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Harvest - Long Trail Brewing Co.

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480 Ratings

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Ratings: 480
Reviews: 232
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 14.33%
Wants: 11
Gots: 19 | 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 biernuss


3.9/5  rDev +7.4%

Freshly imported from Vermont, this ale pours a nice dark amber color with a nice thick head with nice lacing. The smell was nothing spectacular but the intial sip left a nice smokey taste. The flavor is very subtle and not overpowering in anyway. This ale is quite smooth and very drinkable.

09-15-2004 02:31:27 | More by biernuss
Photo of necoadam


4.33/5  rDev +19.3%

Bottled on 8/13/04. 17 varieties of malts and hops used to create this beer. Sounds good to me.

Pours out a deep copper color with a shade of gold in there. Light carbonation can be seen with turns into lacing afterwards. Smell was nice. Toasted malts, caramel, nutty aromas, and some light hops are in the background to balance it out. Taste was good. Pretty much the same as the nose but with a little more hop bitterness comes up in the end. Some nice toffee and toasted flavors show up in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel was light to medium. Mouthfeel got a little ding because it was a little bit watery in the aftertaste. But other than that, a top 3 fall seasonal for me. Just goes down too fast.

09-09-2004 00:17:11 | More by necoadam
Photo of ColForbin

New Hampshire

3.7/5  rDev +1.9%

Long Trail Harvest Ale advertises itself as containing 17 varieties of malt and hops. I am sampling from a 12 oz bottle with a bottling date of 8/13/04 (so the beer is about 2 weeks old).

Long Trail Harvest pours a clear deep amber with a thin white head. Several columns of fine bubbles rise throughout the beer. The aroma is bready and nutty, with a small amount of floral hops. Taste is mainly toasted, nutty malt, with perhaps some oats in there as well. It is slightly tart and slightly bitter. This beer is medium bodied, slightly slick, with fine, light carbonation and a bone-dry finish. This is a very refreshing, very drinkable session beer.

Using all of the malt and hops from their other beers is kind of a gimmick, but they pull it off.

08-30-2004 01:15:08 | More by ColForbin
Photo of Hhawk06


4.43/5  rDev +22%

I must say I was shocked by this beer, didn't expect much. Poured brownish auburn with a big thick lasting head. I loved the smell, had hints of honey. The mouthfeel was wonderfully fluid and mouth coating. The blend of flavors is quite impressive (honey, woodsy, roasty). Very drinkable and quenching brew. Highly recommended!

01-20-2004 23:54:50 | More by Hhawk06
Photo of feloniousmonk


3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Appearance: clear, dark amber hue, under a shortish, off-white head.
Aroma:herbal and malty, not showing any hops, dry, and, well, interesting, in that it's relatively shy, but betrays certain character.
Taste: that dry malty profile continues through the flavor, never touching sweet, yet sometimes showing a fruity side, cherries, berries, and banana, even.
Medium to full bodied, with a decent finish that ends rather dryly, though the flavor still slingers. Hops were never detected in action here, as if banished from the proceedings.
All in all, a very intriguing brew, drinkable, enjoyable, but not my type at all.
Takes a little something extra.
Thanks to rabidawg for it.

12-20-2003 10:38:58 | More by feloniousmonk
Photo of ZAP


3.63/5  rDev 0%

A nicely done amber ale...pours a deep cherry wood....nose is caramel candy sweet...body is medium...mouthfeel slightly charged up...some real nice caramel flavors along with a decidedly nutty taste profile...hops provide a slightly spicy finish....some bitterness emerges on the long finish...

Not a super flavorfull beer....taste profile is subtle but nice....well done amber...there are better ambers around but this is solid....I don't think I would seek it out again though...

11-18-2003 05:13:54 | More by ZAP
Photo of littlebibs

New Hampshire

3.9/5  rDev +7.4%

A nice seasonal beer, very drinkable, many hidden smokey
"jinx" like flavors, some slight butterscotch lingers on a dry aftertast, some floral tones, even tasted some berry in this inbetween it all, adds up to a memorable Fall "harvest"

11-17-2003 22:47:12 | More by littlebibs
Photo of BigPapaLager


3.8/5  rDev +4.7%

Nice offering from Long Trail. Dark amber in color with decent head, receding slowly. Coming right at me are the spices and the hops. I want to open the window to let the October New England night air in here. I will drink this again as it is available all around here.

10-22-2003 01:46:44 | More by BigPapaLager
Photo of Gusler


3.93/5  rDev +8.3%

The beer cascades from the bottle in the form of a limpid dark copper color, the head is modest in size, bubbly in texture, and a light tan color, the lace is a covering sheet. Nice malt nose, caramel and fresh, sweet start with a rather thin top. Finish is crisply acidic; hops are resplendent in their spiciness, quite dry aftertaste, and a decent drinking beer.

10-21-2003 13:19:55 | More by Gusler
Photo of UnionMade

New York

3.48/5  rDev -4.1%

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.

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


4.03/5  rDev +11%

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.

10-16-2003 23:02:34 | More by ViveLaChouffe
Photo of scottum


3.85/5  rDev +6.1%

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.

10-16-2003 20:39:45 | More by scottum
Photo of UncleFrank


3.68/5  rDev +1.4%

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.

10-08-2003 03:34:43 | More by UncleFrank
Photo of far333


3.45/5  rDev -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.

09-27-2003 14:17:54 | More by far333
Photo of yankeeheel


3.05/5  rDev -16%

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.

09-20-2003 19:06:47 | More by yankeeheel
Photo of nixhecks

Rhode Island

4.08/5  rDev +12.4%

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.

09-19-2003 17:37:35 | More by nixhecks
Photo of goz


4/5  rDev +10.2%

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.

09-19-2003 02:11:34 | More by goz
Photo of edchicma


4.03/5  rDev +11%

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.

09-17-2003 00:18:13 | More by edchicma
Photo of rabidawg


4.28/5  rDev +17.9%

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.

09-10-2003 06:23:32 | More by rabidawg
Photo of Suds


4.08/5  rDev +12.4%

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.

10-19-2002 19:34:02 | More by Suds
Photo of ElGuapo

New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +19.3%

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

10-16-2002 12:00:29 | More by ElGuapo
Photo of IrishRedRock


4.22/5  rDev +16.3%

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?

10-16-2002 11:14:20 | More by IrishRedRock
Photo of sponberg

New York

4.33/5  rDev +19.3%

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.

10-15-2002 20:49:08 | More by sponberg
Photo of Bighuge


4.47/5  rDev +23.1%

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.

10-15-2002 13:51:43 | More by Bighuge
Photo of RonfromJersey

New Jersey

4.38/5  rDev +20.7%

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.

10-10-2002 21:23:11 | More by RonfromJersey
Harvest from Long Trail Brewing Co.
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