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Harvest Ale - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,450
Reviews: 561
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 12.47%
Wants: 45
Gots: 128 | 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 THORN
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 Fl. Oz. bottle poured into pint glass. Served around 45 f.
A: Hazel brown with random CO2 bubbles releasing from bottom of pint. Thin splotchy white head retained. Leaves splotchy lace around pint.
S: Lemon peel and nutty malts.
T: Bright citrus hops, nutty malts, and sweet bitter linger.
M: Medium to medium light on tongue.
D: Good flavor with no alcohol noticeable. Pretty light on tongue, but refreshing.

THORN, Sep 10, 2010
Photo of glid02
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Leon's Full Service in Atlanta.

Pours a clear light copper color with a one-finger slightly off-white head. The head recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of pale malts with huge amounts of citrus hop aromas. Also present are solid amounts of floral and earthy notes from the hops.

Tastes very similar to how it smells. Light pale malt flavors kick things off and are quickly joined by large amounts of citrus and earthy hop flavors. The hop flavors fade out just a bit midway through the sip allowing the malt flavors to gain more purchase, then carrying through to a moderately bitter finish. The hops have a robust "wet" flavor and there is very little dryness.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with smooth carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass very quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall I was impressed with this beer and this leads me to believe the bottle I had earlier was not all that fresh or the batch variations are quite large. Either way, this is definitely worth a shot if you see it on-tap or in the bottle near the release date, a very nice beer.

glid02, Sep 10, 2010
Photo of droomyster
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear copper with a small head that smells quite hoppy. Zesty aromas are stronger than the toasty malt aromas, but the taste is more balanced. Citrusy and earthy hops dominate the front palate and finish, but toasty and lightly sweet malts shine through on the middle and make the overall experience much rounder. A pleasantly bold seasonal.

droomyster, Sep 10, 2010
Photo of drinkiusmaximus
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear copper color with a fingers width head.

smells of peppery/spicy hops with just a hint of citrous and some malts subdued by the spiciness.

sweet malts with a smooth peppery hop kick.

mouth feel is light to medium.

Drinkability is great, as we round into fall and things are starting to cool i can imagine myself with a few of these to chase the fall chill away.


drinkiusmaximus, Sep 09, 2010
Photo of NCSUdo
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle

A: Clear copper body under a medium sized white head. Not a lot of lace, good retention.

S: Good dose of pine hops and some caramel malt. Aroma leans towards the hops but overall good balance.

T: Some toasted malt, caramel and then the pine hops. Bitterness is medium, not too heavy. Again, pretty good balance.

M/D: Carbonation is slightly prickly, medium bodied. Drinkability is very good. A very balanced beer, very easy to drink.

NCSUdo, Sep 09, 2010
Photo of Tone
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, copper color. One inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and slight lacing. Smells of yeast, sweet malt, slight earthy malt, hops, and a hint of spice. Fits the style of an Extra Special / Strong Bitter. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of floral hops, sweet malt, slight earthy malt, slight yeast, and a hint of spice. Overall, decent aroma, body, and blend.

Tone, Sep 08, 2010
Photo of Docer
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Grabbed a couple of 12oz. bottles to try at the beermongers...

- Dark clear... crystal clear copper... light colored white head... quickly only leaves a ring... light dusting around the basis.

- Bitter hops up front... tea-like qualities... caramel malt, and a wet-hop-like aroma and pine presence... interesting and subtle. I am thinking this brew is burying the scents...

- Wow... great caramel malt backbone... simple malting.. light wheat, tea.... hops galore.. fresh green pine and floral hops... very well balanced and hop forward brew.

- Med. to light bodied... slightly drying, and a tad chewy..

- Overall this is a killer brew... a fresh hop brew? Or just a killer amber with some bad ass hops? I don't know... but it is full of hop flavors... and I like them.

Docer, Sep 06, 2010
Photo of GRPunk
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a nonic pint

A- A moderate pour left a 1-finger, khaki head that drops fairly quickly to a full film. Light carbonation shows through a clean, copper body. Good sticky spots create a nice web.

S- Really nice. Initially, grassy/herbal hops outweigh sweet, caramel malt just a touch. Something says "fresh." Sweetness is upped with a little warmth.

T- Much as the aroma would suggest. Very refreshing at first. Initial jolt of grassy hops are followed by caramel-like malts that edge toward roasted grain. Seems like it's ready to finish slightly sweet before the hops rebound to clean things up.

M- Moderate carbonation paired with significant hopping provides a solid bite. Hops dry the finish.

D- It's a really good drinker. Refreshing, yet full flavored. It's well balanced and makes for a very solid, early fall beer. Fresh, hoppy qualities really say "harvest beer" to me.

Edit: I just came across some notes from a previous tasting (likely last fall), and had very similar comments. However my scores were a little lower A-3-3.5, S-4, T-3.5, M-3.5, D-3.5-4

GRPunk, Sep 05, 2010
Photo of HitokiriNate85
4.45/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Somewhere between gold and orange in color. Great clarity with just a few bubbles drifting here and there. Thick, creamy white head that looks to be sticking to the glass immediately. Leaves behind rings of lace so thick it's practically a wall.

S - Orange citrus, earthy/woody notes against a grainy, bready malt background. It's hard to keep my nose out of the glass.

T - It's something you can see coming when the smell is so clean and inviting. It would be difficult for the taste to be any more similar to the aroma. Light grainy notes and some bready sweetness mixed with earthy/spicy and orange hop notes. It's a short description, but this is what it is. Really, really tasty. Moderate bitterness that lingers without overwhelming.

MF - Medium bodied and finishes on the dry side. Leaves a light coating in the mouth.

D - 6.4% isn't all that high, but I wouldn't have guessed it. I would love to have this beer around all the time. Easy drinking and flat out delicious. My favorite beer from Southern Tier. If you can find this while it's in season, don't pass it up.

HitokiriNate85, Sep 05, 2010
Photo of ksimons
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A-poured into a chalice, is a clear golden orange with a thin layer of lacing around the top

S-a pine hop smell with a bit of malts and spice

T-taste starts off pretty bitter and then sort of mellows out due to the malts.

M-light refreshing body, moderate carbonation, with a smooth dry finish

D-I can see this being very drinkable, not my favorite style, but not bad either

ksimons, Sep 04, 2010
Photo of r0nyn
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Split with fellow BA infi. Poured into a nonic pint glass.

Appearance is pale, really transparent orange. I can watch TV through this brew, it's that clear. There's a moderate sized head that quickly dissipates and leaves flecks of slippery lacing. Not too many bubbles can be seen. Smell is full of grapefruit and hops, pretty grassy with a lot of citrus. Bit intimidating for someone like me who prefers his beers on the milder side of hoppy.

Bitter and hoptastic opening bite, with the citrus fruitness from the nose. Mellows out quickly into a solid malty backbone that is remarkably pleasing. The finish is full of roasted barley, some yeast and a slight tinge of breadiness. The hoppy bitterness lingers into the aftertaste, but isn't overwhelming. The taste is very well-balanced, which is a pleasant surprise. The brew is medium-bodied and goes down smooth, which adds to the overall enjoyment.

This is surprisingly drinkable, I have to say, even for someone who doesn't particularly care for hops. Thanks to the balanced taste and pleasing mouthfeel, my first ESB experience was an enjoyable one. Might actually have to give some more of these a shot!

r0nyn, Sep 04, 2010
Photo of infi
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle, courtesy of BA r0nyn.

Poured into a nonic pint.

Pour is a dark-golden liquid amber with a sizable foamy white head with little retention and low amounts of lacing. Average at best. Smell is considerably and legitimately hoppy. Nothing else is detectable, regardless of what is written on the label. Can't find any malt or barley presence. Overall, very piney and full of grapefruit citrus character.

Taste is actually very surprising; a complete mind explosion in regards to the smell. Initially, the flavor profile begins with a big bready malt backbone and then transitions into a beautiful barley phase- very grainy and nutty in taste. This all ends on a nice humming bitterness that is calm on the tongue and essentially an afterthought. The whole taste experience took me aback and left me amazed.

Mouthfeel is generously carbonated and light-bodied, with the drinkability being deservingly high. Basically, this beer is not as bitter as one might expect and fulfills the flavor responsibility quite nicely. Bravo Southern Tier!

infi, Sep 04, 2010
Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.43/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A - Pours a nice straight foreword copper color with a white .5 inch head that recedes quick and leaves some lacing and a nice film.

S - Aroma is delicious of some grassy hops and roses. Slight spices as well as some bready and grainy malt. Aroma is very pleasant and inviting. The nose has some slight grapefruit and pineapple. Love the cascade hops.

T - Taste starts off with a dry hoped grassy flavor. Nice slight citrus notes. Then is quickly mellowed out by a very nice malty flavor with great toasty and fresh baked bread flavors. I would say this is more of an American IPA takes on an ESB because the hops tend to be more prominent but they don't overwhelm or kick you in the teeth like some IPAs do (BTW I love this). This beer is still very solid with some slight caramel that is well off-set by the hops but good enough balance that could be used as a gateway beer. Definitely wish this wasn't a seasonal.

M & D - Nice and light-medium body with a good tasty and spicy mouthfeel that is very appropriate for the season yet not bad for warmer hours of the day. Drinkability is very high. Delicious.

JoEBoBpr, Sep 04, 2010
Photo of FuzzyGuy84
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Orange-copper color, a little lighter than a typical Octoberfest style, for comparison. Fluffy head with staying power and serious bubbles. Light in body and nearly translucent.

S - Mid smell overall. Pumpkin pie spice, and nutmeg balance with some floral hops.

T - I was expecting more "Harvest" taste from this, whatever that means, but overall it's a pleasant beer. Balanced hops with some roasted malt undertone, it's certainly appropriate for fall weather. Not getting the spices on the tongue that I was able to smell.

FuzzyGuy84, Sep 02, 2010
Photo of Mastodactyl
1.02/5  rDev -73.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

A- The beer first begins with a one finger head that within 5 minutes disappears completely leaving amazing lacing. The beer has a clear light orange body with a good amount of carbonation bubbles. This is not good.

S- You first smell the pine hops, then the bitter, then the smooth malts. Again, a little too much.

T- There is some hop, but mostly bitterness. Not exactly drinkable.

M- Watery, some carbonation.

D- Couldn't really drink this beer all season, if all day for that matter. Maybe I had a bad bottle. Hopefully Pumking is better.

Serving type: bottle

Mastodactyl, Sep 01, 2010
Photo of rootbeerman
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: pours golden amber with a finger of off white head that settled to a thin layer. a decent amount of lacing.
S: sweet grassy hops and malt, light pine.
T: the bitter is like a less potent less sweet IPA. a dry slightly grainy malt. hops a bitter grassy and earthy.
M: dry and bubbly.
D: session-ing is possible, very good overall.

rootbeerman, Aug 31, 2010
Photo of pdoran10
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours out a deep clear. golden color. almost amber, very llittle head, a bit of lacing.

smell is nice citrusy hops, orange, grapefruit, some light caramel malt.

taste is decently malty up front with much less citrus from the hops than the smell. finishes very bitter.

mouthfeel is good for style, moderate carbonation and thick but not overly malted. comes across crisp.

an drinking easy drinking ESB.

pdoran10, Aug 31, 2010
Photo of majesticsock
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A very golden color with a sexy pure white head. Smells likes autumn, I feel like I'm stepping out of my warm apartment into the crisp October morning air. Very up front hoppy taste which gives way to a more traditional ocktoberfest brew with a hint of spice. Very thick when swooshing it around the mouth, but I think I could drink quite a few of these.

majesticsock, Aug 29, 2010
Photo of Buebie
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poures a pale amber, golden, transparent. Half inch white head, lace rings line the glass.

Smells of fruity hops, pine and grapefruit. Pretty damn hoppy actually, breadyness and sweet malt with a rye like spice.

Malt abundance in flavor with spicy rye, plenty of malt and grain flavor. Hops bittering through the finish with pine and more sweet floral fruity hops.
Feel is light and crisp.

A solid contender for the style, definatly fit my hop needs well and is balanced to boot.

Buebie, Aug 27, 2010
Photo of Bighuge
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale and hazy golden. Light and fluffy white head. Lacing is pretty full. Cascade like grapefruit aroma mixed in with some light toffeeish malt. Firm malt base of toffee and caramel. Bright and exuberant hop flavor. Resiny and spicy and a little of that garlic/onion character. Medium bodied at best and creamy. Solid beer.

Bighuge, Aug 27, 2010
Photo of silentjay
4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a reddish/orange/copper with a small-bubbled and dense white head that raises the 12oz bottle up to the top of my 16oz. Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.

nice, an autumn seasonal that doesn't smell like pumpkin, spices, and/or caramel. leafy, piney, grassy, floral hops are abundant in this one hinting at the fresh hops the "harvest" name alluded to. some biscuity malts are detected as well.

Flavor is in line with the aroma of fresh leafy hops. Floral, grassy, and a bit fruity until the biscuity malts come back into the picture. borders on being an "east coast ipa" but the malt backbone and bitter hops are akin of an ESB. rather unique, refreshing, tasty, and a welcome change concerning fall seasonals.

mouthfeel is on the light side of medium. similar to an ESB, but with a hop oil resin left on the palate that is rather pleasing and keeps the slightly bitter hop flavors around for a while.

drinks well. a bit too strong ABV-wise to have many in a sitting, but I want to.

silentjay, Aug 24, 2010
Photo of VelvetExtract
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Light gold with good head.

S-Citrus hops, some pine hops. Grassy.

T-Citrus hops, some pine. Hop foward. Not very hoppy. Tastes like an IPA.

M-Medium body. Refreshing.

D-Strong taste but still pretty easy to imbibe. I'm a fan.

Tastes like a good harvest this year.

VelvetExtract, Aug 19, 2010
Photo of ommegangpbr
4.38/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Excited to try this one on for size. This drinks like a solid, hoppy pale ale with those signature edges of ESB bitterness. Some toffee and some tea underline the fresh, quality, tasty hops (mostly of the citrus variety with herbal bits).
A really nice option when you want something with lots of hops without the serving being too heavy. There's a refreshing quality to Southern Tier's Harvest Ale. It's a bit of a shame that this isn't available year round but it's something to look forward to at the end of summer. It's also a nice reminder that Pumking is just around the corner! Mmmmm...Pumking.

ommegangpbr, Aug 09, 2010
Photo of TMoney2591
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

I needed another bottle to finish my mixed sixer at Rick's, so I picked this guy. Exciting, I know. It pours a clear golden straw topped by a finger of white foam. The nose comprises wheat, cotton, flowers, and buttery biscuits. The taste holds notes of banana, orange peel, hoppy bitterness, and wheat. The body is light, with a lightly moderate carbonation and a smooth feel. Overall, a solid offering, one to grab again if I ever need to finish another mixed sixer.

TMoney2591, Jun 24, 2010
Photo of brystmar
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: light gold with tons of frothy head. Massive carbonation bubbles up from the bottom. Generous amounts of lace adorn the sides of my glass.

S: hops up front, malt, citrus & tropical fruits too.

T: from the name & wheat pics on the bottle I expected this to be a wit, so I was obv surprised when it showed itself to be somewhere between a pilsner an an IPA. Hops up front again as this beer is bitter start to finish. I typically don't enjoy very bitter beers but this is quite pleasant.

M: smooth, light, & oily with lots of carbonation.

D: easy drinking, could throw back a few of these.

brystmar, Apr 09, 2010
Harvest Ale from Southern Tier Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,450 ratings.