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Harvest - Long Trail Brewing Co.

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520 Ratings

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Ratings: 520
Reviews: 236
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 14.29%
Wants: 12
Gots: 28 | 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 riversider76
2.98/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours amber red. Not much head,and almost no lacing. Smell is weak, sweet nalts mainly. Body is thin with some carbionation. Taste was just alright. Watery malt, with a hint of spice in the finish. This beer was not awful, but I would not buy it again.

riversider76, Nov 27, 2006
Photo of BeerManDan
2.7/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

The best part of the harvest ale was the apperance and smell. After that, it was all downhill.

The color was caramel in color with a reddish hue. There was very little foam when poured and no lace.

The taste was bitter, with a sour aftertaste. The flavor of caramel was weak with whatever spices it had.

Sorry, but I had to eighty-six it after a couple of sip's.

BeerManDan, Nov 17, 2006
Photo of Manosbeeroffate
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On sale at Shaw's for 10.99 a twelver. Pours dark golden brown. Smells very weakly of malt (or maybe my sinuses don't work) Taste is a lot better, very malty, some hop in the background, balances well. Overall a pretty good beer, doesn't blow me away but a nice drinkable beer. Worth it.

Manosbeeroffate, Oct 12, 2006
Photo of plaid75
3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark amber hue with a one finger white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a caramel malt aroma with a decent hop presence.

The taste featured an excellent toasted grain bill with hints of sweet caramel and a nutty flavor.

The mouthfeel was clean and crisp.

Overall a very easy drinking amber. Very quaffable and sessionable. A good autumn brew.

plaid75, Oct 06, 2006
Photo of oberon
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a brilliant clear light bronze color with some deep burnt orange hue a frothy,tight 1/2 finger well retained head atop,somewhat muted aromas some caramel and butter with an underlying light roastiness not much hop presence to it.Flavors tend to be on the malty side the hops provide some earthiness mainly starts out somewhat sweet and buttery like caramel corn almost with a defient toatiness underneath the earthiness finishes this beer out in a drying finish.Not a bad brew seems to be pretty basic in the amber category I personally would have liked a more hop presence in a harvest ale but this is a quaffing ale.

oberon, Oct 02, 2006
Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.38/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

AP: Golden Amber with major red hues. Thin white head, dissipated quick, small amounts of scattered lacing remains.

Smell: Malt mostly with some slight banana.

Taste: An Herbal malt flavor with minor banana taste.

MF: Crisp, clean, decent bite.

DA: Easy to drink. not very interesting.

GratefulBeerGuy, Sep 14, 2006
Photo of SteveO1231
3/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. brown bottle with no freshness date. Pours a bright copper with an excellent thick creamy off-white head that retains nicely. This brew has an aroma of pale German malts, a smoked scent to it and a subtle fruitiness. The aroma is dominated by the malts, really not much of a hop aroma. Light to medium bodied, lots of carbonation tingles the tongue. Faint malt sweetness, a bit nutty and earthy. A dry smoked flavor hits the palate halfway and rides into the finish. The finish has a slight fruitiness to it just before the smoked malt and grassy hop bitterness seriously dries out my entire mouth. The smokiness makes this beer taste like a Scotch style ale to me.


SteveO1231, Sep 08, 2006
Photo of sinstaineddemon
4.05/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - this harvest ale pours a deep reddish brown, with a thin tan head that fades quickly

S - a rich, complex, yet basic aroma, a wheaty roasted aroma on top of a great hop profile, quite inviting

T - see, as i expected, a great full bodied beer that is rather complex, a deep roasted nutty flavor with a mild hop profile and a great toasted malt characteristic

M&D - full bodied as i mentioned, a great complex, smooth and satisfying beer, Long Trail perpetuates their great reputation for me with this offering

sinstaineddemon, Sep 06, 2006
Photo of NJpadreFan
2.68/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Long Trail- Harvest Ale

Appearance- ruby red with a thick creamy head. Heavy lacing of the glass.
Smell- Not much going on here slight caramel malt.
Taste- Caramel/ molasses malt with a touch of earthy/ leafy hops.
Mouhfeel- Very bland and watery. The flavor doesn't really settle in until after the swallow.

Overall- A blah Amber. Not worth the $10 price for a 6er. Doesn't do it for me!!

NJpadreFan, Sep 02, 2006
Photo of Franchise
3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This offering from Long Trail pours a deep red clear with a thin head off-white. The nose is caramel, nutty, faint hop presence that continues sweet with a strong floural and fruit background. The taste is somewhat bitter with a strong hop citrus rind bitterness. The mouthfeel then moves to a malty sweet caramel, maple syrup balancing act that finishes somewhat tart in nature. This is a quality session brew one that you can drink all day.

Franchise, Aug 29, 2006
Photo of NEhophead
3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz brown bottle; bottled on 08.14.06.

Pours a light brown/amber in color. Quarter-inch, foamy off-white head that stays on as a porous, near intact sheet. Little, meaningless lace.

Semi-sweet caramel malt aroma; toffee and faint, roasted coffee bean. Airy, biscuit aroma; lightly dry yeast character.

Dried, roasted hazlenut and coffee beans; powdered yeast, light mustiness. A distinct creaminess in the background; diacetyl. Caramel, light toffee, and faint molassess with a hint of fruit esters. Finishes dry with an aftertaste of dried nuts and must.

Medium in body; dry and powdery on the palate. The flavors make for a heavier mouthfeel for the style.

Par for the course for a Long Trail offering: slightly above average. Dry and a little too buttery for my liking.

NEhophead, Aug 26, 2006
Photo of maristfan
4.15/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap in upstate VT while on-site for work. MUCH better than out of the bottle, I'm not sure if they have a problem with their bottling machine or if I just got a bad batch but after enjoying this beer very much I bought a case to bring home and it turned out disappointing at best. Average amber, the taste from the tap is delicious. I wouldn't say I'd buy it again but if it were on tap next to say a Sam Adams Seasonal this would certainly be my first choice.

maristfan, May 17, 2006
Photo of Hautacam
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle dated 9/05.
Amber, with frothy head that drops to a film.
Smells mostly of caramel malt...hint of aromatic hop.
Taste is very light, malt mostly,sweet; with some hop bitterness coming through... Pretty well balanced , but just too light for me.
Doesn't open up much with warming.
Mouthfeel is light/medium...carbonation meduim too.
Fairly drinkable...probably good with food..not an "experience".
A good cross-over beer.

Hautacam, Mar 21, 2006
Photo of taez555
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz, bottled 8/19/05

This beer poured an amber/brown body with a small white/tan head.

Nose had a sweet sugary smell with hints of malt. Almost has a root beer sort of smell to it.

Light to medium bodied with a slightly larger than average carbonation. A nice toasted malt flavor, touches of caramel with an earthy hop taste. A nice big bitterness sits a little higher than the malt base and gives it that classic red ale sort of touch. Very clean, smooth and very drinkable.

A classic red ale. Simple and yummy. I can picture this beer being amazing on cask. A great session beer.

taez555, Feb 25, 2006
Photo of DevilDogBeer
3.3/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Long Trail Harvest Ale is Long Trail’s Oktoberfest offering without making a lager. Long Trail says this is an auburn beer, somewhere between an amber and a darker beer.

The poor was smooth and formed a nice white head. The foam faded to a thin layer fast, but still left good lacing on the sides of the pint. The color was rich copper and quite clear. The smell was nice and malty with few noticeable hop tones; true for the style and the “apparent” style this beer is meant to mimic. The taste was malty and somewhat complex with a good selection of malt varieties including biscuit and possibly some Vienna malt. The hop balance was right on, not enough to make the beer bitter but enough to make this brew not too sweet. The mouthfeel was clean and somewhat creamy but not rich or heavy. Very drinkable but nothing to get excited about here.

DevilDogBeer, Dec 29, 2005
Photo of stewart124
4.43/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a reddish brown color with a small amount of white head.
Smells very malty with almost a smoked or peated aroma. Smells quite good. Taste is mellow with a smooth feel. Malts hit the palate and please the tastebuds. The malts add a nice characterstic to this beer and really make this beer. Flowery hops are present and add to this tasty brew. I really enjoyed this beer and will try to get it again. The aftertaste is very malty and pleasing. Delicious!

stewart124, Dec 09, 2005
Photo of Citadel82
3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a balanced and tasty brew. I love all the Long Trail Products that I have tried including thier flavored wheat. Scary, but true. Pours a dark transparent amber with a short lived off-white head that was rather short-lived. A profile that is balanced toward the malty side with a nice floral nose and biscuits and and sweet malt up front some bittering afterwards. Another fine product that is mellow enough to enjoy as an every day or a session beer.

Citadel82, Nov 29, 2005
Photo of Hagbard
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish copper with a two finger white head. There isn't a lot to say about the aroma...it's malty with an underlying sweetness. The taste is very similar. It starts off malty and a prodigious volume of carbonation brings on the underlying seetness. This is a decent beer in the sense that it is very clean and smooth, but it certainly won't challenge your palate. It seems like it would make a nice beer for Autumn tailgating or for around a campfire...something with a little substance but still easy to quaff. It just isn't something to sit and savour, in my opinion.

Hagbard, Oct 28, 2005
Photo of WanderingFool
4.28/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Long Trail Harvest ale pours a clear dark copper color with a frothy off white head on top. The foam fades to a nice ring around the beer leaving a fair amount of netted lace on the side of the glass.

The aroma is full of malty esters with notes of nuts, brown sugar and flowery hops mixed in. Each sip of this medium bodied beer is smooth on the palate. The flavor is a well balanced combination of caramel malt, nuts, and chocolate(?) with some flowery hops kicking in near the end to balance out all the hops. A malty taste with a mild bitterness is left behind.

This is an easy drinking tasty beer. It almost reminds me of a mild brown ale. I've got to go get another one now that my glass is empty!

WanderingFool, Oct 28, 2005
Photo of rousee
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Amber-brown color. Small head of 5mm holds pretty well. Smell is true to the harvest description --somewhat malty and rustic. The taste is caramellish malt with some slight sourness in the finish. Mouthfeel is smooth and drinkability is average. I guess everyone has to make an amber ale. They are not my favorite style and this is far from the best of them that I have tried. Still-- worth trying.

rousee, Oct 24, 2005
Photo of HappyHourHero
4.13/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dense, cream colored head that left patches of lace. Icy, copper colored beer shows little sign of carbonation. Lot's of malt in the aroma, toasted bread, some caramel and some tree bark (?, something strange). Solid doughy malt mixed with a some banana and caramel, yum! I swear there is a bit of chocolate and a few raspberries in the finish. Body is solid, which is impressive for the amount of malt you can taste in this beer. Tastes like an amber and a dunkelweizzen got buisy!

HappyHourHero, Oct 16, 2005
Photo of LPorter33
4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased single bottle from Martignetti's

Appearance = Clear, crisp brown with fairly weak head and lacing.

Smell = great hop kick which dominates the scent. A bit of toasted malt in the background.

Taste = Robust strong flavor of dark roasted grains blends beautifully with tangy hops. This beer is very well balanced and is not too heavy. This leads to very high drinkability. I could easily have a few more.

Overall = A great ale that I highly recommend. Would be a perfect everyday ale that doesn't overwhelm you at all but is full of flavor and character.

LPorter33, Oct 15, 2005
Photo of Ego
4.2/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

bottled 9.1.5

amber/brown split with ample carbonation, excellent head retention, exellent lacing with the snow inspired head... looks like it should.. good !

euro dryness smell, mild butterscotch, some liquid caramel, hop florals with a nice twinge of bitterness

taste etc...
tasty, full mouthfeel from the carbonation, the malt flavor is perfect imo (not too sweet, personal preference of mine). you get a nice little hop bitter in there as well, and then it leads you to.. another sip. this one makes you come back for more without a doubt. easy drinking and damn enjoyable. even with the nice mouthfeel this is a great session brew for this time of year, tasty tasty tasty

buy it, it isnt a typical american amber, it leans more towards a blend of amber and a brown, and does it very very well. I will be getting more of this tommorow.

Ego, Oct 09, 2005
Photo of tastybeer
4.03/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Color is a crystal clear amber mahogany, with 2 finger white cream head and some sticky lacing. Head fades fast. Good color. Smells of toffee, grainy and faint herbal malts. Some sweet nutiness mixed in there. Smells dank and woodsy. Occasionaly when I sniff I get a sudden metalllic odor that disappears fast. Taste is mixed with layers of toffee, grainy malts, some fruitiness. Good carbonation and real drinkable.

Good Fall beer...it tastes like the season.

tastybeer, Sep 30, 2005
Photo of wedge
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear dark reddish brown in color - dense little head drops to a light sheet and leaves nice lacing. Smells dominantly malty: caramel, nutty, a bit toasted. Big malt flavors, nuts, chocolate, toasted. More hops detectable here than in the smell, but still light. Lots of character yet subtle. Rich feel in the mouth - medium bodied with a semi-dry finish.

This is a great fall Amber. The slick caramel malt presence compliments the style very well. The warmer it gets the more complex it seems to get. Very tasty - recommended.

wedge, Sep 29, 2005
Harvest from Long Trail Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 520 ratings.