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Harvest Ale - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,188
Reviews: 544
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.89%
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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Photo of Pleepleus

New York

4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

From Growler (Skibbo's, The Bronx)
Poured into pint glass an amber yellow with a half inch of white foam head that had good retention and spotty lacing. Has a great hoppy smell with grapefruit and some hints of pine. Taste leads off with grassy malts and citrus flavor with a mild bitterness. Very good a bit thin, I thought it would taste a bit stronger due to the strength of the aroma. Minimal carbonation and crisp feel make this an extremely drinkable brew. I will enjoy every drop of this Growler, and will most likely get a few more whlie it is available.

Happy Birthday Hyland! I bet it's good with Chinese delivery food Hammer.

Serving type: growler

10-03-2008 00:43:16 | More by Pleepleus
Photo of pershan


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

Had this on-tap at Frisco Grille in Columbia, MD.

The beer poured a clear, honey-amber with a thin white head into a pint glass. The aroma was of fresh, piney hops - so far so good for an ESB. The taste was very clean and crisp, with a nice balance between the malt sweetness, hop flavor, and hop bitterness. It would be very easy to drink a lot of these.

Serving type: on-tap

10-02-2008 18:23:47 | More by pershan
Photo of Goregazm

Rhode Island

3.28/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5


Appearance: This beer has a brown-yellowish color, much like apple juice. It pours with a foamy head that dissipates fairly raipdly and leaves some slight lacing.

Smell: Gives off a sweet and sour smell, almost like a citrus-apple mix.

Taste: Tastes more bitter then the smell would indicate, but not too strong. The aftertaste isn't as good, sort of a sour/bitter mix. The hops are definately predominant.

Mouthfeel: Has a nice, foamy feel in the mouth. Feels thicker then an average ESB, but nothing too heavy.

Drinkability: This is a decent beer to drink with a snack, or while sitting back relaxing. I wouldn't drink this with dinner, but maybe beforehand to get my taste buds rocking. Not my favorite ESB, but not the worst I've had either.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2008 06:33:21 | More by Goregazm
Photo of orbitalr0x


3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours into my glass a light golden yellow with a small white head on top. Good clarity overall. Looks like a fall sunset. Aromas start with crisp, slightly toasted grains and caramel. Herbal, somewhat resinous hops are there with a slight citric aroma as well. Mildly fruity.

First sip brings crisp, somewhat toasted caramel grain malt upfront along with a mildly fruity flavor. It moves into herbal, earthy hops that kick in the bitterness midway through. Flows down with a touch of spiciness and a clean, crisp finish that's slightly dry.

Mouthfeel is on the lighter and more drinkable side with a really nice creaminess that goes all the way through each sip. Overall, a refreshing brew with a nice hoppy bite that goes down easy. I could see a six pack of this going very well with a crisp fall evening. Thanks to afterexile for the chance to sample this one.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2008 02:34:24 | More by orbitalr0x
Photo of Douglas14


3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an unimpressive yellow color with a good head that leaves a little lace. The appearance is easily the weakest point. The aroma is heavily of hops. The taste is the same; dominated by hops with a great bitterness to it. Pretty good beer, definitely happy I was able to try it.

Serving type: on-tap

09-29-2008 03:10:44 | More by Douglas14
Photo of rohrbachsfan

New York

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

Appearance: Crystal clear golden yellow with low head but good lacing.

Smell: Malt and strong citrus.

Taste: Bitter malt and notes of grapefruit.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and refreshing.

Drinkability: Very nice beer. On the hoppy/bitter side but has a wonderful citrus smell and graoefruit taste. I liked it and would drink it again.

Serving type: on-tap

09-29-2008 01:14:24 | More by rohrbachsfan
Photo of Gambrinus1184


3.33/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into a plastic pint glass.

A: Poured a golden, amber yellow with a chilled haze and a one-finger head of white foam which left minimal lacing.

S: Smells a bit like citrus fruits with faint, herbal hop aromas.

T: Taste is a bit tart, with a noticeable flavor of mellow, grainy malts, dominated mid-palate by sticky, grapefruit hops before finishing with a wash of pine and yeasty malt.

M: Mouthfeel is light-medium bodied with a bit o a prickly feel.

D: Only a little bitter, not really reminding mee of autumn, and more or less a creamier American IPA. The drinkability isn't great, and given the supposed style, there're a lot better options out there.

A fall seasonal beer that's more or less a tweaked IPA, and not a spectacular one at that. I'd be reluctant to get this one again, just because there are far better year-round IPAs available out there.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2008 00:55:14 | More by Gambrinus1184
Photo of prototypic


4.18/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: It pours a very clear, golden color. There's a very minute amount of particles swimming around. It's capped with a foamy white head that's roughly a finger and a half deep. Retention leaned toward the short side, but a pretty impressive amount of lace clung to the glass.

Smell: The nose is very impressive. Loads of citrus sweetness rolls out of the glass. Nice mix of grapefruit, orange, and pineapple. Really impressive. Hops are very vibrant. I have no clue what the hop bill is, but it's very citric and smells delicious. There's a noteable amount of caramel malt that smells sweet. A slight note of earthiness/graininess is noteable on the tail.

Taste: The flavor profile isn't quite as good as the nose, but it's very good. There is indeed citrus orange, grapefruit, and pineapple up front. It's not quite as prominent here, but flavorful nonetheless. Caramel malts are sweet and give it a nice base. But, they're really overcome by the hop flavor. The hops are citric and have a nice, bitter bite. Again, I don't know the hop bill, but it's delicious. No way the malts are keeping up here. It is a little earthy and grainy on the tail.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's light bodied, leaning medium. It's nice and smooth. Carbonation is active. For the style (more on that later), the feel is pretty impressive. Drinkability is very high. It's smooth and the abv is just right for drinking quite a few of these. It's been a pleasure.

Southern Tier's crafted a rather unique "harvest" ale. It's not exactly what you'd expect from a release this time of year. I question the style classification here. This is much more of an APA than an ESB. In any event, it's a really good beer that's worth checking out.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2008 18:40:57 | More by prototypic
Photo of nasty15108

New York

4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A - Gloden with slight orange hues. The pour produced a head of thick white foam and lots of sticky lacing.

S - Grapefruit, with hints of pine and black tea.

T - More of the same. Big grapefruit taste up front mixed in with a little pine and some flowers. Finished off slightly dry.

MF&D - Good carbonation and a slick oily mouthfeel. Although I would hardly consider this ale an ESB, I really enjoyed it. Reminded me a litte of Nugget Nectar.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2008 23:21:00 | More by nasty15108
Photo of TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into an US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of citrus, piney hops and light caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts with burst of pale and grassy hops up front. Then some mildly sweet flavors of citrus and caramel come in to provide a good balance. The malt character is hearty but a bit on the light side for the style. The after-taste is slightly bitter.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, there are better hoppy beers out there but this is still a decent beer to drink for a while.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2008 01:59:11 | More by TheManiacalOne
Photo of beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a lucid pale orange with a thin ½ finger sandy-beige colored head that quickly fell to a sparse, whispy covering with no visible lacing. Visible carbonation was very light.

S: fresh grapefruit, oranges with a beautiful bright fresh citrusy nature.

T: very bitter, flowery with some dried grapefruit and pale oranges. A light grassiness is also detected as well some light dried toasted grains. The finish finds a bitter citric and grassy hopping on the fade that lingered about for a few seconds before fading every so slightly. Overall a massively hopped ale, but was slight on complexity.

M: light, oily slicky, bitter and dry.

D: Overall a light bodied but heavily hopped beer that be limited in multiples unless you are a major hophead. Liked it, but not one I would consider session material.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2008 23:20:00 | More by beerthulhu
Photo of asabreed

New York

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

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Golden in color with spotty lacing and solid white head.

Smell: Big spiny and fresh hops with a nice rootiness and some resin in the back. Citrus sourness and some malt sweetness and diacetyl back there with biscuits.

Taste: Nice and hoppy with more of a freshness to the hops, so as not to turn off the folks who aren't looking for something super bitter, because this is not. Buttery biscuits and mild caramel malt flavors in the mix, and some background sweetness. The freshest hops I've tasted since the newish Sierra Nevada Southern Hemisphere Harvest.

Mouthfeel: Seemingly more medium-bodied and sticky, but very nice, along with good carbonation levels.

Drinkability: Seemed almost more like a Pale Ale than an ESB, but I could easily put down a few of these, as the freshness of the hops are pretty striking. Southern Tier's climbing their way out of a hole they'd dug for me after the last few brews I've had from them.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2008 18:11:57 | More by asabreed
Photo of IBUnit63


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

From a 12 oz. into Alpine mug...

Very light and sunny. Mostly lean with sparse carbonation. 1/2-finger, thin head that sticks around a little bit.

Beautiful floral hops with a lot of grapefruit in there against mild malt - a little pine, too. With warmth the citrus hop scent mellows quickly.

This has a very powerful yet light IPA feel. Grapefruit rind is bountiful with more pulp and floral hops. Slightly viscous malt backbone. Maybe a slight nutty malt presence and a little grass. Very good!

Mouthfeel is nutty, sweet and citrusy all at once - maybe a little salty even. Finish is short and tight with no aftertaste - all about the hops.

This drinks like a lighter IPA. Powerful and fulfilling yet extremely clean. Awesome stuff!

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2008 09:33:47 | More by IBUnit63
Photo of jwc215


3.1/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours golden with a thin white head that vanishes, but leaves spots of lacing.

The smell is of mild pine and citrus, with that ST house character (which happens to be nice).

The taste is of mild pine and citrus with mild malt/husk that becomes a bit soapy. The malt backbone diminishes, leaving a bitterness that lost the flavor-part. Not quite enough there to round out the bitterness.

It is on the thinnish side with fairly aggressive carbonation.

This just didn't "do it" for me. I was left with an almost aspirin-y bitterness without much else. The flavor started out fine but slipped to almost soap-ish and aspiriny.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2008 03:11:30 | More by jwc215
Photo of Proteus93


4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A shimmering golden blonde, with a finger-tall creamy white head that retains fairly well and leaves a nice sticky sheet of lacing behind

S: Fresh grapefruit, grass clippings, hints of pine, and a touch of caramel.

T + M: A big citrus profile, mostly a grapefruit flavour like in the aroma. Nice and juicy flavouring. Some hints of caramel... smooth and slightly sweet, with a little sparkle of carbonation. Good stuff.

D: I was pleasantly surprised by this one... I don't know if I would say it makes me think of Oktoberfest, but that's quite alright. A very tasty brew that I'll be sure to pick up more of.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2008 00:36:07 | More by Proteus93
Photo of brantadid

New Jersey

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

Poured a darkish yellow color with no head. Some thin lacing was left behind.

Smell was of faint hops. Some slight sweetness in the nose. Nice pine and citrus rind aromas.

Taste had a nice underlying maltiness with a well balanced bittering hop overlay. A very well balanced beer.

Mouthfeel is nice. Light without being thin and rich without being heavy.

One very drinkable beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2008 02:00:30 | More by brantadid
Photo of Hokies

Rhode Island

3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours a nice golden color with a light frothy head that leaves a light lace.

Huge aroma of grapefruit and citrus and then some toasty malt makes its way through.

The grapefruit and the biscuit like taste dominates the taste. Their is a nice balance in the taste with the hops not overpowering the malt. The beer also finishes nice with a clean hop bite.

Their is a nice creaminess to this beer with moderate carbonation that helps makes this beer a decent session beer. This is not my favorite beer style but this is a nice ESB.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2008 01:53:20 | More by Hokies
Photo of GbVDave


4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a 20oz imperial pint. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist!

A: Pours a crystal-clear, pale-golden color that's capped by a bubbly/frothy, slightly off-white head that seems to retain for ages. As the glass drains, ropey sheets of sticky lace are left behind.

S: Greeted immediately by strong grapefruit/lemon aromas which is followed closely by some toasted and slightly sweet malt. Biscuits. Aroma also contains elements of pine and cut grass. Was expecting mild ESB aromas and was caught off guard by the level of hops coming from this.

T: See above. All of the aforementioned hop qualities are present here (grapefruit, pine, lemon, fresh cut grass...) and the toasted, sweet, and bready malt keeps everything in proper order.

M: Starts off very sticky and oily. The middle takes on a slightly thick and rounded maltiness that seagues into a dry, spicy, and bitter hoppy finish.

D: What a nice surprise. The listed style of ESB had me expecting one thing and this delivered something completely different. I like surprises!

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2008 22:56:33 | More by GbVDave
Photo of oneeye


3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden yellow with lots of carbonation. A small white fluffy head that recedes slowly until it fades away leaving minimal lace.

The aroma of pine needles and citrusy hops. The hops dominate this Harvest Ale. A blend of floral and citrusy hops. A little bit of caramel malts fighting to break through.

Grapefruit citrusy hops along with piney hops that make a tasty mixture of hop goodness. Biscuity malts follow but not as dominant. Bitter upfront and ends bitter as well. At the end this beer finishes dry with lingering hops.

The mouthfeel is dry and creamy. A bit thin and lacking in body.

Drinkability is great at the begining of this Ale. As the beer warms the flavours lack and become even more unbalanced. Overall a fine Harvest Ale to drink on any given day.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2008 19:09:54 | More by oneeye
Photo of Jmamay22

New York

3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This harvest beer pours a clear and clean light amber with a full half inch head of egg shell colored foam. Plenty of tiny bubbles of carbonation can be seen racing to the top. There are some nice webs of lacing left behind.

Smells of rich resinous piney hops. Some sweet caramel smelling malt in the background, but its largely dominated by the big hop presence.

Taste is full out hops up front and combine the citrus and pine aspects well. Hops seem to fade a bit midway through and there is a moderate bitterness on the finish, but a more substantial malt bill to balance things out would probably have aided a fuller taste on the finish and somewhat in the feel.

Mouthfeel is creamy yet sharp of medium build. As noted above the feel does seem to thin out midway through. Makes for an enjoyable and very quaffable beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2008 22:44:01 | More by Jmamay22
Photo of kmeves


3.25/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a very clear light copper color with a small white head. Aroma is medium sweet, light grapefruit and malty. Flavor is grapefruit, light caramel, light spice and bready. Medium dry finish. Light-medium body, light sticky texture. A very nice ESB with American hops.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2008 15:36:35 | More by kmeves
Photo of kkosmoski

New York

4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served at 50F into a Dogfish off-centered pint glass. A very clear light golden color in the glass with an airy white head of about two fingers after a vigorous pour. Foam clings to the side of the glass as it settles down. Smell is of sweet taffey, light toast, and pungeant earthy hops with some citrus mixed in. Flavors start of with a pithy, citrus bitterness along with some sweetness - maybe candied orange peel, and remain on the sweet side until the finish. It ends with a subdued grapefruit bitterness coupled with a very delicate grainy touch. Mouthfeel is quite full and sticky with a relaxed carbonation. Drinkability is very good with a great balance between malt and hops and a moderate abv. A very nice fall brew from Southern Tier that displays very fresh ingredients from the recent harvest.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2008 22:33:04 | More by kkosmoski
Photo of Kraken


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

Beer merchant tossed me this as a freebie, Thanks Brian!

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a 20oz pint glass. Robust pour yields a bright white fluffy head 2 fingers in size. Head has great staying power and leaves a very a nice lace on the glass.

Nose- Wow nose me surprised. I am greeted by a bounty of Grapefruit and citrus hops. Not what I was expecting.

Taste- yum. Very impressive. Mellow carbonation for the size of the head. Bitter almost from the get-go followed by a nice whack of grapefruit and citrus hops, leading into a more pronounced hop astringency. Very minimal malt profile. Long dry finish. Very good.

Mouthfeel- Carbonation adds an initial creaminess to the beer. Slightly oily.

Drinkability- Very high. This packs a ton flavor into a light ridiculously sessionable beer.

Unfortunately this one sample beer I was provided with is the last of it breed at the bottle shop. Seek out, very nice.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2008 23:16:42 | More by Kraken
Photo of Slynger


4.18/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bright, clear, golden-orange harvest color with a fuzzy lid of fine white.

Lightly sweet biscuity malts accompany a solid load of hops. It brings some light, fresh lemony citrus, with a bunch of grassy-earthiness and bitter, rindy-pinyness. Really nice feel to this one (I would've thought Great Lakes if I didn't know better); it's medium bodied and has a light oily slickness to it. Goes down very smooth with a perfect amount of lightly sharp, crisp, and tingly carbonation.

This is a damn solid beer. One of the best non-imperial offering's I've had from ST.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2008 02:15:19 | More by Slynger
Photo of dedrinker


4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A golden brew whose light color took me by surprise as I had expected something amber/orange-ish. Thin white head but with decent structure and lace. There is a distinct yet mild hop aroma - a bit citrusy, and a bit tea-like by turns. I also catch a faint and pleasant whiff of autumn leaves, perhaps just a fancy. The flavors are much the same with a nice creamy mouth feel and light-to-medium body. This beer has October written all over it - September if you live up north.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2008 03:36:13 | More by dedrinker
Harvest Ale from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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