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Harvest Ale - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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87
very good

1,183 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,183
Reviews: 544
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.89%
Wants: 32
Gots: 29 | 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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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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WesWes

New York

4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2005 21:31:57 | More by WesWes
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jlindros

Massachusetts

3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2010 01:30:45 | More by jlindros
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mdfb79

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
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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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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.6/5  rDev -7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2012 04:12:01 | More by StonedTrippin
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jwc215

Wisconsin

3.1/5  rDev -19.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2008 03:11:30 | More by jwc215
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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +3.4%

11-28-2011 18:08:52 | More by Rochefort10nh
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smcolw

Massachusetts

4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2010 19:12:39 | More by smcolw
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Gavage

New Jersey

4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2005 12:31:37 | More by Gavage
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mendvicdog

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

11-22-2012 03:32:26 | More by mendvicdog
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beernads

Florida

3/5  rDev -22.5%

07-03-2013 08:27:30 | More by beernads
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imperialking

Illinois

4/5  rDev +3.4%

11-15-2011 21:24:31 | More by imperialking
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barleywinefiend

Washington

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
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tempest

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer is all hops, all the time. Its light-gold color looks almost macro-like and while there isnt much head, there is some lacing. Strong earthy and floral aroma that matches the taste. Not too much bitterness in the bite, but enough for a dry, grassy finish. Reminds me a bit of a lighter Hazed and Infuzed with a different hop profile. Not a heavy beer, but all the hops kind of get to you. The easiest way to describe this beer is as "hop-juice."

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2006 05:37:12 | More by tempest
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Billolick

New York

4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Serving type: growler

10-12-2009 22:44:30 | More by Billolick
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

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

(Served in a Nonic)
A- This beer has a clear deep orange body with tiny bubbles popping off at the base and gliding to the surface. There is a bubble beige head that fades after a bit.
S- The green spicy hops blend with a dry toasted malt aroma. There are some citrus qualities to the hops as the beer opens up.
T- The spicy green hops are pungent with a slight bitterness that lingers after each sip. The pale malt has a slight green bean taste to it and is softer than the hops.
M- The medium mouthfeel has a big fizzy scrubbing finish and a soft alcohol heat in the finish.
D- This beer has a big spicy hop flavor that is supported by some interesting pale malt flavors. The green bean flavor is a bit odd. The hops and malt just don't seem to work together but on their own they are not bad.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2010 15:09:48 | More by rhoadsrage
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oriolesfan4

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

04-08-2014 21:47:10 | More by oriolesfan4
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XmnwildX12

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +3.4%

12-13-2013 02:41:21 | More by XmnwildX12
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InspectorBob

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +3.4%

06-12-2013 17:46:48 | More by InspectorBob
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

4.9/5  rDev +26.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2007 00:50:50 | More by woodychandler
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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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Georgiabeer

Georgia

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

Pours a light amber with some copper highlights, and a fairly thin head. Smells somewhat grainy and a touch buttery. Some clean malt and some light earthy hops rounds it out. Tastes pretty similar, with buttery overtones and a firm malt and grain base. Somewhat savory as well, almost like salted caramel, but not all that sweet. Smooth, somewhat chewy, and with a nice salty sweet finish interlaced with some bitterness. I like it, and it seems appropriate for the fall.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2010 20:09:20 | More by Georgiabeer
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Wasatch

Utah

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

Thanks goes out to jctribe25 for this brew.

Pours a very nice clean/clear golden yellow color, nice carbonation, nice little foamy/fizzy white head, with some nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, hoppy, with some spices. The taste is bitter, malty/hoppy, with some slight spicyness. Medium body. Very drinkable, I really like this one, very nice.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2008 01:19:30 | More by Wasatch
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DrunkinYogi

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

11-07-2012 05:13:38 | More by DrunkinYogi
Harvest Ale from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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