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Harvest Ale - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,270
Reviews: 548
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 12.14%
Wants: 36
Gots: 67 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: John on 10-19-2003)
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Photo of keanex

New Jersey

4.35/5  rDev +12.4%

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A: Clear copper body with an almost 2 finger light tan rocky head which leaves residue on the side as it dissipates. A thin tan coating remains on the top.

S: Slight caramel malts, citrus hints, and hops make a light but pleasant aroma.

T: Caramel and citrus foretaste with a hoppy finish. Very tasty and balanced. Easy to go down. Hoppy aftertaste.

M: Medium bodied with medium fresh carbonation.

O: Probably my favorite beer of the season. Absolutely easy to down with a wonderfully balanced taste and pleasant aroma.

09-26-2011 00:54:03 | More by keanex
Photo of soju6


3.9/5  rDev +0.8%

On-tap at Maggie's on the River in Watertown NY

A: served a dark amber color with a nice head that fades to good lacing.

S: Fresh grain aroma with citrus aroma and bit of malt sweetness.

T: Mild flaver of malt sweetness with a bit of citrus. Fresh grain with a nice bitterness and a fairly dry finish.

F: Fairly medium body, crisp, clean and refreshing. Good balance, no real hint of the 6.7% ABV.

O: Easy drinker, tasty beer. A good seasonal beer. Another solid beer from Southern Tier.

09-25-2011 17:25:19 | More by soju6
Photo of sixerofelixir


4/5  rDev +3.4%

12 oz bottle.

Pours a nice, bold gold. Very few carb trailers, but a whitish head rears back to a ring and sticks. Smell is a sweet, floral hop and good bread. Taste is very good - a good mixture of jagged hops with a nicely toasted malt backing. Effervescent & lively. Drinks well, a keeper. Very similar to GI's harvest offering.

09-24-2011 05:54:56 | More by sixerofelixir
Photo of rab53


3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Decent head retention. Light hop aroma. Nice hop presence with just enough malt to balance. Light to medium in body. Smooth carbonation. Overall, not the best example of a 'harvest ale'. it is quite quaffable. Nice as a palate break in between darker maltier beers.

09-23-2011 06:50:23 | More by rab53
Photo of xnicknj


3.4/5  rDev -12.1%

on tap at varga in philly

Pours a clear auburn with dark golden tones, thick white head rests on top, nice retention, leaving huge layers of lacing.

Leafy hops in the nose coupled with light citrus, bread crust and caramel. Decent balance between both sides.

Bitter up front with a nice dose of hops, leafy with some citrus. Touches of orange peel before a decent malt bill kicks in with bread crust and caramel. A little sweet towards the finish, which is bitter and dry.

Medium body and carbonation, sticky, a little chewy and drinkable. Solid fall beer which strikes a balance between the seasonal element and the style.

09-23-2011 03:54:41 | More by xnicknj
Photo of Vonerichs


3.68/5  rDev -4.9%

Clear red-orange body with an abundance of head. No lacing.

The smell has a respectable amount of hops, mostly pine. Bready malt adds a strong backbone.

The taste has a crisp and slightly bitter hoppy bite. Malts are bready and finishes with grain.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and crisp.

The smell and taste are both decent but simple. It's a good representation for the style and an easy drinker.

09-22-2011 01:59:25 | More by Vonerichs
Photo of curasowa

New York

4/5  rDev +3.4%

Appearance: Copper color with one finger of head that fades quickly to a ring with little lacing.

Aroma: Grapefruit and other citrus hop notes over a base of toasted caramel malt.

Taste: A good malt base adds some sweetness and a nice, medium body, but the main act is the hops. Bitter from start to finish, with a definite English, noble hop type character kicked up a notch by a piney, slightly resinous American style hop profile. Bitterness predominates on the finish which is fairly fast.

The Rest: A great interpretation of an ESB. The combination of a tradational English hop profile with a more assertive American profile is a nice take on the style. Quite tasty!

09-18-2011 19:50:25 | More by curasowa
Photo of bsp77


4.15/5  rDev +7.2%

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint. Bottled on August 4, 2011.

Appearance: Light orange with moderate head and light lacing.

Smell: Biscuit and tea, citrus and spicy hops.

Taste: Great balance of biscuit, toast, tea, citrus, and floral & spicy hops. Ends somewhat bitter.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, very creamy body with a nice dry finish.

Overall: A very impressive Americanized ESB overall. Definitely one of the better ones around.

09-18-2011 00:13:17 | More by bsp77
Photo of Daniellobo

District of Columbia

4.2/5  rDev +8.5%

Very nicely balanced, and unassuming ale.

Presentation: 12 oz bottle. Southern Tier identity design over a simple light brown background illustrating the brew name with an illustration of emerging grain. Notes how many varieties of hops and malts (not which but how many…). Shows 6.7% Alc. by Vol. Poured into a tulip glass.

A - Pale to medium amber pour, nice frothy head with medium retention, fair surface memory and nice touches of lacing.

S - Nice hoppy nose, rather rich but with a nice fruity mellow softness over caramel...

T - …which is exactly what the mouth highlights. Very nice grassy-citric hop profile riding over a rich bready maltiness… Nice soft bitterness in the finish woven back to the malted hops.

M - Medium/light body with soft carbonation… smooth with a nice finishing tiny bite.

O - Hmmm, if "the key to an ESB is balance" this is right on target, very quaffable with a nice sense of malty, rich hoppy range without anything strident…

Notes: Very nice seasonal surprise from ST, I should have picked up this one last year...

09-17-2011 23:15:51 | More by Daniellobo
Photo of mpyle


3.55/5  rDev -8.3%

App - Pale amber color, good clarity. Coarsely bubbled in the liquid, but the head itself was white, creamy, and with moderately good retention.

Smell - earthy pine hop aroma, a bit of copper penny, and hints of caramel

Taste - Fairly hoppy from the start, with a bitter component from fairly early on. Malt lost beneath the hops. Hop flavor not very exciting. Finish is distinctly bitter, but not harshly so.

MF - Medium body and carbonation, no astringency, but a slight hint of alcohol warming.

Overall - A decent bitter beer, but would like to see a more assertive malt presence.

09-17-2011 22:38:11 | More by mpyle
Photo of JRed

New Jersey

3.15/5  rDev -18.6%

Transparent orange in body with bubbly white head. Smells of grains, corn, and slight honey. Tastes of grains, slight honey, sone malt sweetness, grass, and hop resin. Medium bodied with light carbonation. A pleasant autumn beer but a terrible aroma and cheap malt taste make for an average experience.

09-16-2011 01:33:36 | More by JRed
Photo of ujsplace


3.55/5  rDev -8.3%

Poured into a nonic.

Pours a clear, new-copper colored brew that has a whitish yellow colored head that is clumpy and sticky. Laces pretty nicely and leaves some chunky floaters.

Smells of citrus, grapefruit, some bready malts and some spices as well.

Tastes of grapefruit, citrus hop bitters that fades to a biscuty maly sweetness. Mild toasted caramel.

Smooth, medium bodied, crisp.

A highly drinkable easy going brew. Nice sessionable brew - easily accessable for parties.

09-16-2011 01:18:19 | More by ujsplace
Photo of CHickman

New York

4.08/5  rDev +5.4%

Beer notes fron 9/7/2011, on tap at the Lark; pours hazy amber orange in color with a creamy 1 finger off white head that leaves basically no lacing; may have been the pour, so this won't be a major factor.

Smells of sweet malt, citrus hops, toasted grains, grapefruit, orange peel, lemon zest, caramel, grass and herbs; this smelled a lot more hoppy than I expected, with the fruity citrus nose dominating in a way an IPA would. It smelt more pale ale than ESB, but overall it was quite pleasing.

Tastes of sweet malt, citrus hops, toasted grains, grapefruit, orange peel, lemon, caramel, brown sugar, tea leaf, flowers, biscuit, grass and herbs; very nice balance that levels out the malt and hops in a totally synchronized beer that's very well done and quite tasty. It’s hoppy, grainy and earthy all at the same time, and washes down easy.

Mouthfeel it's light and crisp, with light carbonation, a light body and a slightly bitter finish. Again, not a typical fall seasonal beer.

Overall a very tasty beer that went down smooth, easy and is quite session-able. Not a fall or harvest beer in the typical sense, this breaks the mold and to me was a great surprise and extremely drinkable. Another nice product by Southern Tier which I recommend.

09-16-2011 01:04:03 | More by CHickman
Photo of chickenflea


4.28/5  rDev +10.6%

Bottle. Poured a deep clear burnt orange. A small fizzy head did not hang around long, but good lacing on the glass. Aromas of green hops are dominating with some nice floral notes. A hint of sweet malt in the aroma as well. Taste is also hoppy but they taste more like noble hops. A grainy backbone asserts itself rapidly, battling with the hoppy bitterness. Almost no hint of the maltiness I detected on the nose. Instead a delicious spiciness adds a wonderful new element to this ESB. Texture is medium. Medium-high carbonation. Very lively on the tongue. Texture is somewhat oily. A wonderfully different beer. very tasty

09-15-2011 22:08:49 | More by chickenflea
Photo of StLThrash


4.38/5  rDev +13.2%

12 ounce bottle picked up in a six-pack from The Wine & Cheese Place in Clayton, MO. Poured into a pint glass.

A - Wow, what a beautiful beer. Crystal clear amber, with an awesome 2-finger frothy white head with excellent retention. Significant lace ring after ever sip. One of the best looking beers I've had.

S - Floral, sweet, citrusy, some malt backbone. Reminded me of more of a pale ale.

T & M - Reminiscent of a hoppy pale ale. Nicely carbonated with a surprisinly juicy mouthfeel. Slight hop bitterness, but not quite to the point of an IPA. Does remind me of a pale ale, not an ESB.

Overall - a very smooth, drinkable beer - and a great fall seasonal. Southern Tier has another hit!

09-15-2011 14:32:30 | More by StLThrash
Photo of cindiwindi1025


4/5  rDev +3.4%

my first fall style beer this season...and its a good one :)

a- clear, pale orange body with a small white head that quickly dissipates to a nice lacing

s- floral, hoppy and slightly spicy

t- mmm. floral, roasted malts, hop bite, citrus, coriander. the floral and citrus hops llinger in the aftertaste. the flavors are interesting and refreshing and dance nicely together on the tongue. it tastes off-balance but in a good way

m- feels a little prickly from the hop aftertaste, the light carbonation is very good for this one

o - impressed. a nice, refreshing and very drinkable beer that i will be getting again. the southern tier beers have always impressed me with their interesting, big flavored beers coming with an affordable price tag. this is a nice and welcome change from the seasonal pumpkin ales

09-15-2011 00:17:38 | More by cindiwindi1025
Photo of rlee1390


3.7/5  rDev -4.4%

A-Clear orange, one finger head.

S-Some spices, hops and malts.

T-Malty, very malty, and the hops do not live up to the nose. Some spices are there as well.

M-Medium bodied but not much carbonation.

O-A decent fall beer but there seemed too much malt and not enough bitterness.

09-14-2011 00:51:27 | More by rlee1390
Photo of chicagobill13


4.22/5  rDev +9%

This is a beer that has impressed me very much. I pick this up in Chicago burbs.

Color is a golden dull amber look. A slight head that perfect for the fall.

Smell of malty hoppy goodest.

Taste and mouthfeel is a nice hoppy with some carbation. It has a nice malty taste. It is has a very good balance.

This so much beer then one fall beer that is equal in style. Enjoy!

09-13-2011 23:19:04 | More by chicagobill13
Photo of CaptDavyJones

New York

3.8/5  rDev -1.8%

Poured a clear dark copper color from a 12 bottle, with ABV on the label.
Nice one finger head frothy head that dissipates fairly quickly to a thin film. Good head retention and carbonation.
Aroma is high on hops, right from the moment the bottle was cracked open. Floral hops with hints of fruity esters/citrus in the nose.
Taste is a blend of hops with malts and some sweetness. However, it didn't feel very balanced. The flavors were sort of all over the place, which is not bad, but didn't work for me in this case.
Excellent lacing all along the insides of the glass. Visually this beer is almost picture perfect.
Easy to drink harvest ale, which is not the best ESB, but is worth a try.

09-13-2011 01:50:47 | More by CaptDavyJones
Photo of MDDMD


3.98/5  rDev +2.8%

A-golden brown color with with alight tan head which dissipates with light lacing

S-citrus and floral notes with a bready malt aroma

T-a nice pine and citrus flavor blended with creamy malts and a balanced hop finish

F-medium body with light carbonation

O-an interesting tasty ale for harvest time

09-13-2011 01:39:55 | More by MDDMD
Photo of CampusCrew


4.33/5  rDev +11.9%

appearance: golden with some good head rentention and lacing

smell: nice citrus herbal nose

taste: perfect balance of hops and toasty malts, well done!

mouthfeel: medium bodied

drinkability: I really lie kthis beer and it was a pleasant suprise. not extreme, just well done.

09-13-2011 00:54:53 | More by CampusCrew
Photo of barleywinefiend


4/5  rDev +3.4%

A: Poured a hazy gold color with good carbonation and a nice white cap

S: Nose is a nice fresh hop scent that balances the malt aroma nicely. A bit biscuity and some light citrus. T

T: The taste is good. It has a lightly bitter and earthiness flavor that goes down smooth and finishes dry with bread and light citrus.

M: The mouthfeel is good. It is a lighter bodied beer with good carbonation.

O: Good, easy to drink

09-11-2011 17:41:41 | More by barleywinefiend
Photo of turnstile


3.8/5  rDev -1.8%

Wouldn't have guessed this one was a ESB.

Poured dark golden with some reddish hue and moderate head retention. Great lacing and carbonation that sticks around as a ring of foam around the pint glass. Agitating the brew kicks up a nice, creamy head and aromas of piney, floral and citrusy hops. Great malt backbone lends a toasty, biscuity flavor. Becomes a little boozey as it warms. ABV definitely detectable here. The hop profile follows through to the palate where piney and resiny flavors are present. Moderate bitterness in a finish that lingers for a good amount of time. Medium-full bodied; chewy for this style of beer. Carbonation is low and leaves the brew slick and syrupy. Drank more like a well-hoped pale ale rather than a bitter. Still a good, sturdy brew for celebrating the harvest season.

09-11-2011 05:14:07 | More by turnstile
Photo of clint1019


3.7/5  rDev -4.4%

A - Deep gold color with a cream colored head.

S - Sweet caramel aroma along with a grapefruit and spice aroma.

T - Malty caramel flavor with a fruityness. Finishes with a medium hop bitterness.

M - Medium bodied with a light carbonation.

O - A pretty decent harvest ale. Has some nice flavors and is a well balanced beer.

09-08-2011 22:44:31 | More by clint1019
Photo of philbe311


3.79/5  rDev -2.1%

A - Limited head which is never truly materializes... Instead there is a thin fizzy lacing that leaves a splotchy whimsical lacing and slight collar... A slightly deep amberish orange color with just a touch of haziness and a faint red hue... Filled with moderately paced carbonation throughout... A bit a lacing clings to the sides of the glass...

S - Warm bready malts... A touch of golden raisins... A very light caramel presence... Just the slightest notes of earthy hops...

T - A near perfect match with its aroma... The hops are just a smidgen more pronounced and the malts are a smidgen less pronounced... The result is a very nice balance that has a surprising bit of complexity...

M - Medium bodied... A touch of silkiness... Sleek and rather smooth... Very light carbonation...

D - Insanely quaffable... I was shocked to notice the 6.7% ABV... I could drink several in a sitting while enjoying each and every sip along the way... This is a quality offering from Southern Tier...

09-08-2011 01:06:59 | More by philbe311
Harvest Ale from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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