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Harvest - Long Trail Brewing Co.

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251 Reviews

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Reviews: 251
Hads: 643
Avg: 3.66
pDev: 22.13%
Wants: 16
Gots: 80 | 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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Reviews: 251 | Hads: 643
Photo of DirtyPenny
2.43/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass while watching the Steelers/Ravens game. I'll talk about football if I damn well please.

A: Heartening deep brown/amber color with a unexpectedly weak, bubbly off-white head that fizzled out as quickly as the Steelers offensive line.

S: Bready with hint of musty turf, like what Ben Roethlisberger was used to smelling today. Except for the hints of molasses and slight vegetative/grassy hop notes. No, wait, the grassiness applies (unless they use turf in Baltimore).

T: As disappointing as Pittsburgh's performance today. Starts bready with an odd yeasty must and, like the day of the average Steelers fan, has a bitter finish. Bitterness increases as this thing warms, until the malty/bready notes are overwhelmed and sacked. A little sweet molasses goes nowhere but gets mired like Rashard Mendenhall in the Ravens D-line.

Slight buttery note that tastes as rancid as Troy Polamalu's game.

M: Watery and light with light carbonation reminiscent of little bits of turf prickling one's tongue. Again, Ben Roethlisberger will know what I'm talking about.

O: Damn, Long Trail, I expected a good, competitive brown ale and this is what I get? Watery and tastes strange. Your (good vs bad beer) record is now 2-3. I want to like you since you're a New England staple, but you're going to need to do better than this.

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Photo of B967ierhunter177
3.18/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours a clear, Coke brown with bold orange in the light. No head or lacing. The aroma is nuts with dark roasted malt. The flavor has notes of burnt toast, nuts, and a hint of root beer leading to a roasted nut finish. The mouthfeel is light. Long Trail Harvest is a good beer, perfect for a fall evening. Recommended.

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Photo of beyah
3.31/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Deep reddish brown with slight head and long lasting lacing

Smell - Toasted malt a slight bit of maple syrup and floral hops.

Taste - Medium body, light carbonation. Nutty, toasted malt, maple and very restrained floral hops, almost a bit too sweet finish for my taste.

Mouthfeel - A bit confusing, slick but not hardly any carbonation, similar to a glass of milk.
I am a big fan of Long Trail, Double Bag, Ale and IPA, while this beer is good it is not in the same league.

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Photo of tkepx182
3.51/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this beer in a variety pack at my local liqueur store.

Appearance: reddish, brown coloring with a nice clarity to it. The head of the beer was an off white and dissipated quickly, however it did leave a white ring on the edge of the beer that stayed around.

Taste: The main players in the beer were the Barley and roasted malts, they brought a nice nutty flavor to the beer. The hops was not evident in the beer, and the maple syrup brought a nice mild caramel noted to the beer.

It is very drinkable

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Photo of tzieser
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. bottled 7/21/11.

a: clear dark mahogany color with a thick beige white head that sticks to the glass.

s: sweet malty smell. notes of biscuits/bread and caramel. no hops detected.

t: great malt flavor. sweet caramel malts with noticeable bread flavor. a tad bit of grassy hops are there that add a soft bitterness. maple syrup flavor is extremely subtle and almost unnoticeable. well balanced and highly drinkabile. is this a new addition to the recipe? i don't remember it saying "brown ale brewed with maple syrup" before.

m: smooth mouthfeel;

i buy this beer every season and i'm never let down. this is one well balanced brown ale! recommended.

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Photo of BikeChef
4.18/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep reddish-brown color. Nutty, slightly smoky nose that also has a hint of the maple syrup used... this beer really smells like autumn to me. Crisp, well-balanced taste, dominated by fresh malt. A very sessionable beer that has some complexity to it. No fireworks, but this is really pleasant stuff for a fall day.

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Photo of bigdeuce
3.33/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slight white head, nice lacing down the glass. Dark, deep rich, colour. Nutty on the palate, almondy mouthfeel. Only problem is, a bit watery. Body a bit thin, but you can drink a bunch of these in one sitting. Very smooth, nothing offensive. Crisp and brisk. A good fall beer, would be even better with some hazelnuts! Nothing to shy away from, but nothing overly special, either. I think, however, pretty good stab at the style.

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Photo of albertjr21
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Into a pint glass on 8/14/11 this yields a crimson brownish color under a well kept white head. A moderate aroma carries notes of sweet toasted nut malt and perhaps a bit of vanilla cream or lactate. A crisp and mild toasted malt background quenches the palate with notes of mild coffee, roasted nut, and toffee. A very drinkable brown ale that really does express its flavors best nearest a cellar temperature.

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Photo of fdw3
3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a reddish-brown color with a white head that retains moderately well. Smells of roasted malt with plenty of bread; very little hop aroma. Taste is earthy and of roasted malts, but is surprisingly weak. Mouthfeel is lighter than expected with carbonation being low.

Lighter than most brown ales and less flavorful, but would be pretty refreshing when you aren't craving something real complex. I typically like more flavor than this and, in comparison to other brown ales, it feels a little underwhelming overall.

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Photo of metter98
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear amber in color and poured with a small beige head that never completely faded away and consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface. A moderate amount of carbonation is visible.
S: There are aromas of caramel and toasted malts as well as nuts in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste is rather nutty and has flavors of biscuit and toasted malts.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and somewhat smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is very easy to drink and rather sessionable, especially with its low alcohol content.

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Photo of kwjd
3.42/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at Pony Bar in New York City. Pours a light brown colour with almost no head or lacing. Smells of caramel, nutty and a mild hint of some hops. Sweet flavour, with some mild chocolate in the aftertaste. Body is quite thin for the style. Just an ok brown ale.

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Photo of CaptDavyJones
4.05/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a clear dark brown from a 12 oz bottle with the ABV and date of bottling on the label.
Little to no head, even after a vigorous pour. Good carbonation and lacing though.
Aroma is a blend of malts, toffee/caramel, yeast and some honey.
Taste is high on malts with a hint of bitterness. Pretty light, easy to drink and mouthfeel is good. Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of otto251068
3.16/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a Westmalle chalice.

Appearance: Pours a dark brown copper color. A little bit of red light shines through when held up to the light. Thin layer of light brown head which thins quickly until only few spots remain. Good looking beer.

Smell: Not a ton here. I get some roasted malts, a kind of "dankness" to it, kind of like some hops, but there are no hops in the flavor.

Taste: Slightly bitter and then some sweetness. Its every bit of a brown, and there are no extreme flavors or anything that will knock your socks off, but for the style this is a good beer. The sweetness reminds me of molasses, and there are also malts in there and some other roasted flavors.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a light carbonation. This beer finishes extremely clean with not a lot of aftertaste (maybe feels a little watered down?). The carbonation is so light this beer almost has a creamy feel to it.

Overall: The medium body with the light carbonation makes this beer extremely drinkable. I could easily down a few of these. All the flavors work very well together.

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Photo of Naugled
4.43/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Light chestnut brown crystal clear body, well carbonated, but a thin tan head. A very good looking beer.

Roasty caramel malt forward nose.

Chocolate notes in the flavor as well as the roasty caramel.

Medium thin mouth feel with great balance.

A very drinkable beer that surprised me. I did not expect to like this so much. One of the best harvest beers I've sampled this season.

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Photo of tchenery
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer pours a very bright dark brown, almost a watery coke color. It doesn't have much of a head, but the foam that's there is a nice white.

I don't pick up much on the nose, just some dark malts. Very enticing though.

The beer tastes amazing. It has that nice rich brown ale flavor with a nice balance of malts and hops. It's not bitter, it's not sweet, but it carries the roasted malt flavor beautifully.

Excellent medium bodied beer, totally sessionable, very drinkable.

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Photo of levifunk
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

i like getting local seasonals as extras...but i forgot who sent this.

a - translucent red/brown. small head dissipates quickly.

s - smell is nutty and malty.

t - palate is a little thin. flavor is malty, but feels like it lacks backbone. hops and nutty flavor come in a bit.

m - as said, its a bit thin. not too bad if you want a lighter beer.

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Photo of horshack7
4.22/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Apperance: From a twelve ounce bottle is a brownish amber but a little bit like dark maple syrup with about one fingers wroth of head.

Aroma: Roasted malts present themselves up front. There is a bit of graininess almost like pumpernickel bread. From the hop end of it there is a floral hop aroma with a little bit dryness in the nose.

Taste: A remarkable bready maltiness and a nice graininess. The mouthfeel is like a thin syrup which with a little bit of carbonation. The hops give off a nice floral bite.

Notes: I first had this on tap but this one is from a bottle. I decided to pick some up and the verdict is dam tasty. Cheers.

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Photo of Soonami
3.16/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Long Trail Harvest Ale is an okay brown ale. After drinking a mild stout having this beer was like drinking nothing. The roast and toasted flavors seemed pretty muted, the color was nice and there was alittle head stand. But beer didn't have the richness and chocolately flavor that I was expecting. In the new tradition of bold, flavorful browns, this falls short.

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Photo of TangTKE402
3.38/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass. A nice 2-3 finger head came up, and it cooled off to a creamy film around the top of the beer that lasted the duration. Minimal lacing, and a clean, extremely clear russet brown color showed in the body.

Smells like a lager. Caramel malts, a touch of woodsmoke and a hint of nuts.

Taste is thin up-front, but very clean. The swallow brings a bit more texture, but not much. Notes of malts and barley, as well as the slightest hint of hard cider are the main flavor characteristics. There's not much to hold onto in this one.

Mouthfeel is thin. Can a beer be too-filtered? This beer is so clean it's sterile.

Drinkability is high due to the lack of substance in the mouth, and the abv is relatively low. Would be a good quenching beer after some leaf raking.

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Photo of dogfishandi
3.82/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle at cellar temp poured into a perfect pint glass. bottled 08/03/10.

pours out a clear brown color, with 2 fingers of fizzy tannish colored head. sounded kind of like i was pouring some coca cola. the head faded pretty quickly to a ring, then eventually to nothing. no lace.

in the aroma there are notes of chocolate malt, and some nicely roasted malt, perhaps some roasted coffee as well. a little bit of a mineral like quality. smells good!

nice taste as well, a little surprised with this one! roasted malts, chocolate malts, bits of coffee followed by a nice fruitiness, some bakers chocolate, slight herbal hop bitterness.

medium to light in body, somewhat of a sparkly carbonation.

this drinks really nice, i might not buy this again, but i could see myself enjoying some more of it. this was the best in the variety 12, the blackberry wheat was a close second however.

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Photo of jjchristiano
3.13/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Just does not do it for a Fall Harvest Beer.
Maybe has a sweeter, malty, and less hoppy taste but just not deep or heavy enough for a cool fall evening.
There is nothing offensive about this beer and I could gladly drink if offered one. But if I have to go out myself and spend $8.00 on a six pack then I'm taking something a little more special. I would say this would be the taste if you took a good brown ale and cut it with water.

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Photo of Shefus
1.71/5  rDev -53.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

I poured this awful beverage from a bottle into my mouth, you could taste the nasty rubbing alcohol that Vermont has to offer, since on the bottle they use local Vermont ingredients the only thing I could think taste worse is the Longtrail unfiltered IAP. Very very bad!

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a very dark amber color, with very little head. It smells sweet, and malty. The taste is very watery at first, but then finishes with a malty flavor that is very sweet A very different taste for a brown ale. Flavor is weak, and lower carbonation, but this makes it very easy to drink, a good brown ale for the light beer drinker. Overall, not bad, I was expecting, and hopeing for a stronger flavor though, but unquie flavor.

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Photo of morimech
3.66/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear reddish brown with a large head that hangs on for awhile before settling to a thick cap. Moderate amount of lacing is left on the glass. Aroma is slightly fruity and nutty with a hint of roast underneath. A little lighter tasting than what I expected. Slightly fruity and buttery with some nuttiness in the finish. The flavor seems to be dominated by the yeast. Definately more Enlish than American in nature. The body is also on the light side. But it is enough to carry the flavor and has good carbonation. Easy drinking brown ale that has a reasonable ABV for a session.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hey, this is an okay brown. I want to say the first thing that came to mind was Newcastle Brown, but it's been quite awhile since I last had that, so I can't be sure about the comparison. They categorize it as a mild on the website. I've definitely heard of milds, but never had one (as far as I recall). Either way, this brew does have a distinctly English ale character about it.

Poured into my half-pint a tawny hue with a light, yet firm, foamy head and a fair amount of lacing. Big toasty aromas, mellow malt, caramel and fruity flavors and, again, an assertive toasted grain presence in the taste. Medium-light, rounded feel, softly malty in the middle, finishing a wee bit dry and perhaps bitter as well.

Not bad at all. Certainly a sessionable ale.

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Harvest from Long Trail Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 251 ratings.