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Harvest - Long Trail Brewing Co.

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484 Ratings

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Ratings: 484
Reviews: 232
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 14.33%
Wants: 11
Gots: 22 | 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:
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 Mazeraski

New York

3.48/5  rDev -4.1%

12oz. bottle poured into a Middle Ages imperial pint glass.

A - Pours a rich mahogany color with a thin light tan head that dissipates as soon as I put the bottle down. Also very little signs of lacing throughout the sample.

S - Rich roasted malt aroma hits the nose first, with a hint of alcohol, caramel and a slight bit of hops.

T - First comes the mixture of roasted malt blended with caramel and a nutty and biscuity hint. This is proceeded by a combination of carbonation and alcohol with the tiniest bit of hoppy bitterness.

MF - A relatively smooth MF. On the very low end of medium-bodied, with a blend of carbonation that isn't overtly present nor absent.

D - Pretty drinkable overall, especially considering the ABV.

Notes - On the whole, a pretty decent seasonal brew. It should be noted that a biscuity and toffee aroma as well as flavor become more evident as the sample warmed. I had picked up a 12-pack a bit ago and have just gotten 'round to reviewing it. I honestly thought it was a brown ale the first few times I had it since it mirrors one in certain aspects. Anyway, A nice sessionable brew for the autumn to winter season that tastes decent and won't break the bank.

12-11-2008 04:38:06 | More by Mazeraski
Photo of GJ40

North Carolina

2.42/5  rDev -33.3%

Sampled from a 12oz bottle purchased at Nikki's in NP, RI.

A - Copper colored with good clarity but very little head.

S - Malt, caramel and a hint of alcohol.

T - Surprisingly tart and dry. A slight roasted malt flavor as well. Not what I expected. It's dated 08/04/08 (which I assume is the brew date) so it shouldn't be bad.

M - Moderate carbonation and a bit thin.

D - Not one I'd pursue again.

12-10-2008 23:40:33 | More by GJ40
Photo of notown


4.4/5  rDev +21.2%

12oz bottle

Poured a deep red / light brown with a thick white head.

Aroma subtle with a nice hint of malt and an even more subtle hop aroma.

Light to medium mouthfeel. Very smooth and easy drinking.

I enjoyed this beer very much, too bad I picked up a single.

11-21-2008 01:21:12 | More by notown
Photo of antilogic


3.3/5  rDev -9.1%

Pours Auburn or Redish Amber with a decent, quickly diminishing head. Vague aroma of nut and malt. Body is light, smooth, with a abrupt bitter end. Like drinking water with a mildly good smell and an aftertaste. Not impressed, but I rarely am with amber's. Oh well.

11-19-2008 05:10:09 | More by antilogic
Photo of beermanbrian


3.03/5  rDev -16.5%

Clear brown to slightly amber color with almost no head and just a halo of foam. No lace. Smell is biscuit maltyness, with some nice nuttyness. The nuttyness really comes to the front in the taste for me. Also some toastyness and some maple syrup notes in the taste. Thin mouth. Overall i would rate this as just an average beer at best. Nothing to get excited about.

11-14-2008 01:27:35 | More by beermanbrian
Photo of Doomcifer

Rhode Island

2.33/5  rDev -35.8%

Pours a clear brown with next to nil head. No lacing to mention. The Aroma smells of light toffee, caramel, and a touch of hop spice. Flavor is very thin. Notes of some toffee and caramel, maybe a bit of cocoa peaks through in the front but fades off very quickly to not much of a flavor at all. Thin mouthfeel, watery, not much carbonation. I didn't enjoy this beer very much.

11-10-2008 20:59:23 | More by Doomcifer
Photo of t0rin0


3.55/5  rDev -2.2%

12 oz bottle from halfP1NT. Before the review: the bottle says "Brown Ale" not red not amber.

Pours copper colored. Very clear. Only a little foam and not much retention or lacing.

Smell is very complex and interesting. It must be my mind wanting to smell maple syrup but I really thought I did. Then after some closer inspection I found some brown ale aromas such as nutty and biscuity aromas mixed with a touch of roast and chocolate, both subtle.

Flavor is of a very light brown ale. I see no signs of an amber here. A fair amount of bitterness for the alcohol content shows up. Light roast, some chocolate, and some biscuit are noticeable. Bitter dry aftertaste.

Body is light, mildly carbonated, but a touch chalky and dry. Drinkable? Yes but I'm not sure what it would go well with.

11-09-2008 08:37:03 | More by t0rin0
Photo of scottg


4/5  rDev +10.2%

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a mahogany color with a one finger off white head of little bubbles that dissipate down to a thin line that lasts throughout, minimal lacing. Toasted and carmelized malt, chocolate in the aroma. Lots of biscuity, toasted flavor, caramel, chocolate, tea like hop quality comes through with a strong malty finish. Medium body and carbonation, this is a crisp clean drinking beer. Great seasonal offering.

11-08-2008 14:48:53 | More by scottg
Photo of brdc


3.55/5  rDev -2.2%

Thanks johnnnniee for this one. Poured into a pint.

Clear, somewhat dark amber color, short lasting light tan head.
Aroma is soft, sweet, subtle, fruity and nutty.
Light and drinkable, but flavor leaves something to be desired, slightly sweet and nutty, but disappears rather quickly.

11-04-2008 14:29:25 | More by brdc
Photo of beernut

New Jersey

2.17/5  rDev -40.2%

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.

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

New York

3.45/5  rDev -5%

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle with no freshness date into a pint glass.

A--Two finger foamy creme head that developed skim to lace on the way down. Body is deep, deep amber russet, with lots of red. Almost the color of a rye beer.

S--Speaking of rye...some spicy breadnotes on the nose, along with a more sweetish molasses aroma. Ultra-faint floral hops with a more present though still subtle clove and raisin reminiscent of Belgian styles. Kinda weird for an alleged brown ale.

T--Underhwelming after the nose, but not bad by any stretch. The problem in my eyes is that the beer shoots its wad too early, packing all this malt punch--if there's such a thing as a hop bomb then this sucker is a malt grenade. It's like chewing grape nuts at points. Which is not a bad thing--the deep cereal flavors commingle well and go from mellow toasted flavors that are more sweet to that same caraway bite of rye. A whole grain beer, to say the least. But then not much left after the malt, and it gets real flat and empty, without even bitterness, on the finish.

M&D--I'm not a fan of the mouthfeel one bit. It's watery, thin, and flavor-stealing. Just too slick for me. As a session beer it would be decent, though with so much forgettable in the second half of the tasting spectrum you'd do better with a decent lager or mild or bitter. Speaking of which, the website said this is based on an English brown style, but it looks like an American amber. What's the deal? I don't mind crossover styles, but when the brewery tells you it's one thing, then goes on and on about all the malt varieties and organic local ingredients, it gets kind of confusing. A better feel for backbone and not promo would have improved this brew.

10-29-2008 22:13:38 | More by TheycallmeTim
Photo of Billolick

New York

3.1/5  rDev -14.6%

12 ouncer, pours clear darker honey amber, minor head/lace, seems to be pretty low on the carbonation scale. Minor malty nose, none too interesting on the tongue. Very so so, middle of the road brown in my book. This bottle also tasted to be on the oxidized side to boot. Not too impressed with this one. Ended up as a drain pour...

10-29-2008 01:14:32 | More by Billolick
Photo of dnichols


3.38/5  rDev -6.9%

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.

10-26-2008 22:49:51 | More by dnichols
Photo of treehugger02010


3.45/5  rDev -5%

I got this beer from the Long Trail variety case at Bryn Mawr Beverage in Bryn Mawr, PA and I poured it into a pint glass.
Appearance: The body is a very dark amber color and is topped off with a small, light tan head. The retention is nothing special and neither is the lacing.
Smell: The smell is dominated by roasted malt aromas yet there is still coffee notes throughout.
Taste: The taste is similar to the aroma with the most noticeable flavor being roasted malt but still allowing the coffee tastes to fall through.
Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is very thin.
Drinkability: Good.
Don't drink and review.

10-26-2008 20:26:18 | More by treehugger02010
Photo of Brianmerrilyn

New York

4/5  rDev +10.2%

My first try at a tasting given at George Pearce's glass shop on Park Avenue poured by Billy Hoffman from Longtrail.

A: Poured into a sampler cup to reveal a partially clear red with brown body. Fairly good head from the sample provided, creamy and dropping quickly to strong laced tight cap and gentle carbonation.

S: The nose gave off a faint combo of floral, fuits, nuts and candy, however not very powerful or memorable.

T: The flavor picks up dramatically with an enhanced bevy of berries, toasted malts, and cocoa coming towards the end to add a pleasant viscous character. Additional drinks I detected bitterness peaking in along with a bready finish.

D: A see-saw affair with the nose but comes back strong with the taste and mouthfeel. More complex than I expected and look foward to having on draft.

10-26-2008 18:27:06 | More by Brianmerrilyn
Photo of Lupe

New York

3.65/5  rDev +0.6%

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.

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


2.05/5  rDev -43.5%

I love every other LT beer I've had both from both tap and bottle. What the hell happened here? The local ingredients idea got me, so I bought a 12 pack. Calculated risk but ultimately bad move. A month later I'm downing the last one, only because it's the last beer in the fridge.

The color is great but the head was consistently little to none.

Smell wasn't bad, just not much to it at all.

Taste was plain sub-par. Very "lite", remarkably unremarkable for an LT beer, with a slightly bitter finish.

Bad batch? Warmed-up/cooled down too much between the brewery and my casa? And what about all the folks that really liked it? It wasn't offensive but the complete lack of interesting smell/flavor/taste was sure a bummer. A mystery to me.

10-22-2008 20:49:41 | More by Stringth
Photo of mikereaser


3.1/5  rDev -14.6%

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle just picked up from the store.

A - Poured a deep dark amber color with little head that faded quick

S - It had a light hop smell, alot paler than what was expected

T - It had a good balance of flavors, but I was expecting a bit more of the hops.

M/D - I felt this one was slightly overcarbonated. I don't think i'll be seeking this one out in the future. It just seemed almost bland, not what i was expecting from Long Trail.

10-19-2008 01:47:41 | More by mikereaser
Photo of albern


4.08/5  rDev +12.4%

For starters, I would label this as a Brown Ale, rather than an Amber/Red one. It pours a clear mohangany with a smallish off white head, some retention, not much lacing. The aroma is sweet, brown sugars, slightly roasted and caramelized malts, some butterscotch and toffee hints as well. The aroma is good but subdued.

This is a fairly light bodied Brown Ale that is very smooth, clean, and well balanced. Toasted sweet malts, brown sugar, maybe even maple syrup in the taste, with a nice bready background. The hops are present and complement the more malty body of this beer but they ought to have come on a touch more strongly. There is modest carbonation, which is just right. This is a very smooth, eminently drinkable Brown ale that hits all the right notes. The mouthfeel is a tad sweet from the maple syrup and/or brown sugars, and the aftertaste is very mild. Very worthy selection. L'Chaim.

10-11-2008 22:32:08 | More by albern
Photo of beerphan


3.73/5  rDev +2.8%

12oz bottle -> american pint
2008 brown ale

Pours a clear copper with a wispy head that doesn't hang around too long. Dotted lace, carbonation is slight.

Mild burnt caramel nose.

Toffee, nuts, caramel malts. Leaves the mouth with a slight burnt butterscotch on the finish. Decent brown ale.

Average brown ale, with some standout malty characteristics.

10-05-2008 23:59:35 | More by beerphan
Photo of Soozy


3.88/5  rDev +6.9%

A- A dark amber beer, to me, looks like a mix between a brown ale and an ESB.

S-Hints of berries, strong malt.

T- I can taste dark malt, a hint of berries, and something lingering that honestly cannot put a finger on. Low bitterness, but fairly crisp. Not a bad autumn beer at all. I wouldn't go out and call this a brown ale though; as it's advertised on the label.

M-Highly carbonated, which is surprising. It's not bad, but I think it might take away from the style a little bit.

D-Pretty good. I could definitely kick pack and drink a few of these in a row.

09-25-2008 01:37:22 | More by Soozy
Photo of Stinkypuss


3.45/5  rDev -5%

a. 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Freshness date of 8/4/2008. A small fizzy head forms and recedes to just a film. Clear amber in color.

s. Light crisp malts. A bit bready and slightly buttery. Light grains. Not a bad aroma but rather light.

t. Very nice malt profile that has a sweet roasted note. Brown/candi sugar for sure. The hops are just about undectable except for a slight balancing bitterness.

m. Crisp and refreshing. Medium bodied. Carbonation level is good.

d. This is a pretty drinkable ale. At 4.6 this won't put any sort of spin on your night. Good for a session. A bit more of a hop profile would have helped this "harvest" ale. I would just simply call this a brown ale. Compared with fresh, home grown, wet hopped Harvest ales, this just doesn't stack up.

Note: Seems to actually be better in bottled format, who knew? More well rounded and better feel definately.

09-24-2008 22:49:26 | More by Stinkypuss
Photo of letsgopens


4.55/5  rDev +25.3%

My favorite of the Long Trail 'Survival Pack', this Amber Ale pours a nice copper/orange amber with some attractive golden/orange highlights. The off-white head is average but despite a harsh pour it fades rather quickly and leaves a thin ring of lace behind upon tasting.

The nose is full and robust for the style with lots of roasty caramel and nutty, toasted brown bread. A slight fruit character, possibly black cherry, and a hint of floral, slightly spicy hops and mild lemon zest. Despite the fact that the aroma is dominated by malt, there is a distinct brightness.

Roasty and full flavored but still refreshing. Clean and well balanced with earthy caramel and brown bread. A buttery character gives way for some spicy hops. Brown sugar and a mild cider quality. Complex with a lingering toasty finish.

Medium bodied and very smooth with just enough lively, fine textured carbonation to lighten up the mouthfeel. Velvety and very clean. Pleasant and lingering with a slightly dry finish. The drinkability is outstanding with a low ABV and a taste that's hard to get tired of. Really exceptional and a fantastic way to ring in the fall.

09-24-2008 01:11:12 | More by letsgopens
Photo of oriolesfan4


3.85/5  rDev +6.1%

A nice seasonal beer right here from a good brewery. The best part about it is the appearance as its a nice hearty, fall color. Lacking a little bit on the smell but the taste has all the usual fall spices in these seasonals. Very drinkable and balanced with a nice body to it. Along with the lack of smell, there's also a lack of carbonation I thought, which would have improved the score. Good overall though.

09-21-2008 19:57:31 | More by oriolesfan4
Photo of ps42


4.3/5  rDev +18.5%

Long Trail continues to impress me with their Harvest Ale. It is a brown ale that pours a deep amber color. Its aroma is pretty ordinary, with faint hints of caramel malts and hops. It doesn't prepare you for the taste at all.

Once you taste it though, you'll be a believer. It is a slightly sweet brown ale, with a subtle caramel flavor behind the more prevalent taste of Vermont grown hops. Its quite simple in character, but this simplicity and balance are its greatest strengths. It has a medium body and terrific mouthfeel. I had a hard time not drinking the entire six pack all at once. This is really a phenomenal beer, from a great little brewery. If you get the chance to try it, don't pass it up. You won't regret it.

09-16-2008 16:39:29 | More by ps42
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