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Harvest - Long Trail Brewing Co.

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246 Reviews

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Reviews: 246
Hads: 622
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 13.97%
Wants: 15
Gots: 72 | 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: 246 | Hads: 622
Photo of UnionMade
3.48/5  rDev -4.7%
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. (307 characters)

Photo of ViveLaChouffe
4.03/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear brown amber with a thin off-white, lacy head that quickly dissipates. Smells spicy and sweet like molasses.

Taste is bitter hops up front, followed by big rich malt and followed again by a big hoppy bitterness. Lots going on here. Nutty and thick feeling, like syrup. Sticky. A bit unbalanced with the hops overpowering the malt at the end but otherwise is nicely conceived. Very nice fall brew for chilly New England falls. (441 characters)

Photo of scottum
3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a deep amber brown with a light head. The varity of malts and hops in this brew is vast and it shows in flavor for it. Tastes bold and beautiful. Very well balanced, but not as smooth as I would have liked. Certainly a very drinkable brew. A worthy substitute if the store is sold out of Jinx. (303 characters)

Photo of UncleFrank
3.69/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reddish amber with a thin disappearing head. The smell is interesting with a touch of maple and fresh bread. Interesting. A chewy caramel flavor runs throughout the profile with flashing hints of dark malts, crystal, and either Special B or a touch of chocolate. Slight hops but only in flavor, not in bitterness or aroma. Nicely balanced. The finish is sweet. An interesting beer that is very smooth and drinkable. The commercial version of a "kitchen sink" beer that home brewers do with leftover grains and much better. There is a flavor I can’t identify still that adds a bit of mystery to the brew, causing me to have another. (632 characters)

Photo of far333
3.43/5  rDev -6%
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. (311 characters)

Photo of yankeeheel
3.04/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a very handsome dark coppery-brown, with a very bubbly off-white head that hung around a long time. The smell was very stale to me. Nutty, but very musty. It's definitely fresh beer. Bottled all of 8 days ago.

The taste was a bit of a letdown. Very flat across the malt profile, thinish mouthfeel, and very little hop character that was enjoyable. I'm really suprised how much I didn't like this beer after reading previous reviews. Thought it would be my kind of brown. (480 characters)

Photo of nixhecks
4.09/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep brown color with a medium head with low retention. The nose was awesome, a mix of caramel notes and piney hops. The flavor was very bitter, balanced by a bit of sweet malts and finishing with an astingent sourness. It was very smooth drinking and plenty refreshing. So far one of my favorite Fall seasonals. Though I wonder how this is categorized as a PA. (370 characters)

Photo of goz
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, sampled at just below cellar temp.
Pours a clear auburn amber with a small tan head that sticks around and leaves good lacing. Aroma is all over the place with the maltiness - bready, caramel, and lots of nuttiness. Flavor, again, is dominated with maltiness - nuttiness up front, some caramel and bread, and a bit of chocolate show up in there. Hops flavor and aroma are at a minimum here, but the flavor is still pretty large and diverse. Body is medium-full, and it goes down dangerously easy. (510 characters)

Photo of edchicma
4.03/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a beautiful chocolate creamy head. Smell was nice and malty. Taste had a hint of tartness embedded in a nice malt base. Mouthfeel was light to medium bodied, but had enough kick at the end to let you know it wasn't that light. A nice "sit down" beer well worth sipping through and leaves you with a nice aftertaste. (322 characters)

Photo of rabidawg
4.27/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Guess I'll be the first to review the 2003 edition.

Appearance: Wow. Very highly carbonated, with clingy bubbles that stick to the side of my pint glass. Small but tenacious head that sits at a rolling boil until the fizziness calms. Way, way too carbonated, knocking appearance down a full half point. Otherwise things look great, with a deep ruby-chestnut color and sparkling clarity.

Smell: Very soft, although the carbonation continues to belch all the malty and hoppy goodness of this brew. This is truly a mutt, as no particular hop iteration shines through, nor does any specific malt characteristic makes itself know. Very well balanced in a communist sort of way, with equal standing to all ingredients, whether big or small. Definite woodiness balanced by a soft, floral fruitiness. Slight earthy nuttiness, but only as a backdrop. Lots to smell here.

Taste: Very smooth, although even after ten minutes the carbonation is still far too much. Sharp crispness to the tongue, followed by a mouth-filling creaminess. Hops pucker my tongue and squeeze my mouth, with a clean and refreshing greenness fighting through the finish. Malty goodness hits sweet up front, chased slowly down the trail by the aforementioned hops. Finishes dry with a lingering green hop flavor.

Notes: I truly wish this weren't so carbonated, but it's still the beast fall seasonal I've had. Certainly my favorite of Long Trail's offerings. You won't be disappointed with this one, although the greenness might stand for some mellowing. (1,531 characters)

Photo of Suds
4.09/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a terrifically tasty brew. Pours a deep amber, almost reddish color, with a thin, clingy head. The head falls quickly, but the wisps that remain leave decent lace. The smell is fantastic: toasted malts and a background of floral hops. Medium body, great malt character, and a slightly bitter finish. It's one of those beers that I can keep sniffing and sipping all night. (385 characters)

Photo of ElGuapo
4.32/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

i love this beer. it was at the latest sampling session, and it was just marvelous. smooth creamy malts just melt into you as you throw it back. not that alcoholic malty taste, but a nice clean sweet maltiness that just makes you tingle (236 characters)

Photo of IrishRedRock
4.18/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Smooooooooooooooooooooth. Creamy amber beer that goes down like butta. Lots of malt flavor, and comes out with some serious sweetness, but not sugary-sweet. Definitely a winner with me. Did I mention the maltiness? (214 characters)

Photo of sponberg
4.3/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark coppery with a thin beige head.

Aroma is malty - almost like toasted whole wheat bread with hints of hop & sweetness. A nicely complex brew - flavors of cocoa, toast, nuts, some fruitiness, and a decent amount of hop bitterness combine to keep your entire mouth interested. A beer that's perfectly suited to its release - you can practically taste & smell fallen leaves on a Vermont lane. Stupidly poetic, yes, but that's the image the flavor of this one conjures up. A fall favorite, and one of Long Trail's better efforts. (533 characters)

Photo of Bighuge
4.47/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This clear deep amber colored brew is topped by a thin beige head. It reduces to a film in about a minute. Lacing is adequate. Nice aroma of malted grains and hops. Something sweet as well, like cinamon bread. I think this beer deserves a category of its own. 17 malt and hop varities? I don't think any other amber ales could claim that. It's a really nice tasting beer. Medium to full in body. This beer has layers of subtleties. A firm maltiness. A slight caramel malt addition. Graininess. A noticeable bitterness. And a sweet "sugar cookie-like" doughiness. A nicely layered tasty beverage.

Gotta give props to pbrian for sending this one my way. (655 characters)

Photo of RonfromJersey
4.35/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tribute to "American Gothic" on label. Red with orange highlight body, topped by a foamy off-white head with settles into a Guinness-like topper. Nice lacing.

A toasty malt nose, with a little candy in the background, some herbs, and an occassional smokey trace.

Good depth to the malty taste,toast and nuts and a bit of chocolate. A variety of fruits also, with some grapefruity hops riding on top to add a twang.

Creamy mouthfeel. Definitely improves as it warms.

While probably inspired by an Octoberfest, that is just a starting point. This brew forges it's own path. Probably my favorite Long Trail. (620 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.07/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A clear russet body is topped by a creamy, light tan head that drops fairly quickly but holds an exceptional collar and light surface coating, and leaves some nice lace as well. The aroma is gently fruity, lightly chocolatey and somewhat nutty. The body is light with a very fine & gentle carbonation that leaves it quite smooth and creamy in the mouth. The flavor starts with some fruitiness (summer berries, very light cherry), mellows into a toasty & nutty maltiness, and then turns lightly cocoa-ish character. It finishes with a softly fluttering bitterness and lingering biscuity & nutty character. Light, and far from rich, but full of character that keeps it interesting. Exceptionally drinkable. (704 characters)

Photo of Murph
4.13/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a great bright amber color with a nice light tan head that sinks but never disappears and laces the glass very nicely. Very nice toasty malt aroma with a nice citric hoppiness of grapefruits and some other hoppy fruitiness. Nice toasty maltiness that carries all the way through the beer and holds it up nicely. The chewy resinny hops come through about half way through and have a nice piney/citrus character that is almost chewy. The smoothness of the malt balances nicely with a crisp quality that the hops provide and make this one excellently drinkable brew. Yet another big winner from Long Trail, excellent beer. A big thanks to pbrian for the brew. (668 characters)

Photo of pbrian
4.38/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ahh, my first fall beer of the season. Life is good. Looks beautiful in the glass - clear reddish amber with thick sticky head. Toasty, nutty aromas with small amounts of flowery hops. Malt profile is deep and complex, toasted and biscuity with some nuttiness. Drier overall but a little sweetness coats the mouth. Nice beer. (331 characters)

Photo of SixpointJMH
4.77/5  rDev +30.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

By far, my favorite in the Long Trail family. Let this one sit for a while after taking it out of the fridge, or else you're depriving yourself of the true greatness of this beer. Flavors/aromas galore. A great seasonal and a great ale overall. (247 characters)

Photo of Jason
4.18/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz brown longneck with a bottled on date clearly marked. A blurb about using 17 different malt and hop varieties.

Appearance: Deep reddish chestnut in colour with a tight tiny-bubbled lace, which does well to stick all over.

Smell: Hints of toffee, toasted malt and semi sweet floral hop.

Taste: Medium to full bodied with a lightly moderate carbonation that makes for a smooth malty mouth feel. Toasted malt, caramel/toffee and a mellow fruitiness are the core characteristics. Hops send a quick biting bitterness; it goes away as soon as it comes leaving a mildly sweet herbal finish amongst a grain and a healthy dose of residual sweetness.

Notes: A fall seasonal sure to please the hard core ale drinkers. Serve at cellar temp and it is to die for. A smorgasbord for the senses to make for a truly great brew. (834 characters)

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Harvest from Long Trail Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 246 ratings.