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Harvest Ale - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Harvest AleHarvest Ale

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1,192 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,192
Reviews: 544
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 12.14%
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:
No notes at this time.

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


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

An awesome fall beer! The color of this beer is a nice caramel/amber color. The smell is pretty hoppy, but some allspice too. Perhaps that comes to mind because of the name harvest.

The taste is delicious. It is a wonderful fall beer that keeps the hops at the forefront. This is not often done or at least I haven't found this happening often will the harvest beers. Mouth feel is definitely creamy and smooth. If I had more to drink I would drink a few more of these tonight. Very drinkable and will be bought again.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2010 21:32:19 | More by dayswonder
Photo of IronLover


4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Copper in color with an amber hue. Poured with excellent clarity and a strong white head that reduced to a thick white cap. Sweet biscuity malt and grapefruit hop aromas. Smooth buttery feel with healthy carbonation. Nice balance of light toasted malt and grapefruit/orange hop flavors with a grapfruit hop finish. wnet down smooth and quickly. Southern Tier never disappoints. IF you didn;t tell me this was an ESB I would have classified it as an APA. Either way, this quickly became one of my favorites.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2010 18:23:43 | More by IronLover
Photo of micromaniac129


4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I don't know how long Southern Tier has been here in the Bucks co. Pa. area, but it is quickly becoming one of my favorite breweries.
There seasonal Harvest is another good beer.
It pours with a nice golden color with very little head production even with a vigorous pour.
Low carbo's.
Very nice aroma being that of citrusy hops. Maybe even some floral in ther too. Lite malt.
To me this beer is sweet tasting, lip smacking sweet. Not soda sweet, malty sweet.
A nice balanced taste with a nice hop bite up front and sweet maltiness up bring up the rear.
A bit light in body, smooth.
You know how when you're making a brew and you pour the sweet malt into the kettle, thats the sweet lips smacking taste that I'm talking about.
This is a good beer, a goto beer.
Drink well my friends.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2010 11:32:06 | More by micromaniac129
Photo of paco1029384756


4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a lightly hazy amber/orange with a small white head.

Scent of caramel, earthy hops, grass, and a hint of citrus. Nothing spectacular, but the scent it balanced and pleasant.

Taste of citrus, grass, some resin, grainy malts, and earth. There is more of a hop presence in the taste than the scent, and I consider that a very good thing.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and clean with an adequate amount of carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2010 01:12:24 | More by paco1029384756
Photo of nickfl


4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A perfectly clear, copper colored body topped by a dense head of white foam. The head settles slowly and leaves thick lace on the glass.

S - A warm aroma of toasted malt with some light, pine hops and a hint of red apple.

T - Toasted bread notes of sweet malt up front with a bit of toffee. More bready grain in the middle as some musty hop flavor begins to appear. The hop flavor continues to intensify through the finish as sweet, toasted malt and toffee reach a peak. Moderate bitterness is just enough to balance the malt and lingers in the aftertaste with the musty hop flavor and toasted malt that dries out as it slowly fades away.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - Very nice, this ESB manages to hit all the right notes and it remains quite drinkable despite being a significantly stronger than average example of the style. Interestingly it has a somewhat American hop aroma, but the hops turn a bit more musty and British in the flavor. The malt character is well done as well; there is a huge note of toasted malt with just the right amount of sweetness to keep it form becoming burnt tasting and cloying in the finish as it has a tendency to do in some drier beers. I would happily recommend this beer and drink it again.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2010 05:52:39 | More by nickfl
Photo of babaracas


4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear light orange with quick fading white head, couple blobs of lace. Ha, this is an obnoxiously hoppy ESB, excellent. Smell: orange citrus, a hint of pineapple, leafy, a little nutty. Taste: citrus and earthy hops, toasty, toffee, lingering hoppy and toasted finish. Mouthfeel: carbonation is good but it thins out pretty fast. Hoppy with a musty, nutty note... works as a fall seasonal (aug rel.)

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2010 01:02:18 | More by babaracas
Photo of LairdChisholm


3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a clear orange color. There is an one finger, off white, head that has great retention. There is significant lacing with a good deal of carbonation bubbles. Great looking brew.

S - Decent nose here. There are citrus hops with notes of orange, pine and a wee bit of lemon.

T - Very smooth rolling flavors. There are some mildly bitter, citrus hops. With notes of orange, pineapple, and lemon, with a slight hint of pine. The is a crisp clean finish.

M - This is really the only category that suffers any. The carbonation seems to die down about half way through drink. Thus, the feel is a little light and it doesn't help in bringing out the flavors. It also makes it a little hard to pallet.

D - This is a wee bit about average ale. The mouth feel is really the only thing that suffers but at the same time it makes this category suffer slightly also.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2010 03:02:10 | More by LairdChisholm
Photo of AdamBear


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

for anyone that loves a beautifully hopped ale...

A-transparent copper, light tan head

S-smells like a lot of hops and autumn spices, quite impressive!

T-you get a really good, crisp hit of hops. there is a touch of spices that are hidden. the after-taste has a great amount of hoppy bitterness to it

M-medium carbonation and very creamy, smooth finish

D-great, truly drinkable to the last drop and i drank it rather quickly. its gone now and i'm sad, i could drink a lot of these.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2010 18:11:06 | More by AdamBear
Photo of spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

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

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance - The beer pours a slightly hazy amber colour with huge frothy beige head. There isn't much carbonation showing, and there is some great lacing. The head lasted for several minutes before it was gone.

Smell - hops, citrus notes, pine, caramel and malts.

Taste & Mouth - there is an average amount of carbonation; and the beer has a nice medium to full bodied taste. Lots of hops and malts at first followed by floral notes and a nuttiness. The beer finishes with a nice balance of hops and malts and a bitter aftertaste.

Drink - Another above average beer by Southern Tier. Worth seeking out.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2010 00:08:45 | More by spinrsx
Photo of JayQue


3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good one!!!! Seems more like a good powerful APA rather than an ESB. Pours a light amber color with a good size white head, good retention and thick patchy lacing.

Smell was a bit weak at first, but the more I drank, the hoppiness in the aroma came out more - citrus and floral hops.

Tasted very good. There is some balance between malt and hops but the hops are definitely stronger. Good bitter start and finish.

Mouthfeel is good. Rich, crisp and a nice hops bite without any alcohol presence.

Drinkability is good. A very pleasant experience (especially for a hophead).

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2010 01:34:22 | More by JayQue
Photo of goldbot

District of Columbia

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

Mostly clear; coppery and slightly amber color. Thinnish white head that sticks around. Refreshing, floral hops aroma - sweet-smelling with a bit of citrus. Roasted, slightly nutty malt aromas. Sweet caramel malt flavor, some roasted malt as well. Plenty of sweetness mixes well with floral hops. Medium bodied with a slightly-too crisp mouthfeel but refreshing nonetheless. Overall a nice, warming brew for the season.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2010 21:18:26 | More by goldbot
Photo of trevorjn06


3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a copper/light brown with one finger of white head that recedes slowly. There is a thick lacing down the glass.

Aroma is citrusy American hops, some toffee/caramel, nuttiness, light fruits and toasted malts.

Flavor is balanced but fairly hop-forward. There are toasty and sweet malts, bright and slightly earthy hops and more bitterness than I was expecting. Once the beer warms the malts come forward much more. The finish has earthy/herbal hops and some toasted/caramel notes that linger.

Mouthfeel is medium/light with slightly below average carbonation.

Overall this beer is very easy drinking and well balanced once it warms. I enjoyed drinking this and I would drink it again.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2010 02:22:49 | More by trevorjn06
Photo of PSUDREW


3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep golden color, with a tan, foamy head. Lots of lacing
S: Citrusy Nose. Hops come very much to the front. Little bit of grassy floats over and you inhale
T: Grapefruit/lemon up front. nice bit of bread and biscuits following it with a piney resin, and a rather dry finish. mixes together rather nicely
M: kind of creamy
D: this is something I could go with all night

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2010 01:49:55 | More by PSUDREW
Photo of mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into bruery chalice.

Pours 1 finger of off-white head. Color is a very clear golden orange.

Aroma: A very fruity and hoppy nose. Sweet mangoes and pineapple with some orange juice. Earthy pine hops. Some bready malts show. Diggin this one already.

Taste: A lot more bready malts show here. Lots of hop resin. Very juicy hops. Pine for sure. A big citrus blend with pineapple and grapefruit sticking out. Pretty solid esb.

Mouthfeel: Bitter, but creamy. Earthy. Medium bodied with a higher amount of carbonation. Ends dry and sticky.

Overall, a very nice offering from ST. Pretty drinkable. I really like the fruit flavors in this one.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2010 00:53:45 | More by mothman
Photo of Bendurgin


3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this into a tulip. Slightly hazy amber body with a frothy off white head with nice sticky lacing. The smell is full of floral hops and is slightly citrusy. Mostly hops though with nice bitterness and a slight malt aroma kicking around the background. The taste is upfront with grassy hops and a bit of citrus. The finish is bitter and rather earthy. Good mouthfeel on this one. With a medium body and good carbonation I'll pick up more of these.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2010 03:18:54 | More by Bendurgin
Photo of BeerFMAndy


4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a nonic. No date or info.

A - A tall pour unchains a bold head stacking up to three fingers. Light bone in color and well-retained, it leaves broken rings of thick lace. The color is a beautiful clear and well-carbonated golden amber.

S - Flaky biscuit-like English malts provide a pretty sturdy backbone for the plethora of hops on the nose. Floral and citrusy notes touch on dandelion, lemon, and grapefruit giving the aroma a very nice appeal and balance.

T - Good balance continues in to the flavor with a largely earthy, grassy, and dry leaf hop flavor that hints at citrus notes. The malt backing provides good support with a dry, lightly toasted biscuit flavor.

M - Smooth in texture and medium in body, Harvest evokes feelings of fall with it's crisp and dry, moderately bitter finish.

D - A good ESP, in fact, one of my favorites of the style I'd say, it's a nice drinking fall beer that has good balance and a harmonious flavor profile.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2010 03:32:06 | More by BeerFMAndy
Photo of jjanega08


3.03/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

A= The pour is a nice orange color with a great looking slightly off white head on it that holds some great lacing on the side of the glass.

S= Hop heavy for sure. There is a lot of tropical fruit hops in it but they are balanced by a little malt sweetness and some popcorn smell.

T= The taste is very similar to the smell. A little too light for an ESB that's 6.4% There is a little hop bitterness as well as some of the sweet malts but not much of either. There is also a little butter popcorn in the finish.

M= Far too thin. Watery.

D= The drinkability is decent. I could drink a lot of them but I dunno how interested it would keep me. Good beer but a one and done for me.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2010 03:11:30 | More by jjanega08
Photo of case4816

Ontario (Canada)

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

A- Clear, golden auburn colour. Head was nice and creamy looking, also looked very even in texture. The head lingered for a while as we..

S- Very Seasonal smelling. Nice mix of hops, with nice spicy smells. A little nutmeg and cinnamon comes to mind. the smell is very light and full of autumn feelings. It brings to mind nice cool breezes and the leaves changing. The hops bring all those out with a very light, yet full bodied smell

T- The hops are so strong flavoured here. The spices also come out very nicely along with some fruity flavours like some Raisins or Dried Cranberries. The floralness of the hops really is reminiscent of Autumn, very crisp and cool in taste. Nice in light on the tongue as well, which compliments the delicate, yet bold flavours of the hops.

D- Wonderful. This is one of my favourite seasonal's. So much flavour it fits the time of year so perfectly. The perfect beer to have on the patio with a nice sweater on, a cool breeze in the air and the leaves all changed.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2010 03:16:54 | More by case4816
Photo of bigfnjoe


3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A- pours a clear shade of orange with a one finger white head. The small head laces beautifully. Another great looking beer from Southern Tier...

S- strong, strong piney hops. Getting some citrus in there as well. Maybe some tropical fruits also? Very interesting for a fall beer

T- pine, pine, and more pine. I think that's a lot of simcoe coming through. Its pretty bitter. There's another characteristic I'm getting out of this...almost tastes like oregano, as bizarre as that sounds. Reminds me of pizza...

M- body is nothing special. Carbonation is nothing special. Does nothing to take away from the beer, though

D- its an interesting take on a harvest...would have liked more than the pine to come through, but oh well. Still a solid beer

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2010 01:11:47 | More by bigfnjoe
Photo of OneDropSoup


4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip pint: Medium-amber, transparent but hazy, with golden-yellow highlights under a light khaki head, porous and craggy, two fingers. Head reces to a large, floating island & leaves smears of lacing.

Smell is yum: crisp hops, somewhere between light citrus & leafy tea, with an ever-so-slightly toasty malt background. Well-balanced, assertive but not aggressive, & very fresh.

Taste is very similar: fresh, leafy hop flavor up front, mild orange zest, slight pine, moving into dry bread crust & light biscuit, almost wafer-like. Aftertaste is moderate bitter with just a hint of sugars remaining. Again, good stuff.

Medium-light body, foams up a bit, with a crisp snap in the finish. There's a definite reminder in the aftertaste, but doesn't wear out my palate.

This is a repeat performer, for sure -- flavor, not too big, & refreshing enough to come back for more. If I can wax poetic for a minute...It's great to see fall evoked in a different way from the pumpkin ales & Oktoberfests, both of which I also love. This brings to mind the crinkle of fallen leaves, the crispness of autumn evening air, the fading daylight. More of "farewell to summer" beer, I appreciate that this is reminiscent of the season actually changing. I'd like to say more, but I've gotta finish savoring this beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2010 14:55:22 | More by OneDropSoup
Photo of beercat11

New York

3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

L-Looks pretty nice on the pour. Decent head with a fair amount of lacing.

Smell-Smells fruity and citrusy.

Taste-Taste is very close to the smell.Not much malt present here.

Mouth-Cabonation is what it should be for this style. This beer taste better cold as apposed to some other hoppy ones. Loses some balance when it warms.

Drink-This brew taste alot like Troegs Nugget Nectar I thought with a bitter and somewhat sweet delivery. Would not consider this to be a session beer due to the odd balance it has.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2010 13:16:04 | More by beercat11
Harvest Ale from Southern Tier Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,192 ratings.