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Harvest Ale - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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86
very good

1,538 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,538
Reviews: 574
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 12.24%
Wants: 50
Gots: 164 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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: 1,538 | Reviews: 574
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: A light golden color with excellent clarity. The head is long lasting, white and very thin.

S: Pine and citrus hops are in the front at a moderate level with a moderate malt aroma that is somewhat caramel and biscuit. There is a light fruity ester and some grassy notes.

T: Moderately strong hops bitterness and moderate hops flavor which is pineapple and citrus. The mat is supportive but not a strong player with moderately-light malt flavors. The balance is bitter and the finish medium-dry with some hops bitterness lingering into the after taste.

M: A crisp, medium-light bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation.

O: An clearly American take on the ESB while staying fairly true to style. A bit more malt flavor would be needed for the style but I don't care I like it just the way it is.

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of eclipse54
3.34/5  rDev -13%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Girlfriend brought this home to try; split into tulips.

A tarnished gold body with very little white, bubbly head. Not a whole lot of retention or lacing, and somewhat uninteresting. Aroma is of earthen hops (even a few months out), caramel malt, and a hint of allspice. Some other muddled grain and a bit of lemon citrus in there as well. Tastes of lemon, orange, a bit of corriander, caramel, cardamom, allspice, wheat, and some earthen hops. Theres a strange, almost gritty bitterness to it that resembles unintegrated spices more than alpha acids. Mouthfeel is relatively crisp and finishes clean save for some lingering flavors (mostly the cardamom). Overall, a decent beer that's refreshing enough. I'd drink more of it, but wouldn't exactly seek it out.

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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2.5/5  rDev -34.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +23.7%

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

12 oz bottle into SAVOR tulip. DOB 07/31/12.

A: a light orange hue. bright white, very bubbly head. retention is good. spotted lacing.

S: a very floral hop aroma jumps out at me. i think i smell rye. a little fruity. lots going on here.

T: chewy and grainy. a little bit of black pepper. hints of vanilla. a lot of bitterness behind this grain. solid complexity.

M: moderate carbonation on a medium body.

D: diverse flavors and aromas makes this pretty enjoyable. nice to have a fall seasonal that isnt an oktoberfest. the hop presence is significant, as is the malt diversity.

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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

Poured into a becker.

Pours a clear light amber color with an off white head. Head settles to a finger width thick. Layer of lace remains, with minimal patching.

Brew smells of a variety of hops and a biscuity malt backbone. Good nose.

Brew is crisp and has a nice peppery feel up front and finishes slighty bitter. Good hops here; grapefruit, spiciness and barley as well. Good solid rounded mouthfeel. Very nice session brew here. Good umph to it. Lots of english flavor here. Nice hops and a subtle malt noticed.

This is a very good, hoppy, sessionable brew here. A perfect brew to have on a fall evening.

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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2.5/5  rDev -34.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of Mitchster
3.59/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

$1.99 for a 12oz bottle @ Bevco. Brewed with "Ale yeast, four varieties of hops, two types of malts" in the ESB style. 6.7% ABV

Pours out to a clear dark golden, forming a mthin white head with poor retention and sparse lacing. Mild to moderate carbonation, ~2.3 carbs. The nose is full of fresh american hops...I'm guessing centennial, cascade, with a touch of skunk....Not English style at all...underlying this is some nice fruity yeast esters, a clean fermentation, and some nice malt character. The mouthfeel is bright, with a hoppy acidity, a medium-dense body, and a soft carbonation. The taste opens with the aforementioned citrus hops, followed by the suggestion of orange with a touch of toast and grass, followed by a pleasant well-balanced bitterness and an aftertaste of pineapple and mango from the hops. The bitterness lingers in the aftertaste for quite a while. Peculiar water profile almost has a salty character...not chalky like gypsum, but more like calcium chloride, and the sodium accentuates the sharp hoppiness.

Well, this is a well-brewed beer, but it's not an ESB. It's more like an IPA for all practical purposes. Quite a bit different than what I was expecting. Not good enough for me to buy again.

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3/5  rDev -21.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice 12oz bottle poured into 9oz Pilsener glass. Poured a light coppery-amber color with just a thin cap of off-white head that had low retention and lacing.

Noticeable hoppiness hit the nose first, then a nice grainy malt scent wafted in. The hops were also the prominent feature on the tongue, but the malts were there to provide support and balance.

The body was crisp and smooth with the hops lingering on the back for bit. Drinkability was good, you could too easily drink several of these. Overall, a pretty good brew, certainly worth trying if you see it.

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Harvest Ale from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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