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Harvest - Long Trail Brewing Co.

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260 Reviews

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Reviews: 260
Hads: 668
Avg: 3.66
pDev: 22.13%
Wants: 17
Gots: 90 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Long Trail Brewing Co. visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
English Brown Ale |  4.40% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-04-2001

The culmination of a long growing season, the autumn harvest comes once a year. We mark the end of summer with the release our seasonal brown ale, Harvest. Vermont maple syrup added during the brewing process yields a lasting sweetness on the palate that's guaranteed to warm your soul.

Raise a glass and enjoy the spirit of the season. Pairs well with wood-splitting, leaf-raking and pumpkin carving.

In celebration of the autumn harvest we’ve brewed this brown ale with locally harvested Vermont ingredients... a truly unique Taste of Vermont!

13 IBU
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Reviews: 260 | Hads: 668
Photo of MacMalt
3.61/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into pint glass. The color is a dark ruby red with a thick, creamy milk-white head and lacing that took a long time to dissipate. The smell is mostly bready malt with maple and perhaps just a whiff of dark fruit. The taste is primarily a roasted malt. There's a slight maple sweetness but not enough to really make this beer interesting. This is a lightly carbonated ale that is very drinkable given its low ABV. This ale would be better if there were more of a maple flavor.

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Photo of drtth
4.14/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The beer pours out into a Duvel glass a clear brown color with a slight reddish tinge and a 1/4" tan head that soon recedes to leave a small ring and part of the surface visible. Sipping creates lots of small scattered patches of lacing. The ring persists for a very long time, as does a thin, irregular island of foam being fed by the nucleation point.

The aromas are both a complex and an interesting mix, with just a bit of maple syrup in there. There's a bit of nutty and biscuity character here, along with some light, subtle chocolate and toasted malt.

The flavors include the light toastiness, some chocolate, some biscuit and hints of maple syrup sweetness mixed in with just a small touch of bitterness.

The mouthfeel is on the light side of medium bodied and there's some light prickly carbonation. The finish is medium in length and winds up dry and faintly bitter in a way that invites another sip.

This is a nicely drinkable beer which I've enjoyed and expect I'll be looking to have again. It seems to be much of what an English Brown should be, lots of subtle flavors, a flavor combination that grows more enjoyable over time and a beer that one could have several of during an evening chatting with friends.

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Photo of scotorum
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75


Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a Tree House stemmed tulip.

a: Very dark clear ruby, black unless seen through light. Finger thick white head receded quickly to nearly nothing, with similar lack of lacing.

s; Roasty caramel malt.

t: Follows the nose followed by a balancing mild hop bite. Sweetish finish

m: Medium good body, some carbonation tingle.

o: A decent porterlike autumn brew, extremely sessionable and yet tasty enough, especially as it warms.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Clear, but dark brown, with a head that starts with orange highlights but quickly fades to a straight off-white, that persists and laces up nicely.

S - A hit of floral hops, with a maple touch and a hint of bread. Great nose for a brown.

T - This is an English Brown first and foremost, so the malt is nice bread and toast, there is a subtle but present bittering hop in the close, and the sum is pleasant. The maple note is primarily a background note.

M - Brisk carbonation, but not overly aggressive. Very mild close. Quite drinkable.

O - Overall, I like it. A pleasant, very easy drinker. And the maple is just there enough to add an extra depth to the very traditional notes this beer is hitting otherwise.

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Photo of 2ellas
4.24/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep/dark brown with a thick white head
Smells roasty and of tobacco. More like a brown ale than a "harvest" ale
Taste is right on par with the nose
Feel is as it should be. Good carbonation and good coating of the taste buds
Overall this was a very pleasant surprise. Came in a mixed case and I'd drink this shit over and over!

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Photo of EastCoastMinnesotan
4.43/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A great break from all of the pumpkin beers on the market. Made a point of picking up a six pack while on the east coast since it's not available back home. Very sessionable. One of my favorite east coast breweries. Make sure you visit the taproom/restaurant if you're in Vermont - you won't be disappointed.

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Photo of ajilllau
3.52/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A decent fall beer and a much better substitute than most October choices. It has a brown, sort of subtle red look to it, it looked like fall to me. Nothing outstanding but would buy again as it sells well for us.

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Photo of jmasher85
2.74/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Certainly has that autumnal vibe going on - yeasty, leafy smell and flavor come across a bit, with just a hint of toasted malt and woodsy yeast. Smooth, clean, well-balanced...and kinda bland. No strong flavors, or any particularly notable attributes. Seems to be like they were aiming for what Anchor Steam's Autumn Red was, only less of that "fall flavor." Kinda one of those beers that doesn't inspire me to even write a review, and what I really want to say as far as description goes is, "It tastes like beer..."

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Photo of twosheds
4.19/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Reddish brown with medium tan head.

Smells like maple, roasted malts, and some coffee.

Has a nice roasted malt flavor with hints of coffee. The added maple syrup seems too keep it just sweet enough.

This is a great fall beer that tastes like a fall beer without having to be loaded with pumpkin pie spices. It's subtle, but something about it goes well wit the season.

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.52/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the bottle, it pours a ruby brown with a moderate head, mostly dissipating fairly shortly. Pleasant to the nose. The tongue is tickled by the very light maltiness. Enjoyable.

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Photo of brureview
4.13/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured a light cola color in a Stone imperial pint glass with a 2F head.

Not clear- not quite opaque.

Nice aroma: toffee ( from the honey addition?) fruit aroma.

Plum, a hint of coffee, and fruit in the taste which develops with warming.

Great finish- the coffee lingers on the back of my tongue. The light hoppy finish rounds out the light bodied beer.

Overall: a lot of beer in this 4.4%. Great flavor, and finish. I have been drinking more Long Trail beers.
I particularly enjoy their their combining drinkability and full flavor. Excellent brewery and beer.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.92/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass. Bottled July 1st 2015.

Pretty looker! Deep walnut red body, with a good amount of clarity. Slow rising fine carbonation and almost space galaxy like scene. Head is creamy off tan and makes a simple two fingers. Whipped up like appearance, moderate rentention and good fine bubbles in the make up as well. Real nice looking brown!

Classic toasty nutty aromas. Slightly muted toffee but great brown bread crust action. Nice dry grains as well, but not into powder and flour territory. Deep bouquet. Mild bitterness of nut as well.

Palate takes a much tuned down approach. Light wet malts and more flour grain feels and flavors. Powdery brown bread crust, and some odd fruity esters that have nearly turned sour but not infected. Twinge manages a bit of acrid like grain but not heavily, with an interesting hop angle that comes out somewhere between floral and small earth tones.

Not bad, could be argued a bit old, but still much to enjoy here, just a little odd.

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Photo of Mikus
3.52/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Deep brown color with blood red hues when held into the light. I was expecting something like a harvest ale with wet hops, etc. Not this beer. More like a porter/brown ale. Refreshing, hint of maple sweetness, slightly chewy mouthfeel. For what this is, it makes more sense as a fall seasonal than what I was expecting. Worth a try if you like a solid brown.

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Photo of DaveyJonas
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deep brown, almost coffee like color. Smelled more maple. When tasting with some friends, they noted that it tasted most similar to Yuengling or one of their varieties. The taste for me was more of a plain ale with hints of fall, nutty and maybe maple taste.

Overall: I couldn't help but to beg for more flavor, but it's not bad. If you're a craft type looking to introduce your buddies into the craft game, this will certainly be a good beer to get them in.

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Photo of Omnium
3.74/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle > Pint Glass
A - Clear browon wiht a finger of white fizzy head, medium lacing.
S - Definitely hints of maple syrup, toasted grains, roasted nuttiness.
T - Semi grainy flavor, but has nice earthy roasts to it, a little nutty, and slight hint of sweetness from the maple syrup.
M - kind of thin and watery.
O - Different kind of ale, but refreshing and enjoyable.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.09/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I am in the process of weeding out the backlog here at Chez Woody and it is interesting to see what I bought at various times and forgot about. This is another one from The Friendly Greek Bottle Shop, which is a major source for singles around here.

From the bottle: "Take a Hike!"; "A malt forward Barn Ale with a hint of Vermont maple syrup in the kettle. Hang up the wheat scythe and celebrate the season's sweet bounty."; "Harvest comes once a year, so raise a glass and celebrate the growing season!"

I Pop!ped the cap and gave it a solid pour, creating a dense finger of light-tan head with decent retention. Color was Coppery-Brown (SRM = > 17, < 22) with copper highlights and NE-quality clarity. Nose was malty, yes, but not as sweet as the label led me to expect. It had a kind of buckwheat-like tang to it. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste definitely had notes of maple syrup with a slight smokiness. Mmmm. It is a cold, damp, rainy day today and this helps to take off some of the chill. I really liked the way that they showed restraint in producing this as it could have been a sugary bomb, but the finish was actually semi-dry. It had an inherent sweetness, sure, but the yeast really did their job. I am surprised that the ABV is not higher as a result.

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Photo of JayQue
3.71/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Good session type beer. Pours a dark brown color with a lot of light coming through. Ruby highlights throughout. Tan head, average retention and some lacing.

Aroma and flavor of malt and a little toffee (or was that the maple syrup?). Fairly tasty and a little sweet. A little nutty flavor as well.

Mouthfeel is light and smooth. I could drink a lot of this in a session. Not bad at all!!!!

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Photo of everythingiszen
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

Not something that I will order more than one of per autumn, but damnit if it's not a great example of what it is: a roasted, smoky fall offering that's something other than "pumpkin". Hint of maple; not sweet, not too bitter. Well done. Drink one on a cold night around the fire.

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Photo of BWED
3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into a craft tumbler

A- Pretty deep brown, with some ruby highlights shining through the edges. Head is light brown and fairly dense. Retains at a quarter inch. A bit of lacing.

S- Roasty, and a little nutty.

T- Nutty flavor comes out more than in the smell. Still quite roasty, and just a little sweetness.

M- Medium-light body. Lighter than I was expecting. The finish has a roasty dryness. Fine carbonation.

O- I'd like just a little more body on this one, and the roast was a little too over the top. However, solid, and a great drink for a cool night.

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Photo of ACD
4.75/5  rDev +29.8%

One of the better fall beers! Smooth with a hint of maple. Easy drinking and a nice change from all of the pumpkin infused beers. If you like brown ale and like a hint of fall flavor. You can't go wrong with this brew!

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Photo of dacrza1
3.54/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

DATE TASTED: September 2, 2014... GLASSWARE: Brew at the Zoo pint...OCCASION: O's bust open a 10-3 lead in Game One of the ALDS... APPEARANCE: intimidatingly dark mahogany body; swiftly descending off-white head; flat, inconsistent up top... AROMA: thick, intense, sweet syrupy punch that encompasses a beautifully smoky embrace; hickory also mates with flattened hops to approximate a brown ale/porter mash-up ... PALATE: weighty, rather flat cola mouthfeel; teeth must withstand some energy, but the warmth sits idly on the tongue--heavy.....TASTE: sweet and malty with the syrup and smoke mitigating a rather uneventful flavor; a bit of biscuit late, but not what the aroma promises... OVERALL: Autumnal, yes--but the allure of its scent doesn't measure up when sipped; low alcohol content makes it sessionable--with toffee and gritty malts, good for (a couple of) night caps....

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Photo of hophugger
3.26/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Nice deep brown color. Head is decent with minimal lacing. Aroma is light with some maple and malt sweetness coming through to tingle the nose. Interestingly enough, the malt sweetness and maple are not too overpowering like I would have expected. Nice balance with an ever so slight bitterness back. Sweet but not too sweet. Do I get a few hints of brown sugar, coffee?

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Photo of delta490
4.15/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear and deep ruby-tinted brown. There a short-lived fizzy white head that still manages to leave some lacing. The aroma is malt-oriented, with some nice light dark fruit, a nice nutty quality. The taste is great, especially for a low ABV beer. It has a robust malt profile, with the nutty quality dominating, supported by some nice roasted undertones and a good earthy hops quality. The body has a nice weight a little carbonation. A great fall session ale.

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Photo of sierratwohearted
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

soapy head dissipates quickly. deep amber-brown color. a very nice looking brown ale. smells of chocolate and roasted malt typical of a traditional brown. very balanced, some floral hop to go along with the roasted malt, coffee, choc notes. light-med bodied. easy drinking. perfect campfire beer for autumn.

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Photo of brentk56
3.74/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a clear mahogany capped with a modest head that leaves some streaky lacing

Smell: Toasted brown bread, hazelnuts and a touch of maple

Taste: Toasted brown bread with overripe banana; a touch of maple adds sweetness to the mid-palate; nutskin bitterness in the finish

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: More interesting than I thought it would be, I find this to be a decent presentation of what is usually a boring style

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Harvest from Long Trail Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 260 ratings.