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Harvest Ale - Southern Tier Brewing Company

Harvest AleHarvest Ale

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87
very good

1,159 Ratings
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Ratings: 1159
Reviews: 544
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 12.14%


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:
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(Beer added by: John on 10-19-2003)
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ryan1788a5

Massachusetts

3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Golden color with a slight amber hue. Excellent clarity. The head settles after a little while. Lacing sticks to the glass in thin sheets.

S: Floral and perfumey hops with hints of blond tobacco. Pithy. Biscuit, toast, grain, and just a dab of caramel.

T: Dry malt base lays a foundation of grain, toast, biscuit, and even a slight woody impression. Sharp floral and oily hop bitterness. Fleeting citrus notes. Hops have a bit of an herbal, spicy bite toward the back end. Dry finish of shortbread and floral hop oils.

M: Light bodied. Watered down creaminess. Brisk carbonation adds a crisp bite.

O: Not a bad stab at the style. Hops have a little more bite than I'd expect, and the malt base stays a little safe and simple. They're well in the ballpark of what the style should be though, and it's still enjoyable to drink.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2013 00:26:26 | More by ryan1788a5
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patpbr

Ohio

3.89/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Copper color with some nice lacing.
S - A balance of hops and malts but not very bold.
T - Crisp pine and citrus hops with carmel malts and spice. Bitter.
M - Medium body and a dry finish
O - Liking hop flavor makes me like this one. its close to an IPA.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2013 22:40:27 | More by patpbr
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delta490

Virginia

3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- a clear amber, with some visible carbonation. Thick white head with nice retention leaves nice lacing on the glass.

S- nice and hoppy. Citrus-y goodness abounds.

T- a little hop forward, but nicely balanced out by the malt bill. There is a nice blend of the flavors.

M-nice and light on the palette. A slight bite on the initial sip.

O- it's not really an ESB in the English beer sense but it is quite good and well worth trying as a seasonal.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2013 23:30:20 | More by delta490
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RonaldTheriot

Louisiana

3.51/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Southern Tier Harvest has a thin, off-white head, a clear, bubbly, copper appearance, and a bit of lacing left behind on the glass. The aroma is of citrus (pineapple?), white bread, and sweetness, and the taste is of grapefruit, hop bitterness, citrus rind, white bread crust, and some sweetness. Mouthfeel is light, watery, and a little slick, and Southern Tier Harvest finishes mostly dry, sweet, refreshing, and drinkable. Overall, this really does not fit the E.S.B. style, that I can see, but it is still tasty. It’s worth checking out.

RJT

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2013 12:37:54 | More by RonaldTheriot
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sniper061

New York

4.46/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Souther tier brewery has another wonderful beer on tap. Nice grapefruit hoppiness that seems to make for a wonderful fall beer. I actually thought it would be a little more bitter than what it was, maybe just because of the food I was eating with it. It is a great go to beer for the fall.

Serving type: on-tap

10-25-2013 16:12:56 | More by sniper061
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smakawhat

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2013 01:30:41 | More by smakawhat
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oldirtycaffrey

Virginia

3.74/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a copper color with a very carbonated off white head, leaving a slight amount of lacing along the glass. Smell is probably this beer's best feature -- just that typical great fall hoppy aroma with a nice grapefruit twist. I didn't think the taste was all that bitter for an ESB; this was actually very easy to drink. Very well balanced. In addition to the citrus-y taste, I also detected a sweet caramel undertone. Think this would be a great Thanksgiving Day session beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2013 20:39:46 | More by oldirtycaffrey
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tone77

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2013 20:49:19 | More by tone77
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mvanaskie13

Pennsylvania

4.14/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into sam adams custom glass, color is gold to copper, head is light tan, big bubbles and froth, about 1/2 inch thick.

Smell is subtle, but surprisingly very good malt profile and mild bitter note, Some caramely notes and stronger citrusy bitterness comes through later.

Taste is very nice strong bitter profile, a touch of caramel malt provides nice sweetness and some stronger, higher presence hops make this a unique brew. Hops are not overdone, but provide good balance to the touch of sweetness.

MOuthfeel is strongest on the tongue from the lingering bitterness, good carbonation and lasting flavors.

Overall, a very well done strong bitter style ale; the scent is subtle and flavors are pleasant and easy drinking; nice fall/winter style ale.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2013 22:52:29 | More by mvanaskie13
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KYGunner

Kentucky

3.96/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Crystal clean yet robust copper coloring gives way to a load of bubble through the center. The head was fizzy and had an overly carbonated look but it collared to a nice frothy thickness.

The scent is well balanced from malts to hop. Barley an grain mix well with not only a piney floral hop scent but I get some fruity grapefruit and tangerines.

The flavors, too, are well balanced. The hops seem to take over near the end but a blend of barley, grain, toast, florals, and fruits lead their way in. The end is piney and a tinge bitter and lends to feel.

Overall, I always seem to like what Southern Tier is doing and this is another example of a well made and well balanced ale.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2013 21:44:29 | More by KYGunner
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Mikecap

Louisiana

3.79/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a medium golden amber with two fingers of foamy white head that fades quickly, leaving splotchy lacing in its wake.

Smell: Pine, some oak, and some nice spiciness up front. This is followed by some sweet malt, caramel, and a touch of citrus.

Taste: Spicy up front with a load of pine and fresh hops, followed by some lemon and grapefuit, a bit of caramel.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and creamy, nice bitterness and carbonation. Goes down easily.

Overall: Yet another good beer from Southern Tier. Haven't had anything from these guys that I don't like!

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2013 01:11:46 | More by Mikecap
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scotorum

Massachusetts

3.61/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a Harpoon IPA glass.

a: Crystal clear amber with an inch tall white head which receded to even surface foam and spotty lacing.

s: Nothing much

t: Hops forward over light malt backbone. Enough hops to register easily but not enough to linger on the tongue very long. Actually more hoppy and less malty than any other ESB I have ever had. An American take no doubt.

m: Light. Darker color is the only hint that this is not a summer IPA.

o: Pretty good as a fall IPA, but too many other good ones out there to search this one out again.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2013 02:17:31 | More by scotorum
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CowsCanBark

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into standard pint glass from 12 oz. bottle.

Appearance: Pours a transparent, dark gold with a two finger tan-white head. The head is actually retaining quite well, leaving sticky, soppy residue on my glass. A very quality looking beer, for sure.

Smell: The first smell that whiffs into my nostrils is a strong scent of slightly spicy hops, followed by an almost equally strong malt backing. It is also very sweet smelling, almost like caramel, with a mild alcohol emittance. Overall, it's just very malty and hoppy.

Taste: Ah, the smell did not disappoint! Upon my first sip, I am greeted with a fairly strong and bitter hop kick, followed by that oh-so-recognizable malt that I was smelling. The hops are definitely very piney and just a little flowery, with notes of alcohol much stronger than it smelled. I may detect some citrus and cinnamon/nutmeg, but I'm not entirely certain. Regardless, it's delicious!

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel goes along very well with the taste. It is a medium-light bodied beer, with a moderate amount of carbonation. It is not overly thick or heavy, it's pretty great when compared to the taste profile.

Overall: This is just a great beer overall, a beer that would have no problem with both hops lovers and malt lovers. The almost perfect blend of flowery and spicy hops paired with the sweet, caramel-like malt is just awesome. Highly recommended for ANY fan of craft beer!

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2013 03:28:25 | More by CowsCanBark
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evanforbeer

California

4.16/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a nice clear copper with watery white head

aroma- I love this aroma- so much going on! I get some chocolate candies with flower pedal and citrus hops

taste- toasty and crisp. caramel malt with an almost chocolatey character, hops with crisp floral, pine and citrus, finishes with a nice swirl of sweet grain and murky tropical fruit, trails into subtle floral and citrus notes

feel- crisp yet hearty. booze is there but not powerful. This 6.7% brew is near perfect for a crisp fall day

Well I'd place this pretty high on my fall brew list. Some real nice malt complexity with a crisp hop profile. I like the beefed ESB style as an interpretation of a fall brew
cheers

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2013 23:22:44 | More by evanforbeer
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Beer4Baltimore

Maryland

4.21/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - clear light copper with a short but lacy head.
S - bready hops with a subtle grassy smell.
T - as malty as it hoppy, which is to say, it's balanced but not bold. The little touch of spice in the aftertaste is pleasant.
M - light to moderate bodied with carbonation on the low side.
D - easy drinking and I could have more than one.

original 10-4-2011
revisited 9-24-2013

This beer has improved since the last time I had it.
It is more hopped than I previously remembered.
Good stuff, I like ESB with a bit more kick and this has it now.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2013 16:59:15 | More by Beer4Baltimore
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BEERMILER12

Maine

4.01/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

DOB 09/05/13

A: Pours a nice orange/amber color with 2 fingers of head that lasts for a good while before receding to a decent sized cap that leaves some nice lacing

S: A vey good mix of malt and hops. Some fruity, citrusy, and lightly piney hops combine nicely with a bit of sweetness from the malts. Definitely on the hoppy side for an ESB

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with some nice citrus, floral, and pine notes from the hops and goes into a light sweet malt presence. Finishes lightly bitter

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: Americanized ESB anyone? On the high end for both hoppiness and alcohol in terms of the style, but it works very well in the context of the beer. It makes for a great fall seasonal brew, as it has the slightly higher abv and the maltiness to go with it. ST does a great job "imperializing" some regular styles, and this is no exception

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2013 03:53:27 | More by BEERMILER12
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Brezzy24

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- pours a hazy bright copper color with a frothy white head

S- bright citrusy hops combined with a bit of citrus harvest and a bit of grassy woodsy smell

T- great balance of citrus/floral hops and bready sweet malt, a bit of caramel and sweet fruitiness, finishes somewhat dry with a bit of cracker crispness

M- medium body, low carbonation, slightly creamy finish

O- this one had some great balance and was very drinkable, just solid overall

Serving type: bottle

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2013 23:38:44 | More by Brezzy24
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keithmurray

New York

3.76/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - clear golden amber color with white head

Smell - citrus , caramel, pine

Taste - carmel malts, citrus aftertaste from the hops

Mouthfeel - lighter end of medium bodied, faint carbonation, slightly sweet and slightly bitter, easy drinking beverage

Overall - this was a decent beer that I'm glad to have tried, even if it isn't true to the ESB style IMO

Price Point - $1.67/12 oz single

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2013 20:05:51 | More by keithmurray
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a0lbudman

Alabama

4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

APPEARANCE- COPPER WITH GOOD FOAM WITH A OFF WHITE COLOR
SMELL- SMELL OF PUMPKIN, LITTLE GRASSY, AND SOME PINE SMELL
TASTE-HOP TASTE WITH A DRY AFTERTASTE
MOUTHFEEL- HOP FEEL BUT NOT OVERPOWERING
OVERALL- LIKE THIS BEER. THE HOP AFTERTASTE TURN TO A DRY NO TASTE AFTER ABOUT A MINUTE

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2013 03:26:56 | More by a0lbudman
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mikeg67

New Jersey

3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle. Pours clear amber with foamy, white head. Aroma is of caramel malt, citrusy and herbal hops, some fruit and spices. Body is medium and tangy. Fresh herbal hops dominate the palate with bready and caramel malts provide some balance. Finish is long and bitter. Very nice brew.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2013 14:44:08 | More by mikeg67
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DrStiffington

New Jersey

4.06/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Psyched to see this one is out. One of my favorite fall seasonals. Looks the color of autumn. Don't get a huge smell but it could be my dry nostrils. Anyway, I love the taste of this ESB. It's definitely hop forward for an ESB, and that makes it stand out. It's not an IPA, but the hops and light malt flavor really work here. Getting an earthy flavor along with slight citrus hops. I'm loving Southern Tier's six packs lately.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2013 00:44:19 | More by DrStiffington
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Givemebeer

Vermont

4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a snifter while watching some Zoolander.

A: Attractive clear copper color with good lacing. She is a beauty.

S: Mostly piney hops but there is definitely malts thrown back there too.

T: Hop forward but well-balanced by bready earthy malts. Hops bring a piney taste with some citrus - nice. The perfect balance is what makes this beer fantastic.

M: Dry finish with the slightest bitterness lasting. Medium bodied.

O: A spectacular fall seasonal especially when you're tired of oktoberfests and pumpkin beers. This is a necessity every year.

This is true to the ESB style, just a more hop forward representation - as is customary for American beers.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2013 15:43:17 | More by Givemebeer
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utopiajane

New York

3.96/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a true amber. Brilliant clarity with a jillion bubbles dancing int he pour until they finally settle down. Scant head that fell fast to some loose bubbles and a film on top.

Nose is perfect. Citrus spice and hop herbal. There's a little floral, some yeast and a nice spice. Malt is grainy and deep. Touch of caramel and a doughy sweetness.

Taste is fat with flavor. Malt is full and rich but not heavy. Citrus lightens the body and the spice is courteous and gives the palate some interest. The sweetness is light but promising. There's nice hop bitter and a deep earthy dryness that compliment each other perfectly. The sweetness is held back and it seems to want to flourish but the hops and the bread won't let it. Bubbles tickle the back of the throat lightly in the crisp dry finish. The spice tingles int he aftertaste as the citrus stays light and really lets the malt shine. Earthy, round, full malt without heaviness.

Ample, amenable, friendly, tasty, and fat. This is a great ESB that you could sip all day and never tire of the immense flavor. Southern Tier has done a good thing here. You could have a few of these.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2013 16:15:07 | More by utopiajane
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Omnium

Pennsylvania

4.04/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle > Pint Glass

A - Pours a nice amber gold color, big two finger fluffy white head, nice lacing around the glass.
S - Outstandingly fresh aroma, big pine hop aroma a mild dankness as well, some nice earthy undertones, fresh baked bread, a touch of spice, faint pepper.
T - Very clean and crisp refreshing flavor, nice smooth malt up front then some mild bitterness in the middle, very earthy hop tone and blends together on the finish. Love the fresh bright hop flavor here, you get the pine and grassy flavor with some grapefruit in the back.
M - Refreshing through and through, fades a little faster than you want, but you could definitely down a few.
O - A fall seasonal favorite, excellent brew, though its shelf life is extremely short, found that out last year, so if you dont plan on drinking what you have of it fast, stick to a smaller quantity.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2013 23:21:58 | More by Omnium
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CloudStrife

New York

3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. DOB 7/16/13.

A: Pours a clear copper amber with an average white head. Not a lot of visible carbonation. Leaves some lacing on the sides of the glass.

S: Hoppiness is the first thing I notice as it has a nice piney aroma. Earthy quality as well. Malts come through to add a touch of carmel sweetness.

T: Starts off with a nice hop bitterness, then transitions into a medium malt body that is again overtaken by the bitter. Lingers in the aftertaste with hops and sweet malts. The hop is fairly high for the style but just barely overpowers the malts.

M: Somewhat low carbonation, resinous mouthfeel that is a bit sticky upon finish. Warming quality to it.

Overall quite an extreme ESB that lingers in IPA territory. I'm a hophead so thats no issue for me.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2013 00:14:51 | More by CloudStrife
Harvest Ale from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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