Harvest Ale - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,548
Reviews: 578
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 12.24%
Wants: 52
Gots: 171 | 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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Ratings: 1,548 | Reviews: 578
Photo of Slatetank
4.23/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

Photo of dexterk1
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle to pint glass(two brothers) with dark orange color(not really amber). Head is small and goes fast.
Aroma is malty and very floral.
Taste is complex with malty sweetness upfront and floral hops near the end and after taste of pine. Some fruitiness and biscuit as well. Mouth feel is light and carbonated. It does not linger long. As I said, just some pine after taste.
Overall, a good seasonal beer that really comes across as different than most you might get in the fall.

Photo of NumberNone
3.67/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a nice amber color with a thin white head that quickly dissipates. Mild carbonation and mild lacing present. Not as lively as you might expect for a recently released, fresh beer

S: Malt, hops, citrus, hints of nutmeg and pumpkin, and a slight floral smell.

T: Revealing a bit more than the smell, with malt, hops, nutmeg, grapefruit, other citrus, floral and even pumpkin notes coming through with a hint of cinnamon.

M: Earthy yet smooth, slightly dry, and slightly bitter. Presents a decent balance of flavors. Slightly thin on the back end.

O: A good mix of decently balanced flavors that come together for a good autumn taste. I found hints of a pumpkin ale, slighter hints of an IPA, and even a brown ale. Interesting profile, even if it might be a bit all over the place. For me, it's not quite there but it's close.

Photo of JustinAniello
4.02/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours light orange with a one finger head. Dissipates t a light cap and a minimal but sticky lacing.

S - Sweet malt and piney hops, the pine almost melds into a woody smell. Certainly reminds me of fall.

T - Tastes almost exactly like it smells, sweet caramel from the malt at first, with a woody pine following. Bitterness throughout, persists into the aftertaste.

M - Medium body and light on carbonation, crisp.

O - I really like this as a fall beer, especially as a more simple alternative to a pumpkin ale or similar spiced beer. Crisp and refreshing, nice flavor and smell. Has a little too much of a leaning towards an IPA though. Another good beer from Southern Tier.

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 farrago
3.12/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very loose foam, rises quickly to around a finger and falls back just the same, very little retention, off-white color, close to no lacing as well. The liquid is crystal clear and sparkles like freshly cleaned glass, for as fast as the head rises, close to zero visible bubbles inside the glass, light amber orange in hue. The nose features orange peel, ginger root, scones and baked bread, hoppy in an herbaceous way, not much sweetness here, black tea leaves, more metallic than earthy. Light to medium-bodied, the carbonation is average at best, while clean there’s little life and spring to its step. Malty with cocoa, coffee bean, toffee accents, the orange to lemon citrus noticeable, more pine here as well as peach, apricot, cherry fruit. About half and half grains versus full-on bread, lacks honey or bread glaze. Finishes with an increase in florality and blanched nuttiness, that metallic edge about as close to bitter as it gets. Flat mouth presence contributes to its inability to interest you. Still, no real annoying flaws just the absence of any superlative element.

Photo of MeowTom
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours an amber color with a nice head. Beautiful looking beer. The head turns into a nice lacy coating.

S- Smells a wonderful mix of hops and citrus. A little weak in many ways, but very nice still.

T- A very nice light bitterness.

M- Medium body and with a carbonation that compliments the body well.

O- Wonderful beer that is the last ESB/IPA summer season. Perfect beer to sit on the back porch watching the leaves turn colors and enjoy some last rays of light before winter gets in full swing.

Photo of rangerred
4.09/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a clear medium orange with a smallish head. Decent lacing.

The aroma is full of citrus with some floral notes. A little bit of caramel, toffee, and toast on the aroma as well.

The flavor is really amazing. Lots of pine and citrus up front from the hops but it is nicely balanced by caramel and a little bit of roast. These flavors are on the lighter side and are all well balanced. I also pick up just a hint of smoke.

This beer really does remind me of fall. The subtle smokiness along with the aroma given off by the hops is kind of like autumn in a glass. A really wonderful seasonal beer and one I would really like to have again.

Photo of tlazaroff
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Subtle aromas of toffee, caramel, light chocolate, and a bit of a nice pie-like herb mixture. Very inviting, perfect for fall.

Just like the label this beer is orange with a thin light tan head. Absolutely clear with no visible carbonation, but leaves a nice lace on the glass.

Harvest is a bit more bitter than expected, which I like. Toffee coats the palate with brown sugar and a kind of pine-like mixed with herbs aftertaste. Medium carbonation and body bring this one home and make it smooth and very drinkable. I kinda wish I bought more than one bottle.

Photo of DrinkMoreBigBeers
3.45/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out and got a half finger head that died down rather fast. There seems to be nice amount of carbonation streaming off of the bottom of this clear beer. It is a nice looking golden amber color. Looks light and refreshing.

S - Nice amount of hops up front and in your face on this one. I get a grassy earthy type character on this one with along with a nice pine scent. Nice and pleasant smelling.

T - This is a nice hoped up beer that is easy drinking just like the smell. I get the same grassy earth flavor along with that pine flavor on the taste as the nose. It follows suit well.

M - This is a light bodied dry drinking beer. Reel nice and easy to drink. Definitely easy to put away.

O - This is a nice hoppy beer that is pleasant but it does not go out the way to impress me. It is definitely worth a try but will not be one I seek out again.

Photo of Dreamer
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Small head quickly dissipates with minimal lacing. Golden amber color. Beer has a nice earthy taste to it with some hopiness reminiscent of a pale ale. Definitely a different option from many of the other fall beers available. In my opinion a good fall option for fans of ESBs and pale ales.

Photo of tophers
3.23/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I've enjoyed Southern Tier's IPA so thought I would give their Harvest Ale a whirl...

Pours a pale golden with a short-lived white head. Brilliantly clear.

Aroma is of earthy hops and Munich malt with a tea aroma in the background.

Strong piney and earthy hops flavor. Strong bitterness too. The hop bitterness overwhelms most of the malt flavor.

I enjoyed the hop flavor in this beer - I thought the pine and woody and earthy characteristics blended very well together. Bit too bitter for me though and wish their was more malt backbone.

Photo of BlackBearForge
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sothern Tier Harvest is a pale golden amber in the glass, very clear with a foamy white head that leaves respectable lacing.

The aroma has bready malts and very fresh spicy/citusy hops.

The flavor is definitely more hop centric than malt with a decidedly bitter and ever so slightly sour finish from the earthy spicy hops with a resinous-citrus background. The pale malts are fresh and bready and stay in the backseat but do impart a good amount of flavor, especially as it warms.

The mouthfeel is on the light/medium side and nicely carbonated.

A very drinkable and refreshing bitter!

Photo of thecheapies
3.86/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light coppery gold color. Kind of citrine. Incredible fluffy head and lacing. Looks outstanding. 5.0

Tangy English hops with some aromatic spruce notes. European malts aren't too musty, nor that toasted. Hoppy aggressive. Plus plus. 4.0

Tangy orange/pine crossup with some evident toast to the grains. A little too spanky in the finish. Lots of leafy green hop flavor, which is nice. Actually, the malts don't hold up so well. Almost English IPA-like in profile. 3.5

Pretty slick and easy in the body. The carb is subdued, which I like in an English ale. Can't fault the mouthfeel here. Bona fide. 4.0

A good bitter, and a reminder that it's a great style to drink in the fall. 4.0

Photo of socon67
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Orange pour with a fizzy white foam. Minimal retention and slight lacing. Clear with visible carbonation.

S - Scents of grains, earthy spices, and a minor hop profile. Has a smell of oak and cashews.

T - First sip was a little tart of citrus. Flavors ranged from fresh malt to a slightly bitter finsih. Quite a robust ESB.

M - Felt a bit heavy, and after one of these I was ready to move on. Minimal carbonation, and a lingering malt flavor.

O - Decent, and an interesting fall seasonal. But I would take Pumking over this anytime. This is a decent pub beer on a cool autumn night.

Photo of jsprain1
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Medium-Dark amber. Head is thin white foam. Lasts well and leaves some lacing.
S- Some bready, biscuit, and light sugar cookie malt aroma with some pleasant orange peel hops.
T- Big juicy orange flavor. There's a good malt base that balances sweetness and depth of flavor. That said the hops take over and are the big flavors. Finishes with a big ol kick of citrus.
M- Sweet at first but dries out near the finish. Medium-full body for style.
O- A tasty and well rounded beer. Definitely one to keep on my seasonal radar.

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

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Hazy pumpkin orange with a huge pillow of sticky white head. Head retention is awesome. Not much visible carbonation.

S: Sweet lemon-bread and alcohol esters, burnt oranges. Definitely not a typical ESB smell.

T: Follows nose with a malty lemon and orange taste. The malts are definitely sweet, but are kept in check by the bittering of the hops.

M: Long and lingering malty-lemon aftertaste, medium-low carbonation. Bitterness is also medium.

O: This is a fantastic autumn ale to break up my pumpkin and oktoberfest binge. Definitely on the verge of being an IPA, but who cares about the style if it's a good beer?

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

Harvest Ale pours nicely golden brown with a thin head, though that may be my fault since I was distracted while pouring it. It is clear and has a bright white ring of head.

On the nose I get some resinous hop character with some slight roasted notes.

The taste is the exact opposite. I mostly taste toasty malt characteristics, and on the end some slight resinous hops. I must say though that these two are very balanced, not neither are too overpowering, they just come at different times. There is also a tiny bit of sweetness on the finish, which really compliments and tames the hops.

Mouthfeel is smooth and crisp.

Overall this is a well balanced beer that can surprise you when you notice a different taste hiding amongst the others.

Photo of TheBrewo
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This brew was served from the tap at The Old Toad in Rochester, NY. It arrived in a house becker glass, glowing a solid, toasty orange color. It held a one finger head of active white bubbles that showed okay retention to leave a film for the remainder of the tasting. Lacing was minimal. No haze or sediment was noted, and carbonation appeared light. The nose spoke of big grassy and grapefruit hops, apricot, orange flesh sweetness, dried autumn leaves, pale toasted malts, fried turkey skin, and chalky barley. Our first impression was that the beer is very heavy, but nicely crisp. The flavoring opened up with light banana esters, cinnamon, brown sugar sweetness, and salty sunflower seeds. The malts really didn’t come in until the peak, where pales and caramels were show to mix with light pumpkin spice and big grassy, fruity, and citric hops. This balance here was nice. We finished with the hops dominating, adding sweetness over an even lemon peel and raw grain sourness and bitterness. There were final passion fruit sugars to cut. The aftertastes breathed of clove, toasty metallic grain, mild booze, multigrain bread, oily and bittering raw walnut, and those same big citric hops. The body was full and heavy, and the carbonation was very high. The mouth was initially prickled and puckered before an eventual toasty dryness set in all around the mouth. Slurp and smack were nice, but there was below-average cream or froth. The abv was fine, and the beer was relatively easy drinking.

Overall, what we liked best about this brew was the fresh aroma. The hops were beautiful and the malts crisp and unique. This showed great complexity, preparing us for a lighter beer than what was delivered. It was pretty heavy, and appropriate for an autumn evening, but certainly not after a hearty meal, as you might be too full to move.

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

Poured from a bottle into a New Belgium snifter. Pours clear with a light, golden-amber color and one finger of head. The hops are definitely present on the nose and come through as a light, lemon-orange note. Nice nose for a style that usually doesn't come through for me in this area.

The body is fairly light with a medium-firm mouthfeel and the taste is pretty balanced, crisp, and refreshing. There is a nice herbal and biscuity flavor on the front of the palate. This develops at mid-palate as hops come in and takes on notes reminiscent of tea and honey. Unfortunately, at the back of the palate the flavor dies on me a bit and finishes a little thin. The finish is still slightly dry, though this beer is by no means bitter.

I don't expect a powerhouse of flavor with this style. All I look for is balance and this beer definitely has that. It is a good example of the style, though I probably wouldn't buy it again simply because ESBs are not a style I enjoy regularly.

Photo of Nicked
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The kind of beer you'd want after a breezy mid-Fall Sunday spent raking leaves with your family and/or good friends. Throw in a firepit or bonfire that evening and I could session this brew all day and all night.

A - Very much what I'd expect from a beer called "Harvest Seasonal Ale". Beautiful copper/amber hue. Little head retention, but then again I drank mine from a stein.

S - Here's where stuff gets interesting. Boom! Hits you with a snootful of citrus hops.

T - The nose carries over to the taste. However, the citrus hops are supported and balanced by a solid malt backbone. Notes of citrus and caramel malt dominates. Each sip is cleansed by the citrusy hop character leaving me ready for another sip.

M - Another reviewer said the mouthfeel was slick - he or she was spot on!

O - Great brew! Going to session this during Week 1 of the 2012 NFL season! In fact, I'm ready for another...

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

12 Oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A- Pours rather clear golden orange with a two finger off white head.

S- very hoppy aroma. There is a lot of pine, citrus. This smells like and all citra pale ale. Grapefruit and lemon. Slight pilsner malt smell.

T- A very hoppy beer. This beer has a slight bitterness. A juicy and fresh hop profile. There is a ton of citrus. Orange, lemon, papaya. There is a touch of pine and some slight onion notes. Malt profile is fairly simple. slight breaddyness and some pilsner notes but nothing complex.

M- Drinks fairly easy. A light feel. A refreshing hop flavor keeps it interesting. A clean palate.

O- This is an awesome beer. This is actually pretty close to 3F zombie dust in both taste and quality. I highly recommend this one, make sure to get it fresh.

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.55/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Kind of amber/tan with a two finger head that dissipated into a sheen and left ok lacing.

A bit odd really, quite herbal and floral with citrusy hops notes, bready caramel malt, earthiness, nuts.

Some fruit flavors drift in, but there's still plenty of floral hops, citrus, and caramel.

Body is moderately carbonated, medium and slightly slick. An earthy hops/caramel malt flavor finishes it up.

It's a bit odd, really, but likeable.

Photo of BlackBelt5112203
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass at fridge-cellar temperature.

L – Pale amber color with a 2-finger frothy white head. Nice retention and really nice lacing. Clear with a moderate amount of carbonation bubbles.

S – Nutty, bready, and caramel malts with an equal helping of grapefruit, earthy, and floral hops. Apple esters creep in as the beer warms.

T – Starts off sweet with caramel malt and apple esters. As the taste progresses, malt profile develops and gains nutty and bready flavors, which blend nicely with the earthy, grapefruit, and floral hop bitterness that begins to creep in at the finish.

F – Medium-bodied with decent carbonation, a sticky and creamy mouthfeel, and a bitter and dry finish. Grapefruit hop bitterness lingers nicely.

O – This is a really tasty beer. It has a nice malt and hop profile that is suited for a fall day – earthy and floral aromas and flavors rather than tons of tropical fruits. I think the apple esters also add a nice touch to the flavor. Another drinkable and tasty brew from Southern Tier.

Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Single bottle from a sixer from Consumer Beverages in Orchard Park, NY.

Poured into a nonic. Light caramel golden, clear, with a sturdy head of foam. Nice lacing, good retention. Solid looking brew.

Nose is grain and resin, a touch of citrus hops, apple peel and some other spices.

Tasty ale - wouldn't have guessed ESB, but there you go. Nice cereal-resin entry, a bit of fruit (again the apple), good woodsiness to it. Granted, I was drinking this while camping, which alters one's perceptions of things.

Lighter body, slightly creamy.

Flavorful pale ale at a pretty reasonable price. Will get again!

Harvest Ale from Southern Tier Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 1,548 ratings.