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Harvest Ale - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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1,537 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,537
Reviews: 574
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 12.24%
Wants: 49
Gots: 163 | FT: 1
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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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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.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a copper color with a very carbonated off white head, leaving a slight amount of lacing along the glass. Smell is probably this beer's best feature -- just that typical great fall hoppy aroma with a nice grapefruit twist. I didn't think the taste was all that bitter for an ESB; this was actually very easy to drink. Very well balanced. In addition to the citrus-y taste, I also detected a sweet caramel undertone. Think this would be a great Thanksgiving Day session beer.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a copper color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of mild hops, some malts. Taste is well balanced hops and malts, some bitterness, a touch of caramel. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a very drinkable, and solid beer.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into sam adams custom glass, color is gold to copper, head is light tan, big bubbles and froth, about 1/2 inch thick.

Smell is subtle, but surprisingly very good malt profile and mild bitter note, Some caramely notes and stronger citrusy bitterness comes through later.

Taste is very nice strong bitter profile, a touch of caramel malt provides nice sweetness and some stronger, higher presence hops make this a unique brew. Hops are not overdone, but provide good balance to the touch of sweetness.

MOuthfeel is strongest on the tongue from the lingering bitterness, good carbonation and lasting flavors.

Overall, a very well done strong bitter style ale; the scent is subtle and flavors are pleasant and easy drinking; nice fall/winter style ale.

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look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Crystal clean yet robust copper coloring gives way to a load of bubble through the center. The head was fizzy and had an overly carbonated look but it collared to a nice frothy thickness.

The scent is well balanced from malts to hop. Barley an grain mix well with not only a piney floral hop scent but I get some fruity grapefruit and tangerines.

The flavors, too, are well balanced. The hops seem to take over near the end but a blend of barley, grain, toast, florals, and fruits lead their way in. The end is piney and a tinge bitter and lends to feel.

Overall, I always seem to like what Southern Tier is doing and this is another example of a well made and well balanced ale.

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Harvest Ale from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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