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

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(Beer added by: John on 10-19-2003)
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Photo of CaptDavyJones
3.8/5  rDev -1%
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
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
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
4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
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
3.8/5  rDev -1%
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
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
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
3.79/5  rDev -1.3%
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
4/5  rDev +4.2%
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
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
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
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
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
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
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

Photo of Brunite
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Deep golden orange...tons of sticky lace

S: Hmm...hops

T: Bitter! Harvest ale? Hops predominate...some bready notes.

M: Medium...sticky

O: Like others...I thought this wa gonna be an O-fest. Then...I see it labeled as an ESB.

This is not balanced enough IMHO to be a great ESB. It is too hop-forward. There is some grainy biscuit notes...but they are only evident later on on the palate.

This is a great IPA...if that is what it were. Tastes great...off on style. Oh well....

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to mjtiernan for sending me this one!

Pours a clear copper orange with a 1 inch puffy bone colored head that settles to a thin cap. Very thin rings of lace line the glass on the drink down in a very tight pattern. Smell is of fresh herbal and citrus zest hops with some caramel malt/biscuit notes. Taste is of herbal and citrus zest hops with a solid sweet malt backbone. Mild hop bitterness quickly fades after each sip. A lower level of carbonation with a smooth mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good ESB from Southern Tier. I am glad I got to try this one.

Photo of DIM
3.1/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

a: This was a slightly chill hazed, golden amber color. It was served to me with a small, wisp of a head.

s: Biscuity aromas with some caramel and mild, leafy hops. There just isn't all that much to the aroma.

t: Mild overall, kind of bland actually. Pale malts with a biscuit-like note backed by more bitter than flavorful herbal hops.

m: Medium body with fizzy carbonation.

o: My bad for ordering this, I was hoping for a hopped to hell harvest ale. This wasn't bad, just more balanced the the name led me to believe.

Photo of tzieser
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

poured from a 12oz bottle into a standard pint glass.

a: clear, light copper in color. thin white head that kinda sits there for a while and forms a lacing.

s: strong grassy, piney hop aroma with notes of caramel malt. seems to be heavily dry hopped. i like it.

t: bitter pine hop flavor hits first with a little bit of relief from the malt, but it never really helps balance the beer altogether. there really isn't much of a body to this beer which gives it a somewhat watery character.

m: thin, watery mouthfeel.

i expected a bit more out of this brew. there's no bottle date anywhere to be seen on the packaging, but it's relatively fresh. i've had better ESBs.

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a Sam Adams Perfect Pint

Pours a solid clear, clean copper with a 2 finger head that fades to a 1/4 inch tight bubbled head. The smell has a buttery malt tone, bready, with a hint of spice, followed by a big piny hop presence, very floral. The taste has also has a buttery malt taste, buscuity, spice, floral hops, and ends on a bitter finish. The mouth feel is a light to medium feel, creamy and smooth going down, crisp and bitter going down. All in all this beer is great, lots of nice hop flavors with a solid malt back solid Bitter from ST.

Photo of slassy
3.43/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 Oz. Bottle into a pint glass

A: Pours a very small white head and is a copper/dark honey color. Perfect color for a fall seasonal.

S: Very malty at first with subtle notes of pine and hops.

T: Very smooth and light malt flavor, pleasant hoppy aftertaste. Not too overbearing, the malts and hops trade in your mouth smoothly so neither dominates the palate.

M: Medium smooth- goes down pretty easy and definitely wouldn’t be overwhleming to drink multiple in a sitting.

O: Was looking for a good fall seasonal and chose this because I was a big fan of Souther Tier’s 2X IPA. Definitely not ‘bad‘ by any means, however it left a little to be desired- just didn’t have as much of the autumn tones and feel I was expecting. Would definitely recommend to a non-craft drinker, however.

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

A - Pours a "harvest" amber-orange, with a light one finger head that dissipates rather quickly

S - Very earthy smell, some piney hops, resin, a bit of a caramel backbone, some biscuit.

T - Very malty and bitter taste. It's like a bitter malt. A bit of pined hops, almost has the taste of perhaps a crouton with just a little bit of a sweet finish

M - Decent amount of carbonation, it's rather crisp, goes down really smooth.

Overall - I thought it was a decent beer. There was nothing remarkable about it, but it felt like it was right on the verge of being a very good beer. But quite quaffable and refreshing

Photo of outdoorbrewer
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer poured a nice creamy head, kinda white, lasting a long time covering an orange-brown bright brew that looked so good. Kudos to the brewer for that head which holds out. Beautiful aroma big time hop fruit tropical citrus pine totally west coast so to speak. Flavor has a huge hop presence that easily stomps out the malt. Get more balance in the finish as some specialty malts bust through. Lots of hops went into making this beer. Ah, cool idea although it was different from what I usually look for in my autumn beer. Enjoying this anyway!

Photo of gezondheid
2.83/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A bit early for a harvest ale. Supposed fresh English hops. Not likely. Nice fall look and color. Nose is the first give away that something is missing first taste confirms. Metallic pineapple juice finish. A decent beer. But not a stand out in the harvest category.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 ounce pint - $5.50 at Taco Mac in Canton, Georgia.

Appearance: Handed across the bar a clear, dark copper-gold body (looks like brewed tea), with a thin coating of white suds. Standard laceworks on the way down.

Smell: Pale malts with some soundly bready and biscuit-hinted notes to it and sweetish touch of golden syrup, maybe an infinitesimal bit of light caramel. Modestly spicy, fruity as well.

Taste: Bready, biscuity maltiness given a thin drizzle of treacle for a kiss of sweetness. Earthy, spicy hops with some dried lemon peel. Moderate bitterness. Some late fruitiness with a rebound of sugar for a hint of candied apple. Bittersweet, earthy finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation.

Overall: Harvest Ale is an enjoyable, quaffable brew for early Sunday morning drinking.

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