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Harvest Ale - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Harvest AleHarvest Ale

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very good

588 Reviews
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Reviews: 588
Hads: 1,659
Avg: 3.91
pDev: 20.2%
Wants: 53
Gots: 229 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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:
Beer added by: John on 10-19-2003

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Reviews: 588 | Hads: 1,659
Photo of Tone
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, copper color. One inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and slight lacing. Smells of yeast, sweet malt, slight earthy malt, hops, and a hint of spice. Fits the style of an Extra Special / Strong Bitter. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of floral hops, sweet malt, slight earthy malt, slight yeast, and a hint of spice. Overall, decent aroma, body, and blend.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.82/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a lucid pale orange with a thin ½ finger sandy-beige colored head that quickly fell to a sparse, whispy covering with no visible lacing. Visible carbonation was very light.

S: fresh grapefruit, oranges with a beautiful bright fresh citrusy nature.

T: very bitter, flowery with some dried grapefruit and pale oranges. A light grassiness is also detected as well some light dried toasted grains. The finish finds a bitter citric and grassy hopping on the fade that lingered about for a few seconds before fading every so slightly. Overall a massively hopped ale, but was slight on complexity.

M: light, oily slicky, bitter and dry.

D: Overall a light bodied but heavily hopped beer that be limited in multiples unless you are a major hophead. Liked it, but not one I would consider session material.

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Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a copper color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of mild hops, some malts. Taste is well balanced hops and malts, some bitterness, a touch of caramel. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a very drinkable, and solid beer.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle obtained via trade with Shippos. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured in an imperial pint glass, forms a 3/4" off-white head, which laces quite well. A cloudy (poured in the whole thing) slightly orangey amber brew, with a reasonably balanced aroma tending toward the hops side just a tad. Taste has a good malt base, and plenty of hops bitterness, although not very delicate in that aspect. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both good, and could improve if the bitterness was a bit more artistic and not as much head-on bitter. An enjoyable brew, for sure.

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Photo of beertunes
3.6/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice 12oz bottle poured into 9oz Pilsener glass. Poured a light coppery-amber color with just a thin cap of off-white head that had low retention and lacing.

Noticeable hoppiness hit the nose first, then a nice grainy malt scent wafted in. The hops were also the prominent feature on the tongue, but the malts were there to provide support and balance.

The body was crisp and smooth with the hops lingering on the back for bit. Drinkability was good, you could too easily drink several of these. Overall, a pretty good brew, certainly worth trying if you see it.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.71/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. 2014 edition. Sampled on August 9, 2014.

It does not look bad with its orange-amber pour and modest of-white head. Great clarity.

The aroma tends to be more hopped up than I expect from an autumn brew. Citrus and floral hops mainly. A modest breadiness.

The body is medium.

The taste begins briefly with a breaded, toasted malt sensation bu the bitter hops take over in short order. Lingering bitter bite. It was not bad.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.28/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I got this bottle in a trade with jwc215. Thanks Joe!

This pours a clear light yellow gold with a 1 finger head of foam with some lacing.

The smell has a big fresh hop nose to it. I also get a light graininess.

The taste..well that surprised me. The fresh hop nose that I got is here in the taste but the supporting cast of grain, bready/earthy malt, and nice fruity flavours offsets it and brings it more in to style. Nice. The more sips I take, the less I notice the hop presence and I'm digging it.

Close to medium bodied with a light carbonation, this one is growing on me fast. Drinkability for me is huge on this one. What a delightful brew!

Bottom line: Yum! I had my doubts when I took my first whiff but my first taste *told* me that this is a well crafted ESB. Look, my glass is empty already. Bummer.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle

A- Pours a dark copper color like the color of a penny with an off-white head with good retention and lacing.

S- The aroma is some malt, a hint of caramel and some citrusy hops with a touch of mint leaves in the background as well.

T- The taste is pretty damn solid. A perfect balance of malty goodness and hop bitterness. Pretty darn drinkable.

M- The mouthfeel is between light and medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, Southern Tier Harvest is a wonderful fall seasonal that is definitely worth a try. This comes out the right time of year because it is a perfect football beer. Recommended!

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Photo of Viggo
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden, small off white head forms, goes pretty quick but leaves some lacing on the glass. Smell is apples and pears, some pine, spices, alcohol, little bit of caramel. Taste is sweet, almost cidery, caramel and pine, some funk, strange. Mouthfeel is light bodied with low carbonation, has a little bit of warmth to it. Very odd, wasn't quite sure what to think. Thanks for sharing biegaman!

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Photo of Bighuge
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale and hazy golden. Light and fluffy white head. Lacing is pretty full. Cascade like grapefruit aroma mixed in with some light toffeeish malt. Firm malt base of toffee and caramel. Bright and exuberant hop flavor. Resiny and spicy and a little of that garlic/onion character. Medium bodied at best and creamy. Solid beer.

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Photo of pat61
4.44/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: A brilliant amber pour crowned by a 1” sudsy and clingy white foam collar that recedes at a moderate pace. S: Resin, pine and grass. T: A hop forward beer with a firm, bready malt backbone. F: Medium body and carbonation. O: Very clean and smooth bitter with some noticeable bitterness.

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Photo of spinrsx
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance - The beer pours a slightly hazy amber colour with huge frothy beige head. There isn't much carbonation showing, and there is some great lacing. The head lasted for several minutes before it was gone.

Smell - hops, citrus notes, pine, caramel and malts.

Taste & Mouth - there is an average amount of carbonation; and the beer has a nice medium to full bodied taste. Lots of hops and malts at first followed by floral notes and a nuttiness. The beer finishes with a nice balance of hops and malts and a bitter aftertaste.

Drink - Another above average beer by Southern Tier. Worth seeking out.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.2/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear, golden amber hue with some small yet steady bubble. Very faint foam that sticks around for just a little bit . The aroma is a mix of herbal and citrus hops and some toasted caramel breads. The taste starts with lots of orange zest that slowly gives way to soft English caramels and toffee. Just o be overtaken by the herbal and orange hoppy finish. The start is hoppy, then mixes a little with the malt bill. Then finishes hoppy again. The hops are a little too bright, almost metallic tasting. But still a nice Amrican version of an ESB.

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Photo of Brad007
4.07/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale gold color with a two-finger head into my fluted glass. Very nice color.

Aroma is full of citrusy hops that dominate the nose. Very nice choice of hops for this beer.

Taste is full of citrusy hop aroma once again that unearths a very mellow bitterness underneath with a feel of biscuity malt. Very nice and subtle.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering citrus hops and biscuit flavor. A bit sweet towards the end. Otherwise, seems balanced.

Very nice for the style and easy to drink on a cold fall day. Certainly worth a try.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.59/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I picked up two 6-packs of this in Columbus, $9.99 each. First off it must be said that this is not an ESB (the style currently entered on BA). This strikes me as an APA or something of that ilk. The beer is crystal clear, golden colored, with a thin 1-finger head that laces onto the glass. The aroma is all amarillo hops, at least as far as I can tell. Based on smell alone I don't think I could distinguish this from Gumballhead (which is not a bad thing). I'm getting lots of citrus like grapefruit, orange, and maybe some non-citrus mango. The taste is nearly equal to the smell, and again it reminds me a lot of Gumballhead. Lots of sweetness from the hops and abundant malt based on mouthfeel, slightly bitter aftertaste which seems to come from the hops again. The body is on the thicker side for such a light looking and smelling beer. This is a big winner from Southern Tier, definitely worth a repeat.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pretty nice dark amber, not too dark but little head due to old beer for a holiday season.

S - Smells pretty nice, with an abundance of hops and malts that play together it smells like a party in my glass.

T - Wow almost reminds me of a 2xIPA version of an Oktoberfest. With slight grain and caramel malt along side of some citrus hops, I am enjoying this brew.

M - Medium to light and very drinkable.

D - Wow it seems that ST has got it right on this one. With a nice malt backing the hops it almost makes it as drinkable as 2XIPA but not as much since it is old. Will have to try next years fresh batch.

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Photo of claspada
2.38/5  rDev -39.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a light golden color, with only a small ring of lacing and a small off-white head worth mentioning.
Aromas are lacking indeed; a faint amount of fresh hops with a hint of light, breaded malt. Left me flat and not expecting much for the taste
Flavor consists of a lightly toasted malt and a light floral hop with a fairly bitter finish. Followed the nose as I feared; quite a let down as I expect greatness from ST, maybe too high of expectations on my part. There is also a bit of tangy in the mouth. Smooth but forgettable.
As mentioned several times above, very light in its characteristics. Certainly more could have been done with this recipe. An unfortunately average offering from an otherwise excellent brewery.

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Photo of clayrock81
4.02/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pale, seethru gold body that is gives off a little head that dies quickly. A mild fruit aroma of apple and pear along with some citric, tealike hop notes. Smooth and medium-bodied with fruit notes ranging from pear to citric (orange, banana (lightly)). Contains some graininess and sweet malt sensations that are balanced for a pleasant drinking experience as it passes the tongue and contains a grat, prickly dry backbite. I must say that this didn't remind me of an ESB at all as the hops are much more dominant than anything else (a mislabeled IPA?). Still, another good beer from Southern Tier.

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Photo of glid02
4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Leon's Full Service in Atlanta.

Pours a clear light copper color with a one-finger slightly off-white head. The head recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of pale malts with huge amounts of citrus hop aromas. Also present are solid amounts of floral and earthy notes from the hops.

Tastes very similar to how it smells. Light pale malt flavors kick things off and are quickly joined by large amounts of citrus and earthy hop flavors. The hop flavors fade out just a bit midway through the sip allowing the malt flavors to gain more purchase, then carrying through to a moderately bitter finish. The hops have a robust "wet" flavor and there is very little dryness.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with smooth carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass very quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall I was impressed with this beer and this leads me to believe the bottle I had earlier was not all that fresh or the batch variations are quite large. Either way, this is definitely worth a shot if you see it on-tap or in the bottle near the release date, a very nice beer.

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Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a golden brown color and a mostly clear consistency. There was an inch of foamy long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: A sweet, hoppy, malty aroma. Different than I expected.

T: Tasted of hops, malt, resin, and possibly a little citrus. Not a classical ESB flavor - more hops than you'd expect - but a nice flavor.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a slick, oily finish. Light- to medium-bodied.

D: A solid, drinkable version of an ESB.

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Photo of barczar
3.79/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a fairly clear deep golden with a lingering cream head.

Floral hops and toasted malt dominate the aroma, with a hint of resin and citrus closing things out.

Flavor reveals resin and pine at the forefront, on a backbone of lightly toasted malt. The finish is moderately bitter. A touch of citrus adds intrigue.

Body is moderate, with carbonation a touch on the high side. There's light alcohol warmth.

Fairly moderate in aroma and flavor, with nice citrus underpinnings. Not the best of the fresh hopped beers, but a decent brew.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Light gold with good head.

S-Citrus hops, some pine hops. Grassy.

T-Citrus hops, some pine. Hop foward. Not very hoppy. Tastes like an IPA.

M-Medium body. Refreshing.

D-Strong taste but still pretty easy to imbibe. I'm a fan.

Tastes like a good harvest this year.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.17/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Acme Bar and Pizza in Rochester, NY.

Pours a rustic looking orange, with some haze. Almost copper. 1 inch head, with some good lacing down the glass.

Smells very fresh and hoppy- cut grass, some spiciness, herbal, with some citrus as well.

Tastes very same. A very earthy ale, as to expected from the Harvest moniker. Some bready and toasty malts differentiate it from other Harvest ales, as this more closely approximates an ESB. Clean but earthy at the same time.

Medium bodied, crisp, dry mouthfeel. Medium carbonation.

A most excellent seasonal from Southern Tier.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. 6-pack of the 2007 offering purchased at The Village Pump, College Park MD for $8.99

A: A crystal clear yellowish-orange brew that looks fairly light, steady stream of carbonation contributing to a thick, beautiful head that leaves a nice lace as it subsides slowly

S: Hops. This is my first wet hop beer and i think i can tell the difference between a "regular" hop and a wet hopped beer. There's a fairly strong citrus aroma but with a twist - there's some grassy notes in there

T: The balance is in favor of the hops but the grassy characteristics do add to the brew. This is a *very* tasty beer, difficult to put down

M: The carbonation feels good but the stand-out part is the thick, persistent, resiny taste. Thoroughly enjoyable

D: Excellent. I find it difficult to put the glass down. A thirst quencher that doubles up as a sipper, depending on what you are in the mood for.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a nonic. No date or info.

A - A tall pour unchains a bold head stacking up to three fingers. Light bone in color and well-retained, it leaves broken rings of thick lace. The color is a beautiful clear and well-carbonated golden amber.

S - Flaky biscuit-like English malts provide a pretty sturdy backbone for the plethora of hops on the nose. Floral and citrusy notes touch on dandelion, lemon, and grapefruit giving the aroma a very nice appeal and balance.

T - Good balance continues in to the flavor with a largely earthy, grassy, and dry leaf hop flavor that hints at citrus notes. The malt backing provides good support with a dry, lightly toasted biscuit flavor.

M - Smooth in texture and medium in body, Harvest evokes feelings of fall with it's crisp and dry, moderately bitter finish.

D - A good ESP, in fact, one of my favorites of the style I'd say, it's a nice drinking fall beer that has good balance and a harmonious flavor profile.

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Harvest Ale from Southern Tier Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 588 ratings.