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Harvest Ale - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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87
very good

1,192 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,192
Reviews: 544
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 12.14%
Wants: 33
Gots: 31 | 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

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: John on 10-19-2003)
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hackomal

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- thin Head very pale color. One of the lightest fall beers I have ever had

S - citrusy hops with a slight malt aroma

T- Very different than what I was expecting. The smell had me beleiving that this was going to be bordering a pale ale. citusy hops are dominant, but there is a very noticeable bready creamy taste. good beer with a different flavor than expected almost a cross between an APA/ESB

M - Very creamy with a lingering hop

D - Verydrinkable and a nice change compared to most other fall seasonals

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2009 21:57:00 | More by hackomal
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dogfishandi

New York

4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle, chilled, poured into ST pint glass. pours a clear golden color, beautiful looking creamy head, with a nice amount of frothy lacing, looks like it was just poured from the tap. great head retention. weak color, nice head.

fruity hops in the forefront, pineapple, citrus, tropical fruits, slight bready, malty undertones. hops definately rule the aroma.

lots of hops in the taste too, more like an ipa than an esb. the tropical fruity hops definately coming on the taste as well. pineapple, orange, citrus, its all there. a little malt coming in to balance things out. has a nice, not over the top bitterness in the finish.

light body, good carb. resiny, sticky mouthfeel from all the hops, creamy almost as well, very nice.

really enjoyed this beer for what it is, which isnt much of an esb, more like a light ipa. very sessionable and easy drinking, nice for watching the bills kick some ass this year.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2009 22:09:56 | More by dogfishandi
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jabel9

New York

4.93/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Harvest. This is my favorite time of year. The northeast weather is starting to cool, leaves gaining the fall colors, football season about to begin and Southern Tier releases the Harvest Ale. This is an exceptional brew. A light golden color that surprisingly sits a bit heavy in mouthfeel. The floral hops create an amazing smell which complements this brews extraordinary taste. You can't just enjoy one, as each after the first just exponentially get better. This brew awakens taste buds that have laid dorment since last fall's Harvest. The only thing better than enjoying a Harvest is enjoying it off a tap with friends. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2009 23:10:44 | More by jabel9
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caddybuyer

New Jersey

3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from a 12 oz bottle

A-Bright golden clarity with a decent white head and sticky lacing. Hardly looks like a fall harvest offering to me.

S-Strong grapefruit citrus hops predominate

T-Interesting, based on the nose, I was expecting more of an IPA like brew, but this is quite different. It begins with a hop malt mix that features semi sweet bready malts and citrus hops washing across the palate with a waft of alcohol. Bitter astringent finish which is very nice. This is a surprisingly big tasting beer for the ABV. Damn nice effort.

M-This has the mouthfeel of a much bigger beer, slighly oily, well balanced carbonation, and medium mouthfeel, this is very well done.

D-This is a quite drinkable effort from Southern Tier, and probably the best beer that I have had from them. There is not much that says autumn here for me, but a solid beer to enjoy any time.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2009 23:08:16 | More by caddybuyer
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WakeandBake

Michigan

4.22/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A bright golden orange pour with a lasting foamy white head , lost of lacing left , medium carbonation . Aroma of citrus zest and light floral notes, with a hint of pine . Flavor of light toasted caramel malt , orange and citrus , with some piny resin , nice level of bitterness . Medium body with a clean mouthfeel . Nice hoppy finish . Very good and sessionable . A very good brew from Southern Tier .

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2009 21:08:54 | More by WakeandBake
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FrothyBeverage

Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had a rich golden apperance, some what standard. Had a very unique smell to my nose. Reminds me of mango sherbert. It had a very complex taste with a multitude of flavors. Sweet, bitter, fruity were the main tastes. Nice bubbly mouthfeel. This was a solid beer, would drink again.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2009 19:47:42 | More by FrothyBeverage
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naterock

Missouri

4.22/5  rDev +9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Large Mug with one finger of head and a straw-like yellowish gold color. looks like a budweiser.

Smell will confuce the hell out of you. Lemon peel, Orange, grapefruit, a small amount of caramel malt and a piney hint. the hop florals are really the showcase of this beer.

Taste is completely different than the smell. The best way to describe it is woody and leafy with a citrus aftertaste. really reminds me of a autumn afternoon.

Mouth is crisp and perfectly carbonated with a slight oily finish. Drinksincredibly easy. One word to describe this beer is: suprising.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2009 19:44:45 | More by naterock
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DavoleBomb

Ohio

4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.

4.5 A: Clear golden yellow color. Two inches of half frothy, half creamy head. Good retention and lots of lacing.

4.0 S: Fresh and clean smelling. Pine and lemon hops in the nose, very nice. Pretty much neutral malt character.

4.0 T: Floral and herbal hops are the biggest flavor. Malts are mainly neutral with a bit of biscuity character.

3.0 M: Light body, too light for my liking. If it were heavier, it would be a damn good brew. Good carbonation, good otherwise.

4.5 D: Very drinkable. Easy to put down. I probably should have given a bigger penalty for the lack of body, but this is so damn drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2009 00:34:28 | More by DavoleBomb
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2009 19:44:29 | More by Stinkypuss
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jgasparine

Maryland

4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An Extra Special Bitter INDEED!

A- Poured a bright (clear) yellow with a thin, white, well-retained head. Active carbonation was not apparent when the glass was viewed from the sides or the top.

S- The nose is packed with moderate aromas of honey, orange marmalade, earth and straw... there are some retrained tropical fruit aromas playing around in the nose as well.

T- Most prominent are earthy citrus hops, which are nicely balanced by big flavors of pale malt. These flavors are surprisingly big for a beer with 5.2% ABV. Tastes a bit bready as well.

M- Nice medium body... oily... with the softest carbonation (cabonation almost isn't there). Works nicely with this beer.

D- Oh, so drinkable! I am astounded by the big aromas and flavors packed into such a low-alcohol beer!

Serving type: on-tap

08-19-2009 14:22:59 | More by jgasparine
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TurdFurgison

Ohio

4.58/5  rDev +18.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2009 21:34:25 | More by TurdFurgison
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qchic

Maryland

4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Oh, it's an ESB. Regardless, it poured a golden straw color lighter than I expected. With the modest white head it looks like a pils. Plenty of citrus/pine hops and stone fruits in the aroma. Same goes for the flavor, with earthy hops dominating. Malts give it balance and there is a touch of banana. With a medium body and oily mouthfeel, this is a great way to ease into fall as this one reminded me of my favorite summer APA's. I'm always glad to see this one on the shelves. Get it while it's available.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2009 19:59:36 | More by qchic
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Finn

Pennsylvania

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

Date on case of bottles: 8/03/09 This is VERY fresh, apparently.

A hard pour into an English pint glass reveals a golden pale colored ale, with great clarity, and a very thin white head on top.
It smells of grass, citrus, pine and earthy hops, with a nice hint of the malt behind it. The flavor of this beer is well balanced, but nonetheless quite hoppy. Little bit of a bitter hop bit blends with mild sweet malts. There is a slightly coarse character to the hop flavor, but it doesn't detract very much. This is a tasty beer.
The modest body and carbonation help to make this an extremely drinkable brew. Not anything over the top, but very nice fresh hop character, in a superbly balanced pale ale.
Super session beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2009 00:47:07 | More by Finn
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xhcadamx

Maine

4.53/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - hazy gold with a huge cap of frothy white head. tons of lacing

S - a mix of west coast hops with biscuit malt

T - very strong hop presence but not overwhelmingly bitter. Well balanced with the malt flavors

M - not a lot of carbonation and was somewhat thick and medium bodied.

D - I have had two southern tier beers so far and both were way above expectations.

The beer pours a hazy gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great. It has a wonderful hop scent that balances the malt aroma nicely. It boasts of pale, crystal, and bisquit malts. The taste is good. It has a bitter and earthy flavor that goes down smooth and finishes dry and bisquity. It has a nice breadlike quality. The mouthfeel is great. It is a medium/full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a really good seasonal. I've heard of it mentioned the last couple of years, but could never get any. This is a fine drinker.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2009 11:25:29 | More by xhcadamx
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GruvisHops

Indiana

4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: 12 oz. brown bottle. Hazy, golden body with 1/4" creamy head. No lace.

S: Mix of citrusy, west coast hops and grassy/herbal European hops on a bed of pale malt... nothing overwhelming.

T: Good, solid, but not great. Again west coast hops are the dominate flavor.

M: Medium, but appropriate.

D: Smooth, refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2009 01:15:48 | More by GruvisHops
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pokesbeerdude

Colorado

3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received in a trade from Wasatch, Thanks John!

A: Pale gold in color with a ridiculous head, good lord, I tried pouring as carefully as possible and i still have about four inches of dense white head. Awesome! Tons of bubbles in this one. This head won't go away! Excellent lacing.

S: Good floral hop characteristic, I can smell this from quite a ways away. Pretty solid malt backbone in there too. Quite similar to a pils, at least to me. Has some other quite Belgian smells to it as well. Interesting.

T: After wading through all that head, there is a huge honey flavor here, with a citrus bitterness that complements it nicely, a slight hint of booze, but honey, and citrus are about all that I can pick out right now. Pretty mild, but nice balance and very tasty.

M: The head on this thing felt like soap foam on my face, but the mouth is medium/medium strong carbonation, dry, and extremely refreshing. Very nice.

D: I could easily session with this one. I don't think ESB is an appropriate title for this beer, but I can't think of anything else. This is a really great beer all around. I'd love to find more of this. Thanks John!

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2009 00:40:01 | More by pokesbeerdude
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JohnQVegas

Tennessee

4.38/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle.

Pours a dark yellow-gold, a bit hazy, with a very thing off-white head that leaves beautiful lacing.

Nose is orange blossoms and a bit of resin, with some biscuity malt coming through also.

Taste begins with a bit of orangey citrus and sweet biscuity malt on the font of the tongue, with some spiciness coming through from the hops also. With the swallow, a light bitterness from the hops sits on the palate, especially the back of the tongue, and the biscuity malt sweetness swells again before giving way to the spicy hops. Bigger flavor, light on the palate. Paradoxical kind of beer.

Mouthfeel is medium-light bodied, moderate carbonation.

Fantastic sessionability, light, but delicious.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2009 22:43:17 | More by JohnQVegas
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clayrock81

Virginia

4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2009 02:17:21 | More by clayrock81
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gabrielsyme

Virginia

4.47/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had a sixer of these in September and didn't realize I still had a bottle left, glad it was still fresh as this is a great beer.

Appearance is pale golden, clear, with persistent white head.

Aroma is all floral hops - yum.

Taste is primarily bitter, with some orange flavor and a fair amount of malt backbone. Mouthfeel is relatively light despite the bitterness due to the moderately high carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2009 01:02:05 | More by gabrielsyme
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yesyouam

New York

3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Harvest Ale is a hazy golden ale with a fluffy white pillow of a head that has great retention and leaves nice lacing. There are small particles near the bottom of the glass. The aroma is fresh and fruity. It yields powerful pine resin, tangerine and grapefruit. There is a slight starchy malt presence in the nose. It is soft and medium bodied in the mouth. There is barely any fizziness and the finish is dry. The bitterness is not as intense as the aroma suggested it would be. Still, the hops are pronounced with the same elements as the aroma. It is juicy and fruity and fresh and bitter. The balance in the flavor is a bit on the treble side, which makes this focus primarily on the bright, lemon peel quality and not on any spice or rumble. It's simple. This is an excellent session ale! Where did that 6-pack go?
(rated Oct 30, 2007)

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2008 05:05:03 | More by yesyouam
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ColForbinBC

New Jersey

4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into pint; consumed 10/10/08, finally found my notes

Pours a golden orange with a large, fluffy white cap. Prominent lacing left all over the place. A small amount of tiny bubbles push through the golden orange body.

Strong tangerine and grapefruit hop presence with a touch of honey. Also get some notes of apple and pear. Very bright, leaps out of the glass.

A hop head's harvest ale. Grapefruit and tangerine, honey, and spicy floral hops leave a little bite on the back end. Crisp and clean, bitter finish. Earthy malts hold their own and add just a touch of sweetness.

Light-medium bodied, carbonation is right on point.

Easily sessionable. A breeze to drink.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2008 04:46:45 | More by ColForbinBC
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Risser09

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter - Fridge temp - 2008

Appearance: Pours a golden yellow color with a 1" white head. Soapy bubbles and plenty of sticky lace. Looks like a DIPA from here.

Smell: Hoppy aroma of grapefruit is surprising for a harvest ale. Citrus of orange and lemon without much caramel aroma.

Taste: Malty and hoppy. Flavors of caramel malt and pecan with an overlying orange citrus flavor. Much hoppier than any of the traditional German festbiers I've been drinking.

Mouthfeel: Bitter and sort of sweet. I'd consider this more of an IPA than an autumn fest. Alcohol isn't noticeable.

Drinkability: This is quenching with a dry finish. Malt and hops are balanced but this is way off it's supposed style. I will revisit this one.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2008 15:13:31 | More by Risser09
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bobsy

Ontario (Canada)

4.58/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A very American interpreatation of an ESB (I'd call this an IPA for sure). Pours a radiant burnished gold with a large sticky white head that laced prodigiously. Stunning looks. Huge hoppy aroma - all sorts of citrus in abundance. The flavour revelaed much of the same... lots of citrus going on and lending an impressive bitterness. Some solid malts to back it up, and balance everything. Sticky mouthfeel with light carbonation. This is another excellent offering from Southern Tier and sure to satisfy all you hopheads. Thanks for sharing, Shawn!

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2008 23:10:52 | More by bobsy
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Phillyduke

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: 12 oz NR poured into a nonic pint glass. Beer is a rich gold color with a slight chill haze and minimal carbonation. A one-finger head of pillowy white foam with great retention caps the glass, leaving fine sticky lacing as the drink progresses.

S: Strong presence of citrus hops (especially grapefruit), some sweet honey and a touch of apple. No real malt presence in the nose. This one is all about the hops...as it should be.

T/M: The citrus is not as evident in the taste as it is on the nose. Malt base is rather thin and not very aggressive. Pleasingly bitter on the palate with a crisp, dry finish.

D/O: This has ST's distinctive hop presence cranked up a notch or two, though not overly so. Drinkability is high if you're a hophead, and even if you're not, there's plenty to appreciate in this brew. I struggle with reviewing this as an ESB though, as the malt backbone (or lack thereof, really) remind me more of an American Pale Ale. The hops are there, as you would expect, but I think a bit more malt character would make them really stand out in the taste like the do on the nose.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2008 04:33:08 | More by Phillyduke
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this one up over the last couple weeks and had never had it before which was shocking to be honest. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 12/03/2008.

We have a gusher! Foamed out all over the place with a deep off white foam that just would not stop coming. Had to do three pours to get the whole bottle out, but a nice and hazy amber color was present right away with a rich lacing and foamy presence.

The aroma was particulary hoppy. Rich notes of very bright citrus tones, lots of tangerine, lemon, and orange. Touches of pineapple as well, all very bright and light in the air. The flavor though was where its at. Huge notes of pineapple and orange, rich, sweet, and terribly fresh, this was a hop heads hoppy harvest ale. Delicate and light, a little bit thin on the feel, but still more then adequate. Smooth, delicous, and very sessionable.

Overall this was a very, very good beer. Rich and loaded with hoppy goodness. Easy to session and a joy to drink, I will most certainly have this one again.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2008 01:38:14 | More by mikesgroove
Harvest Ale from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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