Harvest Ale - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,528
Reviews: 570
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 12.24%
Wants: 45
Gots: 149 | 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 goldbot
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
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
3.83/5  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
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
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
3.88/5  rDev +1%
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
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
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
3.03/5  rDev -21.1%
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
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
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
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
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
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
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
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
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
3.4/5  rDev -11.5%
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
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
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
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
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
3.48/5  rDev -9.4%
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
3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a Nonic)
A- This beer has a clear deep orange body with tiny bubbles popping off at the base and gliding to the surface. There is a bubble beige head that fades after a bit.
S- The green spicy hops blend with a dry toasted malt aroma. There are some citrus qualities to the hops as the beer opens up.
T- The spicy green hops are pungent with a slight bitterness that lingers after each sip. The pale malt has a slight green bean taste to it and is softer than the hops.
M- The medium mouthfeel has a big fizzy scrubbing finish and a soft alcohol heat in the finish.
D- This beer has a big spicy hop flavor that is supported by some interesting pale malt flavors. The green bean flavor is a bit odd. The hops and malt just don't seem to work together but on their own they are not bad.

Photo of begforme4484
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Coloring is definitely made for autumn. Pours a dead foliage orangeish brown. Decent amount of white head that laces well on the glass.

You instantly smell hops. Bam! Nice earthy smelling hops. Also a bit of sweetness in the smell. Floral aroma. Raisins? Something of that sort.

A great earthy heartiness to this beer. Floral aroma transcends into sweet backbone. Very good harvest ale, nice and hoppy.

Photo of gopens44
4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - A relatively demure head developed after pouring this into a pint glass. Head dissipated shortly thereafter, leaving behind faint, gentle lacing and remnants of a creamy head that receded into a thin layer of cream colored roofing. The coppery color was both alluring and comforting.

S - Some hoppiness jumped out and said hello while bringing along it's friend, the fruity smell that carried a special freshness. Couldn't detect too much malt scents, but there was a fine amount nonetheless.

T - Not as bitter as you would imagine from an ESB, probably more in line with a heavier IPA. Don't let that deter you though, as this was a pleasure to drink. In addition to the relaxed hoppy nature of this brew, as with the smell, there was some amount of carmalized malt happening as well. I noticed a completely different taste which I can only describe as pear? Not necessarily heavy in the pear detection, but it's the way I can explain the supporting taste.

M - This one felt pretty carbonated and really light on the tongue.

D - I shall look forward to this release for years to come. Damn nifty, if I do say so myself!

Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a golden brown color and a mostly clear consistency. There was an inch of foamy long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: A sweet, hoppy, malty aroma. Different than I expected.

T: Tasted of hops, malt, resin, and possibly a little citrus. Not a classical ESB flavor - more hops than you'd expect - but a nice flavor.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a slick, oily finish. Light- to medium-bodied.

D: A solid, drinkable version of an ESB.

Photo of TangTKE402
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The picture on BA for this beer is different than the bottle I have, which says only "Harvest Special Ale," but that's probably because they changed the label since last year.

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Nice 1 finger ivory head formed, which settled into a nice light froth and some decent lacing on the way down. Golden amber in color with good bubbles, and a slight haze.

Smell is hoppy and bright with some resin notes and a touch of flowers. It smells like a nice IPA.

Earthy flavors of sap and roots work on the palate. This has a nice dry bitterness right off the bat with a copper, metallic finish.

The mouthfeel is substantial enough, if a tad thin, and the hollow feel left in your mouth on the swallow is less than ideal.

This beer is great alternative to the more malty altbiers that are typically offered in the autumn, but one or two should suffice on a nice autumn afternoon.

Photo of TheHoppiest
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours a honey-orange with a white, bubbly fluffy head that reduces unevenly.

Has a fresh citrus smell, floral notes, and mild hops.

Tastes nicely bitter with fresh citrus taste with sweet malt. Crisp and clean tasting, it is an excellent fall session beer.

Mouthfeel is clean and light.

Highly drnikable, one of my favorites thus far this fall.

Photo of smcolw
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Modest head that leaves some ring/spotty lace on the glass; relatively clear with a copper amber color.

Strong hoppy, bitter smell--very floral.

Very good entry as an ESB: Lots of bitterness, good starting malt flavors. Spot on body but with a lower level of a carbonation. Long lasting aftertaste of peppery hop bitterness.

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