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Harvest Ale - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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87
very good

1,156 Ratings
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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

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(Beer added by: John on 10-19-2003)
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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
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Jimmys

Pennsylvania

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

12 oz bottle into SAVOR tulip. DOB 07/31/12.

A: a light orange hue. bright white, very bubbly head. retention is good. spotted lacing.

S: a very floral hop aroma jumps out at me. i think i smell rye. a little fruity. lots going on here.

T: chewy and grainy. a little bit of black pepper. hints of vanilla. a lot of bitterness behind this grain. solid complexity.

M: moderate carbonation on a medium body.

D: diverse flavors and aromas makes this pretty enjoyable. nice to have a fall seasonal that isnt an oktoberfest. the hop presence is significant, as is the malt diversity.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2012 02:07:01 | More by Jimmys
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magine

Pennsylvania

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

Poured into a becker.

Pours a clear light amber color with an off white head. Head settles to a finger width thick. Layer of lace remains, with minimal patching.

Brew smells of a variety of hops and a biscuity malt backbone. Good nose.

Brew is crisp and has a nice peppery feel up front and finishes slighty bitter. Good hops here; grapefruit, spiciness and barley as well. Good solid rounded mouthfeel. Very nice session brew here. Good umph to it. Lots of english flavor here. Nice hops and a subtle malt noticed.

This is a very good, hoppy, sessionable brew here. A perfect brew to have on a fall evening.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2012 01:02:18 | More by magine
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Mitchster

Michigan

3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

$1.99 for a 12oz bottle @ Bevco. Brewed with "Ale yeast, four varieties of hops, two types of malts" in the ESB style. 6.7% ABV

Pours out to a clear dark golden, forming a mthin white head with poor retention and sparse lacing. Mild to moderate carbonation, ~2.3 carbs. The nose is full of fresh american hops...I'm guessing centennial, cascade, with a touch of skunk....Not English style at all...underlying this is some nice fruity yeast esters, a clean fermentation, and some nice malt character. The mouthfeel is bright, with a hoppy acidity, a medium-dense body, and a soft carbonation. The taste opens with the aforementioned citrus hops, followed by the suggestion of orange with a touch of toast and grass, followed by a pleasant well-balanced bitterness and an aftertaste of pineapple and mango from the hops. The bitterness lingers in the aftertaste for quite a while. Peculiar water profile almost has a salty character...not chalky like gypsum, but more like calcium chloride, and the sodium accentuates the sharp hoppiness.

Well, this is a well-brewed beer, but it's not an ESB. It's more like an IPA for all practical purposes. Quite a bit different than what I was expecting. Not good enough for me to buy again.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2012 21:26:21 | More by Mitchster
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beertunes

Washington

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

Nice 12oz bottle poured into 9oz Pilsener glass. Poured a light coppery-amber color with just a thin cap of off-white head that had low retention and lacing.

Noticeable hoppiness hit the nose first, then a nice grainy malt scent wafted in. The hops were also the prominent feature on the tongue, but the malts were there to provide support and balance.

The body was crisp and smooth with the hops lingering on the back for bit. Drinkability was good, you could too easily drink several of these. Overall, a pretty good brew, certainly worth trying if you see it.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2012 23:51:18 | More by beertunes
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Suds

Pennsylvania

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

This beer is a clear golden color with a white-ish head. It's a malty, lightly hopped smell, with some fresh earth, grain, and fruit (peach and apricot, maybe). The taste is very well balanced. Some toasted sweetness in the front, followed by a hop bitterness...some herbal flavors. Interesting beer, very drinkable and full in flavor.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2012 22:01:46 | More by Suds
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schoolboy

Ohio

4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow. I suppose wow is a frequent adjective used for Southern Tier brews, but wow. This is an unexpected treat. I wasn't sure what this was when I bought it. There are a lot of things going on with this. There are hops and more hops, and then more hops. And then there are malt tastes and more malt tastes. Wow.

The appearance is an amber color with very little head.The aroma precedes the taste with a bunch of dark hops and maltiness. After that, the dark bitter hops won't quit. This is an amazing value - such a great beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2012 03:51:23 | More by schoolboy
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BeerKangaroo

Alaska

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

Into a pint glass:

A: nice golden orange colored body and left a small white head. Though the body was very clear, no carbonation was seen rising. Some nice spider web yet ringy lacing appeared and stuck to the glass.

S: based around bready and caramel malts with a strong sense of hops, and citrus coming in fairly strong.

T: basically the same.

M: light to medium with nothing harsh on the tongue. A very good smoothness to this beer and a very good drinkability.

O: this is solid to me, though, its clearer and hoppier than most ESB's I've had. I would still have this again.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2012 18:36:51 | More by BeerKangaroo
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Flounder57

Massachusetts

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

12 oz beer was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger head that has reduced to a thin layer. It is a pale orange color with great clarity and signs of slow signs of carbonation coming up through the glass.

Smell: bready and caramel malts, and some slight citrus and grapefruit too. Not much going on here.

Taste: all of the above, but more noticeable and everything is subtly blended together. Might have to take another sip.

Mouthfeel: Silky and creamy smooth, medium bodied, medium carbonation, a little chewy, and quite enjoyable.

Overall: Solid good beer for a harvest ale. The hops taste so fresh and crisp and the malted barley seems like it just came from the malt house too. Happy to have picked up this single at the store the other day.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2012 03:28:28 | More by Flounder57
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vkv822

Oregon

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

12oz : tulip

Clear, burnt-orange with a foamy white head.

Citric hops, pine/grassy as well, with a nice toffee, biscuit malt backing in the nose and palate.

Medium body, with prickly, scrubbing carbonation.

An enjoyable beer, a bit hop-forward for the style, but still well balanced overall.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2012 08:42:20 | More by vkv822
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Darkmagus82

Virginia

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
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BrianOhio

Ohio

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

The pour is a clear amber, well carbonated, and a 1 finger head the dissipates fairly quickly.

Aroma is malt forward with some pine notes.

Taste is initially bread, sweet, a hint of caramel, and then the hops kick in with some modest bitterness and slight tart grapefruit. Not ultra bitter in the end...very well balanced. A little pepper lingers.

I was getting a bit tired of Marzens this fall, and Harvest provides a really nice alternative for the season. Another good one from Southern Tier.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2012 01:14:28 | More by BrianOhio
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottle picked up at Wegman's -I enjoyed this on tap before and wanted to try in the bottle -enjoyed chilled in a mug.

The color is resplendent tarnished golden with good clarity/visible carbonation and thick white cap with copious lace stickage. The smell is herbal spice with some hop fruitiness and yeast esters augmenting with slight apple notes and mild sweet toasted malt. The feel is balanced well with hops giving a bite up front relaxing into a slight sweet tinge of malt with moderate carbonation and semi-dry finish with low alcohol in the feel.

The taste has some pine hop flavors with herbs and slight grassy tinges with a light dried fruit element from the yeast. The malt flavor is mostly dry with slight toastiness you may expect in a pale beer with some nice caramel accents and the hops become citrus as the finish arrives with some light lemon and possibly a hint of grapefruit. The malt and yeast anchor the beer with some very gentle pear and pine returns in the hop flavor as it warms. The overall take is a good Pale ale or ESB as it is listed here with plenty of drinkability a very quaffable brew to my taste.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2012 16:12:50 | More by Slatetank
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dexterk1

Illinois

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

Poured from bottle to pint glass(two brothers) with dark orange color(not really amber). Head is small and goes fast.
Aroma is malty and very floral.
Taste is complex with malty sweetness upfront and floral hops near the end and after taste of pine. Some fruitiness and biscuit as well. Mouth feel is light and carbonated. It does not linger long. As I said, just some pine after taste.
Overall, a good seasonal beer that really comes across as different than most you might get in the fall.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2012 00:07:14 | More by dexterk1
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NumberNone

Maryland

3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a nice amber color with a thin white head that quickly dissipates. Mild carbonation and mild lacing present. Not as lively as you might expect for a recently released, fresh beer

S: Malt, hops, citrus, hints of nutmeg and pumpkin, and a slight floral smell.

T: Revealing a bit more than the smell, with malt, hops, nutmeg, grapefruit, other citrus, floral and even pumpkin notes coming through with a hint of cinnamon.

M: Earthy yet smooth, slightly dry, and slightly bitter. Presents a decent balance of flavors. Slightly thin on the back end.

O: A good mix of decently balanced flavors that come together for a good autumn taste. I found hints of a pumpkin ale, slighter hints of an IPA, and even a brown ale. Interesting profile, even if it might be a bit all over the place. For me, it's not quite there but it's close.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2012 10:53:36 | More by NumberNone
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JustinAniello

Connecticut

4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours light orange with a one finger head. Dissipates t a light cap and a minimal but sticky lacing.

S - Sweet malt and piney hops, the pine almost melds into a woody smell. Certainly reminds me of fall.

T - Tastes almost exactly like it smells, sweet caramel from the malt at first, with a woody pine following. Bitterness throughout, persists into the aftertaste.

M - Medium body and light on carbonation, crisp.

O - I really like this as a fall beer, especially as a more simple alternative to a pumpkin ale or similar spiced beer. Crisp and refreshing, nice flavor and smell. Has a little too much of a leaning towards an IPA though. Another good beer from Southern Tier.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2012 23:51:37 | More by JustinAniello
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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
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farrago

New Jersey

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

Very loose foam, rises quickly to around a finger and falls back just the same, very little retention, off-white color, close to no lacing as well. The liquid is crystal clear and sparkles like freshly cleaned glass, for as fast as the head rises, close to zero visible bubbles inside the glass, light amber orange in hue. The nose features orange peel, ginger root, scones and baked bread, hoppy in an herbaceous way, not much sweetness here, black tea leaves, more metallic than earthy. Light to medium-bodied, the carbonation is average at best, while clean there’s little life and spring to its step. Malty with cocoa, coffee bean, toffee accents, the orange to lemon citrus noticeable, more pine here as well as peach, apricot, cherry fruit. About half and half grains versus full-on bread, lacks honey or bread glaze. Finishes with an increase in florality and blanched nuttiness, that metallic edge about as close to bitter as it gets. Flat mouth presence contributes to its inability to interest you. Still, no real annoying flaws just the absence of any superlative element.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2012 00:36:11 | More by farrago
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MeowTom

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours an amber color with a nice head. Beautiful looking beer. The head turns into a nice lacy coating.

S- Smells a wonderful mix of hops and citrus. A little weak in many ways, but very nice still.

T- A very nice light bitterness.

M- Medium body and with a carbonation that compliments the body well.

O- Wonderful beer that is the last ESB/IPA summer season. Perfect beer to sit on the back porch watching the leaves turn colors and enjoy some last rays of light before winter gets in full swing.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2012 18:58:07 | More by MeowTom
Harvest Ale from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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