Harvest Ale - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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86
very good

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Ratings: 1,548
Reviews: 578
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 12.24%
Wants: 52
Gots: 170 | 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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Ratings: 1,548 | Reviews: 578
Photo of Gtreid
3.21/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Part of the New Trader BIF. Poured into a standard pint glass.

A: Hazy, straw, yellow color. A smooth pour increadibly, produced two and half fingers of pure white, frothy head, that hung around forever, and left huge rings of thick lace.

A: Nice grassy hops and earthy malts. Spicey, not as hoppy as I expected, but somewhat balanced.

T: Just a little dissapointing here. Grassy hops at first with a touch of lemon. Than the sweet, earthy malts took over. A little metallic. Finishes bitter and spicy.

M&D: Light body. High amount of carbonation makes for a tingley mouthfeel. 5.2% ABV and the light nature of the beer make for a good drinkability. Overall, I could have a few of these out in the yard, but just ok for the style. Skal.

Photo of getalife2k5
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

straw colored with a nice think head that just floats on top with ring around the glass that firmly hangs on. smells fruity; apple, pineapple, orange & papaya with a hint of pine. grapefruit citrusy and very smooth. there's some kind of malty sweetness that gives it a nice, well-rounded body. some nice bitterness that lingers momentarily. i've had this on tap and it was much more bitter. surprisingly flavorful and hoppy for the light color. proof that you can't judge a beer by it's appearance.

Photo of JDV
3.1/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of Miketd. Thanks!
Pours yellowish gold with a lasting white head. Lighter than expected and looks much like a lager. Smell is grassy, earthy hoppiness, and mildly so. Taste is somewhat mild, and not very "green" or spicy like I like fresh hop beers. Melon and tea flavored hops mostly with some earthiness and mild bitterness. A bit watery and muted flavorwise, but this is very drinkable with no offensive qualities. Decent Pale.

Photo of BBeerL
4.17/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice golden yellow color with average carbonation.

Upfront clean smooth malt. Followed and aggressive bright hop finish

The hops are piney and citrusy, and go very well will the light esb features of this beer. A great beer overall to bad it is a seasonal thing.

Photo of ArrogantB
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice clear, golden yellow color with a decent stark-white head. Flowery hop aromas and then a floral taste as well. Some maltiness in the back, bitterness, nice beer. I wouldn't have suspected this is an ESB. Thanks to vwcraig for including this on a recent trade.

Photo of RonfromJersey
4.42/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pale yellow gold body, good clarity, fine carbonation, topped by a level three finger thick slab of off-white micro bubbles. Good lacing.

Assertive but not overpowering aroma of pine and citrus.

Nice solid malt foundation lays across the tongue. Agressive hops quickly converge and seize control. Heavy on pine, juicy citrus there but taking a backseat. Finishes relatively clean for the agressiveness of the hop attack.

Somewhat smooth, somewhat prickly, overall a good mouthfeel. Excellent drinkability.

Bitter yes, though I'm not sure I'd call this an ESB. IPA aspects as well. Possibly akin to Troegs Hopback Amber ? Whatever, ST Harvest Ale made a solid everyday beer for me between the Octoberfests of Sept. and Oct. and Thanksgiving (when SNCA took over).

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Jerc: Poured a deep hazy dirty yellow color ale with a huge foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aromas of green hops are dominating with some nice floral notes. Taste is also dominated by some bitter green hops with some floral notes. Body is full with some limited filtration and great carbonation. Very well done for the style and something that I wish was available more readily around me.

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

Anything by Southern Tier that I have not had a chance to try yet is an immediate purchase for me at this point. After being blown away by their imperial series and impressed by everything else (except the raspberry brew), I am all for trying another production.

Pours a crystal clear straw gold with a nice white head that has some staying power. Nose is perfumed floral hops in abundance, but not shoving it all down, errr...up your nose. Flavor has a nice balance to it, though it is a bit hop forward. Mild bitter tone there. More than mild, but not overly pronounced leafy character as well. Feel has a pretty full carbonation to it and a decent liquid body. A definite fall time brew. Even though it is still summer weather, I drink this on and feel like fall is almost on me. Another good one by ST.

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

Poured clear pale gold with a big coarse white head that laced the glass nicely. Aroma is hoppy in a fresh and inviting way. Taste is fresh and invigorating, with just enough hops for me, and a nice bracingly bitter finish.

I have a feeling this one might not age or travel well. But here in Upstate NY it tastes really good.

Photo of jackorain
4.35/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-nice straw yellow color crystal clear. Stark white head. Struggled to get a i inch head form an aggressive pour. But decent retention

S-citrus hops, tengerine, grapefruit, biscuit malt very nice

T-Very nice bitterness up front. grapefruit and tangerine from the nose. Biscuit malt, a touch of sweetness, like simple syrup. A really nice apa

M-Medium body, great mouth coatingquality. Seems like a,little wheat malt malt ahs added some body here.

D- great I wish I had more

Overall-An apa that drinks like a little America ipa. Fantastic freah hops throughout. Top nothc brew

Photo of OWSLEY069
3.32/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clean yellow color with a white head. Aromas that are hoppy, with a small grapefruity presence. In the taste, a fresh hop taste, and a nice malty backing. A smooth mouthfeel and a dry, hoppy aftertaste. Nice fresh hop, yet looks like a pilsner. A good crossover from summer to fall.

Photo of Bierguy5
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle. Pours a hazy gold color, with some orange tint. Rocky white substantial head. Great head retention, and eventually some great patches of lace.

Citrusy and floral hops in the nose, not overwhelming, but present. A bit of a candy smell.

Very pale malt character, followed by a bit of bitter grapefruit, and floral hops. Slight sour flavor is present.

Light body, carbonation seems low. Pretty tame at both ends. Not as juicy as I was expecting. Worth trying.

Photo of DefenCorps
4.35/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. 6-pack of the 2007 offering purchased at The Village Pump, College Park MD for $8.99

A: A crystal clear yellowish-orange brew that looks fairly light, steady stream of carbonation contributing to a thick, beautiful head that leaves a nice lace as it subsides slowly

S: Hops. This is my first wet hop beer and i think i can tell the difference between a "regular" hop and a wet hopped beer. There's a fairly strong citrus aroma but with a twist - there's some grassy notes in there

T: The balance is in favor of the hops but the grassy characteristics do add to the brew. This is a *very* tasty beer, difficult to put down

M: The carbonation feels good but the stand-out part is the thick, persistent, resiny taste. Thoroughly enjoyable

D: Excellent. I find it difficult to put the glass down. A thirst quencher that doubles up as a sipper, depending on what you are in the mood for.

Photo of woodychandler
4.89/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I got about a finger of bone-white head with low retention from the pour. The color was a slightly hazy golden-yellow. The nose was spicy and citrusy, specifically, cinnamon and orange zest and I was put in mind of potpourri, plus my mouth started watering. The mouthfeel was medium, approaching full and I got a really tangy orange flavor in the mouth. The finish was more piney and lingeringly hoppy. Shazam! Boy, was this a good beer. I really recommend it.

Photo of BeerImmediately
4.49/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

What a pleasant surprise! My first experience with Southern Tier is a great one...

Poured a 12 oz bottle into a nonic style glass. Had a slightly hazy, pale yellow color, with a solid two-finger head.

Wow, what a terrific aroma - I'm not that keen on picking up intricate scents in beer, but this one hits you with a wonderfully sweet orange smell, and some cinnamon as well.

The taste then surprised me a little - sweet, juicy grapefruit with just a touch of ripe pineapple, and balanced nicely with a hint of malt.

Mouthfeel was very nice as well, with tight carbonation.

Excellent drinkability - just sharp enough to make this beer refreshing AND fulfilling at the same time. Could easily work through a few of these in a night.

Photo of genog
4.17/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I guess I was really enjoying some beers the night I had this one. I can barely read my notes in chicken scratch. I think it was a good night.

Pours a golden yellow color with 2 finger white head, and some of that lacing really sticks around. Smell is of amazing hops and sweet citrus. Taste is of a crisp hop juice. I really liked this one!

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Southern Tier- Harvest Ale

On tap at Isaac Newton's- Newtown, PA

A- Deep glowing red with a small head.
S- Spicey malt with a slight citrus tinge.
T- Sweet citrus and fruit, Orange, cherry, and sweet grapefruit with a nice lite caramel malt .
M- Sweet and tart. Slighty sour like a whisky sour mix. Dry in the end.

Overall- A total session beer. Easy to drink and a pleasant flavor. Tasty stuff!

Photo of BeerBelcher
3.79/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer is a bit different than a good number of APAs I've had. It isn't a total thick, syrup-y hop-bomb (and I love those...) and it also isn't light and insipid. And it suprised me...it's appearance led me to believe it would be light and flavorless, and it was hoppy and very light and drinkable.

This beer is a light gold color, totally clear, and brilliant. It looks like a blonde ale from a large brewer might look like, and looks more than a little like a Budweiser or MGD. Even the head is industrial looking - it is composed of uniformly sized bubbles of a medium size (think the head on a glass of Sprite). It is a bit fizzy and has limited staying power. "Uh-oh," I thought. "I don't think I'm going to like this." The beer's smell started to change my mind. Lightly sweet and substantially hoppy with a lot of pineapple and citrus notes. Flavor was a very light hoppy fruitiness backed with some malt. It had very pleasant APA flavor and middle-of-the-road intensity. Mouthfeel was exceedingly light and this beer was immensely drinkable. This beer was proof to me that brewers can make something as light as a mainstream lager but still very flavorful.

Definitely recommended. Highly "unique," but not in a challenging way.

Photo of Ricochet
3.89/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Confused by what this beer was. APA? I thought it was another maltfest October beverage. When I first popped the bottle and smelled the flowery hops, really strong with a bitter grapefruit twinge, I knew it wasn't. Wow, this smells great. Appearence was , golden, almost like a Lord Chesterfields Ale or a Ballantine. Little head. Maybe a little bit cloudier. Mouth was, well, it was just like Lord Chesterfields or Ballantine. Bite from the ale, but with a cheaper thickness , with the saving grace being the hops aftertaste. Better than average.

Actually, this was sweet and bitter. Started sweet like lemonheads candy and finished like I'd eaten said candy but the hops grapefruit taste in the middle filled this with grapefruit flavor. Yes, it is a bit on the malty side and more subdued in flavor compared with thier other APAs, but this is better than the aforementioned ales. I'd get this again.

Photo of williamherbert
4.3/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The first time I tried this beer in 2006 I really disliked it, but I'm gonna give it another go'round.

The look is a bright, clear golden color. (Not orange or pumpkiny.) Minor white head. The chill of the glass leaves a haze. Looks light and thirst-quenching. Only a little lace leaves its mark on the glass.

The smell is a nice, mild wet hop aroma with a bitter pilsnerish malt. Hops are of a woody, bitter sort. Malt is bitter with slight roasted-ness. It is flowery and fragrant, with a hint of sour apple.

The taste is a very pleasant burnt and bitter malt flavor dominating the brew, like a kolsch or German beer. But that is combined with a top layer of flowery and woody hops. The malt is really really bitter; the hops are very fresh and moist. The balance is outstanding.

The feel is watery but with a minor bitter bite. Smooth finish, buttery but not oily. Overall it's very bitter, yet flowery. Incredibly drinkable. A fine, fine autumnal harvest ale.

Photo of Kendo
4.35/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The 2007 bottle looks slightly different than the older one pictured here -- it's all orange with no yellow around the name of the beer, which is in black lettering now.

A: Poured from the 12 oz bottle into a Sam Smith's nonic-style pint glass. Body is lighter in color than expected: golden honey, with a small white head that settles quickly to leave a smidgeon of film on top. Plenty of bubbles continue to rise throughout, but there's very little lacing left behind.

S: First impression is grassy wet hops and a strong presence of pine -- sap or resin, even. There's something sweet too -- reminds me a bit of that JuicyFruit gum smell, but also citrus rind, especially lemon.

T: Dominated by juicy, resiny pine sap and grassy hops, but it's not overwhelmingly bitter --some malt seems to provide balance or a foundation for the hops. A slightly lemony and grassy flavor lingers in the aftertaste for quite awhile. Finishes very dry, crisp and clean -- all in all it's almost pilsner-like in that regard, but for the juicy hops that initiate the taste. I was surprised to see from their website that they use Amarillos in both the kettle and for dry hopping. Given that finish, I would have thought that Noble hops were used to finish it off, as it's got a bit of zesty spiciness to it and didn't remind me of what I think of as Amarillo hops -- not that that's a bad thing, it just surprised me a little. . . .

M: Well-carbonated but in a slightly prickly or spritzy way, so it's not obnoxious, and it helps to leave a dry, clean finish despite an oily coating of the mouth with hop juice. Body is light-to-medium in heft.

D: Very good. This one goes down easily.

Notes: Not sure about the style on this one. BA lists it as an APA; Southern Tier's website calls it a "Classic English style Extra Special Bitter of the highest order" (I think it's too hopped up to be called "English style," however); and it reminded me in many ways of a pilsner (not sure whether that's a German or Czech pilsner). Whatever it is, I like it. Could make a great Fall session beer for hopheads. Another success story from Southern Tier. . . .

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

This brew poured to a golden color with a slight haze to it, and had a large slight off white head with lager bubbles, which had fair retention and left some lacing along the sides of the glass. The aroma screams hops, pine to be exact and has a scent that seems to have a fresh feel about it. Also I picked up some biscuit and grass like smells mulling in the background. The taste is dominated by an in your face hop flavor, that has a strong pine feel. Per the website the hops present are Amarillo, Chinook and Columbus which really give of a potent hop punch with this brew. Some malt flavors are there but they seem to waif in and out. In some of my last reviews I stated that I was getting a little tired of all the large hop brews but this one is well done, has some nice character to it and was an easy drinker. Over all I feel that this is a great local seasonal offering, once again a great effort by Southern Tier.

Edit: I am really noticing more of a citrus hop taste and scent than the pine I originally experienced with an earlier beer from the pack I picked up. Also when I first poured this last beer I noticed a clear pineapple smell which was a little difficult to pinpoint, I just could not figure it out. Not sure why I am picking up the different flavors and scents now. Still a very interesting brew in my book!

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.09/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - has a golden straw color with good clarity. A solid finger of head forms up, creamy with some cratering and good good sticky lace.

Aroma - the fresh pine jumps out of the bottle and glass. Resiny, intense, and very appealing.

Taste - the biscuity malt is tasty albeit slightly lacking in depth. The hops have a light b.o. element and a good piny dimension as in the nose. Not a whole bunch else. A medicinal taste begins to build but gets diluted on the way. Instead, there is just a good, simple but fairly intense, fruity hop flavor from start to finish. Ends with a nice malt/hop balance.

Mouthfeel - crisply carbonated, slightly thin body.

Drinkability - a tasty ale, a little much for extended sessions but worth a sixer.

Photo of cokes
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear straw colored with a close-cropped but durable white cap.
Whiffs of biscuit malts, wet hay, and lemon rinds, then comes the deeper- rooted, unmistakable, resin-drenched reefer and spruce and ruby grapefruit and lime leaf scents of Amarillo.
Enters with a firm pale maltiness, built from English muffins. Only the vaguest glints of stewed pear provide any sort of fruitiness. Brisk through the middle, with a near-lager like persona, except for that sweet cream and doughy yeast influx. The hops hit full of dried grass and lime juice. The British accent of the Goldings cede to the Amarillos, who are still the star, but their leafy resinous and smoky ganja notions are fairly subdued, even if still the featured article.
It packaged in a light body with a steady, but gentle bead. This is built as a hop-forward quaffer. And it succeeds wholly.
Don't put too much emphasis on the label's claim of "quadrupulus humulus lupulus", that isn't what it's about. Fans of Amarillos, (as this instantly reminds of Tyranena's Bitter Woman), or hoppy session brews (like Rogue's Youngers Special Bitter or FFF Pride and Joy) will find a kindred spirit here.

Photo of penguinjive7
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one took me by surprise. I was expecting an Oktober fest brew of sorts. This one, however was packed full of delicious hops, mostly of the citrus variety. The harvest element of this brew comes through in a spicy malt character that follows the hop bitterness. Not an overly complex brew, which is not always a bad thing. Overall a great harvest brew that I will definitely get again.

Harvest Ale from Southern Tier Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 1,548 ratings.