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Harvest - Long Trail Brewing Co.

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611 Ratings

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Ratings: 611
Reviews: 245
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 13.97%
Wants: 14
Gots: 60 | 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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Ratings: 611 | Reviews: 245
Photo of Kinsman
3.87/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

First off, this site list it as a Amber/Red Ale but Long Trail considers it a brown ale so I am reviewing it as a brown, not that it makes a whole lot of difference.

A: Pours a dark brown, with very little light passing through. Has a creamy thick head but quickly fades to a thin lace.

S: Toasted malt notes as well as a little bit nutty. Overall a very pleasing nose, with nothing really out of balance.

T: A well balanced ale, most notably malty, but not too sweet as some malty ales can be. Toasted and nutty flavors upfront, but a little bit of a biscuity flavor can also be detected. Hops are present, but do not provide much in terms of bitterness.

M: Nice medium bodied ale, but carbonation was not strong at all. Taste was fine, but it felt "flat"

D: Overall a very enjoyable brown ale for cool autumn days.

Photo of UA8
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Pours a dark and clear ruby hue with a one finger tall off white head.

S- Malt notes of seasonal grains are prevalent with a slight hint of European style hopping.

T- Malty with a slight yeast sourness. Reminds me quite a bit of an English brown ale.

M- A bit of a just put bubbles in it thing going on here without thought of what would accent the flavors. A bit coarse.

D- Mild and easy to drink. A bit unrefined and rough around the edges but sessionable none the less.

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

Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass. It comes out a nice brown color with a beige or off-white colored head. When held up to the light it turns out to be more of an amber red color. It has good clarity to it, well filtered. The head goes away after a few sips and leaves a ring with a little layer of foam over the middle, small random patches of lacing that seem to try to work it's way down to the liquid. The smell is very good, it smells very well hopped, pine and floral notes. There's a lot going on in the taste department. Much sweeter than anticipated, can clearly taste some roasted caramelized malts. There are also a slight chocolate taste to it, more like coco, very interesting. Only a slight hop aftertaste, it doesn't taste anything like the smell that's for sure. There's also a smokey taste to it, probably some roasted/burned malts involved with the flavor. It's a very complex taste, but quite good. The mouthfeel is good, despite the complex flavor I'd still call it a medium bodied beer and closer to the lighter side. This is an incredibly drinkable beer, and another solid brew by Long Trail. Still haven't decided whether or not I'm going to pick up another six pack this season because there are so many seasonals I like this time of year. If not than I have something to look forward to next year. On a side note, I really enjoyed the label on the bottle, the husband and wife farmer bears really make me think of the fall/harvest season.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass:

Appearance: Pours an awesome looking deep amber in color, lots of red highlights zipping up the glass. A promising looking head dissapated quickly but left thin lines of lacing around the glass.

Smell: I get a nice aroma of crystal malts up front, very deep and bready. A nice fruit boquet sits in the backdrop here, I get bits of apple and fresh pear. Very nice balance here between the fruitiness and the malt.

Taste: Plenty of big maltiness here, a nice blend of some caramel, toffee and some earth like tones. Going back to the aromas, I do get some apple spice and a nice tinge of light fruit from the hops. Very balanced again here, the maltiness is bold and right on point. The finish consists of a quick shot of vanilla, some more crystal malts and a bit of nutty aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Semi-light in the mouth but the dose of malts make this a bit more filling. Medium bodied, good carbonation and very robust on the tongue. A slight bitterness from some of the hops is just what the doctor ordered.

Drinkability: I really enjoyed this Long Trail offering, as I do most of their seasoanal offerings. This beer features a huge dose of malty goodness to get you through those cold fall months. Very balanced all around with the huge malt backbone being the star of the show. At 4.7% ABV, this beer drinks bigger then the ABV indicates. Huge drinkability here, I think I'll have another!

Photo of Jwale73
3.03/5  rDev -17%
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.

Photo of confer
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a deep amber. A small off white head gave way to trace of head around the perimeter.
A light hoppy aroma, very clean.
The taste starts with a small hop bite but fades quickly to a watery dull wheat taste.
This beer is easy enough to drink and will probably taste better after the first bottle.

Photo of mnrider
4.05/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz. brown bottle. Has freshness date printed on bottle. Pint glass.

A: Pours a deep dark red, with two finger tan head which stays thick around the outside of the brew. Lacing is light.

S: Sweet malts are strong with a nutty toffee aroma.

T/M: Medium+ bodied. Smooth with light carbonation. Malts are the most noticeable ingredient, with their caramel nutty taste. Leaves sweet and not very bitter or dry. Hops are not very noticeable. Label say's its a Brown Ale, I have to agree.

D: Great brew here from Long Trail. Probably one of my favs from them. A real good beer to drink during the fall months. I will be drinking many of these.


Photo of Gavage
3.98/5  rDev +9%
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.

Photo of Ezone024
4.18/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Long trail harvest is not you average fall seasonal. it's a one of a kind autumn beer. it's a brown ale with a sugary/smoky. flavor. it actually tastes like autumn(sitting outside near your fire and the fresh, brisk New England air) if you can understand that at all.

it pours a deep red/brown color, and has a thin off white head, decent carbonation/ fizzy on the tongue.

not much hops but it's balanced with the sugary smoky malt. smooth and crisp yet warming. very very drinkable..

really great autumn session.

Photo of strictly4DK
4.27/5  rDev +17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Deep red/brown, almost chestnut like, 1" off-white head, little retention

S - Earthy hops up front, sweet breads, smoky

T - Just as with the smell earthy, mild floral hops, toasty malts, sweet bread, slight smokiness

M - Medium body, low carbonation, almost creamy

Perfect autumn session beer, I can already imagine the leaves and that autumn smell in the air.

Photo of Berthold
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a clear, dark brown (SRM27), very thick moderate sized bubble off white head supported by high carbonation. Moderate brown sugar aroma, low hop aroma. Moderate carmel.brown sugar flavor that is slightly cloying in the sweetness. Moderate body with low bitterness in the finish with some low level spiciness at the very end.

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

A: Brown - clear and clean. Minimal head and lacing.

S: Sweet malt with a slightly smoky aroma.

T: A sweet slightly smoky/ chocolaty taste - complex. toffee and maple-like tones? delicious! Just a touch of bitterness to round off the sweetness.

Mf: Medium bodied. Velvety smooth malt with just the right amount of carbonation.

D: Very drinkable. Not too heavy. A heavenly fall beer - complex and delicious.

Not really sure why this is under American amber/ red ale - it calls itself a Brown and I think it fits very well in to the American Brown ale category. Call it what you want - I call it superb!

Photo of jnn4v
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured 9/20/2009 from a bottle dated about 2 months prior. Has been refrigerated the entire time after purchasing. Described as a brown ale on the label.

A: Medium brown color with a slight copper / reddish hue. Some cream colored head, but not much. No sediment or haze.

S: Nice malty notes. Butterscotch, maple (maybe it's just my imagination since this is from Vermont), copper, and molasses are the first several scents. Brown sugar and browned butter are the next couple.

T: Good solid malt up front with a bit of complexity. Maybe maple syrup next and then some coppery hops. Lagery yeast flavor at the end (yes, I know this is an ale). Slightly lemony flavor developed as it warmed.

M: Nice rich mouthfeel without being too heavy or syrupy. Moderately carbonated.

D: Seems pretty drinkable. No strong flavors. Relatively balanced. Clean for a brown ale. Low ABV.

Photo of kingcrowing
3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured in a pilsner glass.

Pours a dark amber with a big fluffy head. Smell is nice, warm and malty.

Big and smooth, malty and thick. But not too much. Theres also a bit of a smokey camping type flavor to it. A tinge of bitterness to it, a very solid fall beer.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.23/5  rDev -11.5%
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.

Photo of saminadams
2.56/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Dark brown,color is nice.
Not much for the nose.
Didn't get much of a head,in a pint glass
Kind of watered down,slight smokey taste
Next time someone says oh I''l drink what ever,they get this.
Like a lot of the Long Trail line,here's the but
I'll pass on this one next time

Photo of donkeyrunner
3.47/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Though beeradvocate says it's an amber, it looks like a brown, tastes like a brown, and Long Trail says it's a brown. I'm going with brown.

Crystal clear dark brown with a decent white head. Spotty retention leaves a few lace smatterings.

Aroma is nutty with light brown sugar and cocao powder. Taste is similiar: very clean brown sugar in front but has a nutty herbal hop finish which makes for a soapy swallow. Carbonation is a bit higher than I'd like.

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

Long Trail Harvest is nice and malty this year. The dark grain stands out this year more than it has in the past 2 years. I am not sure if they use the same recipe every year now or not. This year seems to be a bit sweeter. The story of the the beer is that they use 'what they have left over' to make it. So I am under the impression that they use or try a different grain bill each year, because it is a tad bit different every year. Overall this year's batch has a chocolate maltiness that stands out. A well balanced Brown Ale

Photo of bkrihak
1.94/5  rDev -46.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

I remember this beer being better earlier this decade however it has fallen flat on its face. Nice Brown color but a little lacking in the nose. Taste was your classic Brown Ale flavor but it leaves the palate quickly and the best way to describe is watered down. If you're looking for a good seasonal try elsewhere.

Photo of yesyouam
4.11/5  rDev +12.6%
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]

Photo of JoshW
3.37/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured out of a bottle, very dark brown ale, light brown finger thick head. Smell insinuates a heavier beer, until you drink it, then it's just kinda bleh. Very light mouthfeel, nothing outstanding, would be a good beer for someone who's stepping into fall/oktoberfest beers and doesn't want an in your face flavor right away. Kinda boring, but easy to drink.

Photo of allergictomacros
3.4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Dark, but clear ruby red with an inch of quickly dropping foam. Nose is malt and fruit. Slight band-aid and caramel in the nose as well. Flavour is dark fruit and caramel with a decent hop bitterness. Somewhat raw on the tongue with a sharp carbonation and dryness, but a bit of husky grain keeps things in check. Odd tongue-numbing anise flavour. Medium body is unremarkable.

Photo of jcdiflorio
4.09/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz brown bottle served into a pint glass.
Found this one way in the back of the fridge almost forgot about it. Wanted to do a review a few months back.
Poured a clear dark amber color with 1" of bone white creamy foam dissapated quickly to a coating not a lot of carbination some exteremely small particles floating around with a very close look.
Clean fresh aroma,fruity,perfumy.lightly sweetened carmell with mineral water.
Earthy taste with tart fruitiness not real malty some metallic carmell not offensive. Good balance nice tangyness leading into the finish. Light bodied and smooth to the finish. Wish i could have tried this a few months ago like i planned. Will have to pick more up next year.

Photo of jackorain
3.48/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Crystal clear brown liquid topped with a nice rocky, tan head that hung around for a little while. After it did recede it left a modicum of lace that decreased with each swig.

Smells of caramel and grains and some earthy hops.

Toffee and caramel dominate the taste initially. This is followed by a dose of mild earthy hop bitterness that doesn't last very, long at all. This is then followed by some herbal notes with a grainy finish.

Quite light in body with a brisk carbonation
This is quite easy drinking. This would not be a bad choice if available at a party. I don't think I would pursue purchasing it for home but I would certainly order out next autumn.

Thanks for Reading

Photo of tigg924
3.28/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: big carbonated head, dark copper color

Smell: cinammon, hops, and a touch of caramel--

Taste: cinammon, hops, and a touch of caramel-and nuts

Mouthfeel: smooth, sweet, and creamy

Drinkability: Not a bad red ale but not one that jumps out. I could session this beer just as easily as I could pass over it.

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Harvest from Long Trail Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 611 ratings.