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Harvest Ale - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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87
very good

1,188 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,188
Reviews: 544
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.89%
Wants: 33
Gots: 31 | 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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-18-2004 00:57:46 | More by Sammy
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2011 03:27:52 | More by UCLABrewN84
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djrn2

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -22.5%

03-30-2013 00:44:14 | More by djrn2
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-26-2010 11:05:50 | More by Thorpe429
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

4.43/5  rDev +14.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2004 21:43:05 | More by BuckeyeNation
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metter98

New York

4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2010 02:21:03 | More by metter98
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2008 01:38:14 | More by mikesgroove
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2008 17:47:11 | More by Phyl21ca
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

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
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

08-07-2012 00:33:25 | More by acurtis
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-04-2011 03:16:56 | More by ChainGangGuy
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

01-30-2012 06:31:33 | More by ygtbsm94
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spycow

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

03-10-2013 20:10:21 | More by spycow
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kylehay2004

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

09-04-2013 20:36:53 | More by kylehay2004
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oberon

North Carolina

4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-14-2004 23:58:11 | More by oberon
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GRG1313

California

3.25/5  rDev -16%

03-13-2014 20:56:21 | More by GRG1313
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2011 19:58:43 | More by Knapp85
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2010 03:49:21 | More by TMoney2591
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zeff80

Missouri

3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2010 01:40:18 | More by zeff80
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +3.4%

11-27-2011 21:56:25 | More by JAHMUR
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nickfl

Florida

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

A - A perfectly clear, copper colored body topped by a dense head of white foam. The head settles slowly and leaves thick lace on the glass.

S - A warm aroma of toasted malt with some light, pine hops and a hint of red apple.

T - Toasted bread notes of sweet malt up front with a bit of toffee. More bready grain in the middle as some musty hop flavor begins to appear. The hop flavor continues to intensify through the finish as sweet, toasted malt and toffee reach a peak. Moderate bitterness is just enough to balance the malt and lingers in the aftertaste with the musty hop flavor and toasted malt that dries out as it slowly fades away.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - Very nice, this ESB manages to hit all the right notes and it remains quite drinkable despite being a significantly stronger than average example of the style. Interestingly it has a somewhat American hop aroma, but the hops turn a bit more musty and British in the flavor. The malt character is well done as well; there is a huge note of toasted malt with just the right amount of sweetness to keep it form becoming burnt tasting and cloying in the finish as it has a tendency to do in some drier beers. I would happily recommend this beer and drink it again.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2010 05:52:39 | More by nickfl
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into an US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of citrus, piney hops and light caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts with burst of pale and grassy hops up front. Then some mildly sweet flavors of citrus and caramel come in to provide a good balance. The malt character is hearty but a bit on the light side for the style. The after-taste is slightly bitter.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, there are better hoppy beers out there but this is still a decent beer to drink for a while.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2008 01:59:11 | More by TheManiacalOne
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

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

Anything by Southern Tier that I have not had a chance to try yet is an immediate purchase for me at this point. After being blown away by their imperial series and impressed by everything else (except the raspberry brew), I am all for trying another production.

Pours a crystal clear straw gold with a nice white head that has some staying power. Nose is perfumed floral hops in abundance, but not shoving it all down, errr...up your nose. Flavor has a nice balance to it, though it is a bit hop forward. Mild bitter tone there. More than mild, but not overly pronounced leafy character as well. Feel has a pretty full carbonation to it and a decent liquid body. A definite fall time brew. Even though it is still summer weather, I drink this on and feel like fall is almost on me. Another good one by ST.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2008 03:40:16 | More by RblWthACoz
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russpowell

Oklahoma

4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours aneffervvescent amber with a thumb of ivory colored head. Good lacing & average head retention

S: Grassyness & pineyness, a touch of grainyness & appleskins

T: Pineyness, caramel, woody hops & lemons up front. Some red apple skin as this warms along with much grassyness & lemony hops & dryness. Finishes crisp, dry & with nice woody & herbal hops signature with a kiss of orchard fruit

MF: Medium bodied, firm carbonation, nicely balanced, purists will probably want little more malt profile

Drinks too easy, a nice if not totally true-to-style ESB

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2012 02:56:30 | More by russpowell
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

4.6/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wow, another godsend from NY, this beer is just as tasty and possibly more balanced as their IPA. These guys are doing some things right I am by far more impressed with their beers than anything out of the Matt Brewing Co. (Saranac). Appearance: Copper orange body nice white head with evenly disributed lacing, perfect. Aroma: Nice full pine cone and citrus scented hops plentiful hop aroma, with a lucious malt backbone. Taste: Well balanced with an overall excellent snappy hop bite to it, awesome caramel tinged malts very very good. Mouthfeel: Medium bodied smooth carbonation no complaints. Drinkability: A go to for myself hits my beer soul just right, so easy drinking and flavorful at the same time ideal session brew in my eyes.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2003 21:00:51 | More by WVbeergeek
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Harvest Ale from Southern Tier Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,188 ratings.