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Harvest Ale - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,341
Reviews: 556
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 12.44%
Wants: 41
Gots: 87 | 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 tdm168
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark copper-brown with 1/4" of head with nice retention. Very clear with noticeable carbonation. There's a nice mellow citrus smell from the hops in the nose along with some mellow malt. Taste is actually quite hoppy. Nice citrusy hop character up front with a smooth light malt character follows. Well balanced though the hops definitely take center stage here. Mouthfeel is crisp and smooth; very drinkable.

This is a nice alternative to the pumpkin and marzen soaked market that fall brings. It's definitely a hop heads fall beer.

tdm168, Sep 03, 2011
Photo of HoosierInOhio
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Light Amber to Orange, can see through it

S - Hops, yeast, a little caramel?

T - Crisp, some hops, not overpowering, good. Reminds me of a lager somewhat

M - Good mouthfeel, makes you want to keep drinking

O - Pretty good, honestly wasn't expecting much with this but surprised

HoosierInOhio, Sep 03, 2011
Photo of Brunite
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Deep golden orange...tons of sticky lace

S: Hmm...hops

T: Bitter! Harvest ale? Hops predominate...some bready notes.

M: Medium...sticky

O: Like others...I thought this wa gonna be an O-fest. Then...I see it labeled as an ESB.

This is not balanced enough IMHO to be a great ESB. It is too hop-forward. There is some grainy biscuit notes...but they are only evident later on on the palate.

This is a great IPA...if that is what it were. Tastes great...off on style. Oh well....

Brunite, Sep 01, 2011
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to mjtiernan for sending me this one!

Pours a clear copper orange with a 1 inch puffy bone colored head that settles to a thin cap. Very thin rings of lace line the glass on the drink down in a very tight pattern. Smell is of fresh herbal and citrus zest hops with some caramel malt/biscuit notes. Taste is of herbal and citrus zest hops with a solid sweet malt backbone. Mild hop bitterness quickly fades after each sip. A lower level of carbonation with a smooth mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good ESB from Southern Tier. I am glad I got to try this one.

UCLABrewN84, Aug 30, 2011
Photo of DIM
3.1/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

a: This was a slightly chill hazed, golden amber color. It was served to me with a small, wisp of a head.

s: Biscuity aromas with some caramel and mild, leafy hops. There just isn't all that much to the aroma.

t: Mild overall, kind of bland actually. Pale malts with a biscuit-like note backed by more bitter than flavorful herbal hops.

m: Medium body with fizzy carbonation.

o: My bad for ordering this, I was hoping for a hopped to hell harvest ale. This wasn't bad, just more balanced the the name led me to believe.

DIM, Aug 29, 2011
Photo of tzieser
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

poured from a 12oz bottle into a standard pint glass.

a: clear, light copper in color. thin white head that kinda sits there for a while and forms a lacing.

s: strong grassy, piney hop aroma with notes of caramel malt. seems to be heavily dry hopped. i like it.

t: bitter pine hop flavor hits first with a little bit of relief from the malt, but it never really helps balance the beer altogether. there really isn't much of a body to this beer which gives it a somewhat watery character.

m: thin, watery mouthfeel.

i expected a bit more out of this brew. there's no bottle date anywhere to be seen on the packaging, but it's relatively fresh. i've had better ESBs.

tzieser, Aug 27, 2011
Photo of gabedivision
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a Sam Adams Perfect Pint

Pours a solid clear, clean copper with a 2 finger head that fades to a 1/4 inch tight bubbled head. The smell has a buttery malt tone, bready, with a hint of spice, followed by a big piny hop presence, very floral. The taste has also has a buttery malt taste, buscuity, spice, floral hops, and ends on a bitter finish. The mouth feel is a light to medium feel, creamy and smooth going down, crisp and bitter going down. All in all this beer is great, lots of nice hop flavors with a solid malt back solid Bitter from ST.

gabedivision, Aug 25, 2011
Photo of slassy
3.43/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 Oz. Bottle into a pint glass

A: Pours a very small white head and is a copper/dark honey color. Perfect color for a fall seasonal.

S: Very malty at first with subtle notes of pine and hops.

T: Very smooth and light malt flavor, pleasant hoppy aftertaste. Not too overbearing, the malts and hops trade in your mouth smoothly so neither dominates the palate.

M: Medium smooth- goes down pretty easy and definitely wouldn’t be overwhleming to drink multiple in a sitting.

O: Was looking for a good fall seasonal and chose this because I was a big fan of Souther Tier’s 2X IPA. Definitely not ‘bad‘ by any means, however it left a little to be desired- just didn’t have as much of the autumn tones and feel I was expecting. Would definitely recommend to a non-craft drinker, however.

slassy, Aug 24, 2011
Photo of BeerBuckeye
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a "harvest" amber-orange, with a light one finger head that dissipates rather quickly

S - Very earthy smell, some piney hops, resin, a bit of a caramel backbone, some biscuit.

T - Very malty and bitter taste. It's like a bitter malt. A bit of pined hops, almost has the taste of perhaps a crouton with just a little bit of a sweet finish

M - Decent amount of carbonation, it's rather crisp, goes down really smooth.

Overall - I thought it was a decent beer. There was nothing remarkable about it, but it felt like it was right on the verge of being a very good beer. But quite quaffable and refreshing

BeerBuckeye, Aug 23, 2011
Photo of outdoorbrewer
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer poured a nice creamy head, kinda white, lasting a long time covering an orange-brown bright brew that looked so good. Kudos to the brewer for that head which holds out. Beautiful aroma big time hop fruit tropical citrus pine totally west coast so to speak. Flavor has a huge hop presence that easily stomps out the malt. Get more balance in the finish as some specialty malts bust through. Lots of hops went into making this beer. Ah, cool idea although it was different from what I usually look for in my autumn beer. Enjoying this anyway!

outdoorbrewer, Aug 20, 2011
Photo of gezondheid
2.83/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A bit early for a harvest ale. Supposed fresh English hops. Not likely. Nice fall look and color. Nose is the first give away that something is missing first taste confirms. Metallic pineapple juice finish. A decent beer. But not a stand out in the harvest category.

gezondheid, Aug 14, 2011
Photo of BrewCrew2010
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Copper body with a small off-white head; light sticky lacing.

S: Caramel malt sweetness is the initial nose followed by some fruity hops.

T: Upfront flavor is some citrus hops and spcies, balanced with a touch of sweetness and grainy malts. Nicely balanced.

M: Light to medium body; clean and lean texture; low to medium carbonation.

O: Would have loved to have this one fresh. I'll probably pick up more this coming fall. 4-5 of these in one sitting easy. Very easy to drink, not too hard on the wallet, good representative of the style, and easy to find.

BrewCrew2010, Jun 11, 2011
Photo of Knapp85
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Harvest ale pours out as a deep amber color with a yellowish colored head on top. The heads a little foamy and kind of leaves a little lacing. The smell of the beer is a little sweet and has a decent amount of caramel on the nose. Theres a little bit of hops in there too to counter the sweetness. The taste is also a little sweet but has a good backbone of malts and some spices also. The mouthfeel is pretty smooth and has a medium body. Overall it's a nice drinkable brew that I'd probably drink again.

Knapp85, May 31, 2011
Photo of chumba526
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears clear gold with a small white head.

It smells of caramel malts, fruit and grassy hops.

It tastes like grainy and bready malt. I get a mild malt flavor and a nice fruity citrus and grassy like hoppy flavor.

There is ample carbonation to this beer.

The drinkability is very good the beer goes down very smoothly.

Overall a great beer. It is smooth and flavorful.

chumba526, Mar 05, 2011
Photo of CuriousMonk
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From fall tasting notes (2010): Clear, amber body with a frothy, white head, rapidly diminishing. Aroma like a pale ale with light caramel and more hops than malts. Notes of resein, flowers, pine and bread. A hint of dough. The flavor is moderately sweet and lightly to moderately bitter. It finishes lightly to moderately sweet and moderately bitter. Medium body, watery texture and lively carbonation. Lingering bitterness in the finish. A little too heavy on the hops, but overall a good beer. Not for the seeker for autumn style however.

CuriousMonk, Feb 10, 2011
Photo of sprucetip
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From notes. At new beer bar Hop Haven in Beervana.

Pours clear, reddish copper, moderate activity, and an impatient thin white head that doesn't leave much of a trace as it leaves.

Very balanced with diverse hoppy and malty aromas blending well together.

Faintly malty sweet with rich malty flavors and ecclectic hoppy influences merging and balancing delightfully with medium/low bitterness.

Smooth, medium body, light viscosity, clean finish.

Tasty, balanced, smooth and easy drinking. ST gets it done again!

sprucetip, Dec 16, 2010
Photo of mjyoung
3.35/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Split with bbb099

A: Pours a golden amber, 1/2 finger creamy white head that dissipated slowly with respectable lacing. Looks quite tasty.

S: The hops come through quite strong, very bitter. It fits the name quite well.

T: The hops are strong, but not overpoweringly so. A small hint of citrus, but other then that it is fairly nondescript.

M: Very pleasant, it lingers on the palate leaving a smooth aftertaste with a hint of bitters. That being said, it isn't that memorable.

D: I'd drink it again. It went down quite smoothly, and I kind of want another one already.

mjyoung, Dec 16, 2010
Photo of adamette
3.45/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Live review. Poured from the 12 oz. brown bottle that I purchased as a single at Save-On in Mentor for $1.68 two days ago into my Cooperstown Beverage Trail pint glass. No observed "best by" date but the following faintly printed below the label: 121 A3 09:25 whatever that might mean.

A Off white creamy head that leaves moderate lacing over a translucent caramel colored body. 3.5

S Floral hops bitterness and some grainy barley smells. Appropriate to the style. 3.0

T Heavy on the Barley, grain taste. The hops surprisingly take a back seat in the taste. I had expected them to be more prominent after smelling the beer. 3.5

M Appropriately moderate with the hops and barley "beefing up" the feel. 3.0

D Good as is the intention of the style in my opinion. 4.0

Notes: Ho-hum version of the style from Southern Tier. In their defense, this style does not often inspire much from me.

adamette, Dec 11, 2010
Photo of philbertk
3.15/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Southern Tier Brewing Company--HARVEST Seasonal Special Ale--Brewed with 4 Varieties of Hops and 2 Types of Malts--2010 12 oz. Bottle. 6.40% ABV. 35 IBU's? (3.5 / 5.0) Big foamy thin fizzy lacy off white head. Clear pretty thin bright copper amber color. Crisp toasted mild hop front. Thin textured light sweet toasted caramel biscuit fruit hint body. Clean crisp mild hop spice refreshing smooth slightly bland Harvest end. Sampled 12/4/2010 from 6-Pack purchased for $9.99 @ Mr. J's Deli Mart on 12/4/2010.

philbertk, Dec 04, 2010
Photo of yeahnatenelson
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Imbibed at Finnegan's in Plainfield, IL 12/03/2010.

Appearance -- Pours a maple syrup hue with one constant finger of creamy white head. Splendid.

Smell -- Citrus pith, pine resin, honey malt, and a faint mineral quality that I can't put my finger on. Still pretty good.

Taste -- Hops are present but reserved with juicy citrus and pine resin with a sturdy bitterness baseline throughout. Malts are lightly caramelized. Lingering flavor of grapefruit pith.

Mouthfeel -- Medium-bodied with ample prickly carbonation. The feel of this beer is on point.

Drinkability -- Wow. Quite good. I'm a fan. I liken it to the pantheon of what I can AIPA's (Almost IPA's): the malt base is still where much of the flavor is derived, but the hop profile is noteworthy. Really good stuff. I'll be keeping an eye out for this next Fall.

yeahnatenelson, Dec 04, 2010
Photo of Samp01
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an orange/amber with a small short lived head. Aroma of sweet malt, floral earthy hops, sweet spices. Taste of sweet caramel malts, some slight tones of grapefruit sweet spices and bitter hops. Palate is nice med body, good carbonation, smooth mouth feel. Finish is hoppy bitter hops, sweet malts, some grapefruit and other sweet spices, ends with some sweet bitter maltiness. Overall a very nice flavorfull, tasty and well balanced brew.

Samp01, Nov 24, 2010
Photo of metter98
4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is light copper in color and poured with a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface. A light amount of carbonation is visible from the rising bubbles.
S: Aromas of pine resin hops dominate the nose.
T: The overall taste is well balanced between malty and bitter flavors; there are also some notes of citrus and hints of malty sweetness.
M: It feels light-bodied and smooth on the palate with a medium amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is extremely easy to drink and goes down very smoothly.

metter98, Nov 22, 2010
Photo of DrDemento456
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pretty nice dark amber, not too dark but little head due to old beer for a holiday season.

S - Smells pretty nice, with an abundance of hops and malts that play together it smells like a party in my glass.

T - Wow almost reminds me of a 2xIPA version of an Oktoberfest. With slight grain and caramel malt along side of some citrus hops, I am enjoying this brew.

M - Medium to light and very drinkable.

D - Wow it seems that ST has got it right on this one. With a nice malt backing the hops it almost makes it as drinkable as 2XIPA but not as much since it is old. Will have to try next years fresh batch.

DrDemento456, Nov 17, 2010
Photo of Mosstrooper
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into 16oz Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass.

Appearance: Golden-orange in color with a medium white head that dissipates fairly quickly and leaves behind small spots of lace.

Smell: A bit of biscuity malt, backed up by strong floral and earthy notes.

Taste: Begins sweet and biscuity with a mild citrus hint, finishing with a floral flavor that lingers on the palate.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with light carbonation and a slightly dry finish.

Drinkability: An excellent beer- well-rounded hop and malt flavors and, while this one may lean more toward the hops, it has a unique flavor that doesn't smack you with bitterness.

Mosstrooper, Nov 15, 2010
Photo of jpro
4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a sixer at Total Wine yesterday... after a long day, here goes... into a Sam Adams "Perfect Pint" glass -

A: Pours a vibrant, clear, light copper orange with a one finger cream head; nice webs of lace and good head retention.

S: Citrusy hops and a hint of pine; toast and cracked grains; some malt sweetness in there, too; impressed / surprised by the hop profile here.

T: Piney hops and some citrus rind give way to bready malts and some caramel; finishes with some zesty / grassy hops and a little more malt sweetness.

M: Nothing too crazy... medium bodied (a bit on the heavier side of medium); moderate carbonation; a touch oily.

D: Very drinkable; this one really hits the spot... probably the hoppiest ESB I've ever had, though. But, good - I think I'd rank it as my favorite ST beer so far (up there with Unearthly as one of their most enjoyable, in my opinion).

jpro, Nov 12, 2010
Harvest Ale from Southern Tier Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,341 ratings.