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Harvest Ale - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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87
very good

1,528 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,528
Reviews: 570
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 12.24%
Wants: 45
Gots: 148 | 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 deadonhisfeet
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a New Belgium snifter. Pours clear with a light, golden-amber color and one finger of head. The hops are definitely present on the nose and come through as a light, lemon-orange note. Nice nose for a style that usually doesn't come through for me in this area.

The body is fairly light with a medium-firm mouthfeel and the taste is pretty balanced, crisp, and refreshing. There is a nice herbal and biscuity flavor on the front of the palate. This develops at mid-palate as hops come in and takes on notes reminiscent of tea and honey. Unfortunately, at the back of the palate the flavor dies on me a bit and finishes a little thin. The finish is still slightly dry, though this beer is by no means bitter.

I don't expect a powerhouse of flavor with this style. All I look for is balance and this beer definitely has that. It is a good example of the style, though I probably wouldn't buy it again simply because ESBs are not a style I enjoy regularly.

Photo of GreenMountainBoy
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of Nicked
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The kind of beer you'd want after a breezy mid-Fall Sunday spent raking leaves with your family and/or good friends. Throw in a firepit or bonfire that evening and I could session this brew all day and all night.

A - Very much what I'd expect from a beer called "Harvest Seasonal Ale". Beautiful copper/amber hue. Little head retention, but then again I drank mine from a stein.

S - Here's where stuff gets interesting. Boom! Hits you with a snootful of citrus hops.

T - The nose carries over to the taste. However, the citrus hops are supported and balanced by a solid malt backbone. Notes of citrus and caramel malt dominates. Each sip is cleansed by the citrusy hop character leaving me ready for another sip.

M - Another reviewer said the mouthfeel was slick - he or she was spot on!

O - Great brew! Going to session this during Week 1 of the 2012 NFL season! In fact, I'm ready for another...

Photo of TwelveOunces
4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 Oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A- Pours rather clear golden orange with a two finger off white head.

S- very hoppy aroma. There is a lot of pine, citrus. This smells like and all citra pale ale. Grapefruit and lemon. Slight pilsner malt smell.

T- A very hoppy beer. This beer has a slight bitterness. A juicy and fresh hop profile. There is a ton of citrus. Orange, lemon, papaya. There is a touch of pine and some slight onion notes. Malt profile is fairly simple. slight breaddyness and some pilsner notes but nothing complex.

M- Drinks fairly easy. A light feel. A refreshing hop flavor keeps it interesting. A clean palate.

O- This is an awesome beer. This is actually pretty close to 3F zombie dust in both taste and quality. I highly recommend this one, make sure to get it fresh.

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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.55/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Kind of amber/tan with a two finger head that dissipated into a sheen and left ok lacing.

A bit odd really, quite herbal and floral with citrusy hops notes, bready caramel malt, earthiness, nuts.

Some fruit flavors drift in, but there's still plenty of floral hops, citrus, and caramel.

Body is moderately carbonated, medium and slightly slick. An earthy hops/caramel malt flavor finishes it up.

It's a bit odd, really, but likeable.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

Photo of BlackBelt5112203
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass at fridge-cellar temperature.

L – Pale amber color with a 2-finger frothy white head. Nice retention and really nice lacing. Clear with a moderate amount of carbonation bubbles.

S – Nutty, bready, and caramel malts with an equal helping of grapefruit, earthy, and floral hops. Apple esters creep in as the beer warms.

T – Starts off sweet with caramel malt and apple esters. As the taste progresses, malt profile develops and gains nutty and bready flavors, which blend nicely with the earthy, grapefruit, and floral hop bitterness that begins to creep in at the finish.

F – Medium-bodied with decent carbonation, a sticky and creamy mouthfeel, and a bitter and dry finish. Grapefruit hop bitterness lingers nicely.

O – This is a really tasty beer. It has a nice malt and hop profile that is suited for a fall day – earthy and floral aromas and flavors rather than tons of tropical fruits. I think the apple esters also add a nice touch to the flavor. Another drinkable and tasty brew from Southern Tier.

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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

Harvest Ale from Southern Tier Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,528 ratings.