Appearance: A nice orange ale with an awesome head that lasted a good while and left a nice lacing all along the glass as I drank.

Smell: A kind of musty earthy smell with a floral touch to it. Fairly strong and not offensive.

Taste: Largely floral flavor with pine-y hops and a nice light malt flavor to it. Not actually particularly bitter all things considered.

Mouthfeel: Pretty light actually. Almost too light. Smooth going down with moderate carbonation.

I rather enjoyed this beer, it was surprisingly light (for better or for worse, in this instance I actually preferred it light but I could see it being a put off) and pretty well balanced. This was a presumably slightly older bottle as "Harvest" is pretty out now but it was still good. Was surprised to see that this was an ESB for a Fall seasonal calling itself Harvest. Guess I missed that "Special Ale" above.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2013 23:25:15 | More by ColdWaffles
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SLeffler27

New York

3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A russet orange beer with a murky glow when held to the light. The thin, off white head quickly drops from rocky to creamy while leaving rings of lace on the tulip glass.

Earthy and caramel with tea and a background of toasted white bread. Some floral hops, pineapple and a hint of grapefruit can also be found.

Biscuity up front with pine hop bitterness in the middle, lingering through to the finish. Reminiscent of sun tea and overall earthy with a well-balanced profile.

The alcohol is surprisingly higher than expected in this full-bodied beer with a cottony texture and light carbonation.

An easy drinking beer as a wind-down from a day of work. This one is just right for a cool, wet autumn evening.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2012 12:25:48 | More by SLeffler27
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Robalypse


3.55/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance:
Opaque, copper body with a light, wet, bubbly, cream colored head.

Smell:
Smells very “clean,” almost soapy like Fels-Naptha, with a strong scent of grapefruit, hops, and bit of peach. Powerful and unusual but pleasant.

Mouthfeel:
Light and fresh, mild carbonation.

Taste:
In line with the smell, there’s a potent taste of wheat and grapefruit up front, strong, quality hops and light malt on the back end. A floral bitterness that lingers a long time after a gulp.

Overall:
This is definitely a quality beer, but the powerful and distinct flavor is ALMOST too much for my pallet. The flavor doesn’t seem quite in line with what I would expect from the name. Rather than being a fall/seasonal beer, it has more of a spring or summer vibe. It is quite refreshing which would make it a great beer for a warm summer night. That said, I bought a six pack and took weeks to get through it because it just wasn’t something I wanted to taste regularly. Skirts the novelty realm a little too closely to make it something I would want to revisit often, but it is definitely worth picking up a bottle.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2012 03:27:58 | More by Robalypse
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BrownAleMale

Wisconsin

3.48/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2012 01:26:32 | More by BrownAleMale
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superspak

Michigan

4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 7/17/2012. Pours slightly hazy golden orange color with a nice 1-2 finger dense off white head with excellent retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice dense spotty foamy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of caramel, grapefruit, orange zest, toast, biscuit, nuttiness, floral, grass, and light herbal spiciness. Damn nice aromas with good balance, strength, and complexity. Taste of caramel, grapefruit, orange zest, toast, biscuit, nuttiness, pine, floral, grass, and herbal spiciness. Fair amount of pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, citrus, pine, toast, biscuit, nuttiness, floral, and herbal spiciness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice flavor complexity and balance; with a great malt/hop bitterness balance; zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy and crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with hardly any warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent ESB! Great malt/hop flavor balance and complexity; and extremely smooth to drink for the ABV level. Definitely one of the best ESBs I have had. Highly enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2012 06:07:49 | More by superspak
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.6/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

i reckon this is far better on tap than in the bottle, but nevertheless, it pours a mostly clear pumpkin ale color with a khaki head thick as hell and about an inch tall. the nose is a little bland, maybe my bottle is a little older than is optimal, but it smells like wheat and pale malt, with fresh hops on the floral side. the flavor is a little sweet, caramely from the malt but still a little bitter and fruity from some generous hop additions. a little light on the carbonation i thought, but with a nice round medium body and a smooth feel from start to finish. this is a highly drinkable fall beer, despite its higer abv, id gladly down a 6er. its somehow filling and refreshing at the same time, everything a fall beer should be, and nothing that it shouldnt. much prefered on tap though.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2012 04:12:01 | More by StonedTrippin
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Treyliff

West Virginia

3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- pours a hazy bright copper color with a frothy white head with good retention and a bit of good lace

S- bright citrusy hops combined with a bit of fruitiness, biscuity malt, and a bit of grassy woodsy smell

T- great balance of citrus/floral hops and bready sweet malt, a bit of caramel and sweet fruitiness, finishes somewhat dry with a bit of cracker crispness

M- medium body, low carbonation, slightly creamy finish

O- this one had some great balance and was very drinkable, just solid overall

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2012 00:45:24 | More by Treyliff
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stephenjmoore

Maryland

4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Cross between golden and amber colored body with a sticky slightly off-white head. Great retention with a ton of lacing.

S- Nice mix of hops and malt. Actually smells closer to an IPA than a bitter with the hop presence. Malt smells fresh and almost like wheat.

T- Very interesting taste. Almost tastes like a reverse IPA. Big malt presence with a bitter hoppy backbone. The bready malt is the focus with the bitterness in the middle followed by a malty finish. I know ESBs are not supposed to have much of a hop presence, but it sure seems like a lot of bitterness and flavor is coming from the hops.

M- Smooth, medium bodied, medium carbonation, very good.

O- No complaints here, this is a good one. Subtle differences make this a distinct ESB for me.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2012 02:36:08 | More by stephenjmoore
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oline73

Maryland

3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a goblet.

Appearance: The beer pours a clear copper color with a half finger of fluffy off white head that fades away quickly leaving just a ring around the pour.

Smell: The malt is the first thing I notices. Just a bit bready with a hint of caramel. There is a mild but very nice citrus hop component to the smell as well.

Taste: The taste is well balanced as well, just like the smell. The hops are the dominant flavor, but there is plenty of malt to even things out. Citrus peel hops with a bready caramel malt undertone. The finish is bitter from the citrus peel hops.

Mouthfeel: The body is medium with a lot of fluffy, smooth carbonation and a finish that is quite dry.

Overall: This one is really easy to drink. The balance between the malt and hops is very well done. I'd definitely have more in the future.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2012 20:52:52 | More by oline73
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stxp

New York

3/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

appearance: orangy warm color, good head, lacing- foamy/thin

smell: floral, earthy, a little fuity, wintery/piney

taste: light, sweet in the beginning, smooths out to more or a woodsy floral

mouthfeel: creamy, smooth, a little thick

overall:

(bethany's review)

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2012 23:56:36 | More by stxp
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Jayli

Massachusetts

3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured in to a pint glass

A: This beer pours a hazy orange with a 1.2 inch of white head. Head disappears instantly leaving wisps of lacing on the glass.

S: Nose is a nice blend of pine and citrus hops with relatively strong caramel malt character. Malt doesn't overtake the nose, stronger than anticipated though.

T: Taste starts with with the caramel malt flavoring with a burst of piney, earthy tones to even out the malt. Malt presence retains through the middle of the beer, mingled with a bit of a fruity flavoring - perhaps pineapple?. Finish finds a good deal of malt presence with a bit of lemon rind citrus notes.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, dry at first, a bit prickly with an oily finish.

O: Goes down easy, tasty, somewhat filling, nice kick, ok representation of style. I could easily enjoy a few pints of this brew.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2012 01:12:09 | More by Jayli
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SouljaSaia17

Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: This beer pours a light orange color with an amber tint and a thin, creamy, off-white head.

S: Aroma is of hops and citrus that is blended with a slight caramel sweetness.

T: Pine and citrus dominate that flavor up front followed by traces of honey, cramel malts and finishes with a dry-bread mouth.

M: Sort of an IPA feel, which is unusual for a harvest beer, but since its my first, im cool with that. Mouth is tart, yet sweet.

O: Nice off-twist on a seasonal beer, was expecting this to be a brown ale or pumpkin type, but definitely comes off like an IPA. During a season of pumpkin beers, this fall IPA takes the cake as innovators of its class!

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2012 01:30:10 | More by SouljaSaia17
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MadScientist

New York

4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: A light golden color with excellent clarity. The head is long lasting, white and very thin.

S: Pine and citrus hops are in the front at a moderate level with a moderate malt aroma that is somewhat caramel and biscuit. There is a light fruity ester and some grassy notes.

T: Moderately strong hops bitterness and moderate hops flavor which is pineapple and citrus. The mat is supportive but not a strong player with moderately-light malt flavors. The balance is bitter and the finish medium-dry with some hops bitterness lingering into the after taste.

M: A crisp, medium-light bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation.

O: An clearly American take on the ESB while staying fairly true to style. A bit more malt flavor would be needed for the style but I don't care I like it just the way it is.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2012 23:52:14 | More by MadScientist
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eclipse54

Minnesota

3.35/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Girlfriend brought this home to try; split into tulips.

A tarnished gold body with very little white, bubbly head. Not a whole lot of retention or lacing, and somewhat uninteresting. Aroma is of earthen hops (even a few months out), caramel malt, and a hint of allspice. Some other muddled grain and a bit of lemon citrus in there as well. Tastes of lemon, orange, a bit of corriander, caramel, cardamom, allspice, wheat, and some earthen hops. Theres a strange, almost gritty bitterness to it that resembles unintegrated spices more than alpha acids. Mouthfeel is relatively crisp and finishes clean save for some lingering flavors (mostly the cardamom). Overall, a decent beer that's refreshing enough. I'd drink more of it, but wouldn't exactly seek it out.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2012 23:18:35 | More by eclipse54
Harvest Ale from Southern Tier Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,159 ratings.