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Harvest Ale - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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86
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Ratings: 1,538
Reviews: 574
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 12.24%
Wants: 50
Gots: 164 | FT: 1
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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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Ratings: 1,538 | Reviews: 574
Photo of dbrauneis
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

Photo of woodychandler
4.89/5  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.

Photo of mothman
3.87/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into bruery chalice.

Pours 1 finger of off-white head. Color is a very clear golden orange.

Aroma: A very fruity and hoppy nose. Sweet mangoes and pineapple with some orange juice. Earthy pine hops. Some bready malts show. Diggin this one already.

Taste: A lot more bready malts show here. Lots of hop resin. Very juicy hops. Pine for sure. A big citrus blend with pineapple and grapefruit sticking out. Pretty solid esb.

Mouthfeel: Bitter, but creamy. Earthy. Medium bodied with a higher amount of carbonation. Ends dry and sticky.

Overall, a very nice offering from ST. Pretty drinkable. I really like the fruit flavors in this one.

Photo of chinchill
4.01/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

undated 12 oz bottle served in a pint glass.

No style indicated on the label other than Fall "seasonal", so I was surprised to find the beer is like a strong pale ale or ESB rather than a marzen. Not surprised by the flavor, however, since there is plenty of earthy and spicy hop aroma. There also some citrus in the nose, but the flavor veers more towards the citrus side, and leaves a moderately bitter grapefruit aftertaste.

A nice orange-amber with a lasting off-white head.

O - a bold and flavorful Fall seasonal.

Photo of Billolick
4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

Photo of tempest
3.92/5  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."

Photo of BARFLYB
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 12oz single bottle into a glass, nearing the autumn season.

STHA goes in the glass with a golden semi rusted old penny look with a very dismal cap up top that is a lighter shade of white. No stick.

Being an ESB in style I was expecting a mountain of malt, but it was hops instead. Smell is pretty herbal with some pine backing and quite a bit of earf. The malt peeks out with some bisc.

Taste is opposite for an ESB as the hops take center stage. It's not west coast citrusy but more earthy with pine, grass and floral ability. Any citrus from the green guys is drowned out by these elements. Malt makes a small play and narrowly balances the playing field, although a lot of grass in aftertaste.

Not as smooth as ESB's off the pump at Memphis taproom, or the bottle for that matter, but im not docking points here as im not a fan of that shit anyway. Body is a step up from light with some bubbles and life on the tounge. Im not digging the aftertaste as it's long.

Not really an ESB IMO but it's all good by me, hoppy pale ale with English malt is what im thinking. Glad I found this within a month of bottling as it's quite delicious and flavorful in it's own Southern Tier way without all the alcohol. I would do a sixer of this on a Sunday in a second.

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.72/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Copper in appearance with a nice retaining pillowy head.
Smells floral and fruity, hints of apricot.
The flavor profile had a pronounced european hop twang coupled with a light english style malting.
It was bitter at times but I didn't mind, being that its an Extra Strong Bitter.
Mouthfeel medium bodied. Drinkable? Sessionable. Overall a good brew. Nice to see another good interpretation of the style.

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.85/5  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.

Photo of tdm168
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark copper-brown with 1/4" of head with nice retention. Very clear with noticeable carbonation. There's a nice mellow citrus smell from the hops in the nose along with some mellow malt. Taste is actually quite hoppy. Nice citrusy hop character up front with a smooth light malt character follows. Well balanced though the hops definitely take center stage here. Mouthfeel is crisp and smooth; very drinkable.

This is a nice alternative to the pumpkin and marzen soaked market that fall brings. It's definitely a hop heads fall beer.

Photo of atrocity
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

Photo of smakawhat
3.49/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Deep bronze and quite clear body, with a simple one finger off white head that is slightly creamy capping the top.

Nose is light toast, some faint grainy quality, but not much else for an ESB. Rather closed and muted.

First palate is quite warm with a mild caramel sense. Pine like hop bitter finish, and not nearly enough sensing caramel warmth. Moderate carbonation, with a large prickly feeling almost seltzery that's a little jarring. Lingering American sensing hop bitterness that stays put but doesn't seem true to style.

Overall it doesn't really remind me of a bitter, but it's still an ok brew for drinking.

Photo of ejimhof
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of barleywinefiend
4/5  rDev +4.2%
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

Photo of rab53
3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Decent head retention. Light hop aroma. Nice hop presence with just enough malt to balance. Light to medium in body. Smooth carbonation. Overall, not the best example of a 'harvest ale'. it is quite quaffable. Nice as a palate break in between darker maltier beers.

Photo of BillRoth
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of Zaphog
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

Photo of billab914
4.59/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

This is a beer I keep stocked pretty much as long as it last on the shelves. This might be my favorite harvest ale, something that I look forward to each year.

Pours a light gold color with a modest amount of head. Good clarity and overall a very nice looking beer. Hop aroma is fantastic, I love the smell of this beer. A lot of sweet citrus aroma that is very appealing. Taste is also very good, lots of sweet citrus hops up front with some bitterness at the end. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, slightly creamy finish. Very drinkable, I could drink this beer all night.

Photo of John_M
4.3/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

How I wish ST would make more beers with this level of alcohol. Their high gravity beers just wear me out, but as this beer clearly shows, they are quite capable of making very good lower alcohol ales.

The beer pours a surprisingly lighter gold color with good head retention and lacing. On the nose I get the anticipated citrus with some underlying sweet malt. On the palate this beer is absolutely delicious. The beer is remarkably well balanced, with very nice use of the wet hops IMO. Not only does the beer have a nice hoppy bitterness, but the wet hops give the beer an extra added dimension of flavor as well. In addition to the citrus, there's some underlying earthiness as well that is quite nice. The beer is slightly sweet from the malt, but that sweetness is nicely countered by the hoppy bitterness. This beer is medium bodied and is a joy to drink. It's the kind of beer I could see myself just gulping down if I wasn't careful.

This beer was very popular at Mahaffey's last night and I can see why. Just an excellent harvest ale from ST.

Edit from 9/7/12. Tried again, and was reminded quite vividly that this beer differs from year to year. The current version is decent, but pales in comparison to the beer I sampled back in 2008 (unfortunately).

Photo of biegaman
4.3/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Southern Tier Harvest is, in my opinion, a tad bright and sunny for a fall-themed beer; a little more depth in colour might have been a little more becoming. Although its tone, it must be noted, is not without a little pumpkin blush. Its head is thin but waxy and as result tacks on a lacing so adhesive I'm starting to doubt even water's ability to pry it off.

Something about this aroma makes it come across as very hearty, which is probably the most appropriate characteristic for a harvest ale. The malt base seems rather substantial (and nourishing) as it exhumes the scent of fresh-baked bread, hot out of the over cookies and mounds of toffee. The hops, too, are in exceedingly ample supply.

In fact, it's hard to say what I appreciate more. This has the blessing of being both heartily malty and also incessantly hoppy. The malts are so thick and chewy and pleasantly sweet, like rich pastry. The hops, supposedly English varieties, are wickedly zesty. A great deal of American qualities are also tasted, fresh pine and candied grapefruit. They may call it an English ESB but there's no fooling, this is as hoppy and ballsy as any American IPA.

The mouthfeel isn't as sensational as the beer on the whole but it need not be. It does its job. Its light, clipping bitterness provides a little snip on the palate and lightly lingers with a pleasant earthy fruitiness all the while staying unimaginably quenching and quaffable. Why didn't I buy more of this? Even with no shortage of good IPA's on the market, including this brewery's own, your damn right I'm wishing this was available year round!

If Southern Tier wants us to understand one thing about themselves it's that they can brew fantastic beers tremendously well. Apart from a couple lackluster offerings in their year-round lineup - which is to be expected - this brewery is responsible for a number of my favourite stouts and hop bombs. If they keep slugging out more of these first-rate ales I'm going to be needing more fingers (and maybe toes) to count all of my favourites on.

Photo of rolltide8425
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of iL0VEbeer
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of Dicers
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

Photo of Wasatch
4.3/5  rDev +12%
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.

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Harvest Ale from Southern Tier Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 1,538 ratings.