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Harvest Ale - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,475
Reviews: 564
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 12.21%
Wants: 46
Gots: 131 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: John on 10-19-2003)
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

virinow, Nov 17, 2011
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4.43/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Transparent, light orange color which appears yellow when held to light. Exceptional clarity. No floating yeast to be found. Head is a little weak but laces nicely.

Fresh, raw and pungent piney hop aroma. Also some citrus fruits and sweet nectar.

Hops are intense from the start with a pine cone and grapefruit bitterness. Malt is well asserted with a sturdy rye bread character. Italian herbs come in mid-drink. Wow, this beer is spicy! Hint of honey sweetness mellows it out. Finish is dry with lots of lingering hop flavors.

Medium body and smooth feel with a crisp, dry finish. Sharp carbonation helps bring out the fresh flavors.

Real good stuff here. Even better on tap with a juicy, nectar-like quality. Exceptional flavor, complexity and depth. I think this fits better in the IPA category.

bnes09, Nov 16, 2011
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

imperialking, Nov 15, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

boxofhate, Nov 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

Lawnboy33, Nov 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

mjtiernan, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of nimrod979
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Quick review off my notes. The beer poured a light copper color with a medium white head.
Aroma was some floral hops and some biscuity, caramel pale malts.
Had a decent bitter taste. Not overly bitter but a nice balance of grassy, floral hops with a bit of caramel, pale biscuity malts to help add a little bit of sweetness on the palate. I actually really enjoyed this beer. Smooth, drinkable, Medium carbonation. Dry finish. A nice hoppier/bitter offering as opposed to most other Autumn beers.

nimrod979, Nov 14, 2011
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3/5  rDev -22.1%

fmccormi, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of JohnnyChicago
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Brooklyn tulip pint.

A: Pours a bright, lively amber with two fingers of off-white head.

S: A little weak on aroma. Some light hop presence and buttery-toasty malts.

T: It steps up here. Toffee and nutiness with herbal hops. Nice British yeast presence that ends fruity and full.

D: Good easy-drinking brew. Alcohol is a bit higher for the style, but it doesn't show.

Overall: Subtle flavours and good balance make this brew tasty and smooth. A solid American recreation of an often overlooked British classic.

JohnnyChicago, Nov 09, 2011
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3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

937th Review on BA
Bottle to Pint
12 oz

Bottled 7/28/11
Thanks to @mjtiernan for this one

App- Pours the color of chestnut and amber. A one finger fast receding off white head fell with good lace and cling to a bit of a petri dish head of bubbles.

Smell- A good combination of aromatics but a little small compared to Three Floyds and Fullers. Nice notes of malt, caramel, earthiness, oranges and white pepper.

Taste- More skewed to a malty IPA for me. Still not sold on this style. If you say bitter make it bitter. Well this was tasty with good lush citrus some caramel soft muted malts and a bit of wheat flavor.

Mouth- Medium bodied and medium carbonation. Residual malts with damp orange and a touch of caramel sweet.

Drink- Tasty, but not wowing! I like this in 12oz format. Easy drinking and flavorful. 6.7% is well hidden making a potent beer but smooth none the less.

FosterJM, Nov 08, 2011
Photo of rinhaak
3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into Sam's Perfect Pint glass.

Pours a clean, crystal clear caramel/gold color. The head is thin and faded fast.

The nose was the highlight for me: aromas of hops, orange, grapefruit, pine, and juniper are all mingled together. It's not a super complex nose, but very pleasant and well balanced.

The taste is very, very clean. Hoppy, but not overly so, there is a nice caramel malt flavor to balance the hops.

For my own tastes, I found the mouthfeel to be a bit watery and was a little bit of a disappointment.

Overall a very drinkable beer that goes down fast. Not a lot going on, it's a pretty simple brew. That said, what is there is done well. If you're looking for a straight forward, no-frills ESB, then you will enjoy this beer. But in my opinion, it is not really up to the standard I've come to expect from Southern Tier.

rinhaak, Nov 07, 2011
Photo of Fitwitchik
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from a bottle into a pub glass.

Luscious rusty colour

Smells hoppy yet a touch of surprising sweetness

Straight up bitter front with a slight malty finish.

Plenty of carbonation. Nice.

Not much experienice in tasting ESBs but found this brew to be pretty nice. Better than some of the pumpkin flavoured harvest beers that seem to fall off the shelf this time of year. Disappointed I only purchase a single bottle.

Fitwitchik, Nov 06, 2011
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3.43/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

ESB is a very descriptor for this beer. I don't know why their ESB is called Harvest. You would expect seasoning and caramel in a autumn beer.

The coloring is decent. You get a very light brown to it.

Off the top there is a little bit of sweetness. You get a lot of bitterness in the body.

The flavor is enjoyable, but it is a little muted.

I recommend this beer for the style.

ummswimmin, Nov 04, 2011
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3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A Nice alternative to the myriad of fall browns and pumpkins. a clear pale orange with a white head that fades to a thin covering and light lacing. Smell is rich with bready malt, light fruitiness and and earthy hoppiness. Taste is smooth and full of bread and toasted grains. Finish is clean and dry with crisp hops that yield a bit of grapefruit and mild brown bread. Not overly hopped and well balanced. As it warms the flavors get bigger and the malt blossoms. Feel is a light crisp signature with a smooth carbonation and medium weight. A nice fall beer with wonderful drinkability and character.

scootny, Nov 01, 2011
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3.03/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Pours out a clear amber/copper color that supports 1 1/2 fingers worth of soft,eggshell white foam.Moderate retention with stringy but gummy lacing on the glass.

S-Not much here.Mostly muted,dull,earthy hops with
only a slight citrus character peaking through.Some straightforward caramelized grains and a very soft pine note to finish.

T-Mediocre,fleeting flavors of whole grain toast,brown sugar,watery pine,Hen House oj and some grassy hops.

M-Light bodied with a transient flavor profile and no real substance to speak of.


StlHopHead77, Oct 31, 2011
Photo of mralphabet
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass.

A: Pours a clean clear copper color.. about a fingers worth of head that settles to a nice layer with good lacing from start to finish.

S: Wow lots going on here... First thing I'm getting is a nice herbal hops, Little piney and a hint of grapefruit... and that is just the hops I'm smelling.... Then there is a layer of sweet malt maybe a little caramel and spice.

T: Sweet malt right up front.. Caramel leading the way.. Followed my a big hit of hops... little piney and herbal.. Everything is very balanced here... finish is clean.

M: Medium bodied, good carbonation, with a little stickiness... but very clean.

O: Very drinkable beer, good flavors, nicely balance.. little high on the ABV but working looking for.

Southern Tier makes another good beer.

mralphabet, Oct 31, 2011
Photo of schlimenhaumer
2.85/5  rDev -26%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle a bit different from the picture (which, from top to bottom, reads: Special Ale Harvest Seasonal) into a pint glass at low altitude.

A: Pours a clear copper color with a minimal foamy white head that dissipates rather quickly and leaves some spotty lacing.

S: Sweet malts with a citrus peel background. Very nice in this regard.

T: Starts off with some caramel malts, but then all the other flavors are overpowered by very bitter piney resins that stay on the tongue far too long. No balance whatsoever.

M: Medium-bodied with a slick mouthfeel and a bit of carbonation.

D: Not sure if Southern Tier changed the recipe on this, but the bottle I had was grossly unbalanced. They have plenty of better beers to choose from in my opinion.

schlimenhaumer, Oct 29, 2011
Photo of Cresant
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served this 12 oz. brown bottle in a Sam Adams glass. No date. The body was a deep apricot color with a tan head that left a film and splotchy lace.

The smell was leafy fall crispness that was surprisingly minty at the end.

The taste was lightly bitter, a copper penny taste. Husky hops and light apple flavors. A strong "Americanized" ESB. Modest crackery malts, but not too sweet like some Southern Tier beers.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied with a light carbonation and some alcohol sizzle. Easy to drink despite the ABV (for an ESB).

Cresant, Oct 28, 2011
Harvest Ale from Southern Tier Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,475 ratings.