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Harvest Ale - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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


4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Grabbed a couple of 12oz. bottles to try at the beermongers...

- Dark clear... crystal clear copper... light colored white head... quickly only leaves a ring... light dusting around the basis.

- Bitter hops up front... tea-like qualities... caramel malt, and a wet-hop-like aroma and pine presence... interesting and subtle. I am thinking this brew is burying the scents...

- Wow... great caramel malt backbone... simple malting.. light wheat, tea.... hops galore.. fresh green pine and floral hops... very well balanced and hop forward brew.

- Med. to light bodied... slightly drying, and a tad chewy..

- Overall this is a killer brew... a fresh hop brew? Or just a killer amber with some bad ass hops? I don't know... but it is full of hop flavors... and I like them.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2010 02:09:37 | More by Docer
Photo of GRPunk


4.18/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a nonic pint

A- A moderate pour left a 1-finger, khaki head that drops fairly quickly to a full film. Light carbonation shows through a clean, copper body. Good sticky spots create a nice web.

S- Really nice. Initially, grassy/herbal hops outweigh sweet, caramel malt just a touch. Something says "fresh." Sweetness is upped with a little warmth.

T- Much as the aroma would suggest. Very refreshing at first. Initial jolt of grassy hops are followed by caramel-like malts that edge toward roasted grain. Seems like it's ready to finish slightly sweet before the hops rebound to clean things up.

M- Moderate carbonation paired with significant hopping provides a solid bite. Hops dry the finish.

D- It's a really good drinker. Refreshing, yet full flavored. It's well balanced and makes for a very solid, early fall beer. Fresh, hoppy qualities really say "harvest beer" to me.

Edit: I just came across some notes from a previous tasting (likely last fall), and had very similar comments. However my scores were a little lower A-3-3.5, S-4, T-3.5, M-3.5, D-3.5-4

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2010 18:47:54 | More by GRPunk
Photo of HitokiriNate85


4.45/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Somewhere between gold and orange in color. Great clarity with just a few bubbles drifting here and there. Thick, creamy white head that looks to be sticking to the glass immediately. Leaves behind rings of lace so thick it's practically a wall.

S - Orange citrus, earthy/woody notes against a grainy, bready malt background. It's hard to keep my nose out of the glass.

T - It's something you can see coming when the smell is so clean and inviting. It would be difficult for the taste to be any more similar to the aroma. Light grainy notes and some bready sweetness mixed with earthy/spicy and orange hop notes. It's a short description, but this is what it is. Really, really tasty. Moderate bitterness that lingers without overwhelming.

MF - Medium bodied and finishes on the dry side. Leaves a light coating in the mouth.

D - 6.4% isn't all that high, but I wouldn't have guessed it. I would love to have this beer around all the time. Easy drinking and flat out delicious. My favorite beer from Southern Tier. If you can find this while it's in season, don't pass it up.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2010 00:00:54 | More by HitokiriNate85
Photo of ksimons

New York

3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A-poured into a chalice, is a clear golden orange with a thin layer of lacing around the top

S-a pine hop smell with a bit of malts and spice

T-taste starts off pretty bitter and then sort of mellows out due to the malts.

M-light refreshing body, moderate carbonation, with a smooth dry finish

D-I can see this being very drinkable, not my favorite style, but not bad either

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2010 21:35:56 | More by ksimons
Photo of r0nyn

New York

3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Split with fellow BA infi. Poured into a nonic pint glass.

Appearance is pale, really transparent orange. I can watch TV through this brew, it's that clear. There's a moderate sized head that quickly dissipates and leaves flecks of slippery lacing. Not too many bubbles can be seen. Smell is full of grapefruit and hops, pretty grassy with a lot of citrus. Bit intimidating for someone like me who prefers his beers on the milder side of hoppy.

Bitter and hoptastic opening bite, with the citrus fruitness from the nose. Mellows out quickly into a solid malty backbone that is remarkably pleasing. The finish is full of roasted barley, some yeast and a slight tinge of breadiness. The hoppy bitterness lingers into the aftertaste, but isn't overwhelming. The taste is very well-balanced, which is a pleasant surprise. The brew is medium-bodied and goes down smooth, which adds to the overall enjoyment.

This is surprisingly drinkable, I have to say, even for someone who doesn't particularly care for hops. Thanks to the balanced taste and pleasing mouthfeel, my first ESB experience was an enjoyable one. Might actually have to give some more of these a shot!

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2010 05:35:28 | More by r0nyn
Photo of infi

New York

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

12 oz. bottle, courtesy of BA r0nyn.

Poured into a nonic pint.

Pour is a dark-golden liquid amber with a sizable foamy white head with little retention and low amounts of lacing. Average at best. Smell is considerably and legitimately hoppy. Nothing else is detectable, regardless of what is written on the label. Can't find any malt or barley presence. Overall, very piney and full of grapefruit citrus character.

Taste is actually very surprising; a complete mind explosion in regards to the smell. Initially, the flavor profile begins with a big bready malt backbone and then transitions into a beautiful barley phase- very grainy and nutty in taste. This all ends on a nice humming bitterness that is calm on the tongue and essentially an afterthought. The whole taste experience took me aback and left me amazed.

Mouthfeel is generously carbonated and light-bodied, with the drinkability being deservingly high. Basically, this beer is not as bitter as one might expect and fulfills the flavor responsibility quite nicely. Bravo Southern Tier!

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2010 05:34:09 | More by infi
Photo of JoEBoBpr


4.43/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A - Pours a nice straight foreword copper color with a white .5 inch head that recedes quick and leaves some lacing and a nice film.

S - Aroma is delicious of some grassy hops and roses. Slight spices as well as some bready and grainy malt. Aroma is very pleasant and inviting. The nose has some slight grapefruit and pineapple. Love the cascade hops.

T - Taste starts off with a dry hoped grassy flavor. Nice slight citrus notes. Then is quickly mellowed out by a very nice malty flavor with great toasty and fresh baked bread flavors. I would say this is more of an American IPA takes on an ESB because the hops tend to be more prominent but they don't overwhelm or kick you in the teeth like some IPAs do (BTW I love this). This beer is still very solid with some slight caramel that is well off-set by the hops but good enough balance that could be used as a gateway beer. Definitely wish this wasn't a seasonal.

M & D - Nice and light-medium body with a good tasty and spicy mouthfeel that is very appropriate for the season yet not bad for warmer hours of the day. Drinkability is very high. Delicious.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2010 23:52:29 | More by JoEBoBpr
Photo of FuzzyGuy84


3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Orange-copper color, a little lighter than a typical Octoberfest style, for comparison. Fluffy head with staying power and serious bubbles. Light in body and nearly translucent.

S - Mid smell overall. Pumpkin pie spice, and nutmeg balance with some floral hops.

T - I was expecting more "Harvest" taste from this, whatever that means, but overall it's a pleasant beer. Balanced hops with some roasted malt undertone, it's certainly appropriate for fall weather. Not getting the spices on the tongue that I was able to smell.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2010 18:22:33 | More by FuzzyGuy84
Photo of Mastodactyl

New York

1.02/5  rDev -73.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

A- The beer first begins with a one finger head that within 5 minutes disappears completely leaving amazing lacing. The beer has a clear light orange body with a good amount of carbonation bubbles. This is not good.

S- You first smell the pine hops, then the bitter, then the smooth malts. Again, a little too much.

T- There is some hop, but mostly bitterness. Not exactly drinkable.

M- Watery, some carbonation.

D- Couldn't really drink this beer all season, if all day for that matter. Maybe I had a bad bottle. Hopefully Pumking is better.

Serving type: bottle

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2010 20:14:10 | More by Mastodactyl
Photo of rootbeerman


3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: pours golden amber with a finger of off white head that settled to a thin layer. a decent amount of lacing.
S: sweet grassy hops and malt, light pine.
T: the bitter is like a less potent less sweet IPA. a dry slightly grainy malt. hops a bitter grassy and earthy.
M: dry and bubbly.
D: session-ing is possible, very good overall.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2010 07:43:33 | More by rootbeerman
Photo of pdoran10


4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours out a deep clear. golden color. almost amber, very llittle head, a bit of lacing.

smell is nice citrusy hops, orange, grapefruit, some light caramel malt.

taste is decently malty up front with much less citrus from the hops than the smell. finishes very bitter.

mouthfeel is good for style, moderate carbonation and thick but not overly malted. comes across crisp.

an drinking easy drinking ESB.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2010 02:53:27 | More by pdoran10
Photo of majesticsock

New York

3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A very golden color with a sexy pure white head. Smells likes autumn, I feel like I'm stepping out of my warm apartment into the crisp October morning air. Very up front hoppy taste which gives way to a more traditional ocktoberfest brew with a hint of spice. Very thick when swooshing it around the mouth, but I think I could drink quite a few of these.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2010 20:48:51 | More by majesticsock
Photo of Buebie


4.18/5  rDev +8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poures a pale amber, golden, transparent. Half inch white head, lace rings line the glass.

Smells of fruity hops, pine and grapefruit. Pretty damn hoppy actually, breadyness and sweet malt with a rye like spice.

Malt abundance in flavor with spicy rye, plenty of malt and grain flavor. Hops bittering through the finish with pine and more sweet floral fruity hops.
Feel is light and crisp.

A solid contender for the style, definatly fit my hop needs well and is balanced to boot.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2010 18:40:31 | More by Buebie
Photo of Bighuge


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

Pale and hazy golden. Light and fluffy white head. Lacing is pretty full. Cascade like grapefruit aroma mixed in with some light toffeeish malt. Firm malt base of toffee and caramel. Bright and exuberant hop flavor. Resiny and spicy and a little of that garlic/onion character. Medium bodied at best and creamy. Solid beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2010 03:33:08 | More by Bighuge
Photo of silentjay


4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a reddish/orange/copper with a small-bubbled and dense white head that raises the 12oz bottle up to the top of my 16oz. Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.

nice, an autumn seasonal that doesn't smell like pumpkin, spices, and/or caramel. leafy, piney, grassy, floral hops are abundant in this one hinting at the fresh hops the "harvest" name alluded to. some biscuity malts are detected as well.

Flavor is in line with the aroma of fresh leafy hops. Floral, grassy, and a bit fruity until the biscuity malts come back into the picture. borders on being an "east coast ipa" but the malt backbone and bitter hops are akin of an ESB. rather unique, refreshing, tasty, and a welcome change concerning fall seasonals.

mouthfeel is on the light side of medium. similar to an ESB, but with a hop oil resin left on the palate that is rather pleasing and keeps the slightly bitter hop flavors around for a while.

drinks well. a bit too strong ABV-wise to have many in a sitting, but I want to.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2010 01:09:37 | More by silentjay
Photo of VelvetExtract


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

A-Light gold with good head.

S-Citrus hops, some pine hops. Grassy.

T-Citrus hops, some pine. Hop foward. Not very hoppy. Tastes like an IPA.

M-Medium body. Refreshing.

D-Strong taste but still pretty easy to imbibe. I'm a fan.

Tastes like a good harvest this year.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2010 04:13:33 | More by VelvetExtract
Photo of ommegangpbr

New York

4.38/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Excited to try this one on for size. This drinks like a solid, hoppy pale ale with those signature edges of ESB bitterness. Some toffee and some tea underline the fresh, quality, tasty hops (mostly of the citrus variety with herbal bits).
A really nice option when you want something with lots of hops without the serving being too heavy. There's a refreshing quality to Southern Tier's Harvest Ale. It's a bit of a shame that this isn't available year round but it's something to look forward to at the end of summer. It's also a nice reminder that Pumking is just around the corner! Mmmmm...Pumking.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2010 04:41:25 | More by ommegangpbr
Photo of TMoney2591


3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

I needed another bottle to finish my mixed sixer at Rick's, so I picked this guy. Exciting, I know. It pours a clear golden straw topped by a finger of white foam. The nose comprises wheat, cotton, flowers, and buttery biscuits. The taste holds notes of banana, orange peel, hoppy bitterness, and wheat. The body is light, with a lightly moderate carbonation and a smooth feel. Overall, a solid offering, one to grab again if I ever need to finish another mixed sixer.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2010 03:49:21 | More by TMoney2591
Photo of brystmar


3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: light gold with tons of frothy head. Massive carbonation bubbles up from the bottom. Generous amounts of lace adorn the sides of my glass.

S: hops up front, malt, citrus & tropical fruits too.

T: from the name & wheat pics on the bottle I expected this to be a wit, so I was obv surprised when it showed itself to be somewhere between a pilsner an an IPA. Hops up front again as this beer is bitter start to finish. I typically don't enjoy very bitter beers but this is quite pleasant.

M: smooth, light, & oily with lots of carbonation.

D: easy drinking, could throw back a few of these.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2010 03:52:27 | More by brystmar
Photo of mostpoetsdo

Rhode Island

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

A: A hazy straw-like gold, with a billowy foamy head. Leaves being nice bright white lacing.

S: Very grainy, a hint of buttery graham, malty.

T: As the nose would lead on, malty up front, but also a great hop bite to it. It's sweet, but not overpowering, with that hint of gram tipped off from the smell. Probably the best ESB I have had.

M: Has a great frothy and smooth texture.

D: Incredibly high. Thought I might get sick of it, but it's a delicious beer with an ABV below 7%.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2010 01:09:06 | More by mostpoetsdo
Photo of Gehrig


4.47/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear golden-amber body with two lush fingers of off-white foam; nice lacing from decent duration. Big hopped-up nose, far bigger than I expected--orange peel, grapefruit, and peppery bitterness, with a hearty resiny aroma--beautiful.

Oily, resiny is all over the taste--gritty hop flavor is right up my alley. Matched by ample citrus flavor--grapefruit, orange, and tangerine--this is fabulous! I'm equally impressed with the texture, more IPA than ESB to me, really hearty and heavy.

This really came up on me sideways. I honestly didn't know that this was an ESB beforehand and, to be honest, while sampling thought this was an IPA. Pale Ale lovers should enjoy the heck out of this. Again, I have been commissioned to tout the greatness that is Southern Tier, for they have crafted a fabulous beer that ought to be a staple of the Fall. I am so glad that the brilliant Neil St. Piccadilly had a few that they had failed to sell, for Harvest Ale is simply superb.

Great beer, a must try.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2010 02:57:19 | More by Gehrig
Photo of BierFan


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

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Thin off-white head on a slightly hazed golden orange/yellow body. Thin bands of lacing.

Smell: I believe this bottle has a few months on it but it still has a fresh and vibrant fruity hop aroma. Grapefruit and mango?

Taste: More pine and resiny flavors coming through than I got in the smell. Still pretty fruity. I expected higher bitterness. Bitterness seems kinda mild.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2010 06:07:24 | More by BierFan


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

Clear golden with orange highlights. Small white head above a pool of oils. Small patchy laces.

Pine, resin, floral, grapefruit. Some sweet toffee and biscuit.

Sweet toffee biscuits at first. Spicy resinous pine and floral and citrus rush in. Balanced but on the hoppy side. a nice spicy resinous bitterness with a touch of grapefruit rind.

Smooth, slightly dry, light, crisp and refreshing.

Highly drinakable. A great refreshing hoppy harvest brew. A great hoppy yet balanced APA/ESB.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2010 00:21:52 | More by CHILLINDYLAN
Photo of DmanGTR


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

Review from notes at MacGregor's (10/2/09)

A - poured clear, light honey with a short-lived white head. 3.5

S - light honey, pears, hint of orange juice and citrusy hops. 4.0

T - light pale malt sweetness is dominated by grapefruit and mildly piney hops. Slight herbal bitterness in the finish. 4.5

M - light, crisp, bubbly and spicy. Very fall-like. Very smooth. 4.0

D - a pleasure to drink. excellent. 4.5

Serving type: on-tap

02-10-2010 15:17:16 | More by DmanGTR
Photo of hoppymcgee


3.45/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this at Mugs Alehouse in Williamsburg, Brooklyn in September 2009.

A: Golden amber color with no head. Not sticky.

S: Grapefruit and butternut squash believe it or not.

T: Orangey at the front, burnt popcorn/sharp cheese/bitter finish. Malty undertones.

M: Dry with very light carbonation.

D: The best feature of this beer with only a slightly bready aspect.

Overall, I've had better from Southern Tier. Maybe I had a bad batch (or the guys at Mugs use dish soap to clean their glasses!) or maybe ESB is just not their thing.

Serving type: on-tap

01-21-2010 01:53:24 | More by hoppymcgee
Harvest Ale from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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