Harvest Ale - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Reviews: 566
Hads: 1,551
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 10.18%
Wants: 52
Gots: 172 | 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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Reviews: 566 | Hads: 1,551
Photo of kaufmaal
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Light copper colored, very fine carbonation, minimal bubbles on top. There's a heavy citrus and pine smell, sharp but pleasing. A dry tasting beer, bitter but with just enough malty sweetness not to make you pucker. Not overly complex in terms of its flavors. There's a grassy/vegetable flavor, and some caramel notes, too. For an ESB, it is light in its body. Very drinkable, especially late in the year. (405 characters)

Photo of Theheroguy
3.86/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pungent citrus hoppy resinous tones permeate throughout this beer. It is tremendously hop forward. The smell reminds me of opening a hop bag before I pour the contents into boiling wort. This is very crisp but not too dry. The hops linger on the tongue for a good while. Substantially bitter and very refreshing. (312 characters)

Photo of Dodo2step
3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

P- Als of Hampden

A- copper color with poor head and average lacing. head dissipates rapidly. clear and highlighted.

S- piney caramel hops/malts mixture is nice on the nose.

F- Pine hops an sweet caramel malts. The pine over rides the caramel but it has a nice undertone of floral flavors as well.

M- hops and light bodied. simple

O- not a bad ESB...I have had a few and this is just above average. good beer. (415 characters)

Photo of Hopscat
3.92/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Medium amber , clear with small off head that settles to ring with patches of foam.
Nose is cracker malts and pine floral hops.
Taste follows with caramel and crackers followed in the middle with hops bite and lingering hops bitterness in a nice way.
mouthfeel is about right
Good seasonal warmer (300 characters)

Photo of hopsolutely
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A decent ESB, although without the hop focus for which I'd hoped given Southern Tier's proclivity (which I greatly appreciate). Not a completely standard ESB, but definitely focused on caramelized malts.

Pours a near-iridescent coppered amber with limited white head that disappears fairly quickly. Aroma is primarily of caramelized malts. The flavour starts with the sweet caramelization but transitions into a pleasant bitterness in the body and finish. Although I can't pick out specific varietals, pleased this is an ESB that has met more than just bittering hops. (570 characters)

Photo of BWED
3.87/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle found at an ultimate tournament, poured into a tumbler

A- Bronze body, well-filtered. White head retains at a low level, but leaves some pretty good lacing.

S- Earthy hop character, with a subtle sweet bread malt aroma. This is a very pleasant aroma, especially for this time of year. It really smells like a fruitful harvest.

T- Grain and sweetness. Earth, hop is mild, but not bitter.

M- Pretty light body. Slight bitter in the middle, but the finish is mild.

O- Very solid beer. Great, fitting aroma. (522 characters)

Photo of chillwinston
2.65/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A: Dark golden color, no head retention.

S: Floral, bright hops but with a strong alcohol smell and not much else.

T: Very dry with resinous floral hops. Again, strong taste of alcohol and very one dimensional.

M: Light bodied. Oily. Low carbonation.

O: I guess I had something else in mind when I saw "Harvest Ale" written on the six pack. Reminded me of a run-of-the-mill IPA. Similar to Harpoon IPA. However, the strong alcohol bite turned me off. I like Southern Tier's other offering but I can not recommend this. (522 characters)

Photo of ryan1788a5
3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Golden color with a slight amber hue. Excellent clarity. The head settles after a little while. Lacing sticks to the glass in thin sheets.

S: Floral and perfumey hops with hints of blond tobacco. Pithy. Biscuit, toast, grain, and just a dab of caramel.

T: Dry malt base lays a foundation of grain, toast, biscuit, and even a slight woody impression. Sharp floral and oily hop bitterness. Fleeting citrus notes. Hops have a bit of an herbal, spicy bite toward the back end. Dry finish of shortbread and floral hop oils.

M: Light bodied. Watered down creaminess. Brisk carbonation adds a crisp bite.

O: Not a bad stab at the style. Hops have a little more bite than I'd expect, and the malt base stays a little safe and simple. They're well in the ballpark of what the style should be though, and it's still enjoyable to drink. (872 characters)

Photo of patpbr
3.87/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Copper color with some nice lacing.
S - A balance of hops and malts but not very bold.
T - Crisp pine and citrus hops with carmel malts and spice. Bitter.
M - Medium body and a dry finish
O - Liking hop flavor makes me like this one. its close to an IPA. (261 characters)

Photo of delta490
3.94/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- a clear amber, with some visible carbonation. Thick white head with nice retention leaves nice lacing on the glass.

S- nice and hoppy. Citrus-y goodness abounds.

T- a little hop forward, but nicely balanced out by the malt bill. There is a nice blend of the flavors.

M-nice and light on the palette. A slight bite on the initial sip.

O- it's not really an ESB in the English beer sense but it is quite good and well worth trying as a seasonal. (450 characters)

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.51/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Southern Tier Harvest has a thin, off-white head, a clear, bubbly, copper appearance, and a bit of lacing left behind on the glass. The aroma is of citrus (pineapple?), white bread, and sweetness, and the taste is of grapefruit, hop bitterness, citrus rind, white bread crust, and some sweetness. Mouthfeel is light, watery, and a little slick, and Southern Tier Harvest finishes mostly dry, sweet, refreshing, and drinkable. Overall, this really does not fit the E.S.B. style, that I can see, but it is still tasty. It’s worth checking out.

RJT (549 characters)

Photo of sniper061
4.48/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Souther tier brewery has another wonderful beer on tap. Nice grapefruit hoppiness that seems to make for a wonderful fall beer. I actually thought it would be a little more bitter than what it was, maybe just because of the food I was eating with it. It is a great go to beer for the fall. (289 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
3.49/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Deep bronze and quite clear body, with a simple one finger off white head that is slightly creamy capping the top.

Nose is light toast, some faint grainy quality, but not much else for an ESB. Rather closed and muted.

First palate is quite warm with a mild caramel sense. Pine like hop bitter finish, and not nearly enough sensing caramel warmth. Moderate carbonation, with a large prickly feeling almost seltzery that's a little jarring. Lingering American sensing hop bitterness that stays put but doesn't seem true to style.

Overall it doesn't really remind me of a bitter, but it's still an ok brew for drinking. (668 characters)

Photo of oldirtycaffrey
3.74/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a copper color with a very carbonated off white head, leaving a slight amount of lacing along the glass. Smell is probably this beer's best feature -- just that typical great fall hoppy aroma with a nice grapefruit twist. I didn't think the taste was all that bitter for an ESB; this was actually very easy to drink. Very well balanced. In addition to the citrus-y taste, I also detected a sweet caramel undertone. Think this would be a great Thanksgiving Day session beer. (479 characters)

Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a copper color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of mild hops, some malts. Taste is well balanced hops and malts, some bitterness, a touch of caramel. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a very drinkable, and solid beer. (266 characters)

Photo of mvanaskie13
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into sam adams custom glass, color is gold to copper, head is light tan, big bubbles and froth, about 1/2 inch thick.

Smell is subtle, but surprisingly very good malt profile and mild bitter note, Some caramely notes and stronger citrusy bitterness comes through later.

Taste is very nice strong bitter profile, a touch of caramel malt provides nice sweetness and some stronger, higher presence hops make this a unique brew. Hops are not overdone, but provide good balance to the touch of sweetness.

MOuthfeel is strongest on the tongue from the lingering bitterness, good carbonation and lasting flavors.

Overall, a very well done strong bitter style ale; the scent is subtle and flavors are pleasant and easy drinking; nice fall/winter style ale. (759 characters)

Photo of KYGunner
3.96/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Crystal clean yet robust copper coloring gives way to a load of bubble through the center. The head was fizzy and had an overly carbonated look but it collared to a nice frothy thickness.

The scent is well balanced from malts to hop. Barley an grain mix well with not only a piney floral hop scent but I get some fruity grapefruit and tangerines.

The flavors, too, are well balanced. The hops seem to take over near the end but a blend of barley, grain, toast, florals, and fruits lead their way in. The end is piney and a tinge bitter and lends to feel.

Overall, I always seem to like what Southern Tier is doing and this is another example of a well made and well balanced ale. (683 characters)

Photo of Mikecap
3.79/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a medium golden amber with two fingers of foamy white head that fades quickly, leaving splotchy lacing in its wake.

Smell: Pine, some oak, and some nice spiciness up front. This is followed by some sweet malt, caramel, and a touch of citrus.

Taste: Spicy up front with a load of pine and fresh hops, followed by some lemon and grapefuit, a bit of caramel.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and creamy, nice bitterness and carbonation. Goes down easily.

Overall: Yet another good beer from Southern Tier. Haven't had anything from these guys that I don't like! (572 characters)

Photo of scotorum
3.6/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a Harpoon IPA glass.

a: Crystal clear amber with an inch tall white head which receded to even surface foam and spotty lacing.

s: Nothing much

t: Hops forward over light malt backbone. Enough hops to register easily but not enough to linger on the tongue very long. Actually more hoppy and less malty than any other ESB I have ever had. An American take no doubt.

m: Light. Darker color is the only hint that this is not a summer IPA.

o: Pretty good as a fall IPA, but too many other good ones out there to search this one out again. (574 characters)

Photo of CowsCanBark
4.42/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into standard pint glass from 12 oz. bottle.

Appearance: Pours a transparent, dark gold with a two finger tan-white head. The head is actually retaining quite well, leaving sticky, soppy residue on my glass. A very quality looking beer, for sure.

Smell: The first smell that whiffs into my nostrils is a strong scent of slightly spicy hops, followed by an almost equally strong malt backing. It is also very sweet smelling, almost like caramel, with a mild alcohol emittance. Overall, it's just very malty and hoppy.

Taste: Ah, the smell did not disappoint! Upon my first sip, I am greeted with a fairly strong and bitter hop kick, followed by that oh-so-recognizable malt that I was smelling. The hops are definitely very piney and just a little flowery, with notes of alcohol much stronger than it smelled. I may detect some citrus and cinnamon/nutmeg, but I'm not entirely certain. Regardless, it's delicious!

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel goes along very well with the taste. It is a medium-light bodied beer, with a moderate amount of carbonation. It is not overly thick or heavy, it's pretty great when compared to the taste profile.

Overall: This is just a great beer overall, a beer that would have no problem with both hops lovers and malt lovers. The almost perfect blend of flowery and spicy hops paired with the sweet, caramel-like malt is just awesome. Highly recommended for ANY fan of craft beer! (1,418 characters)

Photo of evanforbeer
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a nice clear copper with watery white head

aroma- I love this aroma- so much going on! I get some chocolate candies with flower pedal and citrus hops

taste- toasty and crisp. caramel malt with an almost chocolatey character, hops with crisp floral, pine and citrus, finishes with a nice swirl of sweet grain and murky tropical fruit, trails into subtle floral and citrus notes

feel- crisp yet hearty. booze is there but not powerful. This 6.7% brew is near perfect for a crisp fall day

Well I'd place this pretty high on my fall brew list. Some real nice malt complexity with a crisp hop profile. I like the beefed ESB style as an interpretation of a fall brew
cheers (677 characters)

Photo of Beer4Baltimore
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - clear light copper with a short but lacy head.
S - bready hops with a subtle grassy smell.
T - as malty as it hoppy, which is to say, it's balanced but not bold. The little touch of spice in the aftertaste is pleasant.
M - light to moderate bodied with carbonation on the low side.
D - easy drinking and I could have more than one.

original 10-4-2011
revisited 9-24-2013

This beer has improved since the last time I had it.
It is more hopped than I previously remembered.
Good stuff, I like ESB with a bit more kick and this has it now. (542 characters)

Photo of BEERMILER12
4.02/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

DOB 09/05/13

A: Pours a nice orange/amber color with 2 fingers of head that lasts for a good while before receding to a decent sized cap that leaves some nice lacing

S: A vey good mix of malt and hops. Some fruity, citrusy, and lightly piney hops combine nicely with a bit of sweetness from the malts. Definitely on the hoppy side for an ESB

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with some nice citrus, floral, and pine notes from the hops and goes into a light sweet malt presence. Finishes lightly bitter

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: Americanized ESB anyone? On the high end for both hoppiness and alcohol in terms of the style, but it works very well in the context of the beer. It makes for a great fall seasonal brew, as it has the slightly higher abv and the maltiness to go with it. ST does a great job "imperializing" some regular styles, and this is no exception (887 characters)

Photo of Brezzy24
3/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- pours a hazy bright copper color with a frothy white head

S- bright citrusy hops combined with a bit of citrus harvest and a bit of grassy woodsy smell

T- great balance of citrus/floral hops and bready sweet malt, a bit of caramel and sweet fruitiness, finishes somewhat dry with a bit of cracker crispness

M- medium body, low carbonation, slightly creamy finish

O- this one had some great balance and was very drinkable, just solid overall

Serving type: bottle (469 characters)

Photo of keithmurray
3.77/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - clear golden amber color with white head

Smell - citrus , caramel, pine

Taste - carmel malts, citrus aftertaste from the hops

Mouthfeel - lighter end of medium bodied, faint carbonation, slightly sweet and slightly bitter, easy drinking beverage

Overall - this was a decent beer that I'm glad to have tried, even if it isn't true to the ESB style IMO

Price Point - $1.67/12 oz single (401 characters)

Harvest Ale from Southern Tier Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 566 ratings.