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Harvest Ale - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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88
very good

569 Reviews
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Reviews: 569
Hads: 1,574
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 10.15%
Wants: 53
Gots: 191 | 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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Reviews: 569 | Hads: 1,574
Photo of goodbyeohio
3.73/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

well, this is certainly a southern tier beer.

it pours a cascading color wheel from light straw to vibrant orange, and is a joyous rainbow to behold in my imperial pint glass. the head is seriously sticky, and the lacing is a webby, dotted mess all over the glass. the beer certainly appeals to the visual senses.

this beer has the typical ST one-note aromatic citrus bomb. almost like smelling a glass of sunny delight... although here i can actually detect the possibility of fresh hop usage due to a slight bitter twang of green, green botanicals.. fresh-picked vines and all. slightly vegetal even, and a strange salty aroma wafts with warmth. like the ocean. weird.

tastes alright though, despite a slightly metallic finish. fruity hops like sugar-doused grapefruit, some tangerine sorbet and resinous sweetness in the final moments pre-swallow. the malt aspect here is somewhat veiled, but the body holds up well enough to the extreme lupulin content. it's both airy and light without feeling too fizzy. the mouthfeel presents a bitter tinge in the end which is really not too distracting.. just perfect.

there are some things here that could use improvement, and i would prefer that this beer be a bit more subtle and fresher than their p&m and ipa, but its a bit too similar for me to absolutely LOVE. the real achievement here is the way they've balanced that trademark ST hoppiness with a smooth texture. (1,426 characters)

Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass. The liquid it a nice bright orangish amber with nice carbonation. The head is 2 fingers white and leaves nice lace.

The smell is nice but common to pale ales. Nothing more notable then a woodsy pine taste.

The taste follows fresh pine taste, caramel note and a nice hopy bitter finish. Very nice and pleasantly refreshing.

The mouthfeel is good a nice medium body and good carbonation.

The drinkability is good but nothing about this beer was notable other then it is an easy drink, good tasting and with out notable defects.

Prosit MK (596 characters)

Photo of bjohnson
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a very clear amber straw like color with an initial frothy half finger white head. Dissipates quickly leaving a film on top. Frost-like lace left on the glass.
S: Citrus and floral hops, mostly orange peel, lemon zest, and grapefruit. Grassyness in the hops also.
T/M: Decent jolt of grapefruit and orange peel flavored hops right from the outset. Mild malt notes fall in behind but only support the hop flavors. Strong bitterness strikes the tastebuds and lingers in the aftertaste. Leafy hop notes sting the tongue. Nutty malt with a slightly buttery mouthfeel. Nice dry finish leaves the tongue parched. Very smooth and thirst quenching. Lightish body
D: Another winner from Southern Tier—seemed bitterer than the IPA—must be those fresh harvested hops. I’d purchase this again if I saw it at the store. Great example of a hopped up pale ale. (861 characters)

Photo of Viggo
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden, small off white head forms, goes pretty quick but leaves some lacing on the glass. Smell is apples and pears, some pine, spices, alcohol, little bit of caramel. Taste is sweet, almost cidery, caramel and pine, some funk, strange. Mouthfeel is light bodied with low carbonation, has a little bit of warmth to it. Very odd, wasn't quite sure what to think. Thanks for sharing biegaman! (405 characters)

Photo of jcdiflorio
4.19/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

served from a 12oz brown bottle twist-off cap into a pint glass.

Clear deep golden color,1" thick head,retentive, lacing the glass.
Hop assertive nose citrus rinds,grassy a bit spicy,the malteness is hidden by the hop aroma, just a sweet caramel aroma present.
Strong hop flavors, very citrusy,grassy, grapefruity.A very sugary carmell taste.Finishes with a sharp citrusy bitterness,followed by a pleasing spicy feel.
The mouthfeel was light to medium a bit cloying, prickley on the tounge, yet a very smooth feel to it also.
Refreshing,mouthwatering,very drinkable,could drink this beer all night.
A session hop lovers beer,hop sensations of an IPA.
Will be looking for this one again. (695 characters)

Photo of johnniemarg
3.57/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a straw color with a 1-finger offwhite head and streams of visible carbonation.

Smells of tons of hops. Flowery, grassy hops, maybe some pine. Just a hint of malt sweetness.

Taste is basically in line with the smell. A touch of sweetness on the tip of the tongue is followed by a huge flowery hop kick through the middle and long, bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is slcik and on the lighter side.

This is a decent beer. The one thing I don't like about it is the long bitter finish, which doesn't bring along the fresh, flowery hop flavor- It just carries the bitterness. (624 characters)

Photo of tempest
3.92/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer is all hops, all the time. Its light-gold color looks almost macro-like and while there isnt much head, there is some lacing. Strong earthy and floral aroma that matches the taste. Not too much bitterness in the bite, but enough for a dry, grassy finish. Reminds me a bit of a lighter Hazed and Infuzed with a different hop profile. Not a heavy beer, but all the hops kind of get to you. The easiest way to describe this beer is as "hop-juice." (454 characters)

Photo of Doomcifer
4.4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Picked this one up at a Southern Tier tasting that I attended last night, courtesy of Mike & Co. over at Nikki's Liquors in N. Providence.

It pours a nice, clear, pale golden color with a great off-white creamy head that tends to linger around, decorating the glass with lacing as the beer dwindles down to nothing. Aroma is of fresh, citrusy, fruity hops...smells VERY clean. Taste is more hops. The flavor, however, is more piney than citrusy/fruity as the smell indicates. Very light malts, but the hops take center stage bigtime, along with a grainy flavor. Very much like an easy drinking IPA. I could easily imagine myself enjoying this beer all weekend out in the hot New England summer weather. Very crisp, nice bite, and ends pretty dry but not too astringent. Drinkable? Abso-frickin-lutely...A fine fine example of an APA.

Southern Tier continues to impress. (873 characters)

Photo of javenbohall
4.27/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a very interesting beer. On first glance, it looks no different than most mainstream, boring offerings. Pours light, almost no head, seems like there's not much to it. At first sniff, it almost seems like it might be a bit skunked. Fellow Advocate williamherbert, whom I greatly respect, recommended it with some reservation. I've worked my way (with some help) through two six packs now, and I only realized how much I enjoyed it when I was craving hops and was overjoyed to find this among the choices available. A very different pale that works for me. In between a pale and an IPA, with a very dry, almost grassy finish. (632 characters)

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

It is great finding these seasonal beers in your local store. You know you are getting a fresh beer, and with the harvest type ales, that is paramount. The beer poured with a full head, more than most APAs. Lighter in color than the typical pale ale. It was hoppy in aroma, but subtle. The taste was full flavored hops. A stong pine taste dominated the hop flavor profile, with fruity hints. The malt presence was stong with a slight nutty taste. A great tasting beer that was easy to drink, with its mellower APA hop character, rather than an overwhelming hoppy IPA. But as a harvest ale... it had plenty of hops. A must buy when you see it available. (652 characters)

Photo of shirfan
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Light honey gold with a touch of haze and a thin but sticky layer of foam.

Aroma is mild pine, spice, a touch of orange and corriander, and something in the background that's almost minty.

Malt is on the light side, but sufficient for the style and size of this beer. Mixed palate of hops: there are pine and grapefruit flavors as well as peppery, leafy varieties. Dries a bit after the initial sip, and maintains a nice balance of moderate bitter and sweet aspects.

Tasty yet not over-the-top in any direction, this is a nice seasonal alternative. (558 characters)

Photo of rarevos
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into pint glass.

A: Golden, transparent. Two fingers of head that billowed up and above the rim of the glass. Fabulous retention. Very light carbonation: about 6 bubbles in the glass at any one time.

S: Hops! Pineyness, though it's subdued. Bit of grapefruit in there.

T/M: Malty sweet and bitter up front, with some great grapefruit flavors and some very mild tea flavor. Finish is long, bitter, and has a peppery tail. Is a bit watery in the mouthfeel, though.

D: In a blind taste test, I'd say this was an IPA. Certainly from the aroma, but this has a load of citric hoppiness in the flavor as well. A perfect way to spend a cool evening on the deck while dinner is simmering and I wait for my wife to come home from work. (746 characters)

Photo of plaid75
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a medium copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and sticky lacing.

The smell was dominated by both a flowery and citrusy hop. Good nutty malt aroma as well.

The taste featured a strong peppery citrus hop which dominated yet didn't cover a solid biscuity malt body.

The mouthfeel was of average fullness and crisp.

Overall an excellent fall beer. A nice change of pace from the many Oktoberfest offerings. Very drinkable. (472 characters)

Photo of beerphan
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle -> imperial pint
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Pours an absolutely clear orange yellow with a rather large pillowy white head with staying power. Sporadic patchy creamy lace. Heavy carbonation is present throughout. This is a damn fine looking brew.

Nose: Citrus hops dominate, with orange and apricot taking center stage. A slight malt hint in the background.

Taste: Very hoppy for an APA, crusting the edges into IPA status. The malts are there lingering and making there presence felt more as the brew warms, but this one is about the hops. Tangy citrus and piney hops leave a stinging bitter aftertaste that sticks around in the mouth.

Mouthfeel: Medium mouthful, which is suprisingly full considering the amount of carbonation. Crisp and thick.

Drinikability is high for the hopheads, but might came across a bit bitter for those looking for a balanced apa. (879 characters)

Photo of Celt44
4.64/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is the first time I've seen this one - suprising considering we're not too far from Lakewood and we get most all of Southern Tier's products in this area.

Appearance is very good - medium transparent amber - head dissipates after a while but lacing lasts throughout.

Aroma is exceptionally superior for a beer of this type. Floral hops jumps right out almost as strong as their delicious IPA. Undertones of malt, pine, and orange present.

Taste - piney hops upfront along with grapfruit - more robust than most of the type. Smooth malty character for a finish.

Mouthfeel is smooth and drinkability is superior. I am thoroughly impressed with this beer. I love their IPA and Porter but IMHO this beer is their best. (733 characters)

Photo of martymoat
4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: pours a murky brownish orange *very similar in color to the bottles labels*, good head retention.

S: strong smell of malts and specialty grains and a hint of the hops.

T: starts out with a mild malt taste, then moves into a wonderful hop taste that I cannot quite figure out. The hop taste stays with you until the end. Very earthy in flavor.

M: medium body, fair amount of carbonation.

D: this the kind of beer that is worthy of buying a case of. (462 characters)

Photo of riversider76
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours light golden. Much lighter than I expected. Thin white head, with very nice lacing. Aroma is strong, gassy,earthy hops. Very nice. Body is light, with some carbionation. Taste is of hops, and fruit. Very refreshing, and full flavored. This brewery continues to impress! (275 characters)

Photo of bigdeuce
4.19/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Yep, this one surprised me. I thought I was getting some type of Oktoberfest. But I will say, this fruity, hoppy beer is a damn good one. Pretty nice lacing, decent head. Esthery fruits in this one, especially grapefruit and nice hoppy finish. I think this is more of an IPA than an APA. Reminds me of Sierra's Celebration Ale. A pleasant treat, wish I could get this terrific session brew year round. (401 characters)

Photo of Dogbrick
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sample at AleFest Dayton: Bright golden color with a thin white head and minimal lacing. Citrusy hops aroma with roasted malt in the background. Light-bodied with a zesty character of herbs and spices and citrus. Nicely hopped but has good malt balance. The finish is hoppy yet sweet at times. Pretty good stuff. (312 characters)

Photo of bwyker
4.41/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a brandy snifter.

Appearance: Transparent golden blonde, with a significant amount of carbonation that forms a moderate amount of off-white foam. The head settles quickly, but leaves a bit of foam in the center of the glass and along the side of the glass. Faint lacing is noticed as the glass is tilted.

Smell: Grassy hops immediately and completely.

Taste: Citrus and apple upfront with a stinging bitterness that is felt after it settles in your gut. Earthy aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: The bitterness tingles, but, overall, a light body with a smooth finish.

Drinkability: Enjoyable, modest ABV and very hoppy -- great beer! (652 characters)

Photo of orfeu
3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden, leaning toward amber, topped with a fluffy white head. Resinous Cascade aromas: scents of sugared grapefruit sections and warm pine sap. Sweet grapefruit flavor at first -- bitter piney hop blast immediately thereafter. Mellows slightly at finish with toasty malt -- but very little at that. Stinging Cascade burps. Light to medium body and juicy mouthfeel. Super easy to drink, but I usually like a bit more malt balance in my APAs. Decent offering nonetheless. (470 characters)

Photo of Gavage
4.07/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pours a slightly hazy orange color with a 1" head. A few spots of lace develop during the session.

Smell: the aroma is of pinecones and orange zest.

Taste: there is an overall earthiness to the flavor of this pale ale. Caramel, orange citrus, bread yeast, and pine round it out.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Mouthfeel is lightly crisp at the start. The finish is mildly dry. The flavors linger on the tongue for a bit after swallowing.

Drinkability: great drinkability as a few of these can be quaffed in a single session. (552 characters)

Photo of WesWes
4.17/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great. It has a wonderful hop scent that balances the malt aroma nicely. It boasts of pale, crystal, and bisquit malts. The taste is good. It has a bitter and earthy flavor that goes down smooth and finishes dry and bisquity. It has a nice breadlike quality. The mouthfeel is great. It is a medium/full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a really good seasonal. I've heard of it mentioned the last couple of years, but could never get any. This is a fine drinker. (581 characters)

Photo of dick783
4.77/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Has a nice gold color with an orange hue and a pure white head on top that stays. The smell is deliciously earthy. Lots of piney hops with a bit of citrus hidden in there. And it tastes just like it smells. That piney hop flavor is everywhere, but balanced well enough with the malt so that its not overpowering. The mouth feel is good and full, with just the right amount of carbonation. It finishes with a pleasant, bitter aftertaste that lasts. Excellent beer for the fall. (476 characters)

Photo of LucaBrasi
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours outta a bottle a golden color with a minimal head, very little lacing goin on here.
Smells like citrus, hops and pine.
Taste is clean of hops and has a citrus ending.
Mouthfeel is smooth with good carbonation.
Drinkability is also good. Clean smooth and crisp.
Weighs in on the side of an IPA. (306 characters)

Harvest Ale from Southern Tier Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 569 ratings.