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Harvest - Long Trail Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 602
Reviews: 244
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 14.25%
Wants: 13
Gots: 50 | 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:
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

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-04-2001)
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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
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
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
3.25/5  rDev -11%
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
2.53/5  rDev -30.7%
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
3.43/5  rDev -6%
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
1.9/5  rDev -47.9%
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
4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
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
3.35/5  rDev -8.2%
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
4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
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
3.3/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

Photo of ATPete
3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle.

Pours a glowing orange, amber brown color with a small white head leaving next to no sticking. Subtle nose of clean, quality malts, semi-sweet, with good lively carbonation. Roasty and just nutty enough with an earthy, slightly leafy hop note going on by itself very quietly. I remember previous years showing a bigger texture and having more body with lower carbonation. Still damn good and damn drinkable nonetheless.

Photo of Risser09
3.98/5  rDev +9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter · Fridge temp · 2008

Appearance: Pours a ruby/brown color with a very short-lived white head. No lacing and plenty of carbonation.

Smell: Deep, nutty aromas of toasted almonds, pecans and walnuts. Smells like wheatena or cereal.

Taste: Tastes are concurrent with the aromas. Deep caramel and nutty tones are everything. Sugars have been totally attenuated and I'm glad that it's not too sweet.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and easy drinking. I'm so glad it's not sugary. Mild flavor and no alcohol presence. Not very spicy either.

Drinkability: This is a great brown ale. I could drink quite a few of these, and I'm not a big fan of this style.

Photo of Vendetta
3.25/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Original Rating Date:
September 27, 2008

Pours a very good looking dark copper. Semi-large, fluffy off-white head with intermittent lacing. Very good looking beer. Smells a bit sweet, like candy, cinnamon, but the aroma overall is weak and very laid back. The second the beer hits my lips I can tell that the palate will please me. Smooth, creamy texture with a very nice, tingling carbonation. This brew doesn't do anything too special, but it's adequate in all areas and very enjoyable as a fall seasonal.

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

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.

Photo of GJ40
2.42/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

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.

Photo of notown
4.4/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of antilogic
3.3/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of beermanbrian
3.03/5  rDev -17%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of Doomcifer
2.33/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of t0rin0
3.55/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Harvest from Long Trail Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 602 ratings.