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Harvest - Long Trail Brewing Co.

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252 Reviews

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Reviews: 252
Hads: 647
Avg: 3.66
pDev: 22.13%
Wants: 16
Gots: 80 | 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: 252 | Hads: 647
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love this beer. one of my favorite fall releases. brown ale brewed with maple syrup, just right for a chilly Adirondack evening. deep brown to red on the pour, a faint caramel glow in the light, and an inch of khaki colored head with decent retention that produces ring lacing each sip. nose is caramel malt based, with a hint of dry cocoa and an unmistakable maple sweetness. the sugar contrasts with the almost bitter malt really well in the flavor, as the rich grains drive the flavor until the finish, where a warm maple vanilla complex gently rounds out the taste. its not overly sweet, and as such a real drinkable. a sixer of this is no problem. medium bodied for a brown, and carbonated just enough. this is a patient beer through too, and improves as it warms a little. probably my favorite beer from long trail, and its beers like this that make fall my favorite season to be a beer lover.

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Photo of Ricochet
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured with little head and faint lace but sticky. See through ruby brown, almost like a cola. Blunt brown impression. This smelled like burnt grains and alcohol much in the way of some of the browns I've had.

Chewy, tasty, pub style in a bottle. Creamy slight vanilla wash, full taste. Not much to say other than, I'd get this one again. It's a standard brown.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.38/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass

Appearance – Pours a brown copper color with a one finger white head that fades rather fast. Upon fading it leaves only a very light level of lacing along with a rather persistent film on the top of the brew.

Smell – The nose is rather light. It consists mainly of a light caramel and bready aroma. Mixed with these are some aromas of a roasted nut and a light herbal smell.

Taste – The taste begins with a bready taste with notes of roasted malt mixed within. As the taste advances from there, the roasted notes grow a bit stronger while a wave of caramel and light honey sweetness come to the tongue. The caramel soon starts to fade more toward the end with a nut taste entering the tongue. This when mixed with the roasted malt and bready flavors leaves a rather dry roasted flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is a little below average in terms of its creaminess with a carbonation level that is rather average. Both the body and the carbonation give it a crisper feel on the tongue, which while good for the drinkability is not so good for the roasted and caramel flavors.

Overall – An alright beer overall, but nothing to shout home about.

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Photo of Cavanaghty
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Darker brown in color with an off white head. Almost no lacing.

Smell: Roatsed malts, hops and carmel. Very faint sweetness and alcohol.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Medium bodied, smooth but thick. Taste has some nutty quailities, malts, and carmel. Faint hops. The brewer claims that it is brewed with maple syrup, but I do not taste that fresh maple syrup taste(true syrup, not the sugared up store bought crap).

Overall: Decent brew, I belive that the nutty characteristics of the beer reflect the maple syrup, making for a more subtle flavor. I would have this one again.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the 12 oz. bottle no. 083112-2393. Sampled on October 3, 2012.

It pours an attractive looking medium to dark amber-mahogany brown with a thin but long lasting head.

The aroma is not extraordinary but it does bring out some light nutty characters with a clean, crisp hoppy note.

The body is medium and kind of smooth.

The taste has the slightest bite right away with a nutty, albeit soapy malt character at first that perks up a tad with the slow hop finish. Pretty easy drinking.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I picked this up at Wegman's enjoyed chilled from a mug.

The color is deep bronze with a light parchment colored cap with 2 fingers depth. The bead is fine and retention is very good. The smell is pleasant with toasted grain and light herbal notes with slight vegetal tinge and hint of fruit with mild caramel element in the nose. The feel is thin, but not overly so considering the strength - more of a dry aspect than lack of depth with moderately high carbonation and gentle grainy textures.

The flavor is good with nice toasted grain and honey type sweetness with a light herbal element with nice caramel and light corn pop elements with slight biscuit in the finish. Overall I enjoyed this and would get it again, it has nice flavor and is pretty drinkable considering the low abv and I like the honey in this as it adds to the dry body.

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Photo of BeerLover99
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: shiny amber, trace khaki head, very little lacing

S: caramel, toffee, malt

T: caramel, nutty, malt, light semi-dry earthy finish

M: med/light body, semi-dry smooth mouth

O: Fine intro American Brown Ale, needs to be bumped
up in body and ABV. Prefer mine around 6 ABV.
Still would recommend to newbies.


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Photo of BeerKangaroo
4.5/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Into a pint glass:

A: dark amber/brown body that leaves a large full two finger white head that lasts a good minute. The body is too dark for any carbonation to be seen rising. No lacing is around the sides of the glass.

S: great combination of brown sugar, molasses, maple syrup and a short roasty nutty aroma.

T: all of the previously mentioned ingredients combined perfectly.

M: medium and leaves a slight stickiness, not bad, nutty aftertaste and finish

O: its just as I remembered it and makes me glad I got some this year. This is very drinkable, in fact, I'll go out on a limb and say this is probably one of most drinkable browns on the market.

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Photo of socon67
3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Brown pour, with a tan foam and mild lacing. Some carbonation present.

S - Scent of maple and english malt. Slight roasty smell.

T - Flavors of a typical brown. Some early sweetness of maple abd almonds. Has a thick malty finish.

M - Sessionable fall seasonal that seems to go good with just about anything. Feels pretty light, but not thin.

O - Part of the sampler pack. The price on this is great. I find this a slight downgrade from a Sam Adams, but a solid beer from a decent brewery.

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Photo of SouljaSaia17
3.92/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Harvest pours a dark amber color with a good 1 1/2 inch creamy, tan colored head.

S: Nice nutty aroma at first, then I get some maple, a little brown sugar and some coffee.

T: A coffee bite comes at me upon my first sip. The taste follows through with caramel, some nutty flavors and a bit of brown sugar. The flavor ends off with molasses and maple.

M: Creamy and smooth, well balanced with an assortment of different flavors coming through.

O: A nice version of the style, had all the flavors that I was anticipating. The coffee bite was a nice surprise, but was hoping for a bit more thickness in the taste. Seems a little watered down. But overall, a pretty good Brown Ale!

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Photo of andrewinski1
3.57/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. The color is dark amber/brown. There is a short lived head that is light tan.

The aroma has nice brown sugar and molasses with some vegetable hop aroma as well. Some bread crust is noted also. This is very welcoming for a brown ale.

The taste starts out with a mild malt/grassy hop blend. The start is about an even balance, this turns into a nice caramelly/bread dough finish that hints at sweetness while still being dry.

This is light to medium bodied. The carbonation is soft. I like this one. It's nothing special, but I'm apt to buy it again as it is a solid brown ale from a solid brewery at a reasonable price.

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Photo of jondeelee
3.62/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Harvest opens with a yeasty, malty aroma, like rising wheat dough and toast crust, but with layers of delicate sugars dancing on the surface, including tender pink grapefruit, light rose petal, fig, pear, and just a touch of maple syrup. A more solid orange and apricot layer rises just above this, but by and large the bready grain flavors take center stage, reminiscent of wheat fields after a rainstorm. As a whole the nose is good, but slightly light on sugars, and for a beer brewed with maple syrup, the actual maple syrup notes are very light--light enough that I'm not sure I would have known they were there, were it not printed on the label, and would have attributed the aromas to brown sugar.

On the tongue, Harvest opens with a grain-based movement, being full of wheat stalks, whole wheat toast crust, biscuit, and floury baguette. The sugars come in later, and while they do bring some sweetness to the brew in the form of brown sugars, light vanilla, some caramel, and the faintest hint of maple syrup, the grains still win out handily. In fact, there's even a slight tobacco layer near the bottom of the figurative well, and this alone creates more attention than the maple syrup. The aftertaste does bear a few more berry notes, as well as wheat stalks and brown sugars, and lingers for a decent while. Mouthfeel is medium-light to medium, and carbonation is medium.

Overall, I like this as a friendly and accessible summer beer, being lighter on flavors without sacrificing nuance. However, for a Fall beer (Harvest only being brewed September to November), I would like a bit more sugary punch to accompany the already-present and excellent layer of grains and breads.

There's obviously a large difference between the reviews of this beer posted by regular users and those posted by The Bros. According to the one Bro review, the reviewed bottle apparently contained "A blurb about using 17 different malt and hop varieties." However, a quick check of Long Trail's website reveals only five malt and hop varieties: Two-Row, Wheat, Amber, Nugget, and Mt. Hood. I'm not sure if the recipe changed, or if a review was posted incorrectly.

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Photo of obywan59
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Crystal clear brown to orange-brown with a light tan 3 finger head that leaves good lacing.

Nutty aromas of roasted malt and coffee.

Seemed lightly tart at first, but was balanced by sweet malt after it settled down. Toasted malt and coffee flavor with light bitterness.

Light bodied with light peppery feel and a bit of warmth in the throat.

Nicely done. Should be a crowd pleaser. Normally I prefer more substantial beers, but this is a nice change of pace. It would make a good session beer.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This poured out as a nice looking brown color, it had good clarity to it along with a nice thin white head on top. The smell of the beer gave off some autumn spice along with some roasted nutty aromas. The taste of the beer wasn't too bad either, it had a semi-sweet roasted quality to it along with a dry bitter finish. The mouthfeel of the beer was on the lighter side even for a darker brew, the carbonation wasn't too overpowering and the finish had a light tingle to it. Overall this beer wasn't too bad.

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Photo of JRed
3.43/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a transparent brown with white head that fades. Aroma of toffee, light brown sugar, and slight nutty. Tastes of toffee, light brown sugar, subtle cola, and light cinnamon, nutty and caramel towards the finish. Medium carbonation with light body.

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Photo of bloomlax33
5/5  rDev +36.6%
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.

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Photo of BeefyMee
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Beautiful rusted brown color. Bright and clear. Weak head, couldn't force more than a finger out of it.

S: Sweet caramel and toffee. Some buttery grains as well.

T: Predominantly sweet but with just enough roastiness to keep it from being cloying. Minimal hop presence. Like a biscuit covered in brown sugar.

M: Pretty freakin awesome. Chewy and lively with no unwanted residue left on the palate.

The always solid Long Trail makes a great fall seasonal here.

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Photo of BigBry
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | 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.

Note to Self: Ranked #42 of 150 Top English Brown Ales when I tried it

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Photo of rlee1390
3.67/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Deep ruby, clear, one finger head that doesn't last long.

S-Some spices, roasted malt and a little bit of caramel, some nuts.

T-Nice mix of roasted malt and spices. Decent nuttiness in there. Some bitterness is present as well.

M-Medium bodied, with some carbonation a little heavy for a Brown Ale.

O-I was pleasantly surprised by this beer. I wasn't going in expecting much and found the beer enjoyable. Wont say I'd get it again but was worth a try.

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Photo of vande
2.95/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

a - a thinner looking brown with a short head that quickly disappears, leaving only the slightest trace of its presence...

s - bits and pieces...and i mean bits and pieces of toffee, roasted malt, slight nuttiness...but on the lighter side

t - similar to the smell here... the beer is somewhat light on the flavor provile, yet leaves an interestingly enough pleasant after taste.. strange..

m - light, thin -- more so than what i'd expect out of a solid brown ale...

o - not bad, not great.. there's a lot of brown ales out there i'd drink before grabbin another LTBC Harvest, but I'm glad to have tried it...

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Photo of JustinAniello
3.4/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a dark amber with a thick head. Subsides to a light lacing.

S - Roasted malts take up the forefront with floral notes. Toffee lingers in the background. A subtle sweetness also comes to the nose.

T - Toffee and malts is first in the taste. coffee rounds out the end. The mild sweetness from the aroma comes in nicely in the flavor.

M - Light with while feeling slightly fizzy. Feels crisp, nice for the style.

O - Pretty decent beer, could use a little less carbonation and heavier flavor. Pretty good fall beer though.

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Photo of Stockfan42
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber red body with a foamy white head.

Smell is dominated by malt with hints of floral hops, toffee, caramel and a bit bready.

Taste is on par with the aroma, very strong malt presence with hints of toffee, caramel, floral hops and some citrus fruit, maybe grapefruit. Very smooth and a small bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is medium, almost light bodied and nicely carbonated. Very crisp, clean and goes down very smooth.

Overall a very smooth and drinkable beer. Taste is very well balanced and isn't very filling. Another solid beer from long trail. Highly recommended to malt lovers.

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Photo of greybeardloon
2.91/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottled on July 11, 2011.

A: Clear, reddish brown. Not much head.

S: Sweet malt, but no roastiness. Pretty subdued.

T: Toffee and toasted malt with a hint of metal on the finish. Not a lot going on, and what is is pretty shy.

M: Thin to medium.

O: This beer is pretty dull. I like to give extra points to beer with abv below 5, but a higher abv might have helped here.

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Photo of Hopfenpeter
3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a crystal mug, the beer had a clear brown color with a weak off white head about one finger high. It dissipates fast and leaves little lacing.
The smell is of malt, maple syrup , bread.
Tasting the beer the flavors are pretty much representing the smell, no surprises.
Overall a more medium to light bodied beer, very drinkable, but not much out of the ordinary. Good brew!

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Photo of Bendurgin
4.12/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. This one pours a dark clear brown color with a thin layer of white head.

Toasty malts and a bit of hazelnut in the aroma. Rich with hints of toffee in the background and a little bit of dry cocoa. The flavor is a lot like the aroma would indicate. Nutty with toasty malts and hints of bitter cocoa.

The body is light with good carbonation. Overall this is probably the star of the variety pack right now. Not to say any of the others are bad.

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Harvest from Long Trail Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 252 ratings.