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Harvest Ale - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,528
Reviews: 570
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 12.24%
Wants: 45
Gots: 148 | 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 lovindahops
4.43/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have never has and STBC harvest before so I am interested on this combo of a fall seasonal/esb

A- halloween orange... literally with not much lacing. Glows with a hearty look

S- ok there is a ton of stuff going on here.... 1) zesty, spicy, and herbal 2) piney hop scents 3) grainy and slight biscuit theme 4) grapefuit citric exit. This may be one of the most inclusive scents I have ever experienced. For that, I'm impressed and will grade pretty high

T- very sweet malt is spiking the immediate taste experience. Caramel pine notes are really the main experience as the brew settles in. Again, a ton of things going on here. Very sweet and earthy

M- good carbonation and thick flavor for and esb

O- this won't pass my favorite esb (beast bitter), however, this is way more unique. Seems like harvest is a "mad scientist" type brew with all the flavors going on. I will come back to this every single fall!

Photo of Chickenhawk9932
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden orange, with a white head - little retention.

Smells of citrus - grapefruit and orange, with rich floral notes.

Very lively in the mouth the hops are forward, awake, fresh, alive. Taste buds dance with sweet and bitter orange, grapefruit, balanced by lively sweet - bitter floral taste. Taste fresh and lively like a fall harvest. Very interesting in the hops not being overly bitter, yet very prominent.

Photo of uustal
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale, yellow amber with a slight white head. A citrus kick of an aroma. Lemon peel, orange and grapefruit. Hints of spicy hops too. Flavor begins with crisp, bitter kick of earthy and pine hops. Transforms into a sweeter citrus blend. A more traditional fall malt comes next. Mostly caramel and some toasted grain and then some spicy hops and a bit more citrus bring it home.

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

Brown-copper with two fingers of rapidly diminishing suds.

Nose gives bright floral hopping that fades fast followed by very mellow toasted sweet grains -I like. Hopping really disappears in the smell after the head gives out.

Flavah!: Similar spice character of some marzens, but has an interesting tussle with the hops and loses. Decent malting balances well with inoffensive bitter hops- gives a wee bit of the toasty warmth I would expect from the nose, but I don't think it can compete with the hopping and carbonation . . . until it warms up, then the toasty comes through more, with a hint of caramel. Feels like an American Ale take on an Oktoberfest, which is what I think they were gong for.

Photo of wedge
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a rather autumn-like orange-gold with a thick, bubbly head. Fresh, resinous, leafy hop aroma...zesty tangerine sweetness and not a whole lot of malt, though some grain peeks through as it warms up. Flavor is a bit more earthy and floral upfront. Bitter hop oils, fruit, and some pine...on the brighter side of things with a somewhat spicy kick. Solid medium body, slick and smooth. Kind of an ESB/APA hybrid of sorts.

Pretty good fall seasonal offering, taking a different angle than most breweries.

Photo of dahlen22
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Light orange and well carbonated.

Aroma: Hops, citrus fruits, and a bit of pines.

Taste: Crisp, spicy to start, then comes in the grapefruit and mandarin oranges and hops and finishes with a zest and the warming alcohol.

Overall: Not a true "Fall" beer, but a decent offering. Warming enough for the cooler months in fall, but the citrus was a bit overwhelming and kind of gave me sour stomach after two. If you want a true harvest-style beer, pass this one up. Better suited for the summer IMO. Cheers!

Photo of harrymattcody
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

The pour was a an amber color with a small layer of foam on tap that dissipated after a few minutes but was able to lay down a little lace throughout the glass. Aromas are anchored by citrus fruits but also have a slight hint of sweetness, maybe caramel malt. Hops occupy most of the flavor profile with their citrus flavors but I also get a fair amount of caramel as well. Harvest ale feels creamy and fairly heavy in the mouth. Maybe a little too much for me, but still decent.

Not my favorite wet hop ale but still a solid offering that I try to knock back every year.

Photo of keanex
4.35/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A: Clear copper body with an almost 2 finger light tan rocky head which leaves residue on the side as it dissipates. A thin tan coating remains on the top.

S: Slight caramel malts, citrus hints, and hops make a light but pleasant aroma.

T: Caramel and citrus foretaste with a hoppy finish. Very tasty and balanced. Easy to go down. Hoppy aftertaste.

M: Medium bodied with medium fresh carbonation.

O: Probably my favorite beer of the season. Absolutely easy to down with a wonderfully balanced taste and pleasant aroma.

Photo of soju6
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Maggie's on the River in Watertown NY

A: served a dark amber color with a nice head that fades to good lacing.

S: Fresh grain aroma with citrus aroma and bit of malt sweetness.

T: Mild flaver of malt sweetness with a bit of citrus. Fresh grain with a nice bitterness and a fairly dry finish.

F: Fairly medium body, crisp, clean and refreshing. Good balance, no real hint of the 6.7% ABV.

O: Easy drinker, tasty beer. A good seasonal beer. Another solid beer from Southern Tier.

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

12 oz bottle.

Pours a nice, bold gold. Very few carb trailers, but a whitish head rears back to a ring and sticks. Smell is a sweet, floral hop and good bread. Taste is very good - a good mixture of jagged hops with a nicely toasted malt backing. Effervescent & lively. Drinks well, a keeper. Very similar to GI's harvest offering.

Photo of rab53
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Decent head retention. Light hop aroma. Nice hop presence with just enough malt to balance. Light to medium in body. Smooth carbonation. Overall, not the best example of a 'harvest ale'. it is quite quaffable. Nice as a palate break in between darker maltier beers.

Photo of xnicknj
3.4/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

on tap at varga in philly

Pours a clear auburn with dark golden tones, thick white head rests on top, nice retention, leaving huge layers of lacing.

Leafy hops in the nose coupled with light citrus, bread crust and caramel. Decent balance between both sides.

Bitter up front with a nice dose of hops, leafy with some citrus. Touches of orange peel before a decent malt bill kicks in with bread crust and caramel. A little sweet towards the finish, which is bitter and dry.

Medium body and carbonation, sticky, a little chewy and drinkable. Solid fall beer which strikes a balance between the seasonal element and the style.

Photo of Vonerichs
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear red-orange body with an abundance of head. No lacing.

The smell has a respectable amount of hops, mostly pine. Bready malt adds a strong backbone.

The taste has a crisp and slightly bitter hoppy bite. Malts are bready and finishes with grain.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and crisp.

The smell and taste are both decent but simple. It's a good representation for the style and an easy drinker.

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

Appearance: Copper color with one finger of head that fades quickly to a ring with little lacing.

Aroma: Grapefruit and other citrus hop notes over a base of toasted caramel malt.

Taste: A good malt base adds some sweetness and a nice, medium body, but the main act is the hops. Bitter from start to finish, with a definite English, noble hop type character kicked up a notch by a piney, slightly resinous American style hop profile. Bitterness predominates on the finish which is fairly fast.

The Rest: A great interpretation of an ESB. The combination of a tradational English hop profile with a more assertive American profile is a nice take on the style. Quite tasty!

Photo of bsp77
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint. Bottled on August 4, 2011.

Appearance: Light orange with moderate head and light lacing.

Smell: Biscuit and tea, citrus and spicy hops.

Taste: Great balance of biscuit, toast, tea, citrus, and floral & spicy hops. Ends somewhat bitter.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, very creamy body with a nice dry finish.

Overall: A very impressive Americanized ESB overall. Definitely one of the better ones around.

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

Very nicely balanced, and unassuming ale.

Presentation: 12 oz bottle. Southern Tier identity design over a simple light brown background illustrating the brew name with an illustration of emerging grain. Notes how many varieties of hops and malts (not which but how many…). Shows 6.7% Alc. by Vol. Poured into a tulip glass.

A - Pale to medium amber pour, nice frothy head with medium retention, fair surface memory and nice touches of lacing.

S - Nice hoppy nose, rather rich but with a nice fruity mellow softness over caramel...

T - …which is exactly what the mouth highlights. Very nice grassy-citric hop profile riding over a rich bready maltiness… Nice soft bitterness in the finish woven back to the malted hops.

M - Medium/light body with soft carbonation… smooth with a nice finishing tiny bite.

O - Hmmm, if "the key to an ESB is balance" this is right on target, very quaffable with a nice sense of malty, rich hoppy range without anything strident…

Notes: Very nice seasonal surprise from ST, I should have picked up this one last year...

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

App - Pale amber color, good clarity. Coarsely bubbled in the liquid, but the head itself was white, creamy, and with moderately good retention.

Smell - earthy pine hop aroma, a bit of copper penny, and hints of caramel

Taste - Fairly hoppy from the start, with a bitter component from fairly early on. Malt lost beneath the hops. Hop flavor not very exciting. Finish is distinctly bitter, but not harshly so.

MF - Medium body and carbonation, no astringency, but a slight hint of alcohol warming.

Overall - A decent bitter beer, but would like to see a more assertive malt presence.

Photo of JRed
3.15/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Transparent orange in body with bubbly white head. Smells of grains, corn, and slight honey. Tastes of grains, slight honey, sone malt sweetness, grass, and hop resin. Medium bodied with light carbonation. A pleasant autumn beer but a terrible aroma and cheap malt taste make for an average experience.

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

Poured into a nonic.

Pours a clear, new-copper colored brew that has a whitish yellow colored head that is clumpy and sticky. Laces pretty nicely and leaves some chunky floaters.

Smells of citrus, grapefruit, some bready malts and some spices as well.

Tastes of grapefruit, citrus hop bitters that fades to a biscuty maly sweetness. Mild toasted caramel.

Smooth, medium bodied, crisp.

A highly drinkable easy going brew. Nice sessionable brew - easily accessable for parties.

Photo of CHickman
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer notes fron 9/7/2011, on tap at the Lark; pours hazy amber orange in color with a creamy 1 finger off white head that leaves basically no lacing; may have been the pour, so this won't be a major factor.

Smells of sweet malt, citrus hops, toasted grains, grapefruit, orange peel, lemon zest, caramel, grass and herbs; this smelled a lot more hoppy than I expected, with the fruity citrus nose dominating in a way an IPA would. It smelt more pale ale than ESB, but overall it was quite pleasing.

Tastes of sweet malt, citrus hops, toasted grains, grapefruit, orange peel, lemon, caramel, brown sugar, tea leaf, flowers, biscuit, grass and herbs; very nice balance that levels out the malt and hops in a totally synchronized beer that's very well done and quite tasty. It’s hoppy, grainy and earthy all at the same time, and washes down easy.

Mouthfeel it's light and crisp, with light carbonation, a light body and a slightly bitter finish. Again, not a typical fall seasonal beer.

Overall a very tasty beer that went down smooth, easy and is quite session-able. Not a fall or harvest beer in the typical sense, this breaks the mold and to me was a great surprise and extremely drinkable. Another nice product by Southern Tier which I recommend.

Photo of chickenflea
4.28/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle. Poured a deep clear burnt orange. A small fizzy head did not hang around long, but good lacing on the glass. Aromas of green hops are dominating with some nice floral notes. A hint of sweet malt in the aroma as well. Taste is also hoppy but they taste more like noble hops. A grainy backbone asserts itself rapidly, battling with the hoppy bitterness. Almost no hint of the maltiness I detected on the nose. Instead a delicious spiciness adds a wonderful new element to this ESB. Texture is medium. Medium-high carbonation. Very lively on the tongue. Texture is somewhat oily. A wonderfully different beer. very tasty

Photo of StLThrash
4.38/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle picked up in a six-pack from The Wine & Cheese Place in Clayton, MO. Poured into a pint glass.

A - Wow, what a beautiful beer. Crystal clear amber, with an awesome 2-finger frothy white head with excellent retention. Significant lace ring after ever sip. One of the best looking beers I've had.

S - Floral, sweet, citrusy, some malt backbone. Reminded me of more of a pale ale.

T & M - Reminiscent of a hoppy pale ale. Nicely carbonated with a surprisinly juicy mouthfeel. Slight hop bitterness, but not quite to the point of an IPA. Does remind me of a pale ale, not an ESB.

Overall - a very smooth, drinkable beer - and a great fall seasonal. Southern Tier has another hit!

Photo of cindiwindi1025
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

my first fall style beer this season...and its a good one :)

a- clear, pale orange body with a small white head that quickly dissipates to a nice lacing

s- floral, hoppy and slightly spicy

t- mmm. floral, roasted malts, hop bite, citrus, coriander. the floral and citrus hops llinger in the aftertaste. the flavors are interesting and refreshing and dance nicely together on the tongue. it tastes off-balance but in a good way

m- feels a little prickly from the hop aftertaste, the light carbonation is very good for this one

o - impressed. a nice, refreshing and very drinkable beer that i will be getting again. the southern tier beers have always impressed me with their interesting, big flavored beers coming with an affordable price tag. this is a nice and welcome change from the seasonal pumpkin ales

Photo of rlee1390
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Clear orange, one finger head.

S-Some spices, hops and malts.

T-Malty, very malty, and the hops do not live up to the nose. Some spices are there as well.

M-Medium bodied but not much carbonation.

O-A decent fall beer but there seemed too much malt and not enough bitterness.

Photo of chicagobill13
4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This is a beer that has impressed me very much. I pick this up in Chicago burbs.

Color is a golden dull amber look. A slight head that perfect for the fall.

Smell of malty hoppy goodest.

Taste and mouthfeel is a nice hoppy with some carbation. It has a nice malty taste. It is has a very good balance.

This so much beer then one fall beer that is equal in style. Enjoy!

Harvest Ale from Southern Tier Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,528 ratings.