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Harvest Ale - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,538
Reviews: 574
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 12.24%
Wants: 50
Gots: 164 | FT: 1
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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

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Beer added by: John on 10-19-2003

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Ratings: 1,538 | Reviews: 574
Photo of Daniellobo
4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
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
3.11/5  rDev -19%
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
4.09/5  rDev +6.5%
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
4.24/5  rDev +10.4%
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
4.36/5  rDev +13.5%
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
3.72/5  rDev -3.1%
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
4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
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!

Photo of CaptDavyJones
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a clear dark copper color from a 12 bottle, with ABV on the label.
Nice one finger head frothy head that dissipates fairly quickly to a thin film. Good head retention and carbonation.
Aroma is high on hops, right from the moment the bottle was cracked open. Floral hops with hints of fruity esters/citrus in the nose.
Taste is a blend of hops with malts and some sweetness. However, it didn't feel very balanced. The flavors were sort of all over the place, which is not bad, but didn't work for me in this case.
Excellent lacing all along the insides of the glass. Visually this beer is almost picture perfect.
Easy to drink harvest ale, which is not the best ESB, but is worth a try.

Photo of MDDMD
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-golden brown color with with alight tan head which dissipates with light lacing

S-citrus and floral notes with a bready malt aroma

T-a nice pine and citrus flavor blended with creamy malts and a balanced hop finish

F-medium body with light carbonation

O-an interesting tasty ale for harvest time

Photo of CampusCrew
4.32/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: golden with some good head rentention and lacing

smell: nice citrus herbal nose

taste: perfect balance of hops and toasty malts, well done!

mouthfeel: medium bodied

drinkability: I really lie kthis beer and it was a pleasant suprise. not extreme, just well done.

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

A: Poured a hazy gold color with good carbonation and a nice white cap

S: Nose is a nice fresh hop scent that balances the malt aroma nicely. A bit biscuity and some light citrus. T

T: The taste is good. It has a lightly bitter and earthiness flavor that goes down smooth and finishes dry with bread and light citrus.

M: The mouthfeel is good. It is a lighter bodied beer with good carbonation.

O: Good, easy to drink

Photo of turnstile
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Wouldn't have guessed this one was a ESB.

Poured dark golden with some reddish hue and moderate head retention. Great lacing and carbonation that sticks around as a ring of foam around the pint glass. Agitating the brew kicks up a nice, creamy head and aromas of piney, floral and citrusy hops. Great malt backbone lends a toasty, biscuity flavor. Becomes a little boozey as it warms. ABV definitely detectable here. The hop profile follows through to the palate where piney and resiny flavors are present. Moderate bitterness in a finish that lingers for a good amount of time. Medium-full bodied; chewy for this style of beer. Carbonation is low and leaves the brew slick and syrupy. Drank more like a well-hoped pale ale rather than a bitter. Still a good, sturdy brew for celebrating the harvest season.

Photo of clint1019
3.67/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Deep gold color with a cream colored head.

S - Sweet caramel aroma along with a grapefruit and spice aroma.

T - Malty caramel flavor with a fruityness. Finishes with a medium hop bitterness.

M - Medium bodied with a light carbonation.

O - A pretty decent harvest ale. Has some nice flavors and is a well balanced beer.

Photo of philbe311
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Limited head which is never truly materializes... Instead there is a thin fizzy lacing that leaves a splotchy whimsical lacing and slight collar... A slightly deep amberish orange color with just a touch of haziness and a faint red hue... Filled with moderately paced carbonation throughout... A bit a lacing clings to the sides of the glass...

S - Warm bready malts... A touch of golden raisins... A very light caramel presence... Just the slightest notes of earthy hops...

T - A near perfect match with its aroma... The hops are just a smidgen more pronounced and the malts are a smidgen less pronounced... The result is a very nice balance that has a surprising bit of complexity...

M - Medium bodied... A touch of silkiness... Sleek and rather smooth... Very light carbonation...

D - Insanely quaffable... I was shocked to notice the 6.7% ABV... I could drink several in a sitting while enjoying each and every sip along the way... This is a quality offering from Southern Tier...

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

on tap at Mad Mex in Mt Lebanon, Pa. the special of the week 22oz pour for 5 smackaroos...
nice color, clear efferensence with good glass lacing. color a honeyed amber. The smell speaks hops- beer listed as an esb but description focuses on the hops and the hops I would say is the defining characteristic of this beer. Not an esb per say, but a hop forward ale. I really liked this beer. Great mouthfeel and a subtle complex flavor profile. The malt is there but the hops is the lingering taste, still does not dominate, like the balance and the body of this beer. I would agree, hoppy enought to satisfy and stand up to spicy(mexican) but with a deep enough body to speak of fall. First harvest of the season and a good one. 3rd favorite ST so far after Pumking and Chokolat.

Photo of tkepx182
3.18/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A crisp amber copper color. a nice head with small carbonation bubbles, that left a white ring that stayed around.

S: mostly smelled like hops

M: It is a smooth beer, with a nice crispness in the mouth

T: The hops and the barley covered over any other flavors that would have been in the beer

O: This is a good beer, I was impressed by it

Photo of BB1313
4.04/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a brandy glass. Pours a transparent shiny golden, slightly on the darker side; nice color. The head isn't huge, but it leaves decent lacing. Great funky aromas! It has that nice onion/garlic aroma going on, which is reminiscent of an IPA. Smells like an IPA, but tastes like an ESB! Works for me. Bitter flavors, but not over the top.. lots of fruity berries, along with some pine. I'm also getting alot of caramel and a touch of cocoa. The flavors aren't overly complex, but right on for the style. Mouthfeel is fine, lighter side of medium-bodied. Finishes slightly dry with a tad of juiciness that lingers. Very easy to drink and it's enjoyable on this cooler night.

First time having this one, and I enjoyed it. There's not much to complain about, enojoyable for the style, but the aromas take this one to another level, IMO. Recommended.

Photo of JWU
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle poured into my trusty mug.

A- a light copper. Certainly lighter that most ESB's. a little fluffy white head, dissipates kinda quick, no lacing down the glass.

S- Piney Hops. The smell is very close to Old Man Winter Ale from S.T. I certainly hope it's not as hop dominant as that one.

T- well crap, it's like Old Man Winter. Hops punch hard up front, the ESB malt billing (Biscuit, a bit of caramel, tea) try to fight through, but do so half-heartedly. Resiny, piney hops are bitter on the back end and you get a bit of the bitter part of the ESB.

M- actually not as dry as I thought it would be, but it's quite thin for an ESB.

O- another "tweener" beer from Southern Tier. I much prefer when they stay true to style (their IPA's, Stouts) than hop up an existing style. Good, but not great.

Photo of BARFLYB
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 12oz single bottle into a glass, nearing the autumn season.

STHA goes in the glass with a golden semi rusted old penny look with a very dismal cap up top that is a lighter shade of white. No stick.

Being an ESB in style I was expecting a mountain of malt, but it was hops instead. Smell is pretty herbal with some pine backing and quite a bit of earf. The malt peeks out with some bisc.

Taste is opposite for an ESB as the hops take center stage. It's not west coast citrusy but more earthy with pine, grass and floral ability. Any citrus from the green guys is drowned out by these elements. Malt makes a small play and narrowly balances the playing field, although a lot of grass in aftertaste.

Not as smooth as ESB's off the pump at Memphis taproom, or the bottle for that matter, but im not docking points here as im not a fan of that shit anyway. Body is a step up from light with some bubbles and life on the tounge. Im not digging the aftertaste as it's long.

Not really an ESB IMO but it's all good by me, hoppy pale ale with English malt is what im thinking. Glad I found this within a month of bottling as it's quite delicious and flavorful in it's own Southern Tier way without all the alcohol. I would do a sixer of this on a Sunday in a second.

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

A delicious and hoppy Harvest Ale that makes for a seamless transition from zestier and drier IPA's of summer and into a the richer and fuller flavors of fall.

This August-releases ale pour a deep amber color with strans of orange and gold perpherating the edges. A light and creamy white foam builds on top of the beer and proves to withstand the session very well while trailing with mild lace on the glass. A very appealing and nearly-brightly clear beer.

A mix of zesty hops and musty fruit mingle about the nose, all with the underpinning of light caramel and biscuit malt. The hoppy aromas of tangerine, pineapple, and grapefruit also carry a 'leafy' green character from the leaves of hops. This somewhat grassy character gives an herbal roundness that makes these aromas somewhat of a standout.

Fortified sweetness also sets the flavor profile apart from the stles of IPAs and take the shape of mild caramel, corn sugar, and confectioner's sugar. While milder in balance, the malt character allows for the hop forward lupulin character to shine. Oranges, ruby red grapefruit, nectarines, apprictos, pineapple, and freshly cut grasses deliver a plethera of hop flavor and with the herbal musty notes that round the citrus bitterness while rejecting any vegital flavor. The beer goes from an early balance of malty sweetness, to a well balance mid palate, and then with hop bitter dominance in finish. That's a lot of procession for a taste to go through with only a variety of two types of malts and two types of hops!

Medium bodied early as the impression of malt sweetness and creamy carbonation weighs on the tongue, but the richness gives way to the drying effect of alcohol and hop resins going into finish. Slightly warming and with a zesty, snappy bitterness late, the beer finishes very crisp, clean, and refreshing.

Hop intensity allows for an extended finish, and carrying only the most modest hint of caramel into aftertaste. A highly drinkable beer that whets the whistle on these hot autumn days, but satisfying for cooler nights as well.

Photo of tdm168
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark copper-brown with 1/4" of head with nice retention. Very clear with noticeable carbonation. There's a nice mellow citrus smell from the hops in the nose along with some mellow malt. Taste is actually quite hoppy. Nice citrusy hop character up front with a smooth light malt character follows. Well balanced though the hops definitely take center stage here. Mouthfeel is crisp and smooth; very drinkable.

This is a nice alternative to the pumpkin and marzen soaked market that fall brings. It's definitely a hop heads fall beer.

Photo of HoosierInOhio
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Light Amber to Orange, can see through it

S - Hops, yeast, a little caramel?

T - Crisp, some hops, not overpowering, good. Reminds me of a lager somewhat

M - Good mouthfeel, makes you want to keep drinking

O - Pretty good, honestly wasn't expecting much with this but surprised

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Harvest Ale from Southern Tier Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 1,538 ratings.