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Harvest Ale - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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87
very good

1,452 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,452
Reviews: 562
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 12.21%
Wants: 45
Gots: 128 | 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

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: John on 10-19-2003)
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Photo of Sammy
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of the highest rank of beers using the name "harvest ale", it is honourable and worthy to do so. Very drinkable hoppy grapefruit and floral aroma and apple juice/pineapple juice taste. Amber with white head.

Bottle two and a third years later, decent aroma, taste, appearance. Hoppy, like a pale with more on the wheat side.

Sammy, Nov 18, 2004
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to mjtiernan for sending me this one!

Pours a clear copper orange with a 1 inch puffy bone colored head that settles to a thin cap. Very thin rings of lace line the glass on the drink down in a very tight pattern. Smell is of fresh herbal and citrus zest hops with some caramel malt/biscuit notes. Taste is of herbal and citrus zest hops with a solid sweet malt backbone. Mild hop bitterness quickly fades after each sip. A lower level of carbonation with a smooth mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good ESB from Southern Tier. I am glad I got to try this one.

UCLABrewN84, Aug 30, 2011
Photo of djrn2
3/5  rDev -22.1%

djrn2, Mar 30, 2013
Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

zestar, Aug 06, 2014
Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

spycow, Mar 10, 2013
Photo of Thorpe429
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a nice golden copper color with a white head and some good ringy lacing on the way down. The nose brings a good amount of hops forward with some earth, pine, and herbal notes coming through. Slight caramel and toffee in there as well. Hops take center stage in the flavor as well, though not to the extent that they had in the nose. Really nice body and carbonation well nice bitterness. Really smooth and a great fall beer.

Thorpe429, Oct 26, 2010
Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

acurtis, Aug 07, 2012
Photo of metter98
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is light copper in color and poured with a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface. A light amount of carbonation is visible from the rising bubbles.
S: Aromas of pine resin hops dominate the nose.
T: The overall taste is well balanced between malty and bitter flavors; there are also some notes of citrus and hints of malty sweetness.
M: It feels light-bodied and smooth on the palate with a medium amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is extremely easy to drink and goes down very smoothly.

metter98, Nov 22, 2010
Photo of Texasfan549
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%

Texasfan549, Sep 02, 2014
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.43/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy harvest gold with small and medium-sized particulates (yeast? hop flecks?). The beer is crowned with a beautiful, richly creamy, cream-colored head that displays a moonscape surface, stays humped in the center as it slowly descends and leaves a nice amount of soapy lace behind.

The sweet citrus peel nose is fabulous and is more Cascade (dry-hopped with) than Styrian Goldings (brewed with). If enough of those two varieties of hop are used to make an APA/IPA, I'm gonna like it. It smells like a combination of grapefruit, orange and pineapple. Great nose, it's as simple as that.

The flavor is exceptional as well. Are all Southern Tier beers this good? I've had two now and have been impressed by both. There's plenty of malt, as evidenced by the substantial mouthfeel, but there isn't an abundance of malt-derived flavor. A little light caramel perhaps, but it's overpowered by the hops. The amount of hoppiness, and the body for that matter, don't tread into IPA territory, but they're generous for the style.

The Styrian Goldings have freer rein on the palate than they did in the nose, but that tangy, grapefruit pithy, Cascade bite is still present and accounted for. Well-supported hops just can't be beat and this beer shows off its hop profile with pride. Each mouthful starts out sweet and with a nod toward balance, but quickly becomes hoppy-bitter with an explosion of flavor and a long, lingering, lightly coating finish.

Harvest Ale is another winner from Southern Tier. Given the name and the autumnal color scheme on the label, I thought I was popping open an Oktoberfest. What a great surprise; hops are always welcome. This is an excellent APA and is yet another beer that I'd love to have access to. A big Thank You to HappyHourHero for the bottle.

BuckeyeNation, Nov 07, 2004
Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

BEERchitect, Sep 03, 2011
Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +3.9%

kjkinsey, Sep 02, 2014
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Jerc: Poured a deep hazy dirty yellow color ale with a huge foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aromas of green hops are dominating with some nice floral notes. Taste is also dominated by some bitter green hops with some floral notes. Body is full with some limited filtration and great carbonation. Very well done for the style and something that I wish was available more readily around me.

Phyl21ca, Jan 02, 2008
Photo of GRG1313
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

GRG1313, Mar 13, 2014
Photo of mikesgroove
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this one up over the last couple weeks and had never had it before which was shocking to be honest. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 12/03/2008.

We have a gusher! Foamed out all over the place with a deep off white foam that just would not stop coming. Had to do three pours to get the whole bottle out, but a nice and hazy amber color was present right away with a rich lacing and foamy presence.

The aroma was particulary hoppy. Rich notes of very bright citrus tones, lots of tangerine, lemon, and orange. Touches of pineapple as well, all very bright and light in the air. The flavor though was where its at. Huge notes of pineapple and orange, rich, sweet, and terribly fresh, this was a hop heads hoppy harvest ale. Delicate and light, a little bit thin on the feel, but still more then adequate. Smooth, delicous, and very sessionable.

Overall this was a very, very good beer. Rich and loaded with hoppy goodness. Easy to session and a joy to drink, I will most certainly have this one again.

mikesgroove, Dec 04, 2008
Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

ygtbsm94, Jan 30, 2012
Photo of kylehay2004
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

kylehay2004, Sep 04, 2013
Photo of Knapp85
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Harvest ale pours out as a deep amber color with a yellowish colored head on top. The heads a little foamy and kind of leaves a little lacing. The smell of the beer is a little sweet and has a decent amount of caramel on the nose. Theres a little bit of hops in there too to counter the sweetness. The taste is also a little sweet but has a good backbone of malts and some spices also. The mouthfeel is pretty smooth and has a medium body. Overall it's a nice drinkable brew that I'd probably drink again.

Knapp85, May 31, 2011
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 ounce pint - $5.50 at Taco Mac in Canton, Georgia.

Appearance: Handed across the bar a clear, dark copper-gold body (looks like brewed tea), with a thin coating of white suds. Standard laceworks on the way down.

Smell: Pale malts with some soundly bready and biscuit-hinted notes to it and sweetish touch of golden syrup, maybe an infinitesimal bit of light caramel. Modestly spicy, fruity as well.

Taste: Bready, biscuity maltiness given a thin drizzle of treacle for a kiss of sweetness. Earthy, spicy hops with some dried lemon peel. Moderate bitterness. Some late fruitiness with a rebound of sugar for a hint of candied apple. Bittersweet, earthy finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation.

Overall: Harvest Ale is an enjoyable, quaffable brew for early Sunday morning drinking.

ChainGangGuy, Jul 04, 2011
Photo of oberon
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Had this at Macgregor's in Canadaigua,poured a deep gold with moderate head that didnt stay around to quickly aromas of pine and some citruisy (mainly lemon) notes as well.Taste up front was very piney and resiny but as I drank more the biscuity malt backbone showed itself more really balancing this one out lightly sweet just enough to tame the hops a little.Seemed a tad thin at first not sure if its just me that picked that up,anyways a very good beer from Southern Tier.

oberon, Oct 15, 2004
Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev +3.9%

JAHMUR, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of TMoney2591
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

I needed another bottle to finish my mixed sixer at Rick's, so I picked this guy. Exciting, I know. It pours a clear golden straw topped by a finger of white foam. The nose comprises wheat, cotton, flowers, and buttery biscuits. The taste holds notes of banana, orange peel, hoppy bitterness, and wheat. The body is light, with a lightly moderate carbonation and a smooth feel. Overall, a solid offering, one to grab again if I ever need to finish another mixed sixer.

TMoney2591, Jun 24, 2010
Photo of SocalKicks
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

SocalKicks, Sep 29, 2014
Photo of zeff80
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, copper color with a two-finger, head of khaki colored foam. It was very bubbly and left some nice rings of lace.

S - It smelled very floral. There were some mild caramel aromas, but not much else.

T - Interesting flavor. Starts like an IPA and ends like an ESB. Good burnt toast maltiness with a caramel kick. It had a bitter hop bite with a citrusy flavor.

M - It was sharp and very crisp. A medium bodied beer with a dry finish.

D - This is an interesting brew. Again, it tastes like an IPA but by the end it tastes like an ESB.

zeff80, Sep 12, 2010
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

StonedTrippin, Dec 04, 2012
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Harvest Ale from Southern Tier Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,452 ratings.