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Harvest - Long Trail Brewing Co.


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451 Ratings

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Ratings: 451
Reviews: 232
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 14.6%

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:
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

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-04-2001)
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Photo of NiceTaps

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap in a pint glass.

A- Chestnut brown color with red highlights depending on the light. A quick fading, 1-finger head left some lacing as it shrunk to a film.

S- Full roasted malt profile. Sweet and bitter. Some light hops.

T- Lots of malt; caramel, toffee, roasted smokiness.

M- Clean sip and finish. Nice carbonation and feel. It's body belies its 4.4% abv.

O- I'll look for this again this season.

Serving type: on-tap

10-05-2013 14:24:00 | More by NiceTaps
Photo of bloomlax33


5/5  rDev +37.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had an opportunity to have this beer the past two years while vacationing in Vermont. We went to Long Trail and they had this and all of their beers on tap. The color was a nice amber color with a sweet smell. The taste was amazing....it finishes off with a subtle hint of maple syrup. I have had this in bottles, we brought home a case, and it is very good from the bottle too. If you get up there, go to the brewing company and taste it all...the Good Night Irene was even better.

Serving type: on-tap

11-28-2011 00:02:59 | More by bloomlax33
Photo of BigBry

Alberta (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at D'Arcy McGee's, in Buffalo. I wish wait staff would offer the local draft choices when asked for a tap list (I can see the Bud/Bud Light tap handles - I am looking for something different).
Poured a reddish brown color, with a small off white head. Head quickly dissipates, no real lacing.
Smell is on the sweet side, mostly caramel and some light note of coffee. Some toasted nuttiness.
Brown sugar, caramel malt. Sweet flavor and mouthfeel.
A bit lighter in all aspects (color, flavor, body) than expected from a Brown Ale. Still enjoyable though.

Serving type: on-tap

11-18-2011 15:48:03 | More by BigBry
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Ontario (Canada)

3.43/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at Pony Bar in New York City. Pours a light brown colour with almost no head or lacing. Smells of caramel, nutty and a mild hint of some hops. Sweet flavour, with some mild chocolate in the aftertaste. Body is quite thin for the style. Just an ok brown ale.

Serving type: on-tap

01-07-2011 19:49:47 | More by kwjd
Photo of IronCitySteve


3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Long Trail Brewery in Vermont.

A: Pours a reddish brown color with a small off white foam head that quicly dissipates. There is no real lacing.

S: Mostly caramel, chocolate and some roasted nuts. There is also a small hint of coffee.

T: A sweet brown ale with mostly caramel, nuts, brown sugar coming through throughout. A very straightfoward brew.

M: Leaves a sweet taste on the palate.

D: This is not a complex beer, but it is a nice change of pace on a cool autumn day.

Serving type: on-tap

10-06-2010 12:26:49 | More by IronCitySteve
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3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Dark hazel brown. With thick head that disappears into a thin layer of tiny bubbles.

S - Smoked woody malt. Tosted toffe. Floral hops. Coffee.

T - Toasted malt, hazelnuts and toffee. Hints of brown sugar and chocolate. Kinda thins out towards the finish.

This has nice toasty flavors but it's watery and thin. You lose everthing on the finish.

Serving type: on-tap

10-02-2010 18:16:56 | More by StaveHooks
Photo of Kegatron


3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap @ the Long Trail Brewing Company (Bridgewater's Corner, VT) on 9/26/10. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a clear copper, with a finger of frothy white colored head. Creamy retention on this that throws a foamy cascade of lacing up on the sides of the glass that then quickly slides down. The aroma is very freshly floral and green smelling, with some light notes of caramel, cocoa, and roasted nuttiness emerging up underneath the hops. This is pleasant enough in the nose I guess but seems a bit understated.

Hops levels are a bit high here in the taste, with a moderately bitter green feel that sticks right up front. Some light chocolate and caramel notes pull up the back, as does some roasted character that trails some nuttiness into the finish. The mouthfeel is light-medium bodied, with a generally easy feel on the tongue that is keeping this drinking well throughout the duration of the glass.

While I little too green tasting at first, this actually balanced out nicely as it warmed, and the earthy hop character coupled with the easy feeling body made for a decent thirst quenching experience. Nothing mind-blowing here but this was a decent drinking Brown Ale for the fall season.

Serving type: on-tap

09-29-2010 17:02:53 | More by Kegatron
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Rhode Island

3.03/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a nonic. Poured the color of cola with some cranberry juice highlights at the base when backlit; no head on this one. Nose was mild - some dark malts and wheat, but that's all I'm getting. Taste - not much in that department either - malt, some caramel notes, but fairly bland. Mouthfeel was light-medium with a light background effervescence, almost flat, and a fairly clean finish. Very bland; I actually struggled to finish this. I was hoping this would be better off the keg than from the bottle, but I was pretty disappointed.

Serving type: on-tap

10-12-2009 21:28:39 | More by Jwale73
Photo of Gavage

New Jersey

3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: dark copper in color with a one finger tan colored head.

Smell: nice malt sweetness, mild smoke, and earthy tones are easy to detect.

Taste: nice malt base with a pleasant mild smokiness, some earthiness, prunes, and a hearty bitterness to bring everything back into balance.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Lightly crisp to start, smooth and mildly dry at the finish. Aftertaste is long as the bitterness and smokiness last a while.

Drinkability: this was an interesting offering and the flavor profile is different from other harvest ales. Easy to quaff.

Serving type: on-tap

09-30-2009 13:10:21 | More by Gavage
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3.25/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a reddish amber hue with light white head leaves quickly with minimal lacing left behind. Aroma has some sweet cereal notess a touch of caramel with a pretty much absent hop nose. Taste has caramel malts with heavy cereal rains, somewhat of an herbal hop finish very light on flavor. Finishes semisweet I was excpecting a lot more sweetness than was actually there just from the smell. Mouthfeel is light-er bodied with even carbonation nothing too interesting here. Drinkability all around a session seasonal that I could pass on next time and not feel bad about it.

Serving type: on-tap

09-12-2009 15:35:32 | More by WVbeergeek
Photo of yesyouam

New York

4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Long Trail Harvest Ale is a clear brown ale with a dense off-white head that has excellent retention and lacing. It has a slightly sweet aroma with notes of caramel and chocolate. It's medium bodied, very smooth and slightly flat. The finish is quite clean. The flavor is simple and mellow and well balanced. The malt tastes like caramel and chocolate and the bitterness is grassy. It's so simple and very drinkable.

[Sampled at the 2009 Flower City Brewers' Fest at Frontier Field, Rochester, NY]

Serving type: on-tap

08-17-2009 13:02:38 | More by yesyouam
Photo of beernut

New Jersey

2.17/5  rDev -40.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Had this on tap. Poured an almost clear reddish color with a foamy white head that didn't last too long very little lacing. Aroma was that of roasted malt with what I thought was a hint of coffee. Carbonation was good through-out. Taste (to me) was malty hazelnut, I hate hazelnut, I cannot stand the taste and the smell of it. Since I hate it, I can say I wasn't impressed with this beer, I know it has received some good reviews but I'm sorry, I just didn't enjoy it. I would probably try it again, I was drinking a few Ofests before I had this, maybe that had an effect on my taste buds.

Serving type: on-tap

10-31-2008 12:53:47 | More by beernut
Photo of dnichols


3.38/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I was served a pint from the tap at the brewery.

A: It poured a clear dark orange body with an moderate sized off-white head. There was a nice layered lacing that chased the beer down the side of the glass.

S: It had a sweet malt aroma flavored with white fruit (apples) and floral hops.

T: It had a thin roasted malt front with hints of caramel and nuttiness. There were undercurrents of tart apples and citrus flavors.

M: It was a light bodied beer with moderate carbonation and a smooth clean finish.

D: It was a fine beer but one without distinction or defining character. Suitable bar session beer but definitely a second choice if another is available.

Serving type: on-tap

10-26-2008 22:49:51 | More by dnichols
Photo of Lupe

New York

3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark copper with a thin light tan head. Not much retention and some spotty lacing.

The aroma is light with sweet caramel maltiness and a hint of floral hops.

Pretty straight forward flavors of sweet caramel malt, toasted grain, and mild floral hops. Nothing special but flavorful enough to keep you interested.

Light-medium in body, smooth, and slightly creamy. Great drinkability, as the beer is not overly complex. Solid session brew.

Serving type: on-tap

10-23-2008 00:18:26 | More by Lupe
Photo of Deuane


3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Dark copper with a thin light tan head that leaft spotty lace.

S-Light sweet caramel malt and just the faintest hint of floral hops.

T-Sweet caramel and floral hops mingle into a fairly flavourful brew.

M-Medium body with a bouncy, crisp dry finish. Nothing crazy here, but decent.

D-Not really sure about the harvest ale moniker but...this is a pretty good beer, especially from Long Trail, a brewery I have never been overly impressed with. This is a drinkable session brew that has enough going on to hold my interest. Wouldn't mind having a bit more in the aroma to make it more enjoyable.

Serving type: on-tap

09-11-2008 07:54:52 | More by Deuane
Photo of ffejherb


3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at The Corvette Grille in Annville, PA on 8/31/08. This is actually listed on Long Trail's web site as a Brown Ale, not an Amber/Red Ale, as indicated on BA.

A - Clear medium amber/copper body with a red tinge and short off-white head that receded into a thin ring of retention. Sparse amounts of both lace and carbonation.

S - Mild spicy nose with some caramel and bready notes and some syrupy sweetness. No noticeable hop presence.

T - Sweet and malty with a very mild spicy character. Hints of molasses, syrup and cookies also emerge, as well as a slight burnt sugar aspect.

M - Medium body with a light syrupy texture and moderate carbonation. A little watery overall. Sweet malty finish with very little to no hop bitterness.

D - Pretty safe red ale that's easy to drink, as most typically are. Nothing stands out, really... this is simply your typical malty seasonal for consumption during the autumn months.

Serving type: on-tap

08-31-2008 22:37:51 | More by ffejherb
Photo of generallee

New York

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: It was poured from tap into a pint glass.

Appearance: It had a medium reddish brown color with good clarity and a thin just off white colored head. The head hangs on and leaves nice lacing on the glass.

Smell: Its aroma has hints of lightly toasted sweet malts with some mild floral and leafy hops.

Taste/Mouth feel: The flavor was for me a little light but nicely balanced for the style. It has a nice malty presence with just enough hops for balance and character. The body had a smooth medium body with average carbonation.

Notes: Over all its very good but I would like it to have a little bit deeper, more assertive flavor.

Serving type: on-tap

08-27-2008 21:48:46 | More by generallee
Photo of Dogbrick


3.13/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sample at the Mill Hill Saloon in Trenton, NJ: This beer is a clear pale amber color with a thin white head that dissipates quickly. Spotty lacing on the glass. Aroma of fruit and caramel malt. Medium-bodied with sweet malt and caramel flavors along with some nuts and hops. The finish is moderately sweet at first with a mild hops aftertaste. Drinkable, although mediocre overall.

Serving type: on-tap

12-19-2007 20:08:19 | More by Dogbrick
Photo of TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap 10/7/07 at Picasso’s Pub in Warwick, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light orange color, with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is fruity & spicy with light malts, citrus and nutmeg.

T: The taste is bready and very sweet with flavors of nutmeg, cinnamon, citrus and wheat. The malt character is hearty and the hops presence is mild. The after-taste is sweet. At the risk of being redundant, it’s the heavy sweetness that detracts from this beer in my opinion.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, sticky finish.

D: Tasty but too sweet for me, goes down easy, not too filling, it’s a decent beer to stick with but only if you’re ok with the sweetness and you want something with just a mild kick. Personally, I wouldn’t drink too much of it, but I can see why other might.

Serving type: on-tap

10-09-2007 17:35:14 | More by TheManiacalOne
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New York

4.15/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap in upstate VT while on-site for work. MUCH better than out of the bottle, I'm not sure if they have a problem with their bottling machine or if I just got a bad batch but after enjoying this beer very much I bought a case to bring home and it turned out disappointing at best. Average amber, the taste from the tap is delicious. I wouldn't say I'd buy it again but if it were on tap next to say a Sam Adams Seasonal this would certainly be my first choice.

Serving type: on-tap

05-17-2006 21:11:31 | More by maristfan
Photo of packetknife


2.95/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Tapped at Pool Factory in Manchester, CT for the Fall. Make sure you ask them to not give you the iced and dripping glasses which seem to be their only consistent feature. Reasonable amber tone with an off-white head that held and smeared. Heavy malting on the nose with something that reminds me of old wet cedar. The malts hit solidly on the tongue fading and giving way to hoppiness at the back of your tongue. There was a certain aftertaste that was slightly heavy (like it was heated or something) that didn't bode well. Good carbonation and somewhat chewable, well overwall. Drinkable but I suspect it'd be better if the Factory itself was better.

Serving type: on-tap

09-25-2005 20:18:52 | More by packetknife
Photo of UnionMade


3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very similar to the bottled version, with a touch less diacetyl through the flavor. The butterscotch isn't so overwhelming. Pleasant toasty caramel maltiness, with mild herbal hopping in the finish. The beer still retains that signature Long Trail coarseness and grainy finish, but it's a bit better on tap.

Serving type: on-tap

10-18-2003 02:04:30 | More by UnionMade
Photo of far333


3.45/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark copper color with an off-white frothy head that sinks quickly. Low aroma of sweet malt and flowers, a little buttery. Flavor is light and sweet, mild malt, also a bit flowery with some notes of popcorn. Low hop presence. Smooth mouthfeel, carbonation a bit on the low side. Flavor is a bit too mild for me.

Serving type: on-tap

09-27-2003 14:17:54 | More by far333
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New Jersey

3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. 12/4

Pours bright dark amber, just a hint of light gets through. Malty nose, some caramel. Bready and nutty. Maple, malt taste, thin. Light carbonation. A little sweet, nice balance with the maple and the nut brown flavors. Good autumn beer, admittedly I waited too long to enjoy this year,

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2013 14:57:36 | More by KTCamm
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3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tap at Bentley pub auburn, for some reason seems they put it on nitro, cause why not, everything is better on nitro right?!! (I'm being very sarcastic), but not as nitro as other beers so maybe a nitro CO2 blend?

Bottom of keg then topped off with fresh keg so could be interesting. Nice creamy 1 finger head when it all settles after lots of foam and some waterfall effect, fades slowly with lots of notched lacing, clear auburn mahogany red color.

Nose toasty reddish malts, coppery reddish malts, hint of earthy spicy hops, all somewhat drowned out by the creamy nitro aroma.

Taste is also muted thanks to the nitro, initial creamy nitro, such a waste, very little bubbles and carbonation. Finally some caramel toasty reddish malts, little biscuit and juicy malt character, little caramel. Mild spicy hops, as well as yeast flavor, little bready. Finish is drier with more spicy hop bitterness, little sticky, grassy hop too, light caramel malts.

Mouth is bit creamy, very small bubble and lower carb.

Overall meh. Seems like the base beer wouldn't be too bad, but the nitro just kills it.

Serving type: nitro-tap

10-16-2013 01:38:05 | More by jlindros
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