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Harvest Ale - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Reviews: 584
Hads: 1,624
Avg: 3.91
pDev: 19.95%
Wants: 52
Gots: 208 | 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: 584 | Hads: 1,624
Photo of mjyoung
3.38/5  rDev -13.6%
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.

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Photo of Phillyduke
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: 12 oz NR poured into a nonic pint glass. Beer is a rich gold color with a slight chill haze and minimal carbonation. A one-finger head of pillowy white foam with great retention caps the glass, leaving fine sticky lacing as the drink progresses.

S: Strong presence of citrus hops (especially grapefruit), some sweet honey and a touch of apple. No real malt presence in the nose. This one is all about the hops...as it should be.

T/M: The citrus is not as evident in the taste as it is on the nose. Malt base is rather thin and not very aggressive. Pleasingly bitter on the palate with a crisp, dry finish.

D/O: This has ST's distinctive hop presence cranked up a notch or two, though not overly so. Drinkability is high if you're a hophead, and even if you're not, there's plenty to appreciate in this brew. I struggle with reviewing this as an ESB though, as the malt backbone (or lack thereof, really) remind me more of an American Pale Ale. The hops are there, as you would expect, but I think a bit more malt character would make them really stand out in the taste like the do on the nose.

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Photo of penguinjive7
4/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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Photo of StLThrash
4.36/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle picked up in a six-pack from The Wine & Cheese Place in Clayton, MO. Poured into a pint glass.

A - Wow, what a beautiful beer. Crystal clear amber, with an awesome 2-finger frothy white head with excellent retention. Significant lace ring after ever sip. One of the best looking beers I've had.

S - Floral, sweet, citrusy, some malt backbone. Reminded me of more of a pale ale.

T & M - Reminiscent of a hoppy pale ale. Nicely carbonated with a surprisinly juicy mouthfeel. Slight hop bitterness, but not quite to the point of an IPA. Does remind me of a pale ale, not an ESB.

Overall - a very smooth, drinkable beer - and a great fall seasonal. Southern Tier has another hit!

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

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Hazy pumpkin orange with a huge pillow of sticky white head. Head retention is awesome. Not much visible carbonation.

S: Sweet lemon-bread and alcohol esters, burnt oranges. Definitely not a typical ESB smell.

T: Follows nose with a malty lemon and orange taste. The malts are definitely sweet, but are kept in check by the bittering of the hops.

M: Long and lingering malty-lemon aftertaste, medium-low carbonation. Bitterness is also medium.

O: This is a fantastic autumn ale to break up my pumpkin and oktoberfest binge. Definitely on the verge of being an IPA, but who cares about the style if it's a good beer?

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Photo of rohrbachsfan
4.24/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Crystal clear golden yellow with low head but good lacing.

Smell: Malt and strong citrus.

Taste: Bitter malt and notes of grapefruit.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and refreshing.

Drinkability: Very nice beer. On the hoppy/bitter side but has a wonderful citrus smell and graoefruit taste. I liked it and would drink it again.

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Photo of johnniemarg
3.57/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a straw color with a 1-finger offwhite head and streams of visible carbonation.

Smells of tons of hops. Flowery, grassy hops, maybe some pine. Just a hint of malt sweetness.

Taste is basically in line with the smell. A touch of sweetness on the tip of the tongue is followed by a huge flowery hop kick through the middle and long, bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is slcik and on the lighter side.

This is a decent beer. The one thing I don't like about it is the long bitter finish, which doesn't bring along the fresh, flowery hop flavor- It just carries the bitterness.

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Photo of batty
4.17/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: light yellow-golden with white head. pretty minimal head and only after a pretty vigorous pour. some nice lacing.

S: malt and hops. more specifically, a bit of flowery hop and maybe some munich or vienna? and a touch of rye.

T: taste follows smell pretty well. not my favorite, but well done i suppose.. wouldn't classify it as a ESB by any means, but i suppose it does have more of those characteristics than any other style, hm. definitely touch of sweet front, followed by a pumpkin ale-reminiscent flavor (the pumpkin, not the spices). Get a definite rye-type flavor in the middle and grain huskiness, which blends very well into the floral/spice hop medium-long ending.

M: good, but not incredible. smooth, but a bit thin.

D: quite refreshing, clearly made to be able to session. quite crisp, but not over-carbonated by any means.

good for what they were going for, and pretty unique in general. smooth and drinkable, tasty but not too special. i was looking for more of an marzen-type beer (style is not mentioned on the bottle), but obviously well-made.

edit: upon reading other's reviews, I must say I'm a bit confused - but I stick to my review (it's the last of a sixer, and all have tasted the same, so no palette-problems on this one). I'll have to check this out again sometime to see if it's the batch or if my taste buds really are that different from others!

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

on tap at Mad Mex in Mt Lebanon, Pa. the special of the week 22oz pour for 5 smackaroos...
nice color, clear efferensence with good glass lacing. color a honeyed amber. The smell speaks hops- beer listed as an esb but description focuses on the hops and the hops I would say is the defining characteristic of this beer. Not an esb per say, but a hop forward ale. I really liked this beer. Great mouthfeel and a subtle complex flavor profile. The malt is there but the hops is the lingering taste, still does not dominate, like the balance and the body of this beer. I would agree, hoppy enought to satisfy and stand up to spicy(mexican) but with a deep enough body to speak of fall. First harvest of the season and a good one. 3rd favorite ST so far after Pumking and Chokolat.

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Photo of DawnL
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden/light amber in color with sticky lacing.

Citrus hops on nose with a slight pine tingle.

Piney on the palate, but not overly - till has a good amount of citrus and some chewy oat. A little spice kick to the brew. As it warms, definite, integrated pine notes come through the citrus nicely.

Oaty mouthfeel.

This beer is a little one noted for my taste. It lacks some complexity. It would make for a very nice session beer.

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Photo of aglose45
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Pours golden brown with a mild hop haze. The head is ivory colored.

S: Hoppy up front, before the malt takes the juicyness aside for a second. Grapefruit and orange dominate the palate, while a buscuity malt keeps things in check. There is even a hint of stale coffee in the nose.

T: The hops are nice and juicy. Like the nose suggests, grapefruit and orange are the main players, with biscuit flavor rounding out the flavor palate. Very nice flavor.

M: Moderate bitterness, creamy mouthfeel and moderate carbonation.

D: Very high. I sought out a case of this after enjoying a single, but all I could turn up was two six-packs...

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Photo of drinkiusmaximus
3.63/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear copper color with a fingers width head.

smells of peppery/spicy hops with just a hint of citrous and some malts subdued by the spiciness.

sweet malts with a smooth peppery hop kick.

mouth feel is light to medium.

Drinkability is great, as we round into fall and things are starting to cool i can imagine myself with a few of these to chase the fall chill away.


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Photo of HitokiriNate85
4.45/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Somewhere between gold and orange in color. Great clarity with just a few bubbles drifting here and there. Thick, creamy white head that looks to be sticking to the glass immediately. Leaves behind rings of lace so thick it's practically a wall.

S - Orange citrus, earthy/woody notes against a grainy, bready malt background. It's hard to keep my nose out of the glass.

T - It's something you can see coming when the smell is so clean and inviting. It would be difficult for the taste to be any more similar to the aroma. Light grainy notes and some bready sweetness mixed with earthy/spicy and orange hop notes. It's a short description, but this is what it is. Really, really tasty. Moderate bitterness that lingers without overwhelming.

MF - Medium bodied and finishes on the dry side. Leaves a light coating in the mouth.

D - 6.4% isn't all that high, but I wouldn't have guessed it. I would love to have this beer around all the time. Easy drinking and flat out delicious. My favorite beer from Southern Tier. If you can find this while it's in season, don't pass it up.

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Photo of dahlen22
3.67/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Light orange and well carbonated.

Aroma: Hops, citrus fruits, and a bit of pines.

Taste: Crisp, spicy to start, then comes in the grapefruit and mandarin oranges and hops and finishes with a zest and the warming alcohol.

Overall: Not a true "Fall" beer, but a decent offering. Warming enough for the cooler months in fall, but the citrus was a bit overwhelming and kind of gave me sour stomach after two. If you want a true harvest-style beer, pass this one up. Better suited for the summer IMO. Cheers!

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Photo of clint1019
3.67/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Deep gold color with a cream colored head.

S - Sweet caramel aroma along with a grapefruit and spice aroma.

T - Malty caramel flavor with a fruityness. Finishes with a medium hop bitterness.

M - Medium bodied with a light carbonation.

O - A pretty decent harvest ale. Has some nice flavors and is a well balanced beer.

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Photo of DuaneL
4.75/5  rDev +21.5%

A marvelous concoction. If you like this, then give Fegley's Always Sunny American Pale Ale a try - which I believe is truly closer to this ESB style.

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Photo of Jammies
3.92/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- pours a golden orange with a thin layer of foam. The foam dissipates after a short while

S- a light citrusy smell with a faint grassy odor

T- A grassy undertone and smooth finish. Can taste a hint of the malts on the finish

M- Light and watery. The malts roll off the palate

O- not a bad beer. Nice and light with a great flavor. I would definitely purchase again.

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Photo of CraftAleRookie
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured in a DFH Pint Glass

Somewhat hazy, copper color with a bubbly head that thickens a bit as it slowly fades away. Slight notes of hop and malt, orange peel in the background.

Taste reminds me of a craft lager- but with a hint more hops and hence a slight advantage of character. Smooth, a slight bitter bite but it's subtle enough to not overpower like an IPA.

Very drinkable- all the character of this ale is in it's neutrality- it would be hard to be offended by any overpowering nuance- very well balanced. Fizzy, good medium body.

I wish I had more of this brew over the summer- lighter wheat beers are not my preferred style, but this fills the gap between those and a medium bodied IPA.

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Photo of HotHands
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into glass stein.

A - pours a dark gold with a white head that slowly retreats to half height. Good lacing.

S - not much aroma, just some floral, slightly citrusy hops.

T - biscuity, caramel, and toffee malt flavors backed up by an interesting hop profile. Hops have a touch of citrus and pine but the main hop flavors are earthy, grassy, and a bit spicy.

M - average carbonation and a bit of a creamy feel.

D - Very drinkable.

This is a solid, easy-drinking brew that is well worth a try in the fall. It has some interesting hop flavors and you won't be disappointed. My only disappointment is that I didn't buy more.

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Photo of oneeye
3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden yellow with lots of carbonation. A small white fluffy head that recedes slowly until it fades away leaving minimal lace.

The aroma of pine needles and citrusy hops. The hops dominate this Harvest Ale. A blend of floral and citrusy hops. A little bit of caramel malts fighting to break through.

Grapefruit citrusy hops along with piney hops that make a tasty mixture of hop goodness. Biscuity malts follow but not as dominant. Bitter upfront and ends bitter as well. At the end this beer finishes dry with lingering hops.

The mouthfeel is dry and creamy. A bit thin and lacking in body.

Drinkability is great at the begining of this Ale. As the beer warms the flavours lack and become even more unbalanced. Overall a fine Harvest Ale to drink on any given day.

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Photo of OldYoda
3.48/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a light clear gold into a standard pint with minimal head and lacing. Looks like a summer pilsner sitting in the glass.

Smell is some citrus hops and a sweet whiff of malt. I don't get much else out of this.

Taste pretty much follows the smell - some citrus hops and a bit of maltly sweetness.

Mouthfeel is too thin for my taste - I expected more from an ESB. This seems much more like a summer seasonal than a fall beer.

Drinkability is excellent. Sessioning this would be fine.

Not a bad beer - just not what I expected it to be. I'd like a little more out of my beer on a chilly fall evening.

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

Pours outta a bottle a golden color with a minimal head, very little lacing goin on here.
Smells like citrus, hops and pine.
Taste is clean of hops and has a citrus ending.
Mouthfeel is smooth with good carbonation.
Drinkability is also good. Clean smooth and crisp.
Weighs in on the side of an IPA.

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Photo of FuzzyGuy84
3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Orange-copper color, a little lighter than a typical Octoberfest style, for comparison. Fluffy head with staying power and serious bubbles. Light in body and nearly translucent.

S - Mid smell overall. Pumpkin pie spice, and nutmeg balance with some floral hops.

T - I was expecting more "Harvest" taste from this, whatever that means, but overall it's a pleasant beer. Balanced hops with some roasted malt undertone, it's certainly appropriate for fall weather. Not getting the spices on the tongue that I was able to smell.

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Photo of yesferro
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this thanks to rageagainst123

Beware, I have not had a drink in 2 weeks due to medication, so I am really looking forward to this!

Dark yellow with a little head, smells really really fruity, I get peaches and lychee for sure. Tastes just like it smells but it's not sweet at all. I love the peachy flavor in this, not sure why it would be called a harvest ale but I love this beer, very drinkable by itself, I wouldn't pair it with food, it would ruin both the food and the beer .

This is my introduction to southern tier, and I hope the other 5 styles I have in the fridge will be just as good!

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Photo of Nicked
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The kind of beer you'd want after a breezy mid-Fall Sunday spent raking leaves with your family and/or good friends. Throw in a firepit or bonfire that evening and I could session this brew all day and all night.

A - Very much what I'd expect from a beer called "Harvest Seasonal Ale". Beautiful copper/amber hue. Little head retention, but then again I drank mine from a stein.

S - Here's where stuff gets interesting. Boom! Hits you with a snootful of citrus hops.

T - The nose carries over to the taste. However, the citrus hops are supported and balanced by a solid malt backbone. Notes of citrus and caramel malt dominates. Each sip is cleansed by the citrusy hop character leaving me ready for another sip.

M - Another reviewer said the mouthfeel was slick - he or she was spot on!

O - Great brew! Going to session this during Week 1 of the 2012 NFL season! In fact, I'm ready for another...

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Harvest Ale from Southern Tier Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 584 ratings.