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Harvest - Long Trail Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 558
Reviews: 241
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 14.29%
Wants: 12
Gots: 40 | 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 Deuane
3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Dark copper with a thin light tan head that leaft spotty lace.

S-Light sweet caramel malt and just the faintest hint of floral hops.

T-Sweet caramel and floral hops mingle into a fairly flavourful brew.

M-Medium body with a bouncy, crisp dry finish. Nothing crazy here, but decent.

D-Not really sure about the harvest ale moniker but...this is a pretty good beer, especially from Long Trail, a brewery I have never been overly impressed with. This is a drinkable session brew that has enough going on to hold my interest. Wouldn't mind having a bit more in the aroma to make it more enjoyable.

Deuane, Sep 11, 2008
Photo of phantomwyse
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A: Red/red brown with a light head that dissipates even as it builds. Minimal carbonation.

S: Syrupy sweetness with a faint sour smell.

T: This beer reminds me of pancakes. Malty sweet with caramelized sugars.

M: Light bodied and quenching.

D: Just like pancakes...nothing altogether outstanding, but utterly satisfying.

phantomwyse, Sep 02, 2008
Photo of dsa7783
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Single, twelve-ounce bottle copped from Gary's in Madison...
Pours a true-to-the-style dark-amber, ruby-red hue with a massive head that lingered for a slight bit before slowly receding...
Smell: Amber, burned aroma with a strong suggestion of ruby-red malts...
Taste: Despite the bottle stating "brown ale", this seems to be a conglomeration between that and a tasty amber... Strong suggestion of malts, earthy notes and caramel...
Medium-bodied mouthfeel and very easily drinkable...
Not bad...

dsa7783, Sep 01, 2008
Photo of ffejherb
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at The Corvette Grille in Annville, PA on 8/31/08. This is actually listed on Long Trail's web site as a Brown Ale, not an Amber/Red Ale, as indicated on BA.

A - Clear medium amber/copper body with a red tinge and short off-white head that receded into a thin ring of retention. Sparse amounts of both lace and carbonation.

S - Mild spicy nose with some caramel and bready notes and some syrupy sweetness. No noticeable hop presence.

T - Sweet and malty with a very mild spicy character. Hints of molasses, syrup and cookies also emerge, as well as a slight burnt sugar aspect.

M - Medium body with a light syrupy texture and moderate carbonation. A little watery overall. Sweet malty finish with very little to no hop bitterness.

D - Pretty safe red ale that's easy to drink, as most typically are. Nothing stands out, really... this is simply your typical malty seasonal for consumption during the autumn months.

ffejherb, Aug 31, 2008
Photo of BDIMike
3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark amber color. Has a slightly tanned thin head that goes away very quickly.
Very strong malt smell. Not much of a hop smell, but the malts are very strong. Even a bit of a smell of maple in it as well.
Good malt taste with a bit of toffee malts and lightly roasted malts. At the end of it I can taste a bit of maple syrup as well.
Very smooth drink. It has a good amount of thickness, but stays smooth despite it.
This beer is a great representation of fall and harvest. Lots of tastes in this that remind one of the season.

BDIMike, Aug 29, 2008
Photo of generallee
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: It was poured from tap into a pint glass.

Appearance: It had a medium reddish brown color with good clarity and a thin just off white colored head. The head hangs on and leaves nice lacing on the glass.

Smell: Its aroma has hints of lightly toasted sweet malts with some mild floral and leafy hops.

Taste/Mouth feel: The flavor was for me a little light but nicely balanced for the style. It has a nice malty presence with just enough hops for balance and character. The body had a smooth medium body with average carbonation.

Notes: Over all its very good but I would like it to have a little bit deeper, more assertive flavor.

generallee, Aug 27, 2008
Photo of changeup45
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer is hard to review. They claim that they have 17 different varieties of hops and malt in the brew. Poured a nice dark brown-amber color with a medium sized tan head. Adequate amount of lace but I wouldn't say it was a lot. The aroma is hard to detect. It's malty and maybe a little woody as well as grainy. The flavor is not as rich as the look, more malty than hoppy but both are there. The finish is slightly hoppy and dry. Very smooth beer but this is hard to judge. Maybe it's something you have to be in the mood for.

changeup45, Aug 23, 2008
Photo of OWSLEY069
2.5/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clean copper/ orange-ish color, with a white head. In the aroma, roasty malt, sweet lager like notes, and a very small hop. In the taste, small hop and a roasty malt, quite balanced. A small hop bite and a medium mouthfeel, with a dry malty, and small hop in the aftertaste. Light for a harvest, somewhat lager like in the aroma. Balanced and decent session.

OWSLEY069, Aug 23, 2008
Photo of thekevlarkid
3.45/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of the bottle a pleasant clear copper brown with a cream colored head. Little retention but some intermittent lacing. Smells of wood and caramel malts. Flavors are a little spicy, mostly malt, hops seems lacking, a little nutty, and toffee or caramel. Definitely fall-ish. Decent mouthfeel, medium carbonation. Finish is a little tangy when the hops finally show up. A mediocre beer.

thekevlarkid, Aug 20, 2008
Photo of MisterDeeds
3.45/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a reddish-brown with a thin white head that fades fast and leaves a razor thin layer of foam.

Smells very malty and sweet, with a slight note of earthy hops.

Tastes sweet and malty up front, good blend of Chocolate and Caramel. Like a Caramello bar but not as messy. A tiny bit of hop bitterness in the middle, but it is very sweet and smooth overall.

A light thickness to the mouthfeel, with a lot of carbonation, bordering on over-carbonation. Sort of like a malty soda water.

The carbonation is tough to get past for me, but the taste and smell are worth the bubbles. I could enjoy a couple of these while camping or tailgating.

MisterDeeds, Aug 20, 2008
Photo of beerthulhu
3.35/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured a medium ruby/orange color with off tan head.

S: sweet malt laced with fresh flowery citrus hops and dried fruit (apples).

T: The initial flavor was light, dry toasted caramel, and bread. There was a slight woodiness and smokiness as well. The malting was dry, woodsy, and lightly hopped finishing with only a trace amount of dried citrus.

M: medium body but overall rather unexciting.

D: Average at best drinkability, finishes dry but lacks the sweetness per style. Drinks more like a standard ale then an amber.

beerthulhu, Aug 11, 2008
Photo of Vancer
3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another nice brew sent my way from Hojaminbag in a good trade, thanks!

Some dating, that's not readable. Not bottle conditioned.

Clear copper pour, very frothy ivory head that sticking like glue to the sides of my Bitburger pilsner glass. Woody aroma with some warm mixed nuts.

Spicy and woody quaff, with more of those roasted nuts tossed into the barrel. This one slides easily and would make for a nice summer session brew.

Vancer, Apr 30, 2008
Photo of billybob
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a clear medium amber or medium brown in color with about a one finger beige head with some decent lacing. slight caramel and malt nose. toasted biscuit, with a slight caramel dry taste, mouthfeel mostly malt medium body and carbonation ok. drinkability is good but its not special by any means.

billybob, Feb 13, 2008
Photo of Hojaminbag
3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Small light brown head that doesn't last very long. Some lacing.

I detect a malty smell.

Very slight hop bite followed by a fruity/caramel malt taste, finishes with more malt. Very mild tasting beer.

Medium body in carbonation and thickness.

Very drinkable due to nice body and very mild flavors.

Hojaminbag, Feb 09, 2008
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a crystal clear brown with minimal crème head. Nose is unusual. A part of me wants to say it smells like the butter that amasses in those bags of microwave popcorn. I take a more observant whiff and it seems like those Danish cookies you always get in the cans at Christmas time. Apparently I am all about the snacks today. Flavor is tangy, and a bit too much so. Has some hearty and earthy aspects, but that zing just overpowers it too much I say. Good feel, but a bit thin. Overall this is decent at best I have to say. Well made, yes. But the almost citric tang that yells a bit too loud just doesn't do it for me and ends up killing the experience.

RblWthACoz, Jan 01, 2008
Photo of msolar
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Golden color with a very thin head. Medium bodied. Sweet, hoppy taste. Fairly drinkable and well balanced, although nothing too special. It could easily be confused for several other beers.

Good, but not my favorite Long Trail brew. I had a few but the beer never really grew on me. There are a lot of other beer's I'd recommend ahead of this one, but it's certainly worth a try if you visit the brewery.

msolar, Dec 24, 2007
Photo of Dogbrick
3.13/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sample at the Mill Hill Saloon in Trenton, NJ: This beer is a clear pale amber color with a thin white head that dissipates quickly. Spotty lacing on the glass. Aroma of fruit and caramel malt. Medium-bodied with sweet malt and caramel flavors along with some nuts and hops. The finish is moderately sweet at first with a mild hops aftertaste. Drinkable, although mediocre overall.

Dogbrick, Dec 19, 2007
Photo of Bowdoinbeerboy
2.88/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance- Pours with small head and a brown-amber body.

Smell- Nose is dominated by a sweet caramel smell, not overly strong.

Taste- Smooth on the palate, Im having difficulty identifying what it tastes like, its rather non-descript. Notes of wheaty sweetness and dark flavors.

Mouthfeel- Fairly watery, not a palate filling beer.

Drinkability- A decent beer, nothing spectacular.

Bowdoinbeerboy, Dec 09, 2007
Photo of ajr24
3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Transparent deep amber with a little bit of head at first that dissipates into an off-white ring and about no lacing.

S- Smells fruity and malty- I picked up on some apricot.

T- Definitely agree with the label, this is smooth- and malty, just as I smelled I tasted the apricot.

M- Average mouthfeel, nice and earthy actually.

D- I could session this beer if I chose to.

ajr24, Nov 20, 2007
Photo of williamherbert
4.15/5  rDev +14%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The look is a crystal clear ruby red. Medium foamy head, looks more like a winter ale.

The smell is an unexpected sweet flowery hop smell. Sweet yeast aroma almost makes it like an ESB. Malt is dry and not like a typical Oktoberfest/Harvest. The yeast is very bready. The smell is really terrific.

The heavy yeast flavor gives this beer more depth than the usual Long Trail offerings. Dry, biscuity -- but slightly bitter -- malt comes out more. Hops with yeast are a terrific combination. Hops are sweet, not bitter; sweet but dry. Malt just lightly toasted. Hints of mild berry. Balanced, excellent.

Smooth but dry, and with a sweet-bitter bite. Major yeast, full of flavor. Like an Oktoberfest combined with an ESB. Really great.

williamherbert, Oct 27, 2007
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
2.48/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle, Fall '07 arrival, served in a chilled pint glass.

A - clear, deep amber color, what little bit of a beige head there was quickly faded to a ring with some light clouds of foam, hit or miss spots of lace.

S - some malt aroma with a slight earthiness.

T - some malt flavor with a slight earthiness.

M - thin, light body with weak carbonation.

D - good 'beer pong' brew, drink it fast and get it over with!

Final Note: the 'Farmer Bears' on the bottle label were cute, but there wasn't a *label cuteness* catagory in the review.

JoeyBeerBelly, Oct 18, 2007
Photo of MmmIPA
3.13/5  rDev -14%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Agressive pour lead to a two finger head that is a off white/eggshell color.Very clear amber body,looks like every other amber ale.Small amounts of lacing.Caramel malts,small amount of fruitiness in the smell.I taste some fruit(berrys) chocolate,caramel and some bitter hops.The mouthfeel is a bit thin and watery,once the taste leaves your mouth its gone.Clean taste.I dont think I will have any of these long trail beers again.They werent too great.Sorry Fellas.

MmmIPA, Oct 16, 2007
Photo of micahgoldfus
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a a healthy, hearty color: a dark brown that looked like stained wood, plus a rich, creamy head. The smell was rich and deep, full of roasted malts and nutty tones. The smell reminded me of some British Brown Ales. The taste was well balanced: sweet roasted malts with the taste of nuts, but also a rich, hoppy aftertaste. The carbonation tingled the tongue a bit, and the mouthfeel was medium-to-light. This is a beer that I could slowly sip on for hours.

micahgoldfus, Oct 11, 2007
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap 10/7/07 at Picasso’s Pub in Warwick, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light orange color, with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is fruity & spicy with light malts, citrus and nutmeg.

T: The taste is bready and very sweet with flavors of nutmeg, cinnamon, citrus and wheat. The malt character is hearty and the hops presence is mild. The after-taste is sweet. At the risk of being redundant, it’s the heavy sweetness that detracts from this beer in my opinion.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, sticky finish.

D: Tasty but too sweet for me, goes down easy, not too filling, it’s a decent beer to stick with but only if you’re ok with the sweetness and you want something with just a mild kick. Personally, I wouldn’t drink too much of it, but I can see why other might.

TheManiacalOne, Oct 09, 2007
Photo of jwc215
3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep copper with a thin disappearing head.

The smell is of dark grainy malt - Soft, medium-dark fruitiness weaves in and out in the back.

The taste is of deep-roasted grain - slightly burnt. Rather thin maltiness is supported by a subtle earthy backing. Slightly woody. Some burnt edges. Roastiness balances out the sweetness in the rather abrupt finish.

A bit thinner than expected, it does hold together though.

Easy drinkability. Roasted malt is what this one is all about. Mixed feelings about it, personally.

jwc215, Oct 06, 2007
Harvest from Long Trail Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 558 ratings.