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Harvest Ale - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,188
Reviews: 544
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.89%
Wants: 33
Gots: 31 | 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

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: John on 10-19-2003)
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Photo of FredTheSeal


3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A - Pours with a 1 finger white head. Dissipates to a thin head that lingers with some lacing. Clear copper in color.

S - A suprising amount of citrus and pine hop aroma. Slight caramel/sweet smell behind that mixed with mild alcohol. If I didn't see the label, I would think this was an an American IPA.

T - Citrus and piney hops. I didn't get much past the hops until i was about half way through the glass. Then i started to get a slight sweetness and alcohol after the hops faded. Slightly earthy undertones.

M - medium-high carbonation, light-medium body.

D - I'm definitely a hop head and this has a great hop flavor without being overpowering. With the light body and moderate flavor i could drink a 6 pack easily.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2010 00:28:13 | More by FredTheSeal
Photo of brewcrew76


3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Clear orange with a fluffy white head and considerable sticky lacing.

S - Earthy, herbal, mineral hops with maybe a touch of grapefruit rounded out by caramel, crystal malts.

T - Minerally hops up front with sweet caramel in the middle followed by earthy, herbal lingering hops.

M - Medium body with a dry lingering finish.

D - A solid esb.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2010 00:05:14 | More by brewcrew76
Photo of Georgiabeer


3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light amber with some copper highlights, and a fairly thin head. Smells somewhat grainy and a touch buttery. Some clean malt and some light earthy hops rounds it out. Tastes pretty similar, with buttery overtones and a firm malt and grain base. Somewhat savory as well, almost like salted caramel, but not all that sweet. Smooth, somewhat chewy, and with a nice salty sweet finish interlaced with some bitterness. I like it, and it seems appropriate for the fall.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2010 20:09:20 | More by Georgiabeer
Photo of Chaney

District of Columbia

3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Fairly clear harvest orange, with about a fingers worth of solid white head, and carbonated bubbles that slowly made its way to the surface.

S: Very subtle in the aroma department. Just a mild bready maltiness with a tinge of hop bitterness poking through.

T: Biscuity and has the aftertaste of the worlds best croissant! A little bit of citrus kick is just what the beer needed and provides nicely. Very English in its subtleties.

M: Not too sweet at all ... the breadiness keeps that aspect in check. The carbonation is great, and the lacing is perfect for the style.

D: This is a pretty high octane ESB by any standard, but I certainly didn't detect any of that. Good stuff!

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2010 18:17:45 | More by Chaney
Photo of aglose45


4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Pours golden brown with a mild hop haze. The head is ivory colored.

S: Hoppy up front, before the malt takes the juicyness aside for a second. Grapefruit and orange dominate the palate, while a buscuity malt keeps things in check. There is even a hint of stale coffee in the nose.

T: The hops are nice and juicy. Like the nose suggests, grapefruit and orange are the main players, with biscuit flavor rounding out the flavor palate. Very nice flavor.

M: Moderate bitterness, creamy mouthfeel and moderate carbonation.

D: Very high. I sought out a case of this after enjoying a single, but all I could turn up was two six-packs...

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2010 02:59:59 | More by aglose45
Photo of HotHands


4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into glass stein.

A - pours a dark gold with a white head that slowly retreats to half height. Good lacing.

S - not much aroma, just some floral, slightly citrusy hops.

T - biscuity, caramel, and toffee malt flavors backed up by an interesting hop profile. Hops have a touch of citrus and pine but the main hop flavors are earthy, grassy, and a bit spicy.

M - average carbonation and a bit of a creamy feel.

D - Very drinkable.

This is a solid, easy-drinking brew that is well worth a try in the fall. It has some interesting hop flavors and you won't be disappointed. My only disappointment is that I didn't buy more.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2010 02:27:21 | More by HotHands
Photo of TheDeuce

New York

3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Southern Tier Harvest Ale...on tap at Macgregor's Ale House...

Appearance-almost a honey brown, large white streaky head with heavy carbonation for five seconds, it eventually does settle down.

Smell-spicy and fruity at the same time, mix of malt and hops balances the back end, very aromatic.

Taste/Mouthfeel-medium mouthfeel, heavily mixed with fruit and spice, strong aftertaste of hops, malt is hidden but does offer some balance.

Drinkability-no issues, unique.

Overall-I enjoyed the beer, a different kind of ESB than I've had, a lot more fruit and spice character, but it pulls it off. Worth your time.

Serving type: on-tap

11-02-2010 20:20:09 | More by TheDeuce
Photo of shand


3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a reddish-amber color with about a finger and a half worth of head. The head dissipates quickly, but leaves some great lacing.

Smell: Sweet, biscuity malts and floral hops.

Taste: Roasted, bready malts with a pretty decent amount of hops. It's unique for sure.

Mouthfeel: Medium heaviness and a decent amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: Pretty drinkable, not very much of an aftertaste.

This is an interesting fall seasonal. It's not my personal favourite, but I can't really see too much to fault with it. Give it a shot.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2010 04:42:10 | More by shand
Photo of elgiacomo


4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottled August 23, 2010.

Pours slightly hazy copper amber with a two finger white head that leaves some lacing and holds a good foamy cap.

Aroma is citrus, floral, and grassy hops, bread and caramel, good strength.

Flavor features a good citrus hop zing, some light spice, good bread/caramel malt balance, mild sweetness, medium bitterness, finishes mostly clean with some lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel is low to medium bodied, medium carbonation, easy drinking.

A tasty, refreshing, and delicious ESB!

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2010 20:52:03 | More by elgiacomo
Photo of beergod1


4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Fruity, citrus aroma with light grainy malt. Clear, bright, golden-yellow pour with a thick white head and some lacing. Light and fresh on the palate, Mellow and easy going, it's a real drinkable beer. Flavor of pine with With a mild bite. Fresh hop taste with a mild malt backbone. Sort of has a dry grassy/wheat quality as well. Another good one from Southern Tier, I have to admit, after my first tasting a few yrs. ago, RT has totally changed my mind. They really produce some World class brew.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2010 23:51:43 | More by beergod1
Photo of Thorpe429


4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a nice golden copper color with a white head and some good ringy lacing on the way down. The nose brings a good amount of hops forward with some earth, pine, and herbal notes coming through. Slight caramel and toffee in there as well. Hops take center stage in the flavor as well, though not to the extent that they had in the nose. Really nice body and carbonation well nice bitterness. Really smooth and a great fall beer.

Serving type: on-tap

10-26-2010 11:05:50 | More by Thorpe429
Photo of CraftAleRookie


3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured in a DFH Pint Glass

Somewhat hazy, copper color with a bubbly head that thickens a bit as it slowly fades away. Slight notes of hop and malt, orange peel in the background.

Taste reminds me of a craft lager- but with a hint more hops and hence a slight advantage of character. Smooth, a slight bitter bite but it's subtle enough to not overpower like an IPA.

Very drinkable- all the character of this ale is in it's neutrality- it would be hard to be offended by any overpowering nuance- very well balanced. Fizzy, good medium body.

I wish I had more of this brew over the summer- lighter wheat beers are not my preferred style, but this fills the gap between those and a medium bodied IPA.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2010 00:16:27 | More by CraftAleRookie
Photo of DMXLOX22


4.18/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a fresh six pack considering its average, yet intriguing label design.

Appearance: Amber-brown coloring that had minimum head about an inch thick.

Smell: toned hops with orange zest kicked in

Taste: nice roasted malt flavoring with a kick of orange and almost pine-like flavoring that delievers to the palate very nicely.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer that is almost light to the first touch. Also medium carbanation that is inviting.

Drinkability: Wow very surprised when I first researched this beer after drinking it a few nights ago. Goes down deliciously and effortlessly but is also delicious and not very offensive if you enjoy roasted, but sweet beers. I will drink this beer again if I can get a hold of it before fall is over. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2010 01:12:50 | More by DMXLOX22
Photo of Tilley4


4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received as an extra from joeybeerbelly.. Thanks, Joe!

Pours a deep golden with a nice creamy head.... Lots of carbonation...

Aromas include piney hops, bready malts and a bit of toffee... Smells nice and hoppy for an ESB...

Pretty balanced blend of everything here... The hops are at the forefront but don't completely dominate and send this one into IPA-land... Still balanced quite nicely by the toasty malts...

Really good easy drinking brew here... I smoked thru both bottles I had while grilling tonight...

Thanks again, Joe...

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2010 12:27:03 | More by Tilley4
Photo of ZAP


4.6/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is so drinkable. Great hop profile. Fresh piney notes are strong as are some basic citrus (oranges, ripe grapefruit)...there is also a light tropical fruit note of mango and papaya.

What makes it all come together is the sugar cookie like malt backbone...some sbiscuity notes as well. The malt combines fantastically with the hops...

Light side of medium bodied...really slides down with enjoyment. Similar to the Goose Harvest Ale but this has more flavor...

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2010 04:36:32 | More by ZAP
Photo of musicforairports

New York

4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice amber into the pint glass, very clear and crisp looking. Small carbonation bubbles. The lacing stays for a little while before dissipating.

The head smells of hops--strong and sharp, but definitely not high alpha acid IPA-type stuff. Later, the rest of the beer smells more like a bread-y malt.

Taste is both of those things, but the hops dominate more than pretty much any ESB I've had. The first time I had this this year it struck me as extremely hoppy, but after drinking it for the season it just strikes me as a hoppy ESB. That creamy, biscuit-y malt undertone is still there like all ESBs; you just have to search for it sometimes.

Mouthfeel is a bit thinner than the style. There's a bit of creaminess, but not as many as other ESBs. Increases drinkability, in my opinion.

Drinkability is great. This is my favorite fall beer. It's got a lot of hop flavor but is way easier to drink a bunch of than most IPAs.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2010 01:31:13 | More by musicforairports
Photo of jlindros


3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Most Southern Tier beers are way to sweet for me, but the last couple I tried were much better. Hopefully this one is just as tasty.

Pours a creamy and fizzy 1/2 finger head that fades at a medium pace. The beer is a mostly clear orange slightly toasted golden color.

The nose brings hops right away, with some citrus and pine, and a little tropical fruit, nectarine, orange, and some light musty wet hop resin. There is also a very light malty backbone, but not much for the nose.

Taste brings more of a malty backbone to start. It has a nice crystal and possibly Munich malt flavors, slightly creamy, a nice malty flavor. WIth that comes some spicy hops, fresh hops again with more light musty hop resin, a little pine but almost no citrus now. It has a decent bitterness with a touch of astringency, and some light fruits from the hops, this time more of a peach flavor. It's lightly sweet but not too much. As it finishes it dries even more, and the malts disappear quickly leaving the finish a little flat. The astringency also comes out a little more and gets a little heavy, with a gritty almost cotton mouth feel, and the hop flavors are gone, just the bitter astringent taste.

The mouth starts medium bodied, but gets somewhat gritty and cotton mouth dry on the finish, with decent carbonation.

Drinkability goes down a but with that lingering astringent bitterness and cotton mouth finish. Other than the finish it goes down smoothly and drinks pretty well.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2010 01:30:45 | More by jlindros
Photo of cjgator3


4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle

A- Pours a dark copper color like the color of a penny with an off-white head with good retention and lacing.

S- The aroma is some malt, a hint of caramel and some citrusy hops with a touch of mint leaves in the background as well.

T- The taste is pretty damn solid. A perfect balance of malty goodness and hop bitterness. Pretty darn drinkable.

M- The mouthfeel is between light and medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, Southern Tier Harvest is a wonderful fall seasonal that is definitely worth a try. This comes out the right time of year because it is a perfect football beer. Recommended!

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2010 02:01:08 | More by cjgator3
Photo of KarlHungus


4.43/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a clear light golden color. The head is one inch in height, and recedes quickly into a small cap of lacing. The aroma is of pine resin, and fresh grapefruit. It is so fresh smelling it makes me feel as though I am actually in a forest of pine and grapefruit trees. The taste is similar in character, but not as strong as the aroma. There is also a hint of orange in the finish. Bitterness is well integrated. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Overall, this is a fine beer that I would surely drink again.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2010 17:24:12 | More by KarlHungus
Photo of alkemy


4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A real aggressive pour yielded about three inches of fluffy off-white head atop a clear honey colored brew. The smell is fantastic. There's a big pine hit followed by tropical fruits and a hint of caramel. Taste is really crisp and refreshing. I know this is a fall seasonal, but I'd love to have this in the dog days of summer. Citrus up front followed by a slightly sweet mango note and a lingering bitterness fused with pine. Little to no alcohol presence. All in all, I really liked the crisp feel and refreshing flavors despite the typical fall seasonal most expect. I'd like to see this around all the time.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2010 17:34:47 | More by alkemy
Photo of Cyberkedi


3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear coppery amber with a fine-bubbled off-white head. Aroma is seriously hoppy with evergreen and yeasty hints. Hoppy flavor is evergreen but not too bitter and has hints of fruit and even coffee. Tingly, fizzy texture fairly dances on the tongue.

Serving type: on-tap

10-17-2010 15:54:50 | More by Cyberkedi
Photo of jkrich


3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle with no freshness date: The label states this is brewed with four varieties of hops and two types of malts. The ale pours a beautiful, clear new penny copper with a fluffy white head the recedes leaving decent lacing.

This has an interesting aroma: hits of bittersweet fruits with a good whiff of malts. The blending of the hops and malt makes for an olfactory delight.

This uniqueness is also evident in the flavor. The initial flavor is sweet and quickly followed by a moderate grapefruity bitterness that again returns to the malt flavor. The website for this brewery mentions the use of english hops as well.

The body is somewhat medium with a moderate carbonation level. The mouthfeel is largely slight with just enough hop bitters to keep it refreshing.

This is my second "harvest" ale in the last few weeks - the other being from Goose Island. While I prefer the Goose Island ale, this is well worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2010 22:51:47 | More by jkrich
Photo of Homebrew35


4.68/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a three finger fluffy white head and has a georgeous golden rod honey color.
It has a very nice citrus, floral sweet smell.
Tastes initially sweet, citrusy, some lavender floral character, then smoothly transitions to a medium dry slightly coating finish.
Medium carbing, medium bodied.
Drinks well for me, a few could go down very easily.
This one is well balanced for me. Yum

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2010 14:47:30 | More by Homebrew35
Photo of OakedCanuck


3.28/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz into shaker. from notes.

A - Copper moving to amber, small white head with medium to high carbonation.

S - Citric lemon and orange. Yeasty malt.

T - Hoppy initially with pine and resin. The backend brings around a bready malt, toffee, and slight sugar sweetness.

M - Medium to lighter body and higher carbonation. Slick tongue feel.

D - Decent American ESB, a lighter drinker that isn't overly exciting.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2010 19:48:51 | More by OakedCanuck
Photo of modernartblues


4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Southern Tier consistently fails to disappoint.

A - Nice copper/pale color. Classic. 1/2 inch head, some lacing.

S - Light floral tones of hops. I'm guessing C-hops (nope english only it looks like), but I'm no expert. It's not an over the top nose, but then again its not suppose to be an over the top beer.

T - Hops continue to be the main emphasis, though the bready malt character makes it self known and adds a bit of sweetness. For my palate, a perfect beer. I'm usually disappointed by ESBs that forget to add the hops, but I love the hoppier end of the style and this one fits the mold. An excellent seasonal.

M - Medium-Light.

D - At 6.4% it ain't quite session-able, but I can see myself (happily) trying anyway.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2010 21:37:03 | More by modernartblues
Harvest Ale from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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