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Harvest Ale - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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87
very good

1,188 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,188
Reviews: 544
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.89%
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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ppoitras

Massachusetts

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

12oz bottle obtained via trade with Shippos. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured in an imperial pint glass, forms a 3/4" off-white head, which laces quite well. A cloudy (poured in the whole thing) slightly orangey amber brew, with a reasonably balanced aroma tending toward the hops side just a tad. Taste has a good malt base, and plenty of hops bitterness, although not very delicate in that aspect. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both good, and could improve if the bitterness was a bit more artistic and not as much head-on bitter. An enjoyable brew, for sure.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2004 21:38:44 | More by ppoitras
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into bruery chalice.

Pours 1 finger of off-white head. Color is a very clear golden orange.

Aroma: A very fruity and hoppy nose. Sweet mangoes and pineapple with some orange juice. Earthy pine hops. Some bready malts show. Diggin this one already.

Taste: A lot more bready malts show here. Lots of hop resin. Very juicy hops. Pine for sure. A big citrus blend with pineapple and grapefruit sticking out. Pretty solid esb.

Mouthfeel: Bitter, but creamy. Earthy. Medium bodied with a higher amount of carbonation. Ends dry and sticky.

Overall, a very nice offering from ST. Pretty drinkable. I really like the fruit flavors in this one.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2010 00:53:45 | More by mothman
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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

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

A 12oz single bottle into a glass, nearing the autumn season.

STHA goes in the glass with a golden semi rusted old penny look with a very dismal cap up top that is a lighter shade of white. No stick.

Being an ESB in style I was expecting a mountain of malt, but it was hops instead. Smell is pretty herbal with some pine backing and quite a bit of earf. The malt peeks out with some bisc.

Taste is opposite for an ESB as the hops take center stage. It's not west coast citrusy but more earthy with pine, grass and floral ability. Any citrus from the green guys is drowned out by these elements. Malt makes a small play and narrowly balances the playing field, although a lot of grass in aftertaste.

Not as smooth as ESB's off the pump at Memphis taproom, or the bottle for that matter, but im not docking points here as im not a fan of that shit anyway. Body is a step up from light with some bubbles and life on the tounge. Im not digging the aftertaste as it's long.

Not really an ESB IMO but it's all good by me, hoppy pale ale with English malt is what im thinking. Glad I found this within a month of bottling as it's quite delicious and flavorful in it's own Southern Tier way without all the alcohol. I would do a sixer of this on a Sunday in a second.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2011 22:14:39 | More by BARFLYB
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ejimhof

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +3.4%

09-23-2012 20:55:00 | More by ejimhof
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Copper in appearance with a nice retaining pillowy head.
Smells floral and fruity, hints of apricot.
The flavor profile had a pronounced european hop twang coupled with a light english style malting.
It was bitter at times but I didn't mind, being that its an Extra Strong Bitter.
Mouthfeel medium bodied. Drinkable? Sessionable. Overall a good brew. Nice to see another good interpretation of the style.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2009 19:44:29 | More by Stinkypuss
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Southern Tier Harvest is, in my opinion, a tad bright and sunny for a fall-themed beer; a little more depth in colour might have been a little more becoming. Although its tone, it must be noted, is not without a little pumpkin blush. Its head is thin but waxy and as result tacks on a lacing so adhesive I'm starting to doubt even water's ability to pry it off.

Something about this aroma makes it come across as very hearty, which is probably the most appropriate characteristic for a harvest ale. The malt base seems rather substantial (and nourishing) as it exhumes the scent of fresh-baked bread, hot out of the over cookies and mounds of toffee. The hops, too, are in exceedingly ample supply.

In fact, it's hard to say what I appreciate more. This has the blessing of being both heartily malty and also incessantly hoppy. The malts are so thick and chewy and pleasantly sweet, like rich pastry. The hops, supposedly English varieties, are wickedly zesty. A great deal of American qualities are also tasted, fresh pine and candied grapefruit. They may call it an English ESB but there's no fooling, this is as hoppy and ballsy as any American IPA.

The mouthfeel isn't as sensational as the beer on the whole but it need not be. It does its job. Its light, clipping bitterness provides a little snip on the palate and lightly lingers with a pleasant earthy fruitiness all the while staying unimaginably quenching and quaffable. Why didn't I buy more of this? Even with no shortage of good IPA's on the market, including this brewery's own, your damn right I'm wishing this was available year round!

If Southern Tier wants us to understand one thing about themselves it's that they can brew fantastic beers tremendously well. Apart from a couple lackluster offerings in their year-round lineup - which is to be expected - this brewery is responsible for a number of my favourite stouts and hop bombs. If they keep slugging out more of these first-rate ales I'm going to be needing more fingers (and maybe toes) to count all of my favourites on.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2009 02:07:45 | More by biegaman
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BillRoth

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

12-28-2013 20:27:19 | More by BillRoth
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John_M

Oregon

4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

How I wish ST would make more beers with this level of alcohol. Their high gravity beers just wear me out, but as this beer clearly shows, they are quite capable of making very good lower alcohol ales.

The beer pours a surprisingly lighter gold color with good head retention and lacing. On the nose I get the anticipated citrus with some underlying sweet malt. On the palate this beer is absolutely delicious. The beer is remarkably well balanced, with very nice use of the wet hops IMO. Not only does the beer have a nice hoppy bitterness, but the wet hops give the beer an extra added dimension of flavor as well. In addition to the citrus, there's some underlying earthiness as well that is quite nice. The beer is slightly sweet from the malt, but that sweetness is nicely countered by the hoppy bitterness. This beer is medium bodied and is a joy to drink. It's the kind of beer I could see myself just gulping down if I wasn't careful.

This beer was very popular at Mahaffey's last night and I can see why. Just an excellent harvest ale from ST.

Edit from 9/7/12. Tried again, and was reminded quite vividly that this beer differs from year to year. The current version is decent, but pales in comparison to the beer I sampled back in 2008 (unfortunately).

Serving type: on-tap

09-06-2008 14:11:47 | More by John_M
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superspak

Michigan

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

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 7/17/2012. Pours slightly hazy golden orange color with a nice 1-2 finger dense off white head with excellent retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice dense spotty foamy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of caramel, grapefruit, orange zest, toast, biscuit, nuttiness, floral, grass, and light herbal spiciness. Damn nice aromas with good balance, strength, and complexity. Taste of caramel, grapefruit, orange zest, toast, biscuit, nuttiness, pine, floral, grass, and herbal spiciness. Fair amount of pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, citrus, pine, toast, biscuit, nuttiness, floral, and herbal spiciness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice flavor complexity and balance; with a great malt/hop bitterness balance; zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy and crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with hardly any warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent ESB! Great malt/hop flavor balance and complexity; and extremely smooth to drink for the ABV level. Definitely one of the best ESBs I have had. Highly enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2012 06:07:49 | More by superspak
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rab53

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Decent head retention. Light hop aroma. Nice hop presence with just enough malt to balance. Light to medium in body. Smooth carbonation. Overall, not the best example of a 'harvest ale'. it is quite quaffable. Nice as a palate break in between darker maltier beers.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2011 06:50:23 | More by rab53
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plaid75

New York

4.22/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a medium copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and sticky lacing.

The smell was dominated by both a flowery and citrusy hop. Good nutty malt aroma as well.

The taste featured a strong peppery citrus hop which dominated yet didn't cover a solid biscuity malt body.

The mouthfeel was of average fullness and crisp.

Overall an excellent fall beer. A nice change of pace from the many Oktoberfest offerings. Very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2006 02:48:27 | More by plaid75
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a lucid pale orange with a thin ½ finger sandy-beige colored head that quickly fell to a sparse, whispy covering with no visible lacing. Visible carbonation was very light.

S: fresh grapefruit, oranges with a beautiful bright fresh citrusy nature.

T: very bitter, flowery with some dried grapefruit and pale oranges. A light grassiness is also detected as well some light dried toasted grains. The finish finds a bitter citric and grassy hopping on the fade that lingered about for a few seconds before fading every so slightly. Overall a massively hopped ale, but was slight on complexity.

M: light, oily slicky, bitter and dry.

D: Overall a light bodied but heavily hopped beer that be limited in multiples unless you are a major hophead. Liked it, but not one I would consider session material.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2008 23:20:00 | More by beerthulhu
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Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden, small off white head forms, goes pretty quick but leaves some lacing on the glass. Smell is apples and pears, some pine, spices, alcohol, little bit of caramel. Taste is sweet, almost cidery, caramel and pine, some funk, strange. Mouthfeel is light bodied with low carbonation, has a little bit of warmth to it. Very odd, wasn't quite sure what to think. Thanks for sharing biegaman!

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2006 04:26:16 | More by Viggo
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smakawhat

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2013 01:30:41 | More by smakawhat
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Bighuge

Minnesota

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
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tdm168

North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2011 16:00:53 | More by tdm168
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glid02

Georgia

4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Leon's Full Service in Atlanta.

Pours a clear light copper color with a one-finger slightly off-white head. The head recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of pale malts with huge amounts of citrus hop aromas. Also present are solid amounts of floral and earthy notes from the hops.

Tastes very similar to how it smells. Light pale malt flavors kick things off and are quickly joined by large amounts of citrus and earthy hop flavors. The hop flavors fade out just a bit midway through the sip allowing the malt flavors to gain more purchase, then carrying through to a moderately bitter finish. The hops have a robust "wet" flavor and there is very little dryness.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with smooth carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass very quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall I was impressed with this beer and this leads me to believe the bottle I had earlier was not all that fresh or the batch variations are quite large. Either way, this is definitely worth a shot if you see it on-tap or in the bottle near the release date, a very nice beer.

Serving type: on-tap

09-10-2010 01:35:40 | More by glid02
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sendbeer

Georgia

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

11-25-2013 17:23:07 | More by sendbeer
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beertunes

Washington

3.6/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice 12oz bottle poured into 9oz Pilsener glass. Poured a light coppery-amber color with just a thin cap of off-white head that had low retention and lacing.

Noticeable hoppiness hit the nose first, then a nice grainy malt scent wafted in. The hops were also the prominent feature on the tongue, but the malts were there to provide support and balance.

The body was crisp and smooth with the hops lingering on the back for bit. Drinkability was good, you could too easily drink several of these. Overall, a pretty good brew, certainly worth trying if you see it.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2012 23:51:18 | More by beertunes
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Tone

Missouri

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, copper color. One inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and slight lacing. Smells of yeast, sweet malt, slight earthy malt, hops, and a hint of spice. Fits the style of an Extra Special / Strong Bitter. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of floral hops, sweet malt, slight earthy malt, slight yeast, and a hint of spice. Overall, decent aroma, body, and blend.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2010 14:14:38 | More by Tone
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PEIhop

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +3.4%

11-24-2011 14:00:00 | More by PEIhop
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billab914

Virginia

4.58/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

This is a beer I keep stocked pretty much as long as it last on the shelves. This might be my favorite harvest ale, something that I look forward to each year.

Pours a light gold color with a modest amount of head. Good clarity and overall a very nice looking beer. Hop aroma is fantastic, I love the smell of this beer. A lot of sweet citrus aroma that is very appealing. Taste is also very good, lots of sweet citrus hops up front with some bitterness at the end. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, slightly creamy finish. Very drinkable, I could drink this beer all night.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2009 20:46:06 | More by billab914
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chinchill

South Carolina

4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

undated 12 oz bottle served in a pint glass.

No style indicated on the label other than Fall "seasonal", so I was surprised to find the beer is like a strong pale ale or ESB rather than a marzen. Not surprised by the flavor, however, since there is plenty of earthy and spicy hop aroma. There also some citrus in the nose, but the flavor veers more towards the citrus side, and leaves a moderately bitter grapefruit aftertaste.

A nice orange-amber with a lasting off-white head.

O - a bold and flavorful Fall seasonal.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2011 02:35:54 | More by chinchill
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Brad007

Vermont

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

Pours a pale gold color with a two-finger head into my fluted glass. Very nice color.

Aroma is full of citrusy hops that dominate the nose. Very nice choice of hops for this beer.

Taste is full of citrusy hop aroma once again that unearths a very mellow bitterness underneath with a feel of biscuity malt. Very nice and subtle.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering citrus hops and biscuit flavor. A bit sweet towards the end. Otherwise, seems balanced.

Very nice for the style and easy to drink on a cold fall day. Certainly worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2009 04:56:15 | More by Brad007
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THECPJ

Delaware

5/5  rDev +29.2%

12-05-2011 15:59:46 | More by THECPJ
Harvest Ale from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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