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Harvest Ale - Southern Tier Brewing Company

Harvest AleHarvest Ale

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Ratings: 1158
Reviews: 544
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 12.14%

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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

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: John on 10-19-2003)
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3.99/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at severna park taphouse from notes

A-Pours a medium caramely amber. Medium frothy creamy off-white head, fairly lasting.

S-Aroma is pleasantly hoppy, nice sweetness; citrus/orange grapefruit, toasty.

T-Tasty and flavorful. Citrus. Piney grapefruity finish.

M-Mouthfeel has a medium body. Balanced sweetness and bitterness. A little oily. A little creamy. Soft. Moderate dry finish.

O-Overall a well-made beer again by Southern Tier

Serving type: on-tap

03-05-2014 22:33:58 | More by reebtaerG
Photo of barczar


3.79/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a fairly clear deep golden with a lingering cream head.

Floral hops and toasted malt dominate the aroma, with a hint of resin and citrus closing things out.

Flavor reveals resin and pine at the forefront, on a backbone of lightly toasted malt. The finish is moderately bitter. A touch of citrus adds intrigue.

Body is moderate, with carbonation a touch on the high side. There's light alcohol warmth.

Fairly moderate in aroma and flavor, with nice citrus underpinnings. Not the best of the fresh hopped beers, but a decent brew.

Serving type: on-tap

01-25-2014 19:34:23 | More by barczar
Photo of sniper061

New York

4.46/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Souther tier brewery has another wonderful beer on tap. Nice grapefruit hoppiness that seems to make for a wonderful fall beer. I actually thought it would be a little more bitter than what it was, maybe just because of the food I was eating with it. It is a great go to beer for the fall.

Serving type: on-tap

10-25-2013 16:12:56 | More by sniper061
Photo of kimbo33


4.46/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorite southern tier offerings. Whenever this is on tap somewhere that I am, I am getting it. Perfect malty flavor you would expect in a harvest beer. Nice bitterness for the style, comes across very nicely and not overpowering. The malt flavor is what keeps me coming back...nice and roasty, but not smokey.

Highly recommended.

Serving type: on-tap

07-03-2013 03:23:58 | More by kimbo33
Photo of Darkmagus82


3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap in a 10 oz chalice glass

Appearance – Served an amber colored beer with a small white head. The head faded rather fast to leaves a light amount of lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma was of a malty biscuit smell mixed with citrus and pine hops. While these were the dominant aromas there was a lighter caramel sweetness.

Taste – The hops show up early in this one and create a hopped pine and citrus flavor on top of a lightly sweetened malt base. As the flavor advances more caramel sweetness comes to the tongue with some of the hop flavors growing slightly lighter in intensity. This changes however as the sweetness lessens again more toward the end due to a roasted malt flavor that comes to the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the slightly higher than average side in terms of creaminess with the carbonation level being on the lower side.

Overall – Really not the best ESB out there, but not bad either. It has a decent flavor profile with some nice flavors. It is well worth a try if you have the chance.

Serving type: on-tap

10-03-2012 23:42:49 | More by Darkmagus82
Photo of dbrauneis

North Carolina

4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at Rattle N Hum in New York, NY

A: Pours a light to medium copper in color and light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall

S: Light to moderate aromas of pine/resin hops with a light amount of caramel malt sweetness.

T: This beer is very well balanced between the malty sweetness and hop bitterness. There is a light amount of caramel malt sweetness with pine/resin and citrus hops flavors. Light amounts of bitterness that fade pretty quickly.

M: Light bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth.

O: This beer is very enjoyable and is very easy to drink - slightly too strong to be sessionable but from a taste/smell perspective I want to have several of these. For some reason, this seems like a great beer for an early fall cool evening.

Serving type: on-tap

09-26-2012 02:15:00 | More by dbrauneis
Photo of rangerred


4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a clear medium orange with a smallish head. Decent lacing.

The aroma is full of citrus with some floral notes. A little bit of caramel, toffee, and toast on the aroma as well.

The flavor is really amazing. Lots of pine and citrus up front from the hops but it is nicely balanced by caramel and a little bit of roast. These flavors are on the lighter side and are all well balanced. I also pick up just a hint of smoke.

This beer really does remind me of fall. The subtle smokiness along with the aroma given off by the hops is kind of like autumn in a glass. A really wonderful seasonal beer and one I would really like to have again.

Serving type: on-tap

09-25-2012 02:26:56 | More by rangerred
Photo of thecheapies


3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light coppery gold color. Kind of citrine. Incredible fluffy head and lacing. Looks outstanding. 5.0

Tangy English hops with some aromatic spruce notes. European malts aren't too musty, nor that toasted. Hoppy aggressive. Plus plus. 4.0

Tangy orange/pine crossup with some evident toast to the grains. A little too spanky in the finish. Lots of leafy green hop flavor, which is nice. Actually, the malts don't hold up so well. Almost English IPA-like in profile. 3.5

Pretty slick and easy in the body. The carb is subdued, which I like in an English ale. Can't fault the mouthfeel here. Bona fide. 4.0

A good bitter, and a reminder that it's a great style to drink in the fall. 4.0

Serving type: on-tap

09-17-2012 01:07:47 | More by thecheapies
Photo of TheBrewo


3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This brew was served from the tap at The Old Toad in Rochester, NY. It arrived in a house becker glass, glowing a solid, toasty orange color. It held a one finger head of active white bubbles that showed okay retention to leave a film for the remainder of the tasting. Lacing was minimal. No haze or sediment was noted, and carbonation appeared light. The nose spoke of big grassy and grapefruit hops, apricot, orange flesh sweetness, dried autumn leaves, pale toasted malts, fried turkey skin, and chalky barley. Our first impression was that the beer is very heavy, but nicely crisp. The flavoring opened up with light banana esters, cinnamon, brown sugar sweetness, and salty sunflower seeds. The malts really didn’t come in until the peak, where pales and caramels were show to mix with light pumpkin spice and big grassy, fruity, and citric hops. This balance here was nice. We finished with the hops dominating, adding sweetness over an even lemon peel and raw grain sourness and bitterness. There were final passion fruit sugars to cut. The aftertastes breathed of clove, toasty metallic grain, mild booze, multigrain bread, oily and bittering raw walnut, and those same big citric hops. The body was full and heavy, and the carbonation was very high. The mouth was initially prickled and puckered before an eventual toasty dryness set in all around the mouth. Slurp and smack were nice, but there was below-average cream or froth. The abv was fine, and the beer was relatively easy drinking.

Overall, what we liked best about this brew was the fresh aroma. The hops were beautiful and the malts crisp and unique. This showed great complexity, preparing us for a lighter beer than what was delivered. It was pretty heavy, and appropriate for an autumn evening, but certainly not after a hearty meal, as you might be too full to move.

Serving type: on-tap

09-10-2012 22:47:35 | More by TheBrewo
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New York

4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 08/21/12 notes. Had this on tap at Stag Head's ST event. Have had this a few times before but never reviewed it.

a - Pours a somewhat hazy orange color with one inch of white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of citrus hops, fruity malts, pine hops, and floral hops. Was really surprised how much citrus and hops came through, but I liked it a lot.

t - Tastes of citrus hops, grapefruit, light lime, pine hops, fruity malts, light bready and caramel malts. Very nice and hoppy again, but not much bitterness at all.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Easy to drink.

o - Overall a very nice beer. I was surprised how hoppy it was for an ESB; it was hoppier than HopSun ironically. Load of citrus to it, would love to have it again.

Serving type: on-tap

08-27-2012 17:35:25 | More by mdfb79
Photo of jbertsch


4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

orange amber in color. Off white leaved a tiny bit of lace on the glass.

Arom gives grassy hops along with a caramel malt and a spicey character. Definitely smells of grassy dry hopping.

Its taste had a grassy hop bite with accompanying bitterness and a little spiciness. Malt backbone has biscuit and faint caramel.

Smooth body with average carbonation.

Not bad at all. Quite enjoyable. I'd had this before in a bottle but it must not have been as fresh as this because a fresh hop aroma really shined in the draft version.

Serving type: on-tap

10-25-2011 03:04:27 | More by jbertsch
Photo of Morey


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

On-Tap @ Six Pack House of Beers (West) in Erie, Pa.

From notes...

Copper-orange in color with very little head. This place has their tap lines set so that the beer comes out VERY slowly. Nice clarity with decent head retention.

Somewhat mild and clean aroma, but there's a good mix of grassy hops and toasted malt in the nose.

Taste is where this beer really shines. Hops tingle the tongue up front. Malt body is quick to follow helping round things out. Bitterness doesn't really linger too much on the finish.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

An enjoyable and sessionable fall seasonal from ST.

Morey's Bottom Line: This beer is a bit more hoppy on-tap and I like it just a bit better than this year's bottles. Very nice.

Serving type: on-tap

10-13-2011 20:40:20 | More by Morey
Photo of wingman14


3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a darker orange with yellow highlights and a small off white head. Smell is mostly citrus hops and sweet notes, some malty tones in there as well. Taste starts with the hops up front the malt comes through in the middle and a semi sweet citrus comes in at the end with the hops lingering in the aftertaste. Not much bitter going on, but nice flavor overall. A nice medium body, good carbonation, always nice to get one fresh off the tap. Overall a good beer, good flavor that won't overpower, could easily have a few of these in one sitting.

Serving type: on-tap

10-13-2011 01:32:25 | More by wingman14
Photo of jera1350


3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-04-2011 00:37:27 | More by jera1350
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4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From notes, part of my big backlog this summer.

Consumed on-tap at Jones Radiator in Spokane.

Orange-amber in color, with a decent amount of white foam that left lots of lace.

Tasty smelling beer, with sweet, caramelish malt notes and some citrusy hops. Smelled well balanced.

Very well-balanced beer, with malts and hops about equal, with both dialed in to deliver lots of flavor without being overwhelming. The slightly nutty malt flavor sets it apart from, say, a more warm weather session beer.

Moderate carbonation, somewhat light bodied.

Super drinkable beer. An excellent session beer for fall. I'd seriously have considered sticking with this for happy hour if there hadn't been so many other choices to try.

Serving type: on-tap

10-01-2011 22:12:47 | More by woemad
Photo of Chickenhawk9932


3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden orange, with a white head - little retention.

Smells of citrus - grapefruit and orange, with rich floral notes.

Very lively in the mouth the hops are forward, awake, fresh, alive. Taste buds dance with sweet and bitter orange, grapefruit, balanced by lively sweet - bitter floral taste. Taste fresh and lively like a fall harvest. Very interesting in the hops not being overly bitter, yet very prominent.

Serving type: on-tap

09-30-2011 14:19:16 | More by Chickenhawk9932
Photo of dahlen22

New Jersey

3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Light orange and well carbonated.

Aroma: Hops, citrus fruits, and a bit of pines.

Taste: Crisp, spicy to start, then comes in the grapefruit and mandarin oranges and hops and finishes with a zest and the warming alcohol.

Overall: Not a true "Fall" beer, but a decent offering. Warming enough for the cooler months in fall, but the citrus was a bit overwhelming and kind of gave me sour stomach after two. If you want a true harvest-style beer, pass this one up. Better suited for the summer IMO. Cheers!

Serving type: on-tap

09-27-2011 09:27:24 | More by dahlen22
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3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Maggie's on the River in Watertown NY

A: served a dark amber color with a nice head that fades to good lacing.

S: Fresh grain aroma with citrus aroma and bit of malt sweetness.

T: Mild flaver of malt sweetness with a bit of citrus. Fresh grain with a nice bitterness and a fairly dry finish.

F: Fairly medium body, crisp, clean and refreshing. Good balance, no real hint of the 6.7% ABV.

O: Easy drinker, tasty beer. A good seasonal beer. Another solid beer from Southern Tier.

Serving type: on-tap

09-25-2011 17:25:19 | More by soju6
Photo of xnicknj


3.4/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

on tap at varga in philly

Pours a clear auburn with dark golden tones, thick white head rests on top, nice retention, leaving huge layers of lacing.

Leafy hops in the nose coupled with light citrus, bread crust and caramel. Decent balance between both sides.

Bitter up front with a nice dose of hops, leafy with some citrus. Touches of orange peel before a decent malt bill kicks in with bread crust and caramel. A little sweet towards the finish, which is bitter and dry.

Medium body and carbonation, sticky, a little chewy and drinkable. Solid fall beer which strikes a balance between the seasonal element and the style.

Serving type: on-tap

09-23-2011 03:54:41 | More by xnicknj
Photo of CHickman

New York

4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer notes fron 9/7/2011, on tap at the Lark; pours hazy amber orange in color with a creamy 1 finger off white head that leaves basically no lacing; may have been the pour, so this won't be a major factor.

Smells of sweet malt, citrus hops, toasted grains, grapefruit, orange peel, lemon zest, caramel, grass and herbs; this smelled a lot more hoppy than I expected, with the fruity citrus nose dominating in a way an IPA would. It smelt more pale ale than ESB, but overall it was quite pleasing.

Tastes of sweet malt, citrus hops, toasted grains, grapefruit, orange peel, lemon, caramel, brown sugar, tea leaf, flowers, biscuit, grass and herbs; very nice balance that levels out the malt and hops in a totally synchronized beer that's very well done and quite tasty. It’s hoppy, grainy and earthy all at the same time, and washes down easy.

Mouthfeel it's light and crisp, with light carbonation, a light body and a slightly bitter finish. Again, not a typical fall seasonal beer.

Overall a very tasty beer that went down smooth, easy and is quite session-able. Not a fall or harvest beer in the typical sense, this breaks the mold and to me was a great surprise and extremely drinkable. Another nice product by Southern Tier which I recommend.

Serving type: on-tap

09-16-2011 01:04:03 | More by CHickman
Photo of barleywinefiend


4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a hazy gold color with good carbonation and a nice white cap

S: Nose is a nice fresh hop scent that balances the malt aroma nicely. A bit biscuity and some light citrus. T

T: The taste is good. It has a lightly bitter and earthiness flavor that goes down smooth and finishes dry with bread and light citrus.

M: The mouthfeel is good. It is a lighter bodied beer with good carbonation.

O: Good, easy to drink

Serving type: on-tap

09-11-2011 17:41:41 | More by barleywinefiend
Photo of sublimesipping


4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap at Mad Mex in Mt Lebanon, Pa. the special of the week 22oz pour for 5 smackaroos...
nice color, clear efferensence with good glass lacing. color a honeyed amber. The smell speaks hops- beer listed as an esb but description focuses on the hops and the hops I would say is the defining characteristic of this beer. Not an esb per say, but a hop forward ale. I really liked this beer. Great mouthfeel and a subtle complex flavor profile. The malt is there but the hops is the lingering taste, still does not dominate, like the balance and the body of this beer. I would agree, hoppy enought to satisfy and stand up to spicy(mexican) but with a deep enough body to speak of fall. First harvest of the season and a good one. 3rd favorite ST so far after Pumking and Chokolat.

Serving type: on-tap

09-07-2011 03:12:41 | More by sublimesipping
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4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A delicious and hoppy Harvest Ale that makes for a seamless transition from zestier and drier IPA's of summer and into a the richer and fuller flavors of fall.

This August-releases ale pour a deep amber color with strans of orange and gold perpherating the edges. A light and creamy white foam builds on top of the beer and proves to withstand the session very well while trailing with mild lace on the glass. A very appealing and nearly-brightly clear beer.

A mix of zesty hops and musty fruit mingle about the nose, all with the underpinning of light caramel and biscuit malt. The hoppy aromas of tangerine, pineapple, and grapefruit also carry a 'leafy' green character from the leaves of hops. This somewhat grassy character gives an herbal roundness that makes these aromas somewhat of a standout.

Fortified sweetness also sets the flavor profile apart from the stles of IPAs and take the shape of mild caramel, corn sugar, and confectioner's sugar. While milder in balance, the malt character allows for the hop forward lupulin character to shine. Oranges, ruby red grapefruit, nectarines, apprictos, pineapple, and freshly cut grasses deliver a plethera of hop flavor and with the herbal musty notes that round the citrus bitterness while rejecting any vegital flavor. The beer goes from an early balance of malty sweetness, to a well balance mid palate, and then with hop bitter dominance in finish. That's a lot of procession for a taste to go through with only a variety of two types of malts and two types of hops!

Medium bodied early as the impression of malt sweetness and creamy carbonation weighs on the tongue, but the richness gives way to the drying effect of alcohol and hop resins going into finish. Slightly warming and with a zesty, snappy bitterness late, the beer finishes very crisp, clean, and refreshing.

Hop intensity allows for an extended finish, and carrying only the most modest hint of caramel into aftertaste. A highly drinkable beer that whets the whistle on these hot autumn days, but satisfying for cooler nights as well.

Serving type: on-tap

09-03-2011 17:49:29 | More by BEERchitect
Photo of DIM


3.1/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

a: This was a slightly chill hazed, golden amber color. It was served to me with a small, wisp of a head.

s: Biscuity aromas with some caramel and mild, leafy hops. There just isn't all that much to the aroma.

t: Mild overall, kind of bland actually. Pale malts with a biscuit-like note backed by more bitter than flavorful herbal hops.

m: Medium body with fizzy carbonation.

o: My bad for ordering this, I was hoping for a hopped to hell harvest ale. This wasn't bad, just more balanced the the name led me to believe.

Serving type: on-tap

08-29-2011 19:41:12 | More by DIM
Photo of gezondheid


2.83/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A bit early for a harvest ale. Supposed fresh English hops. Not likely. Nice fall look and color. Nose is the first give away that something is missing first taste confirms. Metallic pineapple juice finish. A decent beer. But not a stand out in the harvest category.

Serving type: on-tap

08-14-2011 02:11:00 | More by gezondheid
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Harvest Ale from Southern Tier Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,158 ratings.