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Harvest Ale - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,509
Reviews: 567
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 12.47%
Wants: 46
Gots: 139 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: John on 10-19-2003)
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Photo of aglose45
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
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...

aglose45, Nov 09, 2010
Photo of HotHands
4/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

HotHands, Nov 07, 2010
Photo of TheDeuce
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

TheDeuce, Nov 02, 2010
Photo of shand
3.85/5  rDev 0%
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.

shand, Nov 01, 2010
Photo of elgiacomo
4.35/5  rDev +13%
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!

elgiacomo, Oct 31, 2010
Photo of beergod1
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

beergod1, Oct 28, 2010
Photo of Thorpe429
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a nice golden copper color with a white head and some good ringy lacing on the way down. The nose brings a good amount of hops forward with some earth, pine, and herbal notes coming through. Slight caramel and toffee in there as well. Hops take center stage in the flavor as well, though not to the extent that they had in the nose. Really nice body and carbonation well nice bitterness. Really smooth and a great fall beer.

Thorpe429, Oct 26, 2010
Photo of CraftAleRookie
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured in a DFH Pint Glass

Somewhat hazy, copper color with a bubbly head that thickens a bit as it slowly fades away. Slight notes of hop and malt, orange peel in the background.

Taste reminds me of a craft lager- but with a hint more hops and hence a slight advantage of character. Smooth, a slight bitter bite but it's subtle enough to not overpower like an IPA.

Very drinkable- all the character of this ale is in it's neutrality- it would be hard to be offended by any overpowering nuance- very well balanced. Fizzy, good medium body.

I wish I had more of this brew over the summer- lighter wheat beers are not my preferred style, but this fills the gap between those and a medium bodied IPA.

CraftAleRookie, Oct 26, 2010
Photo of DMXLOX22
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a fresh six pack considering its average, yet intriguing label design.

Appearance: Amber-brown coloring that had minimum head about an inch thick.

Smell: toned hops with orange zest kicked in

Taste: nice roasted malt flavoring with a kick of orange and almost pine-like flavoring that delievers to the palate very nicely.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer that is almost light to the first touch. Also medium carbanation that is inviting.

Drinkability: Wow very surprised when I first researched this beer after drinking it a few nights ago. Goes down deliciously and effortlessly but is also delicious and not very offensive if you enjoy roasted, but sweet beers. I will drink this beer again if I can get a hold of it before fall is over. Cheers!

DMXLOX22, Oct 25, 2010
Photo of Tilley4
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received as an extra from joeybeerbelly.. Thanks, Joe!

Pours a deep golden with a nice creamy head.... Lots of carbonation...

Aromas include piney hops, bready malts and a bit of toffee... Smells nice and hoppy for an ESB...

Pretty balanced blend of everything here... The hops are at the forefront but don't completely dominate and send this one into IPA-land... Still balanced quite nicely by the toasty malts...

Really good easy drinking brew here... I smoked thru both bottles I had while grilling tonight...

Thanks again, Joe...

Tilley4, Oct 23, 2010
Photo of ZAP
4.6/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is so drinkable. Great hop profile. Fresh piney notes are strong as are some basic citrus (oranges, ripe grapefruit)...there is also a light tropical fruit note of mango and papaya.

What makes it all come together is the sugar cookie like malt backbone...some sbiscuity notes as well. The malt combines fantastically with the hops...

Light side of medium bodied...really slides down with enjoyment. Similar to the Goose Harvest Ale but this has more flavor...

ZAP, Oct 23, 2010
Photo of musicforairports
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice amber into the pint glass, very clear and crisp looking. Small carbonation bubbles. The lacing stays for a little while before dissipating.

The head smells of hops--strong and sharp, but definitely not high alpha acid IPA-type stuff. Later, the rest of the beer smells more like a bread-y malt.

Taste is both of those things, but the hops dominate more than pretty much any ESB I've had. The first time I had this this year it struck me as extremely hoppy, but after drinking it for the season it just strikes me as a hoppy ESB. That creamy, biscuit-y malt undertone is still there like all ESBs; you just have to search for it sometimes.

Mouthfeel is a bit thinner than the style. There's a bit of creaminess, but not as many as other ESBs. Increases drinkability, in my opinion.

Drinkability is great. This is my favorite fall beer. It's got a lot of hop flavor but is way easier to drink a bunch of than most IPAs.

musicforairports, Oct 23, 2010
Photo of jlindros
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Most Southern Tier beers are way to sweet for me, but the last couple I tried were much better. Hopefully this one is just as tasty.

Pours a creamy and fizzy 1/2 finger head that fades at a medium pace. The beer is a mostly clear orange slightly toasted golden color.

The nose brings hops right away, with some citrus and pine, and a little tropical fruit, nectarine, orange, and some light musty wet hop resin. There is also a very light malty backbone, but not much for the nose.

Taste brings more of a malty backbone to start. It has a nice crystal and possibly Munich malt flavors, slightly creamy, a nice malty flavor. WIth that comes some spicy hops, fresh hops again with more light musty hop resin, a little pine but almost no citrus now. It has a decent bitterness with a touch of astringency, and some light fruits from the hops, this time more of a peach flavor. It's lightly sweet but not too much. As it finishes it dries even more, and the malts disappear quickly leaving the finish a little flat. The astringency also comes out a little more and gets a little heavy, with a gritty almost cotton mouth feel, and the hop flavors are gone, just the bitter astringent taste.

The mouth starts medium bodied, but gets somewhat gritty and cotton mouth dry on the finish, with decent carbonation.

Drinkability goes down a but with that lingering astringent bitterness and cotton mouth finish. Other than the finish it goes down smoothly and drinks pretty well.

jlindros, Oct 21, 2010
Photo of cjgator3
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle

A- Pours a dark copper color like the color of a penny with an off-white head with good retention and lacing.

S- The aroma is some malt, a hint of caramel and some citrusy hops with a touch of mint leaves in the background as well.

T- The taste is pretty damn solid. A perfect balance of malty goodness and hop bitterness. Pretty darn drinkable.

M- The mouthfeel is between light and medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, Southern Tier Harvest is a wonderful fall seasonal that is definitely worth a try. This comes out the right time of year because it is a perfect football beer. Recommended!

cjgator3, Oct 19, 2010
Photo of KarlHungus
4.43/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a clear light golden color. The head is one inch in height, and recedes quickly into a small cap of lacing. The aroma is of pine resin, and fresh grapefruit. It is so fresh smelling it makes me feel as though I am actually in a forest of pine and grapefruit trees. The taste is similar in character, but not as strong as the aroma. There is also a hint of orange in the finish. Bitterness is well integrated. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Overall, this is a fine beer that I would surely drink again.

KarlHungus, Oct 18, 2010
Photo of alkemy
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A real aggressive pour yielded about three inches of fluffy off-white head atop a clear honey colored brew. The smell is fantastic. There's a big pine hit followed by tropical fruits and a hint of caramel. Taste is really crisp and refreshing. I know this is a fall seasonal, but I'd love to have this in the dog days of summer. Citrus up front followed by a slightly sweet mango note and a lingering bitterness fused with pine. Little to no alcohol presence. All in all, I really liked the crisp feel and refreshing flavors despite the typical fall seasonal most expect. I'd like to see this around all the time.

alkemy, Oct 17, 2010
Photo of Cyberkedi
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear coppery amber with a fine-bubbled off-white head. Aroma is seriously hoppy with evergreen and yeasty hints. Hoppy flavor is evergreen but not too bitter and has hints of fruit and even coffee. Tingly, fizzy texture fairly dances on the tongue.

Cyberkedi, Oct 17, 2010
Photo of jkrich
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle with no freshness date: The label states this is brewed with four varieties of hops and two types of malts. The ale pours a beautiful, clear new penny copper with a fluffy white head the recedes leaving decent lacing.

This has an interesting aroma: hits of bittersweet fruits with a good whiff of malts. The blending of the hops and malt makes for an olfactory delight.

This uniqueness is also evident in the flavor. The initial flavor is sweet and quickly followed by a moderate grapefruity bitterness that again returns to the malt flavor. The website for this brewery mentions the use of english hops as well.

The body is somewhat medium with a moderate carbonation level. The mouthfeel is largely slight with just enough hop bitters to keep it refreshing.

This is my second "harvest" ale in the last few weeks - the other being from Goose Island. While I prefer the Goose Island ale, this is well worth trying.

jkrich, Oct 16, 2010
Photo of Homebrew35
4.68/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a three finger fluffy white head and has a georgeous golden rod honey color.
It has a very nice citrus, floral sweet smell.
Tastes initially sweet, citrusy, some lavender floral character, then smoothly transitions to a medium dry slightly coating finish.
Medium carbing, medium bodied.
Drinks well for me, a few could go down very easily.
This one is well balanced for me. Yum

Homebrew35, Oct 15, 2010
Photo of OakedCanuck
3.28/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz into shaker. from notes.

A - Copper moving to amber, small white head with medium to high carbonation.

S - Citric lemon and orange. Yeasty malt.

T - Hoppy initially with pine and resin. The backend brings around a bready malt, toffee, and slight sugar sweetness.

M - Medium to lighter body and higher carbonation. Slick tongue feel.

D - Decent American ESB, a lighter drinker that isn't overly exciting.

OakedCanuck, Oct 14, 2010
Photo of modernartblues
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Southern Tier consistently fails to disappoint.

A - Nice copper/pale color. Classic. 1/2 inch head, some lacing.

S - Light floral tones of hops. I'm guessing C-hops (nope english only it looks like), but I'm no expert. It's not an over the top nose, but then again its not suppose to be an over the top beer.

T - Hops continue to be the main emphasis, though the bready malt character makes it self known and adds a bit of sweetness. For my palate, a perfect beer. I'm usually disappointed by ESBs that forget to add the hops, but I love the hoppier end of the style and this one fits the mold. An excellent seasonal.

M - Medium-Light.

D - At 6.4% it ain't quite session-able, but I can see myself (happily) trying anyway.

modernartblues, Oct 11, 2010
Photo of dayswonder
4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An awesome fall beer! The color of this beer is a nice caramel/amber color. The smell is pretty hoppy, but some allspice too. Perhaps that comes to mind because of the name harvest.

The taste is delicious. It is a wonderful fall beer that keeps the hops at the forefront. This is not often done or at least I haven't found this happening often will the harvest beers. Mouth feel is definitely creamy and smooth. If I had more to drink I would drink a few more of these tonight. Very drinkable and will be bought again.

dayswonder, Oct 10, 2010
Photo of IronLover
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Copper in color with an amber hue. Poured with excellent clarity and a strong white head that reduced to a thick white cap. Sweet biscuity malt and grapefruit hop aromas. Smooth buttery feel with healthy carbonation. Nice balance of light toasted malt and grapefruit/orange hop flavors with a grapfruit hop finish. wnet down smooth and quickly. Southern Tier never disappoints. IF you didn;t tell me this was an ESB I would have classified it as an APA. Either way, this quickly became one of my favorites.

IronLover, Oct 10, 2010
Photo of micromaniac129
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I don't know how long Southern Tier has been here in the Bucks co. Pa. area, but it is quickly becoming one of my favorite breweries.
There seasonal Harvest is another good beer.
It pours with a nice golden color with very little head production even with a vigorous pour.
Low carbo's.
Very nice aroma being that of citrusy hops. Maybe even some floral in ther too. Lite malt.
To me this beer is sweet tasting, lip smacking sweet. Not soda sweet, malty sweet.
A nice balanced taste with a nice hop bite up front and sweet maltiness up bring up the rear.
A bit light in body, smooth.
You know how when you're making a brew and you pour the sweet malt into the kettle, thats the sweet lips smacking taste that I'm talking about.
This is a good beer, a goto beer.
Drink well my friends.

micromaniac129, Oct 10, 2010
Photo of paco1029384756
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a lightly hazy amber/orange with a small white head.

Scent of caramel, earthy hops, grass, and a hint of citrus. Nothing spectacular, but the scent it balanced and pleasant.

Taste of citrus, grass, some resin, grainy malts, and earth. There is more of a hop presence in the taste than the scent, and I consider that a very good thing.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and clean with an adequate amount of carbonation.

paco1029384756, Oct 09, 2010
Harvest Ale from Southern Tier Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,509 ratings.