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Harvest Ale - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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87
very good

1,534 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,534
Reviews: 572
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 12.21%
Wants: 46
Gots: 158 | 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 dbrauneis
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

Photo of wcl113
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of farrago
3.1/5  rDev -19.5%
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.

Photo of Kubrickx
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of MeowTom
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Photo of rangerred
4.08/5  rDev +6%
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.

Photo of Mark5252
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of tlazaroff
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Subtle aromas of toffee, caramel, light chocolate, and a bit of a nice pie-like herb mixture. Very inviting, perfect for fall.

Just like the label this beer is orange with a thin light tan head. Absolutely clear with no visible carbonation, but leaves a nice lace on the glass.

Harvest is a bit more bitter than expected, which I like. Toffee coats the palate with brown sugar and a kind of pine-like mixed with herbs aftertaste. Medium carbonation and body bring this one home and make it smooth and very drinkable. I kinda wish I bought more than one bottle.

Photo of DrinkMoreBigBeers
3.45/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out and got a half finger head that died down rather fast. There seems to be nice amount of carbonation streaming off of the bottom of this clear beer. It is a nice looking golden amber color. Looks light and refreshing.

S - Nice amount of hops up front and in your face on this one. I get a grassy earthy type character on this one with along with a nice pine scent. Nice and pleasant smelling.

T - This is a nice hoped up beer that is easy drinking just like the smell. I get the same grassy earth flavor along with that pine flavor on the taste as the nose. It follows suit well.

M - This is a light bodied dry drinking beer. Reel nice and easy to drink. Definitely easy to put away.

O - This is a nice hoppy beer that is pleasant but it does not go out the way to impress me. It is definitely worth a try but will not be one I seek out again.

Photo of alemiester
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of DomingoOrtiz
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Dirtinabottle
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of ejimhof
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of GaryMarkle84
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of Davepoolesque
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of brettski
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of OldTime
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of HamGlade10
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Dreamer
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Small head quickly dissipates with minimal lacing. Golden amber color. Beer has a nice earthy taste to it with some hopiness reminiscent of a pale ale. Definitely a different option from many of the other fall beers available. In my opinion a good fall option for fans of ESBs and pale ales.

Photo of buffcityx
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of JLapadura
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of skaboom420
2/5  rDev -48.1%

Photo of tophers
3.2/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I've enjoyed Southern Tier's IPA so thought I would give their Harvest Ale a whirl...

Pours a pale golden with a short-lived white head. Brilliantly clear.

Aroma is of earthy hops and Munich malt with a tea aroma in the background.

Strong piney and earthy hops flavor. Strong bitterness too. The hop bitterness overwhelms most of the malt flavor.

I enjoyed the hop flavor in this beer - I thought the pine and woody and earthy characteristics blended very well together. Bit too bitter for me though and wish their was more malt backbone.

Photo of Molson2000
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Photo of BlackBearForge
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sothern Tier Harvest is a pale golden amber in the glass, very clear with a foamy white head that leaves respectable lacing.

The aroma has bready malts and very fresh spicy/citusy hops.

The flavor is definitely more hop centric than malt with a decidedly bitter and ever so slightly sour finish from the earthy spicy hops with a resinous-citrus background. The pale malts are fresh and bready and stay in the backseat but do impart a good amount of flavor, especially as it warms.

The mouthfeel is on the light/medium side and nicely carbonated.

A very drinkable and refreshing bitter!

Harvest Ale from Southern Tier Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,534 ratings.