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Harvest Ale - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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1,335 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,335
Reviews: 554
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 12.44%
Wants: 40
Gots: 87 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Houser, May 26, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

GennyCreamAle, Sep 12, 2012
Photo of TheHoppiest
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours a honey-orange with a white, bubbly fluffy head that reduces unevenly.

Has a fresh citrus smell, floral notes, and mild hops.

Tastes nicely bitter with fresh citrus taste with sweet malt. Crisp and clean tasting, it is an excellent fall session beer.

Mouthfeel is clean and light.

Highly drnikable, one of my favorites thus far this fall.

TheHoppiest, Sep 12, 2010
Photo of Mosstrooper
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%

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
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

GuttaMane138, Sep 09, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

briandaube, Sep 28, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

csustar001, Aug 01, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

gpblackgt, May 30, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

DSlim71, Jan 18, 2012
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4.22/5  rDev +9.3%

My sister sent me some Harvest from my hometown brewery. Clear golden yellow pour with a nice thick white head and great lacing. Really big nose for an ESB. Lots of pine, grapefruit and grass with just a touch of bread dough. Taste is quite like the nose, with lots of bitterness from the hops to nicely compliment the biscuity malt. Fruitier than most ESB's with a hint of tea also. Nice dry finish and a mouthfeel that reminds me of a cask ale. A very unique and drinkable ESB.

beerdrifter, Dec 14, 2009
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

fishguyac, Oct 05, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

prisdefer, Oct 06, 2012
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3.61/5  rDev -6.5%

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.

scotorum, Oct 13, 2013
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4.18/5  rDev +8.3%

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

GRPunk, Sep 05, 2010
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

udubdawg, Dec 25, 2011
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3.78/5  rDev -2.1%

When poured into a pint glass, it has a nice amber color body with a small 1" white head that layed down quickly to a thin lace. The smell has some pine notes. The taste has a nice pine/hop taste up front then finishes with a bitter taste. The hop and the malt are well balanced in this one. This has a great mouth feel, and overall is pretty good beer. Very nice fall beer.

chefhatt, Jun 07, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

ItsBeer4Me, Sep 30, 2012
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3.7/5  rDev -4.1%

A - copper/golden body, fading white head. A pretty color.

S - bitter and pungent balancing with caramel malts. Pretty nice stuff. A touch of vegetal.

T - Sweet malts primarily, light in flavor, some light bitterness on the back. Not as good as the nose.

M - medium body, smoothish.

O - a decent malty beer. Nothing to write home about, but worth a try.

ColdPoncho, Oct 08, 2011
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3.15/5  rDev -18.4%

Transparent orange in body with bubbly white head. Smells of grains, corn, and slight honey. Tastes of grains, slight honey, sone malt sweetness, grass, and hop resin. Medium bodied with light carbonation. A pleasant autumn beer but a terrible aroma and cheap malt taste make for an average experience.

JRed, Sep 16, 2011
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

12 oz bottle.

Pours a nice, bold gold. Very few carb trailers, but a whitish head rears back to a ring and sticks. Smell is a sweet, floral hop and good bread. Taste is very good - a good mixture of jagged hops with a nicely toasted malt backing. Effervescent & lively. Drinks well, a keeper. Very similar to GI's harvest offering.

sixerofelixir, Sep 24, 2011
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5/5  rDev +29.5%

rxthree, Dec 26, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

stephensinner, Oct 17, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

nebula1999, Sep 25, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

Copper in color with an amber hue. Poured with excellent clarity and a strong white head that reduced to a thick white cap. Sweet biscuity malt and grapefruit hop aromas. Smooth buttery feel with healthy carbonation. Nice balance of light toasted malt and grapefruit/orange hop flavors with a grapfruit hop finish. wnet down smooth and quickly. Southern Tier never disappoints. IF you didn;t tell me this was an ESB I would have classified it as an APA. Either way, this quickly became one of my favorites.

IronLover, Oct 10, 2010
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4.43/5  rDev +14.8%

In a true pint glass, this beer stands a dead clear yellow-gold, with an amazing glow to its straight clarity. Small bubbly head but sticks around better than I though it would, sliding around with some lace but no stain.

My nose is smacked immediately of mango, melon rind, grapefruit, and a leafy hop sense. Yet, these have a fluffy sense from the deep biscuity pale malt behind the heady fruit aromas. Thin but verdant, if that could make sense.

Taste is similar to the smell but more bitter, with a strong lemon zing following the leafy dryness and hints of mango and pineapple. The amazing sign is how well you can pick up on the great pale malt behind the obvious punish of hops. Opens to a slightly dough-bread body with the juicy, almost sticky, flavors of fresh hop juice washing over to the sharp dry finish. Thin mouthfeel.

Not as punishing as it sounds, though it is quite bitter, this beer settles in surprisingly well after the first pint. The worst part of this beer was knowing I had to go home to a world without it. I'd love to sniff and chew this prim rose again. A bountiful harvest of hops balanced by a deft show of malt. Well-done!

nomad, Feb 24, 2004
Harvest Ale from Southern Tier Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,335 ratings.