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Harvest Ale - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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87
very good

1,510 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,510
Reviews: 567
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 12.47%
Wants: 46
Gots: 140 | 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 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
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.6/5  rDev +19.5%
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.

WVbeergeek, Nov 13, 2003
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

TheManiacalOne, Sep 24, 2008
Photo of nickfl
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

nickfl, Oct 07, 2010
Photo of RblWthACoz
4/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

RblWthACoz, Jan 01, 2008
Photo of Slatetank
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

Slatetank, Sep 29, 2012
Photo of jlindros
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Most Southern Tier beers are way to sweet for me, but the last couple I tried were much better. Hopefully this one is just as tasty.

Pours a creamy and fizzy 1/2 finger head that fades at a medium pace. The beer is a mostly clear orange slightly toasted golden color.

The nose brings hops right away, with some citrus and pine, and a little tropical fruit, nectarine, orange, and some light musty wet hop resin. There is also a very light malty backbone, but not much for the nose.

Taste brings more of a malty backbone to start. It has a nice crystal and possibly Munich malt flavors, slightly creamy, a nice malty flavor. WIth that comes some spicy hops, fresh hops again with more light musty hop resin, a little pine but almost no citrus now. It has a decent bitterness with a touch of astringency, and some light fruits from the hops, this time more of a peach flavor. It's lightly sweet but not too much. As it finishes it dries even more, and the malts disappear quickly leaving the finish a little flat. The astringency also comes out a little more and gets a little heavy, with a gritty almost cotton mouth feel, and the hop flavors are gone, just the bitter astringent taste.

The mouth starts medium bodied, but gets somewhat gritty and cotton mouth dry on the finish, with decent carbonation.

Drinkability goes down a but with that lingering astringent bitterness and cotton mouth finish. Other than the finish it goes down smoothly and drinks pretty well.

jlindros, Oct 21, 2010
Photo of russpowell
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
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

russpowell, Aug 25, 2012
Photo of XmnwildX12
4/5  rDev +3.9%

XmnwildX12, Dec 13, 2013
Photo of oline73
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

oline73, Nov 12, 2012
Photo of mendvicdog
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

mendvicdog, Nov 22, 2012
Photo of mdfb79
4/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

mdfb79, Aug 27, 2012
Photo of beernads
3/5  rDev -22.1%

beernads, Jul 03, 2013
Photo of DrunkinYogi
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

DrunkinYogi, Nov 07, 2012
Photo of WesWes
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great. It has a wonderful hop scent that balances the malt aroma nicely. It boasts of pale, crystal, and bisquit malts. The taste is good. It has a bitter and earthy flavor that goes down smooth and finishes dry and bisquity. It has a nice breadlike quality. The mouthfeel is great. It is a medium/full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a really good seasonal. I've heard of it mentioned the last couple of years, but could never get any. This is a fine drinker.

WesWes, Oct 31, 2005
Photo of jwc215
3.1/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours golden with a thin white head that vanishes, but leaves spots of lacing.

The smell is of mild pine and citrus, with that ST house character (which happens to be nice).

The taste is of mild pine and citrus with mild malt/husk that becomes a bit soapy. The malt backbone diminishes, leaving a bitterness that lost the flavor-part. Not quite enough there to round out the bitterness.

It is on the thinnish side with fairly aggressive carbonation.

This just didn't "do it" for me. I was left with an almost aspirin-y bitterness without much else. The flavor started out fine but slipped to almost soap-ish and aspiriny.

jwc215, Sep 23, 2008
Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Rochefort10nh, Nov 28, 2011
Photo of smcolw
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Modest head that leaves some ring/spotty lace on the glass; relatively clear with a copper amber color.

Strong hoppy, bitter smell--very floral.

Very good entry as an ESB: Lots of bitterness, good starting malt flavors. Spot on body but with a lower level of a carbonation. Long lasting aftertaste of peppery hop bitterness.

smcolw, Sep 12, 2010
Photo of oriolesfan4
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

oriolesfan4, Apr 08, 2014
Photo of InspectorBob
4/5  rDev +3.9%

InspectorBob, Jun 12, 2013
Photo of Gavage
4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pours a slightly hazy orange color with a 1" head. A few spots of lace develop during the session.

Smell: the aroma is of pinecones and orange zest.

Taste: there is an overall earthiness to the flavor of this pale ale. Caramel, orange citrus, bread yeast, and pine round it out.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Mouthfeel is lightly crisp at the start. The finish is mildly dry. The flavors linger on the tongue for a bit after swallowing.

Drinkability: great drinkability as a few of these can be quaffed in a single session.

Gavage, Dec 08, 2005
Photo of imperialking
4/5  rDev +3.9%

imperialking, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of woodychandler
4.9/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I got about a finger of bone-white head with low retention from the pour. The color was a slightly hazy golden-yellow. The nose was spicy and citrusy, specifically, cinnamon and orange zest and I was put in mind of potpourri, plus my mouth started watering. The mouthfeel was medium, approaching full and I got a really tangy orange flavor in the mouth. The finish was more piney and lingeringly hoppy. Shazam! Boy, was this a good beer. I really recommend it.

woodychandler, Nov 09, 2007
Photo of dbrauneis
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

dbrauneis, Sep 26, 2012
Photo of Billolick
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mini growler pour from DeCicco's in Ardsley, NY. Pours glowing golden lighter amber. Clear in the glass under a frothy off white nose that stays around and leaves a thick collar and copious spotted lace. Bright citrus nose, highlighted by notes of oranges. Nice looking and smelling brew. Healthily hopped with citrus infused hops. Flavorful and quite tasty ale, bright hop notes supported and balanced by a more then ample malt under caraige.. More high quality and well worth trying beer from NY states S.T.

Billolick, Oct 12, 2009
Harvest Ale from Southern Tier Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,510 ratings.