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Harvest Ale - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,473
Reviews: 564
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 12.21%
Wants: 45
Gots: 132 | 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 musicforairports
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice amber into the pint glass, very clear and crisp looking. Small carbonation bubbles. The lacing stays for a little while before dissipating.

The head smells of hops--strong and sharp, but definitely not high alpha acid IPA-type stuff. Later, the rest of the beer smells more like a bread-y malt.

Taste is both of those things, but the hops dominate more than pretty much any ESB I've had. The first time I had this this year it struck me as extremely hoppy, but after drinking it for the season it just strikes me as a hoppy ESB. That creamy, biscuit-y malt undertone is still there like all ESBs; you just have to search for it sometimes.

Mouthfeel is a bit thinner than the style. There's a bit of creaminess, but not as many as other ESBs. Increases drinkability, in my opinion.

Drinkability is great. This is my favorite fall beer. It's got a lot of hop flavor but is way easier to drink a bunch of than most IPAs.

musicforairports, Oct 23, 2010
Photo of jlindros
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Most Southern Tier beers are way to sweet for me, but the last couple I tried were much better. Hopefully this one is just as tasty.

Pours a creamy and fizzy 1/2 finger head that fades at a medium pace. The beer is a mostly clear orange slightly toasted golden color.

The nose brings hops right away, with some citrus and pine, and a little tropical fruit, nectarine, orange, and some light musty wet hop resin. There is also a very light malty backbone, but not much for the nose.

Taste brings more of a malty backbone to start. It has a nice crystal and possibly Munich malt flavors, slightly creamy, a nice malty flavor. WIth that comes some spicy hops, fresh hops again with more light musty hop resin, a little pine but almost no citrus now. It has a decent bitterness with a touch of astringency, and some light fruits from the hops, this time more of a peach flavor. It's lightly sweet but not too much. As it finishes it dries even more, and the malts disappear quickly leaving the finish a little flat. The astringency also comes out a little more and gets a little heavy, with a gritty almost cotton mouth feel, and the hop flavors are gone, just the bitter astringent taste.

The mouth starts medium bodied, but gets somewhat gritty and cotton mouth dry on the finish, with decent carbonation.

Drinkability goes down a but with that lingering astringent bitterness and cotton mouth finish. Other than the finish it goes down smoothly and drinks pretty well.

jlindros, Oct 21, 2010
Photo of cjgator3
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle

A- Pours a dark copper color like the color of a penny with an off-white head with good retention and lacing.

S- The aroma is some malt, a hint of caramel and some citrusy hops with a touch of mint leaves in the background as well.

T- The taste is pretty damn solid. A perfect balance of malty goodness and hop bitterness. Pretty darn drinkable.

M- The mouthfeel is between light and medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, Southern Tier Harvest is a wonderful fall seasonal that is definitely worth a try. This comes out the right time of year because it is a perfect football beer. Recommended!

cjgator3, Oct 19, 2010
Photo of KarlHungus
4.43/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a clear light golden color. The head is one inch in height, and recedes quickly into a small cap of lacing. The aroma is of pine resin, and fresh grapefruit. It is so fresh smelling it makes me feel as though I am actually in a forest of pine and grapefruit trees. The taste is similar in character, but not as strong as the aroma. There is also a hint of orange in the finish. Bitterness is well integrated. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Overall, this is a fine beer that I would surely drink again.

KarlHungus, Oct 18, 2010
Photo of alkemy
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A real aggressive pour yielded about three inches of fluffy off-white head atop a clear honey colored brew. The smell is fantastic. There's a big pine hit followed by tropical fruits and a hint of caramel. Taste is really crisp and refreshing. I know this is a fall seasonal, but I'd love to have this in the dog days of summer. Citrus up front followed by a slightly sweet mango note and a lingering bitterness fused with pine. Little to no alcohol presence. All in all, I really liked the crisp feel and refreshing flavors despite the typical fall seasonal most expect. I'd like to see this around all the time.

alkemy, Oct 17, 2010
Photo of Cyberkedi
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear coppery amber with a fine-bubbled off-white head. Aroma is seriously hoppy with evergreen and yeasty hints. Hoppy flavor is evergreen but not too bitter and has hints of fruit and even coffee. Tingly, fizzy texture fairly dances on the tongue.

Cyberkedi, Oct 17, 2010
Photo of jkrich
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle with no freshness date: The label states this is brewed with four varieties of hops and two types of malts. The ale pours a beautiful, clear new penny copper with a fluffy white head the recedes leaving decent lacing.

This has an interesting aroma: hits of bittersweet fruits with a good whiff of malts. The blending of the hops and malt makes for an olfactory delight.

This uniqueness is also evident in the flavor. The initial flavor is sweet and quickly followed by a moderate grapefruity bitterness that again returns to the malt flavor. The website for this brewery mentions the use of english hops as well.

The body is somewhat medium with a moderate carbonation level. The mouthfeel is largely slight with just enough hop bitters to keep it refreshing.

This is my second "harvest" ale in the last few weeks - the other being from Goose Island. While I prefer the Goose Island ale, this is well worth trying.

jkrich, Oct 16, 2010
Photo of Homebrew35
4.68/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a three finger fluffy white head and has a georgeous golden rod honey color.
It has a very nice citrus, floral sweet smell.
Tastes initially sweet, citrusy, some lavender floral character, then smoothly transitions to a medium dry slightly coating finish.
Medium carbing, medium bodied.
Drinks well for me, a few could go down very easily.
This one is well balanced for me. Yum

Homebrew35, Oct 15, 2010
Photo of OakedCanuck
3.28/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz into shaker. from notes.

A - Copper moving to amber, small white head with medium to high carbonation.

S - Citric lemon and orange. Yeasty malt.

T - Hoppy initially with pine and resin. The backend brings around a bready malt, toffee, and slight sugar sweetness.

M - Medium to lighter body and higher carbonation. Slick tongue feel.

D - Decent American ESB, a lighter drinker that isn't overly exciting.

OakedCanuck, Oct 14, 2010
Photo of modernartblues
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Southern Tier consistently fails to disappoint.

A - Nice copper/pale color. Classic. 1/2 inch head, some lacing.

S - Light floral tones of hops. I'm guessing C-hops (nope english only it looks like), but I'm no expert. It's not an over the top nose, but then again its not suppose to be an over the top beer.

T - Hops continue to be the main emphasis, though the bready malt character makes it self known and adds a bit of sweetness. For my palate, a perfect beer. I'm usually disappointed by ESBs that forget to add the hops, but I love the hoppier end of the style and this one fits the mold. An excellent seasonal.

M - Medium-Light.

D - At 6.4% it ain't quite session-able, but I can see myself (happily) trying anyway.

modernartblues, Oct 11, 2010
Photo of dayswonder
4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An awesome fall beer! The color of this beer is a nice caramel/amber color. The smell is pretty hoppy, but some allspice too. Perhaps that comes to mind because of the name harvest.

The taste is delicious. It is a wonderful fall beer that keeps the hops at the forefront. This is not often done or at least I haven't found this happening often will the harvest beers. Mouth feel is definitely creamy and smooth. If I had more to drink I would drink a few more of these tonight. Very drinkable and will be bought again.

dayswonder, Oct 10, 2010
Photo of IronLover
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Copper in color with an amber hue. Poured with excellent clarity and a strong white head that reduced to a thick white cap. Sweet biscuity malt and grapefruit hop aromas. Smooth buttery feel with healthy carbonation. Nice balance of light toasted malt and grapefruit/orange hop flavors with a grapfruit hop finish. wnet down smooth and quickly. Southern Tier never disappoints. IF you didn;t tell me this was an ESB I would have classified it as an APA. Either way, this quickly became one of my favorites.

IronLover, Oct 10, 2010
Photo of micromaniac129
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I don't know how long Southern Tier has been here in the Bucks co. Pa. area, but it is quickly becoming one of my favorite breweries.
There seasonal Harvest is another good beer.
It pours with a nice golden color with very little head production even with a vigorous pour.
Low carbo's.
Very nice aroma being that of citrusy hops. Maybe even some floral in ther too. Lite malt.
To me this beer is sweet tasting, lip smacking sweet. Not soda sweet, malty sweet.
A nice balanced taste with a nice hop bite up front and sweet maltiness up bring up the rear.
A bit light in body, smooth.
You know how when you're making a brew and you pour the sweet malt into the kettle, thats the sweet lips smacking taste that I'm talking about.
This is a good beer, a goto beer.
Drink well my friends.

micromaniac129, Oct 10, 2010
Photo of paco1029384756
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a lightly hazy amber/orange with a small white head.

Scent of caramel, earthy hops, grass, and a hint of citrus. Nothing spectacular, but the scent it balanced and pleasant.

Taste of citrus, grass, some resin, grainy malts, and earth. There is more of a hop presence in the taste than the scent, and I consider that a very good thing.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and clean with an adequate amount of carbonation.

paco1029384756, Oct 09, 2010
Photo of nickfl
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A perfectly clear, copper colored body topped by a dense head of white foam. The head settles slowly and leaves thick lace on the glass.

S - A warm aroma of toasted malt with some light, pine hops and a hint of red apple.

T - Toasted bread notes of sweet malt up front with a bit of toffee. More bready grain in the middle as some musty hop flavor begins to appear. The hop flavor continues to intensify through the finish as sweet, toasted malt and toffee reach a peak. Moderate bitterness is just enough to balance the malt and lingers in the aftertaste with the musty hop flavor and toasted malt that dries out as it slowly fades away.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - Very nice, this ESB manages to hit all the right notes and it remains quite drinkable despite being a significantly stronger than average example of the style. Interestingly it has a somewhat American hop aroma, but the hops turn a bit more musty and British in the flavor. The malt character is well done as well; there is a huge note of toasted malt with just the right amount of sweetness to keep it form becoming burnt tasting and cloying in the finish as it has a tendency to do in some drier beers. I would happily recommend this beer and drink it again.

nickfl, Oct 07, 2010
Photo of babaracas
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear light orange with quick fading white head, couple blobs of lace. Ha, this is an obnoxiously hoppy ESB, excellent. Smell: orange citrus, a hint of pineapple, leafy, a little nutty. Taste: citrus and earthy hops, toasty, toffee, lingering hoppy and toasted finish. Mouthfeel: carbonation is good but it thins out pretty fast. Hoppy with a musty, nutty note... works as a fall seasonal (aug rel.)

babaracas, Oct 07, 2010
Photo of LairdChisholm
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a clear orange color. There is an one finger, off white, head that has great retention. There is significant lacing with a good deal of carbonation bubbles. Great looking brew.

S - Decent nose here. There are citrus hops with notes of orange, pine and a wee bit of lemon.

T - Very smooth rolling flavors. There are some mildly bitter, citrus hops. With notes of orange, pineapple, and lemon, with a slight hint of pine. The is a crisp clean finish.

M - This is really the only category that suffers any. The carbonation seems to die down about half way through drink. Thus, the feel is a little light and it doesn't help in bringing out the flavors. It also makes it a little hard to pallet.

D - This is a wee bit about average ale. The mouth feel is really the only thing that suffers but at the same time it makes this category suffer slightly also.

LairdChisholm, Oct 06, 2010
Photo of AdamBear
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

for anyone that loves a beautifully hopped ale...

A-transparent copper, light tan head

S-smells like a lot of hops and autumn spices, quite impressive!

T-you get a really good, crisp hit of hops. there is a touch of spices that are hidden. the after-taste has a great amount of hoppy bitterness to it

M-medium carbonation and very creamy, smooth finish

D-great, truly drinkable to the last drop and i drank it rather quickly. its gone now and i'm sad, i could drink a lot of these.

AdamBear, Oct 04, 2010
Photo of spinrsx
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance - The beer pours a slightly hazy amber colour with huge frothy beige head. There isn't much carbonation showing, and there is some great lacing. The head lasted for several minutes before it was gone.

Smell - hops, citrus notes, pine, caramel and malts.

Taste & Mouth - there is an average amount of carbonation; and the beer has a nice medium to full bodied taste. Lots of hops and malts at first followed by floral notes and a nuttiness. The beer finishes with a nice balance of hops and malts and a bitter aftertaste.

Drink - Another above average beer by Southern Tier. Worth seeking out.

spinrsx, Oct 04, 2010
Photo of JayQue
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good one!!!! Seems more like a good powerful APA rather than an ESB. Pours a light amber color with a good size white head, good retention and thick patchy lacing.

Smell was a bit weak at first, but the more I drank, the hoppiness in the aroma came out more - citrus and floral hops.

Tasted very good. There is some balance between malt and hops but the hops are definitely stronger. Good bitter start and finish.

Mouthfeel is good. Rich, crisp and a nice hops bite without any alcohol presence.

Drinkability is good. A very pleasant experience (especially for a hophead).

JayQue, Oct 03, 2010
Photo of goldbot
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Mostly clear; coppery and slightly amber color. Thinnish white head that sticks around. Refreshing, floral hops aroma - sweet-smelling with a bit of citrus. Roasted, slightly nutty malt aromas. Sweet caramel malt flavor, some roasted malt as well. Plenty of sweetness mixes well with floral hops. Medium bodied with a slightly-too crisp mouthfeel but refreshing nonetheless. Overall a nice, warming brew for the season.

goldbot, Oct 02, 2010
Photo of trevorjn06
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a copper/light brown with one finger of white head that recedes slowly. There is a thick lacing down the glass.

Aroma is citrusy American hops, some toffee/caramel, nuttiness, light fruits and toasted malts.

Flavor is balanced but fairly hop-forward. There are toasty and sweet malts, bright and slightly earthy hops and more bitterness than I was expecting. Once the beer warms the malts come forward much more. The finish has earthy/herbal hops and some toasted/caramel notes that linger.

Mouthfeel is medium/light with slightly below average carbonation.

Overall this beer is very easy drinking and well balanced once it warms. I enjoyed drinking this and I would drink it again.

trevorjn06, Oct 02, 2010
Photo of PSUDREW
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep golden color, with a tan, foamy head. Lots of lacing
S: Citrusy Nose. Hops come very much to the front. Little bit of grassy floats over and you inhale
T: Grapefruit/lemon up front. nice bit of bread and biscuits following it with a piney resin, and a rather dry finish. mixes together rather nicely
M: kind of creamy
D: this is something I could go with all night

PSUDREW, Oct 01, 2010
Photo of mothman
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into bruery chalice.

Pours 1 finger of off-white head. Color is a very clear golden orange.

Aroma: A very fruity and hoppy nose. Sweet mangoes and pineapple with some orange juice. Earthy pine hops. Some bready malts show. Diggin this one already.

Taste: A lot more bready malts show here. Lots of hop resin. Very juicy hops. Pine for sure. A big citrus blend with pineapple and grapefruit sticking out. Pretty solid esb.

Mouthfeel: Bitter, but creamy. Earthy. Medium bodied with a higher amount of carbonation. Ends dry and sticky.

Overall, a very nice offering from ST. Pretty drinkable. I really like the fruit flavors in this one.

mothman, Oct 01, 2010
Photo of Bendurgin
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this into a tulip. Slightly hazy amber body with a frothy off white head with nice sticky lacing. The smell is full of floral hops and is slightly citrusy. Mostly hops though with nice bitterness and a slight malt aroma kicking around the background. The taste is upfront with grassy hops and a bit of citrus. The finish is bitter and rather earthy. Good mouthfeel on this one. With a medium body and good carbonation I'll pick up more of these.

Bendurgin, Sep 29, 2010
Harvest Ale from Southern Tier Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,473 ratings.