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Harvest Ale - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,535
Reviews: 573
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 12.24%
Wants: 46
Gots: 158 | 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 paco1029384756
4.17/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

Photo of nickfl
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A perfectly clear, copper colored body topped by a dense head of white foam. The head settles slowly and leaves thick lace on the glass.

S - A warm aroma of toasted malt with some light, pine hops and a hint of red apple.

T - Toasted bread notes of sweet malt up front with a bit of toffee. More bready grain in the middle as some musty hop flavor begins to appear. The hop flavor continues to intensify through the finish as sweet, toasted malt and toffee reach a peak. Moderate bitterness is just enough to balance the malt and lingers in the aftertaste with the musty hop flavor and toasted malt that dries out as it slowly fades away.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - Very nice, this ESB manages to hit all the right notes and it remains quite drinkable despite being a significantly stronger than average example of the style. Interestingly it has a somewhat American hop aroma, but the hops turn a bit more musty and British in the flavor. The malt character is well done as well; there is a huge note of toasted malt with just the right amount of sweetness to keep it form becoming burnt tasting and cloying in the finish as it has a tendency to do in some drier beers. I would happily recommend this beer and drink it again.

Photo of babaracas
4.04/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear light orange with quick fading white head, couple blobs of lace. Ha, this is an obnoxiously hoppy ESB, excellent. Smell: orange citrus, a hint of pineapple, leafy, a little nutty. Taste: citrus and earthy hops, toasty, toffee, lingering hoppy and toasted finish. Mouthfeel: carbonation is good but it thins out pretty fast. Hoppy with a musty, nutty note... works as a fall seasonal (aug rel.)

Photo of LairdChisholm
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a clear orange color. There is an one finger, off white, head that has great retention. There is significant lacing with a good deal of carbonation bubbles. Great looking brew.

S - Decent nose here. There are citrus hops with notes of orange, pine and a wee bit of lemon.

T - Very smooth rolling flavors. There are some mildly bitter, citrus hops. With notes of orange, pineapple, and lemon, with a slight hint of pine. The is a crisp clean finish.

M - This is really the only category that suffers any. The carbonation seems to die down about half way through drink. Thus, the feel is a little light and it doesn't help in bringing out the flavors. It also makes it a little hard to pallet.

D - This is a wee bit about average ale. The mouth feel is really the only thing that suffers but at the same time it makes this category suffer slightly also.

Photo of AdamBear
4.17/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

for anyone that loves a beautifully hopped ale...

A-transparent copper, light tan head

S-smells like a lot of hops and autumn spices, quite impressive!

T-you get a really good, crisp hit of hops. there is a touch of spices that are hidden. the after-taste has a great amount of hoppy bitterness to it

M-medium carbonation and very creamy, smooth finish

D-great, truly drinkable to the last drop and i drank it rather quickly. its gone now and i'm sad, i could drink a lot of these.

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

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance - The beer pours a slightly hazy amber colour with huge frothy beige head. There isn't much carbonation showing, and there is some great lacing. The head lasted for several minutes before it was gone.

Smell - hops, citrus notes, pine, caramel and malts.

Taste & Mouth - there is an average amount of carbonation; and the beer has a nice medium to full bodied taste. Lots of hops and malts at first followed by floral notes and a nuttiness. The beer finishes with a nice balance of hops and malts and a bitter aftertaste.

Drink - Another above average beer by Southern Tier. Worth seeking out.

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

Good one!!!! Seems more like a good powerful APA rather than an ESB. Pours a light amber color with a good size white head, good retention and thick patchy lacing.

Smell was a bit weak at first, but the more I drank, the hoppiness in the aroma came out more - citrus and floral hops.

Tasted very good. There is some balance between malt and hops but the hops are definitely stronger. Good bitter start and finish.

Mouthfeel is good. Rich, crisp and a nice hops bite without any alcohol presence.

Drinkability is good. A very pleasant experience (especially for a hophead).

Photo of goldbot
4.07/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Mostly clear; coppery and slightly amber color. Thinnish white head that sticks around. Refreshing, floral hops aroma - sweet-smelling with a bit of citrus. Roasted, slightly nutty malt aromas. Sweet caramel malt flavor, some roasted malt as well. Plenty of sweetness mixes well with floral hops. Medium bodied with a slightly-too crisp mouthfeel but refreshing nonetheless. Overall a nice, warming brew for the season.

Photo of trevorjn06
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a copper/light brown with one finger of white head that recedes slowly. There is a thick lacing down the glass.

Aroma is citrusy American hops, some toffee/caramel, nuttiness, light fruits and toasted malts.

Flavor is balanced but fairly hop-forward. There are toasty and sweet malts, bright and slightly earthy hops and more bitterness than I was expecting. Once the beer warms the malts come forward much more. The finish has earthy/herbal hops and some toasted/caramel notes that linger.

Mouthfeel is medium/light with slightly below average carbonation.

Overall this beer is very easy drinking and well balanced once it warms. I enjoyed drinking this and I would drink it again.

Photo of PSUDREW
3.67/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep golden color, with a tan, foamy head. Lots of lacing
S: Citrusy Nose. Hops come very much to the front. Little bit of grassy floats over and you inhale
T: Grapefruit/lemon up front. nice bit of bread and biscuits following it with a piney resin, and a rather dry finish. mixes together rather nicely
M: kind of creamy
D: this is something I could go with all night

Photo of mothman
3.87/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into bruery chalice.

Pours 1 finger of off-white head. Color is a very clear golden orange.

Aroma: A very fruity and hoppy nose. Sweet mangoes and pineapple with some orange juice. Earthy pine hops. Some bready malts show. Diggin this one already.

Taste: A lot more bready malts show here. Lots of hop resin. Very juicy hops. Pine for sure. A big citrus blend with pineapple and grapefruit sticking out. Pretty solid esb.

Mouthfeel: Bitter, but creamy. Earthy. Medium bodied with a higher amount of carbonation. Ends dry and sticky.

Overall, a very nice offering from ST. Pretty drinkable. I really like the fruit flavors in this one.

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

Poured this into a tulip. Slightly hazy amber body with a frothy off white head with nice sticky lacing. The smell is full of floral hops and is slightly citrusy. Mostly hops though with nice bitterness and a slight malt aroma kicking around the background. The taste is upfront with grassy hops and a bit of citrus. The finish is bitter and rather earthy. Good mouthfeel on this one. With a medium body and good carbonation I'll pick up more of these.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a nonic. No date or info.

A - A tall pour unchains a bold head stacking up to three fingers. Light bone in color and well-retained, it leaves broken rings of thick lace. The color is a beautiful clear and well-carbonated golden amber.

S - Flaky biscuit-like English malts provide a pretty sturdy backbone for the plethora of hops on the nose. Floral and citrusy notes touch on dandelion, lemon, and grapefruit giving the aroma a very nice appeal and balance.

T - Good balance continues in to the flavor with a largely earthy, grassy, and dry leaf hop flavor that hints at citrus notes. The malt backing provides good support with a dry, lightly toasted biscuit flavor.

M - Smooth in texture and medium in body, Harvest evokes feelings of fall with it's crisp and dry, moderately bitter finish.

D - A good ESP, in fact, one of my favorites of the style I'd say, it's a nice drinking fall beer that has good balance and a harmonious flavor profile.

Photo of jjanega08
3.06/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

A= The pour is a nice orange color with a great looking slightly off white head on it that holds some great lacing on the side of the glass.

S= Hop heavy for sure. There is a lot of tropical fruit hops in it but they are balanced by a little malt sweetness and some popcorn smell.

T= The taste is very similar to the smell. A little too light for an ESB that's 6.4% There is a little hop bitterness as well as some of the sweet malts but not much of either. There is also a little butter popcorn in the finish.

M= Far too thin. Watery.

D= The drinkability is decent. I could drink a lot of them but I dunno how interested it would keep me. Good beer but a one and done for me.

Photo of case4816
4.23/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Clear, golden auburn colour. Head was nice and creamy looking, also looked very even in texture. The head lingered for a while as we..

S- Very Seasonal smelling. Nice mix of hops, with nice spicy smells. A little nutmeg and cinnamon comes to mind. the smell is very light and full of autumn feelings. It brings to mind nice cool breezes and the leaves changing. The hops bring all those out with a very light, yet full bodied smell

T- The hops are so strong flavoured here. The spices also come out very nicely along with some fruity flavours like some Raisins or Dried Cranberries. The floralness of the hops really is reminiscent of Autumn, very crisp and cool in taste. Nice in light on the tongue as well, which compliments the delicate, yet bold flavours of the hops.

D- Wonderful. This is one of my favourite seasonal's. So much flavour it fits the time of year so perfectly. The perfect beer to have on the patio with a nice sweater on, a cool breeze in the air and the leaves all changed.

Photo of bigfnjoe
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A- pours a clear shade of orange with a one finger white head. The small head laces beautifully. Another great looking beer from Southern Tier...

S- strong, strong piney hops. Getting some citrus in there as well. Maybe some tropical fruits also? Very interesting for a fall beer

T- pine, pine, and more pine. I think that's a lot of simcoe coming through. Its pretty bitter. There's another characteristic I'm getting out of this...almost tastes like oregano, as bizarre as that sounds. Reminds me of pizza...

M- body is nothing special. Carbonation is nothing special. Does nothing to take away from the beer, though

D- its an interesting take on a harvest...would have liked more than the pine to come through, but oh well. Still a solid beer

Photo of OneDropSoup
4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip pint: Medium-amber, transparent but hazy, with golden-yellow highlights under a light khaki head, porous and craggy, two fingers. Head reces to a large, floating island & leaves smears of lacing.

Smell is yum: crisp hops, somewhere between light citrus & leafy tea, with an ever-so-slightly toasty malt background. Well-balanced, assertive but not aggressive, & very fresh.

Taste is very similar: fresh, leafy hop flavor up front, mild orange zest, slight pine, moving into dry bread crust & light biscuit, almost wafer-like. Aftertaste is moderate bitter with just a hint of sugars remaining. Again, good stuff.

Medium-light body, foams up a bit, with a crisp snap in the finish. There's a definite reminder in the aftertaste, but doesn't wear out my palate.

This is a repeat performer, for sure -- flavor, not too big, & refreshing enough to come back for more. If I can wax poetic for a minute...It's great to see fall evoked in a different way from the pumpkin ales & Oktoberfests, both of which I also love. This brings to mind the crinkle of fallen leaves, the crispness of autumn evening air, the fading daylight. More of "farewell to summer" beer, I appreciate that this is reminiscent of the season actually changing. I'd like to say more, but I've gotta finish savoring this beer.

Photo of beercat11
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

L-Looks pretty nice on the pour. Decent head with a fair amount of lacing.

Smell-Smells fruity and citrusy.

Taste-Taste is very close to the smell.Not much malt present here.

Mouth-Cabonation is what it should be for this style. This beer taste better cold as apposed to some other hoppy ones. Loses some balance when it warms.

Drink-This brew taste alot like Troegs Nugget Nectar I thought with a bitter and somewhat sweet delivery. Would not consider this to be a session beer due to the odd balance it has.

Photo of mlazzaro
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle from 2010

a- dark amber/ brown color. good head retention.

s- pungent hoppy aroma. really not what I was expecting in a harvest ale. I usually don't think of the hop harvest.

t- bitterness is immediately noticeable, balanced out and crisp. slight maltiness, but mostly a tribute to hops. citrusy and acidic. American hopped ESB.

m+d- soft on the tongue. basically an "India Brown Ale" not to infringe on anyones copyrights. Good beer, I'll gladly drink it tonight.

Photo of BigMike
3.47/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Golden orange color. Crystal clear with a puffy white head. Looks beautiful. Reminds me of fall.

S: Very citrusy. Lots of orange and grapefruit. Pineapple and mango. Some caramel sweetness.

T: Bigtime let down from the nose. The citrus that's there is very light. The malts take over on the tongue. Bready and sweet. Caramel and light toasted malts.

M: Light bodied and under carbonated. It's close to bring flat but not quite.

Overall: From the appearance and aroma I expected good things. The taste and mouthfeel were a let down. I would drink again if offered but wouldn't go out of my way to find it.

Photo of busternuggz
4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
A very nice clear orangish golden color with a 1/2" off white head that recedes to a thin layer. The head comes back with a swirl, leaves some soapy lacing.
Nice rich smells of pine, orange, a little caramel. Some sweetness.
The taste has citrus up front, bitter orange and a little lemon zest balanced with a nice mild caramelly/pine sap sweetness. Very dry finish with a grassy note.
Nice light-medium body, just a little viscous in the middle and ends dry and light.
Pretty easy drinking and engaging, I could have several but maybe not a six pack.
Very good ESB and it works as a fall beer too. Nicely balanced with surprising complexity both in the hop and malt tastes.

Photo of SuperNova777
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Notes from 08/27/10

A:Pours a see thru light amber color with a small head that falls fairly quick but
leaves nice lacing as you drink it down

S:Suprisely mostly citrus and pine hop aroma coming thru that is very inviting

T:Some biscuit and toffee malts up front followed up with a bite of hops up on
the end. Leaves the palate a little dry at first but as you continue on it smooths
out to a nice moisture

M:Fair body for the style with decent carbonation

D:A nice treat from S. Tier. East to drink, solid taste, and definitly session able.
Fall nights are looking better already

Photo of schleprock
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a glass

A- Orange brown hue with a head that dissipates quickly. Very little lacing stays on the glass

S- Sweet maltiness, almost prunish

T- Citrus hops and malt flavor. Finishes easy with floral hoppyness

M- not heavy but pretty sizeable carbination

D- Good drinkable beer, nothing super special but not bad.

Photo of aepb1
3.49/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Translucent light brown with a small white head that dissipates quickly

S- Some citrusy hops right off then some malty sweetness

T- Citrus hops here, some malts in the middle and finishes with some earthy floral hop bite

M- light bodied and on the higher side of carbonation

D- Nothing outstanding here but a good beer

Photo of alleykatking
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle.

A- Pours a clean deep orange color. One and a half finger light tan head shows medium retention. Light streaky lacing on the sides of the glass.

S- Light floral hops come out for a second along with a ton of sweet malts. The hops change into a nice light bitter tone which makes the beer overall smell more inviting.

T- Not what I was expecting. Light bitterness in the front of this with a hop kick. Sweet bready malt backbone travels the entire beer. A little floral flavor comes out as well but switches back into the bitter flavor. Overall a clean tasting ESB but not a traditional ESB.

M- Lighter mouthfeel. Carbonation was a little much and made the beer bounce on the palate. Light bitter hops left on the palate with the same hop profile showing in the aftertaste with some light sweet alcohol. Flavors were blended well but faint overall I thought. Clean tasting. No real drying on the palate.

D- This was a good harvest beer but one that is a little lower on my list. Good for what it is. Very drinkable that's for sure. Not much going for it I would say...although I've had a lot of harvest beers.

Harvest Ale from Southern Tier Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 1,535 ratings.