Harvest Ale - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,548
Reviews: 578
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 12.24%
Wants: 52
Gots: 171 | 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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Ratings: 1,548 | Reviews: 578
Photo of justintcoons
3.6/5  rDev -6.3%

12 oz bottle poured into a shaker pint.

Golden with 1 finger of white head that dissipates slowly. Excellent clarity with lively carbonation.

Grapefruit, pineapple, pine, and caramel.

Firm biscuit and caramel malts along with some toasted bread. Grapefruit, pine needle, and hints of pineapple. Dry resin sticks the finish along with some bright florals.

Medium bodied, smooth, semi-dry, and juicy with a medium bitterness.

Bitter and juicy yet well malted. A strange but good "ESB."

Photo of orcrist_cleaver
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%

A: Dark gold/rusted orange. Fairly dull looking. Nice 1 inch off-white creamlike head. Strong lacing accents. (3.75/5)

S: Sweet fruity flavors are dominant. Hoppy and bright orange, very resinous. Grassy, light caramel sweetness (4.5/5).

M: Light to medium bodied; low carbonation. Robust but smooth (4/5)

T: Pale malts, biscuity flavor second to citrus flavors of grapefruit and orange. Grassy and hop forward with moderate pine bitterness (4/5).

Photo of Karibourgeois
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Clear orange copper pour with a small and airy white head. Really nice citrusy aroma. Very light flavor that has piney hops balanced out by a nice grainy caramel malt.

Photo of gillagorilla
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

12 oz. bottle poured into a Flying Dog goblet (DOB: 7/10/14)

A: Slightly hazy bronze body with a one finger white head that stays for just a bit. No lacing.

S: Very easy drinking with a quick hop punch that is just there for a second or two. Otherwise, it is just a smooth ESB.

T: I've been thinking of only pumpkin beers for the fall, so I was surprised to not get any pumpkin or spices at all. This is more like the falling leaves,

M: Nice smooth carbonation, that seems like it might be rough but stays velvety throughout.

O: This is definitely on the higher end of ABV for an ESB, which helps the flavors out a lot. Good, but I went in with wrong expectations (pumpkin beer). That is why they need to label a style outside of Harvest, Special Ale and Seasonal.

Photo of weaf
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

Love the grain taste of this beer with all the nice hops to top it off. Great beer.

Photo of DuaneL
4.75/5  rDev +23.7%

A marvelous concoction. If you like this, then give Fegley's Always Sunny American Pale Ale a try - which I believe is truly closer to this ESB style.

Photo of Pahn
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Mini review from phone;

4.5 Appearance: great lacing

2.5 Smell: no aroma whatsoever

3.75 Taste: pleasant herbal hoppiness. Love the dry finish

4.75 Mouthfeel: beautiful. very dry, good carbonation with just a bit of candybar chewiness. Love

3.75 really good beer lovers beer. Nothing showy but the mouthfeel, but i would have another

Photo of TeamMathis
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Appearance: Copper. Nice frothy white head (sudsy) turns into decent lace.
Smell: Fruity citrus, bit of grapefruit, and mainly pine.
Taste: Pepper, (salty?), light citrus, bitter pines.

I think this is a great. It has a nice, subtle sweetness to the smell which is then complemented by a good, bitter piney taste. A very nice seasonal offering indeed. I would get this again.

Photo of puboflyons
3.71/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. 2014 edition. Sampled on August 9, 2014.

It does not look bad with its orange-amber pour and modest of-white head. Great clarity.

The aroma tends to be more hopped up than I expect from an autumn brew. Citrus and floral hops mainly. A modest breadiness.

The body is medium.

The taste begins briefly with a breaded, toasted malt sensation bu the bitter hops take over in short order. Lingering bitter bite. It was not bad.

Photo of mdagnew
3.4/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle bought online from CraftBeerCo

Poured an orange copper colour with a little haze. Light creamy head poured thick and meringue like then faded slowly to nice firm layer... very sparse carbonation drifts very slowly to surface... very little lacing...

Aroma - Strong biscuity malts, lightly toasted bread, light honey sweetness, some caramel, good juicy fruitiness (apples, apricots and some pears), lots of grassy notes, peppery hops, strong nuttiness, sea salt traces, some leathery traces...

Taste - Spicy / grassy hops to the fore, light toffee sweetness, juicy fruits (oranges, apples, light figs), biscuity maltiness, definite toasty bread, can't really make out any oats, faint metallic notes, light floral / perfume traces, salty...

Feel - Quite sharp and dry... medium bodied... pretty quaffable

Overall - A decent excellent example of an ESB although my bottle wasn't too fresh... would like to try a fresher bottle as this would be a good sessionable ale

Photo of reebtaerG
3.99/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at severna park taphouse from notes

A-Pours a medium caramely amber. Medium frothy creamy off-white head, fairly lasting.

S-Aroma is pleasantly hoppy, nice sweetness; citrus/orange grapefruit, toasty.

T-Tasty and flavorful. Citrus. Piney grapefruity finish.

M-Mouthfeel has a medium body. Balanced sweetness and bitterness. A little oily. A little creamy. Soft. Moderate dry finish.

O-Overall a well-made beer again by Southern Tier

Photo of barczar
3.79/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a fairly clear deep golden with a lingering cream head.

Floral hops and toasted malt dominate the aroma, with a hint of resin and citrus closing things out.

Flavor reveals resin and pine at the forefront, on a backbone of lightly toasted malt. The finish is moderately bitter. A touch of citrus adds intrigue.

Body is moderate, with carbonation a touch on the high side. There's light alcohol warmth.

Fairly moderate in aroma and flavor, with nice citrus underpinnings. Not the best of the fresh hopped beers, but a decent brew.

Photo of kaufmaal
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Light copper colored, very fine carbonation, minimal bubbles on top. There's a heavy citrus and pine smell, sharp but pleasing. A dry tasting beer, bitter but with just enough malty sweetness not to make you pucker. Not overly complex in terms of its flavors. There's a grassy/vegetable flavor, and some caramel notes, too. For an ESB, it is light in its body. Very drinkable, especially late in the year.

Photo of Theheroguy
3.86/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pungent citrus hoppy resinous tones permeate throughout this beer. It is tremendously hop forward. The smell reminds me of opening a hop bag before I pour the contents into boiling wort. This is very crisp but not too dry. The hops linger on the tongue for a good while. Substantially bitter and very refreshing.

Photo of Dodo2step
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

P- Als of Hampden

A- copper color with poor head and average lacing. head dissipates rapidly. clear and highlighted.

S- piney caramel hops/malts mixture is nice on the nose.

F- Pine hops an sweet caramel malts. The pine over rides the caramel but it has a nice undertone of floral flavors as well.

M- hops and light bodied. simple

O- not a bad ESB...I have had a few and this is just above average. good beer.

Photo of Hopscat
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Medium amber , clear with small off head that settles to ring with patches of foam.
Nose is cracker malts and pine floral hops.
Taste follows with caramel and crackers followed in the middle with hops bite and lingering hops bitterness in a nice way.
mouthfeel is about right
Good seasonal warmer

Photo of hopsolutely
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A decent ESB, although without the hop focus for which I'd hoped given Southern Tier's proclivity (which I greatly appreciate). Not a completely standard ESB, but definitely focused on caramelized malts.

Pours a near-iridescent coppered amber with limited white head that disappears fairly quickly. Aroma is primarily of caramelized malts. The flavour starts with the sweet caramelization but transitions into a pleasant bitterness in the body and finish. Although I can't pick out specific varietals, pleased this is an ESB that has met more than just bittering hops.

Photo of BWED
3.87/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle found at an ultimate tournament, poured into a tumbler

A- Bronze body, well-filtered. White head retains at a low level, but leaves some pretty good lacing.

S- Earthy hop character, with a subtle sweet bread malt aroma. This is a very pleasant aroma, especially for this time of year. It really smells like a fruitful harvest.

T- Grain and sweetness. Earth, hop is mild, but not bitter.

M- Pretty light body. Slight bitter in the middle, but the finish is mild.

O- Very solid beer. Great, fitting aroma.

Photo of chillwinston
2.65/5  rDev -31%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A: Dark golden color, no head retention.

S: Floral, bright hops but with a strong alcohol smell and not much else.

T: Very dry with resinous floral hops. Again, strong taste of alcohol and very one dimensional.

M: Light bodied. Oily. Low carbonation.

O: I guess I had something else in mind when I saw "Harvest Ale" written on the six pack. Reminded me of a run-of-the-mill IPA. Similar to Harpoon IPA. However, the strong alcohol bite turned me off. I like Southern Tier's other offering but I can not recommend this.

Photo of ryan1788a5
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Golden color with a slight amber hue. Excellent clarity. The head settles after a little while. Lacing sticks to the glass in thin sheets.

S: Floral and perfumey hops with hints of blond tobacco. Pithy. Biscuit, toast, grain, and just a dab of caramel.

T: Dry malt base lays a foundation of grain, toast, biscuit, and even a slight woody impression. Sharp floral and oily hop bitterness. Fleeting citrus notes. Hops have a bit of an herbal, spicy bite toward the back end. Dry finish of shortbread and floral hop oils.

M: Light bodied. Watered down creaminess. Brisk carbonation adds a crisp bite.

O: Not a bad stab at the style. Hops have a little more bite than I'd expect, and the malt base stays a little safe and simple. They're well in the ballpark of what the style should be though, and it's still enjoyable to drink.

Photo of patpbr
3.87/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Copper color with some nice lacing.
S - A balance of hops and malts but not very bold.
T - Crisp pine and citrus hops with carmel malts and spice. Bitter.
M - Medium body and a dry finish
O - Liking hop flavor makes me like this one. its close to an IPA.

Photo of delta490
3.94/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- a clear amber, with some visible carbonation. Thick white head with nice retention leaves nice lacing on the glass.

S- nice and hoppy. Citrus-y goodness abounds.

T- a little hop forward, but nicely balanced out by the malt bill. There is a nice blend of the flavors.

M-nice and light on the palette. A slight bite on the initial sip.

O- it's not really an ESB in the English beer sense but it is quite good and well worth trying as a seasonal.

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.51/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Southern Tier Harvest has a thin, off-white head, a clear, bubbly, copper appearance, and a bit of lacing left behind on the glass. The aroma is of citrus (pineapple?), white bread, and sweetness, and the taste is of grapefruit, hop bitterness, citrus rind, white bread crust, and some sweetness. Mouthfeel is light, watery, and a little slick, and Southern Tier Harvest finishes mostly dry, sweet, refreshing, and drinkable. Overall, this really does not fit the E.S.B. style, that I can see, but it is still tasty. It’s worth checking out.


Photo of sniper061
4.48/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Souther tier brewery has another wonderful beer on tap. Nice grapefruit hoppiness that seems to make for a wonderful fall beer. I actually thought it would be a little more bitter than what it was, maybe just because of the food I was eating with it. It is a great go to beer for the fall.

Photo of smakawhat
3.49/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Deep bronze and quite clear body, with a simple one finger off white head that is slightly creamy capping the top.

Nose is light toast, some faint grainy quality, but not much else for an ESB. Rather closed and muted.

First palate is quite warm with a mild caramel sense. Pine like hop bitter finish, and not nearly enough sensing caramel warmth. Moderate carbonation, with a large prickly feeling almost seltzery that's a little jarring. Lingering American sensing hop bitterness that stays put but doesn't seem true to style.

Overall it doesn't really remind me of a bitter, but it's still an ok brew for drinking.

Harvest Ale from Southern Tier Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 1,548 ratings.