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Harvest Ale - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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

Light coppery gold color. Kind of citrine. Incredible fluffy head and lacing. Looks outstanding. 5.0

Tangy English hops with some aromatic spruce notes. European malts aren't too musty, nor that toasted. Hoppy aggressive. Plus plus. 4.0

Tangy orange/pine crossup with some evident toast to the grains. A little too spanky in the finish. Lots of leafy green hop flavor, which is nice. Actually, the malts don't hold up so well. Almost English IPA-like in profile. 3.5

Pretty slick and easy in the body. The carb is subdued, which I like in an English ale. Can't fault the mouthfeel here. Bona fide. 4.0

A good bitter, and a reminder that it's a great style to drink in the fall. 4.0

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Orange pour with a fizzy white foam. Minimal retention and slight lacing. Clear with visible carbonation.

S - Scents of grains, earthy spices, and a minor hop profile. Has a smell of oak and cashews.

T - First sip was a little tart of citrus. Flavors ranged from fresh malt to a slightly bitter finsih. Quite a robust ESB.

M - Felt a bit heavy, and after one of these I was ready to move on. Minimal carbonation, and a lingering malt flavor.

O - Decent, and an interesting fall seasonal. But I would take Pumking over this anytime. This is a decent pub beer on a cool autumn night.

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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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4.23/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Medium-Dark amber. Head is thin white foam. Lasts well and leaves some lacing.
S- Some bready, biscuit, and light sugar cookie malt aroma with some pleasant orange peel hops.
T- Big juicy orange flavor. There's a good malt base that balances sweetness and depth of flavor. That said the hops take over and are the big flavors. Finishes with a big ol kick of citrus.
M- Sweet at first but dries out near the finish. Medium-full body for style.
O- A tasty and well rounded beer. Definitely one to keep on my seasonal radar.

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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Hazy pumpkin orange with a huge pillow of sticky white head. Head retention is awesome. Not much visible carbonation.

S: Sweet lemon-bread and alcohol esters, burnt oranges. Definitely not a typical ESB smell.

T: Follows nose with a malty lemon and orange taste. The malts are definitely sweet, but are kept in check by the bittering of the hops.

M: Long and lingering malty-lemon aftertaste, medium-low carbonation. Bitterness is also medium.

O: This is a fantastic autumn ale to break up my pumpkin and oktoberfest binge. Definitely on the verge of being an IPA, but who cares about the style if it's a good beer?

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3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Harvest Ale pours nicely golden brown with a thin head, though that may be my fault since I was distracted while pouring it. It is clear and has a bright white ring of head.

On the nose I get some resinous hop character with some slight roasted notes.

The taste is the exact opposite. I mostly taste toasty malt characteristics, and on the end some slight resinous hops. I must say though that these two are very balanced, not neither are too overpowering, they just come at different times. There is also a tiny bit of sweetness on the finish, which really compliments and tames the hops.

Mouthfeel is smooth and crisp.

Overall this is a well balanced beer that can surprise you when you notice a different taste hiding amongst the others.

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