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Harvest Ale - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,189
Reviews: 544
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.89%
Wants: 33
Gots: 31 | 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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Ontario (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of the highest rank of beers using the name "harvest ale", it is honourable and worthy to do so. Very drinkable hoppy grapefruit and floral aroma and apple juice/pineapple juice taste. Amber with white head.

Bottle two and a third years later, decent aroma, taste, appearance. Hoppy, like a pale with more on the wheat side.

Serving type: on-tap

11-18-2004 00:57:46 | More by Sammy
Photo of BuckeyeNation


4.43/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy harvest gold with small and medium-sized particulates (yeast? hop flecks?). The beer is crowned with a beautiful, richly creamy, cream-colored head that displays a moonscape surface, stays humped in the center as it slowly descends and leaves a nice amount of soapy lace behind.

The sweet citrus peel nose is fabulous and is more Cascade (dry-hopped with) than Styrian Goldings (brewed with). If enough of those two varieties of hop are used to make an APA/IPA, I'm gonna like it. It smells like a combination of grapefruit, orange and pineapple. Great nose, it's as simple as that.

The flavor is exceptional as well. Are all Southern Tier beers this good? I've had two now and have been impressed by both. There's plenty of malt, as evidenced by the substantial mouthfeel, but there isn't an abundance of malt-derived flavor. A little light caramel perhaps, but it's overpowered by the hops. The amount of hoppiness, and the body for that matter, don't tread into IPA territory, but they're generous for the style.

The Styrian Goldings have freer rein on the palate than they did in the nose, but that tangy, grapefruit pithy, Cascade bite is still present and accounted for. Well-supported hops just can't be beat and this beer shows off its hop profile with pride. Each mouthful starts out sweet and with a nod toward balance, but quickly becomes hoppy-bitter with an explosion of flavor and a long, lingering, lightly coating finish.

Harvest Ale is another winner from Southern Tier. Given the name and the autumnal color scheme on the label, I thought I was popping open an Oktoberfest. What a great surprise; hops are always welcome. This is an excellent APA and is yet another beer that I'd love to have access to. A big Thank You to HappyHourHero for the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2004 21:43:05 | More by BuckeyeNation
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Quebec (Canada)

3.6/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy copper. Firm off-white 1cm head. Interesting hop dominated aroma with underlying earthy and cookie-ish malt. Hops come in orangey and rather floral. It has pretty much everything for me to enjoy it, tastes very fresh. Perhaps just a tad too bitter/tart for my tastes. Still, nice overall balance I must admit, but I kept thinking (dreaming) of sierra nevada’s version I’ve had recently and it would annihilate this otherwise very fine example. ST’s example has a good classic highly carbonated medium mouthfeel, but it doesn’t have the multiple layers of silkiness that sierra nevada has.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2004 18:15:41 | More by Rastacouere
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New York

4.18/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

2003 vintage - 1 year old bottle - no dates on label. The 2004 version should be out very soon, so I thought Id try this to see how it stands up to a year in the bottle.
Deep , golden amber color - chill hazed, with a tall, thick peach hued head. Clotted foam sits on the beer and translucent lace streaks the glass. Whispy head hangs in to the end.

Aroma is all fresh, green hop - strong grapefruit and Tang with a good dose of earthy pine.

Great hop flavors dominate from front to back- more grapefruit, spinich and pine. Malt body comes thru a bit on the tongue as it warms, but this is a Hop showcase. Sharp bittering starts off early and builds in the finish. Body is on the light side of medium withn a little sweetness to back up the busy resinous hop character.
Finish is dry, warm and peppery.

A tasty, hop heads beer with no attempt at balance, relying on the massive amounts of fresh hop acids to shine all the way through.
Lacks the malt and alcohol to be a true IPA but comes close w/ IPA like hop flavors and bittering.

A good session beer for the fall in contrast to malty Oktoberfests.

2008 Edition - Fresh 9/08
AP - 4 AR - 4.5
TS - 4 MF - 4
OA - 4.5

This is a great fall session beer. I'm not sure if this is still a "fresh hop" beer - sadly absolutely no info about the beer on the label.

Bright gold color with a brighter white head that left lots of lace on my glass. Steady streams of carbonation seen thru the clear beer.

Aroma is a blast of grassy hop - sharp and herbal but balanced by light honey notes. Very hoppy and very inviting.

Taste is crisp and lightly malty up front before juicy, peppery hop flavors thrust themselves forward. Malt sweetness loses the battle here as strong bittering takes charge and muscles this beer and lingers through to the finish.

Light in body - at least as an ESB - more of an Extra Pale Ale to me - the extra part being the IBU's not the alc/vol. Almost Pilsner like in character but with IPA bittering. A very tasty glass - hope I find it on tap somewhere before its all gone.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2004 00:26:25 | More by Shiredave
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North Carolina

4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Had this at Macgregor's in Canadaigua,poured a deep gold with moderate head that didnt stay around to quickly aromas of pine and some citruisy (mainly lemon) notes as well.Taste up front was very piney and resiny but as I drank more the biscuity malt backbone showed itself more really balancing this one out lightly sweet just enough to tame the hops a little.Seemed a tad thin at first not sure if its just me that picked that up,anyways a very good beer from Southern Tier.

Serving type: on-tap

10-14-2004 23:58:11 | More by oberon
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4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle obtained via trade with Shippos. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured in an imperial pint glass, forms a 3/4" off-white head, which laces quite well. A cloudy (poured in the whole thing) slightly orangey amber brew, with a reasonably balanced aroma tending toward the hops side just a tad. Taste has a good malt base, and plenty of hops bitterness, although not very delicate in that aspect. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both good, and could improve if the bitterness was a bit more artistic and not as much head-on bitter. An enjoyable brew, for sure.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2004 21:38:44 | More by ppoitras
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4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This spiffy offering poured a cloudy dull copper in color with a tight, off-white, semi-lacing head. Aromas are wonderful. Quite malty and lots of spices are mixed with a resinous, piney hop aroma. Flavors are more of the same. The front is very sweet, middle is loaded with spices (cinnamon, nutmeg), and finishes with a sugary hoppiness that lasts and lasts. Mouthfeel is on the thin side, but it's more than made up for in the drinkability department. A very good fall seasonal that ranks just behind SN's Harvest Ale.

Huge thanks to Shippos for this offering from the Empire State.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2004 01:07:40 | More by OldFrothingSlosh
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4.43/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

In a true pint glass, this beer stands a dead clear yellow-gold, with an amazing glow to its straight clarity. Small bubbly head but sticks around better than I though it would, sliding around with some lace but no stain.

My nose is smacked immediately of mango, melon rind, grapefruit, and a leafy hop sense. Yet, these have a fluffy sense from the deep biscuity pale malt behind the heady fruit aromas. Thin but verdant, if that could make sense.

Taste is similar to the smell but more bitter, with a strong lemon zing following the leafy dryness and hints of mango and pineapple. The amazing sign is how well you can pick up on the great pale malt behind the obvious punish of hops. Opens to a slightly dough-bread body with the juicy, almost sticky, flavors of fresh hop juice washing over to the sharp dry finish. Thin mouthfeel.

Not as punishing as it sounds, though it is quite bitter, this beer settles in surprisingly well after the first pint. The worst part of this beer was knowing I had to go home to a world without it. I'd love to sniff and chew this prim rose again. A bountiful harvest of hops balanced by a deft show of malt. Well-done!

Serving type: on-tap

02-24-2004 02:22:12 | More by nomad
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3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear golden amber with a large fluffy eggshell colored head. Smells strongly of hops. Literally busting out of the glass with them. Not suprisingly, it is a hop dominated pale ale, and a darn good one. Just a small hint of pale malt with an immediate assault of (cascade?) hop. Finishes very piney and dry. Moderate in body and high in drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2004 23:07:11 | More by yankeeheel
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4.58/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a clear light amber, with a big fluffy white head that mostly lasts, leaved great lace on the glass. Aroma is biscuity malts, with lots of fresh floral and pine from the abundant hops. Flavor starts with some good biscuit and caramel maltiness, ends with a huge fresh tasting hoppy goodness. Medium-full bodied, extremely good stuff. Thanks to jah noth for this fine ale.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2003 01:15:45 | More by goz
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4.43/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Southern Tier is doing damn good things so far. Although they have not gone out on a limb they are creating a great line of brews and this is no exception.

Poured a lucious autumn yellow like a slowly changing oak leaf and had a nice thick white head that laced up as the beer slowly moved down the glass. The smell had thick resinous pine cone hoppiness abounding. This was a strong smelling pale ale and for a second thought they may have screwed up my order and poured me a Southern Tier IPA. But upon taste bud inspection I quickly learned this was not the case. The first 1/3 of the glass was still all hops, but as I drank further some serious malts began to show up first in the finish and then throughout a sip. This was great biscuity malts that held their own against the judicious hops, but not overpowering in any way. This was a perfect warming beer for that nip in the air.

Serving type: on-tap

11-19-2003 04:37:45 | More by GreatPondBrewer
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West Virginia

4.6/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wow, another godsend from NY, this beer is just as tasty and possibly more balanced as their IPA. These guys are doing some things right I am by far more impressed with their beers than anything out of the Matt Brewing Co. (Saranac). Appearance: Copper orange body nice white head with evenly disributed lacing, perfect. Aroma: Nice full pine cone and citrus scented hops plentiful hop aroma, with a lucious malt backbone. Taste: Well balanced with an overall excellent snappy hop bite to it, awesome caramel tinged malts very very good. Mouthfeel: Medium bodied smooth carbonation no complaints. Drinkability: A go to for myself hits my beer soul just right, so easy drinking and flavorful at the same time ideal session brew in my eyes.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2003 21:00:51 | More by WVbeergeek
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4.65/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I bought a sixer of this beer a week or so ago, it wasn't in the system, so I hid one from myself in the back of the fridge. The Harvest Ale I drank was a hop monster, it wreaked of hops, and tasted very similar to their IPA. I liked the way it tasted before, but it wasn't what I thought a harvest fest should taste like, this bottle is a whole different story.
It poured golden orange, had a nice off white head that slowly faded away. The smell is great, big juicy hops. The taste is just frickin awesome. Its still got the hoppyness to it, but instead of taking your tongue and beating the hell out of it, it rubs your tongue until you're one happy camper. TRY THIS BEER! Yum, yum, yum, happy, happy, happy. Lot's of tasty hops, yet well balanced, just damn tasty. I haven't tried enough fall seasonals to tell you its the best out there, but this one single beer is the most impressive beer I've had in recent memory. Maybe its because I wasn't expecting much, but I am totally blown away. Time to drink the rest, woohoo!!!

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2003 04:22:14 | More by HappyHourHero
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New York

4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on tap at MacGregor's 18 Oct 2003. Two Imperial pints on special for $2.25ea. Hell yeah! Another fine offering from Southern Tier. Their fall seasonal is an immediate classic brew in a class all it's own. Clear copper, steady off-white head. A tad lighter than the ST IPA. A brew that begs to be drunk...with an irresistable drinkability. A perfect combination of solid malt and precise hop balance combining Cascade and Styrian Goldings. That combo lends an awesome hop profile thats blends classic oily/piney Goldings with citrus/fruity Cascade. A sought after fall seasonal worth its weight.

Serving type: on-tap

10-19-2003 03:12:23 | More by John
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Harvest Ale from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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