Harvest Ale - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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86
very good

1,528 Ratings
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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 Slatetank
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottle picked up at Wegman's -I enjoyed this on tap before and wanted to try in the bottle -enjoyed chilled in a mug.

The color is resplendent tarnished golden with good clarity/visible carbonation and thick white cap with copious lace stickage. The smell is herbal spice with some hop fruitiness and yeast esters augmenting with slight apple notes and mild sweet toasted malt. The feel is balanced well with hops giving a bite up front relaxing into a slight sweet tinge of malt with moderate carbonation and semi-dry finish with low alcohol in the feel.

The taste has some pine hop flavors with herbs and slight grassy tinges with a light dried fruit element from the yeast. The malt flavor is mostly dry with slight toastiness you may expect in a pale beer with some nice caramel accents and the hops become citrus as the finish arrives with some light lemon and possibly a hint of grapefruit. The malt and yeast anchor the beer with some very gentle pear and pine returns in the hop flavor as it warms. The overall take is a good Pale ale or ESB as it is listed here with plenty of drinkability a very quaffable brew to my taste.

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of dexterk1
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle to pint glass(two brothers) with dark orange color(not really amber). Head is small and goes fast.
Aroma is malty and very floral.
Taste is complex with malty sweetness upfront and floral hops near the end and after taste of pine. Some fruitiness and biscuit as well. Mouth feel is light and carbonated. It does not linger long. As I said, just some pine after taste.
Overall, a good seasonal beer that really comes across as different than most you might get in the fall.

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of NumberNone
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a nice amber color with a thin white head that quickly dissipates. Mild carbonation and mild lacing present. Not as lively as you might expect for a recently released, fresh beer

S: Malt, hops, citrus, hints of nutmeg and pumpkin, and a slight floral smell.

T: Revealing a bit more than the smell, with malt, hops, nutmeg, grapefruit, other citrus, floral and even pumpkin notes coming through with a hint of cinnamon.

M: Earthy yet smooth, slightly dry, and slightly bitter. Presents a decent balance of flavors. Slightly thin on the back end.

O: A good mix of decently balanced flavors that come together for a good autumn taste. I found hints of a pumpkin ale, slighter hints of an IPA, and even a brown ale. Interesting profile, even if it might be a bit all over the place. For me, it's not quite there but it's close.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of JustinAniello
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours light orange with a one finger head. Dissipates t a light cap and a minimal but sticky lacing.

S - Sweet malt and piney hops, the pine almost melds into a woody smell. Certainly reminds me of fall.

T - Tastes almost exactly like it smells, sweet caramel from the malt at first, with a woody pine following. Bitterness throughout, persists into the aftertaste.

M - Medium body and light on carbonation, crisp.

O - I really like this as a fall beer, especially as a more simple alternative to a pumpkin ale or similar spiced beer. Crisp and refreshing, nice flavor and smell. Has a little too much of a leaning towards an IPA though. Another good beer from Southern Tier.

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4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at Rattle N Hum in New York, NY

A: Pours a light to medium copper in color and light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall

S: Light to moderate aromas of pine/resin hops with a light amount of caramel malt sweetness.

T: This beer is very well balanced between the malty sweetness and hop bitterness. There is a light amount of caramel malt sweetness with pine/resin and citrus hops flavors. Light amounts of bitterness that fade pretty quickly.

M: Light bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth.

O: This beer is very enjoyable and is very easy to drink - slightly too strong to be sessionable but from a taste/smell perspective I want to have several of these. For some reason, this seems like a great beer for an early fall cool evening.

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.1/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very loose foam, rises quickly to around a finger and falls back just the same, very little retention, off-white color, close to no lacing as well. The liquid is crystal clear and sparkles like freshly cleaned glass, for as fast as the head rises, close to zero visible bubbles inside the glass, light amber orange in hue. The nose features orange peel, ginger root, scones and baked bread, hoppy in an herbaceous way, not much sweetness here, black tea leaves, more metallic than earthy. Light to medium-bodied, the carbonation is average at best, while clean there’s little life and spring to its step. Malty with cocoa, coffee bean, toffee accents, the orange to lemon citrus noticeable, more pine here as well as peach, apricot, cherry fruit. About half and half grains versus full-on bread, lacks honey or bread glaze. Finishes with an increase in florality and blanched nuttiness, that metallic edge about as close to bitter as it gets. Flat mouth presence contributes to its inability to interest you. Still, no real annoying flaws just the absence of any superlative element.

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Photo of MeowTom
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours an amber color with a nice head. Beautiful looking beer. The head turns into a nice lacy coating.

S- Smells a wonderful mix of hops and citrus. A little weak in many ways, but very nice still.

T- A very nice light bitterness.

M- Medium body and with a carbonation that compliments the body well.

O- Wonderful beer that is the last ESB/IPA summer season. Perfect beer to sit on the back porch watching the leaves turn colors and enjoy some last rays of light before winter gets in full swing.

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4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a clear medium orange with a smallish head. Decent lacing.

The aroma is full of citrus with some floral notes. A little bit of caramel, toffee, and toast on the aroma as well.

The flavor is really amazing. Lots of pine and citrus up front from the hops but it is nicely balanced by caramel and a little bit of roast. These flavors are on the lighter side and are all well balanced. I also pick up just a hint of smoke.

This beer really does remind me of fall. The subtle smokiness along with the aroma given off by the hops is kind of like autumn in a glass. A really wonderful seasonal beer and one I would really like to have again.

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