Harvest Ale - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Reviews: 566
Hads: 1,553
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 10.18%
Wants: 52
Gots: 174 | 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

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Beer added by: John on 10-19-2003

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Reviews: 566 | Hads: 1,553
Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.43/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a wine glass.

Appearance: Pours a copper color with some chill haze. The head is around a finger high, with an eggshell shade. It has a very foamy texture that leaves behind a nice ring of lacing on the glass, though the retention isn't impressive. (3.25)

Smell: Hoppier than the average ESB, and thank cripes for that. Gentle notes of grapefruit, pine, and flowers helps balance out the caramel-and-toffee laden malts decent. But even better (or worse, because I don't like ESBs - must...be...objective...), it still retains its ESB-ness. This smells like a mediocre IPA - and that means it smells like a solid ESB. (3.25)

Taste: The flavor profile is even hoppier than the aroma suggested. It starts off biting the palate with grapefruit and apricot - and immediately, I have a nitpick. The hoppiness is too acidic and biting, coming off slightly dishsoapy. On the otherhand, it finishes with a subtle upsurge of caramel malt, and even an estery touch. I'm even picking up some tobacco flavor on occasion. The whole time I'm sipping it, I'm glad its imbalanced favoring the hops, rather than the other way around (a problem that plagues a quite a few ESBs). Cut out the slight detergent flavor, and I'd score it even higher. (3.5)

Mouthfeel: Very crisp for the style, and - despite the prevalent malt backbone - dry too. It's bigger than many in the style, and yet more drinkable as well. Though it should be said, carbonation is above average. I don't really care, however. (3.5)

Overall: There are quite a few IPAs on the market that come off like weak amber/ESB ales - this one is the opposite. ST could have called this a fall IPA and I wouldn't be too hard on it. I'd gladly drink it again, and I don't even like ESBs. (3.5)

3.44/5: Why aren't more ESBs this hoppy? (1,799 characters)

Photo of bubseymour
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%

Nice dark copper clear body with small head. Very sweet and hoppy scents. Not of the citrus variety though. Taste is very flavorful and give quite a pow. Nice sweet malt balance to the hop flavorings. Hops lean towards pine. Slight bitter finish but really fairly subtle and ok by my preference. Very high ABV for an ESP variety beer but this works just fine. Definitely would revisit if presented opportunity. (417 characters)

Photo of tillmac62
4.32/5  rDev +9.9%

Clear medium amber pour coupled with a dash of dark ruby and with a good head. Retention is normal, lacing is above normal. Very nice nose of blended hops (citric, tropical and a touch of dank pine) over a light biscuit. Light medium body with a smooth texture. Slightly above normal carbonation with a nice effervescent finish. Very nice balanced flavor profile that is complex. It begins with a rush of hop flavor - the citric and tropicals lead then flow into a dank note that is much more prevalent than suggested in the nose. The middle is a mild bitterness over biscuit, with a touch of caramel, light sweetness. The finish somewhat dry, but leaves you with the classic English ESB flavors and bitterness over a fading light biscuit. The 6.7% alcohol is completely hidden in this outstanding ESB. (810 characters)

Photo of Cylinsier
3.89/5  rDev -1%

12 oz.

Pours a deep clear golden, eggshell film for a head retains very well.

Smells of rich caramel malts and a floral hoppiness.

Flavor is of biscuit malt and some lightly floral hoppiness.

Medium body with tingly carbonation tingly carbonation on the roof of the mouth.

This is a disappointment by Southern Tier standards. It's just not as good as a lot of their other stuff. That said, it's still Southern Tier, so it's still very good and definitely worth trying. It's just not on par with their admittedly high standards. (547 characters)

Photo of justintcoons
3.6/5  rDev -8.4%

12 oz bottle poured into a shaker pint.

Appearance
Golden with 1 finger of white head that dissipates slowly. Excellent clarity with lively carbonation.

Nose
Grapefruit, pineapple, pine, and caramel.

Taste
Firm biscuit and caramel malts along with some toasted bread. Grapefruit, pine needle, and hints of pineapple. Dry resin sticks the finish along with some bright florals.

Mouthfeel
Medium bodied, smooth, semi-dry, and juicy with a medium bitterness.

Overall
Bitter and juicy yet well malted. A strange but good "ESB." (528 characters)

Photo of orcrist_cleaver
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%

A: Dark gold/rusted orange. Fairly dull looking. Nice 1 inch off-white creamlike head. Strong lacing accents. (3.75/5)

S: Sweet fruity flavors are dominant. Hoppy and bright orange, very resinous. Grassy, light caramel sweetness (4.5/5).

M: Light to medium bodied; low carbonation. Robust but smooth (4/5)

T: Pale malts, biscuity flavor second to citrus flavors of grapefruit and orange. Grassy and hop forward with moderate pine bitterness (4/5). (451 characters)

Photo of Karibourgeois
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Clear orange copper pour with a small and airy white head. Really nice citrusy aroma. Very light flavor that has piney hops balanced out by a nice grainy caramel malt. (167 characters)

Photo of gillagorilla
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

12 oz. bottle poured into a Flying Dog goblet (DOB: 7/10/14)

A: Slightly hazy bronze body with a one finger white head that stays for just a bit. No lacing.

S: Very easy drinking with a quick hop punch that is just there for a second or two. Otherwise, it is just a smooth ESB.

T: I've been thinking of only pumpkin beers for the fall, so I was surprised to not get any pumpkin or spices at all. This is more like the falling leaves,

M: Nice smooth carbonation, that seems like it might be rough but stays velvety throughout.

O: This is definitely on the higher end of ABV for an ESB, which helps the flavors out a lot. Good, but I went in with wrong expectations (pumpkin beer). That is why they need to label a style outside of Harvest, Special Ale and Seasonal. (779 characters)

Photo of DuaneL
4.75/5  rDev +20.9%

A marvelous concoction. If you like this, then give Fegley's Always Sunny American Pale Ale a try - which I believe is truly closer to this ESB style. (151 characters)

Photo of Pahn
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Mini review from phone;

4.5 Appearance: great lacing

2.5 Smell: no aroma whatsoever

3.75 Taste: pleasant herbal hoppiness. Love the dry finish

4.75 Mouthfeel: beautiful. very dry, good carbonation with just a bit of candybar chewiness. Love

3.75 really good beer lovers beer. Nothing showy but the mouthfeel, but i would have another (343 characters)

Photo of TeamMathis
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Appearance: Copper. Nice frothy white head (sudsy) turns into decent lace.
Smell: Fruity citrus, bit of grapefruit, and mainly pine.
Taste: Pepper, (salty?), light citrus, bitter pines.

I think this is a great. It has a nice, subtle sweetness to the smell which is then complemented by a good, bitter piney taste. A very nice seasonal offering indeed. I would get this again. (377 characters)

Photo of puboflyons
3.71/5  rDev -5.6%
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. (454 characters)

Photo of mdagnew
3.4/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle bought online from CraftBeerCo

Poured an orange copper colour with a little haze. Light creamy head poured thick and meringue like then faded slowly to nice firm layer... very sparse carbonation drifts very slowly to surface... very little lacing...

Aroma - Strong biscuity malts, lightly toasted bread, light honey sweetness, some caramel, good juicy fruitiness (apples, apricots and some pears), lots of grassy notes, peppery hops, strong nuttiness, sea salt traces, some leathery traces...

Taste - Spicy / grassy hops to the fore, light toffee sweetness, juicy fruits (oranges, apples, light figs), biscuity maltiness, definite toasty bread, can't really make out any oats, faint metallic notes, light floral / perfume traces, salty...

Feel - Quite sharp and dry... medium bodied... pretty quaffable

Overall - A decent excellent example of an ESB although my bottle wasn't too fresh... would like to try a fresher bottle as this would be a good sessionable ale (981 characters)

Photo of reebtaerG
3.99/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at severna park taphouse from notes

A-Pours a medium caramely amber. Medium frothy creamy off-white head, fairly lasting.

S-Aroma is pleasantly hoppy, nice sweetness; citrus/orange grapefruit, toasty.

T-Tasty and flavorful. Citrus. Piney grapefruity finish.

M-Mouthfeel has a medium body. Balanced sweetness and bitterness. A little oily. A little creamy. Soft. Moderate dry finish.

O-Overall a well-made beer again by Southern Tier (449 characters)

Photo of barczar
3.79/5  rDev -3.6%
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. (538 characters)

Photo of kaufmaal
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Light copper colored, very fine carbonation, minimal bubbles on top. There's a heavy citrus and pine smell, sharp but pleasing. A dry tasting beer, bitter but with just enough malty sweetness not to make you pucker. Not overly complex in terms of its flavors. There's a grassy/vegetable flavor, and some caramel notes, too. For an ESB, it is light in its body. Very drinkable, especially late in the year. (405 characters)

Photo of Theheroguy
3.86/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pungent citrus hoppy resinous tones permeate throughout this beer. It is tremendously hop forward. The smell reminds me of opening a hop bag before I pour the contents into boiling wort. This is very crisp but not too dry. The hops linger on the tongue for a good while. Substantially bitter and very refreshing. (312 characters)

Photo of Dodo2step
3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

P- Als of Hampden

A- copper color with poor head and average lacing. head dissipates rapidly. clear and highlighted.

S- piney caramel hops/malts mixture is nice on the nose.

F- Pine hops an sweet caramel malts. The pine over rides the caramel but it has a nice undertone of floral flavors as well.

M- hops and light bodied. simple

O- not a bad ESB...I have had a few and this is just above average. good beer. (415 characters)

Photo of Hopscat
3.92/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Medium amber , clear with small off head that settles to ring with patches of foam.
Nose is cracker malts and pine floral hops.
Taste follows with caramel and crackers followed in the middle with hops bite and lingering hops bitterness in a nice way.
mouthfeel is about right
Good seasonal warmer (300 characters)

Photo of hopsolutely
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A decent ESB, although without the hop focus for which I'd hoped given Southern Tier's proclivity (which I greatly appreciate). Not a completely standard ESB, but definitely focused on caramelized malts.

Pours a near-iridescent coppered amber with limited white head that disappears fairly quickly. Aroma is primarily of caramelized malts. The flavour starts with the sweet caramelization but transitions into a pleasant bitterness in the body and finish. Although I can't pick out specific varietals, pleased this is an ESB that has met more than just bittering hops. (570 characters)

Photo of BWED
3.87/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle found at an ultimate tournament, poured into a tumbler

A- Bronze body, well-filtered. White head retains at a low level, but leaves some pretty good lacing.

S- Earthy hop character, with a subtle sweet bread malt aroma. This is a very pleasant aroma, especially for this time of year. It really smells like a fruitful harvest.

T- Grain and sweetness. Earth, hop is mild, but not bitter.

M- Pretty light body. Slight bitter in the middle, but the finish is mild.

O- Very solid beer. Great, fitting aroma. (522 characters)

Photo of chillwinston
2.65/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A: Dark golden color, no head retention.

S: Floral, bright hops but with a strong alcohol smell and not much else.

T: Very dry with resinous floral hops. Again, strong taste of alcohol and very one dimensional.

M: Light bodied. Oily. Low carbonation.

O: I guess I had something else in mind when I saw "Harvest Ale" written on the six pack. Reminded me of a run-of-the-mill IPA. Similar to Harpoon IPA. However, the strong alcohol bite turned me off. I like Southern Tier's other offering but I can not recommend this. (522 characters)

Photo of ryan1788a5
3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
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. (872 characters)

Photo of patpbr
3.87/5  rDev -1.5%
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. (261 characters)

Photo of delta490
3.94/5  rDev +0.3%
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. (450 characters)

Harvest Ale from Southern Tier Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 566 ratings.