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Harvest Ale - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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1,528 Ratings
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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 BrewCrew2010
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Copper body with a small off-white head; light sticky lacing.

S: Caramel malt sweetness is the initial nose followed by some fruity hops.

T: Upfront flavor is some citrus hops and spcies, balanced with a touch of sweetness and grainy malts. Nicely balanced.

M: Light to medium body; clean and lean texture; low to medium carbonation.

O: Would have loved to have this one fresh. I'll probably pick up more this coming fall. 4-5 of these in one sitting easy. Very easy to drink, not too hard on the wallet, good representative of the style, and easy to find.

Photo of Knapp85
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Harvest ale pours out as a deep amber color with a yellowish colored head on top. The heads a little foamy and kind of leaves a little lacing. The smell of the beer is a little sweet and has a decent amount of caramel on the nose. Theres a little bit of hops in there too to counter the sweetness. The taste is also a little sweet but has a good backbone of malts and some spices also. The mouthfeel is pretty smooth and has a medium body. Overall it's a nice drinkable brew that I'd probably drink again.

Photo of chumba526
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears clear gold with a small white head.

It smells of caramel malts, fruit and grassy hops.

It tastes like grainy and bready malt. I get a mild malt flavor and a nice fruity citrus and grassy like hoppy flavor.

There is ample carbonation to this beer.

The drinkability is very good the beer goes down very smoothly.

Overall a great beer. It is smooth and flavorful.

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

From fall tasting notes (2010): Clear, amber body with a frothy, white head, rapidly diminishing. Aroma like a pale ale with light caramel and more hops than malts. Notes of resein, flowers, pine and bread. A hint of dough. The flavor is moderately sweet and lightly to moderately bitter. It finishes lightly to moderately sweet and moderately bitter. Medium body, watery texture and lively carbonation. Lingering bitterness in the finish. A little too heavy on the hops, but overall a good beer. Not for the seeker for autumn style however.

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

From notes. At new beer bar Hop Haven in Beervana.

Pours clear, reddish copper, moderate activity, and an impatient thin white head that doesn't leave much of a trace as it leaves.

Very balanced with diverse hoppy and malty aromas blending well together.

Faintly malty sweet with rich malty flavors and ecclectic hoppy influences merging and balancing delightfully with medium/low bitterness.

Smooth, medium body, light viscosity, clean finish.

Tasty, balanced, smooth and easy drinking. ST gets it done again!

Photo of mjyoung
3.35/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Split with bbb099

A: Pours a golden amber, 1/2 finger creamy white head that dissipated slowly with respectable lacing. Looks quite tasty.

S: The hops come through quite strong, very bitter. It fits the name quite well.

T: The hops are strong, but not overpoweringly so. A small hint of citrus, but other then that it is fairly nondescript.

M: Very pleasant, it lingers on the palate leaving a smooth aftertaste with a hint of bitters. That being said, it isn't that memorable.

D: I'd drink it again. It went down quite smoothly, and I kind of want another one already.

Photo of adamette
3.45/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Live review. Poured from the 12 oz. brown bottle that I purchased as a single at Save-On in Mentor for $1.68 two days ago into my Cooperstown Beverage Trail pint glass. No observed "best by" date but the following faintly printed below the label: 121 A3 09:25 whatever that might mean.

A Off white creamy head that leaves moderate lacing over a translucent caramel colored body. 3.5

S Floral hops bitterness and some grainy barley smells. Appropriate to the style. 3.0

T Heavy on the Barley, grain taste. The hops surprisingly take a back seat in the taste. I had expected them to be more prominent after smelling the beer. 3.5

M Appropriately moderate with the hops and barley "beefing up" the feel. 3.0

D Good as is the intention of the style in my opinion. 4.0

Notes: Ho-hum version of the style from Southern Tier. In their defense, this style does not often inspire much from me.

Photo of philbertk
3.15/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Southern Tier Brewing Company--HARVEST Seasonal Special Ale--Brewed with 4 Varieties of Hops and 2 Types of Malts--2010 12 oz. Bottle. 6.40% ABV. 35 IBU's? (3.5 / 5.0) Big foamy thin fizzy lacy off white head. Clear pretty thin bright copper amber color. Crisp toasted mild hop front. Thin textured light sweet toasted caramel biscuit fruit hint body. Clean crisp mild hop spice refreshing smooth slightly bland Harvest end. Sampled 12/4/2010 from 6-Pack purchased for $9.99 @ Mr. J's Deli Mart on 12/4/2010.

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

Imbibed at Finnegan's in Plainfield, IL 12/03/2010.

Appearance -- Pours a maple syrup hue with one constant finger of creamy white head. Splendid.

Smell -- Citrus pith, pine resin, honey malt, and a faint mineral quality that I can't put my finger on. Still pretty good.

Taste -- Hops are present but reserved with juicy citrus and pine resin with a sturdy bitterness baseline throughout. Malts are lightly caramelized. Lingering flavor of grapefruit pith.

Mouthfeel -- Medium-bodied with ample prickly carbonation. The feel of this beer is on point.

Drinkability -- Wow. Quite good. I'm a fan. I liken it to the pantheon of what I can AIPA's (Almost IPA's): the malt base is still where much of the flavor is derived, but the hop profile is noteworthy. Really good stuff. I'll be keeping an eye out for this next Fall.

Photo of Samp01
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an orange/amber with a small short lived head. Aroma of sweet malt, floral earthy hops, sweet spices. Taste of sweet caramel malts, some slight tones of grapefruit sweet spices and bitter hops. Palate is nice med body, good carbonation, smooth mouth feel. Finish is hoppy bitter hops, sweet malts, some grapefruit and other sweet spices, ends with some sweet bitter maltiness. Overall a very nice flavorfull, tasty and well balanced brew.

Photo of metter98
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is light copper in color and poured with a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface. A light amount of carbonation is visible from the rising bubbles.
S: Aromas of pine resin hops dominate the nose.
T: The overall taste is well balanced between malty and bitter flavors; there are also some notes of citrus and hints of malty sweetness.
M: It feels light-bodied and smooth on the palate with a medium amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is extremely easy to drink and goes down very smoothly.

Photo of DrDemento456
4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pretty nice dark amber, not too dark but little head due to old beer for a holiday season.

S - Smells pretty nice, with an abundance of hops and malts that play together it smells like a party in my glass.

T - Wow almost reminds me of a 2xIPA version of an Oktoberfest. With slight grain and caramel malt along side of some citrus hops, I am enjoying this brew.

M - Medium to light and very drinkable.

D - Wow it seems that ST has got it right on this one. With a nice malt backing the hops it almost makes it as drinkable as 2XIPA but not as much since it is old. Will have to try next years fresh batch.

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

Poured from 12oz bottle into 16oz Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass.

Appearance: Golden-orange in color with a medium white head that dissipates fairly quickly and leaves behind small spots of lace.

Smell: A bit of biscuity malt, backed up by strong floral and earthy notes.

Taste: Begins sweet and biscuity with a mild citrus hint, finishing with a floral flavor that lingers on the palate.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with light carbonation and a slightly dry finish.

Drinkability: An excellent beer- well-rounded hop and malt flavors and, while this one may lean more toward the hops, it has a unique flavor that doesn't smack you with bitterness.

Photo of jpro
4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a sixer at Total Wine yesterday... after a long day, here goes... into a Sam Adams "Perfect Pint" glass -

A: Pours a vibrant, clear, light copper orange with a one finger cream head; nice webs of lace and good head retention.

S: Citrusy hops and a hint of pine; toast and cracked grains; some malt sweetness in there, too; impressed / surprised by the hop profile here.

T: Piney hops and some citrus rind give way to bready malts and some caramel; finishes with some zesty / grassy hops and a little more malt sweetness.

M: Nothing too crazy... medium bodied (a bit on the heavier side of medium); moderate carbonation; a touch oily.

D: Very drinkable; this one really hits the spot... probably the hoppiest ESB I've ever had, though. But, good - I think I'd rank it as my favorite ST beer so far (up there with Unearthly as one of their most enjoyable, in my opinion).

Photo of scottfrie
3.38/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into Old Rasputin nonic pint. Big thanks to SneezyAchew for sending me a couple of these!

A: Pours a light copper with lemon highlights under two fingers of dense, oily white head that slowly faded into a thin scum leaving a sheet of sticky lacing down the glass.
S: Light notes of fruity hops and roasted grains. Sweet smelling.
T: Nice roasted malt and toasted grain taste, with notes of lemon juice and sweet fruity hops in the finish. Aftertaste has a touch of black tea flavor to it. Bitterness is very low.
M: Medium body with a fair amount of bubbly carbonation and a greasy mouthfeel.
D: A very balanced brew and easy enough to drink. Mouth was a just a tad over oily for my liking, but not bad. Thanks again Michael for sending me these!

Photo of FredTheSeal
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A - Pours with a 1 finger white head. Dissipates to a thin head that lingers with some lacing. Clear copper in color.

S - A suprising amount of citrus and pine hop aroma. Slight caramel/sweet smell behind that mixed with mild alcohol. If I didn't see the label, I would think this was an an American IPA.

T - Citrus and piney hops. I didn't get much past the hops until i was about half way through the glass. Then i started to get a slight sweetness and alcohol after the hops faded. Slightly earthy undertones.

M - medium-high carbonation, light-medium body.

D - I'm definitely a hop head and this has a great hop flavor without being overpowering. With the light body and moderate flavor i could drink a 6 pack easily.

Photo of brewcrew76
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Clear orange with a fluffy white head and considerable sticky lacing.

S - Earthy, herbal, mineral hops with maybe a touch of grapefruit rounded out by caramel, crystal malts.

T - Minerally hops up front with sweet caramel in the middle followed by earthy, herbal lingering hops.

M - Medium body with a dry lingering finish.

D - A solid esb.

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

Pours a light amber with some copper highlights, and a fairly thin head. Smells somewhat grainy and a touch buttery. Some clean malt and some light earthy hops rounds it out. Tastes pretty similar, with buttery overtones and a firm malt and grain base. Somewhat savory as well, almost like salted caramel, but not all that sweet. Smooth, somewhat chewy, and with a nice salty sweet finish interlaced with some bitterness. I like it, and it seems appropriate for the fall.

Photo of Chaney
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Fairly clear harvest orange, with about a fingers worth of solid white head, and carbonated bubbles that slowly made its way to the surface.

S: Very subtle in the aroma department. Just a mild bready maltiness with a tinge of hop bitterness poking through.

T: Biscuity and has the aftertaste of the worlds best croissant! A little bit of citrus kick is just what the beer needed and provides nicely. Very English in its subtleties.

M: Not too sweet at all ... the breadiness keeps that aspect in check. The carbonation is great, and the lacing is perfect for the style.

D: This is a pretty high octane ESB by any standard, but I certainly didn't detect any of that. Good stuff!

Photo of aglose45
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Pours golden brown with a mild hop haze. The head is ivory colored.

S: Hoppy up front, before the malt takes the juicyness aside for a second. Grapefruit and orange dominate the palate, while a buscuity malt keeps things in check. There is even a hint of stale coffee in the nose.

T: The hops are nice and juicy. Like the nose suggests, grapefruit and orange are the main players, with biscuit flavor rounding out the flavor palate. Very nice flavor.

M: Moderate bitterness, creamy mouthfeel and moderate carbonation.

D: Very high. I sought out a case of this after enjoying a single, but all I could turn up was two six-packs...

Photo of HotHands
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into glass stein.

A - pours a dark gold with a white head that slowly retreats to half height. Good lacing.

S - not much aroma, just some floral, slightly citrusy hops.

T - biscuity, caramel, and toffee malt flavors backed up by an interesting hop profile. Hops have a touch of citrus and pine but the main hop flavors are earthy, grassy, and a bit spicy.

M - average carbonation and a bit of a creamy feel.

D - Very drinkable.

This is a solid, easy-drinking brew that is well worth a try in the fall. It has some interesting hop flavors and you won't be disappointed. My only disappointment is that I didn't buy more.

Photo of TheDeuce
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Southern Tier Harvest Ale...on tap at Macgregor's Ale House...

Appearance-almost a honey brown, large white streaky head with heavy carbonation for five seconds, it eventually does settle down.

Smell-spicy and fruity at the same time, mix of malt and hops balances the back end, very aromatic.

Taste/Mouthfeel-medium mouthfeel, heavily mixed with fruit and spice, strong aftertaste of hops, malt is hidden but does offer some balance.

Drinkability-no issues, unique.

Overall-I enjoyed the beer, a different kind of ESB than I've had, a lot more fruit and spice character, but it pulls it off. Worth your time.

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

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a reddish-amber color with about a finger and a half worth of head. The head dissipates quickly, but leaves some great lacing.

Smell: Sweet, biscuity malts and floral hops.

Taste: Roasted, bready malts with a pretty decent amount of hops. It's unique for sure.

Mouthfeel: Medium heaviness and a decent amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: Pretty drinkable, not very much of an aftertaste.

This is an interesting fall seasonal. It's not my personal favourite, but I can't really see too much to fault with it. Give it a shot.

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

12oz bottled August 23, 2010.

Pours slightly hazy copper amber with a two finger white head that leaves some lacing and holds a good foamy cap.

Aroma is citrus, floral, and grassy hops, bread and caramel, good strength.

Flavor features a good citrus hop zing, some light spice, good bread/caramel malt balance, mild sweetness, medium bitterness, finishes mostly clean with some lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel is low to medium bodied, medium carbonation, easy drinking.

A tasty, refreshing, and delicious ESB!

Photo of beergod1
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Fruity, citrus aroma with light grainy malt. Clear, bright, golden-yellow pour with a thick white head and some lacing. Light and fresh on the palate, Mellow and easy going, it's a real drinkable beer. Flavor of pine with With a mild bite. Fresh hop taste with a mild malt backbone. Sort of has a dry grassy/wheat quality as well. Another good one from Southern Tier, I have to admit, after my first tasting a few yrs. ago, RT has totally changed my mind. They really produce some World class brew.

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